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Peter King near tears, threatens to quit Republican Party for blocking Sandy relief

Republican New York Congressman Peter King was near tears on Wednesday as he threatened to leave the Republican Party, while excoriating the leadership and other members after they reversed course and refused to pass a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy. In an emotional interview with CNN, King pointed…

LaTourette: Republicans ‘got whooped’ on fiscal cliff, and ‘chuckleheads’ blocked Sandy relief too

Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-OH) on Wednesday said that Republicans had gotten “whooped” by President Barack Obama in fiscal cliff negotiations and that the “chuckleheads” in his party even refused to pass a relief package for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. “It’s that Hobson’s choice that if there was no deal,…

Peter King rips House GOP for skipping out on Sandy relief bill

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) took to the House of Representatives floor on Tuesday night to slam his fellow lawmakers for not voting on a relief package for victims of Hurricane Sandy. “Tonight’s action not to hold this vote is morally indefensible,” King said. “There are thousands and thousands of people…

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…

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