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Mitt Romney with supporters in Jackson, Miss.

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Mitt Romney with supporters in Jackson, Miss.

Romney `Did It,’ Romney `Said It’

“We did it,” Mitt Romney wrote in an e-mail to supporters last night. He clinched the Republican Party’s presidential nomination with the delegates won in the Texas primary election. Yet not without a struggle that left a trail of words...

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Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Michelle Bernales with an Afghan contractor while conducting a site survey of the Sanjaray health clinic in Kandahar.

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Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Michelle Bernales with an Afghan contractor while conducting a site survey of the Sanjaray health clinic in Kandahar.

State Secrets: Far Fewer These Days

It could be a sign of the times: A decade-long war is winding down, yet the threat of terrorism against the homeland persists. Then again, there’s also a different sheriff in town. For any number of reasons, there’s a lot...

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Rep. Thaddeus McCotter

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Rep. Thaddeus McCotter

McCotter After Ballot Screwup: ‘I Feel Like George Bailey’

Instead of cruising to re-election to a sixth term in Congress, Michigan’s Thaddeus McCotter will be campaigning the hard way: as a write-in for the Republican nomination. In an op-ed in today’s “Detroit News,” McCotter describes himself as living a version...

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Romney to Visit the Adelson Bank

What’s paid in Vegas doesn’t always stay there. Consider the $20 million that Sheldon Adelson gave to the super-PAC that promoted Newt Gingrich’s failed candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination. Mitt Romney, who today expects to amass the delegates needed...

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Mitt Romney off of his campaign plane at Yampa Valley Airport on May 28, 2012 in Colorado.

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Mitt Romney off of his campaign plane at Yampa Valley Airport on May 28, 2012 in Colorado.

Magic Number of the Day: 58

That’s the number of delegates that Mitt Romney needs in order to reach the 1,144 necessary to win the Republican presidential nomination, according to an Associated Press tally. Romney almost certainly will win more than 58 delegates in today’s primary...

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Former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens, right, with attorney Rusty Hardin, during the House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on steroid use among MLB players.

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Former Major League pitcher Roger Clemens, right, with attorney Rusty Hardin, during the House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on steroid use among MLB players.

Washington Daybook: The Times They Are A-Changin’

President Obama, perhaps hoping to steal some thunder from Mitt Romney’s coronation today as the Republican nominee for president, honors singer Bob Dylan, former Senator and astronaut John Glenn, former University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, novelist Toni...

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Mitt Romney, left, and Donald Trump during a news conference held by Trump to endorse Romney for president in Las Vegas.

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Mitt Romney, left, and Donald Trump during a news conference held by Trump to endorse Romney for president in Las Vegas.

Trumping Romney: President’s Birth

Updated at 8:30 am EDT There often comes a time, in the course of an election campaign, when a candidate must find some distance between himself and the comments of a supporter working at cross purposes. For Mitt Romney, heading...

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A soldier at Section 60, an area largely used for those who died while serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, at Arlington National Cemetery on May 24, 2012.

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A soldier at Section 60, an area largely used for those who died while serving in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, at Arlington National Cemetery on May 24, 2012.

Obama, Romney Honoring War Dead

This will be the first presidential election in modern times in which neither major party’s nominee is a military veteran. Still, today,  President Barack Obama will serve a traditional role with a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns at...

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A customer looks at a life-size photographic  Cutout of Vice President-elect Joe Biden at Political Americana's inaugural store near the White House on Dec. 12, 2008.

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A customer looks at a life-size photographic Cutout of Vice President-elect Joe Biden at Political Americana's inaugural store near the White House on Dec. 12, 2008.

Biden Presidential Campaign Agrees to Pay $50,000 FEC Fine

The Federal Election Commission has fined Vice President Joe Biden’s 2008 presidential campaign $50,000 for failing to keep track of $1.1 million of excess contributions to his White House run. Under federal election law, a committee can use contributions in...

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