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Texas State Senators Call for Preservation of the DREAM Act

Texas State Senators Call for Preservation of the DREAM Act
Amid recent attempts to repeal the DREAM Act in Texas, eleven state senators are calling for the preservation of the legislation that offers in-state tuition to students who have lived in Texas for over three years regardless of immigration status. The law has been a popular target for repeal among Republicans.
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Republicans Have Done Real ($24B) Damage to the Economy

Republicans Have Done Real ($24B) Damage to the Economy
Republicans believe that a bad economy works for them at election time. The thinking is that the public will turn on Democrats for not making things better. So they do what they can to make the economy bad. Maybe they went too far this time. This hostage-taking episode has done real, serious, lasting damage to the economy on top of the ongoing damage Republicans have been doing. Will the public still blame Democrats, or will they finally see what is going on here?
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How the Shutdown Showdown Prepared Dems for Upcoming Battles Over Safety Nets

How the Shutdown Showdown Prepared Dems for Upcoming Battles Over Safety Nets
The Ted Cruz Republicans made a horrible mess of everything, and the country and the economy are far worse for the experience, but there is one clear victor out of all this — the Democrats. With upcoming battles over Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid on the horizon, Dems need to remember the lessons learned in the shutdown debacle.
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Mike Lux
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Debt Deal Settled (For Now), GOP Stymied on Several Key Fronts

Debt Deal Settled (For Now), GOP Stymied on Several Key Fronts
A deal to end the government shutdown and avoid default has been made. Here are just some of the things Republicans didn't get in the deal.
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Republican Crazy Talk About the Debt Ceiling and How Obama Can Save the Economy

Republican Crazy Talk About the Debt Ceiling and How Obama Can Save the Economy
While the Treasury Department could prioritize interest payments after October 17 — the day the Treasury Department says it no longer has legal authority to pay the nation’s debts — and not pay Social Security and Medicare, this would buy a few days at most. Meanwhile, interest rates will soar, stock prices will plummet, the global economy will begin spiraling downward, and millions of Americans wouldn’t receive their Social Security and Medicare.
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Robert Reich
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GOP Discovers What Government Does, Promptly Convenes ‘Imperial Congress’

GOP Discovers What Government Does, Promptly Convenes ‘Imperial Congress’
An insight seemed to strike Hill Republicans last week, if only briefly: Our government is made up of people helping other people. But don’t count on seeing a new era of conciliation or a new embrace of democratic processes. Instead, Republicans seemed to renew their commitment to the principle that only one branch of government — their branch – should control it. Call it the Imperial Congress.
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Richard RJ Eskow
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Bill Moyers' Open Letter to 'The People Who Hate Government So Much They've Shut It Down'

Bill Moyers' Open Letter to 'The People Who Hate Government So Much They've Shut It Down'
The ol' reliable Bill Moyers of PBS, on his namesake show 'Moyers & Company,' tore into the ineptitude and petty politics that have ground the government to a non-essential standstill. While he doesn't mince word about the flawed nature of the Affordable Care Act, his break down of the democratic breakdown is in-depth and succinct and available in video form after the jump.
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Obama to Troops: 'Congress Has Not Fulfilled Its Responsibility'

Obama to Troops: 'Congress Has Not Fulfilled Its Responsibility'
Ahead of this afternoon's address from the Rose Garden, President Obama delivered a YouTube message to the American military assuring them that they would still be paid in light of the government shutdown. Naturally, he wasn't too keen on Congress when speaking to the troops.
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Trying to Stick It to Obamacare, GOP Throws Women Under the Bus

Trying to Stick It to Obamacare, GOP Throws Women Under the Bus
In the continuing battle over funding for the Affordable Care Act, now focused on the contents of a Continuing Resolution necessary for the government to continue to run, women's healthcare has become the House GOP's new target. Because what is religious liberty if not the ability to impose your own religious beliefs on your employees' decisions about their bodies?
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State Department Audit: Benghazi Investigation Was Unbiased

State Department Audit: Benghazi Investigation Was Unbiased
A State Department audit found Wednesday that an investigation into last year's deadly attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was unbiased, countering claims from GOP members of Congress that it lacked independence. But the audit says weaknesses persist in how the State Department identifies threats overseas.
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Bradley Klapper
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