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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…

GOP New Jersey governor says no to 2012 presidential race

WASHINGTON — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a rising star in the Republican party, ruled out a presidential run in 2012, telling an interviewer that President Barack Obama “can rest easy.” The governor was pressed on his intentions in an interview on Fox News Sunday, which highlighted poll numbers showing…

GOP agenda may mean more in 2012 than now

GOP agenda could spell gridlock for 2 years, but have greater impact in 2012 elections Even if the next two years end in congressional gridlock, Republicans hope to build a record that demonstrates to voters in 2012 that they can get it right. The GOP is promising to use the…

Kucinich: GOP’s anti-health reform push may fuel Medicare-for-all drive

Should Republicans push for the repeal of President Obama’s health care reform package in the next session of Congress, a Medicare-for-all plan would be politically easier to implement, a liberal congressman recently predicted. “So, my Republican friends who are working very hard to demolish the bill, may, in fact, inadvertently,…

Stewart skewers GOP for blocking 9/11 responders bill

Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart devoted almost all of his last show of the year to ripping into Republican senators for blocking a bill that would help 9/11 first responders. House Resolution 847, the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act of 2010, would provide $7 billion in benefits to workers…

Dems to GOP: Don’t like government health care? Then reject yours!

A Democratic Party leader is challenging Congressional Republicans who campaigned against government-provided health care to reject theirs. Opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care law enacted in March was a centerpiece of Republican campaigns across the nation during the 2010 elections, in which the GOP made dramatic gains and retook…

Texas will see dramatic gain in US House seats

Texas will see dramatic gain in US House seats as Republicans eye favorable redraw Fast-growing Texas is poised to be the biggest winner of all when it comes to picking up influence in Congress in the next few years, and Republicans are salivating at the prospect of fattening the largest…

Lieberman, GOP team up for anti-WikiLeaks bill

Would proposed law affect news media’s ability to report? WASHINGTON — Amid calls in the US Congress to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a group of senators on Thursday unveiled a bill to make it easier to target the self-described whistleblowing website. The legislation, crafted by Republican Senators John Ensign…

Former Bush official: GOP ‘beyond redemption’

A former US senator and ambassador to the UN under President George W. Bush says the increasingly radical and uncompromising tone of the GOP is a sign the party is now “beyond redemption.” John C. Danforth made the comment while discussing a possible tea party challenge to Republican Sen. Richard…

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