House Republicans go easy on cuts for Congress (AP)

WASHINGTON – Republicans now running the House are barely touching Congress’ generous own budget even as they take a cleaver to many domestic agencies. A new GOP proposal would reduce domestic agencies’ spending by 9 percent on average through September, when the current budget year ends. If that plan becomes law, it could lead to […]

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House Republicans slash agencies, nick themselves (AP)

WASHINGTON – Even as they take a cleaver to many domestic agencies, Republicans now running the House are barely touching Congress’ generous own budget. A new GOP proposal would reduce domestic agencies’ spending by 9 percent on average through September, when the current budget year ends. If that plan becomes law, it could lead to […]

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Ronald Reagan’s Notable Controversies (ContributorNetwork)

COMMENTARY | Born 100 years ago this Sunday, Ronald Reagan, the 40th president who served two terms from 1981 to 1989, was an unabashedly conservative Republican. His two terms were not without significant and divisive controversies to the nation. Here are a few: Reagan Administration Delays AIDS Research, Funding Despite enormous documentation and the public […]

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Leaders of Tea Party groups split on defense spending cuts (Daily Caller)

Some leaders of Tea Party groups say there are no “sacred cows” when it comes to spending cuts in Washington, and the traditionally Republican Party-protected Department of Defense budget is no exception — while other leaders in the grassroots movement say they are wary of cutting funds necessary to protect the nation. FreedomWorks’s director of […]

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The GOP’s Tea Party Tango (The Daily Beast)

NEW YORK – Should John Boehner empower the Tea Party caucus? Will Michele Bachmann be stifled by mainstream Republicans? Mark McKinnon on Republicans’ risky decisions heading into 2012. It takes two to tango. Though one partner faces forward and one faces backward, both usually traverse the floor in the same direction, with the same ultimate […]

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Lawmakers warn administration of cuts in Iraq aid (AP)

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration needs to make a compelling case for investing billions more taxpayer dollars in Iraq as the nearly eight-year-old conflict recedes from the public’s mind and the remaining 50,000 U.S. troops leave by year’s end, top Senate Republicans and Democrats warned military and diplomatic officials on Thursday. Amid fresh Republican promises […]

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House Republicans move to slash domestic programs (AP)

WASHINGTON – Republicans now controlling the House promised Thursday to slash domestic agencies’ budgets by almost 20 percent for the coming year, the first salvo in what’s sure to be a bruising battle over their drive to cut spending to where it was before President Barack Obama took office. “Washington’s spending spree is over,” declared […]

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GOP: Repeal defeat is step toward victory in 2012 (AP)

WASHINGTON – To hear Senate Republicans tell it, the defeat of their attempt to repeal the Democrats’ health care overhaul was really a victory of sorts on the long march to the 2012 congressional and presidential elections. The repeal effort sank Wednesday along party lines, 51-47, as expected. But in the process, Republicans forced Democrats […]

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