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Daily Archives: April 17, 2012


President Barack Obama and NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart on April 17, 2012 at the White House.

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President Barack Obama and NASCAR Champion Tony Stewart on April 17, 2012 at the White House.

Obama Courts NASCAR Set at White House

President Obama worked on his NASCAR-voter credentials today when he welcomed Tony Stewart, the winner of the 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup Series, and other drivers, to the White House to recognize their professional success and community work. Obama called Stewart by...

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Joseph P. Kennedy II, left, with his son, Joseph P. Kennedy III in Medford, Mass.

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Joseph P. Kennedy II, left, with his son, Joseph P. Kennedy III in Medford, Mass.

Kennedy Name = Campaign Cash

Kennedy. It’s a name synonymous with Democratic political royalty — and ready access to political contributions. Joe Kennedy III, a son of former Massachusetts congressman Joseph Kennedy II and a grandson of the late Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, raised...

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Rep Gabrielle Giffords tours the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center with Community Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie on  Jan. 23, 2012, in Tucson.

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Rep Gabrielle Giffords tours the Gabrielle Giffords Family Assistance Center with Community Food Bank CEO Bill Carnegie on Jan. 23, 2012, in Tucson.

Could Gabrielle Giffords’s Seat Go Republican?

Arizona Republican voters will select a nominee today to run for Gabrielle Giffords’s old seat. A special election on June 12th will determine who will complete Giffords’s unexpired term in the Tucson-area congressional district. Giffords resigned in January to concentrate on her...

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Rep. Allen West with Sen. Orrin Hatch at a Tea Party town hall meeting at the National Press Club in Washington.

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Rep. Allen West with Sen. Orrin Hatch at a Tea Party town hall meeting at the National Press Club in Washington.

Murphy’s (Normally) Impressive Campaign Haul Falls Short of West’s

In any other U.S. House race, Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy would be attracting national notice for his fundraising abilities. The problem is that Murphy, an environmental contractor, is up against Tea Party favorite and freshman Republican Representative Allen West. So when Murphy reports...

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