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Visitors sit around the base of the Lincoln Memorial with the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol building in the distance. Samuel Corum/Getty Images hide caption

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Some deride D.C. as a swamp. To others, it's an idealistic place to do good

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Many say Washington is a swamp. The reality is more complex

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Erin Collins, national taxpayer advocate, says paper returns are the IRS' kryptonite: "The IRS still transcribes paper line by line, number by number." Sarah Silbiger/AP hide caption

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The U.S. State Department has ordered almost all of its staff at the embassy in Kyiv to leave, according to an advisory issued Saturday. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. orders embassy staff in Ukraine to leave over fears of a Russian attack

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Afghans wait to receive food rations organized by the World Food Program (WFP) in Pul-e-Alam. The Biden administration is seeking to find a way to free up some frozen Afghan assets for aid. Zubair Abassi/AP hide caption

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Congress wants to know why White House documents were moved to Trump's residence

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A House panel is investigating the removal of 15 boxes of official documents from the White House by former President Donald Trump. Gerald Herbert/AP hide caption

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The IRS considered using selfies to verify the identities of people seeking to set up an account with the IRS to see their past returns or get information about child tax credit payments. Stefani Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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IRS has second thoughts about selfie requirement

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Former Vice President Mike Pence, seen here in November, said on Friday that former President Donald Trump is "wrong" that Pence could have changed the results of the 2020 presidential election. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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This image from video provided by the Department of Defense and released on Thursday shows the compound where Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, leader of the Islamic State Group, later died in a raid in Syria's northwestern Idlib province. Department of Defense via AP hide caption

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In this image provided by the White House, President Biden and Vice President Harris and members of the president's national security team observe from the White House Situation Room on Wednesday the counterterrorism operation responsible for removing from the battlefield Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurayshi, the leader of the Islamic State group. Adam Schultz/AP hide caption

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