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Gregory Giroux

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

Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.

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Copies of the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget at the U.S. Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 2.8%

    The federal budget deficit will be 2.8 percent of gross domestic product this fiscal year, according to a Congressional Budget Office projection.  That would mark a decline in the deficit from 4.1 percent of the economy in fiscal...

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Arizona Speaker of The House Andy Tobin, middle, R-Dewey, answers a question as Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar, left, D-Tolleson, and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, listen at the annual Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry legislative luncheon on Jan. 10, 2014, in Phoenix.

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Arizona Speaker of The House Andy Tobin, middle, R-Dewey, answers a question as Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar, left, D-Tolleson, and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, listen at the annual Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry legislative luncheon on Jan. 10, 2014, in Phoenix.

Democratic Super-PAC Ads Link Arizona Republicans to Koch Brothers

Democratic super-political action committee is invoking billionaire energy executives Charles and David Koch in television ads that also attack two Arizona Republican U.S. House candidates. “Billionaires and insurance companies” are funding attack ads against Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, according to...

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Conservative pundit, television personality and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Conservative pundit, television personality and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Palin, Wagner Among Republican Women Aiding Florida’s Benacquisto

Republican women including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin dot the donor list of Florida state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, the only Republican woman seeking a vacant congressional district in a key primary on April 22. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee,...

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Employees work on the assembly line installing parts on the Duratech 35 V6 engine at the Ford Motor Co. Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, U.S. on Friday, March 28, 2014. Ford announced it will invest $500 million to upgrade the plant to support production of the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost designed for 2015 F-150.

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Employees work on the assembly line installing parts on the Duratech 35 V6 engine at the Ford Motor Co. Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, U.S. on Friday, March 28, 2014. Ford announced it will invest $500 million to upgrade the plant to support production of the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost designed for 2015 F-150.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 74

It took 74 months for U.S. private employment to exceed the pre-recession peak of 116 million in January 2008. Payrolls excluding government agencies rose by 192,000 workers in March, bringing total private employment to 116.1 million, according to the Labor...

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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

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Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $886 Billion

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department spent $886 billion in 2013. That makes HHS the biggest federal department by outlays. The $886 billion accounted for about one-fourth of total federal outlays. Kathleen Sebelius, who leads the department, will resign as...

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An Indian shopkeeper displays a model of an Electronic Voting Machine, used to educate voters about the machine, different political symbols, masks of leaders, and other materials, to political activists at his shop in Kolkata on April 2, 2014.

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An Indian shopkeeper displays a model of an Electronic Voting Machine, used to educate voters about the machine, different political symbols, masks of leaders, and other materials, to political activists at his shop in Kolkata on April 2, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 815 Million

There are about 815 million registered voters in India, the world’s largest democracy, which is holding the world’s biggest election. The parliamentary election in the nation of 1.2 billion people is so large that it’s taking place over a five-week...

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Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), holding a copy of H.R. 3962 and Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) announce an amendment to the House version of health reform legislation in Washington, DC.

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Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), holding a copy of H.R. 3962 and Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-GA) announce an amendment to the House version of health reform legislation in Washington, DC.

Georgia’s Gingrey Attacks Obamacare, Attacked as `Big Spender’

As Rep. Phil Gingrey of Georgia touts his opposition to President Barack Obama’s health-care law on television, an outside group is attacking the Republican Senate hopeful on fiscal policy. “As an doctor, I took an oath to do no harm....

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