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Republicans set stage for government shutdown by blocking transportation bill

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A battle in Congress expected this fall over the budget and a potential government shutdown broke out early on Thursday as Republicans in the U.S. Senate effectively killed a $54 billion spending bill for transportation and housing projects. All but one Republican voted against…

Senate approves Gina McCarthy as EPA chief despite Republicans

The Senate gave grudging approval on Thursday to the key executor of Barack Obama’s sweeping new climate change plan, voting to confirm Gina McCarthy as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. The 59-40 vote, after a four-month standoff by Republicans, puts McCarthy in direct charge of implementing Obama’s strategy…

Republicans get three times more ‘false’ ratings from PolitiFact than Democrats

An analysis of PolitiFact ratings suggests Republicans are significantly less credible than Democrats. The Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University found Republican’s had made three times as many false statements as Democrats this year. PolitiFact examines a variety of political statements and assigns a “Truth-O-Meter” rating…

The GOP Worries About Its Reputation, But Should They?

Andrew Breitbar, patron saint of assholes. Back from SXSW, and ready to get back to blogging business. I’ve been following the media coverage over the Republican crisis of faith and the dawning realization that catering to straight white men who believe they’re superior to everyone else may not work as…

Obama continues ‘charm offensive’ against Congress

President Barack Obama Tuesday launched an unusual mission to woo lawmakers on Capitol Hill, but budget clashes with Republicans underscored the difficulty of striking a grand deficit bargain. Obama trekked up Pennsylvania Avenue for the first of three visits, flashing a broad smile as he went into lunch with Democratic…

Obama: Protecting the rich binds together the Republican Party

President Barack Obama on Thursday said the only thing keeping Republicans together was a desire to shield the rich from higher taxes, in a new jab over an imminent budget confrontation. Obama is mounting a full bore campaign push to heap blame on Republicans over a multi-billion dollar package of…

How Congress became the boy who cried ‘Wolf!’ or: How I learned to stop worrying and hate the sequester

Do you even remember the first time Republicans threatened to shut down the government? (The first time, that is, since then-Speaker Newt Gingrich followed through on his promise in 1995 with disastrous political consequences?) Unless you’re a serious political junkie, you probably don’t remember (it was 2010, though, for the…

Can Republicans get their act together before Obama ‘pulverizes’ the right?

Can Republicans get their act together before Obama 'pulverizes' the right? Perhaps trying to eke some mojo out of the city where the Democrats held their successful convention last year, the Republican National Committee came out of a three-day meeting in Charlotte, N.C., this week with a blueprint for what…

Fox News’ Steve Doocy Claims That the War on Women was Invented by Democrats

Steve Doocy, who may be one of the dumbest commentators on the Face of Fox News, is carrying out the wingnuts’ newly conceived mission to downplay the very real assault by the GOP on women’s rights by claiming that what women really care about is the economy and the price of…

Poll: Majority of Republicans want media to STFU about Trayvon

According to a recently released poll, a majority of Republicans and many whites want the media to stop talking about Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Florida teen who was gunned down by neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman. A Pew Research Center for the People & the Press survey found that 56 percent…

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