Political Capital

Daily Archives: May 1, 2013

Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke arrives for a family photo of finance ministers and central bank governors following the G20 meeting at the 2013 World Bank/IMF Spring meetings in Washington on April 19, 2013.

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Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke arrives for a family photo of finance ministers and central bank governors following the G20 meeting at the 2013 World Bank/IMF Spring meetings in Washington on April 19, 2013.

Fed on U.S. Growth: Don’t Blame Us

The Federal Reserve made it clear in describing the U.S. economy today that any fault for this year’s sluggish expansion lies outside the central bank. “Fiscal policy is restraining economic growth,” the Federal Open Market Committee said, with a more direct message than...

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Thomas "Tom" Wheeler, managing director of Core Capital Partners LP and President Barack Obama's nominee as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), right, laughs as Obama makes the announcement in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 1, 2013.

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Thomas "Tom" Wheeler, managing director of Core Capital Partners LP and President Barack Obama's nominee as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), right, laughs as Obama makes the announcement in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., on May 1, 2013.

As Obama Bundler, Wheeler Follows in Genachowski’s Footsteps

In President Barack Obama’s administration, being a prolific fundraiser seems to be among the critieria to chair the Federal Communications Commission. For the second time, Obama reached into his list of campaign bundlers and chose one of the most prolific,...

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Beyonce and Bibi McGill perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Beyonce and Bibi McGill perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Beyonce: B6 in Marine Corps’ Eyes (‘Funny How the Truth Works’)

As “The Few, The Proud,” the Marines deserve their reputation with the press as mostly quick to respond with facts to a query — be it on Iraq, Afghanistan, the V-22 Osprey or Hurricane Sandy assistance. But when it comes...

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Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Gabriel Gomez, right, points toward the audience as he takes the stage with his daughters Olivia, 13, left,  Antonia, 10, second from left, and wife Sarah, behind, before addressing an audience with a victory speech at a watch party in Cohasset, Mass., on April 30, 2013.

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Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Gabriel Gomez, right, points toward the audience as he takes the stage with his daughters Olivia, 13, left, Antonia, 10, second from left, and wife Sarah, behind, before addressing an audience with a victory speech at a watch party in Cohasset, Mass., on April 30, 2013.

Gabriel Gomez: The Year was 1976

The year was 1976, Gabriel Gomez remembers. He was playing Little League. Rep. Ed Markey was first running for Congress in Massachusetts. Now Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and son of Colombian immigrants, will face Markey in a contest for...

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Rep. Ed Markey gives Sheila Decter, of Newton, a hug while he campaigns at Johnny's Luncheonette.

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Rep. Ed Markey gives Sheila Decter, of Newton, a hug while he campaigns at Johnny's Luncheonette.

Republican Attack Ad Gives Markey Disco Fever

The day after Rep. Ed Markey won the U.S. Senate Democratic primary in Massachusetts, the Senate Republicans’ fundraising arm has released an ad portraying the congressman as a baby — the infant on the cover of Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album, no less. In a new...

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Injured people in front of Marathon Sports on Boylston Street on April 15, 2013 in Boston.

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Injured people in front of Marathon Sports on Boylston Street on April 15, 2013 in Boston.

Boston Arrests: Twitter Alert

Here is Twitter, the news service: Three additional suspects taken into custody in Marathon bombing case. Details to follow. — Boston Police Dept. (@Boston_Police) May 1, 2013   In Boston, the apprehension of the surviving brother of two accused of...

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People jog on the National Mall near the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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People jog on the National Mall near the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Voters Weary of Divided Government

A plurality of voters don’t want split government, and would prefer one party to control both the White House and Congress, according to a Quinnipiac University poll out today. The survey showed 48 percent of voters saying they want the...

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First Lady Michelle Obama signs her book, "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America," at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Washington, DC.

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First Lady Michelle Obama signs her book, "American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America," at a Barnes & Noble bookstore in Washington, DC.

Michelle Obama’s Green Thumb Warms up for Book-Signing

The Obamas have had some success with books. The president’s autobiography and campaign tome made him a millionaire. The first lady’s book is another story — marketed as a benefit for the National Park Foundation. Her ``American Grown: The Story...

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Ron Johnson, chief executive officer of J.C. Penney Co., arrives at State Supreme court in New York, on March 1, 2013.

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Ron Johnson, chief executive officer of J.C. Penney Co., arrives at State Supreme court in New York, on March 1, 2013.

Bloomberg By the Numbers: 1,795

Ron Johnson, the former chief executive officer of J.C. Penney Co., received a compensation package 1,795 times higher than the average wage and benefits of a U.S. department store worker, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Such disparities are why...

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