Politics

3:56pm

Wed March 26, 2014
Politics

Showing Signs Of Age, Capitol Dome Gets A Face-Lift

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 7:24 pm

The Capitol dome in Washington will undergo renovation this spring, a project that is estimated to take two years and cost nearly $60 million.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters /Landov

When you think of Washington, D.C., what's the first image to pop up?

For many, it's likely the U.S. Capitol — or more specifically, the iconic white dome that crowns the Capitol.

"It is one of the most, if not the most, recognizable symbols across the globe," said Architect of the Capitol Stephen Ayers, whole job entails maintaining the Capitol dome.

As could be said of the Congress that meets below it, the century-and-a-half old dome has seen better days. It is literally cracking up — and Ayers is leading a project to restore it.

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10:48am

Wed March 26, 2014
Africa

Polygamy May Seem Like A Man's Dream, But Kenyan Women Are Not Happy

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 11:41 am

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5:56am

Wed March 26, 2014
It's All Politics

In Ohio, Gov. Kasich Rises From Forsaken to Favorite

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:37 pm

Ohio Gov. John Kasich delivers his State of the State address Feb. 24 at the Performing Arts Center in Medina, Ohio.
Tony Dejak AP

Early in his term, Ohio Republican Gov. John Kasich was considered the most unpopular governor in the country. Between that and a sputtering state economy, a second term looked like a dicey proposition.

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2:30am

Wed March 26, 2014
Politics

How To Meet Your Congressman

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 2:21 pm

The Capitol Dome is visible through the skylights of the new Capitol Visitor Center.
Susan Walsh AP

For all the campaigning and schmoozing members of Congress have to do, the truth is that the vast majority of Americans will never actually meet their lawmakers.

To be fair, not everyone wants to. But among those who do, there's serious competition for a lawmaker's time. So, how does an average citizen get access on Capitol Hill? The quick answer: It's not easy.

First, do the math. When it comes to face time with a member of Congress, there are 535 of them, and 314 million of you.

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2:15am

Wed March 26, 2014
Politics

Say Goodbye To The Taxpayer-Funded Political Convention

Ever since the Watergate era, taxpayers have been able to check a box on their federal tax returns and designate a little bit of their tax payment to help finance the presidential campaigns and wean politicians away from big donors.

The public financing program has had its ups and downs. But now President Obama is prepared to sign legislation that, for the first time, takes taxpayer money out of the fund.

First of all, let's pause to reflect on some of the great moments of American political conventions brought to you by presidential matching funds.

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