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Daily Archives: July 9, 2012

A sign for voter information in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

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A sign for voter information in Jaffrey, New Hampshire.

Independents Gain at Expense of Democrats in Several Swing States

Independent voters are growing in numbers at the expense of Democrats in the battleground states most likely to determine this year’s election, a Bloomberg News analysis shows. Their collective total grew by about 443,000 in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New...

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., during the opening of the Sands Cotai Central resort in Macau.

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Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., during the opening of the Sands Cotai Central resort in Macau.

Adelson Playing $1 Million in Florida

Updated July 10 Billionaire casino executive Sheldon Adelson, who has donated tens of millions of dollars to promote Republican presidential candidates and oppose President Barack Obama, is also using his wealth to elect Republicans in Florida. Adelson donated $1 million...

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Marc Benioff, chief executive officer of Salesforce.com Inc.

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Marc Benioff, chief executive officer of Salesforce.com Inc.

Obama Co-Chair Supports Obama-Critic Ryan — `I’m an American’

One of President Barack Obama’s campaign co-chairmen also is a political donor to Representative Paul Ryan, one of Obama’s most prominent critics and a top surrogate for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Marc Benioff, chief executive officer of Salesforce.com, the largest...

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner is seen on a monitor showing a countdown timer in this 2011 file photo.

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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner is seen on a monitor showing a countdown timer in this 2011 file photo.

Obama’s Tax Plan Tuned to His Base

There’s something to be said for getting in front of an issue. There’s as much to be said about playing to one’s base. President Barack Obama has done both today. In calling on Congress to act as swiftly as possible...

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Sen. Chuck Schumer and a group of Democratic senators announced new legislation "to blunt the worst effects" of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer and a group of Democratic senators announced new legislation "to blunt the worst effects" of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

Koch and Rove Groups Facing New Legal Challenge from Democrats

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee today asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate three Republican-leaning nonprofits who are spending millions on the 2012 campaigns. The groups are Crossroads GPS, co-founded by Karl Rove; Americans for Prosperity, which is linked to...

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David Koch, executive vice president of chemical technology for Koch Industries Inc., center, with Robert "Woody" Johnson, owner and chief executive officer of New York Jets LLC, left, and a guest during the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 5th Annual Spring Ball.

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David Koch, executive vice president of chemical technology for Koch Industries Inc., center, with Robert "Woody" Johnson, owner and chief executive officer of New York Jets LLC, left, and a guest during the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center 5th Annual Spring Ball.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $70.4 Billion

That’s the estimated combined net worth of energy executives David and Charles Koch, brothers who each own 42 percent of Wichita, Kansas-based Koch Industries, a firm that operates in industries including energy and ranching. The two men are the seventh...

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During a protest against a fundraiser for Mitt Romney in Southampton, N.Y.

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During a protest against a fundraiser for Mitt Romney in Southampton, N.Y.

Washington Daybook: Obama to Call for Bush-Era Tax Cut Extension

President Obama will call for a yearlong extension of tax cuts on annual earnings of less than $250K, staking out his position as House Republicans prepare to vote on extending all Bush-era tax cuts expiring this year, Bloomberg News reported. Congress is also seeking...

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An automated teller machine (ATM) in San Francisco.

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An automated teller machine (ATM) in San Francisco.

The Owner of This ATM May Charge You an Added $3 Fee Per Transaction

Call it a sign of the regulatory times: Banks want relief from a requirement to post signs on automated teller machines advising customers of the fee they’ll pay for a transaction. That relief is called H.R. 4367. Chris Strohm reports...

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A Village of Southampton police officer directs a Rolls Royce at a fundraiser for Mitt Romney on July 8, 2012, in Southampton, N.Y.

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A Village of Southampton police officer directs a Rolls Royce at a fundraiser for Mitt Romney on July 8, 2012, in Southampton, N.Y.

Romney, Republicans Raise $106 M

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and allies raised $106 million in June, his best fundraising month yet, according to a news release from his campaign today. The total includes money for Romney’s campaign, the Republican National Committee and a...

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