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Tea Party Express to Hell: Charity/Super PAC Pretends to Send Care Packages to Soldiers, While Actually Fundraising

Tea Party Express to Hell: Charity/Super PAC Pretends to Send Care Packages to Soldiers, While Actually Fundraising
In an exclusive for the Daily Beast, ProPublica writer Kim Barker exposes the “pro-troop” charity Move America Forward for misusing donations collected under the auspices of sending soldiers care packages. After adopting a battalion, the Marines of Geronimo, the group started a fundraising drive claiming the care packages sent to the soldiers in Afghanistan might be “the only mail they will receive all year.” The truth? Those Marines were stationed in Japan and the money was instead funneled to the dark money machine that runs the Tea Party.
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Republican House Report on Benghazi Discovers...No Wrongdoing, No Scandal

Republican House Report on Benghazi Discovers...No Wrongdoing, No Scandal
Sorry Benghazi conspiracy theorists! The GOP House Intelligence Committee's Benghazi report found that there is no Benghazi scandal and they discovered no wrongdoing on the part of the Obama administration. Still, it's all his fault.
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Obama Well Behind Dubya When it Comes to Executive Orders

Obama Well Behind Dubya When it Comes to Executive Orders
The current controversy over President Barack Obama’s use of executive orders has many Republicans steamed and Democrats on the defensive. But has the President really issued more orders that his predecessors?
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Republicans Can't Even Say Happy Birthday Without Being Jerks

Republicans Can't Even Say Happy Birthday Without Being Jerks
Is wishing someone a simple "happy birthday" too much civility now? Apparently it is for the RNC. From their email list: "Next week is President Obama's birthday. Democrats are asking you to sign a card, but we have a better idea. Let's send him THE CONSTITUTION."
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Lobbyists Bidding to Block Government Regs Set Sights on Secretive White House Office

Lobbyists Bidding to Block Government Regs Set Sights on Secretive White House Office
OIRA operates largely in secret, exempt from most requests under the Freedom of Information Act. It routinely declines to release the changes it has proposed, the evidence it has relied upon to make them, or the identities and affiliations of White House advisers and other agencies' staff it has consulted. OIRA doesn't even disclose the names and credentials of its employees other than its two most senior officials. Maybe that's why you've never heard of OIRA.
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Heather Rogers
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CIA to Congress: Oops, Maybe We Did Spy on You a Little Bit

CIA to Congress: Oops, Maybe We Did Spy on You a Little Bit
The CIA admits that it actually did spy on Congress, hacking Senate Intelligence Committee files and filing a bogus report to the Justice Department.
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Uncertainty of Infrastructure Funding Keeps States from Hiring, as Congress Drags Its Feet Again

Uncertainty of Infrastructure Funding Keeps States from Hiring, as Congress Drags Its Feet Again
The Senate is set to take up legislation to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments. The House passed a $10.8 billion bill last week that would pay for highway and transit aid through the end of May 2015 if transportation spending is maintained at current levels.
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Joan Lowy
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Michael Bloomberg Lays SMACKDOWN on Conspiracy-Floating Wolf Blitzer

During an interview with Wolf Blitzer, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg exploded when asked whether the FAA's Israel travel advisory.
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Swinging the Swing State: Working Class Whites Now Less Than 50% of Voters in Ohio

Swinging the Swing State: Working Class Whites Now Less Than 50% of Voters in Ohio
For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc. Nationwide, working-class whites are more likely to be socially conservative, less optimistic about their futures and skeptical of big government. But in Ohio, the group has been much more politically divided: encompassing deeply religious, GOP-leaning conservatives in rural areas as well as unionized blue-collar Democrats in cities.
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Sen Elizabeth Warren Has Some Fighting Words

Sen Elizabeth Warren Has Some Fighting Words
Senator Elizabeth Warren recently laid out 11 core progressive values in a powerful speech at Netroots Nations. Watch the video on the flip, in which the senator explains how these principles are fundamentally American — and something we should be fighting to support.
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