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What’s the worst piece of campaign swag ever? We have 6 nominees.

What’s the worst piece of campaign swag ever? We have 6 nominees.

For those foolish enough to question the extent to which Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) would embrace his indictment and booking on charges of abuse of power, we can firmly and quickly provide an answer. Gov. Rick Perry plans to wring the brouhaha for every dollar it contains.

As evidence:

That is the special edition RickPAC mugshot t-shirt, yours for a low-low contribution of $25. And the added cost of your e-mail address, which will itself be thoroughly wrung out between now and January or April or November of 2016 or 2020.

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Barack Obama vs. George W. Bush — in charts!

Barack Obama vs. George W. Bush — in charts!

A tweet from the good people at Quinnipiac University's polling arm caught our eye on Thursday. It was this one:

An interesting data point! In the states where Quinnipiac polls -- mostly states in the bluer Northeast -- Obama is underwater on approval in each. We were curious about this, and reached out to Quinnipiac to see if it would be generous enough to share a full set of the data with us. It was.

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Remember when we liked presidential vacations?

Who wore it best? This game is at the center of presidential punditry, although it's not articles of clothing that are being juxtaposed, but articles of administration. In how many ways do our current leaders seem deficient, when compared to their antecedents?

Let's start with President Obama. He fails to give enough press conferences, he doesn't talk to Congress enough, he makes decisions without congressional approval, his speeches are lame, he's snobby, and too much like a professor, so on and so forth.

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Harry Reid just told Asian Americans they’re not ‘smarter than anybody else.’ He does stuff like this a lot.

Harry Reid just told Asian Americans they’re not ‘smarter than anybody else.’ He does stuff like this a lot.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says things from time to time that are at best impolitic and at worst pretty offensive.The term for both of these things in today's political vernacular is "gaffe."

Such is the case again with the above remarks from Reid, made in front of the Asian Chamber of Commerce and helpfully clipped Friday by the GOP opposition research group America Rising.

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Why the Senate race in New Hampshire is suddenly close

Why the Senate race in New Hampshire is suddenly close

A surprising bit of news broke on Thursday night in the not-expected-to-be-all-that-close senate race in New Hampshire: Suddenly, it's close. But why?

When we say "not expected to be close," that's a bit of an oversimplification. It's just that incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D) has led former Massachusetts incumbent Scott Brown (R) consistently, often by double-digits. Our election predictor tool says Shaheen has a 99 percent chance of winning; the New York Times' says 91 percent; Nate Silver, 80 percent. A lot of that analysis is based solely on polling, so it may not be a big surprise, but people expected Shaheen to not have difficulty.

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The New Yorker takes on Ferguson in a powerful cover

It's been more than 10 days since Michael Brown was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo. -- an event that prompted ongoing protests and the entire national media's arrival in the St. Louis suburb. Thousands upon thousands of words have been written about the situation and what it reveals about the militarization of American law enforcement and the state of race in our country.

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The GAO says the Bergdahl swap was illegal. In the past, that hasn’t resulted in much.

The GAO says the Bergdahl swap was illegal. In the past, that hasn’t resulted in much.

The Government Accountability Office released a review Thursday stating that the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap broke a law mandating that Congress be informed of prisoner transfers from Guantanamo. The review handed opponents of President Obama powerful reinforcement of two of their key critiques: that Obama routinely oversteps his executive authority, and that his maneuvers on foreign policy make the country less safe. But the actual effect of the letter from the nonpartisan agency may be only that —  that it becomes a political talking point.

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One chart that shows just how big a deal Ferguson is online

One chart that shows just how big a deal Ferguson is online

The scene in Ferguson, Mo., is certainly an unusual one, especially given how rare it is to see such unrest on American streets.

But it's also easy to think that the situation in Ferguson -- which has been racked by protests and violence since a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager -- has become a big deal because there's otherwise been a pretty significant news vacuum. With the exception of the killing of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State this week, there hasn't been much to compete with Ferguson for the attention of cable and Internet news sites -- especially when it comes to politics. (It's August recess, after all.) And sometimes, that means small stories get turned into big ones.

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What happened in Ferguson could be happening anywhere. But it was more likely in Missouri.

What happened in Ferguson could be happening anywhere. But it was more likely in Missouri.

Police, investigators, the nation and the people of Ferguson, Mo., are still trying to figure out what happened there and why.

As for why the situation has become the powder keg that it has, it's worth looking at the state of race relations there. And as it happens, Missouri appeared to be a particularly likely candidate for something like this.

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What mugshot? Rick Perry gets back to work.

On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) got a mugshot taken. Two days later, he's moved on to better things, like checking things off the "things people thinking about a presidential campaign usually do" to-do list. And, if the pictures are any proof, he is absolutely relishing the change of topic, and is ready to fight anyone -- be it political opponents or litigious ones.


Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks about US President Barack Obama's handling of the situation in Iraq and the US immigration crisis along the border, at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, August 21, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB/Getty Images)

On Thursday, he stopped at the Heritage Foundation to give a speech on immigration. He also talked about Iraq and his pending case. On Friday, he'll be in New Hampshire (note the scenery) for six events. It's the first time he's been in the state since the 2012 presidential race. He heads to South Carolina next week.

Count Perry among the few people who have tried to turn this...


In this handout provided by the Travis County Sheriffs Office, Texas Gov. Rick Perry poses for a mug shot photo after turning himself in to authorities at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center on August 19, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Travis County Sheriffs Office via Getty Images)

... into an opportunity for career advancement.

However, given the stiff competition the governor would likely face if he ran in 2016 (and his shoddy performance last time), Perry is probably doing a bit of this right now too.


Rick Perry, governor of Texas, gives a speech on immigration at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014. "Defending the border is not a political option, it is a constitutional obligation," Perry said. Pete Marovich/Bloomberg