“Shut Up!” – Really, GOP?

President Obama’s budget wasn’t actually dead on arrival last week. But Republicans knew it would speak to the hopes and dreams of everyday Americans. So they tried choking it.
Leo Gerard
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Wingnut Week in Review: Benghazi on the Brain

This week, the world watched as Ukrainians threw out their Russian-puppet president, and Russian president Vladimir Putin prepared to invade. Conservatives, naturally, have decided that it’s all President Obama’s fault.
Terrance Heath
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Rights Only for the Right People

According to the GOP, some Americans are sub-citizens who don’t deserve rights equal to those enjoyed by, well, the right-wing. Republicans think they’re right, and anyone who disagrees doesn’t deserve rights.
Leo Gerard
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Wingnut Week In Review: Another One Bites The Dust

It's been another rough week on the right. A high-profile GOP governor, and potential 2016 presidential contender could be brought low by a trove of scandalous emails. And it's not Chris Christie.
Terrance Heath
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Fast Track to Nowhere: America’s Failed Trade Policy

The old trade model has failed us miserably. Isn't it time to stop pursuing a fast track for another bad trade deal when the train is already off the rails? Isn't it long past time to take another look and think anew?
Robert Borosage
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No Pill’s Gonna Cure GOP ill

No pill’s gonna cure Republicans’ ill. They got a bad case of hating Barack Obama. So bad that they’re intent on taking health insurance from millions of Americans in an attempt to wound the President.
Leo Gerard
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No Fast Track To TPP: Fix NAFTA First

We have to stop fast-track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Then we should take the momentum from that to demand Congress and President Obama instead fix NAFTA first.

10 Reasons To Call For More Than $10.10 as a Minimum Wage

There are strong arguments for raising the minimum wage even more than $10.10 an hour – perhaps considerably more – than is currently being discussed, and the independent left should be making them.
Richard Eskow
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Excuse To Block Jobless Benefits Not Only Disgraceful, But Dumb

Sens. Dan Coats and Rob Portman joined a filibuster of emergency jobless benefits because they could not attach a provision that would force recipients for take any job that was offered, no matter how low-paying or demeaning.
Isaiah J. Poole
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The Filibuster Against the Jobless: A Moral Disgrace

By a margin of one vote, a Republican filibuster blocked extension of aid to the long-term unemployed in the middle of the winter. Then the Senate adjourned for another vacation. This is a clear measure of who they are.
Robert Borosage
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Trade Adjustment Assistance Won’t Fix TPP

Advocates of the Trans-Pacific Partnership claim that trade adjustment assistance for displaced workers will make it OK for the people who lose their jobs. The record of "NAFTA-style" trade agreements says otherwise.

They Can’t Help Loving A Man Who Slaps Liberals Around

I knew about Christie's little "deal" some time ago, but apparently it's just now coming to the attention of the Washington press. It's a case of the Washington establishment falling in love with a man who's willing to slap liberals around.
Digby
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Wingnut Week In Review: We, Too, Sing America

In the words of Langston Hughes, “We, too, sing America.” We sing it in the varied tones of our many cultures. We sing it in with accents both regional and international, in every language we know — even if it drives right-wingers crazy.
Terrance Heath
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Republicans To Unemployed: Drop Dead

Republicans today ended all doubt: They do not want to help the long-term unemployed. Given a bill that would help for a mere three extra months without adding to the deficit, Republicans filibustered it.
Bill Scher
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Trade Yes, But a Different Track

We're in the middle of a David vs. Goliath battle. Corporate lobbyists are waging a campaign to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal rushed through Congress with little debate. But a broad coalition has come together to take on Goliath.

Chris Christie’s Super Bowl Fumble

With the first ever “mass transit Super Bowl” in his state, Chris Christie had two jobs: Make the trains run on time, and bring home the bacon for New Jersey. What actually happened is a classic example of conservative failure.
Terrance Heath
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Fast Track to Income Inequality

The main theme of Obama’s State of the Union address was his battle against growing American income inequality. But economists of all stripes agree that U.S. trade policy has been a major contributor to that inequality.

Are Dems Running 1996 Playbook To Raise The Minimum Wage?

Nearly every president since the minimum wage was established has signed into law a minimum wage increase, even when a conservative Congress loathed a Democratic president -- such as in 1949 and 1996.
Bill Scher
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Wingnut Week In Review, January 26 – 31, 2014

Nothing drives conservatives around the bend like a speech from Barack Obama. So, thanks to the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, there’s no shortage of wingnuttery this week.
Terrance Heath
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