Here's what's tucked in the spending bill. Lawmakers tucked in dozens of items to the spending billItems affect everything from financial regulations to white potatoesCongress must pass bill by Thursday to avert a shutdown Washington (CNN) -- The Congress that has done virtually nothing for two years is wrapping up 2014 with a bang.
Dozens of policy provisions are tucked into a nearly 1,603-page bill that will keep the government open through next September. Ted Cruz's Net Neutrality Take Isn't Just Dumb, It's Dangerous. Censoring American History. My students walked out on me last week.
Just got up, left my classroom and marched right out of the school. I’ve been an English teacher in Jefferson County, Colorado, for eighteen years and I’ve never seen anything like it. State Rep. Steve Hickey Wants South Dakota Doctors to Say That Being Gay Is Dangerous. Steve Hickey is a member of the South Dakota State House and a religious leader and the sort of person who will send letters to newspaper editors calling for doctors to declare that being gay is dangerous, with a "list of side effects would read far longer than anything we hear on a Cialis commercial.
" The letter was titled, "A One Way Alley for the Garbage Truck. " Get it? Hickey, who is a pastor at the Church at the Gate in Sioux Falls, is drawing an analogy between that alley and anal sex. He fleshes the idea out a bit more in the letter. A Third Of Louisiana Republicans Blame Obama For Hurricane Katrina Response Under Bush. A large number of Louisiana Republicans think President Barack Obama is to blame for the federal government's poor response to Hurricane Katrina, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey released Wednesday -- despite the fact that the storm occurred three years before he took office.
The Democratic-leaning polling firm, which provided its results to Talking Points Memo, found that 29 percent of Louisiana Republicans said Obama was responsible for the Katrina response. Twenty-eight percent put the blame on President George W. Bush, whose administration did in fact oversee the federal response to Katrina. Nearly half (44 percent) of the Louisiana Republicans polled didn't know who to blame. Bush was heavily criticized at the time for the government's response to Katrina, a storm that caused 1,833 fatalities, damaged an estimated $81 billion in property, and ranks among the five deadliest hurricanes in United States history. GOP rejects Dream Act-like deportation deferrals. WASHINGTON — The Republican-led House voted along party lines Thursday to prohibit funding for President Obama ’s Dream Act -styled program, which temporarily halts the deportations of young immigrants if they have served in the military or are attending college.
The 224-201 vote underscored the resistance of House Republicans to the immigration overhaul that has gained momentum in the Senate . The amendment was proposed by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), who is among the chamber’s most hardened opponents of a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people living in the country without legal status. Debunked: The Harvard study that Republicans used to push austerity. A 28-year-old economics graduate student has rewritten a study led by Harvard economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff that has been widely cited as the intellectual basis for worldwide government austerity measures.
The Harvard study argues that higher public debt slows down economic growth when the GDP rises above a 90% threshold. But after an attempt to duplicate the Harvard study’s findings, Thomas Herndon, a Ph.D student at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, ended up debunking Reinhart and Rogoff’s economic theory and found that the Reinhart-Rogoff study was incorrect due to spreadsheet coding errors and selective data.
Herndon did not attribute motive; he focused only on the statistical and computational inaccuracies of the influential paper. Cantor Speech Aims to Refocus GOP on Middle-Class Stagnation. There is a single chart — three colored lines on a grid — that shapes the political reality of this country.
During the 2012 campaign, one of President Obama’s senior strategists called it “the North Star” and started his internal PowerPoint presentations with it. When Republican majority leader Eric Cantor speaks on Tuesday about his vision for the future of the Republican Party, the chart’s central message will bind together his words. Ohio faces controversy over voting machines. (MoneyWatch) As people head to the polls today to cast their ballots, a critical "battleground" state in the presidential election faces a last-minute controversy over its voting machines.
In Ohio, a lawsuit alleges that Secretary of State Jon Husted and Election Systems & Software, an Omaha, Neb., company that makes electronic voting systems used in the state, improperly approved the use of untested, non-state certified software in voting machines to help tally results. The suit -- filed Monday in federal district court by Robert Fitrakis, a Columbus, Ohio, college professor, voting rights activist and congressional candidate representing the Green Party -- claims that the software could erroneously alter election results or even lead to election fraud.
Jon Stewart destroys Sen. John McCain over hypocritical Benghazi outrage. By Eric W.
DolanThursday, February 21, 2013 0:17 EDT The Daily Show host Jon Stewart ripped into Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on his show Wednesday night, using the senator’s statements about the Iraq war to pummel his current outrage over Benghazi. Republicans filibustered the confirmation vote of Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel last week, demanding more information from President Barack Obama about the attack on a consulate in Benghazi, Libya that left four Americans dead. Bill would define abortion as murder. State Rep.
Rob Bacon believes abortion is murder and he wants the Iowa Code to reflect that. Bacon, R-Slater, and eight other Republicans introduced such a bill in the Iowa House Wednesday. It would alter the definition of a person in murder cases to “an individual human being, without regard to age of development, from the moment of conception, when a zygote is formed, until natural death.”
GOP leaders moonwalk away from debt-ceiling Armageddon. Slowly, painfully, political reality has begun to dawn on Washington Republicans and their supporters: If they force a major battle over the debt ceiling — a battle that they have acted oh-so-eager to fight — they are guaranteed to lose, and to lose badly.
Such a battle would be fought against superior forces, and on ill-chosen ground. The president’s approval rating are consistently above 50 percent; Congress has an approval rating of 14 percent. While Republicans still hold the House majority, they lost seats in the 2012 election and acknowledge that they held onto the majority only because of gerrymandering. Laura Trice: Why the GOP Is Scared of Ron Paul and 4 Reasons He Might Still Get the 2012 Republican Nomination.
Wait, isn't Dr. Ron Paul out of the presidential race? Isn't it all tied up nicely in a bow with the Romney/Ryan ticket? No. Virginia Republicans Call for Armed Revolution if Obama Wins in November. By: Rmuse August 20th, 2012 see more posts by Rmuse The author of the Declaration of Independence is often quoted by opposing groups to support their own agenda, but there are few who accurately apply some of his oft-repeated statements.
During the healthcare reform debate, angry teabaggers cited Jefferson’s line that “ ,” as proof that revolution against government tyranny was advocated by a Founding Father as an option in 2009, and that sentiment has not diminished three years later heading into a general election. The groups claiming President Obama is a tyrannical leader have never given one example of tyranny, but they, with the GOP’s assistance, have whipped themselves into frenzy and openly called for armed insurrection against the United States government. Republican Jobs Bills Won't Actually Create Jobs, Say Economists. WASHINGTON -- House Republicans routinely beat the drum about the hard work they have done in passing "more than 30 jobs bills" that are now before the Democrat-controlled Senate, going nowhere, as the economy gasps for air.
For almost a year, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) have plugged their jobs package at every opportunity. They regularly bring it up at press events, during floor speeches and in statements in response to just about anything related to the economy. Boehner even carries around in his jacket pocket a 4-by-8-inch card that lists off their jobs bills, and he encourages his members to flash their cards at campaign events. God and the GOP. More Vaginaphobia: GOPer proposes abstinence for married couples. As if the recent birth control issue isn’t radical enough, now it’s been suggested that if married (yes, married) couples want to use contraception, they should practice abstinence. The hysteria created (deflection) has seemingly brought us back to 1950 — unless Republicans are trying to help President Obama win a reelection. State Rep. Lynne Blankenbeker (R-Concord) has made idiotic statements in the past, but she’s possibly surpassed them all.
Wake up GOP: Smashing system doesn't fix it. Rep. Virginia Foxx to Lead GOP Attack on Higher Education. Pensito Review » GOP Tax Plan Costs $36.6 Bil More Than Dems’ – Swing Voters, You’ve Been Had. Pensito Review » GOP Now Running Against Wall Street Bailout They Voted for – Here’s a List of GOP Reps and Senators Who Voted ‘Aye’ Infowars.com - Top House Republican: Idea that CO2 is harmful is comical.
The Washington Monthly. San Francisco's Alternative Online Daily News » Anthony Weiner and Blatant Republican Hypocrisy. A Trap of Their Own Making. Too Good to Check. State of the Nation. In the red. Weigel : Can Republicans Take Credit for Good Economic News? The Republican shakedown - War Room. The Ham Report: The $3.73 Trillion Republican Nightmare. Boehner: ‘Not my job’ to correct the birthers. Boehner: If Jobs Are Lost As A Result Of GOP Spending Cuts 'So Be It'
The GOP's Anti-Clean Air Act Bill is an Assault on Science Itself. New York State is broke, but Gov. Cuomo joins GOP push to spare wealthy. Republicans Vote To Repeal Obama-Backed Bill That Would Destroy Asteroid Headed For Earth. Married GOP congressman trolls Craigslist for a date - War Room. There's no 'job-killing health-care law'
Tax cuts: The party that says no does it again - Taxes. Eric and Irene. House GOP votes unanimously to protect big oil subsidies. AP dismantles Republican claim that health reform will cost jobs. UPDATE 2-Obama to drop smog initiative, GOP claims win.