by JUSTIN ELIOTT, ProPublica The Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 this morning to require broadcasters to post political ad data on the Web, making it easier for the public to see how as much as $3.2 billion will be spent on TV...
While loud and raucous rallies are still a part of the tea party toolbox, the movement, which came to life over dissatisfaction with big government and anger over government bailouts and President Barack Obama's health care reform, is evolving.
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Tea party booster Americans for Prosperity spokesman Levi Russell said his group is supplying volunteers with suitcases stuffed with cell phones to set up mini phone banks in activists' homes. "This is a whole new thing that AFP has been putting in place and really hasn't really talked about too much," Russell said. He said the group has purchased "a few thousand" phones. It's also arming volunteers "with tablets, like iPad-style," Russell said. "They're going door-to-door, knocking on doors. They're making phone calls," the spokesman said.
On the list of million-dollar donors, there is a strange name. It looks like the kind of slang you'd see in a teenager's text message: "F8."
That's the donor's name — maybe pronounced "Fate"?
"I had no idea who the entity was," Ryan says.
And yet F8 in Provo, Utah, had given $1 million to Restore Our Future, the superPAC supporting Mitt Romney. And right next to it was another name unknown to our campaign expert: Eli Publishing — also a $1 million donor, and also located in Provo, Utah.
KEVIN BOGARDUS, The Hill--Wall Street mobilized K Street to push back against a provision in an insider-trading bill that could have forced financial analysts and intelligence operatives to register as lobbyists, new records show.
LIKE most sins, tax breaks are easier to condemn than to resist. Politicians regularly decry the inefficiency and complexity that tax breaks introduce to the overall tax system, while merrily adding to the pile.
Americans’ Attitudes about the Influence of Super PAC Spending on Government and the Implications for our Democracy
A recent national survey conducted on behalf of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law demonstrates that the spending of Super PACs in this year’s election cycle has given rise to a large, bipartisan consensus that such outsized spending is dangerous for our democracy. Historical polling has repeatedly shown that Americans believe elected officials favor the interests of large contributors to their own campaign war-chests. This new poll reveals for the first time that Americans have similar fears of elected officials favoring big donors to nominally independent Super PACs — and also that many are less likely to vote because of Super PAC spending.
The meme of lackluster = Romney is now so ingrained in the electorate (and, in particular, the conservative side of the electorate) that the hill Romney has to climb is potentially Sisyphean. Why? Because emotion—how people feel about a candidate—is typically responsible for the voting behavior of more than eighty percent of the electorate.
Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. may have been outclassed when he went up against Paul D. Clement arguing the case to uphold the constitutionality of ObamaCare before the Supreme Court of the United States.
Growing disparity is a reality. It's creating more problems, as a Washington Post analysis recently documented. The Republican position embraces that disparity for the benefit of the richest segments of society. Analysis of the Ryan budget proposal shows it would support the rich at the expense of the poor by, for example, slashing food stamps and contributing to more poverty. That prompted the Catholic Bishops to lambaste it for hurting the poor.
In mythology, the phoenix is a beautiful bird that bursts into flames at the end of its life as it dies. From the ashes of the old, a new phoenix emerges. This cycle of birth, fiery death and rebirth, makes the phoenix a symbol of hope and renewal.
Today, American conservatism has degenerated into an intellectually and morally bankrupt ideology. It offers nothing more than bumper-sticker slogans that pander to the prejudices and ignorance of the lowest common denominator in order to enrich and empower an oligarchic elite. Angry, cruel and sneering, it is exemplified by the carnival barkers on talk radio and Fox News. High in volume, but devoid of substance, it has no long-term future because it lacks credible solutions to the range of very real problems American society is facing.
Indeed, what passes for "conservatism" today is actually nothing of the sort. Modern American conservatism has forgotten its rich legacy and betrayed its best traditions. It has become infected with a virulent strain of extreme libertarianism heavily influenced by the thinking of Ayn Rand.
Rand's disciples claim to champion liberty and freedom, but really care only about license - the notion that actions have no consequences and individuals have no broader responsibilities to anything or anyone but themselves. [MORE]
The Federal Reserve is crucifying the U.S. economy on a cross of two-percent inflation. [Reuters] The Federal Reserve balance sheet contains roughly $2.5 trillion worth of Treasuries, Fannie Mae bonds and mortgage-backed securities.
Presidential candidates and super PACs have paid more than $50 million for various services to obscure corporate entities set up in the past year, many of which use postal-box addresses and file little or no information about their ownership.
A year ago even as relentless positive a chronicler of the Obama administration as the New York Times noted that the president had begun to use the killing Osama bin Laden as an integral part of his standard political stump speech.
As Politico reports, a new Obama campaign video not only lavishes the president with extravagant praise for ordering the operation against bin Laden but also attempts to claim that Romney wouldn’t have done the same.
Jake Tapper ABC News Senior White House Correspondent In 2005, my "date" for the dinner was then-Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert; the previous year I kept running in to him on the campaign trail in the most random...
Playing to his strengths, the candidate needs a strong, senior businessman with a great resume. Let's skip the suspense right away: FedEx founder and CEO Fred Smith is the most likely person to become America's next vice president.
During the Reagan and the first Bush Administration, the blue slip tradition did indeed allow home state senators to block a judicial nominee, but only if both of these senators agreed. Indeed, this rule remained in effect until 1995, when Senate Republicans unilaterally changed it to make it easier to block President Clinton’s nominees with only one objecting senator — only to change back to Reagan Era rules once George W. Bush took office.
Conservative super PAC American Crossroads released a new ad Thursday that aims to make President Obama’s “coolness” an issue, asking young voters how America’s “biggest celebrity”...
We should all pay careful attention: these are the SuperPACS that are taking your votes away from you by spending millions and millions of dollars to create a story that has nothing to do with reality....
The RNC gets sanctimonious: Matt Lewis still worries that Obama is too cool. Allahpundit complicates the contrast: Supposedly, [Romney]’s already considering an appearance on SNL. The only reason he might not do it is if, per this ad, he and...
President Obama says Mitt Romney has embraced a budget that could throw hundreds of thousands of children out of Head Start classrooms, eliminate air traffic control services in some places, and “ultimately end Medicare as we know it.”
Romney says that’s just “rhetorical excess” and accuses the president of “many … distortions and inaccuracies.”
So who’s right? We find grounds to fault both sides.
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