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Donald Trump and his joint fundraising committee have raised at least $11 million since Tuesday morning  

CNN By : Theodore Schleifer and Ashley Killough

Donald Trump and his joint fundraising committee have raised at least $11 million since Tuesday morning, Republicans said Wednesday, a tremendously quick haul that comes amid concerns about his fundraising ability.

Trump Victory, the joint fundraising account with the Republican National Committee... - Referenced Article

Mayor Jim Kenney: Thanks to the tireless advocacy of educators, parents, rec center volunteers and so many others  


Philadelphia became the first major American city with a soda tax on Thursday despite a multimillion-dollar campaign by the beverage industry to block it.

The City Council gave final approval to a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary and diet beverages. The tax is set to take effect Jan. 1. - Referenced Article

Oprah Winfrey on Hillary Clinton running for President: I really believe that is going to happen  

ET By : Zach Seemayer

Winfrey spoke with ET's Nancy O'Dell at the premiere of her new OWN drama, Greenleaf, and the media mogul opened up about the possibility of America electing its first female president.

"I really believe that is going to happen," said Winfrey, 62. "It's about time that we make that decision." - Referenced Article

Sheldon Adelson Is Poised to Give Donald Trump a Donation Boost  


The casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson told Donald J. Trump in a private meeting last week that he was willing to contribute more to help elect him than he has to any previous campaign, a sum that could exceed $100 million, according to two Republicans with direct knowledge of Mr. Adelson’s commitment.

As significant, Mr. Adelson, a billionaire based in Las Vegas, has decided that he will significantly scale back his giving to congressional Republicans and direct most of his contributions to groups dedicated to Mr. Trump’s campaign. - Referenced Article

Donald Trump taunted by Cruz and Rubio during Republican debate  

The Guardian By : Staff Reporting

Donald Trump faced a barrage of attacks from rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on Thursday night during a Republican presidential debate that was at times nasty and crude but offered few moments that looked likely to reset a race that remains Trump’s to lose.

The two senators ganged up for a second time in a row on the brash billionaire over his immigration stance, business record and overall temperament, but Trump swatted them away by condescendingly branding them “Little Marco” and “Lying Ted”. - Referenced Article

From Outsider to Left Out: How Ben Carsons Candidacy Flopped  

NBC News By : Kim Johnson Flodin

Just hours after vowing to stay in the race until there was a clear nominee, Dr. Ben Carson all but waved the white flag.

"I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening's Super Tuesday primary results," the retired pediatric neurosurgeon said in an email to supporters on Wednesday afternoon. - Referenced Article

As Ted Cruz Stumbles, Marco Rubio Is on the Move  

Wall Street Journal By : REID J. EPSTEIN and BYRON TAU

The battle between Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz intensified Monday as Mr. Rubio tried to cement himself as the clear establishment candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and Mr. Cruz ousted a top spokesman amid allegations of dirty tricks. - Referenced Article

50% of GOP voters feel betrayed by their party  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

New Hampshire looming, 2016 hopefuls make their case  

CNN By : Tom LoBianco and Elizabeth Landers

With just days to go before New Hampshire voters head to the polls for the first-in-the-nation primary, top presidential candidates from both parties sat down with CNN's Jake Tapper for Sunday's CNN "State of the Union."

Billionaire businessman Donald Trump, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie each made their case for why they deserved voters' support, as well as taking a few shots at their competitors. - Referenced Article

Clinton and Sanders Leave Iowa in a Virtual Tie  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

The Democratic battle in Iowa was so close that both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — the 74-year-old socialist with no major endorsements — and Hillary Clinton left the state without a clear-cut victory.

The race was too close to call when the candidates headed to the airport to escape an impending blizzard, bound for New Hampshire and its primary just over a week away. - Referenced Article

George Pataki Drops In And Then Out Of 2016 Presidential Race  

Huffington Post By : Amber Ferguson

Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) announced Tuesday that he is dropping out of the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, bringing the once 17-member GOP field to 12 candidates.

Pataki announced his decision Tuesday evening in a TV spot airing on NBC affiliates in the three early caucus and primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. - Referenced Article

Obama most admired man; Trump tied for 2nd  

USA Today By : David Jackson

Once again, President Obama tops the annual Gallup Poll for most admired man, although this year an intriguing pair is tied for second.

Donald Trump and Pope Francis both finished with 5% of respondents who named them their most admired man, well behind Obama's 17%. - Referenced Article

GOP Outsiders Flex Muscles as 2015 Comes to an End  


In a 2015 filled with fascinating political stories -- Donald Trump's rise and durability, Bernie-mania, Joe Biden's Hamlet-on-the-Potomac act, John Boehner stepping down from Congress -- maybe the most amazing one has been the strength and size of the Republican Party's outsider/anti-establishment wing.

Today's new national Quinnipiac poll provides an exclamation point to that story: Donald Trump 28%, Ted Cruz 24%, Marco Rubio 12%, Ben Carson 10%, Chris Christie 6%, Jeb Bush 4%; no one else gets more than 2%. Add up the Trump/Cruz/Carson percentages, and you get 62%. - Referenced Article

Sanders on campaign misuse of voter data, Trump a pathological liar  

CBS This Morning By : Staff Reporting

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has suspended two campaign staffers for the misuse of Democratic party voter information. The campaign's data director was fired last week. A glitch in the party's voter database allowed them to read Hillary Clinton's private campaign data. Sanders apologized to Clinton at Saturday's democratic debate. Sanders joins "CBS This Morning" from Burlington, Vermont, to discuss the scandal and why he thinks GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is a "pathological liar."

Ted Cruz Surges To First Place In Iowa  

Huffington Post By : Janie Velencia

Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz has surged past Ben Carson and Donald Trump and ascended into first place in the key primary state of Iowa, according to a Bloomberg Politics/DesMoines Register poll released Saturday.

The Texas senator takes 31 percent among those likely to attend the Iowa Republican caucuses, set for Feb. 1. - Referenced Article

Protesters criticize Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison  

The Sentinel By : Staff Reporting

In the tense days after a black man's death at the hands of police, Minnesota's first African-American congressman stood with protesters as they besieged a police station, even tweeting what he called an "agonizing" photograph showing his son with hands raised in a confrontation with officers in riot gear. - Referenced Article

Mitt Romney still a no on 2016 though calls coming in  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Sorry Mitt Romney fans: He's just not that in to running for president. Fresh off a new Washington Post report that GOP establishment leaders are calling on Romney, who has run and lost twice before, to reconsider his decision to stay out of the 2016 race, associates of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee tell CNN there are a lot of "in bound" calls but that there are "no signs" he's changed his mind. - Referenced Article

VIDEO: Why the House speaker's race just got nasty  

CNN By : Deirdre Walsh and Manu Raju

The race for Speaker could turn the House floor into complete chaos later this month, prompting an ugly public fight and further roiling a Republican Party struggling to present a governing vision for the country.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced a long-shot campaign for the post on Sunday, asserting that more than 50 house Republicans won't back the current frontrunner... - Referenced Article

Poll: 20% believe Barack Obama was born outside U.S.  

USA Today By : David Jackson

Despite a Hawaii birth certificate and repeated professions of his Christian faith, fairly large numbers of Americans still believe President Obama is a Muslim born outside of the United States.

True, 80% of Americans do believe Obama was born in the U.S., according to a new CNN/ORC poll, but 20% do not. - Referenced Article

Trump: Im gonna have to scare the pope  

Business Insider By : COLIN CAMPBELL

Trump said he'd respond by telling the pope about the Islamic State extremist group (also known as ISIS) and its desire to take over the Vatican.

"I'd say, 'ISIS wants to get you.' You know that ISIS wants to go in and take over the Vatican, you have heard that?" Trump asked Cuomo. "You know that's a dream of theirs, to go into Italy." - Referenced Article

Googles Search Algorithm Could Steal the Presidency  


IMAGINE AN ELECTION—A close one. You’re undecided. So you type the name of one of the candidates into your search engine of choice.

(Actually, let’s not be coy here. In most of the world, one search engine dominates; in Europe and North America, it’s Google.) And Google coughs up, in fractions of a second, articles and facts about that candidate. - Referenced Article

Trump wants debate on high level  

USA Today By : David Jackson

Donald Trump wants a respectful debate on Thursday — but is ready to rumble just in case. “I hope we can keep it on a high level,” Trump told Breitbart News in an interview.

“If that doesn’t happen, I’m willing to go to the other route.” - Referenced Article

Rick Perry: Let us take our guns to the movies  

CNN By : Eugene Scott

Rick Perry said in an interview Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that the shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, earlier this week shows why gun-free zones are "a bad idea" and said he believes people should be able to take their firearms to the movies.

"I think that it makes a lot of sense to send a message across this country," Perry said when asked by host Jake Tapper if the former governor believed a way to prevent such violence would be to allow moviegoers to take guns inside. - Referenced Article

Christie criticized for remarks on killing of former intern  

The Hill By : Mark Hensch

Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) said on Friday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-) is “vile” for using a speech earlier this week to talk about the violent death of one of Himes’s former interns.

Himes argued in a statement that Christie was politicizing the death of Kevin Sutherland to fit talking points on criminal justice reform, and that it was unethical of him to do so. - Referenced Article

Pelosi backs Obama on Iran deal  

Washington Post By : Elise Viebeck

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is coming to President Obama’s aide by vowing to support and aggressively sell the administration’s nuclear deal with Iran ahead of a vote in September.

Pelosi praised the deal at a news conference on Thursday, calling it the “best possible option” for “stopping the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction” in the Middle East. - Referenced Article

Jim Webb Stands Up For Southern White Cultures  

Huffington Post By : Arthur Delaney

Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb on Sunday suggested that recent efforts to remove Confederate symbols from public places were as "divisive" as Donald Trump's disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.

Without prompting from "Fox News Sunday" host Bret Baier, who had been asking questions about national security, Webb asked if he could please talk about Trump, the billionaire GOP candidate who has called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Webb criticized Trump before pivoting. - Referenced Article

Confederate Flag Debate Prompts House to Pull Spending Bill  

WSJ By : Staff Reporting

A national debate over Confederate imagery burst open on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, forcing GOP leaders on Thursday to pull a spending bill from consideration.

Earlier this week, the House adopted amendments that largely banned the Confederate battle flag’s display at federal parks and cemeteries administered by the National Park Service, as well as the sale of items displaying it. It retained some exceptions for educational purposes. - Referenced Article

2016 candidate Jim Webb talks Confederate flag, ethics of super PACs  

CBS This Morning By : Staff Reporting

Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, is the latest Democrat to enter the presidential race. He was secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan. Webb joins "CBS This Morning" for his first interview since announcing his candidacy last week.

Hillary Clinton: If Im President, We Will Attack Iran  

Global Research By : Stephen Lendman

“I support calling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard what it is: a terrorist organization. It is imperative that we get both tough and smart about dealing with Iran before it is too late.”

“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.” - Referenced Article

ObamaCare win turns up heat on GOP presidential field  

The Hill By : Peter Sullivan and Sarah Ferris

ObamaCare's victory at the Supreme Court is putting new pressure on Republican presidential candidates to map out a replacement to the healthcare law — a task that has eluded the party for more than five years.

With President Obama’s law twice affirmed by the nation’s high court, congressional Republicans now say a victory in 2016 is their best chance to tear down the statute and replace it with a GOP-favored alternative. - Referenced Article

Viable challenges to Clinton campaign as 2016 race narrows  

CBS This Morning By : Staff Reporting

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially joins the presidential race a week from Monday, and former Virginia Senator and Navy Secretary Jim Webb became the fifth contender for the Democratic nomination Thursday. Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is also surging after drawing a crowd of 10,000 this week in Wisconsin. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank joins "CBS This Morning" from Washington to discuss the latest contenders in the 2016 race to the White House.

Donald Trump: NBC will stand behind lying Brian Williams, but it wont stand behind me  


Donald Trump unleashed on NBC on Monday afternoon, hours after the network said it was cutting off its business relationship with the real-estate mogul.

On Monday, NBC said it was severing ties with the GOP presidential candidate Trump over his inflammatory statements about Mexican immigrants. - Referenced Article

Huckabee calls for MLK-like passive resistance to gay marriage ruling  

CNN By : Eric Bradner

Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee urged Christian leaders to channel Martin Luther King, Jr. by resisting the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Huckabee pointed to King's Letter from Birmingham Jail, in which the civil rights leader advocated non-violent resistance to racism, saying that "an unjust law is no law at all." "I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice," the Republican former Arkansas governor said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." - Reference Article

George W. Bush outpolls Barack Obama  

Politico By : NICK GASS

Americans now have a more favorable view of former President George W. Bush than they do of President Barack Obama.

It is the first time in more than a decade that Americans have expressed a favorable view of Bush, at least according to a new CNN/ORC poll released Wednesday.

Bush is seen in a favorable light by 52 percent of those surveyed, compared with 43 percent who still view the 43rd president unfavorably. - Referenced Article

Mitch McConnell Unveils Plan B Against Obama Immigration Actions  

Huffington Post By : Elise Foley

The Senate finally appears to have a Plan B -- or at least the beginnings of one -- to break the standstill on funding the Department of Homeland Security.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Monday that the chamber will vote on a stand-alone bill to block President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions that could allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country and work. - Referenced Article

Fox 5 San Diego mistakenly displays image of President Obama instead of rape suspect  


A Fox TV affiliate in San Diego suffered a major broadcast blunder when it showed a picture of President Obama instead of an image of a suspected rapist. KSWB-TV, also known as Fox 5 San Diego, displayed a picture of Obama speaking at a microphone rather than art of a suspect in a rape case in a report during its newscast on Friday night. - Referenced Article

Fox News Poll has more viewers favoring Obamacare  

Fox News By : Dana Blanton

It’s a tossup. American voters are sharply divided over whether ObamaCare will ultimately be a good thing or a bad thing for the country.

The latest Fox News national poll also finds that, while a majority wishes the 2010 health care law had never passed, the number of voters who are glad it did is at an all-time high. In the end, will ObamaCare be a good thing or a bad thing for the country? The new poll, released Thursday, finds views split 47-47 percent on that question.

A year ago, more voters said it would be a bad thing by 51-42 percent. - Referenced News

Michelle Obama and Jenna Bush Hager Surprise Guests at the White House  

White House By : Staff Reporting

Paul Ryan Finds New, Unlikely Role as Gatekeeper of Obama's Agenda  


Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin has been many things in his political career: Republican vice-presidential candidate, uncompromising budget hawk, conservative policy maven and, for Democrats, the breathing symbol of draconian fiscal policies.

Now, from his new perch as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Ryan finds himself in the unlikely position of gatekeeper of President Obama’s agenda. - Referenced Article

Tempers Flare Over Texas Remark at House Committee Meeting  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, square off Monday night at a House committee meeting about health care.

“Had governors worked with the administration, we might not be in this position,” Hastings said. “I don’t know about in your state, which I think is a crazy state to begin with — and I mean that just as I said it.”

Elizabeth Warren chides Mitt Romney and Congratulates Deval Patrick, Wiki - Bio  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

Senator Elizabeth Warren used her Twitter Account this month to reach out to two Massachusetts' Governors. She chided Mitt Romney on his record on working families and congratulated Deval Patrick on "leaving Massachusetts stronger."

Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Fla.) are running for the Speakership, Wiki-Bio  

Washington Post By : Jaime Fuller

This week, members of the Congress will vote on who will lead them in the House. It seems House Republicans -- who make up the majority -- will likely stick with the guy already in charge, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio).

As per usual, however, there are several conservatives who are unimpressed with Boehner's tenure and have a few alternatives in mind. - Referenced Article

N.Y. Rep. Michael Grimm to resign over tax evasion  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-N.Y.), who pleaded guilty last week to tax evasion, said he would resign before Congress returned next week.

“After much thought and prayer, I have made the very difficult decision to step down from Congress effective Jan. 5," Grimm said in a statment. "This decision is made with a heavy heart, as I have enjoyed a very special relationship and closeness with my constituents, whom I care about deeply." - Referenced Article

Obama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015  

The Detroit News By : Staff Reporting

Fox NewsObama warns GOP he plans to use veto pen in 2015The Detroit NewsSince taking office in 2009, Obama has only vetoed legislation twice, both in fairly minor circumstances. But with Republicans set to take full control of Congress next year, Obama is losing his last bulwark against a Read More...

Rep. Michael Grimm expected to plead guilty  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., is expected to appear in a Brooklyn federal court Tuesday to plead guilty in a tax fraud case that shadowed his successful re-election bid earlier this year, said a person with knowledge of the case but who declined to comment publicly.

A hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m., before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen. - Referenced Article

Ted Cruz Just Did Obama a Big Favor  

Slate By : Staff Reporting

It won’t last long, but at least for one day, Democrats are celebrating Sen. Ted Cruz. On Monday, the Senate confirmed controversial surgeon general nominee Vivek Murthy, and many on the left and right are thanking (or blaming) the Texas freshman for that.

Democrats argue that a procedural tactic that the Texas Republican and fellow conservative Sen. Mike Lee undertook over the weekend is responsible for opening the door for the confirmation of a number of President Obama’s executive and judicial nominees, including Murthy. - Referenced Article

Ex-Obama aide makes Warren-2016 push  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

A former campaign aide to President Barack Obama who is volunteering with a super PAC trying to draft Democrat Elizabeth Warren to run for president says he’s gathered “in the hundreds” of signatures from fellow Obama alumni to prod the Massachusetts senator into the race.

The onetime aide, Christopher Hass, has circulated the letter on an Obama alumni email group and said it will be released on Friday. - Referenced Article

An 'Imperialist' Named Person of the Year  

Time By : Staff Reporting

“Putin doesn’t want to play within the system anymore,” says Michael McFaul, whose term as U.S. ambassador to Russia ended in February.

“He wants to challenge it now. He wants to prod. He wants to build relationships with others against that system, with the Chinese, Turks, maybe India. That is a longer-term challenge.” Referenced Article

George W. Bush: Garner Grand Jury Decision Hard to Understand  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Former President George W. Bush — yes, THAT George W. Bush — is the latest to comment on the case of Eric Garner and the grand jury decision to not indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for Garner’s death.

CNN host Candy Crowley sat down with the former commander-in-chief in an interview that will air on Sunday, and the network released a short clip of Bush giving his thoughts about the case.

Christie trips over reform image in travel record suits  

NewJerseyWatchdog.org By : Staff Reporting

On the national campaign trail, Gov. Chris Christie portrays himself as an outspoken champion of open, honest, transparent government.

Back in New Jersey, his administration is quietly stonewalling public records requests in roughly two dozen cases filed by numerous plaintiffs in Mercer County Superior Court. - Referenced Article

Which Republican Party won the midterms?  

Washington Post By : Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

So what happens when a party that has defined itself as an insurgent outlier, scornful of compromise and dismissive of the legitimacy of its opposition, actually takes charge in Washington?

The Republicans now control both the Senate and the House. The people have spoken — and loudly. Mitch McConnell is exultant, finally achieving a lifetime goal. - Referenced Article

Gov. Deval Patrick on Ferguson: Of Course I Wanted to See an Indictment  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Broadcast networks Black-Out of Obama  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

Eight years ago, President George W. Bush delivered a prime time address on immigration, carried by all the big broadcast networks.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama will do the same thing, but three of the broadcasters, ABC, NBC, and CBS have signaled that they won't be carrying it. - Referenced Article

The legal battle over Obama's immigration plan  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama's plan to take the immigration system in his own hands is a daring test of the limits of presidential power.

The steps he will lay out tonight in a prime time address will fuel a debate over his use of executive authority to enact change without the agreement of an opposition Congress. - Referenced Article

Rand Paul has fans among progressives  

Market Watch By : Staff Reporting

Rand Paul of all people is enjoying a kind of a honeymoon with some on the left. Yes, the Republican senator from Kentucky backed by the Tea Party and openly aspiring to run for president has fans among progressives who otherwise have nothing good to say about Republicans.

One of the things they like is Paul’s opposition to knee-jerk military intervention. - Referenced Article

Paul Ryan's Presidential Bid  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

House Republicans on Friday quietly adopted a new rule that could complicate Rep. Paul Ryan’s options if he decides to run for president in 2016.

The rule would require committee chairmen to resign their leadership posts if they were to run for another office such as for president or for the Senate.

The next highest ranking Republican on the committee would then take over until a new chairman is selected. - Referenced Article

Senator Ted Cruz Litmus Test For Loretta Lynch  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

It appears that Senator Ted Cruz vote hinges on Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch's position on O bama's vow to use Executive Authority on Immigration and her 'commitment to the law.'

"President Obama's Attorney General nominee deserves fair and full consideration of the United States Senate, which is precisely why she should not be confirmed in the lame duck session of Congress by senators who just lost their seats and are no longer accountable to the voters," Cruz and Lee said in a joint statement. "The Attorney General is the President's chief law enforcement officer. As such, the nominee must demonstrate full and complete commitment to the law. Loretta Lynch deserves the opportunity to demonstrate those qualities, beginning with a statement whether or not she believes the President’s executive amnesty plans are constitutional and legal."


Obama: More jobs in the U.S. than every advanced economy combined  

Face The Nation By : Staff Reporting

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, look, another saying of Harry Truman's was, the buck stops with me. With me, the buck stops right here at my desk. And so whenever, as the head of the party, it doesn't do well, I've got to take responsibility for it.

The message that I took from this election and we've seen this in a number of elections, successive elections, is people want to see this city work. And they feel as if it's not working.

The economy has improved significantly. There's no doubt about it. We had a jobs report for October that showed that once again over two hundred thousand jobs created. We've now created more than ten million. The unemployment rate has come down faster than we could have anticipated.

Just to give you some perspective, Bob, we've created more jobs in the United States than every other advanced economy combined since I came into office. And so we're making progress but people still feel like their wages haven't gone up, their incomes haven't gone up, still hard to save for retirement, still hard to send a kid to college. And then they see Washington gridlocked and they're frustrated.

And, you know, they know one person in Washington and that's the President of the United States. So I've got to make this city work better for them. - Referenced Article

Republican Party Sets Its Path Following Big Election Win  

WSJ By : Staff Reporting

The Republican Party secured an electoral sweep Tuesday that made it America’s dominant party, not just in Washington but in states around the U.S. On Wednesday, it began trying to define the kind of governing party it wants to be.

The election results reinforced the party’s basic conservative identity—formed by the governors and members of Congress elected in 2010 and the new crop of officials elected this week. - Referenced Article

Scott Brown sends a congratulatory message to his opponent  

Twitter By : Staff Reporting

It's not known whether the former Senator from Massachusetts will be putting his New Hampshire vacation home up for sale, but he made congratulatory tweet to his team and his opponent. It's hard to imagine an election year without social media. Twitter has been used to trumpet ideas and to challenge opponents on opposing positions.

On Election Eve, G.O.P. Is Confident, but Voters Are Sour  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

The most expensive midterm campaign in American history stumbled into Election Day on Tuesday with voters’ interest at record lows and their divisions deep over what they want their government to do in President Obama’s final two years.

Republicans entered the final hours confident they will gain at least six seats and take control of the Senate, but polls showed several races too close to call. - Full Article

Hillary Clinton: The NH Senate Race Boils Down To Turnout  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

Posters around New Hampshire with the words, "Quarantine Shaheen" is a sign of how contentious the race between Senator Jeanne Shaheen and former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has been.

Hillary Clinton stomped for Shaheen on Sunday stating, “Fear is the last resort of those who have run out of ideas and who have run out of hope.”

Where we could've put the 4 billion spent on this midterm  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Chris Frates, C N N investigative correspondent asks, "What Americans could have bought instead of a $4 billion election" in his piece this weekend for C N N. The Center for Responsive Politics is projecting this November 4th mid term election will amount to 4 Billion dollars. - Full Article

Rand Paul: The GOP brand sucks  

10 News By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, likened the Republican party to Domino's Pizza Wednesday when he declared that the party's image "sucks." "Remember Domino's Pizza? They admitted, 'Hey, our pizza crust sucks.'

The Republican Party brand sucks... - Full Article

He's back: Rob Ford Elected to Toronto City Council  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Doug Ford, the almost equally colorful brother of blustery, crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, lost his bid to succeed his brother in the city's top job Monday night — but the scandal-ridden mayor was elected to the City Council.

Rob Ford bowed out of the race after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer, and he tapped Doug Ford, who was his campaign manager, to run in his place. Conservative John Tory won the election, however, with about 40 percent of the vote to Ford's 34 percent. - Full Article

Jay Carney Says President Obama Does Not Watch Cable News  

Huffington Post By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama does not watch cable news. This was the take away from an interview with former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on CNN's "Reliable Sources" this Sunday.

When asked by host Brian Stelter about the president's news diet, Carney listed The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Politico, describing Obama as a "voracious consumer of the printed word." - Full Article

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren joins Shaheen in N.H. this weekend  

Concord Monitor By : Staff Reporting

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren will join fellow U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in New Hampshire this weekend to campaign against a challenger familiar to both of them: Republican Scott Brown.

Warren defeated Brown – who was then the incumbent – to win her Massachusetts Senate seat in 2012. - Full Article

Timid Democrats will be in for a surprise on Election Day  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

I have a feeling Democrats are going to wake up after Election Day going, eww and aww looking at the glacial shift in the political landscape. If the polls and analysts are correct, both Houses of Congress will be Republican. Maybe the Democrats will have a period of self-reflection like the Republicans did after the 2012 race.

The Democrats might ask themselves, how it is that affordable health care has so many popular and accepted components and still be politically poisonous.  How can so much political capital be squandered vis-à-vis defense and foreign policy?

White folks who were enthusiastic about Obama’s candidacy are shouting I don’t like his policies, but can’t give a definitive reason as to why, with the noticeable exception of Gwyneth Paltrow who is wholeheartedly all in for the President.

It is hard to call some of the Republican rage against the administration bigotry, or is it? One would have to reason that Obama’s approval ratings have tumbled because when the going got tougher they decided not to champion their own issues. It makes a tougher race for candidates like Jeanne Shaheen against former Senator Scott Brown; who was given his a** to him against Senator Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts.

I don’t know why they keep calling it a 24 hour news cycle; it’s actually a minute by minute or hourly news cycle nowadays and the Republicans has exploited it so much that Fox News, Breitbart and talk radio shows around the country can be deemed the ‘Fourth Branch of Government’s call for the end of Government’.

For all the talk of Obama’s campaign behemoth, did it run for the caves? The BarackObama.com YouTube Channel’s last post was in 2013. It has dwindled to over a half millions subscribers, but I can’t help but thinking what if the old Obama campaign apparatus was back in full swing. Could it help swing some state races for the Dems?

Republicans never left campaign and strategy mode. They made it their mission to ridicule the President at every stop, even made it a point to say that Vladimir Putin was a stronger leader. Even when they’ve had the worst blunders they’ve still made their base believe that giving arms to so-called moderate Syrians, which would have ended up in the hands of ISIS, was the only solutions to defeat President Assad. John McCain even demanded boots on the ground.

Foreign Policy novices like Senator Kelly Ayotte, championed short-sighted tactical solutions and questioned a handicapped administration that has to strategically think long-term and measure lasting implications that can’t be squeezed into the news cycle.

Colin Powell's endorsement  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

Obama: You've got to get that Cousin Pookie sitting at home on the couch  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

When President Obama returned to the campaign trail Sunday, he re-introduced one of his favorite characters.

Yes, "Cousin Pookie" is back. As he has in previous elections, Obama cast Cousin Pookie and other family members as the kinds of disinterested voters that Democrats need to get to the polls this election. - Full Article

Paul: African-American leaders may not yet embrace GOP  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Rand Paul tells POLITICO that the Republican presidential candidate in 2016 could capture one-third or more of the African-American vote by pushing criminal-justice reform, school choice and economic empowerment.

“If Republicans have a clue and do this and go out and ask every African-American for their vote, I think we can transform an election in one cycle,” the Kentucky Republican said in a phone interview Thursday as he was driven through New Hampshire in a rental car. - Full Article

Latest: Hunter Biden, Son of VP discharged from Navy Reserve for Cocaine  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Hunter Biden, the son of the vice president, was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after testing positive for cocaine, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

"It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge," the younger Biden said in a statement released by his attorney. - Full Article

Mitt Romney, Scott Brown pair up after 2012 pause  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

When Scott Brown was fighting to keep his Senate seat in Massachusetts two years ago, he was forced to keep his distance from a former colleague who also happened to be his party's top gun at the time, Mitt Romney.

Now, Brown is battling for the Senate again. This time, his arms are wide open for Romney. - Full Article

Intensity Edge: GOP Holds Advantage With High-Interest Voters  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Our latest NBC/WSJ/Annenberg poll presents some scary turnout numbers for Democrats.

It shows them with a five-point advantage in congressional preference, with 48% of registered voters wanting a Democratic-controlled Congress and 43% wanting Republicans in charge. - Full Article

Can New Hampshire still be Independent after electing Senator Scott Brown?  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

New Hampshire First in the Nation, Live Free or Die and New Hampshire’s Assertive Independence will be toppled with the election of Scott Brown.

For all those Republicans harping about the influence of Massachusetts’s politics let’s go ahead and put our support behind a moderate Senator who was too tepid to win south of the border. How can New Hampshire conservatives call themselves independent with record amounts from big oil and Wall Street propping Scott Brown’s campaign up?

The only support Scott Brown has given New Hampshire thus far is in words only; there is no legislative record. Big money wouldn’t support a conservative of and by New Hampshire, so Kelly Ayotte threw her support with the money.

Elizabeth Warren: President Obama protected Wall Street not families  

Salon By : Staff Reporting

Senator Elizabeth Warren scarcely requires an introduction. She is the single most exciting Democrat currently on the national stage.

Her differentness from the rest of the political profession is stark and obvious. It extends from her straightforward clarity on economic issues to the energetic way she talks. - Full Article

Wendy Davis ad uses wheelchair to criticize paralyzed foe Abbott  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Wendy Davis is attacking her partially paralyzed Republican opponent Greg Abbott in the Texas governor's race -- with an ad that features an empty wheelchair. "A tree fell on Greg Abbott.

He sued and got millions. Since then, he's spent his career working against other victims," a narrator says of the wheelchair-bound Abbott. - Full Article

Limbaugh: Lets Move campaign is essentially starving our kids  

Rush Limbaugh By : Staff Reporting

Rush Limbaugh Transcript:

Let's Move campaign, which is essentially the starving of our kids, for real.

Have you seen a picture of the Michelle Obama Let's Move lunch? It is unbelievable. It looks like the stuff that egg cartons are made out of. It's a tray.

In the upper left hand little section is dry, shredded lettuce, and then there looks like a single carrot in another section and a little like a cup of fat-free or skim milk. There's no entree. Students are outraged, parents are outraged -- and, of course, it's always been the Republicans starving our children. It's Michelle Obama who's doing it!

Paltrow to President Obama: Youre so handsome that I cant speak properly.  

USA Today By : Gregory Korte

Gwyneth Paltrow had trouble remembering her lines as she introduced President Obama at a big-dollar fundraiser at her Los Angeles home Thursday.

The Hollywood actress told Obama "I am one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest," praising the president before turning over the microphone by saying, "You're so handsome that I can't speak properly." - Full Article

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif lie debunked  

Wonkette By : Staff Reporting

Rachel Maddow brought us a double helping of Debunktion Junction Wednesday night, because there was just too much misinformation out there for a single segment.

First off, she looked at that outrageous ad that congressmoron Kevin Cramer filmed in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery without permission, violating VA rules to use dead soldiers’ graves as props in an ad. - Full Article

Bill Clinton: Tying Dems to Obama A Pretty Good Scam  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Former President Bill Clinton pushed back on Republican attempts to tie Arkansas Democrats to President Barack Obama on Monday, telling voters in his home state that the campaign tactic is “a pretty good scam.”

“You cannot afford to do what their opponents want. They want you to make this a protest vote,” Clinton told supporters at the University of Central Arkansas. - Full Article

Six times Joe Biden aimed for the truth and caused a headache  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Vice President Joe Biden is known for his off-the-cuff remarks, and sometimes, they get him into trouble.

The latest example came last week when Biden told an audience at Harvard that ISIS had been inadvertently strengthened by Turkey and the United Arab Emirates -- two U.S. allies. - Full Article

Political action committees pumping millions of dollars into key U.S. Senate campaigns  

Cleveland Plain Dealer By : Staff Reporting

With one month to go before the Nov. 4 elections, the battle for which party will control the U.S. Senate is intensifying.

Republicans need to gain six seats to take control of the Senate - a distinct possibility, so political action committees on both sides of the aisle are pumping in large sums of money to try and influence the outcome of the Senate races. - Full Article

Harrell Kirstein: Brown's rhetoric is entirely disconnected with reality  

Seacoast Online By : Staff Reporting

U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen opposes deploying American ground troops to the Middle East to fight Islamic State militants but her Republican challenger, Scott Brown, said he remains open to the idea.

A U.S.-led coalition recently began airstrikes in Iraq and Syria aimed at destroying the extremist faction that has seized control of a huge chunk of territory stretching from northern Syria to the western outskirts of the Iraqi capital. - Full Article

Gov. Chris Christie on 2016 elections, war on drugs and weight loss  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sat down with Gayle King for a wide-ranging interview in Newark. Christie addressed his take on the "war on drugs," as well as his health and plans for a presidential run in 2016.

Scott Brown Knows More About Lady Stuff Than Dumb Lady He's Running Against  

Wonkette By : Kaili Joy Gray

Scott Brown, topless truck-driving Everyman who’s trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen because she’s not as “virtually” from New Hampshire as he is, knows all about women.

He has a wife — who is a woman! — and also too some daughters, and they are women too! - Full Article

#Politifact: #Shaheen is telling the truth about #ScottBrown #WallStreet ties  

Politifact By : Louis Jacobson

As the race between Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and Republican challenger Scott Brown heats up, the attacks are growing more intense.

In a recent radio ad, Shaheen accused Brown of being too friendly with Wall Street when serving as a senator from neighboring Massachusetts from 2010 to 2012. - Full Article

Former Virginia governor found guilty in influence-peddling case  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on charges related to influence peddling, concluding a sometimes dramatic trial and derailing the political ambitions of the one-time rising star in the Republican Party.

After more than a month of sometimes soul-baring testimony, the jury issued guilty verdicts on 11 counts against McDonnell, while clearing him on two others. - Full Article

Pay for Eric Cantor's Wall Street Post: $3.4 Million  

WSJ By : Staff Reporting

Eric Cantor plans to join boutique investment bank Moelis as the recently defeated House majority leader embarks on a new career on Wall Street.

Here are the terms of his compensation, as disclosed by Moelis in an SEC filing.

Including all elements of his pay package for this first year, Mr. Cantor’s pay package totals $3.4 million for the remainder of this year through the end of calendar 2015. - Full Article

Democrats Seize on McConnell Shutdown Threat  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Democrats are firing back at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's suggestion that Republicans, if they win control of the Senate, would possibly threaten to shutdown the government to force policy changes from President Barack Obama. - Full Article

Defiant Perry Defends Veto That Led to Indictment  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday defended the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power, noting that even some Democrats have questioned the move by prosecutors.

"I stood up for the rule of law in the state of Texas, and if I had to do it again I would make exactly the same decision," Perry, a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said. - Full Article

Hillary Clinton planning to hug it out with Obama  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she hopes she and President Obama can hug it out like friends at a Martha's Vineyard soiree Wednesday -- her attempt to make up for dissing Obama's foreign policy in a magazine interview this week.

Clinton ripped Obama's Syria strategy and dismissed his onetime foreign policy catchphrase as small bore. - Full Article

Cantor to resign from House seat in August  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

After a surprise primary election loss, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.

The congressman will step down Aug. 18 and ask Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately, Cantor spokesman Doug Heye said Friday. - Full Article

Blaming the flirtatious wife? Ex-Gov. Bob McDonnell's trial turns tabloid  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

As governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell was a savvy southerner often talked about as a hot Republican presidential prospect for 2016. Now he’s fighting to stay out of jail.

The fall-from-grace narrative is a classic one, a rising-star politician who accepted lavish gifts from a rich businessman seeking help from state government. - Full Article

Obama offers to meet Perry over immigration  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama, on a trip to Texas, responded to Gov. Rick Perry's request for a meeting on the immigration crisis with an invitation of his own.

Obama invited Perry to a meeting together with faith leaders and local officials in Dallas on Wednesday, according to a letter written by Obama's senior adviser Valerie Jarrett. - Full Article

Sen. Robert Menendez seeks probe of alleged Cuban plot to smear him  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Robert Menendez is asking the Justice Department to pursue evidence obtained by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government concocted an elaborate plot to smear him with allegations that he cavorted with underage prostitutes, according to people familiar with the discussions.

In a letter sent to Justice Department officials, the senator’s attorney asserts that the plot was timed to derail the ­political rise of Menendez (D-N.J.), one of Washington’s most ardent critics of the Castro regime. - Full Article

Hillary Rodham Clinton: By the Book  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

The former secretary of state and author of “Hard Choices” keeps copies of Republican memoirs like “Faith of My Fathers” and “Decision Points” on her shelves.

What books are you reading right now?

I’ve got a pile of books stacked on my night stand that I’m reading — or hoping to get to soon. I’m usually working on more than one at a time. So right now it’s “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt; “Mom & Me & Mom,” by Maya Angelou; and “Missing You,” by Harlan Coben. - Full Interview

2014 Senate landscape tilts in GOP favor  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Contests are set in nearly half the states for November's elections, and with few contested primary elections remaining on the calendar, Republicans are enjoying clear advantages in their quest for a Senate takeover. - Full Article

American Idol Star Clay Aikens Primary Is Too Close to Call, Bio-Wiki-Video  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

The Democratic congressional primary race between former "American Idol" runner-up Clay Aiken and textile entrepreneur Keith Crisco remained very close and without a clear winner early Wednesday.

Aiken and Crisco each had about 40 percent of the vote, trailed by licensed family counselor Toni Morris of Fayetteville in Tuesday's primary race in the 2nd Congressional District.

Aiken's first political campaign drew an unusual amount of celebrity buzz thanks to his singing career and a second-place finish on "Celebrity Apprentice." - Full Article

Clay Aiken's Biography Wiki

Scott Brown-Jeanne Shaheen N.H. race costs may set record  

Boston Herald By : Staff Reporting

The heavyweight U.S. Senate showdown between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown — already off to a fast and snippy start with both sides accusing each other of breaking federal elections laws — could shatter records for campaign spending and even top the amount racked up by GOP presidential primary hopefuls in the Granite State two years ago.

“It wouldn’t shock me if it topped $50 million,” said Dante Scala, a campaign finance expert at the University of New Hampshire. - Full Article

J.D. Winteregg Out of a job after controversial campaign video  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

The tea party activist challenging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has lost his teaching job over a racy Web video that went viral last week. J.D. Winteregg, who's received outside support from the Tea Party Leadership Fund in his bid for Boehner's House seat, had been an adjunct professor at Cedarville University, a small Christian college in Cedarville, Ohio, for three years.

Last week, Winteregg was told his contract would not be renewed. - Full Article

Student protesters: Condoleezza Rice is a truly dangerous person  

Star Tribune By : Staff Reporting

Student activists at the University of Minnesota are ratcheting up their protest against a campus visit by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is scheduled to speak Thurday at Northrop Auditorium.

Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), which tried and failed to get the U to rescind its invitation to Rice, has sent a letter to the U police chief, Greg Hestness, claiming that a "truly dangerous" person is heading to campus. - Full Article

NH policyholders will realize an 8 percent rate decrease in health care  

FactCheck.org By : Staff Reporting

Republicans cite a new survey to claim health insurance premiums are up 90 percent in New Hampshire because of the Affordable Care Act.

But that figure is based on just one insurance broker in the state. The 90 percent figure is included in a survey of 148 insurance brokers by Morgan Stanley, to help guide investor decisions about stock purchases. - Full Article

Now that Scott Brown has jumped in  

The Daily Beast By : Staff Reporting

Nobody has been a U.S. senator from two different states in more than 100 years, but Scott Brown announced Thursday he will run for New Hampshire's seat after losing his Massachusetts seat in 2012.

Brown, a Republican, will challenge the sitting Democrat, Jeanne Shaheen. - Full Article

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad fires Mike Carroll for inaccurate information  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Iowa's governor fired the head of the state's administrative department hours after The Des Moines Register published documents showing he didn't tell the truth to state lawmakers.

Mike Carroll, who was appointed head of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services in 2011, last week testified before a legislative oversight committee that no money had been paid to state employees from his department in exchange for a pact of secrecy. - Full Article

Bobby Jindal wants to be the ideas candidate in 2016  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal unveiled a health care plan this week, a proposal that would repeal Obamacare and replace it with a plan stuffed full of ideas that will appeal to conservative activists.

It's the latest sign of how Jindal and his advisers believe he can catapult himself into the top tier of 2016 Republican candidates and, ultimately, to the party's nomination... - Full Article

Obamacare Website Fails as Deadline Arrives  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

People trying to apply and enroll for private health insurance through Obamacare before Monday's midnight deadline discovered the website was "currently unavailable."

Healthcare.gov, the online marketplace bedeviled by bugs since its launch last fall, went down for several hours Monday morning, a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said. - Full Article

Wis. Majority Leader Bill Kramer charged with sexual assault, Bio-Wiki-Video  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Prosecutors charged former Wisconsin Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer on Friday with sexually assaulting a political aide three years ago following a Republican mixer.

Kramer is charged with two counts of second-degree felony sexual assault. He faces up to $200,000 in fines and 80 years in prison if convicted on both charges. He is due to make an initial court appearance on April 14. - Full Article

Bill Kramer Biography Wiki

FBI: California Sen. Leland Yee took bribes, trafficked guns, Wiki-Bio-Video  

The Sacramento Bee By : Staff Reporting

State Sen. Leland Yee was arraigned on seven charges of corruption and firearms trafficking Wednesday, swept up in a broad FBI sting involving more than two dozen people across the Bay Area suspected of selling drugs, smuggling guns and arranging murder for hire.

Yee was one of 26 people charged Wednesday in the operation, many of whom wore headsets to translate... - Full Article

State Sen. Leland Yee Biography Wiki

Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton together again to talk education  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton - two central figures in modern politics with 2016 prospects - joined forces Monday to talk global education. In her keynote address, Clinton praised Bush's dedication to education reform since serving two terms as governor of Florida,

where he overhauled the state's education system, introducing a school voucher program and banning using race as a factor in university admissions. - Full Article

Donna Brazile: the GOP have not learned a thing  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

One year ago, the Republican National Committee completed a four-month period of "self-reflection" and "evaluation" after losing its second straight presidential election and the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections.

The result of that process became popularly known as the GOP "Autopsy Report" -- an analysis of all of the Republican Party's ailments and prescriptions for how to cure them. - Full Article

Republican Scott Wagner: In case you dont know this is a very big deal, Bio-Wiki-Video  

York News By : Staff Reporting

Politicos and election officials are confirming Republican Scott Wagner's apparent victory in the 28th Senate as the first time a write-in candidate has won an election for state Senate in Pennsylvania.

Only about 22,300 voters cast ballots in Tuesday's special election, for a turnout of 13.6 percent, according to unofficial numbers from the county's elections office. - Full Article

Scott Wagner Biography Wiki

Memo to Democrats: Running from Barack Obama wont work  

Washington By : Staff Reporting

He's a Democrat running for reelection this November in a district where President Obama won just 33 percent of the vote in 2012. And he's trying to run as far away from Obama as possible.

But it's not working. Earlier this month, Rahall -- in an attempt to argue his independence from the national Democratic Party -- told The Hill newspaper that he "probably" supported George W. Bush more when the Republican was in the White House than he has supported President Obama. - Full Article

Congressional candidate Lavern Chatman has Oprah on her side, Wiki-Bio-Video  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

You may have never heard of Lavern Chatman, a Democrat running for Congress in northern Virginia.

But now that her pal Oprah Winfrey is making a rare political appearance for the candidate, Chatman is making national headlines.

It helps to have famous friends. - Full Article

Lavern Chatman Biography Wiki

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has advanced cancer, Wiki-Bio-Video  

Burlington Free Press By : Staff Reporting

The newspaper says in a story on its website Saturday that doctors found "an advanced cancer of unknown origin" that had metastasized, and that they were unable to find its source. - Full Article

This is Ted Cruz  

Doug Ross By : Staff Reporting

Mysterious posters of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with his face photoshopped onto a tattooed body were plastered around various locations in Los Angeles, like the Beverly Hilton Hotel, late Thursday night. - Full Article

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Will Not Seek Third Term  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ended months of speculation about her political future on Wednesday when she announced that she will not seek a third term in office.

The Arizona Constitution limits governors to two terms, but the Republican governor and her advisers have kept alive a scenario in which she might mount a longshot legal challenge to seek another four years in office. - Full Time

Galifianakis: What is it like to be the last black president?  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Anyone who's watched Funny or Die's interview segment, "Between Two Ferns" with comedic actor Zach Galifianakis, knows the interviewee is in for a few minutes of sheer awkwardness.

The back-and-forth takes place in between two ferns. Literally. And the most popular episode was when Galifianakis belt-whipped Justin Bieber. - Full Article

The approval and trustworthiness of Gov Christie continues to go south  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

The ‘Bridgegate’ investigation took an unexpected turn on Monday afternoon and the governor’s poll numbers are still suffering.

Federal prosecutors have withdrawn their subpoena for documents related to New Jersey Port Authority Chairman David Samson on Monday afternoon, just a week after launching an inquiry into whether or not the executive’s work with the Port Authority was benefitting clients of the private law firm he founded. - Full Article

Update: Democrat Alex Sink and Republican David Jolly Special Election  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

Tuesday's special election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., in Florida's 13th congressional district counts for a lot, not just for the people of the district but also for the national parties: they're testing messages, testing turnout machines.

But it won't predict the outcome of November's congressional midterms. Whoever wins will call this a sign of things to come, of course, and there's little question the race does hinge heavily on the Affordable Care Act. - Full Article

Support for Obamacare slightly edges up especially among higher income earners  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Support for the country's new health care law appears to be rebounding slightly, according to a new national poll. A CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday indicates that nearly all of the increased support comes from upper-income and college-educated Americans.

The poll's Tuesday release comes on the same day that a special election is being held in Florida's 13th Congressional District to fill a vacant U.S. House seat. - Full Article

Sen. Mitch McConnell: I Think We're Going To Crush Them Everywhere  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

The leaders of some national tea party groups aren't taking kindly to tough talk by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

The top Senate Republican, who's running for re-election this year, said over the weekend that he's not concerned about facing a tea party supported primary challenger back home in Kentucky. - Full Article

The Rand Paul-Ted Cruz Showdown  

The Washington Times By : Staff Reporting

The one-two finish of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz in The Washington Times/CPAC straw poll over the weekend cemented their rock star status among grass-roots activists — and signaled that the two tea party favorites are destined for a showdown over which senator will carry the conservative flag in the contest for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

For the second straight year, Mr. Paul was easily the top choice of the thousands who converged for the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference just outside the Beltway in suburban Maryland, underscoring the power of the libertarian wing of the movement. - Full Article

Could The GOP Nominate Condoleezza Rice?  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

Let me just get this out there. I don’t know if the other former Secretary of State will use the slogan, something about ‘in it to win it’ again, but if the GOP could settle their differences and put forth a Rice/Rubio ticket it would be over for the Democrats at least for the next decade.

The Clinton’s would have to know this would usher in an entirely new political map.

The choice of Rice’s words were did not characterize Putin as Hitler’esk but characterized him from a first person standpoint and carefully articulated Putin’s intent and objectives like the foremost seasoned intellectual on Russian affairs that she is. - Full Article

Dick Cheney: Putin Believes Obama is weak  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Barack Obama Sunday of appeasing Russian President Vladimir Putin and said there’s “no question” that Putin “believes he is weak.”

Cheney said in an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation that Obama and his advisers “have created an image around the world, not just to the Russians, of weakness… the Syrian situation is a classic. We got all ready to do something -- a lot of the allies signed on -- and at the last minute, Obama backed off.” - Full Article

Political Brain Trust Of Mitt Romney Gathers In Utah  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Is Mitt Romney getting the band back together?

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee has invited his debate prep advisers and senior campaign aides to his mountaintop chalet in Park City, Utah, for a weekend of skiing later this month, according to two people close to Romney. - Full Article

Rep. Tyler Olson: Clearly, the popularity of 501(c)(4)s is growing.  

Sioux City Journal By : Staff Reporting

The unlimited, anonymous money that shook the 2012 elections may be poised to make its way down the ballot. It’s been more than four years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission helped give rise to a flood do unlimited, undisclosed money.

Called 501(c)(4) groups after the chapter in the tax code from which they derive their authority, these issue-driven groups, such as Crossroads GPS and the Priorities USA, have spawned shoot-offs and imitators now cropping up in Iowa. - Full Article

Condoleezza Rice/Marco Rubio Ticket?  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

Let me just get this out there. I don’t know if the other former Secretary of State will use the slogan, something about ‘in it to win it’ again, but if the GOP could settle their differences and put forth a Rice/Rubio ticket it would be over for the Democrats at least for the next decade.

The Clinton’s would have to know this would usher in an entirely new political map. - Full Article

Senator Mitch McConnell raises a rifle at CPAC, Political Stunt?  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Mitch McConnell surprised the CPAC crowd by bringing a rifle onstage, but it was really an award for Sen. Tom Coburn.

Darrell Issa and Elijah Cummings heated exchange  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

Sparks were flying Wednesday at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the IRS scandal. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) made his voice heard after Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) adjourned the hearing before the Democrat could ask a question.

Former IRS official Lois Lerner was present to testify at the hearing, but she pleaded the Fifth and didn’t respond to questions about her leadership over the IRS division that improperly targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections.  - Full Article

Rep. Rooney: I cant stand prevent defense  

The Wichita Eagle By : Staff Reporting

Three-term Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida said in an interview Friday that it was critical for the GOP to coalesce around an alternative that includes some elements of the current law, such as ending discrimination against individuals with existing conditions, and other proposals to help the 30 million Americans without health insurance.

He said it would be a mistake for Republicans to simply sit by and count on their opposition to the law to carry them to wins in November. "I come from a football family and I can't stand 'prevent' defense," said Rooney, the grandson of Art Rooney, founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"Teams always play that at the end when they're up big and we're up big right now. There's this philosophy that we can do no harm if we just play 'prevent' defense and I don't think we serve our constituents well when we don't give them a reason why they should elect us." - Full Article

Rush Limbaugh has words for Governor Jan Brewer  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

Rush Limbaugh on Thursday blasted Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of SB 1062, saying the decision has likely left the Founding Fathers “spinning in their graves” — although not all the conservative radio talkers agreed with his position.

Limbaugh told listeners that with the veto, “Democrats and their media allies are cheering; even some Republicans are praising Arizona.”

But SB 1062 was “mischaracterized from the get-go” as anti-gay when it was actually “pro-religious freedom,” Limbaugh said. - Full Article

Biden: I may be a white boy, but I can jump  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

Vice President Joe Biden defended his basketball skills at a Black History Month event in Washington on Tuesday, jokingly telling about 150 attendees, "I may be a white boy, but I can jump."

Biden, who hosted the reception at the Naval Observatory with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, said that he wanted to team up with former NBA star and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to take on President Obama, The Washington Post reported. - Full Article

Scott Walker, eyeing 2016  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been eyeing a 2016 presidential run since his battles with labor unions made him a Republican star, is in the midst of dealing with the fallout of two criminal investigations at home that could complicate his move to the national stage.

One is ongoing, and while the other is now closed with no allegations of wrongdoing by Walker, it has the lingering potential to embarrass him... Full Article

Rep. Darrell Issa, Wiki-Bio-Video  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa is discovering a powerful political equation: red meat = money.

At the close of 2013, the California Republican had raised more campaign money than nearly all of the other House committee chairmen, trailing only Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012.

According to FEC records, Issa’s campaign brought in $2.15 million in 2013, while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., brought in $2.05 million... Full Article

Darrell Issa Biography Wiki

House Of Cards Season 2  

Netflix By : Staff Reporting

Mitt: The only man, to steer the troubled ship of state back toward its divine destiny  

The Atlantic By : Staff Reporting

Early in the recently released Netflix documentary Mitt, a telling behind-the-scenes look at Mitt Romney’s near-decade-long pursuit of the White House, the remarkably handsome Romney family is shown in 2006 seated around a cozy living room weighing the idea of making the run.

Mitt solicits pros and cons. The first offering, from daughter-in-law Jen, holding her baby: “I think the con would be that you would have to be president.”... Full Article

Alison Lundergan Grimes will shock the country Wiki-Bio-Video  

Wall Street Journal By : Staff Reporting

In her first major campaign appearance in Louisville, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called for ending China’s currency manipulation and shrinking the trade deficit in an effort to return manufacturing jobs to Kentucky.

“We can add over 4.7 million jobs to our economy and cut our trade deficit by $165 billion. ... That makes a real difference,” the Democrat said Thursday. In the 40-minute speech, Grimes attacked Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell for not doing enough for the middle class... Full Article

Alison Lundergan Grimes Biography

US Senator Mark Begich not interested in campaigning with President Obama Wiki-Bio-Video  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama has told Senate Democrats that he's willing to stay away from election battles where his presence would not be helpful, a Democratic source said -- an apparent nod to his poll numbers.

Obama's comments came when he and former President Bill Clinton attended the Senate Democrats' issues conference at Nationals Park on Wednesday.

Sources at the meeting said Obama assured Democrats that maintaining control of the Senate is his top priority this year... Full Article

Mark Begich Biography

Obama's Response to a fast food worker  

Whitehouse.gov By : Staff Reporting

US Representative Clay Aiken? Wiki-Bio-Video  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Clay Aiken formally declared his bid for Congress, setting aside the singing career he launched on TV's American Idol to run as a Democrat for a North Carolina seat now held by a Republican.

In a video posted Wednesday on You Tube, Aiken alluded to the "golden ticket" that got punched when he was the 2003 runner up on the reality singing show... Full Article

Clay Aiken Biography

Right-Wing Conservatives raising more dough, ask Jenny Beth Martin Wiki-Bio-Video  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

Insurgent conservatives seeking to pull the Republican Party to the right raised more money last year than the groups controlled by the party establishment, whose bulging bank accounts and ties to major donors have been their most potent advantage in the running struggle over the party’s future, according to new campaign filings and interviews with officials.

The shift in fortunes among the largest and most influential outside political groups could have an enormous impact in the 2014 election cycle, as the Republican factions prepare to square off in a series of Senate and House primaries and as Republican leaders seek to rein in activists... Full Article

Jenny Beth Martin Biography

Wildstein: Christie knew about lane closures on bridge  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

There is evidence that Gov. Chris Christie knew of the George Washington Bridge access lane closings as they were happening, says a lawyer for the former port authority official blamed for the politically motivated incident, but Christie's office denied the allegation.

A Friday letter from David Wildstein's attorney says "evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference he gave immediately before Mr. Wildstein was scheduled to appear before the Transportation Committee...Full Article

Clinton holds commanding lead for 2016 and for 2008  

Philly.com By : Staff Reporting

Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a commanding 6-to-1 lead over other Democrats heading into the 2016 presidential campaign, while the GOP field is deeply divided with no clear front-runner, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.

Clinton trounces her potential primary rivals with 73 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, reinforcing a narrative of inevitability around her nomination if she runs.

Vice President Biden is second, with 12 percent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is third, with 8 percent... Full Article

Obama secretly supports Hillary Clinton for 2016?  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Political observers are trying to read the tea leaves after the largest super PAC that backed President Barack Obama's re-election campaign is now raising money for a potential Hillary Clinton bid.

The group, Priorities USA Action, also added Obama's top re-election campaign official, Jim Messina, to its roster as co-chairman.

So does that mean the transition comes with the President's knowledge or support? Not necessarily, says White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. - More

Maureen McDonnell Indicted on Corruption Charges Wiki-Bio  

WSJ By : Staff Reporting

Authorities charged former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, with illegally accepting luxurious gifts, vacations, the use of a private jet and large loans from the chief executive officer of a Virginia business—in exchange for special treatment. Mr. McDonnell—once a rising star in the Republican Party and tipped as a possible vice presidential pick or presidential candidate—has been under fire since last spring, when reports first emerged about the gifts. - More

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Sen. John McCain looking at another run  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

While a majority of members in Congress are focusing on the 2014 midterm elections, one Senator is looking ahead toward his potential 2016 re-election plans.

Sen. John McCain said he is still "looking very seriously" at a sixth Senate run in 2016 during an interview on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Monday night. - More

Politics surrounding Jahi McMath  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

The body of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications from routine tonsil surgery, has been released to her mother by coroners, the hospital that had been treating her said in a statement Sunday.

The Eighth-grader was released to the coroner who then released her into the custody of her mother Latasha Winkfield as per court order, Dr. David Durand, Chief of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland said in a statement. He added that her destination is unknown. - More

Tom Coburn: Obamacare Exchanges 'Will Work And Work Well'  

Huffington Post By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), one of the most ardent opponents of Obamacare, conceded Thursday that the law's health insurance exchanges "will work and work well."

"I'm not worried about the exchanges," he said in a Senate floor speech.

"They'll get that fixed." Coburn attributed the early failures of HealthCare.gov -- the online portal where individuals can shop for coverage under the Affordable Care Act -- to an "incompetency of management."

But the exchanges would ultimately be successful, Coburn said. - More

The Next Move For Obama  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama stood his ground, forced Republicans into submission and overcame liberals’ worst fear–that he’d cave and head into the final three years of his second term weakened.

But is he any stronger for it?

Obama proved he can stop Republicans from getting their way, but it’s less clear if he is in a better position to get his own. - More

Allen West: Obama is a 'spoiled brat child'  

Washington Times By : Staff Reporting

Former Rep. Allen West took to the media Thursday to give an assessment on the progression of the government shutdown, and President Obama’s leadership skills:

He’s throwing a tantrum, acting like a “spoiled brat,” he said. “I can put it in very basic Southern terms: a spoiled brat child,” Mr. West said, during an interview with Newsmax. - More

Polls: Public places more blame for shutdown on GOP  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

As the federal government’s shutdown nears its second week, a pair of new polls released Monday suggests the fiscal standoff has begun to weigh on the Republican Party.

No one – not Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama or his Democratic allies on Capitol Hill – comes away looking particularly great as a result of the shutdown, according to separate polls released Monday from the Pew Research Center and Washington Post/ABC News. - More

Obamacare Brainwashing A Clear Case Of Bigotry?  

The Anniston Star By : Staff Reporting

It is difficult to believe that there are citizens who think there is a difference between the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare. Credit has to be given to the Tea Party for brainwashing a large portion of the not-so-literate bigots by using the term “Obamacare” instead of the legal term, Affordable Care Act.

This has to be a sacrilegious act of the more-educated bigots to get the less-informed bigots to admit that they can accept and make use of the Affordable Care Act, but not Obamacare. - More

Boehner tells colleagues he will avoid a default on federal debt  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

In meetings with small groups of rank-and-file lawmakers, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has emphasized that he will not permit the country to default for the first time on its debt.

Given that a bloc of hard-line conservatives is unlikely to vote to increase the limit under any circumstances, Boehner has told fellow Republicans that they must craft an agreement that can attract significant Democratic support. - More

New York Daily News Mocks Boehner  

NewsBusters.org By : Staff Reporting

The Daily News is valiantly trying to disprove the notion that New York is America’s capital of sophistication.

Their liberalism is so childish they keep reverting to babies and poop for their shutdown summary.

Perhaps they used a focus-group of fourth graders to help with cover concepts. The November 16, 1995, cover of the Daily News carried a cover with a cartoon of crabby Newt Gingrich in diapers, with the headline “CRY BABY: Newt's Tantrum: He closed down the government because Clinton made him sit at back of plane.” - More

Cory Booker dabbles in online flirtation with stripper from Oregon  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

Booker, who is 44 and single, has been on the receiving end of some racy tweets from Lee, of Portland, Ore., over the past year, including more than one lascivious invitation to consummate their friendship.

“I want @CoryBooker to plow me through the night . . . ” she wrote in one tweet first reported on the website BuzzFeed. - More

Obama Endorses de Blasio  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

In 2009, President Obama offered one of the most tepid endorsements in recent memory when his spokesman suggested indirectly that the president was supporting the Democratic candidate for mayor of New York, William C. Thompson Jr., in his race against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

Even Mr. Thompson seemed surprised by the news. - More

Most Americans against defunding Obamacare: Survey  

CNBC By : Staff Reporting

A solid majority of Americans oppose defunding the new health care law if it means shutting down the government and defaulting on debt.

The CNBC All-America Economic Survey of 800 people across the country conducted by Hart-McInturff, finds that, in general, Americans oppose defunding Obamacare by a plurality of 44 percent to 38 percent. - More

Who Can Beat Lindsey Graham Wiki-Bio-Video  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Since the elections of 2010, when a tide of grassroots fervor swept through the state and vaulted a bumper crop of fresh-faced conservative leaders into office, South Carolina's Republican political establishment has been drastically reshaped.

The state's governor, Nikki Haley, is a 41-year -old Indian-American.

Tim Scott is the first African-American to represent the state in the United States Senate. - More

Lindsey Graham Biography Wiki

Liz Cheney and other Senate Candidate tout family ties Wiki-Bio-Video  

Federal News Radio By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Mark Pryor likes to tell voters that he always puts Arkansas first, borrowing the campaign slogan associated with his family for decades. In Wyoming, Liz Cheney bets that her famous father's name will be gold in her Senate race. - More

Liz Cheney Biography Wiki

Obama family vacation continues on Marthas Vineyard  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama’s fourth summer vacation on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard is humming along with the usual golf games and basketball.

But the family vibe is different. For the first time, daughters Malia and Sasha are missing, away at summer camp.

White House officials say only that the girls will reunite with their parents later in the week, without giving a specific date. - More

Birthday Weekend For Obama  

ABC News By : Staff Reporting

President Obama, who turns 52 Sunday, spent today playing golf with friends at Joint Base Andrews, but before he went he was briefed on the terrorist threat that will cause 21 U.S. embassies to close Sunday.

“Before departing this morning, the president was updated on the potential threat occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco. He will continue to be updated through the weekend,” a White House official told reporters. - More

Congressional Black Caucus Is Satisfied, Wiki-Video  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

The Congressional Black Caucus went more than two years without a meeting with President Barack Obama and, during that time, often complained that he wasn't paying enough attention to black Americans.

But, on Tuesday, after spending an hour and a half with Obama, the CBC had few complaints as they spoke to reporters outside the White House. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), the caucus's chair, said the meeting wasn't contentious. - More

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Rick Perry Calling It Quits, Wiki-Bio-Video  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to his record-setting tenure as chief executive of the Lone Star state.

"The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership," Perry, a Republican, said at a news conference in San Antonio surrounded by hundreds of supporters. - More

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Ted Cruz and his religious military crusade  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reamed President Barack Obama Thursday for threatening to veto a bill that would guarantee members of the military can freely express their religious beliefs.

“We have reports of servicemen and women being told that, ‘If you share your faith with others, you will face disciplinary action and perhaps court martial,’” Cruz told an evening reception of social conservatives at the Capitol. - More

Gabriel E. Gomez in the fight of his party, Wiki-Bio-Video  

Boston Herald By : Staff Reporting

Republicans are casting the intense battle between Senate hopefuls Gabriel E. Gomez and U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey as an early referendum on the scandal-wracked Obama administration, as Democrats scramble to widen the congressman’s lead in the polls just 10 days before the election.

“This is definitely a canary-in-the-coal-mine race,” Republican consultant Ron Bonjean said. “You’re seeing the polls dropping and a Republican in Massachusetts once again having a very decent shot at winning the election. - More

Gabriel E. Gomez Biography

President Obama campaigns for Markey  

Boston.com By : Staff Reporting

President Obama exhorted a crowd of thousands to support US Senate hopeful Edward J. Markey, who Obama said, would “carry on the legacy of John Kerry and Ted Kennedy” and “be my partner.”

At the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Roxbury, Obama told a fired-up crowd that he needed Markey to help accomplish his agenda.

“I’ve got to have folks in the United States Senate who are willing to stand up for working people just like I am,” he said to cheers and applause. - More

Cory Booker declares Senate run  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Rep. Bachmann calling it quits  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, a conservative firebrand and a favorite of tea party Republicans, said Wednesday she will not run for another term in the U.S. House.

Bachmann, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination last year, announced her decision in a video on her website. - More

Friends of Sen. Ted Cruz  

Slate By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Ted Cruz doesn’t have as many friends as he says he does.

In the latest round of Cruz’s simmering debate with Sen. John McCain (who labeled Cruz a "wacko bird"), Cruz spoke of "my friend, the senior senator from Arizona" while painting him as out of touch with his party and country.

It usually takes a while for senators to learn how to weaponize compliments and imprecations of friendship, but Cruz is a quick study. - More

Anthony Weiner: I know that I have to prove myself  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

“As a matter of fact, I don’t think there’s anyone in public life who I’ve kind of sought out their approval or even much advice,” Weiner, who used to described Sen. Chuck Schumer as his mentor, told Talking Points Memo.

“I know that I have to prove myself to my colleagues in government just as much as I do to the rest of New Yorkers … I wouldn’t even consider asking the Clintons for an endorsement or support in a race like this.

I mean, obviously, the former president and the former secretary of state have bigger fish to fry.” - More

Eric Garcetti wins, Wiki-Bio-Video  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Eric Garcetti has won the race to be the 42nd mayor of Los Angeles, becoming the first Jewish person elected as mayor in the city's history.

City Controller Wendy Greuel conceded defeat early Wednesday to Garcetti, a City Council member and former Council president, according to the Los Angeles Times. - More

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Obama's Poll Numbers  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

It was “a bad week for the White House,” according to the National Journal. USA Today said it was ”one of the most challenging weeks at the White House for the Obama administration.” The Washington Examiner went with ”Obama’s roughest week.” Our colleagues at The Fix dissented a bit: They didn’t think it was Obama’s worst week ever. Just his second-worst week ever. - More

Anthony Weiner Launches Mayoral Bid, Wiki-Bio-Video  

NPR By : Staff Reporting

Anthony Weiner's run for a renaissance is officially on.

The ex-congressman whose career imploded in a rash of raunchy tweets two years ago said in a YouTube video announcement late Tuesday that he's in the New York City mayoral race. He'd said last month he was considering it. - More

Mitch McConnell: Obama created culture of intimidation  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell unloaded on the Obama administration on Sunday, accusing it of instilling a "culture of intimidation," as the White House continued to suffer brush back following a bombshell report that accused the IRS of targeting specific groups.

"What we're talking about here is an attitude that the government knows best," McConnell said on NBC's "Meet the Press"... - More

Rep. Edward Markey: Massachusetts is a brain state  

NewTelegram.com By : Staff Reporting

In one of his first visits to the city since winning the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey told a crowd of supporters gathered yesterday afternoon in the Straight Up Cafe that he is running on what makes Massachusetts special.

“What the Patrick-Murray administration has done is nothing short of a national example,” he said. - More

Cory Booker made $1.3M from speeches  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

Newark mayor and New Jersey Senate hopeful Cory Booker made $1.3 million from nearly 90 paid speeches over the last five years, according to financial disclosure filings his aides made public Friday.

It’s the first time Booker, who has been criticized for traveling out of the state for such speeches, has given an accounting of the income. - More

Attorney General Eric Holder: It is unacceptable. It is shameful.  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

There’s never been much love lost between Attorney General Eric Holder and Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of California – who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The tension between the two men was on full display Wednesday, when Holder flatly labeled Issa’s conduct during a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee “shameful.” - More

Rep. Jason Chaffetz and the Impeachment Option  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Rep. Jason Chaffetz reiterated Tuesday that the impeachment of President Barack Obama is possible as the White House faces scrutiny over its role in responding to the terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.

“Look, it's not something I'm seeking,” the Republican congressman from Utah said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” - More

Gabriel Gomez snubs Newt Gingrich advice  

Boston Herald By : Staff Reporting

U.S. Senate Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez thumbed his nose at Newt Gingrich’s advice and is 
embracing the GOP party, rather than running away from it, and plans to campaign with U.S. Sen. John 
McCain in the Bay State next week.

“I am honored to have the U.S. senator stand by my side,” Gomez said yesterday, adding that he won’t return the $5,000 that Gingrich gave him from the former U.S. House speaker’s new political action committee the American Legacy PAC. - More

Will Democrats Win After Obama?  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Everyone knows that Barack Obama can put together a winning coalition in a presidential election. He did it twice.

What’s less clear is whether the Democratic Party and its 2016 presidential nominee will be able to build a coalition that resembles the one Obama assembled in 2008 and masterfully re-created four years later. - More

Rand Paul's Travel Plans  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

He may work in the nation's capital, but it's Sen. Rand Paul's upcoming itinerary that might tell us his ultimate goal.

The Republican from Kentucky makes stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada over the next few months.

Those four states kick off the presidential primary and caucus calendar. - More

Wheres Speaker Boehner?  

The Hill By : Staff Reporting

Ask Speaker John Boehner a question on a key issue these days, and you’re likely to get a variation of the same response:

Talk to someone else.

The Speaker has maintained a lower-key presence in recent months, largely avoiding the spotlight and abandoning the deal-making ambitions of his first two years in office. - More

GOP ready to push Benghazi case into 2014, beyond  

Galveston County By : Staff Reporting

Steady drips of information about a horrific night in Libya are fueling Republican arguments and ads designed to fire up the conservative base and undercut the Democrats' early favorite for president in 2016.

Democratic and Republican strategists sharply disagree on the issue's power to influence elections next year and beyond. - More

Chris Christie rakes in $6.2 million  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has raised just under $6.2 million for his reelection bid, his campaign announced Monday.

The first-term governor raised a total $6,166,158 as of May 3, the campaign said, including donations from 14,260 individual donors across all 50 states. - More

Obama Plays Golf With Two GOP Senators  

Wall Street Journal By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama played golf Monday with two Republican senators who have expressed interest in striking a bipartisan deal to solve the nation’s fiscal woes.

Mr. Obama played golf at Joint Base Andrews with Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia as well as Democratic Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado. - More

Senator Ted Cruz  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

Ted Cruz remembers the Alamo. Yes, folks, he remembers the Alamo and the freedom fighters of Texas, and the South Carolinians who fought with them.

He remembers the U.S. Constitution, and the protection it gives to gun owners and people of faith.

And make no mistake, Cruz remembers the transgressions of the Obama administration: the botched gun-running sting operation Fast and Furious, the health care law that tramples personal freedom and the drone strikes the White House uses to kill with impunity. - More

Governor Chris Christie is putting his money where his mouth is  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

The governor who recently reported that Obama has fulfilled his promise on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts has reportedly put over $1 million in both the Philadelphia and New York Markets, ensuring media access until mid May.

New Jersey eNews Reference

The Republican base was in a uproar days before the recent Presidential election because the New Jersey Governor publicly praised Obama for his leadership in a series of photo ops and press conferences.

Christies tough no nonesense brand has enderred him to independents and some analysts are saying he'll make a strong bid for President of United States.

Tom Wheeler to head the FCC, Wiki - Bio - Video  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama will nominate a venture capitalist and a experience leader in communication technology for the Federal Communications Commission.

Tom Wheeler, a Obama loyalist, will replace Democrat Julius Genachowski.

He and his wife spent many hours working the phones in Iowa in both of Obama's campaigns.

Wheeler was also selected as the 20th most influential in the cable television industry in 1995.

Tom Wheeler Biography

Daughter of slain Sandy Hook Principal, Erica Lafferty, questions Senator Kelly Ayotte  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

The daughter of the Sandy Hook victim Dawn Hochsprung had a poignant question for Senator Kelly Ayotte at a town hall meeting today.

When Lafferty got her chance to question the Senator she asked, “You had mentioned that the burden to owners of gun stores that these expanded background checks would cause,” Lafferty said.

“I’m just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the hall of her elementary school isn’t as important as that?” Polls are showing Senator Ayotte's public approval down due to her recent vote against a bill to expand background checks for purchasers of firearms.

Senator Ayotte responded to the question by expressing her doubts about the effectiveness of the bill to prevent what motivated the shooting that took place in Newtown, Conneticut. “As you and I both know the issue wasn’t [because of the] background check system,” said Ayotte.

“The issue was mental health … because that seems to be the overriding issue of all of this."

Senator Ayotte also stated she was criticized for allowing debate on the issue, “I took a lot of heat, I will say, from members of my own party who didn’t like the fact I voted to actually go to debate on this issue because we can have strong disagreements,” Ayotte said to Lafferty.

“But ultimately everything should always be debated and discussed. And I will continue to do that, and I appreciate your being here today. I know this can’t be easy." - More

Startling 2012 Election Data About Afro-American Voters  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

USA Today Reports that despite State initiated voter-identification laws aimed at suppressing minority voting, Afro-Americans went out in record numbers and even surpassed other minority groups and whites in the 2012 elections.

A startling analysis indicates that if the 2012 voting data matched that of 2004 Governor Mitt Romney would have narrowly defeated President Obama by tipping the scale in key states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Colorado.

According to census data and exit polling Afro-Americans and Whites will remain the largest voting groups for the next decade. - More

Anthony Weiner In New Mayoral Poll, Wiki - Bio - Video  

TPM By : Staff Reporting

Last week, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) made his first major return to the public eye with a lengthy New York Times Magazine interview in which he addressed for the first time the lewd photo scandal that led him to resign from office and said he’s considering entering the New York City mayoral election this year.

Most of his rivals and other insiders greeted Weiner’s arrival with skepticism, but a new poll of the race shows him with strong support. - More

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George W. Bush museum reflects style, personality of nation's 43rd president  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

There are twisted girders from the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the bullhorn he used from atop the pile of rubble at Ground Zero in New York, an exact replica of his Oval Office and, yes, even his personal collection of signed baseballs.

When visitors tour the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, they will find a facility that reflects the character and personality of the former president: straightforward, confident, unapologetic and willing to let history be the ultimate decider of his time in office. - More

Obama wooed Snowe on health care - unsuccessfully  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

Who says President Obama doesn't like to schmooze lawmakers?

Former senator Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, says in a new book that Obama lobbied her aggressively on the health care bill, saying she could be a political "Joan of Arc" if she bucked the Republican leadership and supported the plan. - More

N.H. state rep. thinks Boston Marathon bombing was done by the government  

Fosters.com By : Staff Reporting

New Hampshire State Rep. Stella Tremblay is calling for answers about whether the American government was involved in detonating explosives at the Boston Marathon last week, killing three people and wounding more than 170 others.

In an interview with Foster's Daily Democrat Tuesday, Tremblay said she can't rule out the possibility the government was involved in carrying out the bombings. - More

Montana Sen. Max Baucus will not seek reelection in 2014  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

Montana Sen. Max Baucus will not seek reelection in 2014, becoming the latest senior red-state Democrat to bail out of a potentially difficult reelection campaign, a senior Democratic official confirmed to POLITICO.

Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, had nearly $5 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter but was expected to face a tough fight in his GOP-leaning home state. - More

Senator Lindsey Graham backs off FBI criticism over bombing suspect  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said Sunday the FBI may have dropped the ball in its investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, began easing off that claim Monday, saying instead the agency "responsibly handled" the situation.

The Republican senator from South Carolina said he talked to the assistant director of the FBI after he made his assertions Sunday and had some of his questions answered... - More

Majority Approve of Obama Job  

Forbes By : Staff Reporting

Our new Zogby Analytics of 1000 likely voters shows President Barack Obama holding on to a majority job approval rating, while 46% disapprove.

The new poll was taken online April 17-18 and has a margin of sampling error of +/-3.2 percentage points. - More

Ayotte 'Unnecessary Burdens' Vote  

Seacoast Online By : Staff Reporting

“While steps must be taken to improve the existing background check system, I will not support the Manchin-Toomey legislation, which I believe would place unnecessary burdens on law-abiding gun owners and allow for potential overreach by the federal government into private gun sales,” Ayotte said.

“There are responsible steps that can be taken to stop criminals and others who are already prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law from obtaining them,” Ayotte said.

“With those principles as a guide, I am cosponsoring the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act, which includes needed reforms to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, addresses mental health gaps in the criminal justice system, and criminalizes gun trafficking and straw purchases.” - More

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All New England senators voted yes except for Senator Kelly Ayotte  

Boston.com By : Staff Reporting

Compromise legislation to expand mandatory background checks for gun sales -- a key element of the federal response to the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. – failed Wednesday afternoon in the US Senate.

The inability of President Obama and Democratic leaders to round up the required 60 votes in favor of enhanced background checks dealt a striking defeat to a major initiative of the president’s second term, falling short despite numerous pleas... - More

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Cain: Don't call me a Republican  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

As the Republican Party struggles with ways to attract more African-Americans to its party, one of their own former, African-American presidential candidates could throw a wrench in their plan.

Herman Cain insisted Monday he does not want to be called Republican for fear of being saddled with the "dumb things" Republicans have said in the past.  - More

Scott Brown NH Sighting  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

While sitting in a theater getting ready to watch the movie 42, depicting the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson's rookie season in Major League baseball, former US Senator Scott Brown walks in and take a seat in the back row. Moments later, his wife Gail Huff walks in with items from the concession stand.

Their vacation home is in Rye, NH. So the question of Brown's chances comes to mind. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff is elated to face an out of state challenger just off the heels of a major defeat by Senator Elizabeth Warren.

Could a former Senator from the state down south come to New Hampshire and a beat a popular former NH Governor with lifelong ties in the area? An impeccable taste in movies is a great start for any successful challenger. 42 was one of the few movies where it received a great applause by a packed audience at the end.

This would be a state where he has to get out and mingle with voters to which he has a great track record of doing so during his first campaign; a movie theater is a great start. Unfortunately Senator Shaheen is a fighter as well. She knows when to get tough just as Senator Warren did. In a state where the stakes would be high Brown's team can't commit unforced errors as it did in his recent race; like when forgot something and had to fight through departing movie goers to retrieve it.

All in all he has a great face and he comes from working class roots. Let’s see where that takes him if he jumps in the '14 race.

Sri Srinivasan, Bio - Wiki - Video  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

Sri Srinivasan, President Obama’s nominee to one of the country’s most politically significant appeals courts, breezed his way through an uneventful

Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday that ended with at least one Republican saying he would support the nomination. - More

Sri Srinivasan Bio

Obama's Progressive Budget  

NY Times Blog By : Staff Reporting

The first thing to be said about the budget President Obama delivered this week is that, at last, he has one. Until now his answer to the brutal specifics of the Republicans’ law-of-the-jungle budget has been a slogan – “a balanced approach.” - More

Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania gun debate  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to overcome a Republican-led filibuster against tougher gun laws, clearing the way for a major congressional debate on a package of proposals sought by President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the Connecticut school massacre.

The procedural vote followed a breakthrough by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania... - More

Rand Paul: We should not have laws that ruin...lives - Video  

the guardian By : Staff Reporting

"Some have said that I'm either brave or crazy to be here today," he said. "My hope is that you will hear me out, that you will see me for who I am, not the caricature sometimes presented by political opponents."

The libertarian-leaning Paul used both men as an example of how tough laws on drug issues can blight lives – a particular problem among some poor black American communities, where incarceration rates are high.

"We should stand and loudly proclaim enough is enough. We should not have laws that ruin the lives of young men and women who have committed no violence," he said, pointing out that he had submitted a law to repeal federal mandatory minimum sentences. - More

Voters to choose Jackson Jr's House successor  

Yahoo! News By : Staff Reporting

While Democrat Robin Kelly is widely expected to capture Tuesday's special election for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat over Republican Paul McKinley, any winner will face big challenges. Illinois' newest member of Congress will have big shoes to fill... - More

Video: Ashley Judd Secret Tape Leaked: Senator McConnell Calls For FBI Probe  

The Wrap By : Staff Reporting

Again a secretly recorded tape is reverberating through Washington. One more time, the tape has been disclosed by Mother Jones.

The big surprise is the subject -- Republicans' view of Ashley Judd.

The release of an audiotape from a Feb. 2 meeting featuring campaign aides of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell discussing the possibility of Judd's candidacy as a Democrat... - More


Obama apologizes to California official  

Fox News By : Staff Reporting

President Obama has apologized to California Attorney General Kamala Harris for making a flirtatious comment about her at a fundraiser Thursday.

Obama called Harris "the best-looking attorney general in the country," a comment that stirred controversy particularly in the California press. - More

Assemblyman Eric A. Stevenson Accused of Accepting Bribes  

NY Times By : Staff Reporting

In Albany’s second major corruption case this week, a New York State lawmaker was arrested on Thursday on federal charges of accepting bribes and another lawmaker was forced to resign for his part in the scheme to help developers open adult day care centers. - More

Sanford says his fiancee surprised him at victory announcement  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who resigned because of an extramarital affair with Maria Belen Chapur, told CNN in an interview Wednesday he was "completely" surprised when Chapur -- now his fiancee -- showed up the night before to appear with him when he claimed victory in the runoff for the GOP nomination for his old U.S. House seat.  - More

Caroline Kennedy is being considered for ambassador post  

Christian Science Monitor By : Staff Reporting

Despite a lack of experience in foreign policy, or any other kind of politics, Caroline Kennedy looks set to receive a warm reception in Japan if her appointment as the next US ambassador to the country is confirmed.

The name of America’s premier political clan is well known in Japan and analysts believe she will bathe in the reflected glory of her father, former President John F. Kennedy. - More

New Secret Service head Pierson  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

President Obama on Wednesday swore into office the first female to head the U.S. Secret Service - 30-year veteran agent Julia Pierson - noting that she "now probably has more control over our lives than anyone else, except for our spouses."

"I couldn't be placing our lives in better hands than Julia's," Mr. Obama said in the Oval Office, after Vice President Joe Biden administered Pierson's oath of office. - More

Julia Pierson, First Female to head Secret Service agency, Bio  

New York Times By : Staff Reporting

President Obama on Tuesday appointed Julia Pierson, a longtime Secret Service agent, as the first woman to head the agency best known for protecting presidents, vice presidents and their families.

Ms. Pierson, the chief of staff to the departing director, Mark J. Sullivan, will take over at a time when the Secret Service is still recovering from a prostitution scandal that held it up to public ridicule, generated Congressional hearings and cost a number of agents their jobs last year. - More

Biography Julia Pierson

Mayor Bloomberg admits soon NYPD surveillance cameras will be on nearly every corner and in the air  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

Big Brother is watching. Now get used to it!

Envisioning a future where privacy is a thing of the past, Mayor Bloomberg said Friday it will soon be impossible to escape the watchful eyes of surveillance cameras and even drones in the city.

He acknowledged privacy concerns, but said “you can’t keep the tides from coming in.” - More

10 Republicans Defect on Ryan Budget  

The Hill By : Staff Reporting

As Democrats work to make Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget the centerpiece of their 2014 offense, two top Democratic targets sought to inoculate themselves from the attack by voting against the bill on Thursday.

Reps. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) were two of the 10 Republicans who defected on the Ryan budget, after the entire GOP conference was told to vote in favor of it. - More

Lindsey Graham ties Obama bracket to budget  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Lindsey Graham says that if President Barack Obama gets one winner right in his March Madness bracket he’ll have “trumped what he’s able to do” on his own budget.

“Do you realize he’s never received one vote for any of his previous budgets? If he can pick one winner right in the brackets, he’s trumped on what he’s able to do on getting votes for his own budget,” Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday on Fox News’ “On the Record.”

“I think his basketball picks are good news stories and his budget is a lousy news story for him, and so he’s trying to do a good news story,” Graham said on Fox News. - More

Senate OKs legislation to keep government open  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

All but ensuring there will be no federal shutdown, the Senate on Wednesday approved a measure to keep the government running — but not before tweaking the automatic budget cuts that threaten some of the lawmakers’ favorite programs.

Meat plant inspectors and tuition assistance for military service members were among the programs spared from reductions. - More

Baggage galore when Barack meets Bibi  

The Canberra Times By : Staff Reporting

When Barack Obama sits down this week with Benjamin ''Bibi'' Netanyahu during his trip to Israel, they will bring a lot more baggage than their briefing books.

For almost 25 years as an adviser and negotiator in Republican and Democratic administrations, I observed the US-Israel relationship up close.

And it's been clear from the beginning that Obama and Netanyahu were doomed to dysfunction. - More

Gingrich: We are not the anti-Obama movement  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R) said Saturday that the Republican Party needs to stop being defined by its opposition to President Obama.

Echoing former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who the night before told the Conservative Political Action Conference crowd that the GOP needs to stop being viewed as anti-everything, Gingrich told the same crowd the GOP needs to adjust its focus away from the president. - More

Gingrich: GOP mired in stupidity  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, seen by many in the Republican Party as an "ideas man," slammed as a "false attack" the argument that conservatives "don't need new ideas" during a speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, repeatedly scalding the Republican establishment for being "mired in stupidity." - More

Sen. Portman Reversal On Same-Sex Marriage  

NPR By : Staff Reporting

Saying that he has reconsidered the issue in the two years since learning that his son is gay, Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio announced Thursday that he no longer opposes same-sex marriage.

His son Will's coming out, "allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that's of a dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have — to have a relationship like [his wife] Jane and I have had for over 26 years," Portman told a group of Ohio reporters Thursday, Cleveland's Plain Dealer reports. - More

Joe Biden Internet-based reality show Being Biden  

NY Daily News By : Staff Reporting

The “Real Housewives of New Jersey” need not get nervous, but the White House Thursday unveiled its own online reality series — “Being Biden.”

It has no sex, marital infidelity, backstabbing or tacky social climbing. It’s just “Stories from Vice President Joe Biden” that will appear periodically on the White House website.

If the first installment is a hint of things to come, these will not be benign Facebook-like tales, like shots of the kids on vacation.

They will have a distinct policy agenda. - More

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  

VOA By : Staff Reporting

The United States and Israel are among the world's closest allies, but their leaders have had a rocky relationship over the past four years.

President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have disagreed in public repeatedly on how to deal with Iran's controversial nuclear program and Jewish housing on occupied land claimed by Palestinians.

That poses a challenge to the two leaders as they prepare to meet in Israel this month. - More

Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen  

Tampa Bay Times By : Staff Reporting

A federal grand jury in Miami is investigating Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., examining his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, the Washington Post reported, citing three people aware of the inquiry.

Menendez has intervened in matters affecting the financial interests of Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, documents and interviews show.

Also, Menendez's office has said he interceded with federal health care officials after they said that Melgen had overbilled the U.S. government for care at his clinic. - More

Michael Bloomberg: Not taking away rights  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday defended his effort to ban large sugary drinks, arguing it “doesn’t take away anybody’s rights.”

“The portion control size, just using the cup, doesn’t take away anybody’s rights,” Bloomberg said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.

“If you want 32 ounces, take two cups. If you want 64, take four. It’s just there to remind you:

‘This is not good for your health.’ And then let people do what they want to do. We’re not trying to ban anything. We’re simply educating and we do that with a lot of things.” - More

47 Percent Man Introduces Himself  

Yahoo! News By : Staff Reporting

A lingering mystery from the 2012 presidential campaign is about to be solved:

The worker who taped Mitt Romney at a private fundraiser saying that 47 percent of Americans are too dependent on government is finally coming forward.

While the man has still not been publicly identified, the Huffington Post reports it was a bartender working at the event who taped Romney.

The man will give his first public interview to MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Wednesday night. - More

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Mitt Romney celebrates 66th birthday  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

He didn't get to celebrate it in the White House, but Mitt Romney seemed to enjoy his 66th birthday anyway on Tuesday, ringing in his new age with a big smile and a sweet treat.

Romney's son Tagg posted a shot of his father on Instagram celebrating his birthday with a Diet Coke, cupcakes and a festive blue birthday hat.

The former presidential candidate has stepped back into the spotlight in recent weeks: as an interviewee, a new hire and, now, as a lover of fluffernutter cupcakes. - More

GOP budget takes aim, again, at Obamacare and Medicaid  

Daily Freeman By : Staff Reporting

House Republicans unveiled their latest budget outline on Tuesday, sticking to their plans to try to repeal so-called Obamacare, cut domestic programs ranging from Medicaid to college grants and require future Medicare patients to bear more of the program's cost.

The point is to prove it's possible to balance the budget within 10 years by simply cutting spending and avoiding further tax hikes, even though the fiscal blueprint released Tuesday by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will be dead on arrival with the White House and Democrats controlling the Senate. - More

The $1.3 Trillion Budget Gift to Paul Ryan from Obama  

Bloomberg BusinessWeek By : Staff Reporting

On Tuesday morning, House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin unveiled his much-anticipated new budget.

Its snazzy new feature: Ryan’s plan balances within 10 years, whereas his last budget didn’t balance until 2038.

How does Ryan accomplish this? Well, he still makes deep spending cuts—including to entitlement programs such as Medicare. But his real secret is that he got a huge gift from President Obama. - More

Jeb Bush Book Tour  

Tampa Bay Times By : Staff Reporting

Maybe, after all the gushing about his policy chops, strong executive record and ability to broaden the appeal of conservative Republicans, Jeb Bush isn't ready for the national stage.

Certainly anyone watching the clumsy kickoff of his book tour this week — where he pushed the 2016 presidential door wide open — had to acknowledge that his political skills are a bit rusty six years after leaving Florida's Governor's Mansion. - More

Ashley Judd Preparing Run Against McConnell in Kentucky  

Red Alert Politics   By : Staff Reporting

A source close to actress Ashley Judd has confirmed that the “Heat” and “Double Jeopardy” star is actively preparing herself for a run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) next year.

“At least in Ashley’s mind, it is happening,” the source said to Fox 411′s Pop Tarts.

“She has devoted herself to many important causes and stepped away from the Hollywood spotlight so this seems like the logical next step. - More

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Thomas Perez as new labor secretary, Biography  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

President Obama will soon nominate Thomas Perez to be the next secretary of labor, according to a source familiar with the decision. Perez, 51, is popular throughout the labor movement and earned prominence as Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley's labor secretary.

He also has strong backing in the West Wing and those close to the White House expect Perez to elevate the visibility of the Labor Department on a range of issues, if he is confirmed by the Senate. - More

Thomas Perez Biography

62% of Americans Believe the Republican Party is Out of Touch  

ALL GOV By : Staff Reporting

The Grand Old Party is not looking so grand these days in the eyes of most Americans, or even among a significant portion of their own party members.

A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that 62% of respondents believe the Republican Party is out of touch with the rest of the country.

Furthermore, 36% of Republicans feel the same way about their party. - More

Obama: Paul Ryan A 'Thoughtful Leader'  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

President Obama believes Rep. Paul Ryan is “a thought leader” in his party, even though he doesn’t agree with him on most policy issues, press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday.

“The president believes that Chairman Ryan is a thought leader in the Republican Party on these matters,” Carney said. - More

Paul Ryan Is Latest Republican to Meet With Obama  

Wall Street Journal By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama's outreach to congressional Republicans continued today as he lunched at the White House with Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), the leading budget-writer in the House.

It's the latest sign that Mr. Obama is trying to reignite conversations with the GOP aimed at producing a "grand bargain'' on deficit-cutting, entitlement spending and taxes. - More

Fox News' Ailes: Biden 'dumb as an ashtray'  

USA Today By : Staff Reporting

The head of Fox News says he likes Vice President Biden, but you have to wonder.

"I have a soft spot for Joe Biden," Roger Ailes told writer Zev Chafets.

"I like him. But he's dumb as an ashtray." Chafets' new book, Roger Ailes: Off Camera, is excerpted on the Vanity Fair website. - More

Sylvia Mathews Burwell as White House budget director, Bio  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

President Obama on Monday will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, head of Wal-Mart’s philanthropic efforts, as White House budget director, a senior administration official confirmed Sunday night. Burwell, a veteran of President Bill Clinton’s economic team, will replace Jeffrey Zients as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

She will bring gender diversity as well as corporate experience to Obama’s inner circle at a time of budget battles with Congress. - More

Sylvia Mathews Burwell Biography

USS Harry Truman Stuck In Port  

The Telegraph By : Staff Reporting

Docked in its home port in Virginia rather than patrolling the waters of the Persian Gulf, the aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman and its 3,360 officers and crew are this weekend on the front line of the latest conflict to embroil America.

The battleground is not military but budgetary, however, as the Truman's nuclear-powered might is shackled by a rancorous new fight between President Barack Obama and his Republican foes. - More

Marco McMillian dead; 1 in custody  

ClarionLedger.com By : Staff Reporting

Law enforcement agents on Wednesday afternoon confirmed that the body found near the Mississippi River is that of Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, who had been missing since early Tuesday. Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department made the announcement at a news conference. - More

Bob Woodward: It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

"They're not happy at all," he said on CNN's "The Situation Room," adding that an e-mail from a senior administration official - who he would not name - communicated a message which caused him great concern.

"[W] hen the president asks that a substitute for the sequester include not just spending cuts but also new revenue, he is moving the goal posts," Woodward wrote. "His call for a balanced approach is reasonable, and he makes a strong case that those in the top income brackets could and should pay more. But that was not the deal he made." - More

Bloomberg elected (another) Congressman  

Washington Post By : Staff

On Tuesday night, state Rep. Robin Kelly swept to a convincing primary victory in the special election to replace Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in a Chicago-area House seat.

She thanked lots and lots of people in her victory speech but left out the one person most responsible for her win: New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. - More

Texas Democrats Weigh in on Section 5  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

Congressman Mark Takano  

Gay Star News By : Staff Reporting

"My district includes thousands of loving gay and lesbian couples, who are not able to marry due to Proposition 8,' Takano writes.

'They are our families, our friends and neighbors.

They are doctors, veterans, teachers, gardeners, firefighters and police officers.

They are Americans.

Every day that they cannot enjoy the same rights and obligations enjoyed by other Americans, they and their families suffer." - More

Debbie Halvorson: Big money. ...That's the problem with super PACs  

Star Tribune By : Staff Reporting

Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after a truncated campaign season where she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC.

The nomination all but assures that Kelly will sail through the April 9 general election and head to Washington, because the Chicago-area district is overwhelmingly Democratic. - More

William Danielczyk and Eugene Biagi Campaign Finance Appeal Rejected  

Chicago Tribune By : Staff Reporting

The Supreme Court refused a request on Monday to consider widening its landmark 2010 decision loosening restrictions on campaign finance by corporations.

In a brief order, the court rejected the appeal of William Danielczyk and Eugene Biagi, two Virginia businessmen who were charged with criminally circumventing federal election laws through their support of the 2006 Senate and 2008 presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton. - More

Axelrod, Gibbs: NBC and MSNBC Analysts  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod will be just as objective as Karl Rove is on Fox News.

“I don’t see it either as being a cheerleader for the president or as a spokesman for the administration’s point of view,” Gibbs said.

"I will be honest with my opinions and when I believe the White House has made a mistake I will say so,” he added.

“I'm sure no one in the White House thought my comments on Chuck Hagel's confirmation hearing were necessarily pro-Obama." - More

Sen. Tom Coburn: The crisis is made up - it's been created  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

"The crisis is made up - it's been created," Coburn continued. "We see all these claims about what a tragedy it's going to be. The great example is, is if the secretary of transportation can assure us all the planes are going to be safe, then the Department of Homeland Security can assure us that we can get through the airports on time. They have plenty of flexibility in terms of discretion on how they spend money."

Arne Duncan: Dumb sequester cuts  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

It's not "rocket science" for Republican and Democratic lawmakers to find their way to the negotiating table with a plan to replace the "dumb," across-the-board cuts known as the sequester scheduled to activate in five days, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today on "Face the Nation."

Education services, in particular, will be hit with the sudden axe to the budget March 1.

Head Start will be slashed by $406 million, booting 70,000 children from the program; special education will be cut by $840 million; up to 40,000 teachers and other school employees could face layoffs; and drastic cuts to the military will leave families employed under that umbrella inordinately unable to afford special services. - More

Bachmann campaign's use of contact list  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Eight months after Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential bid ground to a halt in Iowa, her campaign manager there signed a sworn affidavit, pointing his finger at another top staffer in a still-simmering dispute over the misuse of a contact list of home-school family names.

The Sept. 4 affidavit – first reported by the Iowa Republican and obtained Friday by NBC News – was written by Bachmann's Iowa adviser Eric Woolson, and accuses former State Sen. Kent Sorenson of stealing the list from another Bachmann staffer.

Sorenson was the campaign’s state chairman at the time. - More

Possibility Of Immigration Reform  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

Some Republicans have questioned President Obama's push for Immigration reform and has even charged that it is not genuine.

Fox News' Bill O'Reilly has alleged that its only true motive is to drive a wedge between Latino voters and the Republican Party.

I find this line of reasoning hard to believe, because comprehensive immigration reform rests with Republicans.

When the Gang of 8 came together to announce sweeping plans for a bipartisan immigration plan the only reply should be, put up or shut up. - More

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch for U.S. Congress  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, a College Administrator and the sister Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, is throwing her hat into the ring for the United States House of Representatives. She'll be vying for former Representatives and now Sen. Tim Scott's vacant seat after he was appointed by Govenor Niki Haley to replace former Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. Colbert-Busch will be campaigning for South Carolina's First Congressional District.

The competition will be no laughs as she'll be competing against a seasoned politician in former South Carolina Govenor Mark Sanford.

Trump records YouTube endorsement of Netanyahu  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

AP Reporting Donald Trumps is sending enthustiastic support of Benjamin Netanyahu in a video tapped message to Israel:

Associated Press - Donald Trump says he recorded a YouTube endorsement of Benjamin Netanyahu for re-election because the Israeli prime minister asked him to. Trump tells Shalom TV that Netanyahu called and asked if he would "do an ad or a statement" to support his campaign in next week's Israeli parliamentary election. - More

Nagin, indicted on wire fraud, bribery and money laundering  

CBS News By : Staff Reporting

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin has been indicted on 21 corruption charges including wire fraud, bribery and money laundering. The charges announced

Friday come from a City Hall corruption investigation that already has resulted in guilty pleas by two former city officials and two businessmen. - More

US Rep. DeFazio voted NO on #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

“This is not an irrevocable jump-off cliff that some would have us believe. We can avoid almost all impacts if we do something before Thursday.

The only tax change that happens (Monday) at midnight is the Social Security tax holiday. No one is talking about continuing that.”


US Rep. Culberson voted NO on #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

US Rep. Culberson Statement on Fiscal Cliff:

But this is what President Obama promised, and he is keeping his word. Massive tax increases, massive spending increases, massive increases in our already unsupportable national debt, and no reforms to prevent the certain bankruptcies of Social Security and Medicare.

President Obama and his supporters are accelerating America’s swift descent and our transformation from the world's lone superpower into a bankrupt social welfare state like Greece.

I will fight them every step of the way.


US Rep. Crawford voted NO on the #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNewsRerence.com By : Staff Reporting

“The only way we can truly avoid going over any fiscal cliff is by making fundamental and permanent reforms to end Washington`s spending addiction,” said Crawford.

US Rep. Cooper voted against the #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

Coopers Statement on the Fiscal Cliff Nay Vote

“No real spending cuts. No real deficit reduction. No acknowledgement of America’s out-of-control national debt. This is a popular vote today, but it will harm America in the long run. It is good to see a return to bipartisanship, but not when it makes our fiscal problems worse.

“Congress is missing the chance of the decade to adopt a large, balanced deficit reduction plan such as Simpson-Bowles that combines tax relief with controlling federal spending.

“In just a few weeks, America will face another debt-ceiling crisis as well as sequestration. Today’s fiscal Band-Aid may feel good now, but its relief will not even last until spring.”


US Rep. Conaway voted NO on #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

“Everyone is for spending cuts in generic terms,” Conaway said.

“No one is for them when they have a direct effect on their constituents. “It is time to set this vote aside. Our focus is on the next two rounds,” he said.

On the Debt Ceiling and appropriations bill:

“We will use both of those opportunities to force the president to address something he has yet to address -- spending,” Conaway said. 


US Rep. Coffman voted against the #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

“I don’t think going over the fiscal cliff would have been a huge deal,” he continued. “Temporarily, the markets would have been aggravated until the next Congress could have

passed new tax cuts and ironed things out. “But the real big deal is what’s upon us and going past the debt limit. I have to see a way out of this, real spending cuts, before

I vote to raise the debt limit.”


US Rep. Chabot refused initial vote on Sandy Relief  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

Rep Chabot official statement:

“Hurricane Sandy was a devastating event for millions of Americans, and it is important that we focus on the victims’ recovery efforts so they can continue to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses.

Unfortunately, as is often the case with ‘emergency’ spending bills, this relief bill contained billions in spending that has little to do with these relief efforts. Much of this additional spending consists of regular budget items that should go through the proper appropriations channels.For example, the bill contained funding for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to improve its weather research and forecasting tools, and to upgrade its reconnaissance aircraft. (emphasis added.)

Designating such funding as an ‘emergency’ and bypassing the normal budget process is inappropriate, unnecessarily adds billions to the deficit and diverts funding away from those Americans truly in need.”


US Rep. Cassidy voted against the #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

I am incredibly frustrated that one, we’re at the deadline. Two… folks say, ‘Oh my gosh, people are coming back from Hawaii to work on this!’ I’m thinking, why did you [President Obama] go to Hawaii in the first place?

US Rep. Carter voted against the #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

“It is an incredible outrage that this so-called compromise included virtually no spending cuts, only tax and spending hikes,” said Rep. John Carter, R-Round Rock.


US Rep. Capito voted against the #FiscalCliff Agreement  

The Hill By : Staff Reporting

Capito joined a majority of her fellow House Republicans in voting against a bill to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax increases and budget cuts late Tuesday night. - The Hill

US Rep Canseco voted NO on #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

To extend certain tax relief provisions enacted in 2001 and 2003, and to provide for expedited consideration of a bill providing for comprehensive tax reform, and for other purposes - More

US Rep. Campbell voted NO on #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

"This gives us, who want cuts, another bite at the apple," said Rep. John Campbell, R-Irvine, who sits on the House Budget Committee and was an original co-sponsor of Paul Ryan's budgetary "Roadmap for America."

"Our response is, 'No, this is the one vehicle we have to reduce entitlements,'" Campbell said, referring to non-discretionary programs including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – all of which would be largely untouched by sequestration cuts. - Orange County Register


Reps. Michael Burgess votes NO on #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

“It’s been pretty frustrating. It’s obviously split our conference pretty badly,” he said. “We’re in a tough place right now. The only restraint on the White House right now is

the Republican House and we’ve got to be strong, and unfortunately, yesterday we didn’t look all that strong.” - dallasnews.com

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Rep Larry Bucshon votes NO on #FiscalCliff Agreement  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

Rep. Larry Bucshon Statement:

“While I want to keep tax rates as low as possible for all Americans, the fiscal cliff deal passed by the United States Senate fails to address our most pressing problem –

reducing out of control spending. This plan has $41 in tax increases for every $1 in spending cuts. It is not balanced in any way and will not improve our

economy or reduce the deficit.” - More


Rep. Paul Broun Votes Against #FiscalCliff Deal  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

We have gone over the fiscal cliff because of Washington’s inability to control spending, and now in the eleventh hour, Congress’s only answer is to throw more money at our already outrageous problem. In just ten short years, this deal will add nearly $4 trillion dollars to the debt, and it only includes $1 in spending cuts for every $41 in tax hikes. I cannot support a bill that

makes such a mockery out of the very serious spending addiction that has crippled our country’s livelihood and taken a toll on the American people. I believe the only way to truly jumpstart our economy is to provide lower taxes and more relief for families and small businesses across the country. Instead, this bill passes on one of the largest tax hikes in decades, and it makes

these higher rates permanent. As a result, 77% of American households will see their taxes go up, while some of Washington’s favorite industries – including Hollywood, railroads, and rum producers – will see their tax credits extended. My fear is that in a very short period of time we’ll be right back here having this same debate; who to raise taxes on and by how much, without a

word about cutting spending. It’ll only be so long until we’re taxing the entire country at maximum rates – but still spending so much that we cannot meet our obligations. That’s when we’ll reach the real fiscal cliff, and as a consequence the United States will no longer be the global powerhouse and economic leader that it once was. We cannot let it come to this, but it will –

unless this Congress, this Administration, and this President get serious about cutting spending. @RepPaulBrounMD

US Representative Mo Brooks NO on #FiscalCliff Vote  

Fox 54 By : Staff Reporting

"I have received a report from the Congressional Budget Office which says the Senate bill will increase our deficit, on a annual basis, by $329 billion," said Congressman Mo Brooks via telephone Tuesday afternoon.

"There is also a significant amount, roughly $50 billion a year, in spending increases."

"First and foremost, they have passed this in the wee hours of the morning without even Senators having an opportunity to digest what they were doing and having been educated accordingly," he said. @RepMoBrooks

US Rep Boustany voted NO on the #FiscalCliff  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., who has represented District 7 and is set to be sworn in as the newly reapportioned District 3 representative, said in a news release that he did not vote for the "fiscal cliff deal." He cited as his reason the bill's "fundamental failure to address one of the biggest problems facing our nation today: government spending." - The Advertiser

Congressman Jo Bonner voted NO on the #fiscalcliff  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

U.S. Representative Jo Bonner, R-Alabama, offered the following statement about his decision to vote against the Senate fiscal cliff agreement Tuesday evening. “

At the end of the day I just couldn’t support – with my one vote – such a flawed process. “There is simply no way Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Madison or our other founding fathers could have ever envisioned having the Senate pass a $4 trillion addition to the debt of our nation at 2:00 a.m., only to have the House take it up less than 20 hours later and there be no regard for

the long-term damage we are doing to America’s future. “Over the past several months, President Obama didn’t hide the fact that he loathes the success some Americans have worked so hard to enjoy and he will get the tax increases he has so openly sought. But to think he and the Democrats in Congress couldn’t have come up with a penny – not a single penny –

of cuts to offset the $4 trillion in new spending is beyond the pale. “This is a sad day for our country but the saddest, at least to me, was when the American people, on November 6th, expressed with their vote that they believed we could continue down the path of more spending and borrowing with no consequences.”

Democrats Earl Blumenauer voted no on #FiscalCliff  

Mail Tribune By : Staff Reporting

Democrat Earl Blumenauer also voted against the package. He has said in the past that he wanted a wide-ranging deal that would significantly cut military spending and subsidies for large farming businesses - Mail Tribune @repblumenauer

US Rep Blackburn voted NO on #FiscalCliff  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

Republican members decided "we are done with kicking this can down the road. This will happen no more. We grabbed that can. And that can is called spending cuts," she said. "We are going to have very spirited, very thoughtful debates on cutting what this government wants to spend." @MarshaBlackburn

Rep. Diane Black voted NO Fiscal Cliff #talkischeap  

YouTube By : Staff Reporting

Bonnie of Mufreesboro, Military Spouse, and Educator to Rep. Black: "By refusing to ask the wealthiest two percent to pay their fair share, Republicans have set us on a path to go off the so-called "fiscal cliff" which will force the middle class to pay an additional $2,000 in taxes. Will you put the middle class over millionaires?"

Rep. Rob Bishop voted no on Fiscal Cliff #talkischeap  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

Rep. Rob Bishop, R-Utah, said his constituents were split over what he should do. In the end, he said, “you just have to do what you think is right.” @sanfordbishop

Gus Bilirakis Voted NO! #talkischeap  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

Bilirakis said the bill "did not include the spending reforms our country desperately needs" to fix a debt that "places a heavier burden on our children and grandchildren." @Bilirakis

Becerra voted no #talkischeap  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

Xavier Becerra said, “In the end, I could not support this short-term fix which may spawn additional long-term problems, putting off until later the tough decisions on taxes and our nation’s debt and deficits, while also ignoring the biggest deficit challenging America’s prosperity: a jobs deficit.” @RepBecerra

Scratch and Claw Joe Barton #TalkisCheap  

eNews Reference By : Staff Reporting

"That’s not good when we’re going into a new administration, where we’re going to have to scratch and claw," U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, an Arlington Republican who voted against the fiscal-cliff billy. @RepJoeBarton

Obama targeted women on Food Network and Lifetime  

Huffington Post By : Staff Reporting

During the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election, with polls showing a tight race, Obama's campaign exploited cable TV's diverse lineup to target women on channels such as Food Network and Lifetime and men on networks such as ESPN. - More

Hugo Chavez  

The Telegraph By : Staff Reporting

According to the Venezuelan government, Hugo Chavez is suffering breathing difficulties caused by a severe lung infection. Reports have claimed the Socialist leader,

who has been in power for 14 years, was being kept alive by life support machines and was in an induced coma in Cuba. - More

The Constitutionality of Ethiopia’s Multiple Deputy Prime Ministers  

TADIAS By : Staff Reporting

On November 29, 2012, Ethiopia’s Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, conferred the rank of deputy prime minister, with the approval of parliament, on Muktar Kedir,

chief of staff at the Office of the Prime Minister, and Debrestion Gebremichael, Ph.D., Minister of Communications and Information Technology. - More

Add Religiously Unaffiliated To Obama's Winning Coalition  

NPR By : Staff Reporting

The big demographic story out of the 2012 presidential election may have been President Obama's domination of the Hispanic vote, and rightfully so.

But as we close the book on the election, it bears noting that another less obvious bloc of key swing state voters helped the president win a second term. - More

Poll: Democrat Elizabeth Warren ahead  

Boston.com By : Staff Reporting

A fourth consecutive poll has found Democrat Elizabeth Warren ahead of Republican US Senator Scott Brown in a race that could tip the balance of power in the US Senate.

The new poll by WBUR found that 45 percent of likely voters back Warren, while Brown is the choice of 40 percent. The survey found that 12 percent were undecided.

The poll of 507 likely voters has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.4 percentage points, the radio station said in a statement. - More

Kansas election panel considers removing Obama from ballot  

CBS 3 Springfield By : Staff Reporting

A Republican-led Kansas board is considering removing President Barack Obama from the state's November ballot. The board has asked Obama's campaign to provide more information about whether he was born in Hawaii or not. The board plans to meet Monday and possibly vote on whether to keep Obama on the ballot. - More

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Obama: American are better off  

Daily Beast By : Staff Reporting

In case there was any confusion, the Obama campaign thinks the United States is “absolutely” better off than it was four years ago.

The day before, a few surrogates had been unable to answer the question positively, but on Today Monday, the president’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter made the team’s feelings clear.

“By any measure, the country has moved forward over the last four years,” said Cutter. “It might not be as fast as some people would have hoped, [but] the president agrees with that, he knows we need to do more.” - More

FACT CHECK: A new conservative film exploring the roots of President Barack Obama's political views  


"2016: Obama's America," a new conservative film exploring the roots of President Barack Obama's political views, took in $6.2 million to make it one of the highest-grossing movies of last weekend. The film, written and narrated by conservative scholar Dinesh D'Souza, argues that Obama was heavily influenced by what D'Souza calls the "anti-colonial" beliefs of his father, Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan academic who was largely absent from the president's life.

Obama: Rape is Rape  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama called an impromptu press conference to discuss the latest political issue in his quest to seek a second term in office. Weighing in on Rep. Todd Akin's remarks on rape, that has generated a major firestorm in his Senatorial race in Missouri, President Obama rebuked Rep. Akin's characterization of "legitimate rape". Obama stated,  “The idea that we should be parsing, qualifying, slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people.”

Democrats seek to capitalize on Rep. Akin's ill-advised comments and to shed light on the policies of the GOP's Presidential tickets on abortion, Planned Parenthood and other women's health issues.

Is Paul Ryan a late-comer to fiscal responsibility?  

Atlanta Journal Constitution By : Jim Galloway

During yet another panel appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed tore into newly named GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan as a late-comer to fiscal responsibility. - More

Paul Ryan's hero Ayn Rand  

America Blog By : John Aravosis

First, Paul Ryan on Ayn Rand:
NY Mag:
Representative Paul Ryan, also of Wisconsin, requires staffers to read Atlas Shrugged, describes Obama’s economic policies as “something right out of an Ayn Rand novel,” and calls Rand “the reason I got involved in public service.”
More from JS Online:
"The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand," Ryan said at a D.C. gathering four years ago honoring the author of "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead."
And now, Ayn Rand on God:
Playboy: Has no religion, in your estimation, ever offered anything of constructive value to human life?
Ayn Rand: Qua religion, no - in the sense of blind belief, belief unsupported by, or contrary to, the facts of reality and the conclusions of reason. Faith, as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason. But you must remember that religion is an early form of philosophy, that the first attempts to explain the universe, to give a coherent frame of reference to man's life and a code of moral values, were made by religion, before men graduated or developed enough to have philosophy. And, as philosophies, some religions have very valuable moral points. They may have a good influence or proper principles to inculcate, but in a very contradictory context and, on a very - how should I say it? - dangerous or malevolent base: on the ground of faith. [Playboy interview with Ayn Rand]

Pawlenty says excited by Romney-Ryan ticket  

News9.com By : Staff Reporting

Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty was passed over to be Mitt Romney's running mate,

but he says he's excited to see the Romney-Paul Ryan pairing. In a statement, Pawlenty calls Ryan a "respected leader and a bold thinker"

about changes needed for the country. - More

Scott Brown: Push to register welfare recipients to vote is 'disturbing'  

PressTV By : Staff Reporting

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) on Friday accused the Commonwealth of Massachusetts of favoring his Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren,

because they complied with a 1993 bipartisan federal law that requires states to provide voter registrations to people seeking public assistance like welfare.

New York-based think tank Demos in May sued Massachusetts and eight other states for not complying with the National Voter Registration Act.

The state responded by sending out more than 500,000 voter registrations to welfare recipients at taxpayers' expense. - More

President Obama Defends Clinton Aide at Dinner for Muslim Americans  

Democratic Underground By : Staff Reporting

President Obama came to the defense of an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday night, countering conservatives who have called her a security risk because of supposed ties to Islamic extremists. - More

Don Siegelman sentenced to 6+ years in prison  

Alabama's 13 By : Staff Reporting

Is Harry Reid Lying About Mitts Tax Returns On Purpose?  

wizbang By : Doug Johnson


Well because it sells so well with the Daily Kos and Huffington Post crowd. Reid knows his charges are baseless, but he also knows that he’s unlikely to be proved wrong, so what the hell. - More

OPINION: What drives the Obama doubters and haters?  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Interesting read by David Maraniss who delves into why there are folks in politics who've conceived a lot of bogus narratives about President Obama's history; from the accusation that he's a secret Muslim, to lies about his inferior college records and the place of his birth.

Mainstream media have not aired a comprehensive correction to this ignorance in my opinion because it's in their interest to keep the 2012 election close given the billions of dollars going to ad space in this election.

We know why big oil, the health industry and Wall Street are giving millions to the republicans, it not because they care about the middleclass. Greed fuels a lot of Obama's detractors.

Maraniss asserts:

What drives them? Some of it can be attributed to the give-and-take of today’s harsh ideological divide. Some of it can be explained by the way misinformation spreads virally to millions of like-minded people, reinforcing preconceptions. And some of it, I believe, arises out of fears of demographic changes in this country, and out of racism.

House Minority Leader Eric Cantor broke ranks with top Republicans Thursday, defending Congresswoman Michele Bachmanns questioning of a top Hillary Clinton aides loyalty to the United States  

The Capital Column By : Staff Reporting

House Minority Leader Eric Cantor broke ranks with top Republicans Thursday, defending Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s questioning of a top Hillary Clinton aide’s loyalty to the United States, saying the Minnesota lawmaker’s “concern was about the security of the country.”

Speaking Thursday, the Virginia Republican refused to criticize Ms. Bachmann’s comments, saying that Minnesota Republican was simply attempting to protect the U.S., rather than stoke fear. - More

Romney stumbles out of the gate on world trip.  

Christian Science Monitor By : Staff Reporting

Mitt Romney’s seven-day overseas tour, designed to showcase the presidential hopeful’s statesmanlike qualities,

is getting off to a rocky start. First, the London daily Telegraph quoted an unnamed Romney aide as saying that the Obama presidency does not fully appreciate the “Anglo-Saxon” heritage that Great Britain and the United States share.

Coming after weeks of Governor Romney describing President Obama’s ideology as “foreign” to most Americans, the remark caused a transatlantic tempest.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: Romney running an Overly Cautious race  

National Journal By : Matt Vasilogambros

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said on Wednesday that Mitt Romney is running an overly cautious campaign and needs to show he can take charge.

“I think there's a lot of caution,” the Republican said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

“People don't just vote somebody out; they want to vote somebody in.” - More

Voter ID Fight Heads to Commonwealth Court  

Lower Moreland Patch By : James Boyle

Since its passage four months ago, Pennsylvania's Voter ID law has been a controversial topic throughout the state and on the Web.

Previous stories about the issue on Patch.com sites have featured passionate replies from commenters on both sides.

Romney adviser: Obama do not appreciate white heritage  

America blog By : John Aravosis

Why doesn't Romney simply start running ads saying "Vote Romney, he's whiter."

In an age in which it's apparently okay for Mitt Romney to repeatedly just make stuff up about President Obama, this interpretation of these incredibly inappropriate comments by a Romney advisers is more than fair. - More

Mitt Romney and the Anglo-Saxon gaffe  

The Telegraph By : Tim Stanley

Someone on the Romney staff needs to be sacked – fast and publicly.

On Tuesday, a campaign insider told the Daily Telegraph that Mitt wants to heal the divide between America and Britain that has emerged under Obama’s watch.

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage,” they said, “and [Romney] feels that the special relationship is special. - More

Romney to Olympians: You didnt get here solely on your own  

NBC By : Domenico Montanaro

Mitt Romney has criticized President Obama for his “you didn’t build that line,” when it came to businesses.

The president was making an “it takes a village” argument, which the Romney campaign and conservatives have roundly panned. But in 2002, during his speech at the Opening Ceremonies at the Winter Olympics -- the games in which Romney was lauded for turning around the management of the event -- Romney made a similar argument about Olympians. - More

Romney 2010 tax records not fully disclosed to the public  

eNewReference.com By : Staff Reporting

Huffinton Post is reporting that Romney has not fully disclosed his 2010 Tax Records to the public as the campaign previously stated. A critical diclosure, the Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts form requested by the Huffingpost, would provide much needed information on why Romney decided to open a Swiss Bank Account.

On the legislative front,Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich) are proposing a bill in the Senate to require disclosure of overseas investments.

Warren out-raises Brown in 2nd Q  

NewsTelegram.com By : John J. Monahan

Democratic U.S. Senate challenger Elizabeth Warren reported raising far more in campaign donations in the last quarter than her Republican opponent, U.S. Sen. Scott P. Brown, piling up $8.5 million to Mr. Brown’s $4.6 million.

The surge in fundraising by Ms. Warren, who like Mr. Brown has held many out-of-state fund-raising events, helped her close the gap in cash on hand as their campaigns move into the final months before the November election.

In purge of ineligible voters, Florida gains access to U.S. database  

Tampa Bay Times By : Steve Bousquet

A yearlong stalemate between Florida and Washington ended Saturday when the federal government gave the state access to a federal citizenship database, which the state will use to resume an election-year purge of noncitizen voters.

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Jill Stein facing Romney again  

SF Gate By : Staff Reporting

A doctor who ran against Mitt Romney for Massachusetts governor a decade ago has won the chance to challenge him again, this time as the Green Party's presidential nominee.

Jill Stein, an internist from Lexington, Mass., blasted both Romney and President Obama, saying they had become too dependent on donations from corporations in order to reach office at the expense of the nation's citizens.

Romney Banks Big on the Anti-Obama Vote  

Wall Street Journal By : Neil King Jr.

Presidential candidates always rely on a mix of overt support for them and distaste for their opponent.

A lot of voters go into the booth mainly to lodge a vote against the incumbent, and the only way to do that, of course, is to vote for the other guy.

But Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has an inordinate share of what might be called anti-support: supporters who support him primarily because they oppose President Barack Obama.

John King: Why is 1999 so important in 2012?  

CNN By : John King

So just why is 1999 suddenly such a flashpoint in Campaign 2012? Team Obama says 1999 is the birth year of "The Big Bain Lie" and goes on to suggest that Mitt Romney might have committed a felony.

That provoked a rare statement from Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades, who called on President Barack Obama to apologize for "the out of control behavior of his staff, which demeans the office that he holds." - More

Jesse Jackson Jr.??  

Yahoo! News By : Rachel Rose Hartman

Sen. Dick Durbin on Monday put public pressure on fellow Illinois Democrat Jesse Jackson Jr. to explain what is preventing him from serving in the House.

"As a public official, there comes a point when you have a responsibility to tell the public what's going on," Durbin said at an event in Chicago.

"If there is some medical necessity for him not to say more at this moment than I will defer to that. But he will have to soon make a report on what he's struggling with."

Boehner: Americans Arent Going To Fall In Love With Romney  

CBS DC By : Staff Reporting

House Speaker John Boehner believes Americans aren’t going to fall in love with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

According to Roll Call, Boehner made the comment during a fundraiser in West Virginia on June 30 when a woman asked him: Can you make me love Mitt Romney?

Romney, RNC Raise $100M in June  

Bloomberg Business Week By : Jonathan D. Salant

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and allied party committees raised more than $100 million in June, Republican National Committee political director Rick Wiley said today on Twitter.

Romney, like President Barack Obama, is raising money jointly with national and state party committees.

This allows donors to contribute more than they can give directly to a candidate’s campaign, which is limited to $2,500 each for the primary and general election campaigns.

N.C. Democrats decline to endorse Obama  

USA Today By : David Jackson

U.S. Reps. Larry Kissell and Mike McIntyre -- both of whom represent rural districts with more Republican voters after redistricting -- have declined to endorse Obama for re-election.

McClatchy notes that Kissell voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress and opposed Obama's health care bill.

Obamacare Mandate or Tax?  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

A lot of noise has been made about the other 1 percent who have been scrutinized as of late, approximately 1% of Americans that will be taxed or mandated with the requirement to pay for health coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) legislation.

After being questioned on Air Force One, Jay Carney the White House Press Secretary stated,

It’s a penalty because you have a choice, you don’t have a choice to pay your taxes, right? You have a choice to buy — if you can afford health insurance. … So if you don’t buy it, and you can afford it, it is an irresponsible thing to do to ask the rest of America’s taxpayers to pay for your care when you go to the emergency room. So your choice is to purchase healthcare reform or a penalty will be administered.

Adelson giving $10 million to aid GOP  

eNewsReference.com By : Staff Reporting

Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson is giving a reported 10 million dollars to the defeat President Obama effort. Other deep pockets are lining up to contribute in what the Obama campaign has indicated will be the first time a sitting President of the United States will be outspent by an opponent.

Romney Raises $4.6 Million after ruling  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

Both presidential campaigns are citing fund-raising spikes following the Supreme Court's decision upholding President Barack Obama's health care law.

Mitt Romney's organization said Friday morning it had raised $4.6 million online, and Obama's operation, while not revealing specific numbers, said they had surpassed Team Romney's announced total

Health care hangs in balance  

MSNBC By : Staff Reporting

Activists, experts and millions of American families are bracing for Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on health care reform. Former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Ron Pollack of Families USA discuss.

Brown cuts $128 million from Democrats budget  

Los Angeles Times By : Staff Reporting

Gov. Jerry Brown trimmed $128 million from the budget passed by Democratic lawmakers before signing the spending plan into law late Wednesday night.

The cuts include reductions to financial aid for college students and child-care programs -- two of the areas that divided Brown and Democratic lawmakers in the final days of the budget fight.

Turzais voter ID remark draws criticism  

post-gazette.com By : Laura Olson

A comment from a top Republican state lawmaker that Pennsylvania's new voter identification law will enable his party's presidential candidate to win the state in November drew fire Monday from Democrats.

House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, made the remark Saturday at a meeting of the Republican State Committee in Hershey.

Poll: Obama, Romney now in dead heat  

Mansfield News Journal By : Jim Kuhnhenn and Jennifer Agiesta

Fighting a swell of economic anxiety, President Barack Obama has lost much of the narrow lead he held just a month ago over Mitt Romney and the two now are locked in a virtually even race for the White House, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The survey also found a majority of Americans disapproving of how the Democratic president is handling a national economy that fewer people think is improving.

Raja Parvez Ashraf elected as Pak PM  

Oneindia By : Staff Reporting

Islamabad, Jun 22: Raja Parvez Ashraf, a stalwart of the ruling PPP, on Friday became Pakistan's new Prime Minister as the country struggled to come out of its latest political crisis. Ashraf was administered the oath of office by President Asif Ali Zardari tonight, hours after he was elected as the new Prime Minister by the National Assembly.

Joe Williams Suspended for Remarks and Tweets About Mitt Romney  

everythingpr By : Kathryn Buford

Politico’s White House Correspondent, Joe Williams, was suspendedfor a comment he made as part of a panel discussion on Martin Bashir’s MSNBC show and tweets the founding editors deemed “unacceptable” for a professional journalist. Williams made the remark after Bashir suggested that Mitt Romney’s trouble connecting with Hispanics might be due to the fact that “he rarely appears on television besides Fox.”

“Romney is very, very comfortable it seems with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in some town hall settings, why he can’t relate to people other than that. But when he comes on Fox and Friends, they’re like him, they’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.”

Edwards Will Not Face Retrial  

digtriad.com By : Staff Reporting

Wednesday, the US Department of Justice said it will not retry the John Edwards case. DOJ filed an order of dismissal of the case in Greensboro Federal Courty. - More

Clintonites Hit The Panic Button For Obama  

BuzzFeed By : Zeke Miller

Former aides to President Bill Clinton are calling for a dramatic shift in their party's economic message before the November election, warning of an "impossible headwind in November," if they continue on their current path. - More

Socialists leading in French expat vote tally  

France24 By : Staff Reporting

According to numbers published by the French Ministry of the Interior, a majority of French citizens residing overseas (53%) voted for right-wing candidate former President Nicolas Sarkozy in France’s presidential election just one month ago. - More News in France

Bloomberg and His Bold Initiative  

Mail Online By : Staff Reporting

The soda industry is fighting back against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his proposed ban on sugary drinks. The Center of Consumer Freedom plans to run a full-page advertisement in Sunday's New York Times portraying Bloomberg as a nanny wearing a purple dress days after the mayor's announcement to prohibit sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces from movie theaters, restaurants and street carts.

The advertisement, which reads that 'New York needs a mayor, not a nanny,' is a stand against Bloomberg's initiative to combat obesity. - More

Obama Pays Tribute  

The Guardian By : Chris McGreal

Barack Obama vowed not to take America into another war unless it was "absolutely necessary" after noting in Memorial Day remarks that for the first time in nine years soldiers were no longer dying in Iraq. At a service to remember the country's fallen at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the president also said that US forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan. - More

Chris Hayes Apologizes  

ABC 7 News By : Staff

MSNBC host Chris Hayes says he's sorry for his comments about his discomfort with the use of the word "heroes" to describe fallen soldiers. Hayes made the comments during his show on Sunday, the day before Memorial Day. He was met with a strong backlash, including from a veterans' group. - More

Washington Mayor Told to Testify in Lottery Suit  

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A federal judge ruled Monday that Mayor Vincent C. Gray must answer questions about a disputed lottery case, the latest in a drumbeat of news involving misconduct in the Washington, D.C., government. Read More...

Republicans Pledge New Standoff on Debt Limit  

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Speaker John A. Boehner set the stage for a bruising election-year showdown on fiscal policy while Mitt Romney hit President Obama hard on his fiscal stewardship in a speech in Des Moines. Read More...

Military Curbs F  

22 Over Oxygen Concerns By : Anonymous

Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, responding to a 60 Minutes report, ordered flights to remain within safe proximity of airports. Read More...

George W. Bush Briefly Visits Washington  

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After keeping a low profile since leaving office, former President George W. Bush is starting to speak out again on issues he hopes will define his legacy. Read More...

Iowa, Again, Serves as Proving Ground for Romney  

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Iowa is an important laboratory for Mitt Romneys broad effort to lay the blame for the nations ongoing economic distress at President Obamas feet. Read More...

States Diverting Mortgage Settlement Money to Other Uses  

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Some states are diverting their share of a $2.5 billion they were awarded in a mortgage settlement, money intended to help homeowners and mitigate the effects of foreclosures. Read More...

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