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Joseph "Joe" Biden, U.S. vice president, left, holds onto House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, during the State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014.

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Joseph "Joe" Biden, U.S. vice president, left, holds onto House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, during the State of the Union address on Jan. 28, 2014.

Biden’s Jump Ball: 2016

First question: Can a guy who says, in public, that, “I may be a white boy but I can jump, too,” and that the president’s health care law is a “big f—- deal” really hope to run for president again?...

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Members of the National Governors Association speak to the media after a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Feb. 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Members of the National Governors Association speak to the media after a meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House on Feb. 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Christie’s Absence in Washington — Polling Slide in New Jersey

Absence makes the questions grow longer. When leading Republican governors assembled at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce today for a news conference, they found themselves answering questions about the absence of their leader, Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey. .@RGA...

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Singer Mary J. Blige performs during the official state dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

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Singer Mary J. Blige performs during the official state dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 11, 2014.

State Dinner French Test: ‘Nothing as Good as Brooklyn’

Written with Laura Curtis The first guests to arrive at last night’s State Dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande were actor Bradley Cooper, and his current girlfriend, Suki Waterhouse, the British model and actress. They both played it...

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One.

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One.

Obama ‘Backstage,’ Past the Bouncers

President Barack Obama is looking so — second-term — in the photo that Organizing for America’s “Truth Team” has tweeted. It’s eerily reminiscent of that photo aboard Air Force One taken of then-President George W. Bush peering out at the...

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Maria Alyokhina, left, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot appear at a news conference on Feb. 4, 2014 in New York.

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Maria Alyokhina, left, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot appear at a news conference on Feb. 4, 2014 in New York.

Russian Envoy ‘Disappointed’ Power Hasn’t Joined Pussy Riot’s Band

Updated at 9 pm EST U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power met with two recently liberated members of the all-female Russian punk band Pussy Riot today in New York. The two were imprisoned for hooliganism in a protest...

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014

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U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2014

State of the Union Ratings: Lowest — FOX Won Cable Views

Updated at 3 pm EST with cable TV ratings The early numbers are in, and they’re pointing to a new record low for TV audiences viewing President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speeches. Between 21 million and 22 million...

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush with her son Jeb in this March 18, 2005 file photo.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush with her son Jeb in this March 18, 2005 file photo.

Jeb to Barbara Bush: Mother’s Day?

For some time now, Barbara Bush has been saying there ought to be some families in America — any families but the Bushes and Clintons — that can produce some good candidates for president. The former first lady, wife of...

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Republican David Jolly, right, thanks supporters during a campaign rally on Nov. 23, 2013 in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.

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Republican David Jolly, right, thanks supporters during a campaign rally on Nov. 23, 2013 in Indian Rocks Beach, Fla.

Sink vs. Jolly In Key Florida District

Updated Jan. 15 at 4:19 pm EST The candidate field is set for a March 11 special election in Florida’s Tampa Bay area that will attract national attention. Republican David Jolly, a lobbyist and former aide to the late Republican...

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White House spokesman Jay Carney looks at his notes as Gene Sperling,  Director of the National Economic Council, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC on Jan. 6, 2013.

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White House spokesman Jay Carney looks at his notes as Gene Sperling, Director of the National Economic Council, speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC on Jan. 6, 2013.

Carney’s Beard Outgrowing Panda’s

Jay Carney’s beard is growing in nicely. The post-holiday fuzz that the primary White House spokesman first displayed at the West Wing podium after New Year’s has filled in, lending the daily press briefing something of a more hirsute air...

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