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Dwayne Johnson says Chris Christie is a ‘buddy’

Dwayne Johnson says he considers New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie “a buddy” despite making Christie take down an online video that featured the Hollywood star. “I know Gov. Christie. We’ve met a couple of times,” the wrestler-turned-action star said in an interview Friday while promoting his new “Hercules” movie. “But in no way was I associated with what he had going on. . He had his team of people around him who kind of put that together. I saw it. I was like well, I don’t have anything to do with it, so now you’ve got to pull it down.”
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Liberals ponder as Clinton considers options

As Hillary Rodham Clinton promotes her book, liberals in the Democratic Party are elbowing into the 2016 presidential conversation, pitching a populist message on the economy and immigration. Potential Clinton rivals like Vice President Joe Biden, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley are in the middle of a summertime tour of Democratic constituencies and campaigns, drawing contrasts to Clinton as she weighs a heavily anticipated second presidential bid. Biden and Warren were addressing Generation Progress, an organization of young Democratic activists, on Wednesday and speaking at the annual Netroots Nation conference later in the week, putting them
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McDaniel near decision on runoff challenge

State Sen. Chris McDaniel was expected to announce Wednesday whether he will file a formal challenge of his loss to six-term U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran in the Mississippi Republican primary runoff. State law specifies that McDaniel’s first challenge would be filed with the state Republican Party executive committee. His campaign attorney, Mitch Tyner, has said McDaniel could file a lawsuit in state court about 10 days after filing a challenge with the party. Certified results of the June 24 runoff show Cochran won by 7,667 votes. McDaniel, who has been backed by tea party groups, says he believes there might
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Sen. Warren on campaign road for Democrats

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is quickly becoming a top Democratic fundraising and campaigning powerhouse, hitting the road on behalf of candidates in key races the party will need to win to retain control of the U.S. Senate in November. Since March, the Massachusetts Democrat has stumped for candidates in Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Kentucky and has trips planned this week for West Virginia and Michigan. It’s a hefty schedule for a freshman senator who not long ago was teaching law at Harvard. Along the way, Warren has found her brand of economic populism resonating far from her home in the
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Former CEO touts business record in Senate race

David Perdue proudly points to his executive experience running major corporations as evidence that he’s best positioned to tackle the nation’s debt. The former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok touts his business acumen while campaigning for Georgia’s Republican Senate nomination and hopes to follow his cousin, former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, into politics. Voters will choose between Perdue and Rep. Jack Kingston in a runoff election July 22. The race has gained national attention as Republicans seek control of the Senate. “I know what it takes to develop economic growth globally, and there are not that many people in
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Another GOP problem: LeBron James’ return to Cleveland

Celebrations aside, LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA could complicate the Republican Party’s plan to nominate its presidential contender on Lake Erie’s shores in 2016. If James leads his team into post-season play then, the GOP could find its preferred June 28 start date for the convention impossible because of the site conflict. Convention planners typically take weeks to customize the space with lights, seats and the traditional balloon drop from the rafters — impossible tasks if the Cavaliers go into post-season play. That leaves Republicans looking at their backup date of July 18,
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McConnell foe lies in first negative TV ad

In a new ad from Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, retired coal miner Don Disney looks straight into the camera and asks Mitch McConnell why he voted to raise his Medicare costs by $6,000. The only problem? McConnell, the Senate Republican leader, cast no such vote. The 2011 bill McConnell supported, on which the ad’s claim is based, proposed moving ahead on a plan in the House by Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin to privatize Medicare over time. That overhaul could have raised costs for future beneficiaries over time, some analysts said. But people such as Disney — already
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Cleveland wins over Dallas for GOP convention

Cleveland won the unanimous backing of a Republican National Committee panel on Tuesday, all but guaranteeing the GOP’s 2016 presidential pick will accept the party’s nomination in perennially hard-fought Ohio. The Republicans’ site selection committee backed Cleveland over donor-rich Dallas, and the full 168-member RNC is expected to ratify the choice next month. The move signals the role Ohio — and its 18 electoral votes— plays in presidential campaigns. “As goes Ohio, so goes the presidential race,” said party Chairman Reince Priebus. The RNC did not announce a start date for the convention but Priebus said that June 28 or
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Good job numbers vex doom-and-gloom politicians

The top jobs numbers for June would have seemed to be cause for some appreciation. After all, the unemployment rate dipped to 6.1 percent, the lowest in six years, and hiring showed five months of steady growth. But the public continues to perceive the economy as poor. So, heading into a midterm campaign season, the politicians on Thursday hedged their bets and pointed fingers. “In the voting booth, economic perception beats economic statistics every time,” Republican pollster Whit Ayres said. Indeed, after five months of steady job growth and after hitting a six-year low in unemployment, the reaction in Washington
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Tea Party sore loser challenges loss in court

The Republican who lost a primary runoff election to Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran says he plans to challenge the results in court “any day now.” Chris McDaniel says he believes there were thousands of irregularities. In an interview with CNN Friday, McDaniel said what matters is that fraud be uncovered where it exists and many Mississippi residents are “very angry” because they think their votes in the June 24 primary were nullified by fraud. McDaniel says his campaign found at least 5,000 irregularities in voting. He says most involved people who apparently voted in the June 3 Democratic primary and
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