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Julie Hirschfeld Davis

is a senior political reporter. She covered the 2012 campaign for Bloomberg News and previously covered the White House for the Baltimore Sun.

Engineers and developers work at President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago on Dec. 13, 2011.

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Engineers and developers work at President Barack Obama's campaign headquarters in Chicago on Dec. 13, 2011.

Obama’s Ad-Men: Yogurt Next?

Two of the masterminds behind President Barack Obama’s analytics-fueled campaign-advertising operation say they’ve been inundated with inquiries from corporate executives eager to apply the tactics that won the 2012 presidential race to their marketing efforts. “We’re sort of handing out...

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Rand Paul Eyes 2016 as Reaching Out on Immigration, Race

It’s never too early for prospective presidential contenders to court their party’s core voters, and Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky batted his eyelashes a bit today at a breakfast with reporters in Washington. He is “considering it,” the Tea...

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Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, in Washington.

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Senator Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, in Washington.

Warner: Budget Deal Better Than 50-50

Senator Mark Warner places the odds for a bipartisan debt-reduction deal at better than 50-50, and has outlined plans to roll out fresh ideas in the coming weeks on where to find the revenue to finance it. Warner, a first-term Democrat who has...

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TV video cameras at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the National Harbor.

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TV video cameras at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the National Harbor.

Immigration Reform Promoted at CPAC

If you’re looking for opponents of a broad immigration rewrite at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, you’ll have to do some sleuthing. Foes who decry efforts to legalize the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants as “amnesty,” for so long...

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A law enforcement official talks to unidentified people during a round up in Columbia, South Carolina in this file photo.

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A law enforcement official talks to unidentified people during a round up in Columbia, South Carolina in this file photo.

Immigration: All Roads, South Carolina

Updated at 2:05 PM EDT South Carolina isn’t a border state, yet its radio and television airwaves will soon be saturated with advertisements by groups leading the charge both for and against a broad immigration overhaul taking shape in Congress....

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Immigrants take the oath of citizenship at a special Valentine's Day naturalization ceremony for married couples on Feb. 14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.

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Immigrants take the oath of citizenship at a special Valentine's Day naturalization ceremony for married couples on Feb. 14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.

Republican-Leaning Group On Immigration Revamp: It’s the Economy

As President Barack Obama presses Congress to produce legislation granting legal status to 11 million undocumented immigrants, Republican proponents have quietly begun laying the groundwork to persuade their own lawmakers and supporters to embrace the plan. That effort goes public...

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Dominican immigrants pose for photos after becoming American citizens at a special Valentine's Day naturalization ceremony for married couples on Feb. 14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.

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Dominican immigrants pose for photos after becoming American citizens at a special Valentine's Day naturalization ceremony for married couples on Feb. 14, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.

Immigration Authors: Optimism, Caution

There’s a lot of optimism and happy talk from President Barack Obama and lawmakers on Capitol Hill these days about the prospects of pushing through a bipartisan immigration rewrite this year. Yet among those tasked with hashing out such a...

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Tagg Romney gives an interview during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Florida.

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Tagg Romney gives an interview during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Florida.

Will He or Won’t He? Tagg Romney Says No to Senate

Updated at 5: 15 pm EST Tagg Romney, the eldest son of defeated 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, isn’t ready to join the family political dynasty. At least not yet. A story in today’s Boston Herald reported that  the...

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Sen. Mitch McConnell walks to the Capitol from the senate subway on Dec. 4, 2012.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell walks to the Capitol from the senate subway on Dec. 4, 2012.

Obama’s Path to Congress Passes Through Republican McConnell

Mitch McConnell never set out to be President Barack Obama’s go-to negotiating partner. Yet the top Senate Republican cemented his role as the bridge between the Democratic president and an estranged Congress when he struck a New Year’s Eve agreement...

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Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln, center, in the film "Lincoln."

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Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln, center, in the film "Lincoln."

Republicans Rallying for `Lincoln’ — Majority Whip’s `Movie-Night’ Out

Kevin McCarthy is big on the big screen. Last year, during the debt debate on Capitol Hill, the Republican congressman from California and House majority whip showed his troops a clip from the film “The Town,” the Ben Affleck-directed film...

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