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Republicans To Spend August Recess Promoting Poverty Creating Policies

Republicans To Spend August Recess Promoting Poverty Creating Policies | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
Republicans will spend three weeks promoting the policies that drove 4 out of 5 Americans into unemployment, near or at poverty, or reliance on government assistance.
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Republicans will have unflagging support from their stupid supporters who would rather drag the population down into poverty than admit an African American can help lift them out of their miserable existence. 

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President Obama Ruptures John Boehner’s Pipeline of Keystone XL Lies

President Obama went on the offensive in a New York Times interview, and appeared to argue against Keystone XL by debunking the Republicans' pipeline talking points.
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Barely a week goes by without Speaker Boehner whining about the need to approve Keystone XL right now. What Rep. Boehner never tells anyone when he discusses the project is that he stands to personally benefit from its approval.Boehner is invested in seven tar sands companies that will benefit from the pipeline’s construction. This is why Boehner keeps lying about the values and virtues of Keystone.

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Top 5 ways anti-immigrant hate makes its way into media and policy

Top 5 ways anti-immigrant hate makes its way into media and policy | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
Our current immigration system is broken.
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Our current immigration system is broken. Deportations are at a record high, families are being separated, immigrant workers exploited, human lives are being lost at the border, there is rampant persecution and discrimination of immigrants and a continuation in the perpetuation of negative stereotypes and the criminalization of migration.

How did we get here? How did we sacrifice basic human and civil rights in the name of political posturing, agendas and money interests? What can we do to reverse this?
http://deporthate.org

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Racist KKK Tea Partiers Face Terrorism Charges!

Racist KKK Tea Partiers Face Terrorism Charges! | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
You've got to hand it to crazy Tea Party racists; they sure do know how to make headlines.  Take for example the two geniuses who are now facing terrorism
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Daily Kos: Why Isn't NRA Arguing Trayvon Martin Tragedy Could Have Been Averted if Only He Had a Gun?

Daily Kos: Why Isn't NRA Arguing Trayvon Martin Tragedy Could Have Been Averted if Only He Had a Gun? | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
Sometimes, silence is much more revealing than those words actually spoken. Such is the case with respect to how the NRA has responded to the George Zimmerman verdict: with virtual silence.

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For when the NRA lobbied hard for the Stand Your Ground law in Florida which allowed Zimmerman to murder a young, black youth, it did so with a vision of white 'victimhood' – and gun sales to white Americans – in mind.

The NRA is so dangerous, in part, because of the racist views held by so many of its members, lobbyists and organizational leaders.

It's this racism that prevented the NRA from responding to Martin's death by encouraging similar victims of violent crime to go out and get a gun.

Because the NRA isn't fighting its warped, Second Amendment fight for 'those' people.

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House GOP Cuts Funding For Lead Removal in Half

House GOP Cuts Funding For Lead Removal in Half | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
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Of course, lead removal programs mostly benefit poor people and non-whites, and the Republican Party has made it extra clear lately that they don't care about either group. I guess the only real surprise here is that they didn't cut the program to zero.

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Jorge Ramos: Does Boehner Want To Be The Next Villain Of The Hispanic Community?

Jorge Ramos: Does Boehner Want To Be The Next Villain Of The Hispanic Community? | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
Univision's Jorge Ramos penned a column in Spanish Tuesday warning House Republicans that if they torpedo immigration reform, they will lose the Hispanic vote and the White House in 2016.
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He then put the blame in House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) hands, asking; "Does John Boehner really want to be the new villian of the Hispanic community, replacing the hated Sheriff Joe Arapaio?"

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Obamacare Exchanges To Poke State Officials For Blocking Medicaid Expansion

Obamacare Exchanges To Poke State Officials For Blocking Medicaid Expansion | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
The federal government wants poor residents of states not expanding Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care reform law to know who's denying them health coverage -- and the administration has a plan to make sure they find out.
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This is good... because it IS the state's fault for not expanding medicaid. They have no good reason whatsoever for not expanding medicaid. They're only not expanding medicaid because that's what the President wants. Teapublicans are putting politics before the good of the people...something they do quite often these days.

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Tea Party Supports Blatant Racism In Springboro, Ohio - Pushing Agenda To Dismantle United States (VIDEO) -

Tea Party Supports Blatant Racism In Springboro, Ohio - Pushing Agenda To Dismantle United States (VIDEO) - | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
Don't believe the Tea Party is out to impose a religious theocracy? Wait till you see what their elected officials are supporting in Ohio.
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And the Springboro Tea Party is just the latest of these front-groups pushing this ideology seeking to destroy the United States. A check of their historical quotes archive finds quotations from such notables as Adolf Hitler, while also claiming that the U.S. Government is behind 9/11, that fluoride in the water is designed to cause impotence, and that the very idea of laws is something to be overturned and eliminated. I suppose in such a nation as they imagine, lynch mobs would replace the police, and justice would be at the end of a gun. Some ‘freedom’ they want for us all.

Ever since the Tea Party movement was founded in 2002 by the Koch brothers, it has courted these form of anti-government radicals. They have played a very long-view game, creating think tanks and organizations decades earlier, which now serve as the foundation for their movement today. The Tea Party are just puppets at the end of Koch strings.

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Irrefutable Proof That The GOP Doesn't Care About Helping The American People -

Irrefutable Proof That The GOP Doesn't Care About Helping The American People - | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
We really have to stop self-destructing. Democrats ARE different than Republicans, the previous Democratic House, led by Nancy Pelosi, DID try like hell to make this country better, but Republicans blocked them.
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In addition to the constant trashing of Obama’s actual record with lies and distortions, I’m also sick to death of claims that Democrats “had no spines” and couldn’t pass anything. Republicans held Congress from 1994-2006 and rigged the filibuster rules. If you’ll remember, they pretended to try to kill the filibuster, and in the process, ended up simplifying the rules, making it easier for a single senator to hold up a bill anonymously, and require 60 votes for cloture to release that hold.

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The Enemies Within: The 20 Most Dangerous Conservatives And Their Organizations

The Enemies Within: The 20 Most Dangerous Conservatives And Their Organizations | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
America has enemies. Not just abroad, but within our shores as well. And our domestic enemies, such as dangerous conservatives, are MORE destructive than the terrorists could ever hope to be.
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Democrats plan rules change to limit Senate debate

Democrats plan rules change to limit Senate debate | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Senate is going nuclear.
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Barring a last minute deal late Monday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., made clear he will move forward Tuesday with a controversial maneuver -- known as the "nuclear option" -- to change the chamber's rules to make it easier to confirm President Obama's executive branch nominees.

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The Koch Brothers Are Waging War Against the Poor

The Koch Brothers Are Waging War Against the Poor | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
Taking wage policy advice from Charles Koch is like taking advice on how to run a neighborhood watch program from George Zimmerman.
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The conservative mogul who is worth over $43 billion says that eliminating the minimum wage is a solution to America's poverty woes.

On Wednesday, the Charles Koch Foundation launched a $200,000 media blitz in Wichita, Kansas, Koch's home state, saying that the minimum wage is THE major obstacle to economic growth in America.

There is no credible information or data that backs up Koch's claims that the minimum wage impedes economic growth, and that doing away with it would solve any of our problems.

In fact, the data says otherwise.

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Groundswell Group Stoked Scandals with Help From GOP Leaders

Groundswell Group Stoked Scandals with Help From GOP Leaders | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
When Groundswell met on May 8, 2013, Benghazi and select committees were on their mind. Also, Voter ID. Listen to them discuss their midnight meetings with Congressional leaders.
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There was wave after wave of headlines about these so-called scandals. Some people wrote about what an awful week the White House had. It wasn't coincidence. It was orchestrated and planned by this group of people, who had the will and the power to secure the participation of people like Darrell Issa, John Boehner and more.

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GOP debunked: 'Obama phone' does not exist, program started in 2008 under Bush

GOP debunked: 'Obama phone' does not exist, program started in 2008 under Bush | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
A video has surfaced of a woman at an Obama rally in Cleveland, Ohio who claims she was given a free mobile phone, which she called an "Obama phone."
The video
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How could it be an "Obama phone" when, at that time, the president had barely won the nomination two months prior?

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What Steve King Has In Mind When He Hears 'Latino Outreach'

What Steve King Has In Mind When He Hears 'Latino Outreach' | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
 “For everyone who’s a valedictorian, there’s another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they’ve got calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert.
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Don't Let Them Hijack Immigration Reform! 

Demand A Humane Immigration Policy Today. 

http://www.mycuentame.org/threeamigos

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The Republican War on Data

The Republican War on Data | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, the House Budget Committee voted to force the Congressional Budget Office to produce deceptive budget data.
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the House Budget Committee voted to force the Congressional Budget Office to produce deceptive budget data. It is part of a longstanding Republican effort to prevent the government from producing data that conflicts with Republican ideology.

 

In other words, make it work like FAUX news...

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Justifiable Homicides: Black Defendants Rarely Get Self-Defense Ruling

Justifiable Homicides: Black Defendants Rarely Get Self-Defense Ruling | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
Black defendants rarely get a ruling of justifiable homicide, whether the victim is white or black.
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 black people are more likely to get a conviction no matter who they kill -- black or white -- even if they claim self-defense. Especially since most of them can't afford O'Mara to represent them in the first place.

 

There is no privilege in claiming self-defense while black -- even when killing another black person. When the verdict came down not guilty, Zimmerman had not just the jury but also statistics on his side.

 

A 2012 study by PBS's Frontline is getting a second look post-Zimmerman's exoneration, and it reveals that if you're going to kill in self-defense in America, you'd better be white. By analyzing data from a study by John Roman, senior analyst at the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center, Frontline found that in "Stand your ground" states, white people who kill black people are 354 percent more likely to be found justified in their killings. And it doesn't get much better in non-"Stand your ground" states, where that number goes down only to 250 percent.

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The 10 Dumbest Things Ever Said About Abortion and Women's Rights | Politics News | Rolling Stone

The 10 Dumbest Things Ever Said About Abortion and Women's Rights | Politics News | Rolling Stone | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
The worst sexist statements, logical fails and outright idiocy from the anti-choice movement
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As long as abortion restrictions and bans continue to be rammed through state legislatures and introduced on Capitol Hill, it seems that anti-choice zealots will continue making headlines with their bizarre, scientifically incorrect and downright cruel remarks. Whether they're confusing the basics of female anatomy, making offensive comparisons to historical tragedies, trivializing rape or labeling pro-choice politicians "terrorists," these anti-abortion crusaders – led by a hee-hawing band of actual elected officials – could populate a thousand lists of epically dumb comments. Here's a sampling of the most ill-informed, borderline delusional and flat-out misogynist statements from the so-called "pro-life" movement:

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Julie Chen 'Enraged' By 'Big Brother' Contestants

Julie Chen 'Enraged' By 'Big Brother' Contestants | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
As the "Big Brother" contestants continue to spew racist comments, host Julie Chen is speaking out.
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"My heart is pounding," Chen said after the clip aired. "Am I the only one who feels so enraged? This is the third time I've watched that clip, and it does not get any easier. I think it shows us all that in 2013, race is still a deeply, deeply personal issue and it is so extremely hurtful. And unless you have ever been on the receiving issue end of it, you simply do not know what it's like to walk a mile in someone's shoes."

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Tea Partier: Women Aborting Rapist’s Baby Should Serve Same Time As Rapist!

Tea Partier:  Women Aborting Rapist’s Baby Should Serve Same Time As Rapist! | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
Here's a disturbing moment of Tea Party insanity thanks to the horribly uninformed and hyperbolic news director of the Tea Party News Network, Scottie Hughes. H
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Conservatives Creating Their Own Reality: Dangerous And Dumb Lawmakers Threaten Women's Health -

Conservatives Creating Their Own Reality: Dangerous And Dumb Lawmakers Threaten Women's Health - | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
Does the 'rape kit' you get in the emergency room really 'clean you out?' When it comes to women's health, those dumb Republicans sure need some educating.
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Whether they are talking about rape, sex, pregnancy, sex education or any related topic, the Republican Party has repeatedly shown their ignorance and therefore, their desperate need for some kind of fact based education about reproductive health. Whether passing laws that force doctors to make statements that are blatantly untrue, or those that allow doctors to forcibly violate a woman’s body via the use of vaginal probes, we can clearly see the damage done when uneducated and uninformed lawmakers gain power to legislate via extreme religious beliefs that have grown into a cultist obsession, and clearly lost all grasp of reality.

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Red States Are The Real Welfare States -

Red States Are The Real Welfare States - | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
Red states are really parasites and gold-diggers when it comes to collecting Federal dollars even though they are the most vociferous about government spending
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The secret is not so secret after all, many Red states are really parasites and gold-diggers when it comes to collecting Federal dollars even though they are the most vociferous about government spending.MotherJones.com posts some wonderful maps that highlight these bloodsucking states who want you to believe that they are really against expanding the government spending that they crow about. Empty vessels really do make the most noise.

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The Party Of Rape Culture: 40 Republican Rape Quotes Everyone Should Remember -

The Party Of Rape Culture: 40 Republican Rape Quotes Everyone Should Remember - | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
'Rape is kinda like the weather. If it's inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.' - Texas Gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams.
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Republicans are obsessed with rape. It is perhaps the one issue that caused the GOP to implode during the 2012 Election. The foot-in-mouth disease carried by the party has revealed much about the current beliefs of conservatives and it has spread like a plague in just the last year or two, and as Republicans have continued to attack rape victims, they have united women like never before against their extreme anti-abortion agenda.

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The Billionaires' War Against Public Education

The Billionaires' War Against Public Education | News For Progressives | Scoop.it
'Go Public' is a welcome antidote to the bleak and misleading message of 'Waiting for Superman.'
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It is no accident that both films promote similar themes. Both were produced by Walden Media, which is owned by Phil Anschutz, a right-wing businessman who owns two of the nation's premier conservative publications (the Weekly Standard and the Washington Examiner) and whose foundation has donated $210,000 to the antiunion National Right to Work Legal Defense Fund. Anschutz is also a backer of Americans for Prosperity, the political war chest founded by the right-wing Koch brothers and has donated to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has made dismantling labor unions a key part of his policy agenda. Anschutz also spent $10,000 in 1992 to promote Colorado's Proposition 2, which let private property owners discriminate against gays and lesbians, $150,000 to the Mission America Foundation, which condemns homosexuality as "deviance," and $70,000 to the Discovery Institute, which attacks the idea of evolution and proclaims that "Darwinism is false."

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