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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 >>
A federal lawsuit alleges that police in Ferguson and St. Louis County used excessive force and falsely arrested innocent bystanders amid attempts to quell widespread unrest after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.Read full article >>
One of the first steps to rebuilding confidence in the scandal-plagued Department of Veterans Affairs is getting enough of the right people to do the job.
VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald is trying to do that by launching a new recruitment effort to boost the number of medical professionals.Read full article >>
Brooke Levine knew her way around a BB gun by age 8. At 12, she was getting out of chores and earning extra allowance by out-shooting her father. For her high school yearbook last year, “Bull’s-eye Brookie” chose a photo of herself peering down the sight of a lime-green AR15 rifle.Read full article >>
Republicans are considering taking legal action against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) to question whether she is a resident of Louisiana, arguing that her $2.5 million home just four blocks from the U.S. Capitol is her primary residence.Read full article >>
The federal probe that resulted in a guilty plea this week by a former Iowa state senator who was secretly paid to endorse two Republican presidential candidates in the 2012 campaign is ongoing -- and could implicate the political operatives who were involved in routing payments to him, according to people familiar with the case.Read full article >>
The White House has nominated Michael Botticelli to be director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy.
Botticelli has held the position on an acting basis since March.
Botticelli, 56, is a recovering alcoholic. He is now nominated to permanently head an office whose directors have included included physicians, law enforcement officials and a general.Read full article >>
The nation’s largest food industry trade group said Wednesday it will roll out a series of initiatives to address growing concerns among consumers and the Food and Drug Administration about the safety of chemicals that often are secretly added to food with no vetting by the federal government.Read full article >>
President Obama delivered the following remarks Aug. 28 at the White House on the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, as well as the economy. Transcript courtesy of Federal News Service.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good afternoon, everybody. I want to say a few words on a number of topic and take a few questions before the long Labor Day weekendRead full article >>
President Obama said Thursday he has not decided on stepped-up military action against the Islamic State in Iraq or Syria, cautioning that he remains committed to a strategy that protects U.S. interests and builds broader partnerships to combat the threat posed by the militant group.Read full article >>
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), a conservative favorite, will soon visit Iowa to support the re-election campaign of the state’s governor.
Pence’s trip, set for Sept. 8, is the latest sign that he is considering a 2016 presidential bid.Read full article >>
Pennsylvania won federal approval to expand its Medicaid program to nearly 500,000 low-income adults on Thursday, becoming the ninth state led by a Republican governor to join the expansion under the president’s health-care law.Read full article >>
Gambling revenue has fallen from last year in several cities across Nevada, but a $25 million increase from the Las Vegas Strip and a particularly lucrative card game is buoying the statewide figure.
“The Strip has had five consecutive monthly increases,” Michael Lawton, senior research analyst for the Nevada Gaming Control Board, told The Post. “It’s being driven by baccarat.”Read full article >>
In March 2002, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act -- commonly known as McCain-Feingold for its two lead Senate sponsors -- became law. It sought to make political donations far more transparent and to keep unregulated "soft" money out of the political process. A decade removed from the law's passage -- and in the wake of the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court ruling in 2010 -- vastly more untraceable money is flowing through the system than ever before.Read full article >>
Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, weighing in for the first time on the controversial shooting death of Michael Brown, said Thursday that she grieves for both Brown's family and his community, and she urged Americans to strive for better than the chaotic aftermath of the shooting in Brown's hometown of Ferguson, Mo.Read full article >>
GOP outside groups Crossroads GPS and the American Action Network put together an internal report on the Republican Party's problems with women, and they came to many of the same conclusions as those who have been criticizing the party for years.Read full article >>
NEW ORLEANS — In Washington, Sen. Mary Landrieu lives in a stately, $2.5 million brick manse she and her husband built on Capitol Hill.
Here in Louisiana, however, the Democrat does not have a home of her own. She is registered to vote at a large bungalow in New Orleans that her parents have lived in for many decades, according to a Washington Post review of Landrieu’s federal financial disclosures and local property and voting records.Read full article >>