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Barack Obama leaves the stage after making a speech in front of the Victory Column in Berlin in this July 24, 2008 file photo.

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Barack Obama leaves the stage after making a speech in front of the Victory Column in Berlin in this July 24, 2008 file photo.

Obama in Berlin Encore: Ich Bin Ein ‘Citizen of the World’

Aboard Air Force One, en route from Belfast to Berlin: The traveling White House tonight explained the expected message — and “optics” — of the speech that President Barack Obama will deliver facing East from the Brandenburg Gate in the...

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Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, holds up a one-dollar bill he stamped with the words "Not to be used for bribing politicians" as he advocates to get money out of politics, outside Union Station in Washington on June 18, 2013.

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Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, holds up a one-dollar bill he stamped with the words "Not to be used for bribing politicians" as he advocates to get money out of politics, outside Union Station in Washington on June 18, 2013.

Campaign Finance Advocates Push for Amendment with Ice Cream

Advocates of tightening campaign finance laws used a Senate press conference and the promise of free ice cream to call attention to their cause today. At the Capitol, Democratic Sens. Jon Tester of Montana and Tom Udall of Colorado announced...

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An elderly man reaches for a medicine bottle as he takes his prescription pills in Florida.

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An elderly man reaches for a medicine bottle as he takes his prescription pills in Florida.

Generic Drugs Pressure Prices

In recent days, the Supreme Court, regulators and members of the Senate have railed against flaws in the health-care market and the high cost of drugs. Maybe the system is beginning to fix itself. Americans actually spent less on medicine...

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Volunteers with the national organization "Ready for Hillary'' hold a rally across the street from the Beverly Wilshire hotel where the former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored with the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award at the Pacific Council on International Policy's Chairman's Gala on May 8, 2013.

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Volunteers with the national organization "Ready for Hillary'' hold a rally across the street from the Beverly Wilshire hotel where the former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will be honored with the inaugural Warren Christopher Public Service Award at the Pacific Council on International Policy's Chairman's Gala on May 8, 2013.

McCaskill Backs ‘Ready for Hillary’

Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri today announced her support for “Ready for Hillary,” the super-political action committee that’s laying the groundwork for a second Hillary Clinton presidential bid. McCaskill, a Democrat who said in February that she hopes Hillary Clinton...

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former President Bill Clinton depart after speaking to guests at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on June 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former President Bill Clinton depart after speaking to guests at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on June 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

Christie Defends Bipartisan Efforts

Chris Christie, the Republican New Jersey governor who may run for president in 2016, says he’s aware of the political ramifications of his actions as governor, including his alliance with President Barack Obama last fall to secure federal aid for his state...

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A bus drives past a banner supporting Edward Snowden in Hong Kong on June 18, 2013.

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A bus drives past a banner supporting Edward Snowden in Hong Kong on June 18, 2013.

Snowden: Appreciation, no Sympathy

Edward Snowden did good. And Snowden should pay for it: The results of another poll on public opinion about the former national security contractor’s revelations of widespread government surveillance of telephone records and Internet traffic show appreciation for what the...

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Alaska Republican Governor, Sarah Palin, center, greets 7-month old Nora Frame and her mother Ruth, right, of Pelican, Alaska, during the inaugural annual Christmas open house at the Governor's Mansion, in Juneau, Alaska, in this 2007 file photo.

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Alaska Republican Governor, Sarah Palin, center, greets 7-month old Nora Frame and her mother Ruth, right, of Pelican, Alaska, during the inaugural annual Christmas open house at the Governor's Mansion, in Juneau, Alaska, in this 2007 file photo.

Palin, Perry Stand Firm Behind Christmas

The Fourth of July may still be a couple of weeks away, but apparently it’s never too early to focus on Christmas — or, at the least, plumb it for political points. Sarah Palin, kicking off Act Two of her...

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The American and Mexican flags during a protest at the Arizona state capitol building in Phoenix.

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The American and Mexican flags during a protest at the Arizona state capitol building in Phoenix.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 353

That’s how many U.S. counties were minority-majority in July 2012, according to Census Bureau estimates. The 353 counties where non-Hispanic whites accounted for less than a majority of all residents represent about 11 percent of all 3,143 counties or their...

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