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Christie: Boehner ignored multiple phone calls on Sandy relief funds

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) said Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) ignored multiple calls on Tuesday, even as the governor was hoping to convey the urgency of a now-delayed vote on funding for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. “Last night, the House Majority failed most the basic test…

Mitchell schools Norquist: You’re ‘Alice in Wonderland’ to claim GOP didn’t hike taxes

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday told anti-tax lobbyist Grover Norquist that he was living in an “Alice in Wonderland world” after he claimed that Republican lawmakers had not violated the no-tax pledge by voting in favor of a fiscal cliff compromise that hiked taxes on the richest Americans. “Why…

Chicago cardinal: Same sex marriage an ‘affront’ to society

Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George and his six auxiliary bishops wrote a letter on Tuesday calling same sex marriage “an affront to reason and the common good of society.” According to the Chicago Tribune, the clergyman urged parishioners to lobby their elected representatives against the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act,…

Pat Toomey to Republicans: Prepare to shut down government over the debt ceiling

The deal to avert the so-called fiscal cliff hasn’t even been signed by President Barack Obama yet, but Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) has already moved on to the next fight by suggesting that Republicans should shut down the government if they don’t get drastic spending cuts before agreeing to raise…

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…

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