Political Capital

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $850.2 Million

The United States Capitol building in Washington D.C.

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The United States Capitol building in Washington D.C.

Candidates running for Congress in the 2014 election raised $850.2 million in the 15-month period ended March 31. Click here for a Federal Election Commission summary of campaign receipts and spending by candidates, political action committees (PACs) and national party committees....

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Germany celebrate with the World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Germany celebrate with the World Cup trophy after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Final on July 13, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

World Cup Win Run-Up to 2016 (Not)

Nothing like an invitation: Just a matter of time before someone writes about how Germany winning the World Cup affects 2016 elections… — Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) July 13, 2014 Let’s start with the 2014 elections. The president of Brazil, the...

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Charles Schwab, chairman of Charles Schwab Corp.

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Charles Schwab, chairman of Charles Schwab Corp.

Bechtel, Schwab Break Donations Dam

Philanthropist Stephen D. Bechtel Jr., gave almost $100,000 last month to a Republican committee created after the Supreme Court struck down limits on aggregate campaign contributions. Bechtel, who formerly led Bechtel Group Inc., the contractor that built the Hoover Dam,...

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A protester who opposes arrivals of buses carrying largely women and children undocumented migrants for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station and a counter-demonstrator, left, face off on July 4, 2014 in Murrieta, California.

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A protester who opposes arrivals of buses carrying largely women and children undocumented migrants for processing at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station and a counter-demonstrator, left, face off on July 4, 2014 in Murrieta, California.

Rubio vs. Bush: ‘Immigration Wars’

The humanitarian crisis that has emerged at the Southwestern U.S. border — a reflection of a refugee tide emanating from Central America more than any distinct border problem — has tested everyone’s stance on the broader question of a path...

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with Miami Heat players, including Dwyane Wade (L), LeBron James (2nd-L), Mario Chalmers (2R) during an event to honor the NBA champion Miami Heat in the East Room at the White House on Jan. 28, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with Miami Heat players, including Dwyane Wade (L), LeBron James (2nd-L), Mario Chalmers (2R) during an event to honor the NBA champion Miami Heat in the East Room at the White House on Jan. 28, 2013 in Washington, DC.

LeBron James: Democratic Donor

It’s been quite a run for Cleveland. First the reborn city on the lake clinched the 2016 Republican National Convention. Now LeBron James is “coming home,” as he announced at Sports Illustrated. Yet the returning star of the NBA’s Cleveland...

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

Keystone Lobby Outguns Protesters

Thousands of people from across the country marched around the White House last year chanting slogans and carrying placards in protest of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a project to link Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. But in...

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US President Barack Obama meets with Kinsey Button, a student at the University of Texas who wrote a letter to the president in January explaining her family's struggle to lead a middle class life when both of her parents lost their jobs, at a restaurant in Austin, Texas, on July 10, 2014.

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US President Barack Obama meets with Kinsey Button, a student at the University of Texas who wrote a letter to the president in January explaining her family's struggle to lead a middle class life when both of her parents lost their jobs, at a restaurant in Austin, Texas, on July 10, 2014.

Lunch — Make that Coffee — With Obama

Updated at 2:05 p.m. When 20-year-old Kinsey Button went to have lunch with the president of the United States at Magnolia Cafe in Austin, Texas, she probably expected to get a meal. And maybe she did. But not under the watchful...

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