The official Twitter account of the Associated Press was hacked, the AP reported, and the hacker tweeted out that there had been a White House explosion.
With the State of the Union address tonight, The Guardian plotted the Flesh-Kincaid grade levels for past addresses. Each circle represents a state of the union and is sized by the number of words used. Color is used to provide separation between presidents. For example, Obama’s state of the union last year was around the eighth-grade level, and in contrast, James Madison’s 1815 address had a reading level of 25.3.
Outside money is flooding into U.S. House races, primarily from party committees, but also significantly from dark money groups and super PACs. And though Democrats need to win 25 seats to take back the House (which most forecasters deem unlikely), nobody is giving up on anything, judging from the recent cash infusions.
If Citizens United was the Big Bang of a new era of money in politics, here’s the universe it formed: rapidly expanding super-PACs and nebulous 501(c) groups exerting gravitational pull on the 2012 election. Mouse over a “planet” to peer into its funding and top donors. Sizes are based on latest reported revenues (if disclosed). This data is live—come back for weekly updates.
Want to learn more about dark money? We put up a good post on the subject on Monday.
Chronicling a four-decade fight over campaign finance, and how American politics is fueled by secret spending.
For decades, the campaign finance wars have pitted two ideological foes against each other: one side clamoring to dam the flow while the other seeks to open the floodgates. The self-styled good-government types believe that unregulated political money inherently corrupts. A healthy democracy, they say, needs robust regulation—clear disclosure, tough limits on campaign spending and donations, and publicly financed presidential and congressional elections. The dean of this movement is 73-year-old Fred Wertheimer, the former president of the advocacy outfit Common Cause, who now runs the reform group Democracy 21.
On the other side are conservatives and libertarians who consider laws regulating political money an assault on free markets and free speech. They want to deregulate campaign finance—knock down spending and giving limits and roll back disclosure laws. Their leaders include Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), conservative lawyer James Bopp Jr., and former FEC commissioner Brad Smith, who now chairs the Center for Competitive Politics, which fights campaign finance regulation.
Selected words used by President Obama in his State of the Union addresses, and by Republican presidential candidates in their debates, television interviews and major speeches since May.
Answer the following questions to see which candidate is most like you.
This infographic provides information for where all the U.S presidents until now went to college. The colleges presidents attended gives a perspective into the kind of person they are and what experiences they had in their formative years.
This infographic analysis whether wall street and top companies “own” Barack Obama because of significant contributions they have made to his campaign. It provides how much money his campaign and the people in his cabinet raised during their campaigns and who were the net contributors. It also provides the same information for top Republicans in congress.
The Electoral College has always been a source of controversy in American politics. This week, Pennsylvania Republicans are looking to shift the way states apportion votes in presidential elections by switching from winner-takes-all to the Maine Plan. The latter would award one electoral vote to the winner of each Congressional district, after which two are given to the winner of the state.
This development not only poses a huge threat to Democratic states in 2012 but is also a reminder of why the Electoral College was necessary in the first place.
(Hint: It originally sought to restore balance to a system that massively overrepresented small states).
Will the system that helped Obama secure a win in 2008 prove detrimental to liberal strongholds in the next election?
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In the wake of U.S. President Obama’s speech on jobs last night, we present this mapping of Recovery Act spending. Development Seed, the same folks who mapped the famine in the Horn of Africa, have turned their attention on America.