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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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New 'War On Christmas' Takes A Fiscal-Cliff Twist

The White House issued a short report Monday warning of the risks to holiday spending and the 2013 economy if policymakers fail to reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. The report seemed aimed at raising pressure on Republicans to strike a deal with President Obama.
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How To Oust A Congressman, SuperPAC-Style

Think superPACs were a waste of wealthy donors' money this election season? Consider how New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's superPAC was able to help engineer an upset in one congressional race outside Los Angeles.
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Why Have There Been So Many Contested Elections?

Election-related lawsuits have more than doubled since 2000. There has been at least one post-election litigation in every general or midterm election since 2000, with the exception of 2002. Legal experts blame the flawed election process and the fact that voters don't like their candidates to concede.
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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s Bad End Is Just The Latest For A Snake-Bit District

The end of the congressman's career continues a dubious streak, one that residents of Illinois' 2nd District would no doubt gladly see a future lawmaker break.
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Will Your Family Squabble About Politics This Thanksgiving?

"People who have any brains" will avoid dredging up politics during the holidays, says one psychologist. But in our highly polarized era, family gatherings offer the chance for rare encounters with people who don't already share our partisan leanings.
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Obama Campaign Machine May Be Turned Loose On Fiscal Cliff Climbing Congress

President Obama's campaign operation apparently isn't going to be totally retired just yet. Instead, the Obama team is considering deploying some of its grass-roots elements to push Congress to solve the fiscal cliff problem and help pass the president's agenda.

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