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Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) bites into Senate on stalling immigration vote.

Chuck Schumer lights a fire under Senate on Immigration Bill prompting a robust response from Sen. Chuck Grassling. He urges the Senate not to use recent gun violence to sidetrack Immigration Bill voting.

 

How Right-Wingers in Congress Came to Represent a Whole Different Country | Alternet

With an assist from some long-term demographic trends, House Republicans have redistricted, propagandized and policed themselves into another country.

As a result, they have become unmoored from the political incentives that typically drive law-makers’ decision-making process. Public opinion no longer sways them, and that is creating a potentially insurmountable problem for the party establishment’s efforts to broaden the GOP’s appeal beyond angry old white people.

House Republicans may care about the GOP’s national fortunes in the abstract, but too many are impervious to what the public at large wants because of the nature of the districts they represent. At the same time, a steady stream of spin from the conservative media provides insulation from the realities of American politics, and deep-pocketed outside groups punish Republicans for any deviation from right-wing orthodoxy.

via How Right-Wingers in Congress Came to Represent a Whole Different Country | Alternet.

 

Rand Paul’s speech at Howard U: Students call him, Tea Party, and capitalism racist

Two students who interrupted Senator Rand Paul‘s speech at Howard University with accusations of racism told Campus Reform that they also consider the Tea Party, opponents to national health care, and capitalism to be discrimination against minorities.

 

Rand Paul Speaks At Howard University Part 2

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke to students at Howard University about Republican Party’s outreach efforts to young people and minorities. He detailed the party’s historical opposition to slavery and support for civil rights, and why he believes Republican positions on school choice and government regulation should appeal to African Americans. He also talked about some issues that he believes the Republican Party needs to reconsider, including mandatory minimum sentencing, drug laws, and aspects of national security.

 

Rand Paul Speaks At Howard University Part 1

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke to students at Howard University about Republican Party’s outreach efforts to young people and minorities. He detailed the party’s historical opposition to slavery and support for civil rights, and why he believes Republican positions on school choice and government regulation should appeal to African Americans. He also talked about some issues that he believes the Republican Party needs to reconsider, including mandatory minimum sentencing, drug laws, and aspects of national security.

 

Charleston Regional Business Journal | Charleston, SC

White Coat Day was organized by the South Carolina Hospital Association and aimed to equip doctors to engage with their representatives and push for the state to accept federal money and expand the health program for lower income people.

About 75 doctors from across the state attended a meeting at the Statehouse.

via Charleston Regional Business Journal | Charleston, SC.

 

White House Cancels Tours To Save Money, And Boy Are Republicans Ticked Off (VIDEOS) | Addicting Info

Tourists visiting Washington D.C. this spring to enjoy the profusion of pink, fragrant, cherry blossoms and tour the White House are in for an unpleasant surprise. NBC News reports that due to budget cuts required by the sequester, all White House tours are cancelled until further notice, starting Saturday, March 9th. The cuts will save the U.S. government $74,000 per week — or $3,488,000 per year. Just a drop in the $4 trillion deficit reduction bucket, but what the hey, every little bit helps. You’d think those fanatical budget-balancing Republicans would be cackling with glee while twisting their cold, gnarled, blue-veined hands together in excitement over this latest misery inflicted upon the American people. After all, they’re the ones who’ve forced this highly unpopular sequestration upon us in the first place: 45% of Americans want their elected representatives to vote against it, and only 11% feel positive about it.

via White House Cancels Tours To Save Money, And Boy Are Republicans Ticked Off (VIDEOS) | Addicting Info.

Obama to meet with Republican senators over budget | Reuters

(Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to meet with several Republican senators for dinner on Wednesday as part of his effort to revive talks to tackle the nation’s long-term deficit, a congressional aide confirmed.

via Obama to meet with Republican senators over budget | Reuters.

 

Chuck Hagel Ekes Out a Win – The Daily Beast

The three-month battle over Chuck Hagel’s nomination ended with a whimper on Tuesday. Seventy-one senators voted to end debate on the president’s pick for secretary for defense, paving the way for the former Republican senator to be confirmed on a largely party-line vote.

via Chuck Hagel Ekes Out a Win – The Daily Beast.

 

White House not “hopeful” sequester will be averted – CBS News

Senior administration officials do not expect the spending cuts to be averted; they expect them to happen.

“It doesn’t look hopeful that we will resolve this before Saturday,” said one senior official who briefed reporters Tuesday afternoon.

The White House does detect some differences emerging among Republicans and pointed to comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., who flew with President Obama to Virginia on Tuesday.

via White House not “hopeful” sequester will be averted – CBS News.