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Conservative advocates opposed to House Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) debt limit plan aren't relenting just because GOP leadership is twisting arms.

Club for Growth president Chris Chocola, and Red State founder Erick Erickson are both continuing to push House Republicans to vote against Boehner's plan when it comes to a vote on Thursday. Indeed, they're opposed to any plan that doesn't guarantee vast spending reductions, and allow conservatives to declare victory in a decades long fight over the propriety of federal safety net programs.



"That's why groups like the Club for Growth and others oppose the Boehner debt reduction plan, the Reid debt reduction plan, the McConnell debt reduction plan (has there been an Obama debt reduction plan?), and any other plan that does not include those basic tenets," Chocola writes in a Wednesday afternoon Politico op-ed. "Even newspapers like the Wall Street Journal that support the Boehner plan point out that 'It's true that the Boehner plan doesn't solve the long-term debt problem.'"

Erickson -- an influential figure among House conservatives -- is taking names.

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by Paul Kiel, ProPublica

GMAC, one of the nation's largest mortgage servicers, faced a quandary last summer. It wanted to foreclose on a New York City homeowner but lacked the crucial paperwork needed to seize the property.

GMAC has a standard solution to such problems, which arise frequently in the post-bubble economy. Its employees secure permission to create and sign documents in the name of companies that made the original loans. But this case was trickier because the lender, a notorious subprime company named Ameriquest, had gone out of business in 2007.

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DNC Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) strongly chided the GOP today for using a movie clip from the film "The Town," in which two criminals agree to a revenge attack, in order to rally lawmaker support for Speaker Boehner's new debt bill currently being rewritten in the House.

The playing of the clip, organized by members of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy's (R-CA) staff, happened in a closed-door caucus meeting on Tuesday. It features Ben Affleck's character asking for a friend's aid in order to "hurt some people."

"Who are they planning to hurt?" demanded Wasserman Schultz, adding: "Unfortunately that short clip from 'The Town' tells you everything you need to know about their approach to the negotiations over the debt ceiling," she said, after showing the clip to the attending media.

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Watch your step, presidential candidate Rick Santorum: Your old nemesis Dan Savage just threatened to take away the one good name you have left.

Santorum's been cooking up a new war with Savage -- the sex columnist and LGBT-rights activist who Goggle-bombed Santorum's last name in 2003 -- to help raise money for his campaign following some controversial statements Savage made on Bill Maher's HBO show. More on all that here.

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The fast-developing Republican civil war appears to have wracked up its latest injured, the most prominent of which is Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (OH). Following his attacks on Speaker Boehner's debt limit proposals, reports indicate he himself came under heavy assault. Meanwhile, the RSC's executive director, Paul Teller, was facing calls for his sacking over his emails opposing Boehner.

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A 24 hour delay, and the revival of Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) debt limit plan in the House have changed the legislative calculus in Congress, and now Senate Democrats are piecing together how to move forward if Boehner prevails Thursday evening.

"It appears quite clear that Boehner -- a favor was done by CBO for him yesterday because his bill was doomed to failure," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters Wednesday. "And he can juggle things around, and had a caucus today, and he may get it passed, but it doesn't matter. That is a flawed piece of legislation."

Reid says Democrats will decide precisely how to proceed once the gavel comes down on Boehner's vote. House Democrats are expected to oppose that bill unanimously, making Boehner's margin for error very thin -- but momentum within his caucus is in his favor with just over 24 hours before that vote.

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A coalition of 115 House Democrats have signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling on the Justice Department to vigorously oppose voter ID laws that are sweeping state legislatures across the country.

"Many of these bills only have one true purpose, the disenfranchisement of eligible voters -- especially the elderly, young voters, students, minorities, and low-income voters," they write in the letter.

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By John Voelcker

Ask Americans about fuel-efficient cars, and many will name the iconic
Toyota Prius hybrid, with gas mileage rated by the EPA at a combined 50 miles per gallon.



So you'd expect the EPA to rank the Prius as the best midsize car on its list of Most and Least Fuel Efficient Cars, right?

It's not there.

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