The Fix: Master Archives
Thursday was bring your child to work day. (Whoops! Sorry Fix Jr. and Fix III. Or, you're welcome.) And, since Secretary of State John Kerry's kids are all grown up, he brought his dog, a dog who has a human name. His name is Ben. And he has his own Twitter handle -- @diplomutt. Get it? (Diplomutt currently has 866 followers although he's only tweeted twice. He follows five people, all of whom are State department employees.)
Positive ads are having a bit of a renaissance in politics these days. And here's one of the best we've seen.
It's an ad for Monica Wehby, a doctor running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Oregon produced by FP1 Strategies. And man is it good.
Why? Because it:
The former first lady, secretary of state, 2016 hopeful and grandmother-to-be was making waves long before she appeared on the national political stage. Digging through The Washington Post archives, we found the first-ever mention of Hillary Clinton, then Hillary Rodham, in The Post on June 8, 1969.
Buried in new New York Times/Kaiser polling on four Southern Senate races is this question: "Is it possible you would ever vote for a candidate who does not share your views on the 2010 health care law, or is this issue so important that you would not vote for a candidate who disagrees with you?"
As we discussed earlier this week, the politics of marijuana make for some strange political bedfellows. But an issue that dovetails with that sentencing reform has been building a robust bipartisan coalition in Congress for far longer, and that partnership was actually making some progress.
The president also backs the push to rectify what many see as a broken federal sentencing system that unfairly punishes low-level, non-violent offenders. This week, the the White House announced it is seeking to increase the number of applications for clemency it receives.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) has an "Important Message for New Hampshire" that sure reads a lot like a message for third-party groups aligned with her campaign.
"More attack ads. Paid for by the Koch Brothers and their special interest money. More proof big oil, the Koch Brothers and Wall Street think they can buy our Senate seat for Scott Brown," reads a section of Shaheen's campaign Web site that oh-so-closely resembles a 30-second ad script and — not to mention — includes high-resolution images and research that documents its claims.
It's almost as if President Obama can't get enough robot encounters.
Maybe its because the White House has made a big push to promote K-12 science education with their White House science fair, or maybe its because we're rapidly hurtling toward a world in which robots become self-aware -- see this pic of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and a life-sized robot from earlier this week -- but either way, the president has managed to spend time with quite a few robots during his time in office.
Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) share at least one thing: campaign donors.
Booker, a Senate newbie, and McConnell, the Senate minority leader, show up dipping into the same donor pool more than any other opposing-party members of Congress. They shared 74 donors in the first year of this election cycle.
This comes from a fascinating data dive from the Center for Responsive Politics that broke down which politicians have donor overlap. As the CRP points out, just over one percent of American adults donated to campaigns so far this year, so the pickings are slim.
Republicans who have in recent days shown support for Cliven Bundy's beef -- no pun intended -- with the federal government are starting to back away from the Nevada rancher. That's what happens when you decide to muse about the possibility that, just maybe, African Americans would be better off under slavery.
"Move over blood oranges, there is a new conflict citrus."