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Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Co., during a Senate Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2014.

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Mary Barra, chief executive officer of General Motors Co., during a Senate Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Insurance subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C., on April 2, 2014.

Barra’s Testimony Found Wanting — Return Trip to Hill Promised

General Motors Chief Executive Mary Barra’s performance before two congressional panels is getting widely panned by lawmakers today, with many saying the top boss was too evasive in answering questions about faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths....

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Director Steven Spielberg (center), and the director of photography Janusz Kaminski (right) on set of "Lincoln."

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Director Steven Spielberg (center), and the director of photography Janusz Kaminski (right) on set of "Lincoln."

Spielberg on Lincoln: Living ‘In Two Directions’

Steven Spielberg worked on his award-winning film, “Lincoln,” at the National Archives. He returned last night as an honoree — on the anniversary of Lincoln’s delivery of The Gettysburg Address. Yet it wasn’t only Lincoln on everyone’s minds here — Jaws,...

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A woman smokes a joint at a pro-marijuana '4/20' celebration in front of the state capitol building April 20, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.

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A woman smokes a joint at a pro-marijuana '4/20' celebration in front of the state capitol building April 20, 2010 in Denver, Colorado.

Conflicting Marijuana Laws to Be Focus of Senate Hearing

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker blog Attorney General Eric Holder and Deputy Attorney General James Cole have been invited to testify next month at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on conflicts between state and federal marijuana laws. Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, the panel’s...

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President Barack Obama nominates Cornelia T. L. Pillard, right, a law professor, Patricia Ann Millett, second left, an appellate lawyer; and Robert L. Wilkins, a federal district judge, to fill the remaining vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

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President Barack Obama nominates Cornelia T. L. Pillard, right, a law professor, Patricia Ann Millett, second left, an appellate lawyer; and Robert L. Wilkins, a federal district judge, to fill the remaining vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

Obama: ‘Doing My Job’

At his Rose Garden announcement today of three nominees for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, President Barack Obama confronted the politics of Senate opposition to even filling these vacancies. As expected, the president nominated U.S. District Court Judge Robert...

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Lead by Mayor Michael Hancock, Anna and Fran Simon are the first couple to take part in a civil union ceremony at the Webb Building in Denver , on May 1, 2013.

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Lead by Mayor Michael Hancock, Anna and Fran Simon are the first couple to take part in a civil union ceremony at the Webb Building in Denver , on May 1, 2013.

Schumer: Same-Sex Marriage ‘Conundrum’ for Immigration Bill

The two Democratic members of a bipartisan Senate immigration group who sit on the Judiciary Committee are refusing to say whether they’d vote to add protections for same-sex couples to the measure. “I’m not going to get into speculatives,”  Sen....

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Sen. Marco Rubio with reporters on Capitol Hill on March 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Marco Rubio with reporters on Capitol Hill on March 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Leahy to Rubio: Ready for ‘You and Your Fellow Gang Members’

Behind closed doors. That’s where much of what gets done — when things actually get done — gets done in Washington. So it appears that the funny bone of the Senate judiciary chairman was tickled by Sen. Marco Rubio’s letter...

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 24, 2013, to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington on Jan. 24, 2013, to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices.

Cruzing for a Lecture: Feinstein on Guns

Ted Cruz, the first-year Republican senator from Texas who has taken on some senior lawmakers in rhetorical fisticuffs during his debut on Capitol Hill, ran into one contender today who showed little patience for his brashness. Cruz put a question...

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham during a hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013.

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Lindsey Graham during a hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013.

Gun-Control Hearing: No Show and Tell

Some Republican senators say that today’s  Judiciary Committee  hearing on gun control would have been better with some show-and-tell. South Carolina’s Sen. Lindsey Graham and Sen. Ted Cruz  of Texas fired off a letter to Judiciary Chairman Patrick  Leahy of Vermont complaining...

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Retired NASA astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, right, and his wife, shooting victim and former Rep. Gabby Giffords arrive for a Senate Judiciary Committee followed by Chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley before hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013.

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Retired NASA astronaut and Navy Capt. Mark Kelly, right, and his wife, shooting victim and former Rep. Gabby Giffords arrive for a Senate Judiciary Committee followed by Chairman Patrick Leahy and ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley before hearing about gun control on Capitol Hill on Jan. 30, 2013.

Giffords on Gun Control: ‘Time is Now’

“The time is now.” The words of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, who was grievously wounded in a gunman’s attack in Tucson in2011, appearing today at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “You must act,” Giffords told the...

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