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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) pulls tape off his chin after an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in Landover, Md. The Redskins won 38-26. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

RG3: Obama shot down offer to play hoops

Washington Redskins rookie quarterback sensation Robert Griffin III is letting the world know that President Obama has chickened out of playing basketball with him one-on-one — or at least has declined his standing offer so far.

** FILE ** Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (The Washington Times)

Bolling drops bid for Virginia governor

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling announced Wednesday that he is suspending his campaign for Virginia governor in 2013, clearing the field for Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II to take the Republican nomination in what undoubtedly will be one of the most closely-watched political races next year.

Bowles: Chance of debt deal no more than 33%

Erskine Bowles, the Democrat who ran President Obama's Bowles-Simpson deficit commission two years ago and has become a leading voice for striking a deal now, said Wednesday he doesn't think Congress and the White House are going to beat the Jan. 1 deadline.

Rep. Michael G. Grimm (left) joins President Obama on a visit to the FEMA recovery center on the grounds of New Dorp High School on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in the New York borough of Staten Island. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

House defers to Justice on Grimm probe

The House Ethics Committee is complying with a Department of Justice request to suspend its case against Rep. Michael G. Grimm while the FBI investigates corruption allegations against the New York Republican, the panel said Monday in a release.

** FILE ** Securities and Exchange Commissioner Elisse Walter takes part in a meeting of the SEC at its headquarters in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008. (AP Photo)

Obama to appoint Walter as SEC chairwoman

President Obama said Monday he intends to appoint Securities and Exchange Commissioner Elisse Walter, a Democrat, to replace outgoing SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro, who is stepping down next month.

Warren Buffett

Billionaire Buffett breaks with Obama over taxes

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has stepped up his call for the government to impose bigger taxes on himself and others like him — but broke with President Obama, calling for everyone who makes under $500,000 to continue to pay the lower tax rates passed under President George W. Bush.

** FILE ** Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Jeb Bush buzz grows over possible 2016 run

After a year in which Republicans had precious little for which to be thankful, perhaps it's not surprising that party leaders and the faithful spent a good chunk of the long Thanksgiving weekend obsessing instead over 2016 – specifically the possibility of a presidential run by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.