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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at his office in the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., on Dec. 13, 2013.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at his office in the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., on Dec. 13, 2013.

Christie’s Christmas-Card Surprise

The Christies got a lot of Christmas cards out this year. Or at least the Republican Party of New Jersey did, on the reelected governor’s behalf. Delivered in places like Iowa — a full two years ahead of the 2016...

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Shoppers at a mall in Troy, Michigan.

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Shoppers at a mall in Troy, Michigan.

Bloomberg By the Numbers: $17 Billion

On the last weekend day before Christmas, “Super Sunday” sales brought in more than $17 billion, according to retail consultant Craig Johnson. That exceeds the $15 billion recorded on the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday. Many retailers kept their...

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden play golf at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in this June 18, 2011 file photo.

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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden play golf at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., in this June 18, 2011 file photo.

Biden-Obama: No Xmas Gift Exchange

Sometimes, the biggest state secrets break in the oddest places. Like the insight that the president of the United States and vice president don’t exchange gifts at Christmas. “We exchange birthday gifts — we don’t exchange Christmas gifts,” Vice President...

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with two-year-old Ashtyn Gardner during the White House Christmas decorations viewing on Dec. 4, 2013.

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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with two-year-old Ashtyn Gardner during the White House Christmas decorations viewing on Dec. 4, 2013.

First-Dog Topiaries With Wagging Tails: Christmas at the White House

A short time after President Barack Obama delivered an Obamacare pep talk today, the White House unwrapped its 2013 holiday decorations with the theme “Gather Around.” Over 83 volunteers from around the country helped White House staff adorn 24 Christmas...

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Decorations featuring Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' as workers construct the annual Norwegian Christmas tree at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Dec. 2, 2013.

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Decorations featuring Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' as workers construct the annual Norwegian Christmas tree at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Dec. 2, 2013.

Washington 2013: ‘The Scream’

To top off a year in Washington with a Navy Yard shooting, partial government shutdown and health-care website meltdown, a Christmas tree with 700 “screams” may speak to the most jaded Washingtonians. For 16 years, the Union Station tree has...

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Alaska Republican Governor, Sarah Palin, center, greets 7-month old Nora Frame and her mother Ruth, right, of Pelican, Alaska, during the inaugural annual Christmas open house at the Governor's Mansion, in Juneau, Alaska, in this 2007 file photo.

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Alaska Republican Governor, Sarah Palin, center, greets 7-month old Nora Frame and her mother Ruth, right, of Pelican, Alaska, during the inaugural annual Christmas open house at the Governor's Mansion, in Juneau, Alaska, in this 2007 file photo.

Palin, Perry Stand Firm Behind Christmas

The Fourth of July may still be a couple of weeks away, but apparently it’s never too early to focus on Christmas — or, at the least, plumb it for political points. Sarah Palin, kicking off Act Two of her...

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Citigroup Executive Vice President Candi Wolff has been escaping Washington, D.C., for her family's Christmas tree farm every year since 1994.

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Citigroup Executive Vice President Candi Wolff has been escaping Washington, D.C., for her family's Christmas tree farm every year since 1994.

The Secret (Santa) Life of a Washington Lobbyist

Citigroup Inc. Executive Vice President Candi Wolff can talk about Christmas trees for hours. She can tell you how an electric tree baler works, the difference between a Colorado Blue Spruce and a Douglas Fir, and that tree sales are...

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Capitol Hill police check Santa Claus with a metal detector as he enters the U.S. Capitol on his way to Speaker of the House John Boehner's office on Dec. 12, 2012. The man was working with the group Catholics United, and wanted to urge Speaker of the House John Boehner to pass pending 'fiscal cliff' legislation before Christmas.

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Capitol Hill police check Santa Claus with a metal detector as he enters the U.S. Capitol on his way to Speaker of the House John Boehner's office on Dec. 12, 2012. The man was working with the group Catholics United, and wanted to urge Speaker of the House John Boehner to pass pending 'fiscal cliff' legislation before Christmas.

Boehner: Christmas Every Day — `Like Candy and Nuts’ in the Capitol

House Speaker John Boehner has warned his troops not to make any plans after Christmas. Then again, every day is like Christmas, the speaker says — so long as people are playing with hypothetical solutions to the year-end fiscal talks...

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Costco employees in the bakery section of the store in Washington on Nov. 29, 2012. Biden went shopping for presents and to highlight the importance of renewing middle-class tax cuts so families and businesses have more certainty at this critical time for our economy.

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Vice President Joe Biden talks with Costco employees in the bakery section of the store in Washington on Nov. 29, 2012. Biden went shopping for presents and to highlight the importance of renewing middle-class tax cuts so families and businesses have more certainty at this critical time for our economy.

Biden Opens Wallet at Costco Debut

Shoppers at this morning’s grand opening of Washington’s first Costco got a little more than they bargained for: A sample-tasting, high-fiving vice president of the United States. Joe Biden tried on watches and perused pies during his morning outing, intended...

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