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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 reassures Japan as he begins Asian visit

2 hours 28 min ago

TOKYO — President Obama started his week-long tour of Asia by conducting serious policy discussions with Japan’s prime minister as well as delivering ceremonial greetings to the Japanese royal family, emphasizing the significance of the ties between the two nations.

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Probe: DHS watchdog cozy with officials, altered reports as he sought top job

2 hours 30 min ago

The top watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security altered and delayed investigations at the request of senior administration officials, compromising his independent role as an inspector general, according to a new report from a Senate oversight panel.

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Sen. John Thune says he’s not running for president

Wed, 2014-04-23 22:24

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) on Wednesday said he isn't running for president in 2016, telling radio host Hugh Hewitt that he's not angling for the job.

"I am not running for president," Thune said.

The South Dakota senator's presidential stock was perhaps at its highest before the 2012 election, when he passed on running. He also told a group of grade-schoolers last year that it wasn't in his plans for 2016, either.

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Obama, Christie and other pols love to use interchangeable, all-purpose phrases

Wed, 2014-04-23 21:14

Sometimes you could swear there were only 42 phrases in the entire political lexicon, most of them interchangeable and all-purpose, suitable for use by members of either party. At the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s annual dinner in Washington on Tuesday night, Gov. Chris Christie seemed determined to hit as many of these familiar notes as possible.

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Law enforcement often not told of criminal activity uncovered in spy-agency polygraphs

Wed, 2014-04-23 20:49

The inspector general for the U.S. intelligence community said Tuesday some admissions of crimes by spy-agency workers during lie-detector tests were not disclosed to law enforcement agencies because of breakdowns in government reporting procedures and poor advice from agency lawyers.

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Georgia law expands rights on carrying guns

Wed, 2014-04-23 20:36

GEORGIA

Law expands rights on carrying guns

Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a broad expansion of gun-carry rights into law Wednesday, allowing legal gun owners to take weapons into bars, churches and government buildings under certain conditions.

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In the Loop: Cory Booker (D-Tinseltown)

Wed, 2014-04-23 19:58

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is a Hollywood favorite, and he’s rumored to be romantically involved with a Los Angeles-based lawyer, so we’d expect he frequents the other coast.

On Thursday, he returns to the City of Angels for a starring role at a fundraiser at a Hollywood boutique hotel. The next day he’ll be at a happy hour at a nightclub in San Francisco.

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In the Loop: Defying ‘Veep’ advice, female Senate candidate declares herself a woman

Wed, 2014-04-23 18:15

Fictional Vice President Selina Meyer was adamant on an episode of “Veep”: A female politician should not remind voters that she is, in fact, a woman. “No, no, no! I can’t identify myself as a woman, people can’t know that,” Meyer says.

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Parents of Aurora victims denounce Koch group for using photo from post-shooting press conference

Wed, 2014-04-23 17:18

Update 5:43 p.m.: AFP has changed the image used in the ad. The new version is above.

The parents of four people killed in the 2012 Aurora movie theater shootings are calling on a Koch brothers-backed group to take down an ad featuring an image of President Obama's trip to Colorado following the shootings.

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The Fix: So, what did Hillary Clinton accomplish at the State Department?

Wed, 2014-04-23 17:11

The first rule about running on your record? Make sure people know what it is.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki raised some eyebrows this week, when she was unable to name a single tangible accomplishment of the first audit of the department, which was a major project initiated under the leadership of former Secretary Hillary Clinton. “I am certain that those who were here at the time, who worked hard on that effort, could point out one,” Psaki said in response to a question from Associated Press reporter Matt Lee.

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The Fix: Abe poured the sake. Then President Obama drank it.

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:58

President Obama launched a week-long swing through Asia by dining on fine sushi Wednesday night (Japan time) or early Wednesday (Washington time). Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and their guests dined at Sukiyabashi Jiro, one of the finest sushi restaurants in the world, located in Tokyo's Ginza district.

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She The People: Breaking bad: Gender pay gap narrows, but women shouldn’t be happy about it

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:41

Women working full-time now make 82.6 percent of what men make each week. That should be considered good news, since it’s better than the 79.7 percent that women earned relative to men a decade ago. So, why shouldn’t women be happy about this news?

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Holder praises Sotomayor’s ‘courageous’ pro-affirmative action dissent

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:30

Attorney General Eric Holder praised Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Wednesday for her "courageous" dissent against the court's decision upholding Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.

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Monkey Cage: What would make Southeast Ukrainians take up arms?

Wed, 2014-04-23 16:07

As the potential for Russian military intervention in Southeastern Ukraine apparently heats up again, a natural question to ask is what is likely to be the response of people living in the area to such an incursion?  With this in mind, the following data from a survey earlier this month by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology may be of interest:

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Federal Eye: New online job-searching tool helps veterans connect with employers

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:30

The Obama administration launched a new online tool this week to connect military veterans and their spouses with employers in an effort to expand job resources for those who served in the armed forces.

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GovBeat: What Georgia’s expansive new pro-gun law does

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:17

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed into law Wednesday a pro-gun package that groups on both sides of the gun control debate describe as exceptional.

The National Rifle Association calls it ”the most comprehensive pro-gun bill in state history.” Americans for Responsible Solutions, the gun control group founded by shooting victim and former congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.), calls it ”the most extreme gun bill in America.”

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In the Loop: After stowaway, congressman seeks airport security perimeter review

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:17

A bipartisan aviation security bill that passed with little fanfare in the House in December would require the creation of an advisory committee within the Transportation Security Administration that, among other issues, would have a working group dedicated to airport perimeter security.

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The Fix: Bob Dole says the GOP is way more conservative than it was even 20 years ago. He’s right.

Wed, 2014-04-23 15:12

Here's Bob Dole on the current state of the Republican party: "I thought I was a conservative, but we’ve got some in Congress now who are so far right they’re about to fall out of the Capitol.”

So, is Dole, his party's presidential nominee in 1996, right?

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