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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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An attendee looks through the scope of a Freedom Group Inc. Remington brand gun during the 2013 National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas, on May 4, 2013.

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An attendee looks through the scope of a Freedom Group Inc. Remington brand gun during the 2013 National Rifle Association (NRA) Annual Meetings & Exhibits in Houston, Texas, on May 4, 2013.

Blumenthal Eyes Gun Amendment for Senate Immigration Bill

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal is “seriously considering” pressing for a fresh debate on gun control during the Senate’s consideration of legislation to revise U.S. immigration laws. Blumenthal said he may offer amendments to limit immigrants’ access to guns. The Senate is...

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A former female solder, who was sexually assaulted while serving in the U.S. Army, at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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A former female solder, who was sexually assaulted while serving in the U.S. Army, at her home in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Washington Daybook: Accountability

Call it Accountability Day. The Gallup polling organization held a press conference to explain why its 2012 presidential polling was off. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will be asked to explain to a Senate Committee what he’s...

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Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia, attends the Syracuse-Louisville NCAA college basketball game on March 2, 2013.

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Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor in Virginia, attends the Syracuse-Louisville NCAA college basketball game on March 2, 2013.

Virginia: McAuliffe Tops Cuccinelli in Money

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe outraised Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the past two months, according to campaign finance reports filed yesterday that underscored the national importance of the Nov. 5 election for governor. McAuliffe, a former Democratic National Committee chairman, raised...

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Frank Newport, Editor in Chief of The Gallup Poll, in Washington, DC

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Frank Newport, Editor in Chief of The Gallup Poll, in Washington, DC

Gallup’s ‘Likely’ Story: ‘Over-Corrected’

Among the failures and successes of polling in the 2012 presidential election contest, the most noteworthy was the Gallup Poll getting it wrong. Frank Newport, editor in chief of Gallup, has undertaken an examination of the methodology that led the...

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg attends a rally in support of the planned "Access to the Region's Core" (ARC) rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York City in this 2010 file photo in North Bergen, New Jersey.

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Sen. Frank Lautenberg attends a rally in support of the planned "Access to the Region's Core" (ARC) rail tunnel between New Jersey and New York City in this 2010 file photo in North Bergen, New Jersey.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 31

That’s how many years it has been since a Republican represented New Jersey in the U.S. Senate. Democrat Frank Lautenberg’s death yesterday created a Senate vacancy that Republican Gov. Chris Christie will fill, probably with a member of his party....

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Holder vs. Hill: Relationship on Rocks

The Justice Department’s relationship with House Republicans — a rocky one to begin with — took another hit today during an exchange over whether Attorney General Eric Holder misled lawmakers during congressional testimony last month. Justice, which asserted in a...

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