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Daily Archives: November 7, 2012

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

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Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform.

Grover’s Caucus Takes Attendance

Grover Norquist, who has demanded pledges against new taxes from members of Congress, is counting heads. While still-unsettled races could change these totals, here’s where the tally stands for his Americans for Tax Reform and its influential anti-tax pledge: —...

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie waits of President Barack Obama in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on October 31, 2012.

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New Jersey governor Chris Christie waits of President Barack Obama in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on October 31, 2012.

Dick Morris Owns Up — While Zinging Chris Christie

We noted pundit Dick Morris’ prediction the other day that not only would Mitt Romney win the presidency, but that the Republican likely would do so in a landslide. Given the actual results, perhaps we should have put that pundit reference in quotes. Regardless, we note...

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Delegates listen to President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

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Delegates listen to President Barack Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention.

Labor’s 65% Love for Obama: Trumka Says Not Stopping There

The majority of union members voted for President Barack Obama, helping to secure his win in key battleground states including Ohio and Wisconsin. Union members voted for Obama by 65-33 percent, according to a national survey conducted by Peter D....

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A Jewish man campaigns for Mitt Romney in New York on Nov. 6, 2012.

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A Jewish man campaigns for Mitt Romney in New York on Nov. 6, 2012.

Jewish Vote Shifted in 2012 — Still Not Enough to Turn Election

Exit polling found Republican Mitt Romney receiving 30 percent of the votes of Jews on Nov. 6, up from 21 percent for Sen. John McCain in 2008. President Barack Obama’s share declined to 69 percent from 78 percent, according to...

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New Jersy Gov. Chris Christie tries to comfort superstorm Sandy victims on November 1, 2012 in Moonachie, New Jersey.

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New Jersy Gov. Chris Christie tries to comfort superstorm Sandy victims on November 1, 2012 in Moonachie, New Jersey.

Christie: Focused on Storm, Not 2016

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood before reporters for about 20 minutes this morning before The Question popped up. Reporters dutifully listened to him tick off how the state is preparing for an impending Nor’easter, arriving with snow soon in...

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Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, left, is hugged by his daughter, Liz, as they celebrate at the Ohio Democratic party election night celebration  on Nov. 6, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

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Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, left, is hugged by his daughter, Liz, as they celebrate at the Ohio Democratic party election night celebration on Nov. 6, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.

Rove’s Bad Night: Sherrod Brown

It was a bad night for Karl Rove. That’s the assessment this morning of  Sen.  Sherrod Brown of Ohio after yesterday’s election results. First, Brown survived what he said was $40 million spent against him in his race with Republican...

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Rep. Connie Mack, left, Sen. Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a campaign rally at Tampa International Airport on Oct. 31, 2012.

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Rep. Connie Mack, left, Sen. Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush during a campaign rally at Tampa International Airport on Oct. 31, 2012.

Connie Mack’s Double-Header Loss

Rep. Connie Mack of Florida,  great-grandson of the famed Philadelphia Athletics owner, faced a double-header in the congressional elections this week. He lost both games. Mack lost his own bid for the U.S. Senate to Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, and...

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A  display of shotguns during the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri.

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A display of shotguns during the NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in St. Louis, Missouri.

Obama Wins, Gun Stocks Surge

Just another measure of a nation coming together in harmony following a divisive election: Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. (SWHC) climbed the most in two months to lead a rally among firearms manufacturers as traders speculated that President Barack Obama’s...

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Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, left, waves with his brother, Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas, at the Democratic National Convention.

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Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, left, waves with his brother, Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat from Texas, at the Democratic National Convention.

Leadership PAC-Armed Freshmen: Instant Access for Newcomers

They haven’t been assigned an office, hired a staff or even received their membership pin, yet many of  those elected to the  House yesterday already have jumped into the Washington-insider fundraising game. At least seven House freshmen-to-be have established so-called...

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