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Something tells me Bernie Sanders is going to bring this up at some point: The Democratic National Committee has rolled back restrictions introduced by presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 that banned donations from federal lobbyists and political action committees. The decision was viewed with disappointment Friday morning by good government activists who saw […]

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As Bernie is asked more questions about this topic, he’s inevitably going to be criticizing President Obama: Bernie Sanders says the aim of his political revolution is to bring more people into the political process than President Barack Obama, arguing that he can close a presidential leadership gap that’s persisted over the eight years […]

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Annie Karni reports that things are going to get personal in the Democratic race very soon: The race about race is on. On a conference call with African-American surrogates for Hillary Clinton, civil rights leader and former NAACP president Hazel Dukes dismissed the significance of Bernie Sanders’ participation in the March on Washington in […]

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Team Hillary is ready to go after Bernie Sanders hard if, as expected, he wins big in New Hampshire tonight: Hillary Clinton’s supporters on Capitol Hill are bracing for a win by Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, but warn the Vermont senator will face increased scrutiny in the next phase of […]

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Glenn Thrush and Annie Karni report that the day we all knew would come is coming: Hillary and Bill Clinton are so dissatisfied with their campaign’s messaging and digital operations they are considering staffing and strategy changes after what’s expected to be a loss in Tuesday’s primary here, according to a half-dozen people with […]

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Via Steven Dennis, Congressional Republicans are using their noodles to come up with interesting legislative strategies: Republicans in Congress are exploring a way to enact a repeal of Obamacare and other parts of their agenda soon after a new Republican president takes the oath of office in 2017. Several Republicans said they’re discussing the […]

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The security of State Department emails, the most critical issue facing America, takes a new turn: State Department officials have determined that classified information was sent to the personal email accounts of former Secretary of State Colin Powell and the senior staff of former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, NBC News has learned. In […]

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President Obama offers a response of sorts to what we’ve been hearing in the Republican primary campaign: President Obama Wednesday delivered the comforting sermon to U.S. Muslims that their community leaders have been requesting for years, framing Islam as deeply American and its critics as violating the nation’s cherished value of religious freedom. Obama’s […]

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House Republicans finally rolled out their alternative to Obamacare today! Hah, gotcha, no, not really: Republicans failed in their latest futile attempt Tuesday to kill President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, a Groundhog Day vote by the House that was solely an exercise in election-year political messaging. Tuesday’s near party-line vote to override Obama’s […]

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Now this could be seriously fun: Donald Trump is so fiercely opposed by the Koch brothers network that some donors believe the powerful group will intervene to stop the billionaire if it looks like he could win the Republican presidential nomination. “They are always very hesitant to get involved in a primary but I […]

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This should go over well with President Obama’s opponents: President Obama proposed a new rule Friday that would require every large company in America to report employees’ pay based on race and gender, an effort to reduce longstanding pay inequities for women and minorities. The new policy, already drawing criticism from some business leaders, […]

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The latest on the dueling events tonight: Mike Huckabee and Rick Santorum will attend Donald Trump’s pro-veterans event on Thursday at the same time as Fox News’s prime-time presidential debate. Spokesmen for both candidates confirmed to The Hill that the Republican presidential will still participate in Thursday’s undercard GOP debate, but will head to […]

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Not that she’s supporting Hillary Clinton or anything, but… Democrats are not on board with the tax hikes Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has proposed to pay for his single-payer healthcare proposal, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday. “We’re not running on any platform of raising taxes,” Pelosi said during a press […]

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Donald Trump is still making inroads with evangelical voters: Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr., the son of the late televangelist, endorsed Donald Trump on Tuesday, giving the Republican front-runner the blessing of one of the evangelical community’s biggest names just days before the Iowa caucuses. In a statement, Falwell called Trump “a successful […]

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It’s sometimes said that the federal government is basically an insurance company with an army: Spending on federal healthcare programs outpaced spending on Social Security for the first time in 2015, according to an expansive report from the congressional budget scorekeeper released Monday. The government spent $936 billion last year on health programs including […]

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Prepare yourself for…Kasichmentum! It was a very good week for John Kasich in New Hampshire. Largely forgotten in the nationwide presidential race, the Ohio governor almost got kicked off the main stage at the most recent GOP debate. But a series of recent polls now rank Kasich second or third behind Republican front-runner Donald […]

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This is obviously some kind of Obama administration plot to let terrorists kill your pets: The Obama administration announced on Thursday that it has begun to implement restrictions to the visa waiver program Congress passed as part of the budget deal last month. The restrictions prevent nationals of 38 countries who have either traveled […]

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Congratulations, humans of Earth, on another record year: Last year shattered 2014’s record to become the hottest year since reliable record-keeping began, two U.S. government science agencies announced Wednesday in yet another sign that the planet is heating up. 2015’s sharp spike in temperatures was aided by a strong El Nino weather pattern late […]

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And there we go, the rumors were true: Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice-presidential nominee who became a Tea Party sensation and a favorite of grass-roots conservatives, will endorse Donald J. Trump in Iowa on Tuesday, officials with his campaign confirmed. The endorsement provides Mr. Trump with a potentially significant boost […]

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Get ready for our descent into the dark depths of tyranny: President Obama’s pledge to pursue “audacious” executive action during his final year in office is stirring a frenzy of speculation about what he might have up his sleeve. White House chief of staff Denis McDonough this week said “audacious” executive actions on tap […]

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