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Congress’ latest drama has come to an end: The Senate on Tuesday sent legislation reforming the nation’s surveillance laws to President Obama’s desk — days after a stalemate caused the National Security Agency’s powers to lapse. The vote for the USA Freedom Act came more than 36 hours after three parts of the Patriot […]

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America’s phone calls are now dangerously un-monitored: The National Security Agency suspended its controversial collection of Americans’ phone records as Congress grappled Monday with how to restore expired surveillance laws the government has used to track terrorists and spies. No solution was likely before Tuesday at the earliest, and the Republican lawmaker who helped […]

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Some details on what many people suspected in the Dennis Hastert case: J. Dennis Hastert, the former Republican speaker of the House of Representatives, was paying a man to not say publicly that Mr. Hastert had sexually abused him decades ago, according to two people briefed on the evidence uncovered in an F.B.I. investigation […]

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Got to think there’s going to be something interesting once we delve into this: During his transition from Florida governor to likely presidential candidate, Jeb Bush served on the boards of or as an adviser to at least 15 companies and nonprofits, a dizzying array of corporate connections that earned him millions of dollars […]

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Everybody else is doing it, so why the hell not? Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has been actively gauging reactions to a possible campaign for president in 2016, is now moving rapidly to assemble the staff and financial resources for such a bid and is looking to declare his candidacy sometime after June 30, […]

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The Obama administration suffers a predicted setback: A federal appeals court on Tuesday denied the Obama administration’s request to lift a hold on the president’s executive actions on immigration, which would have granted protection from deportation as well as work permits to millions of immigrants in the country illegally. Two of three judges on […]

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• Here’s a story to warm the hearts of Republican political consultants: Jeb Bush, who has a longtime relationship with this seaside town where generations of Bushes have vacationed, is having a house built for him at the family compound on Walker’s Point, with a wraparound porch and expansive views of the Atlantic Ocean. The […]

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Haven’t had enough Benghazi? Well here you go: The State Department on Friday released nearly 900 pages of e-mails on Libya and the Benghazi attacks from the private account Hillary Rodham Clinton used while she was secretary of state. The messages have been turned over to a select House committee investigating the Sept. 11-12, […]

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From the damned-if-he-does, damned-if-he-doesn’t file: Jeb Bush on Thursday put a bit more space between himself and his brother, part of a slow-motion and seemingly reluctant distancing effort as he moves toward a White House bid. After being asked by a questioner at a sports bar here whether there is any “space” between the […]

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The NSA bulk records story keeps moving in the same direction: The Justice Department has informed lawmakers that the National Security Agency will need to begin shutting down its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records after Friday if Congress fails to act by then to reauthorize or amend the program. In a memo, the […]

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The political media’s long nightmare is finally over, reports Robert Costa: Hillary Rodham Clinton broke a long drought to take a few questions from the traveling press here Tuesday, distancing herself from President Obama’s trade pact and defending the millions of dollars she and her husband have made from giving speeches. At the end […]

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Legislators in Arizona are bravely tackling the problem of lazy poor people: Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to just one year — the shortest window in the nation. Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off after just 12 […]

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Death. Martin O’Malley is the first Democratic candidate out of the box condemning the verdict. Looks like America won’t be left terribly vulnerable after all: The House approved the annual Pentagon policy bill Friday after a tense debate over funding limits on federal agencies and a fight over an immigration amendment that […]

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And the Trans-Pacific Partnership gets one step closer: President Barack Obama’s fast-track trade bill is officially back on track in the Senate, after easily topping the 60-vote threshold needed to overcome a filibuster and open debate. The trade bill will face amendment votes next week and possibly continue beyond the Memorial Day recess. The […]

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On Iraq, Jeb Bush clarifies his previous clarification: “What we ought to be focused on is what are the lessons learned?” he added. “There are two lessons. One is, if you’re going to go to war, make sure that you have the best intelligence possible and the intelligence broke down. That’s clear, clearly one […]

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Warning — Texas is being Texas: Texas Republicans are pushing legislation to bar local officials from granting same-sex couples licenses to marry, launching a preemptive strike against a possible U.S. Supreme Court ruling next month that could declare gay marriage legal. Supporters of the measure, which is scheduled for a vote as soon as […]

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Ben White reports on some high-level concern trolling: Wall Street has a message for bank-bashing U.S. populist politicians: Put down the pitchforks or you could end up like Ed Miliband. Senior financial executives say the Labour leader’s anti-bank, soak the rich rhetoric helped sink his party in the United Kingdom elections and assure a […]

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This presidential race is about to be rocked to its bones. Take a deep breath, have a seat, hang on to your britches, and prepare yourself for Graham-mentum: Lindsey Graham is telling donors that June 1 is the likely date for his presidential announcement, according to several sources familiar with the conversations. The announcement […]

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Democrats and Republicans can come together after all — in the name of congressional privilege: The Senate gave overwhelming approval Thursday to legislation that would establish a congressional review for a proposed nuclear deal with Iran, as Republican leaders set aside efforts from their own rank and file to amend the carefully crafted bipartisan […]

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Matea Gold and Robert Costa report that Jeb Bush is playing a long game: During his closed-door presentation at the 1 Hotel in South Beach, [Bush adviser] Mike Murphy dismissed buzz-fueled candidates who rise fast early only to flame out once the primaries begin. Murphy ridiculed the early spate of presidential polls — many […]

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