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Republican House leaders fast-track Lamborn bill to defund NPR

Colorado-Springs Republican Doug Lamborn has led the charge for two years to ban federal funding for National Public Radio programming. His bill has gained traction among Republican House leaders just as a conservative dirty-tricks media campaign waged against the public broadcaster has made news. Majority Leader Eric Cantor, looking to strike while the iron is hot, fast-tracked the bill, lining up a vote for today. The bill cuts no money from the federal budget.

‘War on Big Bird’ comes home to roost in Aspen with...

Now the National Public Radio funding controversy that began last fall with commentator Juan Williams getting the axe for admitting his fear of Muslims has a Colorado connection beyond just the relentless de-funding efforts of Republican Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn. According to the website Real Aspen, the Aspen Institute’s newly named arts program director, Ronald Schiller -- an Aspen resident who’s leaving his gig as president of the NPR Foundation -- was caught in a sting by right-wing video prankster James O'Keefe.

Killing Big Bird: GOP budget would end PBS / NPR funding

The Republican House majority put out a shocker of a budget Thursday that would slash spending by $32 billion in the next seven months. Among the glaringly ideological Republican targets are environmental protection programs and public broadcasting. The "war on Big Bird," as some fans of PBS have called it, has a strong backer in Colorado Congressman Doug Lamborn, who this session has introduced two bills to zero out funds for public TV and radio.

Anti-earmark Tea Party caucus member Lamborn used to be earmark crazy

Colorado Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn has come out strong this year against earmarks. He joined the Tea Party caucus dedicated to fighting government waste and he enthusiastically signed onto the GOP House pledge against earmarking, or the practice of tacking on projects to legislation in order to deliver tax money to favored constituencies and causes. Lamborn wrote an editorial for his hometown Colorado Springs Gazette against earmarks last Saturday, a feel good Thanksgiving treat for the Gazette's conservative readers. He left out the fact that he has been earmark crazy since he arrived in Washington in 2007.

Dems defeat Lamborn’s ‘defund NPR’ proposal

Congressional Democrats voted down the first GOP legislative proposal since the midterm elections, Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn's proposal to strip tax money from...

Kornacki: Ignore Republicans and the people they say they represent

The Republican plan shaping up for the next session when they'll be in charge in the House is to shrink government by starving Obamacare...

Blockbuster Arizona immigration law exposé sure to fuel anti-NPR campaign

NPR's blockbuster investigative report exposing the private prison industry's role in writing and bankrolling the "lock 'em up" Arizona immigration law that passed earlier...

Lamborn leverages FOX anti-NPR campaign to win support for anti-PBS bill

Colorado Springs U.S.Rep. Doug Lamborn is leveraging the FOX News campaign to strip taxpayer funding from National Public Radio to ignite interest in a...

AP and FOX now front-row friends at White House

The White House Correspondents Association Monday announced it was giving Fox News a front-row seat in the White House press room. Fox had pushed...

Lamborn seeks to end funding for public broadcasting

Colorado U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn announced Thursday that he had introduced legislation to cut funding for the Corporation of Public Broadcasting after 2012. Lamborn said that times had changed since the government first began funding public broadcasting and that in the age of "500 channels" it is no longer necessary to subsidize access to TV and radio for American citizens.
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