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Hillary Clinton listens to her introduction before delivering her final speech as Secretary of State at the Council on Foreign Relations on Jan. 31, 2013 in Washington.

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Hillary Clinton listens to her introduction before delivering her final speech as Secretary of State at the Council on Foreign Relations on Jan. 31, 2013 in Washington.

Washington Daybook: Once More Into the Breach

That shuffling sound you hear is Obama administration officials heading for the exits. Hillary Clinton wraps up her stint as secretary of state today with a speech to department staff. She has said she’s not interested in seeking higher office,...

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Images of President Barack Obama, left, and Republican Mitt Romney are seen on a monitor while a trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Nov. 7, 2012.

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Images of President Barack Obama, left, and Republican Mitt Romney are seen on a monitor while a trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Nov. 7, 2012.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: $7 Billion

That’s about how much was spent on the 2012 election, according to an estimate from the Federal Election Commission. Candidates spent about $3.2 billion, compared with $2 billion spent by the political parties and $2.1 billion by outside political committees,...

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2012 Elections Cost Will Hit $7 Billion, FEC Chair Weintraub Says

The 2012 elections will be more expensive than originally thought, according to new Federal Election Commission Chairwoman Ellen Weintraub. Her estimate: $7 billion. That’s higher than the $6 billion estimate from the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington-based research group...

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Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Speaker of the House, attends the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

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Newt Gingrich, former U.S. Speaker of the House, attends the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

Gingrich’s Debt $4.7 Million — Presidential Campaign Owes Candidate $650,000

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination owed $4.7 million at the end of 2012, including almost $650,000 to himself, Federal Election Commission filings show. Gingrich raised $24.8 million for his campaign, including $151,814 in individual...

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Beyonce in Berlin in this file photo.

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Beyonce in Berlin in this file photo.

Beyonce Belts Out Anthem: Super Bowl Preview

Beyonce played Obama’s inauguration. Beyonce is going to play the Super Bowl. The singer was lip-syncing outside the Capitol on Inauguration Day. She was not lip-syncing, it appeared, at her news conference today in advance of her Super Bowl half-time...

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Secret service agents and police officers stand outside a Democratic caucus meeting room with Vice President Joe Biden at the Capitol.

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Secret service agents and police officers stand outside a Democratic caucus meeting room with Vice President Joe Biden at the Capitol.

Congressional Parents Protective of Tax Exemption ‘Kids,’ Engler Says

John Engler, president of the Business Roundtable and a Republican former governor of Michigan, says he thinks Congress can find a way to lower the corporate tax rate to 25 percent without sacrificing revenue. The problem: Getting members of Congress...

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The AT&T Mobility booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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The AT&T Mobility booth at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

AT&T Dials Up More Than $3 Million for Obama Inauguration

AT&T Inc., the largest U.S. phone company, gave $3.1 million to President Barack Obama’s inaugural committee at a time when the federal government is deciding how to auction airwaves coveted by the Dallas-based wireless provider. The president’s  inaugural committee, in a...

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand on the edge of Lake Michigan to view the skyline of their home town, Chicago.

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama stand on the edge of Lake Michigan to view the skyline of their home town, Chicago.

Obama: ‘My Story’ Impossible Elsewhere

President Barack Obama often has spoken of his improbable tale. He has written of  “The Audacity of Hope,” and his first campaign manager has written of the “Audacity to Win.” Yet today, the second-term White House is waxing simply nostalgic....

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Representative Michele Bachmann, a Republican from Minnesota and former GOP presidential candidate, left, is prepped for an interview in Washington.

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Representative Michele Bachmann, a Republican from Minnesota and former GOP presidential candidate, left, is prepped for an interview in Washington.

Democratic Super-PAC Targets 10 House Republicans

A leading Democratic super-political action committee is identifying 10 House Republicans whom it will target for defeat in the 2014 midterm elections. House Majority PAC said in a statement today that it would seek to unseat Michele Bachmann and John...

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