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Not to be outdone by the Republican House and its draconian budget resolution, Senate Republicans passed their own budget which also shreds the safety net. And repeals Obamacare. The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Friday, March 27, 2015
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From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… One Poll to Rule Them All The first C&J "Who won the week" poll was posted seven years ago this week, on March 28, 2008. Despite efforts on the part of Gallup, PPP, Pew and RATSmussen to duplicate my secret formula,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Bill in Portland Maine | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Sen. Patty Murray's paid sick leave amendment netted a surprising 61 votes. Thursday was vote-a-palooza in the Senate, a guaranteed Congressional all-nighter—whee! It's a budget tradition that's mostly a waste of time for taxpayers even as it can have...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The Supreme Court might have already held its vote on King v. Burwell, the case challenging federal tax credits to people buying Obamacare health insurance on the federal exchange because they live in states which did not create their own exchanges....
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Today's comic by Mark Fiore is Imagine Republican dough: What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... NRA targets Loretta Lynch, by Denise Oliver Velez Just how many elected officials are there in the United States? The answer is mind-blowing, by David Nir What...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Friday, March 27, 2015
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We begin today's roundup with Paul Krugman's excellent analysis of the current economic landscape: Two impossible things happened to the U.S. economy over the course of the past year — or at least they were supposed to be impossible, according to the...
From: Daily Kos | By: Georgia Logothetis | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The House passed a permanent payment formula fix for Medicare Thursday, 212-33 392-37. That sounds like a totally mundane sentence, but it is a remarkable achievement. The legislation is the result of direct negotiations between House Speaker John Boehner...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Not exactly the response she was hoping for. ... Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers posted an image on her official Facebook page, slamming the Affordable Care Act on the fifth anniversary of President Obama signing it into law. She asked constituents...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jen Hayden | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Jackson Women's Health Organization, the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. David S. Cohen and Krysten Connon write Legislative and rhetorical attacks on abortion clinics go hand in hand with violent attacks. An excerpt: Sometime late Sunday night...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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A budget these guys would have heartily approved. House Republicans overcame their internal dispute between defense hawks and deficit hawks and passed a budget resolution Wednesday. The vote was 228-199. No Democrats voted for it; 17 Republicans opposed...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2009—Afghanistanization: But Still No Exit Plan: After 60 days of comprehensive reviews and leaks about differences over those reviews within the administration, no surprises have emerged in the new...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Saturday, March 28, 2015
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Click to enlarge. Since lethal injection drugs are becoming scarce and no longer efficient at the whole "lethal" thing, Utah's getting ready to bring back the firing squad, while other states are dusting off their electric chairs and gas chambers....
From: Daily Kos | By: BrianMcFadden | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Harry Reid (left) and Chuck Schumer Harry Reid's surprise retirement announcement has left a wide-open race to succeed him back home in Nevada, but his replacement as Democratic Senate leader looks a lot clearer. Reid quickly endorsed New York Sen. Chuck...
From: Daily Kos | By: David Nir | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Following Indiana's enactment of a law that will ensure the right to discriminate against LGBT Americans and other marginalized groups, #BoycottIndiana started trending on Twitter Thursday and hit the #1 spot (behind a promoted link) Friday. Here's some...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Friday, March 27, 2015
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The "news" that America's Dumbest Congressman, less frequently known as Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, was contemplating a run for president sent shivers up our spines for a moment last night. Alas, it was too badgood to be true. Later, a Gohmert aide told...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Way to stay classy, Republican National Committee: The RNC today released the following statement in response to Democrat Leader Harry Reid announcing his retirement: "With the Democrat Party already in disarray, a national committee struggling to raise...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Departing Senate Leader Harry Reid Despite spending the last few months saying he would run for re-election, Democratic Sen. Harry Reid announced on Friday that he would not be on the ballot in 2016. Nevada was already emerging as a major battleground...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jeff Singer | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Now that Ted Cruz has officially announced he’s running for president, the seal has been broken and more will quickly follow. Oh, and besides being a presidential candidate, now Senator Cruz will be signing up for Obamacare. Nothing at all hypocritical...
From: Daily Kos | By: Mark Fiore | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Harry Reid, looking particularly badass Shocking news to start the day: Senator Harry Reid, the tough tactician who has led Senate Democrats since 2005, will not seek re-election next year, bringing an end to a three-decade congressional career that...
From: Daily Kos | By: Barbara Morrill | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Ross Ice Shelf at the Bay of Whales Katherine Bagley at InsideClimate News writes Antarctica's Melting Edges Bad News for Sea Level Rise. "Within a lifetime of people who read this story many of these shelves will be gone ... This is real rapid environmental...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Galileo discovered evidence to support Copernicus’ heliocentric theory when he observed four moons in orbit around Jupiter. Beginning on January 7, 1610, he mapped nightly the position of the 4 “Medicean stars” (later renamed the Galilean moons)....
From: Daily Kos | By: DarkSyde | Friday, March 27, 2015
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Go figure. Try to act surprised as we learn that Sen. Ted Cruz tends to surround himself with sleazy people that even other Republicans are loathe to associate with. By last summer, [Cruz] was making key hires for his campaign crew. And this included...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Friday, March 27, 2015
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From: Daily Kos | By: MattWuerker | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Getting his just desserts. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) is using the budget amendment vote-a-rama to troll Sen. Tom Cotton with an amendment that would: [E]stablish a deficit-neutral reserve fund relating to probability the purchase of stationary [sic]...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Today's comic by Ruben Bolling is Super-Fun-Pak Comix - Percival Dunwoody and more: Wikileaks releases piece of secret Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership pact expanding corporate power: The TPP Investment Chapter, published today, is dated 20 January 2015....
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Fool you once, shame on me. Fool you twice, shame on you. Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin and 2016 presidential hopeful, has flipped yet again, only not publicly. At a private dinner in New Hampshire, Walker told a group of Republicans...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Indiana has the distinction of becoming the first state this year to enact a "right to discriminate" law, otherwise known as a religious "freedom" law, after Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the legislation in a private ceremony Thursday. It's only...
From: Daily Kos | By: Kerry Eleveld | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is aggressively packaging himself to fit the social conservative strategy. This time, they really mean it: Christian right leaders are trying to come together and throw their weight behind one chosen candidate to overcome the establishment...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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House Republicans passed one of their budgets Wednesday night, and it is a doozy. (All the House Republican budgets were doozies.) The budget resolution that passed was Republican leadership's favored plan, which repeals Obamacare and cuts food stamps,...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Ted Cruz's health insurance story has taken another twist. The backstory: his wife has chosen to take an unpaid leave from her job at Goldman Sachs for the duration of his presidential campaign, and with it goes her employer-subsidized insurance. So...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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From: Daily Kos | By: RubenBolling | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy at a 2014 campaign appearance with The Big Dog. Leading Off: • FL-Sen: On Monday, Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy announced that he would run for Senate, whether or not Republican incumbent Marco Rubio seeks a...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jeff Singer | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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From WaPo, Philip Bump NY Times: Fearing that Republicans will ultimately nominate an establishment presidential candidate like Jeb Bush, leaders of the nation’s Christian right have mounted an ambitious effort to coalesce their support behind a single...
From: Daily Kos | By: Greg Dworkin | Thursday, March 26, 2015
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See the post on stored energy here Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue)...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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When the Universe took away the instant comedy of Sarah Palin, it replaced it with the twisted lunacy that is the anti-immigrant Canadian born Texas GOP Senator (and now presumed frontrunner of 2016 Presidential hilarity) Ted Cruz. And on Twitter everybody...
From: Daily Kos | By: laloalcaraz | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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We are governed by terrible people, part the whateverth. On Tuesday, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) offered an amendment to the Congressional budget that could force the federal government to maintain contracts with organizations that do not treat their gay...
From: Daily Kos | By: Hunter | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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For the first time in five years, a majority of House Democrats backed the Congressional Progressive Caucus' budget resolution alternative Tuesday. The caucus has 69 members, and 96 of the 188 Democrats voted in favor of its People's Budget: A Raise...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Ted Cruz says he has to accept Obamacare because it's the law. See, his wife is taking unpaid leave from her job at Goldman Sachs for the duration of the presidential campaign, and is giving up her health insurance there. The health insurance that has...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Today's comic by Matt Bors is Ted Cruz so crazy! California SOS wants automatic voter registration for every eligible person: Every eligible Californian would be automatically registered to vote under legislation Secretary of State Alex Padilla is exploring....
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Peggy Young (right) leaving the Supreme Court building in December. A former UPS driver will get another day in court—after having gone all the way to the Supreme Court with her pregnancy discrimination claim. Peggy Young was forced onto unpaid leave...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Democratic Senate candidate Patrick Murphy On Monday, Florida Rep. Patrick Murphy announced that he would run for Senate, whether or not Republican incumbent Marco Rubio seeks a second term. On Wednesday, Murphy earned two pieces of good news: He picked...
From: Daily Kos | By: Jeff Singer | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Billionaires like Sheldon Adelson are getting all the love and sucking up from Republican presidential candidates right now. Rising inequality and lax campaign finance laws are combining to make a bunch of millionaire Republicans feel sorry for themselves...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) Ted Cruz explains the Senate accomplishments that qualify him for the presidency, and the word "stopping" comes up an awful lot: “What I’ve tried to do is lead on the great challenges of the day,” Cruz said, “whether it’s...
From: Daily Kos | By: Laura Clawson | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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The showdown between the defense hawks and the deficit hawks among House Republicans appears to have been resolved and the House might just pass a budget this week, when six budget measures will be considered. It's looking like House Speaker John Boehner's...
From: Daily Kos | By: Joan McCarter | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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From: Daily Kos | By: Matt Bors | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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The House of Representatives will be voting on a number of budget resolutions today. The best of these—The People's Budget: A Raise for America—crafted by the Congressional Progressive Caucus won't pass the Republican-dominated body. But it's important...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Monte Frank: We ride for Maria, a mom who buried her son way too early, like so many other moms and dads in Chicago and across America, and for my cousin and the countless survivors of gun violence. We also ride for James Brady, to make sure his goal...
From: Daily Kos | By: Greg Dworkin | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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Tom Johnson at NJSpotlight writes New Jersey Invests in Backup Storage for Solar Power and Wind Energy Systems: The state is funding more than a dozen projects to help make solar and wind power more reliable by providing backup energy-storage systems...
From: Daily Kos | By: Meteor Blades | Wednesday, March 25, 2015
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