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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives on stage to address the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on April 2, 2013.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives on stage to address the Vital Voices Global Awards ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington on April 2, 2013.

Washington Daybook: Clinton Buzz

The unemployment rate dropped to 7.6 percent in March, the lowest since December 2008, according to the Labor Department. Workforce participation also fell, by 496,000 to 63.3% — the lowest since 1979. Hillary Clinton will address the Women in the...

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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at San Francisco International Airport on April 3, 2013.

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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives at San Francisco International Airport on April 3, 2013.

Washington Daybook: California Cash

President Barack Obama continues a fundraising trip through California today with a $32,400-per-person brunch at the Atherton home of Liz Simmons and Mark Heising of Medley Partners, Bloomberg reported. Still in Atherton, he’ll appear later at an event hosted by...

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A makeshift memorial for the 12 movie theater shooting victims built across the street from the Century 16 Theater on July 27, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.

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A makeshift memorial for the 12 movie theater shooting victims built across the street from the Century 16 Theater on July 27, 2012 in Aurora, Colorado.

Washington Daybook: Obama Heads West

President Barack Obama will stop in Denver to speak with local law enforcement officials and community leaders in an effort to ramp up pressure on Congress to pass, or at least vote on, gun control laws. Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO...

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An armed security guard at an elementary school.

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An armed security guard at an elementary school.

Washington Daybook: Dueling Agendas

Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat who favors new gun-control laws, will speak at the National Press Club today about the status of gun legislation in the House. Former Rep. Asa Hutchinson, an Arkansas Republican, will unveil the National Rifle...

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Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on September 7, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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Stephen Strasburg #37 of the Washington Nationals pitches against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on September 7, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Washington Daybook: Play Ball

Congress is out on its second week of spring recess. President Barack Obama and first Lady Michelle Obama host the White House’s 135th annual Easter Egg Roll, with celebrity story-tellers, chefs and athletes. The Washington Nationals will put star pitcher Stephen...

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Alex Herz, president of Orbit Logic, peers into the inside of an engineering model (full scale replica) of the SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft at the SpaceX booth in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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Alex Herz, president of Orbit Logic, peers into the inside of an engineering model (full scale replica) of the SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft at the SpaceX booth in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Washington Daybook: Down to Earth

Chief executives from Boeing Co., FedEx Corp., United Continental Holdings Inc. and other aviation companies attend the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s 2013 aviation summit one day after American Airlines parent AMR Corp. won approval for its merger with US Airways...

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People walk on the beach in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

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People walk on the beach in Tijuana, Mexico, beyond the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Border Patrol

Immigration policy is the main subject of discussion at events hosted by the Migration Policy Institute, the Economic Policy Institute and the Small Business Majority in Washington today. Meanwhile, Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake will host Democratic...

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Buttons opposing Proposition 8 are displayed during a rally to celebrate the ruling to overturn Proposition 8 in San Francisco.

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Buttons opposing Proposition 8 are displayed during a rally to celebrate the ruling to overturn Proposition 8 in San Francisco.

Washington Daybook: Same-Sex Sea Change

The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether the 2008 Proposition 8 California voter initiative that halted same-sex marriage in the state violated the rights of gays. The Obama administration, a Republican group including six former governors, Apple Inc. and Morgan...

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Senate Budget Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, center, and Sen. Ron Johnson, right, make brief statements to the news media before the second day of markup hearings in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 14, 2013 in Washington The Republican senators were unified in their criticism of the federal budget proposed by the majority Democrats on the committee.

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Senate Budget Committee members Sen. Pat Toomey, center, and Sen. Ron Johnson, right, make brief statements to the news media before the second day of markup hearings in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 14, 2013 in Washington The Republican senators were unified in their criticism of the federal budget proposed by the majority Democrats on the committee.

Washington Daybook: All-Nighter

Look for the Senate to toil late into the evening and possibly into the early morning hours to finish work on its fiscal 2014 budget blueprint. When back-to-back roll calls on amendments end, the chamber will finally be ready for...

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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and President Barack Obama shake hands during a joint press conference following meetings at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 21, 2013.

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Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas and President Barack Obama shake hands during a joint press conference following meetings at the Muqata, the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah on March 21, 2013.

Washington Daybook: Future Tense

President Barack Obama delivers an address to the Israeli people in Jerusalem today. He met earlier with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on the future of the peace process and said the Palestinian people “deserve a state of...

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