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  • Dream Act students sue to stop Senate filibuster (illegals sue0

    05/15/2012 3:07:59 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 54 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5-15-12 | Stephen Dinan
    Illegal immigrant students and members of the House sued the Senate this week to try to overturn the upper chamber’s filibuster rule, arguing that the 60-vote supermajority requirement violates the Constitution and is blocking important legislation such as legalization for illegal immigrants. If successful, the lawsuit, filed Monday, would rewrite the way the Senate operates — though courts generally have been reluctant to meddle in internal congressional rules.
  • Is the filibuster unconstitutional?

    05/15/2012 11:49:08 AM PDT · by Theoria · 48 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 15 May 2012 | Ezra Klein
    According to Best Lawyers — “the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession” — Emmet Bondurant “is the go-to lawyer when a business person just can’t afford to lose a lawsuit.” He was its 2010 Lawyer of the Year for Antitrust and Bet-the-Company Litigation. But now, he’s bitten off something even bigger: bet-the-country litigation.Bondurant thinks the filibuster is unconstitutional. And, alongside Common Cause, where he serves on the board of directors, he’s suing to have the Supreme Court abolish it. In a 2011 article in the Harvard Law School’s Journal on Legislation, Bondurant laid out his case for...
  • IT'S OFFICIAL--John Boehner is stalling Fast and Furious contempt citation of Eric Holder

    05/13/2012 10:01:46 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 64 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/13/2012 | Doug Book
    If Darrell Issa has any thoughts of the full House voting on his Oversight Committee’s citation of contempt against Eric Holder, he will first have to clear the idea with the Attorney General’s staunchest allies and political defenders—Republican Speaker John Boehner, Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Republican Majority Whip, Kevin McCarthy. Upon the Speaker’s office being provided a draft of the citation last week, a spokesman for the Republican leadership said “While there are very legitimate arguments to be made in favor of such an action, no decision has been made to move forward with one by the Speaker...
  • Lawmakers stay largely silent over Chinese takeover of US bank branches

    05/14/2012 10:36:28 AM PDT · by seanmerc · 11 replies
    TheHill.com ^ | 13 May 12 | Julian Pecquet
    U.S. lawmakers have been unusually silent about federal regulators' decision to allow a Chinese bank to take over 13 bank branches in New York and California, suggesting that they think American banks have much to gain. Members of both parties usually relish the chance to bash China on everything from government subsidies to the yuan's exchange rate. Yet Wednesday's decision by the Federal Reserve to certify a Chinese bank acquisition for the first time was met by near-universal silence.
  • NYT: Harming the Troops (GOP House Meanies won't let homosexuals marry on DoD installations)

    05/13/2012 8:07:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The New York Times ^ | May 12, 2012 | The Editors
    Republican lawmakers love to say they are protective of religious freedom and supportive of the military. Last week, Republicans on the House Armed Services Committee passed two measures that undermine both in an effort to deny equal rights to gay men and lesbians. It was particularly disturbing to see this implacable campaign of intolerance at work during a week in which President Obama announced his support for the expansion of the right to marry to all Americans. Just hours after Mr. Obama tried to lead the nation forward, the House Armed Services Committee was turning the clock back. On a...
  • What Has Made Congress More Polarized?

    05/11/2012 7:28:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 28 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | May 11, 2012 | Sean Trende
    Thomas Mann and Norm Ornstein ignited a bit of a firestorm with their column describing Republicans as main drivers behind Washington's problems. The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has made some excellent points with regard to Mann and Ornstein's qualitative arguments, and other thorough responses abound. Rather than revisiting these points, I would like to focus my attention on the quantitative arguments made at the end of the article. Mann and Ornstein note that: “[P]olitical scientists Keith Poole and Howard Rosenthal, who have long tracked historical trends in political polarization, said their studies of congressional votes found that Republicans are now...
  • The NMB and the Bureaucratic Mess They've Created

    05/11/2012 1:38:58 PM PDT · by 92nina
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-09 | Heather Ginsberg
    As we all know, the National Mediation Board (NMB) is a government agency full of unelected bureaucrats looking to promote unions. Most recently the Board worked on further limiting workers’ rights by changing union election rules. The political allies of the unions are now trying to explain that the NMB oversees union elections in the same manner that Congressional elections are held. However, we all know that there are inherent differences between these elections. These include unions lack of term limits, the fact that elections last several weeks and the voting members can cast their ballot from home over the...
  • House Votes to Limit DOJ Funding Unless Holder Comes Clean (142 Democrats votes for it)

    05/11/2012 6:59:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/11/2012 | M Catherine Evans
    The House voted on a controversial funding limit amendment Wednesday evening to stop Attorney General Holder from lying to Congress. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) Comments the move to cut off Holder's DOJ allowance for 2013 unless he tells the truth about the gun walking operation known as Fast and Furious. The amendment to H.R. 5326, an appropriations bill funding Holder's agency for 2013, was in response to a February 4, 2011 letter to Congress in which DOJ officials denied any involvement in Operation Fast and Furious. Months later after damaging contradictions and discrepancies surfaced the Department was forced to rescind...
  • Will We Ever Have a Free Market Farm Bill?

    05/10/2012 1:45:23 PM PDT · by 92nina · 10 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-09 | Kelly William Cobb
    This week, the House will vote to slash Agriculture spending by $33.7 billion. This presents a huge opportunity to reform agriculture in a free-market direction, yet it’s an opportunity being squandered by Congress. For one thing, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, is pushing a Farm Bill that reportedly contains only $24.7 billion in spending cuts. Yet not all farm programs are treated equal and some don’t even rely on direct payments to farmers at all. The most market distorting programs rely on a convoluted system of supply management and price control programs, where government buys...
  • House to Eric Holder: Stop lying to us

    05/10/2012 8:59:35 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/09/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House Wednesday evening voted overwhelmingly to prevent the Justice Department from using taxpayer funds to lie to Congress. The vote came in a Wednesday evening series of amendments to a bill, H.R. 5326, funding the Justice Department for 2013. Members approved the language in a 381-41 vote; all 41 "no" votes came from Democrats, although 142 Democrats voted with Republicans in support of the amendment. The vote reflects the ongoing frustration Republicans — and apparently some Democrats — have with Attorney General Eric Holder. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) offered the novel funding limitation amendment earlier in the day. The amendment...
  • Congress To Amend NDAA To Give DoD & NSA Greater 'Cyberwar' Powers

    05/10/2012 11:45:49 AM PDT · by Mich1193 · 1 replies
    Remember the NDAA? Yeah, for a variety of reasons that bill got a lot of attention last year -- mostly focused on the question of detainment of terrorists. But there are some other nuggets in the bill, including one tidbit about "military activities in cyberspace." The existing version of the NDAA does grant the Defense Department the ability to conduct such military activities, but only "upon direction by the President" and if the purpose is to "defend our Nation, Allies and interests," subject to existing laws. However, the House Armed Services Committee is getting ready to do a markup on...
  • House to vote on Trayvon amendment

    05/08/2012 4:14:11 PM PDT · by rarestia · 83 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 8 May 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    House Democrats said Tuesday they will offer an amendment to push to overturn stand-your-ground self-defense laws in states like Florida. The amendment, which would withhold some grants from states that have such laws, will come as part of the House's debate on the Commerce Department spending bill. Emphasis added
  • His Fulltime Job - Obama’s shameless electioneering

    05/08/2012 1:40:49 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 3 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 14, 2012 | Fred Barnes
    President Obama is breaking new ground in his campaign for reelection. He is going where incumbent presidents have never gone before. He is doing things for which President George W. Bush would have been pilloried. And Obama is doing all this in plain view.
  • NAACP Annual Report Card for the 112th Congress - every GOP in the House and Senate received an F

    05/08/2012 11:33:54 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    The NAACP Washington Bureau has produced an annual Civil Rights Legislative Report Card since 1914. This resource is designed to provide NAACP members with insight into the general voting patterns of their congressional representatives over the course of the year. The NAACP Civil Rights Legislative Report Card demonstrates how every Member of Congress voted on the bread and butter civil rights issues and priorities important to the NAACP.
  • Obama's Second Term Transformation Plans

    05/08/2012 3:05:56 AM PDT · by beejaa · 50 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 8, 2012 | Steve McCann
    ..."The overwhelming majority of Americans do not understand that Obama's first term was dedicated to putting in place executive power to enable him and the administration to fulfill the campaign promise of "transforming America" in his second term regardless of which political party controls Congress. That is why his re-election team is virtually ignoring the plight of incumbent or prospective Democratic Party office holders... "The most significant accomplishment of Obama's first term is to make Congress irrelevant. Under the myopic and blindly loyal leadership of Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, the Democrats have succeeded in creating an imperial and, in...
  • Taking a scythe to the Bill of Rights by George Will

    05/06/2012 5:08:17 PM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4, 2012 | George F. Will
    ...Now comes Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) with a comparable contribution to another debate, the one concerning government regulation of political speech. Joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), 26 other Democrats and one Republican, he proposes a constitutional amendment to radically contract First Amendment protections. His purpose is to vastly expand government's power - i.e., the power of incumbent legislators - to write laws regulating, rationing or even proscribing speech in elections that determine the composition of the legislature and the rest of the government. McGovern's proposal vindicates those who say that most campaign-finance "reforms" are incompatible with the...
  • Obama might finally acquire elusive internet "kill switch"

    05/06/2012 10:04:15 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/6/2012 | Doug Book
    For three years Barack Hussein Obama and his handlers have labored to create a functioning dictatorship in the midst of a constitutional republic. It was shamefully easy at first. With unassailable majorities in House and Senate, even a Republican leadership unafraid to contest the excesses of the first black president would have been powerless to slow the implementation of his agenda. The left passed ObamaCare, giving itself the means of executing a calculated program of attrition against millions of reliably Republican seniors. At the same time, a corrupt Department of Justice worked to undermine the 2nd Amendment, interfered with the...
  • The Race To Take The Senate

    05/05/2012 12:32:06 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 13 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-05-12 | Curt
    Now that it appears Romney will be our nominee I have little hope of taking the White House this election year. So instead our efforts should move to taking the Senate and keeping the House to ensure that anything Obama tries to do in his continuing destruction of this country is stopped dead in its tracks. So far we are not in bad shape. In the Senate currently there are 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans and 2 Independents (who should be counted as Democrats since they always vote with the Dem's) so 53 to 47. 23 Democrats and 10 Republicans have...
  • Healthcare Slush Fund Wastes Taxpayer Dollars

    05/03/2012 12:43:26 PM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-05-03 | [Staff]
    After using an Obamacare slush fund to pay for the student lending bill last week, House Republicans have sparked a firestorm of public speculation on what the $15 billion pot of taxpayer money has actually been used for. Reports now reveal hundreds of millions are being spent from Obamacare’s Public Health and Prevention Fund on a variety of government-run programs under the guise of public health. Among the more ridiculous examples of government waste, slush fund grants from the fund distributed through the CDC’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work program went to $7.5 million on pet spaying in Nashville because...
  • NBC: Tax loophole costs billions

    05/03/2012 11:12:51 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 34 replies
    NBC ^ | 4/26/2012 | Bob Segall
    Millions of illegal immigrants are getting a bigger tax refund than you. Eyewitness News shows a massive tax loophole that provides billions of dollars in tax credits to undocumented workers and, in many cases, people who have never stepped foot in the United States. And you are paying for it! Note: This is part one in a two-part series. Read part two here. INDIANAPOLIS - Inside his central Indiana office, a longtime tax consultant sits at his desk, shaking his head in disbelief. "There is not a doubt in my mind there's huge fraud taking place here," he said, slowly...
  • Arbitrarily Low College Loan Interest Rates Harm Students, Taxpayers

    05/02/2012 2:27:49 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/2/2012 | Jarrrett Skorup
    A government policy of subsidizing loans and encouraging people to borrow huge amounts that many won’t be able to repay has run-up $1 trillion worth of questionable debt. A growing number of experts fear that borrowers are paying more than the market can support, and some economists are warning of a bubble that could trigger a larger financial crisis. A spokesman for the President’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says the industry is likely “too big to fail.” Unfortunately, these are not headlines from the 2008 home mortgage meltdown. They instead describe current reports about the state of student higher education...
  • Kristi Risk cannot be spared, she fights. (vanity)

    05/01/2012 8:18:29 PM PDT · by HMS Surprise · 2 replies
    youtube ^ | 5/1/12 | jim funkhouser
    Indiana's primary approaches, One congressional race offers a conservative choice. Risk would have one the last primary in '10, but there were a number of "tea party" candidates against one establishment candidate. The runoff election has finally arrived...
  • Victims of Communism Day

    05/01/2012 12:43:34 PM PDT · by Persevero
    US Congressional Record ^ | 1/10/63 | Rep. Herlong
    In memory of the millions of victims of communism all over the world, I submit the following for the perusal of my fellow FReepers. Here's to a world free of communism. Congressional Record--Appendix, pp. A34-A35 January 10, 1963 Current Communist Goals EXTENSION OF REMARKS OF HON. A. S. HERLONG, JR. OF FLORIDA IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Thursday, January 10, 1963 Mr. HERLONG. Mr. Speaker, Mrs. Patricia Nordman of De Land, Fla., is an ardent and articulate opponent of communism, and until recently published the De Land Courier, which she dedicated to the purpose of alerting the public to the...
  • House GOP wants to haul EPA official (Al Armendariz) before Congress over 'crucify' comments

    04/27/2012 3:51:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/27/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    House GOP wants to haul EPA official before Congress over 'crucify' commentsBy Andrew Restuccia - 04/27/12 06:12 PM ET House Energy and Commerce Committee Republicans want an Environmental Protection Agency official to testify on his 2010 comments comparing enforcement of air pollution laws to crucifixion. Republicans pounced this week on EPA Region 6 Administrator Al Armendariz’s comments soon after Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) drew attention to them in a Wednesday floor speech. The comments quickly became the subject of a GOP campaign to blast the Obama administration’s environmental policies, with Republicans arguing in a stream of media interview and statements...
  • Palin backs Lugar's opponent in primary (She backs Mourdock not LugarINO

    04/27/2012 3:00:01 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/27/2012 | David Catanese
    Sarah Palin has endorsed Richard Mourdock in the GOP Senate primary in Indiana dubbing the insurgent challenger as the "conservative choice" in the race against Sen. Dick Lugar. ... "Indiana deserves a conservative in the Senate... and not just go along to get along with the vested interests of the permanent political class in D.C." ...
  • Issa, Boehner at odds over holding Holder in contempt of Congress

    04/27/2012 9:54:00 AM PDT · by george76 · 57 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 04/27/2012 | Matthew Boyle -
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa has drafted a 48-page contempt of Congress citation for Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious. It now appears Issa is currently moving forward without the support of House Speaker John Boehner. Holder’s Department of Justice has provided only about 7,000 pages worth of the more than 70,000 pages of documents Issa has subpoenaed related to Operation Fast and Furious. Issa and many others on Capitol Hill have threatened for months that they’ll hold Holder in contempt without actually doing it. This 48-page contempt citation is the first official step in...
  • Senate Passes Watered-Down Postal Bill

    04/27/2012 8:21:12 AM PDT · by 92nina · 4 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-04-26 | Christopher Prandoni
    After refusing to pass a budget for three years, the Senate today moved a postal “reform” bill that edifies the upper chamber’s refusal to confront the nation’s fiscal problems. Rather than reform the postal service’s bloated bureaucracy, the Democrat Senate has expanded the federal carrier’s authority and pushed it further towards bankruptcy. Unfortunately, the already watered down Senate bill only worsened throughout the amendment process; nearly every amendment that would have made S. 1789 more like Issa’s Postal Reform Act failed. ATR highlighted many of S. 1789’s shortcomings in an earlier letter: Given that over 80 percent of the Post...
  • Congress to Sebelius: “This mandate is going to end up in the Supreme Court”

    04/26/2012 2:32:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 40 replies
    The Becket Fund ^ | 4/26/12 | admin.
    Sebelius admits she did not consult Supreme Court decisions on religious liberty when drafting HHS mandate In this morning’s Congressional House hearing, Sebelius admits she did not consult Supreme Court decisions on religious liberty or have a legal memo prepared before she drafted the mandate. The mandate, unprecedented in American history, forces religious institutions to pay for contraceptives, sterilizations, and abortion-causing drugs, including the morning-after pill and the week-after pill, against their deeply held religious beliefs. The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is the first and leading law firm to challenge this mandate–filing in four states and three circuits across...
  • (Democrat Congressman) Filner Calls for Navy to Name Ship for Harvey Milk

    04/25/2012 9:59:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 67 replies
    Fox 5 San Diego ^ | April 24, 2012 | Tony Perry
    Filner calls for Navy to name ship for Harvey Milk SAN DIEGO - Rep. Bob Filner has called on the Navy to name a ship after slain gay rights pioneer Harvey Milk, who served as a Navy officer in the early 1950s. In a letter to Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Filner said naming a ship after Milk "would be a great tribute to Milk's support for equality and in keeping with effort(s) to promote equality in our military after the recent repeal of the 'don't ask, don't tell' policy." Milk served as a diving officer...
  • Boehner: '1-in-3 chance' GOP could lose House

    04/23/2012 4:11:17 PM PDT · by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas · 34 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 23, 2012 | staff
    "But there's a one-in-three chance we could lose," Boehner said. "I'm being myself -- frank. We've got a big challenge, and we've got work to do."
  • Why stay? President, Congress should just go home until after the election

    04/23/2012 8:49:33 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 6 replies
    Why stay? President, Congress should just go home until after the election By Judd Gregg - 04/23/12 05:44 AM ET The president is in full campaign mode. So is Congress. The federal government has been put into a holding pattern until the November elections. Like “Major, Major, Major” from “Catch-22,” it appears that although everyone in Washington is still there, no one is actually there. This being the situation, one might ask — Why don’t they all go home? They could leave Washington to the pundits and lobbyists. President Obama could go back to Chicago and campaign from there, reconnecting...
  • Bold Tea Party Conservative VS D.C. RINO Insider (Indiana)

    04/22/2012 2:15:25 PM PDT · by Syncro · 16 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | April 21, 2012 | Amy Kremer
    Dear Friends,There are only 20 days left until Tea Party Express-endorsed State Treasurer Richard Mourdock faces Obama’s “Favorite” Republican, Senator Dick Lugar, in the Indiana U.S. Senate Primary. This is the first Tea Party vs Establishment battle of the cycle and we MUST send a powerful message to the powers-that-be: WE THE PEOPLE WILL NOT BE SILENCED! . . There is timid career politician and then there is Sen. Dick Lugar. He not only refused to join republican Senators in challenging Obamacare, he voted to confirm liberal activist judges like now Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor – these justices...
  • Who Is Really Behind The Curtain?

    04/22/2012 11:33:05 AM PDT · by Razzz42 · 16 replies
    ArmstrongEconomics.com ^ | April 22, 2012 | Martin Armstrong
    I was speaking with some people on Capitol Hill who are becoming alarmed at what is starting to appear to be a hidden oligarchy behind eliminating all constitutional rights and converting the United States into the new East Germany. The authority to indefinitely detain American citizens without any trial, lawyers, charges, or anything as they did to me until the Supreme Court told the government to respond, passed with flying colors. Obama said of he would never use it against Americans. Then why sign it? Several states are now taking matters into their own hands. Virginia has become the first...
  • End U.S. Global Taxation to Boost American Tech Investment

    04/20/2012 10:02:56 AM PDT · by 92nina · 1 replies
    Digital Liberty ^ | 2012-04-19 | [Staff]
    This week, the Greenlining Institute released a study slamming tech companies for keeping a substantial portion of their assets overseas. According to the study, American tech firms held $430 billion in cash off American shores, an increase of 21 percent since last year. All told, $1.4 trillion in assets are held overseas, and the tech sector represents about 30 percent of it. Assuming the study’s numbers are accurate, it’s completely understandable and it’s justified. The blame should not be laid at the feet of tech companies, but at the feet of the IRS. The U.S. is the only nation in...
  • Congress Is About To Pass A Bill That Restricts Traveling, Driving And International Banking

    04/20/2012 9:35:55 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 78 replies
    Business Insider ^ | April 19, 2012 | Simon Black
    [Snip]...As part of Senate Bill 1813 (known as MAP-21), Congress has inserted language that would oblige the Secretary of State to revoke or deny a passport to any U.S. citizen who the IRS Commissioner deems as having "seriously delinquent tax debt."...For starters, in what may be one of the most depraved Big Brother moves on record, section 31406 of the bill makes it mandatory for "black box" event recorders to be installed in every new passenger vehicle starting with model year 2015.
  • Rep. Schakowsky introduces WORK Act allowing low-income moms the option that Ann Romney got

    04/19/2012 4:34:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 14 replies
    4/19/2012 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Rep. Schakowsky (D) has introduced a bill, the WORK Act, Woman's Option to Raise Kids, giving federal assistance that would supplement TANF benefits (for the first 3 years), because under current law a woman (poor or not) raising kids does not have her work raising kids counted as real "work." Dems are attempting to use Ann Romney's words against her. Ann Romney said that staying home and raising kids is "work." and Dems are countering that by saying that it shouldn't be just people like Ann Romney that should get to stay home and "work." Schakowsky believes that poor women...
  • Why Conservatives Have Lost the Political Battle for America’s Soul

    04/19/2012 12:14:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Tea Party Economist ^ | April 18, 2012 | Gary North
    This was posted on one of GaryNorth.com forums. The battle for America’s political soul is always fought on the battlefield of federal politics. That’s why conservatives lose, generation after generation.” Dr. North, would you please elaborate on this, why you believe the battle for America’s political soul is fought in Federal politics and why it is that conservatives continue to lose, generation after generation? From the time of the ratification of the United States Constitution, American politics shifted to the national level. One of the things that I realized late in my career, even though I had been trained as...
  • Happy Tax Day Welcome To America - The Land not of the Free – but of Economic Slaves

    04/18/2012 4:21:30 PM PDT · by Razzz42 · 4 replies
    Armstrong Economics ^ | April 17th, 2012 | Martin Armstrong
    I have been warning that as we approach 2016, government are so desperate for cash, they will destroy everything we once cherished about Democracy and Freedom. There is a secret bill winding its way through Congress. The way Congress operates is so corrupt it is just off the charts. Senator Barbara Boxer introduced the "Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act" (or "MAP-21" as it's now called), to reauthorize funds for federal highway and transportation programs. Then all sort of tiny provisions are inserted so the press only talks about the headline, not all the countless provisions inside...
  • Hunters win in vote about dead polar bears

    04/18/2012 8:24:24 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 17 April, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    House Republicans on Tuesday rode to the rescue of 41 hunters who shot polar bears in Canada at least four years ago but have been unable to bring their trophies back into the U.S. because the bears were subsequently declared an endangered species. Powered by gun-rights and hunting advocates, the House voted 262-155 in favor of letting the dead bears into the U.S. - with backers citing everything from Second Amendment priorities to the fact that two of the hunters caught up in the situation were wounded American troops. “They were in Iraq, in that heated area. The one dream...
  • Constitution Party National Convention to Meet in Nashville (Starting today, Wednesday 18 April)

    04/18/2012 7:07:43 AM PDT · by xzins · 113 replies
    The Constitution Party ^ | 17 Apr 12 | CP
    04/17/2012 Constitution Party National Convention to Meet in Nashville Amidst Unprecedented Voter Dissatisfaction with Obama and Romney Constitution Party National Chairman, Jim Clymer, announced the 2012 National Convention of the Constitution Party which will be held April 18-21 in Nashville, Tennessee. “American voters who support limited, constitutional government, traditional American values, the protection of American jobs and preservation of individual liberty can take heart! They will not be limited to a difficult choice between Obama and Romney as the one likely to be the least threat to their life, liberty, property and other interests. The Constitution Party will be offering...
  • Jesse Kelly picked as GOP candidate in Ariz.'s CD8

    04/18/2012 3:58:06 AM PDT · by CanadianYankee · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 18 April 2012 | WALTER BERRY
    Voters in southern Arizona's 8th Congressional District on Tuesday night chose Republican Jesse Kelly to face former Gabrielle Giffords aide Ron Barber in a special election to replace the wounded ex-congresswoman.........
  • [Since they booted Newt out] Republicans Gone Missin’

    04/17/2012 11:29:56 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    Red State ^ | April 17, 2012 | littletboca Diary
    Republicans gone missin’ again – in 2010 they received an injection of new blood energetic men and women ready to “take back our Country. But, the Old Republican Establishment gave them a grand welcome and shot them in the foot every time they stepped forward with a substantial idea that would strengthen our Nation’s foundation. What the freshmen didn’t know is the Old Republican Establishment has been around for a long time and they’re happy basking in the sun, playing golf and living high on the hog off of taxpayer’s money. They actually black balled the freshman stars like Paul...
  • Constitutional Authority House Rule XII Largely Ignored

    04/17/2012 10:41:51 AM PDT · by Sopater · 6 replies
    New American ^ | Thursday, 19 January 2012 | Bob Adelmann
    All new legislation offered by members of the House of Representatives since January 3, 2011 is required to include, under House Rule XII, a reference to the constitutional authority under which the bill is presented. Most of the bills offered since then show either the members’ lack of understanding of, or blatant disregard for, the purpose of Rule XII: to tie the proposed legislation to the enumerated powers under the Constitution. The rule states:A bill or joint resolution may not be introduced unless the sponsor submitted … a statement citing as specifically as possible the power or powers granted to...
  • Report: Democrat-controlled Senate laziest in 20 years

    04/16/2012 12:47:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    For those who need proof that the Senate was a do-nothing chamber in 2011 beyond the constant partisan bickering and failure to pass a federal budget, there is now hard evidence that it was among the laziest in 20 years. In her latest report, Secretary of the Senate Nancy Erickson revealed a slew of data that put the first session of the 112th Senate at the bottom of Senates since 1992 in legislative productivity, an especially damning finding considering that it wasn’t an election year when congressional action is usually lower. For example, while the Democratically-controlled Senate was in session...
  • iPhone app projects user household tax payments for federal deficit

    04/13/2012 4:31:30 PM PDT · by Eyes Unclouded · 7 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/12/2012 | Staff
    U.S. taxpayers can now use their iPhone to compare how much different plans to tackle the federal deficit would cost them in their yearly income taxes. Debt Bomb — based on the U.S. tax code and publicly available data from the Congressional Budget Office and other government sources — allows users to project how a raise in taxes would cost in their personal income taxes over the years. In order to make a projection, users input basic income tax data — modeled after what a household pays in taxes — into the app. “Debt is going to be one of...
  • What If the Government Rejects the Constitution?

    04/12/2012 7:14:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 155 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 12, 2012 | Judge Andrew Napolitano
    What if the government never took the Constitution seriously? What if the same generation -- in some cases the same human beings -- that wrote in the First Amendment, "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech," also enacted the Alien and Sedition Acts, which made it a crime to criticize the government? What if the feds don't regard the Constitution as the Supreme Law of the Land? What if the government regards the Constitution as merely a guideline to be referred to from time to time, or a myth to be foisted upon the voters,...
  • Allen West: Half the Democrats in Congress are Communists

    04/11/2012 9:16:13 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 72 replies
    Allen West: Half the Democrats in Congress are Communists By Daniel Strauss - 04/11/12 10:24 AM ET Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) says he's heard that almost half of all the Democrats in Congress are secretly part of the Communist Party. He offered no names or proof of his accusation. West told almost 100 Floridians in Palm City on Tuesday that "he's heard" as many as 80 Democrats in Congress are members of the Communist Party, according to the Palm Beach Post. The freshman Republican, an outspoken conservative and Tea Party favorite, is a longtime critic of the Democratic Party. At...
  • Obama's Histrionic Hypercriticism of Paul Ryan's Budget

    04/04/2012 12:05:40 PM PDT · by 92nina · 5 replies
    ATR ^ | 2012-04-03 | Hugh Johnson
    President Obama was hypercritical of Paul Ryan’s budget today, claiming that it is “thinly veiled social Darwinism.” We decided to take another look at Rep. Ryan’s budget and compare it against the President’s plan to tax his way out of a spending hole. President Obama's Plan Paul Ryan's Budget President Obama claimed in his speech today that the Ryan Budget, “Would increase health care costs and shift the burden to America's seniors.” The Ryan Budget repeals Obamacare tax hikes by eliminating the entire Obamacare law.  This includes repealing the 20 new or higher taxes which have taken or are about...
  • Obama signs insider trading bill, wants more curbs on Congress

    04/04/2012 12:00:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/4/12 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called on Wednesday for stricter controls on lawmakers to confront "the corrosive influence" of money in Washington as he signed into law an insider trading ban he said was needed to help restore trust in the U.S. government. The Democrat, who is running for re-election in November, said the STOCK Act he signed at the White House made plain that members of Congress using non-public information to improve their personal investment portfolios were breaking the law. Enforcement of the core stock trading disclosure provisions will begin in July. He also called for more restrictions,...
  • Harry Reid loses procedural ruling on budget vote (Time for the Rats to put up a budget proposal)

    04/04/2012 4:48:23 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 3 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/3/2012 | By SCOTT WONG
    The Senate’s chief referee has issued a key ruling against Majority Leader Harry Reid, POLITICO has learned — a move expected to bring unwanted election-year pressure on the Nevada Democrat to act on politically dicey budget bills. Newly appointed Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough, whom Reid recommended for the job, has decided that last summer’s deal on the debt ceiling and spending caps does not preclude the Senate from taking up other budget resolutions this year. The ruling could force vulnerable Democrats to cast tough votes that hurt them in November, a situation Reid and other leaders are eager to avoid as...