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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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Obama pushes for turnout boost in tight Maine gubernatorial race

Thu, 2014-10-30 20:54

PORTLAND, Maine — President Obama called on a crowd at the Portland Expo center Thursday night to elect Democrat Mike Michaud, currently in a tight race to unseat GOP Gov. Paul LePage.

And he waxed, in his own words, “wistful” about his final lap on the campaign trail as president, again urging people to reject the cynicism of Washington, as he has this year in campaign stops across the country. “Cynicism is a choice you make,” he said. “It’s being fed to you all the time. Don’t accept it.”

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On Obama’s Asia trip, members of media will have to pay $60,000 each for flights

Thu, 2014-10-30 20:50

President Obama’s trip to Asia next month should prove to be reasonably newsworthy, given its regional summit meetings in China and Burma and a stopover in Australia. For the news media, however, there is a more immediate concern: the heart-stopping cost of covering the president’s travels.

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A roundup of news from across the nation

Thu, 2014-10-30 20:48

california

City can eliminate debt, judge says

A judge on Thursday approved a plan by Stockton, one of the largest cities to declare bankruptcy, to eliminate more than $2 billion in long-term debt payments without touching its massive pension obligations.

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Federal Diary: Hatch Act limits feds, but they still can participate in many political activities

Thu, 2014-10-30 20:44

The last weekend before Election Day is prime time for campaigning.

That’s good for people who want to give a final push to their candidate, but it can be a confusing time for federal employees covered by the Hatch Act.

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In the Loop: Watchdogs wary of being watched

Thu, 2014-10-30 20:11

Battling some recent bad press, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Inspector General determined it wasn’t the best time for a trip abroad.

A week after The Washington Post broke news that the office had changed internal audits to remove negative findings about USAID programs, the OIG called off a three-day leadership meeting next week in Frankfurt, Germany.

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The Fix: 9 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Thu, 2014-10-30 19:44

1, Matea Gold looks at the donors giving money like crazy to the Republican Governors Association -- which gives them the opportunity to hang out with these potential presidential candidates frequently too.

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Milton Wolf grits his teeth and endorses Pat Roberts

Thu, 2014-10-30 18:00

Milton Wolf, the tea party challenger who spent most of this year trying to unseat Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) has finally endorsed his primary opponent.

But if Roberts was looking for a ringing endorsement, this isn't it.

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Federal Eye: Another Fast and Furious? U.S. attorneys declined to charge suspected grenade smuggler

Thu, 2014-10-30 17:57

U.S. law enforcement officials passed up multiple opportunities to arrest and indict an American who was eventually charged in Mexico with transporting grenade parts from the United States to drug cartels, according to a government review.

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Michelle Obama was heckled again. She played it cool this time.

Thu, 2014-10-30 17:48

NEW HAVEN, Conn. --  It happened again. Michelle Obama was heckled.

The first lady, who has been dropping into close Senate and gubernatorial races to rally Democratic voters, stopped by a campaign event for Gov. Dan Malloy (D) and found a rowdy crowd waiting for her.

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Obama does radio ad for suddenly vulnerable House Democrat

Thu, 2014-10-30 17:27

It's a rare find this midterm campaign: An ad from President Obama on behalf of a Democrat in danger of losing to a Republican.

But that's what you'll find in Nevada's 4th district, where Obama just cut a radio ad for Rep. Steven Horsford (D), who is battling a late flurry of Republican outside spending against him.

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The Fix: How racial appeals to black voters have changed — and worsened — under Obama

Thu, 2014-10-30 16:35

Making appeals based on race is not new in politics. It can be subtle, like the posters of President Obama sitting in a barber's chair that hung in black barbershops in 2008. Or it can be overt and bordering on offensive, like the lynching images left on the car windows of black churchgoers in North Carolina. (For their part, conservatives in the state are running ads that ask this question: “Does Kay Hagan care that 1 out of 3 babies aborted in America are black?”)

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Monkey Cage: In defense of U.S. funding for area studies

Thu, 2014-10-30 16:08

In 2013, the Monkey Cage led the charge against the attempt by congressional appropriators to eliminate National Science Foundation funding for political science. These days, area studies supported by Title VI of the Higher Education Act are in the crosshairs. The unique Middle East politics of the threat to Title VI should not distract from the common issues in play with another political challenge to federal support for scholarship.

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The Fix: Graphs can be made to show anything, campaign ads edition

Thu, 2014-10-30 16:02

I l i k e g r a p h s . And, obviously, I write about politics for a living, so when an ad backing Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D) popped up during the (lamentable, horrible) defeat of the (noble, honorable) Kansas City Royals in the World Series on Wednesday night, I couldn't help but notice the graph that was prominently featured, trumpeting the sudden drop in the state's murder rate.

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The Fix: 12 things the Republican Party can learn from Domino’s pizza

Thu, 2014-10-30 15:40

I don't know anything about brands. Like, zero things. For instance, I feel like admitting my St. Louis Cardinals fandom is pretty bad for my personal brand, and yet here I am, tweeting about it like a dope. Man. I could learn so much from Domino's.

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GovBeat: The likely next governor of Texas is full of Lone Star swagger. Don’t be surprised if he runs for president.

Thu, 2014-10-30 15:38

AUSTIN — The governor of Texas is not legally required to possess a supreme amount of self-confidence, but a law like that might as well be on the books. Sam Houston governed the state. The last two incumbents, George W. Bush and Rick Perry, ran for president.

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The Fix: I covered Tom Menino’s last year in office. Here’s what he taught me.

Thu, 2014-10-30 15:30

It was the second week of my job covering city and politics at the Boston Globe, and I was convinced I was about to get myself fired.

In 90 minutes, Senate candidates Ed Markey and Gabriel Gomez were going to face off in one of their first televised debates in western Massachusetts. But I was still in  the newsroom, more than an hour and a half away, in Boston, glued to the TV. Why? Because the night before, the news had broken that longtime Boston Mayor Tom Menino had decided not to seek reelection. And now throngs of political insiders were gathered in Faneuil Hall to watch Menino make it official. I couldn't stop watching.

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In the Loop: Never too early for 2016 incumbents to start the money race

Thu, 2014-10-30 14:40

In modern day politics, there is absolutely no lag time between campaign cycles.

In fact, in the hours before election results begin rolling in Tuesday night, one U.S. senator will be collecting checks for his 2016 reelection.

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GovBeat: Wyoming is the Best State in America

Thu, 2014-10-30 14:21

Governors love nothing more than bragging about their states, especially if it helps them attract new jobs.

The next time Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) tries to woo businesses, he’ll have a new selling point: The nonpartisan Tax Foundation says Wyoming’s business tax climate is the best in the nation.

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