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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 24, 2012.

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, Jan. 24, 2012.

State of the Union: Debt Ceiling Here

President Barack Obama was formally invited today to give this year’s State of the Union address on Feb. 12. That is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. Obama will take his official oath of office for a second term on Jan. 20 on...

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Protestors demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington. This week marks the 11th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

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Protestors demonstrate in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington. This week marks the 11th anniversary of the opening of the prison.

Washington Daybook: Troop Talks

President Barack Obama holds a press conference today at the White House with Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai after talks on how many of the 66,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan should remain after 2014 to help fight terrorists. Karzai is seeking...

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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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