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Notable Names on Updated Obama Fundraising List

Notable Names on Updated Obama Fundraising List

Photographer: Chris Kleponis/Bloomberg via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Actor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith are among the new names on an updated list of fundraisers released today by the remnants of President Obama’s re-election campai…

Obama, Romney Insiders Look Back on 2012 Campaign

Obama, Romney Insiders Look Back on 2012 Campaign

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(BOSTON) — The 2012 election cycle came full circle last week when representatives from the Obama and Romney campaigns, as well as top advisors to many of the GOP primary candidates and several influential outside groups, gath…

Odd Obama Email Subject Lines Drew Huge Cash During Campaign

Odd Obama Email Subject Lines Drew Huge Cash During Campaign

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Remember all those Obama campaign emails and their, shall we say, unusual subject lines?“Hey,” wrote President Obama in at least five messages during the campaign.“Hell yeah,” topped o…

Re-Living Election 2012: Campaign Comes Full Circle At Harvard

Re-Living Election 2012: Campaign Comes Full Circle At Harvard

JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images(BOSTON) — It’s been just over three weeks since Election Day 2012, but to many it already feels like an eternity.President Obama’s victory over Republican challenger Mitt Romney quickly gave way to an unfolding…

Washington Hotel Prepares for Inauguration

Washington Hotel Prepares for Inauguration

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Looking for the perfect present for a presidential history buff this holiday season?  The Ritz-Carlton in Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle has just the thing — but it will cost you a p…

Campaign Debt Outlives Presidential Races

Campaign Debt Outlives Presidential Races

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The race might be over, but it hasn’t all been paid for.Presidential campaigns still owe millions of dollars to consultants, former staffers, phone companies, software vendors, database management firms, dire…

As Obama Offers Olive Branch, Romney Dings President for ‘Gifts’ to Minority Voters

As Obama Offers Olive Branch, Romney Dings President for ‘Gifts’ to Minority Voters

Melina Mara/The Washington Post(WASHINGTON) — President Obama Wednesday heaped praise on his defeated rival, GOP nominee Mitt Romney, saying the former governor’s record and ideas “could be very helpful” in shaping policy over the ne…

Maine’s Angus King to Caucus With Senate Democrats

Maine’s Angus King to Caucus With Senate Democrats

US Department of Energy(WASHINGTON) — Maine’s newly elected Independent senator-elect, Angus King, announced on Wednesday that he’ll caucus with the Democrats, boosting the party’s control to 55 seats, compared with 45 held by Republ…

Poll: Majority Supports Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

Poll: Majority Supports Path to Citizenship for Illegal Immigrants

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Most Americans support a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, an issue that may be high on the agenda of newly re-elected President Obama and the 113th Congress, given the increased importance of nonwhites — …

Paul Ryan Exclusive: Obama Lacks Mandate to Raise Taxes

Paul Ryan Exclusive: Obama Lacks Mandate to Raise Taxes

ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Despite a devastating loss last week, Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan rejected Democratic claims of a mandate to raise tax rates.Asked whether President Obama has a mandate on taxes, Ryan told ABC News’ senior pol…

Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Openly Bisexual Member of Congress

Kyrsten Sinema Becomes First Openly Bisexual Member of Congress

US House of Representatives(NEW YORK) — After a hard-fought race in a newly formed Arizona congressional district, Democrat Kyrsten Sinema was declared the winner Monday, becoming the first openly bisexual member of Congress.Sinema, a former state sen…

Norquist Says Obama’s ‘Poopy-Head’ Portrayal of Romney Led to Reelection

Norquist Says Obama’s ‘Poopy-Head’ Portrayal of Romney Led to Reelection

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Anti-tax champion Grover Norquist says President Obama won reelection by portraying Mitt Romney as a “poopy-head,” not because of his economic policies.Appearing on CBS’ This Morning Monday, the p…

The Long Line Outside Romney’s Door and His New Message to Supporters

The Long Line Outside Romney’s Door and His New Message to Supporters

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — On Friday morning, Mitt Romney and his wife Ann drove themselves to campaign headquarters in Boston. Gone were the secret service detail and the motorcade that had trailed them in the final months of the campa…

Romney Campaign Acknowledges High-Tech Election Day Monitoring System “Had Its Challenges”

Romney Campaign Acknowledges High-Tech Election Day Monitoring System “Had Its Challenges”

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The name for Project ORCA, the Romney campaign’s much-vaunted, digital voter turnout and poll monitoring system, started out as something of a joke.ORCA was meant to be a tongue-in-cheek rejoinder to an adva…

Four Days After Election, Obama Wins in Florida

Four Days After Election, Obama Wins in Florida

Kevin Winter/NBCUniversal/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Four days have passed since President Barack Obama took enough of the electoral college to secure a second term and Florida has still not quite counted 100 percent of its ballots. But with the last …

The Wacky Pot Law That Failed in Oregon

The Wacky Pot Law That Failed in Oregon

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Washington and Colorado became the first states to legalize pot — but why not Oregon?All three voted on marijuana-legalization ballot initiatives, and Washington and Colorado passed them by 10-percentage-point mar…

Texas State Senator Wins Election After Death

Texas State Senator Wins Election After Death

Rick Scibelli/Getty Images(HOUSTON) — Democrat Mario Gallegos won re-election to his Texas state Senate seat on Tuesday. Gallegos, who had served since 1994, overwhelmingly beat his challenger, Republican newcomer, R.W. Bray. But the victory is, to sa…

Tulsi Gabbard, Mazie Hirono Break Congressional Barriers for Non-Christians

Tulsi Gabbard, Mazie Hirono Break Congressional Barriers for Non-Christians

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard – Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Tuesday’s election brought some religious firsts for Congress, with a victory for Tulsi Gabbard, who will be the first Hindu congresswoman, and Mazie Hirono, the first Buddhist senator. Both ar…

Tearful Obama Credits Staff for History-Making Campaign

Tearful Obama Credits Staff for History-Making Campaign

Win McNamee/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — The morning after he won re-election, an emotional President Barack Obama credited his youthful staff of several hundred with running a campaign that will “go on in the annals of history.”“What you…

Boehner Exclusive: Raising Tax Rates ‘Unacceptable’ but New Revenue on Table

Boehner Exclusive: Raising Tax Rates ‘Unacceptable’ but New Revenue on Table

Martin H. Simon/ABC(NEW YORK) — Raising tax rates is “unacceptable” to House Speaker John Boehner as he prepares to open negotiations on the looming “fiscal cliff” with the president and congressional Democrats, he told World News anchor Diane Sawyer …

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