Danielle Kurtzleben

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Fact Check: Could Jeb Bush Really Grow GDP At 4 Percent? It's Hard To See How

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Jeb Bush's presidential candidacy announcement this week, after months of campaigning, came as no surprise. One small surprise that did pop up in his remarks, however, was a lofty goal he has set for himself as president — to grow the economy at a 4 percent rate if he's elected.



Why Obama Has His Work Cut Out For Him On Getting Trade Votes

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Obama administration finds itself in the rare position of fighting alongside House Republicans this week as it tries to overcome Friday's stinging defeat to its massive trade package, the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The defeat came when Speaker John Boehner split the president's agenda that passed the Senate in May into ...


'Religious Nones' Are Growing Quickly. Should Republicans Worry?

Friday, June 12, 2015

Jenny Schulz isn't religious.

"I see religion as something really personal," said Schulz, 26, who works at a nonprofit in Washington, D.C. "So the fact that it is a requirement in politics always seems unusual to me."

She said she "oscillates between atheist and agnostic," but she knows it could ...


Bros Before What? Lindsey Graham Would Be Third Bachelor Elected President

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Joe Biden couldn't help dropping an f-bomb when President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act. Obama knew he would have "more flexibility" in his dealings with Russia after he was reelected. And back in 2010, Carly Fiorina didn't like Barbara Boxer's hairstyle.

Those are just a few ...


Jeb Bush And Florida's 'Scarlet Letter Law,' Explained

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Imagine publishing a list of all of your recent sexual partners in the local paper. That was what one 2001 Florida law, enacted under then-Gov. Jeb Bush, required of some women in the state.

Huffington Post reporter Laura Bassett brought the so-called Scarlet Letter law to national attention in ...


Here's How Inflation Has Eroded American Workers' Overtime Eligibility

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

President Obama is once again poised to go it alone on labor policy, this time on overtime. The Labor Department is expected in the coming weeks to release a rule making millions more Americans eligible for overtime work — currently, all workers earning below $455 a week, or $23,660 a ...


The Battles Of A Civil War Re-Enactress

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

When J.R. Hardman, 28, asked to join a group of Civil War re-enactors in a military drill a few years ago, the unit commander said no dice.

Hardman was willing to wear the wool uniform, carry the gear, load the muskets, eat the hardtack, but the brass still said no.



Under Perry, Texas Added Jobs At Nearly Four Times The National Rate

Sunday, June 07, 2015

On Friday, the Labor Department announced that the economy added 280,000 jobs in May — a strong figure, and a much faster rate than economists expected.

Now imagine that in your state, job creation was nearly four times that fast.

That's what GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry can claim for ...


Why Political Campaigns Are Raising Money Faster Than Tech Startups

Friday, June 05, 2015

It's the early presidential campaign season, and candidates are loudly courting voters in high-profile appearances nationwide. But in quiet, closed-press fundraisers, they're also asking well-heeled elites for the cash to keep campaigning. That cash grab is so fast-paced, it would make even hot Silicon Valley startups jealous.

A report ...


Downgrade: How State Credit Ratings Could Impact The 2016 Race

Thursday, June 04, 2015

In the race for the GOP presidential nomination, Rick Perry is getting in Thursday, and both Jeb Bush and Bobby Jindal have announced that they have announcements to make.

All three have a statistic in their arsenal that almost no other candidate in the race can boast: while they were ...


Americans Say They Want The Patriot Act Renewed ... But Do They, Really?

Monday, June 01, 2015

A new poll says Americans want NSA data collection renewed. Yet another recent survey says Americans want better controls on what kind of data the government can collect. What's going on?


The Bernie Sanders 'Rape Fantasy' Essay, Explained

Friday, May 29, 2015

Mother Jones dug up a 1972 essay that Bernie Sanders wrote for the Vermont Freeman, an alternative newspaper. The article, called, "Man-and-Woman," is a commentary on gender roles. But it's also caused a stir, as is bound to happen anytime a candidate mentions rape.

If you haven't been following ...


The Math Problem Behind Ranking The Top 10 GOP Candidates

Friday, May 29, 2015

Sixteen presidential candidates talking over each other doesn't sound much like good TV. CNN and Fox News know this, so when they air their Republican debates later this year, they'll both limit the field to 10 candidates.

Both networks will use polling data to limit the field to only the ...


#TBT: Adorable Spelling Children Take Aim At Democrats

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Thursday night, 10 kids with nerves of steel will compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. It's a tense enough affair without partisan politics being a part of it. But here's a throwback to last year's midterm elections when Republican superPAC American Crossroads did exactly that — made spelling ...


Map: Where (And How) The Government Can Execute People

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Nebraska state Legislature voted Wednesday to repeal the death penalty in the state. The 30-19 vote overrides Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto of a law the Legislature passed last week getting rid of the policy.

This makes Nebraska the 19th state in the nation (along with the District of ...


Nebraska Repeals Death Penalty, But U.S. Isn't Quite Ready To Abandon It

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Nebraska's Legislature voted Wednesday to abolish the death penalty, overturning Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts' veto. The state's unicameral legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure in a series of three previous votes.

The repeal comes as other states have experienced complications with new lethal-injection cocktails. But Americans overall still support the practice.



How Politics Is Shaping Language: 'Dark Money' Added To Dictionary

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Merriam-Webster has released its latest list of new entries, and unsurprisingly, a good share of the words are the products of the internet ("NSFW," "meme," and "clickbait" are among this year's rookie entries). But most years, politics and current events popularize new concepts enough to drag them into the ...


Just How Big Is The Asia Trade Deal Obama Wants? It's A Beast

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

One of the most basic facts about the Trans-Pacific Partnership is also the most important: It's huge.

The trade deal got over a big hurdle Friday when the Senate voted in favor of giving the Obama administration "fast-track" authority to negotiate the deal with Canada and 10 Asian nations.

That ...


Here's Where Hillary Clinton Gave Her Controversial Foundation Speeches

Friday, May 22, 2015

The Clinton Foundation on Thursday night disclosed that it earned $12 million to $26 million for speeches given by Hillary, Bill and Chelsea Clinton. The speeches given by Hillary herself were largely at two types of organizations — universities and financial institutions — and have already created headaches for ...


People Say They Want Compromise But Not Really

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The new Congress is 100 days old, and already Americans disapprove. According to the latest data from the Pew Research Center, nearly 40 percent of Americans think the newest Congress has accomplished less than expected — that's around twice the share who thought the same of the new Democratic ...