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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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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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