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Reid's tax package deal with House GOP effectively dead after veto threat

WTF, guys? The deal Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was apparently close to sealing with House Republican leaders to make a bunch of tax breaks for corporations permanent while ending others that help lower- and middle-income families, seems pretty much dead now. Show More Summary

Incoming House Chairmen: It’s Big Government All Around

yesterdayNews : Reason

Republicans successfully campaigned against the excesses and failures of the Obama administration in keeping control of the House and regaining control of the Senate. In the process, there was no shortage of promises to rein in our bloated,...Show More Summary

Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: Key Republican retirement puts Virginia state Senate in play

John Watkins Leading Off: • VA State Senate: Though Republicans only have a 21-to-19 margin in Virginia's state Senate, their grip on the chamber is far stronger than it might appear. As Johnny Longtorso recently explained, even though Democrats only need to pick up one seat in next year's elections to allow Lt. Show More Summary

Compromise, You Keep Using That Word

Worthless fucking Democrats: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has reached a compromise with House Republicans on a package of tax breaks that would permanently extend relief for big multinational corporations without providing breaks for middle or lower-income families, individuals with knowledge of the deal tell ThinkProgress. Show More Summary

Are Republicans Hoping to Defund Border Security and Law Enforcement?

After President Barack Obama's speech outlining his immigration plan, South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has tried to strike a balance between support and impeachment, threatening to "defund" Obama's plan. The problem is, the president's action is largely one of inaction, making it difficult to withhold money for the non-event. Show More Summary

Why congressional Republicans are losing the battle against themselves

This is a complex and in some ways contradictory moment for congressional Republicans. They just won a significant victory by gaining control of the Senate and holding on to the House. The president they’ve opposed with such vigor is in the autumn of his term and has weak approval ratings. And yet much as this […]

A new free market climate bill puts Republicans in Congress between a rock and a hard place

2 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced a climate bill in the US Senate last week. The American Opportunity Carbon Fee Act proposes to tax carbon pollution at the source or at the border for imports, and return 100% of the revenue to taxpayers. The tax would therefore...

GMOs Expose Senator Thune's Science Problem

Ever since beating former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle in 2004, South Dakota's John Thune has become one of the Senate's more powerful Republicans. He's on VP shortlists. He's so popular in-state, no one challenged him for reelection in 2010. Show More Summary

An Open Letter to Senator McConnell and Speaker Boehner

President Barack Obama proudly announced that his policies would be on the ballot in the November 4 midterm elections. He got his answer loud and clear: the American people said, "No thanks.” The voters gave Republicans a big majority equal only to the stunning congressional victory 68 years ago in 1946. Show More Summary

Ted Cruz confronted with reality on Fox News, of all places

Sen. Ted Cruz wants Senate Republicans to block almost every one of President Obama's nominations in retaliation for him immigration executive order. He said so in an op-ed in Politico: "If the president announces executive amnesty,Show More Summary

Chuck Hagel — not a war time consigliere

(Paul Mirengoff) Good news. Chuck Hagel is out as Secretary of Defense, or will be as soon as a successor is nominated and confirmed. Let’s hope that any effort by the Republican Senate to block the confirmation of Obama administration appointees will exempt the Secretary of Defense position for national security reasons. Show More Summary

Republican Senator: GOP Needs To Develop Real Position On Climate Policy

"I think there will be a political problem for the Republican Party going into 2016 if we don’t define what we are for on the environment," said Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC). "I don’t know what the environmental policy of the Republican Party is." The post Republican Senator: GOP Needs To Develop Real Position On Climate Policy appeared first on ThinkProgress.

So Much For Hagel

Removing Hagel sets up another confirmation battle in the new year with a hostile Republican Senate majority.

Bipartisan Political Agenda

Bipartisan Proaction for Jobs, Revenues and Prosperity With control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate it is now incumbent upon the Republican party in conjunction with the President and the Democratic Minority Leaders...Show More Summary

Rand Paul calls for declaration of war against Islamic State jihadists

3 days agoNews : The Raw Story

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, is calling for a formal declaration of war against Islamic State militants who control parts of Iraq and Syria, the New York Times reported on Monday. In an interview on Saturday, Paul said his proposal would limit the...

Begich says Obama discontent, not Active ad, cost him Senate seat

Republican Dan Sullivan will be Alaska's newest U.S. senator, but outgoing Sen. Mark Begich said he'll work in Washington until the last minute to push through legislation that will benefit Alaska. The Senate plans to adjourn Dec. 11. Show More Summary

Idaho Republican Party Toe-Taps Larry Craig to Serve as Finance Chair: VIDEO

3 days agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The Idaho Republican Party has hired former U.S. Senator Larry Craig as its financial chair of its executive committee, the Associated Press reports. The news is somewhat surprising, considering Craig was ordered last month to pay the U.S. treasury almost...

Senator 'Wide Stance' Gets a New Gig

The Idaho Republican Party has hired former U.S. Sen. Larry Craig as its financial chair of its executive committee. The party confirmed the hire Wednesday. Craig was arrested in a 2007 sting, accused of soliciting sex in a men's bathroom at the Minneapolis-St. Show More Summary

Rod St. Aubyn: New Congress, Same Gridlock

At the federal level we have faced continued gridlock during the past few years.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid famously refused to take up hundreds of House-passed bills, several with bipartisan support.  Senate Republicans were accused of putting up numerous legislative roadblocks to the point where Sen. Reid and his Democrat senators changed the rules...

‘Move Beyond’ Benghazi, Republican Senator Says

A Republican U.S. Senator is saying publicly that it is time for his Republican colleagues to “move beyond” the attack on the Benghazi, Libya, consulate on Sept. 11, 2011. U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, an Arizona Republican, told “Meet the Press”...Show More Summary

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