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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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Representative Trent Franks, a Republican from Arizona, in Washington, D.C.

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Representative Trent Franks, a Republican from Arizona, in Washington, D.C.

Channeling Todd Akin on Rape

Updated at 5:10 pm EDT Trent Franks has taken a page from Todd Akin’s playbook. And he’s getting about the same reaction. “Moron,” says Gabriel Gomez, a Republican running for Senate in Massachusetts. It was Akin, the Republican former congressman...

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Ice cream makers Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of the brand, Ben & Jerry's, scoop ice cream.

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Ice cream makers Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, founders of the brand, Ben & Jerry's, scoop ice cream.

Ben and Jerry’s: Free Cone, Free Buck

Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, is trying to make a statement. So he is giving away dollar bills stamped with messages such as “Not To Be Used For Bribing Politicians.” It’s part of a “Stamp Stampede” campaign in...

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Justice Breyer, left, with Ambassador Westmacott,and his wife, Lady Westmacott.

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Justice Breyer, left, with Ambassador Westmacott,and his wife, Lady Westmacott.

Justice Breyer: Language Problem?

“She’s had to teach me quite a lot,” Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer said of his English wife, Joanna. “I still don’t understand the language that well.” Breyer was guest of honor at a reception at the home of British...

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Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, speaks to a member of the media following a party caucus meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Senator John Thune, a Republican from South Dakota, speaks to a member of the media following a party caucus meeting in Washington, D.C.

ATT, Verizon Fundraising for Thune in Spectrum Battle

They may be serving $11 Sugar Daddy Cocktails. But there are billions of dollars of bandwidth involved. Sen. John Thune, the top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee, is in a key position to weigh in on government plans to...

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Housing construction in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

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Housing construction in Rancho Santa Fe, California.

Housing Boom’s End Dims Women’s Job Outlook: Fed Report

The heyday for women in the job market  may have ended with the housing boom, according to research by the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Women hold a disproportionate share of jobs — such as teaching positions — that rely...

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Vice President Joe Biden during a joint-statement with Brazil's Vice President Michel Temer at the Itamaraty palace in Brasilia, on May 31, 2013.

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Vice President Joe Biden during a joint-statement with Brazil's Vice President Michel Temer at the Itamaraty palace in Brasilia, on May 31, 2013.

Biden: Blistering Cruz, Paul — Wondering if Gore Has a Job for Him

A couple of vice presidents past and present showed up last night at a Washington fundraiser. The sitting VP, Joe Biden, a veteran of three-plus decades in the U.S. Senate, had some rough words for a couple of first-term Republican...

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks for drug smugglers on the bank of the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border on May 21, 2013 near Hidalgo, Texas.

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent looks for drug smugglers on the bank of the Rio Grande at the U.S.-Mexico border on May 21, 2013 near Hidalgo, Texas.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 84

That’s how many senators voted yesterday to advance an overhaul of immigration laws. The 84-15 vote means that the Senate will take up debate and amendments to a bill that would offer the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants a path...

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U.S. Senate candidate Ed Markey shakes hands with a supporter in Boston, on April 30, 2013 as he celebrates winning the Democratic primary for the special U.S. Senate election.

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U.S. Senate candidate Ed Markey shakes hands with a supporter in Boston, on April 30, 2013 as he celebrates winning the Democratic primary for the special U.S. Senate election.

Cashing in On Digital Privacy: Wyden Fundraising Appeal for Markey ($23?)

It was sure to come to this: There’s fundraising gold in them thar personal privacy versus national security hills. Sen. Ron Wyden,  an Oregon Democrat who has been at the forefront of concern over government surveillance in the name of...

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Former President George W. Bush shows three fingers for "W" as his wife and  former first lady Laura Bush after the opening ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

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Former President George W. Bush shows three fingers for "W" as his wife and former first lady Laura Bush after the opening ceremony for the George W. Bush Presidential Center on April 25, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.

Bush is Back: Positive Polling

George W. Bush is back. In positive territory, that is. Barely. Not since 2005, the folks at Gallup say, have  more Americans held a positive view of the 43rd president than those who had a negative view. Not until now:...

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