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Frustrated House GOP pushes for sanctions to curb influx of young immigrants

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday America should “whack” its Latin American neighbors by cutting aid in response to a flood of undocumented minors entering the United States, while another asked where the children should be “dropped off when the buses bring them back.”…

With 2014 elections approaching, Republicans refuse to acknowledge growth of U.S. economy

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Here’s a riddle: Many Republicans deny it’s happening. Some Democrats don’t want to talk about it. What is it? The answer is the growing U.S. economy, on pace to expand as much as 3.5 percent this year, about the best performance in the industrialized…

Democrats consider boycott after GOP-heavy House approves Benghazi panel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-run U.S. House of Representatives voted along party lines on Thursday to set up a committee to investigate the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya. Unhappy Democrats were considering boycotting the panel. The House voted 232-186 to set up a 12-member special investigative committee.…

Republicans will be majority on House Benghazi investigation panel

The majority of seats on a new committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks will be held by Republicans, a congressional aide said on Tuesday, despite Democrats’ insistence that the panel must be evenly divided in order to conduct a nonpartisan investigation. A senior House of Representatives leadership aide told Reuters…

Bill Maher: Republicans win by cheating, but liberals make it easier for them

Real Time host Bill Maher said on Friday that Republicans only win elections these days by cheating, but also criticized fellow liberals for making it easier for them by annoying the rest of the population. “They mean well, but sometimes when I’m at Whole Foods, I don’t want to sign…

NJ Republicans threaten to withdraw their support of bridge closure investigation

Republicans on NJ bridge scandal panel might withdraw bipartisan support (via NJ.com) TRENTON — Republicans on the state legislative committee investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closings might withdraw their support of the inquiry because they contend they have been kept out of the loop by their Democratic counterparts…  …

Democrats prepare to hammer Paul Ryan’s ‘Dracula in sheep’s clothing’ budget plan

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats in the U.S. Congress can hardly contain their glee over the latest Republican budget plan, even though they loathe the details of the blueprint that would cut programs for the poor and funding of medical research. Democrats view the document as a potent…

Paul Ryan will release new budget plan on Tuesday

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Paul Ryan on Tuesday plans to unveil a 10-year balanced budget plan that seeks to bolster Republicans’ campaign credentials as the party of fiscal prudence but also leaves them open to fresh attacks over deep cuts to social programs. The House Budget Committee, which Ryan…

House Republicans to champion fiscal austerity in 10-year budget blueprint

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives Republicans will unveil a 10-year budget blueprint in the next few weeks that will champion fiscal austerity, a theme party leaders hope will energize conservative voters ahead of the November congressional elections. But crafting a budget that can bring together…

Revealed: Bucking Republicans, Obama’s 2015 budget to call for end to austerity

No more Mr. Nice Guy. After years of negotiations with Republicans over the U.S. budget, President Barack Obama is setting off on his own course. Obama’s 2015 budget, due in early March, could make the end of an era for Democrats. In recent years, Democrats have taken up much of…

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