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Elizabeth Warren obliterates Republicans for blocking unemployment benefits

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Image: politicker.com

Note: This is a crosspost from our wonderful friend Anomaly at FreakOutNation

On Monday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) took to the Senate floor and blasted Republican lawmakers for blocking an extension of federal unemployment insurance. Those benefits would have helped 1.6 million Americans. When Romney/Ryan ran for the 2012 ticket, they vowed to stand up for the middle class. Republicans have continued with this mantra without backing it up with votes.

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She said, “Unemployment insurance is a critical lifeline for people who are trying their hardest and need a little help—a recognition that Wall Street and Washington caused the financial crisis, but Main Street is still paying the price.”

Warren continued, “Republicans line up to protect billions in tax breaks and subsidies for big corporations with armies of lobbyists but they can’t find a way to help struggling families trying get back on their feet.”

Watch. This is one of Warren’s best speeches yet (I say that each time):

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Sen. Angus King (I-ME): Right-wing extremists “are guilty of murder.”

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This is exactly the type of compassion that is missing from the Troglodyte Republicans DNA. No compassion, no empathy, just their own little myopic view filled with death panels & part time jobs.

Tuesday begins a 6-month race to enroll as many uninsured people as possible in the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges. For the markets to be effective, they need millions of customers, and for elderly participants not to vastly outnumber younger ones.

It’s in this context that well-heeled conservative groups are appealing to uninsured young people to remain uninsured — part of a backdoor effort to undermine the structural integrity of the health care law.

Their efforts have attracted the attention of one senator who recounts how being insured saved his life when he was a young adult, and who has since then watched others die due to lack of coverage. And he doesn’t mince words with those who’d take risks with other people’s health security.

“That’s a scandal — those people are guilty of murder in my opinion,” Sen. Angus King, a Maine Independent who caucuses with Democrats, told me in a Friday interview. “Some of those people they persuade are going to end up dying because they don’t have health insurance. For people who do that to other people in the name of some obscure political ideology is one of the grossest violations of our humanity I can think of. This absolutely drives me crazy.”

Sounds familiar to me-

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Cartoons of the Day- Congress On Vacation

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Cartoons of the Day- The State of the G.O.P.

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Video- Soledad O'Brien Thumps GOP Congressman Over His Opposition To Hurricane Sandy Relief

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