Donors invest in GOP governors ahead of 2016

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Special access for high-level GOP donors to the party’s 2016 prospects has helped the Republican Governors Association raise a record $150 million this cycle, illustrating the extent to which governors have become the center of political gravity for the GOP.

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Paul Ryan: 2016 on his terms

Paul Ryan: 2016 on his terms

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is more interested in a 2016 presidential bid than most people think. The Washington Post’s Robert Costa breaks down his interview with the congressman.

Surge increases campaign spending on state supreme court TV ads by about a third

About $3 million has flowed in over the past week.

How ‘Dodd-Frank’ is becoming the new ‘Obamacare’

How ‘Dodd-Frank’ is becoming the new ‘Obamacare’

A new meme that could signal a Republican policy priority.

Presidential run not off the table for Paul Ryan

Presidential run not off the table for Paul Ryan

Romney’s running mate doesn’t see any reason to jump in early, but he says he’s not a House “lifer” either.

Opinion polls can be self-fulfilling prophecies

Opinion polls can be self-fulfilling prophecies

People are more likely to support policies when they are told that others also support them.

Are Democratic candidates who steer clear of Obama pushing away black voters?

Are Democratic candidates who steer clear of Obama pushing away black voters?

Because of practical politics, especially in the South, probably not, though some of the president’s supporters may wince as they mark their ballots.

Snail mail -- it’s even slower now

Recent changes to delivery standards have resulted in slower mail across the nation, according to a GAO report.

The House of Cards campaign ad we all knew was coming

Frank Underwood would be pleased.

Why Hillary Clinton would be smart to announce her presidential candidacy ASAP

Why Hillary Clinton would be smart to announce her presidential candidacy ASAP

It’s a logistical and symbolic no-brainer.

Pulled over: How Police Stops Define Race and Citizenship

A study of police stops of Kansas City-area drivers yields insights into the effects of this controversial policy.

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Grimm and his opponent can't name the last book they read

Grimm and his opponent can't name the last book they read

In a debate on Tuesday, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and his Democratic opponent Domenic Recchia struggled to name that last book they read.

Yes, many women do love baseball

Yes, many women do love baseball

Even a convent of nuns in Missouri took to Facebook to express their support for the Kansas City Royals during the World Series.

The best sentences from the Staten Island Advance’s endorsement of Michael Grimm

The best sentences from the Staten Island Advance’s endorsement of Michael Grimm

Staten Island says they’d like to keep their current representative, despite the indictment.

Jon Stewart realized that Koch Industries was running ads during his show. So he trolled them.

With great ratings among young people comes great risk.

The British colonial origins of anti-gay laws

The British colonial origins of anti-gay laws

The British colonial empire spread laws that criminalized homosexuality. Many of these laws are still there.

Why red states aren’t necessarily more charitable than blue states after all

A deeper dive into how residents of red and blue states spend their money and time reveals little difference in charity.

Damage control: USAID OIG cancels Germany trip after reports of altered audits

Damage control: USAID OIG cancels Germany trip after reports of altered audits

After whistleblowers told Washington Post that their reports had been altered to remove negative findings, OIG cancels leadership meeting overseas to focus on damage control.

The Hispanic vote is completely misunderstood. Here’s proof.

The Hispanic vote is completely misunderstood. Here’s proof.

Reactions to Obama’s immigration decision are quite muted, despite the narrative.

Can the Federal Protective Service meet demands for heightened security?

Can the Federal Protective Service meet demands for heightened security?

The agency has had its share of problems, and a series of government audits raises questions about whether it’s prepared for new threats.

Exaggerated Silver Line savings

Barbara Comstock’s campaign says she saved $400 million on Silver Line construction. But there’s not much to that number.

Donors invest in GOP governors ahead of 2016

Donors invest in GOP governors ahead of 2016

Special access for high-level GOP donors to the party’s 2016 prospects has helped the Republican Governors Association raise a record $150 million this cycle, illustrating the extent to which governors have become the center of political gravity for the GOP.

Ferguson police chief to exit, law enforcement officials say

They would not say when Thomas Jackson would step down or under what circumstances.

Orbital Sciences Corp. investigates rocket-launch failure

Orbital Sciences Corp. investigates rocket-launch failure

The firm says development of a new rocket engine could be accelerated if the old Russian engine is to blame.

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In the Loop: Got Ebola? Call a doctor. Or maybe a lawyer.

In the Loop: Got Ebola? Call a doctor. Or maybe a lawyer.

A D.C. law firm is hard at work anticipating your dread-disease needs. Just in case.

8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Polls, games and money, money, money.

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GOP releases timeline of IRS targeting scandal

GOP releases timeline of IRS targeting scandal

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a timeline this week outlining the Republican version of the events comprising the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting scandal.

Holder sees Frank Underwood -- but thinks Dick Cheney

Holder sees Frank Underwood -- but thinks Dick Cheney

Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, in wide-ranging interview, say Frank Underwood reminds him of “a pretty bad vice president.“

The Republican version of the IRS targeting scandal, in one timeline

The Republican version of the IRS targeting scandal, in one timeline

Republicans on the House oversight committee released a video this week detailing their version of how the scandal evolved.

Chris Christie yelled at someone today, because the Earth continues to spin

Chris Christie yelled at someone today, because the Earth continues to spin

The governor gave a protestor the full Christie.

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Chris Christie goes off on protester at Sandy event

Chris Christie goes off on protester at Sandy event

At an event in Belmar, N.J. marking two years since Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast, Gov. Chris Christie (R) let loose on a protester heckling him from the crowd.

Early vote update: North Carolina Democrats are banking a lot of votes

Early vote update: North Carolina Democrats are banking a lot of votes

Our semi-regular look at the state of early voting across the country.

Arab views on governance after the uprisings

Arab views on governance after the uprisings

Concerned about the effects of rapid political change, have Arab publics changed their beliefs about the best type of political system?

The story of the 2014 election, as told on Snapchat

The story of the 2014 election, as told on Snapchat

Tell us how you feel.

Grandmas in Maine l-o-v-e talking about the election on Facebook

Grandmas in Maine l-o-v-e talking about the election on Facebook

Well, not *love.* But they’re talking about the midterms more than most people.

Guam: A high concentration of veterans, but rock-bottom VA funding

Guam: A high concentration of veterans, but rock-bottom VA funding

The U.S. territory of Guam ranks dead last for per capita VA funding, despite its relatively large veteran population. This PBS documentary examines the issue.