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AK Sen. Mark Begich Misses Votes for Hawaii Trip

While most of the nation huddled to keep warm as a "polar vortex" blanketed the nation, Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) was in Hawaii to speak at a conference of airport executives. The average temperature in Hawaii on Tuesday was in the low-80s. Because of the trip, Begich missed two key votes in the Senate. Jan 10, 2014 10:02 AM PT

Over Half Jobs Added in December Were Temporary

Friday's December jobs report, showing the economy added just 74k jobs last month was itself a major disappointment. Economists had expected the economy to add around 200k jobs. Looking into the details of the report, however, reveals an even bleaker picture of the labor market. Well over half the jobs added in December, 40k, were in temporary employment. Jan 10, 2014 9:38 AM PT

US Lost 2 Million Workers in 2013

Friday's December jobs report was a major disappointment, showing the economy gained just 74k jobs last month. Economists had expected the economy to gain around 200k jobs. The unemployment rate, however, dropped to 6.7% as 347k frustrated job-seekers gave up and left the labor force. We are in an upside-down world where a drop in the unemployment rate is a bad sign for the economy. Jan 10, 2014 8:15 AM PT

'Ready for Hillary' Raises More Than $4 Million

"Ready for Hillary" is a SuperPAC launched in 2013 to build support for a potential Hillary Clinton campaign for President in 2016. Aggressive fundraising outreach, including renting Clinton's list of supporters in 2008, has allowed the PAC to raise more than $4 million last year. Its an impressive amount to support a campaign that doesn't yet exist. Jan 8, 2014 7:33 AM PT

Left Tries to Silence Conservatives Ahead of 2014 Midterms

A major conceit of the left is that opposing viewpoints aren't just wrong, they are evil or, at least, morally suspect. Leftists reveal much about themselves when they argue that a conservative's position is driven only by self-interest or greed. Rather than argue intellectually against a conservative view, they need to discredit it, make it illegitimate and beneath public debate. So too is political speech to argue conservative values. The left has an enormous financial infrastructure to further its views, but conservatives doing the same are using "dark money." Jan 7, 2014 10:30 AM PT

Senate Vote Advances Unemployment Benefits Extension

The Senate voted Tuesday to invoke cloture on legislation extended unemployment benefits to the long-term unemployed. Six Republicans joined Democrats to clear the key procedural hurdle by a vote of 60-37. The vote allows the Senate to pass the final legislation with a simple majority. It isn't clear whether the House will consider the extension, but the political pressure is likely to increase. Jan 7, 2014 8:20 AM PT

6 Key States to Watch in 2014 Elections

The fight for control of the US Senate will dominate political headlines in 2014. That chamber, where Democrats face a tough struggle to retain their control, is the biggest prize on the ballot in November. Most areas of the country, however, won't see competitive races. In others, though, contests up and down the ballot could have long lasting consequences. Here are six states to watch this year. Jan 7, 2014 8:02 AM PT

Government Could Shut Down Again on Jan 15

While members of Congress ended 2013 congratulating themselves for passing a budget, the media missed the fact that the agreement doesn't actually avoid a government shutdown. The deal reached by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) provides simply a blueprint for government spending. Congress must still pass legislation detailing specific spending before January 15, when government's spending authority expires. Government still faces a potential shutdown in a little over a week. Jan 4, 2014 10:37 AM PT

Harry Reid Pushes to Extend Jobless Benefits

When the Senate reconvenes on Monday, its first legislative action will be to extend unemployment benefits for another three months. Unemployment benefits for people out of work for 99 weeks expired at the end of the year. The three month extension would cost $6.5 billion. Jan 4, 2014 7:33 AM PT

2014: Nancy Pelosi Bid to Retake House Blocked by Math

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi continues to insist that Democrats can pick up 17 seats in the November to retake control of the House. She also insists that fallout from ObamaCare will not hurt Democrats this fall. Setting aside that delusion, the Democrats' chief problem isn't ObamaCare. It's math. Jan 2, 2014 11:35 AM PT

5 ObamaCare Nightmares for Democrats in 2014

Democrats are no doubt eager to put 2013 and the disastrous ObamaCare roll-out behind them. There is, however, a reason they pushed implementation of the health care law until well after Obama's reelection. There are 5 major reasons the Democrats long ObamaCare nightmare is just beginning. Jan 1, 2014 9:57 AM PT

Minimum Wage Hike Central to Democrat 2014 Plans

According to Democrat folklore, a national campaign to boost the minimum wage in 2006 swept them into power in Congress. Six states, which all had a number of competitive races, had initiatives on the ballot to hike the state minimum wage. Allied groups like ACORN and labor unions organized voter turnout efforts around the issue. Democrats are returning to this hymnal as a central strategy for the 2014 midterm elections. Dec 30, 2013 9:19 AM PT

1.3 Million Lose Unemployment Benefits Saturday

On Saturday, an estimated 1.3 million long-term unemployed Americans will lose their unemployment insurance benefits. For the first time since 2008, Congress failed to extend the benefits went it passed a budget just before Christmas. The Obama Administration has warned that more than 4 million unemployed could lose benefits next year unless Congress passes another extension. Dec 27, 2013 2:00 PM PT

Over 5,000 Alaskans Lose Insurance, 700 Sign-up for ObamaCare

The combination of new health insurance coverage mandates and the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare makes it very likely that fewer people will have insurance than before the law was implemented. On Wednesday, the Associated Press trumpeted the news that over 700 Alaskans had enrolled in ObamCare. Unfortunately, however, around 5,400 Alaskans had their insurance plans cancelled because of ObamaCare. Dec 27, 2013 8:12 AM PT

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