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Sen. Jay Rockefeller participates in a news conference about preserving Medicaid funding on Capitol Hill.

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Sen. Jay Rockefeller participates in a news conference about preserving Medicaid funding on Capitol Hill.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 7

That’s how many states Democrats are defending in Senate elections next year that President Barack Obama didn’t win in 2012. The seven states are Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, North Carolina, South Dakota and West Virginia. Obama lost by at least...

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Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah.

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Jon Huntsman, former governor of Utah.

Huntsman Calls Rove ‘Yesterday’s Ballgame’

Republican strategist Karl Rove’s new plan to fund Republican primary candidates who he deems most electable has run into strong opposition from the anti-tax Tea Party and other conservative activists. Now add former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman to the list of...

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A delegate from Texas stands at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

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A delegate from Texas stands at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa.

In Texas House Districts, Romney and Obama Each Scored Runaways

Here’s something you won’t find in Texas: presidential races that are politically competitive in its congressional districts. The margins by which either President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney carried the state’s 36 districts in the 2012 election was greater than 15 percentage...

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A poll volunteer checks a voter's ID  in Cleveland, Ohio.

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A poll volunteer checks a voter's ID in Cleveland, Ohio.

Democrats Seek to Change the Narrative on Voting Rights

Representative Dina Titus of Nevada calls it “the renewed civil rights issue.” Titus is one of more than 165 Democratic members of the U.S. House who have signed onto legislation, introduced by civil rights icon John Lewis of Georgia, to...

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers her farewell address to the staff at the State Department on Feb. 1, 2013 in Washington.

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers her farewell address to the staff at the State Department on Feb. 1, 2013 in Washington.

Clinton Left State Higher-Rated Than President Who Put Her There

Hillary Clinton left Foggy Bottom with higher approval ratings than her former boss, President Barack Obama, and a bunch of politicians mentioned along with her as potential contenders for the White House in 2016. That’s according to a Quinnipiac University...

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A customer loads a television in San Francisco.

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A customer loads a television in San Francisco.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -36.3

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index for the week ended Feb. 3. The index — which measures consumers’ opinions about the national economy, the buying climate and their personal finances — rose from minus 37.5 a week earlier, marking the first...

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Mariachi musicians sing and play as they go from house to house to encourage people to vote on election day in Sun Valley's Latino district, Los Angeles County on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Mariachi musicians sing and play as they go from house to house to encourage people to vote on election day in Sun Valley's Latino district, Los Angeles County on Nov. 6, 2012.

Top-10 Congressional Districts: Republicans and Hispanics

My colleague John McCormick writes today about how the surging Hispanic population may shape Republican thinking on policy issues including a rewrite of immigration laws, following a poor election year for the party among that voting bloc. Hispanics account for...

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Comedian Stephen Colbert gives a cheers in front of a giant paper mache puppet of himself in Washington.

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Comedian Stephen Colbert gives a cheers in front of a giant paper mache puppet of himself in Washington.

Colbert Raising Money For Sister’s South Carolina Congressional Bid

It’s all in the family. Stephen Colbert is raising campaign funds for an older sister seeking a U.S. House seat in their native South Carolina. The political satirist, host of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” will appear at a dinner...

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