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Gregory Giroux

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


Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego, California, on Feb. 27, 2014.

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Job seekers speak with representatives at the Recruit Military veteran job fair in San Diego, California, on Feb. 27, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 59

Fifty-nine senators voted yesterday to renew extended unemployment benefits through May. The Senate passed a compromise negotiated by Rhode Island Democrat Jack Reed, Nevada Republican Dean Heller and eight other senators from both parties. “The Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which...

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U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol following oral arguments at the Supreme Court on issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol following oral arguments at the Supreme Court on issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Coburn Seat-Seeker Wears Constitution

Republican Rep. James Lankford of Oklahoma is getting some outside help for his campaign to succeed Sen. Tom Coburn. Lankford “fought President Obama’s intrusive government that risks our freedoms and way of life,” a narrator says in an ad from...

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Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) during a press conference on U.S. House bill H.R. 428 in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC) during a press conference on U.S. House bill H.R. 428 in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Taylor Griffin’s First North Carolina TV Ad: “Clear Conservative Choice”

North Carolina Republican Taylor Griffin, seeking to unseat Rep. Walter Jones in a primary next month, uses his first television ad to tout his Washington experience and describe himself as the “clear conservative choice for Congress.” “I’ve been there before,”...

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Afghan election commission workers unload ballot boxes at the Independent Election Commission in Kandahar on April 7, 2014.

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Afghan election commission workers unload ballot boxes at the Independent Election Commission in Kandahar on April 7, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 7 Million

More than 7 million voters in Afghanistan cast ballots in the April 5 presidential election, according to the nation’s Independent Election Commission. Eight candidates sought to succeed Hamid Karzai, raising the likelihood of a runoff election. “As many as 12...

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McCutcheon: `Exercising Freedom of Speech is a Good Thing’

Shaun McCutcheon, the winner in a Supreme Court campaign-finance case last week, sees the court’s decision striking down aggregate contribution limits as vindication of a person’s “right to support as many candidates, committees and PACs you choose.” “It’s a political...

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Shoppers at a dealership in New York City.

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Shoppers at a dealership in New York City.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -30.1

The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index averaged minus 30.1 in the first three months of this year. That’s the strongest first-quarter rating for the consumer sentiment gauge since 2007, before the biggest economic downturn since the Great Depression took hold. The...

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Senate Banking and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance member Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) during a hearing on virtual currency on Nov. 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Banking and Urban Affairs Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance member Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) during a hearing on virtual currency on Nov. 19, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Charles Koch, ‘The Kansan,’ Praised on Senate Floor Where Reid Roasts Him

Charles Koch, the billionaire businessman under attack by Democrats for pro-Republican activity he’s undertaking with his brother David, got an assist on the Senate floor today from a fellow Kansan. Republican Sen. Jerry Moran came to the floor to praise...

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Cornell Woolridge rallies against money in politics, at the Supreme Court in Washington, on Oct. 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Cornell Woolridge rallies against money in politics, at the Supreme Court in Washington, on Oct. 8, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $123,200

The Supreme Court invalidated the two-year aggregate limit on federal campaign contributions, which was $123,200 for the 2013-2014 election cycle. Voting 5-4 along ideological lines, the court yesterday said the caps violated the First Amendment speech rights of Alabama Republican...

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