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Why Aren’t Tea Parties Demanding That The Government Hold BP Accountable On Behalf Of Taxpayers?

“Given that these protesters take their name from the Boston Tea Party, which was organized around protesting an unfair tax benefit given to a massive British corporation, and that British oil giant BP’s oil disaster could end up costing taxpayers billions of dollars, you’d think that Tea Partiers would be demanding that the government hold BP accountable and make the corporation pay the full costs for its bad behavior, so that taxpayers don’t have to foot the bill.”

Sen. Bennett: ‘I find plenty of slogans on the Republican side, but not very many ideas.’

“Last month, Sen. Bob Bennett (R-UT) came in a distant third behind two other GOP candidates vying for the three-term senator’s seat at the Utah Republican Party’s nominating convention in Salt Lake City. His defeat was heralded as a Tea Party victory and prompted Utah’s other GOP U.S. senator, Orrin Hatch, to say tea partiers “don’t have an open mind” and “won’t listen.””

Safety net for unemployed disappears as politicians argue

In just one week and in just one state — last week in Missouri — more than 8,300 people fell through the unemployment insurance safety net.

Actually, their nets were removed.”

WTO: Illegal Airbus subsidies hurt U.S. airline industry

“WASHINGTON — With control of the $3 trillion global commercial airplane market up for grabs, the World Trade Organization ruled Wednesday that four European governments had provided illegal subsidies over the past 40 years for every jet Airbus has launched and that Boeing and the American aerospace industry paid a steep price for the unfair competition. “

Boehner Tones Down His Expectations for November

“House Minority Leader John Boehner has always been enthusiastic about the GOP’s chances for victory in November. In an April interview on NPR’s Morning Edition, Boehner answered “at least 100″ when asked how many seats were in play. But as the election approaches and the landscape stabilizes, Boehner has toned down that enthusiasm somewhat. “

Demonstrators Plant 10,000 Flags on National Mall to Protest Oil Addiction

“Earlier today, demonstrators led by the Sierra Club planted 10,000 flags on the National Mall in Washington to spell out the words “freedom from oil.” Speakers highlighted the need to move away from a reliance on oil in the wake of the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico.”

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