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More flawed graphs in a Romney campaign ad

Mon, 2038-01-18 22:14

“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.”

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Most independent ads for 2012 election are from groups that don’t disclose donors

Sun, 2032-04-25 09:28

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.

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Ohio Gov. Kasich looks to announce 2016 bid this summer

1 hour 40 min ago
Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has been actively gauging reactions to a possible campaign for president in 2016, is now moving rapidly to assemble the staff and financial resources for such a bid and is looking to declare his candidacy sometime after June 30, according to knowledgeable Republicans.Read full article >>

The Fix: What if congressional districts were drawn based on voters, not total population?

2 hours 29 min ago
A case before the Supreme Court raises an esoteric but important question: Who do politicians represent?Our Amber Phillips has a thorough explanation of the ins-and-outs of the case. But the essential question is whether political districts should be drawn based on the number of people that live in the district, or based on the number of people in that district that can vote. The idea is that in districts where there are a lot of people but not a lot of eligible voters, those voters are more powerful given that they can have a larger effect on the outcome of any given election.Read full article >>

Bobby Jindal says Rand Paul ‘unsuited to be commander-in-chief’

2 hours 43 min ago
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Wednesday that GOP Sen. Rand Paul’s assertion that the Islamic State was created by military hawks within the Republican Party is a position that should disqualify him from the presidency.Read full article >>

The Fix: Bob Schieffer is right. The decline of local media is totally terrible.

2 hours 57 min ago
Outgoing CBS anchorman Bob Schieffer spent an hour with NPR's Diane Rehm on Tuesday and reflected on his career. In the process, Schieffer was asked no name the biggest threat to the future of journalism. He said the decline of local journalism. Here are some of Schieffer's comments:Read full article >>

The Fix: A former Reagan aide says Fox News is bad for Republicans. Is it?

3 hours 27 min ago
Bruce Bartlett, a former Reagan staffer, thinks Fox News is bad for the GOP.In a paper titled "How Fox News Changed American Media and Political Dynamics," Bartlett writes about the rise of Fox and how it has changed the way conservatives consume and think about news and politics. He ended the paper by citing a political scientist who said Fox made it hard for the party to move to the center or increase its appeal.Read full article >>

The Fix: The Supreme Court just took up a redistricting case. It could help Republicans.

4 hours 18 min ago
The Supreme Court is planning to hear a case that could turn how we vote for our elected officials on its head -- and possibly help Republicans in a significant way.The case, involving the principle of "one person, one vote," has to do with how our electoral districts are formed. Justices announced Tuesday they will consider whether most states' current practice of counting the entire population to create those districts -- rather than just eligible voters -- is constitutional. That could shift the power to more suburban and rural districts, which tend to have older, whiter and more Republican voters.Read full article >>

The Fix: How the U.S. can arrest FIFA officials in Switzerland, explained

4 hours 20 min ago
As many amateur humorists on social media noted Wednesday morning, there's a certain appropriateness to the United States having been the country to articulate and disrupt alleged corruption within the governing body of international soccer. There are few secrets so poorly kept that billions of people know them, but FIFA's sketchy practices were one of them. Leave it to the soccer-indifferent Yanks to finally point out that the emperor's clothes appear to be stolen.Read full article >>

Campaign finance watchdogs push Justice Dept. to investigate Jeb Bush’s PAC

6 hours 1 min ago
This post has been updated.Watchdog groups are pushing the Justice Department to step up enforcement of current campaign finance laws by investigating whether Jeb Bush is improperly coordinating political activities with a super PAC he launched.Read full article >>

Rand Paul: Jeb Bush going to have ‘trouble’ with Republicans

6 hours 46 min ago
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that Jeb Bush, who is seen as an early front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination, is going to have problems securing the backing of his party."I think he's going to have trouble," Paul, himself a Republican presidential candidate, said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."Read full article >>

Rand Paul: GOP hawks to blame for the Islamic State

6 hours 53 min ago
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the Islamic State flourished because of hawks in the Republican Party."ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS,” Paul, using an acronym for the Islamic State, said on "Morning Joe."Read full article >>

The Fix: The Clintons’ finances are way too complex for the average person. That’s a problem.

7 hours 18 min ago
The AP reported late Monday that Bill Clinton has a limited liability corporation -- called WJC, LLC -- that serves as a "pass through" entity designed to "channel payments to the former president."If you have no idea what the heck the sentence above means, you are not alone. And therein lies the problem for Hillary Clinton as she seeks to sell herself as the voice of everyday Americans in her bid for the White House in 2016.Read full article >>

The Fix: The U.S. just indicted top world soccer officials. Here’s John Oliver’s takedown of FIFA. (VIDEO)

7 hours 27 min ago
The United States has indicted 14 top world soccer officials -- including some from FIFA -- in a 47-count bribery scandal. Given this, we are re-posting this must-watch clip of John Oliver talking about the long history of corruption allegations against soccer's top governing body. This clip was from before last year's World Cup.Read full article >>

Chris Christie planning fresh primary state swing

8 hours 29 min ago
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will travel to five states next month as he moves closer to launching a presidential bid, according to an itinerary obtained by The Washington Post.Included are June stops in Iowa and South Carolina, as well as three separate trips to New Hampshire, where Christie’s advisers believe his hawkish fiscal pitch and loquacious style at town-hall meetings could revive his wilting prospects.Read full article >>

Are black voters ‘fired up’ for Hillary Clinton?

8 hours 31 min ago
Edith Childs is the Greenwood, S.C. city council woman credited with giving Barack Obama his signature call-and-response chant used during his historic 2008 presidential campaign.The question facing Hillary Clinton's campaign eight years later -- one whose answer may define the margin between success and failure: are Childs, and voters like her, now "Fired up! Ready to go!" for Obama's primary opponent in 2016?Read full article >>

The Fix: Why aren’t millennials running for office? It’s not because they’re turned off. It’s age.

9 hours 1 min ago
There's no question that young people are not terribly enamored of politics. No one is terribly excited about politics/politicians. Approval of Congress remains near all-time lows, trust in government is nearly the same -- and millennials are at the leading edge of the push to partisan independence. (An aside: If you are using Google Chrome and haven't yet installed this plug-in that replaces the word "millennial" with "snake people," it is highly recommended and will make this post even better.)Read full article >>

Why Biden is (almost) King of the Internet

9 hours 31 min ago
President Obama may be the first digital president, but on the Web, his number-two plays second fiddle to no one.Vice President Biden is simultaneously the most intentionally, and unintentionally, funny politician on social media. While it may be a chicken-and-the-egg question to ask which came first, the vice president's office have leveraged his folksy mannerisms and personal quirks to advance specific policy proposals and establish him as an online personality in his own right.Read full article >>

Path to presidency for Gen X hopefuls rooted in hip-hop, ‘Simpsons’ culture

9 hours 31 min ago
Declaring Tupac Shakur superior to The Notorious B.I.G. Naming favorite episodes of “The Simpsons.” Explaining how one found meaning at a foam party.This could be a scene from a mid-1990s dorm room — or the recent musings of men who are vying to be the leader of the free world.Read full article >>

Path to presidency for Gen X hopefuls rooted in hip-hop, ‘Simpsons’ culture

9 hours 31 min ago
Declaring Tupac Shakur superior to The Notorious B.I.G. Naming favorite episodes of “The Simpsons.” Explaining how one found meaning at a foam party.This could be a scene from a mid-1990s dorm room — or the recent musings of men who are vying to be the leader of the free world.Read full article >>