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Wisconsin governor calls on Democrats to come home

MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Monday called for the return of the 14 Democratic state senators who left the state last week to avoid voting on a bill that that severely curbs state workers’ bargaining rights. “They’ve got to come to Wisconsin, do the job that…

Dems to GOP Congress members: Give up your taxpayer-funded health care

Republican lawmakers who oppose the Democrats’ health reforms should give up their taxpayer-subsidized health insurance and pay for their own coverage, say a group of progressive House Democrats. In a letter to soon-to-be House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Democrats urged Republicans to stick to…

Lawmaker who apologized to BP may chair House energy panel

The Texas lawmaker who apologized to BP for the US government’s insistence that the oil giant set up a fund to compensate oil spill victims may soon be the most powerful voice in the House on US energy policy. Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) is a leading contender for the chairmanship…

Jeb Bush: Looming victories ‘not a validation’ of GOP

Republicans are set to win big in Tuesday’s midterm elections but one influential Republican is telling his party not to mistake victory for approval. “The looming victories for Republican candidates next Tuesday is not a validation of the Republican Party at all,” former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said in an…

Democrats agree to block Obama nominees

In a stunning alliance between Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans, Senate Democratic leadership quietly agreed Wednesday evening to block President Barack Obama from making recess appointments while senators return home to campaign for midterm elections, according to a Congressional newspaper. The move involves Senate leadership holding “pro-forma” sessions of the…

Few Republican senators dare to defend Rand Paul

Days after winning a GOP senate primary, Rand Paul did his best Friday to clean up damage done by his wavering support for the Civil Rights Act. The Kentucky candidate told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that “Democrat talking points” had “trashed” him and blamed MSNBC for accusing of him of wanting…

Paul wins, Specter loses, Dems keep Murtha’s seat in flurry of anti-incumbent sentiment

Insurgent US Republican voters in Kentucky routed their party’s establishment candidate and selected iconoclastic political outsider Rand Paul on Tuesday night, a clear show of anger at Washington ahead of November elections to decide control of the US Congress. Similarly, Democrats in Pennsylvania appeared to have ended the political career…

Tea party victory: Rand Paul wins Kentucky GOP Senate primary

Rand Paul defeated Republican establishment favorite Trey Grayson in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate, a closely watched race that was a test of the tea party movement’s strength. Paul, the son of former presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, on Tuesday gave a tea party activist a key win…

Let’s Just Assume For Sake Of Argument…And Lifelong Solitary Confinement

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asks what happens if Ahmed Ghaliani is found not guilty and…wait, let me clear this up a bit. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell asks what happens if evil terrorist and guilty-as-sin because he’s obviously a terrorist (and, oh, evil) Ahmed Ghaliani is found not guilty…

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