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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks during the second day of the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 7, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Perry Seeks Cuomo Debate Post-’Ooops’

It sounds like Texas Gov. Rick Perry is looking to get past his “sorry, oops” moment in a Republican presidential debate that helped tank his 2012  campaign, and he’s looking for New York Gov.  Andrew Cuomo to help him out....

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Don Beyer talks with his campaign aides after a Mt. Vernon District Democratic candidate forum to replace retiring US Rep. Jim Moran in Alexandria, Va. on April 12, 2014.

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Don Beyer talks with his campaign aides after a Mt. Vernon District Democratic candidate forum to replace retiring US Rep. Jim Moran in Alexandria, Va. on April 12, 2014.

Don Beyer: Obamacare, Howard Dean and Volvos

All the Democrats are running from Obamacare, right? Not Don Beyer, a Democrat seeking the seat of retiring Virginia congressman Jim Moran, who has served for two-and-a-half decades. “Republicans are working to undermine Obamacare,” reads the headline on the colorful...

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a Long Island Association luncheon with LIA President and CEO Kevin S. Law on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a Long Island Association luncheon with LIA President and CEO Kevin S. Law on Feb. 24, 2014 in Woodbury, New York.

Jeb Bush’s ‘Act of Love:’ Taking One For The Party?

In portraying a parent’s illegal border crossing as “an act of love,” Republican Jeb Bush has defined one of the boundaries of compassion in the presidential election campaign to come — whether he’s in it or not. Nearly two years...

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., leaves a news conference at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

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Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corp., leaves a news conference at the 11th CLSA Japan Forum in Tokyo on Feb. 24, 2014.

‘Sheldon Primary’ Opens at Venetian – Host Rides Maybach to Dinner

Remember the Republican National Convention? Fuggedabout it. The real screening of potential Republican Party candidates is taking place in Las Vegas, starting with a private “VIP” party in the private airplane hangar of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson,  the 10th richest...

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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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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference on March 8, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Republican Rebranding, Year Later: Priebus Predicting 2014 ‘Home Run’

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, predicts a “tsunami-type election” in 2014, with his party winning control of the Senate and enhancing its House majority. The chairman credits the president’s health-care law for boosting Republican prospects. “Obamacare is...

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Robert Capron and Zachary Gordon in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days."

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Robert Capron and Zachary Gordon in "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days."

Harkin Favorite: ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ — Says a Mentor Ready for More

What is Sen. Tom Harkin looking forward to most during his upcoming retirement? More time for reading. The Iowa Democrat choked up talking about a children’s reading program close to his heart for 16 years.He received the Pioneer Award from...

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Rep. Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee Chairman, during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor.

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Rep. Paul Ryan, House Budget Committee Chairman, during the American Conservative Union Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor.

Ryan: GOP ‘Party of Ideas’ — Democrats ‘Party of Personalities’

Among the many Republicans addressing the Conservative Action Political Conference are some who have their eyes on the party’s 2016 presidential nomination. Then there are some considered unlikely or unable to seek it. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan may be...

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Mark Penn at Saint Anselm College in this Jan. 5, 2008 file photo in Manchester, New Hampshire.

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Mark Penn at Saint Anselm College in this Jan. 5, 2008 file photo in Manchester, New Hampshire.

Obama’s ‘Hey’ a Model for Microsoft’s (Clinton’s) Mark Penn

“Hey,” read the subject line on the e-mails from Team Obama. Casual lingo for a fundraising appeal? No, test-crafted research for communications guaranteed to engage a follower.  “Most of the $690 million Obama raised online (for his 2012 re-election campaign) “came...

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