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The Republicans vs. the Environment – NYTimes.com

The Republicans vs. the Environment – NYTimes.com.

Editorial

G.O.P. vs. the Environment

As of Friday, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives had voted 168 times this year to undercut clean air and water laws while blocking efforts to limit global warming, protect public lands and guard against future oil spills. Henry Waxman, the senior Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee, calls this “the most anti-environmental Congress in history.”

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Candidate Pledges Increase in Hope of Republican Victory – NYTimes.com

Candidate Pledges Increase in Hope of Republican Victory – NYTimes.com.

Election Cycle Emerges as the Year of the Pledge, but Some Candidates Resist

This is the year presidential candidates are being asked to take the pledge.

They are asked to state their opposition to abortion rights. They are pressed to pledge support for a constitutional amendment to balance the budget.

They have been asked to oppose pornography, women in combat and Sharia law — all part of a “marriage vow” pledge.

Candidate pledges, an incidental part of past presidential elections, have exploded this year as advocacy groups seek to hold a future Republican president accountable.

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Republicans Are Signing Away the Right to Govern – NYTimes.com

Republicans Are Signing Away the Right to Govern – NYTimes.com.

Editorial

Signing Away the Right to Govern

It used to be that a sworn oath to preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution was the only promise required to become president. But that
no longer seems to be enough for a growing number of Republican
interest groups, who are demanding that presidential candidates sign pledges
shackling them to the corners of conservative ideology. Many candidates
are going along, and each pledge they sign undermines the basic
principle of democratic government built on compromise and negotiation.

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Who won the Republican presidential debate? – Roger Simon – POLITICO.com

Who won the Republican presidential debate? – Roger Simon – POLITICO.com.

Issues? Who can run the country? The language of democracy? Hey, that’s not what we are about. We are all about who won.

Here is who won – – and lost – – the first major Republican debate, which was broadcast by CNN from Manchester, N.H., on Monday night. It is guaranteed accurate to three decimal places.

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Michele Bachmann zeroes in Iowa – Kasie Hunt and Maggie Haberman – POLITICO.com

Michele Bachmann zeroes in Iowa – Kasie Hunt and Maggie Haberman – POLITICO.com.

The Des Moines Register poll released Saturday confirmed what the other GOP presidential campaigns already knew: In Iowa, Rep. Michele Bachmann is for real.

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The congresswoman’s cool, dismissive response to an unmistakeably provocative question may have provided a clue that explains her rapid ascent from cable television culture warrior to contender: Far from being a one-dimensional character who can play only at the extremes and at high volume, Bachmann is a polished politician with more adaptability than she is given credit for.

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US Republicans: race to the right | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian

US Republicans: race to the right | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian.

US national debate needs pragmatists, not people who indulge grievances and parade prejudices as badges of identity

The US Republican party has made a bad start showcasing its presidential talent as it begins to choose a candidate to run against Barack Obama next year. Its prime exhibit is Mitt Romney, who made his personal fortune downsizing companies, but whose current message – ironically – is “jobs, jobs, jobs”. He joked to unemployed Floridians, that he, too, was unemployed. Few laughed. Or there is Michele Bachmann, who makes sense to the evangelical right, but sounds almost unhinged to many others. Her answer to faltering economic recovery? Close down the Environmental Protection Agency.

Read the full article here: The Guardian, online edition, June 19, 2011

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Republican war against the weak: The brutal GOP campaign to eliminate the collective rights of individuals and increase the collective rights of corporations. – By Eliot Spitzer – Slate Magazine

War Against the Weak

The brutal Republican campaign to eliminate the collective rights of individuals and increase the collective rights of corporations.

By Eliot Spitzer

Three recent Republican efforts, each one critical to the conservative agenda:

1) the attempt by Republican governors to eliminate the right of public employees to bargain collectively;

2)
the attempt to eliminate the consumer protection bureau created in the
Dodd-Frank financial services reform law—probably the most important
part of the law for ordinary investors;

3) the recent 5-4*
Supreme Court decision to limit the right to “class-arbitration” in
many circumstances—taking away the collective power of those whose
injuries are too small to be effectively remedied individually yet who,
together, might be able to stand up to much stronger institutions.

The unifying theme is an assault on the weak. The power of individuals,
each of us feeble in isolation, to act collectively and hence stand up
to the powerful is being eviscerated. Those who already begin behind are
finding the few legal protections afforded them under attack. A
critical element of the Republican agenda has become increasing the
legal power of those who already have power, and diminishing the power
of the weak.

Posted Monday, May 9, 2011, at 1:59 PM ET

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Republicans are being held hostage by their base – The Washington Post

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour’s announcement Monday that he will not seek the presidency is just the latest sign that politically sentient Republicans fear their party’s voters have moved so deeply into la-la land that winning their support in next year’s primaries could render their nominee unelectable in November. “Friends of Barbour,” reports The Post’s Dan Balz, “said that he had come to the conclusion that Republicans can win only if they are totally focused on serious issues and not distracted by some side issues, such as Obama’s birthplace, that have arisen in the early going.”

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