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  • Members of Congress Will Now Have to Personally Pay to Settle Sexual Misconduct Claims

    12/14/2018 9:05:32 AM PST · by naeim.darzi · 45 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 12/14/2018 | ZACHARY STIEBER
    Members of Congress will have to pay out of pocket to settle sexual misconduct claims under legislation that Congress passed this week. Lawmakers could previously use public funds to settle the claims. The House of Representatives and the Senate approved the bipartisan measure on a voice vote on Dec. 13. “Time is finally up for members of Congress who think that they can sexually harass and get away with it. They will no longer be able to slink away with no one knowing that they have harassed. … They will pay back the U.S. Treasury,” one of the House co-sponsors,...
  • Investigators Tell House Subcommittee Clintons Could Owe Taxes on Hundreds of Millions of Dollars

    12/14/2018 9:05:23 AM PST · by naeim.darzi · 54 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | 12/13/2018 | BY HOLLY KELLUM
    Two financial investigators say they have submitted thousands of documents to the IRS that they believe show the Clinton Foundation, founded by Bill and Hillary Clinton, potentially evaded paying taxes on millions if not billions of dollars, a House subcommittee on government operations heard Dec. 13. Lawrence Doyle and John Moynihan of DM Income Advisors said they first submitted their complaints to the IRS office in Ogden, Utah, in August 2017. “We filed a claim of probable cause that the foundation operated outside the bounds of its approval that came from the IRS,” Moynihan said. They looked at the foundation’s...
  • Black Caucus huddles as talk of term limits heats up (Pelosi's white privilege)

    12/11/2018 6:18:17 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill via MSN ^ | 12/10/18 | Mike Lillis, Scott Wong
    Leaders of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) huddled Monday night in the Capitol as the push for term limits for committee chairmanships and leadership spots heats up among House Democrats. A number of senior CBC members are in line to take committee gavels next Congress and the group has quickly rallied against the notion that gavels would be term-limited just as they're about to ascend to those chairmanship seats. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who's seeking another stint as House Speaker, has been in talks with members of a small group of anti-Pelosi insurgents about adopting a cap on the number...
  • Congress in no rush to hold themselves accountable for sexual harassment payments

    12/09/2018 5:11:40 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | December 9, 2018 | JAZZ SHAW
    Do you recall, back during the initial rush of the #MeToo moment, when we discovered that legislators in the House and Senate had slush funds available to pay for the silence of sexual harassment accusers? There was a general uproar over that and we were assured that the members were going to get right to work on cleaning up their act. Good times, my friends. But what happened to that project?As it turns out, not much. There were proposals written, and the House actually passed a bill, but when it hit the Senate, nobody could ever seem to agree on...
  • Why Ocasio-Cortez Must Be Engaged, Critiqued, And Winsomely Trolled

    12/09/2018 6:56:29 AM PST · by Kaslin · 94 replies ^ | December 9, 2018 | Kevin McCullough
    She threatened to subpoena the son of the President in about a month because he trolled her.The son of President Trump is Donald Trump Jr. And the she is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The meme he trolled her with was genuinely humorous.“Why are you so afraid of socialism?” A more dowdy than generally portrayed Ocasio-Cortez has imposed over her picture.“Because Americans want to walk their dogs, not eat them,” says a superimposed quote over a picture of President Trump.It’s a solid troll! Incapable of laughing it off (which is likely why Trump Jr published it to begin with) Ocasio-Cortez retorted back:“I have noticed that...
  • Comey transcript of closed-door interview with House committee released

    12/08/2018 3:31:10 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 71 replies
    FOX News ^ | Paulina Dedaj
    House Lawmakers on Saturday released the transcript of former FBI Director James Comey’s closed-door testimony, just 1-day after being questioned about the FBI’s decisions related to Hillary Clinton's email server and the 2016 presidential election.House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight/Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-SC, published the 235-page transcript as a part of an agreement with Comey. He initially challenged the subpoena to appear before the committee and instead pressed for a public hearing out of concerns his comments would be selectively leaked and taken out of context.The details of the transcript revealed that Comey...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez eyes powerful House committee in charge of taxation laws

    12/07/2018 3:29:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/06/18 | Lukas Mikelionis
    Congresswoman-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has not yet been sworn into Congress, but she’s already eyeing a seat at one of the most powerful House committees in charge of taxation laws. The Democratic Socialist’s spokesperson confirmed to Vice News that she will seek a seat on the House Ways and Means committee, which is traditionally packed with seasoned legislators with experience in writing tax code. Rep. Joe Crawley, the top Democrat who was unseated by Ocasio-Cortez this year, was among the members of the committee. She is eyeing the exact same seat that is customarily reserved for New York City.
  • Pelosi creates leadership position for Barbara Lee (white privilege)

    12/05/2018 2:55:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/30/18 | HEATHER CAYGLE
    Rep. Barbara Lee will be joining the House Democratic leadership team, filling a key void for the caucus after its elections earlier this week left the group without a woman of color in the top ranks. Lee is expected to fill a new position being created by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to oversee the Steering and Policy Committee, the panel that determines committee assignments for Democrats. Pelosi’s decision expands leadership of the panel from two co-chairs to three. The decision to elevate Lee comes as a group of House Democrats, disappointed by both Lee’s narrow loss in the race for...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Isn't Even In Office Yet And She's Making Even MORE Demands

    12/03/2018 5:51:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 72 replies ^ | December 3, 2018 | Beth Bauman
    Democratic Socialist darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hasn't even been sworn into office yet and she's already shaking things up in Washington, D.C. Scratch that. She hasn't even been sworn in as a Congresswoman yet and she's already making demands of her fellow legislators...before meeting and working with them.First, she complained that she couldn't find adequate housing that she could afford. Then, she complained about health insurance as a means of advocating for Medicare For All. And who could forget her crazy comparisons between the Central American caravan and the Holocaust? Or that she didn't know what the three branches of government are?Now, she's...
  • Comey backs off legal challenge to subpoena, says he'll testify to House in private

    12/02/2018 12:47:32 PM PST · by bitt · 18 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 12/2/2018 | melissa quinn
    Former FBI Director James Comey withdrew his legal challenge to a subpoena from the GOP-led House Judiciary Committee for him to testify next week behind closed doors. In a reversal, Comey indicated he reached an agreement with House Republicans in a tweet Sunday — one day before a judge was set to rule on his effort to block the subpoena as Comey hoped to convince lawmakers to allow a public hearing instead. “Grateful for a fair hearing from judge. Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don’t believe in. So will sit in the dark, but...
  • Pelosi shuts down critics in tense meeting (white privilege?)

    12/02/2018 3:16:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    **SNIP** But Pelosi, huddled in her office in the second floor of the Capitol Wednesday afternoon, wouldn’t answer them. Instead, the California Democrat launched into a lengthy monologue about how successful she’d been throughout her career and how 2020 is a presidential year, so voters wouldn’t care who the speaker was next election. “They went in hoping to begin some type of conversation about a transition to leadership and it never even left the ground,” said one source familiar with the conversation. Pelosi and her three biggest critics are talking past each other — and it appears unlikely that they...
  • Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal Proposal Now Backed by 15 House Democrats

    11/30/2018 6:19:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 64 replies
    Ecowatch ^ | 11/29/18 | Lorraine Chow
    **SNIP** Here are the 15 House Democrats supporting the measure: Jared Huffman (CA-02) Ro Khanna (CA-17) Ted Lieu (CA-33) John Lewis (GA-05) Joe Neguse (CO-02) Chellie Pingree (ME-01) Jamie Raskin (MD-08) Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) Ilhan Omar (MN-05) Deb Halland (NM-01) Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) José E. Serrano (NY-15) Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) The proposal also has the support of nearly 100 environmental, economic and social justice organizations, according to the Sunrise Movement. To build momentum, the youth climate group is organizing another mass action at the Capitol on Dec. 10, right before Congress breaks for the...
  • House Democrats Release 2019 Legislative Schedule

    11/29/2018 11:21:39 AM PST · by SMGFan · 29 replies
    rollcall ^ | November 29, 2018
    Calendar reflects accommodations for members with young families, Hoyer says House Democrats have released the chamber’s floor schedule for 2019, which includes 130 days in session over 33 weeks and was tailored to accommodate the influx of lawmakers with young families joining the House next year. “As we welcome a large class of new members, many with young families, next year’s schedule is focused on balancing time in Washington with time for Members to conduct work in their districts and spend time with their families,” incoming House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland said in a statement accompanying the...
  • Pelosi still short on votes to be House speaker as 35 Democrats withhold support

    11/29/2018 3:44:02 AM PST · by Libloather · 33 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 11/28/18 | Seth McLaughlin, Tom Howell Jr.
    Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday easily cleared the first hurdle on her path to reclaiming the House speakership by winning the Democrats’ nomination. Her top two lieutenants also renewed their leases on leadership jobs in the next Congress, meaning House Democrats will likely be led by the same team that has reigned for the past dozen years, taking them to the heights of power, suffering colossal defeats and ascending once again. **SNIP** She managed to win over a batch of converts Wednesday by striking a deal with nine Democrats in the Problem Solvers Caucus. She agreed to rules changes that would...
  • Democrats overwhelmingly nominate Pelosi as Speaker amid rebellion

    11/28/2018 12:40:20 PM PST · by Simon Green · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/18 | Mike Lillis
    House Democrats voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to nominate Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to the Speakership in a 203-32 vote. The outcome was no surprise despite an entrenched rebellion from insurgent lawmakers who want changes to Democratic leadership. Pelosi was running uncontested and enjoys widespread support within the liberal-heavy caucus she’s led since 2003. The 32 votes against her were fewer than the 63 votes won in a 2016 contest for minority leader by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), who ran against Pelosi at the time. Still, Pelosi faces a tougher test the first week of January, when the full House meets to...
  • Senior House Democrats tap brakes on investigating Trump

    11/27/2018 6:46:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Street Insider ^ | 11/26/18 | Ginger Gibson, Mark Hosenball
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - After capturing the U.S. House of Representatives with a campaign that spoke of holding President Donald Trump accountable, some powerful House Democrats are now urging restraint and a focus on policy, at least at the outset. An aggressive examination of the president is still needed, senior lawmakers and aides told Reuters. But Democratic leaders are trying to chart a measured path forward from early January when they will take over the House from Trump's Republicans. That path will seek to avoid igniting political battles, for now, over matters such as Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential...
  • House progressives and moderates split over rule changes, putting Pelosi in hot seat

    11/26/2018 5:27:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | 11/26/18 | Alex Seitz-Wald, Rebecca Shabad
    WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi is facing a renewed threat to her leadership of House Democrats from a group of moderates, creating a standoff that is highlighting emerging tensions between the emboldened left flank of her caucus and its expanded ranks of those in the middle. Nine Democrats in the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus, an offshoot of the moderate think tank No Labels, are warning they could vote against Pelosi for House Speaker unless she agrees to rule changes that they say will help "break the gridlock" in Congress. Pelosi is expected to cruise through an internal Democratic caucus meeting on...
  • Kamala Harris, Cory Booker ‘basic income’ plans likely remove work incentive, think tank says

    11/25/2018 11:51:00 PM PST · by LoicW · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/25/18 | Dom Calicchio
    Two Democrats in the U.S. Senate – both said to be eyeing the party’s 2020 presidential nomination -- recently announced so-called “basic income” plans for America’s lower-income families. A liberal publication, meanwhile, says neither plan goes far enough to aid families, and the government should instead just start “writing them checks.” But the Heritage Foundation argues that such plans tend to fail, in part because they tend to remove the incentive for work.
  • Nancy Pelosi: It's Time For Democrats to Unite...Over ME!

    11/24/2018 6:12:31 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies ^ | November 24, 2018 | Beth Bauman
    It's no secret that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D) is facing a challenging bid for her former post as Speak of the House. The icing on the cake though? She thinks that it's time for her Democratic colleagues to come together and unite over her potential speakership.On Friday, Pelosi sent a letter to her Democratic colleagues, urging them to "support the nominee of our Caucus for Speaker on the Floor of the House." The Democratic Party's rules require members to vote for whoever the nominee is.Here's a copy of the letter (emphasis mine): November 23, 2018Dear Democratic Colleague and...
  • Ringside Politics Turkey of The Year: House Speaker Paul Ryan

    11/24/2018 12:53:03 PM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | November 24, 2018 | Jeff Crouere
    Throughout our 20 years of Ringside Politics TV and radio programs, we have established an annual contest of awarding our “Turkey of the Year.” This Thanksgiving tradition was started to recognize those individuals who distinguished themselves in a particularly idiotic way. It seems appropriate since turkeys are commonly regarded as one of the dumbest animals on the planet. Every year, the competition is fierce for there are many deserving celebrities and politicians. Previous winners have included filmmaker Michael Moore, former House Speakers John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, former President Barack Obama and former New Orleans Mayor, current federal inmate, Ray...