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An interesting snapshot of who actually voted in the last Presidential election. Not a lot surprising here - older, richer, married better educated folks turn out in the highest numbers. Oh, and women. But you may be surprised to see what states had the highest and lowest turnout.

Just 54 days til Election Day. What, if anything, do you think will be different about these numbers come November?

via votifi

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FLOTUS Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Bee

Combining the star wattage of a wildly popular first lady, the skills of a now-seasoned political pro, and the carefully curated stories of real people, Michelle Obama on Tuesday knocked it out of the park during her Democratic National Convention speech.

Those who are fans of the first lady will doubtless spend the next few days dissecting her patterned silk Tracy Reese frock, or her very high pink heels, or how she made them feel.

But the first lady is no Barbie doll.

What she is is a Harvard Law School-educated attorney playing dress up in America’s most old-fashioned White House position. She took the stage on the exceedingly well-programmed opening night of a political convention designed to reelect her husband — and used the opportunity to deliver a series of devastating contrasts with the Romney family and policy agenda, cloaked in the bromides of wifely love.

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The True Identity Behind SuperPACs

Our second infographic in the Capital in the Capitol series explains why Super PACs are super powerful this presidential election, and tells you who really holds that power—26 individuals. 

Some of their names have appeared here and there in the news, but their collective identities tell a more impressive tale. What do all of these people have in common? While a large pocket of Romney supporters seem to be financial tycoons, and another subset of Obama supporters are Hollywood elite, altogether what unites these folks is their wealth—and the shared belief that it can win an election.


From Mother Jonesa quick look at where the 2012 money race stands.

You can also keep track of outside group spending on

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How much cash have donors in your city or state given to super PACs? A new interactive from MapLight offers a state-by-state breakdown of each presidential super PAC’s total contributions. Read the full release here

Fascinating. Will Super PAC money determine who wins in November?


just throwing this out there…

Obviously a fan…

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Super PACs have already spent $26 million this election cycle, half of it in the last 2 weeks, according to totals compiled by the Center for Public Integrity.



Newt Gingrich going for the pet lover constituency.

Bonus, from BuzzFeed: The 25 Cutest Pictures of Newt Gringrich with Zoo Animals

What?? Newt loves animals?? We love Newt!! Wait a minute…

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Tavis Smiley and Dr. Cornel West on poverty in America — and why the presidential candidates aren’t talking about it.

Smiley, host of “The Tavis Smiley Show,” and West, a professor at Princeton University, have been outspoken critics of income inequality in America.

"We always say we love our children, and yet what, 42 percent of our children live in, or near, poverty …" West says. "It’s a reality, but we’re into denying reality. We’re at non-reality-based politics now, right? Nobody’s really concerned about what’s going on on the ground in terms of suffering."

More at The

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The Takeaway interviews Art Caplan, who is one of two bioethics professors that are offering to pay more than $10,000 for medical records that prove the HPV story told by Michele Bachmann.

Bachmann, Minnesota Congresswoman and presidential contender, continues to draw criticism, after making remarks this week that the HPV vaccine is dangerous for young girls.