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Exclusive: Progressive groups launch campaign to fight GOP’s ‘War on Women’

WASHINGTON – A trio of progressive and women’s groups will unveil a new front in their ongoing campaign Friday afternoon calling on House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) to “stop the war on women,” Raw Story has first learned – a reference to the anti-abortion measures Republicans are advancing. The abortion-rights…

Tea party invites GOP 2012 hopefuls to summit, but not Bachmann

The Americans for Prosperity Foundation, a tea party-affiliated group funded by the Koch brothers, will hold a summit in New Hampshire next month. Among attendees will be some familiar names with buzz about trying for the Republican nomination for the 2012 nomination. Tim Pawlenty will be in attendance, as will…

Newt Gingrich gave $350,000 to oust Iowa justices that legalized same sex marriage

GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich last year donated at least $350,000 to a social conservative campaign that successfully ousted three Iowa Supreme Court Justices who ruled in favor of same sex marriage in the state. After the Iowa high court unanimously voted in April 2009 to legalize same-sex marriage in…

Lynn Woolsey: Obama must not ‘capitulate’ to GOP on shutdown (EXCLUSIVE)

WASHINGTON – Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D-CA) is urging President Barack Obama to follow in President Bill Clinton’s footsteps and stand strong against Republicans on sharp spending cuts — even as the possibility of a government shutdown looms. “You have to remember what a leader Bill Clinton was in 1995. It…

GOP budget cuts would kill 700,000 jobs: report

WASHINGTON – The Republican budget proposal to sharply cut federal spending would cost 700,000 jobs through 2012, according to the independent analyst Moody’s. In a new report obtained Monday by the Washington Post, Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi analyzes the House Republican budget proposal cutting spending by $61 billion…

Republican 2012 primaries may be a ‘demolition derby,’ Huckabee predicts

WASHINGTON – Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, a leading GOP presidential hopeful, predicted the 2012 primaries would be a bloodbath for his party and could gift reelection to President Barack Obama on a silver plate. In a wide-ranging interview with The Washington Post, Huckabee revealed his concerns about running again…

GOP Gov. Barbour refuses to denounce license plate pitch honoring KKK leader

WASHINGTON – Mississippi Republican Gov. Haley Barbour, a potential 2012 presidential candidate, declined to denounce a group’s proposal that the state issue a license plate honoring an early Ku Klux Klan leader. The idea, put forth by the white heritage group Sons of Confederate Veterans, would create a state-issued license…

If spending cuts kill jobs, ‘so be it’: Boehner

WASHINGTON – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Tuesday showed little concern for the federal job losses that could result from the GOP’s proposed spending cuts. “In the last two years, under President Obama, the federal government has added 200,000 new federal jobs. If some of those jobs are lost…

GOP aims to slash $1.6 billion in EPA funding

WASHINGTON – House Republicans on the appropriations committee released a plan Thursday that would eliminate $1.6 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. The news, as first noted by Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones, is part of a broader GOP assault on the EPA as the Obama administration seeks to…

Report: Fox News gave GOP presidential candidates $55 million in free advertising

Being on the Fox News payroll has its advantages. Not only did five potential Republican candidates get regular paychecks from the network last year, but they also got something even more valuable: airtime Liberal watchdog group Media Matters found that the five received about $55 million in free advertising over…

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