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Daily Archives: April 5, 2012

The 1st round of the 76th Masters golf tournament April 5, 2012 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

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The 1st round of the 76th Masters golf tournament April 5, 2012 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

A Green-Jacket Ceiling?

The White House today injected itself into the fight over membership at a golf club in Georgia, saying wildly successful and affluent women should be allowed to join — the same as any wildly successful and affluent man who might be invited....

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The Toyota Prius hybrid at the 2012 Washington Auto Show.

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The Toyota Prius hybrid at the 2012 Washington Auto Show.

Volt Anyone? Prius? Start Your Engines…

Obama’s not the only one who wants to drive a Chevy Volt. Hybrids, plug-ins and battery-powered cars — the models that make up a category called electric-drive vehicles — posted the fastest sales growth in the U.S. auto market in the first...

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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, during the Fall Media Walk-Through for the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, during the Fall Media Walk-Through for the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

‘Caterpillargate,’ a War is Born

Sometimes pols don’t only make news, they start trends. Reince Priebus, Republican National Committee chairman, probably had no such intentions in mind. He was merely responding to Bloomberg’s Al Hunt on a question about that “war on women” that Republicans...

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Rep Gabrielle Giffords, right, tours the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center, one of her favorite charities, with her staffer Ron Barber, on Jan. 23, 2012, in Tucson.

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Rep Gabrielle Giffords, right, tours the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center, one of her favorite charities, with her staffer Ron Barber, on Jan. 23, 2012, in Tucson.

Former Giffords Aide Raises $549,000 for House Seat

Ron Barber, a longtime former aide to Arizona Democrat Gabrielle Giffords who’s seeking to succeed her in the U.S. House, raised $549,000 in less than two months with her help. Giffords and her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, each gave the...

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Rick Santorum bowls in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, on April 4, 2012.

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Rick Santorum bowls in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, on April 4, 2012.

Romney Soft-Pedals Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is primarily a great place for primaries. Four years ago, the Keystone State’s Democratic presidential primary gave Senator Hillary Clinton of New York one of her best party prizes: A nearly 10-percentage point victory over rival Senator Barack Obama...

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Peter Tesche, left, is helped by car salesman Marty Israel at Rick Case Plantation Hyundai on April 3, 2012 in Plantation, Florida.

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Peter Tesche, left, is helped by car salesman Marty Israel at Rick Case Plantation Hyundai on April 3, 2012 in Plantation, Florida.

Consumer Confidence Jumps

How confident do you feel about the economy? This week, consumer confidence jumped to its highest level in more than four years, rising 3.3 points. That’s according to the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index (CCI). Last time it was this high...

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President William Howard Taft with some of the players from the Washington Senators.

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President William Howard Taft with some of the players from the Washington Senators.

Baseball, Politics Long Intertwined

Political Economy welcomes you to a new major-league baseball season, recognizing the long relationship between the sport and politics. Beginning with William Howard Taft in 1910, the president traditionally has thrown a ceremonial “first pitch” to inaugurate a major-league baseball...

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