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Daily Archives: December 5, 2012

Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in "Thelma & Loise."

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Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon in "Thelma & Loise."

Fiscal Cliff Debate Is Running Out of Metaphors as Well as Time

Automatic defense cuts scheduled for January have been called everything from a “self-inflicted wound” to a “Satan sandwich.” Now, Marion Blakey, the head of the defense industry group leading the fight against the reductions, says, “Not only are we running...

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Former House speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during press conference in Arlington, Virginia, on May 2, 2012.

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Former House speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during press conference in Arlington, Virginia, on May 2, 2012.

Pro-Gingrich Super-PAC Head Still ‘Winning’

Three days after Election Day, Rebecca Burkett collected her 14th paycheck from Winning Our Future, a Federal Election Commission report filed today show. No matter that the super-political action committee’s preferred presidential candidate had dropped out some six months earlier....

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Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas, right, and Representative Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, during a news conference following a Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol.

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Representative Jeb Hensarling, a Republican from Texas, right, and Representative Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia, during a news conference following a Republican Conference meeting at the Capitol.

Frank’s Frank Hensarling Talk: `Complete and Total Irrelevance’

Rep. Barney Frank, who spent two years leading the House Financial Services Committee, says incoming chairman Jeb Hensarling of Texas will bring “complete and total irrelevance” to the committee. “Legislatively, he’s so far out of the mainstream,” Frank, a Massachusetts...

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks to the media flanked by fellow members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Dec. 5, 2012.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks to the media flanked by fellow members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Dec. 5, 2012.

Pelosi’s Team: `Looks Like America’

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, “beaming with pride” at the “diversity” among her party’s leadership, today introduced the new top Democrats on House committees. Pelosi spoke to reporters after the House Democratic Caucus elected Nita Lowey to be the top...

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, listens to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, during a news conference on the Capitol on Dec. 5, 2012.

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House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican from Ohio, right, listens to House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, during a news conference on the Capitol on Dec. 5, 2012.

Boehner: Breaking Ranks is Costly, Says One of the Already Punished

 Written with James Rowley Rep. Tim Huelskamp, one of the four Republicans shunned from prime House committees for opposing their leaders, says Speaker John Boehner warned his rank-and-file members that more lawmakers could be punished for not being team players....

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