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11:20 am
Sat September 27, 2014

For Michigan Political Ads, The Tigers Are The Big Game In Town

Detroit Tigers Victor Martinez (left) and Torii Hunter celebrate Martinez's two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins on Thursday.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Mon September 29, 2014 2:20 pm

We're in the final weekend of the regular baseball season and there are still pennant races and wild-card matchups to be set.

Along with sports fans, political consultants are watching as well, and they are keeping an especially close eye on the Detroit Tigers. A fine team, sure, but also one uniquely suited to fill the needs of the people who buy TV time for political campaigns.

All over the country, advertisers love to buy sports spots for the big audiences that are enthusiastic and engaged. And with a live telecast, you can't fast-forward through the ads.

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It's All Politics
12:11 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Why We Won't See The Likes Of Eric Holder Again

President Obama, accompanied by Attorney General Eric Holder, speaks in the State Dining Room of the White House on Thursday to announce that Holder is resigning. Holder, who served as the public face of the Obama administration's legal fight against terrorism and weighed in on issues of racial fairness, is resigning after six years on the job.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 7:23 pm

When President Woodrow Wilson was casting about for an attorney general in 1919, his private secretary Joseph Tumulty wrote that the office "had great power politically ... we should not trust it to anyone who is not heart and soul with us."

Eric Holder's great qualification for the job he has just resigned was that he was with the president he served — heart and soul.

His complicated role in Barack Obama's administration was inextricably bound to race — he was the first African-American U.S. attorney general, appointed by the first African-American president.

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It's All Politics
7:12 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

As Syria Grabs Headlines, Congress Tends To Local Business

The chamber of the House of Representatives empties following a joint meeting of Congress with visiting Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Sept. 18.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Tue September 23, 2014 7:44 pm

The U.S. action against ISIS in Syria is dominating headlines around the globe. President Obama spoke about the mission Tuesday, saying it has bipartisan support from Congress and calling it necessary for the security of the country, and the world.

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It's All Politics
9:55 am
Sat September 20, 2014

What Happens In A 50-50 Senate? Even More Joe Biden

Vice President Biden laughs as he is introduced by DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., at the DNC Women's Leadership conference in Washington, Friday. At the event, Biden praised former GOP Sen. Bob Packwood, who resigned from the Senate in 1995 after allegations of sexual misconduct.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Sat September 20, 2014 2:22 pm

If you didn't get enough Joe Biden this week — choose your favorite gaffe, "Shylocks," "Orient," or the tin-eared Bob Packwood referencethere's good news.

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It's All Politics
12:43 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

War Votes Bring Back Complex Risks For Members Of Congress

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas (center left) is a Tea Party favorite, whom observers count as a possible 2016 presidential candidate. He voted against President Obama's plan to fight the Islamic State.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Fri September 19, 2014 3:02 pm

This week's war vote in the U.S. Senate presented each senator with a personal puzzle of competing political considerations.

In deciding whether to arm and train Syrian rebels to fight against the group called the Islamic State (or ISIS or ISIL), senators had to judge the issue on its merits, of course and as always.

And, of course and as always, they had to reflect on how their votes might affect them politically.

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