Don't look now but medical costs may actually be starting to go down....
Earlier this month, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) strongly hinted he would filibuster President Obama’s three nominees to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the second most powerful court in the country. And Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) even introduced legislation to strip three seats from this court in [...]
LA is the biggest city to pass a plastic bag ban. Under the ban, stores that sell perishable foods will be prohibited from handing out plastic grocery bags. If the ban is violated, stores will be fined an unspecified amount. The law also calls for a 10-cent charge per paper bag. The ban would take [...]
The Wall Street Journal is using the Supreme Court's decision to hear a Fair Housing Act case as a springboard to resume its attacks on Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights Thomas Perez, who has been nominated to be Secretary of Labor. On June 17, the Supreme Court agreed to hear Mt. Show More Summary
Rep. Marsha Blackburn, tapped by Republican leadership to be the face of their new abortion ban legislation, comes up with a new—and completely bizarre—argument in favor of the legislation: REP. MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN): The bill has been amended. Show More Summary
The chances of immigration reform being approved this year just got slightly bleaker. It will now need the support from the majority of House Republicans.
Bank of America routinely denied qualified borrowers a chance to modify their loans to more affordable terms and paid cash bonuses to bank staffers for pushing homeowners into foreclosure, according to affidavits filed last week in a Massachusetts lawsuit. Show More Summary
On Monday, twenty-two people peacefully obstructed the entrance to the building that houses the State Department’s offices in downtown Chicago. They were then arrested without incident. Last week in London, several protesters were arrested inside the Parliament building after attempting to disrupt a speech by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Show More Summary
That natural-looking sliced turkey you buy from the grocery store may not actually be very “natural.” The Associated Press reports that fast and processed food makers have been trying their hardest to make products look “imperfect” in an attempt to convince consumers that they’re just as natural or fresh as a home-cooked meal. For instance, [...]
For nearly two weeks, officials defending NSA surveillance have stresses two main points: (1) it's legal; and (2) it's life-saving. The House Intelligence Committee heard quite a bit about the latter this morning.
For weeks, Fox News has promoted selective clips of interview transcripts leaked by House Republicans to promote their baseless claim that the White House engineered the Internal Revenue Service's improper screening of conservative groups seeking non-profit status. Such claims were always speculative. Show More Summary
In the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks, National Security Agency and Justice Department officials testified today before the House intelligence committee about the government's controversial surveillance programs. Here are the five most...Show More Summary
Conservative activist James O'Keefe released a new highly edited video that he's using to suggest there are widespread problems with a government program that provides phones and phone service to low-income Americans. The Lifeline phone...Show More Summary
And after all that “palling around!” Sitting down for an episode of RealClearPolitics’ “Morning Commute,” Ayers told host Charlie Stone that, on policy, Obama receives a “failing grade” along with the “F-minuses” he’s given previous presidents like George W. Bush and Richard Nixon. “I don’t think he’s let anybody down,” Ayers added, pointing to how [...]
This isn't the least bit surprising. House Speaker John Boehner is not going to bring a comprehensive immigration-reform plan to the floor if a majority of Republicans don't support it, sources familiar with his plans said. "No way in...Show More Summary
Have conservatives learned their lesson from the 47 percent debacle? A new paper from arguably the most influential conservative economist in the country, titled “In Defense Of The One Percent,” suggests no. Even worse, the paper shows how dividing America into Randian producers and naturally subordinate moochers is the only way to resolve a central [...]
James O'Keefe has a book release coming up on Tuesday and so he's dropping new video wherever he can in anticipation of it, I guess. But this one had me laughing because of the title he chose for his book chapter and the way he let his...Show More Summary
Setting up a “Lemonade for Peace” stand in front of the rainbow-colored Equality House, across the street from anti-LGBT Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, five year old Jayden Sink has raised (as of earlier this afternoon) over $18,000 for a anti-bullying program of Planting Peace. That amount comes from the suggested $1 donation (and [...]Show More Summary
Kirsten Gibson is an intern for ThinkProgress. Idaho’s Republican Party wants to keep discrimination in Idaho by getting rid of city ordinances that ban discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The party’s central committee passed a resolution to invalidate the ordinances passed by city councils in six cities. The resolution has no weight in [...]