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  • Debaters hope to sway undecided in Scotland vote

    GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Scotland’s long debate over whether the country should become independent has proved a bonanza for printers of bumper stickers, posters, balloons and even umbrellas. Nationwide the …


  • House campaign groups start $75M ad push

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting a $75 million national advertising blitz, both parties’ House campaign arms on Tuesday began running television spots that are not expected to relent before November’s elections. …


  • Ex-Sen. Craig loses bid to dismiss FEC lawsuit

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge refused on Thursday to dismiss a Federal Election Commission lawsuit that accuses former Sen. Larry Craig of misusing $217,000 in campaign funds for his …


  • ‘Cliff’ movement? Obama, Boehner trade proposals

    WASHINGTON (AP) — In a test of divided government, President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner sought an elusive compromise Tuesday to prevent economy-damaging tax increases on the middle …


  • Obama in Michigan to press for taxes on rich

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing for public support Monday to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a day after he and House Speaker John Boehner met one-on-one …


  • Top Jindal aides use personal email to strategize

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Top officials in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration used personal email accounts to craft a media strategy for imposing hundreds of millions of dollars in …


  • Obama heading to Michigan to push taxes on rich

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is pressing for public support Monday to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, a day after he and House Speaker John Boehner met one-on-one …


  • With election over, less attention to jobs report

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Reaction to the monthly jobs numbers isn’t what it used to be. The first unemployment report since President Barack Obama’s re-election barely got a mention from the …


  • Election hits $2B mark amid last-minute donations

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Remarkable for its last-minute surge of contributions, the U.S. presidential election witnessed unprecedented sums of cash boosting two men in their quest for the White House. It …


  • $2 billion price tag for presidential election

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The 2012 presidential election broke the $2 billion milestone in its final weeks, becoming the most expensive in American political history, according to final federal finance reports …


  • Dem on trial seen as part of old Chicago politics

    CHICAGO (AP) — The grizzled Chicago Democrat has compared himself to a virile hog, likened a then-chief prosecutor to a Nazi and bragged about directing government investigators to kiss his …


  • Artifact of old-school Chicago politics on trial

    CHICAGO (AP) — The grizzled Chicago Democrat has compared himself to a virile hog, likened a then-chief prosecutor to a Nazi and bragged about directing government investigators to kiss his …


  • Obama defense pick could come sooner than expected

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama could name his next defense secretary in December, far sooner than expected and perhaps in a high-powered package announcement with his choice for secretary …


  • Kerry stays quiet as Cabinet speculation swirls

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John Kerry is angling to be the nation’s top diplomat by being, well, diplomatic. The longtime Democratic lawmaker from Massachusetts has largely stayed quiet while President …


  • Ex-treasurer to Dem politicians faces sentencing

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A former campaign treasurer who defrauded dozens of California Democratic politicians of at least $7 million was incapable of managing her business, often letting candidates’ bills …


  • Obama, Romney to meet at White House Thursday

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will host his former political rival Mitt Romney for a private lunch at the White House Thursday, their first meeting since the election. Obama …


  • Obama to appeal to public on fiscal cliff

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama plans to make a public case this week for his strategy for dealing with the looming fiscal cliff, traveling to the Philadelphia suburbs Friday …


  • Ethics panel investigating New York Republican

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Ethics Committee announced Monday that Rep. Michael Grimm, a former FBI agent, is under investigation for possible campaign finance violations, but said it is deferring …


  • Iowa straw poll on the outs with GOP establishment

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do …


  • Jesse Jackson Jr. submits letter of resignation

    CHICAGO (AP) — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a once-rising political star who has been on a months-long mysterious medical leave for bipolar disorder while facing separate federal investigations, has resigned …


  • Coming to Texas ballots: another Bush in 2014?

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — George P. Bush, a rising star among Hispanic conservatives and the grandson of one president and nephew of another, has taken the first step toward seeking …


  • Seemingly endless Wis. election cycle eases to end

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — Candidates approving this message have been at it for two years in Wisconsin, along with the robocalls, angry commercials, emails begging for campaign donations and glossy political …


  • Re-elected, Obama heads back to divided government

    WASHINGTON (AP) — One day after a bruising, mixed-verdict election, President Barack Obama and Republican House Speaker John Boehner both pledged Wednesday to seek a compromise to avert looming spending …


  • Americans OK renewing Obama’s Oval Office lease

    WASHINGTON (AP) — His lease renewed in trying economic times, President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress …


  • Obama’s lease renewed despite tough economic times

    WASHINGTON (AP) — His lease renewed in trying economic times, President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress …


  • Republicans ready to grasp renewed House control

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans had renewed control of the House within their grasp early Wednesday as the two parties traded gains from the Eastern seaboard to the Southwest. Shortly past …


  • Exit poll: Hint of economic optimism as Obama wins

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters who feel the economic outlook brightening after years of misery and believe Barack Obama is more in touch with people like themselves propelled the president to …


  • Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp …


  • Obama takes NH, Pa., trails in electoral count

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama captured hard-fought New Hampshire Tuesday night in a tense duel for the White House with Mitt Romney, claiming the first of the pivotal battleground …


  • Exit poll: Hint of economic optimism amid worry

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising prices and chronic unemployment were heavy on the minds of voters Tuesday even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through. Four in 10 said the nation’s …

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