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Deficit Reduction Among Top Priorities for Political Insiders

February 8, 2013 On a National Journal poll of political insiders, deficit reduction ranked among the top priorities for Democrats, tying with tax reform in popularity. Republicans rated it as even more pressing. What two issues should be the top priorities for your party this year? DEMOCRATS (107 VOTES) Deficit reduction: 21% Energy:...

What happens If we go over the fiscal cliff?

December 27, 2012 President Obama and lawmakers were expected to return to Washington this week in a last-ditch attempt to keep the country from plunging over the so-called “fiscal cliff” after last week’s breakdown in negotiations. Some economists have said the toxic cocktail of spending cuts and tax increases, slated to begin taking...

Obama's drone program escapes liberal scrutiny in campaign

November 2, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Liberals had plenty to say about the moral and legal implications of torture, wiretapping and other tools that George W. Bush employed to fight the war on terror. But President Obama’s equally controversial escalation of drone strikes against al-Qaida and Taliban militants in Pakistan has been almost completely absent from...

Millennial poll: Obama is so yesterday

October 17, 2012 If there was any doubt that the tidal wave of enthusiasm among young voters that fueled President Obama’s 2008 run has long since receded, a new poll on the millennial generation’s political leanings in the upcoming election cements it. The Harvard Institute of Politics’ national survey of 18- to 29-year-olds,...

Ron Paul honored as small-government crusader, minus pesky specifics

August 30, 2012 The tribute video to former presidential candidate and retiring 12-term Rep. Ron Paul of Texas at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday featured soaring music, testimonials from his conservative colleagues in Congress, and footage of Paul’s devoted fans. “It’s the American story, forging your own path. Not because it’s the...

Secret Service decrees: No baseballs, bananas at the convention

August 27, 2012 Planning on bringing a baseball, “whole fruit,” or a camcorder into the Republican National Convention? Don’t count on getting it through security unscathed. All three are explicitly prohibited on a list of 25 items not allowed into the convention security perimeter that was put together by the Committee on Arrangements...

Report from ex-House GOP leader says stimulus helped Florida

August 24, 2012 A report commissioned by a prominent Florida Republican isn’t taking the usual GOP line on the Obama administration’s stimulus package. A newly-released audit from the office of Republican Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, a Mitt Romney supporter and former member of the U.S. House Republican leadership, says that the 2009...

Negative talk about Obama spikes in poll

August 22, 2012 Heading into the Democratic and Republican conventions, a new “Conversation Nation” poll suggests people are feeling markedly less enamored of their commander in chief this week. Negative chatter about President Obama spiked 13 points last week, according to the latest data from the weekly National Journal-Keller Fay Group poll measuring...

Joe Biden to firefighters: Romney doesn't 'get' you

July 25, 2012 PHILADELPHIA – Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday gave an audience of firefighters his view of GOP rival Mitt Romney: “I don’t think he just gets you.” Biden offered the assessment in the context of the White House’s support of allowing the George W. Bush tax cuts to expire for...

Governors from both parties agree: They're fed up with Washington

July 16, 2012 WILLIAMSBURG, Va. —To Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, the partisan rancor in Washington is reminiscent of an elementary school classroom. “It reminds me of a little bit of…the old cartoons of taking the pigtails of the little girl who’s ahead of you in second grade and putting it in the ink...

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