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President Barack Obama is greeted by Israeli President Shimon Peres during an official welcoming ceremony on his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on March, 20, 2013 near Tel Aviv, Israel.

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President Barack Obama is greeted by Israeli President Shimon Peres during an official welcoming ceremony on his arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on March, 20, 2013 near Tel Aviv, Israel.

Obama in Israel: ‘Eternal’ Alliance

President Barack Obama wore a blue tie and white shirt. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wore the same. So did Israeli President Shimon Peres. The colors of the the Israeli flag. The U.S. and Israel have inextricable interests in national...

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The Washington Monument stands behind cherry trees blossoming in Washington on March 19, 2012.

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The Washington Monument stands behind cherry trees blossoming in Washington on March 19, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Awaiting Cherries

President Barack Obama arrived in Tel Aviv this morning on his first visit to Israel as president. The three-day trip includes meetings and news conferences with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who disagrees with Obama on how to handle Iran’s...

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Palestinian militants of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades stand guard on the roof of a building in the West Bank village of Saair on February 25, 2013 during the funeral of Arafat Jaradat, an inmate who died in an Israeli prison.

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Palestinian militants of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades stand guard on the roof of a building in the West Bank village of Saair on February 25, 2013 during the funeral of Arafat Jaradat, an inmate who died in an Israeli prison.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 48

That’s the percentage of Americans who favor putting more pressure on Palestinians than the Israelis amid the stalled Middle East peace process, according to Gallup. That compared with 25 percent who said the U.S. should put more pressure on the...

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An Israeli Arab school girl walks by an ice statue of President Barack Obama at the 'Ice Festival' showroom on March 19, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.

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An Israeli Arab school girl walks by an ice statue of President Barack Obama at the 'Ice Festival' showroom on March 19, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Obama’s 38th Nation to Bush’s 43 — Plus Iran in Mind

Following the last of the Washington receptions for the Irish prime minister at the White House this evening, the post-St. Patrick’s Day tour of the Taoiseach, President Barack Obama will leave for his own tour of the Middle East. Mark...

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Senator Rand Paul arrives to address the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 14, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Senator Rand Paul arrives to address the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 14, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

‘Paul for President Outpost?’ – Iowa

Rand Paul is getting things rolling early in Iowa, whose 2016 presidential nominating caucuses are still nearly four years away. The Kentucky Republican will be the keynoter at the Republican Party of Iowa’s annual Lincoln Day dinner on May 10...

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People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack close to one of the main gates to the heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses major government offices and the embassies of several countries, including the United States and Britain in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 19, 2013.

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People gather at the scene of a car bomb attack close to one of the main gates to the heavily-fortified Green Zone, which houses major government offices and the embassies of several countries, including the United States and Britain in Baghdad, Iraq, on March 19, 2013.

Iraq Ten Years After — ‘Mistake’ Registering Slim Majority in Polls

Ten years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, there is a striking similarity in two polls asking the same question. Was it a mistake? Fifty-four percent of Americans think the U.S. should have stayed out of Iraq, according to the...

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New York state Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV in New York.

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New York state Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV in New York.

Adam Clayton Powell IV Files For Rangel’s N.Y.C. Seat

Updated 11:32 am EST New York Democrat Adam Clayton Powell IV has filed paperwork that would allow him to seek the House seat held by veteran Democrat Charles Rangel. Powell, a former state assemblyman, filed a statement of candidacy with...

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Albany.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Albany.

Clinton More Favorable Than Cuomo in New York Poll

New York voters give higher marks to their former U.S. senator, Hillary Clinton, than their current governor, Andrew Cuomo, according to a poll out today. Both potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidates have high approval ratings in the state. The Quinnipiac University...

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Mariachi musicians sing and play as they go from house to house to encourage people to come to vote on election day at the Sun Valley's Latino district, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California.

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Mariachi musicians sing and play as they go from house to house to encourage people to come to vote on election day at the Sun Valley's Latino district, Los Angeles County, on November 6, 2012 in California.

Hispanic Electorate Doubles Republican Party’s Troubles

The sudden openness of Republican leaders to an overhaul of immigration laws — including a path to either legal residency or citizenship for many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. — stems from another “drubbing” at...

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