Igor Volsky

Paul Ryan Searches for Waste in 16 Anti-Poverty Programs, But Reveals They're Amazingly Efficient

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released a 204-page report on Monday analyzing the effectiveness of the nation’s anti-poverty programs 50 years after President Lyndon Johnson declared a national War on Poverty.

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Republicans Slam Stimulus On Fifth Anniversary - But Most Took Credit For It Back Home

Monday marks the five-year anniversary of the passage of the American Recovery Act, President Obama’s $800 billion stimulus stimulus package that invested in everything from infrastructure projects to electronic medical health care records and alternative energy sources. Every single Republican in the House and almost every Republican in the Senate — with the exception of Former Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Arlen Specter (R-PA), and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) — voted against the measure and today the GOP continues to deride the law as wasteful an ineffective.

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How One Billionaire’s Idea To Give Rich People More Votes Is Already In The Works

Asked for an idea that could “change the world,” billionaire venture capitalist Tom Perkins told an audience at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on Thursday that Americans shouldn’t be able to vote unless they pay taxes and that the wealthy should have more votes.

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You Got Sick! AOL Slashes 401K Benefits And Blames Two Women Who Gave Birth To Sick Babies

AOL Chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong blamed the babies of two employees for increasing the company’s benefit costs on Thursday, explaining in a conference call that AOL had to pay millions out in medical bills and alter its entire benefits package. The remarks came just hours after the company announced changes to its 401(k) plans and complained that Obamacare has increased costs by $7.1 million.

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6 Ways Income Inequality Is Making Your Life Worse

President Barack Obama will focus on what he has described as "the defining challenge of our time” during the State of the Union address on Tuesday: the nation’s growing gap between the rich and poor. What economists saw as a temporary aberration in the early 1970s — the first time since the end of World War II when the incomes of lower- and middle-income Americans failed to keep pace with those of the rich — has in the intervening 40 years become a full-blown crisis.

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Republican Senate Candidate Suggests Teachers Should be Able to Carry Machine Guns in School

South Carolina state Sen. Lee Bright (R), who is challenging Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the GOP primary, said on Friday that school teachers should be able to carry machine guns to protect students from gun violence.

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4 Ways Martin Luther King Was More Radical Than You Thought

[Editor's Note: This story was first published on AlterNet in 2014. We are rerunning it for the Martin Luther King holiday as its message is evergreen, and perhaps more relevant now than ever.]

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Christie Allegedly Diverted Millions In Hurricane Sandy Relief Funds To Pay For TV Ads Starring Himself

The Office of the Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has opened a federal investigation into whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) improperly used Hurricane Sandy relief funds to produce commercials starring himself and his family ahead of his re-election campaign. Auditors will examine how the Christie administration used $25 million set aside for “a marketing campaign to promote the Jersey Shore and encourage tourism,” focusing on the bidding process to award a $4.7 million to a politically connected firm that cast Christie and his family in the Sandy ads, while “a comparable firm proposed billing the state $2.5 million for similar work” but did not include Christie in the commercials.

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Church Leaders Shame Catholic University For Accepting Koch Dollars

A group of 50 Catholic leaders are criticizing the president of the Catholic University of America (CUA) for accepting a $1 million donation from a foundation controlled by Charles Koch, arguing that his ideological agenda is not in line with Catholic theology.

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The Real Reason That the Cancer Patient Writing in Today’s Wall Street Journal Lost Her Insurance

Monday’s Wall Street Journalfeatures an op-ed from Edie Littlefield Sundby, a stage-4 gallbladder cancer survivor who won’t be able to keep the coverage she currently has. Her insurer, United Healthcare, is pulling out of the individual health care market, forcing Sundby to find new coverage in California’s health care exchange.

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Republican Crumbles Under Pressure When Pressed on Obamacare Criticism

On Friday morning, CNN anchor Carol Costello challenged Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) to substantiate her claim that HealthCare.gov will endanger Americans’ medical privacy.

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Billionaire Koch Brothers Spending Millions To Deny Health Coverage To Low-Income Americans

Conservative advocates funded by the billionaire industrialist brothers Charles and David Koch have launched a massive campaign pressuring states to deny health care coverage to lower income Americans through the Medicaid expansion contained in the Affordable Care Act.

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How a Rand Paul Republican From Alabama Learned to Love Obamacare

Joshua Pittman is a 31-year-old self-employed videographer from Montgomery, Alabama. A libertarian Republican who voted for Ron Paul in 2012 and believes that Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is the future of the GOP, Pittman sees Barack Obama’s presidency as a “failure” who hasn’t lived up to the nation’s expectations.

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PA Lawmaker Likens Same-Sex Couples to Pets - Says Neither Should Get Benefits

A Pennsylvania lawmakercompared marriage benefits for same-sex couples to pets, arguing on Wednesday that recognition for gay relationships could force the government to eventually subsidize people’s pets.

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Republicans Will Raise The Debt Ceiling For One Year ...

As the nation moves dangerously close to a government shutdown on Oct. 1, House leaders are shifting their focus to the next big fiscal fight: raising the nation’s $16.7 trillion borrowing limit by one year before Oct. 17. On Wednesday night, Republicanscirculated an outline of demands, threatening to push the nation into default unless President Obama and the Democrats in the Senate agree to enact a wish list of Republican priorities.

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GOP Congressman Demands Obama Slash Health Care Coverage for Seniors

As Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Mike Lee (R-UT) push the Republican party to shut down the government in a bid to defund the Affordable Care Act, some House Republicans are hoping to use the coming fight over raising the nation’s debt limit as leverage to score structural reforms to entitlement programs.

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Navy Yard Shooter Was Too Mentally Unstable for Navy, But Had No Problem Buying Guns

Details are still emerging about Aaron Alexis, the 34-year-old ex-Navy officer who allegedly killed 12 people on Monday at Washington’s Navy Yard.

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In Reversal, Starbucks Tells Customers to Leave Their Guns at Home

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz haswritten an open letter asking customers to stop bringing guns into his 7,000 coffee shops — just two days after a man who had been enlisted in the Naval Reserves allegedly shot and killed 12 people at Washington DC, Navy Yard.

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The Latest Stupidity of the Right-Wing: "Medicare is Un-American"

Heritage Foundation president and former Senator Jim DeMint suggested to a town hall audience in Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday that health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid are “un-American” and built on the principles of “socialism and collectivism.”

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Senator Who Advocates for Arming Teachers Accidentally Shoots Teacher With Rubber Bullet

A state senator who is advocating for arming teachers in the aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, accidentally shot a teacher with a rubber bullet during a training course, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

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Is This the Dumbest, Wrongest Thing Said on Fox Today?

On Monday, during a panel discussion about the launch of Al Jazeera America, a Fox News political analyst explained the channel’s popularity in the Arab world by claiming that most Arabs sympathize with Osama bin Laden’s efforts to kill Americans.

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"I Feel Sorry for George" 7 Shocking Moments From Zimmerman Juror B37′s First Interview

On Monday night, one of the jurors in the George Zimmerman trial offered shocking insight into how the group of six women reached its decision to acquit the defendant of all charges in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

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GOP Senators Propose to Exclude Legalized Immigrants from Obtaining Health Care Benefits

Two Republican lawmakers have offered an amendment to the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform bill that would prevent undocumented immigrants who achieve permanent legal status from accessing tax credits and cost-sharing subsidies through the Affordable Care Act for at least five years — potentially keeping millions of newly legalized Americans uninsured.

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10 of Senator Frank Lautenberg’s Most Progressive Causes and Accomplishments

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), the last remaining World War II veteran in the Senate, died on Monday morning at the age of 89, after struggling for months with poor health.

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11 GOP Positions Loathed by Young People -- According to College GOP Report

The College Republican National Committee released a report on Monday outlining the major challenges facing the GOP as it seeks to rebrand and redefine itself in the aftermath of the 2012 election. The survey criticizes the party’s singular focus on “big government” and “tax cuts” and calls on Republicans to become more tolerant and open on issues like same-sex marriage and women’s reproductive health.

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Ohio School District May Add Glenn Beck Conspiracy Theories To Curriculum

The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio is challengingan Ohio school district for considering a “controversial issues policy” that would require teachers to encourage discussions about creationism and conservative conspiracy theories about U.N. Agenda 21.

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Conservative Nightmare: How Budget Cuts May Hamper the Investigation into Where the Tsarnaev Brothers Got Their Guns

The nation’s only crime gun tracing facility has laid off 90 people as a result of millions in cuts from sequestration, ThinkProgress has learned. The reductions come as federal officials are still working to track down where suspected Boston bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev acquired the firearms they used to kill an MIT police officer and engage in a shootout with law enforcement officials last week.

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"Shame on You!" Background Check Bill Killed in Senate

The Senate voted down an amendment offered by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) to expand background checks for gun purchases at gun shows and online, in a vote of 54-46. The measure needed 60 votes to be included in the underlining bill. As Vice President Joe Biden called the finally tally, Tucson survivor Patricia Maisch yelled, “Shame on you!” Outside of chamber she said, “They have no soul.” Watch it:

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Off the Wall Argument: Texas Republican Says Boston Bombing Should Slow Immigration Bill

During an appearance on CSPAN’s Washington Journal on Wednesday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) claimed that this week’s bombings of the Boston Marathon should give pause to immigration reform advocates who seek to reform the system.

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