June 29, 2017

Total Cost of 2016 US Election May Reach $6.6b

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Presidential candidates spent over $1.13 billion, compared to $913 million at this point in 2012. House candidates spent $71 million less this year, and Senate candidates spent $137 million more than this point in 2012, although that number may increase when more Senate filings are processed by the FEC. Read More »

Pence Wins VP Debate

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Tim Kaine may have defended Hillary Clinton forcefully but his spirited Interruptive debating style cost him favorable opinion from debate watchers. It was Mike Pence who emerged not just a winner but a possible presidential candidate for 2020. Read More »

Ahmad Rahami Charged for Bombings in NY, NJ

FBI agents searching First American Fried Chicken and the apartment above it in Elizabeth, NJ, where Ahmad Rahami lived with his family.

The Afghan American charged with conducting and attempting to conduct bombings in New York City and various locations in New Jersey. Charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. Read More »

Hate and Discrimination in the Wake of September 11

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The association of Muslims with terrorists in the wake of the 9/11 attacks continues to affect the nation in myriad ways. Read More »

A Short History of Presidents Lying About Their Health

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Avoiding questions about coughs and chronic conditions has a long political history in America. Read More »

Rural America Is Back In Business

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Over the past eight years, the Obama Administration has vigorously invested in the rural way of life, strengthening the small towns and rural communities that so many call home. Read More »

How Trump’s ‘Mormon Problem’ May Cost Him Utah

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Many evangelicals are backing Trump, so why hasn't he caught fire with Mormons? A scholar of Mormons' political beliefs counts the ways. Read More »

Super PAC Spending Hits $500m

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Super PACs have led the charge, breaking the half-a-billion dollar mark in spending and making up about 80 percent of total outside spending for the 2016 election. The nearly $530 million is almost three times the amount spent by super PACs in the 2012 election by the end of August. Read More »

Voting Rights Victories Are Pyrrhic but Worth Celebrating

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Courts have overturned several state-level voter suppression laws, but the cases should never have been necessary in the first place Read More »

Trump’s Candidacy Real Test of American Democracy

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Trump's ascendance as Republican nominee has brought American democracy at a crossroads where only American voters can save it from a total disaster. Read More »