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Pat McCrory Under Fire For Giving Campaign Aides Plum Promotions And Raises

(310) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 2:53 PM

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory (R) is increasingly coming under scrutiny in his state for giving plum government positions and pay raises to two of his young former campaign aides.

NC Policy Watch recently first broke the news that Matthew McKillip and Ricky Diaz, both 24 years...

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Virginia Man Temporarily Detained After Protesting Obama With Loaded Weapons On Highway Overpass

(2558) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 1:23 PM

A tea party protester was temporarily detained on Tuesday after taking to an overpass in Hopewell, Va. with multiple guns to rail against President Barack Obama, according to WTVR, a Richmond, Va. CBS affiliate.

The protest was part of a campaign launched by conservative groups...

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GOP Rep Todd Rokita: Connecting Climate Change To Humans Is 'Arrogant'

(958) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 12:23 PM

Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) said Friday that he does not believe humans are responsible for climate change, according to The Purdue Exponent.

“I think it’s arrogant that we think as people that we can somehow change the climate of the whole earth when science is telling us that...

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Lindsey Graham Calls For Extrajudicial Killing Of American Al Qaeda Operative Adam Gadahn

(18) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 2:06 PM

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took to Twitter on Monday to urge the U.S. to use lethal force against American-born al-Qaeda operative Adam Gadahn.

In multiple tweets, Graham described how he felt the American government should handle Gadahn, who has called for more attacks on the U.S. in a...

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Keystone XL Protest Draws Hundreds To State Department

(260) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 3:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- About 200 environmental activists gathered in front of the State Department Monday morning to protest the proposed expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline through the midwestern United States.

The protesters silently marched to the entrance to the building, at which point 60 of them engaged in a sit-in...

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Frank Wolf: Obama Wants A Government Shutdown

(664) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 11:35 AM

Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) claimed on Tuesday that President Barack Obama is hoping for a government shutdown in order to score political points and "stick it" to Republicans.

"I believe the president wants us to shut it down," Wolf said at the Leesburg Daybreak Rotary Club, according...

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Amendment Would Bar United Nations Drones From U.S. Airspace

(89) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 12:06 PM

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) wants to make sure that the United Nations won't be able to fly drones in American airspace anytime soon.

The House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday approved his amendment on a bill funding the State Department that would bar the U.N. from using American...

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Kelly Ayotte Event Guest Pantomimes Shooting Gun Control Advocates

(1678) Comments | Posted July 30, 2013 | 5:22 PM

WASHINGTON -- Gun control advocates received a chilling welcome Monday evening outside a Republican Party fundraiser when one of the guests pantomimed drawing a gun and shooting at them on his way into the party.

The incident at a reception for the New Hampshire GOP, headlined by Sen. Kelly...

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University Of Florida Students' Lobbying Firm Helps Put Issues In Front Of Congress

(4) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 6:15 PM

WASHINGTON -- When students have wanted to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill, traditionally they've delivered petitions to Congress, organized a rally or started a grassroots advocacy campaign. But the University of Florida's student government is trying to get lawmakers' attention by means more often available only to big...

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Karl Rove: Eric Holder Pouring 'Gasoline On These Smoldering Fires' After Zimmerman Decision

(1213) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 2:12 PM

Attorney General Eric Holder has been too outspoken about the not guilty verdict recently handed down in the George Zimmerman trial, former GOP strategist Karl Rove told Fox News Wednesday.

"He has a responsibility to calm the situation, not pour gasoline on these smoldering fires, which I think...

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Elizabeth Warren: Student Loan Profits 'Morally Wrong'

(2519) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 4:34 PM

The Obama administration and Congress are not helping students, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) charged Wednesday, reaping record profits off the federal student loan program that a regulator said has finally surpassed $1 trillion in overall debt.

The federal government is due to book $51 billion in profit this year off...

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Wendy Davis Pens Op-Ed On 'Draconian' Abortion Bill, Says It's Not What 'Real Texans' Want

(1421) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 2:16 PM

Wendy Davis, the Democratic Texas state senator who staged a 13-hour filibuster against a GOP-backed abortion bill, called the legislation "draconian" in a CNN op-ed Friday.

"It would close down almost 90% of the women's clinics in this state," she wrote. "This comes after more than...

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Federal Contract Workers Strike Outside Smithsonian, Demand Higher Wages

(25) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 4:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- A group of more than 100 federal contract workers and demonstrators marched outside the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on the National Mall Thursday, protesting the low pay and lack of benefits that come with many food and retail jobs inside federal buildings.

Workers who took...

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Michele Bachmann Calls Obama's Push For Health Care Reform 'Selfish And Calculating'

(2329) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 12:49 PM

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) took aim at President Barack Obama's motivations for pushing the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday while on the Fox News radio show "Kilmeade and Friends."

Bachmann accused Obama of passing health care reform not in order to help the American people, but to help himself politically....

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Todd Rokita, Indiana Republican, Confronted By High School Student Over Gun Stance (VIDEO)

(714) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 4:08 PM

A 17-year-old high school student challenged Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) on Monday over his views on the Second Amendment, asking how Rokita's belief that gun rights are God-given fits with the separation of church and state.

The exchanged happened outside an event Rokita held at the Tippecanoe County Courthouse,...

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OFA Rallies For Immigration Reform With Mixed Success

(4) Comments | Posted July 2, 2013 | 1:39 PM

WASHINGTON -- With prospects of comprehensive immigration reform dependent on the House of Representatives moving a bill, advocates of reform have scattered across the country to put pressure on lawmakers. The results have been mixed, local news reports suggests.

Organizing for Action, the nonprofit policy advocacy arm formed to...

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Alan Grayson Campaign Mistakenly Tweets About 'Idiotic' Republicans

(438) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 6:22 PM

Rep. Alan Grayson's campaign promoted a video on Twitter last week that explained how to compromise with Republicans, but not without calling them "'idiotic.'" The tweet was deleted in a few hours and replaced with a toned-down version.

Grayson, a Florida Democrat known for controversial remarks about his GOP colleagues,...

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Tea Party Protests Lindsey Graham's Vote For Immigration Reform

(420) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 6:02 PM

Protesters gathered outside of Sen. Lindsey Graham's (R-S.C.) state offices Monday to protest his vote in favor of immigration reform. The tea party protest, sponsored by Freedom Works, a conservative non-profit founded by David Koch, was held to express unhappiness with Graham's support for the Senate's immigration bill...

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Phil Kent, Georgia GOP Appointee, Ready For 'Cultural War' Following DOMA Ruling

(1760) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 12:42 PM

Phil Kent, a Republican appointed to the Georgia Immigration Enforcement Board by Gov. Nathan Deal (R), dismissed same-sex couples seeking marriage equality as "sob stories" on Sunday.

"It's a sad day in America because this does dynamite the foundations of our Judeo-Christian system," Kent said Sunday on the...

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ENDA Opponents Off To Slow Lobbying Start In 2013

(7) Comments | Posted June 28, 2013 | 3:34 PM

WASHINGTON -- With the Employment Non-Discrimination Act expected to receive a vote this summer, supporters of the federal gay rights bill are lobbying to build momentum and seemingly outpacing their opponents in that effort.

At least 10 groups have registered to lobby on the bill this year,...

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