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Iowa Rep Tries to Keep Harriet Tubman Off $20, Fails

Steve King called move to swap in Tubman for Andrew Jackson 'racist,' 'sexist'

(Newser) - It was announced in April that abolitionist Harriet Tubman would be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, but at least one Iowa lawmaker says it's "racist" and "sexist" to even consider adding a woman of color to US currency. "It's not about Harriet Tubman,... More »

Cruz on Cheney Shooting Accident: 'It Happens'

While out hunting with Steve King

(Newser) - Ted Cruz has defended Dick Cheney's infamous 2006 hunting accident, saying, "Look, it happens." The GOP senator made the remark while out hunting himself today, alongside fellow Republican congressman Steve King. King said the incident, in which Cheney accidentally shot a friend while out quail hunting, "... More »

Obama: This Is How We Should Honor Trayvon...

Calls for 'calm reflection' in wake of Zimmerman trial

(Newser) - As the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal continues to unfold—the Washington Post reports protests across the nation with more planned for the future—Obama has issued a statement, asking for Americans to "respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son,"... More »

Tea Party Caucuses Get Quiet

House, Senate groups haven't met in months

(Newser) - In January, the Senate Tea Party Caucus was in full swing, holding a meeting on Capitol Hill—but neither that group nor its House counterpart have done much of anything since. Though a leader of the Senate caucus points out that “it’s only been nine months,” the... More »

Key GOP Endorsements to Watch

Politico has Kelly Ayotte, Steve King, and Marco Rubio on its list

(Newser) - With states leapfrogging each other to move elections ever closer, we've just about arrived at crunch time for endorsement season. Chris Christie may be done , but Politico lists a dozen yet to come that could prove pivotal for Republicans. Along with some of the usual suspects (Sarah Palin, Rush... More »

GOP Rep: Get Obama's 'Drunken Uncle' Down Here

Steve King thinks there's a double standard here

(Newser) - Rep. Steve King thinks President Obama's latest family embarrassment, the boozing Onyango Obama, is getting preferential treatment in his drunk-driving case, so the Iowa Republican wants to give him a little more special attention—in the way of a House hearing. "We have to bring drunken 'Uncle... More »

Bachmann Slams Funds to Black Farmers

Money should go to flood victims instead, candidate says

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann says money being used to compensate black farmers who charged the federal government with grant and loan discrimination would be better spent helping US flood victims. The candidate, after touring flooded areas along the Missouri River with Republican Rep. Steve King yesterday, pointed to the multi-billion-dollar Pigford settlement... More »

Hot Trend in the House: Fasting Lawmakers

Steve King, Barbara Lee go without for different reasons

(Newser) - The Hill picks up on a House trend that seems to span the political spectrum—fasting. On the left is Rep. Barbara Lee, who's organizing an effort in which about two dozen lawmakers will take turns going 24 hours with no food, only water, until Easter. The idea is... More »

Arizona Rep. Wishes for 'One More Gun' at Shooting

Presumably, a gun that could have stopped Jared Loughner

(Newser) - Don’t count Arizona Rep. Trent Franks among those calling for increased gun control in the wake of Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting. "I wish there had been one more gun there that day in the hands of a responsible person, that's all I have to say," said the Republican,... More »

GOP Has Alternate Plan to Kill Health Care Bill

They'd essentially cut off all the money for it

(Newser) - The vote Republicans take to repeal the health care law next week will be purely symbolic—there’s no way repeal would get through the Senate and White House—but Republicans have a Plan B. It's called choke off the money. Congressman Steve King is floating a rule that would... More »

Uh, Oh: GOP Wakes to World Without Earmarks

Conservatives scramble to get cash for legit transportation projects

(Newser) - Killing earmarks in an era of big government and bigger deficits sure sounded like great conservative politics at the party last night, but none other than the House GOP is waking up with a hangover, wondering "What were we thinking?" As Politico reports, it turns out that ix-naying porky... More »

Bachmann Rules House Wingnuts Index

Steve King, Louie Gohmert not far behind among fringe congressmen

(Newser) - A week after releasing its Senate Wingnut Index , the Daily Beast investigates wingnuttery in the House. Using a “semi-scientific” process to identify the most extreme members on both sides of the spectrum, the site ranks them:
  1. Michele Bachmann (R-MN): From calling the president “anti-American” to warning of tyranny,
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Obama Gives Illegal Haitians Temp Amnesty

Iowa rep objects: Deported, they could help with relief

(Newser) - President Obama today gave Haitians in the US illegally the OK to stay for 18 months under “temporary protective status” while the quake-devastated nation rebuilds. And while critics don’t see much daylight between that and a blanket amnesty, one Republican says if the illegal immigrants were sent home,... More »

Anti-New Deal Book Is GOP's New Bible

Republicans flock to The Forgotten Man in fight over stimulus

(Newser) - For the Republican Party, looking for any kind of traction for its opposition to President Obama’s stimulus spending, anti-New Deal book The Forgotten Man is a godsend, Politico reports. Author Amity Shlaes suggests, in what some call revisionist history, that FDR’s plan, pushed by government bureaucrats on a... More »

Terrorists Will Party if Obama Wins: Iowa Rep.

Conservative GOP congressman stands by controversial slam

(Newser) - An Iowa congressman isn't going to back down from remarks that terrorists will be "dancing in the streets" if Barack Obama is elected, the Des Moines Register reports. Republican Steve King told a radio station last week that Obama's middle name—Hussein—would be one reason terrorists would hail... More »

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