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As 2014 comes to a close, ASA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of Washington Weekly, a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 5.


Why Holder Quit — The Backstory of How Obama Lost His 'Heat Shield'
Politico
From Sept. 29: It's oddly fitting that Attorney General Eric Holder — a stubbornly independent career prosecutor ridiculed by President Barack Obama's advisers for having lousy political instincts — would nail his dismount. But Holder, who began his stormy five-plus-year tenure at the Justice Department with his controversial "Nation of Cowards" speech, has chosen what seems to be the ideal (and maybe the only) moment to call it quits after more than 18 months of musing privately about leaving with the president and senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, a trio bound by friendship, progressive ideology and shared African-American ancestry.
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10 ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Haters
Politico
From Aug. 25: Log onto most social media websites and it is hard to avoid the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Videos of friends, politicians and celebrities are flooding news feeds with the goal of calling attention to and raising money to fight amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. But while some people are considering the ice bath a good cause, some organizations are seeing the challenge as a cause for issue.
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Lies, Damned Lies and Bogus Statistics
National Journal
From May 5: Paul Krugman is half right. The New York Times columnist and Princeton University economics professor, winner of the Nobel Prize in 2008, published another strong condemnation Monday of House Republicans — this one justifiably calling their Affordable Care Act report "deliberately misleading."
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Behind Eric Cantor's Campaign Meltdown
Politico
From June 16: From the moment polls opened Tuesday, it could not have been clearer that Eric Cantor gave no mind to the idea he could lose. In the morning, he huddled with lobbyists at a Starbucks on Capitol Hill. In the afternoon, a campaign aide in Richmond emailed Cantor allies in Washington to report that Election Day plans were going swimmingly.
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Plumbing Wholesalers Call for Marketplace Fairness
The Hill
From April 14: For today's plumbing wholesaler, specifically those that have retail and showroom components, the blending of the traditional and online marketplace has become the new reality of 21st-century commerce. We have proactively prepared ourselves for the arrival of our online-only competitors, often by reminding ourselves that at the end of the day, we're an industry reliant on personal relationships, which cannot be easily achieved online.
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Gubernatorial Races Poised to Make History in 2 Weeks
The Washington Post
From Oct. 20: You wouldn't know it by following the Senate-control-centric coverage of the midterm elections emanating from Washington, but we could well be headed toward a historic gubernatorial election in 15 days. Not since 1984 have more than six sitting governors lost in any one election. But, 30 years after that gubernatorial carnage, a look at this year's races puts 11 incumbents in various levels of peril — suggesting that history may be in the making.
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The 10 Most Vulnerable Senators
Roll Call
From Sept. 8: There is a new chart-topper in Roll Call's latest monthly ranking of the 10 most vulnerable senators. Montana's appointed Sen. John Walsh was by far the most endangered incumbent in the chamber at the time of the previous installment in early August, but his decision in August to not seek a full term opened the top slot to a couple other worthy contenders.
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John Boehner Hits Back at 'So Sue Me'
Politico
From July 7: House Speaker John Boehner is accusing President Barack Obama of ignoring the Constitution, calling it "utterly beneath the dignity of the office." In an op-ed on CNN.com, Boehner noted that after he announced plans to bring a lawsuit against Obama for overstepping his executive authority, the president responded, "So sue me."
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7 Essential Facts About Ebola
National Journal
From Oct. 13: Ebola deaths are continuing to add up as countries and organizations — led by the U.S. — pour money into fighting it. This year has been the worst year for Ebola infections and deaths since the virus was first recognized in 1976. This article lists the grim numbers.
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Battle for the Senate: How the GOP did it
The Washington Post
From Nov. 10: One night in early September, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell called a longtime colleague, Sen. Pat Roberts, from his living room in Louisville, furious about the 78-year-old Republican's fumbling and lethargic re-election campaign. Roberts had raised a paltry $62,000 in August. He was airing no ads. His campaign staff, mostly college students, had gone back to school.
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