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A Decade After McCain-Feingold, Election Spending Spikes

July 11, 2013 A decade after Sens. John McCain and Russ Feingold spearheaded sweeping campaign finance reform legislation, a series of judicial and legislative setbacks have derailed any hopes its original sponsors had of curbing the influence and amount of money spent on politics. Instead, the incredible explosion of money in federal elections...

Congress has outsized influence over Obama's Cabinet

December 26, 2012 Robert Bork's 1987 nomination to the Supreme Court, and the uproar over his ideology that ultimately led to his defeat, forever changed the process by which the Senate confirms judges. In the 25 years that have followed Bork's nomination, the two parties have fought increasingly bitter battles over high court...

Analysis: Stopping gun violence starts with Obama

December 14, 2012 This morning, children – young children – were killed in their elementary school by a gunman in quiet, suburban Connecticut. Three days ago, holiday shoppers were killed in a mall in suburban Portland. Two weeks ago, an NFL linebacker murdered his girlfriend and then killed himself at his team’s stadium....

Do Democrats have the edge in tech skills?

December 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the wake of unexpected losses last month, Republicans are going through the classic stages of grief. Some are denying that conservatism was their downfall. Most are depressed at the prospect of another four years of an Obama administration. A few, including some pollsters who missed the mark badly, are...

House speaker expects 'bridge' on fiscal cliff

November 5, 2012 MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio -- House Speaker John Boehner doesn't expect a grand bargain avoiding the fiscal cliff to materialize in a lame duck session of Congress, but that doesn't mean the country is headed over the edge. Instead, Boehner said Sunday, he thinks Congress and the White House will find...

Parties Wonder Which Side's Polls Reflect Reality

November 1, 2012 Subscribe: > Newsletter > Facebook > LinkedIn A few days ago, I sat down with Rob Jesmer, the executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Jesmer is usually tight-fisted about his polling; he doesn't share it with members of the media when the numbers are good for his candidates,...

Obama, Romney convention speeches could set course for next four years

August 23, 2012 There are critical moments in every campaign that can shake up a race: a primary campaign, the selection of a running mate, a convention speech, or a nationally-televised debate. But only one -- the convention speech -- offers each contender the chance to lay out a specific vision for his...

Analysis: You vote what you eat

August 16, 2012 You are what you eat, in more ways than one. That is to say, the burger you grab on the run and the beer you pop open while watching your favorite television show gives consumer researchers clues about your political ideology. But some of our consumer choices reflect a deeper...

Former GAO chief could be third-party presidential candidate

March 1, 2012 As if juggling simultaneous campaigns in more than a dozen swing states wasn't complicated enough. Now, top strategists for President Obama and the eventual Republican nominee will have to contend with a new variable: The possibility that a third-party candidate will attract voters interested in a new way of doing...

Americans love the final frontier

July 21, 2011 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The International Space Station is visible from the window of space shuttle Atlantis.NASA Why are conservative Republicans, who love nothing more than trimming government as far as they can, bent on perpetuating NASA's human spaceflight program? Along with powerful appropriators and well-placed veteran members of Congress, tea party freshmen are...

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