Republicans Want to Distance From Todd Akin, Not His Policies on Abortion UPDATE: Akin Staying In

By: Tuesday August 21, 2012 10:27 am

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, attempting to beat the clock with about five hours to go before the first hurdle of getting Todd Akin off the ballot in Missouri passes, released a list of conservative pundits who have asked Akin to step down. Like Digby, I’m struck that the NRSC needs to do this, to [...]

Tentative Deal Reached to Fund Government Through March 2013

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 12:15 pm

Following up on a previous item, Congressional leaders have indeed agreed to a 6-month stopgap spending bill to avoid a government shutdown at the end of September. The emerging deal is a sharp contrast to previous occasions when House Republicans used the approach of a spending deadline to insist on deep spending cuts in exchange [...]

Two House Republicans Criticize Ideological Purity, Distance Themselves from Caucus

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 10:15 am

A couple wayward House Republicans have walked off the reservation and rejected the ideological purity demanded by the party’s conservative base. Rep. Richard Hanna, elected in 2010 as part of the Republican takeover of Congress, lashed out at his caucus yesterday: U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna took his own party to task today, saying the Republican [...]

Stopgap Spending Package Won’t Be Voted On Until After August Recess

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 8:15 am

House and Senate leaders continue to work on a stopgap spending bill to close out the year, and could announce it as early as today. The bill would extend a continuing resolution on the budget for six months, until the end of March 2013. The spending levels would likely equal those designated in the debt [...]

Leading Climate Skeptic Changes Position: Global Warming is Real, and Man-Made

By: Monday July 30, 2012 1:03 pm

This news from the Berkeley Earth Project should get more attention. Richard Muller, the head of the project, was a confirmed climate skeptic, and he got plenty of attention from the right side of the spectrum for his views. In fact he got funding, including $150,000 from the Koch Brothers, to study climate science and [...]

Bravely Bold Conservatives Running Away on Budget Stopgap

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 8:15 am

House conservatives are running away from one spending fight, asking Eric Cantor to schedule a vote on a stopgap spending bill that would push any budget fight well into 2013. The request would not change the host of fiscal battles expected in the lame duck session; the trigger cuts and the Bush tax cuts would [...]

Conservatives Raise Court Challenge on Allowing Insurance Subsidies on Federally-Run Exchanges

By: Sunday July 8, 2012 10:17 am

Robert Pear today writes about an emerging lawsuit over the health care law that I touched on Thursday. The language around the insurance exchanges and whether the state or federal government runs them is sufficiently vague that conservative legal functionaries think they can exploit it: Starting in 2014, the law requires most Americans to have [...]

Republican Farm Bill Seeks More and More Food Stamp Cuts

By: Friday July 6, 2012 7:35 am

The House Agriculture Committee leadership released their version of the farm bill late yesterday, and the main difference from the version that passed the Senate concerns food stamps: The legislative draft envisions reducing current food stamp spending projections by $1.6 billion a year, four times the amount of cuts incorporated in the five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm [...]

CBS Confirms the Roberts Switch on the ACA Ruling

By: Monday July 2, 2012 8:15 am

The story that has everyone buzzing comes from Jan Crawford of CBS News, who writes that John Roberts did indeed switch his vote on the Affordable Care Act ruling at the last minute, much to the chagrin of the Court’s conservative wing: Chief Justice John Roberts initially sided with the Supreme Court’s four conservative justices [...]

CFPB Sued Over Recess Appointment Issue

By: Friday June 22, 2012 1:43 pm

I’ve been expecting a lawsuit somewhere down the road related to the President’s recess appointments from late last year. At some point, either the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or the National Labor Relations Board were bound to issue a ruling that the subjects affected didn’t like, and they would resort to claiming that the recess [...]

Conservative Activists Shut Down Talk of Keeping Parts of Obamacare Within 30 Minutes

By: Friday May 18, 2012 1:35 pm

I’ve been on quite a few listservs in my career, including ones that were supposed to wield supreme influence. But I can assure you that I’ve never been involved with any listserv as effective as this. Basically, within 30 minutes of a story in Politico about how House Republicans may try to reinstate parts of [...]

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