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Rick Santorum at the LSU vs. Mississippi State NCAA college baseball game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on March 18, 2012.

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Rick Santorum at the LSU vs. Mississippi State NCAA college baseball game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on March 18, 2012.

Louisiana Win Won’t Help Santorum’s Delegate Count

Rick Santorum won’t make much of a dent in Mitt Romney’s 300-delegate lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination if the former Pennsylvania senator wins the Louisiana presidential primary tomorrow. That’s because a maximum of 20 delegates, out...

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Mitt Romney with his son Tagg  in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Mitt Romney with his son Tagg in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Romney Pitches Ballgame for Small Donors

Republican presidential front-runner, leading in the delegate count, trails in the small-donor game. Trying to woo small-sum campaign donors, the former governor of Massachusetts is offering them a chance to join him and son Tagg at Fenway Park for the...

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Bill Clinton during the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Chicago.

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Bill Clinton during the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Chicago.

Clinton Connections Mean Campaign Cash

Want to raise $2 million in 74 days for a congressional campaign? It helps to have personal wealth and an endorsement from Bill Clinton, as Maryland Democrat John Delaney does. Delaney,  co-founder of the financial advisory firm Alliance Partners LLC,...

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Newt Gingrich with an Etch A Sketch at a campaign event at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on March 22, 2012.

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Newt Gingrich with an Etch A Sketch at a campaign event at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge on March 22, 2012.

Can Mr. Potato Head Deflect Etch-A-Sketch Damage?

There are a few ways to manage a gaffe. Making light  of it is one way. It was Eric Fehrnstrom, longtime political adviser to Mitt Romney, who gave birth to the metaphor that the Republican candidate for president may have...

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A shopper at the Saks Inc. store in New York on Feb. 17, 2012.

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A shopper at the Saks Inc. store in New York on Feb. 17, 2012.

Magic Number of the Day: 13

That’s the percentage-point “gender gap” between men and women in the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended March 18. Women aren’t as confident as men about the economic recovery, the survey showed. In political terms, confidence is everything. And,...

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Actor and activist George Clooney is arrested for blocking the entrance of the Sudan Embassy on March 16, 2012, in Washington.

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Actor and activist George Clooney is arrested for blocking the entrance of the Sudan Embassy on March 16, 2012, in Washington.

Ethics Panel Won’t Review Four Lawmakers’ Arrest at Protest

The House Ethics Committee, which is empowered to investigate lawbreaking by House members, is taking a pass on the arrest of four Democratic lawmakers during a protest outside the Sudan Embassy on March 16 that included actor George Clooney. Massachusetts Democrats Jim McGovern...

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Henna-dyed support for Mitt Romney in Snellville, Georgia on March 4, 2012.

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Henna-dyed support for Mitt Romney in Snellville, Georgia on March 4, 2012.

For Romney, Good Things Don’t Come in Small Packages

Mitt Romney leads his Republican rivals in primaries won, delegates amassed and money raised. He lags in small donations. Romney has brought in $7.5 million in contributions of $200 or less through Feb. 29, less than any of the remaining Republican presidential candidates,...

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