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  • Rep. Eagle on DUI Arrest: Not 'Complete and Accurate Picture' (Drunken Taco Bell Run)

    04/22/2014 3:13:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Naples News ^ | April 22, 2014
    A Southwest Florida lawmaker who advocated for a new state law to drug test all elected officials was arrested early Monday and accused of drunken driving, Tallahassee Police Department officials say. State Rep. Dane Eagle, 30, R-Cape Coral, was arrested around 2 a.m. after hitting a curb and running a red light near the campus of Florida State University, police say. Tallahassee police say Eagle’s vehicle was first noticed after leaving a Taco Bell near the university campus. “When the defendant exited, he stumbled to his left and fell against the rear passenger door of his vehicle,” the police report...
  • Trojan Horse Amnesty Update (Entire DREAM Act folded into "must-pass" Defense bill?)

    04/19/2014 2:57:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The National Review's The Corner ^ | April 18, 2014 | Mark Krikorian
    The Wall Street Journal reported last night that House Speaker John Boehner told donors at a fundraiser last month in Las Vegas that he was hellbent on getting this done this year, in reference to an amnesty/immigration bill. His spokesman did not dispute the account. In related news, President Obama is meeting with the National Commander of the American Legion this morning. Ordinarily, that would mean little, but the meeting comes just days after the Legion came out against a plan to amnesty illegal aliens who join the military. The number of people who would benefit from such an amnesty...
  • 10 Most Indebted Members of the U.S. Congress

    04/19/2014 8:27:05 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 26 replies
    TheRichest.com ^ | February 22, 2014 | Kristen Duvall
    The 113th Congress is considered one of the richest Congresses in history, and its possible that there are more millionaires in Washington than ever before. Its easy to assume that everyone in politics is rolling in the dough, that they all have massive bank accounts with six and seven digit salaries coming in from goodness-knows-where. Yes, the picture of Congress thats often painted is that they are the elite, among Americas top 1%. And its true that many of them are wealthy and successful, with assets outweighing their liabilities. But we cant assume thats the case for all of them....
  • Whether They Like It or Not, Every Member of Congress Receives a Monthly Copy of Hustler

    04/18/2014 8:28:11 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 27 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 04/17/2014 | By Lina Batarags
    Every year since 1983, Hustler founder Larry Flynt has sent 535 copies of his monthly magazine to Capitol Hill one edition for each member of Congress. Only members of the executive branch are exempt from Flynts routine mailing list. The magazine and its array of naked women, vulgar comics and articles ranging on topics from politics to sex, arrives in the mail in a plain manila envelope. It didnt take long for Congress members to complain about receiving the adult magazine: they first complained about the mailings in 1984, prompting the U.S. Postal Service to ask the U.S. District...
  • Indicted Businessman Names Harry Reid as Alleged Recipient of Massive Bribe

    04/17/2014 7:37:18 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 108 replies
    GOP the Daily Dose ^ | 4/17/2014 | Amy Elizabeth
    A Utah businessman is rocking both state and national politics after claiming Utah Attorney General John Swallow helped him broker a deal with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to make a federal investigation into his company quietly disappear, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Jeremy Johnson was allegedly told that the price would be $600,000, and claims to have made an initial payment of $250,000 when he was slapped with a federal lawsuit. Now he says he wants his money back. The Salt Lake Tribune points out that Johnson has no way of knowing whether the funds actually made it to...
  • U.S. Congressman Compares Corruption in CDC's Vaccine Safety Studies of SEC to Bernie Madoff Scandal

    04/17/2014 4:14:41 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 8 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | 4/16/2014
    WATCHUNG, N.J., April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In an April 8 interview on AutismOne's A Conversation of Hope radio show, Congressman Bill Posey's strong resolve and demands for transparency were evident as he discussed the Center for Disease Control (CDC)'s handling of vaccine safety studies which affect "our most precious resource in our nation our children." The 30-minute interview, conducted by vaccine industry watchdog, PhD biochemist Brian Hooker, delves into what Posey called "the incestuous relationship between the public health community and the vaccine makers and public officials." The Florida legislator, known as "Mr. Accountabililty," did not mince words...
  • Poll: Most Americans believe Obama lies on important issues

    04/17/2014 3:51:54 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 24 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 4/17/2014 | CHARLES HOSKINSON
    How much do Americans trust President Obama? Not much, according to a Fox News poll. Sixty-one percent of respondents in the poll released Thursday said Obama lies at least some of the time on important issues. An additional 20 percent said he lies every now and then. Only 15 percent believe the president is completely truthful. Predictably, Republicans were more likely to believe Obama is a liar, with 85 percent saying he lies some or most of the time. Thirty-one percent of Democrats said the president is always truthful. What's interesting is that independents were slightly more likely to believe...
  • GOP right: Wheres the Obamacare replacement bill?

    04/16/2014 1:57:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/16/2014 | By Russell Berman
    Top House conservatives are pressuring Republican leaders to bring an ObamaCare replacement bill to a vote by the August recess. Conservatives cheered when Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pledged a vote during the House GOPs annual retreat in January, viewing the commitment as a central element of the partys vow to be the alternative party and not merely stand in opposition to President Obama. Yet 10 weeks later, party leaders have given no indication when they might present a plan or what form it will take. Conservatives like Rep. Steve Scalise (La.), chairman of the Republican Study Committee (RSC), are...
  • GOP legislation would cut off Holder's salary

    04/16/2014 3:48:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/16/2014
    A Republican lawmaker has introduced legislation that would cut off pay to Attorney General Eric Holder and other federal officials who have been held in contempt of Congress. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, introduced the "Contempt Act" on Tuesday, less than a week after alluding to the measure during a contentious House Judiciary Committee hearing where Holder faced criticism from GOP lawmakers. "The American people should not be footing the bill for federal employees who stonewall Congress or rewarding government officials bad behavior," Farenthold said in a statement. "If the average American failed to do his or her job, he or...
  • Congress is giving states the transportation blues

    04/15/2014 4:26:31 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 15, 2014 7:05 PM EDT | Joan Lowy
    On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The governments Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. If allowed to run dry, that could set back or shut down projects across the country, force widespread layoffs of construction workers and delay needed repairs and improvements. Anthony Foxx kicked off an eight-state bus trip in Ohio to whip up public support for congressional approval of legislation to keep federal transportation aid flowing to states for another four years, and possibly longer. But Congress will have to act fast. The trust fundthe source...
  • In SW Florida congressional race, who matters more: Palin or Paul?

    04/15/2014 12:14:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times' The Buzz ^ | April 15, 2014 | Alex Leary, Washington Bureau Chief
    Endorsments can be overrated but in a conservative primary with a lot of noise and mud, could a high-profile name give a candidate the edge? Congressional District 19 candidate Lizbeth Benacquisto recently got the backing of Sarah Palin, who held a fundraiser and sang the candidate's praises on Fox News. Yesterday, Curt Clawson scored the endorsement of Sen. Rand Paul, among the first tea party backed candidates to make it big. "Washington is desperate for outside leadership," Paul said. "Curt Clawson is an outsider who will bring refreshing ideas to the halls of Congress. Today, I proudly stand with Curt...
  • Dirty Harry Got Richer in 2008...and You Didn't

    04/14/2014 4:19:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 14, 2014 | John Ransom
    Congress has inflicted frightful punishments on its members--now you know that. When they tried Mr. Fairoaks, and a cloud of witnesses proved him to be--well, you know what they proved him to be--and his own testimony and his own confessions gave him the same character, what did Congress do then?....Congress intimated plainly enough, that they considered him almost a stain upon their body; and without waiting ten days, hardly, to think the thing over, they rose up and hurled at him a resolution declaring that they disapproved of his conduct! Now you know that. Colonel Beriah Sellers, The Gilded Age,...
  • Can We Divorce Our Elites?

    04/13/2014 6:06:00 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 13, 2014 | James Poulos
    They say Washington, D.C. is Hollywood for ugly people. And the biggest story splashed across the political tabloids is the now very ugly divorce of Tony and Heather Podesta, lobbyists extraordinaire. Its not ugly in the way were used to. This is a decoupling carried out with a conscious air of respect and admiration, tarnished only by the soulless machinations of lawyers that we have come to expect wherever nontrivial sums are involved. No, its ugly because of the lifestyle being revealed around these rich and famous power-brokers. And no, its not just a matter of the museum-quality art they...
  • Greta Van Susteren Backs Democrat Into a Corner, Forces Him to Admit Big Lie.....

    04/12/2014 8:55:01 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 35 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 4/10/2014 | Jason Howerton
    Democrat Mike Dickinson recently promised to wage war on the NRA, Tea Party and Fox News. On Thursday, he was confronted by Greta Van Susteren in a tense exchange that ended with an embarrassing admission. Why do you hate me? Van Susteren asked, immediately getting to business. Dickinson, who apparently is not actually running for Congress, said he has a problem with her network as a whole. Well, but no, what about me? Im Fox News, Im trash, apparently, so whats wrong with me? the TV host responded. Dickinson conceded that he didnt have a problem with Van Susteren personally,...
  • Republican Incensed by DOJ Stonewalling

    04/12/2014 12:22:08 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 11 April 2014 | John Semmens
    Representative Louie Gohmert (R-Tex) described himself as frustrated and mystified by his inability to obtain copies of Department of Justice communications that have been provided to the attorneys defending men facing charges for terrorist acts in Illinois. Why cant the Attorney General have the common courtesy to give a member of Congress equal access? Gohmert wondered. AG Eric Holder insisted that the distinctly different treatment was warranted. These men are on trial and need this information to defend themselves, Holder argued. They face serious consequences if they dont have the best possible defense. In contrast, I have determined that Congress...
  • (Congressman) Rush (D-IL): I've Been Cooperative With the Inquiry

    04/10/2014 11:44:35 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 3 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | April 9, 2014 | Lynn Sweet
    Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., said the Office of Congressional Ethics has a pending inquiry against him, triggered most likely by Chicago Sun-Times stories raising questions about spending from his campaign fund and the handling of a $1 million grant, among other issues. Rushs Citizens for Rush campaign fund has paid $5,000 to the law firm of Dickstein Shapiro for the OCE inquiry, Rush told me. Ive been cooperative, Rush said. He said he wants the OCE to affirm that he has not violated any rules. I have been just totally, totally cooperative, open and cooperative and I encouraged anybody they...
  • Report: 40-50 House conservatives plotting to oust Boehner as Speaker

    04/10/2014 10:43:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/10/2014 | AllahPundit
    If this feels like deja vu, it’s because Jonathan Strong of Breitbart reported the same thing more than two weeks ago. According to his and National Journal’s sources, there are now 40-50 Republicans in the House who are quietly committed to voting against Boehner in the next Speaker election in January — if he hasn’t already retired by then. That would deny him the majority he needs to take the gavel. Faced with the prospect of that humiliation, the thinking goes, he’ll quit before it ever comes to that. This story and Strong’s are the insurgents’ way of warning him...
  • House Conservatives Plot to Oust Boehner, Put Scare Into Cantor

    04/10/2014 6:33:51 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 4/10/14 | Tim Alberta
    Several dozen frustrated House conservatives are scheming to infiltrate the GOP leadership next yearpossibly by forcing Speaker John Boehner to step aside immediately after November's midterm elections. The conservatives' exasperation with leadership is well known. And now, in discreet dinners at the Capitol Hill Club and in winding, hypothetical-laced email chains, they're trying to figure out what to do about it. Some say it's enough to coalesce behindand start whipping votes fora single conservative leadership candidate. Others want to cut a deal with Majority Leader Eric Cantor: We'll back you for speaker if you promise to bring aboard a conservative...
  • U.S. policy has gone liberals way for 70 years

    04/10/2014 1:42:37 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 8, 2014 | Matt Grossmann
    Conservatives in Congress are the prime suspects in Washingtons dysfunction. Veteran congressional watchdogs Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann called the previous session the worst Congress ever, and they did not hold back in assigning blame: The Republicans are the problem, they said. After a fruitless government shutdown last fall, even House Speaker John Boehner lashed out at conservative groups and passed bills over the opposition of his caucus. In response, conservatives make two simple claims: Most policies under debate are liberal, and Republican leaders sacrifice conservative principles when they compromise. History shows they are right on both counts. I combed...
  • Curt Clawson Backers Urge Sarah Palin to Reconsider Support for Lizbeth Benacquisto

    04/09/2014 1:35:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Sunshine State News ^ | April 3, 2014 | Kevin Derby
    Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska will be in Southwest Florida on Thursday for a fundraising event with Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Fort Myers, who is running in the Republican primary to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel, R-Fla., in Congress. Excited to announce that Sarah Palin is coming to Southwest Florida this week to join me on the campaign trail, Benacquisto announced on Monday. But tea party leaders in the district backing Curt Clawson in the primary are urging Palin to reconsider her endorsement. Jack Tymann of the Naples Tea Party, Kathy Jones of the Lee County...
  • Sen. John McCain: Send Weapons To Ukraine

    04/09/2014 8:04:03 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 61 replies
    [Caption:] U.S. Senator John McCain, center, speaks as Democratic Senator from the state of Connecticut, Chris Murphy, second left, and Opposition leader Oleh Tyahnybok [All Ukrainian Union "Svoboda" leader], stand around him during a Pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Sen. John McCain (R. Ariz.) advocated for sending arms to Ukraine Tuesday [link at URL] on Fox News. McCain acknowledged the arms would not likely enable Ukraine to defeat the Russians in open war, but emphasized it could improve the Ukrainian military's morale and ensure that the Russians would have "a real fight...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder disrespects Congress

    04/09/2014 6:32:26 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    One Citizen Speaking ^ | April 08, 2014
    April 08, 2014 Attorney General Eric Holder disrespects Congress and needs to be impeached -- warns Gohmert (R-TX) to avoid talking about Holder's contempt citation There comes a time when the Constitution must be defended by those members of Congress, regardless of their party affiliations, who have taken an oath
  • The Democrats War On Women

    President Obama is running around the country crying war on women again. This time over a so-called pay gap between men and women. When comparing the labor market as a whole, women earn 73 cents on the dollar compared to men. Looking at the White House as a whole, women earn 88 cents on the dollar compared to men. At Sen. Dick Durbins office, they earn on average $11,000 less than women. In the Senate, there isnt a single female chief of staff. War on women, war on women! Leave it to the Democrats to demand pay equity for everyone...
  • Alan Grayson's Wife Accuses Him Of Trying To Kill Her, Admits Long-Term Abuse

    04/08/2014 11:28:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | April 7, 2014 | Javier Manjarres
    As most divorce cases usually are, the recently filed, already ugly divorce case between Congressman Alan Grayson and his with Lolita, has taken another turn for worse for the self-proclaimed "Congressman with Guts." During an interview with police over the recent incident at couples home in Orlando, Florida, in which Lolita Grayson accused the congressman of assaulting her, Grayson's soon-to-be ex-wife accused him of long-term spousal abuse. Orlando's WFTV Channel 9 obtained the audio of Lolita Grayson's interview with Police. "I'm done. My husband has always been hitting me for years," she told investigators. "He's been hitting me a lot....
  • US Congressman to Submit Bitcoin Tax Bill

    04/08/2014 3:30:57 PM PDT · by Errant · 7 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 8 April 2014 | Stan Higgins
    US Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas is preparing to introduce a new bill, the Virtual Currency Tax Reform Act, which, if passed, would tax bitcoins as currency instead of property. Currently, the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) views bitcoin and other digital currencies as property. When someone sells their bitcoin or makes a purchase in bitcoin, they are subject to a 15% capital gains tax. Any wages paid out in digital currencies must also be reported to federal tax authorities.
  • Should The UN Be Moved To A Neutral Location? Out Of The U.S., But With One Caveat...

    04/08/2014 12:53:03 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 66 replies
    4/8/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    The U.S. has already signaled that Iran's UN envoy pick is a no-go - and for VERY good reason. At the same time we are being entangled in these disputes; we do so and are to some degree continuing this because the UN is on U.S. grounds. The statement "get the U.S. out of the UN and the UN out of the U.S." has been oft-repeated...so here is a possible solution - with one caveat. The UN is moved to neutral territory (if at all possible), so we don't have to shell out a significant chunk for its operating expenses....
  • Real Change In DC Requires Campaign Finance Reform

    The lefts hypocrisy concerning campaign finances and billionaires in politics has been on full display recently. Since 2010 weve heard them whine about the Citizens United case, now we can hear them whine about McCutcheon v FEC. McCutcheon ruled the cap on total campaign donations unconstitutional, though it left in place the cap on donations to one candidate. The left is outraged that billionaires will be allowed to exercise free speech in the form of donating money. Meanwhile, have you noticed Harry Reid cant stop talking about the libertarian Koch Brothers. Theyve become the boogeyman for everything wrong in the...
  • 'I'm asking for forgiveness': Married Christian lawmaker apologizes after he's caught on video

    04/08/2014 5:27:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 74 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 8, 2014 | Louise Boyle
    A married, conservative Christian politician with five children who was caught on video kissing a female staffer at his office has offered a contrite apology. GOP Representative Vance McAllister of Louisiana, is allegedly seen on tape passionately kissing a woman believed to be Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, 33. Surveillance tape from December 23 recorded inside McAllister's office in Monroe, shows him engaged in a stolen clinch with Peacock, who is his district scheduler - and the wife of a childhood friend.
  • Report: Video shows Vance McAllister kissing staffer

    04/07/2014 5:52:39 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 67 replies
    Politico ^ | 7 Apr 2014 | JOHN BRESNAHAN and JAKE SHERMAN
    Freshman GOP Rep. Vance McAllister (La.) - who ran as conservative Christian - has been caught on video in a romantic encounter with a woman believed to be on his congressional staff just before Christmas. The Ouachita Citizen, a newspaper based in West Monroe, La., posted a Dec. 23 surveillance video purportedly from inside McAllisters district office in Monroe. The video shows McAllister kissing a woman identified by the newspaper as a congressional staffer for the first-term lawmaker. Federal payroll records show she is a part-time aide who began working for McAllister the day after he won his seat last...
  • (Congressman) McAllister (LA05) admits infidelity

    04/07/2014 4:34:20 PM PDT · by abb · 77 replies
    The (Baton Rouge, LA) Advocate ^ | April 7, 2014 | Staff
    After being caught passionately kissing an aide on videotape, U.S. Rep. Vance McAllister, who ran as a devoted family man and Christian, late Monday afternoon asked forgiveness from his family and constituents McAllister did not answer his phone and his office did not answer its phone in Washington, D.C. and West Monroe. But in prepared statement released late Monday McAllister said: Theres no doubt Ive fallen short and Im asking for forgiveness. Im asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve. Trust is something I know has to be...
  • Firing Squad Or Hanging? AG Candidate Wants Death Penalty For Corrupt Lawmakers

    04/07/2014 2:37:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 67 replies
    CBS Sacramento ^ | 4/4/2014
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) A Republican candidate for California attorney general said Friday that state lawmakers who are found guilty of crimes that endanger the lives of others should face the death penalty. Phil Wyman, who spent 17 years in the state Legislature, said he was motivated by the case of Democratic Sen. Leland Yee. Yee faces federal charges that include an attempt to coordinate an international gun-running scheme from the Philippines. Wyman also criticized Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris for being silent as a mouse on the corruption cases that have marred the state Senate this year. A campaign...
  • Republican Senator: 'GOP First Must End Cronyism in Our Own Ranks'

    04/07/2014 9:27:31 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 13 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 4/7/2014 | DANIEL HALPER
    Republican senator Mike Lee has an op-ed decrying cronyism. But first, he says, the Republicans must purge the unseemly activity from within its "own ranks." "[T]o fix whats broken in Washington and our economy," Lee writes in National Review Online, "a still-distrusted GOP first must end cronyism in our own ranks. The GOP has to close its branch of the Beltway Favor Bank and truly embrace a free-enterprise economy of, by, and for the people." Lee continues: Impossible? Thats what they said about earmarks. Too radical a change? These are principles we already espouse. Imagine a reformed Republican party seizing...
  • House GOP quietly passes bill to expand coverage choices under ObamaCare

    04/07/2014 9:07:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/07/2014 | AllahPundit
    Well, they tried to do it quietly. It didn’t work out.Originally, O-Care placed caps on deductibles in plans offered by small businesses, which meant less flexibility for employers in what they could offer their workers. That’s bad news for young and healthy employees who don’t visit the doctor much and would have preferred a plan with low premiums and a higher deductible. It’s also bad news for people who use health savings accounts to make high deductibles more affordable. So, last week, the House leadership agreed to insert a provision in the “doc fix” bill (the one that “passed” via...
  • Pay Boost for Congress Given High Priority

    04/05/2014 11:00:44 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 8 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 5 Apr 2014 | John Semmens
    Calling the current $174,000 annual salary (not counting perks) an injustice, Representative James Moran (D-Virginia) vowed to right this wrong. Congress is like the board of directors of the largest economic entity in the world, Moran contended. With a GDP of over $16 trillion we preside over the distribution of more wealth than any other board of directors. We deserve a bigger piece of this pie. The Congressman suggested that a salary of $2 million per year might be a good starting point. In total, that would only amount to around a billion per year share of our $16 trillion...
  • Nobodys in Charge

    04/05/2014 10:31:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 5, 2014 | Rich Tucker
    Our federal government is very good at moving money from place to place. In fact, some 70 percent of federal government spending consists of simply shipping money from one place to another -- after taking a cut off the top. "In effect the government has become primarily a massive money-transfer machine," notes John Merline at Investors Business Daily, "taking $2.6 trillion from some and handing it back out to others." But who decided to spend that money? If you disagree with government-as-ATM, you ought to be able to campaign against the politicians who are making the spending decisions. But you...
  • Congressman Upset His $174,000 Annual Salary Not Enough To Live 'Decently' In D.C.

    04/04/2014 7:25:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/04/2014 | Paul Szoldra
    n an interview published Thursday in Roll Call, Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) lamented that his $174,000 annual salary was not enough to live "decently" in Washington, D.C. "I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid," Moran said. "I understand that its widely felt that they underperform, but the fact is that this is the board of directors for the largest economic entity in the world." The remarks came as the House begins markup on a bill to fund all legislators' salaries. Moran is planning to introduce an amendment that would offer lawmakers a per...
  • Congress, watchdogs stonewalled in probes of administration

    04/04/2014 10:43:00 AM PDT · by don-o · 8 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 3, 2014 | Kelly Riddell
    he Obama administration has made it increasingly difficult for Congress and inspectors general to uncover government misdeeds and access information in various agencies, according to recent congressional testimony and reports. On Thursday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing that Attorney General Eric Holder stonewalled his investigation of the Operation Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal. Mr. Horowitz also said his office has been stymied in other investigations of the Justice Department because of the Obama administrations interpretation of access laws, which essentially requires investigators to ask department heads for permission to investigate them....
  • Virginia Democrat: "Members of Congress Underpaid"

    04/04/2014 8:21:50 AM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 43 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4-3-14 | Hannah Mess
    Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday. Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds members $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee. I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid, Moran told CQ Roll Call. I understand that its widely felt that...
  • Moran: Members Cant Afford to Live Decently in D.C. (Audio) (exempt RAT wants a raise)

    04/04/2014 2:52:17 AM PDT · by Libloather · 55 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 4/03/14 | Hannah Hess
    Despite what constituents outside of Washington might think, members of Congress are underpaid, a House Legislative Branch appropriator suggested Thursday. Virginia Democrat James P. Moran said he plans to highlight the injustice by introducing an amendment to the Legislative Branch bill during its full committee markup, and at floor consideration of the bill. Moran made the comments while the bill that funds members $174,000 salaries was being marked up in the Legislative Branch subcommittee. I think the American people should know that the members of Congress are underpaid, Moran told CQ Roll Call. I understand that its widely felt that...
  • Congressional Hearing Explores Costs, Benefits of Small Business Bitcoin Use

    04/03/2014 6:08:34 AM PDT · by Errant · 18 replies
    Coin Desk ^ | 3 March 2014 | Stan Higgins
    The US House of Representatives committee on small business held a hearing on 2nd April to discuss the growing use of bitcoin by the countrys small business owners (SMBs), and the pros and cons that using this technology as a payment option offers the demographic. Entitled Bitcoin: Examining the Benefits and Risks for Small Business, a panel of experts spoke about the benefits and costs of the use of bitcoin by SMBs, while also touching on hot topics like Silk Road and the recent IRS decision on the tax treatment of digital currencies. Committee Chairman Sam Graves noted in his...
  • Cantor rival Mike Dickinson compares Tea Party to al Qaeda, Palin to bin Laden

    04/02/2014 4:53:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Examiner ^ | April 2, 2014 | Joe Newby
    On Tuesday, Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat seeking the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., compared the Tea Party to the terror group al-Qaeda on Twitter and claimed that Sarah Palin, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are the U.S. equivalent of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks. Ultimately, Dickinson called the Tea Party and Sarah Palin "pure unamerican (sic) trash." "The tea party is Americas version of Al-Qaeda. Ted Cruz/Sarah Palin/Rand Paul all on same level as Bin laden (sic)," he claimed. "Tea party and Al-Qaeda: both resort to...
  • Who Will Replace Rogers at House Intel Committee?

    04/02/2014 6:02:48 AM PDT · by mac_truck · 5 replies
    Defense One ^ | 3/30/2014 | Sara Sorcher
    One of the loudest backers of the governments spy operations is taking his voice from Congress to the radio waves. And already ambitious colleagues are vying to replace him. Mike Rogerss surprise announcement early Friday morning that he was not seeking reelection in Novemberand instead starting a new career as a talk-radio hostleft congressional aides scrambling to figure out who might succeed him at the helm of the House Intelligence Committee. The unexpected vacancy already has attracted the attention of at least two other Republicans who may soon jockey for the top slot. All eyes Friday were on Rep. Mac...
  • Sarah Palin to make by-invitation Southwest Florida campaign stop

    04/01/2014 5:43:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Naples Daily News ^ | April 1, 2014 | Staff
    NAPLES Sarah Palin is heading back to Southwest Florida. Palin, the former governor of Alaska and the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee, is scheduled to attend a fundraiser for District 19 congressional candidate Lizbeth Benacquisto on Thursday. The invitation-only event is being called a backyard barbecue. Donors can pay $500 per person to attend, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by the Daily News. Erin Isaac, a spokeswoman for Benacquisto, confirmed Palin would be in town for a fundraiser. We anticipate a tremendous turnout for Gov. Palin and Lizbeth Benacquisto, she said. Benacquisto, a state senator and...
  • Paul Ryan Unveils 2015 budget plan: Includes major spending cuts

    04/01/2014 10:34:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    CBS News ^ | 04/01/2014 | ALICIA BUDICH
    "Tighten the belts" is one tired takeaway from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's budget proposal, released today. The budget proposes to cut $5.1 trillion from projected spending over the next 10 years, getting a lot of its savings from repealing the president's health care law and changing Medicaid. The document, titled again, "Path to Prosperity," is largely for show, as the bipartisan budget agreement authored by Ryan, R-Wisc., and his Senate counterpart, Senate Budget Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., already set discretionary spending levels for the 2015 fiscal year. The budget agreement passed in both the Senate and the House...
  • Duey Stroebel to Make Announcement by April 7th on Challenging Petri

    03/30/2014 1:30:32 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Wisconsin Election Watch ^ | 3-30-14 | Kyle Maichle
    SAUKVILLE Representative Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville, 60th District), told WisPolitics on Thursday that he will be making a decision by April 7th on whether to challenge Congressman Tom Petri (R-Wisconsin, 6th District) for the Republican nomination in the 6th Congressional District. In an e-mail sent to WisPolitics, Stroebel said: The 6th Congressional District needs strong, dynamic, common sense conservative leadership that is firmly rooted in the community. I believe I can provide that leadership, and know regardless of my final decision that we need more Wisconsin ideas in Washington. It is my intent to arrive at a decision no...
  • Congress Contempt Power & Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas: Law History Practice & Procedure

    03/30/2014 11:30:51 AM PDT · by BCrago66 · 7 replies
    Congressional Research Service ^ | 8/17/12 | Congressional Research Service
    Fun excerpt, from footnote 79: Given Congresss plenary power over the District of Columbia, the contemnor could potentially be detained or jailed in a D.C. Metropolitan Police Department facility. See Art. I 8 (The Congress shall have PowerTo exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such Districtas maybecome the Seat of the Government of the United States.)
  • Democrats Fundraising Email on Climate Change Shows Why Congress Has Deplorable Approval Rating

    03/30/2014 7:06:00 AM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 3/28/14 | Jack Shareburg
    Fundraising emails frequently offer an amusing glimpse into the thinking and strategy of a political party. Remember earlier this month when Democrat senators took to the floor for an overnight session about climate change? The very concerned senators warned of grave consequences of human activity, painted pictures of global catastrophe, and chided critics and deniers of settled science. And then proposed exactly zero words of legislation in a chamber they control. **SNIP** Now comes a fundraising email from Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA): We must rise to the challenge, but too many people are standing in our way.
  • Smokin Joe Biden Pierces Republican Hearts Saying Fair Wages Are Good for Business

    03/29/2014 11:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | March 29, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    Vice President Joe Biden said Congress should raise the minimum wage because its good for people, business, women, and the economy. He thinks you ought to call your do-nothing representative and ask why theyre not passing a raise for the people. Smokin Joe also burned a certain Speaker by saying that Congress ought to do it because its what the people want. But Im sure Joe knows that Speaker Boehner (R-OH) cant be bothered with what the people want. After all, hes got an itty bitty circus tent full of extremists egos to stroke in an election year, since theyre...
  • House Passes Ukraine Aid/Russian Sanctions 385-23; Senate 98-2

    03/27/2014 9:10:30 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 6 replies
    Senate.Gov ^ | 03-27-2014
    All 25 'no' votes in the House and Senate were from Republicans. House: ---- NAYS 23 ---http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2014/roll114.xml Amash Bentivolio Broun (GA) Campbell DesJarlais Duncan (TN) Gohmert Graves (GA) Graves (MO) Griffin (AR) Kingston Massie McAllister Mulvaney Rice (SC) Rohrabacher Rooney Sanford Stockman Weber (TX) Westmoreland Yoho Young (AK) Senate: ---- NAYS 2 --- Heller (NV) Paul (KY)
  • Palin Endorses Three "True Conservative" Women

    03/27/2014 6:46:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | March 27, 2014 | Jose R. Gonzalez
    Sarah Palin, who announced a number of midterm endorsements recently, signaled a spring awakening for fellow mamma grizzlies this week, throwing her support behind three female House and Senate candidates on Thursday after backing Iowas Joni Ernst the day before. The latest Republican recipients of the Tea Party stars coveted imprimatur are Florida Senate Majority Leader Lizbeth Benacquisto, whos running in her states 19th Congressional District; and former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and Minnesota state Sen. Julianne Ortman, both of whom are U.S. Senate candidates. All three endorsements were announced on the former Alaska governors Facebook page, and...