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Inside Mitt Romney's 2016 Rollercoaster Ride

nationaljournal.com — Mitt Romney's decision to not run for president in 2016 caps a three-week rollercoaster ride for his advisers, allies and supporters, most of whom had spent the past year vetting other candidates and preparing for the the post-Romney era of the Republican Party.
Jan 30, 2015

The three-week roller coaster ride of Romney 2016-mania, explained nationaljournal.com/twenty-sixteen… from @TimAlberta

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Why Don't White Voters Elect Minority Reps to Congress?

nationaljournal.com — It's an enduring contrast in Congress: minority legislators are much less likely to represent districts where whites constitute a majority of the population than whites are to hold districts where racial minorities comprise the majority. In the new Congress, white representatives hold 44 of the 117 House seats where minorities equal a majority of the population, a Next America analysis has found.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @nationaljournal: In our most diverse House in history, only 5% of white-majority districts elected a rep. from a minority background trib.al/F35FVM4

Jan 30, 2015

RT @NALEO: Why Don't White Voters Elect Minority Reps to Congress? @ArturoNALEO discusses challenges for minority candidates: bit.ly/1Df791c

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How Paid Sick Leave Emerged as a Democratic Strong Suit

nationaljournal.com — One of the clearest messages to come out of State of the Union was Obama's commitment to paid sick leave. In particular, his commitment to helping states adopt paid sick leave laws and simultaneously ask lawmakers to push a bill through Congress granting workers the opportunity to earn seven days of paid leave when they or their family members have medical needs.
Jan 31, 2015

RT @DFAaction: Great story by @lucia_graves abt how our friends @WorkingFamilies turned paid sick leave into a natn’l priority nationaljournal.com/politics/how-p…

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Mitt Romney Will Not Run in 2016

nationaljournal.com — Mitt Romney will officially announce this morning that he will not be running for president, according to reports from radio-show host Hugh Hewitt and The New York Times . Eric Fehrnstrom, a senior adviser to Romney, seemed to confirm Hewitt's report via Twitter.

Mitt Romney to the GOP: I Won’t, But I Could Have...

nationaljournal.com — In the end, Mitt Romney made the decision that most Republicans expected him to do when he was denying any interest in a presidential campaign last year. But his announcement made it clear how close he was to saying yes, how tantalizing he found the prospect of a third-straight presidential campaign, and how unenthused he is about the GOP alternatives.
Jan 30, 2015

Rick Wilson on #2016 field: "When it comes to the donor class, the Highlander rule applies. There could be only one" nationaljournal.com/twenty-sixteen…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @HotlineJosh: Short term winners from Romney dropping: Jeb and Christie. Long term winners: Rubio and Walker. nationaljournal.com/twenty-sixteen…

Jan 30, 2015

Short term winners from Romney dropping: Jeb and Christie. Long term winners: Rubio and Walker. nationaljournal.com/twenty-sixteen…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @HotlineJosh: "When it comes to the donor class, the Highlander rule applies. There could be only one" bit.ly/15PPrGP

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D.C. Laws Aside, You Still Can't Carry a Gun on the Hill

nationaljournal.com — If you live in Washington, D.C., you might be one of the very tiny handful of applicants the city has finally given permission to carry around a concealed firearm. But that still doesn't mean you can stroll onto the grounds of the U.S. Capitol packing heat -- unless you're part of another very small group of people.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @benpershing: Even if you're one of the few with a new DC concealed weapon permit, you still can't carry a gun on the Hill nationaljournal.com/congress/d-c-l…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @benpershing: Even if you're one of the few with a new DC concealed weapon permit, you still can't carry a gun on the Hill nationaljournal.com/congress/d-c-l…

Jan 30, 2015

Even if you're one of the few with a new DC concealed weapon permit, you still can't carry a gun on the Hill nationaljournal.com/congress/d-c-l…

The White House’s Latest Climate Ally: Pope Francis

nationaljournal.com — As the Obama administration tries to position itself as a world leader on climate change ahead of United Nations talks, they're engaging a powerful ally: The Catholic Church. Pope Francis has been moving the Church into a more aggressive posture on climate change, citing the moral need to protect the planet and its citizens.

Uber On Privacy: 'We Haven't Always Gotten It Right'

nationaljournal.com — Popular ride-hailing service Uber needs to improve its handling of private customer data, how it responds to rider complaints and boost overall transparency, according to an internal review released Friday. The 40-page audit, conducted by law firm Hogan Lovells at Uber's behest, concluded that Uber has made significant strides since it began efforts last summer to better safeguard customer privacy.

Poll: If Mitt Romney Runs for a Third Time, Could He Be Elected President?

nationaljournal.com — DEMOCRATS (82 VOTES) Yes "Reagan and Nixon are recent precedents of serial national candidates who became successful eventually." "His road would be uphill, but name ID and fundraising ability make him viable." "Many Americans regret they didn't vote for him last time."
Jan 30, 2015

D.C. establishment: not too thrilled with the idea of another Mitt run. nationaljournal.com/magazine/poll-…

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Ted Strickland Will Reportedly Run for Ohio Senate

nationaljournal.com — Democrat Ted Strickland, the former Ohio governor, is setting up a run for the Senate next year, The Vindicator reports. The seat is currently held by Republican Sen. Rob Portman. Though he's likely entering the race as a favorite, it's not a sure-bet that Strickland will win his party's nomination.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @Alex_Roarty: Senior Dem strategist on Strickland: "Nothing has changed" Former guv said to be considering run but no deicision yet nationaljournal.com/politics/ted-s…

Jan 30, 2015

Senior Dem strategist on Strickland: "Nothing has changed" Former guv said to be considering run but no deicision yet nationaljournal.com/politics/ted-s…

Live From Iowa, It's Saturday Night

nationaljournal.com — When most congressional hopefuls Google their name, they don't find pictures of themselves dressed in drag, complete with a wig and a sequined gown. Gary Kroeger will at least find it easier than others to explain why: It was his job to make people laugh for a living.
Jan 30, 2015

Former @SNL actor who once played Walter Mondale may run for Congress. Unlike Dana Carvey, he played wrong candidate. nationaljournal.com/politics/live-…

Jan 30, 2015

@benpershing: A former SNL cast member you probably don't remember may run for Congress in Iowa nationaljournal.com/politics/live-…

Jan 30, 2015

From the state that brought you the 'Love Boat' congressman: Live From Iowa, It's Saturday Night nationaljournal.com/politics/live-… via @nationaljournal

Jan 30, 2015

"If you Google Franken or YouTube him, you'll see him at a state fair getting tea partiers to listen." Um, what? nationaljournal.com/politics/live-…

Jan 30, 2015

A former SNL cast member you probably don't remember may run for Congress in Iowa nationaljournal.com/politics/live-…

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John B. Judis Joins National Journal Magazine As Senior Writer

nationaljournal.com — John B. Judis, author and former senior editor for The New Republic, is joining National Journal magazine as a senior writer, Richard Just, editor of National Journal magazine, announced today. In his new role, Mr. Judis will write feature stories for the magazine, the first of which will appear as the next issue's cover story, "The Emerging Republican Advantage," out this weekend.
Jan 29, 2015

RT @amandalcormier: Judis wrote our next cover, "The Emerging Republican Advantage." He wrote "The Emerging Democratic Majority" in 2002 nationaljournal.com/press-room/joh…

Jan 29, 2015

Judis wrote our next cover, "The Emerging Republican Advantage." He wrote "The Emerging Democratic Majority" in 2002 nationaljournal.com/press-room/joh…

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Government Privacy Board to Obama: Shut Down NSA Mass Spying Now

nationaljournal.com — An executive branch privacy watchdog is renewing its call on President Obama to unilaterally end the National Security Agency's domestic phone records dragnet amid growing uncertainty over Congress's willingness to reform government surveillance. The bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board issued a progress report Thursday charting the administration's efforts to comply with recommendations it made exactly a year ago to overhaul the NSA's surveillance apparatus.
Jan 30, 2015

RT @dnvolz: Privacy board wants Obama to end NSA mass surveillance even if Congress fails to pass a reform bill nationaljournal.com/tech/governmen…

Jan 30, 2015

RT @dnvolz: Privacy board wants Obama to end NSA mass surveillance even if Congress fails to pass a reform bill nationaljournal.com/tech/governmen…

How the Senate Is Taking Lindsey Graham’s Presidential Ambitions

nationaljournal.com — Lindsey Graham already has his first endorsement for the presidency. "He's my man," says Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who won his party's endorsement in 2008 and knows his way around Iowa and New Hampshire. "He's a dark horse. Keep an eye on him."
Jan 30, 2015

RT @JohnCornyn: Would ensure serious debate on nat security; fun 2: Lindsey Graham's Presidential Ambitions nationaljournal.com/twenty-sixteen… via @nationaljournal

Jan 29, 2015

RT @RJpolitics: Too many R's running for president? @SenDeanHeller: "All we do is end up beating each other up" @FoxReports: ow.ly/IbCar #lvrj

Jan 29, 2015

RT @STetreaultDC: Too many R's running for president? @SenDeanHeller: "All we do is end up beating each other up" @FoxReports: ow.ly/IbCau #lvrj

Jan 29, 2015

Too many R's running for president? @SenDeanHeller: "All we do is end up beating each other up" @FoxReports: ow.ly/IbCau #lvrj

Jan 29, 2015

So @CarolineOneal i vote: "less a serious bid and more an effort to change the dynamics of the Republican primary" nationaljournal.com/twenty-sixteen… :)

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The Republican War of Words on College

decoded.nationaljournal.com — First came Mitt Romney's dismissive remarks about President Obama's "faculty lounge" pals. Now Rick Santorum is calling Obama snobby for urging people to go to college - and defending that view in a series of TV appearances.

We’re About to Learn if Romney 2016 Is Real

nationaljournal.com — Mitt Romney will make a major announcement about a possible White House run Friday morning, National Journal has learned. In an 11 a.m. conference call, the former Massachusetts governor and two-time presidential candidate will "update" supporters on his 2016 plans. The brief email, which went out to supporters late Thursday night, is signed "All the best, Mitt."

Most States Suing Obama Over Immigration Have Small Undocumented Populations

nationaljournal.com — Call it a clash of civilizations, American-style. On Monday, a group of 33 cities--most racially diverse and Democratic-leaning--filed a legal brief supporting the executive action President Obama announced last November that provides legal protection to as many as 5.2 million undocumented immigrants.
Jan 30, 2015

Most States Suing Obama Over Immigration Have Small Undocumented Populations bit.ly/163h2E0

Jan 30, 2015

Smart story: Most States Suing Obama Over Immigration Have Small Undocumented Populations nationaljournal.com/next-america/n…

Jan 30, 2015

Most States Suing Obama Over #Immigration Have Small Undocumented Populations ow.ly/IbXHm

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The Single Biggest Reason Why Mitt Romney Won't Be President

nationaljournal.com — More than his Mormonism, more than his many homes and his ham-handed dismissal of the other 47 percent, the single-biggest reason why Mitt Romney won't be president is nested in this sentence of a Washington Post profile : "If he runs again in 2016, Romney is determined to re-brand himself as authentic, warts and all, and central to that mission is making public what for so long he kept private."
Jan 31, 2015

a thousand weekend stories on a guy was never going to be president. The day before #Romney bowed: nationaljournal.com/politics/the-s…

Jan 29, 2015

RT @ron_fournier: There is a cancer in the Romney body politic that even eleventh-hour sincerity won't cure nationaljournal.com/politics/the-s… 1/

Jan 29, 2015

RT @katedavies00: Great article from avid social media user @ron_fournier on presidential candidacy and the demands of us "millennials" nationaljournal.com/politics/the-s…

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Senate OKs Keystone XL Pipeline

nationaljournal.com — The Senate voted 62-36 Thursday to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, escalating the fight between Republicans and President Obama over the long-stalled project at the heart of debates over climate change and energy security. The tally is short of what's needed to overcome a threatened veto from Obama, who says Congress should not circumvent his administration's ongoing, six-year review of the project.