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Rosa Parks honored with statue in Capitol
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Had it not been for Rosa Parks and others of her era, President Barack Obama said he wouldn’t be unveiling a bronze statue of the civil rights icon in the U.S. Capitol.

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Campaign Donations and Political Corruption
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In a deeply worrisome move, the Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to hear a new campaign finance lawsuit that challenges long-established federal caps on the total amount an individual can contribute to federal campaigns in a two-year cycle. In a ruling …

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Hagel Takes Helm at Pentagon
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After a divisive confirmation battle in Congress, Chuck Hagel began his first day as President Barack Obama’s new defense secretary, addressing global problems as well as impending budget cuts at home.

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Senate Confirms Lew for Treasury Post
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The Senate voted 71-26 to confirm Jacob Lew, who will be one of President Barack Obama’s point men in continuing battles over taxes, spending and other economic-policy issues.

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Democrats in the Middle
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A group of younger, moderate Democrats in the Senate could be best suited to address the latest budget impasse.

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Jockeying Stalls Deal on Spending Cuts
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The White House and congressional Republicans are set to let Friday’s spending-cut deadline pass, with each side maneuvering to ensure the other catches the blame.

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The Caucus: The Early Word: Sequester Eve
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Political news from today’s Times, plus a look at what’s happening in Washington.

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