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The GOP Senate should end the filibuster rule and repeal O-care

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Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Friday he’s open to eliminating the Senate’s 60-vote threshold if it helps Congress repeal Obamacare and enact “free-market oriented” health care reforms. Appearing on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show, the former Florida governor was asked if he’d support invoking the “Reid rule”—also known as the “nuclear option”—to nix the legislative filibuster to replace the Affordable Care Act. At first, Bush said his focus was coming up with a health care plan that Republicans can unify behind. “I’d have to see—if the repeal is what I’m going to advocate, then I might consider that.” “I think ...

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Chaffetz does the right thing and reinstates banished conservative

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Representative Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican punished by party leaders last week for siding against them on a procedural trade vote, has been reinstated as a subcommittee chairman. “It is in the best interest of this committee to move forward together,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah, announcing that Meadows will resume his role as a chairman of that panel’s government operations subcommittee. In a statement, Meadows said he appreciated Chaffetz’s decision, while adding, “I will continue to vote and conduct myself in accordance with my conscience, what my constituents want me to do, ...

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Jindal Is Our Champion of Conservative Ideals

Republican presidential candidate and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in Kenner, Louisiana June 24, 2015.   REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman

An Oxford-educated son of Indian immigrants, Jindal can point to a political career filled with many achievements in a short time Jindal intends to present himself as “the youngest candidate with the longest resume,” He was born Piyush Jindal in 1971, four months after his parents arrived in Louisiana from their native India. When he was 4, he asked to be called “Bobby” after a character on “The Brady Bunch,” a favorite television show. KENNER, La. — Pitching himself as a “doer” in a field of talkers, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared his candidacy for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination ...

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Senate’s first black member says its time to take down the Confederate flag

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The revived debate about the Confederate battle flag has climaxed with exceptional speed in South Carolina, where the state’s three most prominent Republicans led a bipartisan call Monday for removing the banner completely from the state capitol. Sen. Lindsey Graham was seizing an opening to underscore his maverick political brand and distinguish himself in a field of presidential candidates who have remained largely equivocal on the polarizing question. Gov. Nikki R. Haley was taking advantage of an opportunity allowing her to reverse a position that’s complicated her own public profile. But for Sen. Tim Scott, the moment represented something quite ...

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The AP is being disingenuous about the gun photo involving Ted Cruz

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Welcome to the 2016 campaign cycle, where anything goes, apparently, as long as you have an “R” after your name The Associated Press covered a story on Saturday in which U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a Republican presidential contender, spoke at a gun range in Iowa as part of a campaign event. As AP stories go, it was pretty mundane; just some details about the event, what the candidate said, and so forth. What wasn’t so mundane was the series of photographs that accompanied the short story. The photos taken by AP photographer Charlie Neibergall that the newswire’s editors ...

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Mitt Romney: Confederate flag hateful; take it down

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  The former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Saturday called for the removal of the Confederate flag that flies outside the South Carolina state capitol in Columbia. The flag is at the center of a fierce political debate, in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of nine people at the historic Emanuel AME church in the city on Wednesday. The alleged gunman, 21-year-old Dylann Roof, who is white, was arraigned in court on Friday. All of those who died in the church were black. Using Twitter, Romney said: “Take down the #ConfederateFlag at the SC Capitol. To many, it is ...

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The Fate of Trans-Pacific Partnership Lies in Republican Hands

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Days after President Obama’s trade agenda was scuttled by members of his own party, the White House and congressional Republicans have found no clear path forward, raising doubts about what was supposed to be one of the administration’s final legislative accomplishments. Republican leaders vowed Monday to press ahead in their rare alliance with the Obama administration against Democratic leaders and organized labor over a trade measure that the White House says is crucial to securing an ambitious 12-nation Pacific Rim pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. But in a sign of the challenges still ahead, tentative plans to vote again ...

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