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The Left Column
(Salt Lake Trib) In an uncharacteristically forceful tone, House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday lambasted the conservative advocacy groups that helped bring his party to power, saying their opposition to a bipartisan budget proposal amounted to an effort to manipulate Republicans and the American people "for their own goals."
The rare outburst from the often poker-faced speaker, a reversal of his past approach toward influential conservative groups, underscored long-simmering tensions between them and mainstream Republicans, who appear to be moving to re-establish their control over the party’s agenda.
(Salon) What you won't hear about this new deal: Public workers will get eviscerated, to achieve "deficit reduction"
The Federal Workers Alliance, a coalition of unions representing federal employees, estimated in a message to the budget negotiators that between the pay freeze and furloughs, federal employees have sacrificed $114 billion in pay cuts over the past three years, an average of over $50,000 per employee. Yet somehow, budget negotiators are going to the well again.
(TPM) Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) believes the U.S. should only lower flags to honor American citizens, and not foreign dignitaries like civil rights leader and former South African President Nelson Mandela. "Lowering the flag should be for mourning Americans and not for foreign leaders," the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said at the Venice Club in Brookfield on Friday, the day after Mandela's death was announced.
Sensenbrenner's assertion was received with "cheers" at the event, which was organized by the Republican Party of Waukesha County, according to Brookfield Now.
Sen. Lamar Alexander's Chief of Staff Put on Leave Following Allegations Involving Child Pornography
(National Journal) Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., sent out a release Wednesday morning announcing that his chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, is being put on leave over allegations involving child pornography. "I am stunned, surprised and disappointed by what I have learned," the senator said in a statement.
(TPM) House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said on Wednesday the prospect of lawmakers leaving Washington, D.C. for the holidays without tackling unemployment benefits as part of a new budget deal was "absolutely unconscionable."
Pelosi's comments at a Democratic press conference came less than 24 hours after House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) and his Senate counterpart, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), unveiled a new budget deal. The $1.014 trillion deal does not include an extension of unemployment benefits. Democrats on Wednesday suggested the deal seemed more on the better side of what they could get.
(HuffPo) More than two months after Obamacare's ugly debut, the number of Americans using the system is starting to grow: Nearly 1.2 million people are on track to have health coverage in place next year from the law's health insurance exchanges, the Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday.
This a.m. Steve Doocy is calling Obamacare the Affordable Care Act. Once he even began saying "Obamacare" but caught himself in the middle of the first syllable and changed it to "The Affordable Care Act."
Obviously there has been a memo countermanding the memo of several years ago based on Frank Luntz's recommendation to demonized the ACA as "Obamacare."
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- Take Five (100th edition)
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- A Message From Karl Marx To The Commonwealth Of Virginia
- How the nuclear plant no one knows about is wasting ratepayer money.
- German court rejects compensation claim over Afghan air strike deaths
- For Whom the Bells Toll - Not for Adam Lanza—or his mother.
- Venice court upholds expulsion of KKK leader David Duke
- Two Americas
- Lobotomy For World War II Veterans: Psychiatric Care by U.S. Government
- Want to fix US inequality? Start with worming tablets.
- Stand with Jeff Merkley against Wall Street
- Racist New York Post Front Page On President Obama Selfie A Step Too Far (VIDEO)
- Of the EIGHT nominees on the Senate's schedule being debated for confirmation SEVEN are female
- New Michigan Abortion Law Requires Women To Buy Something That Doesn't Even Exist Yet
- Aide Arrested On Child Porn Charges Was One Of 'GOP's Top Strategists
- Greg Abbott's Advisors Point Texas' Uninsured to Federal Programs
- Audio: Virginia GOP State Senate Candidate Says Desegregation Busing Ruined Schools
- Coloring book featuring Ted Cruz selling fast
- Secret Message of 'Fake African Signer' Finally Decoded
- Erik Rush on Mandela: "Someone who, you know, did't do much."
- As much as I am glad to see the Republican Party's popularity sharply decrease...
- Video for new SF apartments is almost all-heterosexual and has one black person--behind the counter
- Hindus Propose Giant Monkey God Statue On Oklahoma Capitol Grounds
- Before going after Howard Dean, Elizabeth Warren, Dem think tanks threatened Bill Clinton.
- Plastic surgeon dad gives daughters boob, nose and tummy jobs
- It seems Gee Duhbya dances almost as badly as he Presidented (an animated gif I hadn't seen before)
- Everything a man needs to know about buying lingerie
- Civil wars in both parties, just as we were about to be served up as dinner.
- Mandatory Thursday Malloy Truthseekers check in!! White Christmas & a new Kittehs gif
- Blackfish is finally on Netflix!
- Environment & Energy: Leaked Document Highlights Disconnect Between Corporations, Environmental Activists
- Sports: Fake Mack Brown (you have to be a Van Halen fan to appreciate this)
- Photography: Got a new (used) camera...
- Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity: Happy Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, everyone!
- History of Feminism: Fuck your Men’s Rights Activism
- Labor Movement: MSNBC's Ed Schultz paid $252,000 by unions in last two years
- Economy: STOCK MARKET WATCH -- Friday, 13 December 2013
- Science: Dinosaur mummy's fleshy head crest
- Women's Rights & Issues: news flash: santa claus is a woman
- Open Source and Free Software: Mozilla ramps up efforts to build an ‘open mobile operating system’ for smartphones
- Canada: "Doug Ford sorry for handing out cash, will stick to gift cards"
- Texas: Anyone ever deal with Regulatory Services Division?
- North Carolina: Judge: no quick trial on NC voter laws
- Latin America: Heroic Uruguay deserves a Nobel peace prize for legalising cannabis
- California: Congressman Issa Weasels on IRS Transcripts After His Case Falls Apart
- Minnesota: Take a ride on the central corridor
- Wisconsin: wisconsin has a higher percentage of eligible people enrolled in ACA than illinois?
- United Kingdom: At the Immigration and Asylum Chamber: the appeal over the deportation of the boat race protester
- Idaho: Idaho Republicans consider ousting colleague who pleaded guilty to rape charges
- North Dakota: Public defenders keep quitting on North Dakota white supremacist Craig Cobb
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3 hrs ago - Fox News host Megyn Kelly on Wednesday assured children viewing her program that both Jesus Christ and Santa Claus were white men even though some liberals were trying to make them black. In a column for Slate earlier this week, Aisha Harris wrote t ... (THE RAW STORY)
3 hrs ago - By Craig Trudell - Dec 12, 2013 Ford Motor Co. (F) said it plans to add 5,000 jobs in the U.S. to maintain its momentum into 2014 after gaining more market share in its home country than any other automaker this year. Ford also will introduce 16 new ... (Bloomberg)
3 hrs ago - In March 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson flew to Kish Island, an Iranian resort awash with tourists, smugglers and organized crime figures. Days later, after an arranged meeting with an admitted killer, he checked out of his hotel, slipped in ... (Associated Press)
3 hrs ago - WASHINGTON — An all-out procedural war has broken out in the Senate: Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, kept the Senate in session through Wednesday night and into Thursday afternoon, and has vowed to continue calling round-the-clock confirma ... (NY Times)
3 hrs ago - By Jim Efstathiou Jr., William Selway and Kathleen Hunter Dec 12, 2013 Unemployment benefits for 1.3 million people in the U.S. are poised to end Dec. 28 as Democrats failed in their last-ditch effort to extend the jobless assistance before the Hou ... (Bloomberg)
3 hrs ago - BY LORI GRANNIS MISSOULA, Montana Thu Dec 12, 2013 5:06pm EST (Reuters) - A Montana bride who pushed her new husband to his death from a cliff in Glacier National Park pleaded guilty to second-degree murder on Thursday in an 11th-hour plea deal with ... (Reuters)
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4 hrs ago - The U.S. general who opened the Guantanamo detention camp said Thursday it was a mistake and should be shut down because "it validates every negative perception of the United States." "In retrospect, the entire detention and interrogation strategy w ... (Reuters)
4 hrs ago - Ex-W.Va. church youth volunteer facing sex charges By Associated Press, Updated: Thursday, December 12, 3:32 PM BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — A former volunteer in a Bluefield church’s youth program has been arrested on numerous child sex abuse charges. ... (Associated Press)
4 hrs ago - A last-minute effort to introduce new Iran sanctions legislation before the Christmas recess collapsed on Thursday morning following intense pressure from the White House and State Department. Ever since Iran and six world powers signed an interim a ... (Foreign Policy)
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4 hrs ago - PAUL RYAN – WE NEED YOU TO PROTECT VETERANS BENEFITS AND SERVICES FROM WASHINGTON’S BUDGET BATTLES Imagine trying to run a large business or organization without knowing what level of funding you will receive each year or when it will arrive. This i ... (DAV Disabled American Veterans)
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4 hrs ago - State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer shared her personal experience of sexual assault to show what's at stake in this law KATIE MCDONOUGH The Michigan Legislature voted on Wednesday to pass a measure to ban all public and private insurance plans in the s ... (Salon)
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6 hrs ago - Judge sets 2015 trial date for lawsuits against N.C. voting law http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_12af62e4-634f-11e3-be77-001a4bcf6878.html A magistrate judge in U.S. District Court this morning set a trial date of July 2015 for a trio of ... (http://www.journalnow.com/news/local/article_12af6)
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