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Supreme Court to hear key voting rights case

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
Agreeing to hear another important case on race in America, the Supreme Court said Friday it will take up a battle over a key part of the landmark Voting Rights Act. Civil rights groups fear the court will use this case to gut the law.Passed by Congress in 1965 and renewed four times since then, most recently in 2006, a key provision requires states with a history of discrimination at the polls to...

Pelosi suggests she'll announce future intentions on Weds.

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) suggested she would make her future plans known on Wednesday morning on Capitol Hill.Pelosi, the first woman to ever serve as speaker of the House, answered a question about her intention to remain as House minority leader by inviting reporters to gather for a press conference tomorrow morning."I'll see you right here, 10 o'clock, tomorrow morning," ...

Poll: If government careens off fiscal cliff, GOP to shoulder blame

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
If the U.S. government ends up careening off the "fiscal cliff," Republicans in Congress stand to shoulder most of the blame, according to a new poll released Tuesday.A majority of Americans said in a new, post-election poll that they do not expect President Barack Obama and members of Congress to reach an agreement to avoid the effects of the fiscal cliff, the combination of automatic spending cu...

Democrats return to Washington emboldened by election wins

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
Emboldened by their victories in Senate races from Massachusetts to Montana, and encouraged by their pickup of eight House seats, newly elected and returning Democratic members of Congress said Tuesday they won by focusing on protecting and expanding entitlements and by calling for higher taxes on upper-income people.Many Democrats who voted for the Affordable Care Act lost their seats in 2010, bu...

Obama claims mandate on taxes

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
Updated 2:44 p.m. ET - President Barack Obama claimed a broad mandate for his vision on taxes at his first news conference since being re-elected, demanding that his negotiations with Congress yield a specific plan that results in a higher tax burden for the wealthiest Americans.Speaking Wednesday at the White House, the president said that his recently-concluded campaign against Republican nomine...

First Thoughts: Wiggle room

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
Obama leaves himself some wiggle in fiscal-cliff talks (on where the top tax rate ultimately ends up)… The fundamental question: Are there Republicans who would vote for a temporary increase in the top rate?... Why Romney’s “gifts” explanation for his loss is laughable… Obama vs. McCain: Hard to separate the personal from the professional… Obama heads to New York to survey Hurricane Sandy damage… ...

RNC report suggests other reasons why Romney lost

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
While Mitt Romney has attributed his defeat, in part, to "gifts"President Obama was able to shower on key constituencies, a Republican National Committee report on the election points to other reasons -- like changing demographics, Hurricane Sandy, George W. Bush, and the failure to win over the middle class.This RNC report of exit poll data, which NBC News has obtained and which RNC Chair Reince ...

Alleging Republican 'blind eye' on defense spending, GOP senator proposes cuts

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
A Senate Republican fiscal hawk offered a 74-page menu of Defense Department spending cuts Thursday that could save taxpayers nearly $68 billion over 10 years. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., said he and his staff had identified several categories of “non-defense spending at the Pentagon,” outlays which he said had “little to do with national security.”At a Capitol Hill press conference, Coburn accused ...

First Thoughts: Rebuilding time

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
Rebuilding time for the GOP… But there are no easy fixes… GOPers softening their opposition to tax hikes on the wealthy?... Obama meets with congressional leaders to discuss the fiscal cliff at 10:15 am ET… Petraeus testifies (behind closed doors) on Capitol Hill… Pew gets voters’ grades on the 2012 election… And Autopsy 2012: examining the evangelical vote.*** Rebuilding time: As National Journal...

No, it's not 'Christians'' fault Obama won

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
The outspoken Rev. Franklin Graham claimed today that the “majority of Christians” did not vote.“We know that from of the statistics that I’ve heard that the majority of Christians in this country just did not vote for whatever reason,” he told the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody. “The vast majority of evangelicals did not go to the polls.” He added, “God is in control, and if Christi...

Democrat Barber retains Giffords' old House seat in Arizona

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
TUCSON, Ariz. - Democratic U.S. Representative Ron Barber, a former aide to Gabrielle Giffords who was wounded alongside her in a deadly 2011 shooting, has won a full term in Congress after defeating Republican Martha McSally in a closely contested race.Barber, 67, who won a special election in June to finish out Giffords' term, said McSally called him on Saturday morning to concede. They wer...

First Thoughts: My, my, Myanmar

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
Wrapping up Obama’s trip to Myanmar… The politics of Gaza… Optimism in the fiscal cliff negotiations?... Republicans pile on Romney… Disagreement over Benghazi… Marco Rubio in Iowa… And Autopsy 2012: White voters in the South vs. the Midwest.*** My, my, Myanmar: Overseas, President Obama is now in Cambodia, the third and final leg of his Asia trip. But the centerpiece of his travel took place earl...

Obama performance with white voters on par with other Democrats

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
Expanding on our election autopsy report in First Thoughts this morning about the white vote, since 1976, Democrats have never won white voters. Jimmy Carter, a Southerner, came the closest in 1976, winning 48% of it.Since then, Democrats have ranged from 34% (Walter Mondale in 1984) to 44% (Bill Clinton in 1996).Obama, in his first election, won 43% of the white vote, the second-highest number fo...

Rep. Allen West concedes in re-election bid

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
Firebrand Rep. Allen West, R-Fla., said Tuesday he had conceded in his bid for re-election to Democratic challenger Patrick Murphy. Fourteen days after Election Day, West, a favorite of Tea Party conservatives who had sought a recount and raised the prospect of inaccuracies in the results, said in a statement that his legal team  "does not believe there are enough over-counted, undercounted or fra...

First Read roundup: Clinton to Middle East, politics of Rice, Rubio, Christie

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
1. Hillary Clinton to Middle East. The big news today is that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is heading to the Middle East to try and help broker a peace in the ongoing fighting in Gaza.Usually, someone as high level as Clinton isn’t dispatched in this sort of delicate situation unless a deal is imminent. If that’s the case, it would certainly be a feather in Clinton’s cap in her last overseas...

Vote in 'urban areas' up, but doesn't fully explain election outcome

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
UPDATED Noon ET: Paul Ryan’s claimed that the “urban areas” were a principal reason for President Obama’s win. And while turnout increased in many population centers in swing states Obama won, they don't fully explain Obama's sweeping win.“The surprise was some of the turnout, some of the turnout especially in urban areas, which gave President Obama the big margin to win this race,” Ryan claimed l...

Where Obama, Romney rank in Electoral College scores

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
UPDATED Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at 11:45 am ET: President Obama ranks ninth among candidates for president in electoral-vote averages since 1896, according to a First Read analysis. Mitt Romney's 203 EVs puts him 22nd of the 44 candidates who have gotten at least one electoral vote in that 116-year history.First Read averaged the electoral-vote score of each of the runs for president for each cand...

Social conservatives say they deserve seat at table in retooled GOP

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:15am
Republicans' soul searching following the 2012 election could shortchange social conservatives, who say they're hardly to blame for the party's difficulties at the polls.The snapshot analysis as for why Republican nominee Mitt Romney and a slew of downballot GOP candidates fell short on Nov. 6 has centered on changing demographics — an increasingly diverse electorate, but also softening views towa...

Iowa's GOP governor: End the Ames straw poll

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:14am
Updated 1:42 p.m. — A major staple of the Republican presidential nominating process -- the straw poll of Republicans at the Iowa State University in Ames -- could go by the wayside if Iowa's GOP governor gets his way.Gov. Terry Branstad, who's currently serving his fifth term as governor of the Hawkeye State, told the Wall Street Journal that the straw poll was no longer relevant."I think the str...

First Thoughts: Moving on?

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 11:14am
As Obama and Romney have lunch at 12:30 pm ET, not everyone is moving on from the ’12 race… Romney chief strategist Stu Stevens explains Romney’s loss by essentially suggesting Obama was black and poor people voted overwhelmingly for him… As it turns out, Obama’s victory was more decisive than Bush’s in ’04… Tom Cole and the cover he gives to John Boehner… NYT: Other Benghazi-related questions get...