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A program before former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a Long Island Association luncheon on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

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A program before former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks during a Long Island Association luncheon on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

Jeb Bush’s Journey: Doing What it Takes, Whether Running or Not

Jeb Bush is doing what someone running for president does. That doesn’t mean he is running for president. All he offers today is a simple e-smile. The former two-term Florida governor is on the road this week and next raising...

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Coal at the Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Plant in Paradise, Kentucky.

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Coal at the Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Plant in Paradise, Kentucky.

TVA Lives to Fight Another Budget Day

The Obama administration may be pulling the plug on plans to sell the Tennessee Valley Authority, created by Franklin D. Roosevelt 81 years ago. A year after President Barack Obama began a strategic review of the power provider, the  administration...

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A person walks near the office of Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 11, 2013.

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A person walks near the office of Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. on Capitol Hill in Washington on Dec. 11, 2013.

Alexander Aide Sidelined in Porn Probe

Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who is facing a Tea Party-backed challenger in his 2014 Republican primary, announced today that his chief of staff, long-time Capitol Hill aide Ryan Loskarn, has been placed on leave as law enforcement agents probe...

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Patrick Lamanske of Champaign, Ill.,  works with Amanda Ziemnisky, right, of the Champaign Urbana Public Health District office in Champaign to try to sign his wife, Ping Lamanske, left, up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

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Patrick Lamanske of Champaign, Ill., works with Amanda Ziemnisky, right, of the Champaign Urbana Public Health District office in Champaign to try to sign his wife, Ping Lamanske, left, up for health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Obamacare: Fever-Pitch Damage Control

Obamacare is running a temperature. It’s not a runaway fever at this point, but the administration is looking for ways to cool it down. And is “surge” really the term the White House wanted to embrace in the recomitment to...

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U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) hold a news conference about the 'fiscal cliff' on Capitol Hill on December 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) hold a news conference about the 'fiscal cliff' on Capitol Hill on December 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Alexander: Working With Other People

Written with Greg Giroux In Tennessee, where Sen. Lamar Alexander is nearing the end of his second term, Republican primary challengers are ready to make a case of the senator’s compromises with Democrats. State Rep. Joe Carr, taking on “a...

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Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrive for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup hearing on June 29, 2011.

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Chairman Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, arrive for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee markup hearing on June 29, 2011.

The Republican 14 — How Vulnerable Are They?

As noted by colleague Jonathan Salant, 14 is the number of the moment in Republican circles — the number of party senators who broke with their caucus’s 32 other members to vote for the overhaul of immigration policy the chamber passed yesterday. In these hyper-partisan times,...

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) heads to the weekly Senate Republicans policy luncheon on March 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) heads to the weekly Senate Republicans policy luncheon on March 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Sales-Tax Measure Threatens to Rain on Alexander’s Parade

The Senate is taking a “burner day” on an online sales-tax measure today, allowing a cloture motion time to mature. The wait threatens to keep Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander away from the Paris Fish Fry parade. “If we continue to...

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Sen. John McCain, left,  Sen. Charles Schumer, and Sen. Lindsey Graham during the State of the Union speech on Feb. 12, 2013 in Washington.

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Sen. John McCain, left, Sen. Charles Schumer, and Sen. Lindsey Graham during the State of the Union speech on Feb. 12, 2013 in Washington.

Ribbons Honoring Newtown Victims Have Bipartisan Appeal, Except for Republican Leaders

The green ribbons sported by many of those attending the State of the Union address – most obviouslyVice President Joe Biden, given his on-camera perch behind President Barack Obama – were designed to express solidarity with the victims of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut....

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House Speaker John Boehner, right, wore the president's color today at the inauguration.

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House Speaker John Boehner, right, wore the president's color today at the inauguration.

Blue-Tied Republicans Bless Obama

House Speaker John Boehner, wearing a blue tie, spoke of renewing “the appeal to better angels” in the handing of the flag to President Barack Obama at the Capitol luncheon celebrating his second inauguration. “In the spirit of harmony,” he...

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A FedEx plane carrying two giant pandas in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province.

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A FedEx plane carrying two giant pandas in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan province.

What Students Can Teach Congress About ‘Environmental Responsibility’

By Eric Roston, cross-posted from Bloomberg.com’s sustainability blog, The Grid. U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee, gave his daughter some reasonable advice as she finishes up a program in environmental management at Duke University: “Don’t use that word...

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