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John Boehner Is Afraid to Stand Up to Tea Party

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John Boehner – Caricature (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

John Boehner can end the shutdown any time he wants. He could have a bill on President Obama’s desk in the course of an afternoon, but he won’t step up.

That’s because he’s afraid of challenging the most extreme voices in his caucus.

We need to make sure that those aren’t the only voices the Speaker is hearing.

Tell Speaker Boehner to get the government up and running today.

If Speaker Boehner brought a clean bill to fund the federal government to the floor – without any of the nonsense about defunding Obamacare – it would pass in a bipartisan vote.

Every day that goes by, more Republicans are starting to say exactly the same thing: It’s time for John Boehner to do his job and listen to the American people.


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Santorum Says “the Middle Class” is Marxist; Doesn’t Know What Marxism Is

, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

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I have bad news for the 88% or so of Americans who think they’re middle class: Rick Santorum thinks you’re Marxists.

The former Senator and noted neologism stopped by a gathering in Lynn County, Iowa to warn Republicans there of the dangers of talking about the middle class. (Note: I had a tough time getting the video to embed, so click to view it.)

“Since when in America do we have classes?” he demanded. “That’s Marxism talk!”

“There’s no class in America!” he bellowed.

Santorum does not believe in classes. He wants a classless society. You know, like that guy.

Oh, what was his name?

Oh yeah. Karl Marx.

So we need to stop all being Marxists by being Marxists. Got it. Perfect. Piece of cake.

You know, I think this might be one of those times when “Marxist” might not mean what Santorum thinks it means. It’s almost like the Republican economic position is all made up of talking points and very, very little knowledge.

Via Death and Taxes.


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Republicans Undecided about Vice President Candidates

Governor Mitt Romney of MA

Governor Mitt Romney of MA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is an ideological split among Republicans over who should Mitt Romney‘s running mate, according to a CNN/ORC International Poll released Wednesday.

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tops the list, with 26%. Rick Santorum was the top pick of 21%. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie were tied at 14%.

Among self-described Tea Party supporters, Sen. Rubio is the top choice, with 22%, and Gov. Christie is second, with 18%.

Among Republicans who aren’t Tea Party supporters, 36% say Ms. Rice is their choice, and one in four prefer Mr. Santorum.

For more details, click here: http://on.cnn.com/Je8Df3

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Compare Your Tax Rate to Romney’s

Governor Mitt Romney of MA

Governor Mitt Romney of MA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I love the Buffett Rule for the same reason Mitt Romney opposes it.

It levels the playing field in America by closing tax loopholes and ensuring that millionaires aren’t paying a tax rate lower than what middle-class families pay.

It’s going to be one of the issues that will define this election.

There is a tool that shows how Mitt Romney and other millionaires play by their own rules.

Compare your tax rate to Mitt Romney’s and see how the Buffett Rule makes him pay his fair share.

The Buffett Rule closes loopholes and asks millionaires to pay at least as much as middle-class families, so that we can share the burden of reducing our deficit and investing in education, innovation and infrastructure.

Mr. Romney not only opposes the Buffett Rule, but he wants to make things more unfair. He will explode the deficit by giving more tax breaks to the wealthy and place the burden of paying for them on the backs of the middle class and seniors.

This November, it’s one or the other. We either stick with a President who fights for the middle class, or we choose a candidate who fights to protect an unfair status quo that benefits him at the cost of our economy and the middle class. It’s not about class warfare, and it’s not about some policy disagreement. It’s about common-sense fairness.


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Romney’s Popularity Rebounds after Santorum’s Exit

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Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Dave Delay)

Mitt Romney‘s popularity is starting to rebound as the Republican primaries subside, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Tuesday.

The survey showed 44% give Mr. Romney a favorable rating, up ten points since February. Mr. Romney’s unfavorable rating fell eleven points, from 54% to 43%, over the same period.

The poll showed 53% of those surveyed say they plan to give Mr. Romney a second look once the primaries are over, while 45% say they know enough about the former Massachusetts governor to decide whether he would be a good president.

The same poll shows that President Barack Obama’s favorability rating is 56%, and the approval rating of his performance in office is 49%.

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Poll: Obama Leads, Especially Among Women

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President Barack Obama holds a nine-point lead over Republican challenger Mitt Romney, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday.

Pres. Obama holds a sixteen-point advantage over his challenger among women and a three-point advantage among men.

Seven in ten Americans favor a proposed change to the federal income tax rate for people who make more than $1 million a year. The proposal is popular among Democrats and independents, but a majority of Republicans also support it.

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Santorum Drops Out

, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

, U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rick Santorum suspended his campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination.

Mitt Romney is now the certain Republican nominee to take on President Barack Obama in November, as Mr. Santorum was his main challenger.

Mr. Romney issued this statement:

Senator Santorum is an able and worthy competitor, and I congratulate him on the campaign he ran. He has proven himself to be an important voice in our party and in the nation. We both recognize that what is most important is putting the failures of the last three years behind us and setting America back on the path to prosperity.

While Mr. Romney still needs to win several hundred delegates to clinch the nomination, Mr. Santorum’s departure from the race leaves his path unhindered.

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Large American Companies Fund Voter Disenfranchisement

For years, the right wing has tried to stop people of color, young people, and seniors from voting. Now, America’s biggest companies are helping them.

These companies have passed voter ID legislation by funding a right-wing policy group called the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC’s voter ID bills have passed in seven states and have been introduced in twenty-seven.

Supporters of discriminatory voter ID laws claim they want to cut voter fraud, but fraud almost never occurs. Voter ID laws prevent large numbers of eligible voters from casting a ballot and could disenfranchise up to 5 million people.

ALEC’s voter ID laws are undemocratic, unjust, and part of a longstanding right-wing agenda to weaken the voting blocs that oppose Republican candidates.

Tell these companies to stop funding ALEC and its attempts to disenfranchise millions of voters. Click here to automatically sign the petition.

Voter ID laws are discriminatory; African-Americans, Latinos, seniors, students, and the poor are less likely to have the photo IDs necessary to vote under these laws.

In many states, it is expensive and time-consuming to secure the proper ID. Even when the ID is free, it often requires supporting documents, like a birth certificate, which cost money. There are already stories of voters who have been eligible to vote for years who are struggling to navigate a bureaucratic maze to vote.

Requiring ID to vote amounts to a modern-day poll tax, and that’s the purpose of voter ID laws.

Some of the companies supporting ALEC may simply be unaware that the group is involved in voter suppression. Others might think that voter suppression will benefit their political interests.

Tell these companies to stop funding ALEC and its attempt to disenfranchise millions of voters. Click below to automatically sign the petition:

Thanks to Sourcewatch: ALEC Corporations.

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Cantor Scrambles to Explain Donation to Anti-Incumbent Super PAC

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Official portrait of Congressman . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor went into damage control mode after giving $25,000 to a super PAC devoted to defeating incumbent House members.

The news of Rep. Cantor’s contribution to the Campaign for Primary Accountability took party leaders by surprise.

By Friday evening, Rep. Cantor launched an outreach effort to quell the damage caused by his donation to the super PAC that has tried to unseat members of both parties. The Virginia Republican had begun phoning colleagues who the Campaign for Primary Accountability targeted to smooth over hurt feelings.

Rep. Cantor’s contribution came during last month’s primary between Republican Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Don Manzullo, a contest where Rep. Manzullo was targeted with more than $200,000 in CPA spending. The super PAC ran TV ads against Manzullo, a twenty-year-incumbent who was drawn into the same district as the freshman Rep. Kinzinger, whom Cantor supported.

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President Leads Romney in Swing States

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

President Obama has opened a lead in the nation’s dozen top battleground states, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, boosted by a huge shift of women.

In the fifth Swing States survey taken since last fall, Obama leads Republican front-runner Mitt Romney 51%-42% among registered voters.

The biggest change came among women under fifty. In mid-February, just under half of those voters supported Pres. Obama. Now, more than six in ten do. Mr. Romney’s support among them has dropped by fourteen points, to 30%.

Mr. Romney’s main advantage is among men fifty and older. In the poll, Mr. Romney leads among all men by a single point, but the President leads among women by eighteen. That reflects a greater disparity between the views of men and women than the twelve-point gender gap in the 2008 election.

Via USA Today.

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