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Rep. Peter King: Republicans ‘have a mandate’ to keep low tax rates for the rich

Rep. Peter King (R-NY) says that Republicans in the House of Representatives have a “mandate” to prevent tax cuts for the rich and other Americans from expiring even though exit polls showed voters supported tax hikes. “As far as Congress, Republicans feel strongly that tax rates should not be increased,”…

Harris-Perry on poverty: ‘Those aren’t numbers. Those are people’

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry debut a new regular segment Sunday focusing on poverty, which she noted many people did not want to touch, even as the national poverty rate remained at 15 percent of the population last year, or just over 46 million people, with 21.9 percent of them being…

Former Bush Commerce secretary: Republicans ‘scaring the heck out of’ Hispanics

President Bush’s former secretary of Commerce on Sunday pointed out that Mitt Romney and the Republican Party made a mistake by pushing anti-immigrant policies like “self deportation” in the 2012 elections because it was “scaring the heck out of” Hispanic voters. “I would lay the blame [for Romney's defeat] squarely…

Ingraham points to Southern strategy for reforming Republican Party

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Sunday pointed to the roots of Southern strategy of the late 1960s — which appealed to racism in the South — as an example of how the Republican Party should reform itself after President Barack Obama won re-election. “If the reaction to the election…

Kristol to GOP: Don’t ‘fall on your sword’ to defend millionaires

Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol says that Republicans in Congress should “take Obama’s offer” to raise taxes on the wealthy because the GOP shouldn’t “fall on its sword to defend a bunch of millionaires.” During a panel on Fox News Sunday, Kristol predicted that “Republicans will have to give in…

Harris-Perry to OH Secretary of State: Voters won’t forget suppression attempts

Saturday morning on MSNBC’s “Melissa Harris-Perry,” author, Tulane professor and host Melissa Harris-Perry directed this week’s weekly open letter segment to Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. In it, she addressed the partisan Republican’s attempts to eliminate early voting and lessen voter accessibility in the 2012 elections. “Dear Secretary Husted,”…

Maddow: Republican failure in 2012 is ‘bottomless’, ‘astonishing’

Friday night on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow took a look at the questions facing the Republican Party in the wake of Tuesday’s blowout election.  Who will be the leader of the party now?  Will the party double down on social issues or pursue a more economics-focused…

Maher: Republicans are ‘vaginaphobes,’ should probably ‘shut up’ about rape

Bill Maher started off Real Time on Nov. 9 by conducting a quick recap of the elections, noting that there will now be six openly gay men in Congress, a bisexual woman and an openly gay female senator, while pot was legalized in two states. “We’re becoming more like Canada,…

Florida Secretary of State: long lines show ‘people liked the voting hours’

Despite early voting lines reportedly up to six hours long, Florida’s Republican Secretary of State would not apologize for shortening the state’s early voting period from 14 to eight days, reported Think Progress. CNN anchor Ashleigh Banfield specifically asked Rick Detzner whether he regretted shortening the early voting period this…

Moyers guest: ‘We should just let the Bush tax cuts expire’

Columnists and thinkers from both sides of the political aisle went back and forth on Bill Moyers on Nov. 9 regarding the reelection of Barack Obama and how best to help working families in America. Former New York Times columnist and senior fellow at think tank Demos, Bob Herbert, said…

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