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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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Harry Reid to lay aside gloves, retire from Senate

Fri, 2015-03-27 21:02
Harry M. Reid, the amateur boxer from a tiny mining town who clawed his way to the top of the national political ladder in Washington, never showed any sign of fear. But Friday, as he announced his exit plans, Reid admitted that he was “scared to death” when he finally got to the top.Read full article >>

Reid leaves a parting gift for his party: A quiet and bloodless succession

Fri, 2015-03-27 19:58
In his eight years as the Senate’s Democratic leader, Harry Reid earned a reputation for legislative sorcery epitomized by the way in which he muscled President Obama’s health-care reform bill through the Senate. Read full article >>

GovBeat: Two states join Colorado as it defends its marijuana law against suit

Fri, 2015-03-27 17:24
Washington and Oregon on Friday joined Colorado in defending its recreational marijuana law against a suit brought by two of its neighboring states.In a filing, Colorado asked the Supreme Court to dismiss the lawsuit — filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma — arguing that it makes a “dangerous use” of legal argument that would leave marijuana legalization in place but largely strip the state of its power to regulate the new industry.Read full article >>

Chuck Schumer formally enters race to succeed Reid, appears to have the support to win

Fri, 2015-03-27 16:21
This story has been updated.Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is formally entering the race to succeed Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), with allies suggesting he already has enough support to win what could turn into an uncontested race.Read full article >>

The Fix: 19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting

Fri, 2015-03-27 16:09
Indiana has come under fire for a bill signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence (R) that would allow businesses to refuse service for religious reasons. The NCAA has voiced its concern ahead of Final Four in Indianapolis next week, there are calls to boycott the state, and Miley Cyrus has even weighed in, calling Pence a name that we can't reprint on this family Web site in an Instagram post.Read full article >>

The Fix: Your clip-n-save guide to likely 2016 candidates’ Senate ‘vote-a-rama’ votes

Fri, 2015-03-27 15:48
There's a tradition in the Senate that the passage of the annual budget will be accompanied by a slew of votes on amendments either somewhat or not-at-all related to the content of the full bill. Often, it's a way for members of one political party to put the screws to members of the other, by introducing politically tricky topics and demanding that they receive a vote.Read full article >>

The Fix: The 10 most competitive Senate races in 2016

Fri, 2015-03-27 15:42
It's easy to conclude that Democrats are actually in better shape to hold the Nevada seat in 2016 after Sen. Harry Reid's (D) decision not to run for another term.Reid, after all, had rarely won his races by anything but the skin of his teeth and his role as the leading national Democratic in the Senate had badly tainted his image back in the state. He won in 2010 in no small part because Republicans nominated the single worst candidate to run in that election -- or maybe any recent election.Read full article >>

Rep. Tammy Duckworth to announce Senate bid Monday

Fri, 2015-03-27 15:35
Illinois Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (D) is reportedly gearing up to announce Monday that she will challenge vulnerable GOP incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk in 2016.The Chicago Sun-Times reported Friday that Duckworth, a wounded Iraq war veteran, would launch a bid next week. Her announcement has been widely anticipated, with fundraising in place for a likely Senate run.Read full article >>

Durbin endorses Chuck Schumer for Senate leader, easing path for New Yorker to succeed Reid

Fri, 2015-03-27 14:43
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) on Friday endorsed his rival, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), to become the next Senate Democratic leader, clearing the path for what is likely to be an easy transition in leadership when Sen. Harry Reid steps down from the job.Read full article >>

The Fix: The remarkably unlikely success of Harry Reid

Fri, 2015-03-27 14:36
The first and most important thing to know about Harry Reid, the Senate minority leader who announced his retirement today, is just how unlikely it is that he succeeded in politics at all.His voice was — and is — often barely audible, a soft-spokenness that often require reporters to crowd close to Reid to merely hear what he is saying. It was — and is — a trait uniquely unsuited to the television age of politics where shouting is the norm.Read full article >>

GovBeat: Iowa’s governor doesn’t seem to understand what a smartphone is or how e-mail works

Fri, 2015-03-27 14:35
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad has insisted for years that doesn’t own a smartphone or use e-mail. That’s what he has staff for — to e-mail, to tweet, to Instagram, to Facebook on his behalf.But in what local papers are portraying as a gotcha moment this week, it was discovered that Branstad indeed gets e-mails on his personal BlackBerry. The flap — which is nowhere near Hillary Clinton dimensions — has now morphed into a bizarre debate over what e-mail actually is.Read full article >>

Inside the big GOP fight over the influential Export-Import Bank

Fri, 2015-03-27 14:13
The future of an obscure but far-reaching federal agency has emerged as an early litmus test for Republican presidential contenders, who are being forced to pick sides between the GOP’s powerful business interests.Read full article >>

This profile from Chuck Schumer’s first Senate run is a must read.

Fri, 2015-03-27 14:06
New York Sen. Chuck Schumer (D) is having a moment. He is widely considered the top candidate to replace retiring Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, and has already received several high-profile endorsements.Read full article >>

The Fix: The best late-night jokes about Ted Cruz

Fri, 2015-03-27 14:03
Ted Cruz announced he's running president on Monday, and late-night comics had their fun with it. Jimmy Fallon, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, and Seth Meyers all cracked jokes about the Texas Republican this week.Read full article >>

President Obama calls into Harry Reid radio interview: ‘We’ve had a great run’

Fri, 2015-03-27 13:49
President Obama and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid waxed nostalgic Friday during an on-air radio interview in which the president praised the retiring senator’s “curmudgeonly charm” and famous work ethic.Read full article >>

The Fix: DC: Harry Reid is retiring! America: Who is Harry Reid?

Fri, 2015-03-27 13:34
Up on Capitol Hill, it's a day of unusual drama: The long-standing head of the Senate Democratic caucus has announced his planned retirement, setting off the expected jostling and positioning. But leaving Capitol Hill, one might safely assume that interest drops off nearly as suddenly as Independence Avenue. A huge number of Americans, repeated polling has shown, aren't really aware of who this Harry Reid person is.Read full article >>

GOP congressman: Ted Cruz backers are making boorish phone calls to my office

Fri, 2015-03-27 12:41
Rep. Peter D. King (R-N.Y.) is not a fan of Sen. Ted Cruz, the Texas senator, newly announced presidential candidate, and fellow Republican."To me, he's just a guy with a big mouth and no results," he told CNN this week.Read full article >>

What Harry Reid’s retirement means for the 2016 Senate majority battle

Fri, 2015-03-27 12:37
Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid's decision to retire rather than run for another term in 2016 could complicate Democratic efforts to retain his seat -- and, by extension, the party's fight to retake the Senate majority.Read full article >>