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AFL-CIO president: Obama is aligned with tea party, not fixing jobs

Richard Trumka, president of union giant AFL-CIO, delivered a scathing review of President Barack Obama at a press breakfast Thursday morning. He accused him of abandoning Democratic ideals and aligning himself with the conservative tea party. “This is a moment that working people and quite frankly history will judge President…

Biden: Super committee may not work

Vice President Joe Biden, aboard Air Force Two during his diplomatic tour of Asia, told reporters that he didn’t have total confidence that the so-called congressional super committee would be able to make the cuts needed. Biden told reporters that the committee has “a shot of getting a deal that…

Police search for former Marine accused of sexually assaulting child

Police in Oklahoma were searching Wednesday for Charles Dyer, a former U.S. Marine who’s posted revolutionary messages on the Internet, after he failed to show up for the beginning of a trial on charges that he sexually assaulted a child. Dyer has claimed to be part of a group called…

Mystery million dollar Romney donor revealed

The individual behind the shell company W Spann LLC, which formed long enough to donate a million dollars to the Mitt Romney presidential campaign then disappeared, has been revealed to be Ed Conrad, a former executive at Bain Capital, the investment firm Romney helped found in 1984. Talking Points Memo…

Voter ID law to cost Wisconsin DMV an extra $6 million

Fiscal responsibility has been a battle cry for Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but his voter photo ID law is going to cost the state big bucks. After passing the new law, Walker had tried to close at least 10 Division of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices — allegedly in Democratic…

Wisconsin Republican candidate compared public schools to Nazi Germany

Kim Simac, a Wisconsin tea party organizer and Republican candidate for the August 9 recall elections has admitted to comparing the public education system to Nazi indoctrination in a now-deleted blog post from 2010. Talking Points Memo links to the cached version of the post, which originally appeared on the…

Boehner version of debt ceiling bill passes in the House

By a vote of 218 to 210, the House of Representatives on Friday passed the version of debt ceiling legislation promoted by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner. Twenty-two Republican members voted against the bill, along with every Democrat who was present. The GOP no votes included Representatives Amash,…

Oregon congressman accused of ‘unwanted sexual encounter’

Rep. David Wu (D-OR) is accused of an “aggressive, unwanted sexual encounter,” according to a report in The Oregonian. The young woman who called his office and left a voicemail sounded “distraught,” sources told the paper, and is the daughter of one of Wu’s close friends and campaign donors. Wu…

Sen. Al Franken: Congress must vote on Libya

Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) said that congressional approval would be needed to authorize continued U.S. military intervention in Libya. “The War Powers Act should be enforced,” Franken told Talking Points Memo after giving a speech at Netroots Nation in his home state of Minnesota. “We’re going to have to vote.”…

Scott Brown pivots, claims he’s against plan to kill Medicare

Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) has performed a complete 180 within the past two weeks, pivoting from praising the Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) plan to phase out Medicare to penning a Politico op-ed voicing his disapproval for the plan, according to Talking Points Memo. Brown, who is up for re-election in…

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