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Mike Tackett

Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., makes his way around the Cannon rotunda.

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Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., makes his way around the Cannon rotunda.

Congressional Dysfunction Breeds Nostalgia for Spirit of Compromise

U.S. Rep. Sander Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, recalls his last substantive issue discussion with a Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. It was 13 years ago. He and Bill Thomas, then a Republican congressman from California who served as the...

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Karl Rove, former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush, left, talks to Sen. Orrin Hatch, on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 27, 2012.

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Karl Rove, former Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush, left, talks to Sen. Orrin Hatch, on the floor of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Aug. 27, 2012.

Rove as Kingmaker Rejected by Republicans Seeking Better Returns

For more than a decade, Republicans have looked to Karl Rove for the solution. Now, a growing number see him as the problem. Rove, 62, has put his imprimatur and donor money behind the Conservative Victory Project, formed to choose...

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Mitt Romney and President Obama walk past each other on stage at the end of the last debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

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Mitt Romney and President Obama walk past each other on stage at the end of the last debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

Obama vs. Romney in 2012 Contest: More Engineers Than Ideas

We are ending a campaign in which more than $3 billion likely has been spent, and yet it has been remarkably small bore. Neither President Barack Obama nor Republican Mitt Romney has advanced a single big idea. There is no...

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Rep. Joe Donnelly prepares to address the audience during Dyngus Day on April 9, 2012, at the West Side Democratic Club in South Bend, Ind.

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Rep. Joe Donnelly prepares to address the audience during Dyngus Day on April 9, 2012, at the West Side Democratic Club in South Bend, Ind.

Quote of the Day: Wrong State

Democratic Senate nominee U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly has built a significant lead in the Indiana race for Senate, according to a new Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground Poll. The poll, released this morning, shows Donnelly leading Republican State Treasurer Richard Mourdock by...

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Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 video game console.

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Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox 360 video game console.

Xbox Marks a 51-17 Win for Obama — With an Audience Skewed Younger

Microsoft Xbox, working in partnership with the the polling company YouGov, conducted a live survey among more than 30,000 respondents who tuned in to watch the presidential debate and answered survey questions via Xbox Live’s election channel. The Xbox sample...

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A bucket of sample democratic ballots are seen as Ohio Democratic party volunteers distribute them in front of an early voting center in Columbus on October 15, 2012.

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A bucket of sample democratic ballots are seen as Ohio Democratic party volunteers distribute them in front of an early voting center in Columbus on October 15, 2012.

Supreme Court Leaves One Less Distraction for Obama in Ohio

Check another box for dogs that didn’t bark. The U.S. Supreme Court ratified a lower court ruling that Ohio can proceed with its early voting the weekend before the Nov. 6 election. This is important for Democrats, who fought a...

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Delegates stand at the Republican National Convention.

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Delegates stand at the Republican National Convention.

Romney’s Test: Promise vs. Doubts

Republicans are preparing to nominate Mitt Romney for the presidency tonight, then leave Tampa in an unusual place: united in their animus toward President Barack Obama and yet somewhat lukewarm about their candidate. In conversations with several Republican lawmakers and...

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Mitt Romney boards his campaign plane at Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio, on August 25, 2012.

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Mitt Romney boards his campaign plane at Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio, on August 25, 2012.

Romney’s Burden of Success

Mitt Romney heads to Tampa with an ironic burden: his success. His staggering wealth, earned from private equity, a business built on opaque and complex financial engineering, has left him without the kind of compelling life-story narrative that has launched...

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People wait for the arrival of Mitt Romney during a campaign event at the Milford Ice Cream Social on June 15, 2012 in New Hampshire.

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People wait for the arrival of Mitt Romney during a campaign event at the Milford Ice Cream Social on June 15, 2012 in New Hampshire.

Married Moms: Marginal Advantage

In 1992, the “Year of the Woman,” female representation in Congress soared. Bill Clinton became president with a plurality of women voters and lost the married-mother vote by one percentage point. Bloomberg’s Esmé E. Deprez reports today that President Barack...

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