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Iowa Straw Poll On the Outs With GOP Establishment

In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the GOP should do to recover.
For Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, it starts with the smallest of actions: abandoning the state's now-infamous straw poll.
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9 More Iraq, Afghan War Veterans Joining Congress

As Tammy Duckworth sees it, her path to Congress began when she awoke in the fall of 2004 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. She was missing both of her legs and faced the prospect of losing her right arm.
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Obama Surprises Store Clerk In Asia

President Obama greets a man selling items in a market store during his 2012 Asia trip.
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The CA Vehicle License Fee and the Supermajority

If you ever wonder about the gaping hole in our budget that we've been trying to close for the last decade or so, there is one part of that larger pie that is bigger than the rest. That is the Vehicle License Fee. Back when Arnold Schwarzenegger was running in the recall election, it was dubbed simply the "car tax."
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Rick Perry Named Worst Candidate of 2012

Washington Post's widely-read political blog, The Fix, has given Rick Perry the undesirable Fixy Award for Worst Candidate of 2012.
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Lindsay Graham: 'GOP is in a Death Spiral!' Wonder Where He Got That From?

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham was on Meet the Press this past week to discuss the future of the GOP. While being completely wrong about why Mitt Romney and his party suffered such big losses, he did manage to take his one correct statement from a certain somebody.
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Tim Kaine at Tigercomm Clean Energy Forum on Combating Anti-Clean-Energy 'Theology'

In our first post on the Clean Energy Forum we held recently at Tigercomm, we noted that there's an aggressive, ongoing effort by the fossil fuel lobby to push clean energy policy into the culture wars (hat tip to J. Patrick Coolican of the Las Vegas Sun). How to combat this assault is a pressing question not just for those of us in the clean economy, but also for politicians who get the urgent - even existential - need for our country to develop abundant energy that's clean and cost-effective.
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Senate to Consider Bill Allowing Warrantless Access to Emails

Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) wants to give law enforcement unlimited access to our email without a warrant. After losing the fight on FISA back in 2007 which allowed warrantless wiretapping and with the elimination of habeaus corpus, this is yet another advance towards making the United States a police state.
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John Fugelsang's Caffeinated: White People v. The N-Word

The N-Word has caused no end of trouble in recent history. Are there any instances in when a white person can use it? John Fugelsang explains it all.
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A Grand Bargain or a Grand Uprising?

Right now in America, the Federal Reserve is buying up $40 billion a month in worthless mortgage-backed securities during what is known as QE3. In layman's terms, this means that a private banking cartel that owns our currency, unaccountable to any government agency, is forking over $40 billion a month to the same Wall Street bankers that wrecked our economy with risky bets on imaginary financial instruments.
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