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Harvard Reunion, Class of 1987? Nope, Obama’s Cabinet

If White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell is confirmed as secretary of Health and Human Services, she will be the third member of Harvard College’s Class of 1987 to join President Barack Obama’s cabinet.

NSA Says It Wasn’t Previously Aware of Heartbleed

The National Security Agency denied that it previously knew of the Heartbleed bug, calling reports that it or any part of the U.S. government were aware before April "wrong."

Politics Counts: If Democrats Motivate Women Voters, Then What?

If the Democrats' goal is to drive up turnout among women, particularly women younger than 50, and turn that polling advantage into a vote advantage, what’s the prognosis for the the party?

Obama’s Tax Policies Boosted Obamas’ Tax Burden

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in total tax on income of $481,098 for 2013. That worked out to an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4%, the White House said -- a higher rate than 2012, even though their income declined.

Video: Sebelius’s Farewell Remarks Hit by Glitch

Kathleen Sebelius's comments, in a cruel twist, were marred by a technical glitch. As she started to wrap up her remarks, she realized something wasn't quite right

Climate Change Gets Big-Budget Treatment on Showtime

Climate change is one of the issues at the top of President Barack Obama’s agenda, and now it's getting big budget treatment in Hollywood, at least by documentary standards.

Sen. Portman Prepares for GOP Senate Takeover

Sen. Rob Portman's jobs plan gives GOP candidates broad principles to run on in the midterm election, but its greater purpose is to serve as a rough template for what the GOP hopes to do legislatively if the party recaptures the Senate majority this fall.

Alaska Ad Hints Obamacare Losing Some Political Stigma

The Affordable Care Act may be losing some of its stigma among Democrats. A new ad campaign in Alaska shows Democrats on the offensive about the health law, marking a distinct shift in the party’s messaging this campaign cycle.

Seib Video: Democrats Triple Down on Wage Equality

Events in Washington this week suggest that the big political economic debate of 2014, a midterm election year, is going to be between Democrats pushing income equality, on the one hand, and Republicans talking about job creation on the other.

WashWire Daily Brief: Sebelius Exits, Market Data Leaked After Government Phone Call

The Journal's morning rundown of the biggest news stories and exclusive features from Washington on politics, policy, financial regulation, defense and more.

How the GOP Plans to Attack Hillary Clinton

Heading toward the 2016 presidential race, Republicans hope the State Department will become Hillary Clinton's Bain Capital.

Shoe Thrown at Hillary Clinton During Vegas Speech

Hillary Clinton narrowly missed being pelted by a shoe tossed at her during a speech in Las Vegas to a recycling industry group.

Hagel Gets a Gift Horse During His Visit to Mongolia

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's 10-day Asian excursion came to a close Thursday in Mongolia with a gift horse.

After Long Drumroll, Scott Brown Makes Senate Run Official

At long last making it official, former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown Thursday evening will formally launch his campaign to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire, and will immediately cast the race as a referendum on the 2010 health care law she supported.

Obama Meets With Texas Hopeful Wendy Davis

President Obama met briefly with Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on Thursday following his remarks at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library. Their meeting comes as polls show Davis beginning to tighten the gap with her GOP opponent, Greg Abbott.

After Contempt Votes, What’s Next for Lois Lerner?

Don’t expect quick action to resolve the thorny legal issues at the heart of the dispute. Instead, the wrangling is likely to go on and on – which could be appealing to Republicans, who believe the matter is a political winner for t...

Calls Mount for Louisiana Rep. McAllister to Resign

The Louisiana GOP is calling for the resignation of Louisiana Rep. Vance McAllister, a married congressman who was caught on video kissing a staffer, while House Leader John Boehner said Mr. McAlister has "decisions that he has to make."

Transcript: Obama’s Remarks at LBJ Library Civil-Rights Event

President Barack Obama hailed the civil-rights legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson on Thursday. Here is the transcript of his speech.

Laurene Powell Jobs Among Top ‘Ready for Hillary’ Donors

A super PAC preparing for the possibility of a Hillary Clinton run raised more than $1.7 million in the first quarter, with Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple Inc. founder Steve Jobs, among the top donors.

Miss. Senate Hopeful Chris McDaniel Riffed on ‘Mamacita,’ Reparations

Chris McDaniel, a former talk-radio host running for Senate in Mississippi, has a penchant for provocative remarks, and one detractor sent along a 10-minute clip from a radio broadcast in late-2006 or early-2007.

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