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Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the President of the Walmart Foundation, as President Barack Obama announces her nomination to budget director at the White House on March 4, 2013.

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the President of the Walmart Foundation, as President Barack Obama announces her nomination to budget director at the White House on March 4, 2013.

OMB Chief’s 9 mm Target Focuses: ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, director of the Office of Management and Budget, said today that she’s trying to stay true to the Ryan-Murray budget. “We are trying to support the agreement and the principles they worked on,” she explained of the...

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A pedestrian pauses to take a photograph, right, of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 3, 2014.

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A pedestrian pauses to take a photograph, right, of the White House in Washington, D.C., on March 3, 2014.

Snow Blinds Washington — Hold Your Questions, Please

The snow that started falling on Washington before dawn has becoming something of a white-out at the nation’s capital, with fine flakes blown by blustery winds burying the district and surroundings in a blanket of silence. In a town whose...

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio during a news conference following the weekly Republican Conference meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan 14, 2014.

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House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio during a news conference following the weekly Republican Conference meeting in Washington, D.C., on Jan 14, 2014.

Boehner: Putin a ‘Thug,’ Snowden a ‘Traitor,’ Obama ‘Way Left’

Updated at 12:30 pm EST Guess who won’t be going to Sochi. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio says he’s never met President Vladimir Putin of Russia, host of the upcoming winter Olympic Games and harborer of the fugitive national...

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A voter in the Manhattan borough of New York City.

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A voter in the Manhattan borough of New York City.

America Going Independent — At Expense of Republican Party

Through the years, as many Americans have ceased to identify with either one of the major political parties, the ranks of those who view themselves as independents have swelled. And there is further proof in the Gallup Poll’s findings that...

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A Boeing Co. 747-8 aircraft during the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2013 in South Korea.

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A Boeing Co. 747-8 aircraft during the Seoul International Aerospace & Defense Exhibition 2013 in South Korea.

Contractors Who Opposed Shutdown Give to Lawmakers Who Prolonged It

Political action committees of the 10 biggest federal contractors, including Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co., contributed to more than 60 percent of House Republicans even after they opposed ending a government shutdown that caused “serious disruptions” in the companies’...

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Washington’s Resolutions: 2014 Dawning

  If ever there were a place, and a time, in need of new resolutions, it would certainly be Washington, D.C., on New Year’s Day 2014. House Speaker John Boehner, who presided over a 16-day partial shutdown of the federal...

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Republican Senator Ted Cruz Speaks At The Heritage Foundation

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Cruz Control: ‘Nobody Should Be Surprised’ That DC ‘Pushes Back’

  One of your party’s elder statesmen — one nominated for the presidency — has called you a “wacko bird.” Many of your party’s leaders have denounced your tactic of grinding the government to a 16-day halt in a futile...

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) talks to Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) (R) prior to a news conference on Sept. 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) talks to Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) (R) prior to a news conference on Sept. 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

Omaha Democrat Making Shutdown Case Exits Race

A Nebraska Democrat who decided to challenge Republican Rep. Lee Terry after a partial government shutdown now says he won’t run after all. “It is the right time for moderate, practical-minded people to make a difference, but I’ve determined it’s...

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An adult cicada emerges from its skin in Virginia on May 17, 2013.

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An adult cicada emerges from its skin in Virginia on May 17, 2013.

‘Republicans Are Like Cicadas:’ Cole

“I guess Republicans are like cicadas.” – Rep. Tom Cole, an Oklahoma Republican, on the apparent need of his party to rise every 17 years and shut down the federal government. Cole, the only member of his state’s delegation who...

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Decorations featuring Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' as workers construct the annual Norwegian Christmas tree at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Dec. 2, 2013.

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Decorations featuring Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch's 'The Scream' as workers construct the annual Norwegian Christmas tree at Union Station in Washington, DC, on Dec. 2, 2013.

Washington 2013: ‘The Scream’

To top off a year in Washington with a Navy Yard shooting, partial government shutdown and health-care website meltdown, a Christmas tree with 700 “screams” may speak to the most jaded Washingtonians. For 16 years, the Union Station tree has...

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