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Republicans Target NPR Funding 

NPR fired news analyst Juan Williams after he said he gets "nervous" seeing "people who are in Muslim garb" on airplanes. Photo Courtesy - ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- House Republicans' attempt to cut federal funding for National Public Radio fell flat on Thursday, but the war of words against the publicly-funded radio network continues to fester. On Thursday, Democrats defeated a proposal by House GOP members to terminate NPR's federal funding, a move prompted in part by the recent firing of Juan Williams for comments he made about Muslims.

"While the network has the right to present whatever point of view its executives wish, taxpayers should not be forced to subsidize it," Republican Study Committee chairman Tom Price of Georgia said in a statement. "Without taxpayer funding, NPR will simply compete for listeners on a level playing field, just like any other media organization."

Under the Republican proposal, NPR would not be allowed to apply for grants issued by federally funded agencies like the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and National Endowment for the Arts, which, in the last fiscal year totaled $2.5 million or 1.5 percent of the network's operating budget. Moreover, local public radio stations would not be able to use money they receive from CPB to buy programming from NPR. That funding constitutes, on average, about 10 percent of a station's budget.

Conservative ire toward NPR isn't a new phenomenon. In fact, Republican lawmakers for decades have attempted to yank public funding away from both NPR and Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), citing liberal bias. But the recent war of words has escalated to a level unseen in recent history. Fox News' chairman Roger Ailes went as far as to liken NPR executives to Nazis. Ailes later apologized for the use of the word.

NPR became the subject of Republican backlash when it fired news analyst Juan Williams in October, after the conservative commentator said he gets "worried" and "nervous" seeing "people who are in Muslim garb" on airplanes.

Only about two percent of NPR's funding comes from federally funded organizations. Forty percent of the revenue is generated through station programming fees while 26 percent comes from sponsorships.

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Will GOP Leader Stump With Nazi Reenactor Saturday?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(TOLEDO, Ohio) -- House Minority Leader John Boehner is holding a Get Out The Vote rally on Saturday in Northwest Ohio and might be joined by a congressional candidate who was criticized for dressing up in a vintage Nazi uniform in a World War II reenactment.

Rich Iott, who is challenging Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur in Ohio's 9th district, was a former member of a World War II reenactment group that portrayed part of the 5th SS Wiking Panzer Division, a unit in the German army during World War II. Photos of Iott dressed as a soldier wearing a German Waffen SS uniform have been widely distributed over the internet.

A web page on Iott’s campaign website announced earlier this week that Iott would join Boehner on Saturday at the Lucas County Victory Center rally to support the local Republican Party’s get-out-the-vote efforts. However, the event has since been taken off Iott’s campaign website. It’s unclear whether Iott still plans to attend the rally.

Repeated calls and emails to Iott’s campaign headquarters and staff Friday inquiring about Iott’s campaign plans this weekend have not been answered.

The minority leader’s press office declined to speculate whether Iott would attend the event as well. Lucas County is not part of the 9th district in Ohio, where Iott is hoping to unseat Kaptur.

Iott explained earlier this month that he participated in the reenactments as a hobby and a father-son bonding experience. He says he has participated in a range of reenactments over the years including as a Union Army soldier and as American soldiers in World War I and II.

Democrats were quick to pounce at the prospect of a campaign stop featuring the top Republican in the House of Representatives alongside the controversial congressional candidate.

“Not only has John Boehner recruited and financed a disgraced Nazi enthusiast running for Congress, but now even more outrageous Boehner is attending a campaign rally with him,” Ryan Rudominer, spokesman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said. “John Boehner clearly needs a history lesson. John Boehner’s stubborn embrace of this Nazi enthusiast insults the memory of the six million Jews who died during the Holocaust and our nations’ veterans who sacrificed to defend our freedom.”

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, also took issue with Iott’s affinity for vintage uniforms during an appearance on a Fox News show earlier this month.

“I would absolutely repudiate that and do not support an individual who would do something like that,” Cantor said after the photos of Iott spread virally across the internet.

National Jewish Democratic Council President David A. Harris released a statement saying a campaign rally with Boehner and Iott would be “disturbing” and “offensive.”

“Apparently Boehner has little regard for victims of the Holocaust, their families and sensitivities, and the valiant members of the armed services who so bravely fought for our country,” Harris said. “It goes without saying that Rich Iott and his wildly insensitive penchant for dressing like a Nazi has no place in the halls of Congress.”

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Ohio GOP House Candidate Defends Wearing Nazi Garb

Photo Courtesy - Rich Iott for Congress(NEW YORK) -- Rich Iott, the Republican candidate for the U.S. House in northwest Ohio, has responded to the recently uncovered photos of him wearing a Nazi uniform, saying he is the victim of "false character attacks."

Photos of Iott -- a Tea Party favorite who is running against Democrat Marcy Kaptur for a Congressional seat in Ohio's ninth district -- posing in a Nazi uniform in a WWII reenactment were discovered by The Atlantic magazine and published in an online article earlier this week.

"Never, in any of my re-enacting of military history, have I meant any disrespect to anyone who served in our military or anyone who has been affected by the tragedy of war, especially the Jewish Community," Iott said in a press release posted Saturday on his campaign website.

In the press release, Iott also published several images of him dressed for other military reenactments that he participated in with the group Wiking from 2003 to 2007, including an image of him in a U.S. World War I military uniform and one with him and his son in Civil War Union uniforms.

Iott has stated that he has been involved with historical reenactments from different eras since he graduated college and his interest in reenactment is purely historical.

The American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants said Mr. Iott's failure to apologize was "shameful."

There is no evidence that the Kaptur campaign was behind the unearthing of the photos in The Atlantic. Her office was unavailable for comment.

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