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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 >>
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?Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.''Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>