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An adult film actress in her apartment, which is frequently used as a filming location, in Los Angeles.

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An adult film actress in her apartment, which is frequently used as a filming location, in Los Angeles.

Horseburgers, Porn Riders and More in $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

While there’s been a lot of coverage about the overall thrust of the $1.1 trillion “omnibus” spending bill that has cleared Congress, lawmakers in both parties expressed concern that there wasn’t enough time to read the whole thing. Taxpayers for...

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A portion of H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16, 2014.

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A portion of H.R. 3547, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 16, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 72

That’s how many senators voted yesterday for a $1.1 trillion bill funding the federal government through September. The 72-26 vote clears the legislation for President Barack Obama’s signature. The Senate vote came a day after the House passed the measure...

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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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U.S. President Obama arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2014.

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U.S. President Obama arrives to speak in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 7, 2014.

Obama: ‘Pen and Phone’

President Barack Obama has “a pen and a phone.” He said so today. What he doesn’t have is either a majority of the Republican-run House or a filibuster-proof majority of the Democratic-led Senate — except on that question of  some...

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Senior adviser Ed Gillespie briefs reporters as they accompany Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to Weyers Cave-Shenandoah Valley Airport in Weyers Cave, Va., on Oct. 4, 2012.

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Senior adviser Ed Gillespie briefs reporters as they accompany Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to Weyers Cave-Shenandoah Valley Airport in Weyers Cave, Va., on Oct. 4, 2012.

Gillespie: ‘In Order To Win, You Have To Be Willing To Lose’

Ed Gillespie, the longtime Republican operative preparing a Senate race in Virginia, has a lot of political axioms in his 2006 book, “Winning Right.” One of them is, “In order to win, you have to be willing to lose.” Gillespie,...

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Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, right, with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) after a news conference with members of the D.C. Council 'to call on the Senate and the administration to free D.C.'s local budget during the federal government shutdown' on Oct. 9, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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Washington, DC Mayor Vincent Gray, right, with Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) after a news conference with members of the D.C. Council 'to call on the Senate and the administration to free D.C.'s local budget during the federal government shutdown' on Oct. 9, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Bills Passed by Lawmaker Who Can’t Vote: Only in Washington, D.C.

Written with BGov’s Loren Duggan One of the members of Congress who wrote the most laws last year is a member of the House minority who doesn’t even get to vote. Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting delegate from the...

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The Olympic Rings outside Sochi International Airport on Jan 8, 2014 in Alder, Russia.

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The Olympic Rings outside Sochi International Airport on Jan 8, 2014 in Alder, Russia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 51%

About 51 percent of Americans say they are “especially looking forward to” the 2014 midterm elections, according to the Pew Research Center. That’s not far off the 58 percent who said the same about the Winter Olympics, which kick off...

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A Choice Career Fairs job fair in Arlington, Virginia.

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A Choice Career Fairs job fair in Arlington, Virginia.

Six Republicans Help Advance Unemployment Benefits in Senate

Updated at 10:25, 11:11, 111:20 am and 1:45 pm EST Five votes. That’s what the Democrats in the Senate said they needed from Republicans this morning for a delayed vote on the extension of unemployment benefits for more than 1...

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