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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, as seen heading to a meeting at the U.S. Capitol today.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, as seen heading to a meeting at the U.S. Capitol today.

Cantor: Tea Party Casualty, Historic Party Primary Loss

Updated at 10:10, 10:30 and 10:55 pm EDT David Brat accused Eric Cantor of promoting “amnesty” for the undocumented. Now Brat, a Tea Party-backed college professor, is deporting Cantor from the Capitol. Cantor’s primary election loss to Brat today may...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), left, during a stop of the 'Give America a Raise' bus tour, at the U.S. Capitol on April 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), left, during a stop of the 'Give America a Raise' bus tour, at the U.S. Capitol on April 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Minimum Wage: Paying for It

For all the reluctance of Republican leaders to talk about raising the federal minimum wage, Sen. Chuck Schumer, third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, suggests a compromise is possible. It may cost the senator’s party, however. In the inimitable ways of...

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, during an interview in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, during an interview in Washington, D.C.

Cruz: Money in First Amendment? — Schumer: ‘Not Absolute’

To what extent should political fundraising and spending be limited under the First Amendment? Lawmakers, a retired Supreme Court Justice and campaign-finance lawyers and experts addressed the question at a Senate Rules Committee hearing today, a few weeks after the...

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference at the U.S. Capitol.

Companies Disclosing Once-Secret Donations — a Growth Political Industry

A total of 127 publicly traded companies have agreed to reveal their corporate political contributions, according to the Center for Political Accountability, a Washington-based advocacy group that has been pushing for disclosure. A decade ago, none did. The effort to require...

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Insurance agents assist people with purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

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Insurance agents assist people with purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

Obamacare’s 6-Million Milestone

Six million Americans have signed up for private health insurance plans under Obamacare, President Barack Obama said today, as Bloomberg’s Alex Wayne notes “a symbolic milestone for a government that has struggled to get the law off the ground.” “Nearly four million people...

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Singer Mary J. Blige performs during the official state dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

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Singer Mary J. Blige performs during the official state dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

State Dinner French Test: ‘Nothing as Good as Brooklyn’

Written with Laura Curtis The first guests to arrive at last night’s State Dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande were actor Bradley Cooper, and his current girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse, the British model and actress. They both played it...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, in Washington, D.C.

Most Liberal, Conservative in Congress: National Journal’s 2013 Rankings

Guess who’s missing from the list of most liberal lawmakers. Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic senator from Massachusetts who has challenged Wall Street both rhetorically and in regulatory action and is viewed as one of the best potential challengers to Hillary...

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People from Mexico cheer and wave U.S. flags during a naturalization ceremony in San Diego on March 20, 2013.

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People from Mexico cheer and wave U.S. flags during a naturalization ceremony in San Diego on March 20, 2013.

Immigration ‘Real Possibility:’ Schumer — ‘Time to Deal:’ Boehner

Anything short of a path to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. was said to be a non-starter in Democratic circles. Now the Republican-run House’s talk of an alternative — some legal status for the undocumented...

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Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, speaks during an interview
in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30, 2014.

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Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas, speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 30, 2014.

Cruz: 2016 ‘Will Take Care of Itself’

  Ted Cruz, the first-term Republican senator from Texas, insists that he is focused on finding ways to create jobs, supporting a free-market economy, upholding the Constitution and repealing Obamacare. The rest of it, such as the politics of who’s...

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