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Daily Archives: June 26, 2012


Sens. Jeff Sessions, left, and Claire McCaskill, in the Capitol via the Senate subway for votes on the Food and Drug Administration reauthorization bill.

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Sens. Jeff Sessions, left, and Claire McCaskill, in the Capitol via the Senate subway for votes on the Food and Drug Administration reauthorization bill.

McCaskill to Skip Party’s Convention

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, an early supporter of President Barack Obama’s presidential bid in 2008, won’t attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this summer, a McCaskill aide said. The aide, speaking on condition of anonymity today, said McCaskill will...

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Victor Motley, left, and Sharyn Kenchen, volunteers with Organizing for America, President Obama's re-election campaign arm, make phone calls to potential supporters in the group's Richmond headquarters.

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Victor Motley, left, and Sharyn Kenchen, volunteers with Organizing for America, President Obama's re-election campaign arm, make phone calls to potential supporters in the group's Richmond headquarters.

Off-Shoring, the Attack and Defense

Vice President Joe Biden, attack-dog-in-chief, has joined the off-shoring chorus. And Camp Romney is fighting back. Biden, campaigning  in Waterloo, Iowa, home of a large Deere & Co. manufacturing facility, accused Republican Mitt Romney today of “making a lot of...

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Donald Trump at an airport hangar in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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Donald Trump at an airport hangar in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Donald Trump’s Dessert, a Tax Bill

There’s no limit to the small money that can be raised in dinners with big names. President Barack Obama’s campaign is raffling a dinner with the president and first lady. And Donald Trump is looking forward to that dinner with...

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Charles Rangel with a victory gesture at his Harlem headquarters as vote returns indicate his defeat of Rep. Adam Clayton Powell in the Democratic primary for Congressional District covering Harlem.

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Charles Rangel with a victory gesture at his Harlem headquarters as vote returns indicate his defeat of Rep. Adam Clayton Powell in the Democratic primary for Congressional District covering Harlem.

Rangel: Few Have Served Longer

Just 19 people in history have served longer in the U.S. House than Representative Charles Rangel has held office. Most of them left voluntarily or died in office. Rangel, who’s represented Harlem and other parts of New York City for...

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A protester as Newt Gingrich with a cardboard cutout of former Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi in Florida.

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A protester as Newt Gingrich with a cardboard cutout of former Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi in Florida.

Romney Fundraiser: Chez Pelosi

Remember Newt Gingrich on a couch with Nancy Pelosi? And how much fun his party’s presidential campaign rivals had with a video of the former Republican speaker of the House seated alongside the then-Democratic House speaker on a sofa  in...

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Activists await a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Washington on June 25, 2012.

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Activists await a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on the controversial Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in Washington on June 25, 2012.

Romney’s Health-Care `Preax’ Covering Two Bases

In any campaign, swift reaction is essential. But there’s more than “reax” in the hyperventilated news cycles of the 2012 campaign. There’s also “preax.” As Bloomberg’s Julie Davis reports from the road today, Republican Mitt Romney today has issued his...

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Skateboarders in a pool behind a house in foreclosure in Fresno, California.

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Skateboarders in a pool behind a house in foreclosure in Fresno, California.

Housing Relief Holds `Wiggle Room’

What do public universities and litigation over faulty drywall have in common? Both have been deemed appropriate uses of money set aside for the states to help their citizens recover from the housing crises, according to a study by Bloomberg...

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A Mitt Romney supporter in Chantilly, Virginia.

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A Mitt Romney supporter in Chantilly, Virginia.

Virginia Voters Carpet Bombed in Romney-Obama Ad Wars

It’s still more than four months until Election Day, and campaign ads are already dominating the television airwaves in the battleground state of Virginia, where President Barack Obama and his Republican rival Mitt Romney are vying to tarnish each other’s...

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A President Barack Obama supporter in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A President Barack Obama supporter in Des Moines, Iowa.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $240 M

That’s how much super-political action committees have raised thus far in the 2012 election cycle, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan group in Washington that tracks political giving. Super-PACs grew out of a series of regulatory and...

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