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  • Why I stand with the Houston Five (LCMS in solidarity with Houston pastors)

    10/18/2014 6:48:58 AM PDT · by chajin · 24 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 17, 2014 | Scott R. Murray
    HOUSTON (RNS) Recently, Houston city attorneys, acting on behalf of Mayor Annise Parker and the City Council, issued subpoenas to five area pastors requiring they hand over copies of all communication with members of their congregations about a gay rights ordinance. The subpoena asks for communications from the pastors related to the mayor, the ordinance, and “gender equality” issues. What are pastors to do when coerced by a government entity like the city of Houston? It seems to me that there are a two possible responses: one from a Christian pastor, who serves in Christ’s kingdom, and another from a...
  • Murray signals support for Scottish independence

    09/18/2014 7:12:19 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    tennis.com ^ | September 18, 2014 | ap
    After carefully avoiding taking a side on the issue, former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray changed course Thursday and signaled his support for Scottish independence on the day of the historic vote. The Scottish player sent out a post on Twitter early Thursday, just hours ahead of the polls opening on the referendum to break away from the United Kingdom. Murray indicated that negative campaigning by the anti-independence side had made up his mind in favor of secession. He tweeted to his 2.7 million followers: ''Huge day for Scotland today! no campaign negativity last few days totally swayed my view on...
  • BREAKING: Senate Democrats introduce bill to override Hobby Lobby decision

    07/09/2014 2:21:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 9, 2014 | Kirsen Andersen
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A pair of Democratic senators introduced legislation Wednesday that would overturn a recent Supreme Court ruling that defended the rights of private for-profit employers to opt out of providing insurance coverage for abortifacient drugs on religious grounds. Sens. Patty Murray (D-WA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) held a press conference Wednesday morning to announce the introduction of the bill, dubbed the “Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act.”  The bill would force for-profit employers to comply with the Obamacare birth control mandate, which requires business owners to provide employees and dependents with full, co-pay-free coverage for contraception, sterilization...
  • Murray Energy CEO: What the president’s done is illegal, unachievable

    06/20/2014 1:14:01 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 10 replies
    Fox Business Network ^ | 6-19-2014 | Cavuto
    Jun. 19, 2014 - 5:57 - Murray Energy CEO Robert Murray on the impact of regulations on the energy industry.
  • News Releases Senators Murray and Cantwell’s Statement on President Visit to SR530 Slide Area

    04/08/2014 6:58:36 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 16 replies
    Senator Patty Murray ^ | Apr 08 2014 | Senator Patty Murray
    “We appreciate the President’s decision to come to Snohomish County, and we look forward to joining him on April 22nd as he meets with community members,” Murray and Cantwell said. “We are confident that President Obama will see what we have seen: The tremendous resolve and determination of the people of Oso, Darrington and Arlington in the face of tragedy. “The President’s visit is another important step in demonstrating the federal government’s ongoing commitment to supporting the families, first responders, volunteers and businesses, as they recover from this disaster. We appreciate the decision to make major disaster resources available and...
  • Reid Remarks On Ukraine Aid Bill And The Anniversary Of The Affordable Care Act

    03/24/2014 5:30:35 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 10 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | March 24, 2014 | | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    As we begin debate on this aid and sanctions package, I also hope that Republicans who stopped action on this legislation prior to the break have considered how their obstruction affects United States’ national security.” “In light of such clear-cut Russian aggression against Ukraine, it’s difficult to believe Republicans blocked this package at all. But it’s almost unimaginable why they blocked it – to protect the anonymity of their own big-money donors. ““Democrats fought hard four years ago to pass this landmark expansion of quality, affordable health care. And we will fight just as hard to make this law work...
  • Is Paul Ryan Trying To Get a Section 8 Discharge From Politics?

    01/05/2014 2:24:16 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 1-5-14 | Mike Henkins
    The award winning sitcom M*A*S*H of the ‘70s and early ‘80s was based on a surgical unit in Korea during the Korean War. One of the characters was Corporal Klinger, a soldier who dressed in woman’s clothing hoping to convince the Army he was insane and therefore would qualify for discharge per Section 8 of United States Army Regulations. I mention this because it is the only explanation that fits Paul Ryan’s agreement to cut military veteran benefits or, at least, the only acceptable explanation for veterans and the Republican Party base. In December of 2013, Paul Ryan (R.,WI) and...
  • Disabled Military Retirees Betrayed by Gutless Republicans

    12/21/2013 8:17:19 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 36 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | December 21st, 2013 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    This week the Senate voted across party lines to pass a bill that would reduce the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for military retirees including disabled retirees and survivors. The Washington Free Beacon reported that a provision in the Ryan-Murray budget agreement no longer exempts disabled retirees. The original agreement stated that “This would not affect service members who retired because of disability or injury.” After the bill passed the House, the new summary removed the exemption granted to disabled retirees and survivors. It would be too easy to accuse just one party of this chicanery for remember, this was...
  • Patty Murray: 'Technical error' that cuts disabled veterans benefits will be fixed

    12/18/2013 12:58:18 PM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 48 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/18/2013 | Sean Lengell
    Sen. Patty Murray said a "technical error" in the bipartisan budget deal accidentally would cut pension benefits for retired disabled military veterans, but vowed the problem will be fixed immediately. The Washington state Democrat, who brokered the deal with Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., took to the Senate floor Wednesday and promised the "unintended inclusion" would be remedied before the chamber votes on the bill and that benefits for disabled military pensioners wouldn't be cut. "All of us know that our disabled veterans have made tremendous sacrifices for our nation and deserve the peace of mind that their benefits will not...
  • Senate Democrats Choose Illegal Aliens Over Disabled Vets in Key Budget Vote

    12/18/2013 10:33:25 AM PST · by montag813 · 32 replies
    Top Right News ^ | 12-18-2013 | John Urban
    Above: Illegal aliens made out like banditos thanks to Harry Reid and Senate Democrats. Disabled vets? Not so much.- They actually did it. They are on the record. Senate Democrats, led by their filibuster-slaying dictator Harry Reid, actually put the interests of illegal aliens above those of our disabled military veterans.Let that sink in for a moment. Now the details: The two-year budget deal brokered by Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, would cut military pensions by $6 billion over ten years. Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, joined by several others in his party, tried...
  • Two and a Half Cheers for Ryan-Murray

    12/18/2013 9:29:30 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 12-18-13 | Peter Farrara
    y life’s work is devoted to cutting the federal government in half. In fact, I have published detailed plans regarding how to do that (it’s called entitlement reform), in far too many places already (just a start on what needs to be done), including in my 2011 book, America’s Ticking Bankruptcy Bomb (HarperCollins), in this column, and with every free market think tank tuned in to the real world. In fact, I’m probably the only person in Washington who thinks the legislation that would have that effect over the long run can and quite possibly will be enacted within the...
  • Hope Yes, Vote No is Not a Winning Equation

    12/16/2013 10:17:25 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 14 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 12/16/13 | Daniel Horowitz
    Despite the fact that the Ryan-Murray budget deal passed the House with overwhelming support, it was not a slam dunk in the Senate as of late last week. Without Paul Ryan’s strong influence, individual GOP senators were leery of the deal. Even the defense hawks view this deal as ‘too little too late.’ The Senate whip count began with only one Republican – John McCain – vocally supporting the deal. Moreover, it’s not a sure thing that there won’t be any Democrat defections either. On Sunday, Senator Dick Durbin was worried he wouldn’t get 60 votes for the deal. He...
  • Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA) Betrays Third District

    12/12/2013 2:06:37 PM PST · by Always A Marine · 19 replies
    Vanity
    Lynn Westmoreland (Vichy-GA) will betray his district this afternoon and vote for the Murray-Ryan budget compromise.
  • Bland Bargain: Paul Ryan Surrenders On Federal Budget, Outfoxed By Former Pre-School Teacher

    12/11/2013 2:16:11 PM PST · by whitedog57 · 27 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 12/11/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Paul Ryan (WI-VR) and Patty Murray (WA-D) have announced a “bland bargain” on the Federal budget. The proposal would “restore” $65 million in automatic spending cuts currently in law and increase federal spending from $967 billion next year to roughly $1 trillion. In other words former Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan was outfoxed by former pre-school teacher Patty Murray. This will add $70 billion to Federal spending both this year and next. The result? The Federal debt load will be $25 trillion by the end of the next Presidential cycle. What happened to the downsizing of the Federal government that...
  • Half of Ryan-Murray Budget Cuts Don't Happen Until 2022

    12/11/2013 11:21:14 AM PST · by bestintxas · 48 replies
    breitbart ^ | 12/11/13 | m flynn
    The budget deal announced Tuesday by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) would boost federal spending by around $65 billion over the next two years. This new spending is offset by increasing user fees, boosting pension contributions by federal employees and the military, and other minor changes. Ryan and Murray also say that the deal will reduce the deficit by $23 billion over the next 10 years. This reduction, however, doesn't start until 2022. According to a 4-page summary document of the deal obtained by Breitbart News, "[t]he budget proposal saves $28 billion over ten years by...
  • TODAY’S BUDGET AGREEMENT: GOOD POLITICS, MAYBE, BUT NOT GOOD POLICY

    12/11/2013 8:44:28 AM PST · by Hojczyk · 6 replies
    Powerline ^ | December 10, 2013 | JOHN HINDERAKER
    The Democrats hated the sequester, and have been trying to bust it ever since it went into effect. Today, they succeeded. The Ryan/Murray deal pegs FY 2014 spending at $1.012 trillion, which Ryan’s press release described as “about halfway between the Senate budget level of $1.058 trillion and the House budget level of $967 billion.” What Ryan didn’t say is that $967 billion isn’t just the House proposal, it is the discretionary spending limit under current law. The sequester is now out the window. Republicans did get something in exchange for increasing spending: notably, federal employees will have to increase...
  • BOHICA Act of 2013

    12/11/2013 8:00:53 AM PST · by xzins · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | December 11th, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    I am old enough to remember when the GOP said not to worry about it caving on Obamacare funding because, by God, it would hold the line on sequestration. Hell, that was a month ago. Amazing how much can change in a month. Congressman Paul Ryan and Senator Patty Murray have decided to give up the last thing the GOP was fighting for — spending restraint. “Don’t worry,” Paul Ryan says with his boyish charm designed to induce sweats and heart palpitations among conservatives, “it’s only a little less restrained.” The budget deal puts discretionary spending over $1 trillion, which...
  • Ryan and Murray to unveil budget proposal Tuesday night

    12/10/2013 3:28:02 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 46 replies
    WaPo ^ | 12-10-13 | Lori Montgomery ·
    Senate Budget Committee chairman Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) were finalizing details and hoping to schedule a press conference to unveil the deal, which …
  • Patty Murray: 'I helped write' health care law(FLASHBACK)

    11/17/2013 1:43:04 PM PST · by mdittmar · 32 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | October 15, 2010 | Examiner.com
    Democrat Patty Murray said she not only read the new health care law, but actually helped write it. Murray was participating in a debate with her GOP rival, Dino Rossi, in Spokane Thursday night when she was asked if she had read the 2,600 page bill before voting on it.“Not only did I read it – but I helped write it,” she said, according to an article at MSNBC.
  • CONSOL Energy to sell five West Virginia coal mines

    10/28/2013 6:51:32 AM PDT · by chopperman · 9 replies
    CONSOL Energy will sell five of its longwall coal mines in West Virginia to a subsidiary of Murray Energy Corporation which is based in St. Clairsville, Ohio.
  • Audio: Sen. Stabenow: 'I Have No Idea’ How Many DUIs an Illegal Can Get and Still Be Legalized

    06/27/2013 4:40:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    CNSNews ^ | June 27, 2013 | Taylor Knopf & Barbara Hollingsworth
    (CNSNews.com) -- One hour before the Senate voted on its sweeping immigration reform bill, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who supported the legislation, said she had “no idea” how many DUIs an illegal alien can have under the bill and still be made a legal resident of the United States. On Capitol Hill on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Stabenow, “Under the Senate immigration bill, how many DUIs can an illegal alien have and still be legalized?” Stabenow said, “Gosh, I have no idea. I mean, I don’t -- how many DUIs?” “Did you vote on the bill?” Knopf asked. “You’re with who?”...
  • Neocon Douglas Murray Got It Wrong about Islam

    06/07/2013 5:20:07 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 4 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 7 June 2013 | Enza Ferreri
    I have always admired Douglas Murray, mostly because of how he courageously stood up for Israel against politically correct inanities, but now I have a problem. You can see my problem in the video that you can watch by clicking on the link just below this post title, in which Douglas Murray, "radical Muslism cleric" Anjem Choudary and British convert to Islam - representing the "moderate" Muslims - Julie Siddiqi discuss on Channel Four News the Woolwich attack, and in particular the fact that one of the perpetrators, Michael Adebolaj, had been associated to Choudary and participated in at least one...
  • Obama’s Last Budget Offer To Boehner (Adds $7.3 Trillion in Debt And Gets Rid Of Sequester)

    04/07/2013 3:22:46 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 04/07/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    The Obama Administration has posted their last budget offer to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). The Republicans on the Senate Budget Committee have a different take on the President’s budget: Obama’s budget turns off the sequester, adds stimulus extension, $50 billion in transportation spending and universal pre-K (better known as government baby sitting centers). And by getting rid of the sequester ($1 trillion), they propose cuts in discretionary spending of $100 billion only. In addition, Obama’s budget plan, to be unveiled April 10th (the same day that North Korea is threatening to nuke us), would prohibit taxpayers from accumulating more...
  • Gov't Gone Wild! Each Taxpayer's Share of Entitlements is 1.087 MILLION

    03/16/2013 3:09:17 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 5 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/16/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    How out of control is government spending? I have three children who pay taxes, so the 5 of us each owe $1.087 million for the insane entitlements promised by the Federal government. And then there is the debt on top of that: another $147,500 per taxpayer. Of course, Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Harry Reid (D-NV) and President Obama (D-IL) refuse to cut back on anything, except defense. Let’s start with government spending. As a percentage of GDP, government expenditures have been rising starting for decades, but started to slow after the Republicans reclaimed The House in 2011....
  • Sorry Mr. President, We DO Have A Debt Problem (Taxpayer Share Of Debt Is $147,449 And Climbing)

    03/15/2013 4:24:26 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 9 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/15/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Recently, President Obama announced that American doesn’t have a debt problem. Actually, he said that there is no debt CRISIS. That was repeated by numerous Democrats. At this point, there is no debt crisis. Not yet anyway. But there IS a debt problem. Let’s start with government spending. As a percentage of GDP, government expenditures have been rising starting in 2007, but started to slow after the Republicans reclaimed The House in 2011. But in terms of debt to GDP, we most certainly have a debt problem. Particularly starting in 2007 when the Democrats regained both Congressional bodies. All this...
  • Senate Democrat “Budget” Expands Spending By 62% Over 10 Years, Debt Increases to $24 Trillion

    03/15/2013 9:40:53 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 03/15/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    Nobody spends like government, when it is other people’s money. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), the former pre-school teacher who morphed into the Chair of the Senate Budget Committee, announced that the Democrats have a new budget requiring an additional $1 trillion in tax increases. Rather than release a copy of the budget like Paul Ryan (R-WI) did, they just hinted at what it has in it. Much of Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) infamous, “But we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it….” This is a grim-looking crowd when Senator Murray announced “Government...
  • Senate Democrats Urge Undoing of ObamaCare

    12/12/2012 10:24:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 29 replies
    Breitbart´s Big Government ^ | 12/12/12 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Many powerful Democrats, even some of the most liberal among them, are supporting what amounts to a dismantling of President Obama’s signature health care law. Using “Republican” language to make their case, these Democrats are attempting to repeal some of the funding mechanisms as well as the cost-containment measures that were purportedly inherent in the law. With some of their most influential constituent groups facing onerous tax increases that are slated to help fund the law’s mandates and regulations, Senators like Al Franken (D-MN), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patty Murray (D-WA)
  • Geithner meets with Murray amid growing anxiety over fiscal cliff (tax the rich crowd)

    08/02/2012 11:02:26 PM PDT · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/02/12 | Alexander Bolton
    Geithner meets with Murray amid growing anxiety over fiscal cliffBy Alexander Bolton - 08/02/12 07:44 PM ET Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner met with Sen. Patty Murray Thursday amid increased fears in Washington that Congress might decide not to act to prevent the nation from going over the so-called fiscal cliff. Murray, (Wash.), the Democratic co-chair of the 2011 deficit supercommittee, recently said that Democrats would allow all of the Bush tax rates to expire and then seek to renew lower rates for the middle class, unless Republicans agree to raise taxes on the nation’s highest income earners. As Treasury secretary...
  • The Revenge of Murphy Brown

    07/16/2012 9:20:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 16, 2012 | Bruce Bialosky
    In an otherwise routine speech in May, 1992, Vice-President Dan Quayle criticized Murphy Brown, the TV character played by Candice Bergen, for bearing an out-of-wedlock child, emphasizing that it “ignored the importance of fathers.” He was subsequently skewered by the elitists of the cultural left. How, they asked, could he make such a big deal about a fictional character? The culture warriors insisted that there was nothing wrong with a woman having a child that she would raise alone. Of course, the left always believed that Quayle was an idiot, so they abruptly dismissed his comments as idiotic. That lack...
  • D-Rats: White House and Senate 'Out of Reach' If Fundraising Doesn't Increase

    07/10/2012 2:18:58 PM PDT · by mkboyce · 8 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | July 10, 2012 | Daniel Halper
    Democrats are continuing to sound the alarm about this upcoming election. And the latest alarm bell is being rung by Senator Patty Murray, chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Using a reverse psychology ploy to gin up support from Democratic donors, Murray writes, in an email to supporters, that "If we don’t close this gap now, the White House and Senate will be out of reach before Labor Day."
  • Roger Federer, Andy Murray Set for Wimbledon Final

    07/06/2012 1:46:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | 07/06/2012 | CHRIS LEHOURITES
    For Roger Federer, it's Wimbledon final No. 8. For Andy Murray, it's No. 1 — and the first for a British man since 1938. Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam champion, beat defending champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 Friday under the closed roof at Centre Court to reach a modern-era record eighth final at the All England Club. He is now one victory from equaling Pete Sampras' record of seven titles. "I have one more match to go. I'm aware of that," said Federer, who is 6-1 in Wimbledon finals. "Still, it's always nice beating someone like Novak, who...
  • Rick Santorum Questions Obama's Christian Values ["Phony Theology" "Not..Based On Bible"]

    02/18/2012 11:09:26 AM PST · by Steelfish · 74 replies
    YahooNews ^ | February 18, 2012
    Rick Santorum Questions Obama's Christian Values By STEVE PEOPLES — White House candidate Rick Santorum on Saturday questioned President Barack Obama's Christian values and attacked GOP rival Mitt Romney's Olympics leadership as he courted tea party activists and evangelical voters in Ohio, "ground zero" in the 2012 nomination fight. Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator known for his social conservative policies, said that Obama's agenda is "not about you. It's not about your quality of life. It's not about your jobs. It's about some phony ideal. Some phony theology. Not a theology based on the Bible. A different theology." Trailing Romney...
  • Conrad Murray placed on suicide watch at jail

    11/08/2011 5:16:00 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies · 1+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/07/11
    Conrad Murray placed on suicide watch at jailNovember 7, 2011 | 9:27 pm Dr. Conrad Murray was placed on suicide watch at the L.A. County Jail on Monday, hours after he was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson's death and being taken into custody. Immediately after the verdict, Murray was placed in handcuffs at the direction of the judge, to remain behind bars pending his Nov. 29 sentencing.
  • Dr. Conrad Murray Found Guilty Of Involuntary Manslaughter Of Michael Jackson

    11/07/2011 1:28:22 PM PST · by Biggirl · 41 replies
    http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/ ^ | November 7,2011 | CBS Los Angeles
    LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Conrad Murray has been found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. A jury of seven men and five women, deliberated for less than two days before convicting Murray in Jackson’s 2009 death. Jurors had 300 pieces of evidence to consider after listening to 49 witnesses and complex medical testimony during the six-week trial.
  • Wall Street Is Biggest Donor to Deficit Panel Members

    08/17/2011 7:27:26 PM PDT · by Fred · 10 replies
    Who's been cozying up to the members of the new Congressional super committee? With the committee set to decide on a whopping $1.5 trillion in federal deficit reduction this fall, lobbyists and corporations are trying to figure out which industries are best connected to the 12 members of the new panel. You can bet that those connections will be pressed to the limit in coming months as companies and sectors scramble to ensure that federal spending they like and tax breaks they depend on aren't slated for elimination. As it looks at the new committee members, Wall Street may like...
  • Together We Can Beat the Deficit [By PATTY MURRAY, MAX BAUCUS AND JOHN KERRY...........]

    08/17/2011 2:46:47 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    Together We Can Beat the Deficit We did it in the 1990s and we can do it again today. By PATTY MURRAY, MAX BAUCUS AND JOHN KERRY Our country has long been a beacon of light in the world because the American people always come together when times are tough. Over the past few months, in debating the debt ceiling and deficit reduction, that light of common cause has appeared to flicker at times in our nation's capital. As appointees to the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction—12 members of Congress charged with finding $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction over...
  • Several Democrats wasting no time abusing their super committee appointments

    08/11/2011 8:47:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/11/11 | Amanda Carey
    Some Democratic members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, tasked with identifying $1.5 trillion in spending cuts, have become the subject of criticism, but their appointments were only finalized Thursday. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington, and Reps. James Clyburn of South Carolina and Xavier Becerra of California are already being targeted for circumstances that could compromise their abilities to negotiate. Becerra, for example, wasted no time before using his appointment as a fundraising tool for his own campaign.
  • FACTBOX-Top campaign donors to U.S. super committee members

    08/11/2011 10:52:27 PM PDT · by Fred · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 081111 | Reuters
    WASHINGTON, Aug 11 (Reuters) - Here is a look at some of the top donors to election campaigns for the 12 members of the U.S. Congress named to a deficit-fighting "super committee." Known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, the panel is expected to be the most heavily lobbied body in Washington ahead of its Nov. 23 deadline for making recommendations on $1.5 trillion in additional budget savings. Unless specified, donations below combine members' campaign committees and leadership PACs (political action committees). Data is from www.opensecrets.org. SENATE DEMOCRATS Patty Murray of Washington state * Software giant Microsoft Corp...
  • Special interests gave millions to budget panel

    08/11/2011 2:29:18 PM PDT · by SmithL · 9 replies
    AP via SFGate ^ | 8/11/11 | JACK GILLUM, Associated Press
    The 12 lawmakers appointed to a new congressional supercommittee charged with tackling the nation's fiscal problems have received millions in contributions from special interests with a direct stake in potential cuts to federal programs, an Associated Press review of federal campaign data has found. The newly appointed members — six Democrats and six Republicans — have received more than $3 million total during the past five years in donations from political committees with ties to defense contractors, health care providers and labor unions. That money went to their re-election campaigns, according to AP's review. Supporters say the lawmakers were picked...
  • All 6 Democrats on Deficit-Reduction Panel Earned 'F's From Taxpayers’ Union

    08/11/2011 1:58:19 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 25 replies
    All 6 Democrats on Deficit-Reduction Panel Earned 'F's From Taxpayers’ Union Thursday, August 11, 2011 By Terence P. Jeffrey (CNSNews.com) - All six Democrats that have been assigned to the special joint congressional committee that will recommend means for cutting the nation’s anticipated spending by $1.5 trillion over the next ten years compiled voting records last year that earned them grades of “F” from the National Taxpayers Union (NTU). House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) announced today that she has assigned Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn (S.C.), Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Xavier Becerra (Calif.) and Budget Committee Ranking Member...
  • Harry Reid super-committee picks in place (A known liar/perjurer, an anti-war Socialist...)

    08/10/2011 7:24:40 AM PDT · by yoe · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | August 10, 2011 | MANU RAJU & JOHN BRESNAHAN
    n the first of what will be a closely watched selection process for a powerful new deficit panel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced he will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray (Wash.), Max Baucus (Mont.) and John Kerry (Mass.) as his three choices for a super committee charged with finding more than $1 trillion in spending cuts by the end of this year. Murray will serve as co-chair of the 12-member panel. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will select her co-chair and two other panelists, as required by the debt limit agreement signed into law by President Barack Obama last week....
  • Dem official: Murray to be debt panel co-chair

    08/09/2011 6:50:04 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | August 8, 2011 | ANDREW TAYLOR
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday he's naming Sen. Patty Murray to co-chair a powerful "super committee" charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall. Murray will be joined by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., on the panel, which was established last week by hard-fought legislation to increase the national debt.
  • Harry Reid super committee picks in place [plus speculation on other picks]

    08/09/2011 5:33:46 PM PDT · by Hawk720 · 20 replies
    Politico ^ | 08/09/2011 | MANU RAJU & JOHN BRESNAHAN |
    From page 3: For McConnell, Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) is widely expected to get the nod, given his conservative credentials, ties to McConnell and his work in the Biden group. But if Republicans stay united, they’d need one additional Democrat to break ranks and back a cuts-only approach - so McConnell may want to choose a senator with bipartisan appeal who is loyal to leadership, like either Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) or Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). At a townhall in Winchester, Ky. on Monday, McConnell told a crowd that he wanted “significant entitlement reform” to be part of...
  • Reid names Murray to be debt panel co-chair

    08/09/2011 5:58:41 PM PDT · by Bean Counter · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The Columbian ^ | 8/9/2011 | Andrew Taylor
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced Tuesday he's naming Sen. Patty Murray to co-chair a powerful "super committee" charged with finding more than $1 trillion in deficit cuts this fall. Murray will be joined by Sens. John Kerry, D-Mass., and Max Baucus, D-Mont., on the panel, which was established last week by hard-fought legislation to increase the national debt. Murray, who is chairwoman of the committee to elect Democratic senators, is a longtime protector of Democratic priorities such as Medicare, Social Security and veterans' benefits, as are Kerry and Baucus. Reid, D-Nev., said in a statement that Murray has "a...
  • Source: Democrats Murray, Baucus, Kerry on Super Committee

    08/09/2011 2:50:06 PM PDT · by clove · 155 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 9, 2011 | 5:28 p.m. | Susan Davis
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will appoint Democratic Sens. Patty Murray of Washington, Max Baucus of Montana, and John Kerry of Massachusetts to the new super committee tasked with finding $1.2 trillion in additional deficit reduction by November 23, according to a senior Democratic aide familiar with Reid’s decision, which is expected to be made public as early as Wednesday. Additionally, Murray is expected to co-chair the committee, officially named the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, along with a still unnamed House Republican. A spokesman for Reid did not respond to a request for comment. Reid’s decision to...
  • Senator Murray and Shared Sacrifice

    07/15/2011 5:06:56 PM PDT · by Parmy · 17 replies
    Constituent Letter | 7-15-2011 | Patty Muray
    Printer Friendly BUDGET: Senator Murray Calls on Republicans to Put Middle Class Families over Tax Breaks for Millionaires Senator Murray: Republicans don’t understand shared sacrifice, American families do. July 6, 2011 (Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), as a part of ongoing budget negotiations, spoke on the Senate floor calling on Republicans to stop protecting tax-breaks for oil companies and corporate jets over much-needed support for struggling middle-class families. During the speech, Senator Murray also called for shared sacrifice in the efforts to reduce the debt and deficit. “I’m here to ask Republicans why they are asking...
  • Does the US Senate get Dental?

    01/27/2011 8:00:22 PM PST · by Bean Counter · 18 replies
    The Columbian ^ | 1/27/11 | Kathy Durbin
    Capping her career-long advocacy on behalf of the nation’s military veterans, U.S. Sen. Patty Murray announced Thursday that she has been appointed to chair the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
  • 1976 Hijacker Returns to Freedom in Croatia, Leaving a Wake of Outrage

    07/25/2008 9:45:05 AM PDT · by Bokababe · 31 replies · 342+ views
    NYT ^ | July 25, 2008 | Al Baker
    After more than three decades in United States prisons — a term punctuated by a brief escape and recapture — a 62-year-old Croatian independence fighter was returned to his native country on Thursday, having served his time for a 1976 hijacking and a bombing that killed a police officer. The fighter, Zvonko Busic, led a group that planted a bomb at Grand Central Terminal that later exploded, killing a city police officer, Brian J. Murray. Mr. Busic left the Federal Correctional Complex in Terre Haute, Ind., boarded a plane in Chicago and touched down in Zagreb about 2:20 p.m. on...
  • Citing health law's benefits, Senate Democrats warn Boehner they'll block health care repeal

    01/03/2011 10:10:41 AM PST · by freespirited · 36 replies
    LA Times ^ | 01/03/11 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Top Senate Democrats are warning House Speaker-elect John Boehner they'll block any Republican effort to repeal President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. Citing better Medicare prescription coverage and other changes in the new law, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and his top lieutenants say the overhaul "is too important to be treated as collateral damage in a partisan mission to repeal health care." The letter says repeal would have "unintended consequences" for the part of the law that gradually closes the Medicare prescription drug coverage gap, as well as for other popular consumer benefits. Also signing the letter are Sens....
  • Rossi loses

    11/04/2010 6:30:44 PM PDT · by Private_Sector_Does_It_Better · 77 replies
    Dang!