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GOP Senator DeMint Resigning to Run Heritage Foundation

Conservative Republican Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina has announced that he will leave the Senate in January to become president of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative research group. DeMint was an instrumental force in the tea party movement.
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John Boehner Moves to the Middle, Obama Says the Proposal is 'Out of Balance'

John Boehner has presented his fiscal cliff proposal. Democrats are mocking it. Obama has called it "out of balance."
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Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer Agrees with Cutting Social Security

Remember a few weeks ago when Sam Seder was happy that Nancy Pelosi was going to remain the leader of the Democrats in the House? It was for good reason. Corporatist Blue Dog Democrat Steny Hoyer is out there right now saying he wants benefit cuts. Steny Hoyer is the No. 2 Dem in the House.
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Tea Party Group Chief Quits, Cites Internal Split

Former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey has left a conservative tea party group, FreedomWorks, under a secret deal that will pay him $8 million.
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Obama's Favorability Continues to Rise Among Israeli Jews

The Brookings Institution and the University of Maryland conducted a poll of Israeli Jews and found that President Barack Obama's favorability now sits at 62 percent. Last year's survey found that Obama's favorability was at 54 percent. Further, this year's survey found that Obama passed German Chancellor Angela Merkel as the most admired foreign leader.
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Senator Mitch McConnell Accumulated $24 Million in Six Years

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was a point person once the stimulus moved to the Senate. When it looked like it was in jeopardy, Paulson worked the phones to salvage the deal.
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One Scott Walker Aide Headed to Jail for Six Months, Another Could Face 14 Years


A former aide to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Tim Russell,
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The Heritage Claim: Dismantled

House Speaker Boehner and Senate Minority leader each claimed this week that higher taxes on the wealthy will cause the "job creators" to cut jobs and "hurt growth." The Heritage Foundation makes specific claims about how this will happen. Let's take a look.
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Step Aside Ken Cuccinelli, Bill Bolling is Actually More Conservative

Comparing these ratings, it looks like Bolling was actually a bit more right wing than Cuccinelli while in the General Assembly in a number of areas.
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Susan Rice and John Kerry Contend for Secretary of State Role in the Obama Administration

I've been trying to figure out why John McCain, Lindsey Graham and several other Republican senators are piling on Susan Rice, UN ambassador, for her role as spokesperson for the administration on the Benghazi September 11 attack. There is no reasonable evidence for their ridiculous attacks, but maybe there's a political motive.
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