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Obama Can Make A Brilliant Reversal To Stop The Sequester

[credit provider=”Familymwr/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/familymwr/5610508676/”] What should the President do now?Push to repeal the sequester (a reconciliation bill in the Senate would allow repeal with 51 votes, thereby putting pressure on House Republicans), and replace it with a “Build America’s Future” Act that would close tax loopholes used by the wealthy, end […]
Obama Can Make A Brilliant Reversal To Stop The Sequester
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The 15 Most Conservative Members Of The Senate

[credit provider=”Grace Wyler/Business Insider”] Now that we’re a few months out from the 112th Congress, it’s time for the political ratings season. Several influential groups exert pressure on members of congress by telling them that they’ll be graded at the end of their term based on how they vote.
The 15 Most Conservative Members Of The Senate
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Why Republican Governors Hate The GOP Congress

[credit provider=”Getty Images/Alex Wong”] A bunch of Republican governors have been in Washington the past few days for the National Governors Association meeting, just in time to chew out their fellow Republicans in Congress over the upcoming sequestration cuts.”I think there’s a lack of leadership,” Gary Herbert of Utah groused to […]
Why Republican Governors Hate The GOP Congress
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Americans Should Be Outraged Over What Republicans Are Doing

[credit provider=”Brendan Hoffman / Getty Images”] We’re one week away from a massive cut in federal spending — cuts that will hurt millions of lower-income Americans who’ll lose nutrition assistance, housing, and money for their schools, among other things; that will furlough or lay off millions of government employees, reduce […]
Americans Should Be Outraged Over What Republicans Are Doing
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Republicans Can’t Win The Minimum Wage Fight

[credit provider=”AP”] President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9.00 per hour puts the Republicans between a rock and a hard place politically.Paul Krugman echoes the point that a big majority of the population supports a minimum wage increase, including a majority of Republicans
Republicans Can’t Win The Minimum Wage Fight
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Outgoing Social Security Chief: Benefits Cuts And Tax Hikes Are Inevitable

[credit provider=”AP”] WASHINGTON (AP) — Outgoing Social Security Commissioner Michael J. Astrue has some parting shots for Congress, the White House and advocates for seniors. They have all “really walked away from Social Security,” he says, leaving the program “fraying because of inattention to its problems.”Instead of making the hard […]
Outgoing Social Security Chief: Benefits Cuts And Tax Hikes Are Inevitable
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Republicans Are Telling A Big, Dangerous Lie About The Economy

[credit provider=””>http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Chopper,_meat_axe.jpg”] Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) says Senate Republicans will unanimously support a balanced-budget amendment, to be unveiled Wednesday as the core of the GOP’s fiscal agenda.There’s no chance of passage so why are Republicans pushing it now? “Just because something may not pass doesn’t mean that […]
Republicans Are Telling A Big, Dangerous Lie About The Economy
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14 Reasons Why Democrats Will Fall In Love With Marco Rubio

[credit provider=”AP”] Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will step into the national spotlight Tuesday night, when he delivers the GOP rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, marking the latest step in the 41-year-old Senator’s meteoric rise in Republican politics.Just two years after winning an upset election to […]
14 Reasons Why Democrats Will Fall In Love With Marco Rubio
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Marco Rubio Will Cast Obama As ‘Big Government’ In His Big State Of The Union Response

[credit provider=”AP”] WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans intend to cast President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda as more “big government” and offer a series of steps to boost economic growth and reduce the federal debt, countering the president’s agenda with competing visions for the country.Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, previewing the Republican response […]
Marco Rubio Will Cast Obama As ‘Big Government’ In His Big State Of The Union Response
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John Boehner Loved The Sequestration Deal In 2011 Before It Became Politically Toxic

[credit provider=”Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/medilldc/5430941803/in/photostream/”] Over the past several days, Speaker John Boehner has tried to tie sequestration — the series of mandatory, across-the-board spending cuts  — to the President as opposition grows toward the coming austerity.On February 5, Boehner’s office released a statement on “the President’s Sequester.”
John Boehner Loved The Sequestration Deal In 2011 Before It Became Politically Toxic
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And Now Here Are The Most Conservative States In America…

[credit provider=”AP”] New research from Gallup has identified the 10 most conservative states in the U.S.The research was carried out throughout 2012 and found that despite the fact that Americans have become somewhat more liberal, several states remain conservative bulwarks. 
And Now Here Are The Most Conservative States In America…
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Here’s What You Need To Know About The States Pushing For Drastic Electoral College Changes

[credit provider=”AP”] In multiple states that helped push President Barack Obama to victory in the 2012 election, Republican-controlled legislatures are introducing electoral changes that they believe will help their chances in the future.Earlier this week in Virginia, Senate Republicans advanced a plan that would radically change how the state’s electoral votes are […]
Here’s What You Need To Know About The States Pushing For Drastic Electoral College Changes
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JOHN BOEHNER: Obama Wants To ‘Annihilate’ The Republican Party

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) circled the wagons on Tuesday, one day after President Obama’s second inauguration, in an attempt to reassure his fellow Republicans that he would do everything in his power to challenge a “hostile” Obama administration in budget battles yet to come.
JOHN BOEHNER: Obama Wants To ‘Annihilate’ The Republican Party
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Expert Doubts Boehner’s Promise To Balance Federal Budget Over Next Decade

[credit provider=”Kevin Lamarque/Reuters”] House Speaker John Boehner’s promise on Wednesday to balance the federal budget “over the next 10 years” was aimed at convincing Tea Party conservatives in Congress to hold their fire over a bill to temporarily raise the U.S. debt ceiling.But carrying it out would require spending cuts […]
Expert Doubts Boehner’s Promise To Balance Federal Budget Over Next Decade
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The GOP Has A Sneaky Plan To Win The Next Presidential Election By Changing The Rules

[credit provider=”AP”] BOSTON (AP) — After back-to-back presidential losses, Republicans in key states want to change the rules to make it easier for them to win.From Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, GOP officials who control legislatures in states that supported President Barack Obama are considering changing state laws that give the winner of […]
The GOP Has A Sneaky Plan To Win The Next Presidential Election By Changing The Rules
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There’s Only One Way To Beat The Republican Fanatics

[credit provider=”Steven | Alan via www.flickr.com Creative Commons” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevenworster/6996045177/”] President Obama is cutting his Christmas holiday short, returning to Washington for a last attempt at avoiding the fiscal cliff. But he’s running headlong into the Republican strategy of fanaticism.It’s a long-established principle of game theory (see Thomas Schelling’s classic 1956 essay […]
There’s Only One Way To Beat The Republican Fanatics
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How The Republicans Quietly Won The Real Electoral Battle

[credit provider=”AP”] In the November election, a million more Americans voted for Democrats seeking election to the U.S. House of Representatives than Republicans. But that popular vote advantage did not result in control of the chamber. Instead, despite getting fewer votes, Republicans have maintained a commanding control of the House. […]
How The Republicans Quietly Won The Real Electoral Battle
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The Republican Party Is Marginalizing Itself Out Of Existence

[credit provider=”AP”] Remarkably, John Boehner couldn’t get enough House Republicans to vote in favour of his proposal to keep the Bush tax cuts in place on the first million dollars of everyone’s income and apply the old Clinton rates only to dollars over and above a million.What? Even Grover Norquist […]
The Republican Party Is Marginalizing Itself Out Of Existence
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PRESENTING: The 10 Most Conservative Members Of Congress

[credit provider=”AP”] It’s almost the end of this session of Congress, and looking back we can see who were the most conservative members. The DW-NOMINATE score was developed by Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal as a way to determine where legislators voted in relation to each other.
PRESENTING: The 10 Most Conservative Members Of Congress
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Why Sheldon Adelson Should Give The GOP Even More Money

[credit provider=”via Forbes ” url=”http://www.forbes.com/forbes-400/gallery/christy-walton#gallerycontent”] Two things you can count on with a casino entrepreneur like Sheldon Adelson: he knows the odds better than you do, and the house always wins.In a recent Wall Street Journal interview, Sands Casino owner Adelson shares his left-of-centre political beliefs, including support for abortion […]
Why Sheldon Adelson Should Give The GOP Even More Money
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John Boehner Has Started Purging Fiscal Hawks From House Committees

[credit provider=”Getty Images”] Three conservative House deficit hawks were stripped of their committee seats Monday for not being “team players” — a power move by House Republican John Boehner as he tries to quell dissension among rank-and-file members. NBC News reports that the House Republican Steering Committee has purged Reps. Justin […]
John Boehner Has Started Purging Fiscal Hawks From House Committees
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Leading Republicans Are Giving Up On Grover Norquist

[credit provider=”Jim Watson/AFP/File”] Anti-tax evangelist Grover Norquist, one of Washington’s most influential figures, is facing an apparent erosion of his power as leading Republicans begin opting out of pledges to his cause.Norquist has amassed considerable clout over the last couple of decades by managing to get hundreds of Republicans in […]
Leading Republicans Are Giving Up On Grover Norquist
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These Charts Show Why The GOP Isn’t In As Much Trouble As You Think

[credit provider=”Resurgent Republic” url=”http://www.resurgentrepublic.com/research/2012-the-year-changing-demographics-caught-up-with-republicans”] Right now, the GOP is reeling from a loss that was unexpected, a result from an electorate that was unanticipated, and a future that is altogether uncertain. Still, there’s a lot to take encouragement from when you get into the demographic data.
These Charts Show Why The GOP Isn’t In As Much Trouble As You Think
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Immigration Reform Won’t Solve The GOP’s Huge Problem With Minorities

[credit provider=”flickr / celikins” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/chicagoceli/139559367/”] In the wake of Mitt Romney’s defeat, many Republicans are embracing immigration reform. But the GOP’s minority problem runs deeper than a single issue.As the GOP picks up the pieces from a shattering election defeat, one clear lesson has emerged:The party must win over Latinos, […]
Immigration Reform Won’t Solve The GOP’s Huge Problem With Minorities
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Republicans May Have To Give Up Fighting Unions

[credit provider=”Walter Hickey / BI”] Growing tensions between the moderate and conservative wings of the Republican Party after the disappointment of Tuesday’s elections are already playing out in Michigan, as it considers becoming the latest Midwestern state to take up anti-union legislation.One bright spot for Republicans Tuesday was the rejection by […]
Republicans May Have To Give Up Fighting Unions
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GOP STRATEGIST: We Desperately Need Hispanics

[credit provider=”Ray_from_LA on flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4569094679/”] What will Republicans learn from the 2012 election?This may be the most consequential question in American politics of the weeks and months ahead. Will the GOP blame Mitt Romney for being an inept candidate? Will they point to his campaign’s tactical blunders, or his ideological […]
GOP STRATEGIST: We Desperately Need Hispanics
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House Candidates Who Spent More Money Won Their Elections 95% Of The Time

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons / www.flickr.com/tracy_olson” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/tracy_olson/61056391/”] Now that most of the returns are in, it’s finally time to start evaluating how the money factored into the election with some more depth. There are still some outstanding races, as some elections are considered too close to call still, especially in California and […]
House Candidates Who Spent More Money Won Their Elections 95% Of The Time
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Fox News Is Killing The Republican Party

For me there was no doubt about the high point of Wednesday morning’s election coverage. At about four o’clock I flicked over to Fox to see how the good folks there were managing their grief. I was greeted by what – even by Fox standards – was an amazing sight. […]
Fox News Is Killing The Republican Party
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Why Romney Lost

[credit provider=”Emmanuel Dunand/AFP”] Mitt Romney was a shrewd businessman, a skilled governor and an Olympic turnaround master, but on Tuesday his six-year quest for the presidency came to a crushing end.Despite the sluggish economy and a conservative backlash against President Barack Obama, Romney failed to build on his victory in […]
Why Romney Lost
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This NYT Puff Piece About Romney Must Be A Joke

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NYTimesByLuigiNovi1.jpg”] The so-called “mainstream media” (aka The New York Times) is constantly being assailed by Republicans and the right for their supposedly liberal slant. Yet another convenient right-wing lie.Take, for example, Saturday’s above-the-fold NY Times story, entitled (in the print edition that arrived at my home this morning): […]
This NYT Puff Piece About Romney Must Be A Joke
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You Know You’re At A Paul Ryan Rally When …

[credit provider=”Getty”] TO OAKLAND University, Michigan (home of the Grizzlies), for a rally tonight starring Paul Ryan, the Republican vice-presidential nominee. There is a certain eccentricity to a Ryan rally, some of it carefully crafted, some of it spontaneous. The crafted stuff includes Mr Ryan’s MidWestern-guy talk of hunting and […]
You Know You’re At A Paul Ryan Rally When …
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Senate Republicans Just Enraged A Lot Of US Veterans

[credit provider=”Rolling Stone”] It’s a one billion dollar expansion of government.That’s certainly one way the unanimous Republican “no” voters will cast the “Veterans Jobs Corps Bill” in their subsequent appearances on Fox News.
Senate Republicans Just Enraged A Lot Of US Veterans
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There Is A Civil War Gathering In The Republican Party

[credit provider=”Grace Wyler / Business Insider”] There is a civil war gathering in the Republican Party, says Robert Shrum for The Daily Beast.It looks more and more like a dispirited and disappointed collection of factions, preparing to lay blame for a lost presidential election and to do battle to shape […]
There Is A Civil War Gathering In The Republican Party
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Republican Obstructionism Is The Biggest Reason For Ongoing Economic Weakness

[credit provider=”flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/republicanconference/4056826266/sizes/l/”] Does anyone remember the American Jobs Act? A year ago President Obama proposed boosting the economy with a combination of tax cuts and spending increases, aimed in particular at sustaining state and local government employment. Independent analysts reacted favourably. For example, the consulting firm Macroeconomic Advisers estimated […]
Republican Obstructionism Is The Biggest Reason For Ongoing Economic Weakness
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There’s A New Third Party In America: REALITY

[credit provider=”commons.wikimedia.org” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Thomas_Bresson_-_Eclairs-1_(by).jpg”] Meet the new third party in national politics: Reality.Reality is the only party with an agenda consistent with what is actually happening in the world. Reality doesn’t need to drum up dollar donations from anyone. Reality doesn’t have to pander to any interest group or subscribe to […]
There’s A New Third Party In America: REALITY
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I Hope The Republicans Do Take Us Back To The Gold Standard

As Republicans convene in Tampa to nominate Mitt Romney and hammer out their party platform, one of the planks that could attract the most attention is the Party’s official position on the gold standard. As it is now being considered, the platform stops short of recommending a return to the […]
I Hope The Republicans Do Take Us Back To The Gold Standard
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What Do Republican Women Want?

[credit provider=”AP”] Outside observers have noted the recent barrage of statements and facts that have repeatedly reminded interested parties that the GOP has a female problem. These pricks of conscience have been an almost daily disturbance to the message discipline of the Republican National Convention. Todd Akin may have teed […]
What Do Republican Women Want?
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Political Conventions Are Now Completely Pointless

[credit provider=”AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast”] Republicans canceled the first day of their national convention, thanks to the potential for disruption from Tropical Storm Isaac. And according to National Journal, the storm’s potential impact on the Gulf Coast has some in the GOP wondering if the convention should take place on a […]
Political Conventions Are Now Completely Pointless
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The Hard Right Is Paranoid About the Wrong Things

[credit provider=”AP”] Why are federal agencies like the Social Security Administration ordering thousands of rounds of hollow-point bullets? I don’t have an answer for you. But the subject is lighting up right-wing blogs and Web sites. Prompted by items at CNS News, the story has been picked up by Breitbart.com, The Blaze, and […]
The Hard Right Is Paranoid About the Wrong Things
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We Need A Real Conservative Party

[credit provider=”Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/notionscapital/5396652871/”] There has been lots of talk that Paul Ryan’s nomination ensures that we’ll now have a “real” debate about the role of government. That’s actually funny. The bar for this campaign is so low that we celebrate the fact that it might include a serious […]
We Need A Real Conservative Party
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The Republican Party Is Imploding, And It Puts Us All At Risk

[credit provider=”DonkeyHotey | Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/donkeyhotey/6836789235/in/photostream/”] The Republican Party platform committee has included a provision banning all abortions, without even an exception for rape or incest. This is basically Todd Akin’s position. (At least the GOP platform doesn’t assert that women’s bodies automatically reject “legitimate” rapists’ sperm.)  Meanwhile, Romney’s selection of […]
The Republican Party Is Imploding, And It Puts Us All At Risk
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Republicans Hurt The Economy Again This Week For Political Gain

[credit provider=”FHFA” url=”http://www.fhfa.gov/Default.aspx?Page=67″] There has been plenty to criticise about President Obama’s handling of the economy. Yet the overriding story of the past few years is not Mr. Obama’s mistakes but the scorched-earth opposition of Republicans, who have done everything they can to get in his way — and who […]
Republicans Hurt The Economy Again This Week For Political Gain
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How To Protest The Major Parties Without Throwing Away Your Vote

[credit provider=”Adria Richards/Flickr” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/adriarichards/3002485473/sizes/m/”] Writing at the New York Times‘ Campaign Stops blog, veteran political reporter Thomas Edsall recently compared President Obama’s rhetorical strategy during his meteoric rise to the contradictory approach he’s taken this year. “There are those who are preparing to divide us, the spin masters and negative ad peddlers who […]
How To Protest The Major Parties Without Throwing Away Your Vote
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Winning The White House And Congress Is Not Enough

[credit provider=”AP”] Elections are a means to an end, not an end in and of themselves. In the face of our present national crisis, merely electing a Republican president and Congress is not ambitious enough. Any Republican victory must be fuelled by a reform agenda that addresses the fiscal, economic, […]
Winning The White House And Congress Is Not Enough
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Here’s What Mitt Romney’s New Campaign Logo Could Look Like

[credit provider=”Business Insider”] Mitt Romney has supposedly chosen a running mate, but has not yet revealed who he or she is.Could we be looking at a Romney-Rice GOP ticket? Or maybe we’ll see a not-so-alliterative Romney-Pawlenty pairing on the ballot come Election Day.
Here’s What Mitt Romney’s New Campaign Logo Could Look Like
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The Republicans Want To Give It All To The Superrich

[credit provider=”flickr: JC Edward” url=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jenedwards/1176593250/”] “Is there a V.I.P. entrance? We are V.I.P.” That remark, by a donor waiting to get in to one of Mitt Romney’s recent fund-raisers in the Hamptons, pretty much sums up the attitude of America’s wealthy elite. Mr. Romney’s base — never mind the top 1 […]
The Republicans Want To Give It All To The Superrich
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Fox News Has Tricked People Into Thinking Obama Is A Big Spender

When I recently posted an analytical news story, “The Claim that Barack Obama Is a Big Spender Is a Big Lie,” numerous conservatives countered by citing commentaries from conservative News sources, such as Eric Bolling of Fox News, and an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily.
Fox News Has Tricked People Into Thinking Obama Is A Big Spender
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JEB BUSH: The GOP Needs ‘A Nation Of Converts’

[credit provider=”AP”] Having declared himself out of the running for Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nod, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has stepped comfortably into the role of party elder, and appears to be relishing the opportunity to critique the Republican Party’s direction and message. In a recent op-ed for the National […]
JEB BUSH: The GOP Needs ‘A Nation Of Converts’
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ROBERT REICH: Some Republicans Have A Stupid Idea Of Patriotism

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons” url=”http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Razor_Wire_Bunch.JPG”] Recently I publicly debated a regressive Republican who said Arizona and every other state should use whatever means necessary to keep out illegal immigrants. He also wants English to be spoken in every classroom in the nation, and the pledge of allegiance recited every morning. “We […]
ROBERT REICH: Some Republicans Have A Stupid Idea Of Patriotism
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13 Things You Never Knew About Republican Star Marco Rubio

[credit provider=”Wikimedia Commons”] At age 41, Marco Rubio is already one of the most-watched Hispanic leaders in American politics. But the Florida Senator is still relatively unknown to most voters outside his home state, and his meteoric rise has puzzled many Beltway insiders, as they scramble to decide whether Rubio […]
13 Things You Never Knew About Republican Star Marco Rubio
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Here’s The REAL Reason Why Rand Paul Endorsed Mitt Romney

[credit provider=”Greg Skidmore, en.wikipedia.org” url=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Rand_Paul_in_Louisville_by_Gage_Skidmore.jpg”] Ron Paul World remains deeply divided over Sen. Rand Paul’s recent endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.A quick glance around the online universe of the Ron Paul Revolution reveals that many of the most ardent Paul supporters are still shocked and saddened by the […]
Here’s The REAL Reason Why Rand Paul Endorsed Mitt Romney
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The Collapse Of Europe Would Prove The Republicans Right

Democrats frequently ask me why the Republicans have become so extreme. As they describe the situation, they usually fall back on some sort of illness metaphor. Republicans have a mania. President Obama has said that Republicans have a “fever” that he hopes will break if he is re-elected.
The Collapse Of Europe Would Prove The Republicans Right
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Ron Paul Still Isn’t Sure If He’s Going To His Own Republican Convention Festival

[credit provider=”AP”] The Republican National Committee finally gave in to Ron Paul‘s fanatical supporters this week, signing off on a three-day festival that will fête the septuagenarian congressman in the days leading up to the party’s national convention in Tampa this August.Paul Festival organiser Bryan Siemon told Business Insider that […]
Ron Paul Still Isn’t Sure If He’s Going To His Own Republican Convention Festival
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AP FACT CHECK: Republicans Are Exaggerating The Heck Out Of ‘Taxmageddon’

[credit provider=”YouTube”] WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans are calling it “Taxmageddon,” the big tax increase awaiting nearly every American family at the end of the year, when a long list of tax cuts are scheduled to expire unless Congress acts.It would be, GOP leaders in Congress say again and again, “the […]
AP FACT CHECK: Republicans Are Exaggerating The Heck Out Of ‘Taxmageddon’