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Gov. Scott Walker to allow guns in Capitol, but photos still banned

A new plan crafted by Gov. Scott Walker (R) would allow guns in most of Wisconsin’s state Capitol, while most photos would still be banned. Under the new policy, the public would be allowed to carry concealed weapons in the Assembly viewing galleries, but existing rules barring the use of…

McConnell: Police, firefighter layoffs not my problem

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Sunday that saving the jobs of police and firefighters was not the role of the federal government. CNN’s Candy Crowley reminded the Kentucky Republican that a recent Gallup/USA Today poll found that 75 percent of Americans supported President Barack Obama’s plan to provide…

Pennsylvania electoral college tinkering could spell 2012 trouble for Obama

Though Pennsylvania has voted Democrat in every presidential election for the past two decades and President Barack Obama won the state 55-44 in 2008, a Republican legislative tactic could cost him a 2012 victory there even if he wins the state’s popular vote. Pennsylvania’s Republican leadership is taking advantage of…

Republicans close ranks against Obama jobs plan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top Republican foes in the US Congress closed ranks Tuesday to assail his $447 billion jobs plan, as startling new figures painted a bleak picture of US economic woes. Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has said his party has no greater goal that…

Key Republican blasts Obama jobs plan

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s top critic in the US Senate on Tuesday blasted the White House’s new $447 billion blueprint for battling high unemployment as “more of a reelection plan than a jobs plan.” Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell also rejected Obama’s call for raising taxes on the…

Poll: Majority wants super committee to tax the rich

Republicans appointed to a congressional deficit panel will have to buck public opinion if they intend to block tax hikes on the rich. A CNN poll (PDF) released Wednesday found that a majority of Americans want Congress to compromise by raising taxes on the rich and cutting government spending. In…

McConnell: Cut safety net to prevent tax hikes

WASHINGTON — Republican US Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday that he favored cuts to popular safety net programs but opposed tax hikes on the rich as part of a plan to rein in galloping US debt. “The country needs economic growth and fiscal responsibility, not higher taxes and…

Geithner: U.S. debt default ‘not going to happen’

WASHINGTON — The United States will not default on its debt, US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said Sunday, as the clock ticks down to reaching a deal by August 2 to raise the nation’s debt ceiling. “It’s unthinkable we would not meet our obligations on time,” Geithner told CNN in…

GOP running fake Democrats in Wisconsin recall elections

The Republican Party of Wisconsin admitted Monday that they planned to run candidates as Democrats in this summer’s recall elections. Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Tuesday approved recall elections for three Republicans, bringing the total number to six. At the same time, the nonpartisan election officials put…

Sen. who pushed Patriot Act: Don’t make policy after disaster

A Republican leader who was quick to vote for the USA PATRIOT Act following the 9/11 attacks is now saying that legislators should think twice about making policy in the wake of disasters. Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday asked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell if the nuclear disaster in Japan…

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