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President Barack Obama wears an OSU baseball cap after receiving an honorary degree during the commencement ceremony at Ohio State University on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

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President Barack Obama wears an OSU baseball cap after receiving an honorary degree during the commencement ceremony at Ohio State University on May 5, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio.

Obama’s Ohio Standing Slips

President Barack Obama captured almost 51 percent of the vote in Ohio to help him win re-election to a second term, but his approval rating in the Buckeye State has fallen to 40 percent–  with 57 percent saying they disapprove...

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Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on her nomination as Commerce secretary in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2013.

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Chicago billionaire Penny Pritzker testifies at a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on her nomination as Commerce secretary in Washington, D.C., on May 23, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $176.3 Million

That was incoming Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker’s income in 2012. Pritzker, a Chicago billionaire whose family founded Hyatt Hotels Corp., reported $118.7 million in income from U.S.-based family trusts and $53.6 million from an offshore trust based in the Bahamas,...

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a discussion of the 21st annual Conference on Volunteering and Service, convened by Point of Light, June 21, 2013 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. According to the welcome letter from Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn, the conference focused 'on the power of service to bridge differences and bring people together - across race, income, politics, religion, age and geography - to help one another.'

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a discussion of the 21st annual Conference on Volunteering and Service, convened by Point of Light, June 21, 2013 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. According to the welcome letter from Points of Light CEO Michelle Nunn, the conference focused 'on the power of service to bridge differences and bring people together - across race, income, politics, religion, age and geography - to help one another.'

Christie: Flunking Physics? Run for Governor

Chris Christie as lead federal prosecutor for the state of New Jersey. Chris Christie as Republican governor. Those jobs, he can handle. Chris Christie as math-and-science guy, though — no, no, no. He emerged from a physics lesson at Burlington...

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President Barack Obama wipes his face as he speaks about climate change, on June 25, 2013, at Georgetown University in Washington. The president is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property, resorting to his executive powers to tackle climate change and sidestepping the partisan gridlock in Congress.

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President Barack Obama wipes his face as he speaks about climate change, on June 25, 2013, at Georgetown University in Washington. The president is proposing sweeping steps to limit heat-trapping pollution from coal-fired power plants and to boost renewable energy production on federal property, resorting to his executive powers to tackle climate change and sidestepping the partisan gridlock in Congress.

Obama’s ‘Flat Earth Society:’ Tweetospheric Warming

“We don’t have time for a meeting of the flat Earth society,” President Barack Obama said today of those who question climate change in spelling out his plans for combating global warming. The atmosphere may already have been the hottest...

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Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs on June 12, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones performs on June 12, 2013 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Jagger: ‘I Can’t Get No’ Surveillance

On stage at the Verizon Center in Washington last night, Mick Jagger said he doubted President Barack Obama was in the audience but was sure he was “listening in.” The concert was the last stop on the Rolling Stones’ “50 &...

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Sen. John McCain, R-AZ., talks with reporters as he makes his way into the U.S. Capitol on June 25, 2013 for the Senate luncheons.

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Sen. John McCain, R-AZ., talks with reporters as he makes his way into the U.S. Capitol on June 25, 2013 for the Senate luncheons.

McCain on Fischer: ‘Ill-Informed’

Sen. John McCain has a copyright on “Straight Talk.” When first-year Sen. Deb Fischer spoke in opposition to a border security amendment to the immigration overhaul,  McCain, approaching three decades in the Senate, interrupted: “I just say to the senator...

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Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., waves as he leaves a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.

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Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google Inc., waves as he leaves a news conference in Tokyo, Japan.

Schmidt’s Giving Accents Google’s Two-Party Politics

Google Inc. chairman Eric Schmidt gave $32,300 to the Senate Democratic campaign arm last month, matching the contribution he made to Senate Republicans in April. Schmidt’s donation to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on May 15 came six weeks after...

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Volunteer Brian Boman, 19, stuffs envelopes with bumper stickers at the offices of "Ready for Hillary", a new super PAC that's formed to encourage Clinton to run for president now up and operating on June 20, 2013 in Alexandria, Va.

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Volunteer Brian Boman, 19, stuffs envelopes with bumper stickers at the offices of "Ready for Hillary", a new super PAC that's formed to encourage Clinton to run for president now up and operating on June 20, 2013 in Alexandria, Va.

Ready for Hillary? T-Shirt $20.16

Before they even have a candidate, the folks at the Ready for Hillary super-political action committee are offering some swag for supporters. For a price. The T-shirts, buttons and other merchandise come with a catch: All purchases are considered donations...

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