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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.

How much can Obama squeeze Putin? — Last week was the biggest news week of the year. Israel invaded Gaza. A passenger jet was shot down, almost certainly by Vladimir Putin's shadow army in Eastern Ukraine. And thanks to a Friday night news dump, the event with probably the greatest long-term impact on us largely escaped attention.
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Oct 31, 2014

Tahmooressi said he made a wrong turn and ended up across the border in Mexico w/his legally registered guns, which were illegal in Mexico

Oct 31, 2014

Great to hear that the Marine held in a Mexican jail since March - 26 y/o Andrew Tahmooressi - has been ordered free

Oct 31, 2014

Another reminder - this one from a brave nine-year-old boy - that we should not complain about our lot in life

Oct 31, 2014

Friday: Pres. holds Cabinet meeting; Saturday: departs on 9-day Asia trip (stops in China, Myanmar (Burma) & Australia)

Oct 31, 2014

Thurs.-Pres. awards Medal of Honor to descendants of Civil War hero Alonzo H. Cushing, who fought at Gettysburg (1863)

Oct 31, 2014

No schedule listed for President on Wednesday; news conf. to discuss midterm election possible

Oct 31, 2014

Monday: President meets w/Fed Chair Yellen to discuss U.S. and global economy

Oct 31, 2014

Sunday: Pres. campaigns in CT w/Gov Malloy - in danger of losing to R challenger Foley; then in Philly w/Wolf, well ahead of R Gov. Corbett

Oct 31, 2014

Saturday: President campaigns in Michigan for Gov. candidate Schauer and Senate candidate Peters. Schauer trails, Peters is well ahead

Oct 31, 2014

Among treats being handed out at White House tonight: White House Hershey Kisses, WH Sweet Dough Butter Cookies, Bo/Sunny baseball cards

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