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Taking Charge

One-third of House chiefs of staff are women. Here's the partisan breakdown.

When the Conversation About 'Having It All' Begins and Ends With White Women

On balancing career and family as a woman of color.

5 Women Who Shape Education Policy

Nina Rees implemented much of President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act while Carmel Martin oversaw Race to the Top grant applications.

5 Women Who Shape Defense Policy

Christine Wormuthtime at the Pentagon dates back to the Clinton administration and Deborah Lee James became the second woman to lead the Air Force.

5 Women Who Shape Tech Policy

Just over a year into her tenure as FTC chief, Edith Ramirez has given the agency a renewed focus on consumer-privacy protection.

5 Women Who Shape Health Care Policy

Sylvia Mathews Burwell is guiding the Affordable Care Act into its second year while Karen Ignagni is the health insurance industry's top representative in Washington.

A Capitalist Argument for Clean Energy

"It's not just a story about clean energy. It's a story about cheaper, cleaner energy, and that has much broader appeal." 

The Past and Future of Borders

What is the purpose of the modern state in our ever more globalized world?

How to Grow Female Candidates

Getting women to see themselves as potential candidates.

When Fundraisers Cater to Women

"The landscape of political fundraising is changing. It's not the same old 'go play 18 holes of golf' or 'cigars and bourbon.' "

5 Women Who Shape Energy Policy

Gina McCarthy is helping to shape Obama's environmental legacy while Sen. Lisa Murkowski advocates for ending the decades-old ban on U.S. crude-oil exports.

Working Mother, Washington Powerhouse? Good Luck.

Family-work balance is far from the only challenge powerful women face in this town.

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: How I Learned to Love My Firstness

Being first comes with extra scrutiny and responsibility; people watch your work, your actions, and your words. 

Michelle Rhee: Go Ahead, Ruffle Some Feathers

For women working in Washington—and anywhere—this is a piece of advice I'd offer: Be vocally and visibly passionate about your cause and your work.

The Parallel Failures of Obama's and Bush's Foreign Policy Doctrines

First it was the iron fist. Then, the velvet glove. Both failed. 

Who's Behind the Boss's Twitter?

From assistants to chiefs of staff, it takes a village to raise those tweets and Facebook posts.

People

Betsy Monseu, Paul Kealey, Becky Blood, Betsy Mullins.

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House Democrat Goes Off on Republican 'Cuckoo Clocks'

"This has nothing to do with the law. This has to do with trying to manage some of the extremists, in your party—some of the cuckoo clocks who have been talking about impea...

Lawmakers Attack Obama Administration's Strategy in Iraq

Lawmakers skeptical of administration's tactics in Iraq.

Read the Lengthy Debate Over Whether to End Arizona's Botched Execution

The federal court transcript shows just how terrifying and dramatic the nearly two-hour execution was.

Here’s How American Scientists Plan to Prevent the Next Nuclear Disaster

Nuclear regulators and operators have to consider unlikely—but dangerous—scenarios to protect power plants.

Found in Space: Congressional Collegiality

Congress is ignoring crises at home and abroad, but at least it has a close eye on the thermosphere.

Boehner: House Will Vote to Avoid Shutdown in September

The speaker promises a short-term CR that would kick big spending decisions to the lame-duck.

How Can the U.S. Fix a 14,000-Case Backlog of Black-Lung-Stricken Miners?

Congressional leaders and labor officials convened this week to address a broken federal compensation program for miners with the disease.

How Much Does It Cost to Fix the VA?

With the August recess looming, lawmakers sparred across the Hill over proposals to fix the embattled Veterans Affairs Department.

How White House Reporters Can Reclaim Their Beat

Tips to "flip the script" and seize control from presidents, CEOs, and leaders of other institutions.

How Car Ownership Helps the Working Poor Get Ahead

Access to public transit helps, but it's not enough to connect some workers with economic opportunity.

Paul Ryan Offers a Way Forward for GOP on Poverty

The Republican's "discussion draft" could help the party navigate a tough issue in the midterm elections.

These Tea Partiers Aren't Anti-Immigration. They Just Want to Close the Border.

Tea Party Members in Spartanburg and Greenville mobilize as their communities welcome growing numbers of immigrants.

What Egypt Stands to Win From the Gaza Conflict

Even if a second cease-fire proposal fails, Egypt's reputation in the West is getting a much-needed boost.

The Safety Agency At War With Itself

Personnel disputes are tearing the Chemical Safety Board apart, leaving the panel's work unfinished—and workers at risk.

Could You Live on $77 a Week?

Minimum-wage advocates begin their 'Live the Wage' challenge

What's the Point of the Draft Elizabeth Warren Movement?

The liberal favorite already has millions to spend from her campaign account. She doesn't need help from outsiders.

Republicans Keeping Their Faith in Scott Brown

Despite polls showing him struggling to make inroads in New Hampshire, Republicans insist he'll surprise the skeptics.

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