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House Democrat Opposes New Medicare Board

Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) wrote Monday that a major component of the Affordable Care Act — the healthcare reform law signed by President Obama last year — should be done away with. In an op-ed for USA Today, Schwartz wrote that the Independent Payment Advisory Board, created within the law to control Medicare costs, “brings […]

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White House In Technical Violation Of War Powers Act

Friday marked Day number 60 of U.S. military involvement in Libya, a nation still at war despite two months of intense international pressure to solve its disputes. That means that as of this morning, the U.S. was in violation of the War Powers Resolution, a 1973 law that requires Presidents to gain congressional authorization for […]

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Senate Republicans Block Judicial Nominee Liu

Senate Republicans Thursday succeeded in blocking the confirmation of Goodwin Liu, a law professor at UC Berkley’s Law School tapped by Obama for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. This is not the first time Liu’s nomination has been met with a filibuster. He has previously failed to secure the 60 votes needed to bypass […]

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Sebelius, Senate Dems, Condemn Ryan Budget

By Philip Bunnell Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Democratic Senators Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) condemned Republican House Budget Chair Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) budget plan for its proposed Medicare cuts. All four, particularly Senator Mikulski, offered fiery charges that Ryan’s budget would harm […]

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Toomey Downplays Debt Limit Worries

By Philip Bunnell Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said Wednesday that the U.S. won’t necessarily experience an economic catastrophe should Congress fail to authorize an increase in the nation’s debt limit this summer. Speaking at the American Enterprise Institute, the Pennsylvania Republican downplayed the impacts of not raising the borrowing limit by August 2, the date […]

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Gang Of Six Stalls, Coburn Bails

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he will no longer participate in budget deficit negotiations via the “Gang of Six,” leaving a sputtering band of five behind.  “We’re at an impasse,” Coburn  said. “There’s no reason to sit and talk about the same things over and over and not get any movement.” Coburn’s departure will stymie […]

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Former National Security Adviser Urges Lawmakers To Stand By Pakistan

By Philip Bunnell Retired General James Jones, the former National Security Advisor for the Obama administration, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday that while Pakistan may not be doing enough to fight terror, lawmakers should attempt to see the situation from the country’s perspective. “If you were to have a discussion with the Pakistani […]

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Reid Goes Off Message During Oil Subsidy Debate

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) doesn’t seem to be too interested in what a pair of congressional studies have shown and what members of his own party have said about a bill to end tax breaks to large oil companies. Reid stated on Tuesday that the legislation is necessary to bring down the rising […]

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Senators Ask FTC To Probe Possible Price Fixing By Oil Refineries

Several U.S. senators will ask the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday to investigate oil refiners for failing to produce gasoline at their full potential, consequently keeping gas prices high.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is among the senators who plan to send a letter to the FTC Chair Jon Leibowitz seeking the investigation. The group […]

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New GOP Proposal To Balance Budget In Five Years

In what they call a “Cut, Cap and Balance” approach to solving the nation’s fiscal mess, a group of House Republicans introduced legislation Friday that they say would balance the budget in five years while simultaneously creating a $190 billion surplus.  With hopes of their legislation being included in current budget negotiations, Reps. Jack Kingston […]

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LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – August 29, 2014

The World in 2:00

David Cameron warns of terror risks in the U.K., Malaysia Airlines axes 6,000 jobs, and severe drought from California to Central America.

You Don’t Know What ‘Libertarian’ Means

Don’t ask a libertarian, because most of them don’t know.

UK Raises Terror Threat Level Over ISIS, U.S. Declines

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland,” Jeh Johnson said.

The Soviet Union Folds, Hurricane Katrina Splashes Down And the Air Force Loses Six Nukes

Here’s what happened today in American political history.

Click here for: Friday, August 29

● Poll: Obama foreign policy isn’t tough enough

● Millipede invasion is blocked at border

● Cable boxes go on a power diet

● Suit targets tuition breaks for illegal aliens

● New profile of the 113th Congress

● Labor official stole union funds