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Cruz Leads Tea Party Group with Confederate Flags to White House

At yesterday’s rally led by Senator Ted Cruz, Tea Party activists marched to the White House with Confederate flags in hand. It’s downright inexcusable.

Since last night, over 200,000 have signed a petition calling on Ted Cruz to denounce these disgusting acts of Tea Party extremism.

Sign the petition immediately demanding Ted Cruz and Tea Party Congressmen denounce these heinous acts.

SIGN YOUR NAME: http://dccc.org/Denounce-Them-Now

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Hawks, Non-Interventionists Square Off Over Syria (with Possible 2016 Implications)

President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain...

President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain in a press conference, taking place on March 4, 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Congressional vote on whether to strike Syria offers insight into which wing of the Republican Party — the traditional hawks or a growing bloc of non-interventionists — has the advantage in foreign policy debates.

Republican divisions on national security have flared over drone use, aid to Egypt, and the National Security Agency surveillance practices. Tensions have played out in battles between Senator John McCain of Arizona and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky. In a rare moment of clarity, Sen. McCain called Mr. Paul and his compatriots “wacko birds.” In return, Mr. Paul suggested that hawks like Mr. McCain were “moss covered.”

Former spats could pale in comparison with the fight over whether to attack Syria, an issue on which Sen. McCain and Sen. Paul will be the leading spokesmen for their party’s two wings.

Mr. McCain has long advocated intervention in Syria’s civil war. After meeting with President Obama at the White House on Monday, he said that it would be “catastrophic” if Congress did not approve the president’s proposal and that such a rejection would result in the United States’s credibility being “shredded.”

Mr. Paul on Sunday made clear his opposition to Mr. Obama’s proposal, taking to Twitter and the talk shows to taunt Secretary of State John Kerry. “John Kerry is, you know, he’s famous for saying, you know, how can you ask a man to be the last one to die for a mistake?” Mr. Paul said. “I would ask John Kerry, how can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake?”

Mr. Paul is very aware that the vote offers just that chance to reorient the Republican center on foreign affairs, and the debate gives him the chance to re-establish himself as the voice of the Tea Party movement.

Syria has important implications for the 2016 Republican presidential contest. White House hopefuls in Congress will be forced to choose between the wishes of Tea Party activists opposed to a strike and the wishes of more traditional Republicans, whose ranks include some major donors and Israel supporters. A “yea” vote on taking action in Syria would put opponents of Sen. Paul, like Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, on the same side as Pres. Obama.

Via The New York Times.

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Washington Post Locks Down During Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Protest

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Washington Post is sold (Photo credit: vpickering)

 

On Thursday, The Washington Post made news of its own.

 

An anti-Muslim Brotherhood protest that started at the White House ended at the Post‘s building, which then went on lockdown.

 

Foreign policy blogger Max Fisher tweeted  a photo of the protesters right outside the lobby doors, writing “Wash Post lobby on lockdown with giant pro-Sissi/anti-Morsi protest out front,” and “this never happened at @TheAtlantic.”

 

Via Politico.

 

 

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Romney: “It Kills Me” to Not Be in the White House

Via ABCNews.

In his first television interview since the election, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said that it “kills” him to not be in the White House.

In the interview with Chris Wallace, Gov. Romney also said that he believed he’d won the election until the Ohio election results were announced.

Asked if she thought that her husband would win the election, Ann Romney said, “I for sure did.”

Gov. Romney called his inability to win the votes of people of color “a real weakness” that future Republican candidates will have to overcome: “Uh, we did very well with the majority population, but not with minority populations. And — and that was a — that was a failing. That was a real mistake.”

 

He also admitted that his “forty-seven percent” comments caused him great harm.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2013/03/mitt-romney-it-kills-me-not-to-be-president-88332.html#ixzz2MXEAc8f4

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Urge Washington to Protect LGBT Employees

U.S. LGBT employment discrimination law. Sexua...

U.S. LGBT employment discrimination law (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In twenty-nine states, you can be fired for being gay. You can be fired in thirty-four states for being transgender.

One member of Congress, Steve King (R-IA), recently suggested a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” style policy, where lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people stay closeted at work, so their bosses “won’t know who to discriminate against.”

In the face of offensive right-wing rhetoric like this, there are two things we can push for: the White House must make sure federal contractors aren’t discriminating, and the Senate must hold hearings on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act.

Tell our leaders in Washington there can be no excuses for inaction on vital workplace protections. Now is the time for a full-fledged federal response.

The President can expand the reach of non-discrimination policies by telling all companies that do business with the federal government that they can’t discriminate against LGBT employees. Such an order would bring these companies’ policies in line with the best practices of major American businesses.

We also need to break the logjam on Capitol Hill that has left the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) languishing. The bill, which has the support of a supermajority of Americans and the Administration, affirms the idea that employees should be judged on performance, not personal characteristics. Nothing should matter at work except how you do your job.

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Republicans Want Gingrich, Paul to Stop Running

Newt Gingrich at a political conference in Orl...

Newt Gingrich at a political conference in Orlando, Florida. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Most Republicans would like to see Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul drop their bids for the presidential nomination, according to a new CNN/ORC poll.

Six in 10 Republicans say Mr. Gingrich should drop out of the race. Sixty-one percent say Rep. Paul should drop out.

Most Republicans don’t want former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum to end his campaign for the nomination, the survey reveals.

Mitt Romney continues to be the favorite choice among respondents, with 36% supporting the former governor from Massachusetts, up from 32% in February.

Most Republicans also say their party’s nomination should be determined by the primaries and caucuses and not at the convention in August.

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Support for Afghan War Plummets

A Hospital Corpsman attached to the 3rd Battal...

A Hospital Corpsman attached to the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines operating in Afghanistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Support for the war in Afghanistan has dropped, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

More than two-thirds of those polled (69%) thought that the U.S. should not be at war in Afghanistan, up from 53% four months ago. Sixty-eight percent thought the fighting was going badly.

The poll was consistent with other surveys this month, including a Washington Post/ABC News poll, a Pew Research Center poll, and a Gallup/USA Today poll.

Negative impressions of the war have grown, with more people saying the war was going badly now than did in November.

Forty-four percent said that the U.S. should withdraw sooner than 2014, 33% said the administration should stick to the timetable, 17% said the U.S. should stay as long as it would take to stabilize, and 3% said the U.S. should withdraw now.

Via The New York Times.

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