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  • Lawmakers: Afghan leader (Karzai) threatens to join Taliban

    04/05/2010 9:44:21 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 741+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/5/10 | Amir Shah and Christopher Bodeen - ap
    KABUL – Afghan President Hamid Karzai threatened over the weekend to quit the political process and join the Taliban if he continued to come under outside pressure to reform, several members of parliament said Monday. Karzai made the unusual statement at a closed-door meeting Saturday with selected lawmakers — just days after kicking up a diplomatic controversy with remarks alleging foreigners were behind fraud in last year's disputed elections. Lawmakers dismissed the latest comment as hyperbole, but it will add to the impression the president — who relies on tens of thousands of U.S. and NATO forces to fight the...
  • Pro-Life Lawmakers Shot At, Threatened For Opposing Pro-Abortion Health Bill

    03/25/2010 11:08:09 AM PDT · by julieee · 17 replies · 695+ views ^ | March 25, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Pro-Life Lawmakers Shot At, Threatened For Opposing Pro-Abortion Health Bill Washington, DC -- Two pro-life Republican lawmakers announced today that they were the victims of harassment and violence from people upset that they voted against the pro-abortion health care bill. Rep. Eric Cantor's Richmond campaign office was shot at while Rep. Jean Schmidt received a harassing phone call.
  • Lawmakers warn Navy, Marines face large fighter jet shortfall

    03/22/2010 8:56:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies · 552+ views
    The Hill ^ | 3/22/10 | Roxana Tiron
    The Navy and Marine Corps face a much larger shortfall of fighter jets than expected, four senior members of the House Armed Services Committee warned Defense Secretary Robert Gates. In a letter to Gates, the lawmakers said Pentagon assumptions of a shortfall of 100 fighter jets are “too optimistic.” Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) signed the letter along with ranking Republican Rep. Buck McKeon (Calif.). Two other panel members with jurisdiction over Navy programs, Reps. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.) and Todd Akin (R-Mo.), also signed the letter to Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of...
  • Lawmaker Who Called Bart Stupak Baby Killer Still Unknown

    03/22/2010 9:07:44 AM PDT · by julieee · 53 replies · 1,471+ views ^ | March 22, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Lawmaker Who Called Bart Stupak Baby Killer Still Unknown Washington, DC -- The pro-life Republican lawmaker who called Rep. Bart Stupak during his comments against a pro-life procedural motion Sunday night is still unknown. The comment came as Stupak opposed a motion to send the pro-abortion health care bill back to committee to add an abortion funding ban.
  • CIA briefed 68 lawmakers on interrogation program

    02/24/2010 2:17:48 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 799+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/23/10 | David Alexander
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CIA officials briefed at least 68 U.S. lawmakers between 2001 and 2007 on enhanced interrogation methods like simulated drowning that were being considered or used against captured al Qaeda members, .. The once-secret CIA papers, obtained in a lawsuit by the conservative legal foundation Judicial Watch, shed new light on which lawmakers knew the details of the controversial interrogation program and when. ... The declassified memos show the program began after the capture of al Qaeda lieutenant Abu Zubaydah, a Saudi-born Palestinian .. In a statement to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence dated April 12, 2007,...
  • CA: Whitman would 'reorient' lawmakers as governor, she says (won't bring "girlie men" flowers)

    02/03/2010 4:29:35 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 214+ views
    LA Times ^ | 2/3/10 | Michael Rothfeld
    Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has had his share of problems dealing with state lawmakers, referring to them as "girlie men" early in his tenure. One of his would-be successors, GOP candidate Meg Whitman, indicated this week that she wouldn't come bearing flowers should she be elected. In an interview Tuesday with Dennis Prager, a conservative radio host, Whitman said she wants to "reorient" legislators to focus on more important issues, threatening to use her veto pen, much as Schwarzenegger has, to get them in line. She added that none of the legislation approved last year was "on point." "The governor...
  • California lawmakers fail to report gifts ('Culture of Corruption')

    01/15/2010 2:11:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 395+ views
    AP on Mercury News ^ | 1/15/10 | Judy Lin - ap
    SACRAMENTO — A California lawmaker and his wife were treated by the insurance industry to a two-night stay, with spa treatments, at an exclusive Pebble Beach resort. Another received free passes to Sea World San Diego, along with Disneyland tickets. Yet another got a coveted ticket to the 2008 Holiday Bowl college football game. In each case, the lawmaker not only accepted the perks and freebies but also apparently failed to report them as required by state law, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press under the California Public Records Act. In all, 38 current members of California's Assembly...
  • Obama tells lawmakers (in speech to meeting of House Democrats) US economy is on the mend

    01/14/2010 5:15:53 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 546+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/14/10 | AP
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the U.S. economy is on the mend and that his administration's focus over the coming months will be on creating more jobs. In a campaign-style speech to a meeting of House Democrats, Obama said Thursday that lawmakers made tough choices in enacting economic measures over the past year, including some that were unpopular.
  • Arizona GOP lawmakers propose sweeping tax cuts

    01/05/2010 2:21:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 443+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/5/10 | Paul Davenport - ap
    MESA, Ariz. – Arizona House Republicans on Tuesday proposed a sweeping package of tax cuts aimed at helping businesses, with Speaker Kirk Adams saying the incentives are needed to spur economic development and add high-paying jobs in the state. The package proposed for consideration in the legislative session that starts next Monday includes both corporate and individual income tax cuts and decreases in property taxes paid by businesses. "Arizona is not as competitive as it needs to be with job retention and job growth," Adams said. The Mesa Republican was flanked by a half-dozen fellow GOP representatives during a news...
  • Black Lawmakers under Ethics Spotlight (Are seven investigations too many in Pelosi's House?)

    11/09/2009 3:36:42 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies · 572+ views
    New America Media ^ | 11/09/09 | Zenitha Prince
    Black Lawmakers under Ethics SpotlightWashington AFRO Zenitha Prince Posted: Nov 09, 2009 November 8, 2009) - Are seven investigations too many to be a coincidence? All seven of the full-scale ethics investigations currently underway in the U.S. House of Representatives are focused on African-American lawmakers—and it would be eight if the committee conducting the investigations hadn’t deferred to the Justice Department’s investigation involving Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. The disparity is beginning to raise some eyebrows. “I don’t think they (Black lawmakers) are scared—they’re upset. They think [Congressional Black Caucus] members are being singled out,” Rep. Elijah Cummings, former chairman of...
  • Lawmakers targeted in ethics probe

    10/30/2009 11:36:46 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 525+ views ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | JOHN BRESNAHAN
    A leaked document shows that House ethics investigators are probing the activities of nearly three dozen lawmakers — an ethical dust storm that will empower the Republicans and could imperil efforts to get health care reform through the House next week. The House ethics committee said Thursday that it was opening two new investigations — one into the foreclosure scandal of Rep. Laura Richardson (D-Calif.) and one involving financial questions about Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and her husband. But shortly after the committee met, chairs Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) and Jo Bonner (R-Ala.) interrupted proceedings on the House floor to say...
  • Conyers blasts GOP lawmakers' accusations of Muslim 'spies'

    10/15/2009 7:16:56 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 588+ views
    The Hill ^ | 10/15/09 | Michael O'Brien
    Muslim-American interns who have served in Congress should be respected, and not subject to questions about their patriotism, House Judciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.) said Thursday. Responding to allegations from Republican lawmakers that the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) sought to plant Muslim "spies" in the Capitol, Conyers issued a scathing statement on his colleagues' accusations. "It shouldn't need to be said in 2009, and after the historic election of our first African-American president, but let me remind all my colleagues that patriotic Americans of all races, religions, and beliefs have the right - and the responsibility - to...
  • Lawmakers to 'make public a national security threat on Capitol Hill'

    10/14/2009 11:20:07 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 18 replies · 1,832+ views ^ | October 14, 2009 | Bob Cusack and Jordy Yager
    Three House Republicans are scheduled to hold a press conference on Wednesday morning to "make public a national security threat on Capitol Hill." Reps. Sue Myrick (R-N.C.), John Shadegg (R-Ariz.) and Paul Broun (R-Ga.) will hold a 10 a.m. press conference in the Capitol on the homeland security issue. The congressional daybook schedule does not provide further details. According to a source familiar with the issue, the press conference will focus on a non-profit group that has "known terrorist ties."
  • Taking count of Obama's 'czars,' lawmakers rise up - Grumbling grows over proliferation of 'czars'

    09/17/2009 8:55:12 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 780+ views
    LA Times ^ | 9/17/09 | Joe Markman
    Reporting from Washington - President Obama's appointment of "czars," or policy coordinators, is drawing new fire from lawmakers in both parties. The most prominent complaint is that Obama, by using his own authority to name people to these policy jobs, is circumventing the role of the Senate in considering and confirming important nominations to the president's administration. In a letter to the president this week, Sen. Susan Collins (R- Maine) and five other Republican lawmakers criticized the administration for encroaching on Congress' authority in establishing what it said were too many far-reaching czars. Collins identified 18 positions created by Obama...
  • Michigan lawmakers want Gitmo detainees (could boost state's finances)

    07/26/2009 5:40:13 PM PDT · by Libloather · 22 replies · 486+ views
    UPI ^ | 7/24/09
    Michigan lawmakers want Gitmo detainees Published: July 24, 2009 at 12:46 PM WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) -- Some Democratic lawmakers from Michigan are viewing the Guantanamo detainees as a possible means of boosting their state's finances, legislators say. Several Democrat members in the U.S. House and Senate are floating the idea of housing detainees from the U.S. detention facility in Cuba in Michigan prisons set to close because of the state's budget crunch, The Hill reported Friday. The move would save or create jobs in a state with the nation's highest unemployment rate of 15.4 percent. Democratic Sen. Carl Levin...
  • Calif. lawmakers pass plan to balance state budget

    07/24/2009 6:54:54 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 683+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/24/09 | Judy Lin - ap
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Lawmakers on Friday approved a complex package of spending cuts, accounting maneuvers and raids on local government coffers to fill California's gigantic budget deficit, providing hope that the state might begin a slow climb out of a deep financial hole. ... The cuts imposed by the Legislature are extraordinary. The deal will mean teachers are laid off, college students will pay more, parks will be closed, and office buildings will be sold off. Lawmakers agreed the scope of the cuts was distasteful, but most said they had little choice. "The only way to do it is to...
  • Obama's Fiats Anger Lawmakers

    07/14/2009 9:12:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies · 603+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/14/09 | JONATHAN WEISMAN
    WASHINGTON -- With $108 billion in International Monetary Fund loan guarantees in jeopardy last month, White House economic officials begged, cajoled and cut deals with Democrats to secure passage of legislation boosting the fund's power. Days later, President Barack Obama announced he wasn't bound by any of the agreements. The ensuing flap over the president's June 24 signing statement is the latest in a series of clashes between the White House and Congress over an issue Mr. Obama once fought against himself: presidential fiat.
  • CA: Commission slashes lawmakers' cars, per diem, health insurance (18%)

    06/30/2009 1:08:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 750+ views
    Sac Bee ^ | 6/30/09 | Susan Ferriss
    The California Citizens Compensation Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to cut state legislators' monthly car allowances, fringe benefits and their per diem allowance by 18 percent. ... The 18 percent cuts in benefits, per diem and cars also apply to constitutional officers of the state. The action follows and earlier vote to cut lawmakers' and state elected officials pay by 18 percent effective Dec. 1, 2010.
  • US lawmakers said exploring F-22 version for Japan

    06/01/2009 4:51:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 795+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/1/09 | Andrea Shalal-Esa
    WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - The Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee is considering requiring the U.S. Air Force to study the viability of creating an export version of the Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT.N) F-22 fighter jet, a source closely following the issue told Reuters on Monday. "There may be language inserted into the fiscal 2010 appropriations bill that would at least look at the possibility," said the source, who asked not to be identified since the legislative language is still being finalized. Defense Secretary Robert Gates in April said the Pentagon would halt production of the radar-evading F-22 fighter at...
  • Hawaii lawmakers back the creation of 'Islam Day' (22-3 Senate vote)

    05/06/2009 6:46:13 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 2,961+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/6/09 | Mark Niesse - ap
    HONOLULU – Hawaii's state Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill Wednesday to celebrate "Islam Day" — over the objections of a few lawmakers who said they didn't want to honor a religion connected to Sept. 11, 2001. The Senate's two Republicans argued that a minority of Islamic extremists have killed many innocents in terrorist attacks. ... The resolution to proclaim Sept. 24, 2009, as Islam Day passed the Senate on a 22-3 vote. It had previously passed the House and now goes to Republican Gov. Linda Lingle.