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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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Pierson failed to provide fresh start for Secret Service that administration wanted

Wed, 2014-10-01 22:25

The resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson and the launch of a top-to-bottom review of the agency Wednesday are an acknowledgment by President Obama of what he has long denied: that the force charged with protecting him is in deep turmoil and struggling to fulfill its sacred mission.

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Possible misconduct by grand juror in Michael Brown case

Wed, 2014-10-01 22:12

The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office is investigating an accusation of misconduct on the grand jury that is hearing the case against the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Florida man convicted of murder in retrial

Wed, 2014-10-01 20:05


Man convicted of murder in retrial

A jury convicted a Florida man on Wednesday of first-degree murder in his retrial for killing a teenager after an argument over loud music.

Prosecutors said Michael Dunn shot with intent to kill when he fired 10 times into an SUV carrying 17-year-old Jordan Davis and three of his friends in November 2012.

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The Fix: 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Wed, 2014-10-01 19:58

1. David Nakamura looks at the relationship between President Obama and those who protect him.

2. A former Secret Service agent describes the job.

 In terms of the actual physical experience, imagine something like this: Forgo sleep for 24 hours, skip lunch and dinner, stand outside of a house in the rain at 3 a.m. for several hours, take a cab to the airport and finally board a plane to a large city for a four-hour flight. Repeat this regimen for several days in a row. To make the simulation complete, you also need to fail to attend a child's birthday or graduation and miss the holidays or your wedding anniversary. Read full article >>

Names on the post-Holder shortlist

Wed, 2014-10-01 19:53

The Justice Department is said to be preparing a short­list, for the moment, of people it is recommending to the White House to replace Eric
as attorney general, our colleague Sari Horwitz reports.

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Appeals court delays N.C. voting changes

Wed, 2014-10-01 19:26

RALEIGH, N.C. — The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled Wednesday that two provisions of North Carolina’s election law overhaul in 2013 cannot be enforced during November’s election.

The three-judge panel’s ruling reinstates same-day registration and restores out-of-precinct provisional voting.

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Federal Eye: Meet Joseph Clancy, the new acting Secret Service chief

Wed, 2014-10-01 17:20

The Secret Service’s new acting interim director, Joseph Clancy, served as head of the agency’s presidential protection division until 2011, when he retired and became director of corporate security for Comcast. He was named to the Secret Service post Wednesday after the resignation of Julia Pierson.

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Monkey Cage: The birth and perhaps death of anxiety about failed states

Wed, 2014-10-01 17:17

As critics of the conventional wisdom on failed states since 2006, we have followed the evolution of the debate over state failure. So when we saw a new post on Monkey Cage and article (ungated) in the journal Governance from Stephen Krasner and Thomas Risse on the subject, we read with interest.

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In the Loop: Heading to the shortlist to replace Attorney General Eric Holder

Wed, 2014-10-01 16:55

The Justice Department is said to be preparing a short­list, for the moment, of people it is recommending to the White House to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder.

Most every lawyer in town — if not the country — seems to have been mentioned for the job. As former Holder Justice Department spokesman Matt Miller tweeted just after Holder’s announcement:

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The Fix: The 6 things we knew — but forgot — about Mitch McConnell

Wed, 2014-10-01 16:47

The New Republic's Alec MacGillis is out with a new e-book about Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose 2014 reelection campaign is a list of dismaying superlatives. It will likely be the most expensive Senate race in history, it has featured some of the silliest ads and stupidest controversies, and it features one of the most unpopular-yet-routinely-successful incumbents in the country.

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GovBeat: Hotel industry group plans to fight Los Angeles hotel minimum wage ordinance

Wed, 2014-10-01 16:42

The Los Angeles City Council is expected to finalize a vote setting a citywide $15.37 minimum wage for hotel workers Wednesday, which the American Hotel & Lodging Association says it will fight.

“Despite numerous economic analyses which underscore that this measure is unwise and will lead to significant job losses, the City Council today rushed full steam ahead on its controversial wage proposal,” Katherine Lugar, association president said in a statement.

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Julia Pierson resigns as Secret Service director

Wed, 2014-10-01 16:20

Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, resigned Wednesday following a series of security lapses by her agency, including a recent incident in which a man with a gun was allowed on an elevator with President Obama.

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Obama determined ‘new leadership’ was required at the Secret Service

Wed, 2014-10-01 16:13

President Obama determined that "new leadership" was required at the Secret Service, the White House said Wednesday shortly after its director, Julia Pierson, resigned.

Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the president made the determination in light of "recent and humiliating reports" from The Washington Post detailing how the Secret Service bungled its response to a man who jumped over the White House fence last month. The man, Omar Gonzalez, was not apprehended until he was well into the White House and was tackled by a guard who was off-duty.

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Poll: In Wisconsin, Walker holds slight lead over Burke

Wed, 2014-10-01 16:09

The Wisconsin gubernatorial race looks to be neck-and-neck just a month before Election Day, according to a new poll released Wednesday that has GOP Gov. Scott Walker slightly ahead of Democratic rival Mary Burke.

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GovBeat: Forget 2014, pot advocates are already pushing legalization in at least six states for 2016

Wed, 2014-10-01 16:02

Advocates have taken first steps toward getting marijuana legalization on the 2016 ballot in at least six states, with two more joining the growing list this week.

In Maine, advocates formed a political action committee to support their fight with proposed initiative language forthcoming, while a local Democratic activist in Mississippi submitted a nine-page proposed ballot measure with the state. Both efforts, launched Monday, join similar efforts underway in Arizona, California, Massachusetts and Nevada. The Marijuana Policy Project, which played an instrumental role in legalizing the drug in Colorado, has started or been involved with all but the Mississippi measure.

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Julia Pierson’s resignation: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s statement

Wed, 2014-10-01 15:58

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson released the following statement Wednesday afternoon on Secret Service chief Julia Pierson’s resignation:

“Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it. I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation.

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Federal Eye: Secret Service chief Julia Pierson resigns

Wed, 2014-10-01 15:51

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Secret Service chief Julia Pierson, one day after she went through a grilling on Capitol Hill over her agency’s recent problems with White House security.

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The Fix: Pat Roberts is in big trouble, but he’s not a goner yet

Wed, 2014-10-01 15:42

A new poll out Wednesday from Suffolk University and USA Today confirms something we kind of already knew: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is in a remarkable amount of trouble. The poll shows independent Greg Orman leading Roberts 46 percent to 41 percent with Democrat Chad Taylor now off the ballot.

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