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GOP majority leader backs plan to slash Social Security, Medicare

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Sunday threw a measure of support behind a key Republican lawmaker’s plan to dramatically cut Social Security and Medicare.

The plan, called “A Roadmap for America’s Future,” was created by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), the new chairman of the budget committee, who promoted it last year as a means to cut the national debt.

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“The direction the roadmap goes is something we need to embrace,” Cantor said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” praising the plan’s capacity for deficit reduction.

The roadmap would partially privatize Social Security benefits and turn Medicare into a voucher program, effectively ending two monumental safety net programs for seniors in the United States.

Cantor’s remarks earned an immediate rebuke from Democrats.

“House Republican Leader Eric Cantor and House Republicans are now ‘full speed ahead’ on a devastating plan that would privatize Social Security and eliminate Medicare that American seniors earned,” said Jesse Ferguson, a spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “House Republicans are doubling down on plans to gamble Social Security in the stock market and eliminating Medicare.”

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In the run-up to the November midterm elections, Republican leaders declined to champion the specifics of the plan, treading carefully around the issue of slashing cherished programs.

But Cantor’s comments Sunday, and the GOP’s appointment of Ryan to chair the budget committee, suggest that Republicans may embrace such a proposal in the 112th Congress, where their control of the House gives them considerable clout to set the terms of the debate.

In another sign that this may be the case, GOP leaders have tapped Ryan to deliver the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address this month.

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This article has been updated for clarity.


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Cops slammed black man and arrested him over tinted windows on his ‘fancy car’: lawsuit

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After Tennessee police pulled over Timothy Hamilton for having tinted windows that were too dark, he ended up in a jail cell. Now, Hamilton, who is black, is suing the Franklin Police Department for using what he claims was excessive force.

According to the Atlanta Black Star, the incident took place on September 2018 and Hamilton filed his suit in August. The incident began when Hamilton was sitting in his parked car in the parking lot of the church where he's a member when officers cited him for the tinted windows. Officers allege that before Hamilton parked his car, he was parked illegally in the street while visiting a family member, and made an illegal U-turn when he left.

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BUSTED: NC GOP senator announces retirement after getting caught on video gerrymandering his district

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North Carolina Republican state Sen. John Alexander has announced that he will not seek re-election after he was caught trying to gerrymander his own district.

Alexander made the announcement on Thursday after he was seen on video Wednesday making changes that would have made his district a safe Republican seat while representing many Democrats in the Raleigh area.

The changes were pointed out on Twitter by John Bisognano, executive director of National Democratic Redistricting Committee.

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Trump’s ‘white superiority complex’ undermines the rule of law in America: black former Republican

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Gregory Cheadle, a black former Republican who attended a Trump rally in 2016 and was infamously praised by then-candidate Donald Trump as “my African American," appeared on MSNBC on Monday to explain why he can no longer support the GOP.

Cheadle said that he doesn't believe the president flat-out hates black people like former KKK leader David Duke, but he does believe Trump has what he described as a "white superiority complex" that only makes minorities feel the system is rigged against them.

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