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GOP Transport Bill Guts Innovation and Alternatives While Subsidizing Same Ol Same Ol

GOP Transport Bill Guts Innovation and Alternatives While Subsidizing Same Ol Same Ol
The White House transport proposal, which put forward a $302 billion four-year surface transportation authorization, ups the current level of spending by $20 billion per year. With respect to rail funding, it proposed reorganizing intercity passenger rail funding into Current Rail Service and Rail Service Improvement programs, merging the Amtrak funding which was authorized in FY 2013 and 2014 with the Higher Speed / High Performance rail program which was zeroed out in the funding that passed Congress.
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Castrated Pig in Lipstick: Iowa Senate Candidate Tries to Out-Palin Sarah Palin

Castrated Pig in Lipstick: Iowa Senate Candidate Tries to Out-Palin Sarah Palin
Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst — whom you may remember as the woman with the campaign ad lauding how she castrates pigs — has a new guns, leather and Obamacare ad. Is she trying to be the next Sarah Palin or what?
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Senator Wants to Be Productive, Keeps 'Options Open' for Return to State House

Senator Wants to Be Productive, Keeps 'Options Open' for Return to State House
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin said Sunday he's keeping "all options open" on whether to seek the governor's office in 2016 or remain in the Senate, where he has expressed frustration with partisanship and gridlock. Manchin, a Democrat, said his time as governor was the most productive period in his life but he hasn't felt the same way since his election to the Senate in 2010 to finish the term of the late Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd.
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Ken Thomas
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Commander in LOL: Obama Targets CNN and Fox, Cliven Bundy and More at Correspondents Dinner

Commander in LOL: Obama Targets CNN and Fox, Cliven Bundy and More at Correspondents Dinner
President Obama at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. May 3, 2014. As he always does at this annual event, the man proves he has jokes. Targets include: CNN, MSNBC, health care roll out, the Koch Brothers and, of course, "Fox & Friends."
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Where Does Pfizer Spend Its Money on Capitol Hill?

Where Does Pfizer Spend Its Money on Capitol Hill?
As Pfizer looks across the Atlantic in a renewed bid to acquire United Kingdom-based AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical giant has its eye on the billions of dollars it could save in taxes if the deal goes through. On Capitol Hill, the company has worked to exercise its considerable influence on the issue of corporate taxation and tax reform.
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GOP Congressman Gives Away the Game on Benghazi

GOP Congressman Gives Away the Game on Benghazi
The GOP’s latest Benghazi “smoking gun” has already fallen apart, but that hasn’t stopped Republican politicians from pushing the myth that the White House altered talking points about the Benghazi attack in order to shield the Obama administration from political damage.
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Defense Cuts Aren't Shrinking Northrop Grumman's Political Giving

Defense Cuts Aren't Shrinking Northrop Grumman's Political Giving
The end of two wars, the sequester and deep cuts in military spending proposed by the Obama administration have threatened profits for defense contractor Northrop Grumman, but cuts haven’t hurt the company’s cash flow into Washington.
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TX Congressman Faces Ethics Inquiry Over Campaign Finances

TX Congressman Faces Ethics Inquiry Over Campaign Finances
Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, is the subject of a congressional ethics inquiry that has moved to House Committee on Ethics, according to a press release on his congressional website. From the congressman: "My office is aware of and is cooperating fully with the Ethics Committee’s preliminary inquiry into an FEC reporting error."
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Report on CIA Interrogations Shadows Gitmo Trials

Report on CIA Interrogations Shadows Gitmo Trials
The Senate's forthcoming report on the CIA's use of harsh interrogation techniques could add to the legal complications facing the long-delayed U.S. military tribunals of terrorist suspects at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. The Obama administration is removing or censoring national security secrets in the Senate report, a declassification process that will involve the Pentagon as well as spy agency officials.
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Ben Fox and Stephen Braun
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McCutcheon and Dred Scott: Supreme Corruption in the Court of Law

McCutcheon and Dred Scott: Supreme Corruption in the Court of Law
It is more than just an "appearance of corruption" that troubles today's Supreme Court. With its recent decisions that gutted the regulation of campaign finance, the majority on the Roberts Court has shown itself a partisan combatant on the side of a most dangerously corrupt form of injustice.
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