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Speaker Boehner, Where Are the Jobs?

Posted January 21, 2011 | 15:48:31 (EST)

For almost two years before the midterm elections, Republican politicians blamed President Obama and the Democratic majority for an avalanche of job losses that started under the Bush administration. When employment stopped cratering shortly after the enactment of the Recovery Act, conservatives attacked Democrats for not creating jobs...

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Judge Who Struck Down Health Reform Recalls '20 Years of Active Service to the Republican Party'

Posted December 15, 2010 | 09:23:07 (EST)

Earlier this week, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ruled that a key provision in the Affordable Care Act requiring individuals to own health insurance is unconstitutional. Hudson's opinion, which has even conservative legal scholars questioning his logic, did not come as a surprise given the Bush-appointed judge's...

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Top Conservatives Turned Off by Tax Deal's Inclusion of Unemployment Benefits

Posted December 7, 2010 | 12:14:30 (EST)

Yesterday, President Obama reached an agreement with Republican leaders to end the stalemate over the expiring Bush tax cuts. According to the deal, all of the tax cuts, including those for the richest two percent, will be extended for two years. In exchange, Republicans agreed to lift the...

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Five Ways 'Speaker Boehner' Would Hurt American Workers

Posted September 6, 2010 | 13:33:17 (EST)

Labor Day is about more than backyard barbecues. It is about honoring American workers and remembering how far we have come in expanding opportunity to all kinds of people. This year, Labor Day comes less than two months before a critical election that will give voters a distinct choice. While...

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Eric Cantor Offers South Park Defense of Mosque Opposition

Posted August 12, 2010 | 12:31:11 (EST)

On Tuesday, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) sat down with the National Review Online to discuss a number of issues, including the plan to build an Islamic community center two blocks from the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York City. During the interview, Cantor echoed...

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Boehner Should Broadcast Lobbyist Meeting on America Speaking Out Website

Posted July 8, 2010 | 16:55:20 (EST)

Yesterday, Roll Call reported that House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) will meet with an elite group of lobbyists next week to hear "their suggestions for a new GOP agenda."

The meeting, which is scheduled for July 16, is hardly surprising on its own. Republican lawmakers have habitually...

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Republicans Still Lying About Christmas Bomber

Posted March 12, 2010 | 11:37:02 (EST)

Last week, the Washington Post reported that the Obama administration is considering abandoning its plans to hold a civilian trial for Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind, in favor of a military commission. The news has attracted faint praise from right-wing lawmakers, who, despite the justice department's...

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Rep. Boehner Embraces Extremism: "No Difference" Between GOP And Tea Party

Posted February 4, 2010 | 14:14:38 (EST)

While the rise of the tea party movement has helped the GOP's efforts to block President Obama's agenda, it has also put Republicans in a tricky spot. Polls show a hypothetical Tea Party outperforming the GOP, and influential right-wingers have declared their intention of "beating the...

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Furious That Coburn's Stunt Failed, GOP Cries Foul

Posted December 17, 2009 | 10:23:45 (EST)

Yesterday, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) demanded that a single-payer health care amendment introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) be read out loud on the Senate floor. The clerks read for over two hours before Sanders withdrew the 700-plus page amendment, condemning the GOP's transparent obstruction.

But instead...

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GOP Women Shamelessly Accuse Dems of Being Anti-Woman

Posted November 13, 2009 | 11:59:34 (EST)

Last weekend on the House floor, unruly Republicans literally shouted down members of the Democratic Women's Caucus who were attempting to speak in support of health care reform.  It was a shameful display, which Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-OH) condemned as "rude," "disrespectful," and "sexist."  Watch a mash-up...

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Rep. Foxx Cites Fake Quote, Claims Obama Campaigned on Making the Country Worse

Posted October 30, 2009 | 15:33:56 (EST)

For months, Republicans have justified their opposition to real health care reform by claiming that America has the "best health care system in the world." As the argument goes, Congress can make changes to improve the system, but the plans proposed by Democrats could "destroy" what we have...

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