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Means Testing for Social Security Won't Guarantee Solvency

The issue of sustainably of Social Security and Medicare — I fear that the word “entitlement” feeds into the frenzy — actually has little to do with greed and is largely a function of our uniquely inefficient system of health care delivery, as that’s from where our real long-term fiscal problems derive. And this goes well beyond the public sector — private sector health spending is also unsustainable and, unless we slow it down to a rate closer to overall economic growth, will eventually crowd out too much of the other things we want and need.
We can and should achieve solvency in Social Security, but sacrifices by baby boomers don’t get you very far, as I’ll show in a moment.
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Texas Senate Showdown: Cruz and Sadler Will Debate

Good news in the first days of the general election: Cruz will debate Sadler. On the night of the runoff, Sadler challenged Cruz to a debate - and Cruz accepted.
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Senators Demand that Justice Department Guard Against Contractors with Criminal Histories

According to a new report from its Inspector General, the Department of Justice has failed to take the necessary precautions to stop contractors with criminal histories from receiving federally funded work.
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Guns DO Kill People

I'm really tired of that NRA slogan. Guns DO kill. That's what they're for. They aren't a multi-purpose machine - they're a killing machine. And when they're in the hands of the unbalanced, they're going to be used for their sole purpose.
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Medicaid Expansion Would Save Lives in Missouri

Until now, the Medicaid debate has been about budgets and states' rights. But a statistical study by Harvard researchers in the New England Journal of Medicine found a 6 percent drop in the adult death rate in Arizona, Maine and New York, three states that have recently expanded coverage for low-income residents along the general lines of the federal health care law.
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Reminder: Voter ID is About Real People, With Real Stories of Being Denied the Right to Vote

If voter fraud was a real problem in Pennsylvania then perhaps Voter ID would make a sliver of sense, but it has already been proven that PA has never had a case of voter fraud. To undermine the voting rights of people like those who spoke at this hearing (and 9% of the state’s voters in total) is plain wrong.
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DARE to Make a Difference in Our Elections

Standing before his colleagues and the crowd in the sweltering August heat, Rep. Dennis Kucinich declared that while it hot outside, if we don’t act on campaign finance reform we were going to find ourselves “somewhere even hotter.”
Kuncinich’s warning of a proverbial Congressional-hell does not seem far off given our current campaign arena. Citizens United has opened the floodgates on unlimited spending from secret sources, and the time has come for decisive action to reclaim our democracy.
This past Wednesday, Democratic House members held a press conference on their DARE agenda. In addition to Kucinich, the group included House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Assistant Democratic Leader James Clyburn, House Democratic Caucus chair John Larson, DISCLOSE Act sponsor Chris Van Hollen, as well as Representatives John Sarbanes, James McGovern, Adam Schiff, and David Cicilline. In addition to Common Cause, organizations such as Public Campaign Action Fund, Public Citizens, and Americans for Campaign Reform came out to the press conference in support, and Nick Nyhart of Public Campaign spoke in praise of DARE.
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Despite Supreme Court Ruling, Many Minors May Stay in Prison for Life

When Dennis Epps learned in June that the Supreme Court had struck down mandatory life without parole sentences for kids convicted of murder, he was hopeful. His brother, David, was given such a sentence for home burglary-murder committed at 16 and has spent most of his 48 years behind bars.
"I was thinking he was going to get some kind of release, because he served 32 years on a life sentence," Epps told ProPublica.
But Epps's brother is unlikely going anywhere soon. A few weeks after the ruling, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad announced he would commute the life without parole sentences of 38 juvenile offenders, and make them eligible for parole after 60 years. David Epps would be in his mid-seventies when he could first be released.
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Like The Gipper, Mitt Loves Unions ... in Poland

It seems Mitt Romney has finally found a union he likes.
“Solidarity was a great movement that freed a nation,” the soon-to-be GOP presidential nominee gushed on his recent trip to Poland.
I guess Romney figures he won one for The Gipper. President Ronald Reagan, Romney’s hero, never missed a chance to brag on Solidarity, the gutsy, grassroots free trade union movement which toppled Poland’s infamous communist regime in the 1980s.
Reagan said Solidarity fought for “one of the most elemental human rights—the right to belong to a free trade union.” He also declared that the Solidarity workers "remind us that where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost."
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Michele Bachmann Endorses Gay Marriage Supporter for Congress

Michele Bachmann recently endorsed Karen Harrington , who is running for Congress against Debbie Wasserman-Schultz with the following statement: "We need to get the country back on track, I can think of no one better than Karen Harrington to come to Washington, and get the job done."
Ms. Harrington is a known supporter of gay marriage . In April 2011, she was announced as the Vice President of a gay activist group that supports gay marriage. Last year, she attended a gay wedding ceremony. She also marched in the Miami Gay Pride parade.
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