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Report: IRS Scrutiny Worse For Conservatives

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A new House Ways and Means Committee staff analysis of groups applying for tax exempt status found conservative applicants faced, "more questions, more denials, more delays," says committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich.

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Abortion Drives Bigger Wedge Between Red And Blue States

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

A new Pew Research Center survey suggests that an eight-state region of the country — Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma — is significantly more conservative on abortion than it was two decades ago.

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Polls Show Wide Racial Gap On Trayvon Martin Case

Monday, July 22, 2013

With President Obama's remarks on Trayvon Martin serving as a backdrop, two new polls reveal dramatic differences in how whites and blacks perceive the verdict.

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'Worst Governors' List Has Suspicious Deep Red Tinge

Friday, July 19, 2013

When Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington issued a report listing 18 governors as the nation's "worst" it immediately raised eyebrows and some partisan ire for its notable tilt — just two were Democrats.

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6 Questions For The Man Who Tracks Texas Trends

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Almost no one knows more about the rapidly growing Texas population than the state's demographer, Lloyd Potter. He talks about the historic shift in Hispanic population — and why he's glad he isn't studying the demographics of, say, New Hampshire.

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How To Turn A Red State Blue: California Edition

Monday, July 01, 2013

Democrats who want to change the dynamics in Texas are turning to California for inspiration. Here's a look at how things went so wrong for the Republicans in the Golden State.

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Will Texas Become A Presidential Battleground?

Monday, July 01, 2013

In recent years, Democrats have gained the upper hand in the Electoral College. Virginia and Florida, once GOP strongholds, have turned purple. Now, Democrats are turning their attention to the biggest Republican prize of all, Texas.

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Big Growth Could Shake Up Texas' Old Political Equation

Monday, July 01, 2013

The state is growing fast, and most of that growth is in the Hispanic population. If Democrats could capture a large share of Hispanic votes — as they have elsewhere — they would be a lot more competitive in Texas. But the state's GOP leader says he's not worried.

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How Rock 'N' Roll Can Explain The U.S. Economy

Saturday, June 15, 2013

In music, as in so many industries, the lion's share of the money now goes to a relative handful of top performers, says White House economic adviser Alan Krueger. He says the music business offers valuable lessons about America's "superstar economy."

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Illinois Pension Crisis: This Is What Rock Bottom Looks Like

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Lawmakers will head back to work next week to try to patch the state's $100 billion pension hole. Every day they don't act, the burden on Illinois taxpayers grows larger.

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Conservative Groups Press House GOP To Adopt Hastert Rule

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The informal guideline named for the former GOP speaker says no bill should pass without the support of the majority of the majority. The reason the groups want it codified is because House Speaker John Boehner has violated the rule several times in recent months.

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Obama Presses Congress On Student Loan Rates

Friday, May 31, 2013

Interest rates on government-backed college loans are set to double July 1 — unless Congress agrees on a fix before then. The president is expected to urge Congress on Friday to block that increase.

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Political Battles Still Dog Redistricting In California

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Voters in the state took the job of drawing district lines out of the hands of legislators and instead created an independent commission. But the resulting maps still sparked legal challenges and charges of a tainted process.

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Obama Group's Climate Push Puts President Under Scrutiny

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Organizing for Action — a group that formed out of President Obama's re-election campaign — has focused its ire on Republicans it calls "climate change deniers." But some environmentalists are frustrated with the president himself on issues like the Keystone pipeline.

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Immigration Bill Chugs Along, But Some See Deal-Breakers

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The bipartisan immigration overhaul proposed by the Senate's Gang of Eight has been the target of scores of amendments. So far, the bill has largely held its own, but its prospects for getting through Congress are uncertain.

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Goodbye, Again, To Obama's Most Audacious Hope

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The sudden eruption of second-term scandals in his administration will have many costs for President Obama, but surely the most grievous will be the lost opportunity to transcend the partisan wars of Washington, his fondest dream for his second term, much as it was for his first. Now it seems destined to be dashed once again.

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Controversies Risk Starving Obama's Agenda Of Air

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

This was the critical moment, the brief time between his inaugural and when the nation's collective focus turns to whom his successor will be, when President Obama had to make real progress on his second-term agenda. Instead, controversies have intruded, eating up precious time.

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5 Reasons Vetoes Have Gone Out Of Style

Thursday, May 09, 2013

President Obama may not like the bills Congress considers, but he rarely vetoes them. In fact, Obama has vetoed fewer pieces of legislation than any president since Martin Van Buren. It's not just because Congress is sending him fewer bills.

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Democrats Hope For A Bright Future In The Lone Star State

Thursday, May 09, 2013

President Obama lost Texas by more than 1 million votes last year. But Democrats believe their fortunes in the state may soon be changing, thanks to demographics and a new organizational push.

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Census: Black Voting Rate Topped Rate For Whites In 2012

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

New details from a Census survey shows just how much more diverse the American electorate is becoming, with political implications still to come.

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