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Daily Archives: November 19, 2012


Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

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Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida, speaks at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

Rubio Workin’ It: Iowa Trip, GQ Interview

While many of his Republican colleagues continue to digest and dissect Mitt Romney’s presidential defeat less than two weeks ago, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is wasting zero time moving on — and in the process dominating the early buzz about the party’s...

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Dancers perform as more than 250 people line up outside the Miami-Dade elections headquarters in Doral, Florida, on Nov. 5, 2012 to cast absentee ballots in person, a day after a temporary shutdown at the site led to widespread confusion.

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Dancers perform as more than 250 people line up outside the Miami-Dade elections headquarters in Doral, Florida, on Nov. 5, 2012 to cast absentee ballots in person, a day after a temporary shutdown at the site led to widespread confusion.

Final Florida Count: Obama by 74,309

President Barack Obama won Florida by 74,309 votes out of 8.47 million cast, a margin of nine-tenths of one percentage point, according to an official count of votes from the state elections office. Obama won 50.01 percent of the vote to 49.13...

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From left, Rep. Robert Wittman, Rep. Jeff Landry, Rep. Charles Boustany, and Rep. John Fleming arrive for the news conference on American Energy Initiative legislation to expand U.S. energy production.

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From left, Rep. Robert Wittman, Rep. Jeff Landry, Rep. Charles Boustany, and Rep. John Fleming arrive for the news conference on American Energy Initiative legislation to expand U.S. energy production.

Boustany, Landry Tout Support in Louisiana Ads Before Runoff

Two Louisiana Republican congressmen seeking the same district in a Dec. 8 runoff election are using testimonials in their latest television ads. Jeff Landry, a freshman, is up with a spot highlighting endorsements from four House colleagues. Landry “has the...

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visit the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon on Nov. 19, 2012.

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President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visit the Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon on Nov. 19, 2012.

Obama’s Six Hours in Myanmar

President Barack Obama, the son of a cultural anthropologist, listened attentively as his tour guide explained how to pour holy water over a Buddha at Yangon’s Shwedagon Pagoda. Fresh off a bitter re-election fight at home, Obama learned how the...

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President Barack Obama with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, following their meeting at her residence in Yangon on Nov. 19, 2012.

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President Barack Obama with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, following their meeting at her residence in Yangon on Nov. 19, 2012.

Washington Daybook: ‘Worst’ Form of Government

In the immortal words of Winston Churchill, democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried. President Barack Obama is in Myanmar — or is it Burma? — celebrating that country’s move...

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Incumbent Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez addresses a crowd Nov. 6, 2012, in New Brunswick, N.J., after defeating Republican challenger state Sen. Joe Kryillos.

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Incumbent Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez addresses a crowd Nov. 6, 2012, in New Brunswick, N.J., after defeating Republican challenger state Sen. Joe Kryillos.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 40

That’s how many years it’s been since New Jersey elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate. The re-election of Senator Robert Menendez on Nov. 6 marked the 13th consecutive Democratic Senate victory in a state that has voted Democratic for...

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