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  • Racist or Reality? Seattle Congressman Wants FBI Terrorists Ad Pulled

    06/21/2013 11:52:45 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    King5 ^ | June 20, 2013 | Eric Wilkinson
    In the global war on terror, information is everything. A single tip from the public can save countless lives. A terrorist could be right in front of your own face. That’s why the FBI rolled out a new ad campaign on billboards and buses. It shows the faces of 16 of the world's most wanted terrorists. Some, however, say they're being depicted in a less that flattering light. “You look at the pictures, they're all one color of folks,” said Congressman Jim McDermott of Seattle. McDermott has asked the FBI to pull the ads, calling them “racist” because there are...
  • ‘Offensive to Muslims’: Dem congressman calls on FBI to take down photos of terrorists

    06/21/2013 9:36:32 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 21 Jun 2013
    Always-unfiltered Rep. Jim McDermott penned a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday claiming a Joint Terrorism Task Force ‘Faces of Global Terrorism’ ad is racist. McDermott, a Democrat from Washington state, voiced his “deep concern” about the ad, which shows mug shots of international terrorists, and asked the FBI chief to “reconsider publicizing” it. According to McDermott, the “ad featuring sixteen photos of wanted terrorists is not only offensive to Muslims and ethnic minorities, but it encourages racial and religious profiling.” McDermott continued, “Representing terrorists, however, from only one ethnic or religious group, promotes stereotypes and ignores other forms...
  • What my response to Jim McDermott would have been

    06/06/2013 9:57:06 AM PDT · by EAGLE7 · 14 replies
    06/06/2013 | Eagle7
    Congressman Jim McDermott got crushed by Megyn Kelly on Fox News. That disgrace of a congressmen has blamed the victims of the IRS, not the IRS. My answer to McDermott, if I were a private citizen being targeted by him and told by him to provide proof and defend myself, would be something like this...
  • Jim McDermott to Megyn Kelly: How can we be sure these IRS tea-party victims are telling the truth?

    06/05/2013 12:42:32 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 5, 2013 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    He’s basically accusing them of making a mountain out of a molehill, emphasizing that no matter how egregiously the IRS behaved, they couldn’t stop the groups from operating without tax exemption. They could still go out there and preach the tea-party gospel; they’d just have to do it, at least for awhile, without the benefit of 501(c)(4) status that liberal groups have comparatively little trouble obtaining. Tough it out, wingnuts. Presumably, if a high-school student applied for federal college loans and the application was held up for discriminatory reasons, McDermott would shrug and say, hey — no one’s stopping the...
  • McDermott Statement at Hearing with Organizations Singled Out by the IRS(he agrees with the IRS)

    06/04/2013 8:08:00 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 33 replies
    Jim McDermott House Website ^ | 6/4/2013 | Jim McDermott
    Jim let a bit of truth slip here today at the House Ways and Means committee hearing by explaining why he thinks the IRS was right to target these conservative groups: “Each of your groups is highly political. From opposing the President’s healthcare reform, to abortion restrictions, to gay marriage, you’re all entrenched in some of the most controversial political issues in this country ....... “ Rest of Speech at link: McDermott Statement at Hearing with Organizations Singled Out by the IRS (speech text and video posted at His House Website)

    06/04/2013 3:43:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 55 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jun. 4, 2013 | Becket Adams
    It is always entertaining to see what happens when old guard D.C. crosses paths with “young gun” D.C. Take, for example, the recent clash between Congressmen Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wis). During a Tuesday House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the IRS’ targeting of conservative groups, Rep. McDermott said that Tea Party groups wouldn’t have been scrutinized if they didn’t apply for tax-exempt status and engage in the activities they didSounds like McDermott’s blaming conservative groups for the IRS scandal, no? An amused Paul Ryan seemed to think so. Ryan scrapped his prepared question and instead chose...
  • Congressman: Pro-Life Group's IRS Story Not Necessarily Credible

    06/04/2013 2:53:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/4/2013 | Kerry Picket
    Congressman Jim McDermott (D-WA) criticized six witnesses who were targeted for their conservative political beliefs by the IRS at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on Tuesday. McDermott called the Committee’s IRS investigation “political theater,” saying, "The mistake here was that the staff organizing the organizations used the names of the organizations rather than the work they do and asked improper questions to figure that out." "It's clearly wrong. It was inept, stupid and a whole lot of other things," he continued. "But let's not get lost. During the Bush administration, liberal groups were targeted without any concern by...
  • Dem. Rep. Lashes Out at Targeted Witnesses: You Asked For It

    06/04/2013 12:36:57 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 58 replies ^ | 6-4-2013 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) not only blamed the victims of the IRS's targeting on Tuesday--he also implied the IRS would have been justified targeting conservative and Tea Party groups if the agency did so based on what the groups stood for instead of on the words in their names. At a House Ways and Means hearing in which six leaders of organizations the IRS had targeted were testifying, McDermott said the "mistake here was the staff used the names of the organizatiions instead of the work they do." [video] McDermott lashed out at the witnesses, saying "each of your groups...
  • McDermott to tea-party: You brought scrutiny on yourselves by applying for tax exemption, you know

    06/04/2013 12:35:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 4, 2013 | Allahpundit
    If you’re going to step in the ring with your government, you should expect to get punched in the face. And by “step in the ring,” I of course mean “avail yourself of the same perfectly legal tax strategies that are routinely permitted to liberal nonprofits.” I confess, while I expected some stupid and predictable Democratic scandal spin this week, I didn’t expect to watch a congressman indirectly defend government discrimination on grounds that the victims could have avoided it by simply not asserting their statutory rights in the first place. And yet here we are. That’s not the only...
  • Jim McDermott to tea-party: You brought this IRS scrutiny by applying for tax exemption

    06/04/2013 11:28:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2013 | AllahPundit
    If you’re going to step in the ring with your government, you should expect to get punched in the face. And by “step in the ring,” I of course mean “avail yourself of the same perfectly legal tax strategies that are routinely permitted to liberal nonprofits.” I confess, while I expected some stupid and predictable Democratic scandal spin this week, I didn’t expect to watch a congressman indirectly defend government discrimination on grounds that the victims could have avoided it by simply not asserting their statutory rights in the first place. And yet here we are.That’s not the only problem...
  • Congressman Stages Floor Rant Against Beck, Limbaugh, Malkin & ‘Teabaggers’(video)

    03/21/2010 10:34:18 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies · 1,746+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | March 21, 2010
    Rep. Jim McDermott (D-emonrat): "They are simply selfish and greedy."
  • Hoekstra: Democrats will try to pass McDermott interrogation bill again

    02/27/2010 9:53:56 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 574+ views ^ | Feb. 27, 2010 | Alex Pappas
    Republicans stopped a provision that establishes criminal penalties for CIA officers that use cruel, inhuman or degrading interrogation methods from making it into the Intelligence bill passed Friday — but the leading Republican on the House intelligence committee said that provision is hardly dead. “This is not the last time we’ll see the McDermott stuff,” Rep. Pete Hoekstra told The Daily Caller of the legislation authored by Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott. “It will come back. They will find every way that they can to make it law.” Hoekstra said the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes,...
  • Rep. McDermott tries to sneak anti-CIA amendment into bill in the dead of night (McD, anti-American)

    02/26/2010 11:04:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 776+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 26, 2010 | Ed Lasky
    Liberal Democrats may tout openness, reform and transparency on the campaign trail but those promises never seem to make it past the Beltway when they return to Washington. In one of the more egregious examples of this truism, one needs to look no further than the efforts by Representative Jim McDermott (D-Washington) to pull a fast one and slip into the intelligence budget a provision that, in a backdoor way, impose fines and prison terms on intelligence officers who "abuse" captured terrorism suspects. The House Democratic leadership stopped a vote Thursday night on the $50 billion classified intelligence budget after...
  • McDermott tells health forum he backs 'public option'

    09/02/2009 2:00:54 PM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 10 replies · 395+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 09/02/09 | Marnette Federis
    Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott remembers the last time health reform was on the national agenda. "I was there in '93 and '94 and watched the process, so I've seen this movie before," he said, referring to the failed effort during Bill Clinton's presidency. "I didn't like the ending, and I want this one to have a different ending." In his first town-hall meeting on the current health-care effort, McDermott, D-Seattle, expressed anger over what he views as scare tactics from foes of any health-care reform.
  • West Seattle film producer takes on McDermott: Crazy, right?

    06/28/2009 9:56:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 603+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 28, 2009 | Danny Westneat
    There's a scene in the 2008 movie "Lava Storm," a low-budget sci-fi flick about magma engulfing the globe, in which a volcanologist hatches a quixotic scheme to save humanity. He'll blow up the local dam to douse the rampaging inferno. Everyone doubts him, of course. "We can't save the world," says his wife. "No, baby," he shoots back. "But maybe we can buy it some time." It's so crazy, it just might work! That was about my reaction when I interviewed the writer and producer of "Lava Storm," West Seattle's Bill Hoffman, about his next big project. Which is, believe...
  • Shrug, wink: Everybody else does it (McDermott)

    06/24/2009 2:08:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 466+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 24, 2009 | Danny Westneat
    Congressman Jim McDermott has now explained what he was thinking when he sought to use taxpayer dollars to polish up The Rainier Club's windowsills. He was thinking: Why aren't you making a grab for cash, too? "This is not a ridiculous request," McDermott said. "Everybody in the 7th District has the right to make a request — the University of Washington, The Rainier Club, everybody." Set aside for now the tone-deafness of comparing our largest public university, reeling from budget cuts, with a private social club (where choice subcommittee assignments include the likes of "Greeting and Hospitality" and "Single Malt...
  • Earmark 'unlikely' for Rainier Club (McDermott)

    06/23/2009 10:07:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 367+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 23, 2009 | Lewis Kamb
    Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott doubts his own request for a $250,000 earmark of federal funds to pay for renovations at the exclusive Rainier Club will win approval in Congress.While descending a tiled staircase into The Rainier Club lobby, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott said Monday he doubts his request for a $250,000 earmark to cover renovations at the exclusive downtown Seattle club will win approval from federal lawmakers. "Given what's going on in the country these days, it seems unlikely to me," the Seattle Democrat said, amid a backdrop of fine artwork and antique furniture. "I'm not going to say definitively...
  • McDermott backs $250,000 federal earmark for Seattle's elite Rainier Club

    06/22/2009 9:30:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies · 1,332+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 22, 2009 | Lewis Kamb and David Heath
    Among more than 100 local projects for which U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott recently sought funding earmarks in the coming federal budget are a new cancer-research program, municipal road projects and a law-enforcement initiative to combat gang violence. Also included on the Seattle Democrat's 2010 appropriations wish list is a relatively modest — but curious — appeal: A $250,000 request to fund a "window repair and limestone sill replacement" at The Rainier Club — one of Seattle's premier private clubs, whose members include some of the city's most well-heeled and politically connected residents. McDermott's request on behalf of The Rainier Club...
  • Bitter Betty: Democrats Need an Etiquette Lesson ("Don't call me Liz!"

    06/19/2009 4:25:31 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 17 replies · 1,056+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | June 18, 2009 | Emily Miller
    The e-mail chain between Elizabeth (Don't call me Liz!) Becton, a staffer for Rep. Jim McDermott, (D-Wash.), and a Democratic lobbyist who is a friend of a friend of mine has been forwarded around Washington all week because it perfectly encapsulates the frustration of lobbyists in both parties in dealing with some of the more arrogant Democrats on Capitol Hill. The e-mail exchange started with a seemingly innocuous request by the lobbyist to set up a meeting with her client, JPMorgan Chase, and McDermott (I've taken out the identifying names and phone numbers only): Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 5:05...
  • McDermott aide: Don't call me Liz! (Out of Control Bureaucrat)

    06/19/2009 8:23:48 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 52 replies · 1,512+ views ^ | 17 June 09 | Joel Connelly
    Washington, D.C., political insiders were treated Wednesday morning to an unforgettable exchange of 19 e-mails. The players: an aide at McBee Strategic, a major lobbying firm, and one Elizabeth Becton, scheduling secretary to Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash. The aide's sin: He sent an e-mail addressed to Becton as "Liz." The episode is not without precedent. Ex-Sen. Elizabeth Dole is renowned for turning icy when anybody uses the nickname "Liddy." Elizabeth Taylor once erupted when fifth husband Sen. John Warner began an admonition with the words "Now Liz . . ." "Don't you Liz me," Taylor shot back, sticking a finger...
  • No name-calling

    06/18/2009 9:56:27 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 58 replies · 1,933+ views
    Politico ^ | 6-17-09
    If you want to score a meeting with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), know this: His scheduler/office manager, Elizabeth Becton, is to be addressed by her full name — not Liz or any other variant. An executive assistant at McBee Strategic recently learned this the hard way. A few weeks ago, the assistant e-mailed Becton seeking a meeting with McDermott and a client, JPMorgan Chase. Days later, the assistant checked back in and unfortunately began the e-mail with “Hi Liz.” Becton curtly replied, “Who is Liz?” When the assistant wrote back with an apology, Becton turned up the heat. “I do...
  • No name-calling (Baghdad Jim's Rude secretary)

    06/17/2009 6:49:49 PM PDT · by llevrok · 58 replies · 1,908+ views
    Shenanigans (Politico.Com) ^ | 6/17/09 | Anne Schroeder
    If you want to score a meeting with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), know this: His scheduler/office manager, Elizabeth Becton, is to be addressed by her full name — not Liz or any other variant. An executive assistant at McBee Strategic recently learned this the hard way. A few weeks ago, the assistant e-mailed Becton seeking a meeting with McDermott and a client, JPMorgan Chase. Days later, the assistant checked back in and unfortunately began the e-mail with “Hi Liz.” Becton curtly replied, “Who is Liz?” When the assistant wrote back with an apology, Becton turned up the heat. “I do...
  • McDermott pushes impeachment (Baghdad Jim signs resolution to consider impeachment)

    09/09/2008 2:55:09 PM PDT · by Proud_USA_Republican · 28 replies · 203+ views ^ | 09/09/2008 | P-I Politics Team
    Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., delivered these remarks on the House floor Tuesday: Mr. Speaker: For the last two years I have struggled with the issue of whether the House should consider impeachment of a sitting President. Next to declaring war, impeachment is the gravest matter the House of Representatives must consider. I fully understand the gut-wrenching consequences such a national debate could precipitate. Yet, there is one fact we cannot overlook or escape.
  • Rep. McDermott pays $1 M to Rep. Boehner in taped-call case

    04/28/2008 3:36:43 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 83+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/28/8 | MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer
    Rep. Jim McDermott has paid more than $1 million to House Minority Leader John Boehner, ending a decade-long dispute over an illegally taped telephone call. McDermott, a Seattle Democrat, paid $1,093,297 to the Ohio Republican's campaign committee earlier this month, spokesman for the two men said Monday. The payment is in addition to $64,000 McDermott paid Boehner in January, as part of court-ordered punitive damages in the long-running case. A federal judge ordered McDermott to compensate Boehner for attorney's fees after Boehner sued McDermott for leaking the contents of a cell phone call that was illegally recorded in 1996. A...
  • Democrats Approve of Warrantless Wiretaps

    04/02/2008 10:54:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies · 106+ views
    weekly standard ^ | April 1, 2008 | Brian Faughnan
    In 1998, Congressman Jim McDermott...obtained and distributed to the media an illegally-obtained tape of a private conversation of Representative John Boehner. After litigating the dispute for ten years, and losing each step of the way, McDermott is now being forced by a federal judge to pay Boehner some $1.6 million in damages and legal fees: Still, it's amazing that House Democrats have stood with McDermott in his attempts to prod the courts to authorize warrantless wiretaps by private citizens against other law-abiding private citizens, while they continue to refuse to authorize government wiretaps of terrorist communications. And unfortunately for McDermott,...
  • Judge: $1M in Legal Fees for Boehner {from McDermott }

    04/01/2008 12:55:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 40 replies · 48+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 4/1/8 | MATTHEW DALY, Associated Press Writer
    A federal judge has ordered Rep. Jim McDermott to pay House Minority Leader John Boehner more than $1 million in legal fees in a decade-long dispute over an illegally taped telephone call. Chief Judge Thomas Hogan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ordered McDermott to pay Boehner $1.05 million in attorney's fees and costs, plus about $40,000 in interest. McDermott, a Washington Democrat, also had to pay more than $60,000 in fines and damages, as well as nearly $600,000 in fees to his own lawyers. McDermott said Tuesday he would not appeal the judge's ruling. "It's...
  • Iraq: Exclusive Photos Show Al-Hanooti's Political Clout

    03/28/2008 10:26:14 AM PDT · by llevrok · 13 replies · 619+ views
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 3/27/08 | Steven Emerson
    Before he was alleged to have become a spy for Saddam Hussein's regime, Muthanna Al-Hanooti's charity work and political activism provided him with access to the highest echelons of government. Newsletters collected by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, some published now for the first time, show Al-Hanooti photographed with dignitaries ranging from First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1996 and Vice President Al Gore along with significant members of Congress. That may explain why Iraqi intelligence agents had confidence that Al-Hanooti would be able to persuade Congress to lift economic sanctions against Iraq. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses him of...
  • Saddam And The Three Stooges

    03/27/2008 6:53:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies · 503+ views
    IBD ^ | March 27, 2008
    DiplomacyThree congressmen were caught traveling to praise prewar Iraq on Saddam Hussein's dime in 2002. Others have made pilgrimages to pay tribute to Venezuela's Hugo Chavez. This is getting out of control.As the U.S. prepared for war in October 2002, Washington state's Jim McDermott flew to Iraq on a Saddam-praising junket with fellow Democrats Mike Thompson of California and David Bonior of Michigan. Rather than support the U.S., they condemned U.N. sanctions, vouched for Saddam's probity and publicly declared America's democratically elected president a liar. None of it had anything to do with the congressmen's claimed concern for Iraqi children,...
  • Saddam's Salesmen

    03/27/2008 6:27:27 AM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 30 replies · 1,080+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | March 27, 2008 | Ben Johnson
      When a vicious dictator wants a fifth column of Congressmen to run interference, he knows to call the Party of Defeat.  Saddam's Salesmen   By Ben Johnson | Thursday, March 27, 2008 “If being used means that we’re highlighting the suffering of Iraqi children, or any children, then yes, we don’t mind being used.” – Rep. James McDermott, D-WA, on his 2002 trip to Iraq, financed by Saddam Hussein. We’ve long contended the terrorists could not buy better representation than the Democratic Left gives them for free. We never knew how right we were. The media revealed last...
  • Did Iraq's spy unit pay for McDermott's trip?

    03/27/2008 11:51:12 AM PDT · by NavyCanDo · 18 replies · 651+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 3-27-08 | Matt Apuzzo
    WASHINGTON — Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers — possibly including Rep. Jim McDermott — during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. The three anti-war Democrats made the trip in October 2002, while the Bush administration was trying to persuade Congress to authorize military action against Iraq. While traveling, they called for a diplomatic solution. Prosecutors say that trip was arranged by Muthanna Al-Hanooti, a Michigan charity official, who was charged Wednesday with setting up the junket at the behest of Saddam's regime. Iraqi intelligence officials allegedly paid...
  • 2002/2005 Seattle Radio Ads Nailed McDermott Iraq Ties

    03/27/2008 1:45:09 PM PDT · by ethical · 5 replies · 416+ views
    Long before the news flash today ('US: Saddam Paid for Lawmaker's Iraq Trip, March 26, 2008 by Matt Apuzzo Associated Press) a series of Seattle radio advertisements revealed, in 2002 and 2005, this and other 'Hate America First' activities Congressman Jim McDermott (D)engaged in. You can listen to them at
  • MELANIE MORGAN: Follow The Money: Towards Treason (Dems Junket on Saddam's Dime Undermines USA)

    03/27/2008 12:33:34 PM PDT · by Syncro · 15 replies · 1,284+ views
    MelanieMorgan.Com ^ | March 26, 2008 | Melanie Morgan
    Follow the Money: Towards Treason Written by Melanie Morgan    Wednesday, 26 March 2008 And now for our trip in today's Way Back Time Machine.Let's visit Iraq, shall we? That's where three United States Congressmen traveled in 2002, in the days before the Bush administration launched a war to depose Saddam Hussein, sparking a huge controversy.  Following Ben Bradlee's excellent advice to Woodward and Bernstein during the Watergate era to 'follow the money', the Associated Press has learned that Saddam Hussein's secret agents financed the trip towards treason.          "An indictment unsealed in Detroit accuses Muthanna Al-Hanooti, a member of a...
  • Accused spy "funded" antiwar House Democrats' 2002 Iraq trip

    03/27/2008 5:30:52 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 47 replies · 2,129+ views ^ | March 27, 2008 | Tim Sumner
    ... I listened last night to syndicated talk-radio host Mark Levin report the breaking news that an Iraqi-American had been indicted as a spy. In addition, he stands accused of secretly funding the October 2002 pre-invasion trip to Iraq of three antiwar House Democrats, Congressmen Jim McDermott (D-WA), Mike Thompson (D-CA), and David E. Bonior (D-MI, now retired). I first posted a clip of that audio on and then I followed the money. Always follow the money. You just think that you have read all where it led in this case.
  • US: Saddam paid for lawmakers' Iraq trip

    03/26/2008 3:07:47 PM PDT · by bad company · 154 replies · 6,238+ views
    WASHINGTON - Federal prosecutors say Saddam Hussein's intelligence agency secretly financed a trip to Iraq for three U.S. lawmakers during the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion. An indictment in Detroit accuses Muthanna Al-Hanooti of arranging for three members of Congress to travel to Iraq in October 2002 at the behest of Saddam's regime. Prosecutors say Iraqi intelligence officials paid for the trip through an intermediary. In exchange, Al-Hanooti allegedly received 2 million barrels of Iraqi oil. The lawmakers are not mentioned but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington, David Bonior of Michigan and...
  • McDermott pays damages to Boehner in 1996 phone-tape case (Where's the MSM outrage?)

    02/01/2008 5:14:39 AM PST · by Seaside · 29 replies · 211+ views
    The Seattle PI ^ | January 31, 2008 10:35 p.m. PT | By MATTHEW DALY
    WASHINGTON -- Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott has paid more than $64,000 in damages to House Republican leader John Boehner -- the first payment in a decadelong dispute over an illegally taped telephone call involving Boehner and other GOP leaders. The payment, which includes $50,000 in court-ordered punitive damages, $10,000 in statutory damages and $4,169 in interest, is the first of what could be more than $850,000 in fines and fees owed by McDermott, D-Wash.
  • Jim Moran: American Troops Practice Genocide

    12/19/2007 6:06:37 PM PST · by jdm · 33 replies · 97+ views
    Captain's Quarters ^ | Dec. 19, 2007 | Ed Morrissey
    In case we forgot Harry Reid's fantasy of al-Qaeda "civil war" in Iraq from yesterday, Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA) reminds us why Democrats have gone out of their minds on the Iraq debate. Moran tells Congress during the funding debate that American troops "ethnically cleansed" Baghdad. No kidding (via The Corner): "Sure, there's less violence, but that's because we've ethnically cleansed most of Baghdad." The UN and most of the rest of the world define ethnic cleansing as a form of genocide. Moran believes that American troops have conducted that crime in Baghdad as part of a pacification program. His...
  • Ho-ho-no: McDermott votes against Christmas

    12/13/2007 9:08:45 AM PST · by bigfootbob · 35 replies · 497+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | 12/13/07 | JOHN IWASAKI
    Congressman backed Ramadan, Diwali, But the Washington Democrat drew the line at Christmas.
  • SCOTUS TO Rep. Jim McDermott: "Bad Boy, Leaker!"

    12/03/2007 1:39:31 PM PST · by Bob Leibowitz · 52 replies · 146+ views
    Leibowitz's Canticle ^ | December 3, 2007 | Leibowitz
    Ten years ago Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA7), known in more recent years as Baghdad Jim for his unqualified support of that city's former tyrant, was serving on the House Ethics Committee. Two Democratic Party activists, who had illegally recorded a telephone conversation between Representative John Boehner and then-House Speaker Newt Gingrich, delivered the hot tape to McDermott. McDermott made a the first of a series of truly bad choices. Rather than pursuing his passion for Gingrich through the channels of the Ethics Committee, he delivered the tape to a reporter in what the trial judge ruled was a malicious attempt...
  • McDermott appeals call ruling to Supreme Court

    09/29/2007 12:08:42 AM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 6 replies · 92+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 9/28/07 | MATTHEW DALY
    <p>Rep. Jim McDermott filed court papers today asking the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether he had a right to disclose contents of an illegally taped telephone call involving House Republican leaders a decade ago.</p> <p>A federal appeals court ruled against the Washington state Democrat in May, saying he should not have given reporters access to the tape. McDermott's offense was especially egregious since he was a senior member of the House ethics committee, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said in a 5-4 ruling.</p>
  • Healthcare must be a right, not a privilege, in America

    09/26/2007 6:34:43 AM PDT · by mft112345 · 95 replies · 334+ views
    The Hill ^ | 09/26/2007 | Rep. Jim McDermott
    Healthcare has been the single biggest domestic crisis facing America for at least the last decade, and yet time and again Congress has applied Band-Aids to cover a gaping wound. Every other American, not including members of Congress, is one accident, illness or diagnosis away from financial ruin in the richest nation on Earth. If that isn’t an embarrassment as well as a call to action, then Congress has truly become indifferent to the American people. Every time we apply a Band-Aid, more Americans get hurt or die because of our lack of vision and political will. A Health Savings...
  • Universal Healthcare on its Way (Rep. Jim McDermott)---Envisions system 'in place' by 2009 /VIDEO

    09/13/2007 6:00:28 PM PDT · by Stoat · 61 replies · 908+ views
    The Hill's Congress Blog ^ | September 13, 2007 | Wash. Dem. Rep. Jim McDermott
    Universal Healthcare on its Way (Rep. Jim McDermott) September 13th, 2007 In this video, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) envisions implementing a universal healthcare system in the U.S. by 2009. Video is at this link: The Hill Blog» Blog Archive » Universal Healthcare on its Way (Rep. Jim McDermott)
  • McDermott to Cheney: ‘Resign or face impeachment’

    06/29/2007 11:38:14 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 148 replies · 4,172+ views
    McDermott to Cheney: ‘Resign or face impeachment’ By Chris Good June 29, 2007 Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) told Vice President Dick Cheney to “resign or face impeachment” Thursday night as three more House Democrats lent their support to a plan to impeach the vice president. “The vice president holds himself above the law, and it is time for the Congress to enforce the law,” McDermott said in a floor speech. “For the good of the nation, the vice president could leave office immediately.” McDermott was one of three House Democrats to come out in favor of impeachment Thursday, along with...
  • Leaked phone-call case could cost McDermott $1 million

    05/28/2007 9:11:11 AM PDT · by Sicvee · 35 replies · 1,875+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 5/27/07 | Charles Pope, Angela Galloway
    WASHINGTON -- Rep. Jim McDermott has had the luxury of winning big and cheaply in recent elections, facing only token opposition But that fortunate history could pose a problem for McDermott if the Seattle Democrat is forced to pay more than $1 million in legal fees and penalties to settle his long-running legal battle with House Minority Leader John Boehner. Unlike colleagues who have been able to tap into campaign funds for legal costs, McDermott doesn't have enough cash in his coffers to cover his bills. The prospect that McDermott soon will be liable for a huge payout became a...
  • Court hears arguments in McDermott case

    01/25/2007 12:00:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 995+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/25/07 | Matthew Daly - ap
    WASHINGTON - As a senior member of the House ethics committee, Rep. Jim McDermott (news, bio, voting record) had an obligation not to disclose the contents of an illegally taped telephone call involving House Republican leaders, a lawyer for one of the House Republicans said Thursday. Just as a federal judge should not reveal confidential information about a case, McDermott should not have given reporters access to the taped telephone call, regardless of how it was obtained, said lawyer Michael Carvin. "He had a duty not to disclose, therefore he can't claim First Amendment rights" allowing him to make the...
  • Clinton in Seattle to raise money for Cantwell, McDermott (CALM DOWN-I'LL FORGET I'M NOT PRESIDENT)

    08/01/2006 5:21:25 AM PDT · by paulat · 18 replies · 434+ views
    Bill Clinton in Seattle to raise money for Cantwell, McDermott 10:22 PM PDT on Monday, July 31, 2006 Associated Press SEATTLE - Former President Bill Clinton came to town Monday night to raise money for freshman U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, who has struggled to get her re-election campaign in gear while fielding complaints about her stand on the Iraq war and the hiring of a former challenger. "She has proven she will stand up and be counted" and is a Senate leader in energy independence, the former president said of Cantwell. "You have a clear choice," Clinton said. "Are you...
  • (Baghdad Jim)McDermott: A well-caucused congressman

    07/17/2006 11:03:14 PM PDT · by llevrok · 5 replies · 380+ views
    McDermott: A well-caucused congressman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Here is a list of the 71 caucuses Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., belongs to: Ad Hoc Committee on Irish Affairs Addiction, Treatment and Recovery Caucus After School Caucus Biomedical Research Caucus Bipartisan Pro-Choice Caucus Child Care Caucus Congressional Arts Caucus Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Congressional Bike Caucus Congressional Biotechnology Caucus Congressional Boating Caucus Congressional Brazil Caucus Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues Congressional Caucus on India and Indian-Americans Congressional Caucus on Korea Congressional Caucus on Nigeria Congressional Caucus on Sri Lanka and Sri Lankan...
  • Rep. McDermott gets new hearing in taped call case (BAGHDAD JIM BARF ALERT)

    06/27/2006 10:15:26 AM PDT · by lilylangtree · 23 replies · 720+ views
    AP | 06-27-06 | Matthew Daly
    WASHINGTON--A federal appeals court has agreed to hear new arguments in a case involving an illegally taped telephone call leaked to reporters by Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash. In an announcement late Monday, the U.S. Circuit Court of appeals for the District of Columbia said all nine judges will hear an appeal of the taped call case, which dates back nearly a decade. Arguments will be heard in late September, the court said. A three-judge panel of the appeals court ruled in March that McDermott violated federal law by turning over the tape recording of a 1996 call involving then-House Speaker...
  • (Baghdad Jim) McDermott to host KIRO talk show

    05/26/2006 10:16:07 AM PDT · by llevrok · 15 replies · 406+ views
    The Seattle P-I ^ | 5/26/06 | NEIL MODIE
    He will fill in for vacationing Dave Ross -------------------------------------------------- Seattle's liberal, never-bashful Rep. Jim McDermott has found temporary work that, like his day job, consists largely of saying what he thinks. The nine-term Democratic incumbent will fill in as host of "The Dave Ross Show" on 710 KIRO Radio next week while Ross -- himself an unsuccessful Democratic congressional candidate two years ago -- goes on vacation. McDermott's first guest Monday will be Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., an outspoken advocate for the military but one who, like McDermott, has become a harsh critic of the Bush administration's Iraq war policy....
  • McDermott taps Clinton to bail him out on huge legal bill and save home

    05/12/2006 11:34:12 PM PDT · by Proud_USA_Republican · 35 replies · 1,237+ views
    Seattle-Times ^ | 5/12/2006 | Alex Fryer
    Rep. Jim McDermott doesn't need to raise money for another term in the House. It's his Queen Anne home that could be in financial jeopardy. Mired in the first lawsuit among members of Congress, McDermott is enlisting the star-power of former President Clinton to help fill the coffers of his legal defense fund. While details aren't firm, the Seattle Democrat said Clinton will appear at the Seattle Center on June 3 for a conversation about the First Amendment. He said neither ticket prices nor fundraising goals have been determined. Earlier that day, Clinton will attend a fundraising luncheon for Democratic...
  • McDermott taps Clinton to bail him out on huge legal bill and save home

    05/12/2006 8:12:04 PM PDT · by philo · 44 replies · 1,421+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Friday, May 12, 2006 | Alex Fryer
    President Clinton will attend a fundraising event for Rep. Jim McDermott in Seattle on June 3. Rep. Jim McDermott doesn't need to raise money for another term in the House. It's his Queen Anne home that could be in financial jeopardy.