Though turnout numbers were not yet available from election officials Tuesday afternoon, voters were few and far between at many polling places across the city.Share on Facebook
Schumer and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) told reporters that they remained hopeful that the bill could pick up 70 votes on the Senate floor.
“I think it’s possible,” said Flake, another Gang member. “We got a lot of hard work to do. A lot of hard work.”
The committee room, which was packed with reform proponents, erupted in applause and cheers of “Yes, we can” after the final vote. Democratic senators posed for pictures with supporters and received a succession of high fives and hugs.Share on Facebook
I first put forth this hypothesis on Sunday, but Jon Cohen and Dan Balz of The Washington Post have advanced some tangible evidence on its behalf. In the latest Washington Post survey, Mr. Obama’s approval rating on the economy is 48 percent — up from 44 percent in April.Share on Facebook
• VA-LG, VA-AG: Oh yeah. This one’s gonna be fun. Over the weekend, Virginia Republicans nominated hyperconservative Christian minister E.W. Jackson as their candidate for lieutenant governor, in a move almost perfectly designed to alienate moderate voters who might otherwise cast ballots for the GOP.Share on Facebook
Apple is an American company, in most people’s eyes. But it is a global company, insofar as most of its employees and most of its revenue come from outside the country. Since most developed foreign economies have lower statutory rates — and because there are ways to play national tax laws off each other to further cut taxes — multinational companies like GE and Google have mastered the global tax labyrinth to save money.Share on Facebook
Unless the seven unify quickly behind the alternative — that the Oklahoma twisters are the sort of natural calamity meriting immediate federal assistance without regard to spending caps — the congressional debate over a relief and recovery package will probably bog down quickly.Share on Facebook
Top conservative leaders, along with tea party activists from across the nation, have crafted a letter of opposition to the Senate’s bipartisan immigration overhaul.
The open letter to the Senate, which will be released Tuesday, marks the first large-scale attempt to halt the bill as it gains momentum with a key Senate committee vote expected this week.Share on Facebook
By late this summer, the State Department plans to send dozens of additional diplomatic security agents to high-threat embassies, install millions of dollars of advanced fire-survival gear and surveillance cameras in those diplomatic posts, and improve training for employees headed to the riskiest missions.
The price tag for the security improvements proposed after the attack on the diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11 has reached $1.4 billion to meet the most urgent needs, including additional personnel. But diplomats and lawmakers say it will take years and billions more dollars to fully carry out the changes called for ….Share on Facebook