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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Ryan’s $4 Million: House’s Biggest

Paul Ryan has the biggest campaign fund in the  House, at more than $4 million. It’s not hard to explain why. The Wisconsin Republican was Mitt Romney’s running mate on the party’s 2012 presidential ticket. He leads the House Budget Committee...

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President Barack Obama sits behind his desk after addressing the nation from the Oval Office of the White House

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President Barack Obama sits behind his desk after addressing the nation from the Oval Office of the White House

Obama Gives Clemency to Correct a Typo

The scales of justices turned out to be in error for Ceasar Huerta Cantu, and President Barack Obama intervened today to make a correction. Cantu, of Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana...

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Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.

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Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2.8%

    The federal budget deficit will be 2.8 percent of gross domestic product this fiscal year, according to a Congressional Budget Office projection.  That would mark a decline in the deficit from 4.1 percent of the economy in fiscal...

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

Toyota Keeping Lawmakers Happy

Tired of waiting to (finally) get your turn to question that Obama administration official at your subcommittee hearing? Bored of floor debates on bills that will never go anywhere? Toyota has a solution for you, just a few blocks away...

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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

Obama’s Dream, 50 Years Hence

Updated at 1:41 and 1:46 pm EDT with the president’s remarks today “My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.” – Barack Obama,...

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Some of the 243 immigrants deported from the United States arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City on Jan. 2, 2014.

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Some of the 243 immigrants deported from the United States arrive at the Air Force base in Guatemala City on Jan. 2, 2014.

Hispanic Lawmakers Offer Deportation Options to Obama Administration

President Barack Obama’s administration should make deportation a low priority for those who haven’t committed significant crimes, expand eligibility for green cards and end a controversial fingerprinting program used to identify undocumented workers. Those are a few of the 11...

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In line to purchase copies of President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget at the Government Printing Office bookstore in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 2014.

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In line to purchase copies of President Barack Obama's Fiscal Year 2015 Budget at the Government Printing Office bookstore in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 2014.

Republicans Offer Obama Budget — Set-up for Failed Shutout

Updated at 5:50 pm EDT President Barack Obama can’t offer his own amendment to the House Republican budget, so South Carolina Republican Mick Mulvaney has helpfully assistED. The result was sure to be a resounding defeat of an amendment intended...

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Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, during a keynote session at the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit 2014 in San Francisco on April 8, 2014.

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Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, during a keynote session at the Marketo Marketing Nation Summit 2014 in San Francisco on April 8, 2014.

Clinton Jumps into Koch-Bashing Act

For Hillary Clinton, diplomacy ends at the Koch Theater’s edge. It’s an article of faith on the left that the billionaire industrialists David and Charles Koch bankrolled the Tea Party movement mostly to advance their own business interests. The Senate...

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona in Washington, DC, on Sept. 18, 2013.

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Secretary of State John Kerry speaks with Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona in Washington, DC, on Sept. 18, 2013.

Kerry, McCain: Battle of the Nominees

When two decorated Vietnam War veterans, both winners of their parties’ nominations for president — and both losers of the general election — square off over differences in foreign policy, a war of political nerve might ensue. It did at...

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