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With veteran senators retiring, the 114th session of the Senate will have the fewest combined years of experience in decades. When the 110th Congress convened on Jan. 3, 2007, the 100 senators had a combined 1,328 years of experience in the upper chamber. When the 113th Congress convened in January, that figure had fallen to 1,040. Even if every other current senator stays put, in January 2015, the Senate will have fewer than 1,000 combined years of incumbency for the first time since 1985.Want to learn more? You can play with the interactive chart seen above by clicking here.

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With veteran senators retiring, the 114th session of the Senate will have the fewest combined years of experience in decades. When the 110th Congress convened on Jan. 3, 2007, the 100 senators had a combined 1,328 years of experience in the upper chamber. When the 113th Congress convened in January, that figure had fallen to 1,040.

Even if every other current senator stays put, in January 2015, the Senate will have fewer than 1,000 combined years of incumbency for the first time since 1985.

Want to learn more? You can play with the interactive chart seen above by clicking here.

"I turned Havana to Atlanta…
Boy from the hood I got White House clearance…
Obama said “chill, you gonna get me impeached”
But you don’t need this [expletive] anyway
Chill with me on the beach"
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Those lines from Jay-Z’s “Open Letter” were read deadpan by a reporter today during the White House press briefing.

The Obama administration’s response to the reference to White House clearance?

I guess nothing rhymes with Treasury,” press secretary Jay Carney said.

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Got 99 Problems but the State Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Ain’t One?

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Our Chief Washington Correspondent Olivier Knox reports on Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s trip to Cuba. And yes, that is the opening line of his story.

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Can’t remember which senators (and other high-profile politicians) have endorsed same-sex marriage? We’ve organized all the info for you in a handy-dandy interactive that shows you who has and when they did.

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Can’t remember which senators (and other high-profile politicians) have endorsed same-sex marriage? We’ve organized all the info for you in a handy-dandy interactive that shows you who has and when they did.

And just like that, CPAC is cool again.
The Conservative Political Action Conference (or CPAC, pronounced SEE-PACK by the regulars), meeting this week in National Harbor, Md., is the largest annual confab of right-wing activists—and this year it’s boasting an impressive lineup of speakers.
(Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

And just like that, CPAC is cool again.

The Conservative Political Action Conference (or CPAC, pronounced SEE-PACK by the regulars), meeting this week in National Harbor, Md., is the largest annual confab of right-wing activists—and this year it’s boasting an impressive lineup of speakers.

(Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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When I imagined my journalism career, I never pictured myself standing shirtless in a unisex bathroom in the White House.

But that is precisely where I found myself in November, as a new mother of a nursing infant returning from maternity leave to cover the president.

Hiding in a bathroom is a common condition for many breastfeeding moms seeking a private place to pump milk in their workplace.

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White House reporter balances working and breastfeeding

Our own Rachel Rose Hartman writes about her struggle to find a clean, private place to pump breast milk after returning to work. Her workplace? The White House

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"That is a big win for not just women but for families and for the American people. It’s a law that’s going to save lives and help more Americans live free from fear"
Painful spending cuts may have led the White House to halt public tours, but President Barack Obama and Republican senators could need to loosen their belts, not tighten them, after their peacemaking dinner at a superswank Washington, D.C., restaurant on Wednesday. How swank? The eatery featuresa menu with a $1,776—per person—price tag, excluding tax and tip.
 
Amid spending cuts, Obama and GOP to dine in style

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Painful spending cuts may have led the White House to halt public tours, but President Barack Obama and Republican senators could need to loosen their belts, not tighten them, after their peacemaking dinner at a superswank Washington, D.C., restaurant on Wednesday. How swank? The eatery featuresa menu with a $1,776—per person—price tag, excluding tax and tip.

 

Amid spending cuts, Obama and GOP to dine in style

(Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

The District of Columbia bans 26,993 vanity license plate combinations, most of which relate to either politics or profanity. Can you find one that slipped through the cracks? Find out with our new interactive.
The District of Columbia bans 26,993 vanity license plate combinations, most of which relate to either politics or profanity. Can you find one that slipped through the cracks? Find out with our new interactive.

"That’s way off into the future," Jeb Bush, a Republican and former Florida governor, responded on Monday’s "Today" show when asked about a possible presidential bid. "I won’t [rule it out], but I won’t declare today either."

Jeb Bush won’t rule out 2016 run

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