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Senate Budget Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, center, and Sen. Ron Johnson, right, make brief statements to the news media before the second day of markup hearings in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 14, 2013 in Washington The Republican senators were unified in their criticism of the federal budget proposed by the majority Democrats on the committee.

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Senate Budget Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, center, and Sen. Ron Johnson, right, make brief statements to the news media before the second day of markup hearings in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 14, 2013 in Washington The Republican senators were unified in their criticism of the federal budget proposed by the majority Democrats on the committee.

Washington Daybook: All-Nighter

Look for the Senate to toil late into the evening and possibly into the early morning hours to finish work on its fiscal 2014 budget blueprint. When back-to-back roll calls on amendments end, the chamber will finally be ready for...

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Job seekers wait to see recruiters at a job fair organized by United Career Fairs in New York.

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Job seekers wait to see recruiters at a job fair organized by United Career Fairs in New York.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 339,750

That’s the four-week moving average of first-time claims for unemployment insurance, the lowest in five years. The monthly average, which is less volatile than the week-to-week measure, fell from 347,250 to the lowest level since February 2008. Applications for jobless...

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Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, in Washington.

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Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, in Washington.

Warner: Budget Deal Better Than 50-50

Senator Mark Warner places the odds for a bipartisan debt-reduction deal at better than 50-50, and has outlined plans to roll out fresh ideas in the coming weeks on where to find the revenue to finance it. Warner, a first-term Democrat who has...

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President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the stage after speaking at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, on March 21, 2013.

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President Barack Obama waves as he leaves the stage after speaking at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, on March 21, 2013.

Obama: Peace ‘Necessary, Just, Possible’ — yet ‘All Options on Table’

”All options are on the table.” President George W. Bush said so in 2006. President Barack Obama, who has said it repeatedly, said it again today. They were, and are, talking about Iran’s suspected ambitions of building a nuclear weapon....

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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and President Barack Obama shake hands during a joint press conference following meetings at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 21, 2013.

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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and President Barack Obama shake hands during a joint press conference following meetings at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 21, 2013.

Washington Daybook: Future Tense

President Barack Obama delivers an address to the Israeli people in Jerusalem today. He met earlier with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on the future of the peace process and said the Palestinian people “deserve a state of...

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Revelers celebrate during the Gay Pride parade in New York City.

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Revelers celebrate during the Gay Pride parade in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 70

That’s the percentage of people of the so-called millennial generation who back same-sex marriage, according to the Pew Research Center. The millennial generation — those born since 1980 and between the ages of 18 and 32 — is more supportive...

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President Barack Obama takes part in a tree planting ceremony with Israeli President Shimon Peres at his residence on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem.

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President Barack Obama takes part in a tree planting ceremony with Israeli President Shimon Peres at his residence on March 20, 2013 in Jerusalem.

Obama’s Magnolia Bagged in Jerusalem — and More Off-Script

President Barack Obama brought a magnolia tree, a descendant of a White House magnolia, to the home of President Shimon Peres. The Israelis have planted it in their president’s garden with a plastic wrapper around the roots until it can...

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