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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol.

McConnell, Boehner Ads Take Different Tacks

The top two Republicans in Congress have new campaign ads on television as they near primary elections next month. The spots for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio take different tacks. McConnell’s...

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Ryan’s $4 Million: House’s Biggest

Paul Ryan has the biggest campaign fund in the  House, at more than $4 million. It’s not hard to explain why. The Wisconsin Republican was Mitt Romney’s running mate on the party’s 2012 presidential ticket. He leads the House Budget Committee...

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Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Sherrod Brown, a Democrat from Ohio, in Washington, D.C.

Brown: Banking Bill Moribund — Boehner ‘Speaker of Tea Party’

Sen. Sherrod Brown, co-sponsor of a bill to prevent any one financial institution from growing so large that it could jeopardize the economy or require another federal bailout, sees little likelihood of anything passing this year — not his plan,...

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego, California, on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego, California, on Feb. 27, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 59

Fifty-nine senators voted yesterday to renew extended unemployment benefits through May. The Senate passed a compromise negotiated by Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed, Nevada Republican Dean Heller and eight other senators from both parties. “The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which...

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) leave a Senate Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), left, and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) leave a Senate Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on Oct. 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Chambliss Leaving ‘Frustrating’ Senate says Boehner Here to Stay

Retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, a member of Congress for 20 years and senator for the past 12, says today’s Senate isn’t what he had in mind. “There’s not an awful lot going on in the Senate” right now, the Georgia...

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Insurance agents assist people with purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

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Insurance agents assist people with purchasing health insurance under the Affordable Care Act on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

Obamacare’s 6-Million Milestone

Six million Americans have signed up for private health insurance plans under Obamacare, President Barack Obama said today, as Bloomberg’s Alex Wayne notes “a symbolic milestone for a government that has struggled to get the law off the ground.” “Nearly four million people...

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Ukrainian parliament speaker and interim president Olexander Turchynov, left, greets United States Senator John McCain prior to talks in Kiev on March 14, 2014.

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Ukrainian parliament speaker and interim president Olexander Turchynov, left, greets United States Senator John McCain prior to talks in Kiev on March 14, 2014.

Russia-Sanctioned Senators: ‘I’ll Take It’

Spell my name right. That’s the reaction of American politicians named in the Russian Foreign Ministry’s publication of a list of U.S. officials facing sanctions. The Russian sanctions are in apparent retaliation for U.S. sanctions against several Russian officials because...

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William D. Smart, Jr., pastor of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, right, protests with fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union inside of a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

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William D. Smart, Jr., pastor of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, right, protests with fast-food workers and supporters organized by the Service Employees International Union inside of a Subway restaurant in Los Angeles on Aug. 29, 2013.

Obama: America Ready for a Raise

“It’s time to give America a raise,” the president said today. President Barack Obama is talking about the minimum wage, the one long set at $7.25 an hour. He wants to raise it in steps to $10.10. He has issued...

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President Barack Obama greets employees after speaking at the General Electric Waukesha Gas Engines facility on Jan. 30, 2014 in Wisconsin.

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President Barack Obama greets employees after speaking at the General Electric Waukesha Gas Engines facility on Jan. 30, 2014 in Wisconsin.

Getting Russia’s Attention with Liquefied Natural Gas: Slow Track

Russia’s intervention in Ukraine has prompted a number of prominent House Republicans — including House Speaker John Boehner and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton — to call on President Barack Obama to fast-track U.S. applications for liquefied natural gas exports. While...

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