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Rep. Allen West: Thin line between communism and progressivism

Rep. Allen West, a tea party Republican from Florida, said Tuesday that he did not regret describing the members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus as communists. At a forum, he called on journalists to study the political spectrum of ideologies and claimed that in the early 1900s, American communists called…

Rep. Grijalva: Protesters ‘not some fringe element’

Congressional Progressive Caucus co-chair Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) told MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Monday that he had been inspired by attending Occupy protests in Tucson over the weekend. “I went and visited with the occupiers that were there at the park and talked to them and found that it is…

House Dems demand DOJ antitrust investigation of new bank fees

House Democrats are putting their mouths where their bank fees are: a group sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demanding an investigation into the fee hikes several major banks have announced recently. The liberal leaders suspected that the new fees might violate federal antitrust laws. The change…

Lawmakers close to deal to avoid default

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Lawmakers were close to a last-ditch $3 trillion deal on Sunday to raise the U.S. borrowing limit and assure jittery financial markets that the United States will avoid a potentially catastrophic default. The tantalizing possibility of an agreement raised hopes that a weeks-long partisan brawl over cutting…

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