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  • Trump’s WhiteHouse.Gov Disappears Civil Rights, Climate Change, LGBT Rights

    01/21/2017 9:52:58 PM PST · by catnipman · 29 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 1/20/2017 | Justin Miller
    The minute Donald Trump was sworn into office, the White House’s web site changed—dramatically. WhiteHouse.gov immediately wiped pages on LGBT rights, civil rights, climate change, and health care from its “issues” section after Donald Trump took the oath of office.
  • Little Or No Consequences for Detroit Land Bank Billing Scam

    01/12/2017 10:35:20 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 1/11/2016 | Tom Gantert
    Improprieties at the Detroit Land Bank Authority cost taxpayers over $824,000. Though they have been the subject of an audit and continue to be the focus of a federal criminal investigation, only one employee has experienced any consequences. That individual, a manager at a program overseeing the demolition of buildings in Detroit, was transferred to another job and took a pay cut of $15,000. The authority was created to package and sell abandoned and tax-foreclosed properties owned by the city. It receives federal funds meant for blight removal and is the subject of a federal investigation due to rising demolition...
  • Trump Takes Aim At House Republicans, And They Run For Cover

    01/03/2017 8:13:56 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 36 replies
    The Trump effect has landed forcefully on Capitol Hill. Less than two hours after President-elect Donald Trump criticized House Republicans — in a tweet, of course — for trying to gut an ethics investigative unit on the first day of business in the new Congress, those plans lay in shambles in the Republican conference’s meeting room. The immediate outcome was to keep intact the independent Office of Congressional Ethics There was a broader outcome, too: The unruly Republican caucus that has wreaked havoc in the House for the entirety of Ryan’s tenure fell in line. And there were signs, judging...
  • 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,...
  • TRUMP THUMPS HOUSE GOP

    01/03/2017 11:08:49 AM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 42 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | January 3, 2017 | Chris Stirewalt
    It was probably never a good idea for House Republicans to use a procedural gimmick to change ethics rules. It was definitely foolish to do it as their first order of business in the new Congress. House Speaker Ryan told them so, but his lieutenants were not interested in optics as they prepared to clamp down on the independent Office of Congressional Ethics. Two tweets from President-elect Trump, however, were enough. In a sharp turn, lawmakers dropped their gambit today. Trump was understandably miffed at the ham-fisted move by the new Congress to make disempowering watchdogs the first order of...
  • There Are Still Groups That Can Probe Alleged Crimes by Members of Congress

    01/03/2017 8:18:14 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | January 3, 2017 10:12 AM | by JIM GERAGHTY
    Yes, the House is weakening the powers of an independent entity that was authorized to investigate allegations of wrongdoing... But keep some perspective: the Office of Congressional Ethics had two powers: the first was to issue those public reports — giving the accused member of Congress bad publicity. The second was to refer their findings to the House Ethics Committee, which could implement a more serious punishment, like fines and formal reprimands by the full House. Under the old system, the referrals went to the House Ethics Committee, consisting of five Democrats and five Republicans. Under the new system, the...
  • 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.
  • It's Time to Rein in Regulators

    12/31/2016 8:43:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 31, 2016 | Phil Kerpen
    I've written a book chapter and a lot of columns over the years on the Regulations from the Executive In Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act ---- a profoundly simple, powerful bill that would require regulators and bureaucrats to get their most expensive rules approved by Congress before they could take effect ---- and we've never been closer to seeing it signed into law. The House is planning to take it up as one of the first orders of business in the new 115th Congress, and it is expected to pass, as it has in the House each of the last...
  • 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
  • New stop-Trump plan: During a 90-second window on Jan. 3, Al Gore steals the House gavel; then . .

    12/20/2016 10:32:31 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/20/16 | Dan Calabrese
    It's not over! I want to give this guy the benefit of the doubt that he’s kidding. I think he’s kidding, although he put an awful lot of thought into it for a guy who’s just punking everyone. Then again, do you doubt for a second that there are liberals will to embrace a plan like this without any sense of irony? Of course you don’t. To them, a Trump presidency is the end of days, and no blocking strategy - no matter how bizarre or implausible - is beyond consideration.
  • CIA can’t be bothered to brief House committee on ‘Russian hacking of election’

    12/15/2016 8:47:03 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/15/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Too busy or something I guess it works like this at the Obama CIA: Whoever is in charge of blabbing “secret” intelligence assessments has only so much time, and he used it all up blabbing to the New York Times and the Washington Post. When a House committee wanted to know what was going on, well, you know, there’s only so much time in the day: The House Intelligence Committee abruptly canceled a briefing set for Thursday on alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, after the CIA declined to provide a briefer for the session, Fox News is told.
  • Pelosi Clings to Power, to Her Party's Detriment

    12/14/2016 7:50:20 PM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2016 | Paul Greenberg
    After the Republican avalanche of a victory in last month's elections, there was still more good news for the Grand Old Brand New Party courtesy of Nancy Pelosi. It seems she's eked out a narrow victory over a Democratic insurgency against her stultified leadership of the party in the House, a leadership that has been rusting for the past 14 years. If everything isn't coming up roses for the GOP, at least there are tulips covering the horizon the way daffodils do Wye Mountain every spring. And all Nancy Pelosi could say about her aforementioned "leadership" was the same thing...
  • Rep. Chris Collins Becomes Most Popular Member On House Floor

    12/02/2016 9:26:41 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 8 replies
    “ He’s having fun with it,” said the aide, who recalled how much the House “Trump caucus” has grown from five or six members when Collins first launched it to another meeting this week where 50 members appeared who had never been there before. (Snip) A few Democrats have also slipped Collins their resumes as well. “I think there are a handful of Democrats that are interested in working in the administration. As we’ve seen Donald Trump is being very strategic with whom those Democrats are. They’re senators in very Republican states...”
  • House Warns Obama, Passes New Law That Prevents Him from Pushing Through Last Minute Rule

    11/19/2016 6:03:15 PM PST · by bigbob · 28 replies
    Young Conservatives ^ | 11-19-16 | John S. Roberts
    Full headline: BOOM! House Warns Obama, Passes New Law That Prevents Him from Pushing Through Last Minute Rules And Regulations President Obama has about 2 months of being president left. He knows his time is running out and he also knows he hasn’t really accomplished much. It’s crunch time and we often see presidents try to cram parts of their agenda into these last few months. Remember Bill Clinton’s infamous pardon of Marc Rich? House Republicans made a big move this week to try and prevent any last-minute funny business from the president. From Breitbart: The House of Representatives passed...
  • House votes 419-1 to extend Iran sanctions

    11/16/2016 5:33:48 PM PST · by ConfidentConservative · 43 replies
    http://www.washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 11/15/16 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to extend an Iran sanctions law for another 10 years...
  • Exclusive – Rep. Huelskamp: Speaker Ryan Does Not Have 218 Votes

    11/11/2016 5:01:26 PM PST · by maggief · 130 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 11, 2016 | NEIL W. MCCABE
    The chairman of the House Tea Party Caucus and one of the first men to come out against Speaker John A. Boehner told Breitbart News that he does not think Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.) has the votes to keep his gavel. “I just don’t think he has the votes,” said Rep. Timothy A. Huelskamp (R.-Kansas), who lost his primary Aug. 2 and returns to private life after this session of Congress. Huelskamp said he is concerned that the House Republican leadership is in a hurry to, first, get itself rubber-stamped inside the conference and then to proceed with an...
  • GOP Lawmakers Will Vote Next Week for Speaker (Lou Dobbs Outs Lame Duck Betrayal by Ryan..at 1:18)

    11/10/2016 5:22:03 AM PST · by xzins · 110 replies
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbwyjtV-oKc Lou Dobbs calls out the House for a surprise vote for House Leadership next week in lame duck session. Rep Collins says in interview with Dobbs that the Republicans called to 'get leadership elected starting Monday'.
  • Vanity. Also a sweeper in house and senate..

    11/09/2016 2:25:59 AM PST · by Bubba Gump Shrimp · 12 replies
    Bubba Gump Shrimp | nov 9, 2016 | Bubba Gump Shrimp
    Vanity: I'm watching the TV now, flipping about, and at first they were down right depressed about Trump winning, but I'm getting a second helping of sweetness as they are now starting to touch on the fact that the R's swept the House and Senate too. I thought they were all going on about how Trump was going to throw both the house and senate? YUUUUGE day for America.
  • Republicans retain control of the House: NBC News projections

    Republicans will maintain control of the House of Representatives, NBC News now projects. The GOP is seen taking 235 seats to the Democrats' 200, according to NBC's House Model. Republicans were widely expected to hold the House and create a policy buffer in a possible Hillary Clinton presidency. Some believed the Democrats could have a chance to seize control of the chamber amid the peak of Donald Trump's woes in early October, but those chances looked to vanish as the presidential race tightened.
  • RNC Finds Roger Clinton Living in House Owned by Former Bill Clinton Adviser

    10/01/2016 8:53:01 AM PDT · by Rockitz · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 30 Sep 2016 | Patrick Howley
    The Republican National Committee wants to know why Bill Clinton’s former adviser purchased the house in California that Bill Clinton’s black sheep half-brother Roger lives in. An RNC memo from chief strategist Sean Spicer spells out the mystery: Justin Cooper owns an almost $900,000 home in the lush hills of an upscale Los Angeles suburb. But interestingly enough, he doesn’t live there. Roger Clinton does. Cooper is Bill Clinton’s body man turned wheeler-dealer. He’s gone from making a modest salary working in the White House to setting up an LLC just to buy a home for the president’s brother to...
  • Early voting is fundamentally unfair and undermines fair elections

    11/01/2016 8:56:01 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | November 1, 2016 | Daniel Horowitz
    With the revelation that the FBI is re-opening its investigation into Hillary’s emails and Trump on the rise because he is keeping his mouth shut, many are wondering if Trump could pull off a major come-from-behind victory. The problem is even if his positive trajectory continues through Election Day, it might already be too late for him. Hillary might have already banked an insurmountable lead prior to the authentic Election Day set by Congress since 1845. According to the New York Times, with eight days until official Election Day, over 22 million people had already voted early. Some estimate that...
  • John Boehner told the House "Never criticize the first female speaker" (Nancy Pelosi)!

    10/31/2016 3:28:01 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 1 November, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    On the Sean Hannity show, today, 31 October, 2016, Sean had Congressman Louie Gohmert on as a guest.  They were discussing the election, and possible results from the finding of hundreds of thousands of emails connected to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on at least one computer, and perhaps other devices belonging to Anthony Weiner and Abedin Huma, a close and intimate associate of Hillary. The emails were found when a computer was searched as part of a child sex crimes investigation involving Weiner. Congressman Gohmert casually threw away this line to Sean Hannity at about 14:48 Pacific...
  • House Committee Vows to Pursue Hillary's Private Emails

    10/21/2016 8:14:59 AM PDT · by tekrat · 15 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 10/21/2016 | John Gizzi
    Rep. Lamar Smith is pushing ahead in his committee's effort to hold Hillary Clinton accountable for her private e-mail server while she was secretary of state. On Thursday, Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, announced that he is going to hold the Platte River Networks, which set up and maintained Clinton’s server, in contempt of Congress when lawmakers return to Washington following the November election. “Platte River continues to obstruct our committee’s investigation into the possible misuse security of former Secretary Clinton’s private e-mail server,” Smith told a packed press conference on Capitol Hill."
  • Meet the Maryland Conservative Who Aims to Take Over the House’s Largest GOP Caucus

    10/19/2016 12:41:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | October 17, 2016 | Philip Wegmann
    Like most Americans, but unlike most of the other 434 members of the House of Representatives, Andy Harris pulls a lengthy commute to work each day. One way and without traffic, the Maryland Republican says he can go door to door in an hour and a half from his home in Cockeysville to his office on Capitol Hill. But if he hits traffic, it takes almost three hours just to get to work. Harris doesn’t mind. As a physician, he says he’s used to long hours in the operating room and, as a single father, the 60-mile trek is necessary...
  • Trump rips Paul Ryan, says 'shackles have been taken off me'

    10/11/2016 7:56:11 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 52 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Tuesday, October 11, 2016 | Seth McLaughlin
    Donald Trump unleashed the fury of his Twitter account on his GOP critics Tuesday, accusing them of being fair-weather backers and insisting that he's better off without their "shackles," and he can now run the kind of campaign he wants. At first glance, though, the new Mr. Trump looked a lot like the old Mr. Trump -- with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Sen. John McCain targeted... "Disloyal R's are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary," he said in another tweet. "They come at you from all sides. They don't know how to win -- I will teach them!"...
  • Clintons shell out $1.16M to buy house next door in Chappaqua

    09/23/2016 8:29:28 AM PDT · by ChicagoConservative27 · 30 replies
    It’s not quite the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, but Bill and Hillary Clinton are expanding their Westchester spread by buying the house next door, The Post has learned. Modal Trigger Hillary and Bill ClintonPhoto: Getty Images The Clintons shelled out $1.16 million for the three-bedroom, 3,631-square-foot, ranch-style home set on 1.51 leafy acres on Old House Lane in Chappaqua. Westchester County land records and tax records from the town of New Castle — where Chappaqua is located — list William and Hillary Clinton as owners of the property. A source said the home could be used as a weekend...
  • GOP-led House panel finds former Clinton aide in contempt (Pagliano)

    09/22/2016 10:04:29 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 40 replies
    AP ^ | 9-22-2016 | Matthew Daly
    A Republican-led House committee voted on Thursday to hold in contempt of Congress a former State Department employee who helped set up Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server. The employee's lawyer accused the panel of a "naked political agenda." The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved the contempt resolution on a 19-15 party-line vote. The resolution states that Bryan Pagliano, the computer specialist tasked with establishing Clinton's server while she was secretary of state, did not comply with two subpoenas ordering him to appear before the panel. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the panel's senior Democrat, bemoaned...
  • Rep. Tim Huelskamp goes rogue

    09/20/2016 3:09:21 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 26 replies
    POLITICO ^ | 09/20/16 | Rachael Bade
    The ultra-conservative Kansas Republican took to the floor late Tuesday afternoon to force roll call votes on a series of noncontroversial bills being offered up by voice vote... Establishment-aligned outside groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Joe Rickett’s “Ending Spending” group poured more than a million into Huelskamp’s race to defeat him [in his primary]... Around the capitol, one of the big questions staff and lawmakers were debating was whether he would force the IRS impeachment issue later this week.
  • House panel looking into Reddit post about Clinton's email server

    09/19/2016 3:26:03 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 100 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/19/2016 | Katie Bo Williams
    The House Oversight Committee is reviewing a Reddit post that alleges an IT specialist who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private server sought advice on how to alter the contents of “VERY VIP” emails, according to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Meadows is the chairman of the panel’s Government Operations subcommittee. “The Reddit post issue and its connection to Paul Combetta is currently being reviewed by OGR staff and evaluations are being made as to the authenticity of the post,” Meadows told The Hill. Reddit users appear to have uncovered a two-year-old post from an account believed to belong to Combetta, an...
  • House panel looking into Reddit post about Clinton´s email server

    09/19/2016 4:16:17 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    The HIll ^ | 9/19/16 | Katie Bo Williams
    The House Oversight Committee is reviewing a Reddit post that alleges an IT specialist who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private server sought advice on how to alter the contents of “VERY VIP” emails, according to Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). Meadows is the chairman of the panel’s Government Operations subcommittee. “The Reddit post issue and its connection to Paul Combetta is currently being reviewed by OGR staff and evaluations are being made as to the authenticity of the post,” Meadows told The Hill. Reddit users appear to have uncovered a two-year-old post from an account believed to belong to Combetta, an...
  • Clinton IT specialist ignores subpoena for House hearing; other witnesses plead 5th

    09/13/2016 4:57:17 PM PDT · by Libloather · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/13/16
    The former State Department IT specialist who set up Hillary Clinton’s private server ignored a subpoena to appear Tuesday before a House committee hearing, while other tech experts who helped maintain the system asserted their Fifth Amendment right not to testify – frustrating Republican lawmakers trying to dig deeper into the former secretary of state’s email setup. House oversight committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said he’ll now consider a “full range of options” to address IT aide Bryan Pagliano’s “failure” to attend. “He should be here. … It is not optional,” Chaffetz said. “His attendance is required here.”
  • Congress passes bill letting 9/11 victims sue Saudi Arabia, in face of veto threat

    09/09/2016 9:31:28 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 10 replies
    Foxnews.com ^ | September 9, 2016 | FoxNews.Com
    Despite veto threats from President Obama, the House on Friday gave final approval to a bill that would allow the victims of 9/11 to sue the government of Saudi Arabia.
  • Abolish the Senate. It’s the only way to rein in modern presidents.

    08/30/2016 7:37:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 154 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 30, 2016 | John Bicknell
    With the prospect of a President Donald Trump or a President Hillary Clinton on the horizon, the growing trend toward the executive acting without the consent of Congress is troubling to all political stripes. Both parties claim to worry about a strong presidency, at least if the other party is in the White House. That trend has been exacerbated by President Obama, but it certainly didn’t start with him. With the exception of Calvin Coolidge, every president of the 20th and 21st centuries contributed to the problem. Many proposals to address the imperial presidency have been floated over the decades....
  • How Republicans in Congress Would Respond to Big-Spending Infrastructure Push

    08/29/2016 8:55:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 26, 2016 | Josh Siegel
    Fresh after Congress and the White House scored the largest transportation spending package in a decade, both presidential candidates this year are proposing billions in funding to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure. While both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—and the parties they represent—agree the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, rail system, and ports are in need of repair, the new proposals invite familiar questions over how the spending would be paid for, and whether the federal government is the best provider to pay for it. Those questions, and the lack of a must-pass infrastructure initiative requiring Congress’ attention in 2017, mean that...
  • The Democrats are hacked AGAIN: The private phone number of EVERY House Democrat...

    08/12/2016 10:55:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/13/16 | Khaleda Rahman
    The Democrats are hacked AGAIN: The private phone number of EVERY house Democrat is posted online by 'Russian' hacker after leak of DNC emails and cyber attack on Hillary campaign **SNIP** The hacker also urged reporters to contact him through direct messages on Twitter. 'Dear journalists, you may send me a DM if you're interested in exclusive materials from the DCCC, which I have plenty of,' he wrote. 'Guccifer 2.0' also claimed the information stolen from the DCCC was 'even easier' to hack than more than 19,000 emails he hacked from the DNC and provided to WikiLeaks. The hacked emails...
  • House surrounded in search for officer's killer [San Diego]

    07/29/2016 9:30:21 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | July 29, 2016 | David Hernandez and Lyndsay Winkley
    SAN DIEGO — A police officer used a bullhorn to urge a man named Marcos to come out of a house on Epsilon Street just west of 41st Street. The officer said, "We're not going anywhere. It has been a really long night. I'm worried about you. I haven't heard from you for a while. "I need to hear from you. You need to talk to me. Your sister ... is really scared. What should I tell her? It's not fair to have your sister so worried about you." Officers fired repeated gas bombs into the home, which had an...
  • US government released secret chapter from 9/11 report

    07/15/2016 11:20:36 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 63 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | July 15, 2016 | Foxnews.Com
    DEVELOPING ... The U.S. government on Friday released a once-classified chapter from a congressional report on the 9/11 attacks that some lawmakers suggested raise questions of Saudi involvement.
  • Clyburn: Trump’s Law and Order Claim Was a ‘Dog Whistle’ to White Supremacists

    07/13/2016 2:52:43 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 45 replies
    brietbart ^ | 13 Jul 2016 | Pam Key
    Wednesday on MSNBC, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s claim of being “the law and order candidate” was a “dog whistle” to white supremacists. Clyburn said, “Mr. Trump needs to get serious about this issue and stop making light of it. No system is rigged against him because of his skin color. That’s what race is all about. We must be serious about that, have a conversation with each other about that and see what we can do to solve this problem. And not hide behind what may or may not have happened to you...
  • Congress July 6, 2016 - Another unconstitutional bill passed by House

    07/07/2016 3:42:10 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 26 replies
    Compleat Advocate ^ | July 7, 2016 | Steve Schulin, America's Party
    ... Our Constitution specifies that no person shall be deprived of their life without due process. So the bill's provisions allowing abortions to be performed without any due process is on its face unconstitutional. The Supreme Court, in Roe opinion, opined that the unborn child is not a person. That's a legal fiction. When Roe opinion was written, it was commonly thought that before you or I became human, we went through various stages of biological development. "Ontogeny recapitulates Phylogeny" was the popular phrase taught to schoolchildren as scientific fact -- that we each start as a tadpole-like creature and...
  • Fall of the House of Rangel-Espaillat Tops Wright to Replace Retiring Congressman

    06/28/2016 9:10:39 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 9 replies
    The Observer ^ | June 28, 2016 | Will Bredderman
    Congressman Charles Rangel was swift-footed and savvy enough to stay ahead of demographic and geographic shifts in his district during his 46 years in the House of Representatives—but in the end, he just didn’t have enough juice to anoint an heir. Harlem Assemblyman Keith Wright lost his bid to replace his retiring 86-year-old mentor to State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who challenged Rangel in 2012 and 2014 but fell short. After a bitter Democratic primary campaign—one with heavy ethnic overtones—the Dominican Republic-born Espaillat beat the African-American Wright in the upper Manhattan-based district by approximately 1,300 votes. Former White House aide Clyde...
  • Rep. Charles Rangel endorses Keith Wright as his House successor while casting vote in Harlem

    06/28/2016 4:43:47 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 14 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | June 28, 2016 | Ryan Sit
    Nine candidates are vying for Rep. Charles Rangel's seat — a position he's held for nearly a half-century — but only one stood beside him as he cast his vote in Harlem on Tuesday. "For the first time in 46 years I couldn't find my name!" Rangel said as he stepped out of his polling site at Public School 175 on W. 134th St. "But I'm so glad I did find his name," he added, nodding towards Assemblyman Keith Wright, whom Rangel endorsed as his successor. New Yorkers in seven congressional districts in four boroughs — Queens, Manhattan, the Bronx...
  • The Democrats' Mob Rule In The House Of Representatives

    06/24/2016 3:52:49 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 40 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | June 24, 2016 | Joseph Klein
    House Democrats made complete fools of themselves with their sit-in temper tantrum this week. Shouting their demands for an immediate vote on gun control legislation – apparently their only “serious” answer to global Islamic jihad – the Democratic disrupters caused pandemonium on the House floor on Wednesday. They sought to paralyze House proceedings with shouts of “No bill, No break!” Representative Maxine Waters of California proclaimed, “I’m prepared to stand here until hell freezes over.” Civil rights hero Representative John Lewis of Georgia declared, “we have to occupy the floor of the House until there’s action.”
  • GOP Members Livid As Speaker Ryan Lets Democrats Stage a Sit-in

    06/22/2016 9:24:32 PM PDT · by detective · 167 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jun 2016 | Neil W. McCabe
    Members of the House Republican Conference are furious at Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R.-Wis.) after they were forced to sidelines for more than nine hours while House Democrats staged a college-style sit-in in the House chamber to demand restrictions on gun rights. “Ryan was so weak, he just let them take over,” a Capitol Hill source told Breitbart News.
  • House Dems stage sit-in, shut down chamber over gun legislation

    06/22/2016 11:58:46 AM PDT · by detective · 60 replies
    MSN News ^ | June 22, 2016 | Donovan Slack, and Deborah Barfield Berry
    Democratic lawmakers shut down the U.S. House Wednesday by staging a sit-in on the House floor to demand a vote on gun control legislation. Roughly 40 House lawmakers sat on the floor and refused to allow Republicans to take back control. They took turns talking about gun violence, said they wouldn't leave until House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., allowed a vote on measures to curb it, and chanted over and over "No bill, no break!" The House is scheduled to adjourn on Friday and be out of session until July 5.
  • Democrats stage sit-in on House floor to force gun vote

    06/22/2016 9:36:58 AM PDT · by PROCON · 169 replies
    politico.com ^ | June 22, 2016 | RACHAEL BADE, HEATHER CAYGLE and BEN WEYL
    More than two dozen House Democrats staged a "sit-in" on the House floor Wednesday in protest of GOP leadership's refusal to allow a vote on a gun control measure following the Orlando massacre. Led by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), the civil rights icon, and more than 40 Democrats walked into the chamber just before noon and pledged to “occupy” the House floor until GOP leadership allowed a vote. Democrats have tried numerous times over the past week to force a vote on a so-called "no fly, no buy" bill, which would bar terror suspects on the “no-fly" list from purchasing...
  • Rep. Chaka Fattah Guilty on All Counts in Corruption Trial [DemocRAT Congressman in Philly]

    06/21/2016 11:29:53 AM PDT · by Enchante · 51 replies
    NBC Philadelphia ^ | 06/21/2016 | NBC Staff
    A jury has convicted veteran U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah in a racketeering case that largely centered on various efforts to repay an illegal $1 million campaign loan. Fattah was found guilty of all 22 counts against him, including racketeering, fraud and money laundering. His lawyers had argued that schemes were engineered without Fattah's knowledge by two political consultants who pleaded guilty in the case. Fattah's jovial and calm demeanor didn't change much as the verdict was read....
  • Who will Replace Charles Rangel?

    06/20/2016 10:18:39 AM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 22 replies
    AM New York ^ | June 20, 2016 | Mark Chiusano
    Next week, Democratic voters in Harlem and upper Manhattan will do something they haven’t done in a long time: vote in a congressional election that doesn’t include Rep. Charles Rangel. After more than 40 years, the lion of Harlem is retiring. Without an incumbent, the race in the 13th Congressional District is more competitive than usual, though it's still taking place somewhat quietly. Traditionally low turnout even in competitive congressional races means that each vote carries extra weight. No matter who wins, Rangel’s replacement will mark a shift for a changing district. A change in representation for a changing district...
  • End of an era: Yes, Charlie Rangel will retire

    02/25/2016 9:15:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s a sad day inside the Beltway, as a fixture of the New York Democrats’ political machine makes it official: Charlie Rangel will retire at the end of the current term. According to The Hill, Charlie has finalized a decision he hinted at last year primarily because he wants to exit the public stage at the same time as Barack Obama. "I wanted so badly to complete the last year with President Obama,” the 85-year-old Democrat said during a radio interview with WCBS 880. “And even though they never gave him a fair opportunity to do all the things...
  • GOP OFFICE HOLDERS: If Trump is Kicked Out, we walk too, and YOU WILL LOSE (vanity)

    06/17/2016 5:39:26 PM PDT · by BobL · 66 replies
    (self) | June 17, 2016 | BobL (self)
    Given the rumors that are flying around about 'changing the rules' at the GOP convention so as to prevent Donald Trump from being the Republican nominee, I think some thought should be given to the potential collateral damage to the Republican Party's efforts in November. First, I'll state the obvious - if Trump is denied his position on the ballot in 2016, I simply will not vote for president - and I suspect that holds for many, probably a majority of Trump supporters. So Romney, Ryan, or whoever replaces him will simply have to find another pool of millions of...
  • Amid Process Battle, Conservatives Complain of GOP Financial Support of More Liberal Republicans

    06/13/2016 5:09:49 AM PDT · by milton23 · 2 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 6/10/2016 | Philip Wegmann
    An LGBT measure threatening the House appropriations process has exposed old fault lines inside the Republican conference while also forging a pragmatic alliance between leadership and conservatives. The amendment introduced by Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., doomed an energy and water spending bill before Memorial Day—but only after 43 Republicans bucked the party line to vote for the measure before the underlying legislation failed.