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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One.

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One.

Obama ‘Backstage,’ Past the Bouncers

President Barack Obama is looking so — second-term — in the photo that Organizing for America’s “Truth Team” has tweeted. It’s eerily reminiscent of that photo aboard Air Force One taken of then-President George W. Bush peering out at the...

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks about his plans to help America's long-term unemployed during an event with Vice President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 31, 2014.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks about his plans to help America's long-term unemployed during an event with Vice President Joe Biden in the East Room of the White House on Jan. 31, 2014.

`Obvious’ Reasons for Biden Not to Run? — Count Them

Vice President Joe Biden may see “no obvious reason” for not seeking the top job at the White House, as he told CNN, yet across the country one imagines millions of Democrats screaming back at their TV sets: “Hillary Clinton.” There are...

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President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, on May 18, 2012, in the Oval Office.

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President Barack Obama meets with French President Francois Hollande, on May 18, 2012, in the Oval Office.

Obama’s Field Trip with Hollande: Viva Les French (Freedom) Fries

How far Washington has come from those freedom fries. When French President Francois Hollande arrives in Washington for a (rare in this administration) State Dinner at the White House next week, his host has a field trip planned. President Barack...

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Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, right, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida, right, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Jeb Bush: On Running ‘Joyfully’

Sometimes a great notion: Running for president ”joyfully.” Amid all the political tumult of the past few weeks — with one of the Republican Party’s best prospects for president mired in a political traffic jam, and the Democrats’ top candidate...

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The U.S. military prison for "enemy combatants" in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on June 25, 2013.

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The U.S. military prison for "enemy combatants" in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on June 25, 2013.

Guantanamo: No Running Milk and Honey at a Place Obama Can’t Close

This man has been imprisoned at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since it opened more than a decade ago. Abdul Malik Wahab al Rahabi is among the 155 inmates still held at an off-shore lockup whose population...

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Voters cast their ballots at a makeshift polling location at PS52 in the Midland Beach neighborhood of the Staten Island borough of New York on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Voters cast their ballots at a makeshift polling location at PS52 in the Midland Beach neighborhood of the Staten Island borough of New York on Nov. 6, 2012.

Voting Made Easier: Recommendations

Voting should be easier. It’s not difficult to make that happen. That, essentially, is the conclusion of a presidential commission that was asked to investigate the long lines at polling places that have complicated voting in many places in recent...

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Walking with his daughter Elizabeth, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) makes his way to a House GOP caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, on July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Walking with his daughter Elizabeth, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) makes his way to a House GOP caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, on July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Conservatives By Any Other Name

George W. Bush famously waged his first campaign for president as a “compassionate conservative.” He campaigned on education and immigration reform — signing that “No Child Left Behind” act by the end of his first year. Immigration was supposed to...

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Senior adviser Ed Gillespie briefs reporters as they accompany Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to Weyers Cave-Shenandoah Valley Airport in Weyers Cave, Va., on Oct. 4, 2012.

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Senior adviser Ed Gillespie briefs reporters as they accompany Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to Weyers Cave-Shenandoah Valley Airport in Weyers Cave, Va., on Oct. 4, 2012.

Gillespie: ‘In Order To Win, You Have To Be Willing To Lose’

Ed Gillespie, the longtime Republican operative preparing a Senate race in Virginia, has a lot of political axioms in his 2006 book, “Winning Right.” One of them is, “In order to win, you have to be willing to lose.” Gillespie,...

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Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates salutes the march-in-review during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute for him at the Pentagon's River Terrace Parade Field in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2011.

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Outgoing U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates salutes the march-in-review during the Armed Forces Farewell Tribute for him at the Pentagon's River Terrace Parade Field in Washington, DC, on June 30, 2011.

Gates Tours with Memoir in Extra Printing, Obama: ‘War Never Easy’

Updated at 4:25 and 4:35 pm EST Retired Defense Secretary Robert Gates is braced for questions about the critique of the White House embodied in his widely sought memoir, “Duty,” that hits the bookstores Tuesday. As part of a media...

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"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

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"Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary of War," by former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Gates: Bombs Away in Memoir — How Green Lantern Drove a Decision

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates’s 594-page memoir “Duty” is getting a lot of ink for his revelations of disputes over Afghan policy with the National Security Council and President Barack Obama. There’s another side of Gates that readers may savor as the tome goes...

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