Tea party Republicans set back in Virginia Labor, women's, and minority organizations all worked hard for McAuliffe, who also had support from big business interests, from the Clinton forces in the Democratic Party, and from some defectors from the Republican Party. Counterbalancing this was the ... 11/6/2013 - 7:18 am | View Link
California tea party supporters revel in role in government shutdown On Saturday, before one of the most enthusiastic meetings of the three-day session, Meckler blistered party leaders for accepting donations from the SEIU labor group and the prison guards union. He also gleefully attacked past state party ... 10/5/2013 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Could The Senate Get Its First African American Republican Tea Party Member? (The Note) The Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics also dailed ... Not satisfied with moderates in the Republican Party, he has led efforts to recruit and fund more conservative alternatives. He was particularly active in the 2010 midterm ... 12/7/2012 - 1:07 am | View Link
Labor, 'tea partyers' bond over Prop. 31 They didn’t go there. Did they? Did the No on 31 campaign, funded mostly by organized labor and backed by the California Democratic Party, really invoke the "Tea Party" as being on the right (right as in “correct”) side of the issue? 10/11/2012 - 8:47 am | View Link
Tea party preps for more labor fights (POLITICO) Next stops for the tea party after Wisconsin: Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. Fresh off last week’s seismic victory against Big Labor, conservative activists are revving up their ground game in key presidential swing states where unions have ... 10/5/2012 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Room 216 in the Hart Senate Office Building is usually the venue reserved for Supreme Court confirmation hearings and other high-profile televised grillings of government witnesses. But this week it was transformed into a health-care help center for congressional staffers confronting the reality of the Affordable Care Act. Read full article >>
Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) has closed her congressional campaign committee and transferred the remaining funds to her political action committee. Giffords was considered a potential future candidate for higher office when she sustained a serious brain injury in a January 2011 shooting at a grocery store in Tucson. Even after the shooting and despite an arduous and still-continuing recovery process, some thought she could eventually run for Senate.
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Call it the Jason Bourne strategy.
Think of it as the CIA's plunge into Hollywood—or into the absurd. As recent revelations have made clear, that Agency's moves couldn't be have been more far-fetched or more real. In its post-9/11 global shadow war, it has employed both private contractors and some of the world's most notorious prisoners in ways that leave the latest episode of the Bourne films in the dust: hired gunmen trained to kill as well as former inmates who cashed in on the notoriety of having worn an orange jumpsuit in the world's most infamous jail.
The first group of undercover agents were recruited by private companies from the Army Special Forces and the Navy SEALs and then repurposed to the CIA at handsome salaries averaging around $140,000 a year; the second crew was recruited from the prison cells at Guantanamo Bay and paid out of a secret multimillion dollar slush fund called "the Pledge."
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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, an all-but-announced 2016 presidential candidate, traveled to Detroit today to visit an African American voter outreach center opened by the state's Republican party and to address the Detroit Economic Club on Friday. Paul has made courting African American voters a priority over the past year, an effort that includes delivering a speech this spring at Howard University.
New conservative boogeyman
Patrick Deneen at the American Conservative on the Right's reaction to the new Pope:
Since the release of Evangelii Gaudium there have been countless articles and commentary about the economic portions of Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation. Some of the commentary has been downright bizarre, such as Rush Limbaugh denouncing the Pope as a Marxist, or Stuart Varney accusing Francis of being a neo-socialist.