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Cantor Agrees with Principles of Basic Addition, Admits Bush Tax Cuts Add to Deficits

By | 08.02.10 | 2:42 pm

Last month, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) made a rather remarkable statement about the trillion-dollar Bush tax cuts, arguing, “[T]here’s no evidence whatsoever that the Bush tax cuts actually diminished revenue. They increased revenue, because of the vibrancy of these tax cuts in the economy.”

That is demonstrably false, a More…

Wall Street Giving Down, Except to Eric Cantor

By | 07.28.10 | 4:31 pm

Wall Street giving to Democrats is down this election cycle, and Republicans are having even worse luck tapping into bankers’ largess. But Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), the House minority whip, is cleaning up:

Minority Whip Cantor Bets Against U.S. Bonds

By | 06.18.10 | 12:40 pm

A great catch from The Wall Street Journal:

[Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.)], the Republican whip in the House of Representatives, bought up to $15,000 in shares of ProShares Trust Ultrashort 20+ Year Treasury ETF last December, according to his 2009 financial disclosure statement. The exchange-traded fund takes a short


Dems Easily Defeat GOP Motion to Repeal HCR Mandate

By | 06.15.10 | 8:38 pm

Twenty-one Democrats joined all but one Republican in a vote to repeal the sweeping health care law’s individual mandate Tuesday evening. The motion failed 187-230.

The lone Republican was Rep. Joseph Cao (R-La.), who represents the heavily Democratic New Orleans and was the only Republican to vote for More…

House Republicans Target Strategic Defaulters

By | 06.10.10 | 5:45 pm

HuffPo’s Ryan Grim reports that House Republicans have introduced a motion to penalize strategic defaulters — underwater homeowners who simply stop paying their mortgages — by barring them from obtaining Federal Housing Administration-backed loans in the future. Grim explains the Republican maneuver:

The GOP offered its provision as


Unemployment Rate Drops to 9.7%, GOP Leaders Yawn

By | 06.04.10 | 9:06 am

The economy added 431,000 jobs last month, dropping the national unemployment rate from 9.9 percent to 9.7 percent, the Department of Labor Statistics announced this morning.

But Republicans, who a month ago were saying that they’d recognize progress when the jobless rate fell, aren’t impressed. Indeed, Republican House More…

In Gaza, Who Did the Attacking?

By | 06.01.10 | 6:15 pm

Strangely enough, there hasn’t been a great deal of congressional reaction to Israel’s deadly Monday attack on an aid flotilla making its way to Gaza. Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), who heads the House Foreign Affairs Committee, has been uncharacteristically quiet on the topic, for instance. And More…

Norman Leboon, a Threatening Kind of Guy

By | 03.29.10 | 3:31 pm

The man arrested in Philadelphia for a video death threat made against Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) did not limit his activity to the GOP minority whip. At his YouTube account, going by the name shiamuslimcantbestop, Leboon recorded hundreds of rambling, poorly-lit video threats against movie studios, politicians, religious figures and More…

Philadelphia Man Arrested for Threatening GOP Whip; Cantor Was Notified About Threat Over the Weekend

By | 03.29.10 | 12:58 pm

A Philadelphia man named Norman Leboon has been arrested after recording a YouTube message threatening Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who has accused Democrats of “fanning the flames” of outrage by publicizing threats against them since the health care vote.

Cantor spokesman Brad Dayspring responds with a timeline and the More…

The Cantor Police Report

By | 03.25.10 | 4:50 pm

His office sent it to reporters — it’s worth a read.

Richmond Police Investigate Cantor Building Vandalism

March 25, 2010

The Richmond Police Department is investigating an act of vandalism at the Reagan Building, 25 E. Main St., Richmond, Virginia.  A first floor window was struck by a