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The Hillary Years


Four years straight of Bengazi-Whitewater (courtesy of the GOPers in Congress).

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Words He Will Regret


Oh, oh! Speaker of the House Paul Ryan reacting to Obama's veto of the GOPer bill to repeal Obamacare (link):

“We have shown now that there is a clear path to repealing Obamacare without 60 votes in the Senate. So, next year, if we’re sending this bill to a Republican president, it will get signed into law,” Ryan continued.

Yeah, that's a real incentive to vote for a "Republican president". I wouldn't be surprised if the DNC had it already in a 30-second spot in preparation for next year.

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Someone Ask WBBM: Is Bill Foster an Extremist?


Interesting interview by WBBM's Craig Dellimore of outgoing Congresswoman Judy Biggert. Biggert went on and on about the moderates being replaced in Congress by radicals of both extremes. It might have been nice if Dellimore had asked her view on how much of a radical left-wing extremist her opponent was.

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9th Congressional District Kick Off Rally


The 9th Congressional District Dems held a kick-off rally in Evanston today. Great chance to see a whole bunch of old friends -- including Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky who's speaking to the audience way in the back of this photo.

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Go Tammy, Go!


From Tammy Duckworth's announcement that she's running for Congress in the newly minted IL-08:

It's time to tell John Boehner, Karl Rove and the tea party crowd that you can't balance the budget on the backs of seniors. You can't serve multi-national corporations first and American families last. And you won't build a better future for America by tearing down our economy brick by brick and shipping it overseas.

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Sense of Decency


Jonathan Chait speaking 'honestly' about the Ryan Budget:

Ryan's budget really is at odds with what most Americans would consider to be basic decency. Virtually every House Republican voted for it, and they deserve to face the consequences of it.

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Comforting News About the GOP


NPR's Mara Laisson gushes:

"[Congressman Paul Ryan] is the intellectual leader of the party right now. And even though other candidates aren't embracing all the specifics in his budget. His budget _is_ the GOP's fiscal platform as of the moment."

It's hard to convey how she emphasized the word 'is' in that line.

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Liberals in Congress Bad at Self-Promotion?


Interesting comment by Rachel Maddow on a segment looking into why the Congressional Progressive Caucus' proposed budget isn't being given more attention.

Rachel Maddow: "I will say that we get lobbied all the time on stuff to cover and you would think a show like mine would get lobbied all the time to cover all the liberal things. The sum total of lobbying that we've had on uncovering the progressive budget has been liberal wonks tweeting about it. That's sort of been it."

[Begins at around 13:10 in the original clip.]

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Taxing the Rich is an Attack on Small Business


Notice how the moment anyone talks about raising taxes on the richest Americans, GOPers attempt to pivot the discussion to 'small businessmen'? Here's Rep. Paul Ryan doing the GOPer pivot on 'Face the Nation' when asked about his plan to lower taxes on those with "top income":

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI): "If you have really high tax rates what you end up doing is you penalize small businesses. You have to remember, Bob, most successful small businesses file their taxes as individuals. Most of our jobs come from these small businesses. The President is proposing to raise the top tax rate on these small businesses to 44.8 percent. We don’t think that’s good for jobs. We don't think that's good for economic growth. And when we tax our employers a whole lot more than our foreign competitors tax theirs, we lose, they win and we don't want that."

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