Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, and other Republicans are already expressing their skepticism about the bipartisan Murray-Ryan budget compromise announced on Tuesday.
The ink wasn’t dry on the on the bipartisan budget deal reached Tuesday between Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) before the conservative backlash began.The two-year deal would eliminate $65 billion in cuts from sequestration while saving $25 billion by cutting Medicare spending in 2022 and 2023. The deal would raise revenue by instituting additional fees on airline tickets and slowing the rate of growth via cost-of-living increases for military pensions.
Take that, Moses! A cheeky activist group has unveiled plans to erect a monument to the devil on the grounds of Oklahoma’s capitol—to ‘complement’ one honoring the Ten Commandments.
Leave it to the Satanists to bring new fun to the shopworn church-state debate.In November of last year, a monument to the Ten Commandments was erected on the grounds of the Oklahoma statehouse. The display was the pet project of State Rep. Mike Ritze, who not only spearheaded the legislative approval required, but whose family kicked in a cool $10,000 of the project’s overall cost. The monument stood for nine months, more or less unnoticed by the outside world, until the ACLU filed a lawsuit calling for its removal.
His Republican primary opponent is trying to label the Texas senator ‘Harry Reid’s Republican.’ But left-leaning activists disagree.
In a scathing campaign annoucement, Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) kicked off his primary challenge against Sen. John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate, by calling Cornyn a “liberal” roughly once a paragraph. Stockman, an outspoken conservative, described his opponent as “Harry Reid’s Republican” and claimed that “Liberal John Cornyn wakes up every morning and works to make the Senate a more liberal place.” But left-leaning groups aren’t rallying behind Cornyn, who was ranked the second most conservative member of the U.
Republicans insist that extended jobless benefits hurt workers, but the fact is that unemployment insurance is keeping millions of people afloat and in the job search.
On Sunday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul explained his opposition to $26 billion in extended unemployment benefits for more than 1.3 million workers. “I do support unemployment benefits for the 26 weeks that they’re paid for. If you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers,” he said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. “When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks, you’re causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy,” he continued.
Milk could hit $8 a gallon if there’s no breakthrough in Farm Bill negotiations, and it won’t just be dairy products spiking in price -- cookies and most other food would also be hit.
The Milk Cliff. The Butter Bust. The Ice Cream Crash. Call it what you want, but if Congress fails to approve a new Farm Bill before the end of the year, agriculture experts warn that the price of milk and all milk-based dairy products like cheese, yogurt and baby formula will spike in coming months. Chris Galen, vice president of the National Milk Producers Federation, estimated that dairy products alone could go up 40% to 50%, explaining that the price changes would not happen right away, but could send milk toward $7 or $8 per gallon.
Since blaming Clinton for deaths at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Republican Senate candidate Steve Stockman has made some extraordinary claims.
Steve Stockman, the right-wing Texas congressman who announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate tonight in an interview with World Net Daily, has a history of outrageous statements, many of which come from his Twitter account @steveworksforyou which is run by Donny Ferguson, the former Republican congressman's close friend and communications director. Here are five of his most off-the-wall statements.Babies, Guns And AbortionIn April, Stockman's Twitter account showed off the Congressman's newest bumper sticker, which simply said "If babies had guns, they wouldn't be aborted.
The American right hated Nelson Mandela when it mattered. But when have they ever been correct on a historic issue? From segregation to Iran, it’s a record of tragedy and moral nullity.
The Beast’s estimable Peter Beinart already laid bare the rancid hypocrisy of today’s Republicans honoring Nelson Mandela. Joan Walsh delivered a similarly biting critique of the “right-washing” of Mandela going on right now. American conservatives loathed the man when it mattered. This leads us to a broader question that Beinart and Walsh didn’t have the space to get into, so I’ll pick it up from here: When has the American right ever—ever—been on the right side of history?The answer is almost never.
In a move that would seem unthinkable today, Senate Republicans banded together with Democrats in 1986 to overturn a Ronald Reagan veto of South Africa sanctions.
It was a Republican-led U.S. Senate that stood up and defied President Reagan in October 1986, voting to override his veto of a sanctions bill that had passed both House and Senate with bipartisan support. Despite aggressive lobbying by the White House, 31 Republicans joined all 47 Democrats for a final tally of 78 to 21, 12 more than the two-thirds needed and a significant blow to Reagan, the first president in the 20th century to have a veto overturned on a matter of foreign policy.
Could anger at the Obamacare rollout make Americans more receptive to a kind of Medicare-for-all system? That’s what activists are hoping—and they’re plotting a state-by-state fight.
As the rollout of Obamacare clunks forward, activists who opposed the law from the beginning say it is time to seize the moment, to tear down the current health-care edifice and start anew, especially now as frustration with the law’s implementation is reaching a peak.These are not Tea Party activists but advocates for a single-payer health-care system who say some of the problems with the launch of the Affordable Care Act—in addition to built-in problems with the law itself—have made the American public more receptive than ever to a Medicare-for-all kind of coverage system.
The Senate minority leader, under fire from Democrats and Tea Partiers alike, wasn’t always so easy to hate. McConnell explains why he voted to override Reagan’s veto on sanctions.
By any measure, it was a gutsy move for a freshman. Especially a Republican.In 1984, two years before the vote, President Ronald Reagan won Kentucky with 60 percent of the vote. The freshman senator squeezed in that same year by a little more than 5,000 votes.It was 1986, and Nelson Mandela had been in prison for 23 years.The young Republican saw injustice in South Africa. He thought Reagan was wrong, so he joined the 31 Republican senators who sided with Democrats in voting to override Reagan’s veto of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act.
The Texas senator, a quintessential establishment Republican, is facing a new primary challenger in Steve Stockman, who blames Cornyn for ‘making sure Obamacare became law.’
Tea Party favorite Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) has filed to run in a March primary against John Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the U.S. Senate.In an interview with World Net Daily, Stockman said he was mounting his primary challenge because the Texas senator did not stand with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) during the government shutdown. “We are extremely disappointed in the way he treated his fellow congressmen and broke the 11th Commandment and undermined Ted Cruz’s fight to stop Obamacare,” Stockman said.
A St. Louis company has published a coloring book about the Texas senator—and it just may be the perfect holiday gift for children of all ages.
Looking for a stocking stuffer for someone who loves both crayons and conservatism? Look no further—the Ted Cruz coloring book is here.Just in time for the holiday season, Really Big Coloring Books from St. Louis, Missouri has produced a 24-page Ted Cruz coloring book. Available for only $4.99 (and even cheaper with a bulk discount), the book features the freshman Texas senator hunting, speaking on the Senate floor, and sitting with family in scenes that children of all ages can color in.
Former top Romney foreign policy advisor Rich Williamson died on Sunday at the age of 64.
The DC foreign policy community reacted with shock and sadness Monday to the unexpected death of Rich Williamson, a long time American diplomat and Republican foreign policy operative, who died Sunday due to complications from a cerebral hemorrhage at age 64.Williamson most recently served as a top foreign policy advisor to Mitt Romney and helped shape the 2012 GOP nominee's policies on international affairs. But Williamson's resume also included stints as a diplomat, political candidate, academic, lawyer, human rights activist, and key figure in the foreign policy staffs of leading Republican politicians including Sen.
I was in Paris over the weekend speaking to a conference at the Institut Francais du Relations Internationales (www.ifri.org, and thank you, nice people of IFRI, for your hospitality!) about American domestic politics, and more specifically, the Democrats' future and a possible Hillary Clinton candidacy in 2016. The room included a combination of American ex-pats and diplomats and, well, French people, keenly interested in America and in HRC.
Crushed in the 2012 ground and data game, the GOP has learned its lesson—and is knee deep in Clinton oppo-research. From health care to the Hillary films, it’s already working.
Smack dab in the middle of this jolly holiday season, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus set political tongues wagging when he told radio bomb-thrower Hugh Hewitt that the party’s oppo-research machine is already combing through the metaphorical trash of a certain blond Democratic presidential possible. (Hint: It’s not Elizabeth Warren.)Faster than you can say “Hillaryland,” Priebus’s words were tweeted, blogged, and otherwise splashed about as though the man had just admitted to sacrificing live chickens in the basement of Karl Rove’s house.
Saturday was the deadline to fix the site. Did they do it, and if so, does it even matter? The Sunday talk shows look at the practical and political future of Obamacare.
As Washington chewed over the Paul Ryan-Patty Murray budget deal, the Treasury Department announced a walloping drop in red ink. Turns out government didn’t need a “grand bargain” to get its fiscal house in order.