Stephen Colbert pokes fun during Al Smith dinner

Jason DeCrow/AP Stephen Colbert gave New York’s political elite a hard time at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner, a charity gala organized by the Archdiocese of New York, at the Waldorf-Astoria hotel. Stephen Colbert hosted what might have been the most politically incorrect Al Smith dinner in its 68-year history Thursday night, skewering everything from Mayor Bloomberg’s height ...

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FAMILY CARD: New Bill de Blasio ad features daughter Chiara defending the mayoral hopeful from recent Lhota attacks

‘Now that my dad is on the move, his opponents are on the attack,’ Bill de Blasio’s daughter, Chiara, says in a new campaign ad. Bill de Blasio is playing the family card once again. A day after Republican Joe Lhota unleashed a scathing attack ad that painted de Blasio as soft on crime, the Democrat responded with an ad ...

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Round two: Will GOP force another shutdown in three months?

By Michael O’Brien , Political Reporter, NBC News This 16-day shutdown may be over, but given the parameters of the legislative deal, Americans could find themselves in the midst of another one in three months. Chuck Todd explains whether the Democrats big win over the shutdown will translate into a new political strength heading into 2014. The agreement that passed ...

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Foes attack McConnell for $2.9 billion in dam money included in spending and debt bill

Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, walks to Republican luncheons in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Oct. 15. By Tom Curry, National Affairs Writer, NBC News After Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell helped broker Wednesday’s deal that reopened the government, his critics found something in that agreement they’re using to attack him with — ...

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Former Pentagon lawyer is Obama pick for DHS

Brendan Smialowski / Getty Images U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson, former Defense Department General Counsel, for the Secretary of Homeland Security role, according to reports on October 17, 2013. ls to speak about repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”. By Pete Williams and Chuck Todd, NBC News Senior administration officials confirm that President Barack Obama has chosen former ...

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CRISIS AVERTED … FOR NOW: Congress acts at last minute to pass bipartisan deal that reopens federal government and raises debt ceiling — but only through February 7

Win McNamee/Getty Images House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) pumps his fist after leaving a meeting of House Republicans at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Congress has passed legislation to reopen the partially-shuttered federal government and avert a potentially disastrous default on U.S. obligations, clearing the measure for President Barack Obama’s promised signature. Passage of the bill late Wednesday in the House ...

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'God will not be mocked!' Stenographer dragged off House floor after bizarre outburst as Congress voted to reopen gov't

AP In this image from House Television, with partial voting totals on the screen, a woman, at the rostrum just below the House presiding officer, seen between the “yea” and “nay” in a white shirt, is removed from the chamber after she began shouting. Just when the day couldn’t get any crazier… A ranting woman unleashed a bizarre tirade on ...

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SHUTDOWN ENDS: Federal employees return to work, national parks and monuments reopen after 16 days

KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS Superintendent of the National Mall & Memorial Parks Bob Vogel (R) welcomes a worker back on the job at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington Thursday. Barriers went down at federal memorials and National Park Service sites, and thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days off the job ...

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GOP takes biggest hits from Washington standoff

By Carrie Dann and Michael O’Brien, NBC News Public opinion has soured on the Republican Party after the 16-day government shutdown and the GOP remains as divided as ever with little to show for its efforts to gain concessions on Obamacare and government spending.     The standoff has nicked every Washington politician to some extent but it’s Republican leaders ...

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Done deal: Obama signs debt bill into law

Jim Lo Scalzo / EPA Lawmakers work to pass a bill that would end the first government shutdown in 17 years and prevent the government from defaulting on its debt. By Carrie Dann, Political Reporter, NBC News After weeks of stalemate that shuttered the government for 16 days and brought the nation within hours of a key deadline to renew ...

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