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Why McConnell and Obama give reason for optimism — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - Quack, quack. With just two weeks left, the 113th - and very lame duck - Congress is going out with a thud. Try and contain your surprise. A few bright spots have emerged that auger well for the new Congress that'll be sworn in Jan.

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.

The Kennedy Assassination: No Conspiracy — Today is the 51st anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The murder of America's 35th president on November 22, 1963 was a monstrously traumatic, shattering event. It was over in about six seconds. And we've been arguing about it ever since.

“Theodore Roosevelt and the Dawn of the American Century” — Hours before his assassination on April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln signed legislation creating the United States Secret Service. It wouldn't have saved him that night, nor would it have helped James Garfield before he was gunned down sixteen years later. That's because the original mission of the Secret Service was rather narrow: to stop currency counterfeiting.

History in a Minute: Abraham Lincoln meets his future assassin — On This Day: Nov. 9, 1863-Abraham Lincoln attended a play at Ford's Theatre: "The Marble Heart," starring his future assassin John Wilkes Booth. Booth - one of the most famous actors in America - played the villain "Raphael;" as Lincoln watched, "Raphael" made threatening remarks - putting his finger close to Lincoln's face.

What the Republican victory means for your money — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - After a big night for Republicans, who took control of the Senate and added to their already large majority in the House, what does it mean for you and your money? First, a very important point about the numbers.

Republicans in command by focusing on Obama, not economy — By WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - In a way, Republicans have already won Tuesday's midterm election by making the man they love to loathe, Barack Obama, its dominant theme. The president's relative silence - he has been largely AWOL from the campaign trail - is a validation of this GOP strategy, and has helped Republicans own the national conversation.

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.
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Dec 19, 2014

@bethknobel But I, er, WWR, looked even younger than you. Look what five Russian winters did to me

Dec 19, 2014

First Family squeezing two more hours into Hawaiian vacation (who can blame them) - leaving earlier than planned

Dec 18, 2014

RT @Indira_L: #Putin Says #Russia Besieged, US Wants to 'Rip Out Its Teeth & Claws' by Henry Meyer @worldreporter @b…

Dec 18, 2014

Russian reporter tries to get Putin's attention by holding sign saying "Good Question" - and a bunny

Dec 18, 2014

Thomas Jefferson installed the first White House fence in 1801; South Lawn had an eight foot wall; current fence essentially dates to 1965

Dec 18, 2014

Among other security measures, White House fence will be much taller: 11-12' - and these horizontal bars will go

Dec 18, 2014

When Kennedy was killed In 1963, Secret Service budget was $1.4 million. Today: $1.8 billion - 1,285x bigger - and about to get much bigger

Dec 18, 2014

Secret Service wants to hire 85 more agents and 200 more uniformed officers (size of entire USSS at time of JFK assassination in 1963)

Dec 18, 2014

Friday: President holds his traditional year end news conf. (1:30); First Family heads to Hawaii for Christmas vacation

Dec 18, 2014

@ron_fournier I know the feeling. Got the ball down to the 5-yard line

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