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Republicans look to privatize Medicare

Medicare, Social Security ‘a cruel Ponzi scheme’: GOP conference chairman WASHINGTON – House Republicans would support a plan to privatize Medicare in their annual budget, a member of the GOP leadership said. Texas Rep. Jeb Hensarling, the House Republican Conference Chairman and second-ranked GOP member of the budget committee, made…

Ron Paul, Ralph Nader agree on ‘progressive-libertarian alliance’

In this corner, a libertarian, tea party hero who ran several campaigns as a candidate for US president on the Republican ticket. And in that corner, a progressive icon of the left who also ran several campaigns for the US presidency but on the Green Party ticket. One might think…

Obama taps General Electric chairman to lead economic council

President Barack Obama announced Friday that General Electric (GE) Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt will chair the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. The new council was to replace the Economic Recovery Advisory Board headed by Paul Volcker. In making his announcement, Obama said Volcker’s panel had pulled the economy…

Fearing tea party violence, four Arizona Republicans resign

District Republican chairman: ‘I don’t want to take a bullet for anyone’ Fearing violence from tea party activists, Arizona Legislative District 20 Republican Chairman Anthony Miller and several others tendered their resignation this week following mass shootings that left six dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) in critical condition. Miller,…

Steele bumbles literary reference: Cites Tolstoy, but quotes Dickens

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele has been called many things during his tenure atop the Republican party. Literary connoisseur was not one of them. Even in announcing his intent to seek a second term at the RNC, Steele himself admitted that he’d “stumbled along the way.” Stumbled, maybe more…

Stewart interviews ‘street guy’ Steele’s puppet counterpart

Michael Steele’s tenure as chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC) has not been an easy one, for him or fellow Republicans. But Wednesday night it took an unexpectedly hilarious turn when, mocking Steele’s decision to seek reelection, satirist newsman Jon Stewart hosted an exclusive interview with the chairman’s puppet…

Wikileaks did not commit a crime, House Judiciary chairman says

The chairman of the House judiciary committee defended Wikileaks on Thursday, arguing that the controversial actions of the anti-secrecy outlet are protected under free speech. Speaking at a hearing to explore whether Wikileaks violated the Espionage Act — which the Obama administration is targeting its editor-in-chief for — Rep. John…

Supporters liken Bradley Manning’s detention to torture

Next House intel chairman calls for Manning’s execution The soldier accused of leaking secret US documents to secrets outlet WikiLeaks is being held in conditions that could amount to torture, his supporters say. US Army Private Bradley Manning has been detained in solitary confinement since May, when charges were brought…

UPDATE: Steele to seek re-election after all

UPDATE: Despite earlier news reports suggesting Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele won’t run for a second term, news reports late Monday indicated that Steele has decided to throw his hat in the ring after all. The New York Times reports: In the face of overwhelming criticism about his stewardship…

Joint Chiefs chairman: Congress should end gay ban as soon as possible

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Sunday that Congress shouldn’t wait to repeal the military’s controversial “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which forces gay, lesbian and trans-gender members to hide their personal lives or face expulsion from the service. “The other piece that is out there that…

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