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POSTED: Monday, March 11, 2013, 5:41 PM

History nerds (I plead guilty) take notice: C-SPAN is going deep on Dolley Madison tonight in the latest installment of its two-year series of films profiling the nation’s first ladies.


POSTED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 12:31 PM
Following a closed-door party caucus, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, accompanied by fellow GOP leaders, meet with reporters, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, to challenge President Obama and the Senate to avoid the automatic spending cuts set to take effect in four days. Speaking at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Boehner complained that the House, with Republicans in the majority, has twice passed bills that would replace the across-the-board cuts known as the "sequester" with more targeted reductions, while the Senate, controlled by the Democrats, has not acted. From left are, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Kansas, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., Boehner, and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Va. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Note to Washington: Quit whining about the automatic budget cuts known as the “sequester.”


POSTED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013, 5:28 PM
American Atheists billboard featuring Santorum

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum was just fine with American Atheists using him on a Texas billboard as an example of a religious bigot.

 Indeed, the conservative Republican presidential candidate pronounced himself “thankful” for the badge of honor in a fundraising email to supporters

POSTED: Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 7:11 PM

Gov. Corbett violated his office’s code of conduct by accepting gifts from lobbyists and executives from regulated businesses and should repay the value of the largesse, John Hanger, a Democrat who is running for governor, said on Tuesday.

In addition, the state Democratic Party filed a formal complaint with the State Ethics Commission asking it to investigate “possible improper influence” in connection with the gifts and administration decisions.

Both moves came in reaction to a Philadelphia Daily News report that Corbett and his wife, Susan, accepted $11,343 in gifts from business executives, lobbyists or lobbying firms in 2010 –during his campaign for governor – and in 2011, his first year in office. The newspaper linked many of the gifts, including tickets to sporting events and concerts, to later decisions taken by the Corbett administration that appeared to benefit the givers.

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