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Arizona delegate Debra Jean Forrest wears a button with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pointing at President Barack Obama during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.

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Arizona delegate Debra Jean Forrest wears a button with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pointing at President Barack Obama during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida.

Arizona’s Brewer Hands Victory to ACLU While Battling Conservatives

Atheists, gays and the American Civil Liberties Union are celebrating an unexpected victory in Arizona thanks to Tea Party stalwart Jan Brewer. The governor shocked political observers in January by going along with President Barack Obama’s health-care law to support expanding...

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Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., at a campaign event in Boston, on May 8, 2013.

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Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., at a campaign event in Boston, on May 8, 2013.

Markey Tax Details Show He Paid 24% Rate

Democrat Ed Markey, seeking to quell attacks from his Republican foe in the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race, released some tax-return details this afternoon that showed he has paid an effective income tax rate of 24 percent going back to 2005. Markey, first...

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Anthony Weiner speaks to the media after courting voters outside a Harlem subway station a day after announcing he will enter the New York mayoral race, on May 23, 2013 in New York City.

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Anthony Weiner speaks to the media after courting voters outside a Harlem subway station a day after announcing he will enter the New York mayoral race, on May 23, 2013 in New York City.

Weiner’s Quixotic Vision for NYC Drives Longshot Mayoral Run

Anthony Weiner’s first public speaking engagement since declaring his mayoral candidacy came Thursday evening before a Democratic club in Riverdale, the Bronx’s most affluent neighborhood. He received polite applause and no questions about the exhibitionist tweets that forced his resignation...

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HRH Prince Harry, left, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visit areas affected by Superstorm Sandy on the fifth day of his visit to the United States on May 14, 2013 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

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HRH Prince Harry, left, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visit areas affected by Superstorm Sandy on the fifth day of his visit to the United States on May 14, 2013 in Seaside Heights, New Jersey.

Christie’s Opponent Buono Endorsed by Republican Mayor

Republican Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey has picked up a handful of Democratic mayors to support his bid for re-election. Now it’s his foe’s turn to woo a mayor from across the aisle. Nick Poliseno, the Republican mayor of...

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Christian Slayton, 12, prays while Ret. Marine SSG Tim Chambers salutes fallen soldiers during the Memorial Day Rolling Thunder ride in Washington, DC on May 27, 2012.

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Christian Slayton, 12, prays while Ret. Marine SSG Tim Chambers salutes fallen soldiers during the Memorial Day Rolling Thunder ride in Washington, DC on May 27, 2012.

Washington Daybook: Rolling Thunder

President Barack Obama speaks at the Naval Academy commencement today. Later, he’ll hold a bill-signing ceremony at the White House to posthumously award Congressional Gold Medals to victims of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, 50 years...

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Wanda Doerksen squeegees the patio doors of her home as she prepares for an open house in Eugene, Oregon.

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Wanda Doerksen squeegees the patio doors of her home as she prepares for an open house in Eugene, Oregon.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -20.7

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index among homeowners, the highest reading in more than five years. The index was minus 44.7 among renters. It was minus 29.4 for all respondents in the week ended May 19, compared to minus 30.2...

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Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, left, applauds while joining Democratic Senate nominee, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., at a campaign event in Boston, on May 8, 2013.

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Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick, left, applauds while joining Democratic Senate nominee, Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., at a campaign event in Boston, on May 8, 2013.

Markey Gains in Massachusetts Race

Democratic Rep. Ed Markey is widening his lead over Republican opponent Gabriel Gomez in Massachusetts’ race for the U.S. Senate. A new Emerson College survey out today puts Markey 12 points up over Gomez, 45 to 33 percent. The college...

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Canadians were most upbeat, with 82 percent registering a “good” rating of their finances.

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Canadians were most upbeat, with 82 percent registering a “good” rating of their finances.

Households Rate Their Finances Above Their Government’s

When it comes to making ends meet, consumers say they are doing a better job than their governments. Consumers around the world are more optimistic about their personal finances than those of their national economies, according to a 39-country survey...

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, listens during a Joint Economic Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

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Ben S. Bernanke, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, listens during a Joint Economic Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., on May 22, 2013.

Fed’s Williams: First QE Moderation Won’t Signal More Tapering

An influential Federal Reserve policy maker has a word of caution to financial markets: Any move to slow the Fed’s bond-buying won’t make further tapering or the end of the program a foregone conclusion, San Francisco Fed President John Williams said in...

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A couple looks at home listings at a real estate office in Berkeley, California, on May 17, 2013.

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A couple looks at home listings at a real estate office in Berkeley, California, on May 17, 2013.

Housing Outlook Brightens Amid Lean Inventories, Price Gains

New single-family home sales are off to the best start for a year since 2008, and lean inventories and rising prices show the outlook for residential construction will continue to brighten. Purchases have averaged an annualized rate of 446,250 homes...

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