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First lady Michelle Obama waves after delivering the commencement speech during the Bowie State University graduation ceremony at the Comcast Center on the campus of the University of Maryland May 17, 2013 in College Park, Maryland.

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First lady Michelle Obama waves after delivering the commencement speech during the Bowie State University graduation ceremony at the Comcast Center on the campus of the University of Maryland May 17, 2013 in College Park, Maryland.

Michelle Obama 1, Heckler 0

Updated 6/5 at 12:05 pm EDT The first lady apparently has little patience for hecklers. Under a white tent in the backyard of Karen Dixon and Nan Schaffer in Northwest Washington, DC, tonight,  with Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz...

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Senate Aging: Will You Still Re-Elect Us When We’re 64?

Frank Lautenberg’s passing spotlights some obvious generational changes that have been occurring in the Senate for several years. Yet dig a little deeper, and something counter-intuitive emerges. As Bloomberg’s Greg Giroux noted yesterday upon word of Lautenberg’s death at age 89, the New Jersey Democrat...

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House Committee Votes to Eliminate Public Financing for Campaigns

Following the first privately-funded election since Watergate, the House Administration Committee today voted to end public financing for presidential elections and the national political conventions. The committee also voted to end the Election Assistance Commission, which provides aid to states and...

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie outlines plans for a special election to be held to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died yesterday, on June 4, 2013 at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie outlines plans for a special election to be held to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat of Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died yesterday, on June 4, 2013 at the Statehouse in Trenton, New Jersey.

Chris Christie Punts Senate Seat

Gov. Chris Christie could have appointed a Republican to succeed the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg for the next year and a half, positioning his Republican Party to defend that seat in 2014. Instead, he is calling a special election on...

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Newly-crowned Miss America 2003 Erika Harold reacts as she walks on the runway September 21, 2002 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Newly-crowned Miss America 2003 Erika Harold reacts as she walks on the runway September 21, 2002 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Former Miss America Seeks Illinois U.S. House Seat

Erika Harold, a former Miss America, is seeking a new title: member of Congress. Harold, an Illinois Republican, will challenge one-term incumbent Rodney Davis in a primary election next March in the state’s 13th District, which takes in Champaign, Decatur and...

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A supporter has her picture taken with newly elected Rep. Marc Veasey during the Lone Star Project Inauguration Celebration, on January 20, 2013 at the Hill Country Barbecue in Washington, D.C.

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A supporter has her picture taken with newly elected Rep. Marc Veasey during the Lone Star Project Inauguration Celebration, on January 20, 2013 at the Hill Country Barbecue in Washington, D.C.

Tea Party Activist: No Thanks for Black Voters Voting Democratic

Updated at 3:15 pm EDT with Ken Emanuelson’s response: That fight for Texas — an attempt by Democrats to turn a red state blue — goes beyond the battle for Hispanic voters, and beyond the boundaries of the Lone Star...

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President Barack Obama nominates Cornelia T. L. Pillard, right, a law professor, Patricia Ann Millett, second left, an appellate lawyer; and Robert L. Wilkins, a federal district judge, to fill the remaining vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

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President Barack Obama nominates Cornelia T. L. Pillard, right, a law professor, Patricia Ann Millett, second left, an appellate lawyer; and Robert L. Wilkins, a federal district judge, to fill the remaining vacancies on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on June 4, 2013.

Obama: ‘Doing My Job’

At his Rose Garden announcement today of three nominees for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, President Barack Obama confronted the politics of Senate opposition to even filling these vacancies. As expected, the president nominated U.S. District Court Judge Robert...

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