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House Benghazi Committee Wants $3.3 Million For Latest Investigation

House Republicans still consumed by uncovering a Benghazi scandal now plan to spend up to $3.3 million to investigate the 2012 attack, according to a document obtained by USA Today from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). According to the document, $2.2 million will go to the seven Republicans serving on the select committee, and […]

July 8, 2014

Report: Restaurant CEOs Make 721 Times More Than Their Minimum-Wage Employees

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute highlights the widening earnings gap between minimum-wage workers and restaurant CEOs. According to the EPI, a full-time employee making minimum wage will earn $15,080 — below the 2013 and 2014 federal poverty lines for a two-person household — over the course of a full year. Compare that […]

July 2, 2014

GOP Forced To Walk Thin Line After Hobby Lobby Ruling

The Supreme Court officially adjourned for the summer on Monday, but not before bestowing Republicans with a double-edged sword in the form of a major ruling. The Court’s 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby struck down a key provision of the Affordable Care Act that had required employer-provided health care to include contraception coverage for […]

July 1, 2014

McConnell Promises To Fight Abortions If GOP Wins Control Of Senate

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is hard at work on the Senate’s agenda — that is, of course, if Republicans take over in November. As Cortney O’Brien reports at the conservative site Town Hall, McConnell used the last day of the National Right to Life Convention to vow that he and his fellow Republicans would […]

June 30, 2014

Marriage Equality: Coming To A State Near You

United States v. Windsor was a landmark decision. The U.S. Supreme Court’s momentous ruling, which found the Defense of Marriage Act to be unconstitutional under the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment, opened the door for states across the country to set out on their own in advancing marriage equality for all Americans. “The federal statute is invalid, for […]

June 23, 2014

New Poll Is Bad News For Obama, But Not The End Of His Presidency

With a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll revealing unfavorable approval ratings for President Barack Obama, some are apparently ready to declare the death of his presidency. “I mean, essentially the public is saying your presidency is over,” NBC’s Chuck Todd said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, just hours after the poll was released on Wednesday. The poll that Todd […]

June 18, 2014

New Poll Finds Majority Of Americans Back President On Climate Change

A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Wednesday is receiving widespread attention for showing a decline in President Obama’s approval rating, but another major result is flying under the radar: Americans overwhelmingly want to see action on climate change. According to the poll, a whopping 61 percent of Americans say that either “immediate action” or “some […]

June 18, 2014

Meet The New Campaign To Pressure Both Parties On Women’s Economic Concerns

Tuesday marks the launch of Make It Work, a three-year, non-profit campaign that hopes to call attention to women’s economic security — or, one may argue, insecurity. Make It Work is specifically focused on the economic inequality experienced by women, which the organizers believe is too often ignored or forgotten in broader discussions of income and wealth […]

June 17, 2014

Alarming Report Sheds Light On Concentrated Poverty Among U.S. Students

A new report released Tuesday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reveals an alarming trend of concentrated poverty in schools across the nation. Using data collected through U.S. schools’ community eligibility program — a school lunch and breakfast initiative that provides students free meals if they attend schools in high-poverty areas — CBPP […]

June 17, 2014

Ken Cuccinelli Named New President Of Senate Conservatives Fund

As Tea Partiers rejoice over Dave Brat’s shocking primary victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), another conservative Virginia politician who was not as lucky in last year’s elections is getting a chance to advance the movement. Former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli — who lost to Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the commonwealth’s 2013 gubernatorial race […]

June 11, 2014

Report: ‘Less Than 1 Percent’ Of Massachusetts Residents Are Now Uninsured

As a number of Republican leaders across the nation continue to demonstrate their opposition to the Affordable Care Act by refusing to expand Medicaid in their states, one state in particular has seen tremendous progress by fully buying into the health care law. A new report from Massachusetts’ Center for Health Information and Analysis reveals that between December […]

June 10, 2014

6 GOP Candidates Who Have No Idea What They Want To Do About Health Care

  Although many conservatives are becoming desperate to distance themselves – and their party – from the “repeal or replace” war they have waged on the Affordable Care Act, several Republican candidates running in 2014 have proven unwilling or unable to cut the cord. With Election Day just months away, many GOP candidates now find themselves on the defensive, as […]

June 9, 2014

Chart: Wage Inequality Has Dramatically Increased Over Past Three Decades

A new report from the Economic Policy Institute, released Tuesday, highlights the increasingly prevalent and disparate effects of wage inequality. With a focus on same-gender wage gaps, the report demonstrates that income inequality affects all Americans, and reminds us that the implications and scope of the widening wage gap are not limited only to the poorest […]

June 4, 2014

In Defense Of Koch Brothers, Tea Party Group Files Ethics Complaint Against ‘Mean-Spirited’ Harry Reid

The Tea Party Patriots have had enough of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) crusade against billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch. On Monday, the right-wing group filed a formal ethics complaint against Senator Reid, in which they called the Democrat’s campaign against the Kochs an “abuse of power.” “It’s been generations since a member of the Senate has […]

June 3, 2014

Koch Brothers’ Dark Money Targets Detroit Bankruptcy Deal

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) — the right-wing 501(c)(4) “dark money” group backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch — has singled out its latest target: Detroit, Michigan. Specifically, the group is mobilizing opposition to the proposed settlement reached in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy case. The settlement, which is the only promising compromise after months of negotiation, now faces […]

May 21, 2014
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Report: ‘Claims That Premiums Will Skyrocket Are Unwarranted’

Although Republicans and even some insurers anticipate rising health care premiums in the coming year, an Urban Institute and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation joint report released Tuesday could ease those fears. The report analyzed 2014 premiums for policies on the Affordable Care Act exchanges in Washington, D.C. and seven states: New York, Maryland, Alabama, Michigan, Minnesota, Colorado, and Oregon. The […]

May 21, 2014

Five Tea Party Favorites Headed For Defeat In GOP Primaries

The 2014 midterm elections are kicking into high gear, with GOP primaries throughout the nation being watched closely as “establishment” Republicans and Democrats alike anticipate the defeat of several Tea Party candidates. Just four years ago, the Tea Party emerged as a powerful and, for some, fresh force in the Republican Party. Today, however, ultraconservatives are struggling […]

May 19, 2014

Excluded Issa Is Not Thrilled About Benghazi Select Committee

Leading Benghazi truther and U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) spent a year using his chairmanship on the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee to investigate and unearth what he and the GOP have long alleged is an administration cover-up of the September 2012 attack on a diplomatic post in Libya that claimed the lives of […]

May 14, 2014

Ron Johnson’s Obamacare Lawsuit Is Becoming Messy — For Him And The Far Right

As Republicans slowly retreat from their war on the Affordable Care Act, ultra-conservative Wisconsin senator Ron Johnson’s Obamacare lawsuit is threatening to turn into one more headache they would prefer to forget. In January, Johnson filed a lawsuit against an Obamacare measure allowing the federal government to contribute to the premiums of lawmakers and their […]

May 14, 2014

Senate Republicans Play Election Politics, Kill Bipartisan Energy Bill And Keystone Pipeline Vote

On Tuesday, Senate Republicans killed what could have served as a rare example of bipartisan consensus, the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act. The legislation, which was sponsored by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), should have passed; the bill’s provisions were far from controversial and a similar companion bill in the Republican-controlled House had […]

May 13, 2014

The Revolving Door Spins: Boehner Spokesman Joins Top Health Insurance Lobbying Group

In an ironic twist, House Speaker John Boehner’s press secretary Brendan Buck announced Monday that he is leaving his current position to join America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) – the insurance industry’s top lobbying group. Buck’s new position as spokesman for AHIP – which represents thousands of different health care providers – differs greatly from […]

May 12, 2014
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GOP Quietly Backing Off Obamacare Fight

Republicans hardly ever admit defeat, but that doesn’t mean they are always victorious. In their fight against the Affordable Care Act, they are losing and silently retreating. The right has waged war on President Barack Obama’s health care legislation since well before the reform even took effect. And following the troubled HealthCare.gov launch in October, […]

May 12, 2014

House Republicans Vote To Reverse Billions In Deficit Savings

On Wednesday, the House — by a vote of 230-188 — passed one of the six “tax extenders” bills recently approved by the Ways and Means Committee. The measure, which accounts specifically for research and experimentation tax credit, could have served as a rare example of bipartisanship: both Republicans and Democrats support the broad ideas […]

May 7, 2014

Meet The Former Prosecutor Who Will Lead The House Benghazi Investigation

“Trey Gowdy is as dogged, focused, and serious-minded as they come,” House Speaker John Boehner (OH) declared Monday as he justified his decision to appoint South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy (R) to lead the congressional committee set to investigate the 2012 Benghazi attacks. But who exactly is Trey Gowdy? And why do conservatives feel so […]

May 6, 2014

Most Common U.S. Jobs Paying Employees Less In 2013 Than In 1999

A new Washington Post report reveals how the value of full-time work in the United States has declined – a trend that has ramifications for Americans and the overall economy. Using employment data from 1999 and 2013, the Post’s Pam Tobey demonstrates how the nation’s 10 most common jobs – 9 of which also constituted […]

May 5, 2014