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Jeb Bush Has Winning, `Broad-Based’ Appeal: Cohen

Bill Cohen has played with both sides of the aisle. The Republican former defense secretary for President Bill Clinton served three terms each in the House and Senate. And the way he sees it, Florida’s Jeb Bush has the best...

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on May 8, 2013, to mark the upcoming Victory Day.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on May 8, 2013, to mark the upcoming Victory Day.

Putin’s Russia, His Father’s Russia

Secretary of State John Kerry meets Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Paris today. On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives promises to finish work on a series of sanctions punishing Russia for its incursion in Crimea and $1 billion...

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President Barack Obama waves to guests as he walks across the South Lawn before leaving the White House on March 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama waves to guests as he walks across the South Lawn before leaving the White House on March 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Floor, Party’s Midterm Wall: 40 as the New 50

For some time now, in the daily tracking of presidential job approval at the Gallup Poll, President Barack Obama has run as low as 39 and 40 percent in the public’s measure. The president’s approval ratings hit that trough in...

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John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state, center, mingles with guests during the official state dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

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John Kerry, U.S. secretary of state, center, mingles with guests during the official state dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

Kerry, Cruz, Crist: Gridiron Collision

Put John Kerry on stage with one of the three senators who opposed his confirmation as secretary of state and an erstwhile Republican famous for hugging President Barack Obama, and you have Gridiron, an evening of  pointed humor at the...

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Tom Daschle, senior policy advisor at DLA Piper and former U.S. Senator from South Dakota, in Washington, D.C., in this March 20, 2012 file photo.

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Tom Daschle, senior policy advisor at DLA Piper and former U.S. Senator from South Dakota, in Washington, D.C., in this March 20, 2012 file photo.

Obama Must Overcome ‘Lethargy’ in State of the Union: Daschle

Written with Michael Bender President Barack Obama must demonstrate passion that’s been lacking when he gives the annual State of the Union speech to Congress Tuesday night, former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle says. Obama’s remarks should reflect the “universal recognition” that income inequality...

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House Budget Committee ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the U.S. Capitol.

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House Budget Committee ranking member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) at the U.S. Capitol.

Van Hollen: Boehner ‘Stood Up to Tea Party’ — Yet Debt Limit is Real Test

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, praising House Speaker John Boehner for standing up to his party’s right wing on the budget, says the next test of congressional bipartisanship will be whether Republicans use the debt ceiling next year as a political weapon. “Look, I...

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(L-R) Rep. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Sen. John Barrasso (R-KY), Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) take a coffee break on the Senate steps on October 3, 2013.

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(L-R) Rep. Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), Sen. John Barrasso (R-KY), Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-KY) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) take a coffee break on the Senate steps on October 3, 2013.

Paul: Yellen Fed Chairman ‘In All Likelihood’

Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Kentucky long critical of the Federal Reserve, predicted today that Fed Vice Chairman Janet Yellen will win  Senate confirmation to succeed Ben Bernanke as central bank chairman. Asked if Yellen will be confirmed, Paul...

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Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) at the U.S. Capitol on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Representative Tom Cole (R-OK) at the U.S. Capitol on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Cole Sees Makings of a Budget Deal

Representative Tom Cole, one of the chief Republican negotiators of a congressional budget deal, said today that he supports raising revenue as part of talks with Senate Democrats. Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, said that curtailing tax breaks such as the...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) leaves the U.S. Capitol for a meeting with House Republican leaders and President Barack Obama on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) leaves the U.S. Capitol for a meeting with House Republican leaders and President Barack Obama on October 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Shutdown Journal: Day 11

Updated at 7:12 through 4:30 pm EDT With reporting on “Political Capital” program interviews by Jonathan Salant Getting there, slowly: “Discussions are still ongoing with the White House,,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Virginia Republican, said this afternoon, as the...

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