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Rand Paul, left, enjoys a light moment with his father Ron Paul during a campaign event in Erlanger, Kentucky.

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Rand Paul, left, enjoys a light moment with his father Ron Paul during a campaign event in Erlanger, Kentucky.

Paul: Son Also Rises, Ready for CPAC

Another CPAC, another Paul. The American Conservative Union, which has provided a friendly forum for the likes of Texas Rep. Ron Paul and other candidates for national office, will hear from the former congressman’s son, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky,...

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The 113th Congress on the steps of the Capitol in Washington.

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The 113th Congress on the steps of the Capitol in Washington.

Ten Closest House Races of 2012 — Starting With 654 Votes

The would-be members of Congress thinking about running in the 2014 elections include some who narrowly lost in November’s elections. Following are the 10 closest House races of the 2012 election, according to data compiled by Political Capital from state election...

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A copy of the U.S. Constitution on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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A copy of the U.S. Constitution on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Constitution Read: 2nd Amendment — and more, from Republican House

Before Sandy aid came the Constitution. Members of the House of Representatives today continued a ritual begun two years ago after Republicans took control of the chamber by reading from the full text of the U.S. Constitution. Lawmakers of both parties...

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Residents make the trek to the Yana Center, an aid, supply and distribution center set up by Occupy Sandy Volunteers, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, after Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaway Beach section of Queens, New York.

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Residents make the trek to the Yana Center, an aid, supply and distribution center set up by Occupy Sandy Volunteers, an offshoot of Occupy Wall Street, after Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaway Beach section of Queens, New York.

Washington Daybook: Safety First

Keeping citizens safe and providing aid when disaster strikes are the focus in Washington today. President Barack Obama reviews recommendations for executive and legislative action to stop gun violence in response to last month’s Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre. New York...

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Semi-automatic assault rifles are displayed for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

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Semi-automatic assault rifles are displayed for sale at the Rocky Mountain Gun Show in Sandy, Utah.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 51

That’s the percentage of Americans who say it’s more important to control gun ownership, compared with 45 percent who say it’s more important to protect gun rights, according to the Pew Research Center. The share of people who said it’s...

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks during a press conference responding to comments made earlier in the day by the National Rifle Association on Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks during a press conference responding to comments made earlier in the day by the National Rifle Association on Dec. 21, 2012 in Washington.

Blumenthal Says Gun-Control Momentum Must Be Sustained

As many congressional Republicans and the National Rifle Association oppose efforts to enact new gun legislation following the shootings of 20 elementary school students and six educators in Newtown, Connecticut, they know that public outrage often diminishes as memories of...

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

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A scene from Zero Dark Thirty.

Panetta Passes On Critiquing ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ — ‘I Lived It’

On a flight to Lisbon today, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had a chance to weigh in on the controversial, Oscar-nominated film “Zero Dark Thirty,” which depicts the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Senators including Dianne Feinstein, the...

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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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