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Family members reunite through bars and mesh of the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Friendship Park on Nov. 17, 2013 in San Diego, California.

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Family members reunite through bars and mesh of the U.S.-Mexico border fence at Friendship Park on Nov. 17, 2013 in San Diego, California.

Obama With New Lobbyist: ‘Going to See Through’ Immigration

The White House has a new legislative affairs director. Many would contend that it needs one. The rare show of bipartisanship that resulted in the House’s overwhelming passage of a $1-trillion budget last night — with the Senate ready to...

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An adult cicada emerges from its skin in Virginia on May 17, 2013.

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An adult cicada emerges from its skin in Virginia on May 17, 2013.

‘Republicans Are Like Cicadas:’ Cole

“I guess Republicans are like cicadas.” – Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, on the apparent need of his party to rise every 17 years and shut down the federal government. Cole, the only member of his state’s delegation who...

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks at the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit on Nov. 15, 2013 .

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks at the Community Health and Social Services Center in Detroit on Nov. 15, 2013 .

Selling Obamacare: Three-Week Run

When all else fails, call in the salesman. The White House, insistent that its failing HealthCare.Gov is finally on the mend, is rolling out its salesman-in-chief for the Affordable Care Act, that law formerly known around the West Wing as...

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A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on Nov. 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California.

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A healthcare reform specialist helps people select insurance plans at the free Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment Fair at Pasadena City College on Nov. 19, 2013 in Pasadena, California.

Obamacare: Mission ‘In Progress’

“Mission Accomplished.” It can be a treacherous declaration, in the political sphere, if it’s proven wrong. Today, the healthcare.gov website that is supposed to serve as the Internet portal to health insurance for millions of Americans lacking it can accommodate...

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Law enforcement officers line up on the lawn on the east side of the U.S. Capitol during the 32nd annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.

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Law enforcement officers line up on the lawn on the east side of the U.S. Capitol during the 32nd annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.

Congressional Power Upset Unlikely: Cook’s Wasserman and Duffy

The way things stand, don’t look for an upset of congressional control next year. That’s the  way some of the most expert readers of the district-by-district and state-by-state tea leaves see it. Jennifer Duffy and David Wasserman of the Cook...

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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks about the Affordable Care Act during her visit to Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS) on November 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.

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U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius speaks about the Affordable Care Act during her visit to Community Health and Social Services Center (CHASS) on November 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan.

Why 39 Democrats Voted For a Republican Health Bill

Thirty-nine House Democrats crossed party lines today to vote for a Republican health-care bill that would let insurers sell their existing health plans through next year. The bill is opposed by President Barack Obama, who yesterday granted a one-year reprieve for...

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President Barack Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act in the White House briefing room November 14, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama speaks on the Affordable Care Act in the White House briefing room November 14, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Obamacare Reset: ‘I’m The President… They Expect Me to Do Something About It’

“‘It has now been six weeks since the Affordable Care Act’s new marketplaces opened for business,” President Barack Obama said today at a rather hastily called news conference at the White House. “I think it’s fair to say that the...

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