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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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Monkey Cage: Sorry, Matt Bai, but I don’t think Gary Hart was gonna get elected president in 1988

1 hour 55 min ago

In the context of a fascinating, detailed account of the sex scandal that ended the presidential candidacy of Gary Hart, political journalist Matt Bai writes:

Back then, Hart was as close to a lock for the nomination — and likely the presidency — as any challenger of the modern era. According to Gallup, Hart had a double-digit lead over the rest of the potential Democratic field among Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents. In a preview of the general election against the presumed Republican nominee, Vice President George H. W. Bush, Hart was polling over 50 percent among registered voters and beating Bush by 13 points, with only 11 percent saying they were undecided. He would have been very hard to stop. Read full article >>






For midterms, Karl Rove says GOP has enthusiasm advantage, Democrats have cash advantage

2 hours 17 min ago

Although most of the Sunday shows devoted their time to unpacking the United States' strategy for combating the Islamic State, a bit of handicapping for the upcoming midterm elections was inevitable. On Fox News Sunday, Republican strategist Karl Rove and Democratic strategist Joe Trippi went through the Senate races and said how they thought things stood as of Sept. 21.

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The Fix: Mary Landrieu wants your vote — and will help you keg-stand in order to get it

3 hours 5 min ago
No, really. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) poured beer into the mouth of a dude doing a keg stand today pic.twitter.com/RVwkBYt5QR

It almost feels criminal to put anything in this post except for that tweet, but here's a little context.

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Dianne Feinstein on domestic abuse in the NFL: ‘There is no place for this. Period.’

3 hours 23 min ago

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) went on CBS's "Face the Nation" on Sunday and urged the National Football League to make sure there are substantial repercussions in cases of domestic abuse.

The main point of her appearance? “There is no place for this. Period."

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Which is more dysfunctional, the U.N. or Congress? Samantha Power says, ‘No comment.’

3 hours 35 min ago

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power went on several Sunday shows to discuss the world's plans to tackle the rise of the Islamic State before President Obama's speaks to the international organization on Wednesday. Obama will be convening a Head of State Summit with the Security Council, which as Power noted, is "a very rare thing in the history of the U.N. Security Council."

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The 12 governor’s races most likely to produce a switch in party control

3 hours 50 min ago

Sick of parsing whether Republicans will win the six seats they need to take over the Senate? Bored with the House, where the only question is how big the GOP majority will be in 2015? Then it’s time for you to start paying attention to the 36(!) governors races on the ballot this fall — where incumbents of both parties are in deep trouble.

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Tony Blair: We’ll need boots on the ground against Islamic State — possibly from West

5 hours 46 min ago

Former British prime minister Tony Blair went on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning to discuss the threat of the Islamic State and the role he believes Europe and the United States will have to play in combating the al-Qaeda-inspired extremist group.

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Monkey Cage: Why not Biden?

Sat, 2014-09-20 20:28

Ezra Klein is wondering why Joe Biden is trailing Hillary Clinton by 44 points in early match-ups for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. It’s a good question, especially since, as Ezra notes, Biden has been, by just about any measure, a good vice president. He’s served his president faithfully and been an effective cheerleader for party and administration priorities.

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Balz: Texas has become epicenter of conservative movement

Sat, 2014-09-20 20:15

AUSTIN — Twenty years ago this November, Texas elected George P. Bush’s uncle as governor. That election cemented Republicans in power in the Lone Star State after a steady period of ascendance.

Democrats haven’t won a statewide elective office since and their candidates for governor (state Sen. Wendy Davis) and lieutenant governor (state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte) are currently seen here in Texas as underdogs this fall.

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Secret Service reviews White House security after fence-jumper enters mansion

Sat, 2014-09-20 20:11

The Secret Service on Saturday launched a security review to learn how a man carrying a knife was able to get inside the front door of the White House Friday night after jumping a fence and sprinting more than 70 yards across the North Lawn — the first time that has ever happened.

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No evidence that McCain met with Islamic State members

Sat, 2014-09-20 17:52

“Here’s the problem. He [Sen. John McCain] did meet with ISIS, and had his picture taken, and didn’t know it was happening at the time.”

—Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in an interview with The Daily Beast, Sept. 16

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Federal Eye: Patent official says fraudulent time is ‘unacceptable’ and will be met with ‘disciplinary action’

Sat, 2014-09-20 12:28

The head of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office told all agency employees on Friday that time and attendance fraud is “unacceptable” and will be met with disciplinary action, an about-face from a morale-boosting voice-mail message she left on their office phones in August, a day after The Washington Post reported on fraudulent practices.

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The Fix: We are nowhere near Peak Biden

Sat, 2014-09-20 08:00

Vice President Biden had a bad week. By objective standards, that is.

Of course Biden, being Biden, probably isn't overly concerned about offering up four weird comments of varying levels of cringey-ness over the course of three days. But for any other politician, we would be considerably more surprised by why just happened. Shocked, even.

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In the Loop: These days, Democrats aren’t talking much about Obama in congressional speeches

Sat, 2014-09-20 08:00

When President Obama took office in 2009, congressional Democrats were euphoric. With control of the House, Senate and the White House, and high public approval for their new party standard bearer, Democrats eagerly embraced Obama and all the long-awaited policy initiatives he’d surely help them achieve.

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Federal Eye: ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is over. But challenges remain for LGBT veterans and service members

Sat, 2014-09-20 08:00

Three years ago, the military ended the 18-year ban on gays serving openly in the military, a policy known as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

It was an emotional milestone eagerly anticipated by gay rights activists around the country and watched around the world.

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GovBeat: Prisons in these 17 states are over capacity

Sat, 2014-09-20 08:00

The number of Americans in state and federal prisons has exploded over the last three decades, to the point that nearly one in every 200 people is behind bars. And though the rate of growth has slowed, and even declined over the last five years, the tough-on-crime policies and longer sentences that have sent prison rates skyward present a huge problem for states: Where do they put all those people?

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Congressional Debriefing: Some lawmakers question quick approval of military action

Fri, 2014-09-19 20:40

Before the U.S. military attacked Saddam Hussein’s forces in 1991, Congress spent months considering its approval of the war. Twelve years later, another attack on Iraq came after three weeks of debate and intensive negotiations.

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Former Conn. governor convicted of conspiring to hide payments

Fri, 2014-09-19 20:10

CONNECTICUT

Ex-governor guilty of hiding payments

Former governor John G. Rowland (R), who resigned from office a decade ago in a corruption scandal, was convicted Friday of federal charges that he conspired to hide payment he received for work on two congressional campaigns.

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