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Gregory Giroux

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

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol.

McConnell, Boehner Ads Take Different Tacks

The top two Republicans in Congress have new campaign ads on television as they near primary elections next month. The spots for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio take different tacks. McConnell’s...

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Folsom Lake Marina is at 17% of its total capacity in California.

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Folsom Lake Marina is at 17% of its total capacity in California.

California’s Drought Hung on Senate in Nunes TV Ads

Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, ran campaign ads hundreds of times early this year in Fresno. He didn’t do it from a position of political urgency or vulnerability. Nunes is secure in his Republican-friendly district, having won at least...

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Attorney General of Delaware Beau Biden at the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Attorney General of Delaware Beau Biden at the Democratic National Convention on Sept. 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Biden Running in 2016: Beau for Delaware Governor

      It’s official: a Delaware Democrat carrying the Biden name will seek top office in 2016.  Beau Biden, Delaware’s Democratic Attorney General and Vice President Joe Biden’s oldest child, plans to run for governor in 2016 and won’t...

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U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), from left, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) speak in support of U.S. House bill H.R. 428 during a press conference in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), from left, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) speak in support of U.S. House bill H.R. 428 during a press conference in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.

North Carolina’s Jones Hit With Outside Ad Wave

The outside campaign to oust Republican Rep. Walter Jones in North Carolina’s 3rd District is intensifying less than three weeks before the key primary. Emergency Committee for Israel, a Republican pro-Israel group, and Ending Spending Action Fund, a super-political action...

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Ryan’s $4 Million: House’s Biggest

Paul Ryan has the biggest campaign fund in the  House, at more than $4 million. It’s not hard to explain why. The Wisconsin Republican was Mitt Romney’s running mate on the party’s 2012 presidential ticket. He leads the House Budget Committee...

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, during a town hall meeting in Belmar, New Jersey, on March 25, 2014.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, during a town hall meeting in Belmar, New Jersey, on March 25, 2014.

Singer Joins Griffin As Billionaires Funding Christie’s RGA

Billionaires Paul Singer, Bruce Kovner and Ken Griffin are among this year’s top donors to the Republican Governors Association, a political group led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Singer, founder of New York-based investment firm Elliott Management, and Kovner, founder...

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Seasonal worker Steven Flagg, dressed in a Statue of Liberty costume, holds a sign for a nearby Liberty Tax Service franchise location in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 12, 2014.

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Seasonal worker Steven Flagg, dressed in a Statue of Liberty costume, holds a sign for a nearby Liberty Tax Service franchise location in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 12, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $1,259

    Each U.S. taxpayer would have to pay $1,259 on average to recoup revenue lost to corporations and individuals who use offshore tax havens.  ”The United States loses approximately $184 billion in federal and state revenue each year due...

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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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