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Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, standing, greets Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., looks on, during the first House Rules Committee.

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Chairman Pete Sessions, R-Texas, standing, greets Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., looks on, during the first House Rules Committee.

Southern Discomfort: Fights Ahead

With President Barack Obama and Congress poised to clash over spending cuts and raising the $16.4 trillion federal debt limit, reaching a deal may be complicated by a North-South divide among Republicans made wider by the 2012 elections. In the South, most...

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Payday Advance signs at California Check Cashing in Oakland, Calif. Less money will be in U.S. paychecks due to a higher Social Security tax rate.

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Payday Advance signs at California Check Cashing in Oakland, Calif. Less money will be in U.S. paychecks due to a higher Social Security tax rate.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -34.4

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended Jan. 6. The index, which is derived from how Americans rate the economy, the buying climate and their personal finances on a scale of minus 100 to plus 100, fell...

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (left) and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (left) and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

Senate Odd Couple: Bernie Sanders/Jeff Sessions

Lo and behold, President Barack Obama has struck a blow for bipartisanship — something that’s in such short supply these days. With his nomination of Jack Lew to take the helm at the Treasury Department, Obama managed to unite Jeff Sessions...

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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks at a rally for Elizabeth Warren (D), in Worcester, Mass. on Oct. 19, 2012.

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Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., speaks at a rally for Elizabeth Warren (D), in Worcester, Mass. on Oct. 19, 2012.

Franken, Party Friends to Gain from Minnesota Democratic Super-PAC

A Democratic-aligned advocacy group in Minnesota is adding a super-political action committee to prepare for 2014 federal elections in the state. WIN Minnesota, a 501c4 nonprofit, is adding the super-PAC “to explore the option of doing work in federal races,”...

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The International Space Station (ISS) over Miami, taken from the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Photograph by Commander DomInic Gorie/NASA

The International Space Station (ISS) over Miami, taken from the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

NASA: May the Best Kids’ Code Win

NASA plans to upload code developed by teens to control bowling ball-sized satellites aboard the International Space Station. The off-the-wall experiment tomorrow is part of a contest sponsored by the elite Pentagon research unit known as the Defense Advanced Research...

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A jazz trio performs during the reception at the Richard Nixon Centennial Birthday Celebration in Washington on Jan. 9, 2013.

Photograph by Cliff Owen/AP Photo

A jazz trio performs during the reception at the Richard Nixon Centennial Birthday Celebration in Washington on Jan. 9, 2013.

Nixon Wouldn’t `Pussyfoot’ at Cliff

Richard Nixon’s friends turned out for his 100th. Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and former Sens. Fred Thompson and Elizabeth Dole were among the politicos who turned out last night to celebrate Nixon’s centennial. Hosted by the Richard Nixon Foundation,...

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Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

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Mike Petters, president and CEO of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc.

Huntington CEO Doesn’t See Need for You-May-Be-Fired Notices

The chief executive officer of Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. says he doesn’t think it would serve the company’s purposes to issue mass-dismissal warnings to workers even if U.S. spending cuts occur later this year. “We are much more of a long-term business,” said...

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President Barack Obama greets Bronx Science High School students at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair.

Photograph by Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP Photo

President Barack Obama greets Bronx Science High School students at the New York City Science and Engineering Fair.

NY Hearts Obama: The Bronx Claims President’s Top District in 2012

To say the Bronx votes Democratic is a colossal understatement. That swath of New York City was Obama’s second best-performing county in the nation in the 2012 election. The Bronx also includes the most pro-Obama congressional district in the nation,...

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