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Why Bain Questions Matter

WASHINGTON — Who are the dastardly enemies of free enterprise who decided to make an issue of Mitt Romney's tenure at the private-equity firm Bain Capital? Er, those would be his fellow Republicans. Listen to what Newt Gingrich said in January: “The Bain model is to go in at a very low price, borrow an immense amount of money, pay Bain an immense amount of money and leave. I'll let you decide if that's really good capitalism.

Sen. Murkowski’s fresh energy plan to look beyond 2012

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Frustrated by the gridlock that has stalled Congress leading into the 2012 presidential elections in November, the top Republican on the Senate Energy Committee is drafting what she hopes is a fresh look at the big-picture energy policy.

Nuclear waste expert tapped as top nuclear regulator

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama said on Thursday he will nominate Allison Macfarlane, an expert in nuclear waste, as the nation’s top nuclear safety cop, seeking to turn the page on a period of bitter acrimony at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

White House contest looms over Virginia Senate race

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (Reuters) – Virginia’s Tim Kaine was one of the first state governors to endorse Barack Obama for president in 2008, he worked with Obama as head of the Democratic National Committee, and he is still one of the president’s leading supporters.

House Democratic "Super PAC" raised $1 million since March

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Majority PAC, a “Super PAC” aimed at helping elect Democrats to the U.S. House of Representatives, raised $1.1 million in the past six weeks, according to disclosure documents released on Thursday.

Most Americans think campaign money aids rich

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Most Americans, no matter what their political party, believe there is too much money in politics and reject the idea that people should be allowed to spend what they want, a Reuters/Ipsos poll showed on Thursday.