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It's All Politics
3:03 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Why Federal Budgets Aren't What You Think They Are

For all the attention the president's and Congress' budget proposals receive, they don't actually fund any program or levy any taxes. They're more about politics.
Jon Elswick AP

Originally published on Tue March 17, 2015 9:44 am

As Republican leaders in the House and Senate unveil their proposed budgets this week, here is the most important thing to remember about the federal budget: It isn't really a budget.

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It's All Politics
4:58 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Jeb's Rowdy Supporters Help Him Escape The CPAC Lion's Den

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush shakes hands with the audience after speaking at CPAC Friday.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 5:36 pm

Jeb Bush walked into the lion's den of the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday, and walked out smiling — thanks to a few busloads of his supporters who proved louder and more persistent than his hecklers.

Bush, a likely 2016 presidential candidate, started out unevenly in his interview-style appearance, rushing through his answers to Fox News host Sean Hannity, using clunky phrases from his stump speech, and at times almost shouting to overcome boos and taunts.

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It's All Politics
4:32 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Jeb Bush Takes 2016 Show Into Unfriendly Territory At CPAC

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses the audience at his most recent Conservative Political Action Conference appearance in March 2013. Bush is to appear again Friday, as he considers a potential 2016 presidential campaign.
Jacquelyn Martin AP

Originally published on Fri February 27, 2015 10:39 am

For close to a decade, Jeb Bush's audiences have almost exclusively been people who have paid good money to hear him speak.

That changes today, when he appears at the Conservative Political Action Conference — where potential 2016 presidential rivals are already taking shots at him and some activists are organizing a walkout.

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It's All Politics
4:08 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

What Would Jeb Do On Iraq? He Won't Say

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush answers questions Wednesday after speaking to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The likely 2016 presidential candidate says he will be guided by his own thinking and experiences when it comes to foreign policy questions.
M. Spencer Green AP

The son and brother of the last two Republican presidents vowed to be his "own man" in a foreign policy speech Wednesday. But he failed to outline a plan to deal with a major focus of those previous two Bush foreign policies: Iraq.

Likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush spoke and took questions for more than an hour at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He addressed trade deals with Asia and Latin America, support for Ukraine, pushing democracy in Cuba, stopping nuclear proliferation, fighting the so-called Islamic State — even the revolution in Tunisia.

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It's All Politics
2:38 pm
Tue February 10, 2015

What We Learned From Jeb Bush's E-Book

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at an Economic Club of Detroit meeting on Feb. 4.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Tue February 10, 2015 9:43 pm

Not-quite-yet presidential candidate Jeb Bush posted the first chapter of an e-book about his two terms as Florida governor online Monday, along with six massive files containing a quarter-million of his official emails.

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It's All Politics
12:18 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Jeb Bush Stands Firm On Common Core But Softens Tone

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses an education conference Thursday sponsored by the Foundation for Excellence in Education, a nonprofit he created as he left office.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 2:06 pm

Former Florida GOP Gov. Jeb Bush defended the Common Core education standards Thursday, but offered an olive branch to Republican activists who oppose them and are making them a litmus test for potential 2016 presidential candidates.

Bush's longtime support has put him crosswise with part of the Republican base. He said that he finds the new angst over Common Core "troubling," but that there is room for disagreement among those who more generally support school reform.

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It's All Politics
10:51 am
Tue November 18, 2014

How Many Louisiana Jobs Are Actually At Stake In Keystone Debate?

The State Department's Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline defines a job as lasting for only one year.
United States Department of State

With the Louisiana Senate runoff driving votes in both chambers of Congress on the Keystone XL pipeline, here's a question: How many of those jobs will actually be in Louisiana?

The answer: zero.

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It's All Politics
4:10 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

IRS Chief: No Evidence Of 'Intentional Wrongdoing' So Far

Acting IRS Commissioner Danny Werfel testifies before the House Financial and General Government subcommittee in early June.
Win McNamee Getty Images

That "be on the lookout list" used to flag Tea Party groups for extra scrutiny of their tax-exemption applications?

It turns out it wasn't the only one the Internal Revenue Service had been using.

There were also other lists, covering a "broad spectrum" of categories and cases, according to a preliminary IRS report released Monday.

"Once we came to that conclusion, we took immediate action to suspend the use of these lists in the Exempt Organizations unit within IRS," said Danny Werfel, the new acting chief of the IRS, in a conference call with reporters.

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It's All Politics
5:01 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

The 10 Biggest Tax Breaks (And How Much They Cost)

The 10 biggest breaks, deductions and credits in the U.S. income tax code are costing the Treasury $900 billion this year, with more than half of that total benefiting the wealthiest 20 percent of taxpayers.

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It's All Politics
3:42 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Benghazi Review Leader Offered To Testify On Capitol Hill

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 3:57 pm

When the House held its much-anticipated hearing on Benghazi Wednesday, one major figure not at the witness table was Thomas Pickering, the former ambassador and co-chair of the Accountability Review Board that reported on last September's attacks.

Why wasn't he there?

That's somewhat in dispute. California Republican Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, put the blame squarely on the shoulders of Pickering and report co-author Adm. Mike Mullen.

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It's All Politics
3:04 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

The Democrats' Final Four On Gay Marriage

Originally published on Fri April 5, 2013 3:15 pm

In the U.S. Senate, it's down to the Final Four versus the Dynamic Duo.

Only four Democratic senators remain who do not support same-sex marriage. Across the aisle, there are now two Republicans who have announced their support.

The new alignments mean that a majority — 53 senators — now support a concept that 85 senators voted to ban in 1996 with the Defense of Marriage Act.

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It's All Politics
2:16 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Voter Cast Off Charlie Crist Tops Florida Governor's Race Poll

Originally published on Wed March 20, 2013 2:33 pm

Democrats who haven't controlled the governor's mansion in Tallahassee in 14 years could have a good opportunity to win it back next November.

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