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Utah GOP passes bill to ban contraception in sex ed

A bill passed by Republicans in the Utah House of Representatives would effectively ban comprehensive education about human sexuality, forcing schools to teach abstinence or nothing at all. In all, 45 Republicans voted for state Rep. Bill Wright’s (R) HB363, with 11 Republicans joining the 17 Democrats who opposed it,…

GOP refuses to broadcast House Dems’ contraception hearing

Updated, below — When House Republicans invited an all-male panel to discuss why religious institutions oppose giving their female employees access to reproductive health products, Democrats proposed a single female witness, who was promptly denied. In response, Democrats are planning their own contraceptives hearing — but the problem is, Republicans…

Why are Republicans acting like the election was sprung on them by surprise?

There’s something intensely hilarious about Republicans acting like the election season was announced on them out of nowhere, giving them no time to prepare a suitable candidate. Steve Kornacki has an article about why the “white knight” fantasies Republicans are indulging, where some great candidate that can unify the nuts…

Republicans propose not paying for payroll tax

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in Congress on Monday proposed extending a tax cut for 160 million workers through the rest of the year without offsetting the cost with spending cuts elsewhere in the budget. As first reported by Reuters, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives issued a statement saying…

Maher: Republicans are the ones ‘dividing America’

In his latest “New Rule” segment Friday evening, Bill Maher discussed Republicans’ continued criticism of parts of the nation not considered apart of “Red America.” “Just think of the list of these parts of America that Republicans are publicly bitching about,” he said. “Chicago, that lawless hell hole where Obama…

Republican Senators: Slash jobs instead of defense spending

A group of Republican Senators will propose on Thursday a bill to stop mandatory defense spending cuts triggered by the failure of the congressional super committee, putting in its place a plan to reduce the number of federal workers and freeze the pay of others. The proposal would save about…

What to remember when Republicans whine about “punishing success”

Most mornings, except weekends, at Casa del Marcotte, we get up in the morning. The first thing on our minds is work. I make coffee and get right to it on my computer, since I work at home. My dude gets dressed, walks to the subway, and takes the train…

Poll: More Americans see conflict between rich and poor

More Americans believe there is significantly more class conflict between the rich and poor than two years ago, according to a survey released by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday. The survey found that 66 percent of Americans believe there are “very strong” or “strong” conflicts between the rich and…

Obama squeezes Republicans in year-end showdown

US President Barack Obama doubled down Tuesday in a pre-Christmas duel over taxes with Republicans, warning that political “brinksmanship” could put the fragile US economic recovery at risk. After a miserable year being thwarted by his foes on Capitol Hill, Obama turned the tables when the Republican-led House blocked a…

Obama in annual festive showdown with Republicans

WASHINGTON — It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — with tree lights twinkling, sleigh bells ringing and President Barack Obama locked in his annual Yuletide power struggle with Republicans in Congress. This year’s fight — over Obama’s demands for an extension of a workers’ tax cut and unemployment…

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