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Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.

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Anti-tax activist Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington.

Grover Norquist Calling on Virginia: You Have Tax-Mail Attacking Obama

Now comes the mail. After the hundreds of thousands of TV ads bombarding the voters of several swing states, the Web videos arriving via YouTube, 140-character screeds delivered in Tweets and, yes, the radio ads as well, it’s time for...

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Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, at the Democratic National Convention.

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Cory Booker, mayor of Newark, New Jersey, at the Democratic National Convention.

Castro, Booker: Paths from City Hall in a Swiftly Changing Nation

Most of them have come from governors’ offices in the past century: The presidents of the United States. Some from the Senate. Not since Calvin Coolidge, however, has a one-time mayor of an American city become president. He came from...

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Maine independent Senate candidate Angus King speaks at a news conference in Brunswick, Maine.

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Maine independent Senate candidate Angus King speaks at a news conference in Brunswick, Maine.

Democrats Invest in Maine, Independent King Backing Obama

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has decided to spend $410,000 on a television ad campaign against Republican candidate Charlie Summers in Maine. The ads are scheduled to run Oct. 2-12. The National Republican Senatorial Committee has already funded ads in...

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Democratic Rep. Mark Critz, right, greets workers at Gamesa, a wind turbine blade company in Ebensburg, Pa.

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Democratic Rep. Mark Critz, right, greets workers at Gamesa, a wind turbine blade company in Ebensburg, Pa.

Biggest Outside Money: Critz Race

Outside money has been a major factor in a lot of congressional campaigns this year. The race between Democratic Rep. Mark Critz and Republican challenger Keith Rothfus in Pennsylvania has attracted more outside money to date than any other contest....

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Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy prepare to be interviewed on the show, "Person to Person" in 1957.

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Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Kennedy prepare to be interviewed on the show, "Person to Person" in 1957.

Ethel Kennedy Cringes at The Name

Written by Stephanie Green of Bloomberg Muse Imagine Ann Romney or Michelle Obama being in court for horse thievery, keeping a pet seal in the back yard or pushing Cabinet members in the pool for laughs. Spunky Ethel Kennedy did...

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A military helicopter buzzes past the Branch Davidian compound where David Koresh and others were holed up in Waco, Texas in 1993.

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A military helicopter buzzes past the Branch Davidian compound where David Koresh and others were holed up in Waco, Texas in 1993.

Akin’s Campaign, Koresh’s Compound — Following the Story Line?

Sen. Claire McCaskill can’t count the ways Rep. Todd Akin has helped her. First the Republican congressman seeking to unseat the one-term senator from Missouri said in a televised interview that “legitimate rape” rarely results in pregnancy. Akin apologized for...

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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hands out beef jerky to journalists on board his campaign plane at the Philadelphia International Airport .

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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney hands out beef jerky to journalists on board his campaign plane at the Philadelphia International Airport .

Romney Home in Belmont — Brown: `The Boys are Back in Town’

Updated at 4 pm EDT Republican Mitt Romney has returned to the Boston area. And Sen. Scott Brown, the Republican seeking re-election in a tough contest with Democratic consumer advocate and Harvard Law Professor Elizabeth Warren, is happy about that....

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President Barack Obama is introduced by former President Bill Clinton during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York.

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President Barack Obama is introduced by former President Bill Clinton during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) in New York.

Bill Clinton: Obama’s Calling Card

Bill Clinton gave a freewheeling address about the reasons for re-electing Barack Obama. The president dubbed the former president “the secretary of explaining stuff” after that Democratic National Convention speech in Charlotte. (Obama got a post-convention “bounce” in the polls,...

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