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Election 2012

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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Melissa Harris-Perry

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Melissa Harris-Perry

MSNBC Host’s Romney Apology: Rough Run of Remorse

In its cleanest form, Cable TV means never having to say you’re sorry. Yet in the political world, one cable news outlet has been breeding apologies lately. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry apologized today for making fun of Mitt Romney’s black grandson,...

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Billionaire Simmons’ Passing: Major Republican Donor Gone

  Harold Simmons gave money to Republicans, and he gave money to issue-oriented groups seeking to defeat President Barack Obama. And he gave big. The reach of the Texas billionaire’s multimillion-dollar political donations in the past election cycle placed him...

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Mitt Romney makes a concession speech in Boston on Nov. 7, 2012.

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Mitt Romney makes a concession speech in Boston on Nov. 7, 2012.

Netflix Releases ‘Mitt’ Documentary Trailer

A candidate’s reaction to election-night defeat is one of any political junkie’s favorite topics of speculation. Today, anyone still wondering about Mitt Romney can give their imaginations a break. Netflix released the trailer for “Mitt,” a 90-minute documentary that follows the...

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Representative Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate, arrives for a town hall meeting outside the Clinton County Courthouse in Clinton, Iowa, on Oct. 2, 2012.

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Representative Paul Ryan, Republican vice presidential candidate, arrives for a town hall meeting outside the Clinton County Courthouse in Clinton, Iowa, on Oct. 2, 2012.

Paul Ryan and the ‘Six Elephants’

Grover Norquist has one wish for Rep. Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican and House Budget Committee chairman who ran for vice president in 2012 and may have his eyes on 2016. “I hope he wants to be speaker” of the...

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Volunteers for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, Carissa Valdez, right, and Vanessa Trujillo, left, leave campaign headquarters to register new voters while they canvass a heavily Latino shopping plaza in Phoenix.

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Volunteers for President Barack Obama's reelection campaign, Carissa Valdez, right, and Vanessa Trujillo, left, leave campaign headquarters to register new voters while they canvass a heavily Latino shopping plaza in Phoenix.

Obama’s Eroded Hispanic Support Worse Than Any Other Group’s

President Barack Obama won re-election with an overwhelming share of the fast-growing Hispanic vote. His 71 percent victory over Republican Mitt Romney was a near-record in the Hispanic community, and it left Republican leaders wondering how to reclaim their ground...

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An election worker posts a sign before the opening of a polling station for a special U.S. Senate election on October 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.

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An election worker posts a sign before the opening of a polling station for a special U.S. Senate election on October 16, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey.

Christie, N.J. Lawmakers Mark Record $124 Million 2013 Cycle

Spurred by record independent spending levels and costly local races, Gov. Chris Christie and lawmakers pushed campaign spending to a record $124 million during the 2013 election cycle in New Jersey. “While final numbers won’t be available until January, special...

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President Barack Obama speaks about health care at the Prince Georges Community College on Sept. 26, 2013 in Largo, MD.

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President Barack Obama speaks about health care at the Prince Georges Community College on Sept. 26, 2013 in Largo, MD.

Youth Break with Obama: Harvard Poll

The nation’s youth, a group that twice rallied behind President Barack Obama at the ballot box, is failing to support his signature domestic achievement. More than half of those 18 to 29 years old say they disapprove of Obamacare and...

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union workers with SEIU Local 1021 picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on July 2, 2013 in Oakland, California.

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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union workers with SEIU Local 1021 picket in front of the Lake Merritt station on July 2, 2013 in Oakland, California.

Democratic Dark (Money) Horse: Patriot Majority Raised $23 Million

Patriot Majority USA, a politically active nonprofit that helps elect Democrats, raised and spent about $23 million last year, according to Internal Revenue Service tax documents the group made available today. That’s about eight times its 2011 figure and enough...

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Supporters celebrate Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's lead in the polls during McAuliffe's election night event on Nov. 5, 2013 in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

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Supporters celebrate Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's lead in the polls during McAuliffe's election night event on Nov. 5, 2013 in Tysons Corner, Virginia.

How Virginia Governor’s Election Explains Republican U.S. House Edge

Democrat Terry McAuliffe won the most votes in the Virginia governor’s election on Nov. 5. Republican opponent Ken Cuccinelli won more votes in seven of Virginia’s 11 congressional districts. The second statistic is irrelevant to the outcome of a statewide...

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