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Top 5 Republican Retro Refrains They’ll Sing For Recess

“For 18 months, Republicans have been torn between their ideological nature, and their need to appear different from the party that ended the Bush era in the crapper. In a sign of just how confident they feel that their electoral fortunes have turned, that tension is seemingly now gone. In the last two weeks, unabashed Republicans have started revealing the details of their governing agenda — one that will be familiar to those who were alive between 1994 and 2006, and which remains broadly unpopular with voters.”

Boehner: No New Regs!

“House Minority Leader John Boehner, fresh out of a meeting with business and trade group lobbyists, announced a new idea this afternoon: A moratorium on all new federal regulations, for a year.

“I think having a moratorium on new federal regulations is a great idea it sends a wonderful signal to the private sector that they’re going to have some breathing room,” he said, according to Greg Sargent.”

Group Run By Anti-Stimulus Crusaders Rove And Gillespie Airs Ad Attacking Reid For Lack Of Stimulus Money In NV

“GOP operatives Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie recently founded a network of right-wing attack groups to rival what they view as inept and ineffective Republican National Committee. One of those groups, American Crossroads, is a 527 committee, formed to spend tens of millions of dollars on House and Senate races this year.”

BP Launches Effort To Control Scientific Research Of Oil Disaster

“Foreign oil giant BP is on a spending spree, buying Gulf Coast scientists for its private contractor army. Scientists from Louisiana State University, Mississippi State University and Texas A&M have “signed contracts with BP to work on their behalf in the Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) process” that determines how much ecological damage the Gulf of Mexico region is suffering from BP’s toxic black tide. The contract, the Mobile Press-Register has learned, “prohibits the scientists from publishing their research, sharing it with other scientists or speaking about the data that they collect for at least the next three years.””

BP continues tests, but can’t guarantee cap will succeed

“BP will proceed with its delicate testing of its containment cap that could continue to keep oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from its failed well, but the team monitoring the testing isn’t 100 percent confident the cap will be successful.”

West Virginia governor appoints Byrd’s Senate successor

“Carte Goodwin, a 36-year-old attorney, will be sworn in as U.S. senator from West Virginia Tuesday, replacing the late Sen. Robert Byrd and again giving Democrats 59 Senate seats. Gov. Joe Manchin announced Friday the appointment of Goodwin, his former chief legal counsel, until a special election can be held.”

Road to Missouri U.S. Senate seat runs through black pulpits

“Robin Carnahan, a Democrat, and Roy Blunt, a Republican, have been meeting with members of the black clergy lately, not to save their souls, but to win one of the top political contests in the country, a U.S. Senate seat from Missouri.”

Salazar to Testify on Spill Next Week

“Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is slated to testify next week before the House Energy & Commerce Committee on “the role of the Interior Department in the Deepwater Horizon Disaster.”

The July 20 hearing is a co-production of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Look for Reps. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) to really go after Salazar and the other witnesses (two former Interior Department chiefs) on the role the former Minerals Management Service played in approving offshore drilling projects in the Gulf.”

With Lower Garment-Industry Wages, Bangladesh Moves In on China

“As costs have risen in China, it is losing work to countries like Bangladesh for cheaper, labor-intensive goods.”

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