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The U.S. Senate Just Lost Half of Its Black Senators

July 16, 2013 On Tuesday, Rep. Edward Markey became Sen. Edward Markey. In doing so, the Democrat brought the Senate's black membership from 2 to 1. Markey, who represents Massachusetts, was sworn in Tuesday afternoon, replacing interim Sen. William "Mo" Cowan. Cowan was appointed to the Senate seat that was vacated in February...

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Who Is Rand Paul? Google Rand Paul.

July 12, 2013 In December 2007, a Republican congressman from the state of Texas was in dire need of some publicity. So his supporters launched a blimp. The blimp--which read "Who is Ron Paul? Google Ron Paul"--flew over Walt Disney World for a week and managed to stay afloat for more than a...

Who Could Replace Janet Napolitano at the Department of Homeland Security?

July 12, 2013 In a surprise move, Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, is resigning. She plans to leave the department in September, according to an administration official. Earlier reports indicated that she was resigning today. According to the Los Angeles Times, Napolitano will become the president of the University of California—the first...

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano Is Resigning

July 12, 2013 This story has been updated throughout. In a surprise move, Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, is resigning on Friday. According to the Los Angeles Times, Napolitano will become the president of the University of California—the first woman to hold that post in its 145-year history. Napolitano has been at...

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Pleads Not Guilty to Boston Attacks

July 10, 2013 In his first public appearance since being apprehended in a bloodied boat in a Boston suburb on April 19, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to April's Boston Marathon attack, including the use of a weapon of mass destruction to kill. Tsarnaev, who reportedly confessed his responsibility...

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Highest- and Lowest-Paid Governors in America Both Have a Knack for Scandal

June 28, 2013 You might expect the lowest-paid governor in the country to go off and accuse a political opponent of giving "it to the people without providing Vaseline." But money in politics doesn't buy you everything: The nation's highest-paid governor has plenty of problems of his own. The salary reports, based on...

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How Killing DOMA Saves the Government Money

June 26, 2013 In 2004, the Congressional Budget Office took a look at the potential budgetary impact of the federal government recognizing same-sex marriages. With the Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, that potential recognition became a reality. And what they found looks pretty promising: CBO estimated that...

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In Rare Interview, Cheney Champions NSA Surveillance

June 17, 2013 Sunday show obsessives got a bit of a Father's Day treat on Sunday: Dick Cheney on Fox News Sundaywith Chris Wallace to talk about, among other things, the NSA data collection program. In something of a Greatest Hits interview, the former vice president threw everything he has behind government surveillance....

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Al Gore: NSA Surveillance 'Violates the Constitution'

June 17, 2013 On June 5, right after The Guardian released the beginning of its revelations about massive National Security Agency data collection, Al Gore took to Twitter. He was not pleased: Just more than a week later, Al Gore is opening up in a bit more than 140 characters. In a long...

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Thomas Jefferson: Home Brewer

June 14, 2013 The transition out of the presidency can't be easy. It's one of the wonders of American democracy: a president going from being one of the most powerful people in the world to being just an unemployed dude (well, so far just dudes). George W. Bush had his ranch in Texas,...