- Al Sharpton, Trayvon Martin’s parents rally against Fla. ‘stand your ground’ law
- Hillary Clinton campaign got illicit funds from D.C. scandal figure
- Obama administration backs off plan to cut prescription-drug program
- Tickets linked to stolen passports purchased by Iranian middleman
- More than 3,500 police planned for Boston Marathon
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- Liam Neeson tells NYC mayor to ‘man up’ in horse carriage fight
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Mr. Bloomberg has taken a particular interest in the heart of Dixie, or thereabouts. His organization has begun airing advocacy ads in Arkansas demanding that Sen. Mark Pryor — a Democrat — take action to pass gun reform measures in his state.
“These ads bring the voices of Americans, who overwhelmingly support comprehensive and enforceable background checks, into the discussion to move senators to immediately take action to prevent gun violence,” says Mr. Bloomberg. “We demanded a plan and we got one. We demanded a vote and we’ll get one. Now we’re doing what we can to pass a bill that will save lives.”
“The next election is 20 months away. The last thing we need is Washington, D.C., vetting our candidates.”
— Comment from Sarah Palin in “Loaded for Bear,” a two-minute video released Wednesday by SarahPAC, a political action committee raising funds for conservative candidates. See the video here: Sarahpac.com.
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Indeed, 37 Democratic senators have signed a letter asking President Obama to appoint Jessica Rosenworcel to direct the Federal Communications Commission; she is currently the commissioner of the federal agency. But money, rather than gender, may talk louder.
“The current front-runner, according to a number of sources, is Tom Wheeler, the managing director of a venture capital fund based in Washington,” says Russ Choma, an analyst with the Center for Responsive Politics, who points to that Mr. Wheeler was the former president of the National Cable Television Association and a lobbyist for the Cellular Telecom and Internet Association.
“He’s also a friend of Obama’s political campaigns,” Mr. Choma adds. “In 2012, he gave the maximum of $5,000 to the Obama campaign, but more significantly, he tapped his personal and professional networks to convince others to give to the campaign, ‘bundling’ at least $500,000 in donations. In 2008, he was also a bundler, pulling together a more modest figure somewhere between $200,000 and $500,000, and according to Center for Responsive Politics research, gave the maximum $33,100 to the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee.”
POLL DU JOUR
• 65 percent of Americans disapprove of the U.S. Congress; 69 percent of Republicans, 59 percent of Democrats, 67 percent of conservatives and 68 percent of liberals agree; 73 percent of whites, 48 percent of “non-whites” and 38 percent of Hispanics also agree.
• 30 percent of Americans overall have a positive view of Congress; 28 percent of Republicans, 38 percent of Democrats, 28 percent of conservatives and 29 percent of liberals agree; 23 percent of whites, 47 percent of “non-whites” and 56 percent of Hispanics also agree.
Source: An ABC News, Washington Post poll of 1,014 U.S. adults conducted March 20 to 24.
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