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Paige Lavender is a Senior Politics Editor in the Washington DC bureau.

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Republicans Aren't Moving On From Obamacare

(7470) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 2:35 PM

The Republican National Committee sent a message to President Barack Obama Friday: the GOP is not moving on from Obamacare.

The Republicans' message came in the form of a web video, posted one day after the president announced 8 million people had signed up for private...

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The Clinton White House (Almost) Totally Schooled Don Imus

(98) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 1:48 PM

The release of more documents from the Clinton presidency revealed just how much former President Bill Clinton's administration despised radio host Don Imus.

A letter written by the White House communications team to Imus, signed "WJC," was revealed in the document dump. In the letter, which was never...

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Edward Snowden: Putin 'Must Be Called To Account On Surveillance Like Obama'

(278) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 9:09 AM

One day after he asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about surveillance, Edward Snowden, known for leaking details of U.S. intelligence eavesdropping, said Putin "must be called to account on surveillance just like Obama."

Snowden penned his thoughts in an op-ed for The Guardian.

"I was surprised...

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Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant

(347) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 4:27 PM

Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is pregnant.

Clinton announced she was pregnant with her first child on Thursday while speaking at the Lower Eastside Girls Club in New York City as part of the "No Ceilings Conversation" series.

Clinton...

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Mayor 'Kind Of Agreed' With White Supremacist Accused Of Killing 3 At Jewish Centers

(861) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 5:20 PM

Marionville, Missouri Mayor Dan Clevenger said he "kind of agreed" with some of the beliefs of Frazier Glenn Cross, the 73-year-old accused of killing three people outside of a Jewish community center and retirement complex near Kansas City on Sunday.

In an interview with...

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Joe Biden Joins Instagram And It's A Big F***ing Deal

(30) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 1:25 PM

Vice President Joe Biden is finally getting a filter -- on Instagram, that is.

Biden joined Instagram as "vp" on Wednesday. His first photo was a shot of his iconic aviator sunglasses:

According to the description on the account, which is run by Biden's office, any photos that come directly from the vice president will be signed "-vp."

The White House let followers know about Biden's big move, tweeting the following Wednesday:

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GOP Rep: Raising The Minimum Wage Is 'Not Right'

(281) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 11:10 AM

Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) said raising the minimum wage is "not right," claiming "it does more harm to our economy."

In a video posted by ThinkProgress Wednesday, Ross can be seen addressing a constituent's concerns about minimum wage at a public forum in Tampa.

"I think...

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Michael Bloomberg Is Sure He Has A Spot In Heaven

(200) Comments | Posted April 16, 2014 | 9:52 AM

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is sure he has a spot in Heaven.

At least that's what the founder of the group Mayors Against Illegal Guns told the New York Times in an interview published Tuesday:

Mr. Bloomberg was introspective as he spoke, and seemed both...
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Mitt Romney Backs Mike Simpson In New U.S. Chamber of Commerce Ad

(74) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is appearing in a television ad for Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho).

"The stakes are very high in this election because Washington spending is out of control," Romney says in the ad, which is scheduled to begin airing Wednesday, according to...

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Michele Bachmann Gives Endorsement In GOP Primary For Her Seat

(133) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 12:23 PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has endorsed Tom Emmer in the GOP primary race for her seat.

The Minnesota Republican Party endorsed Emmer on Saturday along with Bachmann, according to WCCO. Though she's not running for reelection, Bachmann said she's "not going anywhere."

"I am going to...

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Gov Brags That Scott Brown, Who Was Born In Maine, Was 'Born Virtually' In New Hampshire

(218) Comments | Posted April 14, 2014 | 9:37 AM

Former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu (R) is stumping for former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.), bragging that he's the best candidate for Senate because he was "born virtually" in the Granite State.

But Brown, who is running against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), was actually...

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Obama Nominates 'Bro' -- Literally

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 4:43 PM

President Barack Obama has nominated a Bro as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. No, really.

On Thursday, the White House announced Obama's intent to nominate Dr. William “Bro” Adams to the position. Current Chairman Jim Leach announced his resignation in April 2013.

“Bro brings demonstrated...

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6-Year-Old Asks Hillary Clinton If She Wants To Be Called 'Madame' Or 'Mrs. President'

(852) Comments | Posted April 10, 2014 | 8:33 AM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is grilled a lot about a potential 2016 presidential run, but it took a six-year-old to ask what might be the most obvious question of all.

While answering questions at the World Affairs Council's "Women Changing the World" speaker series on Tuesday at Keller...

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Robert Reich Shares A Story From What Was Probably The Most Powerful Classroom Ever

(125) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 2:54 PM

Robert Reich, who served as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton, shared a story on his Facebook page Wednesday of what might have been the class with the most powerful group of students ever.

Reich shared a story of a class he took with Clinton, former Secretary...

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Scott Walker Wants To Finally Earn His College Degree

(354) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 12:16 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is hoping to finally earn his college degree, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Walker attended Marquette University but left before he finished his degree to take a job with the Red Cross. Walker has said before he first went...

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Zeituni Onyango Dead: Obama's Aunt Dies At Age 61

(29) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 4:54 PM

Zeituni Onyango, the aunt of President Barack Obama who fought deportation after it was revealed she was undocumented, has died, according to the Boston Herald, CBS Boston and WCVB.

Margaret Wong, Onyango's immigration lawyer, said the 61-year-old passed away at a rehabilitation...

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Kevin McCarthy Pulls Column From Conservative Website That Posted Inappropriate Pelosi Image

(101) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 11:19 AM

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has pulled his column from a conservative website after that site posted inappropriate images of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

Images posted to Breitbart News' California site featured Pelosi's face Photoshopped onto singer Miley Cyrus' body, which is perched on all fours. Pelosi...

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Martin O'Malley Expected To Sign Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

(50) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:54 PM

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) is expected to sign a marijuana decriminalization bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly Monday, the Washington Post reports.

In January, O'Malley said he was "not much in favor" of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

"We've seen what drug addiction has...

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Married GOP Rep. Caught Kissing Staffer In Surveillance Video

(2054) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Rep. Vance McAllister (R-La.) is facing trouble after a local newspaper reported he can be seen kissing a female staffer in a surveillance video.

On Monday, The Ouachita Citizen published a surveillance video allegedly showing McAllister and Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, McAllister’s district scheduler, at the...

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Joe Biden: 'It's Time To Stand Up And Fight Back' On Voting Rights

(188) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 10:31 AM

Vice President Joe Biden is encouraging Democrats to "fight back" for voting rights in a video released as part of the Democratic National Committee’s new Voter Expansion Project.

“I've got to tell you, if someone had said to me ten years ago that I'd have to make a...

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