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Angela Merkel, German chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic party, smiles during a news conference after a party's board meeting in Berlin on Sept. 23, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Angela Merkel, German chancellor and chairwoman of the Christian Democratic party, smiles during a news conference after a party's board meeting in Berlin on Sept. 23, 2013. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is the Democratic Party opponent of Sen. Mitch McConnell. (Associated Press)

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Democratic party vice secretary Enrico Letta talks to media at the Democratic Party press center in Rome, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. The prospect of political paralysis hung over Italy on Monday as partial official results in crucial elections showed an upstart protest campaign led by a comedian making stunning inroads, and mainstream forces of center-left and center-right wrestling for control of Parliament's two houses. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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Democratic party vice secretary Enrico Letta talks to media at the Democratic Party press center in Rome, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. The prospect of political paralysis hung over Italy on Monday as partial official results in crucial elections showed an upstart protest campaign led by a comedian making stunning inroads, and mainstream forces of center-left and center-right wrestling for control of Parliament's two houses. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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James Taylor kicks off the convention evening with “Carolina On My Mind” to cheers from the Democratic Party faithful in his home state. (Andrew Geraci/The Washington Times)

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Rep. Barney Frank, a member of the committee drawing up the Democratic Party platform, said the draft document includes language backing gay marriage. The Republican platform is expected to still define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Barney Frank, a member of the committee drawing up the Democratic Party platform, said the draft document includes language backing gay marriage. The Republican platform is expected to still define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. (Associated Press)

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Tim Kaine, running for the U.S. Senate in Virginia as the Democratic Party candidate, is the subject of an ad run by Crossroads GPS that prompted a complaint to the Federal Elections Commission. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

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Tim Kaine, running for the U.S. Senate in Virginia as the Democratic Party candidate, is the subject of an ad run by Crossroads GPS that prompted a complaint to the Federal Elections Commission. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

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Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was the target of criticism from a Democratic Party activist who said she "never worked a day in her life." The remark created a political firestorm that led to President Obama distancing himself from the comment. (Associated Press)

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Ann Romney, wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, was the target of criticism from a Democratic Party activist who said she "never worked a day in her life." The remark created a political firestorm that led to President Obama distancing himself from the comment. (Associated Press)

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Former Ward 8 Democratic Party head Jacque Patterson (right), running for a D.C. Council seat from the ward, and Melvin Chandler (left), a volunteer with Mr. Patterson, leave after Mr. Patterson casts his vote at Precinct 116 at the New Image Baptist Church on Alabama Avenue Southeast in Washington on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former Ward 8 Democratic Party head Jacque Patterson, running for D.C. Council, casts his vote at Precinct 116 at the New Image Baptist Church on Alabama Avenue Southeast in Washington on Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former Ward 8 Democratic Party head Jacque Patterson, running for a D.C. Council seat from the ward, gives Jasmine Westbrook (center), a Howard University sophomore volunteering with Mr. Patterson, a shirt to wear outside Precinct 116 at the New Image Baptist Church on Alabama Avenue Southeast in Washington on election day, Tuesday, April 3, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Beth Dozoretz, a major Democratic Party fundraiser, is director of the Art in Embassies program.

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak (left) shakes hands with Sohn Hak-kyu, chairman of the leading opposition Democratic Party, before their meeting at the National Assembly in Seoul on Tuesday. Mr. Lee made a rare visit to the National Assembly to try to break a deadlock on passage of a long-stalled free-trade agreement with the United States. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich has challenged Rep. Edolphus Towns for the Democratic Party's top position on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Mr. Towns currently serves as chairman.