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Rep. Paul Ryan.

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Rep. Paul Ryan.

Ryan Endorses Romney in Party Establishment Rally

Bushes. Rubio. Now Ryan. Within a short time-span, some of the biggest names of the Republican establishment have aligned with the presidential aspirations of Republican Mitt Romney. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush signed up last week for the former Massachusetts...

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President Barack Obama on the wall of an artist's studio in Pawlet, Vermont.

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President Barack Obama on the wall of an artist's studio in Pawlet, Vermont.

Vermont: Land of Cheese and Presidential Dough

There aren’t many Vermonters, but they do give generously to presidential candidates. Vermont, which President Barack Obama is visiting today on a fundraising trip, is one of just five states where contributions have averaged more than $1 per resident. Bloomberg...

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A shopper with a 2012 Chevrolet Volt in Peoria, Illinois, on March 28, 2012.

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A shopper with a 2012 Chevrolet Volt in Peoria, Illinois, on March 28, 2012.

Magic Number of the Day: -30.2

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for Democrats in the week ended March 25. It’s the highest level for Democrats since November 2007. The index, which asks respondents what they think about the national economy, the buying climate and their...

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President Obama figurines at the famed 'South of the Border' stop on the North Carolina/South Carolina border. It's not a big seller according to one cashier.

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President Obama figurines at the famed 'South of the Border' stop on the North Carolina/South Carolina border. It's not a big seller according to one cashier.

Obama Excludes Seven Republican States in Nationwide Travels

When President Barack Obama makes his inaugural trip to Vermont tomorrow he’ll be checking off one of eight U.S. states he has yet to visit since taking office. In an election-year presidents want to show they’re connected to their constituents by telling voters...

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A donation box for Rep. Ron Paul at a rally in Hudsonville, Michigan, on Feb. 26, 2012.

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A donation box for Rep. Ron Paul at a rally in Hudsonville, Michigan, on Feb. 26, 2012.

Month’s End Compels Candidates to Chase Campaign Cash

Seeing a lot of urgent requests for campaign contributions in your in-box or on campaign websites lately?  There’s a good reason. Saturday brings the end of March — the cutoff for the next batch of campaign finance reports. So candidates...

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Comedian Stephen Colbert during his rally in Charleston, South Carolina.

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Comedian Stephen Colbert during his rally in Charleston, South Carolina.

Inspired By Colbert, Duke Student Forms Super-PAC

Stephen Colbert poked fun at the explosion of so-called super-PACs by creating his own, which the comedian called Americans for a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow. Inspired by Colbert, Duke University student Stefani Jones filed papers with the Federal Election Commission this...

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Rep. Bobby Rush wears a hoodie on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill on March 28, 2012 during a speech deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber.

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Rep. Bobby Rush wears a hoodie on the floor of the House on Capitol Hill on March 28, 2012 during a speech deploring the killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, receiving a reprimand for violating rules on wearing hats in the House chamber.

Rush Violates House Dress Code With a Hoodie

Representative Bobby Rush wore a gray hooded sweatshirt to address the House today and was quickly gaveled out of order as he paid tribute to Trayvon Martin and protestors wearing hoodies to protest the Florida youth’s fatal shooting. “Racial profiling...

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Mitt Romney with former President George H.W. Bush in College Station, Texas, on Dec. 2007.

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Mitt Romney with former President George H.W. Bush in College Station, Texas, on Dec. 2007.

Romney to Get Bush 41 Endorsement Tomorrow

The endorsements for Mitt Romney continue to line up. The candidate will receive President George H.W. Bush’s nod in Houston on Thursday, his campaign announced today. This comes on the heels of other recent endorsements of the former Massachusetts governor’s...

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