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The right has moved further right and the left has moved further left, poll shows

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Americans are more divided along political lines than at any time in two decades, with about one in five defining themselves as consistently liberal or conservative, a poll showed on Thursday. The hardening of ideological positions also means that more Americans are less likely to favor political…

Texas Rep. Pete Sessions to run for House majority leader

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican Representative Pete Sessions of Texas said on Wednesday he would run for the post of House majority leader to replace Eric Cantor, who is stepping down after losing a primary election in his congressional district. Sessions told reporters that if elected to the No. 2 spot…

Republican leadership scrambles after Tea Party takes down Eric Cantor

By Richard Cowan and Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republican lawmakers are scrambling to identify the party’s future leaders after the shock primary election defeat of Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, by an upstart candidate from the Tea Party movement. House Majority Leader Cantor…

Lindsey Graham and Eric Cantor expected to fend off Tea Party primary challengers

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia are favored to fend off Tea Party challengers in Republican primaries on Tuesday, when voters in five states pick candidates for the Nov. 4 midterm elections. The Graham and…

Fake candidate’s ‘Malkin, Hasselbeck and Palin – -f*ck, marry, or kill?’ tweet riles conservatives

A Virginia man who claims he is running as a “liberal Democrat” against Republican Eric Cantor fired up online conservatives yesterday with a Twitter message that referenced several prominent right-wing women. “Picking between @GOPLeader Eric cantor & tea @DaveBratVA7th is like a F, Marry, Kill between @michellemalkin @ehasselbeck & @SarahPalinUSA,”…

Watch: Eric Cantor’s office calls in police to threaten singing immigrant children with arrest

A group of children calling for immigration reform were forced to leave House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s (R-VA) office on Thursday after Capitol Police officers threatened to arrest them. In a video posted to YouTube by the group Keeping Families Together, the children are seen in Cantor’s personal office singing:…

Republican House sets up government shut down with budget that defunds Obamacare

The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Friday approved an budget measure that would strip all funding from the Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — or shut down the federal government. According to Talking Points Memo, the bill passed with a 230 to 189 vote along party…

Panera Bread CEO on living on $4.50 a day: ‘Food dominates my life’

Panera Bread founder and CEO Ron Shaich shared his experience living on the equivalent of the federal “food stamps” program with MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Thursday, following House Republicans’ move to slash it. “We all take food for granted: I need lunch, I get lunch. I need dinner, I…

Cantor staffer linked to ordinance that helped close Virginia’s busiest abortion clinic

The busiest abortion clinic in the state of Virginia has closed after a part-time Fairfax City councilmember and full-time staffer for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor pushed for a last-minute ordinance to place additional restrictions on women’s health clinics just as it was relocating to a new space. Court records…

Watch live: Cantor discusses the future of the GOP

House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor delivers a speech at the American Enterprise Institute concerning the future of the GOP. Watch live, broadcast on Feb. 5. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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