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Grimm pleads guilty to tax evasion

Rep. Michael Grimm, New York Republican, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a felony tax charge stemming from a 20-count indictment against the congressman handed up in April. Grimm pleaded guilty to a single count of aiding in the preparation of a false tax return in 2009 and faces up to three years in prison, according […]

Grimm’s Fandango

To recap, Republican Rep. Mike Grimm of Staten Island pleads guilty to felony tax evasion, pulls a Trey Radel and refuses to resign. House Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said Boehner “won’t have any announcements until the Speaker discusses the matter with Mr. Grimm.” Members of Congress do not automatically forfeit their office upon [Read more...]

The Next Phase of the Koch Brothers' War on Unions

Christmas came early for the less than a quarter of 1 percent of Americans who donate to political campaigns or committees. In a rare display of inter-party harmony, Republicans and Democrats agreed to a provision, slipped into the Senate's...Show More Summary

Republican Congressman To Plead Guilty To Felony

Congressman Michael Grimm of Staten Island, New York, was charged in a 20-count indictment with hiding more than $1 million in income and wages at a restaurant he co-owned. Grimm’s admission of guilt will place his congressional career in danger, exactly seven weeks after he won reelection by an overwhelming margin. Grimm was scheduled to [...]

The Washington Free Beacon Shows How Bad Republicans Are At Humor

The Washington Free Beacon, a publication that leans just a bit to the right, has made a video that further cements the fact that Republicans are just not good at humor, in addition to being terrible at governance. It's spearheaded by...Show More Summary

Report: Republicans propose new net neutrality alternative to prevent 'paid prioritization'

Republican Congressional leaders are proposing a new plan that could prevent service providers from giving priority for some websites over others, reports The Washington Post, citing unnamed industry officials close to the plans.

Let Us Now Praise Obama's Economic Policies

Steve Benen evaluates recent economic news by the standards of Republican promises from two years ago: The Romney Standard: Mitt Romney said during the 2012 campaign that if Americans elect him, he’d get the unemployment rate down to 6% by 2016. Show More Summary

Districts most endangered by climate change still represented by science deniers

now-Sen. Cory Gardner An irony of climate change denial: Many of the places in America that will be most severely affected by climate change are represented by Republican science deniers. [Rep. Cory Gardner’s] home turf, one of the 10...Show More Summary

N.Y. Rep. Michael Grimm expected to plead guilty to federal charge

Embattled Republican Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) will plead guilty Tuesday to one of the counts he was charged with in a 20-count indictment that included fraud and perjury, his attorney has confirmed.

Republicans to Pick New Congressional Budget Office Director

4 days agoNews : Reason

Congressional Republicans will pick a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) director when current CBO chief Douglas Elmendorf's current term is up next year, according to a report by Bloomberg Politics' Dave Weigel.  I was critical of...Show More Summary

How a Seth Rogen bro comedy is uniting Washington

There’s plenty dividing Republicans and Democrats these days (immigration, government spending), as all days. But one issue is creating an oddly bipartisan moment for lawmakers that’s enough to warm the Grinchiest of hearts: “The Interview” is a must-see! Sony Pictures’ decision to cancel the release of the Seth Rogen-James Franco flick might have cost it a […]

Report: Republicans will oust CBO director Doug Elmendorf

Republicans have been dissatisfied with the CBO for quite a while, both because it keeps reporting a rosy Obamacare picture, and because when it makes its projections on the costs and benefits of legislation, it refuses to bolster their...Show More Summary

Q: What Is It When Cops Reject Civilian Control? A: What Do You Call A Police State?

I've known lots of cops in my day. I even used to drink with them when I was a reporter, and they were a very funny bunch of guys -- that is, when they weren't brutalizing people, acting as an enforcement arm of the local Republican party, battering their wives, or stalking their exes. Other than that, though, great guys. And so here's the ambiguity. Show More Summary

GOP moves to bring a bogus New Math to the federal budget

Doug Elmendorf has been viewed as a marked man in Washington ever since the last election, when Republicans won a majority in both houses of Congress for 2015. Now confirmation comes via Bloomberg that he won't be reappointed to his job as director of the Congressional Budget Office in January.

With GDP growing strongly, Republicans’ economic dilemma gets more complicated

We got the latest quarterly economic growth numbers today, and they’re pretty striking: The U.S. economy grew at its fastest rate in more than a decade between the months of July and October, helped by a surge in consumer spending, according to government data released Tuesday morning. The Commerce Department said gross domestic product growth […]

Howie Kurtz mansplains the news: Fox’s media reporter has some advice for lady journalists

Howard Kurtz explains to female reporters how to do their jobs right, with insider tricks like "quote Republicans"

Pelosi: Boehner should force Grimm to resign

Top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi is calling for the resignation of Republican Rep. Michael Grimm as he prepares to plead guilty to felony tax evasion. “Now that the election is over, Congressman Grimm is finally admitting the truth to his constituents,” the House Minority Leader said in a statement Tuesday. “Clearly, Speaker Boehner must insist […]

Remember When Republicans Filibustered The Cybersecurity Bill?

One would think that the media would be mentioning this in light of the recent attacks on computers... Sony... North Korea... hackers... NYT, August 2, 2012, Cybersecurity Bill Is Blocked in Senate by GOP Filibuster, (BARF WARNING --...Show More Summary

How to upgrade the GOP presidential debates

This past spring, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus began serious discussions with networks about the 2016 presidential debates. He has repeatedly said he wants fewer of them and more participation by conservative...Show More Summary

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