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“This was household income when President Obama took office. This was the national debt. Under Obama, families have lost over $4,000 a year in income, and the national debt is now $16 trillion and growing. Barack Obama: More spending, more debt — failing American families.”Read full article >>
Nearly all of the independent advertising aired for the 2012 general-election campaign has come from interest groups that do not disclose their donors, suggesting that much of the political spending over the next six months will come from sources invisible to the public.Read full article >>
Former Olympic figure skating star Michelle Kwan is taking a turn as political surrogate.
Kwan's husband, Democrat Clay Pell, is running for governor of Rhode Island. In a new campaign ad, Kwan pitches his credentials on women's issues.Read full article >>
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is due to give a speech Friday to the National Urban League in Cincinnati, in a new attempt to reach out beyond the GOP’s core base to appeal to African American voters. Paul's speech will reportedly focus on education and criminal justice — both of which may be key issues in his much-rumored 2016 presidential bid.Read full article >>
Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) is in trouble. Well, he was in trouble (electorally speaking), then he got into a lot of trouble (ethically speaking). And now he's making it worse.
It's been about 24 hours since the New York Times's Jonathan Martin broke the story about Walsh's pretty apparent plagiarism in a 14-page paper Walsh wrote for his master's degree in 2007. By Thursday afternoon, Walsh's campaign sent out a "fact sheet" laying out its side of things.Read full article >>
Bond traders and ratings agencies are growing increasingly alarmed that the billions of dollars in debt incurred by Puerto Rico and its public corporations could go unpaid, after the commonwealth passed a measure in June that would allow entities to restructure debt.Read full article >>
Seven Western states that rely on the Colorado River Basin for valuable water are drawing more heavily from groundwater supplies than previously believed, a new study finds, the latest indication that an historic drought is threatening the region’s future access to water.Read full article >>
Good news for those with short experience and deep pockets: 270 Strategies, a political consulting company founded by veterans of Obama's 2008 and 2012 campaigns, will train you and find you a slot on a campaign for only $5,000, as BuzzFeed reported on Thursday. A few caveats are in order, including that the campaign work, a five-week stint, is unpaid. And the other caveat: A presidential campaign is vastly different than any other sort of campaign -- and the Obama campaign was so unique that it's practically become mystical. And that's makes it irresistible for marketing purposes.Read full article >>
Negotiations over how much money to inject into the troubled Department of Veterans Affairs grew more tense on Thursday as the Democrats and Republicans leading the talks essentially rejected each other’s offers.Read full article >>
Could a third-party candidate cost Republicans a Senate seat -- or even the Senate, period -- this year?
Theoretically, the answer to both questions is yes. But the impact of third-party candidates is often oversold, and just as notably, these candidates tend to fade at the end of the campaign.Read full article >>
Technically, this is not news — in that it sadly happens all too frequently — but the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction issued a report Thursday slamming a $34.4 million Agriculture Department aid program Afghanistan for trying to “create a market for soybean products” when “Afghans apparently have never grown or eaten soybeans before.”Read full article >>
President Obama -- and his inner circle -- are no fans of reporters.
The latest incident between the two sides came this week when on Tuesday and Wednesday reporters were not allowed into events the president was doing for Senate Majority PAC and House Majority PAC, the two main Democratic super PACS dedicated to electing (and re-electing) Democrats to Congress this fall. Reporters were also provided little-to-no information about how much money (if any) was raised at the events or even a snippet of what President Obama told the audiences. Wrote Politico's Edward-Isaac Dovere and Josh Gerstein:Read full article >>
Central American presidents sharply criticized Washington on Thursday for failing to address the root causes of violence and poverty in their countries that helped spur a recent influx of child migrants to the United States.Read full article >>
When President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama speak to an audience of African Americans, particularly students, they invariably mention the trope of “acting white.” That is the notion that one impediment to black students’ success is the belief in some black communities that academic achievement is synonymous with whiteness, and therefore devalued.Read full article >>
Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) has a message for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: I don't need your stinkin' award.
Bentivolio, whose primary challenger is backed by the Chamber, issued a hostile statement Thursday announcing that he returned an award the nation's largest business organization gave him.Read full article >>
Waiting for a passport or visa? Sorry, the State Department is having some computer troubles.
A global database that houses all the information related to issuing travel documents crashed over the weekend, and by all accounts the glitch is not fixed and no one knows when it will be. We hear it’s causing quite a headache for consulates around the world.Read full article >>
LOS ANGELES – President Obama’s hectic fundraising schedule landed him in the backyard of television producer Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal,” “Grey’s Anatomy”) Wednesday night, where he hobnobbed with celebrities including Kerry Washington and joked about a “top secret” video of him dancing with Janelle Monae and Usher.Read full article >>
The American people claim they really, really hate Congress. We're a little skeptical.
Want proof? According to a new Pew Research Center poll of voter attitudes, 69 percent of people would like to see most members of Congress sent packing in the 2014 election. That's up 13 points since the last midterm in 2010. And ... wow.Read full article >>
Residents of San Francisco and Berkeley will vote this November on a proposed tax on sugary drinks that would pay for health and nutrition programs in both cities.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors this week voted 6 to 4 to put the measure on November’s ballot. If passed, sugary drinks would be taxed at a rate of 2 cents per ounce. The Berkeley city council voted earlier this month to put a 1 cent-per-ounce tax on the ballot.Read full article >>