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China micro-blogging sites censor ‘Egypt’

The word “Egypt” was censored Saturday by several micro-blogging sites in China, where the ruling Communist Party is wary of issues of political reform, demands for democracy and disturbances to public order, including overseas. On the sina.com and sohu.com sites, the Chinese equivalents of Twitter, which is censored in China,…

Republicans seek to pressure UN into reform

US President Barack Obama’s Republican foes on Tuesday launched a fresh campaign for reform at the United Nations, with a key leader urging Washington to withhold contributions as leverage. Republican Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the new House Foreign Affairs Committee chair, said the United States contributed more than six billion dollars…

GOP’s healthcare repeal will look like ‘Swiss cheese,’ Democratic senator says

Senate Democrats will use parliamentary procedure to keep the best parts of healthcare reform from being overturned by Republicans, a senator from New York recently said. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) explained on CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday that if the Republicans offer an amendment on the Senate floor to repeal…

Amid debate, Dem advises viewers to find ‘designated driver’ if drinking to GOP lies

The Obama White House said last week that the US House of Representatives’ vote to repeal heath care reform was not a “serious legislative effort.” It appears at least one House Democrat took that mantra to heart. “There’ve been, basically, three variations of the argument by Republicans,” Rep. Anthony Weiner…

Calls for US tax law reforms echo from both left and right

Top US senators of both major parties called Thursday for an overhaul of the tax code this year with an eye on spurring job growth in a still-sputtering economy. “The country is ripe for tax reform,” Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told reporters, saying it would be one of the…

Dem leader: Let’s ‘modify’ health reform by seeking ‘common ground’ with GOP

Facing a vigorous Republican effort to repeal health reform, a member of the House Democratic leadership says his party is willing to “fine-tune” the law based on input from the GOP. Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, a member of the conservative Blue Dog Caucus, told ABC’s “Top Line” that Democrats can…

Obama’s new chief of staff opposed health reform and consumer protection agency

William Daley, who was named White House chief of staff on Thursday, has expressed opposition to two of President Barack Obama’s major initiatives, which he will now be required to defend against Republicans seeking to derail them. Daley, an executive at JPMorgan Chase and former US commerce secretary, last year…

Republicans lie in wait for returning Obama

President Barack Obama swaps serene Hawaii for the partisan hurly-burly of Washington Tuesday, with empowered Republicans maneuvering to strangle his health care law and stall his new momentum. Obama will return from holiday a day before Republicans formally take possession of the House of Representatives on Wednesday after their November…

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,…

Senate Dems unanimous: Time for filibuster reform

All Senate Democrats returning to Congress next year have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asking him to take up filibuster reform first thing in the new year. It’s a sign that the Republicans’ use of the filibuster at historically high rates to block Democratic legislation may…

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