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Daily Archives: November 30, 2012

Rep. Candice Miller following a House Republican Conference meeting in this file photo.

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Rep. Candice Miller following a House Republican Conference meeting in this file photo.

House’s Chairwoman (Charwoman?)

House Speaker John Boehner took some heat this week for naming an all-male lineup of committee chairmen. But he didn’t get out of the kitchen. He found a woman to run one today: Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan will chair...

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Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner at the Capitol for meeting with Congressional leaders on Nov. 29, 2012.

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Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner at the Capitol for meeting with Congressional leaders on Nov. 29, 2012.

Geithner’s `Full Ginsburg:’ Sunday

Tim Geithner, secretary of the treasury, is performing a “Full Ginsburg” this weekend. That’s the colloquial term for what the point-man in the Obama administration’s fiscal cliff talks will achieve Sunday morning, when he appears on ABC’s “This Week,” CBS’s...

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Democratic candidate for North Dakota's U.S. Senate seat, Heidi Heitkamp, holds up the Oct. 20, 2012, Fargo Forum, on Nov. 7, 2012, in Bismarck, N.D. The paper had Berg leading Heitkamp in the state by ten points.

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Democratic candidate for North Dakota's U.S. Senate seat, Heidi Heitkamp, holds up the Oct. 20, 2012, Fargo Forum, on Nov. 7, 2012, in Bismarck, N.D. The paper had Berg leading Heitkamp in the state by ten points.

Bank PAC Helps New Members of Congress Retire Campaign Debt

There wasn’t much of a post-election hiatus for the American Bankers Association. The Washington-based lobbying group sent $59,500 in campaign contributions to federal candidates between Nov. 7-19, most of it to help incoming members of Congress retire campaign debts they...

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Chris Christie with his tickets as he arrives at Giants Stadium to attend a Bruce Springsteen concert.

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Chris Christie with his tickets as he arrives at Giants Stadium to attend a Bruce Springsteen concert.

Springsteen Born to Lose — to Christie or Booker, that is

Chris Christie, New Jersey’s governor, is born to run — right over his idol. The 50-year-old Republican, who declared his candidacy for a second term Nov. 26, would beat the Democrat-backing balladeer Bruce Springsteen, 63, in next year’s election, according to...

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New Jersey Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick walks near a home damaged by Superstorm Sandy on Nov. 29, 2012, in Ortley Beach, N.J.

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New Jersey Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick walks near a home damaged by Superstorm Sandy on Nov. 29, 2012, in Ortley Beach, N.J.

New Jersey Fashion Statement: We’re from the Government, Here to Help

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s personalized embroidered fleece jacket is so two weeks ago. The outerwear now sweeping runways — well, the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Seaside Heights boardwalk, anyway — is a little black number modeled by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick from...

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks to the Economic Club of New York on Nov. 20, 2012.

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks to the Economic Club of New York on Nov. 20, 2012.

Bernanke’s Green Light for Easing

The latest inflation reports tied to consumer spending give Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke a green light to consider stepping up asset purchases, or quantitative easing. Today’s Commerce Department report showed that a measure of prices tied to spending advanced 1.7...

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Karl Rove at the Republican National Convention.

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Karl Rove at the Republican National Convention.

Karl Rove Watch: From Suicidal to `Merely Despondent’

Karl Rove is back on the rubber-chicken circuit — or in this case, we presume, the charred beef path — speaking in Wichita Wednesday night at the Kansas Livestock Association’s annual convention. And for those concerned about his state of mind following...

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President Barack Obama looks at a K'nex roller coaster at a Rodon Group manufacturing facility on Nov. 30, 2012 in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

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President Barack Obama looks at a K'nex roller coaster at a Rodon Group manufacturing facility on Nov. 30, 2012 in Hatfield, Pennsylvania.

Tinker Toy Maker: `Fiscal Cliff’ a `Red, White and Blue Issue’

The folks who make Tinker Toys say this is no time to be tinkering with public confidence in the economy. Michael Araten is president and CEO of K’NEX, the toy company in Pennsylvania that President Barack Obama visited today to...

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Rep. Charles Boustany rehearses for the GOP rebuttal to President Obama's health care speech in this file photo.

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Rep. Charles Boustany rehearses for the GOP rebuttal to President Obama's health care speech in this file photo.

Super-PAC Attacks Louisiana’s Boustany on Wall Street Bailout

A super-political action committee that was active in New York and Arizona elections is shifting its focus to a House runoff next week in southern Louisiana. The super-PAC, National Horizon, is airing an ad attacking Republican Representative Charles Boustany, who faces...

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Oil from the BP spill floats in the Gulf of Mexico near Orange Beach, Alabama.

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Oil from the BP spill floats in the Gulf of Mexico near Orange Beach, Alabama.

BP’s Revenue Dwarfs Contracts and Criminal Settlement

Washington is buzzing about BP Plc’s recent suspension from winning new U.S. government contracts. A few figures to provide some perspective on the oil company, which agreed to plead guilty to criminal charges after the worst oil spill in U.S....

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