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Close, Closer, Closest: A Guide To Election Photo Finishes

Democratic state Sen. Mark Herring leads Republican state Sen. Mark Obenshain by a mere 117 votes in the Virginia attorney general's election. If it remains that close after a recount, the race will rank as one of the closest statewide contests in modern history.
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Clinton To Obama: Honor Promise That People Can Keep Coverage

In a video interview with OZY, an online magazine, former President Clinton affirms his support for the Affordable Care Act while acknowledging its rocky rollout. If history is any guide, he says the technical problems will be solved. A tougher challenges lies in states that refused to expand Medicaid.
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Did Rand Paul Commit Plagiarism, Or Just A Faux Pas?

The flap over the Kentucky senator's articles and speeches is just the latest in a series of cases of plagiarism by high-profile journalists and politicians. Linguist Geoff Nunberg looks at the way the word plagiarism has been used since it was invented by the Romans and wonders if it's always immoral or just bad form.
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Chris Christie's Surprising Role Model For Minority Outreach

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says that if Republicans want to appeal to voters beyond their traditional conservative base, they need to go to where those voters live. He points to President Ronald Reagan as an example.
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Tuesday Political Mix: Treasury, Tribes, and Christie 2016

The White House girds for a battle over its nomination of Janet Yellen to head the Federal Reserve, while President Obama names a new derivatives chief and plans meeting with U.S. tribal chiefs
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Affordable Care Act's Website Reflects Law's Complexity

One reason the rollout of the Affordable Care Act has been so rocky is the difficult landscape the health care overhaul is trying to cover. The system was a complicated contraption to begin with, and the hybrid replacement is just as hard to negotiate.
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The First Estimate On Insurance Signups Is Pretty Darned Small

There's been a lot of speculation about how many people have signed up for Affordable Care Act insurance. The official number will be reported at the end of the week. But unofficial estimates are leaking out, including 50,000 reported today. That's far less than the 500,000 that the administration originally predicted.
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Senate Votes To Send A Message Ahead Of Next Year's Election

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is bringing up bills that are putting Republicans on the spot — like a measure to ban workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. It's pre-election-year positioning — and Republicans are trying to do the same.
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When Lobbyists Literally Write The Bill

Lobbyists are known for their influence, but perhaps less obvious is that lobbyists often write legislation — sometimes word for word. In a recent example, media reports showed how bank lobbyists had a hand in drafting a House bill aimed at rolling back financial regulations.
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A Few Places Where Government Tech Procurement Works

HealthCare.gov's troubled rollout highlights a systemic problem — the way governments purchase and plan for tech projects. Even President Obama is now calling for procurement reform. But a handful of places are finding ways to solve the problem.

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