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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 >>
Changes ordered after fatal train crash
Responding to the deadly crash of a commuter train that was speeding through a difficult turn in the Bronx, the Federal Railroad Administration on Friday ordered the rail line to modify its signal system to ensure that speed limits are obeyed.Read full article >>
The Office of Personnel Management this week updated its closure and dismissal policies for D.C. area federal offices, tweaking its language on delayed arrivals and urging agencies to ensure that more employees telework during severe weather days.Read full article >>
Room 216 in the Hart Senate Office Building is usually the venue reserved for Supreme Court confirmation hearings and other high-profile televised grillings of government witnesses. But this week it was transformed into a health-care help center for congressional staffers confronting the reality of the Affordable Care Act.Read full article >>
Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has closed her congressional campaign committee and transferred the remaining funds to her political action committee.
Giffords was considered a potential future candidate for higher office when she sustained a serious brain injury in a January 2011 shooting at a grocery store in Tucson. Even after the shooting and despite an arduous and still-continuing recovery process, some thought she could eventually run for Senate.Read full article >>
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, an all-but-announced 2016 presidential candidate, traveled to Detroit today to visit an African American voter outreach center opened by the state's Republican party and to address the Detroit Economic Club on Friday. Paul has made courting African American voters a priority over the past year, an effort that includes delivering a speech this spring at Howard University.Read full article >>
In search of a new home for its latest long-range aircraft, Boeing is looking for land, transportation access and a huge factory -- along with plenty of tax breaks.
That’s according to the company’s request for proposal, or RFP, which it sent out to at least a dozen states across the country. Boeing is keeping its wish list private, limiting access to the RFP to governors’ offices and asking those offices to sign non-disclosure agreements, but at least one copy leaked out, to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.Read full article >>
With just under a year until Election Day 2014, the Republican path to a Senate majority still runs mainly through red states currently controlled by Democrats.
The top seven contests on our new list are for Democratic-held seats in states that Mitt Romney carried in 2012. Three of them are open races with no incumbent on the ballot.Read full article >>
The California state legislature’s approval rating is now more than four times that of its federal counterpart.
Forty percent of California voters approved of the state legislature in an early December survey, the highest such rating since mid-2007, according to the nonpartisan Field Research Corporation. The last time approval remained that high for a year was 2002 when the average annual approval was 40 percent. The turnaround in approval, which was as low as 10 percent in September 2010, mirrors a similar trend in the state’s finances.Read full article >>
Want to get depressed about politics and the possibility of bipartisanship? Then watch this striking visualization by Renzo Lucioni, a senior at Harvard University, that maps the similarities (and differences) of Senators' voting records between the 101st and 113th Congress. (For more on how he did it, check this out.)Read full article >>
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested Friday that he wants to run for president in 2016, but he said that he's first got to convince a very skeptical wife.
Paul was asked about running for president after a speech at the Detroit Economic Club, which led him to ask, "Can I call my wife?"Read full article >>
The Mississippi Senate race just went from looking like a potential free-for-all to firming up as an intense one-on-one battle between the tea party wing of the GOP and its establishment.
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is set to announce that he will seek a seventh term in office. The decision came after months of speculation that Cochran might retire — speculation fueled in part by the senator's own actions. He raised little money and delayed his announcement about the future until almost the end of the year, after most of his Senate colleagues had declared their intentions for 2014.Read full article >>
Thailand is currently engaged in another round of political brinksmanship. The instigators of the recent unrest are the latest incarnation of the anti-Thaksin movement that has been a constant feature of Thai politics since 2005. Often dressed in yellow shirts, the protesters, upset at the government’s attempts to pass a political amnesty bill, are demanding that the current government led by Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin Shinawatra’s sister, resign. The supporters of the current government (the Red Shirts) are have also taken to the streets in response.Read full article >>
Hillary Rodham Clinton paid tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela on Friday morning, calling the late South African leader "a giant among us."
Clinton, who said she first met Mandela in 1992 and visited him several times over the years, including as secretary of state, noted Mandela's commitment not just to bringing democracy and freedom to his beloved South Africa but first to bringing freedom to himself.Read full article >>
Starting today, Virginia Republicans will gather for a three-day retreat -- known as the Advance -- at which they will engage in an autopsy of the 2013 election and debate the right way forward for the party. It's a moment that given the speakers at the event (Texas Gov. Rick Perry and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor among them), the swing state nature of the Commonwealth and the ongoing fight for control of the national GOP is worth keeping an eye on.Read full article >>
President Obama and his wife, Michelle, will travel to South Africa next week to honor Nelson Mandela, the White House said Friday morning.
“President Obama and the first lady will go to South Africa next week to pay their respects to the memory of Nelson Mandela and to participate in memorial events,” said press secretary Jay Carney. “We’ll have further updates on timing and logistics as they become available.”Read full article >>