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House Republicans Finally Surrender To ACORN

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WASHINGTON — After voting 13 times to block funding to an anti-poverty organization that does not exist, House Republicans appear to be throwing in the towel. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now — better known as ACORN — disbanded in early 2010 because it was out of money. It was out of money because Congress had defunded the organization in late 2009, after conservative provocateur James O’Keefe had…

Obama Seeks Executive Ways To Limit Tax Inversions

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday. President Barack Obama has denounced so-called tax inversions as unpatriotic and has urged Congress to stop them, in an election-year push that Democrats hope will appeal to middle-class voters who feel corporate America…

Rep. King Floats Impeachment, ‘That “I” Word We Don’t Want To Say’

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WASHINGTON — Just days after House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called rumors of a GOP plan to impeach President Barack Obama “a scam started by Democrats at the White House,” tea party favorite Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) again stoked speculation about a possible impeachment push led by the far-right element of Boehner’s caucus. Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” King said that if Obama’s expected executive actions to address the border…

Wall Street Journal Editorial Scolds Republican ‘Deportation Caucus’

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The Wall Street Journal editorial page excoriated Republicans on Saturday for positioning themselves as the party of maximum deportations. House Republicans late Friday night had succeeded in passing two immigration bills — one measure that would strip protections from the young undocumented immigrants known as Dreamers and a funding bill meant to address the influx of 57,500 unaccompanied minors who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. Republican leaders pulled a…

Obama On Border Crisis: House Bill ‘Extreme And Unworkable’

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama criticized House Republicans on Friday for planning to pass “the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere” amid an ongoing border crisis. “They’re not even trying to actually solve the problem,” Obama said of the House GOP at a press conference from the White House. “This is a message bill that they couldn’t pull off yesterday, so…

GOP Admits It’s Hypocritical To Sue Obama Yet Urge Him To Act Alone On Border Crisis

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A pair of House Republicans admitted on Friday that it made little sense to sue President Barack Obama over executive overreach and, at the same time, urge him to act without Congress to solve the border crisis. “Look, you can’t say on the one hand that the president is overreaching by acting without legislative authority and direction and then refuse to give him legislative authority and direction in another area,”…

House Scraps Vote On Bill To Address Border Crisis

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WASHINGTON — The House abruptly removed a bill from its schedule that would provide $659 million in funding to address the ongoing border crisis, after initially planning to vote on the measure Thursday. After meeting Thursday afternoon, House Republicans are set to meet again Friday morning to discuss the next steps for a border bill, delaying a planned congressional recess. The bill had significant opposition from Democrats, but GOP leadership decided to add a…

House Republicans Vow To Stay In Washington Until They Vote On Border Funding

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WASHINGTON — After canceling a vote on funding to address the border crisis because not enough House Republicans supported it, GOP members were scrambling for a new solution so they don’t go home to face constituents with nothing. Members met Thursday afternoon to figure out a game plan. Afterward, they said there was near-consensus on one thing: They’ll stay in Washington, postponing the start of their August recess, until they…

House Republicans Still Hashing Out Details Of Border Crisis Plan

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WASHINGTON — With only a week to go before the August recess, House Republicans have yet to coalesce around the specifics of a bill to address the border crisis, but likely will approve less than a third of the funding the president requested. Members said after meeting on Friday that they hope to take up legislation next week that would provide less than $1 billion — down from the $1.5…

Gillibrand calls on House lawmakers to renew the Violence Against Women Act

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      Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Sunday called for leaders in the House to renew the Violence Against Women Act, which funds programs for domestic violence victims. Since it was first enacted in 1994, VAWA had typically been reauthorized by Congress without fanfare. But in October 2011, House Republicans successfully opposed its renewal, objecting to expanding it to include groups that assist LGBT and Native American victims of domestic…