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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12, 2013.

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The U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 78%

That’s the share of U.S. House members who voted yesterday to back a budget agreement that passed. It’s the first “bipartisan federal budget in four years,” a deal that would “ease $63 billion in automatic spending cuts and avert another...

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Obamacare Expedited Bid Process Limited Who Could Build Website

The Healthcare.gov website. Photograph by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Republicans Ready to Make Democrats Eat Obamacare Promises

They are the 10 words Republicans say will haunt Democrats in the mid-term elections: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” President Barack Obama today moved to try to shield congressional Democrats, many of whom will be...

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Mario Rafael Diaz-Balart.

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Mario Rafael Diaz-Balart.

Diaz-Balart: Immigration ‘Running Out of Time’

The clock is running on immigration. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican from Miami among a bipartisan group in the House working on an overhaul of U.S. immigration laws, says the 2013 clock already has run. And if a law isn’t...

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U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), left, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), center, and U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on October 1, 2013 in Washington DC.

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U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), left, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), center, and U.S. Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI) during a news conference on Capitol Hill, on October 1, 2013 in Washington DC.

Ryan’s and 143 Other Republican ‘No’ Votes: A Closer Look

Would House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan really have voted against reopening the government and lifting the debt cap if the measure’s outcome had been in doubt and his fellow Republican chieftains needed more help to free the party of what had become a political...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speak to the media after a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2, 2013.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, speak to the media after a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 2, 2013.

Shutdown Journal: Day 3

Updated at 10:51 am through 2:55 pm EDT With Lisa Lerer reporting from the White House, Terry Atlas from the Senate House Speaker John Boehner has been telling fellow Republicans that he won’t allow the U.S. to default on its...

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Representative Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, left, and Kevin Spacey, actor, converse during the inaugural Kevin Spacey Foundation gala at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., U.S., in this handout photo taken on Sept. 29, 2013. The foundation awards scholarships and grants to budding artists worldwide.

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Representative Steny Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, left, and Kevin Spacey, actor, converse during the inaugural Kevin Spacey Foundation gala at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington, D.C., U.S., in this handout photo taken on Sept. 29, 2013. The foundation awards scholarships and grants to budding artists worldwide.

Kevin Spacey, Meet Kevin McCarthy: Music for Washington’s Ears

David Rubenstein offered up the healing power of music to “soothe” Washington’s fiscal discord. “Before a shutdown might occur, we’d like to invite all members of Congress to come tomorrow night for a concert,” said the chairman of the Carlyle...

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House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, insists that the House is trying to keep the government open, not shutting it.

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House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohio Republican, insists that the House is trying to keep the government open, not shutting it.

Countdown to Shutdown: 2 Days

Updated at 9:20, 10:40 am and 3:07 pm EDT They say it’s not about a shutdown. They say it’s about fixing, if not defunding, what they call “Obama-care.” Yet the Republican-run House’s action early this morning, almost strictly along party...

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Speaker of the House John Boehner heads into a closed-door strategy session with GOP members at the Capitol.

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Speaker of the House John Boehner heads into a closed-door strategy session with GOP members at the Capitol.

New House Fiscal Year: Three Months

Updated at 2:25 pm EST The fiscal year in Washington is yielding, it appears, to the political quarter. House Republicans plan a vote next week on a three-month extension of U.S. borrowing authority, in an attempt to force the Democratic-run...

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Byron Jennings, Joseph Cross, Hal Holbrook, Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln, David Strathairn, Jeremy Strong, and David Costabile in 'Lincoln.'

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Byron Jennings, Joseph Cross, Hal Holbrook, Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln, David Strathairn, Jeremy Strong, and David Costabile in 'Lincoln.'

Spielberg’s `Lincoln’: Cinematic Treat Best Served with Lame-Duck

Lame-duck sessions of Congress can be larger than life. That’s the way the lame-duck session of the winter of 1864 was portrayed in the film, “Lincoln,” the tale about President Abraham Lincoln’s winning of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution...

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