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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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Plans for UCLA visit give rare glimpse into Hillary Clinton’s paid speaking career

47 min 45 sec ago

When officials at the University of California at Los Angeles began negotiating a $300,000 speech appearance by Hillary Rodham Clinton, the school had one request: Could we get a reduced rate for public universities?

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GovBeat: Oregon is the Best State in America

1 hour 18 min ago

Americans are becoming beer snobs. For the first time, craft breweries produced more barrels of beer than Budweiser did, according to figures for 2013 published by Beer Marketer’s Insights and reported by the Wall Street Journal.

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This Thanksgiving ad attacks Obama for two minutes straight (VIDEO)

1 hour 45 min ago

A conservative super PAC is marking the Thanksgiving holiday by releasing a two-minute ad that relentlessly attacks President Obama's record.

The Conservative War Chest ad, released Wednesday, is designed to help Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the front-runner against Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in next month's U.S. Senate runoff. But there is no mention of Cassidy until his name flashes onscreen at the very end.

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A short history of President Obama’s recent heckler encounters

3 hours 37 min ago

Thanksgiving is a holiday that features food, family and, let's face it, a fair amount of infighting, bickering and blaming, especially after Uncle Steve has had a few cocktails.

In the seasonal spirit, it's worth noting that President Obama has been on the receiving end of quite a few unpleasant encounters lately: by our count, he has been interrupted during at least five speeches in the past six weeks -- sometimes several times in a single appearance.

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Obama thinks ‘turkeys don’t have the best looking heads.’ He pardoned a pair of them anyway.

5 hours 6 min ago

President Obama undertook what he said will be his "most talked about executive action this month" Wednesday.

No, not that one.

The president pardoned two turkeys Wednesday afternoon in what has become an annual White House Thanksgiving tradition. The turkeys, "Mac" and "Cheese," have been spared a cranberry sauce-garnished future and will instead live out the rest of their days at a 1,000 acre turkey paradise in Virginia.

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In chairman fight, Jeff Sessions is battling his perception on immigration debate

5 hours 25 min ago

Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) were elected to the Senate on the same day in 1996, but Enzi holds seniority over his longtime friend through a totally random feature of party rules: They drew names out of a hat.

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In the Loop: At 22, Cory Booker wrote a column about Rodney King. He could have written it today.

5 hours 32 min ago

When Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) was a graduate student at Stanford, he wrote a newspaper column describing his anger after a jury found police officers not guilty in the beating of Rodney King in 1992.

“I’m a black man. I am 6 feet 3 inches tall and 230 pounds, just like King. Do I scare you? Am I a threat? Does your fear justify your actions? Twelve people believed it did,” Booker wrote more than 20 years ago.

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The Fix: Black Friday is America’s premier gun-buying day

6 hours 19 min ago

There is probably a place, somewhere in the country, where people are already camped out in front of a Cabela's, waiting for Friday at 6 a.m. so that they can go in and get a discount on a new firearm. Of the 10 days on which the FBI has conducted the most background checks since December 1998, two are the last two Black Fridays.

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GovBeat: California bill would require retailers, restaurants to pay their employees double on holidays

6 hours 26 min ago

A California lawmaker said she will introduce a bill that would double the pay of employees who work over Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“I’ve watched how the retailers and restaurateurs continue to expand their hours and open up on these holidays that are traditionally family holidays,” Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez told the Sacramento Bee. “What people are being called in to do now is a real slap in the face of family values, frankly.”

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The Fix: What we talk about when we talk about talking about politics at Thanksgiving

7 hours 45 min ago

There is a set script to Thanksgiving, part of the reason the holiday feels so comforting. We eat stuffing and complain about the traffic. We see family we haven't seen since the last time we ate stuffing. Someone brings up politics and is either met with a fight or shushes or a mixed chorus of both. We eat pie and morph into stuffing, stuffing that can do little but watch football and continue sneaking bites of pie.

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In chairman fight, Jeff Sessions is battling his perception on immigration debate

8 hours 18 min ago

Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) were elected to the Senate on the same day in 1996, but Enzi holds seniority over his longtime friend through a totally random feature of party rules: They drew names out of a hat.

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The Fix: How to be hyperpartisan this Thanksgiving: Eat what the presidents ate

8 hours 18 min ago

A tweet from the National Archives caught our attention this morning, showing a marked-up version of the 1977 White House Thanksgiving menu. "Jimmy," it notes, referring to President Carter, "doesn't especially like green peas."

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Monkey Cage: Why the ‘war on women’ failed in 2014

8 hours 24 min ago

According to pundits, the Democratic Party overplayed the “war on women” narrative in the 2014 midterm election, and this helped the GOP win key Senate and gubernatorial races, including in states carried easily by Obama in 2012.  In that election, the birth control mandate in the Affordable Care Act — a crucial aspect of the war on women rhetoric — was hotly debated.

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In the Loop: Flying with a turkey and other Thanksgiving travel tips

8 hours 35 min ago

It’s the day before Thanksgiving, otherwise known as the busiest travel day of the year (and the biggest party night of the year.)

If you’re flying Wednesday for the holiday, the Transportation Security Administration is here to remind you what you can, and cannot, bring with you on an airplane.

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Democrats have been fighting since the midterms. A lot. Let us count the ways.

8 hours 55 min ago

Since Election Day, Democrats have turned from battling the GOP to fighting...each other. Losing begets grumbling, finger-pointing and blame, and there's been plenty to go around. (Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!)

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The Fix: Watch John Oliver, Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert celebrate the Thanksgiving turkey pardon

8 hours 55 min ago

Happy almost Thanksgiving! If you follow the rules, Wednesday won't involve talking about politics at all (good luck with that!), but if you need to get it out of your system, here are some comedy show segments on the White House turkey pardon.

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Justice Ginsburg has cardiac stent implanted, expected to be in hospital 2 days

9 hours 15 min ago

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized Tuesday night and had a stent placed in her right coronary artery Wednesday morning, a Supreme Court spokeswoman said.

Ginsburg, 81, the court’s oldest justice, is expected to be released within 48 hours, according to spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg.

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A half million signups during HealthCare.gov’s first week

9 hours 35 min ago

Nearly a half-million people chose health plans through HealthCare.gov during the first week of the online insurance marketplace’s second open-enrollment period, federal health officials announced on Wednesday.

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