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Why Ebola is this year’s October surprise — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - With election day just three weeks away, you can call Ebola our "October surprise." Never mind that no Americans have died from the disease and a whopping two people (knock on wood) have been confirmed infected with the virus.

Dark money’s rise poses threat to U.S. democracy — By Of all the things there are to worry about these days, this one is at or near the top of the list: our political system and the way campaigns are financed, is more secretive, more open to the highest bidder, and more closed off to regular Americans, than ever before.

Why Keystone won’t do anything to cut gas prices — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Here's a comment that has been making its way around Twitter and Facebook for the past few years. Remember the awful crisis Obama inherited from GWB. Here are GWB's gas prices the day Obama took Office. - Bob Gaskin (@BobG231) February 22, 2013 "Look how cheap gasoline prices were back on Jan.

Obama deserves scorn for fundraising — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - President Barack Obama has done more than 400 fundraisers since taking office, already far exceeding the 328 racked up by George W. Bush during his entire eight years in the White House - though he's still well behind the all-time fundraising champion, Bill Clinton.

Declining deficits? Not for long — Sometimes the right hand doesn't know what the left is doing, and this week's batch of government data on the economy is a good example. Wednesday, the Congressional Budget Office said that thanks to low interest rates, that federal deficits over the next decade will be lower than expected - about $400 billion less - though the cumulative deficit will still be a whopping $7.2 trillion.

Attack on J.P. Morgan: “Warm Up for the Main Event” — David Wood, a California attorney who represents corporate policyholders in insurance recovery matters, says this week's cyberattack on J.P. Morgan may be a mere "warm up" for a maga-attack -... Additional content is for Monthly Subscriber and Annual Subscriber members only. Log In Register

Obama's real legacy: the Supreme Court? — Ask most folks the one thing President Obama has done that will leave a stamp long after he has left office, and they'll say ObamaCare. But with the possibility of both a Republican president and Republican Congress in power as early as 2017, that's far from guaranteed.

Yes, Republicans can impeach President Obama — When Congress heads off on its upcoming five-week recess, some Republicans, at town halls with constituents, will bring up the "I" word: impeachment. Barack Obama, they'll say, needs to be removed from office. The reasons, in their view, are many: Benghazi. The IRS. An inability to control the Mexican border, to name but three.

How to Build a 200,000 Twitter Following from Scratch — I'm often asked how I built a 200,000 follower Twitter account from scratch, without even using my name. Corporate communications types, television producers, others ask what's the secret, and how can I (or my company) do it? First, let's take a step back.

Data Security, Federal/State News, Finance/Venture Capital, Crisis Training/Response — Google thinks it can identify and patch software bugs faster than other software vendors with its new project, dubbed "Project Zero." The Mountain View company is assigning a quick-response team of cybersecurity experts to the project; they'll be a rapid [...]
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Oct 20, 2014

After campaign event w/Ill. Gov. Quinn, President went to his Kenwood home for the night; very heavy security as usual

Oct 20, 2014

Senior White House officials say tonight U.S. has flown multiple resupply sorties for Kurdish fighters near Kobani; ISIS pushed back

Oct 19, 2014

You're so vain, I'll bet you think this tweet is about you, don't you, don't you

Oct 19, 2014

As if elephants aren't enough, World Wildlife Fund said recently that half of the world's wildlife has been wiped out - in just 40 yrs

Oct 19, 2014

Worst thing read all weekend: WashPost piece showing 2/3 of elephant population wiped out since 1979. Extinction? Elephants?

Oct 19, 2014

President's campaign events today are the first all year on behalf of specific candidates; he has not been asked to campaign, just raise $

Oct 19, 2014

Not much drama in Md., where Pres. campaigned earlier today w/Anthony Brown - who is +11 in Gov. race (RealClearPolitics avg of all polls)

Oct 19, 2014

Campaign event for Ill. Gov. Quinn tonight comes amid tight race; avg of all recent polls puts Quinn +1.8, well w/in margin of error

Oct 19, 2014

Air Force One wheels down O'Hare; President greeted by Mayor Emanuel. Each put arm around the other as they walked to Marine One

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