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A majority of U.S. citizens support legalizing marijuana, as per Gallup

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A majority of U.S. citizens support legalizing marijuana, as per Gallup

2013 By the Numbers

The folks at Gallup have a way of looking at the world through numbers. Some of their numbers noted today have a lot to say about the year passing: – 69 percent of Americans remain unaffected by President Barack Obama’s health...

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Democratic state Rep. Lynwood Lewis in his current campaign commercial "At Home"

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Democratic state Rep. Lynwood Lewis in his current campaign commercial "At Home"

Republican Anti-Obamacare Themes Flow To Virginia Legislative Election

The rocky rollout of President Barack Obama’s health-care law surely will be an issue of contention in the midterm elections — and in some special elections months before the federal November balloting. That includes a state Senate district in southeastern...

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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly during the Americans for Responsible Solutions tour in Fargo, ND, on July 3, 2013

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Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Captain Mark Kelly during the Americans for Responsible Solutions tour in Fargo, ND, on July 3, 2013

Ready to Spend: New Political Groups Raised $30 Million in 2013

Political money groups showed no sign of post-presidential election fatigue this year. By January 2013, two months after President Barack Obama was re-elected in a contest that cost more than $2 billion, new money groups were popping up on the...

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Melissa Harris-Perry

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Melissa Harris-Perry

MSNBC Host’s Romney Apology: Rough Run of Remorse

In its cleanest form, Cable TV means never having to say you’re sorry. Yet in the political world, one cable news outlet has been breeding apologies lately. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry apologized today for making fun of Mitt Romney’s black grandson,...

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Washington’s Resolutions: 2014 Dawning

  If ever there were a place, and a time, in need of new resolutions, it would certainly be Washington, D.C., on New Year’s Day 2014. House Speaker John Boehner, who presided over a 16-day partial shutdown of the federal...

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The crowd outside the Capitol during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013

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The crowd outside the Capitol during the U.S. presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 21, 2013

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 317,297,938

That’s the Census Bureau’s projection of the U.S. population as of New Year’s Day 2014. “This represents an increase of 2,218,622, or 0.7 percent, from New Year’s Day 2013,” the Census Bureau said in a release yesterday. “In January 2014,...

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama during their annual visit with U.S. military families on Christmas Day at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Dec. 25, 2013

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U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama during their annual visit with U.S. military families on Christmas Day at Marine Corps Base Hawaii on Dec. 25, 2013

Obama Gains Five Points on Vacation — Will Republicans Work it Off?

Call it holiday cheer. Call it a standard deviation. Or a case of absence making hearts grow fonder. Whatever it is, President Barack Obama has picked up five points in public approval since he’s gone away to Hawaii for a...

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