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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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Clinton teases about a woman president at Emily’s List gala

Thu, 2015-03-05 00:04
Likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton got a whooping round of applause from a friendly audience on Tuesday for a sly reference to her not-yet-official candidacy, but did not tip her hand about when she will make it official.Read full article >>

The falling pocketbook and the lawmaker it almost knocked out

Tue, 2015-03-03 22:30
Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson is used to throwing money at politicians. But purses?The casino magnate and his wife, Miriam, were in the House gallery for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday when Miriam Adelson’s bag fell and almost clocked Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.).Read full article >>






Clinton isn’t first senior government leader to use personal e-mail for official business

Tue, 2015-03-03 21:35
Hillary Rodham Clinton was not the first senior government leader to conduct official business on personal e-mail, a practice that — while discouraged — apparently became widespread enough that Congress tightened rules on its use late last year.Read full article >>






House passes bill fully funding the Department of Homeland Security

Tue, 2015-03-03 21:04
House Speaker John A. Boehner surrendered Tuesday to Democratic demands to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a tense three-month showdown over immigration. But the move could further strain relations between the speaker and hard-line conservatives, whose growing dissent threatens the future of the unified Republican majority.Read full article >>






Netanyahu says U.S. is on verge of ‘bad deal’ with Iran over nuclear program

Tue, 2015-03-03 19:48
In a rousing speech before Congress punctuated by more than 40 bursts of applause, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday assailed the Obama administration’s nuclear negotiations with Iran, asserting that the United States was on the verge of making “a bad deal.”Read full article >>






Federal Diary: Report says procedures put a chilling effect on potential FBI whistleblowers

Tue, 2015-03-03 19:46
Jane Turner loved being a FBI agent.It had been her dream job since she was 13, and she had been a good agent during her 25 years with the bureau.But once she became a whistleblower, the FBI turned on her like mob turns on a snitch, by her telling. She wasn’t killed, but her career was.Read full article >>






Clinton’s e-mail practices contrary to official guidance

Tue, 2015-03-03 19:27
Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to have operated in violation of what the White House said Tuesday was “very specific guidance” that members of the Obama administration use government e-mail accounts to carry out official business.Read full article >>






Netanyahu makes his case on Iran deal, but to audiences with limited leverage

Tue, 2015-03-03 19:10
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was speaking to any number of audiences Tuesday with his landmark speech to Congress warning against a “bad deal” with Iran.Most of those listening, however, have only glancing authority to stop the deal or influence negotiations now nearing a deadline.Read full article >>






The falling pocketbook and the lawmaker it almost knocked out

Tue, 2015-03-03 18:48
Republican megadonor Sheldon Adelson is used to throwing money at politicians. But purses?The casino magnate and his wife, Miriam, were in the House gallery for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Tuesday when Miriam Adelson’s bag fell and almost clocked Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.).Read full article >>






The Fix: This group wants to banish Andrew Jackson from the $20 and replace him with a woman

Tue, 2015-03-03 18:31
Andrew Jackson's portrait has held its place on the $20 bill since Jackson replaced Grover Cleveland in 1928. For the organizers of Women on $20s, that's quite long enough. "A woman's place is on the money," the Women on $20s campaign says. The new group has come up with a list of 15 women it would like to see on the $20 bill instead, including Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt and Harriet Tubman.Read full article >>






The Fix: 5 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Tue, 2015-03-03 18:00
1. Chris Christie's comeback tour, The Weekly Standard.2. How the presidential press conference has become useless, CJR.3. You know you want to know exactly what happened when Conrad Hilton was on that airplane, GQ has got the details.Read full article >>






The Fix: Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech was almost long enough to reach the top of the Capitol dome

Tue, 2015-03-03 17:39
As Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to speak on Tuesday, viewers would be forgiven for assuming that they had a long slog in front of them. As BuzzFeed's Dorsey Shaw put it in a tweet:Read full article >>






In the Loop: The time Sheldon Adelson’s wife dropped her purse on a congressman from the House gallery

Tue, 2015-03-03 16:32
Republican mega donor Sheldon Adelson is used to throwing money at politicians. But purses?The casino magnate and his wife Miriam were in the House gallery for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday when her bag fell and almost clocked Rep. Brad Ashford (D-Neb.).Read full article >>






The Fix: There are good reasons not to save every e-mail sent by public officials. The reasons to do so are better still.

Tue, 2015-03-03 16:03
The revelation that Hillary Clinton used a personal e-mail account during her tenure as secretary of state has drawn attention to an area of public transparency that, most would agree, is still in an evolutionary period. Among the questions that the new reports spurred is this: Should we mandate that all written communication between public officials be preserved?Read full article >>






The Fix: John Danforth blasted political bullying in a moving eulogy

Tue, 2015-03-03 15:12
A funeral for Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich, who committed suicide last week amid a whisper campaign about his Jewish heritage, was held Tuesday. Former senator John Danforth, a political mentor of Schweich's, delivered a stirring eulogy for his protege that doubled as a condemnation of political bullying.Read full article >>






Complete text of Obama’s remarks after Netanyahu speech

Tue, 2015-03-03 15:07
President Obama spoke to reporters after Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress earlier Tuesday.OBAMA: Tell me when everybody's in. Everybody's all set? All right.Well, this is going to be the first opportunity that I have to get an extensive debriefing from Secretary Carter, who took a trip last week to Afghanistan and other parts of the region. He'll be giving me some impressions about how we're planning our drawdown and transition in Afghanistan. And talk about some other regional issues.Read full article >>






GovBeat: The astonishing state-by-state rise in food stamp reliance

Tue, 2015-03-03 14:51
The share of households on food stamps has more than doubled since 2000, a new Census Bureau report finds.From 2000 to 2013, the share of households receiving aid through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has grown from 6.2 percent to 13.5 percent nationally. What was once a program providing aid to 1 in 16 Americans is now helping 1 in 8.Read full article >>






The Fix: Clinton defeats Axelrod! (In book sales.)

Tue, 2015-03-03 14:30
By one key standard, David Axelrod's recently released book "Believer: My forty years in politics" was more successful than Hillary Clinton's "Hard Choices," which came out last summer. Subjectively speaking, Axelrod's book had more of the sort of small-bite revelations that pique the public's attention: President Obama misrepresented his position on gay marriage, he was mad about Mitt Romney's concession call in 2012, he got an early look at an iPhone. Clinton's book, on the other hand, was often considered ... a bit dry. The sort of thing someone might write if they wanted to play it safe before running for office.Read full article >>






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