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GOP scrambles for distrance from birthers

Republican Party leaders want nothing to do with the often-discredited “birther” movement and are scrambling to distance themselves from the fringe elements that continue to question the birthright of President Barack Obama. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer stood up to the birthers in her own state this week by vetoing a bill that would have demanded proof of citizenship for any Presidential candidate on the ballot in that state. She called the bill a “bridge too far.” Karl Rove, the senior political adviser often called “Bush’s brain,” went even further on Fox News, calling dilettante billionaire Donald Trump a “joke candidate”
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Republicans willing to destroy U.S. credit over debt limit

House Republicans appear more than willing to destroy the “full faith and credit” rating of the United States to force their demands for massive spending cuts and budget reforms on Democrats and President Barack Obama.   House Majority Leader made that clear Wednesday when he laid down the gauntlet to Democrats:  No debt limit increase without “major spending cuts or budget process reforms.” The Virginia Republican makes is clear that he is willing to put America’s credit standing on the line to get what he and his right-wing followers in the House want: Total capitulation by Democrats on spending and
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Rep. Paul Ryan booed at town hall meeting

Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, architect of the GOP budget that preserves tax breaks for the wealthy and phases out Medicare, took his message to a series of town hall meetings in his Congressional district this week. He didn’t play well. Ryan was booed at a town hall meeting in Milton when a constituent questioned him on his budget proposals and Ryan tried to claim that the GOP is taxing the rich. Those at the meeting didn’t buy the claim. “We do tax the top,” Ryan claimed. That remark brought boos. Polls show Ryan’s extreme budget proposals aren’t playing well
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BP lays a lot of cash on House Republicans

Oil mega-giant British Petroleum knows that if it wants to keep polluting the Gulf of Mexico it will need support from the Republicans in Congress. So that’s where the oil company is spending its money. Federal Election Commission reports show BP is maxing out contributions to top GOP leaders of the House. House Speaker John Boehner got a check for $5,000. That’s the most BP can give…for now. BP also sent a check for five grand to House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton. Upton’s office says he sent the check back. The National Republican Congressional Committee and the
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Gingrich struggles to raise campaign cash

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, once the bombastic face of the Republican Party, is no longer the golden boy of the GOP. Documents filed with the Federal Election Commission show Gingrich’s political action committee raised a paltry $34,000 for March and only $53,000 for the year — an indicator that the Georgia Republican will have problems getting the cash he needs to mount a serious Presidential campaign for 2012. Sources tell Capitol Hill Blue that Gingrich’s PAC curtailed its fund-raising activities in mid-March, another indicator that he may be reconsidering a Presidential run. Gingrich, the acknowledged leader of
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Symbol of GOP desperation: Donald Trump

A true indicator of just how desperate Republicans have become can be found in their fascination with Donald Trump.   Most political logic points to dismissal of Trump’s flirting with a run for the GOP Presidential nomination but logic took an extended leave of absence from American politics long ago and show no interest in returning. So the party that once embraced Sarah Palin as its future is now taking a hard look at the flamboyant Trump, who appeals to the GOP’s deep-seeded racism with his unabashed embrace of the “birther” movement and his claims that he and only he
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DoD report clears McChrystal, slams Rolling Stone

A Department of Defense investigation casts doubt on many of the claims made against Gen. Stanley McChrystal in a controversial Rolling Stone article that cost the general his job as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.   An investigator general’s report released Monday says the investigation found “no evidence of wrongdoing” by McChrystal in his job. The general, now retired, just took a new job job as leader of the White House “initiative to support military families.” The report found significant inaccuracies in the June 2010 article, The Runaway General, written by Michael Hastings. “Not all of the events at
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Arizona governor slaps down ‘birther’ law

In a rare moment of sanity in a state not known for logic, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Monday vetoed a controversial bill that would require Presidential candidates to prove their U.S. citizenship before they could appear on ballots in that state.   The bill, a knee-jerk political homage to the so-called “birther” movement popular with the rabid right and aimed directly at President Barack Obama, come from the state that spawned the illegal immigration law that allows profiling and widespread discrimination against those of Hispanic descent. Brewer said she vetoed the bill because it gives the state’s secretary of state
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GOP takes nation on a sharp turn to the right: Are they going too far?

The rabid right-wing of the Republican Party, swept into office in Congress and taking over statehouses in many states because of widespread voter dissatisfaction with the status quo, is wasting no time putting their conservative agenda into play. A rapid push to restrict abortions while expanding gun rights is sweeping the nation, put into place by GOP governors and state legislators who see their election as mandates to do whatever they damn well please. Democrats find themselves out manned and out maneuvered from one end of the country to another as Republicans push through polling station photo ID laws, clamp
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Obama: A one-term President?

  President Barack Obama’s public approval ratings is heading back into the cellar with a new Gallup Poll showing just 41 percent of Americans giving him a thumbs up for his job performance — tying a record low he reached twice in 2010.   The poll comes as the President launches his re-election bid and pushes taxes increases while most of the nation struggles in an uncertain economy. Obama’s support is slipping the most with independent voters — the ones who put him into office in 2008 and his numbers are also falling with Democrats.  Only 35 percent of independents
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