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May 20, 2013
Well, that didn't take long. Just as several genuine scandals cast the Obama administration in an unfavorable light, Republicans in Congress are already overreaching - with hyperbolic comparisons to Watergate, calls for special prosecutors, outrageous claims about President Barack Obama's involvement, possible impeachment and assorted hyper-partisan rhetoric. Just this weekend, there was Sen. Rand Paul on TV claiming there was a "written policy" at the Internal Revenue Service to target people opposed to President Obama.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | March 23, 2014
I have developed a habit of noting things that annoy me, a not infrequent task for a Republican these days. When the grievance list gets long enough, I turn it into a Sunday column. Herein my latest list: 1. Eric Holder: In no particular order, suing states over photo identification laws and school choice statutes, advising states on the merits of selective law enforcement, a "Contempt of Congress" citation over the IRS' targeting of conservative groups, foregoing the prosecution of Black Panthers engaged in voter intimidation, and the "Fast and Furious" gun running program are but a sampling of the reasons to be upset by the performance of this hard left attorney general.
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By Dan Berger | November 8, 1996
Congressional Republicans can (A) share government with Bill or (B) bring it to a halt by investigating him to death. Either/or. They must choose.The first Clinton cabinet looked like the country by including women and Hispanics. The second will go further by adding Republicans.Congratulations to the Lippo Bank for ensuring that Newt Gingrich remains in power.Bet the store, not the score. -- Boston College motto.Pub Date: 11/08/96
NEWS
January 29, 2014
"No one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty. " That was the message President Barack Obama brought from Tuesday night's State of the Union address to a Costco warehouse in Lanham on Wednesday morning, and it's hard to believe that there's much disagreement on that sentiment. Yet based on the reaction from Congressional Republicans, one would think that President Obama's decision to issue an executive order raising the minimum wage for new federal contractual workers to $10.10 per hour from the current $7.25 was tantamount to socialism.
NEWS
September 2, 2009
Is it important for President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats to win at least some support for their health care reform proposals from congressional Republicans? Yes 64% No 33% Not sure 3% (702 votes, results not scientific) Next poll: : Do you agree with former Vice President Dick Cheney that the Obama administration's appointment of a special prosecutor to look into allegations of CIA abuse of detainees is politically motivated? Vote at baltimoresun.com/vote
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 28, 1996
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton urged congressional Republicans yesterday to join with him to "finish this job" of fashioning a plan to balance the federal budget in seven years.Speaking in his weekly radio address, the president said that "the ingredients for a balanced budget are clearly at hand. All we have to do is sit down together and assemble a final agreement based on the things we already agree on."With the November elections solidly in mind, Mr. Clinton was alternately tough-talking and conciliatory as he directed a portion of his remarks to the Republican majority in Congress.
NEWS
December 4, 1990
What's going on in the Grand Old Party? Congressional Republicans are engaging in more in-fighting than those brawling Democrats.Yesterday in the House Republican caucus, Conference chairman Jerry Lewis of California beat back a challenge by Carl Pursell of Michigan, 98-64, spear-carrier for party whip Newt Gingrich, an ideological crusader who enrolled conservatives like Mr. Pursell to kill the Bush White House's summit budget agreement. Mr. Lewis supported it.In another contest Rep. Guy Vander Jagt of Michigan retained his chairmanship of the National Republican Congressional Committee by defeating challenger Rep. Don Sundquist of Tennessee, 98-66, the reputed candidate of White House chief of staff John Sununu.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
Once again, The Sun is lambasting Republicans for using the debt ceiling to attempt to reduce government spending ("Another cliff ahead?" Jan. 4). Yet you yourself suggest what's needed to reduce the deficit: "Stop spending so much money. " Great idea. Now please tell us what proposals have been put forth by President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats to reduce spending and reform entitlement programs? Even The Sun seems to doubt the Democrats' resolve to "face up to the challenges facing popular programs like Medicare and Social Security.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | October 11, 1997
WASHINGTON -- Pledging to tame "an all-powerful, unaccountable and often downright tone-deaf" Internal RevenueService, President Clinton unveiled yesterday a plan to reform the agency, but stopped short of endorsing more drastic changes being urged in Congress."
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By Los Angeles Times | October 26, 1990
WASHINGTON -- A senior White House official said yesterday that the Republican strategy in the budget fight "all along" was deliberately to "create congressional vulnerability" on the issue, even if that might weaken GOP incumbents.Speaking to reporters on the condition that he not be named, the official said that the administration's strategy on domestic issues has been to persuade Americans that Congress was not functioning well and ought to be replaced.And although that "makes it tough on Republican incumbents," the official said, "this is a long-term battle."
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By David Horsey | September 16, 2013
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is got attention last week for saying two stunningly ignorant things: that the Senate needs 100 members just like the late Sen. Jesse Helms and that a government shutdown at the end of this month would be no big deal. His comment about North Carolina's Helms is fairly inconsequential. If he thinks the Senate would be a better institution if it were composed of 100 unrepentant, bigoted segregationists, that is his business. But his willingness to let the federal government stop functioning for any amount of time is everyone's business, and it is consequential because Mr. Cruz is one of the leaders of the tea party faction of congressional Republicans that is merrily sprinting toward that cliff.
NEWS
May 20, 2013
Well, that didn't take long. Just as several genuine scandals cast the Obama administration in an unfavorable light, Republicans in Congress are already overreaching - with hyperbolic comparisons to Watergate, calls for special prosecutors, outrageous claims about President Barack Obama's involvement, possible impeachment and assorted hyper-partisan rhetoric. Just this weekend, there was Sen. Rand Paul on TV claiming there was a "written policy" at the Internal Revenue Service to target people opposed to President Obama.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Thomas E. Perez, the former Maryland labor secretary nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Labor, faced pointed questions at his Senate confirmation hearing Thursday about whether politics influenced his decisions as the top civil rights attorney in the U.S. Justice Department. But the 51-year-old Takoma Park man, nominated last month by President Barack Obama, focused his testimony largely on the economy, faced questions on only a fraction of concerns Republicans have raised in recent weeks, and made no obvious missteps during the two-hour hearing.
NEWS
January 9, 2013
Once again, The Sun is lambasting Republicans for using the debt ceiling to attempt to reduce government spending ("Another cliff ahead?" Jan. 4). Yet you yourself suggest what's needed to reduce the deficit: "Stop spending so much money. " Great idea. Now please tell us what proposals have been put forth by President Barack Obama and Congressional Democrats to reduce spending and reform entitlement programs? Even The Sun seems to doubt the Democrats' resolve to "face up to the challenges facing popular programs like Medicare and Social Security.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 18, 2012
Republicans in the House of Representatives, still reeling from last month's fight over extending a popular payroll tax cut, will converge on Baltimore Thursday for a retreat intended to map out a new political strategy that can bind their unwieldy caucus together. The three-day event, which will take place largely behind closed doors at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel, will bring to the Inner Harbor hundreds of federal lawmakers from across the country, their staffs and other Republican luminaries.
NEWS
December 7, 2010
President Barack Obama just secured billions in tax breaks for low- and middle-income workers, an extension of unemployment benefits for millions of people, extensions of tax breaks for college tuition, child tax credits, and incentives for businesses to expand. All of that will inject more money into the economy at a time when it is still fragile and should help create jobs. And for this, he's facing strong opposition from the very group of people who have spent the last two years defending his efforts to stimulate the economy: congressional Democrats.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | February 12, 1999
WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans attacked President Clinton yesterday after a report that he plans to retaliate against House Republicans who backed impeachment by working for their defeat in the 2000 elections.The president pledged earlier this week to help Democrats regain control of the House, where Republicans hold an 11-seat majority. Previously, most lawmakers took that declaration as standard politics.Quoting unnamed advisers to Clinton, however, the New York Times said that the president, fuming over his treatment, intended to target House Republicans who supported impeachment, especially vulnerable members of the House prosecution team.
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By KNIGHT-RIDDER NEWS SERVICE | July 24, 1997
WASHINGTON -- As they began tax talks with the White House, congressional Republicans appeared tough enough in public yesterday to draw rebukes from the White House but flexible enough in private to suggest that almost anything is negotiable.Congressional leaders presented the White House with a defiant tax plan that includes proposals likely to draw a veto from President Clinton. The White House and Democrats obliged with warnings of stalemate and vetoes.But privately, some Republicans conceded that they needed to write as aggressive a tax-cutting plan as possible in part because that is the smart way to bargain.
NEWS
April 22, 2010
I remember when the Republican Party was a credible political force providing worthy opposition to the Democrats. The American people could expect spirited bipartisanship and a GOP that actually offered substantive programs and constructive input to the political process. Contrast that with the Republican Party of today that has morphed into a group of abject obstructionists with the slogan of: THE ANSWER IS NO. WHAT'S THE QUESTION? I get the feeling that the GOP is so far removed from remembering the last time it did anything positive for the country that is has given up trying altogether.
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By Paul West and Paul West,paul.west@baltsun.com | January 30, 2010
President Barack Obama engaged House Republicans in an extraordinary televised debate Friday, days after calling for a more bipartisan approach to governing. The tone was civil, but Obama stood his ground as he parried some of the harshest critics of his performance as president. His Republican hosts, aware that the event was being beamed live from a Baltimore hotel, went out of their way to show deference and largely pulled their punches. "You know, I'm having fun," Obama said, to laughter, when asked if he had time for more questions.
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