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Bloomberg by the Numbers: 45, 37

The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

 Forty-five percent of registered voters who say they plan to vote Republican for Congress in the Nov. 4 election say they’re more enthusiastic about voting than in previous congressional elections, compared with 37 percent of Democratic backers, according to the...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at a  restaurant with Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, during a campaign stop on July 25, 2014 in Chicago.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at a restaurant with Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, during a campaign stop on July 25, 2014 in Chicago.

Chili Cheese Dog for Christie, $2.5 Million for Bruce Rauner

Maybe Chris Christie was just trying to own his own political narrative when he ordered a jumbo chili cheese dog with onions and a large vanilla shake. There certainly were lower-calorie options on the menu at a Portillo’s in downtown...

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

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Representative Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin.

Ryan’s New Poverty Plan — ‘Schizo Steroids:’ Van Hollen

Democrats are attacking an ambitious anti-poverty plan from Rep. Paul Ryan by essentially questioning his credibility. And the former vice presidential candidate welcomes it. Ryan, who’s considering a presidential campaign in 2016, pitched his new plan yesterday promising “not a...

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden  in Washington on April 2, 2013.

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden in Washington on April 2, 2013.

2016: The Competency Election

If 2000 was the decency election, and 2008 the change election, 2016 could become the competency election. If each presidential election for an open White House offers the American public a new course — specifically in reaction to the most...

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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

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A crack cocaine smoker in Los Angeles.

Paul: Crack Sentencing Part of Needed Justice Reforms

Sen. Rand Paul says he plans to introduce legislation today that would eliminate any disparity between crack and powdered cocaine in criminal prison sentencing. Paul, a Kentucky Republican and potential presidential candidate, made the announcement today during a speech at...

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the wharf near the PortMiami tunnel project in Miami, Florida on March 29, 2013.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the wharf near the PortMiami tunnel project in Miami, Florida on March 29, 2013.

Obama: ‘Gaming the (Tax) System’

It’s a matter of “economic patriotism,” President Barack Obama says. Targeting the tax “inversions” that have enabled American companies to merge with firms offshore and benefit from the lower tax rates of foreign countries, the president called for an end...

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, buys an ice-cream at a shop as he tours a Hutong alley with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, right, and son Hunter Biden, left on Dec. 5, 2013 in Beijing.

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, center, buys an ice-cream at a shop as he tours a Hutong alley with his granddaughter Finnegan Biden, right, and son Hunter Biden, left on Dec. 5, 2013 in Beijing.

Biden: Shoulda’ Had One Republican Rich Kid

“I should have had one Republican kid who’d grow up to make money,” Vice President Joe Biden said today, spurred by his audience’s laughter to add: “so when they put me in a home, I get a window with a...

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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Government Operations Chairman John Mica (R-FL) holds a fake hand-rolled cigarette during a hearing about marijuana laws in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 9, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Pot, Not Potholes: D.C. Activists Take the Hill

Andy Harris doesn’t represent the District of Columbia in Congress and, unlike the person who does, he has a vote. Yet today, the Maryland Republican got a full airing of grievances related to the District. “DC Residents will deliver their...

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