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Erin Mershon

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Mandatory Budget Cuts From Sequestration Slammed By Republicans As 'Dumb,' 'Terrible'

(4671) Comments | Posted August 3, 2012 | 10:58 AM

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are sounding increasingly angry with the deficit-cutting deal, which was pushed through by their own leadership in the House, passing Congress last summer, and requires deep cuts to the military budget starting at the end of 2012.

The Budget Control Act set up the ill-fated Super Committee...

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Rep. Mike Kelly Stands Behind Remark Comparing Birth Control Mandate To Pearl Harbor, 9/11

(213) Comments | Posted August 2, 2012 | 11:31 AM

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) isn't backing down from a controversial comparison he made on Wednesday, likening the requirement that private insurance plans provide contraception coverage to Pearl Harbor and 9/11.

"I know in your mind, you can think of the times America was attacked," he said at...

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Mike Kelly Compares Birth Control Mandate To Pearl Harbor, 9/11

(9182) Comments | Posted August 1, 2012 | 1:38 PM

Criticizing President Barack Obama's health care reform law on Wednesday, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) likened the requirement that private insurance plans provide contraception coverage to two of the most devastating attacks on American soil.

"I know in your mind, you can think of the times America was attacked," he said...

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Steve King Congressional Race: Dems Call For Ethics Investigation Into GOP Rep.

(102) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 2:40 PM

Iowa Democrats have asked for an ethics investigation into Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), reports the Des Moines Register.

King launched political attacks against his challenger, Christie Vilsack, during a video town hall meeting with his constituents last week. The meeting was promoted heavily by King's congressional office, with...

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Dick Cheney Discusses Successful Heart Transplant, Obama Presidency

(3417) Comments | Posted July 30, 2012 | 12:06 PM

Several heart attacks, a bypass, a pump and now a heart transplant later, Dick Cheney is back in action.

The former vice president gave ABC News his first interview since a successful heart transplant four months ago. Before the operation, the 71-year-old looked in the mirror and...

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Alvin Brown, Jacksonville Mayor, Won't Support Obama

(2957) Comments | Posted July 26, 2012 | 12:42 PM

A Democratic mayor in the crucial swing state of Florida has no intention of helping President Barack Obama win re-election -- and he may not vote for him in November, either.

Citing a campaign promise not to get involved in partisan politics, Alvin Brown, the mayor of Jacksonville, told...

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Rhode Island Senate Candidate Barry Hinckley To Businessmen: Run For Office For The Free PR

(2) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 11:14 AM

For one Republican Senate hopeful, the perks of running for office don't stop at fulfilling a sense of civic duty -- the race is good for business, too.

Barry Hinckley, the Rhode Island businessman running to unseat Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), gave a speech encouraging business leaders to throw...

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House Intelligence Committee Members Condemn Muslim Brotherhood Allegations

(2524) Comments | Posted July 25, 2012 | 8:14 AM

WASHINGTON -- Members of the House Intelligence Committee are declining to stick up for their colleagues' anti-Muslim allegations, saying that their conduct is unbecoming of someone in their position with access to classified information. None, however, is going so far as to call for them to give up their seat...

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Congressional Animal Protection Caucus Hosts Puppies And Kittens Meet-And-Greet Event (PHOTOS)

(7) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 7:40 PM

WASHINGTON -- Congressional staffers might come to blows over their loyalty to elephants and donkeys, but when it comes to puppies, there's little to fight about.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals brought more than 50 puppies and kittens to Capitol Hill Tuesday to...

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Republican Jobs Bills Won't Actually Create Jobs, Say Economists

(13566) Comments | Posted July 24, 2012 | 7:32 AM

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...

Read Post Endorses Tammy Baldwin, Sherrod Brown, Mazie Hirono For Senate

(9) Comments | Posted July 19, 2012 | 3:38 PM

Progressive advocacy group came out with more Senate candidate endorsements on Thursday, throwing its large grassroots backing behind Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Reps. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii).

"Tammy, Sherrod, and Mazie are some of the most passionate fighters for the 99% in Washington today," MoveOn's...

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Darrell Issa: Mitt Romney Should Have Been 2008 GOP Nominee

(1103) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 11:37 AM

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that Mitt Romney should have been the Republican nominee in 2008, even though at the time the congressman endorsed Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

In an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, Issa praised Romney for leaving a lucrative career at Bain...

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Sherrod Brown Vs. Josh Mandel: Senate Race Shaping Up To Be Most Expensive In State History

(27) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 10:57 AM

Even without counting outside spending, Ohio's U.S. Senate race is officially the most expensive in state history.

Incumbent Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) and GOP challenger Josh Mandel have raised $25 million this cycle, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Brown has raised $15.3 million to date, compared...

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Female House GOP Staffers Make $10,000 Less Than Male Counterparts

(1353) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 1:58 PM

Women on the Hill make thousands less than their male counterparts each year, with the gap particularly pronounced amongst Republican staffers.

On average, women in the House make $5,862.56 less each year than male staffers. But for GOP women, that number increases to $10,093.09, according to an analysis by

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Benjamin Jealous: Mitt Romney's NAACP Speech Was A 'Missed Opportunity'

(97) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 12:36 PM

Mitt Romney's speech to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Wednesday was a "missed opportunity," according to the organization's president, Benjamin Jealous.

"[Romney] seemed to kind of check a box, go straight back to his usual talking points, give a few platitudes," Jealous said on

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Richard Mourdock, Indiana Senate Candidate, Far Outraised Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly

(7) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 1:54 PM

Just as Mitt Romney recently topped President Barack Obama in fundraising, Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock outraised his Democratic contender, Rep. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), by more than $700,000 last quarter in the Indiana race for U.S. Senate.

Mourdock, a Republican, brought in $1.6 million in the last three...

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Maryland Republican John Grasso's Plan To Raise Money: Sell Anne Arundel's Water

(5) Comments | Posted July 6, 2012 | 1:31 PM

One Maryland county is considering an outside-the-box plan to raise revenue: bottling and selling its water.

Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso (R) proposed the endeavor, according to the Baltimore Sun. He wants the county parks and schools to stock only the county's award-winning water to increase the...

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Scranton Mayor Wants To Pay Every City Worker Minimum Wage

(604) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 5:36 PM

WASHINGTON -- A Pennsylvania mayor has an extreme plan to address his city's budget shortfalls: pay every public employee, including himself, minimum wage.

Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty announced last week his proposal to immediately and indefinitely slash the wages of the city's 398 police officers, firefighters and other public workers,...

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Joe The Plumber: Obama Should Be 'Embarrassed' To Visit Ohio

(1181) Comments | Posted July 5, 2012 | 11:42 AM

This time around, Joe the Plumber won't be asking much of President Barack Obama.

Sam Wurzelbacher, more commonly known by the nickname he earned during the 2008 presidential race, told Politico Thursday he has no plans to attend the president's campaign events in Ohio this week.

"I'd be...

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Claire McCaskill Lambasts GOP For 'Spinning Distortions and Lies' About Health Care

(467) Comments | Posted July 3, 2012 | 4:01 PM

Sen. Claire McCaskill isn't pulling her punches any longer.

Currently down in the polls, the Missouri Democrat "set a feisty, defiant tone for her re-election campaign" on Monday, blasting the GOP for spreading lies about the health care law that remains unpopular in Missouri, according to the

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