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2015 Precap

2015 Precap By Peter Funt The year gone by was marked by a tangle of stories involving midterm elections, grand juries and scandalous outfits worn by Sasha and Malia Obama. No need for a tedious yearend recap. Here instead is a precap of news certain to break in 2015: JAN. 1 – President Obama ushers [...] The post 2015 Precap appeared first on The Moderate Voice.

"Everything Is Awesome"

As Politico's Michael Grunwald writes below (we believe non-satirically), the midterm election’s discontent was illegitimate. The point is that Americans should cheer up! And whose fault is all the collective doom? Well, Bill De Blasio already explained that, as Grunwald confirms, the press has a problem reporting good news. Show More Summary

Accomplishing Popular Things is Popular

Since the midterm election President Obama has really been flexing his executive authority. In just the past month he has done two big actions to accomplish popular goals and it has paid off. The first was his move on immigration. While the public would prefer the issue wasn’t handled via executive action, the public overwhelmingly [...]

The best deleted political tweets from politicians in 2014

3 days agoOdd : Boing Boing

Nicko sez, With 2014 coming to close, it's that time of year to curl up by the fire and enjoy the biggest Twitter regrets from US politicians. They're all saved in Politwoops and the midterm elections meant it was extra busy." -

Obama's approval ratings climb as year ends. Trend or blip?

Perhaps it's just holiday cheer, but a few weeks after his party suffered painful losses in the midterm election, President Obama is ending 2014 with his highest approval ratings of the year.

Holiday Bright Spots For Progressives

The midterm elections were a wake-up call. Voters had given up on the Democratic party as irrelevant – not really on their side, so they didn't bother to show up at the polls. But there are end-of-year holiday season bright spots for...Show More Summary

The Fossil Fuel Industry Spent More Than $721 Million During 2014’s Midterm Elections

Environmental organizations also spent a great deal of money on the 2014 midterm elections. The post The Fossil Fuel Industry Spent More Than $721 Million During 2014’s Midterm Elections appeared first on ThinkProgress.

A Pretty Good Year for Government

5 days agoNews : News Desk

Here’s a consolation to carry into next year, and the next election: in 2014, the maligned, left-for-dead U.S. government worked pretty well. Not perfectly—far from it. Our politics remain rancid. The midterms were a disgrace regardless of your partisan allegiance—flooded with special-interest money and depleted of actual voters. Show More Summary

The fossil fuel industry spent an insane amount of money influencing the midterm elections

A new analysis traces $721 million in direct contributions to candidates, lobbying and ads

Can Neocons Learn? Cato's Justin Logan Reviews America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder

last weekNews : Reason

The Republican Party’s misfortunes in the 2006 and 2008 elections had a lot to do with the unpopularity of neoconservative foreign policy. Yet the GOP's success in the 2014 midterms has made he party more neoconservative, with Republican hawks taking over major Senate committees. Show More Summary

New law to protect the hobby

With the midterm elections behind and the anticipation of the changes, congress still had work to do in the lame duck session. Over the last few sessions, congress has been their most productive during lame duck session as polling and focus groups has lead to those running for re-election to fearing the fast moving news [...]

New Year's Resolution: Help Bridge the Gap Between Politics and the People

By the time the 114th Congress convenes next month, the midterm election will be a fading memory. On Capitol Hill, attention is expected to turn to a range of issues from international trade and immigration, to healthcare and energy....Show More Summary

U.S. and Cuba Start Making Nice, Midterm Elections Belatedly Conclude, Taliban Attack May Not Sway Pakistan: P.M. Links

last weekNews : Reason

The United States and Cuba are aking big steps to normalize long-chilled relations. Cuba also released Alan Gross, who had been imprisoned since 2009, and he U.S. released three Cubans. Romeo y Julieta churchills all around! With the...Show More Summary

PolitiFact Lie of The Year: Exaggerations about Ebola

Conservatives used Ebola as one means of spreading fear, helping them in the 2014 midterm elections. PoltiFact has now made exaggerations about Ebola their 2014 Lie of the Year. This includes both conservative hysteria which greatly exaggerated the threat faced in a developed nation such as the United States and many of the right wing [...]Show More Summary

Seib Video: The Disappearing Moderates in Congress

The midterm elections thinned out the number of moderates in Congress, making progress in 2015 a tougher test of the parties’ leaders. Washington Bureau Chief Jerry Seib explains.

Charities risked tax-exempt status with political ads

The Internal Revenue Service prohibits charities from getting mixed up in politics, and those that do risk losing their tax exemption. Despite the threat, a handful of groups in the 2014 midterm elections paid for ads that appeared to be campaign-related. The Natural Resources Defense Council, for example, is known as a 501(c)(3) organization, meaning…

The biggest Pinocchios of 2014

      It’s time for our annual round-up of the biggest Pinocchios of the year. The midterm elections, of course, dominated our coverage of false claims, as an avalanche of negative ads tumbled across televisions screens. Some of those ads, which made it onto our list of the worst campaign ads, have the dubious […]

It’s Time To Kill The ‘Lame Duck’

Just two days before this year’s election, when it was clear there would be a Republican wave, the New York Timesran an op-ed that called for the abolition of midterm

Harry Reid's Final Act as Majority Leader: Caving to Fight Against Obama's Executive Amnesty

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s final act as the most powerful person in the U.S. Senate chamber is one where he has relented to the Tea Party. Reid’s Senate Democrats lost nine seats in the midterm elections—more than even the most generous prognosticators were expected—giving the GOP control over the U.S. Show More Summary

Tim Scott Calls Midterms 'a Fresh Start' in GOP Weekly Address

In the weekly GOP address, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) thanked voters for his election and called the incoming Republican majority in the U.S. Senate an opportunity for a “fresh start.” Transcript as follow: Hi, I’m Senator Tim Scott from the great state of South Carolina. Show More Summary

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