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Voting stickers in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 6, 2012.

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Voting stickers in Athens, Ohio, on Nov. 6, 2012.

Republicans More Likely to Vote: Democratic Strategists

Two leading Democratic political strategists are warning the party this year  that it is dangerously behind in one of the most fundamental chores of electoral politics: Convincing supporters it’s worth their while to vote. Democrats are now 7 percentage points...

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California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari in San Francisco.

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California Republican gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari in San Francisco.

Kashkari: Climate Change Not Causing California Drought

As California grapples with water-use restrictions, worsened smog and idled farmland following the driest year on record, Neel Kashkari says climate change isn’t to blame. While the former U.S. Treasury official running for the Republican nomination in California’s gubernatorial race...

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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), right, speaks next to (L-3rd L) Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) during a news conference March 26, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), right, speaks next to (L-3rd L) Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) during a news conference March 26, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.

‘Kochtopia:’ Reid on Ryan’s Budget

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has accused Republicans of being “addicted to Koch.” Money from the billionaire Koch brothers, that is. Today on the Senate floor, Reid continued his crusade to cast Republicans as puppets of the brothers via another...

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Andres Cuartas, left, sits with Mercedes Mujica, an agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as he purchases a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

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Andres Cuartas, left, sits with Mercedes Mujica, an agent with Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, as he purchases a health insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act on March 31, 2014 in Miami.

Obamacare Views: ‘So Predictable’

“I knew it all along. You’re so predictable. I knew something would go wrong (something’s always wrong) . So you don’t have to call or say anything at all. You’re so predictable (so predictable).” – Good Charlotte We’ve seen it...

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People check the price plans for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act as they sit with an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

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People check the price plans for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act as they sit with an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 20, 2014 in Miami.

Bloomberg by the Numbers: 39%

Just 39 percent of those lacking health insurance know about the Affordable Care Act’s March 31 deadline to sign up for medical care. That means six in 10 people don’t know the deadline or think it has already passed or...

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Pope Francis tries to catch a white rose thrown by a pilgrim as he arrives for his general audience at St Peter's square on March 26, 2014 at the Vatican.

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Pope Francis tries to catch a white rose thrown by a pilgrim as he arrives for his general audience at St Peter's square on March 26, 2014 at the Vatican.

Obama 42, Francis 76: Gallup Poll

This is hardly a level playing field: As President Barack Obama prepares to call on Pope Francis at the Vatican tomorrow morning, the pontiff’s approval ratings are soaring back in the U.S. of A. Three-quarters of all Americans surveyed hold...

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Bruce Springsteen performs on March 1, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Bruce Springsteen performs on March 1, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Democrats for Springsteen, Republicans Christie — Nugent? Fuggedaboutit

Who’s the bigger New Jersey guy: Gov. Chris Christie or his idol, rocker Bruce Springsteen? Springsteen, silly, by 19 percentage points, according to a Fairleigh Dickinson University PublicMind poll. Hang on, though, for something beyond the usual survey fare. Ted...

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Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. on Aug. 30, 2013

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Americans for Prosperity Foundation Chairman David Koch speaks in Orlando, Fla. on Aug. 30, 2013

Koch Brothers Anonymous to Most

Most Americans say they never have heard of the fifth and sixth richest men in the world, brothers David and Charles Koch, worth a combined $100 billion. Yet their political operation has aired more TV ads early in the 2014...

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First Lady Michelle Obama performs tai chi with students from Chengdu No7 High School in Chengdu on March 25, 2014.

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First Lady Michelle Obama performs tai chi with students from Chengdu No7 High School in Chengdu on March 25, 2014.

Michelle Obama to China: ‘The Right to Say What We Think’

Michelle Obama mixed the personal and the political today as her six-day trip to China neared its end. Speaking in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, the touring first lady told students at one of the nation’s top high schools...

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