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Shock: Christian Coalition founder Pat Robertson favors marijuana legalization

Robertson a welcome addition to drug reform circles, former narc tells Raw Story Update: Following publication of this story, a spokesman for the religious CBN television station contacted Raw Story to clarify Robertson’s comments. His statement is reflected in the text below. Count this among the 10 things nobody ever…

GOP may hold START Treaty hostage over immigration reform, ‘don’t ask’ repeal

As the repeal of the military’s gay ban and a crucial vote on immigration reform edge closer, Republicans are finding more and more ways to derail the effort and run out the clock on the Democrats’ lame duck session. Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), speaking from the Senate floor Friday, said…

Revealed: Rand Paul likened Obama’s rise to Hitler’s in 2009

Tea Party hero and Senator-elect Rand Paul (R-KY) last year compared President Barack Obama’s election to the rise of Adolf Hitler in Germany and warned that health care reform could lead to “martial law.” Speaking to well-known conspiracy theorist and 9/11 Truther Alex Jones of Infowars, Paul expressed his odd…

Insurers gave $86 million to defeat health care reform

Health insurance companies gave $86.2 million to the US Chamber of Commerce last year to oppose the health care reform bill, tax records show. Companies such as UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Cigna Corp. funneled the money into the Chamber of Commerce’s anti-health reform campaign after Democrats began talk of increasing…

No change: Wall Street finds loophole in financial reform

NEW YORK — US banks have found a way to continue betting their own money on some investments, despite a new law’s restrictions on proprietary trading, the Financial Times reported on Thursday, citing Wall Street executives. The “Volcker rule” provision of the Dodd-Frank financial reform limits the extent to which…

Barbour: ‘You won’t recognize’ health reform when GOP is done with it

If Republicans get control of Congress after the midterm elections, the party will make the recent health care reform law unrecognizable, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association said Sunday. Gov. Haley Barbour of Mississippi told NBC’s David Gregory that there would be significant changes to health care reform even…

US Chamber of Commerce ‘entering the news business’: report

The US Chamber of Commerce is quietly developing its own network of media outlets to push for changes to the law that would make life easier for corporations, says a report from Harvard University’s Nieman Journalism Lab. According to the Lab’s Laura McGann, in the past few years a subsidiary…

Republican 527 group urges Nevada Latinos not to vote

Update: Following media coverage, Univision rejects ad discouraging Latinos to vote, ThinkProgress reports After years of leading efforts to block immigration reform that does not involve severe criminal penalties, Republicans are looking for a new way to message the Latino community. They may have found it in Nevada. Attacking Democrats…

Major insurers to drop child policies ahead of coverage mandate

Just days away from the implementation of new rules that will prevent insurers from denying coverage to children with pre-existing conditions, numerous major insurers have opted to end the sale of child-only policies. Anthem Blue Cross and associate WellPoint, Aetna Inc., Cigna Inc., CoventryOne and others have been making under-the-radar…

Obama: Liberal critics should stop griping and ‘wake up’

President Barack Obama had some friendly advice on Monday for liberal Democrats who say he has not achieved everything on their wish lists — quit complaining. Making a whirlwind fund-raising tour of Philadelphia to rally support for his embattled Democrats before U.S. congressional elections in November, Obama offered a hint…

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