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Rep. Ed Markey gives Sheila Decter, of Newton, a hug while he campaigns at Johnny's Luncheonette.

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Rep. Ed Markey gives Sheila Decter, of Newton, a hug while he campaigns at Johnny's Luncheonette.

Republican Attack Ad Gives Markey Disco Fever

The day after Rep. Ed Markey won the U.S. Senate Democratic primary in Massachusetts, the Senate Republicans’ fundraising arm has released an ad portraying the congressman as a baby — the infant on the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album, no less. In a new...

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Injured people in front of Marathon Sports on Boylston Street on April 15, 2013 in Boston.

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Injured people in front of Marathon Sports on Boylston Street on April 15, 2013 in Boston.

Boston Arrests: Twitter Alert

Here is Twitter, the news service: Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow. — Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) May 1, 2013   In Boston, the apprehension of the surviving brother of two accused of...

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People jog on the National Mall near the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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People jog on the National Mall near the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Voters Weary of Divided Government

A plurality of voters don’t want split government, and would prefer one party to control both the White House and Congress, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out today. The survey showed 48 percent of voters saying they want the...

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First Lady Michelle Obama signs her book, "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America," at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Washington, DC.

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First Lady Michelle Obama signs her book, "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America," at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Washington, DC.

Michelle Obama’s Green Thumb Warms up for Book-Signing

The Obamas have had some success with books. The president’s autobiography and campaign tome made him a millionaire. The first lady’s book is another story — marketed as a benefit for the National Park Foundation. Her ``American Grown: The Story...

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Ron Johnson, chief executive officer of J.C. Penney Co., arrives at State Supreme court in New York, on March 1, 2013.

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Ron Johnson, chief executive officer of J.C. Penney Co., arrives at State Supreme court in New York, on March 1, 2013.

Bloomberg By the Numbers: 1,795

Ron Johnson, the former chief executive officer of J.C. Penney Co., received a compensation package 1,795 times higher than the average wage and benefits of a U.S. department store worker, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Such disparities are why...

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Retired Army General David Petraeus, pictured as the top U.S. commander in Iraq, in 2007.

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Retired Army General David Petraeus, pictured as the top U.S. commander in Iraq, in 2007.

Petraeus ‘All In’ for Private Equity?

  KKR & Co.  the private-equity firm run by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, is in discussions with former Central Intelligence Agency Director David Petraeus about a role at the company, according to a person with knowledge of the talks....

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference at the Capitol March 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. A group of Democratic senators held a news conference to announce new legislation "to blunt the worst effects" of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) arrives at a news conference at the Capitol March 21, 2012 in Washington, DC. A group of Democratic senators held a news conference to announce new legislation "to blunt the worst effects" of the Supreme Court's Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision.

Obama and the FEC: Six Vacancies, No Nominations

With the expiration of Republican Caroline Hunter’s term today, every member of the Federal Election Commission is serving under an expired term. Rather than replace any of the commissioners, who have been deadlocked along party lines for years trying to enforce election...

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on April 26, 2013 in New York City.

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Job seekers wait in line to meet with employers at the 25th Annual CUNY big Apple Job and Internship Fair at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on April 26, 2013 in New York City.

Consumer Confidence Up — Not in Jobs

Consumer confidence in the U.S. improved in April, reaching a five-month high, a report from the Conference Board showed today. Chalk up a good portion of the elation to gains in wealth from improving property values and stock portfolios. In...

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A sign that mocks the Obama 'Hope' campaign sign from 2008 in front of a house in Ohio on Oct. 28, 2012.

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A sign that mocks the Obama 'Hope' campaign sign from 2008 in front of a house in Ohio on Oct. 28, 2012.

Millennials: More Divided Than Ever

Young people are polarized — more so than ever in their views of President Barack Obama. This is the biggest take-away from a new Harvard Institute of Politics survey of Americans ages 18-29, the so-called millennials. “The biggest and potentially...

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