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GOP Obergruppenführer Reince Priebus laughingly claims Paul Ryan’s budget proves Republicans aren’t grandstanding

Monday, June 03, 2013

Priebus: Paul Ryan’s budget proves Republicans aren’t grandstanding (via Raw Story )

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said on Sunday that by passing Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) budget to slash the size of government and shift Medicare into a voucher system, the party had proved that it was not grandstanding or obstructing President Barack Obama. At a fundraiser in…


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Blackburn opposes equal pay laws because women just want to be ‘recognized’

Blackburn opposes equal pay laws because women just want to be ‘recognized’ (via Raw Story )

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) on Sunday said that Washington should stay out of the business of ensuring equal pay because “what women want” is just to be “recognized.” During a panel discussion on NBC about a recent Pew report that found women had become the primary source of income in 40 percent…


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Atheist group sues California city over ‘divisively religious’ memorial

Atheist group sues California city over ‘divisively religious’ memorial (via Raw Story )

An organization that promotes secularism has sued a city in California in hopes of blocking the construction of a religiously-themed veterans memorial. In their lawsuit, the American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center said the memorial violated the separation of church and state…


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CNN host shoots down Issa’s claim that IRS ‘rogue’ agents were ‘ordered from Washington’

CNN host shoots down Issa’s claim that IRS ‘rogue’ agents were ‘ordered from Washington’ (via Raw Story )

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) on Sunday was unable to produce evidence to back up his claim that so-called “rogue” agents at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) were “directly being ordered from Washington” to target tea party groups. “As late as last week the…


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Minnesota pro-marriage equality church vandalized with religious hate speech

Minnesota pro-marriage equality church vandalized with religious hate speech (via Raw Story )

A Minnesota church with a history of supporting equal marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples was vandalized with religious hate speech over the weekend. Members arrived at the Pilgrims United Church of Christ in Maple Grove on Sunday to find homophobic graffiti and eggs thrown at the building’…


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Screeching Howler Monkey Laura Ingraham: ‘Iraq is in flames today’ because of Clinton’s no-fly zone

Ingraham: ‘Iraq is in flames today’ because of Clinton’s no-fly zone (via Raw Story )

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Sunday suggested the no-fly zone President Bill Clinton imposed on Iraq had left the country “in flames today.” During a panel discussion on Fox News Sunday, Ingraham disagreed with Republicans who wanted to intervene in Syria and recalled that “we thought…


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Bradley Manning goes on trial over WikiLeaks disclosures

US soldier goes on trial over WikiLeaks disclosures (via AFP)

The long-awaited trial stemming from the biggest leak of classified information in US history began Monday, with Bradley Manning accused of feeding troves of secret files to WikiLeaks. In his first statements at the court martial, Manning confirmed he pleads guilty to 10 charges but not the most serious…


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Wisconsin town to charge $114 fine for schoolyard bullying

Wisconsin town to charge $114 fine for schoolyard bullying (via Raw Story )

Parents in Madison, Wisconsin suburb of Monona will soon face fines if their kids are the subject of repeat complaints about schoolyard bullying, according to The Wisconsin State-Journal The local ordinance, passed by Monona officials on May 20, provides for a $114 fine within 90 days after a written…


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Al-Qaeda chief says attacks on US in 'everyone's reach'

Qaeda chief says attacks on US in 'everyone's reach' (via AFP)

Al-Qaeda's military chief in Yemen warned Americans in an audio message posted online Sunday that the Boston bombings revealed a fragile security as he urged Muslims to defend their religion. Qassim al-Rimi, the military chief of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, said making bombs such as the ones…


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Florida cop fired after dashcam shows him running over fleeing man

Florida cop fired after dashcam shows him running over fleeing man (via Raw Story )

A Florida cop was fired on Friday amid an investigation into the death of 38-year-old Marlon Brown, who police say was run over by a squad car last month as he fled an officer. Dashboard video taken from DeLand, Fla. Officer J.P. Harris’s car shows him pursuing Brown and running him down, according…


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Robert Gibbs: Darrell Issa made himself ‘the biggest joke in all of Washington’

Robert Gibbs: Darrell Issa made himself ‘the biggest joke in all of Washington’ (via Raw Story )

Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Monday blasted House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) as “the biggest joke in all of Washington” and said he should apologize for calling current White House Press Secretary Jay Carney a “paid liar.” Speaking to CNN on…


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Mental midget Tucker Carlson: Florida atheist monument ‘will be magnet for graffiti’

Tucker Carlson: Florida atheist monument ‘will be magnet for graffiti’ (via Raw Story )

Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Sunday predicted that Christians and other people in Florida would deface the first atheist monument to be placed on government property. In a news release last week, American Atheists President David Silverman explained that a 1,500-pound granite bench was being placed…


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New Jersey Sen. Lautenberg dies of pneumonia

New Jersey Sen. Lautenberg dies of pneumonia (via Raw Story )

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) died Monday morning of viral pneumonia, The Record reported. He was 89 years old. Lautenberg, who retired from office on February 15, had missed several votes due to health issues dating back to late 2012. Gov. Chris Christie (R) will determine his replacement. He was wheeled…


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Good Consumers, Bad Citizens

Good Consumers, Bad Citizens (via Moyers & Company)

A few days ago, I was listening to a radio talk show discussion of the bill passed on May 7 by the New York City Council, requiring some businesses to provide paid sick leave to employees. The first caller was indignant. “This bill is anti-consumer!” he bellowed because, he insisted, it would raise…


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Losing Hope in Detroit

Losing Hope in Detroit (via Moyers & Company)

Jobs. They are supposedly the foremost concern of every Democrat and every Republican, and they are certainly the greatest concern for the 20 percent of American workers who are unemployed or underemployed, and the millions of people who have dropped out of the labor force altogether. But you wouldn…


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