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President Barack Obama arrives to speak before signing an Executive Order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 31, 2014.

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President Barack Obama arrives to speak before signing an Executive Order titled "Fair Pay and Safe Workplace" in the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on July 31, 2014.

Obama: No ‘Twiddling Thumbs’

Is this an imperial presidency? President Barack Obama was asked about the stalemate on Capitol Hill and whether that has enabled him to embrace executive powers to their fullest. “I never have a green light. I’m bound by the Constitution....

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This image provided by NOAA taken Thursday Aug. 7, 2014 at 2 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Iselle, left and Hurricane Julio. Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific.

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This image provided by NOAA taken Thursday Aug. 7, 2014 at 2 a.m. EDT shows Hurricane Iselle, left and Hurricane Julio. Iselle was supposed to weaken as it slowly trudged west across the Pacific.

Hawaiian Election: Eye of the Storm

Hurricane Iselle is supposed to hit Hawaii Thursday. Hurricane Julio is tracking for Sunday. In the middle of that: Election Day, Saturday. And, as of now, it’s still on. “There’s no Plan B,” Rex Quidilla, spokesman for the Hawaii Office...

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Congressional candidate Don Beyer greets voters next to another candidate, Bill Euille, 2nd from left, outside the Durant Arts Center as Virginia voters take to the polls in the state's 8th congressional district to choose a Democratic nominee in the race to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran (D) on June 10, 2014.

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Congressional candidate Don Beyer greets voters next to another candidate, Bill Euille, 2nd from left, outside the Durant Arts Center as Virginia voters take to the polls in the state's 8th congressional district to choose a Democratic nominee in the race to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran (D) on June 10, 2014.

Virginia’s Beyer Creates PAC To Help Democrats

Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat likely to enter the U.S. House in January, has created a leadership political action committee to help Democratic candidates in more competitive Nov. 4 elections. “Don wanted to start a PAC right away in order...

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Hillary Clinton appears on the 'The Colbert Report' with Stephen Colbert in this April 17, 2008 file photo in Philadelphia.

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Hillary Clinton appears on the 'The Colbert Report' with Stephen Colbert in this April 17, 2008 file photo in Philadelphia.

Hillary Clinton: Name-Dropping

What a skit: Stephen Colbert was trashing Hillary Clinton’s memoir, “Hard Choices,” as one big festival of name-dropping. “There is no way on Earth one woman can be in so many places at once,” the host of The Colbert Report...

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Former US President George W. Bush (C) stands with Penehupifo Pohamba (L), first lady of Namibia, and Roman Tesfaye, first lady of Ethiopia, after announcing partnerships between their nations and Pink Ribbon, Red Ribbon during the US - Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Former US President George W. Bush (C) stands with Penehupifo Pohamba (L), first lady of Namibia, and Roman Tesfaye, first lady of Ethiopia, after announcing partnerships between their nations and Pink Ribbon, Red Ribbon during the US - Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Bush: ‘Taking Care of Women… Good Politics’

“A generation on the verge of being lost has been found,” former President George W. Bush said today of a U.S.-led initiative in Africa that has spanned two administrations — his and President Barack Obama’s. About nine million people are...

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First lady Michelle Obama, left, and former first lady Laura Bush during a panel discussion during 'Investing in Our Future' at the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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First lady Michelle Obama, left, and former first lady Laura Bush during a panel discussion during 'Investing in Our Future' at the US-Africa Leaders Summit at the Kennedy Center on Aug. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

First Ladies: Picking Their Causes

Updated at 10:53 am EDT As the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington concludes today with diplomatic discussions among President Barack Obama and African heads of state, First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush were hosting a forum...

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Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club on on June 24, 2014.

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Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club on on June 24, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 3

(UPDATED at 9:15 a.m. to reflect updated vote totals.) Three U.S. House members have been defeated in the party primaries after elections in 35 states. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, a Michigan Republican, was unseated yesterday by wealthy businessman David Trott in...

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