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Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, speaks during the Common Cause news conference in the Cannon House Office Building.

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Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine, speaks during the Common Cause news conference in the Cannon House Office Building.

Maine’s Michaud Eying Bid for Governor

Democratic Rep. Michael Michaud of Maine is taking steps to run for governor next year, underscoring his party’s commitment to unseating incumbent Republican Paul LePage. Michaud, a House member since 2003, announced today that he has created a gubernatorial “exploratory...

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Mark Cuban speaks with guests during a NCTA reception hosted by A+E Networks at Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery on June 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Mark Cuban speaks with guests during a NCTA reception hosted by A+E Networks at Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery on June 11, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Obama’s Cuban Invasion (No Politics)

President Barack Obama used his lunch break today at the White House to take a breather from deliberating over whether to arm the Syrian rebels or how to get an immigration bill through Congress. For an hour or so, he...

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Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds hands after she introduced Rio de Janiero Mayor Eduardo Paes at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Mid-Year Meeting on May 6, 2013 in New York. 

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Former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds hands after she introduced Rio de Janiero Mayor Eduardo Paes at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Mid-Year Meeting on May 6, 2013 in New York. 

Hillary Clinton’s Cloudy View of Economy (Was Obama Listening?)

Much was made of how Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton evolved from nasty rivals to working partners after he became president and she served him as secretary of state. Their transformation was spotlighted by the mutual admiration they lavished on one another...

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U.S. President George W. Bush dances with first lady Laura Bush as his brother Jeb Bush dances with his wife Columba at the Liberty Ball in this file photo.

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U.S. President George W. Bush dances with first lady Laura Bush as his brother Jeb Bush dances with his wife Columba at the Liberty Ball in this file photo.

Jeb Bush’s Latin ‘Lover:’ R-Rated

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush waxes eloquently about all manner of public affairs: Education reform, immigration policy, governmental responsibility, personal responsibility… And his own fiery affair with his wife, Columba. Bush, 60, delved into romance this morning at the Bipartisan...

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Convention on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

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The National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Convention on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas.

NRA Targets Manchin, A-Rated Once, Gun Debate Grows Personal

The National Rifle Association is out with a new television ad criticizing West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin for “working with” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and President Barack Obama to push for stricter gun controls. “Concerned? You should be,” a...

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Jimmy Fallon and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during a taping of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on June 12, 2013 in New York City.

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Jimmy Fallon and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie during a taping of 'Late Night With Jimmy Fallon' at Rockefeller Center on June 12, 2013 in New York City.

Christie-Fallon Slow-Jamming News

What can you say about an overweight governor who allows a late-night comedian to suggest that he step away from the scale? You can say what Chris Christie said: Jimmy Fallon’s not as funny as he thinks. That’s New Jersey’s...

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An edition of the South China Morning Post carrying the story of  Edward Snowden on its front page in Hong Kong on June 13, 2013.

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An edition of the South China Morning Post carrying the story of Edward Snowden on its front page in Hong Kong on June 13, 2013.

NSA Leaks: Support, Little Sympathy for the Leaker

Edward Snowden has a lot of public support, it appears, for his leaking of once-secret information about government surveillance of domestic telephone records and international Internet traffic. Yet not a lot of sympathy. Fifty-four percent of those surveyed by Time...

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Republican supporters gets ready to hold a South Carolina Faith & Freedom Coalition Event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on January 16, 2012.

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Republican supporters gets ready to hold a South Carolina Faith & Freedom Coalition Event in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on January 16, 2012.

Rubio, Paul, Cruz, Bush: Together Again

Gary Bauer will be here. That will take us back to the presidential campaign of 2000, when the former president of the Family Research Council sought the Republican Party’s presidential nomination with a fervent anti-abortion campaign. Sarah Palin is on...

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President Barack Obama and Congressman Ed Markey attend a public rally at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury on June 12, 2013.

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President Barack Obama and Congressman Ed Markey attend a public rally at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury on June 12, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 61%

That’s the average vote share for Democratic presidential nominees in Massachusetts over the past four elections. Massachusetts has been the fourth-best state for Democratic presidential nominees during that period, behind Hawaii (63 percent), Rhode Island (61.5 percent) and New York...

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