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Romney campaign press call gives Twitter grist to Democrats

June 21, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The perils of holding a campaign conference call in the Twitter age were on vivid display on Wednesday when bad reviews of a Mitt Romney campaign call starting flooding Twitter in real time. Both the Romney and Obama campaigns hold myriad conference calls to promote their message du jour. But ...

How far can labor take Democrats in a big-money era?

June 20, 2012 Joe Biden bounded onto the stage at the annual convention of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees in Los Angeles with a grin from ear to ear. Down-home Delaware Joe had come to deliver a fiery pep talk to an audience that's down in the dumps. “You ...

Impassioned Biden reassures public workers

June 19, 2012 Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday delivered a rousing defense of public workers and the labor movement at the annual convention of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees in Los Angeles. “You guys are under full-blown assault,” he said, speaking to members of one of the nation’s ...

A Gingrich administration could be expensive

January 31, 2012 Newt Gingrich has branded himself a visionary politician since his days in Congress and prides himself on his grand -- some would say even grandiose -- ideas for transforming the nation. That propensity to think big extends to all parts of his presidential platform, from tax reform to the space ...

Ron Paul takes End the Fed campaign to Washington

November 16, 2011 Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul brought his proposal to do away with the Federal Reserve to a friendly audience at the libertarian Cato Institute's annual monetary policy conference, calling on like-minded voters to resist the government's "fear tactics" on Election Day. Paul, who is enjoying a bump in recent polls ...

FAA workers greet news of deal with cautious optimism

August 5, 2011 Furloughed Federal Aviation Administration employees breathed a collective sigh of relief as the Senate passed a deal Friday morning to end the partial shutdown that had 4,000 workers at home and without paychecks for the last two weeks. Idled FAA workers and contractors could return to their jobs as soon ...

Congress goes on vacation, furloughed FAA workers go to unemployment

August 4, 2011 Fred Rasche begrudgingly applied for unemployment benefits for the first time in his life this week. No, Rasche isn't officially among the ranks of the 14 million jobless in America seeking employment. Instead, the 49-year-old electrical engineer finds himself in the crosshairs of what seems to him a nonsensical political ...