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Hotline's 2014 Election Night Cheat Sheet

nationaljournal.com — The Hotline staff has been tracking Senate and gubernatorial campaigns from the ground up, across the country, for two years now. Here's the key information you'll want (and we'll be following) to keep track of how things are going in the biggest races on election night, from poll closing times and the most important cities or counties to watch to recount procedures, just in case any of these races have to go to an unexpected overtime.
Oct 31, 2014

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Oct 31, 2014

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Long-Dead Bigamist Congressman Still Haunts South Jersey

nationaljournal.com — When he died in 1887, the Hon. Hezekiah B. Smith was buried in an iron coffin, which was sealed with iron straps and topped with iron spikes. Once in the ground, Hezekiah and his iron tomb were encased in cement. Hezekiah wasn't a vampire, though the excessive burial restraints would have kept him from rising again.
Oct 31, 2014

A long-dead bigamist congressman still haunts his district in South Jersey nationaljournal.com/congress/long-… A spooky, true tale, per @B_resnick

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The Best Political Halloween Costumes: Baby Edition

nationaljournal.com — Let's state the obvious: 99 percent of political Halloween costumes are terrible. A night that's meant for michief and fun can be undercut by a costume that screams, "Let's talk about current events." But there is an exception to this rule: baby political costumes.

They're Not Allowed to Talk. But Candidates and PACs Are Brazenly Communicating All the Time.

nationaljournal.com — The memo from Thom Tillis's campaign was blunt, breathless, and stuffed with seemingly sensitive information. Spending was stretched. Ads had already been abandoned in some markets. Money was being redirected.
Oct 31, 2014

They're Not Allowed to Talk. But Candidates and PACs Brazenly Communicating All the Time. nationaljournal.com/politics/they-… via @nationaljournal

Oct 31, 2014

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Oct 31, 2014

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Oct 31, 2014

They're Not Allowed to Talk. But Candidates and PACs Are Brazenly Communicating All the Time. nationaljournal.com/politics/they-… via @nationaljournal

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Climate Change Is Making It Harder to Get to Space

nationaljournal.com — Climate change won't just wreak havoc here on Earth -- it's going to make it harder to leave. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, rising sea levels and extreme storms from climate change pose a risk to the nation's shuttle launch facilities, most of which are along coastlines.

Why Local Businesses Cannot Wait for the Election to End

nationaljournal.com — The chase for votes in Alaska's Senate race will end Tuesday. And local businesses could not be happier. They'll finally be able to advertise again. "Watching TV, I don't see any of the ubiquitous car-dealer ads, the telecom ads. There are very few," says Andrew Halcro, the president of the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @nationaljournal: Unprecedented political ad spending in 2014 is forcing local businesses out of TV markets trib.al/O00eKLP

Oct 31, 2014

RT @Alex_Roarty: Amazing anecdotes from @HotlineScott about political ads keeping local businesses from advertising nationaljournal.com/politics/why-l…

Oct 31, 2014

Private sector "basically been precluded from the TV marketplace for the last 3 months" by political ads in Alaska nationaljournal.com/politics/why-l…

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America's Ebola Panic, As Told By Pizza

nationaljournal.com — The ability to get a pizza delivered is, apparently, an excellent barometer for measuring Americans' histrionics over Ebola. Since the first Ebola patients arrived on U.S. soil in August, the American response to the virus has evolved with the changing circumstances -- from a Dallas hospital unsuccessfully treating a Liberian patient; to a hospital in Atlanta curing Americans; to a nurse who doesn't even have Ebola being quarantined in Maine.

Louisiana Residents' Constitutional Right to Trick-or-Treat Is Under Threat

nationaljournal.com — Civil-rights advocates are stepping up to protect Louisiana residents' constitutional trick-or-treating rights. Many Louisiana communities have recommended hours during the evening for trick-or-treating, and the American Civil Liberties Union says some areas will even impose penalties on trick-or-treating outside the official window.

Condoms Fight Climate Change, but Nobody Wants to Talk About It

nationaljournal.com — The equation seems fairly simple: The more the world's population rises, the greater the strain on dwindling resources and the greater the impact on the environment. The solution? Well, that's a little trickier to talk about. Public-health discussions will regularly include mentions of voluntary family planning as a way to reduce unwanted pregnancies and births.

Race Tracker Iowa, Senator

nationaljournal.com — This Members-only site that displays running races and allows members to keep track of races they are interested in.

The FBI's Secret House Meeting to Get Access to Your iPhone

nationaljournal.com — The Obama administration is ramping up its campaign to force technology companies to help the government spy on their users. FBI and Justice Department officials met with House staffers this week for a classified briefing on how encryption is hurting police investigations, according to staffers familiar with the meeting.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @rj_gallagher: FBI held secret meeting in Congress this week to brief staffers "on how encryption is hurting police investigations": nationaljournal.com/tech/the-fbi-s…

Oct 30, 2014

FBI held secret meeting in Congress this week to brief staffers "on how encryption is hurting police investigations": nationaljournal.com/tech/the-fbi-s…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @dnvolz: The FBI is having secret meetings with Congress to figure out how to access your iPhone data nationaljournal.com/tech/the-fbi-s…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @lorenzoFB: The FBI is pushing to force tech companies to give cops access to your iPhone in secret meetings at the WH. nationaljournal.com/tech/the-fbi-s…

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In D.C., White Men Come Out on Top

nationaljournal.com — By now, that women earn 77 cents for each dollar a man earns has taken on the aura of cliche, a statistic thrown out as a way to quantify an ambient inequity that often defies definition. It's a helpful benchmark and a convenient talking point, but when discussed in a vacuum, it can obfuscate more than it illuminates.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @ProPublica: The gap between what white men earn & what African American women earn in D.C. is one of the biggest in the country http://…

Oct 30, 2014

"Nobody does better than white guys in D.C., who, according to the analysis, make a median salary of $90,431." nationaljournal.com/next-america/e…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @AlanaEichner: .@kfgrobbins in @nationaljournal on the wage gap in DC & why white men are killing it in #thedistrict http://t.co/0pyHh83…

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Brazil’s Dangerous Climate Spiral

nationaljournal.com — SAO PAULO-A massive drought that has left Latin America's largest city on the brink of running dry. A long-awaited rainy season is yet to arrive, and key water reservoirs have shrunk to less than 5 percent of their storage capacity. Officials are warning that this city of 11 million could run out of water within weeks.
Oct 31, 2014

Brazil's dangerous climate spiral: drought pushes it toward more coal - and higher carbon emissions. @nationaljournal nationaljournal.com/energy/brazil-…

One Millennial's Answer to Political Apathy: Put College Students in Classrooms

nationaljournal.com — BROOKLYN, NEW YORK-Failure is a powerful icebreaker, so Pace University sophomore Nelli Agbulos opens her presentation to a group of high school seniors by telling them about an unsuccessful protest that she recently planned for her campus. Six people came. "I told all my friends to come and nobody showed up," she says.

How Does Clinton Overcome Obama?

nationaljournal.com — If Hillary Clinton forges ahead and runs for president, she'll be facing an electorate more disillusioned and more cynical than the one she faced before-and one perhaps less likely to respond to her message. For that, she can thank the current president, Barack Obama. And it won't simply be because his approval rating is underwater.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @alfromDLC: Challenge to Democrats: Reforming government so voters believe in it. See @jamesoliphant in @nationaljournal - tinyurl.com/lcegfzq

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Walking the Streets of Baltimore With the Other Barksdale

nationaljournal.com — BALTIMORE-"This is a bad neighborhood," the cab driver tells me as we pull up to an ugly beige low-rise building in the predominantly African-American neighborhood of Lower Park Heights. The dappled sunlight on the tree-lined street belies the fact that this area has one of highest per capita crime rates in Baltimore.

What Is Ed Gillespie’s Backup Plan?

nationaljournal.com — KILMARNOCK, Va.-In the 10 months since he launched his campaign for U.S. Senate, Ed Gillespie has not made many noticeable mistakes. He united the fractious Virginia GOP behind him, raised decent money, worked every corner of the state, and crafted a coherent message in an incessant effort to erode the standing of incumbent Mark Warner.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @benpershing: Questions about @EdWGillespie's future highlight the leadership vacuum atop the Virginia GOP #vasen nationaljournal.com/politics/what-…

Oct 30, 2014

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The Case Against Ebola Quarantines, Respectfully Submitted

nationaljournal.com — I get it: You don't trust government to contain Ebola in the United States, or to be honest about its dangers. You might be a Republican. You don't trust Washington to be the single-payer for national health care. You'd die before government gets your guns. You might be a Democrat.
Oct 30, 2014

My thank to you tweeples who engaged with me the last 2 nights on #Ebola and Rights, provoking thought, and this: nationaljournal.com/white-house/th…

Oct 30, 2014

RT @ron_fournier: I get it: You don't trust Govt to contain #Ebola, or be honest about it. Here's why I'm still against quarantines nationaljournal.com/white-house/th…

Oct 30, 2014

I get it: You don't trust Govt to contain #Ebola, or be honest about it. Here's why I'm still against quarantines nationaljournal.com/white-house/th…

Oct 30, 2014

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