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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 >>
It’s just one month into a brave new world of legal recreational marijuana in Colorado and sales are well just OK. But don’t count the new industry out yet.
Supply was short, licenses were spare and what will no doubt become an increasingly professional sector was just warming up. So there’s no way of knowing yet whether the January state haul of $2.1 million in taxes and fees is an early indicator of what will be a weaker-than-expected market or whether it represents a slow start to a business that claims sales north of a billion dollars.Read full article >>
More than two dozen Senate Democrats planned to devote several hours late Monday and early Tuesday morning speaking on the Senate floor in a renewed push for congressional action on climate change.
Environmental groups, buoyed by President Obama’s new aggressive strategy to protect public lands and cut carbon emissions, have been pushing Senate Democrats to adopt a strategy used last year by Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), who steered hours-long filibusters to blast the Obama administration’s drone and spending policies that garnered widespread attention.Read full article >>
A bipartisan plan to overhaul the way sexual-assault cases are handled in the military was easily approved by the Senate Monday evening.
The measure written by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) was approved 97 to 0 -- a rare unanimous vote.Read full article >>
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) on Monday night sought to put to bed an emerging rift with his tea party compatriot Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), issuing a statement saying he will "stand with Rand."
Cruz on Sunday differentiated himself from Paul on foreign policy and likened himself more to Ronald Reagan. Paul appeared to take exception to that Monday and, in an op-ed in Time magazine, attacked those who misappropriate and misunderstand Reagan's legacy.Read full article >>
A man is only as good as his word, so when Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper revealed late last week that President Obama had yet to deliver on their Olympic hockey bet, the White House acted fast.Read full article >>
My first summer at sleep away camp, I found myself with a group of girls on the beach competing against a group of boys in a sandcastle building contest.
In the heat of the race, I smelled victory but sensed the girls were behind. We needed turrets, a moat, a drawbridge! In my eagerness, I spoke up, pointing out structural weaknesses and design flaws. I wanted to turn our heap of wet sand into a seashore fortress. I trusted my eye and knew I could lead; this is where I felt comfortable.Read full article >>
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Monday announced a multi-part plan to stimulate the economy that included expanding private sector access to the government-controlled wireless spectrum, new legislation to limit regulation of the Internet and another to encourage cooperation in cutting edge research between government agencies and the private sector.Read full article >>
California’s Democrats this weekend added marijuana legalization to their party platform.
Unfortunately for fans of legal weed, it doesn’t seem likely to find a vehicle in the near future, but all it may take is for the population to age .Read full article >>
At the recently concluded Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), Post TV asked attendees to define what the Republican party stood for, using just one word.
Those largely positive responses contrast vividly with the one-word reactions to the "Republican party" found in a late 2012 NBC-WSJ survey. As we wrote at the time:Read full article >>
Dozens of Democratic senators plan to speak out Monday night into early Tuesday morning about their growing concerns with climate change. Adopting a strategy used in the past year to great effect by Republican senators -- Ted Cruz, anyone? -- at least 28 Democrats plan to use floor time to raise their concerns on the lack of attention being paid to climate change -- although there is no single bill or even set of bills for which they will be advocating.Read full article >>
Collaboration and bipartisan compromise have been the watch words of the 20 women in the Senate.
On issue after issue -- from the government shutdown to a budget deal -- women, we’ve been told, with their easy, amenable ways, have forged deals and gotten things done, proving that when it comes to governing and legislating, women do it better. And for their super-nice behavior, Allegheny College awarded them the Prize for Civility in Public Life last month, noting their efforts at leading the Congress to a kinder and gentler path.Read full article >>
The impact of sequestration budgetary limits imposed last year may never be fully known, a new study says, but one effect on federal employees is clear: it cost nearly 800,000 of them upward of $1.4 billion total in lost salary.Read full article >>
Alaska Sen. Mark Begich, who is facing a tough re-election fight this year, aired his first television ad of the campaign Monday. In it, Begich doesn't attack his likely Republican opponents.
Instead he targets the Koch brothers and their group Americans for Prosperity, which has already run two attack ads against the incumbent Democrat even though the Republican primary isn't even until mid-August.Read full article >>
Speaking at SXSW, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden says that the NSA is "setting fire to the future of the Internet" and that people who work in the technology industry "are the firefighters." (Video courtesy of Texas Tribune)Read full article >>
In the most hotly contested House race of 2014, the candidates don't matter.
We're talking about Florida's 13th district special election, in which Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly have run lackluster campaigns against the backdrop of millions of dollars in outside spending that has upstaged them. This is precisely why Tuesday's outcome means so much to national Democrats and Republicans: It's the purest test yet of broad messaging and tactics both sides hope to deploy in the fall midterms.Read full article >>