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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 >>
At the dawn of the 21st century, the Vietnamese were the most authoritarian people in the world, according to the World Values Survey. Ninety-nine percent of the survey’s respondents in Vietnam in 2001 said they favored military rule. So did 96 percent of the survey’s sample in Indonesia and five sixths of respondents in Albania in 1998 and Iran in 2000. In the next round of the survey only a few years later, however, only a third of the samples in Vietnam and Iran supported military rule, and only one eighth in Albania. Of the four most authoritarian countries from the previous round, only Indonesia remained consistent at 95 percent.Read full article >>
In six states —Idaho, Maine, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming — drivers can get up to 75 miles per hour on urban interstates, and oftentimes even faster on rural ones.
States have been able to set their own speed limits since 1995, when the federal government repealed the 55 miles per hour National Maximum Speed Limit. Since then, 35 states have raised their speed limits to 70 miles per hour or higher on at least some places, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association.Read full article >>
The primary season is (almost) over. But some of the ads were too good to forget. So while we await the onslaught of general election ads, here are some of the most successful from the primary campaigns.Read full article >>
The status of working women is strongest in the Northeast, the region home to many of the most-equal states by employment and earnings, according to a national analysis.
Massachusetts had the highest score among states, according to the analysis of four factors conducted by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. (D.C. scored even higher, though many argue it is better compared to other cities.) All but four of the 10 highest-scoring states — Maryland, Minnesota, Colorado and Virginia — were in the Northeast. Sixteen states earned a B- or higher. West Virginia ranked dead last and, along with Alabama, received an F. The composite scores, excluding D.C., ranged from 68.5 to 90.5, on a hundred-point scale.Read full article >>
Want to help outgoing Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Tex.) stick it to House leadership for his final months in Congress?
The conservative firebrand is seeking unpaid interns this fall, but he has very specific criteria to receive the honor of sharing office space with “the House’s most unique and courageous conservative.”Read full article >>
Illinois gubernatorial candidate and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner (R) is wealthier than you. Ha ha, you say, how do you know? And I answer: Because he belongs to a wine club that costs as much as $150,000 to join. For wine. Which -- a wealthy person like yourself may not be aware -- sells at Trader Joe's for a little over two dollars. (Editor's note: While Philip may drink two dollar wine, he does not speak -- or imbibe -- for all of us.)Read full article >>
Former House majority leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) resigned from Congress at the beginning of August, and now -- only a month later -- he already has a new gig. The Wall Street Journal reported overnight that Cantor is joining a Wall Street investment bank. He will make more than double his congressional salary. Cantor isn't alone in having to unexpectedly change career plans thanks to a forced exit from politics. Here's a look at other once familiar faces who've moved on to greener (or at least other) pastures.Read full article >>
Remember back in April when the Supreme Court struck down the total contribution limit for individual donors?
Well, lots (and lots) of wealthy individuals have taken advantage of their new freedom to give to as many candidates as they like -- all while staying within the federal contribution limits to each of those candidates. According to the WaPo's indispensable Matea Gold: "More than 300 donors have seized the opportunity, writing checks at such a furious pace that they have exceeded the old limit of $123,200 for this election cycle, according to campaign finance data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research organization."Read full article >>
Two former U.S. senators -- Republican Majority Leader Trent Lott and Democrat John Breaux -- are now working as lobbyists for the Russian-owned Gazprombank, according to a Friday filing. That bank, controlled by the Russian state-owned Gazprom energy company, was a target of U.S. sanctions in July.Read full article >>
Remember Solyndra? It was a solar company that failed in 2011 after having received loan guarantees from the government and a vocal endorsement from President Obama. To Republicans, it best epitomized the failures of the administration -- at least, until the September 11, 2012, attacks on the American facilities in Benghazi, Libya, which then best epitomized those failures. Soon after, the Healthcare.gov website rolled out with four flat tires, becoming the best epitome of Obama's policies yet.Read full article >>
A U.S. Border Patrol agent chasing illegal immigrants on Friday fired several shots at an armed man who later identified himself as a militia member, heightening concerns about an influx of uninvited volunteers who have flocked to the Southwest border in recent weeks.Read full article >>
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. -- Senators from the same state usually go out of their way to maintain healthy relationships with each other, even if they are in different parties. But the Colorado Republican hoping to oust Sen. Mark Udall (D) takes a dim view of his state's other Democratic senator, whom he hopes to serve alongside.Read full article >>
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Tuesday that the administration would examine the video that purports to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff by Islamic militants.
If confirmed, Sotloff would be the second U.S. journalist killed by the Islamic State terrorist organization in the past month. In late August, Sotloff's mother made an impassioned public plea for her son's life.Read full article >>
Texas’s attorney general wants the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on a five-year fight over specialty Confederate flag license plates.
The plates were sponsored five years ago last month by the Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, a nonprofit group that describes itself as “neither political nor sectional” and “strives to honor and keep alive the memory of the Confederacy and the principles for which Confederates fought.” Supporters of such groups say they are simply celebrating those who fought for state’s rights, while critics say doing so ignores the involvement of those states in slavery.Read full article >>
The Alaska governor's race probably hasn't been on your list of must-follows for the fall. But as of right now, it should be.
In short: the Democratic nominee and an independent candidate are poised to team up for a unity campaign bent on unseating Gov. Sean Parnell (R). The deal needs to be finalized by today, and still there's an outside chance it could still fall through. But it certainly looks like things are headed in the direction of a joint ticket.Read full article >>