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Many Republicans plan to snub Obama at jobs speech

In an act of defiance, several Republican members of Congress have announced that they will not attend President Barack Obama’s address to the joint session tonight, despite Speaker John Boehner’s request that they come. “He is the president of the United States and I believe that all members ought to…

Report: White House altered drilling safety report

The Interior Department’s inspector general says the White House edited a drilling safety report in a way that made it falsely appear that scientists and experts supported the idea of the administration’s six-month ban on new drilling. The inspector general says the editing changes resulted “in the implication that the…

Republicans’ ‘scary’ immigrant photo depicts Mexicans in Mexico, photographer reveals

A photograph that has appeared in two high-profile Republican campaign commercials, used in both cases to depict what some have called “scary” illegal immigrants, is actually a photo taken in Mexico, depicting three Mexican farmers whose crops were destroyed, a British photojournalist has revealed. And he isn’t exactly happy to…

Colbert invites Angle, Vitter to use ‘FearStock.com’ for ‘scary’ immigrant photos

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert is coming to the rescue of GOP candidates who are being forced to share stock photos of menacing-looking Latinos in their campaign ads. The liberal blog ThinkProgress revealed Wednesday that Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) and Sharon Angle (R-NV) used the same photo of “illegal aliens” in…

GOP Senator Vitter encourages lawsuits over debunked ‘birther’ conspiracy

Republican Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana says he supports conservative organizations challenging President Barack Obama’s citizenship in court. Vitter, who is running for re-election, made the comments at a town hall-style event in Metairie, La., on Sunday when a constituent asked what he would do about what the questioner said…

Louisiana congressman breaks down at oil hearing

A Louisiana Democratic congressman teared up during a subcommittee hearing into the causes of the oil spill now threatening the Gulf of Mexico and was unable to finish his remarks. “Excuse me,” said Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-LA), before leaving the hearing. “I’m sick of it,” Melancon said in his opening…

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