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U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Nov. 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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U.S. Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) during a hearing before the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Nov. 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Begich Ad: Drill, Baby, Drill

Sen. Mark Begich, an Alaska Democrat seeking re-election, appears in a campaign ad to tout his efforts to secure oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean over bureaucratic resistance from agencies and people including “national Democrats and the White House.” “For...

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Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington field office on March 13, 2014.

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Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Washington field office on March 13, 2014.

FBI’s D.C. Field Office Run by First Woman, With Eye for Detail

When FBI agent Valerie Parlave recalls the carnage of the Washington Navy Yard, the image that first comes to mind is a bullet-pierced sweater. It was three days after the Sept. 16 shooting rampage that left 12 dead and four...

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Elizabeth Warren in Washington, D.C.

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Elizabeth Warren in Washington, D.C.

Warren Report: Made Obama ‘Nervous’

President Barack Obama once told Elizabeth Warren, creator of the consumer protection agency, that she was making Wall Street bankers and Senate Republicans “very nervous.” So writes Warren, the first female senator from Massachusetts, in a memoir recounting many things...

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Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin in St. Johnsbury Vermont.

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Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin in St. Johnsbury Vermont.

Holder: Attack Heroin as Health Problem, Not Simply Police Problem

Attorney General Eric Holder today urged local police and federal officials to rethink the nation’s approach to combating the surging use of heroin. “The heroin problem is worthy of all of our attention,” Holder said in a speech to dozens...

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Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's spokesman Bill Nowling speaks to reporters outside of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit on July 24, 2013.

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Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's spokesman Bill Nowling speaks to reporters outside of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit on July 24, 2013.

Detroit’s ‘Pennybags’ Idol of People?

The situation in Detroit has been serious for quite some time, at the very least since the city filed a record U.S. municipal bankruptcy in July. So after Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr finally reached a settlement with some bondholders last...

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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $886 Billion

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department spent $886 billion in 2013. That makes HHS the biggest federal department by outlays. The $886 billion accounted for about one-fourth of total federal outlays. Kathleen Sebelius, who leads the department, will resign as...

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Abortion Foes Renew Obamacare Assault as Court Hearing Nears

When Ohio Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus sought re-election in 2010, the anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, tried to erect billboards highlighting his vote for the Affordable Care Act. The organization contended that the law included taxpayer funding for abortion....

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

Toyota Keeping Lawmakers Happy

Tired of waiting to (finally) get your turn to question that Obama administration official at your subcommittee hearing? Bored of floor debates on bills that will never go anywhere? Toyota has a solution for you, just a few blocks away...

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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

Bitcoin, Pot Ripe for Congressional Action — (Don’t Hold Your Breath)

Bitcoin and marijuana are among the issues on which Congress should provide clarity — though probably won’t this year — Rep. Jared Polis says. “In general, it’s better for Congress to reasonably consider these things and provide a uniform statutory...

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