Politics

House to Vote on the Largest Defense Budget in History

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House progressives have again introduced amendments to significantly reduce the massive Pentagon budget of at least $768 billion.

From Sludge
On September 23, 2021

Neal’s Reconciliation Plan Lets Investment Managers Keep Their Tax Loophole

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In 2007, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Richard Neal (D-Mass.) was an original cosponsor of a bill that would have closed a tax loophole that lets investment fund managers pay the lower capital gains tax rates on the income they earn from the fees they charge their clients. The capital gains tax rates […]

From Sludge
On September 14, 2021

SAGRADAS: A TEXAS STORY

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“They just don’t know…I talked to God about, you know, about what happened,” she sobbed. “It wasn’t an easy choice. People just, they hate you for it, like, the ones that protest outside Hilltop, they don’t know what it’s like, or why. I did what I had to do, dude,” she cried. “Only you know why.”

From Tasteful Rude
On September 9, 2021

Democrats’ Budget Plan Would Cost Only Half of One Percent of GDP

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The Biden admin's $3.5 trillion spending plan over ten years would have a net cost of $1-1.75 trillion, budget groups say, far less than the Trump tax cuts of 2017.

From Sludge
On September 9, 2021

Primal Squirm

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What the Sixth IPCC Report really says

From Popula
On September 7, 2021

News Outlet Founded by Blue Dog Dem Operatives Promotes Big Pharma’s Lobbying Aims

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Leaders of a centrist advocacy group with funding from the pharmaceutical industry founded outlet The Well News and have editorial input on its promoted posts.

From Sludge
On September 7, 2021

AT&T Is the Top Corporate Donor to the Texas Abortion Ban Co-Authors

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This week, a Texas bill took effect that bans physicians from performing or inducing an abortion if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, something that typically occurs about six weeks after conception. There is an exception for medical emergencies, but no exceptions for women who have been raped or are victims of incest.  Most women […]

From Sludge
On September 2, 2021

Defense Contractors Are Top Donors to House Election Objectors, Report Finds

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The top Fortune 500 donors this year to House GOP election objectors are weapons companies whose revenue comes overwhelmingly from defense contracts.

From Sludge
On August 31, 2021

General Electric Gets Billions in Defense Contracts While Reps Hold Its Stock

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Texas Republican Michael McCaul owned up to $6 million in G.E. shares as he sits on the Foreign Affairs and Homeland Security Committees.

From Sludge
On August 25, 2021

It’s Not Just Manchin: The Top Energy Dem in the House Also Has Fossil Fuel Conflicts

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Rep. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.), chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, benefits from investments in the fossil fuel industry while crafting climate policies.

From Sludge
On August 17, 2021

NY to Cuomo: It’s Not Us, It’s You

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From FAQ NYC
On August 11, 2021

Blue Dogs Seek to Delay Democratic Budget Plan After Their PAC Takes Millions From Corporate America

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The House Blue Dog PAC has received donations from pharmaceutical giants, health care companies, and the fossil fuel industry this year as nearly half of their members seek to delay a vote on the Democrats’ budget plan.

From Sludge
On August 10, 2021

Committee Asking for More War Ships Is Led by a General Dynamics-Funded Rep

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Chairman Joe Courtney has received $237,000 from General Dynamics' PAC and employees over his House career.

From Sludge
On July 29, 2021

The DCCC’s Top Bundler Is an Oil Lobbyist

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Saving the planet from a climate change tipping point that will trigger social collapse and widespread human death from fires, floods, and starvation requires urgent global action. Oil companies are not going to voluntarily stop extracting and burning fossil fuels for profit, so it’s up to politicians and regulators to step in and stop them.  […]

From Sludge
On July 22, 2021

Altria’s PAC Reports First Donation to an Election Results Objector

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Several companies that said they were indefinitely pausing their PAC donations after January 6 are confronting the reality of wanting to help re-elect pro-business allies to Congress and are back to supporting Republicans who objected to certifying 2020 presidential election results.  Of the six senators who voted in favor of sustaining Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) […]

From Sludge
On July 15, 2021