The simmering feud between House Republicans and movement conservatives is finally an all-out war.
The tension exploded on Wednesday morning when Speaker John Boehner and outside conservative groups traded sharp barbs over the budget deal Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) crafted with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.). It only escalated later in the day when the leader of the right-wing Republican Study Committee forced out its long-time executive director for leaking private conversations about strategy to those organizations.
via GOP's private war goes public – Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer and John Bresnahan – POLITICO.com.
On election night Fox analysts and reporters rightly noted that 2012 had not inspired the kind of captivating campaign that Obama ginned up for victory in 2008. At the start of the night, the Fox News chairman warned commentators participating in his channel’s election coverage: “If things don’t go your way tonight, don’t go out there looking like someone ran over your dog.” Yet the coverage on Fox proved largely dour and depressive. “President Obama will win because he ran a good campaign,” political anchor Bret Baier said early in the evening. “He will not win because of the state of the economy.”>> Join David Folkenflik for a live chat Friday at noon. <<Viewers would find it hard to believe that the final tally showed Obama had won by nearly four percentage points in the popular vote. Several pundits, including Bill O’Reilly and Stephen Hayes, circled back to Superstorm Sandy as a stroke of good fortune for the incumbent. “While Governor Romney was talking about bipartisanship,” Brit Hume said, “the president gave an image to Americans on television of him practicing it. That’s pretty strong medicine.”
via Book Club: Fox News’ Election Night Fail.
President Barack Obamas call to raise the minimum wage has long been met with resistance from congressional Republicans, but Rep. Joe Barton R-Texas took things a step further by suggesting the minimum wage be done away with entirely.\”I think its outlived its usefulness,\” Barton told National Journal in a story published Thursday. \”It may have been of some value back in the Great Depression. I would vote to repeal the minimum wage.\”The story didnt include any specifics on why Barton felt the minimum wage had lost its value, and a request to his office for further explanation wasnt immediately returned.Bartons comments came one day after Obama delivered a highly-discussed speech on income inequality and poverty, in which the president renewed his push for a higher minimum wage. The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, which amounts to roughly $15,000 a year.Obama said that despite working around the clock, individuals who work in the fast-food and retail industries, as well as nurses, continue to live at or barely above poverty.\”That’s why it’s well past the time to raise a minimum wage that, in real terms right now, is below where it was when Harry Truman was in office,\” he said.During his State of the Union address this year, Obama unveiled a proposal that would raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour. He has since thrown his support behind an increase to $10.10 an hour under a bill introduced by Senate Democrats.
via GOP Rep. Joe Barton Calls For Minimum Wage Repeal.
If you ever happen to come across a Republican on television these days, chances are that you will hear the name Ronald Reagan. Recent Republican debates are the perfect example of the love fest that the current Republican party has for Reagan as each candidate name drops the former president at every turn. If you only listened to conservatives you would think that Jesus Christ was the only person above Reagan on the totem pole of conservative love. They talk about his love of low taxes, less government and conservative family values.The problem is that when you step out of the conservative dream and come back to reality, you find that not only was Ronald Reagan a bad president, but he was one of the worst presidents weve seen in modern times. Reagans policies have destroyed the United States for three decades, and for the eight years he was in office, here are eight reasons why Ronald Reagan was the worst president of our lifetime.
via 10 reasons why Ronald Reagan was the worst president of our lifetime – Orlando liberal | Examiner.com.
What are future historians going to call this age? Probably not the Era of Good Feelings, which is what we still call the Monroe-era embrace of small-r republicanism. (It was awfully brief.) The Gilded Age has been taken, although we’ve often heard that we’re living in a New Gilded Age.
Lately, I’m wondering if we’ve morphed even beyond that. We know the 1 percent have been partying in contemporary America as never before. And we know the workers at the bottom have been getting hammered. But this week we seem to have entered a phase when it’s OK for the corporations doing the hammering to drop any pretense that they’re supposed to be doing the opposite. It’s quite a moment.
A Walmart store in Canton, Ohio, has been getting some unwanted attention because an employee surreptitiously publicized a store food drive. But this isn’t your run-of-the-mill holiday-season food drive. It is not intended for Canton’s destitute. It’s for the store’s own employees. Signs attached to storage containers in an employee-only area of the store, photographed by the employee, ask other employees to “donate food items here so associates in need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.” “Associates in need.” Wow.
This is just one store, but corporate HQ has now involved itself, with a company spokesman attesting that this program shows the spirit of intense bonhomie that pervades the store and indeed the entire corporation. It’s just for workers who may have lost a home in a fire or “something else you can’t plan for,” the spokesman said.
via Walmart and McDonald’s, Out and Proud as Corporate Scrooges.
Yesterday, the House Homeland Security Committee published a video on their Youtube page highlighting a portion of the committee questioning Roberta Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cyber-security and Communications, who confirmed at least 16 attacks on the Affordable Care Act’s portal Healthcare.gov website in 2013.
via Right wing cyber attacks on Healthcare.gov website confirmed – Las Vegas Democrat | Examiner.com.
For over thirty years, the growing gap between the rich and poor in the United States has widened at an alarming rate. The once proud and strong middle class has deteriorated over the last three decades and if the American dream is to be achieved again, the country needs to drastically change.
When Ronald Reagan was elected president, he started the United States down a path of economical and social destruction. In his first four years in office, from 1981 to 1985, Reagan lowered the top income tax bracket from 70% to 50%. Over the next four years, Reagan took the top bracket from 50% and cut it down to only 28%. With the lack of revenue coming into the federal government, the national debt tripled and to make up for the loss, Reagan raided the Social Security trust fund and went on to raise taxes eleven times, primarily on working Americans.
via From Reagan to Bush, how the GOP has broken the American dream – Orlando liberal | Examiner.com.
Washington is playing the lead role in delaying the publication of the long-awaited report into how Britain went to war with Iraq, The Independent has learnt.
Although the Cabinet Office has been under fire for stalling the progress of the four-year Iraq Inquiry by Sir John Chilcot, senior diplomatic sources in the US and Whitehall indicated that it is officials in the White House and the US Department of State who have refused to sanction any declassification of critical pre- and post-war communications between George W Bush and Tony Blair.
Without permission from the US government, David Cameron faces the politically embarrassing situation of having to block evidence, on Washington’s orders, from being included in the report of an expensive and lengthy British inquiry.
Earlier this year, The Independent revealed that early drafts of the report challenged the official version of events leading up to the Iraq war, which saw Mr Blair send in 45,000 troops to overthrow Saddam Hussein’s regime.
via Exclusive: US blocks publication of Chilcot’s report on how Britain went to war with Iraq – UK Politics – UK – The Independent.
On Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reiterated his opposition to allowing a vote on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which the Senate passed last week. According to Boehner, the bill, which would federally prohibit employment discrimination against LGBT people, is “unnecessary” because “people are already protected in the workplace”:
via House Speaker John Boehner: LGBT Employment Protections Are 'Unnecessary' | ThinkProgress.
As the nation recovers from the Republican shutdown of government, the question Americans should be asking is not \”Why did the GOP do that to us?\” but \”Why were they even relevant in the first place?\” So dramatically have the demographic and electoral tides in this country turned against the Republican Party that, in a representative democracy worthy of the designation, the Grand Old Party should be watching from the sidelines and licking its wounds. Not only did Barack Obama win a second term in an electoral landslide in 2012, but he is also just the fourth president in a century to have won two elections with more than 50 percent of the popular vote. Whats more, the party controls 55 seats in the Senate, and Democratic candidates for the House received well over a million more votes than their Republican counterparts in the election last year. And yet, John Boehner still wields the gavel in the House and Republican resistance remains a defining force in the Senate, frustrating Obamas ambitious agenda.
via How Republicans Rig the Game | Politics News | Rolling Stone.