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Amid Shouts of ╦ťShame,’ House GOP Defeats Gay-Rights Measure

The vote was 213-212. President Barack Obama has issued an executive order that bars discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors, and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., had offered an amendment to a spending bill that would have prohibited using taxpayer dollars to violate the order. The vote for Maloney’s amendment peaked at 217, one

GOP establishment choice wins Iowa’s House contest

 In a setback for the tea party and libertarian forces in Iowa, establishment Republicans on Saturday nominated their candidate for a House seat in one of the nation’s most competitive congressional districts. The nomination of David Young in Iowa’s 3rd District punctuated the efforts of Republicans in the party’s mainstream who had desperately worked to

GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

 The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party’s majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee’s $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It also puts the committee

Another Liberal Democrat suggests racism within GOP, drawing another sharp response

 New York Rep. Steve Israel said Sunday a significant part of the Republican Party is “animated by racism,” marking the third time in recent days that a leading Democrat has appeared to make race an issue and drawn a sharp response from Republicans. Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, whose major role is