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Lobbyists cash in on do-little-or-nothing Congress

Lobbyists cash in on do-little-or-nothing Congress | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Congress didn’t get much of anything done last year, but you wouldn’t know it looking down K Street. Washington Inc.
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Even in a difficult economy and with a do-little-or-nothing Congress, lobbyists were kept busy in 2013.

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Group Behind Perry’s Indictment Got $500K from Soros

Group Behind Perry’s Indictment Got $500K from Soros | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Update, August 19: On ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer” on Aug. 18, Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila included a soundbite from Texans for Public Justice Director Craig McDonald in his story. McDonald was merely introduced as a “critic,” with no ideological label, and Avila never verbally said the name of his group.
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Before Killing James Foley, ISIS Demanded Ransom From U.S.

Before Killing James Foley, ISIS Demanded Ransom From U.S. | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
The militants had pressed the United States to provide several million dollars for the release of James Foley, an American journalist killed in retaliation for recent airstrikes in Iraq.
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Obama’s duty to act

Obama’s duty to act | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Americans can only pray that President Obama was as serious as a drone strike when he vowed the United States would “see that justice is done” for the beheading of American journalist James Foley.
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'Joe Biden defense' no longer needed in Washington state gun case

'Joe Biden defense' no longer needed in Washington state gun case | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
(CNN) – When a Washington state man was charged last year with unlawfully firing a shotgun, he had a simple explanation: Joe Biden told me to do it.

It appears, however, he no longer needs that defense.
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Rick Perry's Gun Rights May Be Restricted By His Indictment

Rick Perry's Gun Rights May Be Restricted By His Indictment | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
The indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Friday could affect more than his political future or freedom. It could also limit his rights to handle guns and ammo.
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More Bad News for Obamacare

More Bad News for Obamacare | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Last Monday, Jed Graham of Investor’s Business Daily reported that insurers say Affordable Care Act enrollment is shrinking, and it is expected to shrink further. These numbers matter.
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Russia Is Trapped In 1991

Russia Is Trapped In 1991 | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Having failed to find an acceptable national idea immediately after the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia and its citizens are now trying to find it in Crimea, writes columnist Georgy Bovt.
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Hamas unleashes largest ever one-day rocket barrage, as speculation swirls over terror chief air strike

Hamas unleashes largest ever one-day rocket barrage, as speculation swirls over terror chief air strike | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it

Hamas unleashes largest ever one-day rocket barrage, as speculation swirls over terror chief air strike

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What Changed for Republicans?

What Changed for Republicans? | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it

A good example of why I recommend Taegan Goddard's Political Wire -- he selects key news items and analyses and provides quick summaries.

 

"David Frum: Three big trends have decisively changed the Republican Party over the past decade, weakening its ability to win presidential elections and gravely inhibiting its ability to govern effectively if it nevertheless somehow were to win. First, Republicans have come to rely more and more ...."

 

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A good example of why I recommend Taegan Goddard's Political Wire -- he selects key news items and analyses and provides quick summaries.

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Battle for control: 3 Virginia congressmen asked state GOP to postpone contentious meeting. Meeting went ahead.

Battle for control: 3 Virginia congressmen asked state GOP to postpone contentious meeting. Meeting went ahead. | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Va. congressmen Griffith, Hurt and Rigell ask state GOP to postpone party squables
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Is Alaska's Senate Race Slipping Away From the GOP?

Is Alaska's Senate Race Slipping Away From the GOP? | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Thanks to a tougher-than-expected primary and a politically smart incumbent, Republicans are playing catch up in a key Senate battleground. But will the state's GOP lean ultimately lift them to victory?
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Caliphate of Fear: The Curse of the Islamic State - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Caliphate of Fear: The Curse of the Islamic State - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Images of Yazidis fleeing parts of Iraq and Syria have shocked the world and the battle against the jihadists with the Islamic State has united Americans, Europeans, Kurds and Iranians. Can the Islamists be stopped?
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GOP establishment favorite wins Alaska Senate primary

GOP establishment favorite wins Alaska Senate primary | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Republican Dan Sullivan beats Tea Party challenger to face Sen. Mark Begich (D) in top race.
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Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything we've seen'

Hagel: Islamic State 'beyond anything we've seen' | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Washington (AFP) - US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the Islamic State is more than a traditional "terrorist group" and better armed, trained and funded than any recent threat.
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From cupcakes to the police, people are fed up with government

From cupcakes to the police, people are fed up with government | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
The government watches us in order to improve us.
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Loss for Democrats in Midterm Elections Could Be Boon for Clinton

Loss for Democrats in Midterm Elections Could Be Boon for Clinton | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
The results of the midterm elections could stymie President Obama in his last two years, but help formulate strong talking points for Hillary Rodham Clinton if she runs to succeed him.
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Michigan GOP braces for tea party showdown

Michigan GOP braces for tea party showdown | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Michigan Republicans are gearing up for a showdown at their state convention Saturday that could unite the GOP for the general election or embarrass Gov. Rick Snyder by exposing deep ideological divisions.
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Why the conventional wisdom in the Rick Perry indictment story might be incomplete

Why the conventional wisdom in the Rick Perry indictment story might be incomplete | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
The conventional wisdom following Rick Perry’s indictment on charges of abuse of power has been strikingly uniform in the national media – the governor’s getting a raw deal. Newspapers, on-line…
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Ferguson, Watts and a Dream Deferred

Ferguson, Watts and a Dream Deferred | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Over the past 15 years, three decades of black progress have gone up in smoke.
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Fox: Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source

Fox: Missouri cop was badly beaten before shooting Michael Brown, says source | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries including an orbital (eye socket) fracture and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department's top brass told FoxNews.com.
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Perry Grand Juror Was A Democratic Party Delegate During Proceedings

Perry Grand Juror Was A Democratic Party Delegate During Proceedings | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Rho Chalmers, a member of the grand jury that indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry, was an active delegate to the state Democratic party during jury proceedings.
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David Frum: Why the GOP Must Reform to Win

David Frum: Why the GOP Must Reform to Win | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
For the six years since President George W. Bush left office, his party has turned its back on him. Bush spoke at neither the 2008 nor the 2012 Republican National Convention. When aspiring successors to his former office mentioned him at all during the primary debates, they cited his legacy as something to avoid repeating.
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McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama

McConnell’s plan to shut down Obama | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
HENDERSON, Ky. — Mitch McConnell has a game plan to confront President Barack Obama with a stark choice next year: Accept bills reining in the administration’s policies or veto them and risk a government shutdown. In an extensive interview here, the typically reserved McConnell laid out his clearest thinking yet of how he would lead the...
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Obama: Alone Again, Naturally

Obama: Alone Again, Naturally | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
The rock-star candidate who got elected on his electrifying promise has become a bored bird in a gilded cage.
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Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats, Especially House Members Facing Rematches

Pat Quinn Could be Drag on Illinois Democrats, Especially House Members Facing Rematches | Political Consulting . . . all things political | Scoop.it
Illinois Democrats could see Gov. Pat Quinn hurt their chances this fall during an already tough election cycle.
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