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GOP Senator Coburn: Budget deal must include tax increases

WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. Tom Coburn says that a long-term deficit reduction plan must include some revenue increases, because that’s what Americans want. “It’s time for the Senate to earn its reputation as the world’s greatest deliberative body and help lead that effort,” Coburn wrote in a Washington Post op-ed…

Paul Ryan: Critics of GOP Medicare plan waging ‘class warfare’

WASHINGTON – House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Monday sought to rekindle support for his plan to phase out Medicare, accusing his opponents of resorting to “class warfare” and “sowing social unrest.” “Class warfare may be clever politics, but it is terrible economics. Redistributing wealth never creates more of…

Obama health secretary: Seniors may ‘die sooner’ under GOP Medicare plan

WASHINGTON – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered a pointed assessment Thursday of the Republican Medicare plan. “If you run out of the government voucher and then you run out of your own money, you’re left to scrape together charity care, go without care, die sooner,” Sebelius…

The GOP to teenage girls: Why aren’t you giving birth?

They're Coming for Roe from Center for Reproductive Rights on Vimeo. Check out this video; some of the statements coming out of the mouths of these straight white dudes who are so opposed to women having rights will make your jaw drop. The fuss over HR3 flared up and died…

‘Forcible rape’ returns as House plans vote on GOP abortion bill

WASHINGTON – The House is poised to vote Wednesday on H.R. 3, the GOP’s “No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act” — and Republicans may have reignited an explosive controversy they swiftly backed down from at first. The initial version of the legislation sought to limit government-subsidized abortion coverage even in…

Five bizarre GOP reactions to bin Laden’s death

WASHINGTON – The news that Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday during a U.S. firefight in Pakistan led to heaps of praise for military service members and President Barack Obama, even from his biggest political adversaries. Some GOP responses, however, have been pretty bizarre. Here’s a roundup of some of…

Wisconsin GOP allegedly forged signatures on recall petitions

Forged signatures of dead people have been discovered on Republican Party of Wisconsin recall petitions against Democratic senators, but Republicans are blaming their opponents for the forgeries. The Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel reported that Bill Pocan’s signature was listed on the recall petition against Democratic state Sen. Bob Wirch. He was…

Fox News plans GOP presidential debate, but candidates may not show

Though Fox News and the South Carolina Republican Party are touting next week’s Republican presidential debate as the kickoff to election season, it’s unclear if any of the GOP’s major candidates will actually be in attendance — or any candidates at all. The problem isn’t a snub of the channel,…

House progressives offer budget plan: Tax the rich, end the wars, slash oil subsidies, invest in jobs

Liberal Dems claim the plan eliminates deficit by 2021 WASHINGTON – As the focus on Capitol Hill shifts to America’s long-run fiscal woes, Congressional progressives are one step ahead of the White House and Democratic leaders in offering a counter-proposal to the House GOP approach. The broad sketch proposes to…

Maher: GOP birthers think Obama’s race is “un-American”

Bill Maher, upon learning that 51 percent of Republican voters now believe that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States, thus making the GOP majority birthers, he asked his conservative panel, “At what point do you say, I can’t be a Republican anymore?” Maher attributed the birthers’…

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