Why won’t the cowardly Republicans allow an up-or-down vote on the minimum wage?

This isn’t the way democracy is supposed to work. No matter how you may feel about whether an increase in the federal minimum wage is a good idea or not, one overriding fact pertains: Republican leaders in the House of Representatives refuse to allow a vote on the matter. Why? The answer is obvious: They’re afraid it will pass. In fact, Republicans in both houses of Congress are afraid of almost every bill that comes down the pike. Consequently, their only course of action is obstruction. If a bill the Republicans don’t like...

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Did you see the House stenographer’s religious rant during the shutdown vote?

After you’ve watched the video below, check out the stories HERE and HERE and HERE. [youtube]http://youtu.be/ji_n5aNulDE[/youtube]...

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Public demands that Congress cut its pay fly in the face of the Constitution

If you think it’s arrogant and unfair for Congress to maintain its current level of pay during a government shutdown, you should blame the nation’s FOUNDING FATHERS: [During the current government shutdown] hundreds of thousands of federal employees around the country who are paid through annual appropriations will be furloughed without pay as long as it lasts.  Millions more, including active-duty members of the military, will be required to report to work without a salary until the government goes back to regular operations....

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Right-wing noise machine resurrects falsehood that Congress is exempting itself from Obamacare

Three months ago today, I told you HERE about the widespread myth that Congress was trying to exempt itself from Affordable Care Act. Well, the myth has arisen again, and the usual suspects are again ignoring a Republican’s senator’s role in THIS MATTER: The Obama administration told lawmakers on Thursday that the federal government would continue contributing to their health care premiums and the health care premiums of their aides once they enrolled in the newly created insurance exchanges. The decision was months, if not years,...

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Poll: Obama’s approval rating declines a bit, while disapproval of Congress hits an all-time high

What surprises me about THIS is that the president hasn’t really taken much of a hit in the past month: The American public’s dissatisfaction with Washington has reached new heights, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, as the political world continues to fight the same intractable battles over the budget, health care and immigration. A whopping 83 percent of Americans disapprove of Congress’ job, which is an all-time high in the survey. What’s more, President Barack Obama has seen his...

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