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Club For Growth To Republicans: Trigger A Default, Or Else!

“To understand why Republicans won’t raise the debt limit until after they hold a symbolic vote on a plan to squeeze the government down to a size that would require it to gut popular entitlement programs, it’s important to realize it’s not just because of the political perks. Powerful conservative interest groups are demanding they vote for it. And at the same time they’re warning the GOP against voting for the only viable option currently on the table for avoiding a catastrophic debt default.”

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“Conviction without responsibility, in the current incarnation of the Republican Party, is raving mad”)

Warren: Time For A Recess Appointment Or A Big Political Fight Over Consumer Bureau

“Now that the White House has decided not to nominate Elizabeth Warren to run the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she’s taking her fight to protect the new agency directly to Republicans. And she says the time has come either for President Obama to recess appoint his designated director, or to engage in a loud, public fight with the GOP senators who have vowed to block the confirmation of any nominee, regardless of ideology or affiliation.”

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Waters Attorney To Ethics Panel: Dismiss Case — Or Else

“An attorney for Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) is calling on the Ethics Committee to dismiss immediately the charges against her in the wake of an unprecedented leak of secret internal committee documents providing a blow-by-blow account of the panel’s alleged bungling of the case.

The scores of Ethics Committee e-mails and memos, reported by Politico Monday with links to the documents, paint a picture of a committee consumed by partisan dysfunction and accusations of professional misconduct surrounding Waters’ case.”

Fox News Sugarcoats News Corp Phone Hacking, Condemns Media For ‘Piling On’

“Here’s the Fox News coverage of the News Corp phone hacking scandal that you’ve been waiting for.

On Fox And Friends Friday, host Steve Doocy welcomed Bob Dilenschneider of the Dilenschneider Group, whom he introduced as “a man who knows about media” who also used to run one of the biggest P.R. firms in the country.

The two discussed the News Of The World phone hacking scandal that has plagued Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp for the past few weeks. Fox News is, of course, owned by News Corp, which Doocy did specify at the top of the segment.”

Read More: News Of The World Whistleblower Reportedly Found Dead
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GOP 2012 Presidential Candidates
Herman Cain: Mitt Romney Can’t Win Because He’s A Mormon (VIDEO)
Here Comes Rick Perry: TX Gov All-But-Announces He’s In
Romney Backtracks: ‘I Don’t Think Carbon Is A Pollutant’
Bachmann Predicted The World Would End In 2006: ‘We Are In The Last Days’
Cain In May 2008: The Economy Is Not In Recession, Liberals Just Want You To Think It Is
While Palin Documentary Flops, Fox Touts ‘Packed’ Theaters

Dem Response To ATF Scandal: Hey, Maybe We Should Make Gun Trafficking Illegal

“Everyone seems pretty upset right now with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) over their botched “Fast and Furious” program. Agents allegedly watched as suspected “straw purchasers” bought weapons they intended to give to Mexican drug cartels. So Democrats have a crazy idea: maybe buying weapons for drug cartels should be, you know, illegal.”

Lawmakers Still Hammering Out Details To End Minnesota’s Government Shutdown

“What seemed like a quick end to Minnesota’s government shutdown is proving to take a bit longer.

Lawmakers worked over the weekend on language that reflects the budget deal Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican lawmakers agreed upon last week. The deal is a compromise on a GOP budget offer made on June 30, just before the state’s shutdown. It involves delaying more money to K-12 and borrowing money from future tobacco payments. Critics describe it as a quick fix, not a long-term budget solution.”

Federal Judges Are Retiring At Twice The Rate New Judges Are Being Confirmed

“Later today, the Senate will hold a confirmation vote on Paul Oetken’s nomination to a federal judgeship in New York City. If confirmed, Oetken will be the first of President Obama’s three openly-gay nominees to join the bench — but he will also be only the fourth new federal judge in two months.

Because approximately one federal judge retires every week, this means that the federal bench is currently losing judges twice as fast as new ones are being confirmed.”

Iraq eyes U.S. trainers, not troops, after 2011

“BAGHDAD (Reuters) – Iraq wants the United States to supply several thousand trainers for its military but is unlikely to ask Washington to extend its troop presence beyond a year-end deadline, Iraqi security and political sources say.”

More attacks as Petraeus hands over command in Afghanistan

“KABUL (Reuters) – General David Petraeus, Washington’s new intelligence chief, handed over command of U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan Monday, a day after a tentative start was made to a gradual process of transferring security to Afghan forces.”

Satire: U.S. Quietly Slips Out Of Afghanistan In Dead Of Night

“KABUL, AFGHANISTAN—In what officials said was the “only way” to move on from what has become a “sad and unpleasant” situation, all 100,000 U.S. military and intelligence personnel crept out of their barracks in the dead of night Sunday and quietly slipped out of Afghanistan.

U.S. commanders explained their sudden pullout in a short, handwritten note left behind at Bagram Airfield, their largest base of operations in the country.[…]

According to Pentagon sources, years of growing resentment, deep-seated trust issues, and periods of outright hostility had taken their toll on the relationship, leaving both partners hardened and bitter. After reportedly taking a “long look in the mirror” last week, senior defense officials came to the conclusion that they had “wasted a decade of [their] lives” with Afghanistan, prompting them to finally seek an end to their dysfunctional and destructive long-term engagement.

“When we went into this, everything seemed so perfect—that first democratic election in 2004, Operation Anaconda—those were great times,” said Gen. James Mattis of U.S. Central Command, who stated that he would always cherish the warm memory of their early days together in Mazar-i-Sharif. “But we’ve grown so far apart since then. Sometimes it’s hard to remember why we even got involved in the first place.””

Good News: Despite Sluggish Economy, Colo. Bluegrass Festivals Thrive

“While a number of music festivals are struggling in a down economy, Colorado has three bluegrass festivals that are selling out. And one small mountain town there is becoming the Nashville of the Rockies.

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