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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in this handout photo made available to the media on May 18, 2012.

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Space Exploration Technologies Corp.'s (SpaceX) Falcon 9 rocket takes off in Cape Canaveral, Florida, in this handout photo made available to the media on May 18, 2012.

SpaceX Lobbying Going Where Others Have Gone Before

Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp., which hired two new lobbying firms last month, reported a 15 percent increase in expenditures during the first three months of 2014 compared with the same period a year ago. SpaceX reported spending $310,000 to lobby...

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Republican political consultant Karl Rove attends the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas.

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Republican political consultant Karl Rove attends the opening ceremony of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas.

Singer, Griffin Join Billionaires Backing Rove Super-PAC

Billionaires B. Wayne Hughes, Paul Singer and Ken Griffin are among two dozen donors who together gave $5.2 million last month to American Crossroads, a Republican group aligned with political strategist Karl Rove. Hughes, co-founder of Public Storage, sent $500,000...

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A pro-Russia activist hangs a flag of the so-called 'People's Republic of Donetsk' on the regional administration building seized by separatists as armed men in military fatigues guard the premises in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 21, 2014.

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A pro-Russia activist hangs a flag of the so-called 'People's Republic of Donetsk' on the regional administration building seized by separatists as armed men in military fatigues guard the premises in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk on April 21, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $27.1 Billion

Russia’s 19 richest men have lost a combined $27.1 billion of wealth this year, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Vladimir Lisin, chairman and largest shareholder of Novolipetsk Steel, has lost $3.9 billion from his net worth. Alisher Usmanov, who...

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Jose Villanueva, left, and Doraisy Avila sit look at a pricing plan available from the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

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Jose Villanueva, left, and Doraisy Avila sit look at a pricing plan available from the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 35%

About 35 percent of Americans who signed up for health coverage through Obamacare’s federal exchanges are under 35 years old, according to the White House. About 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old. The share of younger people who signed...

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol.

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), left, and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol.

McConnell, Boehner Ads Take Different Tacks

The top two Republicans in Congress have new campaign ads on television as they near primary elections next month. The spots for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio take different tacks. McConnell’s...

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Folsom Lake Marina is at 17% of its total capacity in California.

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Folsom Lake Marina is at 17% of its total capacity in California.

California’s Drought Hung on Senate in Nunes TV Ads

Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, ran campaign ads hundreds of times early this year in Fresno. He didn’t do it from a position of political urgency or vulnerability. Nunes is secure in his Republican-friendly district, having won at least...

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U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), from left, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) speak in support of U.S. House bill H.R. 428 during a press conference in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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U.S. Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), from left, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) and U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) speak in support of U.S. House bill H.R. 428 during a press conference in the Cannon House Office Building on March 12, 2014 in Washington, DC.

North Carolina’s Jones Hit With Outside Ad Wave

The outside campaign to oust Republican Rep. Walter Jones in North Carolina’s 3rd District is intensifying less than three weeks before the key primary. Emergency Committee for Israel, a Republican pro-Israel group, and Ending Spending Action Fund, a super-political action...

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Voting stickers in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Voting stickers in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 6, 2012.

Republicans More Likely to Vote: Democratic Strategists

Two leading Democratic political strategists are warning the party this year  that it is dangerously behind in one of the most fundamental chores of electoral politics: Convincing supporters it’s worth their while to vote. Democrats are now 7 percentage points...

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Budget Committee Chairman, speaks during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Ryan’s $4 Million: House’s Biggest

Paul Ryan has the biggest campaign fund in the  House, at more than $4 million. It’s not hard to explain why. The Wisconsin Republican was Mitt Romney’s running mate on the party’s 2012 presidential ticket. He leads the House Budget Committee...

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