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While voters consistently self-report that negative advertising is a turn-off, the results say something else. Negative advertising works. It works consistently and well. Candidates who run happy campaigns mostly end up dripping tears on election night. But that didn’t happen in Oklahoma. It didn’t happen in Virginia. And the same dynamic may well be in play here in Arizona. Read more»

Arizona resident Thomas Castellanos was one of many advocates who gathered in the Capitol to 'cast a ballot' for immigration reform outside the office of one of the Republican leaders of the House.

An Arizona man joined dozens of advocates who “cast ballots” Thursday in what was billed as a mock election for immigration reform outside the U.S. Capitol office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. Read more»

The House is scheduled to meet in legislative session for just 113 days next year, the fewest number of work days since 2008. But lawmakers defend the schedule, saying their time is often better spent in their districts than in Washington.

The House will meet just 113 days next year, 25 days fewer than this year and the least since 2006, according to the 2014 calendar released last week by House leaders. Read more»

Phoenix resident Hassan Quiz was brought to this country illegally as a baby, and was subsequently turned away when he tried to join the military. Quiz joined other illegal immigrants at a Capitol Hill rally for a bill that would let them, and other like them, enlist.

Phoenix resident Hassan Quiz had passed all the tests toward his dream of being in the military when he ran up against one he couldn’t pass. Quiz was brought to this country illegally as a child, making him ineligible to serve in the U.S. military. So Wednesday, he and eight other illegal immigrants who had been turned away from the service did military-style drills in the shadow of the U.S. Capitol, hoping to get a message to Congress. Read more»

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY)

It’s almost unbelievable that only 18 years after the disastrous shutdown of 1995, the federal government is in the midst of another shutdown. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY) presented the House floor last Saturday with the legislation that sealed the country’s fate—legislation that he and his party’s top leadership argued against for weeks. Read more»

Advocates for immigration reform who balked at a U.S. Senate proposal that adopted a strict border enforcement amendment might soon realize it was the best chance they were going to get. On Wednesday a group of key House Republicans said in a brief statement that they will not support the Senate's measure, opting instead for a series of fixes to what the group calls the country's broken system. Read more»

President Barack Obama’s climate change plan had both sides busy spinning data. Read more»

US Rep. Scott Rigell

A conservative gun rights group is going after three congressmen with “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association by falsely claiming they support President Obama’s gun control agenda. Read more»

Longtime Texas State Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine.

A Texas Democrat is taking his GOP colleagues to task on sequestration. In a letter, freshman congressman Pete Gallego tells border hawks they can’t be for the continued sequester and for increased border security at the same time. Read more»

House Speaker John Boehner tweets that the Obama administration is spending $1.2 million “paying people to play video games.” That’s misleading. The government did pay $1.2 million for university research that includes the study of how video games can stimulate the cognitive abilities of seniors. Read more»

The sad truth is that this nonsense is introduced into the media ecosystem by right-wing reality-denying sources, and it almost always makes its way into the mainstream media—often going unchallenged. Read more» 1

An Occupy protest in Washington, D.C., Nov. 3.

How one loophole in the tax code helps wealthy Americans pay lower taxes. Read more»

Republicans are destroying their brand in part because of naked ambition. But no one is more responsible for making Republicans look like nattering nabobs than “Weepy-John” Boehner. Read more» 2

Zuccotti Park

Six weeks ago, Occupy Wall Street declared war on government for corporations. Then they shocked all of us by winning. Read more» 3

Cutting Social Security benefits and raising the Medicare eligibility age will do much more harm than good. The campaign to wipe them out is ideological, not economic. Any talk of shrinking Social Security to "save money" is flawed from the start. Read more»

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