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A congressional staff with a poster of the 'Wastebook 2013' after a news conference on Dec. 17, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

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A congressional staff with a poster of the 'Wastebook 2013' after a news conference on Dec. 17, 2013 on Capitol Hill.

Federal Report? ‘Let Me Google That’ — $48 ‘Wastebook’

“Why does the federal government have an office that sells reports that are available for free on-line?” Sen. Tom Coburn, the soon-retiring Oklahoma Republican who has made a name for himself in rooting out federal government waste, says this is...

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Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, walks to the floor of the Senate at the U.S. Capitol.

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Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, walks to the floor of the Senate at the U.S. Capitol.

Oklahoma Primary: What to Watch

It may take another round of voting after today’s Republican Senate primary in Oklahoma to determine whether the party will nominate James Lankford or T.W. Shannon. Lankford, a two-term House member, and Shannon, a former state House speaker, surely will...

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U.S. President Barack Obama exits Marine One on June 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama exits Marine One on June 17, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Choice: ‘Right Thing… When the Public Isn’t With You’

Updated at 2 pm and 5 pm EDT Mid-afternoon at the White House, President Barack Obama sat down with the leaders of both parties of the House and Senate. This sort of parley seldom takes place in the Obama White...

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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix.

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The Veterans Affairs Medical Center on May 8, 2014 in Phoenix.

Coburn Attacks VA Workload — With Study Making Opposite Point

Sen. Tom Coburn, whom fellow Republican John McCain wants to take over the embattled Veterans Affairs Department, opposes the Democratic plan to reduce waiting lists by paying for more VA doctors. The Oklahoma Republican, and one of the few medical...

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Jacqueline Mars, left, soprano Sarah Coburn, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Washington National Opera's after party.

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Jacqueline Mars, left, soprano Sarah Coburn, and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Washington National Opera's after party.

Oysters, M&Ms and a Senator’s Daughter: ‘Elixir of Love’

What did the Washington National Opera serve its guests at the after-party for the opening of “The Elixir of Love” Saturday night? Oysters, the most legendary love potion, of all. “It’s aphrodisiacal,” joked soprano Sarah Coburn. “Opera singers don’t need...

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Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, during a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee in Washington, D.C.

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Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, during a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 36

That’s how many U.S. Senate races will be held this year. The number increased by one last week, when Oklahoma Republican Tom Coburn said he’d resign at the end of the current 113th Congress, about two years before the expiration...

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Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, walks to the floor of the Senate at the U.S. Capitol.

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Senator Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, walks to the floor of the Senate at the U.S. Capitol.

Coburn’s Senate Seat: What’s Next

A special election to replace Oklahoma Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, who’s resigning at the end of the current 113th Congress, will be held this year to coincide with regularly scheduled elections. That means a candidate qualifying period from April 9-11,...

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during a confirmation hearing for Nominee for the Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Nov. 14, 2013.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) during a confirmation hearing for Nominee for the Federal Reserve Board Chairman Janet Yellen before Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on Nov. 14, 2013.

Manchin to Yellen Then: ‘Be Bold’ — Manchin to Yellen Today: ‘No’

Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia had a lot of nice things to say about Janet Yellen before voting against her today. The only Democrat to oppose her confirmation as Federal Reserve chair had this to say 15 days ago after a...

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Senator John McCain flashes the thumb-up when asked by a reporter about how the meeting went outside the Jefferson Hotel following a dinner with President Barack Obama and a group of fellow Republican senators on March 6, 2013 in Washington.

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Senator John McCain flashes the thumb-up when asked by a reporter about how the meeting went outside the Jefferson Hotel following a dinner with President Barack Obama and a group of fellow Republican senators on March 6, 2013 in Washington.

Obama’s Republican Table: Thumbs Up — President Picks Up the Tab

Updated at 9 am EST, March 7 The food, at least, must have been good. The Republicans who dined with President Barack Obama tonight were holding thumbs up on their way out of the Jefferson Hotel this evening. Sen. John...

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