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House GOP passes Paul Ryan’s budget that would gut domestic programs, increase military spending

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Republicans narrowly passed a new balanced budget plan from Representative Paul Ryan on Thursday in a vote that will help shape the debate ahead of November’s congressional elections. The plan authored by Ryan, the influential House Budget Committee chairman, would eliminate deficits within 10 years,…

House GOP unlikely to discipline coke-sniffing Rep. Trey Radel, but ethics watchdog files complaint

Despite a guilty plea on cocaine charges, Rep. Trey Radel (R-FL) insists he won’t resign and will likely avoid disciplinary action from House Republicans. But an ethics watchdog filed a complaint against the Republican lawmaker, saying he should be expelled. An aide told Politico that House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH)…

Harry Reid will push for ‘clean’ debt ceiling increase

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to introduce a bill calling for an increase to the federal debt ceiling that will not include social program cuts demanded by House Republicans, ABC News reported on Monday. The bill, which has been referred to as a “clean” increase, is scheduled…

House Republicans would be foolish not to pass comprehensive immigration reform

House Republicans would be foolish not to pass comprehensive immigration reform (via The Christian Science Monitor) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. speaks at a news conference Oct. 2 on Capitol Hill after House Democrats unveiled an immigration reform bill. Op-ed contributor Javier H. Valdés writes: ‘Comprehensive immigration reform…

GOP adds ‘conscience clause’ anti-abortion language to budget bill

To the laundry list of demands made by House Republicans fighting health care reform, with the shutdown of the government and default on the national debt in the balance, add this last-minute item: limiting contraceptive coverage. Multiple sources are reporting that Republicans have added language to the budget bill before…

Cruz announces plan B for defunding Obamacare: ‘Shut down the military’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday warned Senate Republicans that refusing to filibuster a bill that defunds President Barack Obama’s health care reform law “is a vote for Obamacare,” and he also advised House Republicans to “shut down the military” if they had to. After a summer of insisting that…

Colbert parties with Grim Reaper over ‘death of Obamacare’

Thursday night on “The Colbert Report,” host and arch conservative Stephen Colbert celebrated the death of the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”) at the hands of the House Republicans. “Since day one, I have vowed to stop Obamacare or die trying,” said Colbert, “and knowing my luck, I’d…

Senator Charles Schumer: GOP-led House will pass immigration reform

By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-controlled House of Representatives will bow to political pressure and pass the immigration bill approved by the Democratic-led Senate by the end of the year, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer predicted on Sunday. Schumer, a member of the bipartisan Senate group that crafted the…

Wyden amendments look to demolish U.S. copyright treaty

If the Senate passes a forthcoming “jobs” bill supported by House Republicans, two new amendments introduced this week by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) would provide the added benefit of essentially destroying the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a controversial copyright treaty that has Europe’s Internet activists up in arms. The amendments…

GOP refuses to broadcast House Dems’ contraception hearing

Updated, below — When House Republicans invited an all-male panel to discuss why religious institutions oppose giving their female employees access to reproductive health products, Democrats proposed a single female witness, who was promptly denied. In response, Democrats are planning their own contraceptives hearing — but the problem is, Republicans…

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