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Rick Perry makes a Twitter ‘oops’

On Sunday night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry tweeted this image out from his personal @governorperry Twitter account accompanied by the text "A2":

That tweet was deleted and @governorperry then tweeted this:

The woman in the picture above is Rosemary Lehmberg, the Travis County district attorney whom Perry tried to have removed from her job after a drunken-driving arrest in April 2013. Perry's threatened veto to funding for the Travis County Public Integrity Unit, which he made good on when Lehmberg did not resign, is at the center of the indictment of the governor late last month.

Perry spokespeople did not immediately respond to e-mails seeking explanation for just what happened with that first tweet.

Hillary Clinton was surprisingly bold on Ferguson

Hillary Clinton was surprisingly bold on Ferguson

Progressives really, really, really wanted to hear from Hillary Clinton on the events in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, sparking days of unrest in that small city outside St. Louis and elsewhere.

Al Sharpton said he wanted to smoke Clinton out on Ferguson and suggested that if she ran in 2016, he would be a thorn in her side on civil rights issues.

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Summer is almost over. Here’s what you should read to get ready for the elections this fall.

Summer is almost over. Here’s what you should read to get ready for the elections this fall.

Labor Day is almost here, which means the 2014 midterms are only slightly more than two months away. Unfortunately, political consultants have not found a way to make summer not precede fall, so it is likely that you and many of your fellow voters haven't paid much attention to politics or polls since the solstice.

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Who had the worst week in Washington?

Who had the worst week in Washington?

When is a house a home?

That’s the question Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.) confronted this past week when The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker reported that the Democratic incumbent’s listed address in New Orleans is in fact her parents’ home. Landrieu lives, primarily, in Washington — in a $2.5 million house she and her husband, Frank Snellings, built on Capitol Hill in 2002.

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Today is the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Today is the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Today marks the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Louisiana coast. It was the costliest natural disaster in American history, and left more than 1,800 people dead. Here was The Washington Post's front page on Aug. 30, the day when the country began to realize how much damage had been done by the storm. 

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Is it deja vu all over again for Martha Coakley in Massachusetts?

Is it deja vu all over again for Martha Coakley in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is miles ahead of her Democratic gubernatorial opponents before next week's primary, according to a new poll from the Boston Globe. Unfortunately, that luck doesn't extend to November. Her likely Republican opponent, Charlie Baker, now leads Coakley by 1 percent in the Globe poll. The lead is with the poll's margin of error, but this is the first time this has happened in the race.

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Jon Stewart dubs Rick Perry the ‘Indict Cowboy’ (VIDEO)

Jon Stewart is very excited about the possibility of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) running for president again, so he devoted an entire segment to Perry — or as the Daily Show host called him, "Indict Cowboy" — and his recent felony charges and swing state tourist sightings.

Stewart also added a misdemeanor charge to the governor's record for "stealing MSNBC's glasses."

Bonus: The Washington Post's "Hello Kitty" coverage was mentioned at the beginning of the segment, when the brand's non-cat status was listed as one of the week's sad news stories — which Stewart's Perry coverage was supposed to remedy.


Rick Perry, governor of Texas, right, gestures as he leaves the Travis County Courthouse after being booked on charges of public corruption in Austin, Texas, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. The 64-year-old Republican is accused of abusing his authority by trying to force out the Democratic prosecutor whose office probes government corruption across Texas. Jack Plunkett/Bloomberg

Why Obama’s ‘we don’t have a strategy’ gaffe stings

Why Obama’s ‘we don’t have a strategy’ gaffe stings

By now, President Obama's remark that "we don't have a strategy yet" has made the rounds. Republicans were quick to pounce on it, as well they should have.

But while the White House went into damage-control mode, emphasizing that it was a reference to the lack of decisions about increasing military action in Iraq and/or Syria and not a lack of a broader strategy there, the damage was already done.

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Twitter Nation distracted by president’s tan suit

Twitter Nation distracted by president’s tan suit

[Update: Aug. 29, 12:05 p.m.] White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest just said, "The president stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit."

[Original post] President Obama wore a tan suit on Thursday while talking about Ukraine and the Islamic State, and political Twitter promptly went nuts. Over the suit. You see, Obama has a tendency to wear gray or blue suits.

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An eye-popping chart that shows how campaign finance reform has failed

An eye-popping chart that shows how campaign finance reform has failed

In March 2002, the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act -- commonly known as McCain-Feingold for its two lead Senate sponsors -- became law. It sought to make political donations far more transparent and to keep unregulated "soft" money out of the political process. A decade removed from the law's passage -- and in the wake of the landmark Citizens United Supreme Court ruling in 2010 -- vastly more untraceable money is flowing through the system than ever before.

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