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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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Clinton says Republicans ‘seem to be talking only about me’

Mon, 2015-04-20 20:28
KEENE, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton struck a more partisan tone here Monday at the start of her second week as a presidential hopeful, warning Republicans against seeking to “undermine” Social Security and suggesting GOP candidates were fixated on her candidacy.Read full article >>

Court considers limits to vagueness in statutes

Mon, 2015-04-20 19:30
The Supreme Court on Monday tried to discern just how vague and opaque a law must be before the justices should strike down the whole thing and tell Congress to try again.At issue is part of the Armed Career Criminal Act that automatically provides longer sentences for those who have been convicted of three previous violent felonies. The law spelled out some things that would qualify as a violent felony — using or threatening force in connection with a burglary or arson, the use of explosives. It then added a catchall category for other crimes that might qualify: one which “otherwise involves conduct that presents a serious potential risk of physical injury to another.”Read full article >>

The Fix: Scott Walker’s Monday: A semi-endorsement, paired with an ‘Olympics-quality flip-flop’

Mon, 2015-04-20 19:26
This post has been updated.If you have to have one good thing and one bad thing happen to your not-yet-official presidential campaign, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) Monday was, on net, not that terrible.Read full article >>

Top Christie ally defects to Bush

Mon, 2015-04-20 19:22
As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tries for a political revival with New Hampshire town halls and Iowa diner stops, he won’t have one of his longtime friends and political advisers at his side.New Jersey state Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos, who chaired Christie’s 2009 gubernatorial campaign and ushered his agenda through a Democratic-controlled legislature, is backing former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s all-but-certain presidential bid.Read full article >>

Meet the 19th most likely guy to win the GOP presidential nomination

Mon, 2015-04-20 18:47
NASHUA, N.H. — A group of 19 potential GOP presidential candidates gathered here this past weekend, proving that almost anybody can be called a potential presidential candidate. Nineteen! How did we get to 19 already? Is it really that easy to get a spot onstage in front of national news outlets, undecided voters and crucial primary-state power brokers to pitch your worth for the highest office in the land? Read full article >>

Rubio to keynote GOP dinner bearing the Bush name

Mon, 2015-04-20 17:32
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) will be the keynote speaker at a Republican dinner in Connecticut named for the grandfather of one of his likely rivals for the Republican presidential nomination: Jeb Bush.Rubio will headline the Prescott Bush Awards Dinner in Stamford, Conn., the state GOP announced Monday. The dinner fundraiser is billed as the state party's largest annual event. Tickets for the June 4 event will range from $199 to $5,000.Read full article >>

Barbra Streisand is a Donna Edwards fan

Mon, 2015-04-20 17:23
The Senate campaign of Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Md.) received a cash infusion late last month of $2,600 from film and musical theater star Barbra Streisand.“She knows Congresswoman Edwards and has long admired her work on gender equality and health care,” a Streisand representative said.Read full article >>

The Fix: Barack Obama, running back

Mon, 2015-04-20 17:02
We all know President Obama's favorite (and best) sport is basketball.But, judging from the photo above, Obama doesn't mind handling the pigskin, either.  This snap came from the Ohio State Buckeyes visit to the White House Monday in celebration of their 2015 national championship in football. Obama joked that he told quarterback Cardale Jones that he "could throw a football 75 yards....but he didn’t believe me" and added: "Everybody is going to go through ups and downs in life, and how folks handle it, how the quarterbacks on this team supported each other, that’s what every organization wants to see -- is people stepping up for each other."Read full article >>

The Fix: Roger Ailes doesn’t think much of Ted Cruz

Mon, 2015-04-20 16:53
Fox News president Roger Ailes thinks Ted Cruz could become the Republican nominee. But he doesn't appear to think much of him.In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ailes was asked whether he thought Cruz could win the the GOP nomination. His answer: Sure, it could happen. Because just about anybody could win, right?Read full article >>

The Fix: Here’s how Pulitzer Prize winner Carol Leonnig got inside the Secret Service

Mon, 2015-04-20 16:25
A month ago, I sat down with WaPo reporter Carol Leonnig to talk about the series of stories she had broken regarding problems within the Secret Service. Today, Carol won a Pulitzer Prize for that work.  Below is our conversation, edited only for clarity and flow. Read full article >>

The Fix: 5 ways Bill and Hillary Clinton inspired ‘Veep’

Mon, 2015-04-20 15:59
The team behind HBO's hit political comedy "Veep" insists the show and its characters are inspired by an amalgam of many politicians. Ok. But, one political family's influence seems to loom large.In an interview with Variety, creator Armando Iannucci said the show has "certainly taken aspects of the Clinton world" in creating Julia Louis-Dreyfus' character, Selina Meyer. "It's inevitable now I suppose that Hillary is campaigning as Selina is president that there will be comparisons made," he added.Read full article >>

Pressure mounts for Loretta Lynch vote, but no deal yet

Mon, 2015-04-20 15:55
The Senate wrapped up its business last week with high hopes that a solution might be at hand to break an impasse that has delayed a confirmation vote for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch for six more than weeks.Read full article >>

Pressure mounts for Loretta Lynch vote, but no deal yet

Mon, 2015-04-20 15:55
This post has been updated.The Senate wrapped up its business last week with high hopes that a solution might be at hand to break an impasse that has delayed a confirmation vote for attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch for more than six weeks.Read full article >>

The Fix: Of course the media should report on ‘Clinton Cash’

Mon, 2015-04-20 15:41
A New York Times story on a new book detailing allegations of improprieties at the Clinton Foundation contained this paragraph:But “Clinton Cash” is potentially more unsettling, both because of its focused reporting and because major news organizations including The Times, The Washington Post and Fox News have exclusive agreements with the author  to pursue the story lines found in the book.Read full article >>

The Fix: Which members talk about marijuana the most? The ones from Portland and Boulder, of course.

Mon, 2015-04-20 15:27
Marijuana is being legalized or is legal in four states and the District of Columbia. Perhaps not surprisingly, members of Congress from these places have talked about it the most in Congress.A review of House and Senate floor remarks using the Capitol Words tool over at the Sunlight Foundation, in fact, shows three of the top four marijuana-mentioners over the past five years come from these five locales.Read full article >>

GovBeat: Alabama has no money. A lottery might be its last hope.

Mon, 2015-04-20 15:07
A lottery ticket is, by definition, a losing bet. State governments run lotteries to raise money, skimming revenue from ticket sales. For every dollar collected, states pay out 62 cents on average in prizes. The rest is kept to fund education, or environmental conservation, or whatever the profits were earmarked for.Read full article >>

The Fix: Ted Cruz’s imaginary electoral math

Mon, 2015-04-20 14:27
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is a demonstrably smart man, having graduated from both Princeton and Harvard. It is easy to see, however, that his degrees were not in mathematics or statistics.The National Journal ran a long, detailed quote from Cruz in which the 2016 hopeful articulates how and why he'll win the general election next November. At the risk of over-simplifying his argument (which the National Journal wisely printed in full), it boils down to this:Read full article >>

GovBeat: South Dakota’s new ad campaign: At least we’re not Mars

Mon, 2015-04-20 14:17
“Why die on Mars, when you can live in South Dakota?”That’s the question at the heart of a new ad campaign in which the state positions itself as a better alternative to a barren, lifeless rock.The campaign — from the governor’s Office of Economic Development and first reported on by South Dakota’s Argus Leader, which ran a long story late last week about the tongue-in-cheek effort — is an attempt to shake the perception outsiders have of South Dakota as merely a tourist destination. What better way to disabuse the public of that view than contrasting the state with the hottest tourist destination around?Read full article >>