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  4. I’m not a Democrat. I’m an anti-Republican.

    The return of Benghazi is the latest evidence that the GOP is putting its unhinged obsessions before the good of the country

     


  5. When it comes to gay marriage, the dissonance between the two Republican camps further underscores the GOP’s broader ideological divide. And it calls attention to the vocal influence of its more regressive, unflattering corners, further hindering the party’s attempt to broaden its appeal to younger voters, many of whom are gravitating en masse to the Democrats because of social issues like gay marriage.
     


  6. 140,000
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    The number of low-income families set to lose rental assistance vouchers, thanks to Congress’ sequestration policy. That will save $2 billion, the same amount the government shutdown cost in back pay to federal workers.

    How to stick it to the poor: A comprehensive congressional strategy.

     


  7. 76%
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    The percentage of Americans who believe “the rich just get richer while the poor get poorer.”

    Why income inequality has become the Democratic party’s top issue

     

  8. Lesson for today: Paying too much attention to your base is deadly. Also, avoid duels at all costs.

    4 lessons from extinct political parties

     

  9. Does Hillary Clinton have an Anthony Weiner problem?

    "The Clintons are upset with the comparisons that the Weiners seem to be encouraging — that Huma is ‘standing by her man’ the way Hillary did with Bill, which is not what she in fact did," a Democratic source tells the New York Post.

     


  10. Bill Scher:

    On the surface, Washington seems hopelessly mired in chronic partisan dysfunction. Scandal hysteria continues to fuel bitter partisan rhetoric. Senate Republicans are still obstructing humdrum presidential nominations. House Republicans are threatening (again!) to block the perfunctory but essential task of raising the debt limit. Gridlock produced the hated sequester. The broadly popular gun background-check bill remains stalled. Obama recently lamented that the partisan “fever” he hoped his re-election would cure has “not quite broken yet.”

    And yet, amid the recent acrimony, landmark immigration reform quietly earned a solid bipartisan vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee, sending the bill to the Senate floor. And the Senate minority leader pledged not to lead a filibuster that would prevent a final up-or-down vote.

    The bill cleared committee after a last-minute deal was struck between Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, making it easier for technology companies to hire foreign workers. While the agreement was a setback for the AFL-CIO, altering a previous compromise with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the union’s president, Richard Trumka, did not seek to blow up the bill. He hailed the committee vote as “an enormous step toward healing an injustice.”

    Don’t call it a comeback. Bipartisanship has been here for years.

     

  11. More cartoons: An inspired new look
    JEFF PARKER © 2013 Cagle Cartoons

    More cartoons

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

    • "Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science."
      As Obama called for the country to respond to the threat of climate change, he issued a stark reminder that many Republicans seem to reject basic scientific findings.
       
    • "Enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war."
      Obama rose to national prominence by opposing wars started by George W. Bush, and he rarely misses a chance to remind Americans that Republican foreign policy led to open-ended wars with no exit strategy.

    5 unmistakable shots at Republicans in Obama’s inaugural address

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  12. "The most dysfunctional ever…” 
    "The most worthless, incompetent, do-nothing gathering of lawmakers in the nation’s history…"
    "The most unproductive session since the 1940s…"

    10 insulting labels for the outgoing 112th Congress

    (Source: theweek.com)