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President Barack Obama stands next to Lt. General Robert Caslen before giving the commencement address at the graduation ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on May 28, 2014.

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President Barack Obama stands next to Lt. General Robert Caslen before giving the commencement address at the graduation ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on May 28, 2014.

Obama: On Hitting Home Runs

  President Barack Obama has taken some heat lately for talking about hitting “singles” and “doubles” in the game of foreign policy. In addressing the array of challenges the U.S. faces on foreign fronts, Obama has spoken of the incremental...

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U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki reenters the hearing room after testifying to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee about wait times veterans face  to get medical care on May 15, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki reenters the hearing room after testifying to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee about wait times veterans face to get medical care on May 15, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Mad as Hell: D.C. Definition

The general in charge is “mad as hell” about the backlog in care at the overburdened Department of Veterans Affairs. The president is even “madder than hell.” All of which begs the second part of one of the most memorable...

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Timothy Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, right, talks to Lawrence " Larry" Summers, outgoing director of the U.S. National Economic Council, before U.S. President Barack Obama signed an $858 billion bill extending for two years Bush-era tax cuts in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17, 2010.

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Timothy Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, right, talks to Lawrence " Larry" Summers, outgoing director of the U.S. National Economic Council, before U.S. President Barack Obama signed an $858 billion bill extending for two years Bush-era tax cuts in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17, 2010.

Summers ‘Thrill’ Topped ‘Torture’: Geithner Says With Smile

Timothy Geithner, the former Treasury secretary making the rounds with his new book, spoke today of the abyss the United States faced in the fall of 2008, the prospect of a panic-driven financial crisis prompted by a freezing of credit....

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

Harry Reid’s ‘One-Party State’

Sometimes stories simply clash. The collision of these two reverberates: – Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic majority leader from Nevada, says of the campaign contributions of the billionaire casino magnate and Republican mega-donor in Las Vegas in an interview with...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), left, during a stop of the 'Give America a Raise' bus tour, at the U.S. Capitol on April 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), left, during a stop of the 'Give America a Raise' bus tour, at the U.S. Capitol on April 3, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Minimum Wage: Paying for It

For all the reluctance of Republican leaders to talk about raising the federal minimum wage, Sen. Chuck Schumer, third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, suggests a compromise is possible. It may cost the senator’s party, however. In the inimitable ways of...

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Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter in Yangon on April 5, 2013.

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Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter in Yangon on April 5, 2013.

Jimmy Carter: No Obama Contact

It won’t be a Full Ginsburg. Yet Jimmy Carter,  the 39th president of the U.S., will make be making some national talk show rounds over the weekend and Monday. Carter, who turns 90 this year, campaigned as a Washington outsider,...

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People take 'selfies' in front of a painting by British street artist Banksy on Oct. 24, 2013 in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City.

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People take 'selfies' in front of a painting by British street artist Banksy on Oct. 24, 2013 in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City.

Millennials Come of Age: Optimistic, Independent, Diverse and Digital

The millennials have come of age. And these are not your father’s voters. Fully half of those people now ranging in age from 18 to 33 consider themselves politically independent and “are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion,” the...

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014

State of the Union Ratings: Lowest — FOX Won Cable Views

Updated at 3 pm EST with cable TV ratings The early numbers are in, and they’re pointing to a new record low for TV audiences viewing President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speeches. Between 21 million and 22 million...

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