Lauren Pitruzzello

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10 Things You Didn't Know Your Mac Could Do

From the editors of PopularMechanics.com, that MacBook on your desk might be even more powerful than you think.<p><b>1) Have Your Computer Read to You</b><p>Don't feel like reading that enormous document yourself? One of the accessibility features in OS X is its ability to read text aloud. Highlight the section …

Are Bad Pollsters Copying Good Pollsters?

The political polling industry is a mess. Fewer and fewer people are willing to respond to telephone surveys, particularly automated ones, and the …

Government

Tea Party Losing Every Senate Battle And Winning The War

Sen. Lamar Alexander easily dispatched rival Republican Joe Carr in the Tennessee primary Thursday, completing a clean sweep for this year's Senate incumbents who faced intraparty challengers claiming the Tea Party label.<p>Yet while they were winless, the hard-core conservatives intent on selecting a …

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryThe Best Radio Show in America Mike Schur ESPN’s Dan Le Batard has built a sports-talk empire—by talking about sports as little as …

Existential crisis of leftist millionaires

David Brock has a message for liberal millionaires: Don’t sweat being called hypocrites.<p>Brock, a former “right-wing hit-man”- turned -top-big-money-Democratic- operative, is part of a behind-the-scenes campaign to convince donors it’s OK to attack the Koch brothers for spending millions of dollars …

Senate Majority Might Not Be Decided Until December

For all the money spent on the November elections, control of the Senate might not be decided until a Saturday three weeks before Christmas.<p>Sen. Mary …

Behind Washington's politics of personal destruction

The most important question facing Washington today is: How do we move America forward? This question guides everything we do at Americans for Prosperity. From health care to taxes to environmental issues, we fight for policies that would give every American the best shot at a better life.<p>But …

The new campaign contribution: I’ll get my employees to vote for you

Some businesses in states with pitched Republican primary fights are turning to a relatively new tool to help ensure the outcome they want: telling employees how they want them to vote. Thanks in part to <i>Citizens United</i>, it's perfectly legal — but it probably doesn't do much good.<p><i>Bloomberg</i> …

Big Money, the Koch Brothers and Me

Here’s what happens when you try to cover the new oligarchs of American politics.<p><i>An excerpt from</i> Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics.<p>***<p><b>It was a dreary Pacific Northwest</b> evening in February 2012, and President …

House limits camera access for Democratic political trackers

<b>UPDATED</b>: The extra attention focused on House Speaker Thom Tillis this session as he makes his U.S. Senate bid is not just from the media.<p>American …

The truth about the Koch agenda

The Koch brothers -- Charles and David -- have committed to spending $125 million to buy elections for the House and Senate this cycle.<p>What are they hoping to get for that hefty sum?<p>Likely, the same self-serving agenda items they have been after for more than 30 years: Tax cuts for the wealthy and …

Associated Press News

Someone just spent $1.5 million on a GOP senate candidate. We'll probably never know who.

One of the super-PAC ads blanketing Arkansas.Courtesy Government Integrity Fund Action Network<p>Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free …

Nearly $100 million in campaign cash sits idle

As Sen. Evan Bayh prepared to quit Congress, he called on all Americans to embrace a “spirit of devotion to the national welfare beyond party or …

Hillary Clinton spokesman slams Karl Rove allegations about her health

Smacking down incendiary allegations that Karl Rove made about Hillary Clinton’s health, a spokesman for former secretary of State said Tuesday that Rove was “lying” and that “the right has politicized” Clinton’s health from the moment she was treated for a blood clot after a fall 17 months …

What the U.S. Can Learn From Brazil's Healthcare Mess

Here’s what it looks like when a sprawling, diverse nation tries to cover everybody.<p>On a recent afternoon in Boa Vista, a lower-middle-class neighborhood of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Noranei Oliveira Miranda waited patiently on a small couch for the local community health workers to arrive.<p>Her aging …

How the Tea Party Is Still Hurting the GOP

The Republican establishment is beating back right-wing challengers this year, but victory comes at a cost.<p>ATLANTA—All across America, Republican incumbents and establishmentarians crushed their right-wing challengers on Tuesday. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell trounced Tea Party-backed …

The Myth That Americans Are Busier Than Ever

"How did we get so busy?" the New Yorker asks. Let's define busy. And, while we're at it, let's define we, too.<p>Feeling harried? Swamped? <i>Overwhelmed?</i> Lucky you. It is, in many ways, a privilege to feel busy in America.<p>Elizabeth Kolbert's <i>New Yorker</i> essay "No Time," is built around an old essay and a …

GOP incumbents learn how to win

In 2014, the tea party insurrection is starting to look more like the Boston Massacre.<p>In state after state this primary season, entrenched politicians are proving that incumbency counts for something after all, leveraging the stature and financial firepower that comes with high office to demolish …

Are Republicans blowing their chance to retake the Senate?

The Republican Party is giddily anticipating the coming midterm elections, believing that it has a good shot to reclaim control of the Senate for the …

The Bain-ing of the Koch Brothers.

West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District is one of the Democratic Party's toughest 2014 holds. Like the rest of the state, it used to vote solidly …

Crossroads plans $10M midterm blitz

The conservative outside-spending behemoth American Crossroads is preparing to launch a nearly $10 million ad campaign aimed at flipping control of the U.S. Senate and focusing on four of the states with the most competitive races of the year, strategists familiar with the group’s plans said.<p>In …

POLITICS: Super PACs digging for dirt bombard agencies with records requests

Some of those requests are seeking information on communication between EPA and Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) on the Pebble mine project in the Bristol …

Mary Landrieu’s winning math = 50+1. Literally.

Over the next several months, we're going to see a lot of polling in key Senate races. But in one state in particular, you need to be reading the polls a little differently.<p>That would be Louisiana. The Pelican State has an election process all its own, featuring an open primary on Election Day and …

Steyer to run ads in D.C., Wichita

Environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer is again taking aim at the Koch brothers with a new television advertisement set to run this Sunday in Washington, D.C. and Wichita, Kan., the home base of Koch Industries.<p>The minimalist 15-second ad includes only the sound of crickets chirping against a …