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Durbin: Republicans are trying to manipulate the Fed

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was one of several individuals not happy with House and Senate GOP leaders sending a letter to urge Fed chairman Ben Bernanke not to provide the economy more monetary stimulus. And the Illinois politician expressed his anger Wednesday morning on MSNBC, calling Republicans’ actions “outrageous.” When…

Poll: Two-thirds of Americans want taxes raised on the rich

For those labeling President Barack Obama’s recent comments about taxes “class warfare,” a majority of Americans may think differently. At least two-thirds of Americans believe that high income earners should be taxed at a larger rate, according to a recent poll from Gallup about Obama’s jobs plan proposals. Sixty-six percent…

Court allows ACLU to challenge government wiretapping

The American Civil Liberties Union was allowed Wednesday to move forward with their case against government wiretapping. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that the court would not have to reconsider a case the ACLU brought against the government challenging the FISA Amendments Act (FAA), which…

Santorum mocks Medicare with ‘food insurance’ proposal

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum Wednesday attempted to illustrate the problem with Medicare by comparing it to “food insurance.” “How many people in this room can tell me what their latest health care procedure cost?” the candidate asked a group of supporters in Aiken, South Carolina. “How many can tell…

What would it take to shift public opinion on the death penalty?

Steve Kornacki asks if the Troy Davis case—Davis is set to be executed in (where else?) Georgia tonight for a crime there's a good chance he didn't commit—will reinvigorate the arguments against the death penalty.  I think if anything has a chance, it's this case, plus the New Yorker expose…

Young dissidents demand more than rhetoric from the U.N.

While Burmese opposition leader Aung Sun Sui Kay and South African Bishop Desmond Tutu addressed the monied crowd this morning at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City, a younger generation of dissidents across town hailed the rise of social media and called upon the United Nations and its…

O’Donnell demolishes O’Reilly’s tax ‘lies’

In response to Bill O’Reilly indicating he may quit his job if his taxes are raised, Lawrence O’Donnell emphasized how the Fox personality banked on “his audience’s gullibility” to believe his “lying.” On The Last Word Monday evening, the progressive opinion host corrected O’Reilly’s claim that President Obama would raise…

O’Donnell demolishes O’Reilly’s tax ‘lies’

In response to Bill O’Reilly indicating he may quit his job if his taxes are raised, Lawrence O’Donnell emphasized how the Fox personality banked on “his audience’s gullibility” to believe his “lying.” On The Last Word Monday evening, the progressive opinion host corrected O’Reilly’s claim that President Obama would raise…

Romney promises no ‘pandering,’ no ‘being phony’

Some may think it’s already too late, but Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says there will be no pandering from his campaign. “I wrote a book two years ago,” Romney said at a town hall event in Florida Wednesday. “I laid out my positions: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, federal spending,…

Solyndra execs to dodge congressional testimony

By Zeke Miller Executives from the bankrupt solar company Solyndra, the subject of multiple probes relating to a $535 million loan from the Obama administration, have backed out of a congressional hearing this Friday and are set to plead the Fifth instead of testifying. The House Energy and Commerce committee received letters…

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