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Lauren Vicary

is the political editor for Bloomberg.com and Political Capital. Previously she was an editor at PoliticsDaily.com and political editor at MSNBC.com.

President Barack Obama at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

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President Barack Obama at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Sunshine State Key: Orange County

Florida remains a battleground state, and Orange County is one of the 50 or so counties nationally which will determine which way key states “swing” in the 2012 presidential election. In part two of our series, “Bellwethers: A 50-County Election,”...

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A Barack Obama campaign event at the Music Hall in Cincinnati.

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A Barack Obama campaign event at the Music Hall in Cincinnati.

The Road to the White House Goes Through Cincinnati

A handful of states are going to determine who wins the 2012 presidential election. And among those 10 or so battleground states are 50 counties that will determine which way those states “swing.” In the first of our series, “Bellwethers: A...

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Vice President Joe Biden during the NAACP annual convention on July 12, 2012 in Houston.

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Vice President Joe Biden during the NAACP annual convention on July 12, 2012 in Houston.

Washington Daybook: Horse Race

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses the NAACP’s conference in Houston one day after presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney was booed by attendees for saying he’d repeal the Affordable Care Act. By a margin of 55 percent to 36...

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Sen. Olympia Snowe gets a kiss from her husband, Jock McKernan, following her speech at the Maine Republican Convention in Augusta.

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Sen. Olympia Snowe gets a kiss from her husband, Jock McKernan, following her speech at the Maine Republican Convention in Augusta.

Congressional Exit Interview: To Tell the Truth

The directions were clear: Leave the cliches and bromides aside. And they did. Last night’s congressional “Exit Interview,” sponsored by Bloomberg Businessweek, featured four retiring lawmakers in a panel discussion: Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Representative Gary Ackerman...

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Supporters of President Barack Obama with a supporter of Mitt Romney before his campaign event at the Cornwall Iron Furnace on June 16, 2012 in Pennsylvania.

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Supporters of President Barack Obama with a supporter of Mitt Romney before his campaign event at the Cornwall Iron Furnace on June 16, 2012 in Pennsylvania.

Obama, Romney Virtually Tied

Millions have already been spent by the campaigns and the super-PACs on this year’s presidential election. So where do we stand less than 5 months out from Election Day? Well, if you believe the polls — and the polling aggregation...

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Sen. John McCain on Capitol Hill.

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Sen. John McCain on Capitol Hill.

McCain Says Adelson’s Donations May Have Foreign Connection

Senator John McCain of Arizona, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and co-author of the 2002 campaign finance law that bears his name, suggested in an interview that foreign money might be entering the campaign finance system. In an interview on...

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President Barack Obama at the Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

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President Barack Obama at the Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland.

Team Obama Message Received, Loud and Clear

The Obama campaign wanted to make sure national reporters got their candidate’s message loud and clear on Thursday — via press releases. The president gave a speech in Cleveland which came on the heels of one given by Republican rival Mitt Romney...

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