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Republicans Filibuster Bill To Repeal Oil Subsidies

“As expected, a Democratic bill that would have stripped big oil companies of multi-billion annual tax subsidies failed to overcome a Republican filibuster Tuesday evening. The heavily partisan 52-48 vote fell well short of the 60 required to achieve cloture. Three Democrats — Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Ben Nelson (D-NE) — voted with Republicans to maintain the subsidies. Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Susan Collins (R-ME) voted with the Democrats.”

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NRCC Dumps Cash Into NY-26 As Special Election Tilts Dem

“The GOP is dumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the NY-26 election, hoping to stave off defeat in a right-leaning district that’s become a testing ground for Democratic attacks on the Paul Ryan budget.

According to FEC filings, the National Republican Congressional Committee has spent nearly $425,000 on the race, targeting not only Democratic candidate Kathy Hochul but an independent Tea Party candidate Jack Davis. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has spent over $266,000 on the race so far.”

Even Before NH Voter ID Bill Becomes Law, Illegal Signs Appear At Polling Stations To Disenfranchise Voters

“New Hampshire House Speaker Bill O’Brien (R) took to the House floor this morning to defend Senate Bill 129, which would require voters to show photo identification in order to vote. But even before the bill became law, a sign was hanging on the door of a polling station in O’Brien’s own district, demanding that voters show ID before they could vote. The progressive blog Blue Hampshire first reported the placement of the signs, which were hanging outside polling places for the special election to replace state Rep. Robert Mead (R).”

GOP 2012 Presidential Candidates:
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Newt Plays The Palin Card: I Wasn’t Ready For Those ‘Gotcha’ Questions!
Michael Steele Defends Newt Gingrich On Ryan Plan, Suggests GOP Critics Are Being Hypocritical
VIDEO: Iowa Voter to Newt Gingrich: ‘Why Don’t You Get Out Before You Make A Bigger Fool Of Yourself’

Ohio House Passes Bill Allowing Guns Into Bars, Bar Owners Reply ‘Guns And Alcohol Don’t Mix’

“Republican-controlled state houses across the country appear to be touting a new motto: Allow guns everywhere. At the urging of the gun lobby, state legislatures are welcoming firearms into parks, schools, government buildings, university campuses, churches, and day-care centers. Last week, Ohio’s GOP-led house contributed to the nonsensical effort with a bill that allows Ohioans with concealed-carry permits to bring a gun into a bar, restaurant, or “open air arena” like a sports stadium that serves alcohol. The reasoning? Ohioans should be able to protect themselves.”

Attacks On U.S. Mosques Rise Following Bin Laden’s Death

“The Houston Fire Department is investigating an attempt to burn down one of the city’s mosques after masked men used gasoline to try to ignite the building over the weekend. Prayer rugs at the back of the mosque were doused with gasoline, but thankfully the building did not catch fire, and the damage was confined to one room. The Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is asking the FBI to investigate the arson as a possible hate crime. The incident is just the latest in a string of attacks on American mosques since the death of Osama bin Laden.

Many conservatives responded to the terrorist leader’s death by stoking broader fears about Muslims and sharia law, but the most extreme reaction came from far-right blogger and commentator Debbie Schlussel, who wrote, “One down, 1.8 billion to go…many of ‘em inside U.S. borders.””

While Slashing Schools Funding, Christie Bails Out ‘American Dream’ Mall Boondoggle With $400 Million

“New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has made a name for himself as a “strict fiscal conservative,” by slashing spending. The governor has championed budget cuts that eliminated hundreds of millons of dollars in education funding and is now taking aim at public workers, wanting to instate cutbacks that could almost quadruple health care costs for public workers.

Yet there appears to be one project that Christie does not mind subsidizing to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. For years, a group of developers have been building the Xanadu Meadowlands complex, a massive retail and entertainment complex — complete with indoor water park, skating rink, and 600-foot ski slope — that has been under construction for the past three governors. Yet despite $1.9 billion being spent on the project with little progress, Christie recently struck a deal with the company that built the Mall of America to rescue the project, at huge taxpayer expense.”

Harsh Spring Hurts Farmers, Businesses, Sun Lovers

“This is not the spring to be selling gardening supplies, beer at a baseball park, or renting bicycles in the Upper Midwest. This weather has been unusually cold, wet and raw. And that’s kept many who would be buying at home and indoors, and it’s impacting the bottom line of many businesses.”

Report: New Housing Construction Down

“The latest housing sector data continue to disappoint. New reports show builders started construction on fewer new homes in April while permits also fell. Housing starts dropped 10.6 percent, the Commerce Department said Tuesday. The bad numbers suggest there is still no rebound for the slumping U.S. housing market.”

In California, Revenues Rise Above Projections

“California is looking at a windfall. State revenues are up well beyond projections — $6.5 billion more than expected. Gov. Jerry Brown wants to use the money to stem proposed education cuts. But he also wants to move forward with his proposed tax increases.”

Florida pushing new fees for most Medicaid recipients

“Florida wants to be the first state in the nation to charge most of its Medicaid recipients a monthly premium as well as $100 for using the ER for routine care. But even supporters acknowledge that the new fees, which the state legislature passed recently as part of a sweeping Medicaid measure, face long odds of getting federal approval.”

Egypt’s army says has no plans to pardon Mubarak

“CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s ruling military council on Wednesday dismissed speculation it would pardon former President Hosni Mubarak, who is under investigation for graft and abuse of power, and said it does not interfere in judicial affairs. Mubarak, 83, is detained in a hospital in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh after officials said he had heart problems. His wife, Suzanne, who also fell ill when ordered detained, was freed on Tuesday after giving up assets but faces a graft probe.”

Taliban: grooming for murder

“Young Afghans being coerced into joining jihad with threats of violence and promises of martyrdom”

Exploding watermelons put spotlight on Chinese farming practices

“New food scandal as fields of watermelons are destroyed after farmers mistakenly apply growth accelerator. “

Good News: When The U.S. Paid Off The Entire National Debt (And Why It Didn’t Last)

“On Jan. 8, 1835, all the big political names in Washington gathered to celebrate what President Andrew Jackson had just accomplished. A senator rose to make the big announcement: “Gentlemen … the national debt … is PAID.”

That was the one time in U.S. history when the country was debt free. It lasted exactly one year.”

Read More: The Debt Ceiling, Explained

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