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November 15 2013

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House Passes Bill to Let People Keep Health Plans in 2014

Bloomberg - By Roxana Tiron - Nov. 15 (News) - The Republican-led U.S. House passed legislation that lets insurers sell for another year health policies that don’t meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Today’s 261-157 vote, with the backing of about 39 Democrats, follows by a day President Barack Obama’s proposal of a one-year reprieve for Americans whose health policies have been canceled. Obama’s announcement sought to limit what could have been more Democratic votes for the Republican bill.

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October 23 2013

07:00

Three Extreme Right-Wing Ideologies Have Taken Over the Republican Party -- and Could Destroy It Forever

AlterNet - By Lawrence Davidson - Oct. 23 (News Analysis) - As an indication of just how isolating and distorting ideology can be, focus groups of conservative Republicans have revealed a deeply held conspiracy theory. According to researchers who conducted this study, “What drives the Republican base . . . [is] a genuine belief that Obama has a secret agenda to drive the country in a socialist direction.” They also believe that he is the head of a cabal, that he seems to be a politician who “came from nowhere,” and that he is “propelled by some secret forces.” The focus groups revealed this belief to be held by “two out of every three self identified Republicans.”

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October 17 2013

07:00

Republicans in turmoil as Congress passes bill to end debt crisis | World news

theguardian.com - By Paul Lewis, Dan Roberts - Oct. 17 (Breaking News) - US debt default averted and federal shutdown over for now, after bill goes through with barely any concessions to hardliners. The U.S. Congress passed legislation to rescue the country from the brink of a looming debt default on Wednesday night, bringing an end to the two-week crisis that has closed large portions of the government and revealed deep divisions in the Republican Party. President Barack Obama quickly signed the spending measure, a temporary fix that will last only through to the start of 2014. The bill passed easily with broad bipartisan support in the Senate, where Democratic and Republican leaders forged the agreement just hours earlier.

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October 15 2013

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October 08 2013

07:00

House shutdown vote tracker

Washington Post - By Aaron Blake, Darla Cameron, Kennedy Elliott, - Oct. 08 (News Report) - Track which way Congressmen would vote on a "clean" continuing resolution bill.

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October 06 2013

07:00

A Federal Budget Crisis Months in the Planning

New York Times - By Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Mike McIntire - Oct. 06 (News Report) - Out of that session, held one morning in a location the members insist on keeping secret, came a little-noticed “blueprint to defunding Obamacare,” signed by Mr. Meese and leaders of more than three dozen conservative groups. It articulated a take-no-prisoners legislative strategy that had long percolated in conservative circles: that Republicans could derail the health care overhaul if conservative lawmakers were willing to push fellow Republicans — including their cautious leaders — into cutting off financing for the entire federal government.

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October 02 2013

07:00

Republicans Spent Year Blocking Budget Conference (VIDEO)

Huffington Post - By Michael McAuliff - Oct. 02 (News Report) - Having failed to convince Senate Democrats to go along, the Republicans resorted to seeking a "conference committee" to resolve the differences. For Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), chair of the Senate Budget Committee, the move is ironic. She has been trying for more than a half-year to go to a conference to work out dramatic differences between the Senate budget and the House version. Senate and House Republicans have objected, repeatedly.

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America's Biggest Newspapers Slam The GOP Over Shutdown

Huffington Post - By Jack Mirkinson - Oct. 02 (News Analysis) - Republicans looking for supporters of their shutdown strategy will have to look somewhere other than the country's biggest newspapers. Of the ten most widely-read papers in America, not a single title's editorial board seemed to think that the House GOP caucus was going about things the right way.

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September 29 2013

07:00

Would Democrats accept Obamacare delay in return for debt hike? (+video)

Christian Science Monitor - By Peter Grier - Sep. 29 (News) - Washington House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he would agree to raise the nation’s debt ceiling before the federal government hits its credit limit on Oct. 17, but only if Democrats agree to delay implementation of Obamacare for one year. Though still in the formative stage, the House GOP’s debt bill right now would also authorize construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, permit more energy exploration on federal lands, block federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions, establish a timeline for comprehensive tax reform, limit medical malpractice suits, and raise the cost of Medicare for wealthier Americans.

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August 13 2013

07:00

Levin Remarks on Trade at Peterson Institute for International Economics | Committee on Ways and Means

house.gov - By Sander Levin - Aug. 13 (Speech) - As economic globalization mushroomed, there were several sources of growing differences. Sometimes they involved a clash of different interests. But increasingly they reflected a broader dynamic. The approach to international economic issues increasingly reflected approaches to domestic economic issues. While there was a common belief in the vital role of the operation of free market forces, there were differences of magnitude as to how much markets should be left alone, or regulated.

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August 03 2013

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GOP’s Mad Health-Care Vendetta

Consortium News - By Beverly Bandler - Aug. 03 (News Analysis) - Republicans and their Tea Party allies are plotting one more frenzied assault on the Affordable Care Act by disrupting congressional townhall meetings and possibly holding the full-faith-and-credit of the United States hostage. But the madness may just expose how crazy the GOP has become

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August 02 2013

07:00

Reps. Conyers & Massie on Bipartisan Campaign Against NSA Spying; Call For James Clapper to Resign

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Aug. 02 (News Report) - A bipartisan coalition against domestic surveillance is growing stronger in Washington. Last week, the House nearly passed a measure that would have prevented the National Security Agency from using the USA PATRIOT Act to collect phone records of individuals who are not under investigation. The measure failed by a narrow 217-to-205 margin. We speak to two key backers of the amendment: Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan) and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky). “It was a signal that even in the partisanship that goes on too much around here there are people willing to say, ‘enough is enough. The PATRIOT Act isn’t being followed,’” Conyers says. Massie also praised NSA leaker Edward Snowden who received temporary asylum in Russia on Thursday. "His disclosures have changed the course of human history,” Massies says. “His initial disclosures were a service to our country because now we're having this conversation -- and we wouldn't be having this conversation.”

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July 31 2013

07:00

A misleading ‘Obamacare’ poll, courtesy of the Chamber of Commerce and Harris Interactive

Washington Post - By Glenn Kessler - Jul. 31 (Fact Check) - “Despite the Administration’s delay of the employer mandate by a year, small businesses expect the requirement to negatively impact their employees. 27% say they will cut hours to reduce full time employees, 24% will reduce hiring, and 23% plan to replace full time employees (30 hours per week or more) with part-time workers to avoid triggering the mandate.” Read full article ...

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July 11 2013

07:00

House GOP: We Won't Consider Senate Immigration Bill

All Things Considered - Jul. 11 (News) - A closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill solidifies the House GOP's opposition to a Senate bill that includes a path to citizenship. One House Republican says there's 'almost unanimous agreement' that the bill is 'fatally flawed.'

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May 10 2013

07:00

The Facts Are In and Paul Ryan Is Wrong

New York Magazine - By Jonathan Chait - May. 10 (News Analysis) - Changes in the way we think about the world are not “news” in the classic sense — they occur gradually, without discrete events to signal them. But they matter. Two such developments have come together recently, both reported in the New York Times. The f

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August 22 2012

07:00

The fanatical GOP

Salon - By Robert Reich - Aug. 22 (Opinion) - We’re witnessing the capture by fanatics of what was once a great and important American political party. The Republican Party platform committee now includes a provision calling for a constitutional amendment banning all abortions, without an exception

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August 08 2012

07:00

Sikh temple shootings: Extremist groups recruit from US military ranks

Christian Science Monitor - By Anna Mulrine, - Aug. 08 (News Analysis) - Investigation into the background of alleged shooter Wade Michael Page highlights practice of extremist groups to target prospects with a military background. ...

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March 06 2012

08:00

Scott Brown pulls ahead of Elizabeth Warren in Mass. Senate race

Christian Science Monitor - Mar. 06 - Sen. Scott Brown, the Republican who famously won the seat held by Edward Kennedy, has built an early lead against Elizabeth Warren in what will be a closely watched race ...

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February 28 2012

08:00

The Sad Race for Bottom on the Loony Right

AlterNet - By Robert Reich - Feb. 28 (Opinion) - even if they lose the presidency on Election Day they’re still likely to be in charge of at least one house of Congress as well as several state legislators and governorships. That’s a problem for the nation.

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