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Paul Ryan claims new GOP budget is balanced

Paul Ryan claims new GOP budget is balanced

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled an updated Republican budget plan Tuesday that would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over coming decade and promises to balance the government’s books with wide-ranging cuts in programs like food stamps and government-paid health care for the poor and working class. Ryan’s plan would also cut Pell […]

Ted Cruz heads to Bible-thumper mecca

Ted Cruz heads to Bible-thumper mecca

Possible presidential hopeful Ted Cruz is auditioning at one of the nation’s largest meetings of young evangelicals, a critical voting bloc for any Republican with White House ambitions. The Texas senator and tea party favorite was to speak Wednesday before the student body of Liberty University, the Virginia school founded by the late Rev. Jerry […]

Enrollment blizzard at Obamacare deadline

Enrollment blizzard at Obamacare deadline

A blizzard, jammed phone lines and unreliable websites failed to stop throngs of procrastinating Americans from trying to sign up for health coverage by the midnight Monday deadline for President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative. In Louisiana, wait times for callers lasted up to two hours. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee received nearly […]

How did Caterpillar avoid paying billions in taxes?

How did Caterpillar avoid paying billions in taxes?

Executives from manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. are heading to Capitol Hill to explain what one senator calls an aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes. Caterpillar has avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes since 2000 by shifting profits to a wholly-controlled affiliate in Switzerland, according to a report released by […]

Widening racial gap among children in America

Widening racial gap among children in America

In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and American Indian children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap. Titled “Race for Results,” the report is being released Tuesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which for decades […]

Report says torture useless in hunt for bin Ladin

Report says torture useless in hunt for bin Ladin

A hotly disputed Senate torture report concludes that waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, according to congressional aides and outside experts familiar with the investigation. The CIA still disputes that conclusion. From the moment of bin Laden’s death almost three years ago in what […]

In Congress, mostly Democrats represent the rich

In Congress, mostly Democrats represent the rich

Republicans are the party of the rich, right? It’s a label that has stuck for decades, and you’re hearing it again as Democrats complain about GOP opposition to raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment benefits. But in Congress, the wealthiest among us are more likely to be represented by a Democrat than a Republican. […]

GOP used gerrymandering to seal control of House

GOP used gerrymandering to seal control of House

Even if Democrats recruit great candidates, raise gobs of money and run smart campaigns, they face an uphill fight to retake control of the House in this year’s congressional elections, regardless of the political climate in November. The reason? Republican strategists spent years developing a plan to take advantage of the 2010 census, first by […]

Republicans still represent mostly-white districts

Republicans still represent mostly-white districts

Some demographers call it the browning of America. Fueled by immigration and higher birth rates among Hispanics and blacks, the U.S. population is becoming less white. These changes, however, have largely bypassed congressional districts represented by Republicans, adding to divisions between the GOP and Democrats on issues like immigration. National GOP leaders have been urging […]

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