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Tracking Appalachia's Swing From Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump Country
During his victory speech Tuesday night after the Indiana primary , Donald Trump emphasized a region that could be ground zero for support: Appalachia. “The miners in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Ohio and all over, they’re going to start to work again,” Trump said. “We are not going to be like
Meet Congress' State of the Union Designated Survivors
On State of the Union night, the White House takes no chances with the presidential chain of command, keeping one cabinet secretary away from the Capitol as a "designated survivor" in case of a catastrophic event. Since the 9/11, congressional leaders have done the same, selecting members to serve
Retiring Senators Make Farewell Speeches as Fiscal Cliff Looms
On Capitol Hill it’s like the last day of school before final exams. With Congress in a stalemate over the fiscal cliff, today the Senate floor was reserved for farewell speeches by retiring Senators. The speeches — a tradition for those stepping down or from those...
Stephen Colbert Hints at South Carolina Senate Run
Is Stephen Colbert seeking Jim DeMint’s Senate seat in South Carolina? You might think so looking at the @ColbertForSC Twitter account, created Thursday, shortly after DeMint announced his intent to resign and take a position at the Heritage Foundation. The Twitter account featured a photo...
High Pressure Front: GOP-White House Relations Cool As DC Warms (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter) NOTABLES: HEADING TOWARDS THE CLIFF: With 28 days to go until America zooms off the so-called “fiscal cliff,” ABC’s Jake Tapper reported for “World News” that both sides are digging in, with Democrats adamant that taxes rise...
Medicare And the Fiscal Cliff: To Cut Or Not to Cut?
In the spending vs. revenue tug-of-war in Washington, Republicans and Democrats view cutting the costly Medicare program as a clear path to savings. But the two sides disagree on where and how deeply to cut. Those details are the subject of intense debate, especially when it comes to the question
The 2012 Campaign Superlatives
The 2012 presidential campaign was filled with memorable moments, good, bad and just plain bizarre. And now that the campaign is over, it's time to sift through those ups and downs and determine who won, who lost, and who was just confused. So scroll through ABC News' list of 2012 superlatives.
The Softening Of The GOP Super PACs
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter) NOTABLES: ABC NEWS POLL: ROMNEY EKES OUT AN EDGE: ABC News pollster Gary Langer reports on our latest presidential tracking poll: Mitt Romney eked out bragging rights in the latest ABC News/Washington Post tracking poll, claiming ...
After The Videos, Mitt Romney Embarks On A Re-Reset (The Note)
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) and AMY WALTER (@amyewalter) NOTABLES: ROMNEY: I WILL BE PRESIDENT FOR THE ’100 PERCENT.’ Mitt Romney said three times in the opening 10 minutes of last night’s Univision “Meet the Candidate” forum that his campaign is “about the 100 percent,” a...
Democrats and Republicans Walk Fine Line in Senate Races
Bipartisanship is an outdated concept. It's like booking a vacation through a travel agency or putting a letter in the mail. Or at least that's what the narrative in Washington would have you believe. Several prominent senators known for their willingness to reach across the aisle -- Olympia Snowe