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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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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signs a copy of his new book 'Immigration Wars' during the second day of the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 15, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush signs a copy of his new book 'Immigration Wars' during the second day of the 40th annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 15, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Bush Book Club: Open-Kindle Test

In the unending search for contrasts between the two public Bush brothers, rule out a love for books. This was prompted by the report in the New York Times over the weekend about the multitasking-reading Jeb Bush — sometimes with...

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton tour the Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on May 15, 2014, in New York.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton tour the Memorial Hall at the National September 11 Memorial Museum with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, on May 15, 2014, in New York.

9/11 Museum Dedication: Bush, Absent: ‘Evil is Real’

Three days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2011, then-President George W. Bush traveled to the wreckage of the World Trade Center with a message for the world. The president, standing on the rubble of Ground Zero, grabbed a...

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Marchers call on House Speaker John Boehner to support moving forward on immigration reform on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles.

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Marchers call on House Speaker John Boehner to support moving forward on immigration reform on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles.

Immigration Reform ‘Hell-Bent’ — or Hell-Bound?

  Never have the words “hell-bent” created so much excitement in Washington. Pushing for immigration overhaul means hanging onto whatever hope one can find. No issue may fit the Charlie-Brown-and-the-football comparison more so than immigration reform, which advocates have been pushing since the 1990s. A...

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