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Daily Archives: December 17, 2012

Secretarty of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, watch President Barack Obama's at the NATO Summit in Chicago.

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Secretarty of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, National Security Adviser Tom Donilon, and White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew, watch President Barack Obama's at the NATO Summit in Chicago.

Defense and Scandal: Reshuffling Top 100 Most Influential in the Field

There’s nothing like a sex scandal to weaken the standing of a Washington power broker. Take David Petraeus, the former CIA director and a retired star general of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. The once-widely admired Petraeus was slated to...

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Albert Gomez talks on the phone at his office in Miami, Florida.

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Albert Gomez talks on the phone at his office in Miami, Florida.

Cuban-Americans: Generational Shift Helped Elect, Re-Elect Obama

Abelardo and Lucy Gomez, like many of their generation who fled Cuba, have voted for every Republican U.S. presidential candidate for the past 40 years. Their son is another story. Albert Gomez, 39, who works in the family business in...

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A wall of semi-automatic rifles at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits  in St. Louis, Missouri.

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A wall of semi-automatic rifles at the National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings and Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri.

Majorities Back Stronger Gun Control Measures, Poll Finds

A majority of Americans favor stronger gun control measures, according to an ABC News/Washington Post survey out today following the death of 27 people in the Newton, Connecticut, shootings. Fifty-four percent of respondents supported stricter gun control laws while 43...

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Rep. Tim Scott hakes hands with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy in Washington.

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Rep. Tim Scott hakes hands with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy in Washington.

Tim Scott: South Carolina’s Odyssey

Ironies abound with Rep. Tim Scott of South Carolina set to become just the fifth black to serve in the U.S. Senate since the post-Civil War Reconstruction era — and only the second who won’t be representing Illinois. Scott, named today by Gov....

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Voting at a polling station in the garage of the Los Angeles County lifeguard headquarters on Nov. 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

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Voting at a polling station in the garage of the Los Angeles County lifeguard headquarters on Nov. 6, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.

California More Democratic Than Rest of U.S. By Biggest Gap Ever

Just how strongly Democratic is California, the nation’s most populous state? In the Nov. 6 election, California voted more Democratic for president than the rest of the nation by the biggest gap in the history of the state, according to...

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Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner enters a press conference where he spoke about the fiscal cliff.

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Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner enters a press conference where he spoke about the fiscal cliff.

Obama-Boehner Talks: 5.0

House Speaker John Boehner, after several conversations with President Barack Obama either in person or by telephone, has gone to the White House again today. With a Dec. 31 deadline for averting a pileup of automatic tax increases and spending...

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Democratic supporters watch President Barack Obama give his acceptance speech on a screen at Times Square in New York, on Nov. 7, 2012.

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Democratic supporters watch President Barack Obama give his acceptance speech on a screen at Times Square in New York, on Nov. 7, 2012.

Electoral College Convenes Today to Confirm Obama Win

It was the night of the Nov. 6 election when President Barack Obama was declared the winner of a second term, but it’s the votes of 538 people in 51 locales today that are really deciding the outcome. The Electoral College process...

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A man walks through the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with balloons where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak on Nov. 6, 2012.

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A man walks through the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center with balloons where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is scheduled to speak on Nov. 6, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $97.7 Million

That’s how much outside groups spent in the final week of the Nov. 6 election campaign, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The big late spenders included American Crossroads ($23 million), a super-political action committee founded with help from...

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