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Boehner raising greenbacks with “wetbacks” congressman

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  House Speaker John Boehner took Alaska’s crusty veteran Rep. Don Young to the woodshed earlier this year after Young made a reference to “wetbacks,” but Boehner is now in Alaska with Young on a mission of raising political greenbacks. Young is cosponsor of a fundraiser on Tuesday in Anchorage, at which Boehner will raise   [Read More]
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Republicans: Obama climate plan is “anti-American” war on energy

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  Leading Republicans were using phrases like “anti-American” and “war on American energy” to describe President Obama’s new plan to combat climate change, escalating the rhetoric even before the President’s Georgetown University speech outlining his program. “President Obama’s anti-American energy plan will increase the price of energy and hurt job creation,” Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.,   [Read More]

Some New Year’s Resolutions for prominent politicians

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Happy 2013, everyone! While I’ll be celebrating New Year’s Day with my annual open house (you’re invited), our elected officials are nursing a case of fiscal-cliff hangover. Here are some New Year’s Resolutions for the powerful and dysfunctional: President Obama: Invite the other children over to your house more often. John Boehner: Smoke more. Worry [...] [Read More]

In Washington, inauguration preparations are well under way

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The preparations were kicked off on Sept. 20, weeks before the nations picked who would be sworn in to serve as its president for the next four years. [Read More]

Poll: Public far more likely to side with Obama than Boehner on “fiscal cliff”

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Boehner’s troubles might stem from the fact that 26 percent of those polled didn’t know enough to say whether they approved or disapproved of his handling of the negotiations. [Read More]

Van Hollen: Boehner stringing out ‘fiscal cliff’ talks because of GOP politics

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, said Speaker of the House John Boehner might have to bring a plan to the table that could pass without majority support from the Republican caucus, but he expressed concern as to whether Boehner would make such a move before the official vote for Speaker on Jan. 3 [Read More]

Dianne Feinstein willing to look at mortgage interest deduction

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Even as we watch the spectacle of Republicans throwing anti-tax activist Grover Norquist under the bus (it started the day after the election with House Speaker John Boehner putting revenue on the table), some Democrats are eying other sacred cows. In a telephone interview before her re-election, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she would support scaling [...] [Read More]

Latino power: Suddenly, Sean Hannity wants immigration reform

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It is a cold, hard slap in the face to conservatives: 71 percent of Latinos voted for President Obama. The result: Listen to how some leading conservative voices are tripping over each other to say that the Republican Party should step up and support immigration reform. And no, not in the way that Mitt Romney [...] [Read More]

Does it really pay to spend more?

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Millions of dollars are poured into tight Congressional campaigns in the hopes that more money, and in turn more advertising, will help candidates win elections. Although a few financial underdogs managed a win this election, overall the big spenders remained on top.

Here’s a breakdown of the most expensive campaigns and the top Senate and House spenders who won, or didn’t.

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Ten politicians who’ve excelled at social media in 2012

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People have been showing their support for candidates for months using social media. So which candidates have taken advantage of this unique sharing tool? Here are our top picks for 2012. [Read More]