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Lois Lerner, the director of the Internal Revenue Service's (exempt organizations office, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

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Lois Lerner, the director of the Internal Revenue Service's (exempt organizations office, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

Sticks and Stones: Lerner’s Permit

Not since George W. Bush called a reporter one has the word ricocheted around the Internet so loudly. Lois Lerner, it turns out, had some harsh words about conservatives in government emails that the House Ways and Means Committee has...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden  in Washington on April 2, 2013.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in Washington on April 2, 2013.

2016: The Competency Election

If 2000 was the decency election, and 2008 the change election, 2016 could become the competency election. If each presidential election for an open White House offers the American public a new course — specifically in reaction to the most...

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives for the Orthodox festival to honor the birthday of Venerable Sergius of Radonezh in the Trinity Lavra of St.Sergius on July 18, 2014, near Moscow.

Putin’s Popularity Peaking

For all the trouble that Russia’s incursion into Ukraine has caused in Europe and the United States, for all the sanctions that European Union and U.S. allies have imposed on Russian business interests, Russian President Vladimir Putin is as popular as...

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A protester who opposes arrivals of buses carrying largely women and children undocumented migrants for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station and a counter-demonstrator, left, face off on July 4, 2014 in Murrieta, California.

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A protester who opposes arrivals of buses carrying largely women and children undocumented migrants for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station and a counter-demonstrator, left, face off on July 4, 2014 in Murrieta, California.

Rubio vs. Bush: ‘Immigration Wars’

The humanitarian crisis that has emerged at the Southwestern U.S. border — a reflection of a refugee tide emanating from Central America more than any distinct border problem — has tested everyone’s stance on the broader question of a path...

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U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.

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U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.

Obama ‘Worst’ Since WW II: Poll

It’s widely recognized, at this point, that President Barack Obama’s public approval ratings are in a slump. His job approval stands at 41 percent in the latest Gallup track (with 53 percent disapproval, a phenomenon colloquially known as “underwater.”) He...

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An Iraqi army vehicle, burned by ISIS forces on the outskirts of Mosul, in Iraq on June 12, 2014.

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An Iraqi army vehicle, burned by ISIS forces on the outskirts of Mosul, in Iraq on June 12, 2014.

As Iraq Reels, War’s Fathers Mum

With Iraq under siege from Islamic militants bent on creating a Caliphate that includes areas of Syria, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, U.S. policy has come under fire. Critics are demanding that President Barack Obama fire his national security team. Analysts...

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Former President George H. W. Bush makes his eighth parachute jump to mark his 90th birthday on June 12, 2014.

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Former President George H. W. Bush makes his eighth parachute jump to mark his 90th birthday on June 12, 2014.

George H.W. Bush: The Film

Former President George H. W. Bush turns the big 9-0 today and is marking the occasion with one of his favorite pastimes: Skydiving. It’s a wonderful day in Maine — in fact, nice enough for a parachute jump. — George...

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A delegate wears an elephant mascot temporary tattoo at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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A delegate wears an elephant mascot temporary tattoo at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Jones Day Draws Top Republican Lawyers from Patton Boggs

They are the silent operators crucial to both parties during every campaign cycle — the lawyers who handle a never-ending wave of legal and logistical questions facing candidates, committees and Super-PACs. So it matters when three of the premiere campaign...

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