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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas laughs while talking with other guests at The Federalist Society's 2011 Annual Dinner in Washington.

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas laughs while talking with other guests at The Federalist Society's 2011 Annual Dinner in Washington.

Thomas Breaks Silence: Yale Training?

For almost seven years, Justice Clarence Thomas has sat silently through Supreme Court oral arguments. Until today, when he apparently offered a crack about a couple of the nation’s top law schools. Thomas jumped in as Justice Antonin Scalia was...

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa answers a question at the National Press Club in Washington, on Jan. 14, 2013.

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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa answers a question at the National Press Club in Washington, on Jan. 14, 2013.

Villaraigosa: Obama’s `Seminal’ Vote Sign for Republicans on Immigration

President Barack Obama’s winning coalition of Hispanics, blacks, women, Jews, Asians and young people marked a “seminal” event in U.S. politics, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said today. Villaraigosa said the electorate that gave fellow Democrat Obama a second term...

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U.S, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood Speaks at the Opening Ceremony of the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 14, 2013.

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U.S, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood Speaks at the Opening Ceremony of the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 14, 2013.

LaHood Skips Corvette at Auto Show, Avoids Questions About Own Future

If Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is stepping down imminently, he has the best poker face at the table. LaHood today traveled to the North American International Auto Show in Detroit to speak at the show’s opening and meet with automakers...

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U.S. President Barack Obama working in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

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U.S. President Barack Obama working in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

Obama Maybe No `Life of the Party,’ President Says, It’s Business Time

President Barack Obama was asked today about some persisting criticism: The “truism” about him being too insular, not socializing enough on Capitol Hill. The diversity of the second-term Cabinet taking shape, the first big appointments all going to men. “I’m...

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House Speaker John Boehner (left) and President Barack Obama during their 2011 meetings about the debt ceiling and budgets.

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House Speaker John Boehner (left) and President Barack Obama during their 2011 meetings about the debt ceiling and budgets.

Obama: No `Ransom’ for Debt Ceiling

Updated at 12:15 pm EST President Barack delivered a stern warning today to congressional Republicans — make that the House — about the looming debate over raising the nation’s debt ceiling. It’s not a question of permitting new spending, Obama...

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Steve Bartlett, president and CEO of The Financial Services Roundtable, moderates a panel discussion on free enterprise, capitalism and emerging markets for the 2012 HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit.

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Steve Bartlett, president and CEO of The Financial Services Roundtable, moderates a panel discussion on free enterprise, capitalism and emerging markets for the 2012 HOPE Global Financial Dignity Summit.

Financial Roundtable’s Bartlett Joins Levick Consulting Firm

Steve Bartlett, the longtime president and chief executive officer of the Financial Services Roundtable, has landed at Levick, a communications firm that has represented clients ranging from Rosie O’Donnell to the Principality of Liechtenstein. Bartlett, a 65-year-old Texan, presided over...

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The United States Army Band rehearses for the 2013 presidential inaugural ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 13, 2013.

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The United States Army Band rehearses for the 2013 presidential inaugural ceremonies at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Jan. 13, 2013.

Southern Co. Is Latest Corporate Donor to Obama Inaugural

Add Southern Co., the Atlanta-based utility company, to the list of corporate donors to President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Obama, reversing his policy of four years ago, is accepting corporate contributions to help pay for this month’s inaugural festivities. Other companies...

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at O'Malley's reelection rally in 2010, in Bethesda, Md.

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Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, left, and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, at O'Malley's reelection rally in 2010, in Bethesda, Md.

Washington Daybook: Taking on the Gun Lobby

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley deliver opening remarks at the Johns Hopkins University summit on guns in Baltimore today. Lawmakers in at least 10 states are seeking new restrictions on guns, ammunition after last month’s...

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Last month, the government’s budget deficit was the best December monthly total since 2007.

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Last month, the government’s budget deficit was the best December monthly total since 2007.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $260 Million

That was the U.S. budget deficit last month, the government’s best December monthly total since 2007. The deficit fell from $86 billion in December 2011, according to data from the Treasury Department. The government had a $48.3 billion surplus in...

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