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Spring break for Congress: Still work

Apr 14, 2014
Congress is in the midst of a two-week recess.
Posted In: Congress
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Following the money on the new IRS rules

Nov 27, 2013
How much light will the new IRS rules shed on political dark money?
Posted In: Citizens United, political donors, scotus
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Business groups change up their political giving

Nov 11, 2013
After last month’s government shutdown and brinkmanship regarding raising the nation’s borrowing limit, the business community is making its dissatisfaction with how business gets done in Washington clear through a new pattern of political giving.
Posted In: political donations, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, tea party
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The IRS's embarrassment creates free advertising for conservative groups

May 17, 2013
Revelations the IRS gave extra scrutiny to conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status has raised their profile, and for some, their fundraising.
Posted In: IRS, tea party
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Is rebranding the GOP like rebranding Cheerios?

Mar 18, 2013
Republican advisers have released a plan to grow their party. Some high-profile conservatives say the GOP needs a message-makeover to be competitive. How do corporate marketers view the challenge?
Posted In: Republicans, GOP, Re-branding, branding
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Keeping Obama's machine -- and mailing list -- going

Mar 13, 2013
Tonight, President Obama speaks to the non-profit group, Organizing, for America, which some have described as the president's never-ending campaign. Where is the money behind the organization coming from?
Posted In: Citizens United, Obama, politics, campaign contributions
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Obama uses campaign machine to push agenda

Jan 21, 2013
President Obama will use a deep campaign database and volunteer network in a new nonprofit. Some are concerned because it can take corporate money.
Posted In: Obama campaign, Immigration, budget, Barack Obama, campaign, nonprofit
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A smaller crowd in Washington as Obama begins second term

Jan 21, 2013
Four years after the largest presidential inauguration in history, President Obama's second term begins on a more subdued note.
Posted In: inauguration, Washington D.C., tourism
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After 3 years, new attempts to limit Citizens United

Jan 17, 2013
The Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling, allowing unlimited campaign spending by corporations and unions, is three years old. New York is taking the lead in trying to make donors more transparent.
Posted In: Eric Schneiderman, Citizens United, Supreme Court, campaign finance
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2012: Reviewing the year of the super PAC

Dec 25, 2012
Super PACs spent big money on the 2012 election. But some of the biggest donors didn't exactly get a good rate of return. So, can we expect more big spending the next election cycle?
Posted In: Election 2012, super PACs

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Commentator: Illegal immigration hurts the economy

Mar 15, 2012
San Diego resident Nancy Parker says the costs of undocumented immigration outweigh the benefits.
Posted In: Immigration, undocumented, illegal immigration
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Why Saul Alinsky matters in the 2012 election

Jan 23, 2012
Newt Gingrich talks a lot about labor activist Saul Alinsky. Who was this figure in modern American community organizing?
Posted In: Saul Alinsky, Newt Gingrich, 2012 election
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Marketplace interviews President Obama. What would you ask?

Mar 21, 2012
Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal is traveling to Boulder City, Nevada, today to interview President Barack Obama at the Copper Mountain solar plant during the president's two-day energy tour. Send us your questions and find out how to listen.
Posted In: President Obama, energy policy, solar
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The numbers behind Mitt Romney's 47% comment

Sep 18, 2012
Mitt Romney is standing by his words from a private fundraiser that were caught on videotape. In the video, Romney says 47 percent of the country pay no income tax and are therefore predisposed to vote for President Obama.
Posted In: Taxes, Mitt Romney
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The problem with Obama's carrots and sticks plan

Feb 1, 2012
President Obama plans to build much of his election-year policy agenda around carrots and sticks. But commentator Amity Shlaes that plan could backfire.
Posted In: Barack Obama, Jobs
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The return of manufacturing?

Feb 22, 2012
The GOP candidates and President Obama all have plans to boost manufacturing, but commentator Robert Reich says they're mostly wishful thinking.
Posted In: manufacturing, unions, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Barack Obama
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Post-election, a polling conundrum

Nov 7, 2012
Gallup's editor-in-chief on last night's election results and the rise of poll "aggregators."
Posted In: polls, 2012 election
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The GOP candidates largely agree on what ails the country

Feb 8, 2012
But commentator Robert Reich says they miss the cause.
Posted In: GOP, 2012 election
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For a small business owner, taxes are the key to their vote

Nov 7, 2012
We check back in with Olalah Njenga, a small business owner and formerly undecided voter.
Posted In: njenga, 2012 election, Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Taxes
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Secret campaign donations -- so what?

Oct 18, 2012
Nonprofit social welfare organizations may become more potent political donors than super PACs. And they don't have to disclose who gave money.
Posted In: 2012 election, super PAC, super PACs, campaign contributions

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Lack of photo ID triggers financial penalty

Oct 15, 2012
Thousands of Americans face economic challenges because, through no fault of their own, they are unable to secure a photo ID.
Posted In: photo ID, Voter ID, 2012 election

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