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Yes, the President Has to Pay Taxes, Too. Here's How Much

Tuesday April 15, 2014

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle ObamaPresident Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama saw their combined adjusted gross income take a substantial hit in 2013, according to the couple's joint return made public by the White House this week. Their adjusted gross income fell by 21 percent or $127,513 to just $481,098 last year.

And that includes the $400,000 he earns as president.

But they still had to pay a pretty hefty tax bill.

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Following the Money Will Get a Little Easier in American Politics

Monday April 14, 2014

Here's some good news, at least when it comes to tracking the influence of money in politics, amid all the bad of late: The government is pressing forward with its mandate that all broadcast television stations begin posting the details of all political ad buys on the Web by July 1.

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There's a Silver Lining to the Supreme Court Ruling in McCutcheon. Sort Of

Wednesday April 9, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court is pictured here in 2010.We've talked before about the likely negative impact of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision striking down federal "aggregate limits" on how much individual donors can give in total to all candidates for federal office in a campaign cycle.

But is there an upside in the McCutcheon ruling? Some observers think so, and here's it is.

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Why Conservatives Still Can't Forgive David Letterman

Tuesday April 8, 2014

David LettermanLots of Late Show With David Letterman fans are in mourning this week and will be trying to score tickets before 2015, when the legendary host will call it quits after more than three decades on the air.

Conservatives? No, they're not all that upset by Letterman's retirement.

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The Supreme Court's Ruling In McCutcheon Isn't the End of the World, But It's Close

Thursday April 3, 2014

The U.S. Supreme Court is pictured here in 2010.The U.S. Supreme Court struck down federal "aggregate limits" on how much individual donors can give in total to all candidates for federal office in a campaign cycle. The ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission is being portrayed as apocalyptic in some quarters.

That's understandable given the court's previous rulings in Citizens United and SpeechNow.org, both of which are blamed for opening the floodgates to billions of dollars of corporate and union money into the election system via super PACs and dark money.

But the decision in McCutcheon, in and of itself, isn't the end of the world.

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Super PAC Seeks to Break Republican Grip on Pennsylvania Legislature

Wednesday March 19, 2014

It was only a matter of time before super PACs, the relatively new breed of political-action committees whose limitless fundraising ability in federal elections was enabled and remains blessed by the U.S. Supreme Court, flexed their muscles in state and local elections.

We're about to see millions of dollars of corporate and union cash begin to flow into legislative races in Pennsylvania.

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Sorry, Republicans: The 2014 Midterms Will Not Be a Wave Election, At Least Not For You

Monday March 17, 2014

You've heard the conservative prognosticators, the Rush Limbaughs and the editorial page editors at The Wall Street Journal: 2014 is going to be a wave election for Republicans, the latest in a recent string of upheavals in Congress at the hands of angry voters, they say in accord and with scowls at those in the mainstream media who dare raise suspicions at such predictions.

"A rule of electoral politics is that when a Democratic wave is building, the media broadcast it like a foregone conclusion," the Journal's editors wrote earlier this month. "When a Republican wave is building, Beltway pundits are the last to admit it."

So is there a Republican wave forming? And are the media being willfully ignorant?

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Running for Congress? Here's What You Need to Know

Monday March 3, 2014

CapitolDome.jpgIf you're fed up with Congress - and let's face it, most Americans are - perhaps you're planning to finally do something about it. To place your money where you mouth is. Stop talking and start doing. Put up or shut up, as they say.

Yes, you're about to run for a seat in the House of Representatives. Or you're at least thinking about it.

So what should you know?

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Mitt Romney in 2016? Some Supporters Are Encouraging Failed 2012 Presidential Nominee to Run Again

Sunday February 16, 2014

Mitt RomneyRepublican Mitt Romney, who disappeared from politics for a period following his failed bid for the White House in 2012, is being encouraged by some supporters to run for president in the 2016 election, according to a new report in The Boston Globe.

Would he even consider running for president again?

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How the Republican Party Intends to Prevent a Repeat of the Bloody Primary Fight of 2012

Wednesday February 5, 2014

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus Members of the Republican National Committee have come up with a not-so-clever way to prevent their party's presidential aspirants from tossing aside Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment and tearing each other apart during the primary process and rendering the eventual nominee battered and bruised for the election like they did to Mitt Romney in 2012.

The borrow a boxing analogy: The GOP is simply limiting the fight to five rounds instead of 10. Or baseball: The game will be six innings, not nine. Or hockey: two periods instead of three.

"We have been saying for months that we were no longer going to sit around and allow ourselves to slice and dice for six months, participate in a circus of debates, that we were going to take hold once again of our responsibility at the Republican National Committee because we are the custodians of the nomination process," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said.

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