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Congressional candidate Don Beyer greets voters next to another candidate, Bill Euille, 2nd from left, outside the Durant Arts Center as Virginia voters take to the polls in the state's 8th congressional district to choose a Democratic nominee in the race to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran (D) on June 10, 2014.

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Congressional candidate Don Beyer greets voters next to another candidate, Bill Euille, 2nd from left, outside the Durant Arts Center as Virginia voters take to the polls in the state's 8th congressional district to choose a Democratic nominee in the race to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran (D) on June 10, 2014.

Virginia’s Beyer Creates PAC To Help Democrats

Don Beyer, a Virginia Democrat likely to enter the U.S. House in January, has created a leadership political action committee to help Democratic candidates in more competitive Nov. 4 elections. “Don wanted to start a PAC right away in order...

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on June 11, 2014.

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Rick Perry, governor of Texas, at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco on June 11, 2014.

Rick Perry Forms Federal PAC

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who’s weighing a White House bid in 2016, has formed a federal political action committee to aid fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 4 elections. RickPAC was created with the “goal of helping elect Republicans to...

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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 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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President Barack Obama gives a high-five to Jimmy Kimmel at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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President Barack Obama gives a high-five to Jimmy Kimmel at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ Date Scrubbed — Fundraising Goes On

President Barack Obama, who’s not shy about appearing on late-night talk shows, is going to bypass comedian Jimmy Kimmel, for now. The entertainment news website TMZ said yesterday that Obama would appear on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in Los Angeles while making a three-day,...

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

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Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $620,366

Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s leadership political action committee raised $620,366 in this year’s second quarter. Donors to the Massachusetts Democrat’s PAC for a Level Playing Field included Craig Newmark, founder of the Craigslist website, and Henry Goldberg, founder of real estate...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets guests in the Starlight Ballroom on July 17, 2014 in Davenport, Iowa.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie greets guests in the Starlight Ballroom on July 17, 2014 in Davenport, Iowa.

Christie Plays Iowa, Clinton Jersey

Written with Terrence Dopp Bob Kazimour had a direct message for Chris Christie. “You’re the only one on the list right now that can win,” the retired Cedar Rapids business owner told New Jersey’s governor.”Alright,” Christie responded, as he worked...

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

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Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, right, and California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari during an event in San Francisco on June 13, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $100 Million

The Republican Governors Association is positioned to spend $100 million in the final 100 days of the 2014 election. The RGA, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, is in a “strong financial position” as it defends Republican-held offices in...

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) greets supporters during an election night party in this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo in St. Louis.

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U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) greets supporters during an election night party in this Nov. 6, 2012 file photo in St. Louis.

Akin for a Fundraiser: McCaskill

For Claire McCaskill, Todd Akin is the gift that keeps campaign giving going. It was Akin, the Missouri senator’s Republican challenger in 2012, whose campaign imploded after he suggested that pregnancy rarely results from a “legitimate rape.” It was Akin who...

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