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Baker on Iran: ‘Don’t Lose a Damn Thing by Talking’

James Baker, former secretary of state for one president and secretary of the treasury and chief of staff for another, says European leaders shouldn’t be surprised by allegations of American espionage. Recalling his time as the chief U.S. diplomat for...

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President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip (Thomas Philip) O'Neill share a meal at the White House on September 1981 in Washington, DC.

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President Ronald Reagan and Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip (Thomas Philip) O'Neill share a meal at the White House on September 1981 in Washington, DC.

Tip, Gipper: Debt-Raising 1981-Style

As  lawmakers clash over how to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling, a new book by Chris Matthews recounts how lawmakers lifted the federal borrowing limit 33 years ago amid divided government. It was early 1981 and...

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A man sits in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2013.

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A man sits in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, on October 1, 2013.

Shutdown: Day One

Updated at 9:39 am through 5:53 pm EDT With David Lerman reporting from the Pentagon  The House’s Republicans have come up with another non-starter in the stalled budget talks with the Democratic-run Senate. The White House says President Barack Obama...

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 16, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) March 16, 2013 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Walker: Reagan Was a Governor

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker got a warm reception at the Conservative Political Action Conference today, getting the crowd on its feet more often than most speakers. Among potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates, only Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky received such...

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Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., makes his way around the Cannon rotunda.

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Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., makes his way around the Cannon rotunda.

Congressional Dysfunction Breeds Nostalgia for Spirit of Compromise

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, recalls his last substantive issue discussion with a Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. It was 13 years ago. He and Bill Thomas, then a Republican congressman from California who served as the...

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Former President Jimmy Carter, right, waves while arriving with his wife Rosalynn Carter, center, during the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

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Former President Jimmy Carter, right, waves while arriving with his wife Rosalynn Carter, center, during the presidential inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013.

Jimmy Carter’s Longest-Running Post-Oval Office Performance

Among the dignitaries who got a bird’s-eye view of the swearing-in ceremony for President Barack Obama’s second term yesterday, ex-President Bill Clinton — with his mane of snow-white hair and ever-expressive face — was especially hard to miss. Blending more into the...

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Cristina Castro, 23, of New York, wraps up against the cold while waiting to enter the Capitol to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama.

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Cristina Castro, 23, of New York, wraps up against the cold while waiting to enter the Capitol to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama.

Obama’s 40-Degree Inaugural Day — History Dictates a Heavy Top Coat

The real inauguration will play out indoors. The outdoor celebration the next day will be chilling. President Barack Obama’s second term actually starts at noon Sunday, on the date and time demanded by the Constitution. The president will have Supreme...

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