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Dem Casualty List Grows

Each week, it seems another Democrat lawmaker announces their retirement from Congress. On Thursday, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) joined the growing list. It is only January, but 11 Democrat lawmakers have said they are quitting at the end of this current term. Jan 30, 2014 8:39 AM PT

Economic Growth Drops to 3.2% in 4th Quarter

The Commerce Department reported Thursday that GDP growth dropped to 3.2% in the 4th Quarter. While generally a healthy number, it is a dramatic drop from 3rd Quarter growth, which was 4.1% on an annualized basis. Jan 30, 2014 6:20 AM PT

GOP Caves on Food Stamp Reform

On Wednesday, the House gave final approval to the Farm Bill, clearing the way for Senate action and President Obama's desk. The $1 trillion deal authorizes farm and food stamp programs for the next 5 years. For the past two years, farm and food stamp programs had been running on temporary extensions. Republicans had pushed for major reforms in the fast-growing food stamp program, but largely gave those up to reach a deal. Jan 30, 2014 5:43 AM PT

3 Ways GOP Could Blow Midterm Elections

Most pundits and political professionals expect the GOP to have a good showing in the midterm elections. Historically, the opposition picks up seats in the 6th year of a President's tenure. Obama's approval ratings are at rock bottom and the ObamaCare rollout continues to cause headaches for Democrats. A number of incumbent Senators, who last won during Obama's wave election in 2008, face heavy headwinds in enough states to give Republicans control. Jan 27, 2014 11:52 AM PT

Dem Rep Warns of ObamaCare 'Death Spiral'

Democrat Rep. Jim Moran appeared on a DC public radio station Friday and expressed his growing fear over the fate of ObamaCare. His chief concern is that not enough young people are signing up for insurance. Critics of the law have said a lack of young people in the program could spark a cost "death spiral," dramatically driving up insurance rates. Jan 27, 2014 8:25 AM PT

The Tawdriness of the McDonnells' Alleged Corruption

Reading the 43-page indictment of Bob and Maureen McDonnell provides a glimpse of the intersection of politics and money. Many of the alleged gifts and actions listed, however, don't seem especially extraordinary in today's political environment. What is breathtaking, though, is how tawdry the allegations are. One almost feels sympathy for the Star Scientific CEO, who the McDonnell family treated as something of a mark. Jan 26, 2014 9:25 AM PT

Dems Discuss 'Income Inequality' at Grammys, Posh St. Regis

Democrats have made the issue of "income inequality" the cornerstone of their platform going into the November elections. In less than two months, the House Democrats will discuss this and other issues at the swanky and posh St. Regis hotel in Manhattan. Rooms start at $695 a night if you would like to join them. Jan 22, 2014 8:24 AM PT

Christie Controls $100 Million to Support Fellow GOP Govs

At the end of last year, embattled NJ Gov. Chris Christie took control of the Republican Governors Association (RGA), which acts as a kind of super-pac for GOP gubernatorial campaigns. In 2010, a cycle comparable to the upcoming elections, the RGA spent well over $100 million to support GOP campaigns for governor. Governors up for reelection in November have been among the first to defend Christie in his current scandal. Jan 21, 2014 3:05 PM PT

GOP Establishment Candidate Hit for Lobbying Past

The GOP establishment got its preferred candidate in a Florida special election when David Jolly defeated state Rep. Kathleen Peters in a Republican primary earlier this month. Jolly is a former staffer for deceased Rep. Bill Young who has been a lobbyist in DC for the past several years. He faces Democrat Alex Sink in the March 11th primary to fill-out the remainder of Young's term. Democrats are seizing on his lobbying past. Jan 21, 2014 4:49 AM PT

House Dems Misspell Their Own Website in Ad

A new ad from the Democrat Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) looks to have had about as much review as the ObamaCare website. The ad, targeting Rep. Joe Heck, misspells the DCCC's website. Amazingly, considering it is 2014, and not 1994, the creators of the ad left a "w" out of the URL address. Quality control. Jan 17, 2014 8:59 AM PT

Debt Deal May Clear Keystone Pipeline

On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said the US would exhaust its borrowing authority in late February, rather than early March as originally estimated. If Congress doesn't lift the debt ceiling by then, the government would have to prioritize its payments to avoid missing interest payments on its debt. Jan 16, 2014 10:25 AM PT

Unions Give $765k to GOP 'Main Street' PAC

Former Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) was one of the more labor-friendly Republicans in Congress. Those close ties are paying off for him as labor unions are a major donor to his "Defending Main Street" Super-PAC, which is targeting conservatives in upcoming primaries. So far, unions have contributed $765,000 to support LaTourette's efforts. The figure represents 86% of the PAC's current cash-on-hand. Jan 16, 2014 8:09 AM PT

House Dems Trash ObamaCare in Campaign Ad

House Majority PAC, a Democrat super-PAC supporting Congressional Democrats, is running a new ad in support of vulnerable incumbent Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ). The ad trashes the rollout out of ObamaCare's health exchanges. Jan 16, 2014 7:09 AM PT

NC Dem Sen Kay Hagan Trails All Republican Rivals

ObamaCare continues to wreck havoc on Democrats' chances this November. A new poll by Democrat firm Public Policy Polling finds incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) trailing ALL of her potential Republican rivals. This is in spite of the fact that many of the possible Republican challengers have very little name recognition in the state. These polls results are personal to Hagan. Jan 14, 2014 10:09 AM PT

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