Women in the Senate Explain Why They Do it Better

Diane Sawyer with the women of the U.S. Senate. (Photo: ABC/Martin Simon)
Diane Sawyer with the women of the U.S. Senate. (Photo: ABC/Martin Simon)

Yesterday, a record 20 women were sworn in to the U.S. Senate. To mark the occasion ABC’s World News With Diane Sawyer had all of the female senators on for a group interview. One of the major topics of the discussion was the belief of many of the senators that they achieve better results than their male colleagues on a variety of issues including the budget, immigration reform and climate change. Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow got the ball rolling when she suggested women are more inclined to get results by working in a bipartisan manner.

“It was the first time in 2001 when we had enough women to actually be on every committee, to have a woman’s voice, a woman’s experience [and] a woman’s values on every committee. You fast forward to now, the new year. There will be six of us chairing committees and other women in the ranking member spot,” Ms. Stabenow said. “And I think the public understands to get things done, we’re the ones that want to work across the aisle to do that.”

Maine Senator Susan Collins took the argument a step further by saying if women were in charge of the Senate and in the White House there would be a solution to the budget debate that has gripped Washington.

“I think if we were in charge of the Senate and of the administration that we would have a budget deal by now,” Ms. Collins said.  Continue reading “Women in the Senate Explain Why They Do it Better”

Obama Boasts of His Appeal Among Toddlers

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President Obama holding a baby at a rally in Colorado earlier this month. (Photo: Getty)

President Barack Obama is in New Hampshire today for a campaign event. According to the White House pool report, after he arrived at the airport in Manchester this morning, President Obama stopped to shake hands with “a couple dozen supporters” on a rope line. The crowd at the airport included two toddlers holding American flags who were greeted by the president, but apparently “looked a bit disinterested.”

“I do great with the 2-3 year old crowd,” President Obama joked.  Continue reading “Obama Boasts of His Appeal Among Toddlers”

Marie Claire Peeks Into Candidates’ Purses, Finds iPads and a Gun

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Ex-cop and current gun owner Val Demings. (Photo: ValDemings.com)

In advance of the upcoming elections, the women’s magazine Marie Claire got a look inside the purses of several prominent female candidates for their “Running in Heels” feature. Based on their findings, iPads and other Apple gear are must-have accessories on the campaign trail, but a few of the women in the article apparently tote less standard fare including one candidate with a heavy energy drink habit and another who’s packing heat.

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Romney And Obama Supporters Clash at July 4th Parade

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Mitt Romney shaking hands as his supporters held signs in front of Obama signs at the parade in Wolfeboro.

While on vacation at his home on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire Mitt Romney marched in a July 4th parade in Wolfeboro where his staff and supporters butted heads with people who were there backing President Barack Obama.

“Romney’s staff attempted to conceal Obama signs along the parade route, while Romney’s supporters in the crowd booed as the Obama campaign marched by–attempting to drown out Obama supporters who were chanting ‘Fighting for the middle class. Barack Obama has our back,'” an Obama supporter who was at the parade told The Politicker via email. Continue reading “Romney And Obama Supporters Clash at July 4th Parade”

Tweets From The Trail: Huntsman For Mayor?

Today, political types were focused on the demise of Ron Paul, obsessions and puppies! Here’s our roundup of the day’s best Tweets from the campaign trail.

Abby Huntsman suggested her father, Jon Hunstman, would make a worthy successor for Mike Bloomberg.
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Politico’s Dylan Byers needed some *sexual healing.
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Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley lost a race against New Hampshire Senator Kelly Ayotte.
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Politico reporter Alex Burns heard about an intriguing investment opportunity.
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Houston Chronicle blogger Kathleen McKinley shared an interesting observation about the death of RFK Jr.’s ex-wife.
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President Obama Tries to Remind Us of the Bad Old Days in New Ad

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With his latest campaign ad blitz in the battleground states, President Barack Obama would like to remind you that the economic crisis began before he was in office. His ad, which will air in nine states, articulates what are clearly becoming the main early messages of his reelection bid; the economic recovery may be slow, but it is happening and the Obama administration has made a number of acheivements that make it worth keeping the faith for the many voters who believed in him during the last election.

“In 2008 an economic meltdown, 4.4 million jobs lost, America’s economy spiraling down. All before this president took the oath” a narrator says in between grim news clips from the financial crisis as the ad begins. Continue reading “President Obama Tries to Remind Us of the Bad Old Days in New Ad”

Romney Performed Strongest With the Rich and 'Somewhat Conservative'

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A map of the election results: Romney is yellow, Paul is green. (Photo: Google)

Mitt Romney’s strong win last night, scoring 39% overall and 16% more than the second place finisher, Ron Paul, naturally involved winning many different groups. According to CBS News’ exit poll, Mr. Romney either won outright or placed a very close second to Mr. Paul across most demographic and ideological categories. The data also reveals that he performed strongest among those describing their views as “somewhat conservative” and the very rich.

Indeed, Mr. Romney, who’s very wealthy himself, won more than half of those with families making more than $200,000 a year, one of his highest percentages in the entire exit poll. Among those making $50,000 or less, Mr. Romney only tied Mr. Paul, each earning less than a third of that financially modest vote.

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