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Celebrities And The Senate: Would Ashley Judd Stand A Chance?

Could an actress and political activist with no electoral experience give the Senate's top Republican a race in very red Kentucky? It would be a long shot, say political experts, even though Judd has deep roots in the state, calling herself an "at least 8th generation Eastern Kentuckian."
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Obama And Boehner Are Still Far Apart On Fiscal Cliff, But Don't Panic — Yet

Brinkmanship has long been a mainstay in Washington politics, and so it is still. Which is why it might be too early to give up hope that President Obama and congressional Republicans can reach a "fiscal cliff" deal despite how far apart the sides were Monday.
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Gov. Christie Re-Election Bid In N.J. Heads Up 2013 Election Calendar

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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2012 Election The Most Expensive In History

Robert Siegel talks to Tom Hamburger of The Washington Post, and Melanie Mason of The Los Angeles Times about how much money campaign consultants made from the presidential election this year.
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In Fiscal Cliff PR War, Obama Seeks Help From A Public Already Leaning His Way

In Washington's latest game of chicken, President Obama is recruiting voters who see things his way to provide an edge in his quest to get congressional Republicans to accept tax increases on the nation's wealthiest. His newest weapon? A Twitter hashtag.
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Election 2013: A Virginia GOP Shake-up

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) announced today that he's suspending his campaign for governor in 2013. We examine what this means for the election and the future of his party.

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Romney To Have Lunch With Obama At The White House Thursday

It will be the 2012 contenders' first meeting since the presidential election. President Obama had previously said he hoped to work with his Republican challenger on some issues.
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GOP Pushback On No-Tax Norquist: Less Than Meets The Eye

A handful of Republicans in Congress say they won't honor the Grover Norquist-led no-new-taxes pledge if it prevents a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. "Grover still swings a hammer," says one adviser. "There just aren't as many nails." But others think entitlements, not taxes, could be the sticking point.

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