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Stephen Colbert on Capitol Hill: Whose bright idea was that?

There are congressional hearings and there are comedy shows, and the twain rarely meet. So when a House panel on immigration combined them on purpose last week with testimony from Stephen Colbert (kohl-BEHR’) and his “truthy” alter ego, debate broke out on the proper roles of the many celebrities — from Angelina Jolie to Bono to Elmo — who advocate in Washington. In Colbert’s appearance, there was profit to be had from the public, taxpayer-funded forum on one of the nation’s weightiest issues, the plight of migrant workers. Immigrant advocates scored national news coverage; Colbert helped generate material for his
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Americans don’t know a hell of a lot about religion

A new survey of Americans’ knowledge of religion found that atheists, agnostics, Jews and Mormons outperformed Protestants and Roman Catholics in answering questions about major religions, while many respondents could not correctly give the most basic tenets of their own faiths. Forty-five percent of Roman Catholics who participated in the study didn’t know that, according to church teaching, the bread and wine used in Holy Communion is not just a symbol, but becomes the body and blood of Christ. More than half of Protestants could not identify Martin Luther as the person who inspired the Protestant Reformation. And about four
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Voters hate Democrats…and Republicans too

If anyone is as scorned as much as Democrats these days, it’s Republicans — the very party that may recapture the House and perhaps the Senate in November’s elections. Yet Democrats face a problem, even as they try exploiting GOP unpopularity by warning against letting them run Congress. People who dislike Democrats seem ready to vote in greater numbers than those with little use for Republicans. In an Associated Press-GfK Poll this month, 60 percent disapprove of the job congressional Democrats are doing — yet 68 percent frown on how Republicans are performing. While 59 percent are unhappy with how
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Republicans could be playing into Democrats’ hands

Being simply the “party of no” against President Barack Obama has worked well for Republicans all year, and they’re poised for big election gains. But now, after internal GOP debate and relentless White House goading, Republicans eager to show voters that they’re ready to govern and that they stand for something have rolled out a policy agenda of their own. And, perhaps, played right into the Democrats’ hands. House GOP leader John Boehner cast the “Pledge to America” as “a new governing agenda, built by listening to the American people, that offers a new way forward.” But he also acknowledged
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Angry independents add up to doom for Democrats

For the upcoming midterm elections, the theme is — once again — change but the change voters want is something Democrats ain’t offering. And Democrats face an increasing number of independents who say they are mad as hell about the way Democrats are running the country and they want change in Congress. In fact, independents are as mad as Republicans and that’s bad news for Democrats. More bad news for Democrats clinging to control of Congress: Independent voters are nearly as grumpy as Republicans about politics this year. The Associated Press-GfK Poll shows 58 percent of independents and 60 percent
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Clinton says Powell sold him on ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

Former President Bill Clinton says “don’t ask, don’t tell” didn’t work out like he thought it would when Joint Chiefs Chairman Colin  Powell sold him on the idea 16 years ago. In an interview with CBS News anchor Katie Couric, Clinton said Powell convinced him the policy would be more lax and wold allow gay service members to go to gay bars and march in gay rights parades as long as they didn’t do so in uniform. Didn’t work out that way.  More than 14,000 members of the U.S. armed forces have been forcibily discharged since 1994 under the policy
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Dissecting GOP spin on taxes

The expiration of Bush-era tax cuts in January has sparked a partisan bickering match this election season, and much of the rhetoric from both Democrats and Republicans is misleading. A look at three prominent arguments, sorting the spin from the facts: ___ THE SPIN: Republicans warn that America faces the largest tax increase ever if Congress doesn’t extend the tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, which are due to expire in January. “Democrats in Washington are now plotting the largest tax increase in history,” says the website for Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee. Sen. Orrin Hatch,
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Obama’s health care problem

President Barack Obama once told Democratic lawmakers they’d be proud to campaign on historic health care legislation. Six months later, the only Democrats running ads about it are the ones who voted “no.” Now, with crucial midterm elections approaching, the White House is preparing to use the law’s six-month anniversary to reintroduce it to skeptical voters and trumpet new reforms that are taking effect, such as new coverage for preventive care and young adults and a ban on canceling insurance for someone who falls ill. Democrats are packaging the provisions, which kick in Thursday, as a “Patient’s Bill of Rights,”
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The auto bailout: Good idea or a blank check?

To hear President Barack Obama‘s account of the government’s rescue of General Motors and Chrysler, you might think the Bush administration handed the automakers a big blank check — billions of dollars in loans with no strings attached. Obama, defending his administration’s relations with the business community on Monday, said the White House knew the bailout of GM and Chrysler would be unpopular with the public but was crucial to preserving 1 million jobs. He said his administration forced the auto companies to make drastic changes in return for the money, unlike his predecessor. “Now keep in mind the previous
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Christine O’Donnell ‘dabbled’ in witchcraft

Another unfavorable decade-old television clip of tea party favorite Christine O’Donnell has emerged, this time with the Delaware GOP Senate candidate saying she “dabbled in witchcraft.” The clip spread among websites as O’Donnell canceled appearances Sunday on two national news shows. Her campaign said she had to back out of the programs because of scheduling conflicts with events in Delaware. Since O’Donnell’s upset of nine-term Rep. Mike Castle, opponents have unearthed unflattering age-old television clips. The most recent was aired by comedian Bill Maher, who dug up one of O’Donnell’s appearances on his “Politically Incorrect” show in 1999. The context
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