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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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In S.C., entire congressional delegation is floating toward Nov. 4 free and easy

1 hour 23 min ago

AIKEN, S.C. — Just days before the congressional elections, the Aiken County Democrats announced an evening phone bank — a last-ditch effort to generate enthusiasm in a heavily conservative part of South Carolina. But at the appointed hour, the party office was dark, empty. After all, what was the point? The party had disavowed its own candidate for Congress, a Republican who says he won the Democratic primary because “basically nobody was paying attention.”

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Claims in Grimes’s new campaign ad already had been proven to be false

3 hours 47 min ago

“I am Alison Lundergan Grimes and this is the Big Sandy power plant in Louisa, Kentucky. They are shutting down half the plant and laying off their workers because Mitch McConnell didn’t fight to get the scrubbers it needs to reduce coal emissions. Instead, Mitch and his wife pocketed $600,000 from enemies of coal, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I approve this message because the difference between Mitch and me is I will fight for these jobs and no New York anti-coal billionaire will ever buy me off.”

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What Colorado’s elections this year could say about 2016

7 hours 6 min ago

DENVER — Over the next nine days, the focus in Colorado will be on the competitive Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mark Udall and his challenger, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, and on the gubernatorial contest that pits Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper against former Republican congressman Bob Beauprez.

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Federal employees unhappy with senior leaders, suffer low moral, survey shows

Fri, 2014-10-24 20:43

Federal employees’ satisfaction with their agencies’ senior leaders hit a five-year low last year, according to a survey of the workforce released Friday that also shows continuing discontent overall.

Many employees still think the work they do is important, believe in their agencies’ missions and put in extra effort to get the job done, the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey found.

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Sen. Al Franken is trying hard to be boring — and succeeding

Fri, 2014-10-24 20:34

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) broke into a spontaneous impression that recalled his days as a mad-cap comic. Jumping, waving his arms, running in place, the former “Saturday Night Live” actor was pretending to be his political hero, Paul Wellstone, chasing alongside the late senator’s son during a high school cross-country race.

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Sen. Al Franken is trying hard to be boring — and succeeding

Fri, 2014-10-24 20:34

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) broke into a spontaneous impression that recalled his days as a mad-cap comic. Jumping, waving his arms, running in place, the former “Saturday Night Live” actor was pretending to be his political hero, Paul Wellstone, chasing alongside the late senator’s son during a high school cross-country race.

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Fri, 2014-10-24 20:15

Pennsylvania

Fire destroys 9/11 mementos

An inventory released Friday of items lost from a fire at the Flight 93 National Memorial headquarters includes hundreds of original photographs and items found at the 9/11 crash site that were linked to the passengers and crew.

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Republicans ramp up minority outreach nationwide ahead of 2016

Fri, 2014-10-24 20:11

CLEVELAND —It was an at-times tense but by all accounts probing conversation when a few hundred gathered here recently in a downtown warehouse space outfitted with projectors, folding chairs and a modest stage.

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Student kills one, injures four, then kills himself at school in Washington state

Fri, 2014-10-24 19:44

MARYSVILLE, Wash. — A student walked into the cafeteria of a Seattle-area high school Friday and, without shouting or arguing, opened fire, killing one person and shooting several others in the head before turning the gun on himself, officials and witnesses said.

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The Fix: 8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Fri, 2014-10-24 17:30

1. Sunlight Foundation updated its list of the top donors of 2014 today -- Tom Steyer is way, way out in front.

2. Fact from the Wall Street Journal's story on Republican outreach to black voters: "Of 671 black state legislators, just 13 are Republican, according to the National Black Caucus of State Legislators."

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Monkey Cage: Is Libya a proxy war?

Fri, 2014-10-24 17:00

Recent reports of Egyptian military aircraft bombing Islamist militant positions in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi have highlighted once more how the Mediterranean state has become a contested site of regional proxy wars. The projection of Middle Eastern rivalries onto Libya’s fractured landscape has a long pedigree, dating back to the 2011 revolution and perhaps even further, when Moammar Gaddafi’s propaganda apparatus portrayed the country as a plaything at the mercy of predatory imperialists. During the uprising, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar jostled for influence, with their respective special forces supporting disparate revolutionary factions with intelligence, training and arms. Initially, the choice of actors had less to do with ideological affinity and more with expediency, history and geography. Libyan expatriates residing in each country shaped the channeling of funds and weapons.

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The Fix: With Martha Coakley, deep-blue Massachusetts continues to be a headache for Democrats

Fri, 2014-10-24 16:48

The big news Thursday night was that a new Boston Globe poll in the Massachusetts governor's race showed Republican Charlie Baker leading Democrat Martha Coakley by 9 points.

Coakley, it bears mentioning, previously lost that big 2010 Massachusetts special election that sent Scott Brown to the Senate. So the idea that she could lose another race she was supposed to win pretty easily in dark-blue Massachusetts has caught plenty of attention.

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The Fix: Joni Ernst skipped an editorial board meeting. That was probably smart.

Fri, 2014-10-24 16:05

To go or not to go, that is the question.

I am talking, of course, about newspaper editorial boards and the ever-increasing frequency with which candidates skip the chance to sit down with the opinion-makers in their respective city or state.  Just this week state Sen. Joni Ernst, The Republican nominee for Senate in Iowa, announced she wouldn't be sitting down with the Des Moines Regster editorial board because she believed that she wouldn't get a fair shake from the organization even if she did. (As Phil Rucker noted over at Post Politics, the Register editorial board had criticized Ernst for her comments about povertyher stance on "nullification"; and her support as a state senator for a measure that would add a "personhood" amendment to the Iowa Constitution.)

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Federal Eye: U.S. paying to upgrade TV sports coverage in Afghanistan, including for goat hauling

Fri, 2014-10-24 16:01

Many U.S. taxpayers probably know that they’re subsidizing Afghanistan’s government operations and development efforts, but it may surprise them to learn that they’re paying for the war-torn nation to enter the modern era of televised sports coverage.

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The Fix: Why watching grass grow might actually be a good investment of federal money

Fri, 2014-10-24 15:57

No. 11 in Sen. Tom Coburn's (R-Okla.) 2014 "Wastebook" — a catalog of 100 ways in which the government squandered taxpayer money — does an effective job of demonstrating why the exercise on the whole is worthy of skepticism. And, perhaps, illustrates its hidden dangers.

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The Fix: QUIZ: Which Senate race are you?

Fri, 2014-10-24 15:34

If you're anything like us on the Fix, you probably grew up daydreaming about the midterms, and how you wished you could spend every minute of your life thinking about them. No, not only thinking about them. Being them.

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David Perdue signs something (a torso? a diabetic pump?). Twitter erupts.

Fri, 2014-10-24 15:24

This item was updated at 4:20 p.m.

The Internet went nuts on Friday afternoon about this:

Video surfaced showing Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue consenting to an autograph request from a young supporter.

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The Fix: Five myths about black voters

Fri, 2014-10-24 15:19

Over the next few days, you are going to hear a whole lot about black voters. This happens every two to four years around this time, as pundits and political writers trot out conventional wisdom about the state of the black vote.

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