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Dems say IG report confirms IRS didn't engage in politically motivated targeting - The Hill

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 12:09

The Hill

Dems say IG report confirms IRS didn't engage in politically motivated targeting
The Hill
Key Democratic lawmakers on Thursday praised a watchdog's report on the IRS' scrutiny of applications for tax-exempt status, saying the report confirms that the agency did not target groups for political reasons. The Treasury Inspector General for Tax ...

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House passes $1.1 trillion budget to advance tax reform - Washington Examiner

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 11:55

House passes $1.1 trillion budget to advance tax reform
Washington Examiner
The GOP budget, dubbed the "Building a Better America Plan," passed in a 219-206 vote Thursday after hours of debate over alternative budgets proposed by Democrats, conservatives, progressives and other factions. Eighteen Republicans voted against it, ...

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Right On: The end of identity politics? Let's hope so - St George News

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:10

St George News

Right On: The end of identity politics? Let's hope so
St George News
To Democrats' delight, Judis projected a future liberal majority of minorities and progressive whites. Party leaders saw his book as ... He also notes that Republican Sens. Marco Rubio, John Cornyn ... Sanders went on: “In other words, one of the ...

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Across the country, progressives are winning. Is that a sign for 2018? - Mic

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 08:36

Mic

Across the country, progressives are winning. Is that a sign for 2018?
Mic
These local level wins follow recent pick-ups by Democrats in state House races, where Democrats have beaten Republican in places as conservative as Oklahoma. And they are beginning to show “the fruits of our labor,” said Nina Turner, president of Our ...

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A single-payer litmus test won't help the progressive agenda - Los Angeles Times

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 07:02

Los Angeles Times

A single-payer litmus test won't help the progressive agenda
Los Angeles Times
Obamacare is still with us. The latest Republican repeal effort has failed, and the enrollment period begins Nov. 1. A bipartisan Senate bill to address its problems could be voted on sometime this fall. Meanwhile, many Democrats are embracing a single ...
The Obamacare Ratchet EffectJacobin magazine

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On Criminal Justice Reform, Bipartisanship Is Back - RealClearPolitics

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 05:50

RealClearPolitics

On Criminal Justice Reform, Bipartisanship Is Back
RealClearPolitics
In Pennsylvania, for example, conservative Republican state Sen. ... Gene Mills, president of the Louisiana Family Forum, perhaps the Pelican State's most conservative organization, recently honored progressive Democrat and Speaker Pro-Tem Rep.

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Changes ahead for Albuquerque - Santa Fe New Mexican

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 00:16

Changes ahead for Albuquerque
Santa Fe New Mexican
Yes, a nonpartisan election for mayor of Albuquerque is likely to turn partisan — very much so — now that Democrat Tim Keller is heading to a runoff against Republican Dan Lewis. But that's only part of the story from the Tuesday election in New ...

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House rejects Democratic budget alternatives - The Hill (blog)

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 21:29

The Hill (blog)

House rejects Democratic budget alternatives
The Hill (blog)
The Progressive Caucus budget, meanwhile, goes further in advancing liberal priorities and went down 108-314 with 79 Democrats joining all Republicans to vote against it. It would spend $2 trillion in infrastructure ... The House on Thursday will ...

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IRS unfairly targeted liberal groups, too, Treasury Department watchdog finds - Chicago Tribune

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:29

Chicago Tribune

IRS unfairly targeted liberal groups, too, Treasury Department watchdog finds
Chicago Tribune
Those findings fueled accusations by Republican lawmakers that the Obama administration engaged in politically motivated targeting of conservatives. But Democrats have long challenged those claims, arguing that liberal-leaning groups were given close ...

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Pressured on tax cuts, Democrats see little reason to deal - Washington Post

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:25

Washington Post

Pressured on tax cuts, Democrats see little reason to deal
Washington Post
Ryan's support for “tax reform” perked up the American Action Network, a conservative group aligned with House Republicans, which ran TV ads thanking the Democrat. But last week, when the framework dropped, Ryan wasn't sold. “It looks like a dog,” Ryan ...
Red State Democrats Have No Good Reason to Back Trump's Tax PlanNew York Magazine
What's the Rush to Fix the Tax System? It Works Just FineNewsweek
Parts of GOP Tax Overhaul Embraced by Conservative DemocratsBloombergQuint
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Is the Republican Party a Threat to the Constitution? - The Nation.

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:31

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Is the Republican Party a Threat to the Constitution?
The Nation.
In Turkey, the AK Party's leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has skillfully courted an emerging middle class of conservative religious voters who felt maligned and disrespected by Kemalist liberal and secular elites. (The role of organized religion in ...

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Texas Democrats must expand base to win statewide elections - Dallas News

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:38

Dallas News

Texas Democrats must expand base to win statewide elections
Dallas News
Conservatives and progressives are so far apart in Texas that there are virtually no crossover opportunities for Democratic or Republican candidates. There is no middle in Texas, and few voters fit in both political camps. That's why Davis' campaign ...

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GOP's John Kingston puts $3M into his primary purse - Boston Herald

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 07:35

Boston Herald

GOP's John Kingston puts $3M into his primary purse
Boston Herald
Republican businessman John Kingston has funneled $3 million of his own cash into his potential U.S. Senate bid, underscoring the financial heft he's wielded at the onset of the GOP race to take on Massachusetts Sen. ... Geoff Diehl and scientist ...

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The Daily 202: Why a Republican strategist thinks we're in a new Gilded Age - Washington Post

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 07:09

Washington Post

The Daily 202: Why a Republican strategist thinks we're in a new Gilded Age
Washington Post
With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve. THE BIG IDEA: Everywhere he looks, Republican strategist and lobbyist Bruce Mehlman sees “eerie” parallels between the Gilded Age and today. Mehlman produces quarterly reports about the political climate.

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Conservative Democrats Endorse Parts of GOP Tax Plan - Bloomberg

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 06:18

Bloomberg

Conservative Democrats Endorse Parts of GOP Tax Plan
Bloomberg
Democrats risk angering their core supporters by endorsing Republican tax plans. Representative Tim Ryan, an Ohio Democrat who isn't part of the Blue Dog Group, upset liberals in August when he endorsed lowering the corporate-tax rate. “We can't just ...

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Who are Trump's political allies in Puerto Rico? - MyAJC

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 06:15

MyAJC

Who are Trump's political allies in Puerto Rico?
MyAJC
The territory's residents do, however, participate in the primary elections - and while Democratic voters chose Hillary Clinton, the island's Republican voters chose Sen. Marco Rubio, Fla., the candidate who launched some of the most brutal attacks on ...

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Letters to the Editor - The Winchester Star

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 06:00

Letters to the Editor
The Winchester Star
The Greenwood Volunteer Fire & Rescue Co. will honor all of its volunteers on this Sunday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at the fire company's banquet hall, located at 809 Greenwood Road. The Memorial service is a time to remember all those who volunteered their ...

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Democrats' latest hope for fighting gerrymandering: the Supreme Court - Axios

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:09

Axios

Democrats' latest hope for fighting gerrymandering: the Supreme Court
Axios
The court remained divided on the case hearing held today, with Justice Kennedy only asking questions of the lawyers defending the map and conservative Justice Samuel Alito saying, "Gerrymandering is distasteful ... but if we're going to impose a ...

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Liberal Intolerance On College Campuses - Coronado Eagle and Journal

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 18:13

Liberal Intolerance On College Campuses
Coronado Eagle and Journal
... just from V to Z. So maybe progressives, liberals and or Socialist-Democrats could take a brief break from attacking the other side (conservative thinkers/young republicans) and more broadly incorporate values that liberals supposedly cherish, like ...

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Who are Trump's political allies in Puerto Rico? - Laredo Morning Times

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 17:34

Who are Trump's political allies in Puerto Rico?
Laredo Morning Times
Although Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, they don't vote in the general election. The territory's residents do, however, participate in the primary elections - and while Democratic voters chose Hillary Clinton, the island's Republican voters chose Sen.

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