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Ignore Pope on climate, says Republican Marsha Blackburn. Image copyright Getty Images One of the most influential US energy politicians says she will reject the Pope's plea to tackle climate change.

Ignore Pope on climate, says Republican Marsha Blackburn

Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, the second-highest ranking member on the House energy committee, says the jury is out on global warming. Pope Francis told a White House audience on Wednesday further action was needed as the problem could "no longer be left to a future generation". Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover : It's All Politics. Texas Republican Gov.

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover : It's All Politics

Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor a joint U.S. Special Forces training taking place in Texas, prompting outrage from some in his own party. Eric Gay/AP hide caption itoggle caption Eric Gay/AP Texas Republican Gov. Leading Climate Denier and Harvard Scientist Took $1.2 Million Bribe From Oil Companies. Wei-Hock Soon, an aerospace engineer and a part-time employee at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is one of the few respected scientists who spoke against the general consensus that human activity is a significant contributor to climate change.

Leading Climate Denier and Harvard Scientist Took $1.2 Million Bribe From Oil Companies

He has published 11 papers on climate change since 2008. However, it was recently shown that he received $1.2 million from oil companies in exchange for his “science”. Ted Cruz, Longtime Foe Of NASA And Science, Will Oversee NASA And Science In New Congress. Following the ratification of Sen.

Ted Cruz, Longtime Foe Of NASA And Science, Will Oversee NASA And Science In New Congress

John Thune (R-S.D.) as chair of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committtee last week, Sen. 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.

Here's what's tucked in the spending bill

Ted Cruz's Net Neutrality Take Isn't Just Dumb, It's Dangerous. Censoring American History. My students walked out on me last week.

Censoring American History

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.

State Rep. Steve Hickey Wants South Dakota Doctors to Say That Being Gay Is Dangerous

" The letter was titled, "A One Way Alley for the Garbage Truck. " 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.

A Third Of Louisiana Republicans Blame Obama For Hurricane Katrina Response Under Bush

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.

Read the full survey results here. 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. 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.

Debunked: The Harvard study that Republicans used to push austerity

The Harvard study argues that higher public debt slows down economic growth when the GDP rises above a 90% threshold. 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.

Cantor Speech Aims to Refocus GOP on Middle-Class Stagnation

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. When NBC host David Gregory asked McCain on Sunday why Republicans needed even more information, McCain responded by questioning whether the journalist cared about Americans dying. 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.

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. Majorities of Republican voters reject key proponents of the GOP agenda, including cuts to Social Security and Medicare. 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.

Republican Jobs Bills Won't Actually Create Jobs, Say Economists. God and the GOP. More Vaginaphobia: GOPer proposes abstinence for married couples. 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. Pensito Review » GOP Now Running Against Wall Street Bailout They Voted for – Here’s a List of GOP Reps and Senators Who Voted ‘Aye’ - Top House Republican: Idea that CO2 is harmful is comical. The Washington Monthly.

October 11, 2010 RICHARD SHELBY, THE NOBEL COMMITTEE IS HOLDING ON LINE ONE.... President Obama sent three qualified nominees to the Senate several months ago to serve on the board of governors of the Federal Reserve. 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.