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User: newstrust Topic: Politics
Category: Democratic Party :: Blue Dogs
Last updated: Dec 19 2018 20:47 IST RSS 2.0
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'GloboHomo Agenda': UW College Republicans Demand GOP Stop Embracing LGBT Community 30.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Democrat and GOP state officials denounced a UW College Republicans tweet and the group president's warnings that conservatives—including President Donald Trump—are embracing the "cosmopolitan, GloboHomo agenda" of the left.
GOP Rep Compares Trump Budget Deal to Batman's Joker Lighting Money on Fire 23.7.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
A GOP congressman compared Trump's "budget deal" to Batman's The Joker character pouring gasoline on a tower of money before lighting it on fire.
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‘Avengers’ Star Chris Pratt Called ‘Bigot’ For ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ T-Shirt 17.7.2019 NewsBusters
Chris Pratt has gotten himself into some hot water in the last couple of days for wearing the classic Gadsden “Don’t Tread on Me” flag T-shirt. It’s racist, don’t ya know, having been adopted by Idaho Hitler Youth groups and Waffen SS sewing circles. But then again, some portion of Americans are dumb enough to let Colin “Pig Socks” Kaepernick tell them the Betsy Ross flag symbolizes slavery. Why not go down this rabbit hole ...
Voters Don’t Want Democrats to Be Moderates. Pelosi Should Take the Hint. 13.7.2019 Truthout.com
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should be attacking Trump, not AOC.
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Twitter goes down worldwide ahead of Trump’s social media summit 12.7.2019 Raw Story
Twitter on Thursday went down around the world, shortly before President Donald Trump was set to speak at a White House summit on social media. People who tried to use the website encountered an error, reading: “Something is technically wrong. Thanks for noticing—we’re going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon.” […]
Conservatives scramble to spin new economic analysis that shows clear benefits of minimum wage increase 12.7.2019 Raw Story
Ever since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the United States’ first national minimum wage in 1938, there have been Republicans and fiscal conservatives insisting that minimum wages are a job killer. FDR, however, told Republicans to relax — a mandatory 25 cents per hour wouldn’t destroy the U.S. economy or hamper the success of his […]
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Mexico’s finance minister quits abruptly, sending peso tumbling 10.7.2019 Los Angeles Times - Living Green

Mexico's finance secretary abruptly resigned Tuesday over disagreements with the left-wing government of President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, which he accused of fiscal “extremism.”

The unexpected departure of Carlos Urzua seven months into Lopez Obrador’s presidency sent stocks and the peso...

Climate Deniers Beware: A Tsunami of Public Opinion is Coming to Wipe You Out | Opinion 17.6.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
Younger Americans are not just concerned about climate change; they are angry. Just wait and see what happens as more of them get the vote.
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AOC Rips Conservative Democrats For Acting ‘Like the Tea Party' 9.5.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
“And I drink coffee," Ocasio-Cortez said in response to being labeled as part of the "Herbal Tea Party."
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Discovery of Alien Life Now Seems Inevitable 29.4.2019 Newsweek Top Stories
The ancient question "Are we alone?" has graduated from being a philosophical musing to a testable hypothesis. We should be prepared for an answer.
Maine's Paul LePage Found To Have Booked 40 Rooms At Trump's Hotel 17.2.2019 Crooks Liars
After nearly two years after initially filing a Freedom of Information request, the Portland Press Herald finds out where and how much taxpayer money former Governor Paul LePage was spending at Trump's hotels. The numbers were staggering, of course. In total, LePage had spent over $170,000 of taxpayer money in his last two years in office. By contrast, the previous governor, John Baldacci, a Democrat, had spent just $9,524. 'Fiscal conservatives,' my ass. Source: Portland Press Herald AUGUSTA — Former Gov. Paul LePage and his staff members paid for more than 40 rooms at Washington, D.C.’s Trump International Hotel during a two-year period, spending at least $22,000 in Maine taxpayer money at a business owned by the president’s ...
Devin Nunes And Jim Costa Beware-- Blue America's On The Road Again 2.2.2019 Crooks Liars
The tweet below, (complete with a picture of the truck, THANKS RORY!) was sent by Rory Appleton, a political reporter for the Fresno Bee, the most-read newspaper in both Nunes' and Costa's districts, respectively CA-22 and CA-16. Both members are extremely conservative, though Nunes is a Republican and Costa is a mangy Blue Dog Democrat. Blue America's specific reason for the mobile billboard-- written by Digby, designed by Bill Mahaney-- was to draw attention to the two of them voting to continue U.S.-supported bombing in ...
Trump Presidency Reveals The GOP's Craven Opportunism 13.1.2019 Crooks Liars
Donald Trump is a lying, grifting, ignorant, drug-abusing, cheating, amoral conman with ties to both domestic and international mobsters. That's all in the public record. And yet to evangelical leaders, he's a great man, a Christian and someone to be followed unquestioningly. To fiscal conservatives, he's leading the country and improving the economy as his economic agenda pushes the deficit on track to exceed $1 trillion . To the libertarian/tea party Freedom Caucus who fearmongered a military eminent domain takeover with Jade Helm under Obama, they are now cheering Trump's plan to use those very tactics to build a wall along the Mexican border. Freedom Caucus chairman supporting asset forfeiture or declaration of national emergency to fund the border wall: ...
The Green New Deal Is Really Popular—Even Among Republicans 19.12.2018 Mother Jones
This story was originally published by HuffPost. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The Green New Deal is the most popular policy hardly anyone has heard of yet. Eighty-two percent of Americans say they have heard “nothing at all” about the sweeping proposal to generate 100 percent of the nation’s electricity from clean sources […]
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The Democrats Are Being Pulled Both to the Left and to the Center 13.12.2018 American Prospect
David Guralnick/Detroit News via AP Gretchen Whitmer gives her acceptance speech after being elected the next governor of Michigan, in Detroit.  Are the Democrats, as so many people believe, moving left, or are they gravitating to the center? Actually, the results of this year’s primary and general elections show there is movement in both directions, setting the party up for future conflicts. Let’s look at the congressional results. Perry Bacon, Jr. at  FiveThirtyEight  makes the case that the Democrats are moving left by comparing their House membership in 2010, the last time they controlled the chamber, to their incoming membership. Eight years ago, the Progressive Caucus had 80 members, while the Blue Dog Coalition, the most conservative Democrats, had 54. But in 2019, according to Bacon, the Progressive Caucus will rise to 96, while the Blue Dogs will number only 24. By that measure, the House Democrats have moved sharply to the left. The picture looks different, however, if we compare the ...
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Charlie Baker Can’t Have It Both Ways 27.10.2018 American Prospect
(Meredith Nierman/WGBH-TV via AP) Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker Faces Democratic challenger Jay Gonzalez during a debate on October 17, 2018, in Boston. If moderate Republicans ever coalesce around a standard-bearer determined to draw a bright line between Trumpism and difficult issues on which people of good will can disagree, that person could emerge as an important force in a country in dire need of healing and leadership. Governor Charlie Baker could have been a contender for such a spot. Running for a second term, the Massachusetts Republican has bipartisan appeal in a Democratic state that likes its Republicans reasonable. On the national scene, the former health-insurance industry executive emerged as a behind-the-scenes point-person, working with other governors to protect the Affordable Care Act. Bay State voters also have long supported fiscal conservatives/social liberals like Baker to serve as a counterbalance to the state legislature’s longstanding Democratic supermajority. But ...
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Sunday KavaNO Toons 23.9.2018 BradBlog
Three Senators who served on the Judiciary Committee in 1991, and heard the testimony of Dr. Anita Hill during the confirmation hearings for Justice Clarence Thomas, serve on it today. Can you name the third without looking? Hint: he's not a Republican. Thomas was confirmed 52-48 by the Senate in ...
Yes, Democrats Need to Run Left -- on Economics 24.7.2018 American Prospect
AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana Senator Bernie Sanders with Maryland gubernatorial candidate Ben Jealous at a campaign rally in Silver Spring Have you noticed the irritating spate of articles in the mainstream press expressing alarm that the Democratic Party may be moving too far to the left? This has  become a trope among commentators.  The  lead piece  in Sunday’s New York Times, for instance, is headlined, “Democrats Brace as Storm Brews to Their Left.” So right from the headline, the progressive energy that is bringing new people into politics and challenging Republican incumbents is condemned as some kind of threat to “Democrats.” The reporter, Alexander Burns, goes on to quote party leaders warning of the possible ill-effects: “‘There are a lot of moderate and even conservative Democrats in Michigan,’ Mr. Brewer (the former state party chair) cautioned.” Note the use of the loaded verb, cautioned. This is a classic sort of piece in which the writer has a point of view that he wants to get across, but as ...
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Two Women Leave GOP Over Policy GOP Has Espoused 38 Years 26.6.2018 Outside the Beltway
A Republican organization dedicated to abortion rights is shutting down after 30 years, eight fewer than the Party has opposed them.
Have Democrats Moved Too Far to the Center? 10.6.2018 Outside the Beltway
Has the party paid too big a price to attract suburban voters?
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