Boehner Yanks Debt Ceiling Bill – Doesn’t Have Votes

By |July 28th, 2011|

BREAKING - 10:30 pm: GOP Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy announces no vote tonight. ...as soon as the lights go out Eric Cantor is going to start measuring for drapes. ..at least not yet. From Sam Stein: House GOP leadership announced abruptly on Thursday evening that they were suspending a vote on Speaker [...]

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Fun with Sarah

By |July 28th, 2011|

As John Boehner counts votes and has one-on-one meetings, Sarah issues a veiled threat to the House Tea Party Caucus from the outskirts of Facebook. P.S. Everyone I talk to still believes in contested primaries. Of course they do, because the people Sarah talks to don't have to actually govern the country and be held [...]

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Women Seeking Legal Abortion Forced Into Do-It-Yourself Situations

By |July 28th, 2011|

Abortions are still legal in America, but you wouldn't know it today. Women requiring an abortion are now forced, because of lack of access to doctors, to utilize telemedicine to effectively terminate a pregnancy, which is a legal procedure according to U.S. law. This has come about because of right-wing zealots and religious quacks, who [...]

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NBC Analysis: Democrats in ‘Retreat’

By |July 28th, 2011|

NBC's "First Read" has a devastatingly blunt headline on the Democrats this morning: "in retreat." But Democrats contend they will win the "longer-term war." But when you take a step back from the hour-by-hour movements in this debate, it's obvious how much ground the White House and Democrats have conceded. First, they retreated on their [...]

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Tea Party Austerity Cheerleader Joe Walsh Accused of Being Deadbeat Dad

By |July 28th, 2011|

**UPDATED** "This is where America is." - Rep. Joe Walsh Times are tough these days, so it's not surprising that some divorced fathers are having tough times paying child support. But when you're an outspoken austerity, cut, cap and balance bloviator, the news of allegations that Joe Walsh is a dead beat dad is at [...]

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Progressive Notes: Black Caucus Says NO Deal to Reid/Pelosi Austerity Plan

By |July 28th, 2011|

Art offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist. This is a important breaking story. The Congressional Black Caucus has come out this afternoon in opposition to the Reid Plan, which includes trillions in cuts that would devastate minorities the most. Recall Pelosi backs the Reid Plan, so this is a blow to her as [...]

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Barney Frank: Gender Bias Against ‘Strong-willed Women’ Stopped Warren

By |July 28th, 2011|

Was it because Elizabeth Warren is a woman, which could have been part of it? Or is it because Pres. Obama simply wouldn't fight for her, because he certainly did not? From ABC News: Frank did not say who he blames for gender bias - the White House for not nominating her or Republicans in [...]

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Boehner Drags Tea Party Into Reality

By |July 27th, 2011|

These aren't the sounds of a Republican revolt. By the end of Wednesday, Republicans were totally on message about how they chose the best of three plans (the others being Harry Reid's plan or default) and would push it through. Democrats obsessed over which conservative groups were most annoyed, and they were whipping their own [...]

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Pelosi Falls to Austerity Craze, Clyburn – Becerra Cite 14th Amendment

By |July 27th, 2011|

**UPDATED** "If that's what lands on his desk, a short-term lifting of the ceiling, the debt ceiling, he should put it on his desk next to an executive order," Clyburn said at a press conference. "He should sign an executive order invoking the 14th Amendment to this issue." The Associated Press reported that he was [...]

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Fear of Making the Wrong Kind of History

By |July 27th, 2011|

Mr. Boehner now has the GOP positioned in sight of a political and policy victory. If his plan or something close to it becomes law, Democrats will have conceded more spending cuts than they thought possible, and without getting the GOP to raise taxes and without being able to blame Republicans for a debt-limit crackup [...]

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