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House of Representatives sputtering onward

The new 114th congressional session kicked off in early January with a few sputters. Its Republican membership has increased but so far not its openness to moderate issues. Nonetheless, two New Jersey Democrats (Reps. Norcross and Sires) have voted in support of Republican bills. Show More Summary

Verbatim: Boehner on His Party

Speaker John A. Boehner, during a Republican leadership news conference, spoke about the internal divide about abortion and border security.

Jon Stewart: Republicans Are Still Using the ‘Exact Same Fucking’ Rhetoric Romney Did

15 hours agoNews : Truthdig

Not much has changed in the GOP since it lost the last presidential election.

Daily Show: Sarah Palin's Iowa Speech Was Actual Goddamn Gibberish

15 hours agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

What could be more fun than the lead-up to the Republican presidential primaries, when people like Donald Trump and Sarah Palin make their usual, unintentionally hilarious Running For President noises? But as the Daily Show pointed out last night, Palin's recent speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit crossed into... Show More Summary

This Is How Republicans Would Oppose the Keystone Pipeline

"In this age, in this country, public sentiment is everything. With it, nothing can fail; against it, nothing can succeed. Whoever molds public sentiment goes deeper than he who enacts statutes, or pronounces judicial decisions." --Show More Summary

The “lonely” black Republican: Harvard historian on Ben Carson to Jackie Robinson

Professor Leah Wright Rigueur tells Salon how Republicans lost African-Americans — and how they might get them back

GOP Establishment Moves to Underdog Status

Jim Geraghty argues that Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, and Chris Christie aren’t in the top tier of Republican presidential candidates in 2016. Instead, the top candidates are Scott Walker, Marco Rubio, Rick Perry, and Bobby Jindal. First Read: “Now, we [...] The post GOP Establishment Moves to Underdog Status appeared first on Political Wire.

Indiana’s NPR-hating Tea Party governor sets up state-run news agency to sidestep media

15 hours agoNews : The Raw Story

Indiana’s NPR-hating Tea Party governor is setting up a taxpayer-funded state media outlet that will complete with other media outlets. Republican Gov. Mike Pence plans a late February launch for “Just IN,” a website and news outlet that will publish feature and news stories written by state press...

McConnell only gets four Democratic votes on losing cloture motion to fast-track Keystone XL

15 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

Tar sands bitumen would be moved through the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas. Just four Senate Democrats voted Monday with the Republicans for cloture on a bill that would have approved Keystone XL pipeline. The bill would have transferred authority from the president over the pipeline to Congress. Show More Summary

Obamacare’s Coverage Expansion Will Cost Less Than We Expected

The new Congressional Budget Office estimates could challenge what has been a longstanding argument of congressional Republicans. The post Obamacare’s Coverage Expansion Will Cost Less Than We Expected appeared first on ThinkProgres...

Wide Open Republican Presidential Field

A new USA Today/Suffolk University Poll “finds Republican and Republican-leaning voters scattered among 18 prospective nominees when asked an open-ended question about whom they want the GOP to nominate for president next year.” “Undecided finishes first, at 45%, trailed by [...] The post Wide Open Republican Presidential Field appeared first on Political Wire.

Republican state officials cast doubts on anti-Obamacare lawsuit

In King v. Burwell, the challengers’ primary argument is that Congress deliberately designed the law to deny subsidies to people in states that opted for the fallback federal exchange, as part of a “carrots” and “sticks” mechanism to pressure states to set up their own exchanges. If the Supreme Court sides with the challengers, it […]

If You Think the GOP Is "Refocusing" on the Wealth Gap, I've Got A Bridge To Sell You

The New York Times reported last week that in the closed-door Republican Senate Caucus retreat, Republican Leader Senator Mitch McConnell "encouraged the Republican troops to refocus policy on the stagnant middle class." That would be...Show More Summary

Alabama Politician Threatens To Out Colleague Having Affairs

State Rep. Patricia Todd doesn’t want to stand by while so-called “family values” politicians oppose gay marriage while not respecting their own. Please “like” Liberaland on Facebook Now read this:Republican State Senator Says He Shouldn’t Have DUI Charge Because He’s In Office (Jan 25, 2015) Joni Ernst’s Family Received Hundreds Of Thousands In Farm Subsidies [...]

Future President Ben Carson Wrote 6 Books. We Read Them So You Don't Have To.

Former neurosurgeon Ben Carson rallied Republicans at the Iowa Freedom Summit on Saturday, stirring up speculation once more that the conservative activist will seek his party's presidential nomination next year. Carson has never run...Show More Summary

Democrats, Republicans spar over Benghazi investigation

21 hours agoNews : The Newsroom

WASHINGTON (AP) — A special House committee investigating the deadly 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, began last year with promises of bipartisanship and cooperation.

Let's End Means-Tested Benefits

Republicans can start out the year strong by aggressively pursuing policies designed to make it worthwhile to work.

Israel’s dangerous new game playing out in Washington’s corridors of power

Republicans are thrilled, and Democrats are offended, by Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's show of disrespect for the president.

GOP abortion bill: right ends, wrong means

As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual “March for Life,” the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down an antiabortion bill that restricted abortions after 20

How Republicans win in the Northeast

I wrote the cover story in this weekend’s Washington Examiner magazine, about why the Northeast continues to elect Republicans as governor (and not to many posts other than that). The cast of characters includes newly elected governors...Show More Summary

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