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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers the State of the State address next to a mural of the George Washington Bridge at G.W. Grill in Fort Lee, N.J., on Jan. 14, 2014.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers the State of the State address next to a mural of the George Washington Bridge at G.W. Grill in Fort Lee, N.J., on Jan. 14, 2014.

2016 Wide Open: Christie’s Rising Negatives Outdone by Clinton’s

So, Chris Christie’s national image has taken a body blow. His unfavorable rating has doubled among adults nationwide from January 2013, when he was the hero of Superstorm Sandy, to January 2014, when he is battling Bridgegate. Yet is that...

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Pvt. Daniel Ewart 2nd Platoon Fox Co. of 2-506th Infantry Battalion of the 4th Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, left, performs a biometric screening of a villager during a patrol near their base at COP Sabari in the Sabari district of Khost province, Afghanistan, on June 25, 2013.

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Pvt. Daniel Ewart 2nd Platoon Fox Co. of 2-506th Infantry Battalion of the 4th Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, left, performs a biometric screening of a villager during a patrol near their base at COP Sabari in the Sabari district of Khost province, Afghanistan, on June 25, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $1.1 Trillion

A measure to fund the U.S. government through Sept. 30 calls for $1.1 trillion in spending. The omnibus spending bill “includes $1.01 trillion for U.S. government operations, plus war financing known as overseas combat operations,” Bloomberg’s Derek Wallbank reported. “Republican...

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Walking with his daughter Elizabeth, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) makes his way to a House GOP caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, on July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Walking with his daughter Elizabeth, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) makes his way to a House GOP caucus meeting, on Capitol Hill, on July 9, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Conservatives By Any Other Name

George W. Bush famously waged his first campaign for president as a “compassionate conservative.” He campaigned on education and immigration reform — signing that “No Child Left Behind” act by the end of his first year. Immigration was supposed to...

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Representative Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate, arrives for a town hall meeting outside the Clinton County Courthouse in Clinton, Iowa, on Oct. 2, 2012.

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Representative Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate, arrives for a town hall meeting outside the Clinton County Courthouse in Clinton, Iowa, on Oct. 2, 2012.

Paul Ryan and the ‘Six Elephants’

Grover Norquist has one wish for Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican and House Budget Committee chairman who ran for vice president in 2012 and may have his eyes on 2016. “I hope he wants to be speaker” of the...

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C.

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, speaks during an interview in Washington, D.C.

Norquist: ‘End of the Grand Bargain’

Democrats, chafing at the “choke collar” on their appropriators, are yielding their desire to raise taxes to their thirst for bigger spending, says one of the capital’s leading anti-tax activists. The budget deal at hand — approved overwhelmingly by the...

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V-22 Osprey aircraft sit on the deck of the USS Kearsargeat docked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia.

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V-22 Osprey aircraft sit on the deck of the USS Kearsargeat docked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $63 Billion

That’s about how much over two years a budget accord announced yesterday would restore in automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. The agreement came together after negotiations led by Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray...

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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) arrive for a press conference to announce a bipartisan budget deal, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) arrive for a press conference to announce a bipartisan budget deal, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Washington: When it Works

It’s not as big a story, it seems, when Washington works. Instead of weeks of fretting and recrimination over another government shutdown, Congress appears headed in a couple of days to resolution of an agreement negotiated by bipartisan leaders that...

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Granny Really Goes Over Cliff — Pro-Entitlements Ad Ready

The AARP, unions and Democrat activist groups spend million of dollars pressuring Congress on entitlement spending such as Medicare and Social Security. So far their tactics have worked, Bloomberg News reports today from Washington. Budget conferees meeting today have already...

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Immigration Action Before 2014 Elections: Priebus

Immigration reform. It can’t happen with this Republican House, right? Wrong, says Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee.  The House will enact some major revision of immigration laws within the next year, Priebus says. “Something significant is going...

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