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** FILE ** Speaker of the House John Boehner, Ohio Republican, speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sequester relief: U.S. Capitol to remain open

A day after the White House said it was shutting down public tours in response to budget sequesters, House Speaker John A. Boehner wrote a letter to his constituents Wednesday telling them that the U.S. Capitol will keep its doors open.

** FILE ** Attorney General Eric Holder listens as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 6, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice." (Associated Press)

Holder doesn't bite on Biden shotgun query

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. held his tongue when questioned at a Capitol Hill hearing on Vice President Joseph R. Biden's recent comments on the relative merits of the semiautomatic AR-15 rifle and a shotgun for self-defense.

Trump in, McDonnell, Christie out at CPAC

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has not received an invite to the Conservative Political Action Conference, the largest annual gathering of grassroots conservatives in the nation that is set to kick off in about a week.

In this photo made available by ABC Television on March 4, 2013, "This Week" host George Stephanopoulos (left) interviews former NBA star Dennis Rodman in New York on March 3, 2013, about his visit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (Associated Press/ABC Television)

Carney denounces Rodman visit to North Korea

White House spokesman Jay Carney brushed aside NBA star Dennis Rodman's visit last week with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as nothing more than an inappropriate publicity stunt by Pyongyang's oppressive government.