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Dem Candidate Domenic Recchia Does a Favor for the Mob

Brooklyn City Councilman Domenic Recchia, a top Democrat recruit for Congress, has written a federal judge, asking for leniency for a convicted mobster. And, not just any mobster. Angelo Spata, the mobster convicted of racketeering and illegal gambling, is the son-in-law of Colombo crime boss Carmine Persico. Persico is currently serving a 139-year prison sentence. Dec 5, 2013 9:02 AM PT

Budget Kabuki: Ryan & Murray Near Meaningless Deal

As Congress nears the end of its 2013 calendar, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan and Senate Budget Chair Patty Murray are rushing to finalize a deal on the federal budget for next year. There will be a lot of sturm and drang over the negotiations. It is important to remember, however, that whatever agreement is reached has no force of law. It isn't even sent to the President. It is effectively meaningless. Dec 4, 2013 10:26 AM PT

Congress Rushes $1T Farm Bill

At the end of the year, Congress makes a mad dash to pass legislation that, for whatever reason, is stalled somewhere in the process. Most of these measures won't pass, but the prospect of a final year-end bill impels lawmakers and lobbyists to push support for their individual measures. The bill with the most lobbying power behind it now is the $1 Trillion Farm Bill. The long-stalled bill has a good chance of passing in the final flurry of legislative activity. Dec 3, 2013 5:34 AM PT

Google Seeks Advantage in Patent Reform

Congress is again facing a test that will determine whether they stand with the American people or the K-Street lobbyists who represent some of the biggest corporations in the world, including the president’s favorite billion dollar corporation — Google. Nov 27, 2013 4:00 AM PT

Politico: Dems Prep to Trash ObamaCare

It is no secret that the Democrat party is hemorrhaging support in the wake of the disastrous ObamaCare rollout. As the Administration floats that the website will not be fully operational at the end of November, nervous Democrats are expected to try to separate themselves from Obama and his flawed health program. Politico's Mike Allen was on MSNBC this week, saying that they are "hearing" that Democrats will be very aggressive against the program in Congressional oversight hearings next week. Nov 26, 2013 12:30 PM PT

ObamaCare Puts IA, CO, MI Senate Seats Into Play

For the past year, most political observers have focused on Republican opportunities to capture Senate seats in red-states like Louisiana and Arkansas. The GOP had a plausible, but narrow, path to capture enough of these seats to win control of the Senate. The ObamaCare disaster, however, has expanded the battlefield for control of the Senate. New polls show high-profile Democrats with negligible leads against phantom Republicans in IA, CO and MI. If these states are in play next year, Dem control of the Senate will be especially vulnerable. Nov 26, 2013 7:10 AM PT

Poll: GOP Surges Past Democrats

A new CNN poll finds a dramatic reversal in the battle for Congress. A month ago, Democrats held a 50-42 advantage on a generic ballot, gauging basic party preference. The disastrous rollout of ObamaCare has driven a ten-point swing to the Republicans. The GOP now leads Democrats 49-47. More importantly, Republicans hold a 17 point advantage among Independents. Nov 26, 2013 5:53 AM PT

Shock Study: Films More Violent Today Than in 1950s

This month, the media swooned over another study on violence funded by the left-wing Robert Johnson Foundation. The study arrived at the ground-breaking conclusion that movies today contain more violence than movies in the 1950’s. With such an obvious and intuitive conclusions, why was this study even done? Ostensibly, it was to pressure MPAA to update its rating system. The study is also, though, the latest effort by one of the researchers, Brad Bushman, to push tenuous conclusions about violence. Nov 25, 2013 8:50 AM PT

Poll: Obama Sinking Dems in Swing State Florida

A new Quinnipiac poll of Florida finds a majority of voters in the state view President Obama as untrustworthy. Just 44% believe Obama is honest. This view is a major factor in the collapse of Obama's approval rating in the state, where just 40% of voters approve of the job he is doing. This poll drop isn't just confined to Obama, however. The poll found a significant trend towards Republicans and steep drops in approval ratings for Democrats up and down the ballot. Nov 25, 2013 6:41 AM PT

Sen Dems Throw Temper Tantrum

On Thursday, Senate Democrats followed through on their oft-threatened plan and invoked the "nuclear option," ending filibusters for presidential appointments and most judicial nominations. Nominees will now require a simple majority vote for confirmation. While many on the left applaud the move by Senate Democrats, the rule change is a clear sign of the caucus's weakening position. Nov 22, 2013 7:56 AM PT

'Cover Oregon' Website Won't Be Ready by Deadline

Amid the complete failure of the federal ObamaCare health exchange, may commentators have pointed to the 14 state-run exchanges as examples of functioning websites where people can buy insurance. While the state exchanges have had more success than the federal site, this is grading on a steep curve. The executive director of "Cover Oregon," which had been in the vanguard of state-run exchanges, admitted to lawmakers this week that the site wouldn't be ready until after the deadline to receive coverage. Nov 22, 2013 5:55 AM PT

Sen. Tim Scott Declines to Endorse Lindsey Graham

On Wednesday, South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott was asked on CNN's Crossfire if he would endorse his colleague Lindsey Graham, who faces a primary challenge next year. Scott declined several opportunities to voice support for his state's senior Senator, saying he was focused on his own reelection. Endorsing one's colleague is almost rote in politics. Scott's demurral is a sign of the difficulty Graham faces next year. Nov 21, 2013 7:22 AM PT

ObamaCare 2014: 100 Million Policy Cancellations

The cancellation of health insurance policies for 5 million Americans who buy coverage in the individual market as sparked a political firestorm. Vulnerable Democrats are scrambling to find a "fix" that would allow them to keep their promise that people could keep their policies. This is nothing compared to what will happen next year, when up to 100 million individuals lose the insurance they receive from their small business employers. Nov 20, 2013 12:28 PM PT

Dem House Aide: ObamaCare 'Could Be Demise of Democrat Party'

The disastrous roll-out of ObamaCare is exerting a profound gravitational pull on the nation's political climate. Obama's approval ratings are reaching the lowest points of his presidency. The short-term advantage Democrats enjoyed over Republicans in the wake of the government shutdown has disappeared. Earlier this year, Democrats entertained thoughts of winning back the House. If current trends hold, they would be lucky to hold on to the seats they have. Nov 20, 2013 9:36 AM PT

Failed Left-Wing Policies Sinking Obama's Presidency

One year ago, fresh off his reelection, 52% of Americans approved of the job Obama was doing. Just 41% disapproved, giving him a net approval of +11. What a difference a year makes. On Saturday, Gallup reported that just 40% now approve of Obama. A majority of Americans, 53%, disapprove. Obama's net approval is now -13, a 24-point swing away from Obama. Nov 16, 2013 1:58 PM PT

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