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Gregory Giroux

analyzes elections, financing of congressional and presidential elections, political advertising and demographics.

Congressional candidate Don Beyer greets voters next to another candidate, Bill Euille, 2nd from left, outside the Durant Arts Center as Virginia voters take to the polls in the state's 8th congressional district to choose a Democratic nominee in the race to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran (D) on June 10, 2014.

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Congressional candidate Don Beyer greets voters next to another candidate, Bill Euille, 2nd from left, outside the Durant Arts Center as Virginia voters take to the polls in the state's 8th congressional district to choose a Democratic nominee in the race to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran (D) on June 10, 2014.

Virginia’s Beyer Creates PAC To Help Democrats

Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat likely to enter the U.S. House in January, has created a leadership political action committee to help Democratic candidates in more competitive Nov. 4 elections. “Don wanted to start a PAC right away in order...

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Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club on on June 24, 2014.

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Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club on on June 24, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 3

(UPDATED at 9:15 a.m. to reflect updated vote totals.) Three U.S. House members have been defeated in the party primaries after elections in 35 states. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, a Michigan Republican, was unseated yesterday by wealthy businessman David Trott in...

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on June 11, 2014.

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on June 11, 2014.

Rick Perry Forms Federal PAC

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s weighing a White House bid in 2016, has formed a federal political action committee to aid fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 4 elections. RickPAC was created with the “goal of helping elect Republicans to...

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President Barack Obama greets attendees at the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative(YALI) in Washington, DC on July 28, 2014.

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President Barack Obama greets attendees at the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for the Young African Leaders Initiative(YALI) in Washington, DC on July 28, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $900 Million

The Obama administration expects at least $900 million in private business deals to be announced at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum that starts today. In bringing representatives from about 50 African nations to Washington, Obama is “working to overcome perceptions on...

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $659 Million

A $659 million border-security and immigration proposal in the Republican-led House was pulled from consideration yesterday after party leaders couldn’t corral enough support to pass it. The legislation, meant to address a surge of undocumented children showing up at the...

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The Internal Revenue Service headquarters stands in Washington, D.C.

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The Internal Revenue Service headquarters stands in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $13.1 Billion

That’s how much the Internal Revenue Service collected in estate taxes in fiscal year 2013. The Republican-led House may vote to repeal the tax before the Nov. 4 election. The House is set to begin a month-long recess after legislative activity today....

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Shoppers are reflected in a mirror during the grand opening of the Hennes & Mauritz AB flagship store in New York on July 17, 2014.

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Shoppers are reflected in a mirror during the grand opening of the Hennes & Mauritz AB flagship store in New York on July 17, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 90.9

The Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rose to 90.9 this month, the highest since October 2007. The index rose from a revised 86.4 in June. “Obviously the 2.5 million jobs the economy racked up in the last year is making...

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President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One on uly 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One on uly 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

2014 Midterm Offense v. Defense: ‘Disaster’ v. ‘Tough’ One

A “summer of disengagement” by President Barack Obama will lead to a “disaster” for Democrats in the Nov. 4 midterm election, according to the Republican overseeing his party’s strategy in House races. Voter disenchantment with Obama on issues including his...

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