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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…

Lawmaker suggests ‘duct tape’ strategy for GOP pols: Shut up until November elections

A Tennessee congressman feels confident that Republicans can pick up six seats in the U.S. Senate, if only candidates would stop talking until the November election. “I would suggest when we nominate people we give them a roll of duct tape to put over their mouths so they don’t say…

Republicans still falling behind in election data wars

By Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When Barack Obama defeated Mitt Romney in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, many political strategists saw it as a triumph of the Obama team’s technological prowess, allowing it to identify likely Democratic voters and get them to the polls. It was a sore point…

Maddow befuddled that GOP continues to ‘shoot themselves in the foot’ on abortion

On Wednesday night, Rachel Maddow devoted a segment of her show to examining the Republican Party’s decision to double down on its anti-choice stance, in spite of the fact that it appears to be driving women away from the party and worsening Republicans’ gender gap. She began by explaining what…

GOP strategists warn party to stop playing games with debt ceiling

Republican strategists are attempting to warn the party that they have seen the biggest threat facing the GOP in the 2014 midterm elections and that it is themselves. Talking Points Memo reported on a blog post at The Hill that said the party’s tactical gurus are urging conservatives not to…

Republicans tutored how not to offend women but sabotage gay GOP candidates

The Republican Party is pursuing women voters in its plans for the next election cycle, while one prominent social conservative is working behind-the-scenes to sabotage LGBT Republican candidates before they gain too much political traction. According to two articles in Politico, anonymous Republican staffers say that the party is trying…

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