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Published: 04/1/11

Pentagon Defends Lifting Ban on Gays in Military

By  not in system - AOL News
Pentagon Defends Lifting Ban on Gays in Military

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon said Friday the military should be trained in working with openly gay members by summer's end, prompting House Republicans to complain that repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" was moving too quickly in wartime. In a status report to Congress, Clifford Stanley, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and Vice Adm. William Gortney of the Joint Staff said the Pentagon was moving forward on educating members of the military on the new policy, what's expected of them and the responsibilities for commanders and other leaders. President Barack Obama signe...

Published: 03/27/11

GOP Appears Poised to Take On Entitlements

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GOP Appears Poised to Take On Entitlements

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- If there's any place where tea partiers in Congress might hesitate to call for cuts in Social Security and Medicare to shrink the federal debt, Florida's retirement havens should top the list. Even here, however, Republican lawmakers are racing toward a spending showdown with Democrats exhibiting little nervousness about deep cuts, including those that eventually would hit benefit programs long left alone by politicians. In fact, many GOP freshmen seem bolder than ever. It's Democrats, especially in the Senate, who are trying to figure out how to handle the popular but...

Published: 12/2/10

GOP African American, Rep.-Elect Tim Scott, Won't Join Black Caucus

By  Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
GOP African American, Rep.-Elect Tim Scott, Won't Join Black Caucus

Rep.-elect Tim Scott, one of two black Republicans elected to the House in November, has decided not to join the all-Democratic Congressional Black Caucus, a reliably liberal voting bloc. Scott, the first African American congressman from South Carolina since Reconstruction, played down race during his campaign, the AP said. "My campaign was about themes that unite all Americans -- restoring the American dream by reducing the tax burden, decreasing government interference in the private sector, and restoring fiscal responsibility," Scott said in a statement. "And I don't think those ideals ar...

Published: 11/12/10

Conservative Radio Host Loses Hill Job After Remarks

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Conservative Radio Host Loses Hill Job After Remarks

Nov. 12 -- Joyce Kaufman's controversial statements have afforded her a radio career, but now they appear to have cost her a job on Capitol Hill. Just days after being hired as chief of staff for incoming Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.), the conservative talk show host has dropped out because of remarks she made at a tea party rally during the campaign, Politico reported Thursday. Her comments had made their way around the Internet in the days since she was tapped for the congressional position. "I am convinced that the most important thing the founding fathers did to ensure me my First Amen...

Published: 11/11/10

Controversial Radio Host Won't Be Congressional Staffer After All

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Controversial Radio Host Won't Be Congressional Staffer After All

Joyce Kaufman's controversial statements have afforded her a radio career, but now they appear to have cost her a job on Capitol Hill. Just days after being hired as chief of staff for incoming Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.), the conservative talk show host has dropped out because of remarks she made at a tea party rally during the campaign, Politico reported Thursday. Her comments had made their way around the Internet in the days since she was tapped for the congressional position. "I am convinced that the most important thing the founding fathers did to ensure me my First Amendment right...

Published: 11/9/10

Congressman-Elect's Chief of Staff Dismisses Democrats as 'Garbage'

By  Christopher Weber - Politics Daily
Congressman-Elect's Chief of Staff Dismisses Democrats as 'Garbage'

Just hours after being hired as chief of staff for incoming Congressman Allen West (R-Fla.), Joyce Kaufman proved her reputation for controversy by dismissing the outgoing Democratic leadership as "garbage," The Washington Post reported. Kaufman, a conservative talk radio host on South Florida's WFTL-AM, was on air Tuesday when she announced her new job. She said she was looking forward to moving to Washington to get a "bird's-eye view" of the inner workings of Congress. "Over these months I have been blessed to form very wonderful relationships with the West family," Kaufman said on her aft...

Published: 11/9/10

Black Caucus Would Accept Freshman Republicans as Members

By  Tom Diemer - Politics Daily
Black Caucus Would Accept Freshman Republicans as Members

The Congressional Black Caucus, a bastion of traditional 1960s-style liberalism, is willing to accept two first-term African-American Republicans when the new U.S. House is sworn in early next year. The all-Democratic caucus, chaired by Rep. Barbara Lee, one of the most liberal members of the House, wavered on the awkward matter after the Nov. 2 election of Republicans Allen West in Florida and Tim Scott in South Carolina. Lee (D-Calif.) said the Black Caucus' liberal mission statement could be a point of conflict with the new Republican lawmakers, CBS News reported. But on Tuesday, the caucu...

Published: 08/19/10

Analysis: Is Anti-Muslim Fervor Just Latest Fear?

By  Andrea Stone - AOL News
Analysis: Is Anti-Muslim Fervor Just Latest Fear?

WASHINGTON (Aug. 19) -- Are Muslims the new Jews? Or Irish Catholics? Perhaps Mormons? Or are they really the war on terror's Japanese? Religious experts and historians say: all of the above. The still-unfolding controversy over plans to build an Islamic center near ground zero is just the latest chapter in a long saga of religious and ethnic misunderstanding that experts say goes back to the nation's earliest days. Fear of foreigners dates to the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798, which were aimed at French immigrants suspected of disloyalty, said American University historian Allan Lichtm...

Published: 07/24/10

Some House Challengers Overcome Incumbents' Cash Advantage in Midterm Races

By  Bruce Drake - Politics Daily
Some House Challengers Overcome Incumbents' Cash Advantage in Midterm Races

The advantages of incumbency are clear -- usually greater name recognition and stronger fundraising than challengers -- so it isn't a big surprise that the re-election rate for sitting House members has ranged from between 90 percent to 98 percent since 1994. But this year, nine congressional challengers have managed to out-raise the incumbents they are challenging, according to an analysis by the Center for Responsive Politics. Eight are Republicans and one is a Democrat. Explaining the success of the Republican candidates, political scientist William Connelly told CFR's OpenSecrets Blog, ...

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