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Election 2014

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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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, during a town hall meeting in Belmar, New Jersey, on March 25, 2014.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, during a town hall meeting in Belmar, New Jersey, on March 25, 2014.

Singer Joins Griffin As Billionaires Funding Christie’s RGA

Billionaires Paul Singer, Bruce Kovner and Ken Griffin are among this year’s top donors to the Republican Governors Association, a political group led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Singer, founder of New York-based investment firm Elliott Management, and Kovner, founder...

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Don Beyer talks with his campaign aides after a Mt. Vernon District Democratic candidate forum to replace retiring US Rep. Jim Moran in Alexandria, Va. on April 12, 2014.

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Don Beyer talks with his campaign aides after a Mt. Vernon District Democratic candidate forum to replace retiring US Rep. Jim Moran in Alexandria, Va. on April 12, 2014.

Don Beyer: Obamacare, Howard Dean and Volvos

All the Democrats are running from Obamacare, right? Not Don Beyer, a Democrat seeking the seat of retiring Virginia congressman Jim Moran, who has served for two-and-a-half decades. “Republicans are working to undermine Obamacare,” reads the headline on the colorful...

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Arizona Speaker of The House Andy Tobin, middle, R-Dewey, answers a question as Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar, left, D-Tolleson, and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, listen at the annual Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry legislative luncheon on Jan. 10, 2014, in Phoenix.

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Arizona Speaker of The House Andy Tobin, middle, R-Dewey, answers a question as Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar, left, D-Tolleson, and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, listen at the annual Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry legislative luncheon on Jan. 10, 2014, in Phoenix.

Democratic Super-PAC Ads Link Arizona Republicans to Koch Brothers

Democratic super-political action committee is invoking billionaire energy executives Charles and David Koch in television ads that also attack two Arizona Republican U.S. House candidates. “Billionaires and insurance companies” are funding attack ads against Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, according to...

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Abortion Foes Renew Obamacare Assault as Court Hearing Nears

When Ohio Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus sought re-election in 2010, the anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, tried to erect billboards highlighting his vote for the Affordable Care Act. The organization contended that the law included taxpayer funding for abortion....

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