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We’re thankful this holiday season that John Boehner finally admitted the tea party is insane

As you may have heard, Time magazine just plastered the pontiff on its cover as person of the year. Some of us in the US take that to mean that, indeed, the meaning of life is not about how many securitized derivative products you can create that will cause the…

House prepares to vote on bipartisan budget bill

The just agreed 2014-2015 US budget deal faces a crucial test Thursday when the House of Representatives votes on the bill, with Speaker John Boehner urging skeptical conservatives to back it. The agreement sealed between top Democratic and Republican negotiators is seen as a chance to end the brutal cycle…

Battle to end anti-LGBT job discrimination gets a boost in Senate

Procedural vote to move to a debate on the ENDA bill, viewed as a key test of support for the bill, passed the Senate by 61 votes to 30 A landmark bill that would ban workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people passed a key vote in the US…

John Boehner to allow House to vote on Senate deal to end government shutdown

Republican leaders conceded defeat in their two-week battle to derail Barack Obama’s health care reforms on Wednesday, agreeing to a series of votes that were likely to re-open the government and avert a looming debt default. With just hours to go until a deadline set by the Treasury department for…

Debt limit talks in disarray after House GOP fails to back Senate deal

Democrats accuse hardline Republicans of sabotaging bipartisan deal after negotiations to raise debt ceiling left in limbo A fragile deal to end the US budget crisis collapsed on Tuesday when Democrats accused conservative Republicans of sabotaging the bipartisan proposals less than two days before the country’s borrowing authority expires. A…

End Game: John Boehner doesn’t even have to cave

Seven days into a government shutdown, and 9 days away from a potentially catastrophic breach of the nation’s debt limit, and the question everyone is asking is: who will blink first? The White House says that it absolutely will not negotiate over…  …

Jon Stewart chides John Boehner and Republicans: ‘The party of personal responsibility ain’t taking none’

Daily Show host Jon Stewart mocked Republicans on Tuesday for their continued efforts to avoid taking responsibility for the federal government shutdown, despite it being precipitated by one of their own speaking for 21 hours “The party of personal responsibility ain’t taking none,” Stewart said after playing a montage of…

Maddow guest: Republicans are ‘flying totally blind’ at this point

Monday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow examined the possibility of a Republican endgame in the shutdown of the U.S. government. The shutdown itself has revealed a fractured Republican caucus and shown Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) to be a weak and ineffective leader.…

Congress ‘playing with fire’ on debt ceiling

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned Sunday that Congress was “playing with fire” as Republicans raised the threat of a US default if President Barack Obama refuses to negotiate on spending. Speaker John Boehner said the Republican-controlled House would not raise the US debt ceiling without concessions from the White…

American Family Association radio host: If only John Boehner had the courage of a terrorist

The host of an American Family Association radio program said Tuesday that she wished House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) had the courage of a terrorist. Sandy Rios, president of Culture Campaign and a Fox News contributor, spoke to Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) about the government shutdown caused by a congressional…

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