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Michael Steele Dons ‘Fire Pelosi’ Cap At RNC Meeting

“Michael Steele introduced a new fashion accessory at today’s Republican National Committee meeting in Kansas City, when, like almost everyone in the audience, the RNC Chairman donned a bright-red “Fire Pelosi” cap. It was something of a theme at the event. And a “Fire Nancy Pelosi” bus tour will begin this fall.

“The American people have been very clear from the pool halls and the church halls, to the diners and the donut shops, in the red-hot Arizona sun and on the cool-blue California beaches, at the Liberty Bell and the Charleston Harbor, they’re all saying one thing: Fire Nancy Pelosi! Retire Harry Reid!” Steele said, according to his prepared remarks.”

Crist: Senate GOP Caucus ‘Would Have To Do Better’ For My Vote

“Appearing today on Hardball, Gov. Charlie Crist (I-FL) said that the Republican caucus would have to do better than the current practice of opposing everything if they were to get his vote.”

Conservatives Go After Judges Who Rule In Favor Of Marriage Equality

“On Wednesday, Vaughn Walker, chief judge of the Federal District Court in San Francisco, issued a landmark ruling declaring the state’s ban on marriage equality unconstitutional and without any “rational basis.” His opinion was widely praised by legal scholars, with Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick writing that “nobody can fairly accuse Judge Walker of putting together an insubstantial or unsubstantiated opinion today.”

The right wing is trying nevertheless, as they have in other states where judges ruled that denying same-sex couples marriage rights is unconstitutional. They have called for impeaching the judges, launched political campaigns to oust them, and perhaps most disturbingly, perpetrated nasty whisper campaigns about their personal lives.”

Asked multiple times, Cantor can’t name a single thing he would do to reduce the deficit.

“Earlier this week, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) admitted what many of his Republican colleagues will not: that extending the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest two percent of Americans will “dig the hole deeper” when it comes to the deficit. But that hasn’t changed Cantor’s desire to spend $830 billion to extend the cuts anyway. But if the tax cuts were actually extended, how would Cantor go about reducing the deficit? Today, Robert Barbera, chief economist of Mount Lucas Management — who seems sympathetic to extending all of the Bush tax cuts himself — asked Cantor three times what he would do to get the long-term budget deficit under control if the cuts were extended. “Excuse me, do you have any proposals about out-year cuts in entitlement expenditures?” he asked. The results were predictable.”

Reminder to critics who think a mosque is offensive to the legacy of 9/11: There’s already one at the Pentagon.

“In opposing the planned Islamic community center two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City, conservative stalwarts have picked up on right-wing extremists’ paranoid hysteria over the initiative. In an interview with RealClearPolitics today, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN) joined Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Liz Cheney, and many others in attacking the plan as an “inappropriate” affront to 9/11 victims. Deeming the site “hallowed” and “sacred ground,” he asserted that “we shouldn’t have images or activities that degrade or disrespect [the site] in anyway.” But, as Salon’s Justin Elliott points out, Pawlenty and company are “strangely silent” over the fact that “Muslims have been praying inside the Pentagon since Sept. 11″.”

REPORT: The GOP’s Agenda To Change The Constitution

“Since President Obama took office, Republicans have shrouded their agenda of opposition by wrapping it in the flag and the Constitution. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) even went so far as to label her radical anti-government views “constitutional conservatism.” Yet, for all of their constitutional pablum, the GOP’s agenda is nothing less than a direct assault on America’s founding document. Time and time again, Republicans have called for basic constitutional freedoms and fundamental aspects of our constitutional government to be repealed either by amendment or by activist judges”.

Justice Kennedy’s the one to watch on gay marriage test

“Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy eventually will get his hands on California's gay marriage ban. That's when the landmark case will really get interesting.”

Lawmakers leave Washington to court hostile voters

“Congress is starting its summer vacation, and lawmakers plan to offer constituents two starkly different messages. It's unclear which mantra will register with a fed-up electorate. The Senate has adjourned until Sept. 13; the House of Representatives will reconvene Monday and Tuesday to pass a $26 billion bill to save the jobs of teachers and other state and local government employees, then it too will adjourn until next month.”

Private U.S. firms added jobs in July at anemic rate

“Private employers added jobs at an anemic pace in July and the unemployment rate stood unchanged at 9.5 percent, the government reported Friday.”

What Does the Border Security Bill Mean For Comprehensive Immigration Reform?

“Last night, the Senate, by unanimous consent, passed a bill approving $600 million in emergency funding to increase security along the U.S.-Mexico border. After passing the bill, Democrats hinted they hope to see more cooperation with other reform efforts.

“I’m for comprehensive immigration reform,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who introduced the bill, said yesterday. “But we’ve always said we should do border security first. This is border security first.”

Republicans have repeatedly said they will not support comprehensive immigration reform measures until the border is secured. But don’t count on dramatic change from the border’s bill passage: advocates for immigrants rights and for tougher enforcement said they do not expect the debate on immigration to change significantly.”

The “Shadow GOP,” Hiding in Plain Sight

“Holly Bailey writes about how, to little fanfare, the 12th floor of a nondescript New York Ave. office complex in Washington D.C . has become “ground zero for what many are referring to as the ’shadow GOP.’”

It’s here that four new groups – American Crossroads, Crossroads GPS, American Action Network and the American Action Forum — have set up shop under the tutelage of former Bush strategist Karl Rove and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie. They’re all separate groups, but they share the same basic goal of helping engineer Republican victories in November and beyond:

All of the organizations were founded separately and organized as individual groups. But each is working closely in concert — they share the same office space within the New York Ave. building, and according to Jonathan Collegio, a spokesman for American Crossroads, his group rents its offices from American Action Network.”

More Students Choose a Junior-Year Abroad in the Mideast

“More college students are choosing Arabic-speaking countries for study-abroad programs, to experience the Mideast beyond America’s viewpoints.”

SATIRE: Senate Unable To Get Enough Republican Votes To Honor ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’

“Unable to find a single Republican senator willing to break ranks and support the measure, Senate Democrats failed Thursday to stop the filibuster of S. 6253, a one-page resolution recognizing the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. “We almost had Scott Brown (R-MA) on board, but he balked when members of his party insisted the book only be commended if its court-room scenes were shortened a bit and the setting changed to Nebraska,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).
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At press time, Republicans said they would be willing to resume negotiations if the beloved work of American literature is revised so that Tom Robinson is a small-businessman wrongly accused of failing to provide employees with health benefits and Scout is a boy.”

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