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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

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President Barack Obama disembarks from Air Force One at the Los Angeles International airport on July 23, 2014.

Obama’s Five-Point Party Pitch — Pelosi Suggests Stepping it Up

He may not be looking so great these days, President Barack Obama says, but the economy is looking up. The political picture in Washington remains bleaker, however, the president said in a pitch today to some of his party’s top...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $620,366

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s leadership political action committee raised $620,366 in this year’s second quarter. Donors to the Massachusetts Democrat’s PAC for a Level Playing Field included Craig Newmark, founder of the Craigslist website, and Henry Goldberg, founder of real estate...

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $100 Million

The Republican Governors Association is positioned to spend $100 million in the final 100 days of the 2014 election. The RGA, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is in a “strong financial position” as it defends Republican-held offices in...

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The United States Capitol building in Washington D.C.

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The United States Capitol building in Washington D.C.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $850.2 Million

Candidates running for Congress in the 2014 election raised $850.2 million in the 15-month period ended March 31. Click here for a Federal Election Commission summary of campaign receipts and spending by candidates, political action committees (PACs) and national party committees....

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Charles Schwab, chairman of Charles Schwab Corp.

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Charles Schwab, chairman of Charles Schwab Corp.

Bechtel, Schwab Break Donations Dam

Philanthropist Stephen D. Bechtel Jr., gave almost $100,000 last month to a Republican committee created after the Supreme Court struck down limits on aggregate campaign contributions. Bechtel, who formerly led Bechtel Group Inc., the contractor that built the Hoover Dam,...

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with Miami Heat players, including Dwyane Wade (L), LeBron James (2nd-L), Mario Chalmers (2R) during an event to honor the NBA champion Miami Heat in the East Room at the White House on Jan. 28, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) stands with Miami Heat players, including Dwyane Wade (L), LeBron James (2nd-L), Mario Chalmers (2R) during an event to honor the NBA champion Miami Heat in the East Room at the White House on Jan. 28, 2013 in Washington, DC.

LeBron James: Democratic Donor

It’s been quite a run for Cleveland. First the reborn city on the lake clinched the 2016 Republican National Convention. Now LeBron James is “coming home,” as he announced at Sports Illustrated. Yet the returning star of the NBA’s Cleveland...

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition's 'Road to Majority' Policy Conference  on June 20, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition's 'Road to Majority' Policy Conference on June 20, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Christie’s RGA Fundraising Streak

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s ‘Road to Majority’ Policy Conference on June 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie may be catching some flak close to home these days. Yet, for...

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U.S. President Barack Obama plays a game of pool at a pub in Denver, Colorado.

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U.S. President Barack Obama plays a game of pool at a pub in Denver, Colorado.

Obama: Pool Shark-in-Chief

President Barack Obama’s sport of choice is golf, though last night he ventured into something different: Pool. Unlike on the golf course, where Obama’s foursome plays in private, away from the prying eyes of reporters and lenses of photographers, when...

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