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Exclusive: FEC commissioner helped RNC conceal role in 2004 vote suppression

Judge found sworn testimony ‘belied’ the facts Caroline Hunter, a Bush-appointed Federal Election Commissioner who remains in office, provided misleading statements under oath in an effort to conceal Republican National Committee involvement in vote suppression activities during the 2004 presidential election, a Raw Story investigation has found. Legal experts say…

After months of opposition, Kucinich flips to ‘yes’ on health bill with no public option

Under intense fire from Democratic leaders and some reform activists, a progressive who was staunchly against the health care bill has reluctantly reversed his opposition, bringing his party one crucial vote closer to its passage. “This is not the bill I want to support,” Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said at…

Sen. Graham claims use of reconciliation for health reform ‘would be catastrophic’

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has either a tack for exaggeration or a faltering memory, if his conclusion about the use of reconciliation during a Sunday television appearance is any indicator of such things. His comments on CBS’ Face the Nation seemed to echo other Republicans who’ve been attempting to frame…

Reid open to public option reconciliation vote

White House hedges as public option momentum builds WASHINGTON — As supporters of the public option mount a comeback, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) signaled his willingness to pass it through reconciliation Friday. “If a decision is made to use reconciliation to advance health care, Senator Reid will work…

Oops: GOP governor pays felons to get out the vote

Republicans, who have long fought restoring felons as citizens who can vote, are now embroiled in a felon scandal of their own. On Sunday, the Dallas Morning News revealed that GOP Gov. Rick Perry had signed up ex-felons as part of a Republican get-out-the-vote effort in Texas. Perry’s campaign was…

Dems revive anti-Bush narrative in Clinton’s Massachusetts robocall

Democrats really miss George W. Bush. At least they miss running against him. It’s been a whole year since the former president vacated the political stage, but Democrats are again invoking him in a last-ditch effort to retain the late Ted Kennedy’s senate seat. Just days before a close election,…

Health reform bill on-track for Christmas Eve passage

Legislation to enact President Barack Obama’s top domestic goal, remaking US health care, was expected to clear a new Senate procedural hurdle Tuesday and stay on track for Christmas passage. The early morning vote, set for about 7:20 am (1220 GMT), was to come one day after the sweeping bill…

Is Senator Coburn ‘wishing misfortune’ on other lawmakers?

Coburn urges Americans to ‘pray’ that ‘somebody can’t make the vote tonight’ Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) is hoping, even praying, that one of his Democratic colleagues somehow cannot manage to cast a vote on health care in the wee hours of Monday morning. As the chamber nears the first of…

Vote early, peoples!

Marc and I trotted down to the early voting polling place on UT’s campus, and rest assured, once again I’m glad I didn’t vote on Election Day. There was a 5 minute wait, and when I passed by there later it looked like it was up to 20 minutes. It…

Friday Genius Ten “Vote Early” Edition

Seriously, if you can, vote early. Even if there’s a line. It’s only going to get worse from here on out, because rest assured that if you’re the sort of person that a) reads this blog and b) just so happens to live in a district where voting machines just…

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