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A volunteer with a donation box before a campaign stop by Newt Gingrich on Feb. 28, 2012, in Dalton, Ga.

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A volunteer with a donation box before a campaign stop by Newt Gingrich on Feb. 28, 2012, in Dalton, Ga.

FEC Likely to Reject Request to Invalidate Donation Limit

The Federal Election Commission is likely to rebuff a request from an Alabama businessman who wants the agency to declare unconstitutional a $46,200 limit on what an individual can donate to federal candidates in an election cycle. Shaun McCutcheon “may...

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A program at the Franklin County Lincoln Day Dinner in Greencastle, Pa., on April 22, 2012.

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A program at the Franklin County Lincoln Day Dinner in Greencastle, Pa., on April 22, 2012.

What to Watch Tomorrow

Remember primary elections? Tomorrow we’ll have the first presidential or congressional vote in three weeks, an eternity in politics. It’s also the first balloting since Rick Santorum removed himself from contention April 10 as Mitt Romney’s major challenger for the...

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A customized North Carolina license plate in Greenville on Oct. 27, 2008.

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A customized North Carolina license plate in Greenville on Oct. 27, 2008.

Magic Number of the Day: 6.3

That’s the average percentage-point margin of victory for President Barack Obama in the 2008 election in North Carolina, Colorado and Iowa – three states Obama is visiting this week. Obama won by three-tenths of one percentage point in North Carolina...

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Michael G. Oxley, right, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and  Congressman Barney Frank.

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Michael G. Oxley, right, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Congressman Barney Frank.

Repeal My Law, Mitt? No Problem!

Michael G. Oxley is aiding Mitt Romney even as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee says he would repeal Sarbanes-Oxley. Yes, that Sarbanes-Oxley: the 2002 financial accounting law that bears his name. Oxley, a former Ohio congressman now with Baker Hostetler...

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Jeb Bush in San Diego on June 4, 2009.

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Jeb Bush in San Diego on June 4, 2009.

Jeb Bush Isn’t Volunteering for V.P.

Jeb Bush, the popular former governor of Florida, son of one president and brother of another,  isn’t volunteering for the job of vice president — while telling an interviewer he’d “consider it.” In an interview with Newsmax.TV in which Bush...

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Sen. Orrin Hatch at the Capitol.

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Sen. Orrin Hatch at the Capitol.

Why You Should Watch Utah and France This Weekend

What do Utah and France have in common? They’re both holding big elections this weekend. Political junkies, including Political Economy, will be watching. In Utah, Republican Senator Orrin Hatch is up for re-nomination at a convention tomorrow. If Hatch wins...

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Actress Eva Longoria during the Fiesta Latina at the White House on Oct. 13, 2009.

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Actress Eva Longoria during the Fiesta Latina at the White House on Oct. 13, 2009.

Eva Longoria Helping Obama in Key States

One of President Barack Obama’s most famous supporters is Eva Longoria, who donated $40,000 last month to a fund working to re-elect him in key states this November. The actress made the donation to the Swing State Victory Fund on...

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Buddy Roemer holds a town hall style meeting in Barrington, New Hampshire, on Jan. 6, 2012.

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Buddy Roemer holds a town hall style meeting in Barrington, New Hampshire, on Jan. 6, 2012.

Bucks for Buddy

When Americans filed 2011 federal income tax returns this week, they had a chance to stand up against the corrupting influence of money in politics by earmarking $3 for public financing of presidential campaigns. Few people probably took advantage of the opportunity....

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Guns n' Roses at the LA Street Scene on September 28, 1985 in Los Angeles.

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Guns n' Roses at the LA Street Scene on September 28, 1985 in Los Angeles.

Mitt Romney’s Guns ‘N Roses

It spoke plainly of the presidential election contest at hand that Mitt Romney would state on the stage of the National Rifle Association convention in St. Louis both this: ”We need a president who will stand up for the rights...

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President Barack Obama speaking about the economy at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, on April 18,  2012.

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President Barack Obama speaking about the economy at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, on April 18, 2012.

Magic Number of the Day: 50

That’s the percentage of Americans who say they have “a great deal” or “a fair amount” of confidence in President Barack Obama “to do or to recommend the right thing for the economy,” according to a Gallup survey conducted April...

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