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. A Third Of Louisiana Republicans Blame Obama For Hurricane Katrina Response Under Bush
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. GOP rejects Dream Act-like deportation deferrals
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.
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. Cantor Speech Aims to Refocus GOP on Middle-Class Stagnation
(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. Ohio faces controversy over voting machines
Jon Stewart destroys Sen. John McCain over hypocritical Benghazi outrage By Eric W. DolanThursday, February 21, 2013 0:17 EST 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 | Ames Tribune 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 | Jay Bookman 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.
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. Laura Trice: Why the GOP Is Scared of Ron Paul and 4 Reasons He Might Still Get the 2012 Republican Nomination
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.
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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. More Vaginaphobia: GOPer proposes abstinence for married couples
David Frum, a Republican, says conservatives shouldn't act like student radicalsHe says GOP dug in on spending cuts and no new taxes, but most Republicans don't buy thatHe says jobs should be first concern, then let economy recover before fixing deficitFrum: GOP so pessimistic, panic-stricken that it was willing to rush into catastrophe Editor's note: David Frum writes a weekly column for CNN.com. A special assistant to President George W. Wake up GOP: Smashing system doesn't fix it
Rep. Virginia Foxx to Lead GOP Attack on Higher Education Earlier this week North Carolina Republican Rep. Virginia Foxx was appointed as chair of the House Higher Education Subcommittee. She’s got actual education credentials. She taught English and sociology before leaving the classroom for a career as a college administrator and eventually head of a community college.
Pensito Review » GOP Tax Plan Costs $36.6 Bil More Than Dems’ – Swing Voters, You’ve Been Had Here’s more proof that this “new” crop of Republican leaders in Washington — Boehner, Cantor, McConnell, DeMint and the rest — are the same Bush rubberstampers whose stealthy war on the middle class in the 2000s transferred more of the nation’s wealth up from the nation’s entrepreneurial class to the GOP’s corporate sponsors and their friends, the idle rich, and whose policies caused the economy to crash in September 2008, barely a month before they were turned out of Congress by the voters. Households earning more than $1 million a year would reap nearly $31 billion in tax breaks under the GOP plan in 2011. This year they managed to fool swing voters into believing they have changed — that they are against deficits, against spending, against big government — but as this chart clearly shows, their hidden agenda has not changed:
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
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