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The GOP Aims to Slash Clean Energy Spending in Half to Expand the Defense Budget

Republicans want to strip $911 million of investment in clean technologies and spend it on tanks. It's a terrible idea.
Brian Merchant
6.18.13
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No New Internet Regulation for Two Years, Says Republican Congressman

Following the failures of SOPA and PIPA, a pair of misguided legislative attempts to outlaw Internet piracy that both stalled in Congress earlier this year, one California politician is calling for Congress to halt on considerations for any new...
Greg Thomas
11.29.12
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The New Chair of House Science Committee: Lamar Smith, Climate Change Skeptic

I’d like to welcome Lamar Smith, a Republican who’s been a vocal SOPA supporter and who doubts that man is having an effect on climate change, to his new position as chair of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.
Derek Mead
11.28.12
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"Dreams from My Real Father" Is Kind of a Tin-Foil Hat "Innocence of Barack Obama"

In recent weeks, conservative operatives have been audience-testing a new Obama documentary that purports to the the _real_ truth about the president's background. ""Dreams From My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception"":http://www...
Adam Estes
10.25.12
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The GOP's War on Reality Has Finally Jumped the Shark

It can be ridiculously frustrating when our Congress doesn’t understand something important, like the Internet, but the less cynical amongst us could argue that it’s impossible to be an expert on everything, even though congresspeople are often...
Derek Mead
10.8.12
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Will Romney Pay Tax Return Ransom?

As Bitfloor.com (the U.S.' largest Bitcoin site) services have come grinding to a halt in the wake of a "$250,000 theft of its currency":http://www.techspot.com/news/50043-bitfloor-breached-hacker-makes-off-with-250000-in-bitcoins.html, two questions...
Daniel Stuckey
9.6.12
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The Six Names You Won't Hear at the Democratic National Convention

Joe Biden summed up the essence of Obama’s reelection campaign months ago. “Osama bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive." These duel sentiments will be showcased at the DNC over the next few days, the slightest glimmers of hope amplified to...
Michael Arria
9.5.12
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The GOP's Space Platform Lauds Big Government and Ignores Private Enterprise

Somewhere between the promises of deregulation, respect for Native Americans, and the GOP's goal to make the Internet Family Friendly, is a brief two paragraphs about space travel.
BEN MAJOY
8.30.12
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GOP Gets Saved by the Hurricane Forecasting System It Wants to Defund

Today is officially the first day of the GOP's mighty national convention, except that it's not because a massive tropical storm ruined the party. Instead of gathering in Tampa to weather insipid speechifying and a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert, angry Isaac...
Brian Merchant
8.27.12
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Mitt Romney's Wealth Will Not Sex Women Into Making Him President

A lot of blowhards out there who like to speak on evolutionary theory have absolutely no idea what they're talking about. It should come as no surprise that much of that pap comes from the right, whose leaders, even the "scientific" ones, "love to beat...
Derek Mead
8.22.12
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Agenda 21 Is Now the Official Conspiracy Theory of the GOP

Here are some things that real live American human beings actually believe about a boring UN document called Agenda 21, right now: * that it is a covert socialist plot to rob America of its freedom * that it will do so under the auspices of...
Brian Merchant
8.17.12
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GOP Wants a "Drone Zone" to Extend 100 Miles From Every US Border

In the far-off Middle East, drones kill terrorists and people who happen to be standing next to terrorists. Here, they're on the rise as plane-shaped all-seeing eyes. So this should creep plenty of folks out: the GOP is proposing a bill that would...
Brian Merchant
6.22.12