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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford makes a note on a piece of paper during the NAACP 1st Congressional District political forum on on April 30, 2013 in Goose Creek, S.C.

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford makes a note on a piece of paper during the NAACP 1st Congressional District political forum on on April 30, 2013 in Goose Creek, S.C.

Sanford Losing Money Race in S.C.

Democratic congressional nominee Elizabeth Colbert Busch, sister of comedian Stephen Colbert, holds the financial  edge over former Republican Gov. Mark Sanford in the South Carolina special election taking place Tuesday. Colbert Busch raised $1.2 million through April 17, including $38,250...

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Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ., walks to a classified briefing.

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Sen. Robert Menendez, D-NJ., walks to a classified briefing.

Menendez Asked Justice to Delay Merger Opposed by Donor

Sen. Robert Menendez contacted the U.S. Justice Department in an effort to delay a proposed merger opposed by one of his biggest campaign contributors, according to a letter obtained under the federal Freedom of Information Act. Menendez and two House colleagues urged then-Attorney General...

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The Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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The Oversight Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Lawmakers Get 568 Pages of Tax Code Guidance

That thud you just heard was a 568-page pile of tax policy hitting desks around Washington. The nonpartisan congressional Joint Committee on Taxation released its summary today of the U.S. tax system (444 pages), various proposals to change it (45...

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President Barack Obama, second from the right, talks with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., far right, as he plays on the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base alongside Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., far left, and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., second from the left, on May 6, 2013.

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President Barack Obama, second from the right, talks with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., far right, as he plays on the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base alongside Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., far left, and Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., second from the left, on May 6, 2013.

Obama’s Bipartisan Foursome: Fore!

Updated at 6 and 6:25 pm EDT It’s not often that the president goes golfing on a Monday. It’s not often that the president goes anywhere with Republicans. And it’s even more unusual for the White House to permit a...

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George P. Bush

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George P. Bush

George P. Bush Raising Money for Texas’ ‘Donkey Whisperer’

George P. Bush, fourth generation of a family whose political lines have run through Connecticut, Texas and Florida, is coming to Washington to help raise money for “the Donkey Whisperer.” That’s first-term Texas Rep. Roger Williams, billing Bush as a...

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Jason Collins, left, #34 of the Atlanta Hawks, warms up before the game against the Golden State Warriors.

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Jason Collins, left, #34 of the Atlanta Hawks, warms up before the game against the Golden State Warriors.

Jason Collins, Michelle Obama: Fundraisers for Party’s LGBT Gala

Perhaps notably, it was the Obama White House — and then President Barack Obama personally — who spoke of their pride in Jason Collins, the NBA center who announced that he is gay. And perhaps predictably, now it is Collins...

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A housing  development on May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

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A housing development on May 3, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.

Americans See Homes as Way to Save Not Spend

Cash-in has replaced cash-out as the strategy of choice for homeowners refinancing their mortgages. Rather than using their properties as ATM machines to boost spending, homeowners increasingly are paying down the principal and shortening the maturities of their mortgages in...

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Morning Joe's host Joe Scarborough, center, shares a laugh with show guests in Boca Raton.

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Morning Joe's host Joe Scarborough, center, shares a laugh with show guests in Boca Raton.

Joe Scarborough: ‘Loser’

Joe Scarborough is a lot of things. He is a former Republican congressman from Florida’s far-West, far-right Panhandle. He is a successful co-host of the most popular morning program on cable news, “Morning Joe.” He’s a doting father and passable...

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Republican candidate for the open Congressional seat of South Carolina, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, greets House of Representatives Democratic candidate for the state of South Carolina Elizabeth Colbert Busch before their debate at the Citadel on April 29, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Republican candidate for the open Congressional seat of South Carolina, former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford, greets House of Representatives Democratic candidate for the state of South Carolina Elizabeth Colbert Busch before their debate at the Citadel on April 29, 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Sanford-Busch Tie in Election-Eve Poll

On the eve of a widely watched special congressional election in South Carolina, the Republican former governor who famously went missing with a mistress some time ago has drawn even in a survey of voters weighing Mark Sanford versus Democrat...

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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore speaks during an interview at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California.

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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore speaks during an interview at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills, California.

Al Gore is Romney-Rich

Ken Wells and Ari Levy report for Bloomberg News today: In 1999, Al Gore, then U.S. vice president and a Democratic candidate for president, sold $6,000 worth of cows. The former senator, who spent most of his working life in Congress, had...

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