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Daily Archives: May 31, 2012

John Edwards arrives outside federal court in Greensboro, N.C.

Photograph by Gerry Broome/AP Photo

John Edwards arrives outside federal court in Greensboro, N.C.

Edwards Case Ends in Mistrial

Updated at 5:30 pm EDT The jury hearing the federal government’s case against John Edwards, a former North Carolina senator and 2004 Democratic nominee for vice president, has found him not guilty on one count. And with the jury deadlocked...

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A painting of Newt Gingrich at a rally on March 6, 2012 in Atlanta.

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A painting of Newt Gingrich at a rally on March 6, 2012 in Atlanta.

Super-PAC Beneficiary Gingrich Laments Super-PAC Influence

Newt Gingrich, whose quest for the Republican presidential nomination was kept on life support for months by a super-PAC, said in a television interview today that super-PACs are bad for politics. The onslaught from Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, their...

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President Barack Obama with former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush as they unveil their official portraits on May 31, 2012, in the East Room at the White House.

Photograph by Charles Dharapak/AP Photo

President Barack Obama with former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush as they unveil their official portraits on May 31, 2012, in the East Room at the White House.

Obama Likes Bush’s Sports Package . . . And His Words?

The presidents’ club is a small one and tradition dictates a gracious reception when a predecessor comes back to the White House for the unveiling of his official portrait. There may also be a traditional speech, judging from comments that...

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President Barack Obama with Sen. Claire McCaskill in St. Louis.

Photograph by Charles Dharapak/AP Photo

President Barack Obama with Sen. Claire McCaskill in St. Louis.

‘Obama-Claire’ Explains Crossroads

Updated at 1 pm EDT “Obama-Claire.” It’s the quickest shorthand for understanding how Crossroads GPS, the committee inspired by Bush political strategist Karl Rove, is playing its well-financed hand in the 2012 elections — and not only the presidential race....

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Shoppers in New York.

Photograph by Robert Caplin/Bloomberg

Shoppers in New York.

Magic Number of the Day: 10

That’s the number of consecutive weeks in which the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index has been higher among Democrats than Republicans. That’s a record in available weekly data dating to June 1990, according to Langer Research Associates, which produces the index....

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In the last moments of their administration President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcome Barack H. Obama and his wife Michelle in the Blue room of the White House.

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In the last moments of their administration President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush welcome Barack H. Obama and his wife Michelle in the Blue room of the White House.

Washington Daybook: Picture This

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura drop by the White House today to check out their official portrait and have lunch with the Obamas. The Bushes have pretty much avoided Washington like the plague since departing the...

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Donna Summer remembered in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.

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Donna Summer remembered in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan.

Calculated Decisions Even in Death for the White House

Donna Summer and Dick Clark got one. Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson and Mike Wallace didn’t. So what is it? It is a personal statement from President Obama marking their deaths and lauding their lives. Between March 1 and May 30 the president...

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