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The Cost of Congress

04/20/12 04:34PM

How much would you pay to fund gridlock? Well, one statistic that we didn't get to today shows that it costs taxpayers more than $53,000 per day to fund the House, according to a Congressional Research Service Report from last year. That boils down to about $8,400 per hour. But according to Roll Call, those numbers don’t include the salaries of lawmakers so Congress’ daily rate is likely far higher. House members earn a base salary of $174,000 a year. For Speaker John Boehner, tack on $49,500.But Americans don’t seem all that pleased with what they’re paying for. read more

'Making Liberty Sexy?' Ron Paul: Game on!

'Making Liberty Sexy?' Ron Paul: Game on!

04/20/12 03:27PM

By Jacqueline CalayagRon Paul might not garner enough votes to get the GOP nomination, but he could still become president, in his very own video game! “Ron Paul REVOLution” is the brainchild of 27-year-old video game developer and ronpaulswag.com co-founder Daniel Williams.  Williams says he and his partners are dedicated to “making liberty sexy.” And what better way to do that than an old school-looking video game? read more

A question of character

04/20/12 03:10PM

Peggy Noonan has a column out today on why a majority of citizens believe America is on the wrong track -- 59% of people, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Noonan writes the gloomy outlook is not so much a result of the economy. read more

What about Newt?

04/20/12 02:47PM

Newt Gingrich wasn't topping the headlines this week, but he also wasn't dropping out of the race. Gingrich kept up his determination and antics -- and earned a prominent role in this edition of What Just Happened?! read more

NOW Today: A 'very, very close campaign'

04/20/12 06:51AM

The latest NBC News-Wall Street Journal poll is out, and there's good news for both political candidates. The President currently holds a 6-point lead over Mitt Romney in a head-to-head match up, driven largely by leads in the female, Latino, and African American voting blocs. But he's vulnerable on the issue of the economy, where Mitt Romney enjoys higher marks. Trouble is, the poll indicates there is a growing consensus that the American economy is strengthening under President Obama - theoretically undermining Romney's core message.Most importantly, perhaps, is that it's only still April. read more

Gingrich not giving up on GOP race

Gingrich not giving up on GOP race

04/19/12 08:00PM

What Just Happened?!: Newt Gingrich has promised that he will remain in the GOP presidential race until the very end, but will he run out of steam before reaching the finish line? watch

BP oil spill aftershocks linger

BP oil spill aftershocks linger

04/19/12 08:00PM

As the two-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, the NOW w/ Alex Wagner panel - joined by former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist - revisits the lingering effects of environmental disaster. watch

A place for faith-based policy?

A place for faith-based policy?

04/19/12 08:00PM

David Javerbaum, the executive producer of The Daily Show, joins NOW w/ Alex Wagner to share the details of his book “The Last Testament: A Memoir By God,” as they discuss how conservatives are integrating their religious faith into public policy. watch

Romney the best bet for the economy?

Romney the best bet for the economy?

04/19/12 08:00PM

The NOW w/ Alex Wagner panel - including Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson, Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet, Salon’s Steve Kornacki, and BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith - analyze presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s economic strengths and his... watch

Post-script: The GOP Budget's lack of 'moral criteria'

04/19/12 02:20PM

Weeks after making access to contraception into a "War on Religion" the Catholic Church has again decided to weigh in on policy. In a letter to the House this week, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops criticized the budget put forward by Congressman Paul Ryan, saying that it failed to meet certain "moral criteria" by cutting back on programs that serve the hungry, poor, and unemployed.In particular, the Bishops found Ryan's targeting of programs like the Federal Food Stamp Program unacceptable. "These cuts are unjustified and wrong," they wrote. read more

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