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David Gill answers a questions during a debate with Rodney Davis for the 13th Congressional District in Normal, Ill.

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David Gill answers a questions during a debate with Rodney Davis for the 13th Congressional District in Normal, Ill.

Unsuccessful Democratic Candidate Sues IRS Over Regulating Non-Profits

An unsuccessful Democratic congressional candidate and a watchdog group have sued the Internal Revenue Service for failing to regulate nonprofit groups that spend millions on campaign ads without disclosing their donors. The lawsuit was filed today in U.S. District Court by...

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The King College Prep band plays as the hearse carrying the body of Hadiya Pendleton arrives at Cedar Park Cemetery in Riverdale, Illinois, on February 9, 2013.

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The King College Prep band plays as the hearse carrying the body of Hadiya Pendleton arrives at Cedar Park Cemetery in Riverdale, Illinois, on February 9, 2013.

Mayors Take Aim at the Possible: Background Checks for Gun-Buyers

The tragedy of the narrative is breathtaking. The pragmatism of the political calculation is sobering: Hadiya Pendleton, 15, performed with her Chicago high school band at President Barack Obama’s second-term inauguration. She was gunned down in Chicago a week later....

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A newly-renovated corridor leading to a ramp is seen at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

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A newly-renovated corridor leading to a ramp is seen at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

Obama: ‘Brutal’ Budget Cuts March 1 Threaten Economic Recovery

The “automatic, brutal” spending cuts in Defense and other sectors of discretionary federal spending set to take effect March 1 pose a threat to the nation’s economic recovery, President Barack Obama said today. “Our top priority must be to do...

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David Axelrod on 'Meet the Press' in Washington on Jan. 20, 2013.

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David Axelrod on 'Meet the Press' in Washington on Jan. 20, 2013.

Axelrod on the Air: NBC, MSNBC

David Axelrod shaved his moustache in a simulcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and NBC’s “Today Show.” Now he’s coming back as a paid political analyst. The Chicago-based political strategist and one-time political reporter for the Chicago Tribune who nurtured Barack...

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Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. speaks to reporters following a Democratic Caucus on August 1, 2011 at the Capitol.

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Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. speaks to reporters following a Democratic Caucus on August 1, 2011 at the Capitol.

For Jackson Jr., It’s About the Money

Jesse L. Jackson Jr., the former Illinois Democratic congressman accused of using campaign funds for personal enrichment, once co-authored a book about the importance of financial planning and building wealth. Jackson wrote the 1999 book “It’s About the Money!” along...

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A White House aide carries the golf bag of Eric Whitaker, a friend of President Barack Obama, aboard Air Force One on Feb. 18, 2013, in West Palm Beach, Fla. President Obama spent the weekend golfing in Palm City, Fla.

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A White House aide carries the golf bag of Eric Whitaker, a friend of President Barack Obama, aboard Air Force One on Feb. 18, 2013, in West Palm Beach, Fla. President Obama spent the weekend golfing in Palm City, Fla.

Obama to Tiger Woods: ‘Good to See You Play Well Again’

President Barack Obama had a story to tell about his long President’s Day weekend in Florida. And he gave it to Golf World: He was going to school on Tiger Woods. The president’s radio silence during three days of golf...

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Sen. Mike Johanns waits for the beginning of a news conference in this file photo.

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Sen. Mike Johanns waits for the beginning of a news conference in this file photo.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 11

That’s how many senators in the 113th Congress are former governors. Mike Johanns, Nebraska’s Republican governor from 1999 to 2005, the U.S. agriculture secretary from 2005 to 2007 and a senator since 2009, announced yesterday that he wouldn’t seek a second Senate...

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