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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 >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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?Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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:Read full article >>
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.”Read full article >>
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.Read full article >>
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?Read full article >>