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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor upset in Republican primary by Tea Party unknown Dr. Dave Brat

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia’s 7th District, was upset in Virginia’s June 10 primary by unknown Tea Party candidate David Brat. Roll Call indicates that the district was considered a safe seat for the Republicans, with no Democrat yet emerging as a challenger.  Unofficial results have Brat leading Cantor 56% to 44%. Links & Resources :: Cantor upset in Virginia GOP primary by

NEWSLINK & VIDEO: Alaska Republican U.S. Senate Hopeful Dan Sullivan Sees Advantage as First-Time Candidate

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[“Alaska Republican Sees Advantage as First-Time Candidate” – Roll Call 6.6.14] Roll Call covers Alaska U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan’s primary race.  Sullivan has federal background in Washington, D.C., as well as experience in appointed positions as state Attorney General and Commissioner of Natural Resources: Alaska Republican Dan Sullivan, a first-time candidate for elected office, says his dearth of experience on the trail will help — not

High-ranking IRS official to “take the fifth” and refuse to testify before Congress on scandal

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According to news reports, an attorney for IRS official Lois Lerner has indicated that Lerner will invoke the Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and refuse to testify before Congress.   Lerner is the director of the IRS Exempt Organization Division, which deals with nonprofits, including those seeking 501(c)(4) status. Lerner was to be called before a Congressional hearing on Wednesday, May 22, aimed at continuing

Senator Rand Paul Filibusters Obama CIA Nomination (UPDATE 1)

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(Update: the filibuster concluded just before 1 AM, lasting roughly 13 hours, and the CIA nominee was confirmed later in that new day; more talking filibusters are promised in the future however) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and others are twelve hours and counting into a U.S. Senate filibuster of the confirmation vote for President Barack Obama’s nominee for CIA Director, John Brennan.  Ongoing speaking by

NEWSLINK: House Releases Continuing Resolution With Sequester Reductions in Place

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[House Releases Continuing Resolution With Sequester Reductions in Place - Roll Call - March 4, 2013] Roll Call covers a continuing resolution by House Republicans to address spending cuts while providing greater flexibility for how military spending is adjusted: House appropriators on Monday unveiled a proposed final fiscal 2013 spending package that would effectively cap federal operating expenses at $982 billion, when the cuts already

VIDEO: House Speaker Weekly Briefing: Boehner Addresses Budget and Sequester

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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), on Thursday, February 28, 2013, addressed the federal budget in his weekly briefing.  He did so on the eve of automatic cuts, or sequestration, kicking in on Friday, March 1, 2013. As Boehner points out, the National Debt is now at more than $16 trillion, roughly $52,000 for every person in the United States. The Speaker argues that the federal

NEWSLINK: Panetta says he personally told Obama about Benghazi attack

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[Panetta says he personally told Obama about Benghazi attack – Washington Times 2.7.13 – click here for article] President Barack Hussein Obama reportedly was informed that an attack was unfolding on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, who was visiting Obama for a prearranged meeting at the time. The Washington Times highlighted the news in coverage of an additional

Uproar Over Bloated Sandy Aid Package

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(Heritage Foundation: Morning Bell – Amy Payne – January 3, 2013 – http://blog.heritage.org/2013/01/03/morning-bell-uproar-over-bloated-sandy-aid-package/) Leaders from New Jersey and New York blew up yesterday after House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) postponed a vote on an aid package related to Hurricane Sandy. But the bill is so loaded with pork projects that these officials should consider directing their anger at the Obama Administration, which is hijacking the