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William Thompson Jr.

Thompson Runs for Mayor With Mixed Message on Stop-and-Frisk

William Thompson, the only African-American running for New York mayor, today responded to criticism of remarks he made Sunday, when he said the police department’s stop-and-frisk tactics represented a racial-profiling mentality similar to George Zimmerman’s motives in the fatal shooting of...

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Retired astronaut Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, before an appearance at Atomic Coffee during the Americans for Responsible Solutions tour in Fargo, North Dakota, on July 3, 2013.

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Retired astronaut Captain Mark Kelly hugs his wife, former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, before an appearance at Atomic Coffee during the Americans for Responsible Solutions tour in Fargo, North Dakota, on July 3, 2013.

Giffords’ Gun-Control PAC Loads Up $6.6 Million

Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ gun-control advocacy group has raised more than $6.6 million since its formation this year, according to a Federal Election Commission report filed today. Giffords, the congresswoman who survived a shooting in her Arizona district two years ago, counts Facebook investor...

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A Tea Party activist dressed in a Revolution-era costume speaks with an attendee at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013.

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A Tea Party activist dressed in a Revolution-era costume speaks with an attendee at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 15, 2013.

Republicans: Steer Right

The Republican Party, while divided over major issues such as abortion and gay marriage, should be moving in a more conservative direction, most Republican-minded voters surveyed say. By a margin of 54 to 40 percent, Republican and Republican-leaning voters say...

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Barack Obama and John McCain in this file photo.

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Barack Obama and John McCain in this file photo.

Obama Meets the Democrats — and McCain

President Barack Obama went up the Hill today to meet a lot of Democrats. And John McCain. Well, not really. Yet McCain, the Arizona senator who ran against Obama for the presidency in 2008, dropped in on a private Democratic...

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Twitter's brand marks.

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Twitter's brand marks.

Twitter ‘Surveillance Self-Defense’ Kit

Uncle Sam wants your Tweets — or at least somebody’s Tweets. Twitter, the social networking phenomenon and upstart news channel, wasn’t among the Internet companies named in that round of revelations about U.S. surveillance of email traffic earlier this year....

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Former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin takes a sip from a Big Gulp as she addresses a packed ballroom at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center during CPAC 2013.

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Former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin takes a sip from a Big Gulp as she addresses a packed ballroom at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center during CPAC 2013.

Sarah PAC 72% Off From 2011

Sarah Palin’s political action committee is raising and donating substantially fewer campaign funds than at a similar point in the 2012 election. Sarah PAC, linked to the former Alaska governor and 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee, raised $460,538 in the first...

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Senator Rand Paul, left, R-KY and Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wait for an event in the East Room of the White House on July 23, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Senator Rand Paul, left, R-KY and Senate Minority Leader Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) wait for an event in the East Room of the White House on July 23, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Christie vs. Paul: Hold the Bacon — Libertarian Contest More Engaging

Never mind that bacon business. (New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie criticized his fellow Republican, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, for representing a state that collects more aid from the federal government than it pays in taxes — as opposed to...

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Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, at the sales center at one of his Houston developments.

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Houston homebuilder Bob Perry, at the sales center at one of his Houston developments.

Bob Perry Gave Texas PAC $2 Million Before Death

Bob Perry, the Houston homebuilder who was one of the Republican Party’s biggest donors, gave $2 million to a Texas-based political committee about six weeks before his death this spring. Perry gave $2 million on March 1 to Texans for...

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Former Gov. of Alaska Sarah Palin speaks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority 2013 conference on June 15, 2013, in Washington.

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Former Gov. of Alaska Sarah Palin speaks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority 2013 conference on June 15, 2013, in Washington.

Run, Sarah, Run? Lose, Sarah, Lose

Run, Sarah, run, Alaska’s Republicans say. Lose, Sarah, lose, most Alaska voters say. As the former (half-term) governor who served as her party’s nominee for vice president in 2008 considers a campaign for Senate, more than one-third of Alaska’s Republicans...

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