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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), right, speaks next to (L-3rd L) Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) during a news conference March 26, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), right, speaks next to (L-3rd L) Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) during a news conference March 26, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

‘Kochtopia:’ Reid on Ryan’s Budget

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has accused Republicans of being “addicted to Koch.” Money from the billionaire Koch brothers, that is. Today on the Senate floor, Reid continued his crusade to cast Republicans as puppets of the brothers via another...

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., leaves a news conference at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., leaves a news conference at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

‘Sheldon Primary’ Opens at Venetian – Host Rides Maybach to Dinner

Remember the Republican National Convention? Fuggedabout it. The real screening of potential Republican Party candidates is taking place in Las Vegas, starting with a private “VIP” party in the private airplane hangar of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson,  the 10th richest...

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Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. on Aug. 30, 2013

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Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. on Aug. 30, 2013

Koch Brothers Anonymous to Most

Most Americans say they never have heard of the fifth and sixth richest men in the world, brothers David and Charles Koch, worth a combined $100 billion. Yet their political operation has aired more TV ads early in the 2014...

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a news conference and Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a news conference and Capitol Hill.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 77%

Americans for Prosperity has aired 77 percent of its 2014 congressional election ads in U.S. Senate races. The group, which advocates limited government and is funded by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, is using television, social media and other...

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Mark Penn at Saint Anselm College in this Jan. 5, 2008 file photo in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Mark Penn at Saint Anselm College in this Jan. 5, 2008 file photo in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Obama’s ‘Hey’ a Model for Microsoft’s (Clinton’s) Mark Penn

“Hey,” read the subject line on the e-mails from Team Obama. Casual lingo for a fundraising appeal? No, test-crafted research for communications guaranteed to engage a follower.  “Most of the $690 million Obama raised online (for his 2012 re-election campaign) “came...

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A visitor passes a large electronic screen displaying stock price information at the OAO Moscow Exchange in Russia.

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A visitor passes a large electronic screen displaying stock price information at the OAO Moscow Exchange in Russia.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 11%

Russia’s stock market plunged 11 percent yesterday, the biggest drop in more than five years. Moscow’s Micex index fell 155.90 points to 1288.81, the largest drop since November 2008, Stephen Kirkland and Callie Bost reported for Bloomberg News yesterday. “The...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is reflected in a television displaying a count of the number of people losing unemployment benefits during a news conference with other Senate Democratic leaders on Feb. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is reflected in a television displaying a count of the number of people losing unemployment benefits during a news conference with other Senate Democratic leaders on Feb. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Reid to Koch Brothers: Stick to Oil

That was the majority leader of the Democratic-run Senate carrying on about two of the richest Republican brothers in political finance on the floor of the Senate today. “The Koch brothers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling Americans...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, speaks along side South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, second from left, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, second from right, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, during a news briefing for the Republican Governors Association 2013 annual conference on Nov. 21, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, left, speaks along side South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, second from left, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, second from right, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, right, during a news briefing for the Republican Governors Association 2013 annual conference on Nov. 21, 2013, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Adelson, Singer, Wexner Fund Christie-Led Republican Governors

Billionaires Sheldon Adelson, Paul Singer and Les Wexner each gave more than $1 million in late 2013 to the Republican Governors Association led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Adelson, chairman of Las Vegas Sands Corp., the world’s largest casino...

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David H. Koch, executive vice president at Koch Industries Inc.

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David H. Koch, executive vice president at Koch Industries Inc.

Koch Brothers’ $300-Million Friday

The Koch Brothers, two of the richest people in the world, grew $300 million richer on Friday, by the measure of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Charles and David Koch, worth a combined $100.4 billion, gained $300 million on Friday. http://t.co/7V3C8fb9Hg...

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Maritza Martinez, right, sits with, Jessica Adames, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she tries for the third time to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on Dec. 22, 2013 in Miami.

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Maritza Martinez, right, sits with, Jessica Adames, an insurance agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she tries for the third time to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act at the kiosk setup at the Mall of Americas on Dec. 22, 2013 in Miami.

Obamacare 2014 Midterm Push, Pull: Obama vs. Koch Brothers

With 2 million Americans enrolled in the new health-care insurance exchanges, the president’s signature program would appear to be off to a rebounding start — following a disastrous roll-out. Yet the political war of 2014 is just getting underway. As...

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