• Former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer surprised New York City residents and the rest of the country this week when he announced that he plans to run for New York City Comptroller this fall. Spitzer’s decision marks the second return to the political stage from a former New York politician who resigned their post amid a scandal. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is currently running for Mayor of New York City. On the other side of the aisle, former VP candidate and Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin told Fox News she's considering running for senate in 2014. She of course stepped down mid-term when she was governor. Many of you had questions about these comeback attempts for Spitzer and Weiner, as well as the likelihood that Palin would indeed run for senate in Alaska.

    Zefyros tweeted: Why do voters accept those politicians back into the arena?

    Fausto Lozada asked: Do they believe that with today's 24/7 news, social media people tend to "forget" how they first left?

    Hilaire Mouaffo wrote in on

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  • Unfinished business: Anita Hill in her own words 20 years after the Clarence Thomas hearings

    The Fine Print

    It’s been more than 20 years since Anita Hill was subpoenaed to testify about alleged sexual harassment by Clarence Thomas, who was undergoing Senate confirmation for the Supreme Court at the time.

    Hill’s testimony sparked a national conversation on the issue of workplace sexual harassment, but many questions were left unanswered at the hearing’s end.

    In a new documentary, “Anita,” Hill tells her story for the first time on film since the hearing. And the film’s director, Freida Mock, says the film tries to bring resolution to the hearing’s many unanswered questions.

    Mock says one of the issues the film addresses is the backroom agreement struck between then-chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Vice President Joe Biden, and Republicans on the committee, not to call three other witnesses who were standing by and ready to testify on Hill’s behalf.

    “Why were not the three witnesses who were subpoenaed - and were sitting on that weekend to testify - why were these three

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  • Power Players

    What are the chances that the House of Representatives will pass comprehensive immigration reform?

    Political scientist Tom Wong has been taking a scientific approach to answering that very question, tallying votes and crunching numbers to forecast the potential outcomes, and tells Power Players he’s “skeptical” the House will follow the Senate’s lead and pass a comprehensive bill.

    Based on his own vote tally, Wong says there are 203 solid ‘yes’ votes in the House and an additional 11 votes that are likely but not guaranteed.

    “If we take that 203 number, add 11 more we're at 214, and we need 218 for a majority, so this ends up being a game of inches,” says the assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego. “It could go either way in the House.”

    The 11 votes that Wong has designated as maybe votes are for representatives who are facing tight reelection races in 2014.

    Wong says more than 60 percent of congressional districts are not racially diverse, with

    Read More »from Path to 218: Why one political scientist is skeptical the House will get the votes to pass immigration reform

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