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U.S. President Obama arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2014.

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U.S. President Obama arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2014.

Obama: ‘Pen and Phone’

President Barack Obama has “a pen and a phone.” He said so today. What he doesn’t have is either a majority of the Republican-run House or a filibuster-proof majority of the Democratic-led Senate — except on that question of  some...

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Representative Mel Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina and U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), during a Senate Banking Committee nominations hearing in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2013.

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Representative Mel Watt, a Democrat from North Carolina and U.S. President Barack Obama's nominee as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), during a Senate Banking Committee nominations hearing in Washington, D.C., on June 27, 2013.

Watt’s Housing Fate Rests with Obama: Republican Burr Says

The fate of any renewed effort to confirm North Carolina Democratic House member Mel Watt to lead the federal agency that oversees Fannie May and Freddie Mac rests with the White House, Watt’s home-state Republican senator says. “That’s up to...

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Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. health and human services secretary, at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. health and human services secretary, at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Sebelius: ‘Still Standing’

Updated at 11:27, 11:45 am and 12:30 pm EDT In a town where Republicans couldn’t make Eric Holder run for the hills for “Fast and Furious,” where they couldn’t tag Hillary Clinton with the fatal attack at Benghazi, where they...

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President Barack Obama makes briefs remarks to the news media at the beginning of a cabinet meeting with (L-R) Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in the Cabinet Room of the White House September 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama noted the absence of Secretary of State John Kerry who is in Geneva meeting with his Russian counterpart about Syria. Obama said he hopes that the meeting would yield concrete results.

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President Barack Obama makes briefs remarks to the news media at the beginning of a cabinet meeting with (L-R) Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in the Cabinet Room of the White House September 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama noted the absence of Secretary of State John Kerry who is in Geneva meeting with his Russian counterpart about Syria. Obama said he hopes that the meeting would yield concrete results.

Obama: ‘A Lot More Stuff to Do’ — and ‘Thank You’ on that Putin Piece

It’s inevitable, in the ebb and flow of international crises and domestic concerns, that the White House will seize an opportunity to change the subject. Following President Barack Obama’s impassioned appeal for public support for a military strike against Syria...

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Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, left, Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, center, and House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio participate in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Senate Minority Leader, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, left, Senate Majority Leader, Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada, center, and House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio participate in a ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Reid-McConnell: ‘Sad’ and ‘Nuclear’

Anyone tuning in to the Senate lately might have seen this exchange between Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader from Nevada, and Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader from Kentucky: ”No majority leader wants written on his tombstone that he...

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is greeted by his wife Samara at the end of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on May 22, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx is greeted by his wife Samara at the end of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on May 22, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Foxx’s Welcome Mail Runneth Over

Somewhere inside the Department of Transportation, someone must be compiling naughty and nice lists. How else to explain the race by trade groups that do business with DOT agencies to be the fastest to send out congratulatory press releases after Anthony Foxx was...

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Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on her nomination as Commerce secretary in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2013.

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Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on her nomination as Commerce secretary in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $176.3 Million

That was incoming Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker’s income in 2012. Pritzker, a Chicago billionaire whose family founded Hyatt Hotels Corp., reported $118.7 million in income from U.S.-based family trusts and $53.6 million from an offshore trust based in the Bahamas,...

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President Barack Obama, center, introduces Heather Higginbottom, left, as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Gene Sperling, second left, as the new director of the Council of Economic Advisors, Katharine Abraham, second right, as a member of the council, and Jason Furman as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in Landover, Maryland.

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President Barack Obama, center, introduces Heather Higginbottom, left, as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Gene Sperling, second left, as the new director of the Council of Economic Advisors, Katharine Abraham, second right, as a member of the council, and Jason Furman as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in Landover, Maryland.

Obama Tapping Furman for CEA Chair

President Barack Obama plans to nominate Jason Furman, a White House official well-versed in staff rivalries and relationships, to replace Alan Krueger as the head of the Council of Economic Advisers, according to two people familiar with the matter. Krueger plans to return to...

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, right, speaks after being introduced by President Barack Obama as the nominee for Secretary of Transportation at the White House, next to outgoing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, left, on April 29, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx, right, speaks after being introduced by President Barack Obama as the nominee for Secretary of Transportation at the White House, next to outgoing Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, left, on April 29, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Low-Key Mr. Foxx Goes to Washington

Anthony Foxx, whose nomination as Transportation Secretary has slid under the radar as picks for the labor and commerce departments get more scrutiny, will get his moment in Washington at a confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee. Foxx, 42,...

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President Barack Obama, left, greets Penny Pritzker, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pritzker Realty Group LLC and Obama's nominee as secretary of commerce, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 2, 2013.

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President Barack Obama, left, greets Penny Pritzker, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Pritzker Realty Group LLC and Obama's nominee as secretary of commerce, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 2, 2013.

Pritzker’s Wealth in Perspective

Is Penny Pritzker the wealthiest person ever to be nominated to the president’s Cabinet? No. The Chicago businesswoman, philanthropist and political fundraiser has a personal net worth estimated at more than $1.5 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. That’s...

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