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March 2013


Internal Emails Reveal Bitterness Behind South Carolina Special Election

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An exchange between political consultants on an internal GOP listserv reveals the bitterness at the heart of the special election taking place on April 2 for a vacant South Carolina House seat.

[ALSO: Monument To Jim Clyburn, Southern University Turns Into Boondoggle]

The emails, which were leaked to ...

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Colbert, Stephen
Scott, Tim
South Carolina
politics
Sanford, Mark
elections
e-mail

Office of Congressional Ethics Not Sure Where Complaint Against Gohmert's Parking Ticket Incident Will Lead

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Following a report in Politico that an "irate" Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) pulled rank on the National Park Police over a parking ticket at the Lincoln Memorial earlier this month, a D.C. watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics, saying he violated the House ...

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Gohmert, Louie
ethics
House of Representatives

Chicago, Los Angeles, New York Prosecuted Fewest Federal Gun Crimes

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The districts that contain Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City ranked last in terms of federal gun law enforcement in 2012, according to a new report from Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks federal data.

[READ: Mark Kelly AR-15 Purchase Blocked by ...

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gun control and gun rights
crime
Chicago
Syracuse University
Los Angeles
New York City

Google Data: D.C., America More Interested in Gun Control, Less in Immigration Reform

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Two of President Obama's biggest priorities for his second term are garnering very different levels of interest from Americans searching the internet. According to Google, Americans are far more interested in gun control than they are in immigration reform.

[WALSH: Dems Fret Over Obama's Poll ...

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Google
immigration reform
gun control and gun rights
Obama, Barack
Washington, DC
United States

Overheard at CPAC

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Between all the speechifying, sermonizing and glad-handing by politicians at CPAC during the last few days, conservative attendees of the political action conference also had quite a bit to say.

Below, eight of the best comments overheard at CPAC:

"I know you're mad because you didn't get to meet ...

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CPAC
Bachmann, Michele

Apollo 7 Astronaut Uses Pastafarian Chart On Pirates And Global Temperatures To Argue Climate Change Isn't Real

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Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham argued at CPAC Friday that global warming wasn't man-made because the number of pirates in the world have increased along with global temperatures.

[SEE: Political Cartoons on U.S. Energy Policy]

"Correlation isn't causation," Cunningham told an audience assembled ...

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TAGS:
pirates
energy policy and climate change
CPAC
global warming

Report: GOP Primary Presidential Candidates Spent Millions in Leftover Campaign Funds on Private Jets, Hotel Stays

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Former GOP presidential candidates spent millions in leftover campaign funds months after they dropped out of the race, according to a new report from the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, shared exclusively with Whispers.

While some of those leftover funds toward ...

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Republican Party
campaign finance
2012 presidential election
primaries
politics
money
Cain, Herman
Gingrich, Newt
Perry, Rick
Paul, Ron

One-Man Play About New York's Political Past Could Help Washington's Future

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It seems nearly impossible for both parties in Congress to agree on something. Yet there was a flicker of hope Monday, at a performance of a one-man show on the life of former New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia at the U.S. Navy Memorial theater.

The play, titled The Little Flower, looks at ...

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Congress
entertainment
New York City
Mica, John
politics
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Republican Party
Democratic Party