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Watching Big Brother: Privacy Board Delayed

An oversight board designed to protect privacy rights by making sure the government doesn't overstep its bounds has been authorized for years. But politics seems to be getting in the way of launching the panel.

Fueled By Outside Money, Ad Blitz Hasn't Stopped For Weary Iowans

It's not even summer yet, and the dust from the primaries has barely settled. But in battleground states, things seem especially intense already this election season. The big change this year is the rise of outside advocacy groups, which are paying for most of what seem like nonstop TV ads.

Talk Of Union Rights Fades In Wis. Recall Election

The long march to recall Governor Scott Walker is nearing its end, with Walker leading slightly in the polls and by a large margin in TV spending. The original dispute has turned into a broader gubernatorial election fight.

Even After Texas Primary, Romney Will Remain The 'Presumptive' Nominee

When the polls close in Texas Tuesday, most media outlets and likely even the Mitt Romney campaign will declare that he has secured enough delegates to win the Republican nomination for president. For what it's worth, that's not technically the case.

No Way She'll Run For Senate In 2016, Michelle Obama Says

Of course, another Democratic first lady — Hillary Rodham Clinton — also once ruled out getting into politics herself. Soon after, she was elected to the Senate. But Obama says she's "absolutely not" interested in a political career of her own.

Hmmm. The 2012 Election Reminds Me Of Something

We asked political scientists a simple question: Which presidential election in American history most resembles the coming contest between President Obama and Mitt Romney? The answers include a recent contest — but also the race that became the biggest electoral landslide in history.
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Frederick Republican Blaine Young Eyes Governor's Office

Blaine Young, the conservative president of the Frederick County Commission, has signaled his intention to run for the office of governor, filing with the Maryland Board of Elections.


Dire Predictions Amid Another Looming Fiscal Battle

The Bush-era tax cuts expire at the end of the year, along with the payroll tax break; the nation's borrowing authority bumps against its limit; and huge mandatory spending cuts — half targeting defense — are set to kick in. All this could trigger another recession, but Congress is unlikely to do much about it until after November's election.