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T Minus 22: GOP Opens Big Leads on Critical Issues

A new Gallup survey shows the GOP opening up big leads on four critical issues voters say are most important this election. Republicans enjoy an 11-point advantage over Democrats on handling the economy, the issue foremost on voters' minds. The GOP edge mirrors a similar advantage it enjoyed heading into the 2010 elections. It is the clearest sign that a late-stage wave may be building for Republicans. Oct 13, 2014 11:29 AM PT

T Minus 22: Dems Fear Turnout As GOP Odds Improve

In the Obama-era, the Democrat party has become overly dependent on minorities, single women and young voters. Without abnormally high turnout among these voters, Democrat candidates face long odds on election night. Unfortunately for Democrats, these are the least reliable voters to turn out. As the theory of the midterms becomes reality, expect GOP odds of victory to increase. Oct 13, 2014 8:26 AM PT

US Slips to 12th in Economic Freedom

A new report of "economic freedom" around the world finds the US ranked 12th among 152 countries, tied with the United Kingdom, and lower than neighbor Canada or Australia. The index, published by the Cato Institute and Canada's Fraser Institute, has been published since 1996. As recently as 2000, the US ranked 2nd in the world, in terms of boasting a free economy. The US's declining ranking will lower future economic growth. Oct 12, 2014 10:18 AM PT

T Minus 23: GOP Pumps $1 Million Into South Dakota Defense

Late Friday, the NRSC, the campaign arm of the Senate Republicans, announced it was pouring $1 million into South Dakota to shore up GOP candidate Mike Rounds, long considered the presumptive front-runner for the seat. The move matches an earlier decision by Senate Democrats to aggressively contest the seat in South Dakota. The late moves are a parable for the underwhelming Republican performance this election. Oct 12, 2014 10:16 AM PT

T Minus 26: GOP Defending Another 'Safe' Senate Seat

On Wednesday, Senate Democrats announced they were committing $1 million to defeat GOP candidate Mike Rounds in South Dakota. The race to succeed retiring Democrat Sen. Tim Johnson has long been assumed to be an easy pick-up for the Republicans. The Democrat move is partly bluff and political theater, but it is also an attempt to capitalize on unique circumstances in that race. The gambit is a good explanation for why Democrats are still competitive at this late stage in the campaign. Oct 9, 2014 2:08 PM PT

75% of Americans Don't Trust Obama on Economy

A new survey released by CNBC reports just 24% of Americans are confident in the President's economic leadership. Support for Obama's economic leadership, moreover, is 15 points lower than it was in August 2010, just a few months before the GOP wave swept through Congress. Obama's low marks comes even as the poll found a slight increase in American's optimism about the economy. Oct 7, 2014 9:19 AM PT

Palestinian Groups Plan 'Weekend of Resistance' in Ferguson

The cable news klieg lights, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson may have moved on, but residents of Ferguson, MO continue to experience nearly nightly unrest stemming from the shooting death of Michael Brown. Eye witnesses have told Breitbart News that pro-Palestinian and other muslim activist groups are a growing presence in the protests. On October 10th, a number of these groups, named "The Palestine Contingent," are planning a "Weekend of Resistance" in Ferguson to highlight the connection between the midwest community and Gaza. Oct 5, 2014 9:07 AM PT

Economy Adds 248K Jobs, 315K Leave Labor Force

On Friday, the Labor Department reported that the economy added 248,000 jobs in September, corrected slightly from the disappointing report in August. The unemployment rate edged lower, falling to 5.9%, but part of the drop in unemployment is due to 315,000 people leaving the labor force in September. Oct 3, 2014 5:55 AM PT

T Minus 36: GOP Begins Breakout From Stalemate

The midterm elections, despite months of news coverage and media battles, are only now wrapping up the pre-season. The campaigns begin in earnest this week, as a critical fundraising deadline passes and voters only now begin paying real attention to the critical contests. Democrats, with a horde of cash, fought the pre-season to a draw or a slim decision-on-points. Despite its numerous missteps, the Republicans are beginning to breakout of the political stalemate. Sep 29, 2014 9:44 AM PT

'Nanny' Bloomberg Fail: Smoking Rises in NYC

Under Mayor Mike Bloomberg, New York City was an anti-tobacco zealot's utopia. Nagged by Bloomberg, the city forced bar and restaurant owners to ban smoking in their premises and prohibited smoking in public parks. The city spent millions on public advertising and education and enacted the highest cigarette taxes on the planet. The oft-stated goal was to force people to quit smoking. It isn't working. Sep 23, 2014 5:01 PM PT

Politico, WSJ, WaPo Give 'Messaging' Advice To Left Wing Think Tank

On September 12th, the Center for Responsible Lending, a left-wing group advocating for greater regulation of the banking industry hosted a national "messaging" conference on "bank reform," with a special emphasis on curtailing "payday lending". A centerpiece of the conference was an "off-record" discussion with financial reporters from Politico, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and trade publication, The American Banker. According to conference organizers, the reporters gave the activists "advice" and "insight" for their advocacy campaigns. Sep 23, 2014 6:26 AM PT

Billionaire Mike Bloomberg: 'Economy In Very Good Shape'

Two billionaires, the head of Goldman Sachs and a politician walk into a bar. Actually, this isn't the start of a joke, but a recent forum on "small business", sponsored by Goldman and Bloomberg News. Maybe it is a joke, because billionaire bon vivant Michael Bloomberg kicked off the discussion by noting that "the economy is in very good shape." What color is the sky in Bloomberg's world? Sep 18, 2014 11:38 AM PT

T Minus 47: Dems Stuck, GOP Waging Three Front War

This week, news of the battle for the Senate has been dominated by Democrats' improving chances of holding onto the majority. The Washington Post forecasting model actually finds Democrats slightly favored, with 51% odds they will keep the Senate. Most other models still give Republicans an edge, but their odds have gone down in recent days. The real story, though, is that Democrats seem to have hit a ceiling of support while the GOP is locked in a 3-front fight, mostly of its own making. Sep 18, 2014 11:31 AM PT

T Minus 48: Dems Dominate Ad Spending

This week, the race for the Senate has been dominated by analyses showing Democrats faring better than expected in the most competitive races. Election models from Nate Silver, Washington Post and New York Times all downgraded Republicans chances of taking control. While it is still early in the cycle and there are many factors affecting individual races, there is one common denominator. Democrats are dominating the ad wars. Sep 17, 2014 12:23 PM PT

T Minus 49: GOP Odds of Senate Takeover Downgraded

With just over 7 weeks until the midterm elections, Republican chances to take control of the Senate have tumbled slightly. Two weeks ago, political handicapper Nate Silver estimated the GOP had a 64% chance of winning a Senate majority. On Tuesday, Silver lowered his estimate to 55%. The landscape still favors the GOP, but the trend-lines are ominous. Sep 16, 2014 1:42 PM PT

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