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Romney received $78k from Egyptian politico

Mitt Romney's special fund for wealthy donors — those normally giving between $30,000 and $100,000 — raised $45 million in the final three weeks of the campaign, and had $12 million remaining in the bank as of Nov. 26, though at least one of those donors raises questions of its legality.

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney emerges Nov. 7, 2012, from backstage to concede his quest for President of the United States at his election night event at the Boston Convention Center in Boston. (Associated Press)

Last-minute big donors to Romney revealed

The super PAC supporting Mitt Romney raised $22 million in the final three weeks of the campaign, including $10 million from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson and his wife — bringing their total to $30 million— $2 million from Oracle Corp. CEO Lawrence Ellison and $1 million from Houston Texans Chairman Robert McNair.

** FILE ** In this Sept. 15, 2012 photo, sportscaster Bob Costas talks before the start of an NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Detroit Lions in San Francisco. Costas stirred up a hornet's nest Sunday with a halftime commentary about Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher's murdering his girlfriend (and the mother of his child), followed by his own suicide. "If Jovan Belcher didn't possess a gun," Costas told a TV audience of more than 20 million, "he and Kasandra Perkins would both be alive today." (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

NBC's Costas disavows remarks equating NRA to KKK

Bob Costas said Wednesday he stands by his anti-gun remarks during Sunday's night National Football League broadcast — but the NBC sportscaster insisted he doesn't want to repeal the 2nd Amendment and scrambled to distance himself from another commentator's remarks equating the National Rifle Association to the Ku Klux Klan.

Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican (AP Photo)

Boehner tax increase sparks conservative backlash

Sen. Jim DeMint, a tea party favorite, ripped House Republican leaders for offering a budget framework that embraced new taxes, saying the GOP plan to raise $800 billion in new revenue would hurt the economy, kill jobs and not reduce the national debt by a penny.

Former President George W. Bush gives opening remarks on Dec. 4, 2012, at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for a conference titled "Immigration and 4% Growth: How Immigrants Grow the U.S. Economy." The George W. Bush Institute was hosting panel discussions highlighting the positive impact of immigration on U.S. economic growth. (Associated Press)

Bush pushes for 'benevolent' immigration policy

Five years after his last failed effort to push his party to legalize illegal immigrants as part of a broad reform bill, former President George W. Bush made a renewed appeal Tuesday for the GOP to embrace immigration reform as an issue.

**FILE** Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue magazine (Associated Press)

Obama may tap Wintour for London embassy

President Obama may have placed some limits on lobbyists serving in the White House, but he has had no problem continuing the timeworn Washington practice of doling out coveted diplomatic posts to big-money backers.

**FILE** Britain's Prince William (left) and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, visit a football training pitch at St. George's Park near Burton Upon Trent in Staffordshire, England, on Oct. 9, 2012. (Associated Press)

The White House congratulates royal couple

The same day Prince William and Kate Middleton made it official and confirmed that they are expecting a child, President Obama and first lady Michelle quickly sent their congratulations to the British royal couple on the future king or queen.