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  • McDermott: GOP Created Name "ObamaCare" to Symbolically Destroy Obama

    12/10/2014 8:11:23 AM PST · by tellw · 60 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10 December 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    A Washington state Democrat said that Republicans dubbed the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” so that they could symbolically destroy President Obama when they destroy the bill. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said GOPs in Congress are just trying “more of the same game” in efforts to defund and dismantle Obamacare. “They’ve been trying to discredit it. Tear it apart. Tear it down, repeal it. Whatever you want to do. They’re trying to do it as long as they get rid of healthcare for the American people,” McDermott told MSNBC, branding Obamacare adviser Jonathan Gruber’s comments “careless remarks people make in situations.”...
  • Iraq: Exclusive Photos Show Al-Hanooti's Political Clout

    03/28/2008 10:26:14 AM PDT · by llevrok · 13 replies · 619+ views
    Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | 3/27/08 | Steven Emerson
    Before he was alleged to have become a spy for Saddam Hussein's regime, Muthanna Al-Hanooti's charity work and political activism provided him with access to the highest echelons of government. Newsletters collected by the Investigative Project on Terrorism, some published now for the first time, show Al-Hanooti photographed with dignitaries ranging from First Lady Hillary Clinton in 1996 and Vice President Al Gore along with significant members of Congress. That may explain why Iraqi intelligence agents had confidence that Al-Hanooti would be able to persuade Congress to lift economic sanctions against Iraq. A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday accuses him of...
  • Rep. McDermott: ACA Supporters Being Driven Back by 'Huns'

    08/04/2014 3:46:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    CNSNews ^ | August 4, 2014 | Craig Millward
    Pathetic McD video at link. (CNSNews.com)- Speaking at an event hosted by the Physicians for a National Health Program - Western Washington last month, Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) said the Affordable Care Act was "in the 'trying everything else' phase," and compared those who supported it to the Normandy invasion during Operation Overlord. "Winston Churchill once said you can count on Americans doing the right thing, but only after they’ve tried everything else, and we are presently in the 'trying everything else' phase," McDermott said, speaking at the PNHPWW annual meeting entitled, "Health Care is a Human Right: Making it...
  • Federally funded sex ed program teaches Hawaii middle schoolers that butts are genitals

    02/25/2014 9:16:39 PM PST · by Flyin' Hawaiian · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | February 25, 2014 | Eric Owens
    A member of Hawaii’s House of Representatives is criticizing an ambitious, federally funded sex education program currently in use in 12 of the state’s public schools. The pilot curriculum, called “Pono Choices,” targets 11- to 13-year-old students. (“Pono” is a Hawaiian word that basically means “good” or “moral.”) Its creators include the University of Hawaii and, of course, Planned Parenthood. Rep. Bob McDermott, a Hawaii Republican, claims that the curriculum is “not age appropriate and not consistent with state policy” for a slew of reasons, reports EAGnews.org. McDermott’s biggest complaint is that the curriculum is wrong on a pretty major...
  • Rep. Jim McDermott: Democrats can run on Obamacare this year

    01/02/2014 10:12:43 AM PST · by jazusamo · 41 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 2, 2014 | David Sherfinski
    Rep. Jim McDermott said Thursday that Democrats should adopt a “two-pronged approach” to their agenda and for the midterm elections this year — with one of the prongs involving Obamacare. “I think there clearly is an exciting thing happening today,” Mr. McDermott, Washington Democrat, said on MSNBC. “For the first time many people have health care and that’s going to be an issue that Democrats I think can run on and be very proud of, and the other side’s going to have a hard time explaining why it isn’t good for people to have health insurance and be protected against...
  • Democrat Congressman to Sharpton: 'You and the Pope Are on the Same Wavelength' (Channels Jesus)

    12/02/2013 12:18:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    CNS News ^ | December 2, 2013 | Melanie Hunter
    Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) told the Rev. Al Sharpton of MSNBC on Wednesday that Sharpton and the pope are "on the same wavelength." McDermott's observation on what he perceives as the similarity between Sharpton and the pope came up in a discussion of food stamps. McDermott noted that when Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves of bread and two fish, “he didn’t charge food stamps.”(VIDEO-AT-LINK) “When Jesus had those five loaves and two fishes, he didn't charge food stamps. He didn't ask anybody how much money they had. He fed them because they were hungry, and that's really...
  • McDermott: I Haven’t Seen This Much Panic on the Floor Since 9/11

    11/15/2013 9:44:37 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 38 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | November 15, 2013 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Rep. Jim McDermott (D., Wash.) said “I haven’t seen this much panic on the [House] floor since 9/11″ in response to the House Republican proposal allowing insurers to offer healthcare plans scheduled to be cancelled under Obamacare Friday morning: JIM MCDERMOTT: Mr. Speaker, my mother used to say, patience is a virtue. I haven’t seen so much panic on this floor since 9/11.
  • Rangel falsely claims no Republicans voted for Social Security, sidetracks ObamaCare hearing

    10/29/2013 12:05:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 29, 2013
    Lawmakers had to pause for a fact check about a 78-year-old law during a hearing that was supposed to be about ObamaCare, after Rep. Charles Rangel made the -- inaccurate -- claim that no Republicans supported the Social Security Act. The New York Democrat made the assertion Tuesday while railing against Republicans for opposing the health care law. It was during a House hearing where Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, was testifying. "It should give you some small comfort to know that, historically, the Republican Party always fought vigorously against these types of programs,"...
  • Rep. Jim McDermott: "So we sit here until they figure out they ******* lost."

    10/07/2013 8:21:30 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 52 replies
    10/06/2013 | Jim McDermott
    "This mess was created by the Republicans for one purpose, and they lost. People in my district are calling in for Obamacare -- affordable health care -- in large numbers. These guys have lost, and they can't figure out how to admit it... So we sit here until they figure out they ******* lost."
  • ‘Offensive to Muslims’: Dem congressman calls on FBI to take down photos of terrorists

    06/21/2013 2:09:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 54 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/21/13 | Gabe Finger
    Always-unfiltered Rep. Jim McDermott penned a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller Wednesday claiming a Joint Terrorism Task Force ‘Faces of Global Terrorism’ ad is racist. McDermott, a Democrat from Washington state, voiced his “deep concern” about the ad, which shows mug shots of international terrorists, and asked the FBI chief to “reconsider publicizing” it. According to McDermott, the “ad featuring sixteen photos of wanted terrorists is not only offensive to Muslims and ethnic minorities, but it encourages racial and religious profiling.”
  • DEM REP. ASKS FBI TO STOP ‘PUBLICIZING’ THE ‘FACES OF GLOBAL TERRORISM’ IN SEATTLE – THE REASON WHY

    06/21/2013 5:54:11 AM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 35 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 6/21/13 | Jason Howerton
    U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) on Wednesday sent a letter to FBI Director Robert Mueller urging him to stop using “offensive” bus ads that show sixteen faces of wanted terrorists.
  • Five IRS Scandal Myths: Rogue agents," apolitical targeting, and a limited time frame? Not so fast.

    06/10/2013 5:15:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/10/2013 | Andrew Stiles
    The Obama administration and its defenders have done their best to downplay the IRS’s targeting of conservative groups, and to distance the president from the scandal. But in doing so they have made numerous claims that have that turned out to be grossly misleading — at best. 1. It was a few rogue agents in Cincinnati This claim has crumbled in recent weeks. Lois Lerner, the IRS’s director of Exempt Organizations, who has refused to testify before Congress, was the first to blame “our line people in Cincinnati” for initiating the targeting. Former IRS commissioner Steven Miller said two “rogue”...
  • What my response to Jim McDermott would have been

    06/06/2013 9:57:06 AM PDT · by EAGLE7 · 14 replies
    06/06/2013 | Eagle7
    Congressman Jim McDermott got crushed by Megyn Kelly on Fox News. That disgrace of a congressmen has blamed the victims of the IRS, not the IRS. My answer to McDermott, if I were a private citizen being targeted by him and told by him to provide proof and defend myself, would be something like this...
  • Jim McDermott Blames Conservative Groups For Targeting

    06/05/2013 6:02:33 PM PDT · by LD Jackson · 7 replies
    Political Realities ^ | 06/05/13 | LD Jackson
    I have sat here listening to the remarks made by Representative Jim McDermott and a couple of things jump out at me. First, I find it hard to believe one of our elected officials is so callous to the people he is supposed to be representing. It makes me want to ask him what makes him so special. Second, the words and phrases he t uses to describe the work being done by conservative groups is condescending and insulting. Take a few minutes and listen to what he had to say. http://youtu.be/OZDnsDa_2as At least two or three times, McDermott referred...
  • Jim McDermott to Megyn Kelly: How can we be sure these IRS tea-party victims are telling the truth?

    06/05/2013 12:42:32 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | June 5, 2013 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    He’s basically accusing them of making a mountain out of a molehill, emphasizing that no matter how egregiously the IRS behaved, they couldn’t stop the groups from operating without tax exemption. They could still go out there and preach the tea-party gospel; they’d just have to do it, at least for awhile, without the benefit of 501(c)(4) status that liberal groups have comparatively little trouble obtaining. Tough it out, wingnuts. Presumably, if a high-school student applied for federal college loans and the application was held up for discriminatory reasons, McDermott would shrug and say, hey — no one’s stopping the...
  • McDermott Statement at Hearing with Organizations Singled Out by the IRS(he agrees with the IRS)

    06/04/2013 8:08:00 PM PDT · by sickoflibs · 33 replies
    Jim McDermott House Website ^ | 6/4/2013 | Jim McDermott
    Jim let a bit of truth slip here today at the House Ways and Means committee hearing by explaining why he thinks the IRS was right to target these conservative groups: “Each of your groups is highly political. From opposing the President’s healthcare reform, to abortion restrictions, to gay marriage, you’re all entrenched in some of the most controversial political issues in this country ....... “ Rest of Speech at link: McDermott Statement at Hearing with Organizations Singled Out by the IRS (speech text and video posted at His House Website)
  • Dem. Rep. Lashes Out at Targeted Witnesses: You Asked For It

    06/04/2013 12:36:57 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 58 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 6-4-2013 | Tony Lee
    Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) not only blamed the victims of the IRS's targeting on Tuesday--he also implied the IRS would have been justified targeting conservative and Tea Party groups if the agency did so based on what the groups stood for instead of on the words in their names. At a House Ways and Means hearing in which six leaders of organizations the IRS had targeted were testifying, McDermott said the "mistake here was the staff used the names of the organizatiions instead of the work they do." [video] McDermott lashed out at the witnesses, saying "each of your groups...
  • Dem to IRS victims: ‘Many of you…believe you should be free from any scrutiny at all'

    06/04/2013 10:11:38 AM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 32 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 6/4/13 | David Freddoso
    ...Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., went on a bit of a rant earlier against the victims of IRS targeting who are testifying in today’s hearing. He was not the only Democrat to defend the IRS’s behavior....
  • Jim McDermott to tea-party: You brought this IRS scrutiny by applying for tax exemption

    06/04/2013 11:28:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/03/2013 | AllahPundit
    If you’re going to step in the ring with your government, you should expect to get punched in the face. And by “step in the ring,” I of course mean “avail yourself of the same perfectly legal tax strategies that are routinely permitted to liberal nonprofits.” I confess, while I expected some stupid and predictable Democratic scandal spin this week, I didn’t expect to watch a congressman indirectly defend government discrimination on grounds that the victims could have avoided it by simply not asserting their statutory rights in the first place. And yet here we are.That’s not the only problem...
  • Too Much Eggnog? Rep. Jim McDermott (D) Pulls Wacky Santa Stunt (VIDEO)

    12/20/2011 9:46:45 AM PST · by JesseWatters · 15 replies
    FoxNation.com ^ | Dec 20 | Staff
    REP. JIM MCDERMOTT SHOVING COAL IN STOCKING: ...Here's your Christmas gift, right? We're going to say to 2.5 million unemployed people, no unemployment benefits because its only for 2 months and we can't... There's every excuse in the book you can give, but when they get up on Christmas there's going to be coal in their sock! The working poor of this country are counting on that tax break. They've gone out and bought gifts for their kids! And they think they are going to pay for them because they have this tax reduction and you are taking it away...
  • VIDEO: Dem Rep on Obama's $447 Billion 'Jobs Plan': How Will We Get Groceries to People in Space?

    09/14/2011 9:22:29 AM PDT · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 5 replies
    Rep. Jim McDermott appeared on Fox News to push President Obama's $447 billion 'jobs plan'. While doing so, he somehow shifted the focus to the space program stating, "We have no way of getting groceries to our people who are up in the space lab" while trying to make the case. As Jim Hoft from Gateway Pundit points out: "Last we checked – Obama shut down the shuttle program, Jim."
  • Ann Coulter: MEDIA MOGUL CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDOCH ("rogue employee")

    07/20/2011 3:11:46 PM PDT · by Syncro · 25 replies
    AnnCoulter.Com ^ | July 20, 2011 | Ann Coulter
    MEDIA MOGUL CHARGED WITH FIRST-DEGREE MURDOCH July 20, 2011In December 1996, a Florida couple, John and Alice Martin, who sounded suspiciously like union goons, claimed to have inadvertently tapped into a phone conversation between then House Speaker Newt Gingrich and House Republican leadership. According to these Democratic and union activists, they were just driving around with a police scanner in their car, picked up a random phone conversation and said to themselves, "Wait a minute! I could swear that's Dick Armey's voice!" Luckily, they also had a tape recorder and cassette in their car, so they proceeded to illegally...
  • VIDEO: Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA): Tired of Reading Constitution

    04/03/2011 1:56:41 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 15 replies
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | April 3, 2011 | Matthew Burke
    Video of Washington Congressman Jim McDermott saying he's tired of reading the U.S. Constitution...
  • Lawmakers want SEC to stand firm on strict conflict minerals rules

    03/05/2011 6:55:23 PM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 5, 2011 | Peter Schroeder
    Business groups are warning that it might be impossible to comply with proposed rules requiring companies to track whether minerals came from combat-torn parts of Africa. But the two lawmakers behind the so-called "conflict minerals" provision are telling regulators to stand firm and issue strict rules as quickly as possible. The standoff played out this week in a series of comment letters filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is required by the Dodd-Frank financial reform law to implement a provision forcing companies to take stock of how they obtain certain minerals. The provision is intended to make...
  • Man arrested after threats to Rep. Jim McDermott: 'I'll kill his family'

    01/13/2011 1:16:18 AM PST · by trumandogz · 22 replies
    CSM ^ | 1.12.11 | Warren Richey,
    Palm Springs, Calif., man was arrested on Wednesday on a federal charge that he threatened to kill Rep. James McDermott (D) of Washington because of the congressman’s stance in last month’s debate over whether to extend the Bush tax cuts.
  • McDermott, Inslee working to prevent House vote on tax rate compromise

    12/09/2010 6:56:13 PM PST · by Tina Grazier · 12 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 12/9/10 | Joy Newby
    In short, the two Washington liberals want taxes raised on everyone because they object to upper income earners - the very earners who invest and start business that hire Washington workers - keeping some of their own money.Fox News reports the two members are working on a letter with Peter DeFazio (D-OR) to present to the House Democratic Caucus.The letter reportedly asks Pelosi to not bring the measure up for a vote. The plan is to get 60 signatures on the letter, reportedly still being drafted, and then force a vote in the caucus. DeFazio says the bill should...
  • Dem says it’s wrong to celebrate Christmas if unemployment benefits not extended

    12/04/2010 4:24:48 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 84 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 4, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Dem says it’s wrong to celebrate Christmas if unemployment benefits not extended. On Thursday’s magnificent installment of "Hardball" on MSNBC (which is barely watched by anyone…except the hardest of hardcore libs), Congressman Jim McDermott was on with Chris Matthews, making the case about unemployment benefits extension, when he brought Christianity into the mix. According to McDermott, it’s "simply wrong" to celebrate Christmas and some of its themes like caring about the poor…if Americans do not support extending unemployment benefits. This week was a particularly insane week on "Hardball," as earlier in the week, Democrat senator Sherrod Brown blasphemed that unemployment...
  • El Rushbo Slandered on Floor of US House for Second Day in a Row

    06/24/2010 6:20:48 PM PDT · by TribalPrincess2U · 15 replies
    Rush Limbaugh ^ | June 24, 2010 | Rush
    RUSH: One-minute speeches on the floor of the House of Representatives. MCDERMOTT: Mr. Speaker, I rise today out of disgust over recent comments by Rush Limbaugh about child hunger. A few days ago I was sent Mr. Limbaugh's response to the news that more than 16 million children will face, quote, "a summer of hunger," quote, "because they won't have access to free or discounted meals they usually get at school." Mr. Limbaugh ultimately recommended these children "Dumpster dive" -- Dumpster dive! -- to find food until school starts back up. In the midst of a deep recession that has...
  • Gaza flotilla: 2 dead, dozens injured in navy boarding

    05/30/2010 9:42:20 PM PDT · by Cindy · 170 replies · 4,470+ views
    JPOST.com - JERUSALEM POST ^ | 05/31/2010 07:00 | By JPOST.COM STAFF AND YAAKOV KATZ
    "Gaza flotilla: 2 dead, dozens injured in navy boarding." By JPOST.COM STAFF AND YAAKOV KATZ 05/31/2010 07:00 SNIPPET: "Passengers tried to wrest weapons from soldiers, Army Radio reports; Turkish leadership in emergency meeting to discuss response to attack at sea. Passengers tried to grab weapons away from soldiers boarding the Gaza protest flotilla, starting the violence, Army Radio reported Tuesday morning, responding to accusations that Israeli commandos assaulted the ships guns blazing."
  • Congressman Stages Floor Rant Against Beck, Limbaugh, Malkin & ‘Teabaggers’(video)

    03/21/2010 10:34:18 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 58 replies · 1,746+ views
    C-SPAN ^ | March 21, 2010
    Rep. Jim McDermott (D-emonrat): "They are simply selfish and greedy."
  • Hoekstra: Democrats will try to pass McDermott interrogation bill again

    02/27/2010 9:53:56 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 7 replies · 574+ views
    dailycaller.com ^ | Feb. 27, 2010 | Alex Pappas
    Republicans stopped a provision that establishes criminal penalties for CIA officers that use cruel, inhuman or degrading interrogation methods from making it into the Intelligence bill passed Friday — but the leading Republican on the House intelligence committee said that provision is hardly dead. “This is not the last time we’ll see the McDermott stuff,” Rep. Pete Hoekstra told The Daily Caller of the legislation authored by Democratic Rep. Jim McDermott. “It will come back. They will find every way that they can to make it law.” Hoekstra said the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Intelligence chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes,...
  • Investigating the Bush-Cheney "torture" investigators (ties to Revolutionary Communist Party fronts)

    02/26/2010 8:05:23 AM PST · by ETL · 19 replies · 474+ views
    various sources
    From yesterday, Thursday, February 25, 2010:Intel bill pulled over controversial added interrogation provision "A controversial bill that would have levied criminal punishments on intelligence officers for harsh interrogations was pulled Thursday evening [Feb 25, 2010] . House Republicans charged Democrats with trying to sneak a provision into the intelligence authorization bill that would establish criminal punishment for CIA agents and other intelligence officials who engage in “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” during interrogations."... Intelligence committee Chairman Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas) added the language, originally offered by Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), to his manager’s amendment, which makes several changes to the bill...
  • Rep. McDermott tries to sneak anti-CIA amendment into bill in the dead of night (McD, anti-American)

    02/26/2010 11:04:54 AM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 776+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 26, 2010 | Ed Lasky
    Liberal Democrats may tout openness, reform and transparency on the campaign trail but those promises never seem to make it past the Beltway when they return to Washington. In one of the more egregious examples of this truism, one needs to look no further than the efforts by Representative Jim McDermott (D-Washington) to pull a fast one and slip into the intelligence budget a provision that, in a backdoor way, impose fines and prison terms on intelligence officers who "abuse" captured terrorism suspects. The House Democratic leadership stopped a vote Thursday night on the $50 billion classified intelligence budget after...
  • Intel bill pulled over controversial added interrogation provision (Tried to pull a fast one)

    02/25/2010 5:53:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 508+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 25, 2010 | Susan Crabtree
    A controversial bill that would have levied criminal punishments on intelligence officers for harsh interrogations was pulled Thursday evening. House Republicans charged Democrats with trying to sneak a provision into the intelligence authorization bill that would establish criminal punishment for CIA agents and other intelligence officials who engage in “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” during interrogations. Democrats inserted an 11-page addition into the bill late Wednesday night as the House Rules Committee considered the legislation. The provision, previously not vetted in committee, applied to “any officer or employee of the intelligence community” who during interrogations engages in beatings, infliction of...
  • GOP cries foul over amendment to Intel bill

    02/25/2010 1:53:15 PM PST · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 741+ views
    The Hill ^ | February 25, 2010 | Susan Crabtree
    House Republicans are charging Democrats with trying to sneak a provision into the intelligence authorization bill that would establish criminal punishment for CIA agents and other intelligence officials who engage in “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” during interrogations. Democrats inserted an 11-page addition to the bill late Wednesday night during as the House Rules Committee considered the legislation. The provision, previously not vetted in committee, applies to “any officer or employee of the intelligence community” who during interrogations engages in beatings, infliction of pain or forced sexual acts. The bill said the acts covered by the provision would include inducing...
  • Hamas' 54 Democratic Congressmen

    01/28/2010 4:33:09 PM PST · by Salem · 15 replies · 803+ views
    Sultan Knish blog ^ | 26 January, 2010 | Daniel Greenfield - Sultanknish
    Keith Ellison, widely hailed as America's first Muslim congressman, could more accurately be described as CAIR and Hamas' man in Congress. Congressman Ellison has been a regular presence at CAIR fundraisers and at pro-Hamas rallies in the United States. As a former member of Farrakhan's Nation of Islam , Ellison has enough anti-semitic and Islamist credentials to satisfy anyone, and had expressed openly anti-semitic beliefs in the past. Since Ellison got his start with CAIR , his attempt to provide support for Hamas is completely unsurprising. Both Hamas and CAIR are projects of the Muslim Brotherhood, which also helped...
  • High noon for health care: Will pass, says McDermott

    01/17/2010 5:45:31 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies · 1,061+ views
    Seattle PI ^ | January 17, 2010 | Joel Connelly
    As Congress approaches high noon for health care reform, liberal U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott urged support even as he warned that a Senate-House compromise will contain provisions that "we don't like." The congressman spoke and fielded questions at a Sunday afternoon Healthy Washington Coalition gathering. It drew nearly 400 people, many of them elderly, to the United Food and Commercial Workers hall. "I believe in a single payer system, O.K.," said McDermott, who has fought nearly two decades to have America adopt a Canada-style health system. The remark drew loud applause. He showered praise on the late Saskatchewan Premier Tommy...
  • Wrong turn on I-5 might mean deportation for college graduate

    10/04/2009 6:09:05 PM PDT · by Saije · 63 replies · 3,769+ views
    Associated Press and News Tribune ^ | 10/4/2009 | Manuel Valdez
    <p>All it took was a wrong turn for Jorge-Alonso Chehade to face deportation.</p> <p>But that wrong turn near Seattle also brought him attention and praise from Washington state’s congressional delegation, pro bono attorneys and maybe a chance to stay in the United States. In March, the 22-year-old college graduate was visiting friends in Bellingham at Western Washington University. On the way back early in the morning, tired from a night’s fun and unfamiliar with the area, Chehade and a friend took the north Interstate 5 ramp instead of the southbound one.</p>
  • Adviser Cites ‘Other Elements’ of Afghan Strategy (James Jones)

    10/04/2009 11:00:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies · 345+ views
    CQ Politics ^ | October 4, 2009 | CQ Staff
    The White House national security adviser said Sunday that Afghanistan “is not in imminent danger of falling,” a different view expressed from the top U.S. commander in that country.Retired Gen. James Jones, appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and CNN’s “State of the Union,” said the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai must improve but he believes it can succeed with a strong U.S. effort to train its army and police force.“I don’t foresee the return of the Taliban. Afghanistan is not in imminent danger of falling,” Jones said. “The al-Qaeda presence is very diminished. The maximum estimate is...
  • House Health Bill Expands Tax Benefits To Same-Sex Partners (RAT McDermott last minute addition)

    07/17/2009 8:03:14 PM PDT · by Libloather · 9 replies · 527+ views
    Nasdaq ^ | 7/17/09 | Martin Vaughan
    <p>WASHINGTON -(Dow Jones)- House legislation that would overhaul health care would also expand tax benefits for employer-provided health insurance to same- sex partners.</p> <p>The provision authored by Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash., was a last-minute addition to a $1 trillion-plus health-care rewrite being considered by the House Ways and Means Committee Thursday.</p>
  • West Seattle film producer takes on McDermott: Crazy, right?

    06/28/2009 9:56:34 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies · 603+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 28, 2009 | Danny Westneat
    There's a scene in the 2008 movie "Lava Storm," a low-budget sci-fi flick about magma engulfing the globe, in which a volcanologist hatches a quixotic scheme to save humanity. He'll blow up the local dam to douse the rampaging inferno. Everyone doubts him, of course. "We can't save the world," says his wife. "No, baby," he shoots back. "But maybe we can buy it some time." It's so crazy, it just might work! That was about my reaction when I interviewed the writer and producer of "Lava Storm," West Seattle's Bill Hoffman, about his next big project. Which is, believe...
  • Shrug, wink: Everybody else does it (McDermott)

    06/24/2009 2:08:52 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies · 466+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 24, 2009 | Danny Westneat
    Congressman Jim McDermott has now explained what he was thinking when he sought to use taxpayer dollars to polish up The Rainier Club's windowsills. He was thinking: Why aren't you making a grab for cash, too? "This is not a ridiculous request," McDermott said. "Everybody in the 7th District has the right to make a request — the University of Washington, The Rainier Club, everybody." Set aside for now the tone-deafness of comparing our largest public university, reeling from budget cuts, with a private social club (where choice subcommittee assignments include the likes of "Greeting and Hospitality" and "Single Malt...
  • Earmark 'unlikely' for Rainier Club (McDermott)

    06/23/2009 10:07:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies · 367+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 23, 2009 | Lewis Kamb
    Seattle Congressman Jim McDermott doubts his own request for a $250,000 earmark of federal funds to pay for renovations at the exclusive Rainier Club will win approval in Congress.While descending a tiled staircase into The Rainier Club lobby, U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott said Monday he doubts his request for a $250,000 earmark to cover renovations at the exclusive downtown Seattle club will win approval from federal lawmakers. "Given what's going on in the country these days, it seems unlikely to me," the Seattle Democrat said, amid a backdrop of fine artwork and antique furniture. "I'm not going to say definitively...
  • McDermott backs $250,000 federal earmark for Seattle's elite Rainier Club

    06/22/2009 9:30:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies · 1,332+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | June 22, 2009 | Lewis Kamb and David Heath
    Among more than 100 local projects for which U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott recently sought funding earmarks in the coming federal budget are a new cancer-research program, municipal road projects and a law-enforcement initiative to combat gang violence. Also included on the Seattle Democrat's 2010 appropriations wish list is a relatively modest — but curious — appeal: A $250,000 request to fund a "window repair and limestone sill replacement" at The Rainier Club — one of Seattle's premier private clubs, whose members include some of the city's most well-heeled and politically connected residents. McDermott's request on behalf of The Rainier Club...
  • McDermott aide: Don't call me Liz! (Out of Control Bureaucrat)

    06/19/2009 8:23:48 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 52 replies · 1,512+ views
    seattlepi.com ^ | 17 June 09 | Joel Connelly
    Washington, D.C., political insiders were treated Wednesday morning to an unforgettable exchange of 19 e-mails. The players: an aide at McBee Strategic, a major lobbying firm, and one Elizabeth Becton, scheduling secretary to Rep. Jim McDermott, D-Wash. The aide's sin: He sent an e-mail addressed to Becton as "Liz." The episode is not without precedent. Ex-Sen. Elizabeth Dole is renowned for turning icy when anybody uses the nickname "Liddy." Elizabeth Taylor once erupted when fifth husband Sen. John Warner began an admonition with the words "Now Liz . . ." "Don't you Liz me," Taylor shot back, sticking a finger...
  • No name-calling (Baghdad Jim's Rude secretary)

    06/17/2009 6:49:49 PM PDT · by llevrok · 58 replies · 1,908+ views
    Shenanigans (Politico.Com) ^ | 6/17/09 | Anne Schroeder
    If you want to score a meeting with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), know this: His scheduler/office manager, Elizabeth Becton, is to be addressed by her full name — not Liz or any other variant. An executive assistant at McBee Strategic recently learned this the hard way. A few weeks ago, the assistant e-mailed Becton seeking a meeting with McDermott and a client, JPMorgan Chase. Days later, the assistant checked back in and unfortunately began the e-mail with “Hi Liz.” Becton curtly replied, “Who is Liz?” When the assistant wrote back with an apology, Becton turned up the heat. “I do...
  • No name-calling

    06/18/2009 10:13:36 AM PDT · by DFG · 5 replies · 705+ views
    Politico ^ | 06/17/09 | Staff
    If you want to score a meeting with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), know this: His scheduler/office manager, Elizabeth Becton, is to be addressed by her full name — not Liz or any other variant. An executive assistant at McBee Strategic recently learned this the hard way. A few weeks ago, the assistant e-mailed Becton seeking a meeting with McDermott and a client, JPMorgan Chase. Days later, the assistant checked back in and unfortunately began the e-mail with “Hi Liz.”
  • No name-calling

    06/18/2009 9:56:27 AM PDT · by Snickering Hound · 58 replies · 1,933+ views
    Politico ^ | 6-17-09
    If you want to score a meeting with Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.), know this: His scheduler/office manager, Elizabeth Becton, is to be addressed by her full name — not Liz or any other variant. An executive assistant at McBee Strategic recently learned this the hard way. A few weeks ago, the assistant e-mailed Becton seeking a meeting with McDermott and a client, JPMorgan Chase. Days later, the assistant checked back in and unfortunately began the e-mail with “Hi Liz.” Becton curtly replied, “Who is Liz?” When the assistant wrote back with an apology, Becton turned up the heat. “I do...
  • McDermott [D, WA] wants your kids in mandatory public service

    05/05/2009 10:27:05 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 29 replies · 1,644+ views
    Sound Politics ^ | 5/03/2009 | Ron Hebron
    Our Congress with the help of Republicans is squeezing out private charity with paid "volunteers." They are paid - AmericaCorps - but called volunteers; it sound so good. What do they work on? What the politicians want; you have no say. And they tripled its funding. But what if there aren't enough volunteers for paid "volunteer" service. Force! It might be unconstitutional under the 13th Amendment's ban on involuntary servitude. But Jim McDermott (D, Washington) wants your children to serve his favorite causes. Robert Knight at Townhall ... Mandatory national service has reemerged in HR 1442, the "Congressional Commission on...
  • CAIR's True Colors

    02/07/2009 12:41:01 PM PST · by fiodora · 8 replies · 875+ views
    The Investigative Project on Terrorism ^ | January 30, 2009 | IPT News
    Though it represents itself to be a Muslim civil rights organization, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) devoted most of its resources earlier this month to mobilizing opposition to Israel's attempt to neutralize Hamas militarily. On Thursday, the Investigative Project on Terrorism reported that the FBI has cut off contact with CAIR due to unanswered questions about the organization's roots in a Hamas-support network. Earlier this month, the IPT showed how CAIR officials dutifully avoid mentioning Hamas by name when discussing the conflict. Yet no major media outlet or political figure is challenging CAIR's positions or tactics. That may be...