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Daily Archives: May 21, 2012

The Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Barack Obama/Joe Biden kick off campaign at the House of Blues on April 15, 2012.

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers at the Barack Obama/Joe Biden kick off campaign at the House of Blues on April 15, 2012.

The Price of Evil Shenanigans? Obama Pays $17,550

Barack Obama’s latest campaign finance report included an eye-catching payment of $17,550 to Evil Shenanigans Inc. Although that would be a clever name for a media agency specializing in attack ads, it’s actually just the company behind the Red Hot...

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President Barack Obama during a press conference on the second day of the NATO Summit in Chicago on May 21, 2012.

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President Barack Obama during a press conference on the second day of the NATO Summit in Chicago on May 21, 2012.

Obama to Romney: ‘You’re Missing What This Job is About’

This was an answer waiting for a question. The president got the question: ”Mr. President, could you give us your sense of just what private equity’s role is in stemming job losses as they seek a return on investment for...

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Meeting with President-elect Richard Nixon are from left standing: Bryce Harlow, assistant to the president; Paul McCracken, Chairman of Economics Advisors, Alan Greenspan, advisor to Nixon, Dr. Arthur Burns, seated left, Nixon, and Rep. Wilbur Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in New York City on Dec. 4, 1968.

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Meeting with President-elect Richard Nixon are from left standing: Bryce Harlow, assistant to the president; Paul McCracken, Chairman of Economics Advisors, Alan Greenspan, advisor to Nixon, Dr. Arthur Burns, seated left, Nixon, and Rep. Wilbur Mills, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee in New York City on Dec. 4, 1968.

The Fed and the Election Cycle

The Fed is meant to be independent and free from political pressures emanating from Congress or the White House. That hasn’t always been the case. For instance, back in the early 70s, Fed Chairman Arthur Burns was pressured by Richard...

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Rep. Ron Paul at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on April 20, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Rep. Ron Paul at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall on April 20, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Ron Paul Wins Delegates in Four States

Representative Ron Paul picked up Republican delegates in four states over the weekend even as he announced he would no longer spend money to compete in the remaining presidential primaries. While Paul has not won any primaries, he picked up delegates in Michigan, Minnesota,...

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President Barack Obama

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President Barack Obama

Obama’s Latino Audience Awaits — as Romney Honors Cuban Liberation

Obama. In Orlando. Addressing Latino leaders. Sounds like the Obama campaign’s idea of a day well spent. The day is June 22, according to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials. It says it has booked the president for...

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Former U.S Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

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Former U.S Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.

Washington Daybook: Getting in Touch with Henry Kissinger

What do former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Rep. Francisco Canseco and actor Jennifer Hudson have in common? They have all received very public, personal pat-downs from the Transportation Security Administration. Such incidents will be discussed today as the TSA hears...

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