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TV video cameras at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the National Harbor.

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TV video cameras at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the National Harbor.

Immigration Reform Promoted at CPAC

If you’re looking for opponents of a broad immigration rewrite at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, you’ll have to do some sleuthing. Foes who decry efforts to legalize the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants as “amnesty,” for so long...

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A woman shops at a Quiksilver store in Times Square in New York, on March 12, 2013.

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A woman shops at a Quiksilver store in Times Square in New York, on March 12, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 5.9

That’s how much the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index advanced in the past six weeks. The index, which asks consumers to rate the national economy, their personal finances and the buying climate, rose to minus 31.6 in the week ended March...

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Sen. Tim Scott speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md, on March 14, 2013.

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Sen. Tim Scott speaks at the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md, on March 14, 2013.

Law at CPAC: Party Kingmaking Gone

Steven Law, who leads several outside groups that help finance Republican candidates, argued today at the Conservative Political Action Conference that political parties are no longer the force they once were. Speaking at a panel about who should pick candidates,...

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Sen. Rand Paul addresses the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 14, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Sen. Rand Paul addresses the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on March 14, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Paul, Citing Lincoln, Ignores Abe’s Own Power Grab

It’s the rare politician who can make effective use of irony, given that as a rhetorical device it often sails right over the heads of many listeners. So we doubt that Sen. Rand Paul was going for ironic effect when, at...

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 24, 2013, to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 24, 2013, to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

Cruzing for a Lecture: Feinstein on Guns

Ted Cruz, the first-year Republican senator from Texas who has taken on some senior lawmakers in rhetorical fisticuffs during his debut on Capitol Hill, ran into one contender today who showed little patience for his brashness. Cruz put a question...

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio attends his first Mass with cardinals as Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel on March 14, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.

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Jorge Mario Bergoglio attends his first Mass with cardinals as Pope Francis in the Sistine Chapel on March 14, 2013 in Vatican City, Vatican.

UN Fat Cats Should Learn from Bus-Taking Pope, U.S. Ambassador Says

Joe Torsella, the U.S. ambassador for management and reform at the United Nations, calls himself an Average Joe “fighting to cut waste on behalf of the American taxpayer” in the bloated world body. He is also a good Catholic who’s been paying attention...

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Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., speaks during the candidate forum with Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., hosted by ONEGeneration and the League of Women Voters in Reseda, Calif., on Oct. 10, 2012.

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Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., speaks during the candidate forum with Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., hosted by ONEGeneration and the League of Women Voters in Reseda, Calif., on Oct. 10, 2012.

Mr. Berman Stays in Washington

Howard Berman, who lost his House seat to Brad Sherman in a November match-up of veteran Democratic congressmen from California, isn’t going home. He’s joining the lawyer-lobbying firm of Covington & Burling LLP. He is the second former lawmaker to...

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People gather to watch election coverage in Times Square in New York, on Nov. 6, 2012.

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People gather to watch election coverage in Times Square in New York, on Nov. 6, 2012.

2012 Election Total: $6.3 Billion

The final price tag on the 2012 elections: $6.3 billion. That’s according to the Center for Responsive Politics, which intially pegged the cost at $6 billion. It’s still less than the $7 billion that Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub...

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A passenger walks on the platform of the Metrorail train next to the air-traffic control tower at Reagan National Airport in Washington.

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A passenger walks on the platform of the Metrorail train next to the air-traffic control tower at Reagan National Airport in Washington.

Congressmen: Not My Tower

Few issues in Congress inspire more bipartisan agreement than the notion that every air-traffic control tower is indispensable, regardless of the amount of work controllers have to do. As Bloomberg News reported in November, Congress has for years pressured the...

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Senior White House Advisor David Plouffe, left, Sen. John Kerry, center, and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew board Air Force One in this file photo.

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Senior White House Advisor David Plouffe, left, Sen. John Kerry, center, and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew board Air Force One in this file photo.

Lew, Kerry Head to China Soon

Newly seated Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Secretary of State John Kerry are bound for China. Lew, next week. Kerry, in coming weeks. President Barack Obama let Chinese President Xi Jinping know that today during a phone call “to congratulate...

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