The Faces of Shutdown Extremists

  • The Head of The Pack

    The head of the pack is Speaker John Boehner. To save his own job, as Speaker he acquiesces to the whims of the far right wing of his party instead of listening to the American people.

    The Head of The Pack
  • The Demagogue

    Tea partier Senator Ted Cruz, with an eye toward running for President in 2016, strategized with other tea party extremists and forced the first government shutdownin nearly two decades.

    The Demagogue
  • The Extortionists

    House Republicans along with their supporters in the Senate have finally shut the government down over the Democrats’ refusal to succumb to their blackmail.

    The Extortionists
  • The Enabler

    As the second-ranking House Republican, Majority Leader Eric Cantor has enabled the tea party to force their right wing agenda on the American People.

    The Enabler
  • The cheerleader

    Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a fellow tea partier,  has been a vocal force behind the government shutdown, opposing any bill that funds the government unless his extreme demands are met.

    The cheerleader

Witnesses tapped in Boehner lawsuit

The witnesses are a former assistant attorney general and a top Carter administration official.

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House OKs $287 Billion Tax Cut with No Offsets

The GOP-led House of Representatives embraced a former stimulus measure Friday, voting to make it and another related tax cut permanent, adding $287 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years. The largest part of the cut, worth more than $263 billion, is making permanent so-called bonus depreciation, which allows businesses to write off the cost...


The Rise of the Fusion Republicans

In primaries across the country, the war between the GOP establishment and the Tea Party ended not in a surrender but a truce. But are the candidates too conservative to win?

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