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Open-Government Watchdogs OK With Closed-Door Fiscal Cliff Talks

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner held another closed-door meeting Monday. If that secrecy troubled anyone, you'd expect it to be open-government watchdogs. But they have few objections. "Sometimes compromise has to be reached behind closed doors," says one.
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Obama's Cabinet 2.0 Coming Into Focus

In the category of unintended consequences, Susan Rice's announcement about her future plans could mean a Republican in President Obama's inner circle, decorated Vietnam veterans overseeing the nation's military and foreign policy, and another special election for Senate in Massachusetts.
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In Midwest Union Fights, Michigan Shows 2010 Election Still Trumps 2012

Michigan this week provided more shock treatment for organized labor and, by extension, the Democratic Party. And a lame-duck Legislature showed that elections do have consequences. But in this case, it was the election two years ago — the one that swept out Democrats in key statehouse races.
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Add This Group To Obama's Winning Coalition: 'Religiously Unaffiliated'

The growing number of voters not aligned with a specific religion helped President Obama overcome deficits with Protestants and Catholics in key swing states. The Pew Research Center calls this group "nones" — agnostics, atheist and those who define themselves simply as "religious" or "spiritual but not religious."
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Obama, Romney Each Raised More Than $1 Billion

The final fundraising numbers from this election season were filed on Thursday.
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Black, Latino Groups: It's Our Turn, Mr. President

After lifting President Obama to re-election, African-American and Hispanic advocacy groups want him to champion initiatives that will specifically benefit minorities.
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Most Expensive Presidential Campaign Ended In Sprint To Spend

A campaign marked by money, fundraisers (including the infamous one that produced Mitt Romney's "47 percent" moment) and superPACs finished with spending sprees across the board, according to final campaign finance reports. In all, more than $2 billion was spent on the presidential race.

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