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  • Entrenched GOPe Show Their Cards –

    01/18/2017 4:37:33 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 14 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | Sundance
    Anyone who believes Democrats own exclusive opposition to Donald Trump are completely ignoring the deliberate construct of the 2015/2016 republican primary. There are just as many -if not more- natural enemies within the Republican apparatus as there are within the Democrat group. “America-First” is antithetical to the UniParty. Again, prior to Donald Trump there was one party in Washington DC, “The UniParty”. President Donald Trump represented a second party, an independent approach toward legislative and economic priority. He was not a third choice, he was the second option.
  • John Lewis’s Record in Congress Is Less Than Heroic

    01/18/2017 1:34:48 PM PST · by KeyLargo · 15 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 18, 2017 | Jason L. Riley
    John Lewis’s Record in Congress Is Less Than Heroic The Democrat deserves an honored place in history. But Trump has a point about what he’s done lately. Jason L. Riley If Donald Trump had been referring to Rep. John Lewis’s civil-rights record when he wrote on Twitter Saturday that the congressman was “all talk” and “no action,” the president-elect might need a refresher course in U.S. history. One of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s closest allies, Mr. Lewis was on the front lines of the successful fight to end Jim Crow. But for anyone who bothers to check out the...
  • Obama scores the worst legislative record in history

    01/17/2017 5:49:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 17, 2017 | Stephen Dinan
    President Obama oversaw the deepest legislative malaise in modern political history, according to the Washington Times Legislative Index, which captures his struggles to find ways to work with a Congress that ranged from lukewarm to openly hostile toward him. Over the course of his eight years, he has signed just 1,227 bills into law — less, even, than one-term Presidents Carter and George H.W. Bush. Digging deeper into the numbers, Congress spent less time in session, handled less business on the chamber floors and generally sputtered for much of Mr. Obama’s tenure, according to The Times’ index. Blame for the...
  • Noor Salman, Wife of Orlando Shooter Omar Mateen, Arrested

    01/16/2017 10:52:15 AM PST · by SSS Two · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | JAN 16 2017, 12:11 PM ET | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN and TRACY CONNOR
    The wife of Orlando nightclub gunman Omar Mateen was arrested by the FBI on Monday in connection with the mass shooting, officials said. Noor Salman was taken into custody in California, where her family lives, but the case is filed in Florida, where her husband massacred 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in June. "I can confirm the arrest did occur," Attorney General Loretta Lynch said on MSNBC. This is a matter that we continue to take very seriously," she said. "We said from the beginning we were going to look at every aspect of this case, every aspect of...
  • Holman Rule will help improve civil service

    01/14/2017 7:20:09 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    As part of its broader package of rules for the 115th Congress, the House of Representatives revived the Holman Rule, a provision that allows House members to propose amendments to spending bills that closely manage federal agencies. These "retrenchment" amendments can affect details down to individual federal salaries and the number of staff in an office. ... The restoration of the Holman Rule means merely that when it comes to firing a federal employee, the president's signature on an act of Congress can do it. It doesn't seem extraordinary that the heads of the federal government should be able to...
  • House votes to begin Obamacare repeal process

    01/13/2017 2:32:27 PM PST · by Innovative · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 13, 2017 | Mike DeBonis
    Congress took its first step toward rolling back President Obama’s health care reform law Friday, with the House voting along party lines to pass key preliminary legislation. The measure, which was passed Thursday by the Senate, will allow Republicans to use special budget procedures to repeal major parts of the Affordable Care Act without cooperation from Democrats.
  • Rep. Barbara Lee to skip Trump inauguration, vows resistance

    01/13/2017 6:08:08 AM PST · by kevcol · 65 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 12, 2017 | Seth McLaughlin
    A Democratic congresswoman announced Thursday she plans on skipping Donald Trump’s inauguration next week as the 45th president of the United States, vowing instead to spend her time laying the groundwork for “resistance.” Rep. Barbara Lee of California said she can’t stomach the idea of attending the Jan. 20 ceremony after Mr. Trump ran “one of the most divisive and prejudiced campaigns in modern history.” “I will not be celebrating or honoring an incoming president who rode racism, sexism, xenophobia and bigotry to the White House,” said Ms. Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.
  • Democrats say Obama must 'deprive' Trump of using Guantanamo Bay

    01/11/2017 4:54:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | January 11, 2017 | Christopher Brennan
    Democratic lawmakers are calling for President Obama to close Guantanamo Bay because "Donald Trump must be deprived of the use” of the controversial prison. Representatives including New York City’s Hakeem Jeffries, Jerrold Nadler, Nydia Velazquez and Jose Serrano signed a letter sent to the White House Wednesday. Obama promised during his first presidential campaign to close the facility on Cuban soil, which was filled with suspected terrorists during the Bush administration, some of whom have stayed there for years without a trial or charges. The White House has said that it is working to move the 18 inmates who remain...
  • Trump, Hill GOP fret about fallout from repealing Obamacare so quickly

    01/10/2017 10:38:05 PM PST · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 10. 2017 | Kelsey Snell, Sean Sullivan and Amy Goldstein
    After years of promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a growing number of Republicans are balking at the prospect of doing so quickly without a firm plan to replace it. As the Senate begins voting Wednesday on a path to eliminate the landmark health-care bill, some Republicans are worried about the political fallout and uncertainty of starting to roll back Obamacare without knowing how the process will end.
  • Painting Politics: Dems rehang controversial ‘pigs’ picture on Capitol Hill

    01/10/2017 10:06:51 AM PST · by fungoking · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/10/16 | Staff
    Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday re-hung a painting on Capitol Hill that depicts a police officer as a pig, just days after a Republican colleague took it down -- in a move sure to inflame the controversy and rile law enforcement groups.  California Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter on Friday personally removed the painting, saying he was angered by its depiction of police. He said Tuesday the piece also violates the art-contest rules. But Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus from whose Missouri district the picture came, said Tuesday after helping re-hang the picture that Hunter’s action...
  • Democrats planning stall tactics for Trump's Cabinet picks this week

    01/09/2017 6:46:54 AM PST · by Cheerio · 34 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/9/17 | Susan Ferrechio
    Senate Republicans will begin the confirmation process for President-elect Trump's Cabinet this week amid efforts by Democrats to stall the process. Half a dozen nominees will appear at Senate confirmation hearings scheduled for Jan. 11. The Senate Judiciary Committee will start a two-day hearing beginning Jan. 10 to consider the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who is Trump's pick for attorney general. "The priorities between now and Jan. 20 are hearings on Cabinet members," said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. Besides Sessions, the other nominees appearing are Rex Tillerson for state, Betsy DeVos for education, retired Marine Gen....
  • House passes bill targeting ‘midnight’ Obama regs

    01/08/2017 9:26:08 AM PST · by COUNTrecount · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 17, 2016 | By Lydia Wheeler
    The House on Thursday passed legislation that would allow Congress to overturn in a single vote any regulations finalized in the last days of the Obama administration. Despite Democratic opposition, the Midnight Rule Relief Act passed largely along party lines, by a 240-179 vote. The bill would amend the Congressional Review Act to allow Congress to overturn many rules all at once by way of a resolution. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) urged his colleagues on the floor Thursday morning to pass the legislation and tell the American people that lawmakers heard them on Election Day loud and clear. “The American...
  • Congressional Black Caucus to be more aggressive under Trump

    01/08/2017 8:17:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 75 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2017 9:15 AM EST | Jesse J. Holland
    For almost eight years, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus existed in the shadow of the first black president. They praised President Barack Obama’s achievements while at the same time pushing him to do more for their constituents who overwhelmingly supported his history-making campaign and administration. But with Obama set to leave the White House on Jan. 20, black lawmakers in the House and Senate are recalculating and reassessing their place in Washington. And realizing they’re regaining the limelight as the most visible and powerful African-American politicians in the nation’s capital. President-elect Donald Trump will face a larger and...
  • Hindus and Jews gain ground in new US Congress: Pew

    01/08/2017 1:17:17 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 5 replies
    Daily Excelsior ^ | January 5, 2017 | Agencies
    WASHINGTON, Jan 5: Hindus and Jews have gained ground in the new US Congress, even as a latest research suggests that the members of the legislative body remain overwhelmingly Christians despite significant change in the religious demographic profile of the country in less than five decades. This is for the first time in American history that the Congress has three Hindus members -- Tulsi Gabbard, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ro Khanna. After Jews, who have 30 members in the new US Congress, Hindus and Buddhism, each having three members jointly share the third sport in terms of religious ranking of US...
  • Congress rebuffs Obama and Kerry for abandoning American Policy on Israel

    01/08/2017 9:18:35 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 5 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 01/08/17 | David Singer
    Congress has signalled it will not tolerate Obama or Kerry attempting to subvert American foreign policy on Israel at the forthcoming conference in Paris on 15 January or in the Security Council in the last five days of Obama's Presidendcy The US Congress has swiftly moved to rebuff the efforts by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry to reverse long-standing American policy in relation to Israel. Congress’s decision goes a long way to restoring America’s reputation and integrity
  • GOP congressman {personally} takes down colleague's sponsored 'art' depicting police as pigs

    01/06/2017 12:48:31 PM PST · by drpix · 38 replies ^ | 1/2/16 | Judson Berger & Malia Zimmerman
    A Republican congressman took matters into his own hands Friday and personally removed a painting depicting police officers as pigs that a colleague had allowed to be displayed at the U.S. Capitol complex. “I was angry,” Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., told “I’ve seen the press [reporting] on this for about a week or so. … I’m in the Marine Corps. If you want it done, just call us.” Hunter said he walked over to the artwork Friday morning with a few colleagues and unscrewed it. He then delivered it to the office of Rep. Lacy Clay, D-Mo., the congressman...
  • Congress certifies Trump's presidency, another shooting incident diverts the media.

    01/06/2017 11:40:06 AM PST · by CivilWarBrewing · 22 replies ^ | Janurary 6, 2017 | CivilWarBrewing
    Today the Congress made it official as they tallied the Electoral College totals, making Trump's presidency OFFICIAL, but.. It's getting a bit OBVIOUS now isn't it, people? It seems every time Trump reaches a major milestone as he inches towards the White House, another MAJOR INCIDENT DIVERTS THE MEDIA'S ATTENTION. Grab your tin foil hats because it seems there's a force in play here that seeks to take the wind out of Trump's sails every time he would've otherwise made big news.
  • Trump asks Congress to pay for the border wall

    01/06/2017 10:14:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/07/2017 | AllahPundit
    CNN was gloating last night that this is a broken promise, but is it? Watch this short clip from late October, where Trump talks about Mexico “reimbursing” the U.S. for the cost of the wall. In Gettysburg, Trump appears to tweak his border wall plan: the U.S. will pay for the wall, then Mexico will reimburse the U.S. for the cost— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) October 22, 2016 Congress fronts the money, then Mexico pays us back. That was his position this morning, too: The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall...
  • Plano Rep. Sam Johnson to retire in 2018

    01/06/2017 9:02:45 AM PST · by DFG · 5 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 01/06/2017 | Katie Leslie
    War hero and long-serving Congressman Sam Johnson will retire in 2018, he announced Friday morning. Johnson, an Air Force veteran known for his time as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam conflict, has served in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1991. The Plano Republican is 86 years old. In a letter to his constituents on Friday, Johnson wrote “it has been a great honor to serve you and strive to be the kind of representative the people want, need and deserve.”
  • House Republicans revive obscure rule that allows them to slash the pay of [federal workers to $1]

    01/06/2017 5:50:50 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 81 replies
    WaPo ^ | Jenna Portnoy and Lisa Rein
    House Republicans this week reinstated an arcane procedural rule that enables lawmakers to reach deep into the budget and slash the pay of an individual federal worker — down to $1 — a move that threatens to upend the 130-year-old civil service. The Holman Rule, named after an Indiana congressman who devised it in 1876, empowers any member of Congress to propose amending an appropriations bill to single out a government employee or cut a specific program. The use of the rule would not be simple; a majority of the House and the Senate would still have to approve any...
  • Trump Tweets: ... the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later!

    01/06/2017 6:18:55 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 48 replies
    Twitter- @realdonaldtrump ^ | January 6, 2017-3:19AM
    Verified from Twitter: Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump The dishonest media does not report that any money spent on building the Great Wall (for sake of speed), will be paid back by Mexico later! 3:19 AM - 6 Jan 2017 -------------------------------Snip----------------------------------------------- President-elect Donald Trump opened the news agenda this Friday morning with a 3AM tweet about the new border wall referring to it as the "Great Wall" while clarifying what the dishonest media deliberately fails to report. Initially U.S. money will be utilized for the "sake of speed," and later, Mexico will be reimbursing the building cost of the border wall....
  • House Passes Symbolic Resolution Renouncing Anti-Israel UN Vote

    01/06/2017 7:22:38 AM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Jan 2017 | Adelle Nazarian
    The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bipartisan measure objecting to last month’s anti-Israel United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334 on Thursday, garnering 342-80 votes in favor of House Resolution 11. HR 11 was introduced and co-authored by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and the committee’s top Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY). It states UN Res 2334 “undermines the prospect for Israelis and Palestinians resuming productive, direct negotiations” and should be “repealed or fundamentally altered.”
  • Trump May Pursue Border Wall Without New Bill

    Congressional Republicans and Donald Trump's transition team are exploring whether they can make good on Trump's promise of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without passing a new bill on the topic, officials said Thursday. Under the evolving plan, the Trump administration would rely on existing legislation authorizing fencing and other technology along the southern border. Congress would be asked to ensure that enough money is appropriated to take additional new steps — but would not pass a stand-alone bill authorizing a big new wall. The potential approach was confirmed by two congressional officials and a senior transition official with...
  • APNewsBreak: Trump may pursue border wall without new bill

    01/05/2017 3:14:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 5, 2017 | Erica Werner and Jill Colvin, The Associated Press
    Congressional Republicans and Donald Trump’s transition team are exploring whether they can make good on Trump’s promise of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border without passing a new bill on the topic, officials said Thursday. Under the evolving plan, the Trump administration would rely on existing legislation authorizing fencing and other technology along the southern border. Congress would be asked to ensure that enough money is appropriated to take additional new steps — but would not pass a stand-alone bill authorizing a big new wall. The potential approach was confirmed by two congressional officials and a senior transition official with...
  • Ted Cruz wants term limits for Congress, offers constitutional amendment

    01/05/2017 12:46:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 01/05/2017 | Jamie Lovegrove, Washington Correspondent
    WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz is stepping up his efforts to impose term limits on Congress, calling for a constitutional amendment on the issue. The amendment, proposed Tuesday with Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis of Florida, would limit senators to two six-year terms and House members to three two-year terms. “D.C. is broken,” Cruz said in a written statement. “The American people resoundingly agreed on Election Day, and President-elect Donald Trump has committed to putting government back to work for the American people. It is well past time to put an end to the cronyism and deceit that has transformed Washington...
  • U.S. Rep. Schakowsky: GOP might use waterboarding to punish for livestreaming

    01/05/2017 6:23:36 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | Jan 4, 2017
    U.S. Rep. Schakowsky: GOP might use waterboarding to punish for livestreaming Wednesday, January 04, 2017 WASHINGTON - Illinois Democrats in the U.S. Congress hold the majority over Republicans in the state's delegation 11 to 7, but overall in Congress, Democrats are vastly outnumbered. Tuesday, one Democrat staged a protest when the GOP leadership pushed an effort to ban livestreaming from the House floor. In defiance, Congress member Jan Schakowsky (D-9) livestreamed, saying that the Republicans might set into place "terrible punishments" for livestreaming, including waterboarding:
  • Paul Ryan on Trump’s protectionist program: No, we won’t be raising tariffs, just Tax reform.

    01/04/2017 3:47:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/04/2017 | AllahPundit
    Who’s “we,” kemosabe? Twenty-four hours ago, over Ryan’s own objection, House Republicans were all set to revamp the Office of Congressional Ethics. Then Trump logged into Twitter and, three hours later, the plan was scrapped. Members of Ryan’s caucus were eager to reassure the media yesterday that it wasn’t Trump’s influence that made them reconsider, it was the barrage of angry phone calls their offices were getting from grassroots Republicans, but that seems to be a partial explanation at best: OVERHEARD in the Speaker's lobby: "The guy puts out a tweet and half our conference goes nuts. What are...

    01/04/2017 4:51:09 PM PST · by windhover · 12 replies
    1/4/17 | windhover
    The GOP Congress and Senate needs to be made to understand in the most unmistakable ways we can, that their feet are going to be held to the fire, through our unceasing scrutiny and reaction to any show of weakness or intimidation on their part.
  • GOP introduces “Midnight Rules” bill to counter Obama regs … again

    01/04/2017 3:44:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/04/2017 | Ed Morrissey
    Congressional pushback against excessive regulation is long overdue. That’s not the fault of Republicans, who have repeatedly pushed for laws that give greater legislative oversight since taking control of the House in 2011, only to be thwarted by Barack Obama and Democrats. Fresh off of another round of executive actions, Kerry Picket reports that Darrell Issa has reintroduced legislation that will allow Congress to block lame-duck regulation sprees in toto: Republicans have put forward a plan to stop Obama administration’s last minute regulations Tuesday. These “midnight regulations” published after the 2016 presidential election could cost the American taxpayer over...
  • Obama tells Democrats to ‘stay strong’ in protecting his signature health-care law

    01/04/2017 12:52:23 PM PST · by Innovative · 42 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 4, 2017 | Juliet Eilperin and Amy Goldstein
    President Obama met behind closed doors Wednesday morning with congressional Democrats to map out a strategy to defend the Affordable Care Act and other health-care policies — the day that Republicans began debate on how to get rid of the far-reaching law. As sharp political fault lines emerged — with Democrats saying they feel no obligation to devise a new health-care law and Republicans vowing to dismantle the existing one through legislation and executive actions — it could take six months or more to determine what sort of system might replace the ACA. Obama’s rare visit to Capitol Hill, less...
  • Senator Cruz, Rep. DeSantis Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Impose Term Limits

    01/04/2017 9:42:30 AM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 43 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 04-01-2017 | Michael van der Galien
    This is an amendment every rational thinking conservative and libertarian can and must support: U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) today proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms. In other words, if the amendment is eventually added to the Constitution, congressmen can remain in office for a maximum of six years while senators can do so for 12 years. Presidents are already bound to two...
  • House GOP capitulation to Trump ethics tweet is a really big deal

    01/04/2017 7:25:51 AM PST · by detective · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 4, 2017 | Thomas Lifson
    President-elect Trump has won another victory before even taking office. This time, it wasn’t Ford, Carrier, or some other corporation forced to capitulate in the wake of a tweet, it was the majority of the House of Representatives.  Put simply, Trump has demonstrated the he is in charge, and the House majority caucus had better get used to following his lead. There has been some well-justified concern over the willingness of the GOP establishment [Congressional branch] to work with the Trump administration.  After all, he has been attacking them a denizens of the swamp that needs to be drained. And...
  • Vanity....He's (Obama) back, a POTUS visit to congress!!!

    01/04/2017 5:23:38 AM PST · by JLAGRAYFOX · 28 replies
    POTUS, Obama is back on the hill today, visiting congress to save his supposed, great, positive legacy which will never, ever exist. I can only vaguely remember the eight times the POTUS has visited the members of congress in the capital building...the eight times he delivered all his meaningless, useless "state-of-the-union" addresses. Now he traverses up to the hill to beg his Democrat sheep to do all they can to save the biggest farce and fiasco ever, "Obamacare"!!! And...Amazingly, his Democrat buffoons 100% idiots will listen and heed his babbles and lies, after the buffoon, Obama nver talked with them...
  • Blue-state lawmakers want to keep Trump off 2020 ballot unless he releases tax returns

    01/03/2017 2:37:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | January 3, 2017 | Fenit Nirappil
    Lawmakers in several deep-blue states want to require presidential candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the ballot in those states, a sharp rebuke of President-elect Donald Trump's ongoing refusal to make his tax records public. A pair of Maryland Democrats on Tuesday announced they would introduce a bill mandating the release of five years of tax returns, mirroring similar proposals in New York, Massachusetts, California and Maine. If approved, the proposals could keep Trump from appearing on some ballots in 2020 if he continues breaking with the decades-long tradition of financial transparency and decides to...
  • Schumer: ‘Only Way’ We’ll Work With Trump Is If He ‘Abandons His Republican Colleagues’

    01/03/2017 4:21:07 PM PST · by Rockitz · 112 replies ^ | 3 January 2017 | Ian Hanchett
    During an interview aired on Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “The Lead,” Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) stated of President-Elect Donald Trump, “The only way we’re going to work with him is if he moves completely in our direction and abandons his Republican colleagues.” Schumer said, “The only way we’re going to work with him is if he moves completely in our direction and abandons his Republican colleagues...."
  • Krauthammer: Schumer A Sore Loser, The Tweets Are Working; "Trump Wielding A Two-By-Four"

    01/03/2017 9:29:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | January 3, 2017 | Ian Schwartz
    Charles Krauthammer reacts to newly-minted Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) remarking "making America great again" requires more than a tweet from President-elect Trump. BRET BAIER: On the Senate side, the top Democrat there, Chuck Schumer, took to the floor for his first speech talking about the president-elect's communication. SENATE MINORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER: These issues are too important for mere words. Our challenge is too entrenched for mere tweeting. Making America great again requires more than 140 characters per issue. With all due respect, America cannot afford a Twitter presidency. BAIER: Charles. CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER: Sore loser. The tweets are...
  • The Problem with Representation

    01/03/2017 2:14:36 AM PST · by Jacquerie · 6 replies
    Article V Blog ^ | January 3rd 2017 | Rodney Dodsworth
    As opposed to corruption of the US Senate, I’ve paid little attention over the course of this blog to the House of Representatives. The House isn’t involved with high profile treaties or appointments, and is far too infrequently involved with impeachments. Aside from hoping it doesn’t fall into democratic hands, it’s just sort of “there.” We dutifully vote every two years for the congressman of our choice, and that seems to be that. While few today give much thought to the topic of representation, it was high on the list of concerns during the Framing era. At the federal convention,...
  • Celebs Unite to Demand Congress Obstruct Racist Trump

    01/03/2017 2:15:35 PM PST · by rey · 52 replies
    Youtube ^ | 3 Jan 2017
    Is anybody aware of people being attacked in Trump's name? It is funny when Republicans obstruct, it is wrong and they are a do nothing congress and yet, these people demand obstruction now. It is also funny how they eschew limited government and now demand limited government. What a bunch of screwballs. What a bunch of liars.
  • Ryan Re-Elected Speaker as He Tries to Forge Peace With Trump

    01/03/2017 1:33:08 PM PST · by Innovative · 18 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | Jan. 3, 2017 | Billy House
    <p>Paul Ryan was formally re-elected House speaker Tuesday as he intensifies his efforts to move past his differences with Donald Trump after a divisive campaign.  But Ryan’s victory was marred by controversy over a last-minute effort by Republicans to weaken the independent congressional ethics office, a reminder of the splits within the new Republican majority. Trump blasted Republicans for prioritizing the ethics change, leaving the caucus to reverse itself moments before formally opening the 115th Congress.</p>
  • Leadership: How Trump Saved House Republicans From Themselves on Ethics Blunder

    01/03/2017 1:26:13 PM PST · by detective · 42 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 03, 2017 | Guy Benson
    We've been following this story since it broke last night, the trajectory of which has been quite remarkable to track. House Republicans foolishly opened the new year with a surprise move to weaken an internal ethics watchdog office, drawing immediate and widespread criticism from virtually all quarters -- from Elizabeth Warren to Judicial Watch. These condemnations were unfair, some supporters of the move argued, because the Office of Congressional Ethics was due to for significant and needed reforms. Members from both sides had become frustrated with the body's opacity, alleged foot-dragging, and selective leaks; some also contended that accused parties (often under investigation...
  • House GOP Votes To Strip Independence From Congressional Ethics Office

    01/03/2017 5:19:16 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | January 2, 2017 | Susan Davis
    The House Republican Conference voted Monday night to approve a change to House rules to weaken the independence of the Office of Congressional Ethics and place it under the jurisdiction of the House Ethics Committee — a panel controlled by party leaders. It will be part of a broader House Rules package voted on by the full body on Tuesday, after the 115th Congress officially convenes and the House elects a speaker. It's a move that is already causing a backlash among Democrats, who say it's hypocritical given that President-elect Donald Trump was elected vowing to "drain the swamp" in...
  • Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda

    01/02/2017 6:11:20 PM PST · by Innovative · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 1, 2017 | David Weigel
    For six years, since they took back the House of Representatives, Republicans have added to a pile of legislation that moldered outside the White House. In their thwarted agenda, financial regulations were to be unspooled. Business taxes were to be slashed. Planned Parenthood would be stripped of federal funds. The ­Affordable Care Act was teed up for repeal — dozens of times. When the 115th Congress begins this week, with Republicans firmly in charge of the House and Senate, much of that legislation will form the basis of the most ambitious conservative policy agenda since the 1920s. And rather than...
  • Trump beats Obama engagement with Congress, say friend and foe

    01/02/2017 9:29:59 AM PST · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1/2/17 | Susan Crabtree
    President-elect Trump is taking a far more hands-on approach to working with Congress than his senator-turned-president predecessor. President Obama spent four years in the upper chamber, working closely with many colleagues on both sides of the aisle, but when voters sent him to the White House, he notoriously gave Capitol Hill the cold shoulder. Former congressional colleagues, even some of his biggest supporters, often described him as distant and aloof, a no-drama leadership style that eschewed President George W. Bush's chummy nicknaming of lawmakers who he cultivated with regular White House lunch and dinner invitations.
  • Claiming mandate, GOP Congress lays plans to propel sweeping conservative agenda

    01/01/2017 6:59:13 PM PST · by Innovative · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 1, 2017 | David Weigel
    For six years, since they took back the House of Representatives, Republicans have added to a pile of legislation that moldered outside the White House. In their thwarted agenda, financial regulations were to be unspooled. Business taxes were to be slashed. Planned Parenthood would be stripped of federal funds. The ­Affordable Care Act was teed up for repeal — dozens of times. When the 115th Congress begins this week, with Republicans firmly in charge of the House and Senate, much of that legislation will form the basis of the most ambitious conservative policy agenda since the 1920s. And rather than...
  • 2017: The Year In Preview

    01/01/2017 8:40:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | January 1, 2017 | Derek Hunter
    Wow, 2016 was something else, wasn’t it? If you had predicted a year ago that not only would Donald Trump be the president-elect, but Hillary Clinton would lose, you would’ve been institutionalized. Beyond politics, and perhaps more amazing than the election, the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. One for the books. But rather than take a last look into the rearview mirror, how about we peer through the windshield into 2017? A lot of things should change in the next 12 months. But many things will stay the same. Some may even be same-er.   What won’t change? First...
  • Morici: 'Smarter' Trump Needs Time to Undo 8 Years of Obama Damage

    12/30/2016 9:31:44 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    NewsMax ^ | December 29, 2016 | F. McGuire
    Peter Morici, economist at the University of Maryland, tells Newsmax TV that although President-elect Donald Trump is much smarter than Barack Obama, it will take some time to undo all of the regulatory damage the outgoing command-in-chief has imposed on America during the last eight years. "I have no doubt that Mr. Trump's a heck of a lot smarter than Barack Obama but Barack Obama had eight years to do this damage so it's going to take a lot of time to undo it," Morici told Bill Tucker on "The Steve Malzberg Show." "Executive orders can generally be reversed but...
  • New Census Projections Show RI To Lose U.S. House Seat

    12/29/2016 5:01:30 PM PST · by SMGFan · 62 replies
    RIPR ^ | December 21, 2016
    Rhode Island is likely to lose one of its two U.S. House seats after the 2020 U.S. Census, according to projections by reapportionment guru Kimball W. Brace, who has for many years helped Rhode Island lawmakers draw both state legislative and congressional districts
  • No, ObamaCare Is Not Suddenly On The Mend

    12/29/2016 5:33:49 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 33 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/28/2016 | Staff
    Health Reform: On the eve of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration and the looming repeal of ObamaCare, Democrats are making claims that the law is just now starting to work as promised. It's a convenient narrative for the left, but totally false. ObamaCare advocates point to a couple bits of news as evidence that after a rough year, the law appears to be stabilizing. Last week, the Obama administration celebrated what it called "a record" level of sign-ups, with enrollment up 400,000 from last year. "Today's enrollment numbers confirm that some of the doomsday predictions about the marketplace are not bearing...
  • Congress Moving to Cut U.S. Funding to U.N. in Wake of Anti-Israel Vote

    12/28/2016 5:29:22 PM PST · by righttackle44 · 97 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | December 28, 2016 | Adam Kredo
    Congress is already setting the stage to cut off U.S. funding to the United Nations in the wake of a contested vote last week in which the Obama administration permitted an anti-Israel resolution to win overwhelming approval, according to congressional leaders, who told the Washington Free Beacon that the current administration is already plotting to take further action against the Jewish state before vacating office. Other punitive actions by Congress could include expelling Palestinian diplomats from U.S. soil and scaling back ties with foreign nations that voted in favor of the controversial measure, according to multiple sources who spoke to...
  • Post Politics President Obama says he could have beaten Trump — Trump says ‘NO WAY!’

    12/26/2016 5:54:40 PM PST · by Innovative · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 26, 2016 | Michael Kranish
    President Obama said in an interview released Monday that he could have beaten Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump “if I had run again.” In his most pointed critique yet, Obama said Hillary Clinton's campaign acted too cautiously out of a mistaken belief that victory was all but certain. “If you think you're winning, then you have a tendency, just like in sports, maybe to play it safer,” Obama said in the interview with former adviser and longtime friend David Axelrod, a CNN analyst, for his “The Axe Files” podcast. The president said Clinton “understandably . . . looked and said, well, given...