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Pepco Lobbyists Visited D.C. Officials Almost 100 Times In 2011

D.C. officials may be taking this most recent swath of power outage as an opportunity to beat up on Pepco, but in reality, the utility has spent a lot of money and political capital on close relationships with District lawmakers. 

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Gay Donors Open Wallets On Both Sides Of The Aisle

In politics, money talks. And money from gay and lesbian donors is talking louder than ever in this election cycle. That's partly a result of President Obama endorsing same-sex marriage, and partly because Republicans are starting to see contributions as well — a huge change from a few decades ago.
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Obama's 'Clean Coal' Fighting Words To W.Va. Dems

How can an inmate beat out a sitting president in his party's primary? In parts of West Virginia, the answer is easy to explain. Just ask those who say Obama's policies threaten the culture of coal.
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Romney Adviser Seems To Undercut GOP Health Care Tax Argument

Republicans seem at odds over whether President Obama introduced a big new tax through his health care law. Some conservatives are making a campaign issue of the Supreme Court ruling and its rationale. But a top aide says Mitt Romney — who signed a similar law in Massachusetts — doesn't see it as a tax.
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What The Mexico Elections Mean For The U.S.

Enrique Pena Nieto, the presidential candidate from Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party, known as the PRI, won the country's election Sunday. The party has been accused of using corrupt practices in the past. In a piece in the Dallas Morning News, Jesus Velasco asks if the U.S. can trust Mexico's new administration.
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Future Of The Silver Line

Extending rail service to Loudoun County is about more than transportation. We explore the political and societal aspects of the Silver Line.

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Still Waiting For That Declaration Of Independents

As we approach Independence Day, it seems clear that there will not be a significant "independent" presidential candidate competing against President Obama and Mitt Romney this year.
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Virginia Voters To Receive Reminder Calls On ID Law

Virginia election officials will call provisional voters to remind them to provide identification at the polls.

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