Romney returns to political stage as GOP star

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After retreating from public view following his crushing defeat in the 2012 presidential race, Mitt Romney has emerged as one of the Republican Party’s most influential leaders, especially on the fundraising circuit, in the run-up to November’s midterm elections.

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Documents made public Friday offer a revealing glimpse into the former first couple’s agenda on public relations, health care and more.

Obama signs bill meant to block visa for Iran’s U.N. envoy

Obama signs bill meant to block visa for Iran’s U.N. envoy

The new law, sponsored by Sen. Ted Cruz, bars nominees deemed to have engaged in terrorist activity.

Top Obama administration official email from two decades ago

Top Obama administration official email from two decades ago

Two decades ago, a young diplomat who would eventually become a top Obama administration official, wrote a colorfully-worded email about African American summit.

NEH to help vets with humanities program

NEH to help vets with humanities program

The initiative is designed to help veterans using literature, drama and history.

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Does Government Printing Office need a digital-era name?

A bipartisan bill would swap “printing” for “publishing” to better reflect the agency’s digital-age offerings.

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The top 11 Senate races of 2014

The battle to define state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is on in North Carolina.

MIT officer allegedly slain by Tsarnaev brothers is honored

MIT officer allegedly slain by Tsarnaev brothers is honored

Sean Collier was killed as he sat in his car one year ago. Police say he was a victim of the Tsarnaev brothers.

Attack on AP journalists in Afghanistan rekindles a daughter’s pain

Attack on AP journalists in Afghanistan rekindles a daughter’s pain

Sharon Harbaugh was the first female AP reporter to die while on assignment in 1993. For her daughter, Tracee Herbaugh, the recent death of an AP photographer and the wounding of a reporter in Afghanistan is personal.

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Late-night laughs: 2016 contenders edition

Late-night laughs: 2016 contenders edition

The late-night talk show circuit has become a rite of passage for politicians with White House ambitions. Several of 2016’s potential contenders have already tested out their comedic timing with Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart and David Letterman. But like their future in presidential politics, these appearances have had varying results.

Hillary Clinton declines Loop memoir title offerings

Hillary Clinton declines Loop memoir title offerings

Hillary Clinton chooses a memoir title without the help of Loop fans, instead borrowing from another former secretary of state.

A majority of Coloradans have tried pot. Don’t act surprised.

A majority of Coloradans have tried pot. Don’t act surprised.

Colorado is pot friendly. Iowa? Not so much.

Local food insecurity in America, in 11 graphics

Local food insecurity in America, in 11 graphics

A new report charts the high level of food insecurity in the nation’s counties and congressional districts.

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‘Taxman’: The week in one song

The Beatles on taxes.

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Finding Ukraine on a map, revisited

Americans have trouble finding Ukraine on a map. How do we know this, and what should we make of it?

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A view from the second row of the White House briefing room

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Romney returns to political stage as GOP star

Romney returns to political stage as GOP star

After retreating from public view following his crushing defeat in the 2012 presidential race, Mitt Romney has emerged as one of the Republican Party’s most influential leaders, especially on the fundraising circuit, in the run-up to November’s midterm elections.

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How big could the GOP House majority get?

2014 could give the GOP a larger, but not unprecedented, majority.

Lame ducks’s wings not yet clipped

Lame ducks’s wings not yet clipped

Three retiring members of Congress spent their recess traveling to South Asia and Europe.

For Republicans, Obama’s Obamacare news changes nothing

For Republicans, Obama’s Obamacare news changes nothing

The numbers may be improving, but not the GOP’s disposition toward the law.

Feds Talk: How do they feel about political appointments?

Feds Talk: How do they feel about political appointments?

We asked federal workers in a survey this week to share their thoughts about the prevalence of political appointees in the government.

Ethnic America, mapped

Ethnic America, mapped

Luzerne County, Pa., is the only county in America dominated by those of Polish ancestry.

Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy is a pretty big deal

Chelsea Clinton’s pregnancy is a pretty big deal

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Obama hails 8M enrollees for health insurance

Obama hails 8M enrollees for health insurance

The president calls the feat a success story that Democrats should “forcefully defend” even as enrollees ages 18 and 34 make up only 28 percent, short of experts’ goal.

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Retired fed celebrates 35 years with transplanted kidney

Retired fed celebrates 35 years with transplanted kidney

He received his brother’s kidney in 1979. Health insurance provided needed drugs others can’t afford.

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The latest state to decriminalize pot

The latest state to decriminalize pot

Maryland joined 15 states and the District in changing the punishments for small amounts of marijuana possession. PostTV looks at the state of pot laws across the country.

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That time Martin O’Malley hung out with Jonah from ‘Veep’

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Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant

Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant

At a Clinton Foundation event, Chelsea Clinton announced she’s expecting her first child. She was at the event with her mother, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says he lacks ‘sizzle’ for POTUS run

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Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant

Chelsea Clinton announces she’s pregnant

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Obama: 8 million have signed up under ACA

Obama: 8 million have signed up under ACA

The enrollment figure, revised upward from the 7.5 million signups that the administration had announced earlier this month, renewed hopes at the White House that Democrats will be able to overcome the initial rocky rollout of the health law in the fall.

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Obama on ACA: Over 8 million enrolled

Obama on ACA: Over 8 million enrolled

President Obama spoke from the briefing room Thursday on the Affordable Care Act, saying that now over 8 million people have enrolled in health insurance programs under the ACA.

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Where you’re most likely to get arrested for marijuana and DUI, in 2 maps

Pot-smokers of America: You’re not welcome in Illinois.

And the winner of The Fix’s #nextsuperPAC contest is......

Readers suggest pithy names for the jumbo-sized joint fundraising committees that can now be formed.

President Obama throws a shaka sign at the Wounded Warrior Project bike ride

President Obama throws a shaka sign at the Wounded Warrior Project bike ride

The annual nearly 60-mile ride is far more than a bike workout for many, Obama said.

Not speaking with your friends and family? Good, they can set up a super PAC for you.

Not speaking with your friends and family? Good, they can set up a super PAC for you.

Why outside groups can also fairly be called “inside groups.”

Quote of the Week: Bloomberg

Quote of the Week: Bloomberg

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is this week’s Loop Quote of the Week winner.

The Draft Ben Carson super PAC raised a massive amount of money over the last three months. How?

The Draft Ben Carson super PAC raised a massive amount of money over the last three months. How?

Raising money takes money. Lots of money, in this case.