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  • Did Harry Reid Recess? Will Bush make appointments?

    08/06/2008 5:11:09 AM PDT · by careyb · 10 replies · 96+ views
    None ^ | Me
    1. Is Harry Reid keeping the Senate open again? It doesn't seem like it.... 2. In that case - is Bush making recess appointments? He ought to. Thanks.
  • Lift The Offshore Drilling Ban Before Congress’ Summer Recess

    07/31/2008 8:39:35 PM PDT · by taraytarah · 19 replies · 190+ views ^ | 7-31-08
    Emergency Petition to Congress No Summer Holiday For Congress Unless The Offshore Drilling Ban Is Lifted! Petition
  • Save the Children

    07/17/2008 11:14:47 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 3 replies · 144+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 17, 2008 | Deborah Lambert
    Save the Children by: Deborah Lambert, July 17, 2008 First it was dodge ball, then it was tag. Now it is sack races and three-legged races that might cause children harm. These games were recently cancelled right before an Edwardian-themed school sports day, which affected hundreds of kids, according to the London Telegraph. The move was criticized as “completely over the top.” But teachers at the John F. Kennedy Primary School in Washington, Tyne and Wear, defended the decision, saying that although games that involved running and hopping would still be played, the cancellation of the three legged-race and sack...
  • A quick Senate session blocks Bush appointees

    05/23/2008 3:17:04 PM PDT · by SmithL · 30 replies · 128+ views
    AP via SFGate ^ | 5/23/8 | JIM ABRAMS, Associated Press Writer
    The Senate is famed for its longwinded debates, but on Friday it took Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown just seconds to stop Republicans in their tracks. With the Senate entering the first day of its Memorial Day recess, the Ohio senator was briefly in the chair, before a near-empty chamber, to gavel in and gavel out what is called a pro forma session. Without that procedural move, the Senate would technically be adjourned and President Bush could install administration officials or judges as "recess appointments" — without Senate confirmation. "That's the fastest I've ever done it," said Brown, who like other...
  • School Recess Gets Gentler, and the Adults Are Dismayed

    12/15/2007 10:38:08 PM PST · by fgoodwin · 32 replies · 217+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 14, 2007 | ALISON LEIGH COWAN
    Children at Oakdale School here in southeastern Connecticut returned this fall to learn that their traditional recess had gone the way of the peanut butter sandwich and the Gumby lunchbox. No longer could they let off youthful energy — pent up from hours of long division — by cavorting outside for 22 minutes of unstructured play, or perhaps a vigorous game of tag or dodgeball. Such games had been virtually banned by the principal, Mark S. Johnson, along with kickball, soccer and other “body-banging” activities, as he put it, where knees — and feelings — might get bruised. Instead, children...
  • Dems and GOP deadlocked as adjournment draws near

    12/12/2007 8:50:16 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 46 replies · 713+ views
    The Hill ^ | December 12, 2007 | Alexander Bolton
    Congress has been brought to a grinding halt by hardening Democratic and Republican stances on taxes and spending just days before lawmakers begin leaving Washington for Christmas and New Year’s. The two sides are, in some cases, refusing even to speak to each other about the massive omnibus and an Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) bill. Senate Republicans refused to meet Democrats Tuesday on spending and House Democrats rejected the Senate’s AMT “patch,” preparing a new version paid for with corporate tax increases. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) countered the majority’s plans with a proposal that would require Democrats to...
  • Uncle Jay Explains Congress at work

    10/16/2007 5:58:52 AM PDT · by 5Madman2 · 5 replies · 123+ views
    Funny or Die Videos ^ | July 2, 2007 | Uncle Jay
    Great explanation of how Congress works
  • Uncle Jay Explains The News (Congress)

    09/19/2007 1:14:27 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 4 replies · 162+ views ^ | 09/03/07 | Uncle Jay
    It’s Uncle Jay’s first-ever rerun! Here’s his educational “vacation” episode, explaining why Congress needs so many vacation days. If you missed it the first time, here’s another chance to miss it again!
  • Principal at Bozrah school eliminates recess to have more study time (CT)

    09/06/2007 12:12:43 PM PDT · by Puppage · 17 replies · 505+ views
    WTNH Television ^ | 9/6/07 | Puppage
    Bozrah (AP) _ For many students at a school in Bozrah it will be less play and more work. The principal at Fields Memorial School has decided to cancel recess in the upper grades. The decision affects students in grades five through eight. Maureen McLaughlin Scott, the superintendent and principal in Bozrah, sent a letter to parents last week telling them about the recess decision. Her letter says students need more time in class to meet minimum state requirements for classroom hours and to improve their performance on the Connecticut Mastery Test. A state Department of Education spokesman says middle...
  • Schoolchildren rally for return of recess

    04/29/2006 1:17:43 PM PDT · by SpyderTim · 43 replies · 1,195+ views
    Courier News ^ | Christine Moyer
    By Christine S. Moyer STAFF WRITER CARPENTERSVILLE — Pumping homemade signs and chanting and cheering, about 800 Lakewood School pupils in Community Unit School District 300 fought for their freedom Friday morning. They protested. "What do you want? Recess. When do you want it? Now!" Responding to Lakewood Principal Tim Loversky's decision last week to cut the pupils' extra 15-minute recess and the cafeteria's snack line, the fifth- and sixth-graders filed out of classes at about 8:45 a.m. and marched around the school's perimeter with their teachers...
  • Judge Grants Injunction Allowing Child's Recess Bible Reading and Sharing

    03/24/2006 5:40:15 PM PST · by ChessMan · 17 replies · 517+ views
    Judge Grants Injunction Allowing Child's Recess Bible Reading and Sharing By Jim Brown and Jenni Parker March 24, 2006 (AgapePress) - A federal judge has ordered an elementary school in Knoxville, Tennessee, to stop prohibiting a fifth-grade student from reading his Bible with a friend during recess. Luke Whitson and his parents had filed a motion for preliminary injunction against Knox County School District officials for threatening to punish the fifth grader for reading his Bible during recess at Karns Elementary School. According to press reports, Knox County Schools officials had argued that Bible reading jeopardizes student safety. They also...
  • Principals Cut Recess Time [Schools Want More Time For Instruction]

    03/25/2006 5:49:06 PM PST · by ChessMan · 25 replies · 588+ views
    Principals Cut Recess Time Schools Want More Time For Instruction POSTED: 5:52 pm EST March 23, 2006 UPDATED: 11:15 pm EST March 23, 2006 FALL RIVER, Mass. -- Two elementary schools in Fall River have decided to eliminate morning recess to give kids more time to study. NBC 10's Larry Estepa talked to parents who call that decision a mistake. "I absolutely believe they should have recess. I'm a liaison for the school, and I'm the one who's advocating for recess," said Kathy King, a parent of a third-grader. Fall River Superintendent Nicholas Fischer said some of his principals decided...
  • BUSH'S BID FOR BOLTON - (author recommends appointing Bolton tomorrow)

    07/28/2005 8:10:25 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 29 replies · 793+ views
    NY POST.COM ^ | JULY 28, 2005 | Editor
    In June, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid promised an up-or-down vote, but only if the White House opened sensitive files to Senate rummaging. The White House refused — and quite appropriately so. And so the game drags on. Well, again, it's time to bring it to a halt. Rumors abound in Washington that Bush will take the opportunity of a congressional recess to put Bolton in the U.N. in time for September's General Assembly convocation. The so-called recess appointment would keep Bolton on the job until February 2007 — and who knows what would happen then? Sure, such a course...
  • CA: Ballot compromise uncertain as legislators leave for recess

    07/16/2005 4:51:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 243+ views
    LA Daily News ^ | 7/16/05 | David M. Drucker
    SACRAMENTO -- State legislators wrapped up work Friday for a monthlong summer recess with focus already sharply shifted to the looming battle over the November special-election agenda and an August deadline for compromise on ballot measures. With a state budget approved and out of the way, the legislators will spend the next 30 days at home in their districts while legislative leaders ostensibly work with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to craft a compromise on his special-election agenda that both sides can live with. Yet with discussions currently occurring only at the staff level and Democrats having little motivation -- politically or...
  • Bolton May Accept Recess Appointment

    07/13/2005 2:44:08 AM PDT · by RWR8189 · 64 replies · 1,588+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 13, 2005 | Charles Babington and Dafna Linzer
    John R. Bolton's nomination to be ambassador to the United Nations was the hottest issue in Congress a few months ago. But it has virtually evaporated this summer, eclipsed by speculation over a Supreme Court nominee and the fate of the president's top political adviser. With neither the White House nor Senate Democrats showing any sign of yielding in their long-running dispute over documents related to Bolton's State Department work, speculation is rife that Bolton is prepared to accept a recess appointment good through the end of 2006, despite warnings from some GOP senators that it would weaken his influence...

    08/16/2002 7:39:49 AM PDT · by Merchant Seaman · 735 replies · 30,137+ views
    Annoyed Reader
    The purpose of's multiple message boards is to limit the topics for each board to particular topics. Posting the same message on all the boards defeats the purpose of multiple-boards for special topics. It is very annoying to see the same message on every bulletin board. PLEASE! DO THE READERS A FAVOR. STOP CROSS-POSTING YOUR MESSAGES!
  • Hurry up and play! Cutting kids’ recess? Give us a break

    11/24/2004 9:12:34 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 36 replies · 898+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | November 24, 2004 | Brian Ballou
    Peabody elementary school students will get a lesson in subtraction come Monday as the district cuts recess time in half - to 10 minutes - a move that has parents fuming. ``My kid has a hard time putting on a jacket in that amount of time,'' said Donna DiNapoli, who has a second-grader attending Capt. Samuel Brown School. ``By the time most of these kids get ready, recess will be over.'' Some parents said that even with the current 20-minute recess, kids have to hustle to get in some fun. Child's play has gotten more than a bit serious in...
  • Kennedy Seeks Ruling Against Pryor Judgeship

    06/09/2004 3:34:03 PM PDT · by hardhead · 23 replies · 218+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 9, 2004 | Fox News
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Edward Kennedy is trying to file a "friend of the court," or amicus, brief that argues that the recess appointment of Judge William Pryor Jr. was unconstitutional, according to a new court document. The request was sent Wednesday to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Adefemi v. Ashcroft, which challenges a Board of Immigration Appeals (search) decision that the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service had enough evidence to deport Adefemi, a citizen of Nigeria, on a firearms offense. The case is set for arguments in front of the full court, or "en banc,"...
  • Bush Makes Twenty-Four New Recess Appointments (Not Judges)

    04/17/2004 3:39:59 PM PDT · by KJ Weatherwax · 21 replies · 463+ views
    Reuters | April 16, 2004
    Bush Nominates, Appoints 24 to Various Posts Fri Apr 16, 2004 10:03 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Bush nominated or appointed 24 people to various posts on Friday. Bush used the presidential power to appoint four nominees while Congress is in recess -- something that has infuriated Democrats, especially when it involves judges. In this case, Bush is promoting four men and women to federal positions including undersecretary of education Eugene Hickok to become Deputy Secretary of Education. Edward McPherson, now chief financial officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was recess-appointed to replace Hickok as undersecretary. Other recess...
  • End Run for Mr. Pickering - Barf Alert

    01/18/2004 9:43:38 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 20 replies · 248+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | January 18, 2004
    PRESIDENT BUSH'S decision Friday to install controversial judicial nominee Charles W. Pickering Sr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit using a recess appointment is yet another unwarranted escalation of the judicial nomination wars. We have lamented some of the attacks on Mr. Pickering, but his record as a federal trial judge is undistinguished and downright disturbing, and Senate Democrats are reasonable to oppose his nomination. Installing him using a constitutional end run around the Senate only inflames passions. The right path is to build consensus that nonpartisanship and excellence are the appropriate criteria for judicial selection....