Governors in D.C.: Beset By Lobbyists, Riven By Partisanship

As gubernatorial staff grumble, influence-brokers descend For three days last week, the nation’s Governors from both parties scurried with their security details down swanky hotel hallways in Washington, D.C., with legions of well-dressed men and women wearing orange lanyards in hot pursuit. The marked followers, who wore name tags identifying their employers on the orange cords, were ubiquitous at the […]

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Homeland Security Goes on Offense for Fight With Congress

The Obama Administration made a last-minute public plea for Congress to fund the Department of Homeland Security, sending Secretary Jeh Johnson on a tour of political talk shows Sunday. As the deadline approaches for the department’s funding, Johnson echoed the administration line that Congress should simply fund the department without conditions. Republicans in Congress hoped to attach language to the […]

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Democrats Call for Focus on Narrative, White Voters After 2014 Losses

The party chair calls a new report “tough love” The Democratic Party’s autopsy of its devastating defeat in 2014 calls for a renewed focus on the party’s message and winning back white Southern voters. In preliminary findings unveiled Saturday at a meeting of the Democratic National Committee, a task force studied the party’s defeats in 2010 and 2014—despite its victories […]

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Obama Says Republicans Are Trying to ‘Bamboozle Folks’ on Income Inequality

“Tell us how you’re going to help the middle class,” Obama said President Barack Obama took a skeptical approach Friday to the Republican Party’s recent focus on on income inequality and the middle class, saying the GOP’s “rhetoric has not matched the reality.” In a fiery address to his party’s leadership at the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting, Obama questioned […]

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The Marijuana Wars Claim New Fronts in Congress, Courts

The tug-of-war over marijuana continues The fight over marijuana has moved to Capitol Hill — and the courtroom. On Feb. 20, Colorado Rep. Jared Polis and Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer introduced bills in Congress that would legalize and tax marijuana on a federal level. “Over the past year, Colorado has demonstrated that regulating marijuana like alcohol takes money away from […]

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Democrats Criticize Giuliani for Remarks About Obama

Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz called Thursday on Republican presidential candidates to repudiate the comments of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. In a speech to the Association of Democratic State Chairs meeting in Washington, the Florida congresswoman called on the GOP to say “enough” after Giuliani said at a private New York dinner he doesn’t […]

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Top Republican Watchdog Slams Secret Service Director Pick

Rep. Jason Chaffetz says they should have picked someone from outside the agency. A top Republican critic of former Secret Service director Julia Pierson is not pleased with the Obama Administration’s pick to be her successor. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz said Wednesday that the appointment of acting director Joseph Clancy contradicts the recommendation of an independent […]

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President Obama Names Joe Clancy as New Head of Secret Service

He will fill the position after four months as acting director President Barack Obama has chosen the former special agent he asked to temporarily run the troubled Secret Service to take over as director. The White House said Joe Clancy will fill the position after four months as acting director. Clancy, former head of the service’s presidential protective division, was […]

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