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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 22%

About 22 percent of registered voters say most members of Congress deserve to be re-elected. That compares with 72 percent of respondents who say most federal lawmakers don’t deserve re-election, according to a Gallup poll conducted April 24-30. About 50 percent...

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A march through downtown Los Angeles supporting immigrant rights on May 1, 2014.

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A march through downtown Los Angeles supporting immigrant rights on May 1, 2014.

Immigration: One Year Later

It’s been a year. A year since a widely hailed bipartisan agreement to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws cleared the Senate. A year since the House left the bill on the table. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took note of...

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Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes delivers remarks before introducing former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

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Kentucky Democratic Senate Candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes delivers remarks before introducing former U.S. President Bill Clinton during a campaign event on Feb. 25, 2014 in Louisville.

Cook: ‘Perfect Storm’ for Democrats in Obama’s Second Midterm

President Barack Obama’s health-care overhaul is “an albatross” for Democrats buffeted by a “perfect storm” of factors including an unfavorable Senate map, the president’s mediocre approval ratings and historical trends favoring midterm election gains by the party opposing the White...

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), left, and Representative-elect David Jolly (R-FL) participate in a ceremonial swearing-in photo opportunity on March 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), left, and Representative-elect David Jolly (R-FL) participate in a ceremonial swearing-in photo opportunity on March 13, 2014 in Washington, D.C.

Just When You Thought It Was Safe: Florida 13

It has been an absolute comedy of errors for Democrats in Florida’s 13th congressional district, which as of mid-May stands atop an unthreatened throne as the most bizarre House election this year. Oct. 9, 2013: Rep. Bill Young, who has...

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Non-GMO food labels.

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Non-GMO food labels.

Vermont’s GMO Law: Moment of Clarity for Agribusiness

It was becoming increasingly inevitable, as opponents of genetically modified foods recovered from costly losses and consumer skepticism remained entrenched: At some point, somewhere, a state was going to pass a mandatory GMO labeling law, and the foes would need...

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Representative Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

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Representative Trey Gowdy, a Republican from South Carolina, during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

Trey Gowdy’s Three Dogs: ‘Judge, Jury and Bailiff’

Trey Gowdy, we hardly knew ye. Suddenly the second-term congressman from South Carolina is performing the “full Ginsburg” on this morning’s TV and radio news talk shows. The seasoned federal prosecutor — six years prosecuting “the full range of federal...

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North Carolina Speaker of the House and GOP Senate candidate Thom Tillis, R-NC, and his wife Susan campaign in Huntersville, N.C., neighborhood north of Charlotte, on May 5, 2014, the evening before the primary election.

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North Carolina Speaker of the House and GOP Senate candidate Thom Tillis, R-NC, and his wife Susan campaign in Huntersville, N.C., neighborhood north of Charlotte, on May 5, 2014, the evening before the primary election.

North Carolina Primary: What to Watch

Will Thom Tillis, North Carolina’s state House speaker, win at least 40 percent of the vote in a Republican U.S. Senate primary today? That’s the big question on primary day in the Tarheel State, one of the biggest states holding...

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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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