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Dem lawmaker laughs at ‘Fox & Friends’ spin on Obama’s fiscal cliff negotiating

Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) couldn’t help but laugh on Wednesday as he corrected the hosts of Fox & Friends for repeating incorrect Republican talking points about how President Barack Obama handled fiscal cliff negotiations. In an interview following the passage of the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012,” Smith told…

Issa: Republicans who voted for ‘fiscal cliff’ deal might have drunk too much

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) suggested his party mates in the Senate might have been celebrating the new year a bit too much while voting for the tax increases in the deal that averted the so-called “fiscal cliff” on Tuesday. “I can’t account for what happens after midnight in all that…

Obama: There ‘wasn’t support or time’ to negotiate better ‘fiscal cliff’ deal

Following the U.S. House’s passage of a bill to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” President Barack Obama addressed the nation. As Raw Story reported earlier: The bill, which will now go to President Obama, will allow tax rates to revert to their pre-Bush levels for Americans with annual incomes over…

Baltimore mayor rings in 2013 by performing Maryland’s first same sex weddings

While other mayors were watching balls drop at midnight, Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake was ringing in the 2013 by giving her constituents a civil right they lacked before midnight: the right to marry. She was among several officiants across the state of Maryland that performed the state’s first legal…

Doctors: Hillary Clinton to make ‘full recovery’

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is reportedly doing fine and expected to make a “full recovery,” doctors told CBS “This Morning” on Tuesday. The secretary and former first lady was hospitalized over the weekend after doctors detected a blood clot stemming from a concussion she sustained earlier in December. Clinton,…

Lindsay Graham: U.S. Senate is ‘where ideas go and die’

Monday on Fox News, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) said that the U.S. Senate no longer functions as a governing body, but is rather “where ideas go and die.” He called the Senate’s performance with regards to the fiscal cliff “embarrassing.” “The Senate doesn’t function anymore. The House has passed three…

Harkin blasts fellow Democrats: ‘No deal is better’ than this ‘very bad deal’

As the deadline to stop automatic spending cuts and tax increases trigger nears, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) took to the Senate floor on Monday to decry the current deal, saying “no deal is better” than the one currently on the table. Harkin said he was “disturbed” to read a report…

Dem rep.: Republicans questioning Clinton concussion think moon landing was staged too

Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) says that the Republicans who hyped a conspiracy theory that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton faked her concussion to avoid testifying about September attacks in Benghazi were the “same people who said that the moon landing was staged in a Hollywood set.” MSNBC host Richard Lui…

Sen. Barrasso: Obama is the one obstructing fiscal cliff talks

Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) on Monday lashed out at President Barack Obama for “slowing down” negotiations and preventing Congress from reaching a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. “What we ought to do is put a bill on the Senate floor and let people actually offer amendments and vote…

Norquist: Fiscal cliff deal will cut taxes instead of raising them

Anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist on Monday insisted that Republicans in Congress would hold the debt ceiling hostage to ensure that there would be no tax increases on even the wealthiest Americans as part of a deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. During an interview with the founder of Americans…

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