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Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday, August 26, 2013 - 17:40:00

Mayflower residents to Tim Griffin: "We need help" with oil-related illnesses

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin Monday called Gov. Mike Beebe's office to suggest the state pursue further health assessments for residents of Mayflower affected by the March 29 oil spill.

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 14:29:00

House Republican says system broken

When a member of the House Republican majority resigns and blames partisan gridlock, it's worth a note.

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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 07:42:00

Hillary Clinton: Republicans play the "Golden Girls" card

Jonathan Martin writes in the New York Times today about the latest Republican attack strategy against Hillary Rodham Clinton's potential presidential candidacy: She's a washed-up old lady.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 09:58:00

Josh Duggar named Exec. Dir. of Family Research Council's lobbying arm in D.C.

Josh Duggar — the eldest child of Michelle and Jim Bob — announced last night on Twitter that he's taken a job as the Executive Director of FRC Action, the Family Research Council's lobbying arm.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013 - 16:46:31

4 no votes for women from Arkansas delegation

Motion would have given victims of sexual abuse an optional route to justice.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 12:51:00

Meeks: Planned Parenthood contract "unacceptable"

Less than an hour after this morning's post on the contract for Planned Parenthood to hire outreach guides for the healthcare exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act — in which Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford expressed confidence that approval would come if the contract was "perfected" to define a "clear scope of work" — Rep. David Meeks tweeted in response: "unacceptable."

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 15:11:15

Immigration reform bill clears procedural hurdle in Senate

The Senate voted 82-15 to proceed with debate on the immigration reform bill crafted by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight."

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 15:03:00

NSA whisteblower reveals himself

Edward Snowden is the source of the intelligence leaks regarding the PRISM program and Verizon surveillance.

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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 11:02:00

Virginia GOP lt. governor nominee: birth defects caused by sin

Shades of the three stooges in Virginia. Buzzfeed quotes from a 2008 book by the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor in Virginia, E.W. Jackson, who was a minister at the time.

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013 - 05:58:00

Michele Bachmann won't seek re-election

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the former Republican presidential candidate and eternal source of amusement and bemusement, posted a video on her campaign website early this morning to say she would not seek re-election next year.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 09:07:00

Benghazi, the new Whitewater

Ernie Dumas this week compares the fulminations about Benghazi, which Republicans are attempting to make an impeachment-worthy scandal of minute differences in post-attack talking points, with the cooked-up Whitewater investigations.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 14:09:00

Ark. GOP congressmen vote against protecting abused women

Arkansas's congressional delegation was nowhere to be found among the 87 House Republicans who joined 199 Democrats today to pass the Senate's bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The measures reauthorizes a 1994 law that provides support for organizations that serve domestic and sexual violence victims.

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Monday, February 18, 2013

Monday, February 18, 2013 - 21:53:00

Al Gore gives fiery talk at Clinton Presidential Library

Former Vice-president Al Gore gave a talk discussing his new book this evening at an invitation-only event at the Clinton Presidential Library, with students of the Clinton School of Public Service and a who’s who of local politcos in attendance, including David Pryor, Dale Bumpers, and Mack McLarty.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013 - 12:03:26

Obama's 'liberal' speech — it wasn't

Good analysis in the Washington Post of President Obama's inaugural speech and the notion that it embodied liberalism.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 13:43:12

Arkansans in House OK debt limit suspension

The House agrees to temporary lift in the debt ceiling.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 06:24:35

UA poll finds regional, racial, gender splits on president

The Blair Center for Southern Politics and Society at the University of Arkansas and the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock have released results from a new poll on political and other questions.

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Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012 - 07:09:43

Krugman: 'Fiscal Cliff' a political crisis, not a debt crisis

Here's Paul Krugman in yesterday's New York Times, dropping some truth bombs about the realities of "The Fiscal Cliff": "I keep seeing articles about the 'fiscal cliff' that do, in fact, describe it — often in the headline — as a debt crisis.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 - 12:17:32

Beebe weighs in — fiscal and football

Gov. Beebe didn’t offer many specifics after his Roosevelt Room meeting with President Obama and five other governors regarding the fiscal cliff.

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Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 12:10:00

Tim Griffin to serve on Ways and Means

U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has been chosen to serve on the powerful U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 09:28:15

Buffett, Rattner and the myth of tax cut stimulation

Ernie Dumas' column today is — like all Dumas columns — a must read on the wisdom of Warren E. Buffett and Steven L. Rattner, two very rich men who don't think rich men need a handout to get richer.

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