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House Oversight and Government Reform raking member U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), left, and committee member U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)  in Washington, DC.

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House Oversight and Government Reform raking member U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), left, and committee member U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) in Washington, DC.

Cummings, Chaffetz Seek ‘Higher Ground’

Reps. Elijah Cummings and Jason Chaffetz may be attempting the impossible: Restoring comity in Congress. The political gap between the two House members could not get much wider. To close the gap, they visited each other’s district for what amounted to...

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A missile is launched by an 'Iron Dome' battery, a short-range missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 15, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.

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A missile is launched by an 'Iron Dome' battery, a short-range missile defense system designed to intercept and destroy incoming short-range rockets and artillery shells, on July 15, 2014 in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod.

Iron Dome: $225 Million More

Among the few bills that have cleared the 113th Congress: One authorizing $225 million more for the “Iron Dome” defense that shoots down rockets fired at Israel from Gaza. President Obama puts down his pen after signing “The Iron Dome...

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President Barack Obama walks with Bo, the family dog, as he arrives to read a story to children attending the annual Easter Egg Roll on April 1, 2013 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama walks with Bo, the family dog, as he arrives to read a story to children attending the annual Easter Egg Roll on April 1, 2013 on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.

Obama Ready to Walk Boehner’s Dog

President Barack Obama occasionally has been spotted walking his dogs. We’re pretty sure, though, that the commander-in-chief has never washed the presidential limousines. Yet, he says he’s willing to do both for Congress — if lawmakers will only work with...

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Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (C) talks with (L-R) Janice Hahn, D-Ca., Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., and Eliot Engel, D-Ny. at 'National Seersucker Day' at U.S. Capitol on June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La. (C) talks with (L-R) Janice Hahn, D-Ca., Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., and Eliot Engel, D-Ny. at 'National Seersucker Day' at U.S. Capitol on June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Seersuckers on Capitol Hill: Say No More

What is one to say about seersucker day on Capitol Hill? This is the sort of story that writes itself — the idea that so many members of Congress who have done so little this year or last would heed...

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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Pot, Not Potholes: D.C. Activists Take the Hill

Andy Harris doesn’t represent the District of Columbia in Congress and, unlike the person who does, he has a vote. Yet today, the Maryland Republican got a full airing of grievances related to the District. “DC Residents will deliver their...

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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

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President Barack Obama at the White House on July 18, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 43.2%

President Barack Obama averaged a 43.2 percent approval rating during this year’s second quarter, according to Gallup. That’s one of the president’s worst showings during his 22 quarters in office, and just barely ahead of his average 42.4 percent approval...

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