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Dean: ‘If the Republicans hate it, there must be some good in it’

As health care reform legislation grinds its way through Congress, the list of those opposing it has ballooned, and a week ago former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean was among them. Now, however, Dean says he has defected from the “Kill the Bill” caucus, laughingly telling MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow…

Burris reads Christmas poem slamming GOP on Senate floor

WASHINGTON — Sen. Roland Burris (D-IL) harnessed his Christmas spirit on Tuesday with a mostly-rhyming poem attacking Republicans for obstructing health care reform. Burris read his own version of Clement Clarke Moore’s famous work “A Visit From St. Nicholas” on the Senate floor, in which he playfully accused Republicans of…

Teabaggers promise ‘pink slip’ for Reid in new ad

WASHINGTON — Following Sen. Harry Reid’s (D-NV) success in uniting Democrats around health reform, one Tea Party group has launched a new effort to defeat his re-election bid next year. “Harry Reid is going to get what’s due him,” reads a fundraising email from the Our Country Deserves Better PAC,…

Maddow: GOP wants to ‘kill health reform through God’s intervention’

Prominent congressional Republicans have turned to Christian activist Lou Engle to help them bring God to their side in their battle to defeat health care reform. In an online “prayercast” Wednesday night, Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina, Sen. Sam Brownback of Kansas and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann joined a…

Exclusive: Fox-backed seniors group exposed as conservative front

Group’s founder formerly headed firm bankrolling Beck, Hannity projects WASHINGTON — The seniors group American Seniors Association (ASA) describes itself as a conservative alternative to the AARP and has attracted notable press coverage this year for its opposition to health care reform. A Raw Story investigation, however, reveals that the…

Dems’ immigration reform: Pay your taxes, learn the language, you can stay

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has unveiled the Obama administration’s plan to reform immigration. Key among the proposals are rules that would allow the current undocumented population to stay in the United States, provided they take a number of steps like learning English and paying back taxes, according to published…

Krugman: Republican Party has ‘emotional maturity of bratty 13-year-old’

Paul Krugman is known for his thoughtful, liberal-leaning columns on economic policy. On Monday, however, he went for the jugular. “The modern conservative movement,” Krugman declared, “which dominates the modern Republican Party, has the emotional maturity of a bratty 13-year-old.” Krugman penned the line in response to what he called…

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