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11:58 AM, March 20th, 2012

Frontpage: Tuesday, Mar 20th

  1. Grand Jury to Hear Trayvon Martin CaseA grand jury will hear the Trayvon Martin case on April 10, the Florida Attorney General announced on Tuesday. Norm Wolfinger said that the state will use the grand jury “investigative resources” to figure out if criminal charges should be filed in the death of the 17-year-old. 
  2. Syrian Opposition Accused of Abuse: Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said the Syrian opposition has taken part in abuses that include kidnapping, detention, and torture of Syrian security-force members. Sarah Leah Wilson, the New York–based group’s Middle Eastern director, said the Syrian government’s “brutal tactics” do not justify the alleged abuses by the opposition groups.
  3. Romney Faces ‘Must-Win’ in IllinoisIt might not be Super Tuesday, but this Tuesday could be crucial to Mitt Romney. The Republican candidates face off in Illinois on Tuesday, with 54 delegates at stake—a victory Romney desperately needs after being pounded last week in Alabama and Mississippi.
  4. House GOP to Release Debt Plan: House Republicans will release their $261 billion deficit-reduction plan on Tuesday, with a focus on tax cuts. The plan, written by Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan, would simplify the tax code by collapsing the current system of six tax brackets down to two marginal rates, Republican aides said Monday. 
  5. At least 39 Killed in Iraq BlastsAt least 39 people were killed and 188 injured in a series of car bombings throughout Iraq on Tuesday, hospital sources told MSNBC. The deadliest attack occurred in the Shiite Muslim holy city of Kerbala, where a health-department spokesman said 13 were killed and 48 people were injured in two explosions.

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Photo: Brazilian Olympics team member Cesar Castro trains for the upcoming games in London. (SERGIO MORAES)

1:35 PM, February 14th, 2012

First, the Republican hypocrisy. I hope you are aware by now that they don’t actually care about deficits. They just care about money being spent on things they don’t like, which outside of overpriced ships the Navy probably doesn’t need and more reinforced steel for the border fence includes pretty much everything. If, say, instead of seeking to spend more money for transportation, Barack Obama had proposed cutting the top marginal tax rate down to 8 percent, well, that would have had a completely disastrous impact on future deficits. But you wouldn’t have seen Republicans complaining about that, because the rich deserve more of their money back.

Michael Tomasky thinks the GOP has a hypocrisy problem when it comes to the deficit

2:00 PM, November 17th, 2011

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Our new infographic takes a look at the impact the GOP’s proposed Balanced Budget Amendment could have on you. Scheduled for a vote this week and endorsed by Mitt Romney and his fellow Republican candidates, the amendment could force cuts in everything from education and Medicare to nutrition and health programs for at-risk children. 

Reblogged from Organizing for Action
10:16 AM, June 13th, 2011
1:29 PM, April 15th, 2011
This is the same guy that voted for two wars that were unpaid for, voted for the Bush tax cuts that were unpaid for, voted for the prescription drug bill that cost as much as my health care bill — but wasn’t paid for.
President Obama, uncensored, on House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan

(Source: blogs.abcnews.com)

5:49 PM, April 14th, 2011

Comment of the Day

In response to Peter Beinart’s statement that, “Americans know that China is doing well, in some ways better than us. They’re afraid and a little envious—and Obama played into that,” a reader responds: 

Envious of what? China? Give me an f’n break, I live in the greatest country ever, The U.S.A. and if anyone’s envious, its people are envious of me!!

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5:44 PM, April 8th, 2011

Members of the armed forces express their discontent over the looming government shutdown. 

3:02 PM, April 7th, 2011
Well, I don’t know if we’re checkmating. But we’re trying — we’re trying to score a victory for the Republican people, for — for the American — for the Republican people — trying to score a victory for the American people, not for the Republican Party.
Mike Pence, on a possible government shutdown, via Andrew Sullivan’s blog.
3:31 PM, April 5th, 2011
The speaker apparently didn’t want our team involved in that discussion. That’s fine. If they can sort it out, then we’ve got more than enough to do. If they can’t sort it out then, I want them back here tomorrow. But it would be inexcusable for us to not be able to take care of last year’s business.
Barack Obama, who is done beating around the bush when it comes to budgetary negotiations.

(Source: politico.com)

8:25 AM, February 18th, 2011
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Fleeing Wisconsin Democrat posts amusing update on Facebook: You know how a bunch of Wisconsin Democrats just fled the state in order to thwart the Governor’s anti-union bill? Well, one of them just posted this on her Facebook. We like your style, Lena. source
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Good one. Without at least one Democrat present, Republicans can’t vote on the controversial bill to cut benefits, and Dems are hoping the last-ditch strategy will bring the GOP back to the bargaining table.

shortformblog:

Fleeing Wisconsin Democrat posts amusing update on Facebook: You know how a bunch of Wisconsin Democrats just fled the state in order to thwart the Governor’s anti-union bill? Well, one of them just posted this on her Facebook. We like your style, Lena. source

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Good one. Without at least one Democrat present, Republicans can’t vote on the controversial bill to cut benefits, and Dems are hoping the last-ditch strategy will bring the GOP back to the bargaining table.

Reblogged from ShortFormBlog
4:26 PM, February 14th, 2011
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