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Michigan lawmakers pose with women’s magazines to show they care. Guess which party.

Republican lawmakers in Michigan set off a firestorm when a state capitol reporter tweeted a photograph of male House members reading fashion magazines with the caption, “Don’t say we don’t understand women.” @MIHouseGOP members Victory, Pettalia, and Glardon: "Don't say we don't understand women." #mileg pic.twitter.com/zsifsqrZ1N — Jake Neher (@GJNeher)…

Only six Americans enrolled in ‘Obamacare’ on first day

Just six people managed enrol in Obamacare on day one of the health plan’s troubled rollout, documents released by Republican lawmakers showed, in a new embarrassment for the White House. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa released a document from a meeting on October 2, the day…

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel blasts ‘irresponsible’ government shutdown threat

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel slammed Republican lawmakers as “astoundingly irresponsible” for threatening to shut down the government over a short-sighted political whim. If Congress fails to agree on a new budget measure by the close of the fiscal year on Monday, officials estimate that about half of the Pentagon’s…

Virginia lawmaker tries to attach rectal exam provision to anti-abortion bill

Virginia state Sen. Janet Howell (D) thinks that if the government is going to force women to undergo medically unnecessary tests, then it is only fair to apply the same standards to men. Republican lawmakers are pushing for legislation that would require pregnant women to have an ultrasound before terminating…

Florida gov. accepts ruling against prison privatizations

Florida Governor Rick Scott (R) said this week that he will not appeal a court ruling that struck down his plan to privatize 29 of the state’s prisons, according to The Orlando Sentinel. The ruling, made last month by circuit court judge Jackie Fulford, is a major blow for companies…

Ohio lawmaker: Drug test bailed out bankers and politicians

Republican lawmakers across the country have called for those seeking temporary government assistance to be drug tested. One state representative wants to extend the principle one step further, and drug test recipients of corporate welfare. Ohio state Rep. Robert Hagan appeared Tuesday night on MSNBCs’ The Rachel Maddow Show to…

Obama calls for end to bickering after credit rating loss

The White House on Saturday called for an end to the political gridlock blamed for the first-ever US credit rating downgrade as allies voiced confidence in the world’s largest economy. Standard & Poor’s cut the US rating for the first time in history Friday, by one notch from its top-flight…

Fox devotees twice as likely to fear Sharia law in US: poll

WASHINGTON – Four in ten devotees of the Fox News Channel fear that American Muslims want to establish Islamic Sharia law in the United States, according to a new survey. A survey released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute found that viewers who trust Fox News as their…

Rand Paul pleads for conservatives to oppose the PATRIOT Act

WASHINGTON – Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) wrote to colleagues Tuesday voicing objections to the PATRIOT Act as it heads to the Senate for reauthorization, warning that it could turn America into a “police state.” Paul, a tea party favorite who was first elected last November, expressed opposition to warrantless searches…

Kucinich challenges tea party to stand up for civil liberties

WASHINGTON – The House is set to take up a measure this week renewing key provisions of the PATRIOT Act that expire Feb. 28. Liberal Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) issued a challenge to tea party supporters and lawmakers in the new Congress: time to show you’re serious about liberty. “The…

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