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  • House Dems call for U.S. troops to give direct Ebola care

    10/15/2014 10:26:38 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 15, 2014 | Peter Sullivan
    Three House Democrats are calling on President Obama to allow U.S. troops in West Africa to provide direct care to Ebola patients. The Obama administration has already committed around 4,000 U.S. troops to help fight Ebola in the affected West African countries, but they are performing tasks such as building treatment centers and training local providers, not directly providing care. Reps. Keith Ellison (Minn.), Karen Bass (Calif.), and Barbara Lee (Calif.) want to change that. "We write to urge you to consider building on the current response to the Ebola epidemic by allowing military medical and technical personnel to provide...
  • Liberals press Pelosi, Obama for vote on Syrian air strikes

    09/14/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 13 replies
    thehill.com ^ | September 14, 2014 | Mike Lillis
    A growing chorus of liberal Democrats is pushing President Obama to get Congress's explicit approval before launching missile strikes into Syria. The pressure from supporters on Capitol Hill is not only a headache for Obama, but also puts House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other top Democrats in the difficult position of bucking a broad segment of their own caucus in order to protect an ally in the White House. Scores of Democrats had signed letters a year ago advocating against military strikes targeting the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad without congressional backing. Thirteen months later the enemy...
  • Confirmed: Obama Bundler Caught Working with al Qaeda Linked Group

    01/10/2014 11:41:38 AM PST · by kristinn · 29 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | Friday, January 10, 2014 | Kristinn Taylor
    Obama bundler Jodie Evans, far left, protests in Yemen with al Qaeda tied group al Karama, June 17, 2013. Photo via al Karama. Obama bundler Jodie Evans and Code Pink, the leftist group she co-leads, have been found to be working with a group whose leaders have recently been declared terrorists and al Qaeda supporters by the Treasury Department. This is not the first time the Democratic Party allied group has been caught in bed with terrorists. As this writer has reported over the years, Code Pink works with terrorists, state sponsors of terrorists, the Democratic Party and President Barack...
  • CA Congresswoman: Raise State Minimum Wage to $26 an Hour

    05/04/2014 11:33:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 4, 2014 | Staff
    One of the most liberal Representatives in Congress wants California to raise its minimum wage to $26 an hour. Appearing on Crossfire on Friday, co-host Newt Gingrich asked Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) whether it was a good idea for the mayor of Seattle to propose a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Lee said, "good for him." "In California, more than likely from what I remembered, a living wage where people could live and take care of their families and move toward achieving the American dream was about $25, $26 an hour," Lee said. When pressed further, Lee said she...
  • CA Dem Congresswoman Barbara Lee Calls For $26 Minimum Wage

    05/03/2014 11:43:40 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 54 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | Brendan Bordelon
    California Democratic congresswoman Barbara Lee expressed support for a $26 minimum wage in her state — a move Republican congressman Andy Harris encouraged, assuming jobs would rapidly flee California to his state of Maryland. Lee and Harris appeared Friday on CNN’s “Crossfire,” hosted by former Obama advisor Van Jones and former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich. The panel discussed the proposed increase in the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. “Let me ask you this question, you’re a good advocate for this,” Gingrich asked Lee. “The mayor of Seattle is proposing that the minimum wage...
  • Getting Past Name-Calling to Talk About Poverty

    04/30/2014 9:18:25 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 4-30-14 | Juan Williams
    Rep. Paul Ryan is meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. Let's hope they give his ideas a fair hearing. Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) is scheduled to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday to discuss his plans to address poverty and his March 12 comments in a radio interview about a "tailspin of culture" in our inner cities where "generations of men [are] not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work." Mr. Ryan's statement sparked liberal accusations of racism. Rep. Barbara Lee (D., Calif.) called it "a thinly veiled racial attack" that...
  • Union threatens retribution for House Dems opposing Keystone

    04/11/2014 5:16:32 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 11, 2014 | Laura Barron-Lopez
    A top building trades union is launching a midterm-election assault on House Democrats who oppose construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. A letter distributed Friday by the Laborers' International Union of North America (LIUNA) to the districts of 27 House Democrats calls for union members to make sure their representative "feels the power and the fury of LIUNA this November." Their crime: signing a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last month urging him to reject Keystone, which would carry oil sands from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries.
  • Rep. Barbara Lee rips Bill O’Reilly ‘code words’ (Ban "welfare queens,"& "food stamp president")

    03/27/2014 4:02:27 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 50 replies
    Politico ^ | 27 Mar 14 | TAL KOPAN
    Rep. Barbara Lee is firing back at Bill O’Reilly, saying the Fox News host’s comments about race were “disgusting.” “Unfortunately we’ve come to expect language like ‘welfare queens,’ ‘food stamp president,’ and now ‘race hustlers’ from the right wing and Mr. O’Reilly,” the California Democrat said in a statement Wednesday. “It is disgusting and divisive and should never be accepted in our national discourse.” O’Reilly had Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on his program Tuesday night to discuss controversy over some comments Ryan had made about poverty and inner city culture that he later called “inarticulate.” Ryan’s remarks were seized...
  • House Democrats: Climate Change Turns Women Into Prostitutes

    01/11/2014 6:37:47 AM PST · by Beave Meister · 57 replies
    Independent Journal Review ^ | 1/10/2014 | Emily Hulsey
    The Democratic party has found a new consequence of climate change: prostitution. Rep. Barbara Lee and twelve other House Democrats issued a resolution stating that climate change can cause food and water shortages, which could lead impoverished women to turn to prostitution as a means of income: “[I]nsecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health,” it says. More broadly, the resolution says climate change will hurt “marginalized” women, such as refugees, sexual minorities, adolescent...
  • Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist Invited to Brief Dems on Drone Policy

    01/06/2014 5:41:54 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 7 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1-6-2014 | Alana Goodman
    January 6, 2014 Group Run by al Qaeda Terrorist Invited to Brief Dems on Drone Policy Alana Goodman The representative of a human rights group headed by a designated al Qaeda terrorist was denied a visa by the State Department after being invited by congressional Democrats to discuss drone strikes.Mohammad Al Ahmady, the Yemen director for Geneva-based NGO Al Karama, was expected to brief Reps. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.), Barbara Lee (D., Calif.), and Jan Schakowsky (D., Ill.) the morning of the Nov. 19, according to press release from Grayson’s office.Ahmady, who also serves as a top official in an...
  • Grijalva, Barber Condemn $40 Billion Cut To Food Stamp Program

    09/20/2013 1:29:05 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 32 replies
    tucsonweekly.com ^ | September 20, 2013
    Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) Co-Chairs Reps. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) and Keith Ellison (D-MN) and CPC Whip Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) voted against the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, H.R. 3102, a Republican bill to drastically cut nutrition programs. .... “Some of my Republican colleagues want to cut food assistance for needy families instead of closing business tax loopholes as a way to save money,” said Rep. Grijalva. “There's a basic question of fairness and who our country looks out for here. If you think more corporate tax cuts are the answer, go ahead and say so,...
  • Pelosi Statement on the Nomination of Congresswoman Barbara Lee as Representative to the United..

    09/13/2013 9:20:43 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Pelosi Statement on the Nomination of Congresswoman Barbara Lee as Representative to the United Nations September 11, 2013 Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement in response to the nomination of Congresswoman Barbara Lee as U.S. Representative to the 68th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Leader Pelosi recommended Congresswoman Lee for this position. “In recommending Congresswoman Barbara Lee to represent the Democratic Caucus at the United Nations, I knew she would be a strong, resolute, and unwavering voice for peace in a world burdened by war. That is why I am so...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 8 September 2013

    09/08/2013 5:11:33 AM PDT · by Alas Babylon! · 119 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 8 September 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows September 7th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): White House chief of staff Denis McDonough; Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): McDonough; Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M.; Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, Peter King, R-N.Y., and Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif.FACE THE NATION (CBS): McDonough; Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., Justin Amash, R-Mich., and Elijah Cummings, D-Md.THIS WEEK (ABC): McDonough; Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): McDonough; Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del.; Reps. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Howard "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., Barbara Lee, D-Calif.,...
  • NBC's Mitchell: Trust Obama, He's Going to Bomb Syria 'From A Very Cautious Anti-War Perspective'

    09/02/2013 6:57:38 PM PDT · by Texas Eagle · 83 replies
    mediaresearchcenter.org ^ | 8/30/13 | Kyle Drennan
    On her Friday MSNBC program, host Andrea Mitchell tried to ease the concerns of Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee and other members of Congress calling for a congressional vote on military action in Syria: "Barack Obama, as you know better than I do, was one of the leading Democratic politicians against the Iraq War. So if he says that this is different, that the evidence is there....does that persuade you since he has always come at this from a very cautious anti-war perspective?" [Listen to the audio] Accepting the odd juxtaposition of the President launching missile strikes from an "anti-war perspective,"...
  • Anti-war Democrats speak up on Syria

    08/28/2013 2:20:58 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 25 replies
    politico.com ^ | August 28, 2013 | REID J. EPSTEIN and SEUNG MIN KIM
    Anti-war Democrats in Congress are getting the band back together. Democrats who made their names opposing the Iraq war are not staying silent as a president of their own party prepares to attack Syria. But they’re not exactly demanding that President Barack Obama stand down from launching airstrikes in the country. Like many Republican lawmakers, they want Congress to authorize any military action there, and are urging the administration to allow a healthy debate on the proper U.S. role — if any — in the dangerous country. But their criticism, at this point, falls short of total condemnation. The anti-war...
  • "Institutional racism is alive and well" in U.S., says Rep. Lee

    08/01/2013 2:02:46 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 21 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | August 1, 2013 | Cat Boardman
    While the nation continues to discuss the meaning of the George Zimmerman verdict (Zimmerman was found not guilty in the death of Trayvon Martin) with regards to race in America, Congressional leaders gathered Wednesday to reflect on progress made in civil rights since the March on Washington, which happened 50 years ago this month. Leaders acknowledged the progress made since that historic August day, as well as continued challenges. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., also noted the progress and the work ahead. "While we've made much progress, I hope at this 50th anniversary we can really take a deep look at...
  • Congressional Black Caucus members would support Florida boycott

    07/20/2013 11:05:49 AM PDT · by NotYourAverageDhimmi · 68 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 20, 2013 | Mike Lillis
    A number of House Democrats are lining up behind the Rev. Jesse Jackson's threat for an economic boycott of Florida following the not-guilty verdict in the death of Trayvon Martin. The lawmakers, all members of the Congressional Black Caucus, are fierce critics of the process that led to George Zimmerman's acquittal in the fatal shooting last year of the Florida teenager. Exerting pressure on Florida's economy as Jackson is suggesting, they said, could help overturn the state's controversial stand-your-ground laws that many contend contributed to the tragedy. "That's probably the best strategy, because people understand dollars and cents," Rep. Lacy...
  • Rosa Brooks, Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy

    08/08/2011 3:29:49 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 21 replies
    JessDuntno | Today | Various Sources
    Rosa Brooks serves as Counselor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Michele Flournoy. In May 2010 she also became Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense and then Special Coordinator for Rule of Law and Humanitarian Policy. She is running a new Pentagon office dedicated to those issues. She is on leave from her job as a law professor at the Georgetown University Law Center. Brooks is known as a columnist (most recently with the LA Times) and at the Pentagon her portfolio has included both human rights issues and global engagement and strategic communication. Her mother, Barbara Ehrenreich, is...
  • Obama's supporters and mentors

    05/08/2012 12:38:46 AM PDT · by se99tp · 3 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 7th, 2012 | Herbert Romerstein
    The collapse of the Soviet Union had many effects but one was a split in the Communist Party USA. A number of Communist Party officials and activists, with the Soviet Union no longer there to offer instructions and funding, and disillusioned with the dictatorial rule of Party leader Gus Hall, left to form their own group, the Committees of Correspondence (CoC), also known as the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism (CCDS) Mitchell, referring to the collapse of the Soviet Union, which she called “the collapse of socialism in Eastern Europe”, complained that it “left the United States in...
  • 74 Democrats Join J Street in Urging Concessions

    04/15/2012 12:38:04 AM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    inn ^ | 4/15/12 | Rachel Hirshfeld
    Democrats in House of Reps. joined J Street in supporting Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions Seventy-four Democrats in the House of Representatives have joined the dovish J Street organization in supporting the Obama administration's attempt to force Israel into making painful concessions to the Palestinian Authority. “In our view, support for a two-state resolution is inseparable from such support for Israel, its special relationship with the United States, and its very survival as a democratic homeland for the Jewish people,” the letter said. Seven Jewish members signed the letter, including Reps. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.), John...
  • Dozens rally in Oakland, joining national call that man who shot Florida teen be prosecuted

    03/26/2012 9:18:11 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies · 136+ views
    mercurynews.com ^ | 03/26/2012 | Peter Hegarty
    OAKLAND -- Dozens of men and women gathered outside Oakland City Hall on Monday to add their voices to those across the nation demanding the arrest and prosecution of the man who shot black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin one month ago. Many of those who rallied wore "hoodies" similar to the sweatshirt that the 17-year-old Martin was wearing when George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, shot and killed him following a confrontation. Zimmerman, 28, said he acted in self-defense. But Martin's family said the unarmed teenager was a victim of profiling, prompting a national outcry and debate on race that...
  • Democrat says GOP trying to deny blacks the right to vote

    12/07/2011 10:32:01 AM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 7, 2011 | Pete Kasperowicz
    A Democratic lawmaker said Wednesday on the House floor that Republican legislators around the country are purposefully trying to deny blacks the right to vote by pushing for voter identification laws. “It’s no coincidence that a disproportionate number of these affected voters come from communities of color as well as the poor, the elderly and students,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), a former chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “Having been born and raised in Texas, this certainly looks like a poll tax to me, which those of us remember as a way to prevent African Americans from voting. These...
  • West considering leaving Black Caucus

    08/31/2011 8:09:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 33 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 08/31/11 | Justin Sink
    Rep. Allen West (R- Fla.), the lone Republican in the Congressional Black Caucus, said Tuesday morning that he is considering leaving the group in light of comments by caucus whip Rep. Andrè Carson (D-Ind.), who said at a town hall that tea-party affiliated members of Congress see African Americans as "second-class citizens" and would be happy to see blacks "hanging from a tree." "When you start using words such as lynching… that’s a reprehensible word and I think we should move away from that language," West said on Fox & Friends. "One of the things I'm starting to think about...
  • Nancy Pelosi, Barbara Lee push for jobs at forum

    08/17/2011 9:33:53 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 8/17/11 | Cara Marinucci
    OAKLAND -- After weeks of Republican attacks on President Obama in rural Iowa, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Barbara Lee on Tuesday took to the pulpit of an African American church in Oakland to hear directly from voters and defend the president and Democrats on the most critical issue of the 2012 presidential race - jobs. "It is a time in our country when the American people know ... that serious job creation must take place," said Pelosi, speaking to reporters before addressing a supportive crowd of hundreds at the Acts Full Gospel Church in East Oakland, one...
  • An Open Letter to Rep. Barbara Lee about the Gaza Flotilla

    06/16/2011 3:58:35 PM PDT · by SmithL · 26 replies · 2+ views
    Berkeley Daily Planet ^ | 6/16/11 | Henry Norr
    s a resident of Berkeley and therefore one of your constituents, I am writing with two purposes: a) to let you know that I will be sailing later this month to the Gaza Strip aboard a vessel called The Audacity of Hope, which will join 10 or 12 other ships, with more than 1,000 passengers from all over the world, in this year's Gaza Freedom Flotilla; and b) to request that you use your good offices to demand that the Israeli government not interfere with our mission and to insist that the State Department and other branches of the U.S....
  • CA Rep. Barbara Lee on new Oakland-Cuba charter flights: "One step closer" to ending embargo?

    06/09/2011 8:23:48 AM PDT · by SmithL · 19 replies · 1+ views
    SFGate: The Spin Cycle ^ | 6/9/11 | Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writer
    Democratic Rep. Barbara Lee -- who's worked for decades to establish academic and economic ties between the U.S. and Cuba -- said Wednesday she's "cautiously optimistic" that new charter flights from Oakland to Cuba represent "one step in the right direction" toward ending the 51-year U.S-Cuba embargo.. And, the Oakland Democrat predicted, the newly-announced international charter flights from Oakland International Airport to Cuba will mean jobs, trade -- and a much-needed economic boost for the East Bay. "Ending the blockade is part of my work,''
  • Dem Congresswoman: We're Fasting With SEIU Over Shutdown (video)

    04/07/2011 12:48:50 PM PDT · by i88schwartz · 20 replies · 1+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | April 7, 2011 | RealClearPolitics
    Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) says she is doing a water-only fast with 50 of her colleagues along with the labor union SEIU and like-minded organizations.
  • Black Caucus head said media to blame for Rep. Waters fallout

    08/03/2010 1:41:16 PM PDT · by Justaham · 22 replies · 9+ views
    The Hill ^ | 8-3-10 | Jordan Fabian
    The chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) on Tuesday blamed the media for overhyping the fallout over Rep. Maxine Waters's ethics trial. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said in a statement that people should not prejudge Waters (D-Calif.), a member of the CBC, until the ethics process plays out.
  • Black Caucus head: Government ‘held hostage’ by Fox and other media

    07/22/2010 9:30:30 AM PDT · by Qbert · 65 replies
    The Hill ^ | 7/22/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    The government is being sometimes “held hostage” by Fox News and other media outlets, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus charged Thursday. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the caucus, said she was concerned that outlets like Fox were creating a culture of “misinformation” that has led to controversies like the one following Shirley Sherrod.  Lee said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal”: When you look at how, not only Fox, but other media outlets — but we focus naturally, because we know how this has evolved with Fox — how many including, sometimes, our government is held hostage, mind...
  • Pelosi Tells Mills College Grads To 'Be Ready'

    05/15/2010 6:37:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies · 846+ views
    SFChronicle ^ | May 15th 2010
    Pelosi Tells Mills College Grads To 'Be Ready' John King May 15, 2010 The 500-plus students who received degrees and certificates at Mills College in Oakland on Saturday were sent into the world by another graduate of a women's college: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. In a commencement speech that steered clear of partisan politics, Pelosi emphasized the personal side of her ascent to power as the nation's first female speaker. "My message is: 'Be ready,' " the 1962 graduate of Trinity College in Washington, D.C., told the students and their families and friends gathered on Toyon Meadow in the heart...
  • Civil Rights Groups

    04/21/2009 8:41:16 AM PDT · by KingofZion · 173+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 21, 2009 | Leslie Fulbright
    The nation's largest civil rights organizations said Monday that they were profoundly disappointed by the Obama administration's decision to boycott the U.N. conference on racism this week in Geneva. After weeks of discussion, the White House announced Saturday that it would not send a delegation to the Durban Review Conference because of objectionable language in the gathering's official document. There had been concern that the document and speakers at the conference would be critical of Israel, because at the last race summit in South Africa in 2001, some Middle Eastern states compared Zionism to racism. On Monday, several diplomats walked...
  • Members of Congress Laud Castro

    04/14/2009 9:57:17 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 10 replies · 410+ views
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 11 April 2009 | John Semmens
    Key members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) who visited Cuba called their meeting with dictator Fidel Castro “exhilarating,” “very informative,” and “the opportunity of a lifetime.” CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Calif) praised Castro as “an extraordinarily warm person. He rose to greet me, kissed my hand and offered me the very chair he had been sitting in when we first entered the room. This is not the behavior of a mass murderer. Clearly Castro has been maligned by his right-wing critics.” Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) compared his conversation with Castro to “talking with an old friend. The story of...
  • Fidel's Sooo Dreamy! Lee Reflects on Tender Reunion with Cuban Heartthrob

    04/08/2009 12:56:03 PM PDT · by vadum · 20 replies · 612+ views
    American Spectator ^ | April 8, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    After returning from a visit to Communist Cuba, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California) and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus were overflowing with praise for former Cuban President Fidel Castro, the Politico reports. Hours after meeting with her idol in the class struggle, Lee, who chairs the liberal CBC, told reporters on Capitol Hill the tender reunion "was quite a moment to behold." Lee's been a friend of Cuba for years. Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Illinois) was also filled with love. He said the retired dictator's home was modest and his wife hospitable. "It was almost like listening to an old...
  • Congressional Black Caucus Praise Castro

    04/07/2009 8:18:32 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 31 replies · 1,218+ views
    CBC members praise Castro By ALEX ISENSTADT | 4/7/09 7:01 PM EDT CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee and others heaped praise on Castro, calling him warm and receptive during their discussion. Photo: AP Key members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for an end to U.S. prohibition on travel to Cuba, just hours after a meeting with former Cuban president Fidel Castro in Havana. “The fifty-year embargo just hasn’t worked,” CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Ca.) told reporters this evening at a Capitol press conference after returning from a congressional delegation visit to Cuba. “The bottom line is that we believe...
  • CBC members praise Castro (He wants to help Comrade Obama)

    04/07/2009 5:00:24 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 25 replies · 785+ views
    politico.com ^ | April 7, 2009 | Alex Isenstadt
    Key members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for an end to U.S. prohibition on travel to Cuba, just hours after a meeting with former Cuban president Fidel Castro in Havana. “The fifty-year embargo just hasn’t worked,” CBC Chairwoman Barbara Lee (D-Ca.) told reporters this evening at a Capitol press conference after returning from a congressional delegation visit to Cuba. “The bottom line is that we believe its time to open dialogue with Cuba.” Lee and others heaped praise on Castro, calling him warm and receptive during their discussion. But the lawmakers disputed Castro's later statement that members of...
  • Fidel Castro meets US politicians

    04/07/2009 2:51:54 PM PDT · by La Lydia · 5 replies · 396+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 7, 2009
    Former Cuban President Fidel Castro has held a meeting with three members of the US House of Representatives. The event was his first known meeting with US officials since he underwent emergency intestinal surgery in 2006. Castro has not been seen in public since he was taken ill, and ceded power to his brother Raul last year. Analysts say the meeting indicates an increased willingness on the part of Cubans and Americans to resolve tensions between the two countries. A seven-strong team of congressional Democrats is currently in Cuba, looking into ways to improve US-Cuban relations, but only three of...
  • ACORN Plans Party with Roseanne and Extremist Congresswoman

    03/05/2009 7:02:43 PM PST · by vadum · 15 replies · 893+ views
    Capital Research Center ^ | March 5, 2009 | Matthew Vadum
    ACORN, which former members are now trying to have investigated for racketeering (see earlier blog entry), is planning a party for March 12 in Oakland, California. The guests of honor include comedian Roseanne Barr and Rep. Barbara Lee (D-California), a Marxist who once betrayed her country. Lee, a former social worker and chief of staff to Rep. Ron Dellums, was first elected to Congress in 1998 to replace Dellums. In 2001 she was the sole lawmaker to vote against authorizing the president to use military force against any group or nation involved in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001....
  • Some Criticize Congresswoman Lee's Trip (courtesy of Citi)

    02/06/2009 9:41:39 AM PST · by markomalley · 5 replies · 336+ views
    My Fox Houston ^ | 2/5/2009 | Ford Atkinson
    Houston Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee was among six democratic members of Congress who took a Caribbean trip reportedly at the expense of Citigroup. Citigroup is one of the Wall Street firms that has accepted billions of dollars in federal bailout funds. The trip to the island of St. Maarten took place just days after the November election. The House members attended a conference on multi-cultural business. Jackson Lee's office issued a statement regarding her participation in the trip. "Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee has been invited to participate for a number of congressional terms in the Caribbean Multicultural Business conference... to...
  • One member of Congress is thrilled with Obama's 'revolutionary'...(BARF)

    02/06/2009 9:31:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies · 449+ views
    World Tribune ^ | 2/5/2009 | Cliff Kincaid
    Rep. Barbara Lee, who admits in her book that she has been called everything from a radical to an anti-American communist, is very pleased with the record of her friend, President Obama, or as she calls him, "Barack." In fact, she thinks he has been “phenomenal.”    At an event sponsored by the National Press Club, where she was introduced by journalist Helen Thomas, Lee said that she’s very excited about the bills that Obama has signed and the executive orders he has issued. And she thinks there is much more to come. She is even working for normalization of...
  • Barbara Lee to head Congressional Black Caucus (Marxists in charge is the 'in' thing, yaknow.)

    11/20/2008 9:03:29 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 551+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 11/20/08 | Josh Richman
    Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, was announced as chairwoman-elect of the Congressional Black Caucus at a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday. She takes the 42-member caucus' reins as its power seems ascendant. Members will lead the House Judiciary, Homeland Security and Ways and Means committees in the 111th Congress; another, Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., will be the majority whip; and all of them will work in tandem with the nation's first black president, Barack Obama, of whom Lee was an early and ardent supporter. "We have many, many challenges, but those challenges do present historic opportunities," she said Wednesday. "When you...
  • Barbara Lee New Head of Black Caucas

    11/19/2008 5:45:56 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 612+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Wed, Nov 19, 2008
    Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Lee of Oakland has been selected to chair the Congressional Black Caucus. The caucus made the announcement at a Capitol Hill press conference Wednesday where Lee accepted the gavel from outgoing Chairwoman Carolyn Kilpatrick. Lee, just elected to her 7th term, said she looked forward to working with President-elect Barack Obama in advancing goals of justice and equality. SNIP
  • Early signs are Obama has to guard his left (Code Pink Obama Bolivia Venezuela Syria Cuba Iran)

    11/15/2008 6:40:03 PM PST · by Syncro · 48 replies · 1,692+ views
    SFGate ^ | November 14, 2008 | Carla Marinucci
    Early signs are Obama has to guard his left Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political WriterFriday, November 14, 2008 (11-13) 17:44 PST -- As he prepares to enter the ring of White House politics, President-elect Barack Obama might need to perfect that left jab just as much as his right hook. Images View Larger Images Not only can the Democratic president-to-be expect the predictable shots from the conservative right, but eventually a pounding from the left if he doesn't deliver "change you can believe in" on issues that concern liberal voters - health care reform, an end to the war in...
  • Rep. Lee lashes out against ICE

    06/14/2008 3:36:18 PM PDT · by radar101 · 14 replies · 98+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 06/13/2008 | Matt O'Brien
    Click photo to enlargeTwo young girls play hand games as Congresswoman Barbara Lee and a panel of community leaders...«12345»OAKLAND — Pledging to "take them on big-time," Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, sharply criticized the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency Friday and declared she would push for measures to reduce the fear she said agents have caused East Bay immigrant families. The Oakland Democrat told a packed North Oakland church that she wants to "ensure that ICE is following the rules and that those rules are well-known and publicized — especially when it comes to actions at schools, hospitals, religious centers...
  • CA: Lee, others seek limit to president's pact power (resolution to restrict long-term commitments)

    03/07/2008 10:49:20 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 249+ views
    InsideBayArea.com ^ | 3/7/08 | Josh Richman
    President Bush can't make major, long-term economic and military commitments to Iraq without consulting Congress first, according to a resolution introduced Thursday by several legislative authors, including two Bay Area House members. The resolution isn't binding, acknowledged Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, who crafted it along with Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, and Rep. Bob Filner, D-San Diego, to put on record congressional opposition to such far-reaching pacts. "Consistently I have seen this administration ... really erode our checks and balances, erode our democracy," Lee told reporters Thursday. "This resolution is long overdue and we've got to...
  • Some lawmakers oppose Christmas bill

    12/13/2007 4:08:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 13 replies · 385+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 12/13/7 | Josh Richman
    Three Bay Area House members were among nine Democrats who voted against a Republican-sponsored resolution "recognizing the importance of Christmas and the Christian faith." Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, said she had opposed the bill Tuesday because using Christianity for political purposes is an affront to Christmas. Rep. Pete Stark, D-Fremont, invoked "Grinch" in saying the president's impending veto of a children's health insurance plan had him feeling anything but holiday cheer. And Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, said the holiday season "is a time to celebrate all religions and faiths," with Congress doing no more than wishing everyone good tidings. Rep....
  • Rep. Barbara Lee, known for anti-war stance, endorses Obama

    12/10/2007 3:21:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 309+ views
    Barack Obama on Monday won the endorsement of one of Congress' staunchest opponents of the Iraq war. Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Calif., said she believes Obama is the most committed among the Democratic presidential hopefuls to ending the war. "This is, for me, about Sen. Obama being the right person at the right time for our nation," Lee, who represents Oakland, said during a conference call with reporters. In endorsing Obama, Lee parted ways with another prominent black Oakland Democrat and her former boss, Mayor Ronald Dellums. Dellums, who spent 27 years in Congress representing the district Lee now serves, endorsed...
  • BARBARA LEE: Time for Congress to take a stand

    09/04/2007 12:41:50 PM PDT · by SmithL · 51 replies · 1,128+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 9/4/7 | Barbara Lee
    If you believe the Beltway hype, members of Congress will return today to a fiery debate about whether or not the president's so-called "surge" has produced military progress in Iraq. Beltway pundits are breathlessly predicting Democrats will be thrown into disarray by claims that the increased troop levels in Iraq may have produced security results. Don't believe the hype. First off, the data are suspect. The Pentagon refuses to share the methodology by which it arrived at the metrics used to claim success. Even if the progress is real, it is hardly encouraging when put in perspective. When discussing the...
  • Oakland: Rep. Lee Cuts Ties with Your Black Muslim Bakery (D)

    08/10/2007 10:51:16 PM PDT · by LdSentinal · 30 replies · 1,048+ views
    CBS5.com ^ | 7/10/07
    Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, says she's ending her longtime support of the Your Black Muslim Bakery in Oakland and would have ended her support sooner if she'd known it had problems. The bakery has been in the news in the past eight days because Oakland police and other agencies raided it on Aug. 3 and arrested seven members and shut it down for health and safety violations. On Thursday, a federal bankruptcy court judge refused a request by a lawyer for the bakery, Fayedine Coulter, to reverse his previous decision to liquidate the bakery. In a motion filed with the...
  • House rejects permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq

    07/25/2007 3:36:49 PM PDT · by bnelson44 · 59 replies · 1,437+ views
    Politico ^ | 7/25/07
    The House approved legislation Wednesday preventing the Pentagon from establishing any permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq. The legislation would bar the federal government from controlling any of that country's oil resources. Democratic leaders scheduled a vote on the measure, which was introduced by Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), as part of a concession to some of their liberal members who have been clamoring to de-fund the war. "It makes a clear statement of policy that the U.S. does not intend to maintain an open ended military presence in Iraq and that we won't exercise control over Iraqi oil," Lee said...
  • (Progressive Dems of America)PDA's Presence Felt at Calif. (Dem.)Convention (Barf!)

    04/29/2007 10:27:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies · 602+ views
    PDAMERICA ^ | April 28, 2007 | Jeff Cohen
    Delegates entering the California Democratic Convention hall in San Diego today have been greeted by 14 foot banners: "Investigations, Accountability, IMPEACHMENT Is On Our Table" and "Diplomacy, Not Warfare: DON'T ATTACK IRAN" and "Diplomacy, Not Warfare: END THE OCCUPATION OF IRAQ" The PDA presence here is ubiquitous -- our green "End the Occupation" stickers are on most peoples' chests, no matter who they're supporting for President. One of the thorniest issues at the convention for the state party leadership is impeachment. It's clear to everyone that the overwhelming majority of delegates want Congressional leaders to move expeditiously toward impeachment of...