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Gallup's bad news for tea party

Views of the tea party are at all-time lows in a new poll, as primary challenges to establishment Republicans continue to heat up Washington.<p>Just 30 percent of Americans view the tea party favorably in a new Gallup poll released Wednesday, the movement’s lowest point since Gallup began polling …

Pelosi on deal: 'Embrace the suck'

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Democratic House members at a meeting Thursday morning to “embrace the suck” and encouraged enough members to back the budget deal on the floor to allow passage, according to an attendee of the meeting.<p>“We need to get this off the table so we can go forward,” …

Fewer Than 365,000 Americans Have Picked A Private Insurance Plan Through Obamacare So Far

Despite the numbers, officials are still bullish on the law. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will appear on Capitol Hill Wednesday.<p>Fewer than 365,000 Americans have successfully selected private health insurance plans on the federal health care exchange in the first two months of the program, …

Health Care

Police say teen shot self in head — while hands cuffed behind back

In yet another case of defying the limits of physiology, 17-year-old Jesus Huerta died in Durham police custody<p>A strange phenomenon has been occurring in police custody around the U.S., which seems to defy both the laws of physics and the limits of human physiology. Young people of color, …

BOEHNER GOES OFF: Conservative Groups Have 'Lost All Credibility'

"When you criticize something and you have no idea what you're criticizing, you've lost your credibility," Boehner told reporters on Capitol Hill.<p>"It just comes to a point where some people step over the line," he added, accusing the groups of "misleading their members."<p>Over the past few days, a …

Credibility

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U.S. House passes two-year budget plan; Senate vote next week

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed a two-year, bipartisan budget plan that would end some automatic spending cuts on federal agencies and replace them with more targeted government savings.<p>By an overwhelming margin, the House passed the …

The sexism of “selfie-gate”: America’s dangerous suspicion of women working with men

Too many Americans still believe attractive women in the workplace are sex objects and home-wreckers<p>When photos of President Barack Obama laughing and taking selfies with the prime minister of Denmark, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, began to surface on the Internet, people were eager to spin the photos as …

Feminism

6 reasons there’s no such thing as compassionate conservatism

Paul Ryan is the latest Republican to feign concern for the less fortunate. Here’s why it’s always a sham<p>The word is out that Republicans are attempting to rebrand themselves as compassionate conservatives (again). “Compassionate conservatism” is a term that typically comes up after Republicans …

Bill Moyers: “We are this close to losing our democracy”

Legendary journalist Bill Moyers warns about the devastating impact of dark money and voter suppression<p>I met Supreme Court Justice William Brennan in 1987 when I was creating a series for public television called <i>In Search of the Constitution,</i> celebrating the bicentennial of our founding document. …

Why atheists should listen to Pope Francis

Nonbelievers could learn a thing or two about picking the right battles<p>Time magazine has named Pope Francis its person of the year, saying that “rarely has a new player on the world stage captured so much attention so quickly—young and old, faithful and cynical—as the new leader of the Catholic …

The Rehabilitation Of Paul Ryan

<b>The thing that frightened</b> me most about the little budget deal struck the other day was that it would function as the primary vehicle for the rehabilitation of one of the most durable mythical beasts in modern American politics -- namely, Paul Ryan, Man of Ideas. And now, it appears, the wilder …

Joe Biden

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly insists Santa Claus is white

Santa Claus —who is not real — “is what he is,” says the Fox News host<p>On her show Wednesday night, Fox News' Megyn Kelly took a stand on one of the most important issues of our time: Whether or not Santa Claus — who does not exist — is a white man. As far as Kelly is concerned, there is no question …

Hunger Is Rising Across U.S., Say City Leaders

Hunger is on the rise in major cities across the United States, according to a new survey released Wednesday by the U.S. Conference of Mayors.<p>In the …

At 90, Disney Animation Nowhere Near Drawing To A Close

This year marks a milestone in the world of make believe.<p>Walt Disney Animation Studios is celebrating its 90th anniversary, a history spanning scores of classic films and a menagerie of beloved characters.<p>Walt Disney's world has grown a bit larger since it acquired Pixar — the company behind hits …

Sriracha Maker Told To Hold Its Sauce For 30 Days

Already under orders from a court to partially shut down production because of concerns that spicy smells from its Irwindale, Calif., plant are irritating neighbors' eyes, noses and throats, Huy Fong Foods has now been told it can't ship its Sriracha hot sauce until at least 30 days after …

Ryan shielded from far-right anger

House conservatives are blasting the bipartisan budget deal — but not its Republican architect, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.<p>Ryan, who chairs the Budget Committee and was his party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, doesn’t seem to be losing support from the far-right members of his party even as …

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