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Senate Dems Call On GOP To Abandon Ryan Medicare Plan

“With Republicans on the ropes when it comes to defending their proposal to privatize Medicare, a group of Senate Democrats is hoping to deliver a body blow to GOP plans to push for the proposal in talks about reducing the nation’s spiraling debt.

Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Monday called for Republicans to take Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) plan for Medicare off the table in ongoing bipartisan deficit-reduction talks.”

Read More: Poll: Large Majorities Of Elderly, Most Informed Oppose Medicare Privatization

Austan Goolsbee to leave Obama’s economic team

“Austan Goolsbee, long a top economics adviser to President Obama and currently chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, will resign his post this summer to return to teaching at the University of Chicago”

Anthony Weiner’s Brutal Week: The Lowlights (VIDEO)

“Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-NY) teary press conference Monday put an end to a week of clumsy deception as the Congressman tried to cover up a lewd tweet he had sent a college student in Seattle. Along the way he careened wildly through an dizzying mix of strategies, from stonewalling reporters to offering up dozens of interviews at once, never offering a complete answer to the questions surrounding his behavior.”

Read More: Weiner’s Survival Will Take More Than An Apology

WaPo Editorial Board Calls For Closing The Gun Show Loophole

“Noting that American-born al-Qaeda spokesperson Adam Yahiye Gadahn recently called on Muslims in the U.S. to exploit the gun show loophole, the Washington Post editorial board writes tonight that “there may never be a better spokesman for closing” this loophole.”

Profile In Failure: A Look Back At Ten Years Of The Bush Tax Cuts

“10 years ago tomorrow, the first of the Bush tax cuts was enacted. That 2001 tax cut was followed up by a second tax cut in 2003, passed after Vice-President Dick Cheney reportedly asserted that “deficits don’t matter.” The tax cuts were sold as necessary economic stimulus that would boost job creation and a moribund economy. “Tax relief will create new jobs, tax relief will generate new wealth, and tax relief will open new opportunities,” Bush said on April 16, 2001 as he was pushing for the passage of the first tax cut. Two years later he said, “These tax reductions will bring real and immediate benefits to middle-income Americans…By speeding up the income tax cuts, we will speed up economic recovery and the pace of job creation.””

Read More: Ten Years Of Bush Tax Cuts

As Floods And Fires Mount, House Forbids FEMA, Coast Guard From Preparing For Climate Disasters

“While officials throughout the U.S. Department of Homeland Security scramble to deal with a torrent of extreme climate disasters, the Tea Party-controlled House of Representatives has voted to cripple their response. In a nearly party-line vote of 242 to 180 on Thursday, the House adopted an amendment by Rep. John Carter (R-TX) to prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from participating in the Obama administration’s Interagency Task Force on Climate Change Adaptation. Carter justified his amendment by saying DHS — which includes the U.S. Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) — should focus on the Mexican border instead of “duplicating the work” of agencies that monitor climate change and greenhouse pollution.”

GOP 2012 Presidential Candidates
Sarah Palin: ‘I Didn’t Mess Up About Paul Revere’ (VIDEO)
Santorum: D-Day Troops Fought For Health Care Freedom
Rudy Giuliani Rips Mitt Romney On Healthcare: ‘A Mandate Is A Mandate’
Cain Says He Would Be Ok With Appointing Gay Cabinet Members Because They Wouldn’t Impose Sharia Law
Romney-directional Mitt says it’s “important” to reduce greenhouse gases and “We’re going to use our coal resources”
Report: Ed Rollins To Run Bachmann Campaign”

The Perils Of School Vouchers: Unregulated FL Private School Offers High School Diploma In 8 Days For $399

“Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) — buoyed by legislators who received hundreds of thousands of dollars of special interest cash — signed into law legislation that would dramatically expand access to school vouchers, which funnel taxpayer dollars into private schools. Scott is doing this despite proposing nearly $3 billion in cuts to public education, meaning that he is essentially transfering money from public education to private education.

On the same day that Scott signed into law his latest attack on public education, Gus Garcia-Roberts of the Miami New Times published a story looking at the case of InterAmerican Christian Academy, a private school located in Doral, Florida. Garcia-Roberts amazingly enrolled at the school and earned a diploma after only eight days of schoolwork and $399.”

Brewer Hires Conservative Superlawyer To Defend SB 1070

“Gov. Jan Brewer (R) announced today that she has hired former Solicitor General Paul Clement, one of the nation’s top appellate litigators, to defend her state’s unconstitutional immigration law. “

U.S. Military Has New Threat: Health Care Costs

“Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that pension and health care costs are eating the U.S. military alive. And the Pentagon predicts that the cost of taking care of its troops and retirees will keep growing.”

Syria to send in army after 120 troops killed

“BEIRUT (Reuters) – More then 120 Syrian security officers were killed in battles with gunmen, state television said, in the first report of large-scale clashes in a revolt against President Bashar al-Assad.”

Left-winger Humala wins Peru election, markets dive

“LIMA (Reuters) – Left-wing former army commander Ollanta Humala won Peru’s presidential election and vowed the poor will share in the country’s new wealth but financial markets plunged on fears that he will ruin the economy.”

EU to hold emergency summit over E coli outbreak

“Ministers to discuss aid for farmers after tests for source of bacterium at Gärtenhof farm in Germany return negative.”

Good News: PreK-3 movement seeks to revolutionize early education

“A few years ago, preschool teachers in Santa Maria, a low-income, mostly Hispanic city about 50 miles northwest of Santa Barbara, attended a series of meetings with kindergarten teachers in the district.

Most had never met. The teachers had little idea what happened in one another’s classrooms.

What they discovered changed the course of early education in this small city and is at the heart of a new national reform movement known as PreK-3.”

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