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Inside the White House: The State of the Union Address

At 9 p.m. Eastern time, President Obama is going to deliver his third State of the Union address. The White House released this video to show a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes leading up to tonight’s event.

How Senators Voted for the 2003 Bush Tax Cuts

The 108th Congress voted to approve President George W. Bush’s 2003 tax cut legislation. It passed the Senate with a 50 to 50 vote and Vice President Dick Cheney provided the tiebreaker vote. Democrat Yeas Miller (GA) Nelson (NE) Republican Nays Chafee (RI) McCain (AZ) Snowe (ME) You can see the entire roll call for

How Senators Voted for Bush’s 2001 Tax Cuts

The 107th US Senate voted in 2001 for the first of President George W. Bush’s tax cut. Democrat Yeas Baucus (MT) Breaux (LA) Carnahan (MO) Cleland (GA) Feinstein (CA) Johnson (SD) Kohl (WI) Landrieu(LA) Lincoln (AR) Miller (GA) Nelson (NE) Torricelli (NJ) Akaka (HI) Present, Giving Live Pair Bingaman (NM) Present, Giving Live Pair Kerry

Senator Bernie Sanders Filibustering Tax Cuts

At approximately 10:30 a.m. this morning, Senator Bernie Sanders began his filibustering of extending Bush tax cuts on millionaires and billionaires. “I think we can do better, and I am here today to take a strong stand against this bill, and I intend to tell my colleagues and the nation exactly why I am in

House Will Pass Reworked Tax Cut Deal

Reuters reports today that a Democratic aide said House Democrats will likely pass President Obama’s tax cut deal he made with Republicans some time next week. The aide told Reuters that some tweaking to the estate tax provisions are in the works, but it appears that the rest of the Senate bill will be passed

Congressman Joe Barton’s Climate Change Expert Under Investigation

Remember back in 2006 when Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) held hearings on the so-called “Climategate” brouhaha? Well, it turns out Barton’s “expert” witness was actually a plagiarist. He stole most of his “report” on climate change from a textbook – Paleoclimatology: Reconstructing Climates of the Quaternary by Dr. Raymond Bradley. Sources: Experts claim 2006 climate

Millionaires: The One Minority Group Overrepresented in Congress

A new study by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that the wealth of members of Congress increased by 16 percent from 2008 to 2009. And while some lawmakers lost some money when the stock market crashed, nearly half, 261, are millionaires. Only 1 percent of Americans can claim the title of millionaire. According to

The Bush Tax Cuts: Should They Stay or Should They Go?

The lame duck session of Congress reconvened today. The big issue confronting this congress is whether to extend the Bush tax cuts or to let them expire. This post was originally posted on RedLightJournalist.com.

Allen West Announces Joyce Kaufman as his Chief of Staff

Representative-elect Allen West (R) won Florida’s 22nd district and this week he announced that conservative talk radio host Joyce Kaufman will be his chief of staff. This story was originally published on The Redlight Journalist.

Dems Lose Big

Democrats took it on the chin last night. Republicans and Tea Party Republicans landed one body blow after another before delivering the knockout punch. Republicans took 60 House seats and at least 6 Senate positions away from the Democrats. That means that Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) will become the next Speaker of the United States

Krugman: It’s Witch-Hunt Season

If you are old enough to remember the 1990s when the Republican party did everything in their power to destroy President Bill Clinton and his wife, you know what’s going to happen if the Democrats lose control of Congress in this year’s election. It’s going to be all-out war against President Obama. The government will

Sarah Palin Proves Once Again How Dumb She Really Is

I know Sarah Palin’s supporters don’t give a rip about facts, details or being right, but Palin sure is wrong a lot. The former half-term governor of Alaska has put her proverbial foot in her mouth again. PolitiFact.com fact-checked her recent statement that “Democrats are poised now to cause this largest tax increase in US

Senator John Kerry says the Senate will pass his climate bill this year

On Sunday, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) wrote in the Washington Post about the prospects of getting the climate bill passed this year – an election year. “Conventional wisdom says that Congress ducks tough choices in election years,” Kerry said, “predicting at best a watered-down energy bill. The same doubters said health reform was dead until

Mitch McConnell’s Lying Oily Smarmy Face Makes Me Downright Punchy

When I hear Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) speak I want choke him. I’m not necessarily a violent person, but when I see McConnell’s greasy white face on TV I want to punch him in the throat. The Senate minority leader is the current GOP hitman. It’s his job to lead the attack to kill every bill

Gallup Poll Shows Unprecedented Opposition to Incumbents

Republicans will blame Democrats. Democrats will point their fingers at Republicans. Whoever is at fault, incumbents are set up to lose big in November’s mid-term elections – maybe. A new Gallup shows that only 28 percent think members of Congress deserve to be re-elected. Conversely, 65 percent of registered voters want to see current members