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John Boehner: A non-relevant and failed Speaker of the House

When the clockers and watchers gather in Washington to talk about failure, a name that pops up most often is House Speaker John Boehner. Using terms that range from “disappointment” to “massive failure.”  Boehner can’t seem to do anything right.  He ability to reign in the rowdy Republicans in the House is lacking, to say the least.  He shows no interest in building coalitions with the Democratic party or President Barack Obama. Boehner claims anyone who dismisses him is missing the point. “I’m a reality-based Speaker,” he says. “You’re missing my style, all right?” Those who often attempt to work
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Gun advocates fund recall efforts in Colorado

In Colorado, where legislators actually had the nerve to take on the pro-gun lobbyists and pass new laws curbing the glut of weapons sales and use of deadly arms in crimes, those who voted for the new laws now face recall efforts. Pro gun advocates, who see any legislative attempts to curb gun sales as some sort of anti-Constitutional conspiracy, want to make the point that anyone who attempts to use the law against gun owners faces dire consequences from those who think anyone and everyone should be armed. The message from gun fanatics is simple:  “Mess with us and
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GOP paradox: Attracting enough voters to win without pissing off the rabid right

The Republican Party, having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, confronts a dilemma that’s easier to describe than to solve: How can it broaden its appeal to up-for-grabs voters without alienating its conservative base? There’s no consensus yet on how to do it. With the next election three years away, Republicans are tiptoeing around policy changes even as they size up potential candidates who range from tea party heroes to pragmatic governors in Republican- and Democratic-leaning states. There’s a partial road map, but it’s more than two decades old, and the other party drafted
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Republicans want Obamacare at front of 2014 races

If Republicans were writing a movie script for next year’s congressional elections, the working title might be “2014: Apocalypse of Obamacare.” The plot: The rollout of President Barack Obama’s health care law turns into such a disaster that enraged voters rebuke him by rewarding the GOP with undisputed control of Congress. But there’s a risk for Republicans if they’re wrong and the Affordable Care Act works reasonably well, particularly in states that have embraced it. Republicans might be seen as obstinately standing in the way of progress. The law already has been a political prop in two election seasons, but
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Barack Obama and Chris Christie: Together again

President Barack Obama is looking to get his groove back — at the beach. A post-Hurricane Sandy tour of the New Jersey coast line on Tuesday, gives the president a chance for a three-point play that can move him ahead of the recent controversies that have dogged the White House. With New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie at Obama’s side, effective government, bipartisanship and economic opportunity will be the unmistakable message in the face of the coastal recovery. For Obama, the tour helps him continue redirecting the political conversation after two weeks of dealing with the fallout over the administration’s
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Senators will look at new rules on investigating media leaks

Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday a group of eight senators will look at setting rules on how leaks about government secrets are investigated. “We’ll be announcing that we have four Democrats and four Republicans … another Gang of Eight,” Schumer said Sunday on CBS’ “Face The Nation.” Schumer said in mid-May that he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., will reintroduce the so-called media shield bill pursued unsuccessfully four years ago. The New York Democrat said Sunday that before the government asks a news organization to divulge sources it first must go to a judge. He says that judge would “impose
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Judge finds Arizona sheriff guilty of racist Latino profiling

A federal judge has ruled that the office of America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff systematically singled out Latinos in its trademark immigration patrols, marking the first finding by a court that the agency racially profiles people. The decision by U.S. District Judge Murray Snow in Phoenix backs up years of allegations from Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio‘s critics who say his officers violate the constitutional rights of Latinos in relying on race in their immigration enforcement. Snow, whose ruling Friday came more than eight months after a seven-day, non-jury trial, also ruled Arpaio’s deputies unreasonably prolonged the detentions of people who
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Rabid right threatens revenge on Boy Scouts for allowing gays

The Boy Scouts of America will get no reprieve from controversy after a contentious vote to accept openly gay boys as Scouts. Dismayed conservatives are already looking at alternative youth groups as they predict a mass exodus from the BSA. Gay-rights supporters vowed Friday to maintain pressure on the Scouts to end the still-in-place ban on gay adults serving as leaders. “They’re not on our good list yet,” said Paul Guequierre of the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay-rights group. He said the HRC, in its annual rankings of corporate policies on workplace fairness, would deduct points from companies that
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Many unanswered questions on Obama’s vague drone rules

President Barack Obama left plenty of ambiguity in new policy guidelines that he says will restrict how and when the U.S. can launch targeted drone strikes, leaving himself significant power over how and when the weapons can be deployed. National security experts say it’s imperative to leave some room in the guidelines, given the evolving fight against terrorism. But civil rights advocates argue too little has been revealed about the program to ensure its legality, even as the president takes steps to remove some of the secrecy. “Obama said that there would be more limits on targeted killings, a step
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Furlough Fridays: Sorry, nobody’s home at U.S. government

No one answered the tax-help hotline at the IRS on Friday. And you could forget about getting advice on avoiding foreclosures at the 80 Housing and Urban Development field offices nationwide. It was “furlough Friday.” Roughly 5 percent of the federal workforce — 115,000 people at six major agencies — were told not to show up as the government dealt with the continuing effects of the sequester spending cuts. The good news for many federal workers: a four-day Memorial Day weekend. The bad news: no pay for the day. The across-the-board budget reductions, the result of Washington’s failure to work
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