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Supporters hold a picture of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs, during a protest outside the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong on June 15, 2013 as they accused the U.S. government of infringing people's rights and privacy.

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Supporters hold a picture of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs, during a protest outside the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong on June 15, 2013 as they accused the U.S. government of infringing people's rights and privacy.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 1.4 Million

That’s about how many Americans held Top Secret clearances as of October. Edward Snowden, who says he passed information about classified electronic surveillance programs to the Guardian and Washington Post newspapers, held such a clearance when he was a National...

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, his wife Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton speak to guests at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on June 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, his wife Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and their daughter Chelsea Clinton speak to guests at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) on June 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.

Hillary, Chelsea Clinton: ‘Selfie’ Fest

Is this why we have Twitter? Having so much fun with Chelsea, taking selfies back stage. MT:@ChelseaClinton http://t.co/QXvdrgDH7n — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 14, 2013 Chelsea started it: My first #selfie w my mom @HillaryClinton back stage at #CGIAmerica. #ProudDaughter...

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Bill Belichick, right, head coach of the New England Patriots holds the Vince Lombardi trophy with owner Robert K. Kraft after winning Super Bowl XXXVIII, in 2004.

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Bill Belichick, right, head coach of the New England Patriots holds the Vince Lombardi trophy with owner Robert K. Kraft after winning Super Bowl XXXVIII, in 2004.

Patriots Owner Backs Markey, Brown Aids Gomez

Written with Annie Linskey Despite a loan and checks from top Republicans, Massachusetts Republican Senate candidate Gabriel Gomez was out-raised and out-spent by Democratic nominee Ed Markey from April 11 to June 5, campaign finance records show. Both men are...

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Anti-abortion protesters pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguments over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

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Anti-abortion protesters pray outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the third day of oral arguments over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Can Franks Turn Rape-Comment Uproar Into Campaign Cash?

From Bloomberg Government’s Congress Tracker Republican Trent Franks, the Arizona congressman whose comment about rape and pregnancy revived a political uproar that dogged Republicans in the last election, is trying to capitalize on the episode for campaign donations. Franks, sponsor of legislation to...

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Immigration reform advocates hold signs of young immigrant "dreamers" during a protest outside a fund raising event for Texas Senator Ted Cruz on May 29, 2013 in Manhattan, New York City.

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Immigration reform advocates hold signs of young immigrant "dreamers" during a protest outside a fund raising event for Texas Senator Ted Cruz on May 29, 2013 in Manhattan, New York City.

Jeb Bush: Politically ‘Fertile’

Jeb Bush is taking a Twitter-ribbing today for saying that immigrants are more “fertile.” What he meant was, they have more babies, not that they have a greater ability to procreate. Yet the former Florida governor had a more serious...

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Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative CGI America meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on June 13, 2013.

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Hillary Clinton, former U.S. secretary of state, speaks during the Clinton Global Initiative CGI America meeting in Chicago, Illinois, on June 13, 2013.

Hillary Clinton: Medical Research Hampered by Budget Cuts

Hillary Clinton criticized Washington’s budgetary gridlock as she helped raise money for epilepsy research last night in Chicago, returning as the keynote speaker for an annual event hosted by the top strategist of her former political nemesis. As first lady...

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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, left, slips on a knee brace as Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Fla., right, stretches while talking with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in the Republicans' dugout before the 52nd annual Congressional Baseball Game at National Stadium in Washington on June 13, 2013.

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Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, left, slips on a knee brace as Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-Fla., right, stretches while talking with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., in the Republicans' dugout before the 52nd annual Congressional Baseball Game at National Stadium in Washington on June 13, 2013.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 22-0

That was the margin of victory for Democrats over Republicans in the annual congressional baseball game yesterday. Democrats got a three-hit shutout from Rep. Cedric Richmond of Louisiana, who also was the winning pitcher for Democrats in 2011 and 2012...

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U.S. Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) greets young supporters during an election night watch party at The Venetian on November 6, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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U.S. Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV) greets young supporters during an election night watch party at The Venetian on November 6, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Congressman’s Kid: Campaign Bounds

There’s no question that the reported homophobic and racist remarks of the 16-year-old son of Nevada Rep. Joe Heck are more than juvenile and offensive. Yet the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s attempts to hang them on the kid’s father heading...

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