11:43 AM, Sep 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Just before 3 a.m., a Molotov cocktail was thrown at the office of Rep. Emanuel Cleaver. The office targeted was in his home district in Missouri, and not his Washington, D.C. office.
"Police say someone threw a Molotov cocktail through a window at Congressman Emanuel Cleaver's Kansas City district office," reports KCTV. "This is the second incident within the last six years when someone attempted to throw an item or items at the building, said Cleaver's chief of staff John Jones."
A security alarm alerted police shortly before 3 a.m. Thursday to a smashed window at the building at 101 W. 31 St.
When officers arrived on the scene, they found a window on the northwest side of the building to be broken out.
On the ground below the window, police found two broken bottles with paper towels sticking out the necks of the bottles resembling a Molotov cocktail.
There was also a chemical odor resembling that of lighter fluid, police said. Investigators say the homemade explosive did not blow up, and there did not appear to be any fire damage to the building.
Officers called in a bomb and arson squad to help investigate the item thrown through the window. No one was injured.
3:29 PM, Sep 10, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new poll of the U.S. Senate race in New Jersey reveals an astonishing trend: Cory Booker, the state's Democratic senator running for a full term this fall, frequently polls below 50 percent support against his Republican challenger, Jeff Bell. The latest survey from Fairleigh Dickinson University shows 42 percent of registered voters say they support Booker, while 29 percent say they support Bell. Twenty-seven percent, meanwhile, say they haven't made up their minds yet.
12:00 PM, Sep 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
House Speaker John Boehner has invited Ukraine president Petro Poroshenko to address a joint session of Congress. The speech is scheduled for September 18.
1:02 PM, Sep 9, 2014 • By JAY COST
Analysts (including myself) have often noted that congressional Democrats have higher favorable numbers than Republicans. Frequently, this is taken to suggest an electoral advantage for Democrats.
7:05 AM, Sep 9, 2014 • By JAY COST
By all accounts, 2014 looks to be a very good year for the Republican party.
6:00 AM, Sep 9, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
American Crossroads, the pro-Republican super PAC, has a new ad Tuesday running in Iowa that targets Democratic Senate candidate Bruce Braley. The ad focuses on Braley's absence from 75 percent of the House of Representatives' veterans' affairs committee hearings. On the day of one 2012 hearing investigating claims of long wait times at VA hospitals, Braley attended three separate fundraising events.
Watch the ad below:
So why did she build a DC mansion?1:31 PM, Sep 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana lists her parents' New Orleans address as her primary residence for voting purposes. But it's clear she and her husband consider their primary residence to be their multimillion-dollar home on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
10:46 AM, Sep 8, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Bruce Braley, the Democratic congressman from Iowa running for the U.S. Senate, was not listed as present at a February 2012 House hearing with then-Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki. On February 15, 2012, Shinseki appeared on a panel before the House Veterans' Affairs committee, which began at 10:30 a.m. The secretary's testimony focused on the VA Department's budget, although one panelist raised concerns about long wait times at VA hospitals.
"I suspect that on my flight back, this will be part of my reading, taking a look at some of the specifics that we've looked at."12:26 PM, Sep 5, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama was asked whether he'll be delaying executive action on immigration until after the mid-term election. He told reporters he was still reviewing options but that he's going to act "within the legal constraints of my office."
6:49 PM, Sep 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jeanne Shaheen, the Democratic senator from New Hampshire, leads her likely Republican challenger Scott Brown by just three points in a new poll commissioned by American Crossroads. The conservative super PAC's poll of likely New Hampshire voters was conducted at the end of August. John DiStaso has more details:
12:52 PM, Sep 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas's largest newspaper, has an editorial criticizing Democratic senator Mark Pryor and praising his Republican challenger, congressman Tom Cotton. Here's an excerpt:
11:04 AM, Sep 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana is already in the electoral battle of her life this November. Her national party is far out of step with Louisiana voters on health care, abortion, and energy issues, and the national mood is continuing to shift against the Democrats. And the leader of that party, President Obama, is deeply unpopular in the Bayou State.