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  • Why Is Senator Kirk Still Voting on Legislation?

    02/01/2010 11:29:43 AM PST · by justlittleoleme · 104 replies · 4,500+ views ^ | Jan 28th 2010 | SusanAnne Hiller
    The Senate has voted on three pieces of legislation today that required 60 votes–to raise the debt ceiling to $14.3 trillion, to reduce the deficit by establishing five-year discretionary spending caps, and Ben Bernanke’s confirmation–all of which interim Senator Paul Kirk (D-MA) has voted on. In addition, there have been other Senate votes since Scott Brown was elected as Massachusetts senator that Kirk cast a vote.
  • Filmmaker Who Targeted ACORN Appears in Court on Felony Charges

    01/27/2010 2:06:59 PM PST · by ColdOne · 36 replies · 1,581+ views ^ | January 27,2010 | Eric Shawn and AP
    Three of four men charged with illegally entering the New Orleans office of Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu returned to court Wednesday for pretrial meetings with authorities. Suspects Defendants James O'Keefe, Joseph Basel and Stan Dai all carried suitcases and declined comment. The fourth suspect is Robert Flanagan. Federal authorities said two of the men posed as telephone workers wearing hard hats, tool belts and fluorescent vests when they walked into the senator's office inside a federal building in New Orleans on Monday. The other
  • Arkansas Congressman Marion Berry to Retire (Another Rat Leaves The Ship!)

    01/25/2010 8:18:35 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 22 replies · 1,666+ views
    Fox News ^ | 01-25-10 | Chad Pergram
    Fox has learned that six-term Rep. Marion Berry (D-AR) will retire at the end of this term. Berry is the latest in a long list of both House Democrats and Republicans who have decided to step aside at the end of this Congress. But Berry's retirement could prove to be particularly vexing for Democrats. Just last week, Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) announced his retirement. And Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) is expected to face one of the toughest re-election campaigns for any Senate Democrat in the country. This shows a vulnerability for Democrats in the south. And a special weakness in...
  • ~~~~ThE oFfIcIaL fRiDaY sIlLiNeSs ThReAd ~~~~

    01/22/2010 4:33:45 AM PST · by Lucky9teen · 119 replies · 4,757+ views
    Considering how this past week, eh-hem....this past year.....has gone, I dedicate this thread to.... I stand here today as hopeful as ever that the United States of America will endure, that it will prevail, that the dream of our founders will live on in our time. ~ Barack Obama (At the Lincolm Memorial concert on National Mall in Washington, January 18, 2009, two days before his inauguration as US President.) I have studied the Constitution as a student; I have taught it as a teacher; I have been bound by it as a lawyer and legislator. I took an...
  • Rangel Expects Deal Friday on Health Legislation

    01/14/2010 9:49:33 AM PST · by GOP_Lady · 17 replies · 955+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 01-14-10 | MARTIN VAUGHAN
    WASHINGTON—House and Senate negotiators are aiming to strike an agreement by Friday on most issues related to the health care system overhaul, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D., N.Y.) said Thursday. "Friday, that's the goal," Mr. Rangel told reporters outside of a conference of House Democrats. He said lawmakers want to have legislative text of a House-Senate deal to send to the Congressional Budget Office for cost estimates by that time. But Mr. Rangel said it is possible negotiators will miss that deadline, and that the talks will spill over into Saturday. Top House and Senate Democrats,...

    01/06/2010 7:50:26 AM PST · by safetysign · 62 replies · 3,191+ views
    Breitbart.TV ^ | 1/6/2010 | Staff
    See Eight Clips of Obama Promising Televised Healthcare Negotiations. Video at link:
  • Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians” for 2009

    12/28/2009 11:50:52 AM PST · by jazusamo · 34 replies · 3,114+ views ^ | December 28, 2009 | Judicial Watch
    Washington, DCJudicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2009 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.”  The list, in alphabetical order, includes: 1. Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT):  This marks two years in a row for Senator Dodd, who made the 2008 “Ten Most Corrupt” list for his corrupt relationship with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and for accepting preferential treatment and loan terms from Countrywide Financial, a scandal which still dogs him.  In 2009, the scandals kept coming for the Connecticut Democrat.  In 2009, Judicial Watch filed a Senate ethics complaint against...
  • Ethics Office Closes Inquiry Into Murtha, Dicks and Moran

    12/18/2009 1:12:02 PM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies · 1,171+ views
    Roll Call ^ | December 18, 2009 | Jennifer Yachnin
    The Office of Congressional Ethics has closed its investigation into Reps. John Murtha (D-Pa.), Norm Dicks (D-Wash.) and Jim Moran (D-Va.) and their relationships to the lobbying firm PMA Group, and the OCE advised against a formal House ethics investigation, the lawmakers’ offices said Friday. George Behan, Dicks’ chief of staff, said the OCE, which reviews potential rules violations and refers investigations to the House ethics committee, informed the Washington lawmaker on Dec. 2 that it had recommended the inquiry be dismissed. “In his case, there was never anything there,” Behan said. Murtha spokesman Matt Mazonkey and Moran spokeswoman Emily...
  • Speaker Pelosi named finalist for Time magazine 'Person of the Year'

    12/14/2009 4:04:40 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 109 replies · 2,700+ views
    Speaker Pelosi named finalist for Time magazine 'Person of the Year' By Jordan Fabian - 12/14/09 05:21 PM ET House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is among the seven finalists chosen for Time magazine's annual "Person of the Year," according to media reports on Monday. Other finalists in the realm of politics include last year's winner President Barack Obama, Afghanistan commanding Gen. Stanley McChrystal and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. "Look, she's the first woman Speaker of the House. She's the strongest Speaker of the House in decades," Time managing editor Richard Stengel said of Pelosi on NBC's "Today" show. "She...
  • Rasmussen: Number of Democrats in US Falls to Four Year Low... Developing...

    12/01/2009 11:42:42 AM PST · by library user · 100 replies · 5,309+ views
    Drudge Report Home Page ^ | December 1, 2009
    Rasmussen: Number of Democrats in US Falls to Four Year Low... Developing...
  • Charlie Cook: Ethics Will Be Big Issue in 2010 House Races

    11/30/2009 9:35:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 31 replies · 919+ views
    NLPC ^ | November 30, 2009 | Peter Flaherty
    Political analyst Charlie Cook says that the scandals enveloping Reps. Charles Rangel (D-NY) and John Murtha (D-PA) threaten to increase losses for their party in next year’s election. He writes: As House Democrats try to avert political disaster by limiting their 2010 losses to about 16 seats, the norm for post-World War II presidents' first midterm elections, dealing with their members' ethics problems may be one of their toughest tasks. The task is tough because of Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s reluctance to move against either one, notwithstanding her promise to “drain the swamp” of Congressional corruption and to  “create the most...
  • VIRUS in the VOTING MACHINES: Tainted Results in NY-23

    11/19/2009 12:11:23 PM PST · by Howard Morrison · 105 replies · 5,711+ views
    The Gouverneur Times ^ | 11/19/09 | Howard Morrison
    GOUVERNEUR, NY - The computerized voting machines used by many voters in the 23rd district had a computer virus - tainting the results, not just from those machines known to have been infected, but casting doubt on the accuracy of counts retrieved from any of the machines
  • Democrats to kill abortion amendment

    11/11/2009 1:01:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies · 1,099+ views
    The Cleveland Examiner ^ | November 11, 2009 | Mike Seuffert
    For the first time, in a long time, there is actually some tangibility to the abortion debate in this country. Yes, after years of Democrats dodging around the issue by saying they don't approve of abortions, but favor a woman's right to choose (the same way they supported the troops but still were rooting against them in Iraq and Afghanistan) Democrats in the House were forced to vote whether they would support government-subsidized abortions as part of the new health care bill. In an amendment to the House's health care bill, Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) proposed an amendment which essentially...
  • Nancy Pelosi Dodges Question About Jail Time For Not Buying Health Insurance (Video)

    11/11/2009 8:40:17 AM PST · by Talkradio03 · 16 replies · 1,027+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 11/11/09 | talkradio03
    KOMO Reporter in Seattle asks Pelosi directly about jail time for not buying Health Insurance, Pelosi dodges, because she knows he's right..(2 Videos)
  • Dozens In Congress Under Ethics Inquiry

    10/30/2009 1:18:01 PM PDT · by khnyny · 18 replies · 1,193+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | October 30, 2009 | Ellen Nakashima and Paul Kane
    House ethics investigators have been scrutinizing the activities of more than 30 lawmakers and several aides in inquiries about issues including defense lobbying and corporate influence peddling, according to a confidential House ethics committee report prepared in July. The report appears to have been inadvertently placed on a publicly accessible computer network, and it was provided to The Washington Post by a source not connected to the congressional investigations. The committee said Thursday night that the document was released by a low-level staffer. The ethics committee is one of the most secretive panels in Congress, and its members and staff...
  • Congressional Ethics Report Leaked, Reveals Names

    10/30/2009 6:13:37 AM PDT · by Abathar · 70 replies · 5,080+ views
    AP/ ^ | 10/30/09 | LARRY MARGASAK
    WASHINGTON -- Internal investigations into the conduct of several House members have been exposed in an extraordinary, Internet-era breach of security involving the secretive process by which Congress polices lawmaker ethics. Revelations of the mostly preliminary inquiries by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct -- also known as the Ethics committee -- shook the chamber as lawmakers were immersed in a series of scheduled votes Thursday. The panel announced that it was probing two California Democrats -- Reps. Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson -- even as its embarrassed leaders took pains to explain that several other lawmakers also...
  • VIDEO: Obama: Pelosi Will Go Down As One Of "Greatest Speakers Of All Time"

    10/27/2009 10:25:34 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 50 replies · 1,966+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | October 27, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    PRESIDENT OBAMA: "First of all, I don't think people quite understand, Nancy Pelosi is not simply the first woman Speaker of the House -- I think she's going to go down as one of the greatest Speakers of all time. And she's very nice and she's very friendly, but, boy, she is tough."
  • Gingrich: Liberal Republican 'dramatically better' than Democrat [stands by Scozzafava]

    10/23/2009 9:11:53 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 104 replies · 3,192+ views
    OneNewsNow ^ | 2009-10-23
    Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is defending his decision to endorse a liberal Republican candidate in the special election for New York's 23rd Congressional District even though she is a Margaret Sanger Award winner and supporter of same-sex "marriage." New York Republican congressional candidate DeDe Scozzafava not only has the backing of Planned Parenthood and The Daily Kos, but her campaign has also received financial endorsements from the Republican National Committee and Republican leaders such as House Minority Leader John Boehner, House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich. Gingrich recently said Scozzafava's election could be the...
  • House Kills Resolution to Oust Rangel From Chair of Tax-Writing Committee

    10/07/2009 11:15:51 AM PDT · by Doogle · 34 replies · 1,857+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 10/07/09 | FOX
    The vote comes the same day reports emerged that the New York Democrat funneled a $3 million earmark -- included in the massive Defense Appropriations Bill -- to City College to fund research on materials used to protect Army vehicles from attack.
  • Update: House Dems move to quash Remove Rangel resolution, 243-156

    10/07/2009 11:12:51 AM PDT · by kara2008 · 76 replies · 4,321+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 10/7/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Rangel dodges the bullet again with a little help from his corruption-enabling friends. Final vote tabling Carter’s resolution to remove Rangel from W&M chairmanship: 243-156. 19 voted present. 3 REPUBLICANS joined the Democrats. Will post roll call vote as soon as it is up.
  • Alan Grayson Apologizes to the Dead, Not Republicans (Accuses GOP of 'Holocaust')

    09/30/2009 2:21:13 PM PDT · by kristinn · 26 replies · 1,554+ views
    CBS News ^ | Wednesday, September 30, 2009
    Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson generated conservative anger with a speech last night in which he said, in regard to the GOP health care plan, "Republicans want you to die quickly if you get sick." (Watch it at left.) The comment prompted calls for Grayson to apologize from Republicans and the threat of the introduction of a resolution of disapproval on the House floor similar to the resolution censuring Republican Rep. Joe Wilson for his "you lie!" outburst at President Obama. Now Grayson has apologized – though it's probably not going to placate his critics. On the House floor this afternoon,...
  • Grayson defiant about 'die quickly' remark

    09/30/2009 2:13:02 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies · 1,349+ views
    The Hill ^ | September 30, 2009 | Mike Soraghan
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) mocked Republicans Wednesday who demanded he apologize for saying that they want people who get sick to "die quickly." "I apologize to the dead and their families that we haven't voted sooner to end this holocaust in America," Grayson said on the House floor. The "holocaust," he said, was the 44,789 people who die each year in the United States each year because they don't have health insurance, citing a Harvard study. Republicans said Democratic leaders should force Grayson to apologize. “Alan Grayson not only refuses to apologize, he is doubling down on his despicable remarks...
  • Pelosi: Forget censure of Wilson (it would actually permit an airing of grievances and defense)

    09/10/2009 12:36:21 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 82 replies · 3,577+ views
    UPI ^ | 9-10-2009 | no byline
    Democrats must drop efforts to censure a GOP representative who shouted "You lie" during President Obama's speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. Democratic leaders Thursday were looking into what formal action the House could take against Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., whose outburst during Obama's address on healthcare reform to a joint session of Congress the night before, shocked the chamber, The Hill reported. "It's time for us to talk about healthcare, not Joe Wilson," said Pelosi, D-Calif. One option Democrats considered was censure. Pelosi nixed censure, as well as a call for Wilson to apologize on the floor. "I'm...
  • 06 Flashback: Pelosi Tells Anti-War Protesters ‘I’m a Fan of Disruptors’

    08/14/2009 12:35:08 PM PDT · by Pacothecat · 8 replies · 571+ views
    Video 06 Flashback: Pelosi Tells Anti-War Protesters ‘I’m a Fan of Disruptors’
  • The Democrats' Credibility Gap on Free Speech

    08/11/2009 2:52:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,067+ views ^ | August 11, 2009 | Lorie Byrd
    Over the weekend, Democrat congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer wrote of the recent protests taking place in town hall meetings around the country, “These disruptions are occurring because opponents are afraid not just of differing views — but of the facts themselves. Drowning out opposing views is simply un-American.”  The White House is concerned that their health care plan is not being accurately characterized.  They have even encouraged Americans who read or hear their friends and neighbors saying anything “fishy” to report them to’ concerns about allowing all viewpoints to be heard accurately would be a lot...
  • Dodd Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer

    08/03/2009 10:42:15 AM PDT · by guido911 · 28 replies · 989+ views
    Per MSNBC
  • Letter: Forget the rich, let's get Congress under control [Nevadans attack Reid]

    07/22/2009 2:30:33 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 1,153+ views
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 2009-07-22 | Dave Mesker
    (snip) Rich people's money doesn't belong to the government -- and neither does yours. For the past 30 years we have been re-electing the same idiots to Congress and now it's coming back to haunt every one of us. These people have no problems spending your money nor do they really care about you. They talk the talk, but none of them can walk the walk. Let's take one guy, our friend Harry Reid. He now has $9 million in the bank for re-election and this could go to $25 million. Is he hurting in this economy? No. If you...
  • Toomey Ties Specter In Pennsylvania ; More Say New Democrat Does Not Deserve Another Term

    07/22/2009 5:22:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 67 replies · 2,967+ views
    Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter's 2010 reelection lead over Republican challenger Pat Toomey has shrunk to a tie with 45 percent for Specter and 44 percent for Toomey, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. And voters say 49 - 40 percent that Sen. Specter does not deserve reelection. President Barack Obama gets a 56 - 37 percent job approval, compared to 62 - 31 percent in a May 28 survey by the independent Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pe-ack) University. By a bare 50 - 43 percent majority, voters approve of the President's handling of the economy. Specter, first elected to the Senate...
  • Pelosi Censors Republicans

    07/16/2009 8:09:05 AM PDT · by Free America52 · 28 replies · 1,306+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07/16/09 | Free America
    Monday night Democrats voted to shut down the U.S. House Representatives rather than allow a handful of Republican Congressmen to speak on the floor. What could have been so offensive or frightening about our discourse that Speaker Pelosi felt she had to protect her party by gagging free speech in the House? In fact, we had planned to speak on the lack of transparency of the House since Democrats took control. We had planned to criticize Speaker Pelosi for repeatedly denying Members, the media, and the public to right to read legislation before it was voted on. We were set...
  • Democratic Leader Laughs at Idea That House Members Would Actually Read Health-Care Bill...

    07/08/2009 11:34:19 AM PDT · by yoe · 49 replies · 2,006+ views
    CNSNEWS ^ | June 8, 2009 | Monica Gabriel and Marie Magleby
    House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Tuesday that the health-care reform bill now pending in Congress would garner very few votes if lawmakers actually had to read the entire bill before voting on it. “If every member pledged to not vote for it if they hadn’t read it in its entirety, I think we would have very few votes,” Hoyer told at his regular weekly news conference. Hoyer was responding to a question from on whether he supported a pledge that asks members of the Congress to read the entire bill before voting on it and also...
  • Pittsburgh goes Hollywood goes Pittsburgh, politically

    06/02/2009 1:00:32 PM PDT · by Salena Zito · 6 replies · 1,286+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | June 2, 2009 | Salena Zito
    Mt. Washington's Grandview Avenue "campaign" office of "Sanders for Senate" was so lifelike to those passing by that many stopped in to find out about the new candidate for the U.S. Senate. "Every single one of them asked if 'Sanders' would be running against (Pennsylvania Democrat U.S. Sen.) Arlen Specter, and, if so, where could they sign-up to volunteer," said media expert John Brabender on the set of "Moving Numbers," a Webcast about to go national for a new political entertainment group.
  • Pelosi News Conference LIVE

    05/22/2009 7:18:25 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 207 replies · 14,615+ views
    FreeTube FOX NEWS LIVE ^ | May 22, 2009 | FreeTube FOX NEWS LIVE
    Watch Pelosi LIVE news conference Click Here
  • Defending Pelosi (WashTimes Hot Button Column)

    05/20/2009 8:23:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies · 1,473+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 5/20/2009 | Amanda Carpenter
    Sympathetic media commentators are rushing to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's defense against Republican men, accusing them of sexism toward Washington's most powerful woman. The liberal-leaning Media Matters compiled a video of male conservative pundits making fun of the speaker's rumored use of Botox. Rush Limbaugh took it a step further, saying the best way to limit unwanted pregnancy would be to post Mrs. Pelosi's image in cheap motel rooms. "How do these people handle a strong-willed woman like Pelosi?" MSNBC's Ed Schultz lectured in his Monday show. "Well, they revert to calling her offensive names like 'hag'; they make demeaning...
  • Poll: Nearly Half Of Americans Disapprove Of Pelosi's Job Performance

    05/19/2009 11:46:51 AM PDT · by neverdem · 45 replies · 1,821+ views ^ | May 19, 2009 | NA
    (Washington, DC) -- Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is rapidly losing popularity. A telephone poll taken late last week shows 48-percent of Americans don't approve of how Pelosi is doing her job. The CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll comes as the California Democrat faces intense criticism over what she knew and when about government use of enhanced interrogation techniques. Last week, Pelosi said in a news conference that the CIA lied to Congress in 2002 and 2003 about its use of interrogation methods like waterboarding on terror suspects. Pelosi's new 39-percent approval rating makes her less popular than other congressional...
  • Times Puts Pot Pies on Front Page, Pelosi On A20

    05/15/2009 6:10:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 33 replies · 2,725+ views
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    The sitting Speaker of the House of Representatives has accused the CIA of lying to Congress. She is ensnared in a web of conflicting accounts. Her very hold on power could be under a cloud. Meh. Guess we can find some room on A20. But pot pies need to be heated to 165 degrees to be safe? Hold the presses: put it on the front page! Such is the news judgment of the New York Times. The Morning Joe crowd had a field day with Gray Lady and Pelosi’s travails during the show’s opening half-hour today, Joe Scarborough having great...
  • Is Congressman Murtha About To Become the New Tom DeLay?

    05/13/2009 12:15:50 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 25 replies · 1,014+ views
    Is Congressman Murtha About To Become the New Tom DeLay? By Bill Pascoe | May 13, 2009 9:13 AM Is Rep. John P. "The P is for Power" Murtha about to become the new Tom DeLay? He will if Rep. Pete Sessions and the National Republican Congressional Committee have anything to say about it. DeLay, of course, became the face of Republican congressional corruption in the 2006 cycle. Though DeLay himself has never been convicted of anything -- and continues to maintain his innocence as federal and state prosecutions against him move forward at a glacial pace -- several...
  • Democrats wallow in a 'culture of corruption'

    05/05/2009 4:14:19 AM PDT · by Scanian · 19 replies · 2,360+ views
    LA Times ^ | May 5, 2009 | Jonah Goldberg
    Some days you have to ask yourself, my God, what if these people were Republicans? Democrats took back Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008 in no small part because of their ability to bang their spoons on their high chairs about what they called the Republican "culture of corruption." Their choreographed outrage was coordinated with the precision of a North Korean missile launch pageant. And, to be fair, they had a point. The GOP did have its legitimate embarrassments. California Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham and lobbyist Jack Abramoff were fair game, and so was Rep. Mark Foley, the...
  • Pelosi Looks To Protect Lawmakers From Investigations

    05/04/2009 8:40:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies · 1,241+ views
    Stop The ACLU ^ | May 4, 2009
    The most ethical Congress ever. Draining the swamp. Doing away with the culture of corruption. Insert whatever Pelosi talking point you want, Nancy appears to want to insulate federal lawmakers from being investigated House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working to buffer lawmakers from federal investigators. This is a bad idea. Special legal protections for politicians encourage unethical conduct.Irvin B. Nathan, general counsel of the House of Representatives, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Monday about establishing a protocol on how to handle “hopefully rare searches and electronic surveillance involving members of Congress.” Mr. Nathan...
  • Democrats Halted Recovery, Derailed Economy Last Summer

    02/12/2009 11:23:00 AM PST · by AJKauf · 24 replies · 2,396+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 12 | Tom Blumer
    January’s Employment Situation Report from Uncle Sam’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was even worse than expected. Seasonally adjusted employment fell by 598,000 jobs and the unemployment rate rose to 7.6%. In his Saturday address that followed this news, President Barack Obama was correct in pointing out that 3.6 million jobs have been lost since the recession, at least as “defined” by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), began. The recession, as normal people define it (”a decline in gross domestic product [GDP] for two or more consecutive quarters”), began in the third quarter of 2008 and became official...
  • Unhappy Voters Jam Capitol Hill Phone Lines

    02/05/2009 3:30:30 AM PST · by Scanian · 17 replies · 905+ views
    CNN ^ | February 4, 2009 | Lisa Desjardins
    The recent debate over the nearly $900 billion economic stimulus plan and revelations of tax problems by three Obama administration appointees have voters angrily jamming phone lines on Capitol Hill to air their frustrations to their elected representatives. Voters are calling several congressional offices, complaining about stimulus negotations. Their reactions are putting pressure on Congress and benefiting watchdog groups on both sides of the political aisle. Capitol operators tell CNN Radio that phone lines have been jammed for the past two weeks, sometimes prompting busy signals. A spokeswoman for Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, said calls on the sweeping stimulus plan...
  • "I am the Speaker of the House. I don’t get into that."

    01/29/2009 10:55:45 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies · 3,513+ views
    "I am the Speaker of the House. I don’t get into that." House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is defiantly ignoring Rush Limbaugh and Matt Drudge -- who spent much of the week nitpicking her stimulus bill on issues ranging from STD prevention funding to cash for the re-sodding the National Mall. "I am the Speaker of the House. I don’t get into that," she said at her weekly press conference just now, when asked about their impact on the stimulus debate.
  • Is Pelosi Panicking? Leaked Memo Lashes Out at Republicans

    01/29/2009 7:57:16 AM PST · by Clinton's a liar · 334 replies · 15,626+ views
    Human Events ^ | 29 January 09 | Connie Hair
    This is a memo from Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Democratic members sent after the stimulus vote yesterday. Pelosi is apparently panicked at Republicans’ success in uniting against her hyperpartisan actions in shutting them out of the formulation of the stimulus bill and in peeling nearly a dozen Dems off to vote in opposition. Here is the full text of the memo leaked to HUMAN EVENTS this morning. Memo To: Interested Parties From: Brendan Daly Re: The Republican Problem Date: January 29, 2009 The House Republican Leadership put its Members in another politically untenable position yesterday: trying to reclaim the mantle...
  • Bank Bailout Boosts Barney's Boston Buddies

    01/26/2009 7:45:41 AM PST · by thinkingIsPresuppositional · 17 replies · 1,167+ views
    Modern Conservative ^ | January 25, 2009 | Sammy Benoit
    By Sammy BenoitBarney Frank is the "Teflon Congressman. He was a leading OPPONENT of regulating of Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac (see video below) and was able to transfer the entire blame on President Bush. He never had to answer why he fought so hard to squash regulation, was it the tons of campaign cash Frank got from Freddie and Fannie OR the fact that Frank's former lover was the former director of housing initiatives for Fannie Mae. The July 3, 1998, Reliable Source column in The Washington Post reported Frank, who is openly gay, had a relationship with...
  • With Charlie Rangel Probe Awaiting, Pelosi Names Four New Democrats to Ethics Panel

    01/23/2009 2:01:35 PM PST · by Libloather · 2 replies · 151+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 1/22/09 | Bennett Roth
    With Rangel Probe Awaiting, Pelosi Names Four New Democrats to Ethics PanelBy Bennett Roth, CQ Staff Bennett Roth, Cq Staff Thu Jan 22, 3:24 pm ET House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has completed the Democratic roster of the House ethics committee, which faces the task of investigating powerful Ways and Means Chairman Charles B. Rangel, a New York Democrat. The Speaker on Thursday appointed Ben Chandler of Kentucky, G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina, Kathy Castor of Florida and Peter Welch of Vermont to the panel, which is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans. Earlier this week, Pelosi named Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.,...
  • Geithner approved (18-5)

    01/22/2009 8:36:38 AM PST · by kellynla · 121 replies · 3,859+ views
    FOX NEWS | 1/22/2009 | staff
    Geithner approved 13-5
  • Unpardonable: Holder’s Marc Rich Shuffle

    01/21/2009 10:55:19 AM PST · by Interesting Times · 21 replies · 822+ views
    NRO ^ | Jan. 21, 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Eric Holder’s intercession on behalf of fugitive Marc Rich is so inexplicable that he has always viewed ignorance as his best defense. It’s as though Holder believes that a deputy attorney general looks better for having remained studiously unaware of critical facts in a criminal case before throwing his weight around. But that’s Holder’s story, and he’s sticking to it: even if it turns out not to be true. Holder is President Obama’s choice to become attorney general. That means the Rich case is a big problem for him today—just as it was in 2001, when an outraged Congress demanded...
  • Top Ten Disturbing Aspects of Obama’s Choice of Treasury Secretary

    01/21/2009 9:55:35 AM PST · by mojito · 14 replies · 1,180+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 1/21/2009 | Tom Blumer
    Barack Obama’s nomination of Timothy Geithner for Treasury Secretary, and the circumstances surrounding it, have raised many issues and questions — not only about the nominee himself, but also about senators and others reviewing it, the media’s coverage, and ultimately his presumptive boss’s leadership. Here are the top ten disturbing aspects of the Geithner nomination, not in order of importance until number one. 10. His performance in his previous job Geithner became president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 2004. The New York Fed’s “about” page says that one of its duties is “to ensure a safe...
  • Geithner apologizes for not paying taxes (Careless mistakes. What a joke. Welcome to 'Change'.)

    01/21/2009 8:56:48 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies · 1,684+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/21/09 | Martin Crutsinger - ap
    WASHINGTON – Treasury Secretary-designate Tim Geithner said Wednesday he was careless in failing to pay $34,000 in Social Security and Medicare taxes earlier this decade and apologized to Congress. ... As to his failure to pay the payroll taxes from 2001 to 2004 while he worked for the International Monetary Fund, Geithner said: "These were careless mistakes. They were avoidable mistakes."
  • Pelosi names Rep. Lofgren as ethics chairwoman (Dems - "Accountable" "Responsible" "Honest")

    01/21/2009 9:15:35 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 1,139+ views
    The Hill ^ | 1/21/09 | Susan Crabtree
    Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has tapped Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a loyal liberal from Northern California, as chairwoman of the House ethics committee. Pelosi announced Lofgren’s selection early Tuesday evening after a busy Inauguration Day. In a release, she said she would recommend Lofgren to the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee and House Democratic Caucus. The choice is something of a surprise, because Lofgren has already served more than the required three terms on the ethics panel, officially called the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct. Second stints on the ethics panel are rare, with most lawmakers trying to avoid...
  • Recipients of Taxpayer Bailout Are Elite Obama Donors Who Donated Millions to Obama

    01/20/2009 3:10:56 PM PST · by bd476 · 108 replies · 9,303+ views
    ABC News Video; Washington Post; BizJournal; WSJ; SF Chronicle... | January 20, 2009
    Elite Obama Donors Receive Early Gifts and Privileges from Obama While Under Senate Investigation and After Accepting Millions in Taxpayer Paid Bailout So many of the Elite Obama Donors arrived at Dulles International Airport in their personal private jets that an active runway at Dulles International Airport had to be shut down and then converted into a make-do parking lot. * * * * * Surprisingly no PETA, Global Warming, nor Code Pink protesters are seen as the Elite Obama Donors arrive in chauffeur driven stretch limousines dressed in their finest furs. * * * * * Their gilded...