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Students celebrate after U.S. President Barack Obama was projected the winner of the presidential election inside the Kennedy Forum at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Students celebrate after U.S. President Barack Obama was projected the winner of the presidential election inside the Kennedy Forum at the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Nov. 6, 2012.

FEC: 2012 Campaign Cost $7 Billion

Candidates, parties, political action committees and other outside groups spent more than $7 billion on the 2012 election, according to a final tally by the Federal Election Commission.  That’s the most ever spent on U.S. elections, and surpasses the $5.3 billion...

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Tire tracks run across the dry bottom of the Morse Reservoir in Cicero, Indiana, on July 12, 2012.

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Tire tracks run across the dry bottom of the Morse Reservoir in Cicero, Indiana, on July 12, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 33

That’s the share of Americans who say global warming is a “very serious” problem, according to a Pew Research Center survey in March. That compares with 32 percent who said global warming is a somewhat serious problem, 20 percent who...

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First responders transport an injured woman in a wheelchair where two explosions occurred along the final stretch of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 15, 2013.

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First responders transport an injured woman in a wheelchair where two explosions occurred along the final stretch of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 15, 2013.

Czech Republic Envoy Offers Bombing-Related Geography Lesson

Granted, the breakup of the Soviet Union more than 20 years ago and the rejiggering of the political map in areas that many Americans were hazy about to begin with created challenges for the geographically challenged among us. Still, as a...

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U.S. Border Patrol agents monitor the area near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

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U.S. Border Patrol agents monitor the area near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego, California, on March 21, 2012.

Durbin Says Immigration Law Overhaul Is National Security Issue

Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin of Illinois, the chamber’s No. 2 Democrat, offers this reason for supporting an overhaul of immigration laws: It will help national security. Durbin, in an interview on “Political Capital With Al Hunt,” airing this weekend...

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Customers try out mattresses in the showroom of an Ikea store in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

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Customers try out mattresses in the showroom of an Ikea store in the Brooklyn borough of New York.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: -29.2

That’s the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index in the week ended April 14, the highest since January 2008. The index, which asks U.S. consumers for their views on the economy, buying climate and personal finances, rose 4.8 points from minus 34...

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The suspects from the Boston Bombing are seen in this handout photo released to the media on April, 18, 2013.

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The suspects from the Boston Bombing are seen in this handout photo released to the media on April, 18, 2013.

FBI’s Boston-Bombing Suspects: One Caught, One Dead

Written with Emma Fidel. Updated at 8:45 p.m., April 21, 2013 It ended as it began, with surveillance. The helicopter-taken heat-sensitive footage of the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect hiding in a boat stowed in a Watertown back yard revealed...

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Mark Sanford appeared on NBC News' "Today" show on Feb. 19, 2013.

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Mark Sanford appeared on NBC News' "Today" show on Feb. 19, 2013.

Democrats Attack Sanford on Trust As Republicans Withdraw

As House Republicans withdraw from helping Mark Sanford in a special election next month in South Carolina, Democrats are on the attack. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the campaign arm of House Democrats, has begun airing a television ad that...

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks at a news briefing after the Senate defeated a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on firearms purchases and close the so-called gun show loophole.

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Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) speaks at a news briefing after the Senate defeated a bipartisan proposal to expand background checks on firearms purchases and close the so-called gun show loophole.

Blumenthal on Gun Laws: ‘America Won’t Take No for an Answer’

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, the state where 20 elementary school students were gunned down in December, says that advocates of new gun legislation are not giving up after being unable to overcome a Republican-led filibuster to expand background...

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Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ speaks onstage at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

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Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, NJ speaks onstage at the 2013 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

Booker’s Backers: Jason Kidd, Victor Cruz, Rob Reiner, Ron Howard

Cory Booker, the Democratic mayor of Newark, New Jersey, raised $1.9 million for his 2014 Senate campaign in this year’s first quarter, including donations from well-known figures in sports, entertainment, lobbying and finance. Jason Kidd,  point guard for the New...

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