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Obama admin. threatens to prosecute state employees who license medical marijuana dispensaries

A letter from the Department of Justice, sent yesterday to Washington state Gov. Chris Gregoire (D), warned of the potential for criminal prosecutions of state employees who engage in the production of medical marijuana, which is now legally sanctioned in the state. The message would seem to stand in stark…

House passes GOP budget that slashes Medicare, Medicaid

WASHINGTON – Republicans maneuvered their controversial budget proposal through the House by a vote of 235-193 on Friday, firing the first salvo in what’s likely to be a long battle over how to reduce the federal deficit. Four Republicans voted against it, and not a single Democrat voted for it.…

Dems call GOP’s bluff, force House Republicans to vote down their own budget

WASHINGTON – House Republicans scrambled Friday to vote down their own extremely conservative budget after Democrats called their bluff and withheld opposition, forcing GOP lawmakers to defeat the bill themselves. The proposal, put forth by the Republican Study Committee, was a more extreme alternative to the plan offered by House…

76-year-old widow to NJ governor: You’re not going to bully me!

New Jersey state Sen. Loretta Weinberg (D) told MSNBC host Ed Schultz Thursday that she wasn’t going to be bullied by Gov. Chris Christie (R). During a press conference Wednesday, Christie had asked reporters to “take the bat out” on Weinberg because she had collected a pension while still receiving…

Poll: Trump becomes the GOP’s 2012 frontrunner

Billionaire real estate mogul and television star Donald Trump leads all other likely Republican contenders for the presidency in 2012 by nearly double-digits, survey data released Thursday showed. Even though the 2012 campaigns have only just gotten underway, for months now pollsters have been unable to point out a clear…

Dems: Republican budget serves millionaires by sticking it to seniors

WASHINGTON – With House Republicans poised Friday to pass their long-term budget, Democrats continued to hammer away at the proposal that that drastically cuts spending while privatizing Medicare over ten years. The proposal by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), titled “The Path To Prosperity,” also reduces taxes for corporations…

Lawrence O’Donnell: ‘No more than a month left in Trump’s fake campaign’

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell explained Thursday that Donald Trump was hinting that he might run for president in a ploy to keep his job on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. “NBC will announce its primetime lineup for next season here in New York on Monday, May 16,” the MSNBC host reported. “Trump obviously…

Pat Buchanan defends Trump statement about ‘the blacks’

Former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan is defending Donald Trump against charges of racial insensitivity. On a conservative radio show Thursday, Trump said that he was concerned that he wouldn’t get many African American votes given President Barack Obama’s high poll numbers with that demographic. “I have a great relationship…

Dem Rep. doesn’t utter a single word in powerful rebuttal to the GOP

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) gave a unique speech yesterday — one in which he didn’t utter a single word. Using tearsheets to illustrate his rebuttal to the Republican budget plans that would slash hundreds of thousands of public jobs and effectively eliminate Medicare, Crowley concluded that he was simply “speechless.”…

Live mic catches Obama’s candor: Paul Ryan is ‘not on the level’

In what he reportedly thought was a private conversation at a fundraiser Thursday night, President Barack Obama called into question the fiscal seriousness of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), the author of the GOP’s budget plan that dramatically cuts government spending under the guise of deficit reduction. “When…

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