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Ten ways you could feel Friday’s $85B federal budget cuts

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Barbara Boxer sees carbon tax in the mix

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Sen. Barbara Boxer said she had a one word answer for why President Obama promised to act on climate change in his second inaugural address: “Sandy.” Boxer called Hurricane Sandy a turning point in public opinion on global warming, and said Washington will act to curb CO2 emissions not via legislation but through the Environmental [...] [Read More]

Nancy Pelosi rips Reps for refusing Sandy aid

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House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, after supplying the majority of votes (172 to 85 from Republicans) for the fiscal cliff package late on New Year’s Day, took to the floor of the House Wednesday to chastise Republican leaders for refusing to bring up the Senate’s $60 billion disaster aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims. Looking [...] [Read More]

Top ten political winners of 2012

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Most of the biggest political winners of 2012 didn’t even win an election this year: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards among them. But it didn’t hurt if you won an election. Ask President Obama, who won a surprisingly large victory [...] [Read More]

Henry Waxman shouts into wind on climate change

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It’s another beautiful December day in Washington. And Rep. Henry Waxman, ranking Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has sent his 21st letter requesting a hearing on climate change, this time on a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers that says we are on our way to a four degree centigrade world, and possibly six, instead [...] [Read More]

States pressure Obama to find $82 billion for federal superstorm relief

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President Obama is battling with lawmakers over federal spending. No, not the fiscal cliff. And he’s not even battling Republicans. The White House is jostling with lawmakers from the states of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut over how much of the tab for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts will be picked up by the feds. [...] [Read More]

Cuomo will make first trip to DC on Monday

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will travel to Washington, D.C. on Monday to plead his case for a $42 billion appropriation from Superstorm Sandy, sources said. Cuomo, a Democrat who served as secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton, has not visited Washington since taking office in 2011. Indeed, Cuomo makes a [...] [Read More]

Big buzz on carbon taxes

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The Washington policy machine is all atwitter with the idea that the carbon tax’s time has come. It is an elegant three-run homer that would tackle climate change, tax reform and the budget deficit in one fell swoop. It would meet the conservatives’ quest for consumption taxes, the liberals’ quest for new revenues and the [...] [Read More]

Obama’s handling of Hurricane Sandy “important” to 41 percent of voters

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While we wait for real results to roll in, let’s look at the not-so-real snapshots delivered by exit polls. Quick translation of those who respond to exit polls: People with too much time on their hands. A CBS exit poll shows that 41 percent of voters thought President Obama’s handling of Hurricane Sandy was an [...] [Read More]

ATR: Storm-themed anti-Obama mailer was produced in September

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John Kartch, spokesman for Americans for Tax Reform: “We’re circulating no such flyer. ATR sent out a mail piece opposing President Obama’s policies using a storm analogy way back in September. Sounds like someone is being dishonest.” [Read More]