How the U.S. Chamber of Commerce became the greatest (bumbling) enemy of America
Be forewarned that you won't be able to unsee Miley Cyrus with a Michele Bachmann wig on. After spending the past few days annoying Sinead O'Connor, pop's young woman of the moment took to Saturday Night Live this past weekend, and one of her skits was lampooning the U.S. government shutdown.While G ... More >>
Don Shelby versus Erik Paulsen in the 3rd Congressional District would've been a lot of fun. But Shelby has decided that the benefit of holding a seat in a partisan-gridlocked Congress isn't worth the price.THE BACKSTORY: Shelby: "I would be a terrible congressman"Yesterday, Shelby informed the Dem ... More >>
Michele Bachmann has made a cottage industry out of taking shots at President Obama, but the lame-duck congresswoman has emerged as one of the House's most outspoken supporters of the Obama administration's controversial NSA surveillance policies.SEE ALSO: Barack Obama zings Michele Bachmann during ... More >>
As we told you last month, during the run up to committee appointments for the new Congress, a petition was circulating to oust Rep. Michele Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee. SEE ALSO: Michele Bachmann goes on apocalyptic radio show, says Obama supports Sharia lawThe petition ended up ... More >>
People for the American Way, a liberal advocacy group, is circulating a petition asking John Boehner to remove Michele Bachmann from the House Intelligence Committee.The petition targets Bachmann's bizarre obsession with Sharia law and other Islamophobic tomfoolery, though really there's any number ... More >>
A day after Republicans proposed a fiscal cliff counteroffer, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison says a path to striking a deal before the end-of-year deadline is "more opaque." "I think there should be a deal," Ellison told City Pages earlier today. "I think we do need a deal. But we're not going ... More >>
To: Lovers of America From: The Republican National Committee RE: Emergency platform changes Dear Patriots: It seems that 47 percent was somewhat larger than we anticipated in last week's election. Henceforth, we urge all Republicans to adopt these immediate policy changes.
In July, Michele Bachmann took heavy criticism for demanding that feds investigate the Muslin Brotherhood's alleged "deep penetration" into the U.S. Government. She provided little evidence other than to assert that the family of Huma Abedin, a deputy chief of staff for Secretary of State Hillary Cl ... More >>
Country club Sopranos get kid-glove treatment for high crimes
See also: -- Michele Bachmann pledges to ban "all forms of pornography" -- GOP platform's new anti-porn stance mirrors Bachmann's pledge It's not exactly a secret that our beloved villain member of the House of Representatives Michele Bachmann hates porn. But after years of heari ... More >>
Education comes second to institutional income at a steep price
Take Back the Capitol wound down todayA week of action in Washington wound down today as the 99% made another push for legislation benefiting unemployed people. Earlier this week, protesters occupied several congressional offices, including Michele Bachmann's, and shut down K Street. The gro ... More >>
Al Franken says Obama's jobs plan can't survive political wrangling.Al Franken watched the debate to raise the debt ceiling drag on -- and on, and on -- over party politics. Franken doesn't want to see the same thing happen with Barack Obama's new jobs plan, but he fears it might anyway.America's ... More >>
Michele Bachmann's got a plan, she just won't tell us what it is.Barack Obama gave a speech before a joint session of Congress last night, introducing a wide-ranging second stimulus package to jolt the American economy back to life.Michele Bachmann says it wasn't even a plan, and said there are ... More >>
All photos courtesy of Minnesotans for a Fair Economy.Demonstrators blame John Boehner and Michele Bachmann for joblessness in Minnesota.U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner took a trip to Minnesota's suburbs yesterday to play golf and rub elbows with some of our state's mega-rich donors. On ... More >>
U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner will have lunch with you for $1,000. Maybe.Will John Boehner be hitting the fairway with mega-rich donors in Wayzata today? Maybe. Minnesota Public Radio obtained a copy of an invite last week to a Boehner fundraiser scheduled for today at Spring Hill Gol ... More >>
Bachmann's vote is the only thing standing between the U.S. and sanity.Don't fear, America, Michele Bachmann is racing back to Washington to bravely vote against the debt ceiling plan that would save America's credit rating and stock markets worldwide. America's gain is Iowa's loss: Bachmann anno ... More >>
So this is kind of a weird time to be alive, when the President and the Republican Congressional leaders and the Democratic Congressional leaders are doing these press-conference showdowns where each faction is offer gentile smack-talk about the other factions, apparently en route to achieving a ... More >>
Now the left and the right are conspiring against Bachmann.Talk about turning lemons into lemonade. Right wing news site The Daily Caller did a hit job earlier this week on Michele Bachmann, calling her out for hypocrisy over her family farm subsidies and the earmarks she's won for her distr ... More >>
Matt VisionquestTim Pawlenty, tea party heroAll his threats about pushing gays back into the closet, shutting down the federal government, busting unions, and insulting the president seem to finally be paying off for Tim Pawlenty. He keynoted a steeped-in-tea confab over the weekend in Arizona c ... More >>
Running for president? Whatever.Tim Pawlenty has been on the road and in front of TV cameras incessantly to promote his book and his White House ambitions. Michele Bachmann happily feeds rumors that she wants to be president, too; she practically has an endowed chair at Fox News; and her attacks ... More >>
Obama denounced Muammar al-Gaddafi last week.Tim Pawlenty issued a scornful statement today condemning President Barack Obama for not denouncing the recent violent clampdown on anti-government protesters in Libya. Maybe T-Paw wasn't paying attention, running from one tea party to another, bu ... More >>
Former Governor Hockey Puck?National Review, the gold standard of conservative opinion magazines, features Tim Pawlenty on its March 7 cover -- in skates and a green T-Paw jersey. "Pawlenty's Shot: The former Minnesota governor is a strong contender" the 2012 Republican presidential nominati ... More >>
Michele Bachmann can't bring herself to state a very simple fact: Barack Obama is an American citizen. "That isn't for me to state. That's for the president to state," she said today on "Good Morning America." That's pretty loud dog whistle from the queen of the tea party.
Bachmann and Pawlenty get no love at CPAC.Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty made a lot of media noise at this year's Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. But down where the rubber meets the road -- the event's presidential straw poll -- both Minnesotans slipped and fell i ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty can tweet and talk at the same time, right?The joke about the late President Gerald Ford was that he couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time.The joke on Tim Pawlenty coming out of this year's CPAC conference is that he has somehow managed to tweet and talk at the same time.Epic m ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty at CPAC today doubled down with the Michele Bachmann wing of the Republican party by insisting that, "We should not -- we should not -- raise the debt ceiling." Like Bachmann, he wants to hang the nation's deficit around Barack Obama's neck. And the line got a round of applause ... More >>
Another Bachmann confrontation with House leaders.Queen of the tea party Rep. Michele Bachmann, with an assist from former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, is ramping up her battle urging Congress to block an increase in the federal debt ceiling. Forget it, says House Speaker John Boehner. That's a recipe ... More >>
Michele Bachmann: Equal time?The tempest in a tea pot is now the perfect storm. Michele Bachmann's little State of the Union speech scheduled for an online-only audience tonight is now being put on a par with Barack Obama's address to Congress, and the official Republican response from Rep. Pau ... More >>
A Congressional Budget Office analysis says the health care reform repeal backed by Minnesota Reps. Michele Bachmann, John Kline and Chip Cravaack would boost the federal deficit by $230 billion over the next 10 years and leave 32 million more Americans uninsured. Wait. Didn't they all just win ... More >>
What could possibly go wrong?Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, the pride of Waterloo, wants to be president. ABC News is out with a story today saying that she's soon going to huddle with GOP powerbrokers in the state of her birth about a potential White House run. Not that she or her staff ... More >>
Wingnut of the Year.Rep. Michele Bachmann took us all on another ride aboard the crazy train this year, questioning the president's patriotism, defending BP, proclaiming herself the queen tea partier -- and winning re-election in the 6th congressional district. Here's a look back.
Michele Bachmann is named to the House Intelligence Committee.She missed out on a House leadership post. She got frozen out of a slot on the Ways and Means Committee. She even lost "Lie of the Year." What's left for Michele Bachmann? Intelligence.
After getting trounced last year by Sarah Palin, we really thought she had a shot this time around. But once again, Michele Bachmann has been been stiff-armed by the readers of PolitiFact's annual "Lie of the Year" competition. Her whopper:
Like her Muslim friends, Bachmann has no pork on her fork.Michele Bachmann has a message for America this afternoon: "Recently, porking has gotten way out of control."It's a provocative statement, and one that certainly lends itself to interpretation. But based on context, our best guess is t ... More >>
Pants on fire.The post-election season is shaping up well for freshly re-elected Rep. Michele Bachmann. She's already been named a "Most Embarrassing" member of Congress. Now she's been nominated -- again -- in the "Lie of the Year People's Choice Awards" by PolitiFact. There were plenty o ... More >>
Miami: home of...a lot of club nights, um...Dexter, high-quality cocaine (I'm guessing?), several iterations of the MTV Beach House, the presidency of George W. Bush (that's a stretch), and now the Chicken Wang. It's a dance, and it's fucking awesome.
Cooper vs. Bachmann: It didn't help.It didn't help Michele Bachmann's recent power play for a leadership position among Republicans that she chose the very same moment to once more climb aboard the crazy train. By Wednesday, she figured out she was better suited to softball sessions with Se ... More >>
Michele Bachmann got waived, just like Randy Moss.The tea has definitely been put on ice. Michele Bachmann has conceded the race for Chairman of the Republican Conference by backing Rep. Jeb Hensarling for the No. 4 GOP position.
Bachmann bumps into Boehner.Forget that, as the libertarian magazine Reason recently put it, Michele Bachmann is a bit of loon. She's also facing an uphill battle for a House leadership position because she wears a skirt. Maybe this is what Republicans mean when they talk about traditional ... More >>
It's a conspiracy alright. But a Republican conspiracy.Michele Bachmann wants two things now: To be taken seriously, and to win the No. 4 position in the House leadership ranks. The problem is, she keeps on spouting batshit craziness. It's hard to win the hearts and minds of folks like soon- ... More >>
The governor has been racking up a lot of frequent flyer miles lately, but not a lot of love.
Rep. Bachmann is holding two public forums tomorrow to talk about cancer and President Obama's cap and trade proposal. Time to go get armed and dangerous with Bachmann.