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Conservative pundit, television personality and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Conservative pundit, television personality and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Palin, Wagner Among Republican Women Aiding Florida’s Benacquisto

Republican women including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin dot the donor list of Florida state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, the only Republican woman seeking a vacant congressional district in a key primary on April 22. Palin, the 2008 Republican vice-presidential nominee,...

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Employees work on the assembly line installing parts on the Duratech 35 V6 engine at the Ford Motor Co. Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, U.S. on Friday, March 28, 2014. Ford announced it will invest $500 million to upgrade the plant to support production of the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost designed for 2015 F-150.

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Employees work on the assembly line installing parts on the Duratech 35 V6 engine at the Ford Motor Co. Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, U.S. on Friday, March 28, 2014. Ford announced it will invest $500 million to upgrade the plant to support production of the new 2.7-liter EcoBoost designed for 2015 F-150.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 74

It took 74 months for U.S. private employment to exceed the pre-recession peak of 116 million in January 2008. Payrolls excluding government agencies rose by 192,000 workers in March, bringing total private employment to 116.1 million, according to the Labor...

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Anti-abortion activist Brian Normile of Beavercreek, Ohio, outside a Planned Parenthood on Jan. 21, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Abortion Foes Renew Obamacare Assault as Court Hearing Nears

When Ohio Democratic Rep. Steve Driehaus sought re-election in 2010, the anti-abortion group, Susan B. Anthony List, tried to erect billboards highlighting his vote for the Affordable Care Act. The organization contended that the law included taxpayer funding for abortion....

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Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Arne Sorenson, president of Marriott International.

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Senator Roy Blunt, Senator Kelly Ayotte, and Arne Sorenson, president of Marriott International.

Ayotte, Hagan Men’s Gym Mates?

Despite their political differences, Sens. Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, and Kelly Ayotte, New Hampshire Republican, enjoy a warm collegial relationship. Where do they hangout? “We need to tell this group that where we see each other the most is...

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

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A journalist drives a Toyota i-Road in Tokyo.

Toyota Keeping Lawmakers Happy

Tired of waiting to (finally) get your turn to question that Obama administration official at your subcommittee hearing? Bored of floor debates on bills that will never go anywhere? Toyota has a solution for you, just a few blocks away...

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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

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Delegates cheer during the keynote address by U.S Senate candidate Barack Obama of Illinois at the Democratic National Convention on July 27, 2004 in Boston.

Obama’s Dream, 50 Years Hence

Updated at 1:41 and 1:46 pm EDT with the president’s remarks today “My identity might begin with the fact of my race, but it didn’t, couldn’t end there. At least that’s what I would choose to believe.” – Barack Obama,...

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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

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An attendee during the Inside Bitcoins conference in New York on April 7, 2014.

Bitcoin, Pot Ripe for Congressional Action — (Don’t Hold Your Breath)

Bitcoin and marijuana are among the issues on which Congress should provide clarity — though probably won’t this year — Rep. Jared Polis says. “In general, it’s better for Congress to reasonably consider these things and provide a uniform statutory...

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) at the U.S. Capitol on March 25, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Cantor’s Party Fights Fire in the Base

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is under fire from his own party — for raising money for his own party. Brent Bozell, who heads the small government group ForAmerica, and Richard Viguerie, chairman of American Target Advertising, a conservative direct-mail...

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An Indian shopkeeper displays a model of an Electronic Voting Machine, used to educate voters about the machine, different political symbols, masks of leaders, and other materials, to political activists at his shop in Kolkata on April 2, 2014.

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An Indian shopkeeper displays a model of an Electronic Voting Machine, used to educate voters about the machine, different political symbols, masks of leaders, and other materials, to political activists at his shop in Kolkata on April 2, 2014.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 815 Million

There are about 815 million registered voters in India, the world’s largest democracy, which is holding the world’s biggest election. The parliamentary election in the nation of 1.2 billion people is so large that it’s taking place over a five-week...

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Frank: High-Frequency Trading Deserves Congressional Hearings

Flash: Former House Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank says Congress should hold hearings into high-frequency trading to see if the “transformative” technology has out-stripped the federal government’s regulations intended to police it. “I think there should be serious inquiries,” the...

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