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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, speaks to reporters at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey, on Jan. 4, 2013.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, speaks to reporters at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey, on Jan. 4, 2013.

Christie: Republican Soul-Searching Natural After Two Losses in Row

Chris Christie, the plain-spoken Republican governor of New Jersey who called out House Speaker John Boehner last week after the House delayed a vote on $60 billion in Hurricane Sandy aid, says his party is a bit disgruntled after back-to-back...

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Participants in the Occupy Wall Street protest, masked as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, take part in a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the movement in New York, Sept. 17, 2012.

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Participants in the Occupy Wall Street protest, masked as President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney, take part in a rally to mark the one year anniversary of the movement in New York, Sept. 17, 2012.

Romney’s Wall Street Romp — Obama’s Courthouse Stomp

Wall Street outdid the legal profession in raising money for Republican Mitt Romney, making him the first major-party presidential nominee in at least two decades who didn’t rely on lawyers as his biggest source of funding. The BGOV Barometer shows...

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Senator Chuck Hagel speaking with then senator Joe Biden in this file photo.

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Senator Chuck Hagel speaking with then senator Joe Biden in this file photo.

Washington Daybook: Hagel, Brennan

President Barack Obama will announce his choice of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary today, setting up a showdown with an ad hoc coalition that opposes the former Republican senator, including members of his own party who advocate muscular defense policies,...

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The Capitol Visitor's Center in Washington.

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The Capitol Visitor's Center in Washington.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 43, 45

Those are the percentages of Americans who approve and disapprove, respectively, of last week’s agreement on the so-called fiscal cliff, according to Gallup. While Americans generally are divided on the agreement to avert automatic tax hikes and spending cuts, self-identified...

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President Barack Obama greets people as he visits Island Snow for shave ice in Kailua, Hawaii, during his holiday vacation, on Jan 3, 2013.

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President Barack Obama greets people as he visits Island Snow for shave ice in Kailua, Hawaii, during his holiday vacation, on Jan 3, 2013.

Obama Home from the Holidays: Hard New Year’s Nights Ahead

President Barack Obama returns to Washington today from his annual family vacation in Hawaii for a week expected to include Cabinet nominations, a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and preparations for a second-term inauguration. Obama is scheduled to return...

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Representatives from New York and New Jersey, including Peter King, right, speak to the media after a meeting regarding the Sandy aid bill with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner on Jan. 2, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Representatives from New York and New Jersey, including Peter King, right, speak to the media after a meeting regarding the Sandy aid bill with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner on Jan. 2, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

New York Cash Key for Republicans

New York Rep. Peter King’s initial call for residents of his state to stop writing checks to the National Republican Congressional Committee because of Congress’s delay in Hurricane Sandy relief-funding would pinch in the pocketbook, according to Federal Election Commission...

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A tractor cuts down corn in a field designated as zero yield on a farm in Vigo County near Terre Haute, Indiana.

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A tractor cuts down corn in a field designated as zero yield on a farm in Vigo County near Terre Haute, Indiana.

House Panel Scraps Draft Farm Bill

Written with Derek Wallbank The House Agriculture Committee canceled tentative plans to draft a new farm bill after its top Democrat sought a commitment that the legislation will be considered by the full chamber, according to committee leaders. “There’s going to be no...

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden celebrate on election night,  Nov. 7, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden celebrate on election night, Nov. 7, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.

Congress Makes Obama-Biden Re-elections Official

A 22-minute joint session of Congress today certified the re-election of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, who led the session as the Senate’s presiding officer, formally announced that he and Obama each received 332 electoral votes,...

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An employee grinds down the metal on an oil tank in Bremen, Ohio.

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An employee grinds down the metal on an oil tank in Bremen, Ohio.

Election-Year Closing: 7.8% Jobless

The election year closed with a jobless rate under 8 percent, a four-year low. The dip below 8 percent just before President Barack Obama’s re-election helped fulfill the White House’s narrative of a reviving economy, albeit a slow recovery. The...

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Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, second left, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, second right, wave with Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, left, on the steps of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 3, 2013.

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Senator Mark Kirk, a Republican from Illinois, second left, and Senator Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, second right, wave with Vice President Joseph "Joe" Biden, left, on the steps of the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 3, 2013.

Washington Daybook: Election Day

Over? Nothing is over until Congress decides it is. The House and Senate meet in a constitutionally mandated joint session — presided over by Vice President Joe Biden — to count electoral college votes and finally declare President Barack Obama...

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