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Gov. Christie Re-Election Bid In N.J. Heads Up 2013 Election Calendar

Monday, December 03, 2012

Two gubernatorial contests — in New Jersey and Virginia — plus mayoral races in New York and Los Angeles head up the 2013 election calendar. Plus: Time to get rid of the Iowa straw poll? And who will succeed Jesse Jackson Jr.?

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How NYC's Bloomberg Influenced Calif. Rep. Race

Friday, November 23, 2012

Many SuperPACs and other outside groups are still tending their wounds after spending millions of dollars in the presidential and senate campaigns with little to show for it. But New York Mayor Michael Boomberg's SuperPAC helped to defeat a seven-term incumbent in a district outside L.A.

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Senate Democrats Add To Majority: Caucus Now 54 Plus One

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Senate Democrats did better than just keep their slim majority. Wednesday brought news that they expanded it by managing to retain control of two of their most threatened seats, in Montana and North Dakota.

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Superstorm Sandy May Have Blown In Fresh Breeze Of Bipartisanship

Thursday, November 01, 2012

When President Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie came together in the aftermath of the superstorm, pundits took notice of a rare moment of bipartisanship and wondered if more was to come.

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There's No Contingency Plan If Disaster Strikes On Election Day

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What if Hurricane Sandy had waited a week to strike the East Coast? There's no contingency plan in place for rescheduling an election if a storm or terrorist attack wiped out power in multiple states while voting was taking place. Says one expert: "We'll ignore it until it happens, and when it happens, we'll figure it out."

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Republicans On Path To Retaining Control Of The House

Monday, October 29, 2012

After three successive "wave" elections in the House, it looks like there will be little net change in 2012. And that means the Republicans are favored to retain the majority they won two years ago.

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'God Intended' A Pregnancy Caused By Rape, Indiana Candidate Says

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Republican Richard Mourdock, who is running for Senate, ignited controversy with his explanation for why he opposes abortion in the case of rape.

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Women Head For The Hill In Record Numbers

Sunday, September 23, 2012

More women are running for Congress than ever before. This year may be the product of a unique political climate, but is a broader change on the way?

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Some In Mo. Still Back Rep. Akin Despite Comments

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Todd Akin now trails Sen. Claire McCaskill in the U.S. Senate race, and the GOP establishment is pressing the Republican to quit the contest. But one expert says the controversy will help the congressman more than it hurts him.

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Update: Akin Vows Again To Stay In Missouri Senate Race

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Under fire for his comments about rape and abortion, the Missouri Senate candidate is under pressure from his own party to drop out before the end of the day. His Democratic opponent is one of the few voices urging him to stay in.

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Obama: Congressman's Rape Remarks 'Don't Make Sense,' Were 'Way Out There'

Monday, August 20, 2012

The president weighed in on controversial comments made over the weekend by Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who is running for the Senate. Akin said that women who are victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.

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Congressman Who Took Nude Dip In Sea Of Galilee Apologizes

Monday, August 20, 2012

Kansas Republican Kevin Yoder was among a group of lawmakers who got in the water during a late-night escapade last summer. He was reportedly the only way to fully disrobe. Yoder says he was in the water only briefly.

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Missouri GOP Senate Candidate's Remarks On Rape Stir Controversy

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, who's challenging Democrat Claire McCaskill for the U.S. Senate seat, said it's "rare" for women to become pregnant when they are raped. The Romney campaign distanced itself from the remarks.

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Campaign Trail: Biden's Comment About 'Chains' Sparks Controversy

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

By telling a racially mixed audience in Virginia on Tuesday that the Republican ticket's economic plans would "put y'all back in chains," Vice President Biden sparked the latest campaign controversy.

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The Watergate Class Of 1974: How They Arrived In Congress, How They Left

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

It's been 40 years since the break in at the Democratic National Committee. The scandal ushered in 91 new members of the House — mostly Democrats. Who exactly were the "Class of '74?" And what happened to them?

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Romney, Boehner Message: It's Still The Economy (Not Gay Marriage), Stupid

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Mitt Romney and Speaker John Boehner showed a determination Thursday to keep the election-year debate confined to the topic on which they believe President Obama has the greatest vulnerabilty — the economy.

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2012: A Better Year, Unless Europe's Debt Blows It Up

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The year that passed disappointed both investors and job seekers. Economists think the new year will be a bit better, with GDP growth rising to 2.4 percent. Much depends on European leaders' ability to fix the ongoing debt crisis; they may find a solution in 2012, but consequences are dire if not.

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