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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, July 230, 2014.

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President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the economy at the Uptown Theater in Kansas City, Missouri, July 230, 2014.

Obama to House: ‘Stop Just Hatin”

“Come on,” President Barack said today, as the House advances a resolution authorizing a lawsuit against him alleging overreach in executive actions. “Stop being mad all the time,” Obama said in a rhetorical shout-out to Capitol Hill from a campaign-styled...

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Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), rear, exit the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America Gotta Vote Bus in the Little Havana neighborhood on Oct. 25, 2012 in Miami.

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Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), rear, exit the Democratic National Committee and Obama for America Gotta Vote Bus in the Little Havana neighborhood on Oct. 25, 2012 in Miami.

Obama ‘Effective Messenger, Period:’ DNC Chair

For all the political bruising that President Barack Obama has taken — his job approval hovering just above 40 percent in opinion polls — his party will be calling on him to campaign for congressional candidates in the fall midterm...

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President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One on uly 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama walks toward Marine One on uly 22, 2014 in Washington, DC.

2014 Midterm Offense v. Defense: ‘Disaster’ v. ‘Tough’ One

A “summer of disengagement” by President Barack Obama will lead to a “disaster” for Democrats in the Nov. 4 midterm election, according to the Republican overseeing his party’s strategy in House races. Voter disenchantment with Obama on issues including his...

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A woman takes a selfie as President Barack Obama's helicopter lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House on June 26, 2014.

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A woman takes a selfie as President Barack Obama's helicopter lifts off from the South Lawn of the White House on June 26, 2014.

Obama’s Approval Slump: Elders and Women Driving it Down

It’s not only the support that President Barack Obama is losing that should concern his party heading into the midterm congressional elections. It’s whose support he’s losing. Below the surface of the latest measure of the president’s job approval today,...

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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The Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 45, 37

 Forty-five percent of registered voters who say they plan to vote Republican for Congress in the Nov. 4 election say they’re more enthusiastic about voting than in previous congressional elections, compared with 37 percent of Democratic backers, according to the...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at a  restaurant with Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, during a campaign stop on July 25, 2014 in Chicago.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, center, at a restaurant with Illinois Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner, during a campaign stop on July 25, 2014 in Chicago.

Chili Cheese Dog for Christie, $2.5 Million for Bruce Rauner

Maybe Chris Christie was just trying to own his own political narrative when he ordered a jumbo chili cheese dog with onions and a large vanilla shake. There certainly were lower-calorie options on the menu at a Portillo’s in downtown...

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David Perdue after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, on July 22, 2014.

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David Perdue after declaring victory in the Republican primary runoff for nomination to the U.S. Senate from Georgia, at his election-night party in Atlanta, on July 22, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 30,233

That’s how many broadcast television ads ran in Georgia’s U.S. Senate race through July 21, according to Kantar Media’s CMAG. That’s the second-highest total in any Senate race this year behind North Carolina, where outside groups helped state House Speaker...

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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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