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Scott DesJarlais, GOP Lawmaker, Ends Scandal-Ridden Campaign Out Of Cash, Allies

(1549) Comments | Posted December 7, 2012 | 3:51 PM

House Republicans rushed to deliver campaign cash to scandal-tainted Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) in the days leading up to the November elections -- and he desperately needed the help, federal campaign reports show.

Desjarlais, an anti-abortion doctor who was revealed in the campaign to have had...

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Jim DeMint On Resignation: Heritage Foundation Will Provide Broad Platform For Conservative Ideas

(295) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 12:50 PM

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told radio host Rush Limbaugh on Thursday that he plans to remain an effective mouthpiece for conservative politicians -- maybe an even better one -- after his departure from the Senate in January to take the reins at conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation....

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Crossroads GPS Releases New Ad Attacking Obama's Fiscal Cliff Offer (VIDEO)

(738) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 4:03 PM

Crossroads GPS, a nonprofit organization founded by conservative strategist Karl Rove, has bought its first television ad since the election, attacking President Barack Obama over his proposed plan to raise the marginal tax rates on the nation's highest earners.

The $500,000 ad buy is set...

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Harry Reid: Filibuster Changes Will Take Place In January

(6818) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 3:31 PM

WASHINGTON -- Keeping with his post-election pledge to reform the filibuster, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday proffered that changes to the rules of the upper chamber will be made, leaving it up to Republicans if they would like to participate.

"There are discussions going on now [over...

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Death Star Petition Urges White House To Build Killer Space Station

(216) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 6:14 PM

Americans are petitioning the White House to go where it has never gone before -- to construct a "Death Star" by 2016 to "strengthen our national defense."

In the "Star Wars" film series, the Death Star was a space station about the size...

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Fiscal Cliff 'Doomsday Plan': House GOP Reportedly May Vote Only On Extending Middle Class Tax Cuts

(233) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 2:47 PM

Republican lawmakers are reportedly considering a so-called "doomsday plan" that would allow middle-class tax cuts to pass the House of Representatives while punting on other elements of the "fiscal cliff." President Barack Obama would get his way on higher taxes for household incomes above $250,000.

The doomsday plan would...

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Allen West Loss: Progressive Group Credits Outreach To Women Voters For GOP Defeat

(386) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 2:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Since his defeat to a 29-year-old political newcomer, the media and political strategists have been speculating as to what happened to Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.). After all, he heavily outraised and outspent Rep.-elect Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.).

The answer, according to one progressive group: women....

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Tax Deductions Need To Be Protected, Or You've Broken Your Oath, Says Rand Paul To GOP

(838) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 5:10 PM

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) had some words Wednesday for Republicans who have proposed to raise revenues by closing loopholes and eliminating deductions -- that's still a tax increase.

"The real problem, and the thing that we have to be very careful on, is there are people, including some people...

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On Bush Tax Cuts, GOP Operatives Frame Expiration As Bush Victory

(68) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 11:59 AM

WASHINGTON -- Preempting a potential GOP compromise over letting the Bush tax cuts expire for the top 2 percent of Americans, conservative strategists are claiming that such a deal would constitute a large-scale endorsement of President George W. Bush's domestic legacy.

Ari Fleischer, who served as press secretary under...

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Republicans Reject Anti-Tax Pledge, Distance Themselves From Grover Norquist

(282) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 1:35 PM

After a slew of top Republican lawmakers publicly disavowed the anti-tax pledge pushed by Grover Norquist, the lobbyist is pushing back. On CNN Monday, Norquist promised that he and the anti-tax group, Americans for Tax Reform, would "certainly highlight who has kept their commitment and who hasn't."

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Mortgage Relief Tax Exemption Set To Expire, Threatening Struggling Homeowners

(2284) Comments | Posted November 24, 2012 | 8:33 AM

WASHINGTON -- Beginning on Jan. 1, people who lose their home to foreclosure will be required to pay federal taxes on any unpaid mortgage the bank can't recoup through an auction. The same will be true for homeowners whose loan principal is reduced by a mortgage modification, with the wiped-out...

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Mike Ritze, Oklahoma Lawmaker, Erects Ten Commandments Monument With Spelling Errors

(4636) Comments | Posted November 16, 2012 | 11:49 AM

An Oklahoma state lawmaker oversaw the installation of a 2,000-lb. granite block depicting the Ten Commandments on the grounds of the state capitol Friday, amid fears that the monument will spark a costly legal battle over its constitutionality.

But before state Rep. Mike Ritze (R), who sponsored...

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Female President In 2016? A Look At The Potential Candidates

(4200) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 4:48 PM

A historic number of women will take their seats in the U.S. Senate this January -- a full fifth of the upper chamber -- yet the country has still not seen fit to elect a female president or vice president.

The two main parties have, time and...

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Fiscal Cliff Negotiations: Which Measures Are Likely To Appear On The Chopping Block?

(484) Comments | Posted November 15, 2012 | 2:23 PM

As the media frenzy over the so-called fiscal cliff picks up, lawmakers are drawing their respective lines in the sand (at least publicly) with respect to what is off the negotiating table. President Barack Obama took a firm position on raising taxes for the wealthiest two...

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Karl Rove Calls For Republicans To Replicate Howard Dean's 50-State Strategy

(434) Comments | Posted November 13, 2012 | 12:40 PM

After challenging Fox News' call of the election for President Barack Obama, Karl Rove is back to strategizing how the Republican Party can win future elections.

"I hate to say it, but we need to copy what Howard Dean did, and that is make our ground game in...

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Newt Gingrich: House Elections Hand GOP 'Mandate' To Pursue Conservative Ideas

(123) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 9:28 PM

WASHINGTON -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said he believes the election emboldens House Republicans to pursue a conservative path, despite the disappointing showing of Mitt Romney and Republican Senate candidates.

"Remember: both the House Republicans and the president have a mandate," Gingrich, defeated in the GOP presidential primary,...

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Barack Obama Willing To Sacrifice Military Health Care, Flood Assistance In 2011 Talks: Memo

(325) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 2:19 PM

A leaked memo from President Barack Obama's staff to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) details just how far the White House was willing to go to both curtail spending and compromise on tax reforms and entitlement programs during the 2011 debt ceiling negotiations.

The three-page document, available...

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Fiscal Cliff Talks Will Likely Target Medicare, Social Security, Programs For The Poor

(13205) Comments | Posted November 11, 2012 | 12:03 PM

WASHINGTON -- After bailing out a global financial crisis, enacting a series of major tax cuts for the wealthy and waging two unpaid-for wars, the U.S. government is some $16 trillion in debt. Now, in exchange for paying off a bit of that debt by returning some of the tax...

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Voters Reject Medicare Cuts Flat Out, Prefer Tax Hikes To Reduce Deficit: Survey

(7201) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 3:29 PM

WASHINGTON -- Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security should be off the table as congressional leaders attempt to broker a deal to avoid the sequester that kicks in Jan. 1, according to a new survey from Democracy Corps and the Campaign for America's Future.

The...

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2012 Election Results: Winners & Losers

(1456) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 2:50 AM

The 2012 election has happened. After more than a year and a half of debates and rallies, a flood of campaign spending that surged to more than $6 billion, hashtags like #bindersfullofwomen spreading across Twitter, the hours upon hours Americans spent standing in line...

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