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Democratic Congressman Wants Federal Investigation Into ALEC-Backed Laws 16.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The ranking member of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation wants the Department of Interior's inspector general to determine whether laws pushed by conservative groups are undermining the agency's work. Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) sent a letter to DOI acting Inspector General Mary Kendall Wednesday asking about this issue in the wake of a standoff in Nevada between militiamen and officials from the DOI's Bureau of Land Management. Rancher Cliven Bundy has refused for years to pay grazing fees for his use of federal lands, saying he does not recognize federal authority over public lands in the state. The issue came to a head last week when BLM officials seized hundreds of Bundy's cattle, and armed right-wing and anti-government groups flocked to the area for a showdown. Authorities then abandoned the cattle seizure , citing "serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public." Grijalva asked Kendall to look at what role ...
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Mike Rogers Endorses Lawmaker Known For Government Shutdowns To Succeed Him 8.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Before announcing last month he would retire from the House of Representatives to launch a national radio show , Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) became a popular figure on talk shows as a national security hawk. On Monday, the soon-to-be broadcaster gave his blessing to another Michigan Republican named Mike who gearing up for a run at Rogers' 8th district seat: former state Senate Majority leader Mike Bishop. “Mike Bishop is the right conservative for the 8th District,” Rogers said, according to a press release. “Bishop will stand up to liberal policies of the Obama administration, just like he stood up and fought for us against the liberal policies of the Granholm administration.” Bishop has been blamed by many for a part in helping cause Michigan's brief government shutdowns in 2007 and 2009 under former governor Jennifer Granholm (D). After term limits forced him to leave the state Senate, Bishop, who is currently chief legal officer for International Bancard Corp. and an adjunct professor at the Thomas ...
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Mississippi Governor Signs Anti-Gay Bill 4.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signed a bill Thursday that supporters say will assure unfettered practice of religion without government interference but that opponents worry could lead to state-sanctioned discrimination against gays and lesbians. The bill, called the Mississippi Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will become law July 1. It also will add "In God We Trust" to the state seal. An early version of the bill, considered weeks ago, was similar to one Arizona's Republican governor, Jan Brewer, vetoed after business groups said it could hurt that state's economy. Supporters say the final Mississippi bill bears little resemblance to the failed Arizona measure. Outside the state Capitol on Thursday, more than 75 gay-rights supporters protested against the bill. Jeff White of Waveland, a founder of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Lesbian and Gay Community Center, said as someone who is gay and Jewish, he worries such a new law could make him more vulnerable to unfair treatment. "It's ...
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Sarah Palin Campaigns For Republican Hopeful In Georgia's Senate Race 4.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
UNION CITY, Ga. (AP) — The hotly contested Senate race in Georgia was all about the political power of women Thursday, with Sarah Palin defending GOP hopeful Karen Handel against dismissive remarks by a male rival and Handel arguing that she'd nullify any Republican war-on-women talk by Democrats in the high-stakes November election. "I would really love to see (Democratic hopeful) Michelle Nunn drop the 'war on women' on me," Handel said to big applause at a luncheon with Palin for a county Republican women's group. Handel gained notoriety as the former Susan G. Komen for the Cure executive at the center of a public outcry over the breast cancer charity's decision, later reversed, to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood. But Nunn, the likely Democratic nominee, has so far steered clear of the theme that proved effective for Democrats in 2012. In her first ad, released Thursday, Nunn instead appealed to Georgia's independent voters by touting her leadership in the nonprofit Points of Light Foundation ...
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Sarah Palin: Paul Ryan's Budget Is 'The Definition Of Insanity' 2.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hammered Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) newest budget proposal in a Facebook post Tuesday, mocking the House Budget Committee Chairman’s proposal as a "joke." “The latest Ryan (R, Wisconsin) Budget is not an April Fool’s joke," she wrote. "But it really IS a joke because it is STILL not seeing the problem." Ryan's proposal, unveiled Tuesday, would slash $5.1 trillion in federal spending over the next decade through steep cuts to numerous social programs, including food stamps, Medicaid and pensions for federal workers. Palin, however, characterized Ryan’s Republican budget plan as a weak attempt to address wasteful government spending. “[I]nstead of speculating years out that some future Congress and White House may possibly, hopefully, eh-who-knows, take responsibility for today’s budgetary selfishness and shortsightedness to do so. THIS is the definition of insanity,” Palin wrote. "As my Dad would say after these April Fool’s announcements, 'This would kill a ...
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Rep. Dave Camp Gave This 'Congress' Thing His Best Shot, But He's Done 1.4.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Is there even much of a point to being a member of Congress anymore, if you're nominally committed to public service? Probably not, and now Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) has decided to consciously uncouple himself from his 23-year career in the House of Representatives. According to reports broken nearly simultaneously by The Washington Post and Politico , Camp has elected to not seek reelection in 2014, becoming the fourth high-profile Michigan lawmaker (along with Reps. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and John Dingell (D-Mich.) as well as Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.)) to opt-out of continuing their careers in Washington. The Post reports that "Camp’s retirement was expected by many inside the Capitol" -- expectations that became salient Monday morning after Politico noted that Camp had not yet filed for reelection . Camp, the chair of the House Ways And Means Committee, was not eligible to return to that post in the next Congress, owing to House Republican Caucus term limits for committee chairs. As Politico now reports ...
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Sentencing Set For Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, Man Who Shot At White House 31.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — An Idaho man who pleaded guilty to shooting at and hitting the White House is set to be sentenced.

Prosecutors say Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez should spend 27 years in prison for the 2011 shooting. His sentencing is scheduled for Monday afternoon. No one was injured, but prosecutors say Ortega-Hernandez hit the executive mansion about eight times and did nearly $100,000 in damage.

Ortega-Hernandez's lawyers say he was suffering from extreme depression and mental stress at the time of the shooting and was under the misguided belief that Armageddon was coming. They argue the 23-year-old should only spend 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors initially charged Ortega-Hernandez with attempting to assassinate President Barack Obama but agreed to drop the charge as part of a plea deal in 2013.
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Sarah Palin Endorses GOP Candidate With Controversial Planned Parenthood Past 27.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sarah Palin Endorses GOP Candidate With Controversial Planned Parenthood Past
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The Cost of Empire, in Ukraine and At Home 25.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The Cost of Empire, in Ukraine and At Home
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Tom Cotton Argued Against The Campaign Dark Money Now Aiding Him In Arkansas 25.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Tom Cotton Argued Against The Campaign Dark Money Now Aiding Him In Arkansas
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House Republicans Push Bill Curbing Obama's Ability To Designate National Monuments 25.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
House Republicans Push Bill Curbing Obama's Ability To Designate National Monuments
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The Audacity of Common Sense: Progressive Caucus’ ‘Better Off Budget’ 13.3.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Robert Borosage

Budgets are numbing – grist for geeks, not citizens. The Congressional Progressive Caucus annual budget proposal – the Better Off Budget – is no exception, detailing row after row of numeric projections.

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Common Sense Takes Courage: The CPC Budget 12.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Common Sense Takes Courage: The CPC Budget
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NAFTA Report Warns Of Trade Deal Environmental Disasters 11.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NAFTA Report Warns Of Trade Deal Environmental Disasters
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House Republicans Fighting What They Call Obama's 'War On Coal' 6.3.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
House Republicans Fighting What They Call Obama's 'War On Coal'
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Sarah Palin Relishes Her Vladimir Putin 'Told-Ya-So' Moment 1.3.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sarah Palin Relishes Her Vladimir Putin 'Told-Ya-So' Moment
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Hey, Let's Stop Being Idiots, Okay? 28.2.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Hey, Let's Stop Being Idiots, Okay?
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Georgia, Mississippi Pull Bills Mirroring Arizona Anti-Gay Legislation 28.2.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Georgia, Mississippi Pull Bills Mirroring Arizona Anti-Gay Legislation
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Headlines for February 27, 2014 27.2.2014 Democracy Now!
Arizona Governor Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill; Judge Strikes Down Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Pro-Russia Gunmen Seize Parliament in Ukraine's Crimea, Interim Ukrainian PM Favored by U.S. Diplomat in Leaked Tape, Venezuelan President Holds Peace Conference; Intelligence Agents Arrested for Protest Deaths, Report: Israeli Soldiers Killing Palestinians with Impunity, Cuban 5 Member Fernando Gonzalez to Be Released from Prison, Probe Finds No Conflict-of-Interest Violation in Keystone XL Report; Mass Civil Disobedience Planned, Concerns Raised over Transport of Bakken Shale Oil, Coal Mine Fire in Australia Could Burn for Months, At Senate Hearing, Former Prisoner Calls Solitary Confinement Torture, Massachusetts Issues Temporary Ban on Shackling of Prisoners in Labor, Probe Finds Credit Suisse Aided Tax Evasion by Wealthy U.S. Clients, Rallies Mark 2-Year Anniversary of Trayvon Martin's Death, No Charges for Police in Michigan Who Shot Homeless Man Accused of Stealing Coffee
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Al Melvin Claims He's 'Never' Witnessed Discrimination In Arizona, Ever 25.2.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Al Melvin Claims He's 'Never' Witnessed Discrimination In Arizona, Ever
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