A new CBS poll has found that a majority of Americans disapprove of the GOP’s plan to cut off funding for health care reform. Fifty-five percent do not want the funding eliminated, while just 35 percent said they approve of the Republican idea.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) “expressed little sympathy” for federal workers who may lose their jobs due to Republican budget cuts. “If some of those jobs are lost, so be it.” Politifact reports that Boehner also falsely stated the number of new federal jobs that have been created since Obama took office.
Former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) announced today that he will be forming a new political action committee (PAC) based around empowering progressive candidates and battling corporate influence in politics. Feingold said the PAC, which will be called Progressives United, will support candidates when they uphold our progressive ideals.
The Bush administration’s main Iraqi source that Saddam Hussein’s Iraq had biological weapons in the run-up to the 2003 invasion admitted that he fabricated his story. “I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime,” said Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, code-named “Curveball.” “I and my sons are proud of that, and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy.”
Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R) declined to denounce a proposal to honor a founder of the KKK on state license plates. Pushed by the state’s NAACP chapter to denounce the Sons of Confederate Veterans project, Barbour said yesterday, “I don’t go around denouncing people.”
While reporting from Tahrir Square in Egypt last Friday, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was “separated from her crew” and “suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating” by “a dangerous element” of more than 200 people. According to CBS, Logan was “saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers” and is now recovering at home in the U.S.
While many of the nation’s governors are proposing draconian spending cuts to curb deficits, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton (D), who replaced Tim Pawlenty, has called for raising taxes on the richest 5 percent of Minnesotans, which would pay down half of the state’s deficit. The move fulfills an explicit campaign promise of Dayton’s.
And finally: GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum “has a Google problem.” Gay sex-advice columnist Dan Savage sought to mock the former Pennsylvania senator’s hateful comments towards gays several years ago by coining Santorum’s name to represent a vulgar anal sex term. It now appears prominently on Google searches as such. Santorum “sounded slightly defeated when asked about it recently,” telling Roll Call, “It’s one guy. … It’s unfortunate that we have someone who obviously has some issues.”
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