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16 Oct 2009

House GOP’er Hyping “Muslim Infiltration” in DC Wrote Foreward For Book Making Claim

In yesterday’s roundup I mentioned this story about some conservative McCarthyites hyping a claim about Muslims planting “spies” on Congressional committees to influence national security policy. The claim is entirely based on a dubious book called Muslim Mafia written by a discredited character named Dave Gaubatz. But the Charlotte Observer

16 Oct 2009

New Report: Conservative Republicans Are Delusional Paranoids

An eye-opening new report from the Democratic-aligned research organization Democracy Corps suggests that conservative Republicans, the majority of the GOP base, harbor a well-developed, consistent, peculiar worldview about President Obama and his “hidden agenda” for the country. Armed with “facts” from conservative media, these individuals, fully 2/3 of the Republican

16 Oct 2009

Rumor: Public Option To Be Left Out Of Merged Senate Bill

David Herszenhorn quotes anonymous Senate aides saying that the merged bill may not include a public option: Democratic aides say that Senate leaders working with the White House to meld the two bills are inclined to leave the public option out and to let supporters propose amendments to add it

16 Oct 2009

Latest CBO Score Shows House Health Care Plan Costs The Same, Covers More Than Baucus-care

This is a pretty big deal. The Senate Finance Committee has all along touted their version of health care reform as the only deficit-neutral bill that keeps under President Obama’s benchmark of $900 billion dollars over 10 years. It turns out that the latest CBO analysis of the merged bills

16 Oct 2009

Melissa Bean’s Ex-Chief of Staff Now Lobbying Against Financial Regulation

Here we go with the revolving door. The Sunlight Foundation has completed a study of how the US Chamber of Commerce is using former government officials as part of their lobbying team on financial regulation. According to second quarter lobbying disclosure reports, the Chamber currently employs, directly or through outside

16 Oct 2009

Maine AG Shoots Down The “They’ll Teach Homosexuality In Schools” Lie

I remember from covering Prop. 8 here in California how one pernicious lie from the theocrats was used over and over again in political ads – the idea that, if marriage equality became law, your children (think of the children) would be taught how to be gay in schools. The



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