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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: Paying for Israel’s wars

1 hour 37 min ago

While the mounting human losses in the current battle between Hamas and Israel rightly preoccupy the world, the financial costs of Israel’s three-week long war with Gaza are also astonishing. According to one estimate, rockets from Gaza will potentially cost Israel about $30 million in direct damage (and at this point, three civilian lives lost), while the Israel Defense Forces’ (IDF) response will cost about $1 billion. Why do Israelis accept paying these financial costs of the war for a relatively small direct threat?

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The Fix: Coming soon: A campaign run entirely by super PACs

1 hour 52 min ago

Three-quarters of the money spent on behalf of Chris McDaniel's failed bid for the Republican nomination for Senate in Mississippi came from outside political action committees (PACs). That money, from groups like the Club for Growth and FreedomWorks, accounted for 36 percent of the funds spent by both sides combined.

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Federal Eye: Watchdog: DOD workers with security clearances owe $730 million in taxes

2 hours 9 min ago

More than 80,000 Defense Department employees and contractors with security clearances owed $730 million in unpaid federal taxes as of June 2012, according to Congress’s nonpartisan watchdog agency.

The Government Accountability Office released a report on Monday that said about 31 percent of the tax-delinquent workers already owed money to the government when they were issued security clearances.

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GovBeat: More than a fifth of the population in 17 states received Social Security benefits last year

2 hours 13 min ago

More than a fifth of the population in 17 states received social security benefits last year, according to recent data from the Social Security Administration.

The data, published earlier this month, offers a state-by-state view of the program’s beneficiaries and payouts as of December 2013. On Monday, a new, official report from the Social Security Board of Trustees predicted the program will have enough money to pay all the retirement and disability benefits it owes until 2033.

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The Fix: The nine lives of Sarah Palin

2 hours 16 min ago

Sick of the “media filter”? Have $99.95 to spare? Sarah Palin has the answer with The Sarah Palin Channel, a new Web site full of news, videos, chats and exclusive insights into the life of the mamma grizzly. This new venture is the latest attempt to capitalize on Brand Palin, which has been through several iterations over the years. In fact, Palin has a remarkable ability to reinvent herself, both in politics and the media, when a venture comes to a halt. Here are nine times that Palin has managed to turn her hand at a new venture.

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Appeals court upholds decision overturning Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban

2 hours 22 min ago

A federal appeals court panel on Monday upheld a decision that said Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

By a 2 to 1 vote, a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in Richmond said that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed under the Constitution regardless of sexual orientation.

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In the Loop: Obama’s next career could be as a stock analyst

2 hours 26 min ago

President Obama has been roundly criticized throughout his presidency for all manner of alleged failings and missteps, including “Fast and Furious.” Benghazi, IRS targeting of conservative groups and lost e-mails, the Veterans Affairs Department, Obamacare and, of course, “The Big Glitch,” in the Affordable Care Act’s rollout.

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The Fix: Things probably won’t get better for President Obama. Here’s why.

2 hours 31 min ago

There are now 99 days until the 2014 election, and Democrats are facing a very tough Senate landscape. Not helping matters: They're saddled with have a pretty unpopular Democratic president in a lot of red states.

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The Fix: Ten years ago today, America met a guy named Barack Obama

2 hours 36 min ago

Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of President Obama's national debut at the Democratic National Convention. He was tasked with giving the keynote address at the 2004 event.

He told a New York Times reporter the week before the convention, ''It came as a surprise that I'd be selected for such a privileged position. As my wife reminds me, I better not screw it up.''

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If the Chamber of Commerce backs Mary Landrieu, she’ll join a shrinking club

2 hours 43 min ago

If the Chamber of Commerce backs Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) for reelection, she will join an shrinking club: Democrats backed by the nation's largest business group.

In an op-ed about the Chamber's political strategy published in Saturday's New York Times, Joe Nocera writes that the group has decided to back Landrieu. But a spokeswoman cautioned that no decisions have been finalized yet.

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Monkey Cage: A purple, or even blue, Georgia? Not yet.

3 hours 23 min ago

Nonwhites are more Democratic than whites. The Georgia electorate is becoming more nonwhite.  Therefore Georgia is trending Democratic.  The first two sentences are correct.  The third does not appear to be.  Let me explain.

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In the Loop: Rep. Mica holds (another) hearing on being stoned

3 hours 39 min ago

From the congressman who brought a joint to a hearing, and injected weed jokes into speeches long before legalizing marijuana became mainstream, Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.) is holding his final House Oversight subcommittee hearing before August recess on what else? Being stoned.

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The Fix: One of the most anti-Obama ads of the election is being run by a Democrat in West Virginia

3 hours 42 min ago

It's not easy being a Democrat in West Virginia these days.  President Obama is deeply unpopular in the state -- thanks, at least in part, to his recent push to cut emissions at coal plants. Natalie Tennant, the party's longshot nominee for the state's open Senate seat knows it-- and in her first ad of the campaign she is doing everything she can to make clear she and Obama aren't too friendly.

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The Fix: Fifteen percent of candidates running in the Alaska primary are named Dan Sullivan

3 hours 51 min ago

For primary candidates, it's essential to help voters differentiate between you and a pool of people with similar ideological underpinnings and policy ideas. If you are running in Alaska this year, it is also essential to help voters differentiate between you and the other GOP candidate named Dan Sullivan. And yes, this is a problem that exists.

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DCCC pulls in $2.1 million weekend fundraising haul using impeachment pitches

3 hours 51 min ago

The Democrats' congressional campaign arm pulled in $2.1 million in online donations over the weekend -- the best four-day haul of the current election cycle -- largely propelled by fundraising pitches tied to speculation that House Republicans could pursue the impeachment of President Obama.

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Monkey Cage: What’s behind Libya’s spiraling violence?

3 hours 59 min ago

In a region with no shortage of human catastrophes, Libya seems determined to elbow its way into the headlines. Rival militias are fighting for control of Tripoli’s international airport. In the east, a breakaway faction of the Libyan armed forces led by a retired general, Khalifa Hifter, is shelling Islamist militias in and around Benghazi. Foreign diplomats, businessmen, the U.N. mission and now the U.S. Embassy have evacuated.

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Medicare finances improve partly due to ACA, hospital expenses, trustee report says

4 hours 12 min ago

Medicare’s financial health is improving, according to a new official forecast that says that the program will remain solvent until 2030 — four years later than anticipated a year ago — because of the Affordable Care Act and lower-than-expected spending on hospital stays.

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With four days to go until recess, can Congress get it all done?

4 hours 25 min ago

If they can't do it this week, can they do it at all?

That's what many Americans might be thinking in the next few days as the House and Senate try — or at least appear to be trying — to complete work on a series of complex issues before fleeing Washington for five weeks of campaigning, constituent town hall meetings or overseas taxpayer-funded "fact-finding" missions to swanky corners of Europe.

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