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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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Obama signs into law a measure aimed at blocking visa for Iran’s proposed U.N. envoy

4 hours 11 min ago

President Obama on Friday signed a law barring the U.S. government from providing a visa to any nominee to the United Nations deemed to have engaged in terrorist activity, a measure aimed at blocking Iran’s preferred ambassador to the world body.

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In the Loop: Top Obama adviser e-mail from nearly two decades ago

4 hours 26 min ago

In 1997, a young diplomat in charge of African Affairs strongly cautioned against sending newly confirmed Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to Africa for a biennial summit described in an internal e-mail as a “jamboree.”

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The Fix: The picture that sums up what everyone in D.C. is thinking this Friday

5 hours 24 min ago

#TBT: Who's ready for grilling season? pic.twitter.com/ngPXTFM2w2

— Al Franken (@alfranken) April 18, 2014

Senator Al Franken (D.-Minn.) tweeted out a Throwback Thursday photo yesterday that pretty much sums up how many people in D.C. -- and likely around the United States -- feel today. In D.C., things have been incredibly slow because of the congressional recess. Add to that the fact that many people are on the road or celebrating Easter or Passover, and things feel mighty quiet on the political front all around the country.

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Federal Eye: NEH to help vets with humanities program

5 hours 35 min ago

When it comes to working with veterans, government efforts aren’t limited to health and employment programs. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is getting into the act with an initiative to help veterans using literature, drama and history.

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White House announces itinerary for Obama’s Asia trip

6 hours 7 min ago

President Obama will meet with the leaders of four Asian nations, answer questions at a town hall-style event at a university in Malaysia and address U.S. service members in South Korea during a week-long trip that begins Tuesday, the White House announced.

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The most interesting tidbits from the Clinton document dump (Part 4)

7 hours 42 min ago

The National Archives posted the biggest batch of previously unseen documents from President Bill Clinton's White House years Friday, the fourth installment of its every-other-week deluge of Clinton administration e-mails, speeches and internal memos. This group includes several documents related to then-first lady Hillary Clinton's work on health care and other issues. The papers are of particular interest right now because they provide a window into Hillary Clinton's thinking and priorities as she ponders a second presidential run.

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Spokeswoman says Sebelius ‘not considering’ Senate run

7 hours 43 min ago

A spokeswoman for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the outgoing secretary is not weighing a run for U.S. Senate in Kansas.

"Secretary Sebelius is continuing her important work at HHS and is not considering a run for the Senate," said Health and Human Services spokeswoman Dori Salcido.

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Federal Eye: Does 153-year-old Government Printing Office need a digital-era name?

8 hours 4 min ago

The Senate may vote soon on a bipartisan bill that would give the 153-year-old Government Printing Office a new name to better reflect its digital-age work.

The legislation, sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), would swap the word “printing” for “publishing” to make the agency the Government Publishing Office. It also would change the top two GPO officials’ titles from “public printer” and “deputy public printer” to ”director” and “deputy director.”

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The Fix: The top 11 Senate races of 2014

8 hours 21 min ago

With under three weeks remaining until the Republican primary, the battle to define state House Speaker Thom Tillis (R) is on in North Carolina.

Just this week, a Democratic super PAC, the campaign of Sen. Kay Hagan (D) and Tillis's campaign went up with commercials trying to define the Republican for voters.

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Slain MIT officer Sean Collier, last casualty of Boston Marathon bombing, is honored

8 hours 22 min ago

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – He was the last casualty, dying days after the others killed in the Boston Marathon bombing.

And on Friday, friends, family and residents of greater Boston came together to insist that Sean Collier, recalled as an outgoing and friendly MIT campus police officer, will not be forgotten.

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She The People: Attack on AP journalists in Afghanistan rekindles a daughter’s pain

8 hours 52 min ago

When news broke this month that two Associated Press journalists were attacked in Afghanistan, a familiar feeling of loss and powerlessness immediately took hold of me. Anja Niedringhaus and Kathy Gannon were sitting in a car when an Afghan police officer fired on them. While I never had the fortune to know Anja, who was killed instantly, Kathy has filled an important role in my life for two decades, since my mother, a foreign correspondent with the AP, was killed when the helicopter she was riding in crashed into a mountainside in Afghanistan.

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In the Loop: Hillary Clinton declines Loop memoir title offerings, picks one previously used

10 hours 19 min ago

Loop fans please don’t take it personally, but it seems Hillary Clinton took a good, hard look at your ideas for her memoir title, and then promptly ignored them.

Clinton, who heads out on her ‘Should I run for President’ book tour this summer, has chosen the name “Hard Choices” for her memoir, a decidedly more wonky (and predictably neutral) title for a tome dedicated to her years as secretary of state. As Loop fans will recall, Clinton joked last month that she was taking Loop contest entries for her memoir title under consideration.

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The Fix: A majority of Coloradoans have tried pot. Don’t act surprised.

11 hours 1 min ago

More than half of all Colorado residents have tried marijuana at some point in their lives, according to a collection of data released by Quinnipiac University pollsters.

Quinnipiac, which is based in Connecticut, conducts scads of state-by-state polling and, on Friday morning, tweeted out a chart comparing pot usage across seven states in which they had conducted polls in February and March. Here are the results.

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GovBeat: These 11 graphics show how bad local food insecurity can be in America

11 hours 32 min ago

Approximately 49 million people in the United States live in food-insecure households, with nearly 16 million of them being children, according to September Department of Agriculture data. A new analysis by hunger nonprofit Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap report seeks to quantify that at the county and congressional district level.

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Monkey Cage: ‘Taxman’: The week in one song

11 hours 49 min ago

It’s tax week in the United States.

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Dem super PAC reserves $6.5 million in fall air time for key House races

12 hours 16 min ago

House Majority PAC, the leading super PAC backing Democratic candidates for U.S. House, has reserved $6.5 million for fall television advertisements in two dozen districts, it announced Friday.

Three-quarters of the districts in which House Majority PAC has reserved air time are Democratic-controlled, underscoring Democrats' challenge this year: Even as the party out of power in the House would like to make gains, it has plenty of vulnerable seats to protect.

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Monkey Cage: Finding Ukraine on a map, revisited

12 hours 52 min ago

Joshua Tucker:  Last week’s guest post from political scientists  Kyle Dropp  (Dartmouth College), Joshua D. Kertzer  (Harvard University) and Thomas Zeitzoff (Princeton University) concerning Americans’ ability to place Ukraine on a map — and the relationship between the accuracy of this placement and attitudes toward the appropriate U.S. policy response to the Ukraine crisis — was the most viewed in Monkey Cage history. The post attracted attention from media the world over, late-night talk show hosts, and numerous scholars and academics.  As a result, we invited the authors to craft the following follow-up post to respond to the numerous questions raised in response to their original post. In addition, the authors have also made available a more detailed and technical description of both the survey methodology and robustness of the findings which can be found here.

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The Fix: Ever wonder what the White House briefing room is really like? Here’s a view from the second row.

13 hours 21 min ago

On Thursday, President Obama showed up in the White House briefing room to tout the latest enrollment numbers for his health care law. And I had a second row seat.

Since 1970, the media has gathered in the briefing room most days the President in is Washington -- usually to listen to the White House's spin of the day courtesy of press secretary Jay Carney and to ask him questions. (When the president travels the briefing is done on Air Force One.)

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