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A digital firm is encouraging furloughed workers to have a few drinks and unload their frustration on elected officials.
Revolution Messaging, which describes itself as "a leader in cutting-edge progressive strategies for a mobile world," has built a website, drunkdialcongress.org, that allows mobile users to input their phone numbers and be connected to the office of a random member of Congress.
Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-WI) proposals to avert a looming debt crisis highlighted a rift among some of the House's most conservative Republicans when he pitched them the package on Wednesday.
Ryan laid out a plan in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that included reforming Medicare and simplifying the tax code. None of his proposals dealt with Obamacare, however, which put off some hardline conservatives who demand defunding or delaying the health care law as part of any deal with Democrats.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) responded Tuesday to singer Miley Cyrus' racy impersonation of her on last weekend's "Saturday Night Live," swearing that she's never "done twerking" in her life.
Speaking on a conference call with conservative talk show host Rusty Humphries and TheTeaParty.net, Bachmann estimated that she's been lampooned on SNL six or seven times. She assured that she has a "good sense of humor" and never takes the sketches "personally."
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said Wednesday that if the government shutdown continues into the coming weeks, his department will not be able to ensure that Nov. 1 benefit checks are delivered.
Conservative columnist John Podhoretz wrote in a New York Post op-ed published Wednesday that Republican lawmakers are doing "significant damage" to their party's already tarnished reputation by assuming the American public supports their campaign against Obamacare.