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Fundraiser Terry Neese may sit out 2016. (S. Bevel for The Post)

Many fundraisers, once treated like royalty, are pining for their lost prestige as they’re eclipsed by the uber-wealthy, who can dash off seven-figure checks to super PACs without blinking.

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    Loretta Lynch to lead pack — going three White Houses back — of waiters

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    Secret Service tightens rules on driving agency cars after drinking

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    Cruz invokes Galileo to defend climate skepticism

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    Congress just had a Kumbaya moment. Here’s how rare that is.

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    Human Rights Campaign hopes to fight Arkansas’ religious freedom bill by scaring away Silicon Valley

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    The best congressional acronym ever -- well, at least of this week

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    Nancy Pelosi turns 75 today. She’s still the most effective leader in Congress.

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    Sen. Graham talks bluntly about foreign aid

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    Which Clinton, Bush or Obama Cabinet nominee waited longest to be confirmed? Soon it will be Loretta Lynch.

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    The writer of Devo’s ‘Whip It’ has a message for the GOP’s House whip

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