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September 2, 2014

Don’t worry about Eric Cantor, he’ll be fine.

  • $1.4M the size of the sign-on bonus Eric Cantor received for joining a Wall Street bank after resigning from Congress. It’s part of a $3.4 million compensation deal with the investment bank Moelis. Cantor, the former House Majority Leader, left his post after losing a primary earlier this year. Nice cushion. source
10:51 // 2 weeks ago
May 10, 2014
Today, members of Congress can lease Lexuses, BMW’s, Infinities, Mercedes, all fall within the guidelines. Not all do that, but does that send a message to our folks back home that this is the right way to do it?
Rep. Rich Nugent (R-FL) • Arguing in favor of his amendment to a Congress pay bill, which would have taken away a perk for members of the House—the ability to receive a lease for a vehicle using their office budgets. Around 63 members of the House use their office budgets to pay for a car lease—at a cost of around $38,444.20 per month in taxpayer money. By the way, Nugent’s amendment failed.
23:29 // 4 months ago
April 26, 2014

Remember this video that went viral after this year’s State of the Union? In the clip, a congressman threatened a reporter who asked him some questions about a campaign finance scandal. That congressman, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), is facing an indictment over the whole deal.

13:52 // 4 months ago
March 17, 2014
theweekmagazine:

The week’s best editorial cartoons

Finally, we know who’s wearing the pants in this surveillance scheme.

theweekmagazine:

The week’s best editorial cartoons

Finally, we know who’s wearing the pants in this surveillance scheme.

18:51 // 6 months ago
February 24, 2014
"I’m sorry, John, I can change! I’ll try harder next time.”

"I’m sorry, John, I can change! I’ll try harder next time.”

9:48 // 6 months ago
February 5, 2014

Clay Aiken’s announcement that he’s running for Congress starts out with a harrowing tale of the domestic violence his mother faced while he was just an infant. Pretty powerful stuff.

10:49 // 7 months ago
January 27, 2014

Oh SNAP: Compromise on farm bill reached, complete with food stamp cuts

  • $8B the amount that a compromise farm bill would cut from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program over a decade-long period, according to a preliminary estimate given to NBC News. That sounds bad and is a roughly 1 percent cut, but it could have been a lot worse—the GOP originally wanted to cut $20 billion from the food stamps program. source
21:40 // 7 months ago
January 3, 2014
9:45 // 8 months ago
December 26, 2013
17:38 // 8 months ago
December 14, 2013
They are not fighting for conservative principles. They are not fighting for conservative policy. They are fighting to expand their lists, raise more money and grow their organizations, and they are using you to do it. It’s ridiculous.
House Speaker John Boehner • Speaking to House rank-and-files in a behind-closed-door meeting earlier this week. It’s one of Boehner’s harshest attacks on the far right, and one the groups very much disagree with.
8:31 // 9 months ago