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President Barack Obama speaks on the economy in Denver on July 9, 2014.

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President Barack Obama speaks on the economy in Denver on July 9, 2014.

Cost of Executive Rules: $104 Billion

President Barack Obama has staked his year, and at least in part the Democratic Party’s’ midterm chances, on going at it alone. The cost of the rules his administration is drafting may end up working against him. To date, Obama...

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A delegate wears an elephant mascot temporary tattoo at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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A delegate wears an elephant mascot temporary tattoo at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Jones Day Draws Top Republican Lawyers from Patton Boggs

They are the silent operators crucial to both parties during every campaign cycle — the lawyers who handle a never-ending wave of legal and logistical questions facing candidates, committees and Super-PACs. So it matters when three of the premiere campaign...

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Democratic State Sen. Nina Turner comments after Ohio Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address on Feb. 7, 2012, in Steubenville, Ohio.

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Democratic State Sen. Nina Turner comments after Ohio Gov. John Kasich's State of the State address on Feb. 7, 2012, in Steubenville, Ohio.

Democrats Funnel Money, Staff Into State Races

The refrain from Ohio State Senator Nina Turner’s campaign manager was familiar — one that all candidates embrace, if warily, over the course of a race. “Call time, call time, call time,” repeated Turner, seated across a desk at state...

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

Toyota Keeping Lawmakers Happy

Tired of waiting to (finally) get your turn to question that Obama administration official at your subcommittee hearing? Bored of floor debates on bills that will never go anywhere? Toyota has a solution for you, just a few blocks away...

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Delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 28, 2012.

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Delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Aug. 28, 2012.

Republican ‘Start-Up’ Targets Voters, Donors — and Democrats

In an office with walls covered by dry erase boards, one phrase in bold red block letters stands out above the multi-colored scribbled notes, ideas and equations: “Does this drive data & dollars?” That’s the question each of the 40-plus...

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President Barack Obama, with the help of store employee Susan Panariello, shops for sweaters at a GAP store in Manhattan during his unannounced visit on March 11, 2014.

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President Barack Obama, with the help of store employee Susan Panariello, shops for sweaters at a GAP store in Manhattan during his unannounced visit on March 11, 2014.

Obama Spotlights Wage GAP

It turns out that raising the minimum wage can be good for a company. At least GAP is getting the sort of publicity ad-money can’t buy today. President Barack Obama, who has flown to New York City for party fundraising...

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Obamacare Expedited Bid Process Limited Who Could Build Website

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Republicans Ready to Make Democrats Eat Obamacare Promises

They are the 10 words Republicans say will haunt Democrats in the mid-term elections: “If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.” President Barack Obama today moved to try to shield congressional Democrats, many of whom will be...

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A security guard stands next to the Twitter Inc. logo in the lobby of JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York.

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A security guard stands next to the Twitter Inc. logo in the lobby of JPMorgan Chase & Co. headquarters in New York.

Ethics Panel to Congress: Stay Away from Twitter IPO

As the frenzy over Twitter Inc.’s initial public offering continues, U.S. lawmakers have been issued a warning: Sit this one out. The House Ethics Committee warned in a memo to lawmakers and congressional staff yesterday that participating in the IPO may...

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Job applicants attend a job fair hosted by Tanger Outlets for its November opening on September 17, 2013, in Fort Washington, MD.

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Job applicants attend a job fair hosted by Tanger Outlets for its November opening on September 17, 2013, in Fort Washington, MD.

Bankers Back From Road-Trip: Senate Prescription Tracks Book

Two Washington bank lobbyists scouring the country for ideas to spur job growth may draw a skeptical eye from Americans in the years following the 2008 financial crisis. That didn’t stop John Dearie, executive vice president for public policy at...

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