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Republicans now control the cemetery vote

It turns out that one of the Grand Old Party’s biggest—and least discussed—challenges going into 2016 is lying in plain sight, written right into the party’s own nickname.

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For Senate Leader Bakk, Session's End Exposes Divisions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — All eyes heading into this year’s legislative session were on new House Speaker Kurt Daudt, under pressure to hold together 71 fellow Republicans back in power and eager to slash government spending. 689 more words

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It doesn't matter that Republicans won the Senate because they haven't actually limited government

Right before Election Day last year, I wrote here at Rare that it wouldn’t matter if Republicans won the Senate (and thus control of the whole Congress) unless they actually made real cuts to the size and scope of government. 186 more words

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Senate Democrats demand more money for Amtrak repair backlog

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats on Thursday demanded that Republicans provide more money for Amtrak so the railroad can tackle a $21 billion maintenance and repair backlog, including replacing tunnels more than a century old. 523 more words

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"A One-Man Off-Key Greek Chorus": A Hard Spring Brings Hard Days For Jeb Bush

With a lush spring came cruel days. The Philadelphia train wreck happened only a hundred miles up the tracks from the Baltimore riots. Is the wind of history, the zeitgeist, on the job as we face the 2016 presidential race? 680 more words

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Being Middle Class In America - GREED! - 'GREED IS GOOD...BECAUSE WE REFUSE TO REGARD IT ANY OTHER WAY'

“During his remarks on poverty at Georgetown University on Tuesday, President Obama noted the discrepancy in pay between two very different sets of workers…. 25 men — yes, they were all men — made about $464 million apiece, just a bit more than the teachers’ $53,000″. 93 more words

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The Republican War On Women - Because....You Know.....Abortions - 'Pro-Life’ Texas Legislature Bans Planned Parenthood from Cancer Screening Program'

On Wednesday, a House-Senate conference committee approved a budget that would remove Planned Parenthood from the state’s Breast and Cervical Cancer Services program, even though the state ranks among the worst states for cervical cancer incidence and fatalities’. 79 more words

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