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Jonathan Salant

covers campaign finance and lobbying in Washington. He was president of the National Press Club and started in Washington in 1987.



The Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York.

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The Morgan Stanley headquarters in New York.

Wall Street Hedged No Election Bets

With Republicans angry about the financial regulations pushed through by President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats, the securities and investment industry was the only major source of campaign contributions to switch sides in 2012 compared with 2008, giving a record...

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Singer James Taylor performs on the final day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

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Singer James Taylor performs on the final day of the Democratic National Convention (DNC).

James Taylor Live: Left, Right Unite: `May Have to Go Over Cliff’

Updated at 3:20 pm EST Singer-songwriter James Taylor, a self-described “yellow dog Democrat,” took a victory lap at the National Press Club today. Taylor campaigned for President Barack Obama’s re-election, including performing at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, where...

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President Barack Obama during a meeting with governors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

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President Barack Obama during a meeting with governors in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.

Obama’s Calling Card: Another Poll

Support for President Barack Obama’s call to let the Bush-era tax rates expire as planned for wealthier Americans, and trust leaning more toward the president and congressional Democrats  than congressional Republicans in handling the forthcoming convergence of scheduled tax hikes...

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Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas, right, and Representative Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, during a news conference following a Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol.

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Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas, right, and Representative Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, during a news conference following a Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol.

Frank’s Frank Hensarling Talk: `Complete and Total Irrelevance’

Rep. Barney Frank, who spent two years leading the House Financial Services Committee, says incoming chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas will bring “complete and total irrelevance” to the committee. “Legislatively, he’s so far out of the mainstream,” Frank, a Massachusetts...

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives on Dec. 4, 2012 for a meeting of foreign ministers from the 28 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member-countries at organization headquarters in Brussels on Syria and Turkey's request for Patriot missiles to be deployed protectively on the Turkish-Syrian border.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives on Dec. 4, 2012 for a meeting of foreign ministers from the 28 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member-countries at organization headquarters in Brussels on Syria and Turkey's request for Patriot missiles to be deployed protectively on the Turkish-Syrian border.

Clinton 2016: A Base to Run With

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, an unsuccessful candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008, might find a different result if she runs four years from now, according to a poll out today. An ABC News/Washington Post survey found that...

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Rachel Baker, left, and Christine Tully wait in line to get their marriage license at the Manhattan City Clerk's office in New York.

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Rachel Baker, left, and Christine Tully wait in line to get their marriage license at the Manhattan City Clerk's office in New York.

Same-Sex Marriage Gains Support

First, voters in Maine, Maryland and Washington state legalized same-sex marriage in November. Now comes a new poll  showing strong support for that nationwide. The survey by Hamden, Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University found 48 percent of U.S. voters supporting same-sex marriage,...

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Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears runs after a catch in the final minute of regulation time against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012.

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Brandon Marshall #15 of the Chicago Bears runs after a catch in the final minute of regulation time against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on December 2, 2012.

Obama: `Da Bears… Gotta Shot’

The Chicago Bears — “da Bears,” in President Barack Obama’s hometown — will be the next Windy City sports team to win a league championship. So said the president during his Twitter chat about the fiscal cliff  today — touting...

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