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Spending Bill Passes House Despite Mass Republican Defections From Boehner

“With the help of 81 Democrats,the House passed legislation Thursday to fund the government through September and avoid a government shutdown. Fifty-nine Republicans defected from GOP leadership, leaving Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) woefully short of the necessary majority to pass the bill without Democratic help. The final vote was 260-167.

The fact that Boehner needed nearly 40 Democratic votes to pass the resolution and avoid a government shutdown was a stunning blow to his leadership, especially after he shut House Democrats out of budget negotiations and just a few days ago dismissed the need to secure any Democratic votes.”

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Senator Tea Party In Bind Over Port vs. Pork

“Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), or Senator Tea Party as he’s sometimes known, has found himself between a bit of a rock and a hard place over spending for a job-dependent project in his district and his role as the leading anti-earmark crusader in the upper chamber.”

Rep. Cummings, Vermont Governor Shumlin Rip Into Scott Walker At Hearing

“Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), on Capitol Hill for a hearing held by the House Oversight Committee on state budgets, had yet to even speak before Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) ripped into the Republican leader’s anti-union record.

“I strongly oppose efforts to falsely blame middle-class American workers for these current economic problems,” Cummings, the ranking Democrat on the committee, said in his opening statement. “This recession was not caused by them. Working America – fire fighters, teachers and nurses – are not responsible for the reckless actions of Wall Street, which led to this crisis in the first place.””

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After Trying To Narrow Definition Of Rape, Rep. Nunnelee Claims Planned Parenthood Defends Rapists

“This afternoon, the House of Representatives is debating a measure that would defund Planned Parenthood, which provides valuable medical services and treatment to millions of women — especially those who are low-income — across the nation.

At one point during the floor debate over the measure, Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-MS) made a series of preposterous and hysterical claims about the work of Planned Parenthood and the GOP’s measure. First, Nunnelee falsely claimed the measure wouldn’t deny funding for womens’ health. He then said that Planned Parenthood has protected child predators and people who have “raped our granddaughters”.”

Grassley’s Debt Ceiling Flip-Flop: In 2006, He Blasted Efforts To Use Debt Vote To Control Spending

“Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), in keeping with other GOP lawmakers, recently stated that the GOP should not vote to increase the debt limit unless Democrats and President Obama make major concessions on federal spending cuts. That position, however, is exactly opposite the one he took in 2006, when he urged his Senate colleagues to unanimously vote to increase the debt limit, saying it should not be used “to control government debt and deficits.”

In a recent interview with Newsmax TV, Grassley said the GOP should use the vote as leverage to “get a lot of things done” on spending and budgetary changes.”

Read More: During Bush Presidency, Current GOP Leaders Voted 19 Times To Increase Debt Limit By $4 Trillion

Rick Santorum Borrows Campaign Slogan From Pro-Union Poem Written By Gay Rights Advocate

“Earlier today, former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) announced that he will begin fundraising for a presidential run using the campaign slogan “Fighting to make America America again.” This eloquent turn of phrase, however, was not invented by Santorum. It is borrowed from the title of a pro-union, pro-racial justice, and pro-immigrant poem written by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes — “Let America Be America Again”.”

Gulf Seafood Deemed Safe But Still Under Scrutiny

“The Gulf of Mexico is known for its bounty — blue crab, shrimp, grouper, tuna, oysters — but ever since oil tainted a portion of the Gulf’s fishing grounds, the seafood has been a tough sell. Officials say the tests have been unequivocal: The seafood is safe to eat.”

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While Goldman raked in profits, clients squirmed

“With the housing market deteriorating rapidly in 2008, Morgan Stanley traders wanted to sell off hundreds of millions of dollars in securities positions that had been downgraded by credit ratings agencies and recover what money they could. But as the deal's liquidation manager, Goldman Sachs had plenty of reasons for resisting.”

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U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Opposition

“Before the Arab uprisings, American nonprofit groups financed by the government promoted democracy in the region, creating tensions with the governments and the protest movements.”

Languages Grew From a Seed in Africa, Study Says

“A researcher analyzing the sounds in languages spoken around the world has detected an ancient signal that points to southern Africa as the place where modern human language originated.

The finding fits well with the evidence from fossil skulls and DNA that modern humans originated in Africa. It also implies, though does not prove, that modern language originated only once, an issue of considerable controversy among linguists. .”

Satire: Justice Scalia Endorses New Easton Gaveling Gloves

“Saying their gel-filled kangaroo-leather palms give him “the control and comfort I need for the perfect swing,” Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia signed a deal Monday with equipment and accessory maker Easton to endorse the company’s new line of gaveling gloves.[…] Easton ended its sponsorship of Clarence Thomas following the justice’s 2009 corked-gavel scandal”


Good News: Parents’ Ums And Uhs Can Help Toddlers Learn Language

“Most parents try their best to speak clearly and fluently to their toddlers, but they shouldn’t sweat it if an occasional “um” or “uh” shows up in their speech.

In fact, a study just published in the journal Developmental Science suggests this kind of verbal fumbling, called disfluency, can actually help young children learn language.”

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