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4 May 2011

Conservative Media Cast Obama’s Bin Laden Order As Opposite Of Foreign Policy Views

In the wake of President Obama's decision to approve the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, right-wing media are claiming that the call was in direct contradiction to Obama's foreign policy positions. In fact, as a presidential candidate, Obama promised he would take action against terrorists in Pakistan if "President Musharraf won't."
In the wake of President Obama's decision to approve the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, right-wing media are claiming...

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4 May 2011

Wisconsin Democrats pickup state Assembly seat in key recall district

Last night, Democrat Steve Doyle won the 94th Wisconsin state Assembly seat, which had been held by Republicans for over 16 years. It was a special election caused by the resignation of Republican Mike Huebsch, who left the seat to become Scott Walker's Administration Secretary. The final margin was 54% to 46%.
Last night, Democrat Steve Doyle won the 94th Wisconsin state Assembly seat, which had been held by Republicans for over...

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3 May 2011

GOP congressman doesn’t know why we have the oil subsidies he voted for

It's a real pattern now. Republicans voted unanimously to protect oil company subsidies earlier this year. But now that those oil companies are announcing record profits, these very same Republicans are refusing to publicly acknowledge that the reason why the subsidies are in place is because they voted for them.
It's a real pattern now. Republicans voted unanimously to protect oil company subsidies earlier this year. But now that...

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1 May 2011

Romney At Koch-Sponsored Forum: We Need To Hang Obama…Metaphorically Speaking

Mitt Romney in a forum sponsored by oil companies( AFP is funded by big oil companies including Koch Industries) tonight declares that he wants to "hang" Obama on the high oil prices from which the AFP's sponsors are raking in record profits.
Mitt Romney in a forum sponsored by oil companies( AFP is funded by big oil companies including Koch Industries) tonight...
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29 Apr 2011

George Soros considers his options

The conference, which was closed to the public and media, was revealed this week by the investigative journalism nonprofit Center for Public Integrity (to which Soros s foundations have contributed $3.7 million since 1999 and at which this reporter worked in 1999 and 2000).
The conference, which was closed to the public and media, was revealed this week by the investigative journalism...

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29 Apr 2011

George Soros at Cato It’s all about Hayek

The Cato Institute opened its doors to George Soros on Thursday, and he came in peace. The 35th wealthiest man in the world arrived at the libertarian think tank, evaded a question about Donald Trump from a video-camera-wielding reporter, and relaxed in a back room as a crowd gathered for his speech.
The Cato Institute opened its doors to George Soros on Thursday, and he came in peace. The 35th wealthiest man in the...

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29 Apr 2011

Paul Ryan tells constituents he supports ending the oil subsidies that he voted for

Earlier this year, Paul Ryan and every other House Republican voted to protect federal tax subsidies for oil companies. So when a constituent asked him on Thursday morning if he supports those subsidies, you'd expect him to say that he did, right?
Earlier this year, Paul Ryan and every other House Republican voted to protect federal tax subsidies for oil companies....

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29 Apr 2011

CEPR: Republican Medicare plan costs seniors $7 for every $1 government saves

Critics have pointed out that the Republican plan to turn Medicare into vouchers would only save the government money by shifting healthcare costs to seniors. A new study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research quantifies that cost shift. For every dollar saved by government, they find, seniors would pay more than seven dollars.
Critics have pointed out that the Republican plan to turn Medicare into vouchers would only save the government money by...

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29 Apr 2011

Bachmann backs up Now vows to ‘keep our promise’ to current and future seniors

There's growing evidence that the Republican establishment is increasingly concerned about the heat members, particularly freshmen, are feeling back home over the Republican budget. Speaker John Boehner himself has inched away from it, saying "I'm not wedded to one single idea."
There's growing evidence that the Republican establishment is increasingly concerned about the heat members,...

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29 Apr 2011

WaPo factchecker: GOP lawmakers Medicare claim ‘stretched’

Take note, PolitiFact and Columbia Journalism Review. While their fact-checking focused on the semantics of the DCCC's ad saying the GOP intended to "end Medicare," with their budget plan, the Washington Post decided to actually fact check Republican claims about the plan.
Take note, PolitiFact and Columbia Journalism Review. While their fact-checking focused on the semantics of the DCCC's...

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29 Apr 2011

Birthers reborn Now they think the long-form was a forgery

So the birthers have been reborn: they now think the newly-released long-form birth certificate is a forgery. Basically their complaint boils down to the fact that PDF files containing images of the copy of the original birth certificate don't actually contain the original birth certificate.
So the birthers have been reborn: they now think the newly-released long-form birth certificate is a forgery. Basically...
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29 Apr 2011

Ask GOP reps from devastated areas if they still back Ryan’s budget that guts FEMA, NWS

I couldn't help but notice the GOP twitterati whipping out their instant and expected responses to the storms that devastated the southern tier. From Michele Bachmann to Sarah Palin to Newt Gingrich, GOPers were falling all over themselves offering their prayers for victims of the horrific weather events.
I couldn't help but notice the GOP twitterati whipping out their instant and expected responses to the storms that...

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29 Apr 2011

Supreme Court Reinforces the Corporate State

We might not be there yet, but we are standing on the porch getting ready to ring the doorbell on America's new home: The Corporate State. a 5-4 decision, the justices of the United States Supreme Court voted to block individuals from joining together in class-action lawsuits against corporations, which would force people to arbitrate disputes with large companies on a case-by-case basis
We might not be there yet, but we are standing on the porch getting ready to ring the doorbell on America's new home:...

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26 Apr 2011

Republican health plan vs. the public option

In the absence of any kind of real healthcare reform plan from the Republicans (the erstwhile "replace" part of their "repeal and replace" mantra of 2010), you have to assume that their plan is the Ryan plan, abolishing Medicare and turning it into vouchers and gutting Medicaid
In the absence of any kind of real healthcare reform plan from the Republicans (the erstwhile "replace" part of their...

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26 Apr 2011

Anger on display at Republican town hall meetings over Medicare, taxes

A town hall meeting held in Orlando by U.S. Rep. Dan Webster degenerated into bedlam Tuesday, with members of the crowd shouting down the freshman Republican congressman and yelling at one another....
A town hall meeting held in Orlando by U.S. Rep. Dan Webster degenerated into bedlam Tuesday, with members of the crowd...

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26 Apr 2011

What would Abbie Hoffman do to stop the Koch brothers

Thinking about Abbie today, I wager he d acknowledge social media as the great force for democratization. He d have an iPhone (after all, Jerry Rubin was an early Apple investor), he d have a page on Facebook and would interact with critics, imitators and allies through Twitter. His YouTube channel would feature young protestors everywhere from Cairo to Madison, WI.
Thinking about Abbie today, I wager he d acknowledge social media as the great force for democratization. He d have an...
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25 Apr 2011

Dems can beat Scott Brown in 2012 – here’s how

He s one of the most popular politicians in the state. He s sitting on more than $8 million in his campaign account, with the ability to raise millions more. And Brown has some of the smartest political minds in the country running his campaign - many of whom also advise Mitt Romney
He s one of the most popular politicians in the state. He s sitting on more than $8 million in his campaign account,...
24 Apr 2011

Ground Zero for American Politics

Instead of raising taxes on the super-rich, Michigan Republicans are employing dictatorial powers -- dissolving local governments and selling off public facilities to private corporations, including, as you'll find out below, a public school for pregnant teens. This is tea party government in action. This is your pro-life party. They arrest pregnant teens and deprive them of a decent education -- instead of taxing the rich. Utterly disgusting.
Instead of raising taxes on the super-rich, Michigan Republicans are employing dictatorial powers -- dissolving local...

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23 Apr 2011

Party’s Over

Rep. Jeffrey Landry, R-La., a tea party favorite, beat a former state House speaker in the primary last year en route to winning his seat in Congress. Now, state legislators in the party establishment have exacted their revenge: When it came time to eliminate one of Louisiana s congressional seats-required under this year's reapportionment-they picked Landry's.
Rep. Jeffrey Landry, R-La., a tea party favorite, beat a former state House speaker in the primary last year en route to...

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23 Apr 2011

GOP Rep. Who Complained About Struggling on $174K Salary Gets Earful at Town Hall

All across America, a Main Street Movement has broken out to defend the middle class against right-wing attacks on labor rights and basic public services. In recent days, this movement has turned on GOP House members who voted to effectively end Medicare and turn seniors over to private insurance companies when they approved Rep. Paul Ryan s (R-WI) radical budget bill.
All across America, a Main Street Movement has broken out to defend the middle class against right-wing attacks on labor...

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23 Apr 2011

Republicans Plan For 2012: Suppressing The Minority Vote

In a poll con ducted by Pew His panic Research Cen ter, stud ies found that minor ity vot ers are on the rise while white vot ers are declin ing. The Poll com pared the 2008 elec tion to 2004 and found the following
In a poll con ducted by Pew His panic Research Cen ter, stud ies found that minor ity vot ers are on the rise while...
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23 Apr 2011

Top Contributors to Barack Obama

This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate , rather the money came from the organization's PAC, its individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals' immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
This table lists the top donors to this candidate in the 2008 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not...
23 Apr 2011

The People’s Budget

Just when it seemed that all of Washington had lost its values and its connection with the American people, a bolt of hope has arrived. It is the People's Budget put forward by the co-chairs of the 80-member Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Just when it seemed that all of Washington had lost its values and its connection with the American people, a bolt of...

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22 Apr 2011

GOP schizophrenia on debt ceiling

One day after being named to a presidential task force to negotiate deficit reduction, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor fired off a stark warning to Democrats that the GOP will not grant their request for a debt limit increase without major spending cuts or budget process reforms.
One day after being named to a presidential task force to negotiate deficit reduction, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor...
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21 Apr 2011

Time puts Michelle Rhee on a list, ignores her critics and scandals

The ongoing uncritical liberal establishment's deification of former Washington DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee has finally, belatedly met some pushback -- notably from Diane Ravitch -- but there is no hint of that in the piece commemorating her entry into the 2011 Time 100, one of their many, endless lists of "the most influential people in the world."
The ongoing uncritical liberal establishment's deification of former Washington DC schools chancellor Michelle Rhee has...

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21 Apr 2011

Blair government worked with companies pre-Iraq invasion

The UK's Independent has obtained government documents they say demonstrate that "[p]lans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves were discussed by government ministers and the world's largest oil companies the year before Britain took a leading role in invading Iraq."
The UK's Independent has obtained government documents they say demonstrate that "[p]lans to exploit Iraq's oil reserves...

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21 Apr 2011

Republicans file recall petitions against three Wisconsin Dems, but trail in overall intensity

At long last, Republicans have filed recall petitions against Democratic state Senators. They made three filings in total, against Jim Holperin, Dave Hansen, and Robert Wirch. In two weeks, it's possible that Republicans will submit recall petitions against Democratic state Senator Julie Lassa as well.
At long last, Republicans have filed recall petitions against Democratic state Senators. They made three filings in...

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19 Apr 2011

Tea party fizzle across the nation

Politicians, political operatives and members of the media came close to outnumbering attendees at a much-hyped Columbia, S.C. Tea Party rally starring U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann and S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday.
Politicians, political operatives and members of the media came close to outnumbering attendees at a much-hyped...

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19 Apr 2011

Emergency managers Scott Walker’s next power grab

Reports are surfacing that Scott Walker is now preparing his next assault on the democratic political process in the State of Wisconsin. Following the lead of Michigan GOP Governor Rick Snyder, Walker is said to be preparing a plan that would allow him to force local governments to submit to a financial stress test with an eye towards permitting the governor to take over municipalities that fail to meet with Walker s approval.
Reports are surfacing that Scott Walker is now preparing his next assault on the democratic political process in the...

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19 Apr 2011

Wisconsin recall Organizers over 110% of minimum signatures against third GOP state Senator

After filing recall petitions against Republican state Senators Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper, Wisconsin Democrats are on the brink of filing a third recall petition. The latest target is Shelia Harsdorf
After filing recall petitions against Republican state Senators Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper, Wisconsin Democrats are on...

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18 Apr 2011

Ross Douthat’s racial paranoia

Ross Douthat's New York Times column is often such a dizzying combination of purported rigorous logic and proud conservative bias as to be unreadable. Every once in a while, though, he gives you a scary but important peek into the conservative psyche.
Ross Douthat's New York Times column is often such a dizzying combination of purported rigorous logic and proud...

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18 Apr 2011

Roger Ailes brings big-city paranoia to small-town newspaper

Here's some free career advice for all you struggling reporters out there: If Roger Ailes buys the small-town community newspaper you work for, seek employment elsewhere. Because, as Gawker's John Cook and Hamilton Nolan report today, he might have News Corp. security officers tail you and conduct surveillance on your lunches.
Here's some free career advice for all you struggling reporters out there: If Roger Ailes buys the small-town community...
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18 Apr 2011

Chris Christie vs. Family planning funding

In September, he vetoed state support for family planning clinics, a move strongly backed by anti-abortion groups because some of the clinics performed abortions. In February, after the Democratic-controlled Legislature approved a much smaller appropriation for family planning, backed mostly by federal dollars, he vetoed that, too. Mr. Christie also applied for federal money for abstinence-only education, something that the Democrat he unseated, Gov. Jon S. Corzine, had not done.
In September, he vetoed state support for family planning clinics, a move strongly backed by anti-abortion groups...

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16 Apr 2011

And so it begins. Emergency Financial Mgr. fires entire government of Benton Harbor, MI.

As you probably know, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently signed legislation passed by the Republican-dominated House and Senate that gives State-appointed Emergency Financial Managers (EFMs) historically broad and sweeping powers. These new powers allow the EFM to cancel or modify contracts (including with unions) and even to fire the municipality's government
As you probably know, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recently signed legislation passed by the Republican-dominated House...

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15 Apr 2011

Rick Santorum disowns campaign slogan when told a gay liberal poet came up with it

Long-ago Sen. Rick Santorum is running for president, despite his "Google problem," and fresh out of the gate he has already invited more mockery. His campaign website features the slogan, "Fighting to Make America America Again" (by which I think he means that America is not America when there's a Muslim in charge).
Long-ago Sen. Rick Santorum is running for president, despite his "Google problem," and fresh out of the gate he has...
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15 Apr 2011

Christie: Take the bat out on female legislator

In a news conference about pension policy Thursday, the New Jersey governor demanded the press go after one of his Democratic critics, state Sen. Loretta Weinberg. Or, as Christie put it: "Can you guys please take the bat out on her for once?"
In a news conference about pension policy Thursday, the New Jersey governor demanded the press go after one of his...

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15 Apr 2011

Scott Walker says stripping collective bargaining rights doesn’t save any money

Scott Walker has consistently argued that stripping public workers of their collective bargaining rights was necessary to balance Wisconsin's budget. For example, when he signed the bill stripping collective bargaining rights into law, he tweeted the following statement:
Scott Walker has consistently argued that stripping public workers of their collective bargaining rights was necessary...

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15 Apr 2011

Koch Industries gains from pollution law delays

Koch Industries since 2005 has owned Georgia-Pacific, which owns the former Fort Howard paper-making facility in Green Bay. The Green Bay plant is one of the largest contributors of phosphorus into Wisconsin waters. One state report estimates that Georgia-Pacific is responsible for nearly 10 percent of total phosphorus pollution in the Lower Fox River
Koch Industries since 2005 has owned Georgia-Pacific, which owns the former Fort Howard paper-making facility in Green...

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14 Apr 2011

The secret militarism of Obama’s defense spending cuts

One of the major headlines to emerge from President Obama's debt reduction plan is his proposed $40-billion-a-year cut to defense. For progressives in particular, this is one of the good initiatives in a mixed bag. But most of the Washington press corps has missed the underlying story: The administration's spending cuts would actually make defense an even larger part of the overall discretionary budget.
One of the major headlines to emerge from President Obama's debt reduction plan is his proposed $40-billion-a-year cut...
14 Apr 2011

Walker admits to Congress he never campaigned on killing collective bargaining rights

In this exchange, Governor Walker admits to Congress that he did not specifically say during his campaign for governor that he planned to attack the collective bargaining rights of educators and other public employees in Wisconsin.
In this exchange, Governor Walker admits to Congress that he did not specifically say during his campaign for governor...

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13 Apr 2011

Budget Deal Breakdown – Cuts Hit IRS

Cenk Uygur breaks down new details about the budget cut deal between Democrats and Republicans, including how the Internal Revenue Service will be affected.
Cenk Uygur breaks down new details about the budget cut deal between Democrats and Republicans, including how the...
13 Apr 2011

Right-Wing Media Use Budget Talks To Wage War On Women

Right-wing media responded to budget negotiations and the debate over Planned Parenthood funding by making sexist attacks against women and deriding women's health services as, among other things, "non-vital" and "optional."
Right-wing media responded to budget negotiations and the debate over Planned Parenthood funding by making sexist...

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13 Apr 2011

Progressive Group To Supporters: Withhold Donations To Obama If He Cuts Medicare, Medicaid

One of the thorniest progressive groups in the side of the Obama administration is launching a new campaign against the president on Tuesday, this time targeting the president s vaunted grassroots donor base.
One of the thorniest progressive groups in the side of the Obama administration is launching a new campaign against the...

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13 Apr 2011

Sherrod Brown to Obama ‘Oppose any attempts to dismantle Medicare’

Greg Sargent has a letter Sen. Sherrod Brown is circulating among Democrats, urging President Obama to take a strong stand against the Ryan Medicare voucher plan and creating a key narrative Democrats should use when talking about the Ryan/Republican plan
Greg Sargent has a letter Sen. Sherrod Brown is circulating among Democrats, urging President Obama to take a strong...

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13 Apr 2011

Budget deal details reveal painful cuts, but some creative accounting too

Late last night, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees revealed the final details of the compromise funding deal for fiscal year 2011. Based on numbers released by the House Appropriations Committee, here's a chart summarizing the spending level changes.
Late last night, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees revealed the final details of the compromise funding...

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13 Apr 2011

Hawaii Takes on The Foolish Birthers

Can any one not be dis gusted and dis ap pointed by the con stant polit i cal dis trac tions of the birthers and their base less accu sa tions against the President s cit i zen ship? Now imag ine if you had first hand knowl edge of the president s birth in Hawaii, and were friends with his par ents, imag ine your dis gust and dis ap point ment with the birthers then
Can any one not be dis gusted and dis ap pointed by the con stant polit i cal dis trac tions of the birthers and their...
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11 Apr 2011

How a ‘win’ portends potential losses for the GOP

There are some real alarm numbers for the GOP in these numbers, even if they now appear to point to a decidedly narrow re-election for Prosser. Start with the obvious points of alarm, which nonetheless deserve to be repeated. Prosser had a thirty-point lead over Kloppenburg after the primary, which was less than two months ago. Even if you make the presumption that Kloppenburg should get the lion's share of the other votes in the primary, Prosser still had a ten-point lead that dissipated in about seven weeks. This despite the fact it is a virtual certainty that Prosser and his advocates had the money edge over Kloppenburg and her allies.
There are some real alarm numbers for the GOP in these numbers, even if they now appear to point to a decidedly narrow...

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11 Apr 2011

What the Republican budget plans tell us about Republican values

The Republicans want you to believe that they're concerned about the deficit. Of course, that concern is a lie. They don't care about the deficit. They only care about using the deficit as an excuse to pursue their extremist agenda.
The Republicans want you to believe that they're concerned about the deficit. Of course, that concern is a lie. They...

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8 Apr 2011

Waukesha County clerk served GOP caucus while Prosser oversaw it

Here s the full story on when Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, a Republican, previously worked in the Wisconsin Legislature. Nickolaus upended the tight state Supreme Court race Thursday when she announced she had failed to correctly tally thousands of votes in an unofficial report to the press. That swung the unofficial totals in the race from challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg to Justice David Prosser, who previously served as a top GOP lawmaker.
Here s the full story on when Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, a Republican, previously worked in the Wisconsin...

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7 Apr 2011

Wisconsin Democrats to file recall petitions against Randy Hopper

Fresh off a remarkable Supreme Court victory in Wisconsin, the pressure on conservatives in the Badger state goes up yet another notch. Democrats will file recall petition signatures against Republican state Senator Randy Hopper later today:
Fresh off a remarkable Supreme Court victory in Wisconsin, the pressure on conservatives in the Badger state goes up yet...
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7 Apr 2011

Van Hollen: Tea Party Wing Has Taken Over House Budget Talks

What you have is the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party in the House has taken over. They are pushing Speaker Boehner whatever direction they want. And they have taken the position that they want 100 percent their way, or they're going to shut down the government.
What you have is the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party in the House has taken over. They are pushing Speaker...

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6 Apr 2011

America’s Hatred of Sarah Palin Reaches Historic Heights

In case you thought there was no way that America could possibly hate Sarah Palin any more than they already do, check out her new approval ratings from the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Palin s approval rating has dropped to 25%, which is tied with George W. Bush and one point behind Richard Nixon for the worst ever
In case you thought there was no way that America could possibly hate Sarah Palin any more than they already do, check...

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6 Apr 2011

Is ALEC Leading GOP’s Charge to Suppress the Youth Vote

Nearly forty years after a constitutional amendment conferring voting rights on eighteen year-olds was passed into law, and signed by President Richard Nixon, the American Legislative Exchange Council is doing all it can to make it difficult for young people to vote.
Nearly forty years after a constitutional amendment conferring voting rights on eighteen year-olds was passed into law,...

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6 Apr 2011

The Mega-Rich Have Declared War Against Ordinary Americans

The American Creed reminds us that we all are created equal, and that our compassion for each other is the very basis for our democracy and our honor. In times of greatest crisis, we are called upon to assert our Creed, as we originally did during the American Revolution, or to reaffirm it, as we did during the Civil War.
The American Creed reminds us that we all are created equal, and that our compassion for each other is the very basis...
6 Apr 2011

Why is Bank of America Not Paying Any Taxes on $4.4 Billion in Income

Around this time every year, Californians scramble to finish doing their taxes and pay what they owe to the government. But not everyone is paying their fair share. Forbes Magazine recently analyzed the tax returns of the top 25 U.S. companies and found out that they re not paying much in taxes.
Around this time every year, Californians scramble to finish doing their taxes and pay what they owe to the government....
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4 Apr 2011

Wisconsin Voters: Tomorrow May Be Your Last Chance To Keep Your Judiciary Out Of The Koch Brothers’ Hands

There is a group little known called Citizens for a Strong America (CSA)?? that has been putting a surprising amount of money into the WI State Supreme Court election to be held Tuesday. Some folks have been digging around and found some very interesting things on the group. I urge you to go read Cognitive Dissidence because it has a summary of that info and more on how these folks operate. Here is part:
There is a group little known called Citizens for a Strong America (CSA)?? that has been putting a surprising amount of...

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4 Apr 2011

What would public broadcasting do with $178 billion?

Apparently Americans want to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting because they think 5% of the federal budget goes to NPR and PBS. That was the median guess in a CNN poll released Friday. If that were true, Talking Points Memo noted, that would mean the CPB would receive $178 billion a year from the government. (And that's not even counting what they get from Archer Daniels Midland and viewers like you.)
Apparently Americans want to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting because they think 5% of the federal budget...
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4 Apr 2011

The most uncounted cost of Endless War

Harry Reid and Lindsey Graham yesterday both suggested that Congress take unspecified though formal action against the Koran-burning by Florida preacher Terry Jones, which triggered days of violence this week by angry Muslims in Afghanistan. Graham in particular -- using the "but" that is the hallmark of all enemies of the First Amendment -- said: "Free speech is a great idea, but we re in a war."
Harry Reid and Lindsey Graham yesterday both suggested that Congress take unspecified though formal action against the...
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4 Apr 2011

Forget the Tea Party: The left is waking up

You know those experiences that serve as a living example of something you re studying or reading about? You learn a word s meaning, and then you hear it everywhere; the natural angling of your bike as you turn around the corner makes sense of a physics lesson, or your grief over a loss is reflected in an assigned novel.
You know those experiences that serve as a living example of something you re studying or reading about? You learn a...

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3 Apr 2011

The Tea Party’s Cleverly-Packaged Fascism

It's exactly that vilification of teachers, as well as all public sector workers and all people who accept government entitlements that is the dark cloud hanging over this very clearly orchestrated push by the Tea Partiers to wipe out the middle class,while preserving a separate set of rules for the wealthy and corporations that leads me to believe that we are in the middle of a fascist movement in America.
It's exactly that vilification of teachers, as well as all public sector workers and all people who accept government...

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3 Apr 2011

Tea Party Hypocrisy Some Lawmakers With Tea Party Ties Are on the Government Dole –

The Tea Party swept into the 112th Congress with promises of cutting government spending. But according to a report out today, at least five lawmakers with Tea Party connections have been longtime recipients of federal agricultural subsidies.
The Tea Party swept into the 112th Congress with promises of cutting government spending. But according to a report out...

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1 Apr 2011

Ohio to host second major union-fueled election of 2011

A union-fueled election of equal importance to the recall elections in Wisconsin will take place this November in Ohio. This is because Ohio Republicans overcame their differences, and today passed Senate bill 5, which strips collective bargaining rights for state employees (among many other heinous provisions):
A union-fueled election of equal importance to the recall elections in Wisconsin will take place this November in Ohio....

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1 Apr 2011

Democrats: If there’s a shutdown, Congress shouldn’t get paid

TPM's Brian Beutler reports that two dozen House Democrats have written a letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging him to schedule a clean vote on legislation to stop congressional pay in the event of a federal shutdown.
TPM's Brian Beutler reports that two dozen House Democrats have written a letter to House Speaker John Boehner urging...
1 Apr 2011

Obama’s new view of his own war powers

Yesterday, Hillary Clinton told the House of Representatives that "the White House would forge ahead with military action in Libya even if Congress passed a resolution constraining the mission." As TPM put it: "the administration would ignore any and all attempts by Congress to shackle President Obama's power as commander in chief to make military and wartime decisions," as such attempts would constitute "an unconstitutional encroachment on executive power."
Yesterday, Hillary Clinton told the House of Representatives that "the White House would forge ahead with military...

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1 Apr 2011

Ohio police, firefighters cite safety concerns, vow fight over collective bargaining limits

Unlike Wisconsin s high-profile effort to limit collective bargaining rights for public workers, Ohio s new law includes police officers and firefighters who say it threatens the safety of them and the people they protect.
Unlike Wisconsin s high-profile effort to limit collective bargaining rights for public workers, Ohio s new law includes...

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1 Apr 2011

Poll Unfavorable View Of Tea Party Hits Record High

The percentage of Americans who hold an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement rose to an all-time in a new CNN poll released today. CNN found the Tea Party ranked nearly as unpopular as both the Republican and Democratic parties.
The percentage of Americans who hold an unfavorable opinion of the Tea Party movement rose to an all-time in a new CNN...

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31 Mar 2011

What Is ALEC? Dragging the Secretive Conservative Organization Out of the Shadows

As puzzle master Will Shortz might say, what is a four-letter acronym for a virtually unknown, but politically powerful conservative organization? If you guessed ALEC, you won't be receiving an NPR lapel pin, but rest assured, you are in very elite company.
As puzzle master Will Shortz might say, what is a four-letter acronym for a virtually unknown, but politically powerful...

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30 Mar 2011

Republicans consulting Chevron and lobbyists on offshore drilling bills

House Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee are in the process of readying three bills on offshore drilling, and it seems that the Chairman, Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), has taken a page out of Dick Cheney's book on formulating energy policy. Which means, if you want to know the details, you need to either be a select Republican or on the guest list of Hastings':
House Republicans on the Natural Resources Committee are in the process of readying three bills on offshore drilling,...

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30 Mar 2011

The fallacy that tax cuts stimulate economies

The tax cuts were supposed to stimulate Ohio's economy and create jobs. But that never happened once the economy tanked. Instead, the changes ended up costing Ohio more than $2 billion a year in lost tax revenue; money that would go a long way toward closing the state's $8 billion budget gap for fiscal year 2012
The tax cuts were supposed to stimulate Ohio's economy and create jobs. But that never happened once the economy tanked....
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30 Mar 2011

Dems budget strategy Blame the tea party

The groom-with-cold-feet image is the latest metaphor used by Senate Democrats in their ongoing campaign to paint House Republicans as the ones holding up budget negotiations, as the April 8 deadline before the government shuts down looms.
The groom-with-cold-feet image is the latest metaphor used by Senate Democrats in their ongoing campaign to paint House...
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