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Election 2012

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club on on June 24, 2014.

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Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol Hill Club on on June 24, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 3

(UPDATED at 9:15 a.m. to reflect updated vote totals.) Three U.S. House members have been defeated in the party primaries after elections in 35 states. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio, a Michigan Republican, was unseated yesterday by wealthy businessman David Trott in...

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (C) speak with Romney's advisor Bob White (L) aboard the campaign bus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on Oct. 10, 2012.

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (C) speak with Romney's advisor Bob White (L) aboard the campaign bus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, on Oct. 10, 2012.

Romney, Christie: One Big Party

Looks like the friendship is back on. Mitt Romney is scheduled as a “special guest” at a 52nd birthday party in September for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, according to a message distributed by the New Jersey Republican State Committee....

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U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.

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U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House.

Obama ‘Worst’ Since WW II: Poll

It’s widely recognized, at this point, that President Barack Obama’s public approval ratings are in a slump. His job approval stands at 41 percent in the latest Gallup track (with 53 percent disapproval, a phenomenon colloquially known as “underwater.”) He...

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President Barack Obama and others attend the event to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month at the White House in this June 15, 2012 file photo.

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President Barack Obama and others attend the event to celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride month at the White House in this June 15, 2012 file photo.

Obama: LGBT Rights, Fundraising

Today, the White House announced that President Barack Obama plans to issue an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay and trans-gendered employees. Tomorrow, in New York, the president plans to appear at the Democratic National Committee’s LGBT...

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The New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee, NJ, and New York City.

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The New Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, which connects Fort Lee, NJ, and New York City.

Christie’s Ousted Aide in Capitol: Watching Inquiry, May Talk

Bill Stepien, the former campaign aide whom Gov. Chris Christie cut ties with earlier this year when a scandal erupted over political lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, showed his face in New Jersey’s Capitol today. Some journalists and...

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Democratic congressman Charlie Rangel leads a march of soldiers, veterans and various other military aligned groups in the 369th Infantry Regiment Parade in Harlem on May 18, 2014 in New York City.

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Democratic congressman Charlie Rangel leads a march of soldiers, veterans and various other military aligned groups in the 369th Infantry Regiment Parade in Harlem on May 18, 2014 in New York City.

Rangel Ready for Only One More

After 43 years in the U.S. House and four years as a New York state assemblyman, Charles Rangel says this year’s congressional campaign will be his last. Rangel, who will be 84 on June 11, told supporters at a birthday...

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President Barack Obama shakes after delivering remarks on infrastructure at the Washington Irving Boat Club on May 14, 2014 in Tarrytown, New York.

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President Barack Obama shakes after delivering remarks on infrastructure at the Washington Irving Boat Club on May 14, 2014 in Tarrytown, New York.

Obama to NYC: ‘I Don’t Need 80% of the Vote Here’

President Barack Obama raised money for Senate Democrats yesterday in exceptionally friendly political terrain: New York City. Obama won 81 percent of the vote in the nation’s most populous city 18 months ago, the best showing by a presidential candidate...

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Timothy Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, right, talks to Lawrence " Larry" Summers, outgoing director of the U.S. National Economic Council, before U.S. President Barack Obama signed an $858 billion bill extending for two years Bush-era tax cuts in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17, 2010.

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Timothy Geithner, U.S. treasury secretary, right, talks to Lawrence " Larry" Summers, outgoing director of the U.S. National Economic Council, before U.S. President Barack Obama signed an $858 billion bill extending for two years Bush-era tax cuts in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 17, 2010.

Summers ‘Thrill’ Topped ‘Torture’: Geithner Says With Smile

Timothy Geithner, the former Treasury secretary making the rounds with his new book, spoke today of the abyss the United States faced in the fall of 2008, the prospect of a panic-driven financial crisis prompted by a freezing of credit....

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