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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center at National Harbor, Md., on March 15, 2013.

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Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., speaks at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Conference Center at National Harbor, Md., on March 15, 2013.

Ryan, Paul, Rubio, Christie, Bush — Wyoming Republicans All Over Map

A little-noticed question in a poll of Republicans last week in one of the reddest of red states — Wyoming — underscored the scrambled nature of the party’s 2016 presidential race at this admittedly way-too-early stage. The very number of potential candidates...

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Stacks of U.S. $100 bills in New York.

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Stacks of U.S. $100 bills in New York.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $193 Mln

That’s how much the six major national party committees raised in the first six months of 2013, according to Federal Election Commission reports. The three Democratic groups — the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Democratic...

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, center, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, walk to their vehicles after competing in the Adirondack Challenge on the Indian River on July 22, 2013, in Indian Lake, N.Y.

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, center, and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, right, walk to their vehicles after competing in the Adirondack Challenge on the Indian River on July 22, 2013, in Indian Lake, N.Y.

Cuomo Trumps Bloomberg in White-Water Rafting Race

A soaking New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he didn’t fall off the raft on his way to losing to Gov. Andrew Cuomo by 18 seconds in a three-mile white-water race. “I jumped in,” Bloomberg told reporters after the contest. The rafting...

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie laughs with David Letterman when the governor makes his first visit to CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," on Feb. 4, 2013.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie laughs with David Letterman when the governor makes his first visit to CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman," on Feb. 4, 2013.

Christie Defends TV Appearances as ‘Good Thing’ for New Jersey

Give Chris Christie a television appearance or two and he’ll change the way you look at New Jersey. At least, that’s the way he tells it. New Jersey’s cachet has risen recently, and the governor’s turns on “Saturday Night Live”...

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A McDonald's burger.

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A McDonald's burger.

Look Out McDonald’s: Better Economy Means Gourmet Burgers

A strengthening economy may be a disadvantage for McDonald’s Corp. as consumers opt for gourmet burgers over Big Macs, according to Neil Dutta, head of U.S. economics at Renaissance Macro Research LLC. The world’s largest restaurant chain, whose second-quarter profit and revenue...

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Sheldon Adelson arrives to hear Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers foreign policy remarks on July 29, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel.

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Sheldon Adelson arrives to hear Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivers foreign policy remarks on July 29, 2012 in Jerusalem, Israel.

Adelsons Help RNC Top DNC in June Fundraising

Billionaire casino executive Sheldon Adelson helped the Republican National Committee raise more money than the Democratic National Committee in June. Adelson, the world’s 17th richest person according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, gave the annual maximum $32,400 donation to the RNC last...

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, right, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno, left, testify regarding sexual assaults in the military during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, right, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond Odierno, left, testify regarding sexual assaults in the military during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

Dempsey: Offering Options on Syria to Senate

With Army General Martin Dempsey’s confirmation for a second term as the top U.S. military officer facing a threat of delay, he’s promised to spell out options for dealing with Syrian in a letter to a Senate panel this week....

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