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  • Hastert, Illinois Republicans to Call for Immigration Overhaul

    04/21/2014 7:34:26 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    blogs.rollcall.com ^ | 4/21/14 | Matt Fuller
    An immigration overhaul may not have enough GOP support to pass the House, but the idea has found some Republican support in Illinois. Former Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., is slated to join a number of prominent Illinois Republicans and CEOs on Tuesday to call on GOP leaders to pass a national immigration overhaul. Republican Reps. Aaron Schock and Adam Kinzinger are also scheduled to give video testimonials on the subject. The event is hosted by the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, and it’s being held at the prestigious Chicago Club in the heart of the Windy City. Among the guests...
  • Romney picks up Shultz, Rice, Huckabee and Nancy Reagan Endorsements

    06/01/2012 8:08:28 AM PDT · by Jeff Head · 222 replies
    JEFFHEAD.COM (Multiple News feeds) ^ | June 1, 2012 | Jeff Head
    Over the last few days, since Romney clinched the GOP nomination for President by going over the 1,144 committed delegates needed with his win in the Texas Primary on Tuesday, May 29, 2012, a number of new endorsements have come in for Romney's bid for the Presidency. These include George Shultz, former Secretary of State; Condoliza Rice, former Secretrary of State and National Security Advisor; Mike Huckabee, former Governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate; and Nancy Reagan, wife of President Ronald Reagan. Here's what each of them had to say on the date they endorsed Romney: NANCY REAGAN endorses Mitt...
  • Peter Schweizer’s New Book Blasts Congressional Corruption (audio interview special)

    11/14/2011 9:04:37 AM PST · by STARWISE · 13 replies
    Victory Sessions/KABC ^ | 11-13-11 | Peter J. Boyer
    Session host: Stephen K. Bannon and Guest Host Peter Schweizer | Session guest: Keith Appell, Peter J. Boyer, Andrew Breitbart, ** Victory Sessions Special: “Crony Capitalism: How It Has Destroyed America’. At times explosive, this evenings show highlights the crimes on Capitol Hill — Democrats and Republicans included. “Throw Them ALL Out’s” author Peter Schweizer drills down on the outrageous behavior of our Congressional Representatives. We think this evenings show will blow your mind! LISTEN HERE ### Congress is getting rich off Wall Street and Peter Schweizer won’t stop until everyone knows it. Plus Peter Schwiezer on how Obama donors...
  • Lawmakers Deny Insider Trading in ‘60 Minutes’ Report

    11/13/2011 11:36:21 PM PST · by STARWISE · 51 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 11-13-11 | Ryan Teague Beckwith, Jon Stanton
    Updated: 10:30 p.m. Members of Congress may be personally profiting from insider information they gather while legislating, according to a “60 Minutes” report that aired tonight. A segment on the long-running TV news show noted that insider-trading laws do not apply to Members of Congress, highlighting several suspiciously timed deals in which lawmakers profited. The examples came from Peter Schweizer, a research fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution think tank at Stanford University, but “60 Minutes” said it verified all of the information in them. * Rep. Spencer Bachus bought stock option funds that would profit if the market crashed...
  • Former House speaker endorses Romney (Dennis Hastert)

    10/12/2011 7:46:29 PM PDT · by Borough Park · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Illinois, today endorsed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. “During my years in the House, I was an advocate for balanced budgets and low taxes,” Hastert said in a statement. “Mitt Romney stands up for these principles….From his success in the private sector, Mitt Romney understands how to create jobs and turn around this economy.” Hastert was speaker from 1999 to 2007.
  • Former speaker gets pricey perks

    12/21/2009 7:13:17 AM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 30 replies · 796+ views
    Politico ^ | December 21, 2009 | Jake Sherman & John Bresnahan
    U.S. taxpayers are spending more than $40,000 per month on office space, staff, cell phones and a leased SUV for former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, even as he works as a lobbyist for private corporations and foreign governments. The payments are perfectly legal under a federal law that provides five years of benefits for former speakers — but only if Hastert never makes use of his government-funded perks in the course of his lobbying work. Ethics experts say that sort of separation is hard to maintain. Hastert “has to be meticulous in his schedule to make sure there is no...
  • Commentary: What's driving the U.S. over a cliff?

    04/16/2009 10:11:17 AM PDT · by bpjam · 34 replies · 1,173+ views
    CNN (of all inconceivable places) ^ | April 16, 2009 | John Feehery
    (CNN) -- I was talking to a close family friend during my vacation in Florida, and he was criticizing the governor there for taking the stimulus money that came from the federal government. "Florida should just cut government spending, and not use the Feds as a crutch," he said with great vehemence. Now, this family friend is not a wealthy guy, but he lives a comfortable life, made more comfortable by the fact that he gets a nice monthly pension check from the state. I didn't dare suggest to him that perhaps cutting back on his monthly pension might be...
  • Oberweis Loss Of Hastert's 14th District In Illinois: Plenty Of Blame To Go Around

    03/11/2008 4:59:43 PM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 2 replies · 129+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | March 09, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    Commentary by Daniel T. Zanoza Jim Oberweis' loss in the 14th U.S. Congressional District in Illinois is being reported as a huge defeat for the Republican Party by the national media and it is. However, the dominant press is saying the results of last Saturday's special election, to fill the remainder of former Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert's term, was an indication of things to come in November. Most reporting claims overall displeasure with Republicans resulted in the victory of Democrat Bill Foster over Oberweis, a wealthy dairy magnate. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reason Republicans...
  • Breaking News: Former Speaker Hastert to resign

    10/18/2007 8:39:51 AM PDT · by george76 · 88 replies · 68+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 17, 2007
    The Roll Call newspaper in Washington reported on its website this evening that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois intends to resign his House seat later this year. The subscription-only site said Hastert, who had already announced he would not seek reelection in 2008, was calling friends and associates today and telling them of his decision. His early departure would create the need for a special election in his exurban Chicago district, possibly on Illinois' Feb. 5 presidential primary day. The 65-year-old former high school teacher and wrestling coach, first elected to the U.S. House in 1986 after six...
  • Hastert Departure Coincides With Unsettled Future for House Republicans

    09/09/2007 9:42:28 PM PDT · by Baladas · 12 replies · 303+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | September 09, 2007 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    WASHINGTON — Dennis Hastert's walk off the political stage may be a footnote in history but it also marks the end of a career that is notable for its leadership as the longest-Republican House speakership ever during a tumultuous era in Washington horse-trading. Nearly lost in the buzz of recent scandal and resignation, Hastert's expected departure is the culmination of a bad year for House Republicans, who lost the majority in the 2006 midterm elections and whose prospects remain unclear following the unexpected death of Ohio Rep. Paul Gillmor this week and retirement decisions by an array of former party...
  • Former House Speaker Seeks Graceful Exit {Hastert }

    06/16/2007 9:58:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 42 replies · 925+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 6/16/7 | DAVID ESPO, AP Special Correspondent
    WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Few politicians fall as far and as fast as Dennis Hastert, but the longest-serving Republican House speaker in history landed with his sense of humor intact. "I do have a schedule," he laughs when asked how he fills his time in the minority and proves it by holding up a printed card that lists his day's events. He also has a postcard-gorgeous view of the National Mall from his Capitol office, one floor beneath his former suite. "Lower to the ground," Hastert chuckles, a self-deprecating reference to the lofty position he held for eight years in an...
  • AP- 'Half the Country' says Speaker Hastert Should Resign?

    10/12/2006 7:34:10 PM PDT · by Mobile Vulgus · 38 replies · 855+ views
    NewsBusters.org ^ | 10/12/06 | warner todd huston
    The AP did a fine job of advocacy for the Democratic Party tonight in a story on Bush's appearance with Speaker Hastert at an Illinois fund-raiser for two GOP candidates for Congress. In Bush Gives Hastert Boost in Time of Need, the AP made a few outrageous statements that amount to tearing down Republicans as opposed to merely reporting news. The AP tried to characterize Bush as a "tepid" supporter of Speaker Hastert and directly said that "half the country" wanted Hastert to resign. The $1.1 million fundraiser provided the first picture of Bush with Hastert since a scandal broke...
  • Dog At Large! (A ticket fix for Sandy Berger)

    04/09/2005 9:43:37 AM PDT · by Dr.Syn · 19 replies · 870+ views
    dansargis.org ^ | April 7, 2005 | Dan Sargis
      Dog At Large!April 7, 2005 The Devil once made an offer to former Clinton lackey, Sandy Berger.  The Devil visited Berger's office and made him an offer. "I can arrange some things for you,” the devil said. " I’ll get you a top level security clearance; I’ll give you your 15 minutes of pathetic fame; I’ll make you the best liar in the world and I’ll let you get away with being a despicable scumbag. All I require in return is that your wife's soul, your children's souls, their children's souls and your country’s soul rot in hell for eternity." Berger...
  • Hastert's Illinois Approach to Politics

    10/10/2006 11:21:11 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 10 replies · 616+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | October 11, 2006 | Dennis Byrne
    Pundits glued to their Potomac seats, applying their usual Beltway explanations for everything that happens in America, would have it that House Speaker Dennis Hastert bollixed up the House page scandal because he is an unredeemed Republican partisan. Or that he doesn't care enough about congressmen hounding boys. Or that his conservatism made him do it.Blind partisanship, moral failings, hypocrisy, gay bashing or any of those other explanations that don't come close to the reality that Hastert was simply doing politics as it is practiced here, in Illinois.Hastert knows no other way, having been bred, born and raised in the...
  • 'Early' Show' Continues To Call for Hastert's Head

    10/05/2006 4:22:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 5 replies · 284+ views
    newbusters.org ^ | October 5, 2006 | Michael Rule
    Posted by Michael Rule on October 5, 2006 - 16:26. What did Speaker Hastert know about former Congressman Foley’s lurid communications with a former page, and when did he know it? This is an open question that will be resolved through investigations by the House Ethics Committee and the FBI. Yet before all the facts are known, "The Early Show" continued to clamor for Hastert’s resignation. The "Early Show" has raised the subject of Speaker Hastert resigning in at least two stories in each of the last four days. On Thursday’s program, Hannah Storm spoke with CBS’s idea of a...
  • Foley's IM Page turns out to be a seasoned Political Operative and Dirty Trickster

    10/05/2006 10:54:09 AM PDT · by WL-law · 160 replies · 6,491+ views
    self | 10-06-06 | WL-Law
    Another amazing piece to the Foley blackmail story. To jump into the middle of the story: we have established that it was Jordan Edmund, the then-18 year old page, now 21-year old political operative, who was the recipient of Rep. Foley's IM lust. Edmund, a gay, 21 year-old college student from San Diego CA, has somehow, mysteriously and inexplicably, managed to get the job of campaign manager for a repub candidate from Oklahoma. Edmund has a companion, also 21 and also from San Diego, working with him on the Oklahoma campaign. I have posited on other posts that these two...
  • Finally, a Republican scandal that may stick (Barf Alert)

    10/04/2006 11:02:15 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 42 replies · 1,516+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | October 3, 2006 | Lenore Skenazy
    Finally, a Republican scandal that may stick Usually when the Republican chairman of the House Caucus on Missing and Exploited Children instant-messages an underage boy and asks him to get out a ruler to measure his... Well. Ahem. Let's just say: Usually when a congressman is involved in a scandal, he doesn't bring the whole party down with him. This time could be different. The Mark Foley affair is so simple and so human, it's like a Cliffs.Notes version of all the other Republican scandals: Rampant corruption. Leadership? Ha. No one cares till the klieg lights get turned on. THE...
  • Gingrich says Hastert shouldn't resign over handling of page scandal

    10/03/2006 5:17:41 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 81 replies · 1,420+ views
    Kentucky.com ^ | 10/3/06 | AP
    LEXINGTON, Ky. - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Tuesday that his successor, Dennis Hastert, appropriately handled the aftermath of a scandal involving a Florida congressman and salacious, explicit instant messages to underage male pages. Gingrich on Tuesday dismissed a call for Hastert's resignation by The Washington Times, a conservative newspaper whose editorial page editor is Gingrich's former press secretary, Tony Blankley. "I do not agree with that, and I think it's very premature and very inappropriate," said Gingrich, who was in Lexington to give a speech to the University of Kentucky's Sanders-Brown Center on Aging Foundation. Rep. Mark Foley,...
  • House Speaker Hastert Should Stay

    10/03/2006 5:05:01 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 605+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 10/3/06 | NewsMax
    Critics are calling for Rep. Dennis Hastert to step down as Speaker of the House over his handling of the Rep. Mark Foley affair. NewsMax strongly disagrees with that sentiment. The Washington Times, a conservative voice in the nation's capital, has joined some Democrats in criticizing the Illinois Republican for not doing enough to investigate questions about Foley's e-mail exchanges with a former House page. Hastert must "resign his speakership at once," the Times demanded in a lead editorial published Tuesday. But while we have disagreed with Hastert over Congressional spending practices, we feel that in the Foley matter he...
  • Sex, Politics, and Hypocrisy

    10/03/2006 1:28:59 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 104 replies · 2,076+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 03 October 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Rep. Mark Foley, a Florida Republican, has resigned abruptly from the House on the revelation by ABC News of “sexual” instant messages to underage male pages. The Democrats in Congress and in the media are trying to hang this albatross around the necks of Republican leaders, and Republicans generally. There is incompetent reporting, either accidental or deliberate, on this story. Foley sent e-mails to some pages that were not overtly sexual. Almost the entire press has failed to report the differences between e-mails and instant messages. Since most reporters use both methods of communications or can easily get information about...
  • GOP Unworthy Of Governing (Where Was the Party's Leadership On The Foley Matter Alert)

    10/02/2006 10:18:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 54 replies · 1,379+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 10/02/06 | Joseph Farah
    This column is going to make me very unpopular with Republicans. I don't care. It must be said. Following the revelations about Florida Rep. Mark Foley's sexually suggestive e-mails to a 16-year-old congressional page, I have concluded Republicans are unworthy of retaining control of the federal government. I sincerely regret this is the case. I would much prefer that there were a real viable alternative to the Democrats, who are not only unworthy, but also unacceptable. But wishful thinking is not going to protect our country. Wishful thinking is not going to expand freedom, promote justice and restore morality to...
  • Foley and the Blame Game

    10/01/2006 8:58:50 AM PDT · by the Real fifi · 141 replies · 3,412+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | Oct 1. 2006 | clarice Feldman
    Pardon me, but I smell something very peculiar in the way we have learned of the disgrace of Rep. Mark Foley. The email scandal which led to the resignation of the Republican Congressman is reverberating throughout the capital and the nation, as Democrats attempt to capitalize on bad news for Republicans. The seamiest of the released emails, which Foley has not denied, are right up there with Rhodes Scholar and Illinois Democratic Congressman Mel Reynolds’ taped phone conversations lusting for 15 year old Catholic school girls in their uniforms
  • Immigration rally Batavia, IL (Vanity)

    09/04/2006 3:49:03 PM PDT · by infool7 · 32 replies · 2,993+ views
    self | 09-04-2006 | Self
    I live in Batavia Illinois just a short distance from Dennis Hastert’s office. I decided to snap a few pictures of the march. I am sure some of my pictures won’t be in the MSM.
  • Hastert: House May Challenge Office Search

    07/23/2006 9:33:40 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 66 replies · 1,144+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/23/06 | AP
    House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Sunday he may challenge a judge's order allowing FBI agents to examine documents seized at a Louisiana congressman's Capitol Hill office in a bribery probe. Hastert said he believed Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., was "in big trouble" and that the House would not be joining in support of Jefferson himself. But he said the House separately might seek to make clear its position that the Justice Department cannot randomly and wantonly search lawmakers' offices. "The gentleman from Louisiana is in big trouble, as far as I'm concerned. And we're not trying to protect him," said...
  • Weekend Talk Show *Preview* for 7/22 and 7/23/2006 (not the live thread)

    07/22/2006 6:27:06 AM PDT · by Phsstpok · 46 replies · 1,069+ views
    Network and Cable News Networks | 7/22/06 | Network and Cable News
    I'm once again breaking out the shows into their own separate posts and including the background/info links with the guests' listing in those posts.  I will not be posting an entry for ABC This Week because:ABC This Week (George Stephanopoulos) 'This Week' will not air on Sunday, July 23, due to ABC's coverage of the British Open; we will return with all the latest in politics on Sunday, July 30.ABC This Week comment web page John Bolton does a twofer this week, covering both FNS and CNN.  Coming just after news that Voinovich will now vote for confirmation followed by...
  • You Have To Wonder

    05/31/2006 12:50:25 PM PDT · by Dr.Syn · 17 replies · 606+ views
    dansargis.org ^ | May 31, 2006 | Dan Sargis
       You Have To Wonder June 1, 2006 In 1994 current Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert signed the Contract With America...by 2007, he destroyed it. You have to wonder what kind of a person wins the trust of the American electorate by signing a Contract “to restore the bonds of trust between the people and their elected representatives” and then heads in the opposite direction. Pledging “To restore accountability to Congress. To end its cycle of scandal and disgrace. To make us all proud again of the way free people govern themselves” Hastert promised to “FIRST, require all laws that apply...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 05-25-06 (Is Jason Leopold Working For ABC News?)

    05/25/2006 5:14:40 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 165 replies · 4,512+ views
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | May 25, 2006 | DUmmies and PJ-Comix
    The search is still on for Pied Piper Pitt, last seen downing large doses of "medication" at Bukowki's. His Furorbunker location is still unknown and at this time we have no report on when he will emerge to confront the Hoaxmas backlash. However, it is now suspected that his partner in crime, Jason Leopold, is currently working at ABC News as evidenced by a completely unsubstantiated (and quickly refuted) STORY that Leopold-like sources have told that news organization that House Speaker, Dennis Hastert, is under investigation by the FBI. Of course, the DUmmies, upon hearing this "news," beat a...
  • Bridge to November (Congressional RINOs and the budget)

    04/26/2006 12:40:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 347+ views
    NRO ^ | April 26, 2006 | Masthead Editorial
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version April 26, 2006, 11:22 a.m. Bridge to November The inability of a handful of House Republicans to stomach a long-overdue belt-tightening reform is threatening to prevent the House from passing a budget resolution for the first time since 1974. Fortunately for fiscal conservatives, a pork-laden spending bill has come along just in time to remind the public why this particular reform is so desperately needed. On Tuesday, President Bush threatened to veto an emergency spending bill for Iraq and Katrina if it exceeds $92.2 billion. Bush, who has yet to...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (photos): 3.15.06

    03/15/2006 4:44:07 PM PST · by GretchenM · 316 replies · 3,624+ views
    yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov ^ | Wednesday March 15, 2006 | GretchenM
    The president addressed an audience in Silver Spring, MD, on the benefits of Medicare prescription drug benefit. Members of Congress met with Bush on his upcoming legislative agenda. Many of the major stock indexes have hit 5 year highs; the Dow Jones 30, the SP 500 included. Bush attended the Hungarian Celebration of Contributions to Democracy, marking the 50th year since the Hungarian revolution. Click here for an article, with video links, about Laura Bush and exercising. Laura's shocking confession! "I Was Shamed into Starting To Exercise." =) WELCOME TO SANITY ISLAND!
  • Rosen: Merry Christmas, ACLU

    12/23/2005 5:30:10 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 8 replies · 847+ views
    Rocky Mountain News column ^ | Friday December 23rd, 2005 | Mike Rosen
    The pendulum swings both ways. Last year in Denver, it was Mayor John Hickenlooper proposing to replace the city's traditional "Merry Christmas" sign with one that said "Happy Holidays." The mayor wisely backed off in response to the public outcry, as did the Parade of Lights, this year, reversing its policy barring religious floats. Earlier this month, Speaker of the U.S. House Dennis Hastert, issued a directive instructing the architect of the Capitol to drop the name "Capitol Holiday Tree" - adopted in the late 1990s under the authority of no one who's now willing to admit to it -...
  • No more 'holiday' trees at Capitol

    11/29/2005 4:24:44 AM PST · by RWR8189 · 88 replies · 3,238+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 29, 2005 | Gary Emerling
    House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert has told federal officials that the lighted, decorated tree on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol -- known in recent years as the "Holiday Tree" -- should be renamed the "Capitol Christmas Tree," as it was called until the late 1990s. The Capitol's senior landscape architect confirmed the name switch yesterday for The Washington Times. "It was known as the 'Holiday Tree' for several years and just recently was changed back to the 'Capitol Christmas Tree.' This was a directive from the speaker," said Capitol architect Matthew Evans. "The speaker believes a Christmas tree...
  • Defiant DeLay Vows to Stay Active in House

    10/02/2005 12:43:06 PM PDT · by anymouse · 19 replies · 754+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 10/2/05 | HOPE YEN
    A defiant Tom DeLay, removed as House majority leader because of a criminal indictment, said Sunday he can do his job even without the title and pledged to continue his close partnership with House Speaker Dennis Hastert in pushing the GOP's agenda. The Texas Republican known for keeping colleagues in line and raising prodigious amounts of cash to help elect GOP candidates said he is only guilty of working to defeat Democrats. "But that's not illegal," he said. Yet some House Republicans said the fundraising conspiracy case in Texas has plunged DeLay back into the GOP pack. "He's lost his...
  • Inside Hastert Inc.

    05/29/2005 2:30:01 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 2 replies · 466+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 29, 2005 | Mike Dorning, Andrew Zajac and Jill Zuckman
    The speaker's inner circle is a political money-raising machine that provides a window on the way Washington worksWASHINGTON -- In his first campaign for the Illinois legislature nearly a quarter-century ago, Dennis Hastert had a problem. He had plenty of campaign posters, but no wooden stakes to make yard signs. His friend Dan Mattoon had the solution. Mattoon knew where former Rep. Tom Corcoran kept hundreds of wooden stakes and, as lore has it, he took them for Hastert without bothering to tell Corcoran. Since that time, Mattoon, 52, now one of Washington's most powerful lobbyists, and Hastert (R-Ill.), 63,...
  • House GOP files Supreme Court brief on Schiavo

    03/23/2005 7:00:19 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 74 replies · 1,808+ views
    Washington Times ^ | March 23, 2005
    Washington, DC, Mar. 23 (UPI) -- House GOP leaders seeking one last chance to intervene in the case of a brain damaged Florida women filed a brief with the Supreme Court Wednesday. The Roll Call newspaper reported that following Wednesday's rebuff of the efforts of Terri Schiavo's parents to have her feeding tube reinserted and case reviewed, Speaker Dennis Hastert of Illinois, Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, and others filed a brief with the court similar to one filed with Atlanta's 11th Circuit prior to their ruling in the case. The move comes after GOP lawmakers made the extraordinary...
  • Lights! Cameras! Lobbying!

    02/21/2005 8:12:07 AM PST · by iceemonster · 378+ views
    MSNBC/Newsweek ^ | Tamara Lipper
    Feb. 28 issue - Dan Glickman isn't exactly the Hollywood type. More comfortable in pinstripes than Prada, he's a former Clinton Agriculture secretary, Kansas congressman and president of the Witchita school board—and nothing like the flashy, debonair Jack Valenti, the legendary head of the Motion Picture Association of America. After 38 years at the MPAA, Valenti has become a celebrity in his own right, landing his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But as Glickman heads toward his first Academy Awards since taking over for Valenti as the industry's chief lobbyist, he's the one schmoozing Hollywood directors and...
  • Hastert to Make Driver's License Bill Top Priority

    12/12/2004 9:23:59 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 111 replies · 1,394+ views
    HUMAN EVENTSONLINE.COM ^ | DECEMBER 10, 2004 | ROBERT B. BLUEY
    House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R.-Ill.) has promised disgruntled conservatives that the House's top priority in the 109th Congress is passing legislation that bars illegal aliens from obtaining driver's licenses, language the Senate stripped from the just-passed intelligence bill. House Judiciary Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R.-Wis.), a strong proponent of the driver's license provision, secured Hastert's assurance once House leaders agreed to vote on the intelligence bill last week. Sensenbrenner helped thwart a November 20 vote on the legislation because the provision was removed. Hastert's spokesman, John Feehery, said the speaker wouldn't hesitate about attaching the language to an Iraq supplemental bill,...
  • Protecting the Homeland (Newt Gingrich and Tom Foley)

    12/08/2004 6:00:38 AM PST · by gab1279 · 8 replies · 338+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 12/8/04 | Newt Gingrich and Tom Foley
    Even though the House of Representatives has now passed an historic intelligence Reform bill, additional steps still need to be taken to make America more safe and secure in the future. Permanency is good news, but it's not enough. This committee will need stature and clout — real jurisdiction — to provide rigorous oversight over the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).[snip]Mr. Hastert recently told the House Republican Conference that he would establish a permanent homeland-security committee in the 109th Congress, which opens in January. He could have let the Select Committee expire and opted for easier fixes, such as establishing...
  • A DAY (a few days) IN THE LIFE OF PRESIDENT BUSH (PHOTOS): 12.4-6.04

    12/06/2004 3:09:38 PM PST · by GretchenM · 183 replies · 4,185+ views
    yahoo.com, whitehouse.gov ^ | Monday December 6, 2004 | GretchenM
    Saturday, the president, Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, Donald Rumsfeld and Condi Rice met with Pakistan's President Musharraf at the White House. Bush said, "We discussed international politics. I assured President Musharraf that there is an opportunity at hand to work toward the development of a Palestinian state and peace in the Middle East." He gave his radio address, saying, "We must do everything necessary to confront and defeat the terrorist threat, and that includes intelligence reform. By remaining focused and determined in these efforts, we will strengthen the safety of our citizens and defend our nation from harm." Vice President...
  • The Speaker Who Would Be Maître D'

    12/01/2004 11:45:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 816+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 2, 2004 | MEATHEAD EDITORIAL
    the speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert, has reached a dangerous new level of partisan zealotry to bolster the Republicans' control of government. For the new Congress, Mr. Hastert intends to cater to what he calls "the majority of the majority" in deciding which bills will get a vote and which won't. He has little use for the bipartisan majorities idealized in civics classes and once seen even in the House. Mr. Hastert first enunciated his approach last year in a speech. "The job of speaker is not to expedite legislation that runs counter to the wishes of the majority...
  • NTU Urges House Passage of S. 150, the Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act

    11/16/2004 6:36:42 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 269+ views
    NTU.ORG ^ | NOVEMBER 16, 2004 | JOHN BERTHOUD
    The Honorable J. Dennis Hastert Speaker of the House of Representatives Room H-232 United States Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Dear Speaker Hastert: On behalf of the 350,000 members of the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), I write to urge you to enact S. 150, the Internet Tax Nondiscrimination Act, which would protect taxpayers from Internet access charges. While NTU would have preferred this legislation also block taxation of Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), if the votes are not there to enact both types of safeguards right now, taxpayers at a minimum need immediate protection from money-hungry state legislators seeking to add...
  • Jock Scott Says He Was Not Allowed at Bush Headquarters Opening in Monroe

    09/10/2004 2:23:44 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 345+ views
    Scott says not allowed at Bush headquarters opening By The Associated Press Jock Scott, the Republican 5th Congressional District candidate left out in the cold when his party embraced ex-Democrat Rodney Alexander, complains he was pushed off the platform at the ceremonial opening of Bush campaign headquarters in Monroe Friday. Republican organizers confirmed that party officials demanded Scott be kept away, since their new favorite -- incumbent Alexander -- was going to be a featured speaker. The congressman caused a furor in August when he switched parties in the final minutes of qualifying; Scott, and Democrats, sued him, unsuccessfully. Ed...
  • Hastert says he'll support Keyes' senate campaign

    08/07/2004 5:52:47 AM PDT · by Land_of_Lincoln_John · 6 replies · 447+ views
    Daily Herald ^ | August 07, 2004 | Patrick Waldron
    Warming to the state GOP's apparent U.S. Senate candidate, House Speaker Dennis Hastert said Friday he would work to get Alan Keyes elected, even lobbying President Bush to make Illinois a campaign destination. "When I am here, I am going to do what I can," Hastert told the Daily Herald editorial board in St. Charles. "I think it is part of my responsibility to help Keyes. … I think it's an important thing to do in Illinois." The Plano Republican stopped short of saying he would personally launch a statewide blitz for Keyes, who is expected to accept the Senate...
  • Analysis: GOP push for consumption tax

    08/02/2004 6:39:26 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 59 replies · 1,319+ views
    UPI ^ | August 2, 2004 | Christian Bourge
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- A report Monday that in his upcoming book House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., endorses the elimination of the Internal Revenue Service and replacement of the current tax code with a national consumption tax or flat tax as a top GOP priority in a second Bush administration should come as no surprise, considering that conservative Republicans have been pushing such ideas for years. The Drudge Report's brief on Republican plans for eliminating the federal revenue-collection agency and the laws it enforces in favor of a national sale tax, value-added tax or even a flat tax rate...
  • What was in Sandy Berger's Underwear?

    07/23/2004 8:20:33 AM PDT · by mrustow · 100 replies · 3,108+ views
    Men's News Daily ^ | 23 July 2004 | Nicholas Stix
    Republicans are filled with glee, as Democrats fall all over themselves, trying to diminish the fact that Bill Clinton's former national security adviser, Sandy Berger, was caught stuffing classified documents and national secrets down his drawers, in his jacket, in his socks, and in a leather portfolio, in order to steal them from the National Archives, and to later destroy some of them. (Berger returned some documents, but only after he was caught.) Watergate, meet BVDgate. For the past thirty years, many observers have thought it the height of paranoia for Pres. Richard Nixon's men to burglarize the offices of...
  • U.S. House speaker promises to push tobacco-buyout plan (KY-06 Special Election)

    02/04/2004 10:40:09 PM PST · by KQQL · 9 replies · 193+ views
    courier-journal.com ^ | 02/04/04 | AP
    <p>LEXINGTON, Ky. — U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert pledged yesterday, while campaigning for 6th District congressional candidate Alice Forgy Kerr, to bring a tobacco-buyout bill up for a vote in the full House.</p> <p>Such legislation would end a Depression-era government program that controls production and guarantees growers a minimum price.</p>
  • Bush Immigrant Plan Likely to Fail (Y'all are getting hot and bothered over nothing!)

    01/23/2004 6:35:26 PM PST · by quidnunc · 100 replies · 162+ views
    The Courier News [Elgin, IL] ^ | January 23, 2004 | Daniel Duggan
    Hastert visits Elgin: U.S. House speaker talks on immigration, energy, politics issues Elgin – Several weeks ago, President George W. Bush rolled out a program to grant temporary work permits to undocumented immigrants. But before the program can proceed, it needs to pass Congress — which probably won't happen, U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert told The Courier News Editorial Board on Thursday. "I don't think there's support to get that through Congress," the Yorkville Republican said. "But I think this is a chance to start a debate." Hastert acknowledged that immigration problems are growing in the Fox Valley, and with...
  • UPDATE 1-Lawmakers see chance for U.S. loans to Iraq

    10/02/2003 2:13:59 PM PDT · by fight_truth_decay · 2 replies · 202+ views
    Reuters.com ^ | Thu October 2, 2003 04:42 PM ET | Vicki Allen
    WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Lawmakers who want Iraq to repay the United States for its reconstruction voiced growing confidence on Thursday that the U.S. Congress will make part of the $87 billion bill for Iraq in the form of loans, defying President George W. Bush. Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives worked to stem a push among their own members to make Iraq use its future oil wealth to repay some or all of the $20.3 billion Bush has proposed to rebuild it. But a spokesman for House Speaker Dennis Hastert, an Illinois Republican, said...
  • Bush's silence could seal embattled senator's fate - President, House speaker meet without Lott

    12/18/2002 2:43:23 AM PST · by MeekOneGOP · 13 replies · 305+ views
    Associated Press ^ | December 18, 2002 | Associated Press Staff
    Bush's silence could seal embattled senator's fate President, House speaker meet without Lott to plan agenda 12/18/2002 Associated Press WASHINGTON - Sen. Trent Lott said he "made a terrible mistake" in praising Strom Thurmond's 1948 segregationist presidential candidacy, but the controversy continued Tuesday amid indications from White House advisers that President Bush won't try to save Mr. Lott's job. That could seal Mr. Lott's fate because several other Republican senators are expressing concerns that the Mississippian is a liability to their agenda in Congress and to Mr. Bush's re-election. On Tuesday, Mr. Bush stayed silent on the matter, waving...
  • House Republicans Shelve Investors Tax Cut Bill

    10/16/2002 4:33:05 PM PDT · by GeneD · 7 replies · 189+ views
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives said on Wednesday they decided to shelve tax break legislation for investors, citing Senate inaction and disagreement among themselves over items to bring to a vote ahead of the congressional elections. Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert of Illinois said Republicans at a meeting on Wednesday decided it was better to wait until after the Nov. 5, congressional election to deal with the tax bill some Republicans were pushing to help investors and individual retirement account holders weather the current market slump. "There is just not total agreement on it," Hastert...
  • China: Red Menace, or Misread?

    10/08/2002 11:09:00 AM PDT · by Conagher · 20 replies · 324+ views
    Business Week online ^ | JULY 29, 2002 | Bruce Einhorn
    <p>Before September 11, the Bush Administration seemed to be treating China as one of the biggest threats that the U.S. faced worldwide. There was the incident of the U.S. spy plane that went down on China's Hainan Island as well as President Bush's talk about doing whatever it takes to defend Taiwan from Chinese aggression. Republicans talked about treating China as a competitor rather than as the partner envisioned by former President Bill Clinton.</p>