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Peter Brusoe


Tim Wiese, left, helps his father Randy Wiese load a newly purchased Samsung Electronics Co. 60-inch light-emitting diode (LED) television into his vehicle outside a Best Buy Co. store ahead of Black Friday in Peoria, Illinois, on Nov. 28, 2013.

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Tim Wiese, left, helps his father Randy Wiese load a newly purchased Samsung Electronics Co. 60-inch light-emitting diode (LED) television into his vehicle outside a Best Buy Co. store ahead of Black Friday in Peoria, Illinois, on Nov. 28, 2013.

Black Friday vs. Cyber Monday Fight Seen in Retailer Lobbying Files

Black Friday is heralded as the biggest shopping day of the year and the start of the holiday shopping season. In recent years, great deals on the internet on the Monday after Thanksgiving, called Cyber Monday, have been cutting into...

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New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner in Harlem on September 10, 2013 in New York City.

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New York City mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner in Harlem on September 10, 2013 in New York City.

FEC Approves Request to Alert on Political Refunds

It may be too late for Anthony Weiner supporters, but the Federal Election Commission is making it easier for donors to hold political candidates accountable. The FEC ruled by a 5-1 vote last week that political donors’ data can now...

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Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell launches his U.S. Senate campaign on Sept. 12, 2013.

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Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell launches his U.S. Senate campaign on Sept. 12, 2013.

Out-of-State Money: Out of Sight

How you can tell a national race: Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has raised just over $1 million from itemized individual donors so far for his re-election effort . Only $187,000, or about 15 percent of it, came from Alaska. More,...

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Director Steven Spielberg at the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner in Washington.

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Director Steven Spielberg at the White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA) dinner in Washington.

Steven Spielberg vs. Donald Trump: This Must Be Kentucky 2014

Kentucky’s Senate race is shaping up as one of the most contentious in 2014. Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes has managed to attract some serious star power to her bid to unseat Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in his home state....

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A worker assembles fireworks in Liuyang, China, in Hunan province.

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A worker assembles fireworks in Liuyang, China, in Hunan province.

Lobbying Fireworks: Made in China

The fireworks lobby is, well, holding its fire. As Americans watch fireworks on one end of the National Mall on this Fourth of July, fireworks-makers are watching Congress, the Department of Transportation and Environmental Protection Agency. The American Pyrotechnics Association is the...

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The Connecticut Huskies react after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

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The Connecticut Huskies react after defeating the Butler Bulldogs to win the National Championship Game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament by a score of 53-41 at Reliant Stadium on April 4, 2011 in Houston, Texas.

NCAA Seeds: Full-Court DC Press

March Madness is in full swing. And Congress is in session, even if the government is in sequestration. Regardless of whether you’re rooting for the Harvard Crimson, the Great Danes of Albany or The Hoyas of Georgetown, everyone wants one...

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President Barack Obama with First lady Michelle Obama after the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Colorado.

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President Barack Obama with First lady Michelle Obama after the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver on October 3, 2012 in Colorado.

Obama, Clinton: TV Anniversaries

If it’s Debate Night, it’s Date night! Last night President Barack Obama wished wife Michelle a happy 20th wedding anniversary. For frequent watchers of debates it was déjà vu all over again. On October 11, 1992, Bill Clinton debated George...

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Tim Pawlenty stumps for Mitt Romney at the opening of Romney's Las Vegas campaign headquarters.

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Tim Pawlenty stumps for Mitt Romney at the opening of Romney's Las Vegas campaign headquarters.

Romney Draws Small Share of Money from Party Primary Rivals’ Donors

Party unity? Not in campaign contributions. The Republican National Convention is a chance to bring together Republicans from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, and from Manhattan, New York, to Manhattan, Kansas, to gather around the party’s presidential nominee. Also-rans have...

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