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September 22, 2012
9:03 // 1 year ago
September 11, 2012

kileyrae:

ABC’s Diane Sawyer talks to Bob Woodward about his new book inside last summer’s debt ceiling crisis. 

“It’s so serious that they couldn’t tell the world how bad it was at the time.”

Good interview; in it, you learn about Boehner’s chain-smoking and the seriousness of the issues Obama faced with the debt ceiling situation.

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9:30 // 1 year ago
August 29, 2012
Anglo district boundaries were redrawn to include particular country clubs and, in one case, the school belonging to the incumbent’s grandchildren.
U.S. Circuit Judge Thomas Griffith • In his court’s recent decision to ditch Texas’ redistricting maps, which were in violation of the Voting Rights Act, the court found. Schools and hospitals, for example, were removed from districts with black incumbents. And, as Griffith notes above, country clubs were added to districts with white incumbents. On top of that, a lawyer used the phrase “no bueno” when emphasizing that the plans used shouldn’t leave a paper trail. The Texas Attorney General plans to appeal the ruling, which comes as part of a recent history of redistricting in the state that led to jail time for Tom Delay.
10:11 // 1 year ago
August 15, 2012

Congress on pace to be least productive since 1947

  • 61 the number of bills that have become law to date in 2012
  • 3,914 the number of bills that have been introduced by lawmakers

More from usatoday: These statistics make the 112th Congress, covering 2011-12, the least productive two-year gathering on Capitol Hill since the end of World War II. Not even the 80th Congress, which President Truman called the “do-nothing Congress” in 1948, passed as few laws as the current one, records show. (More: http://usat.ly/ObJQKP)

P.S.: Thanks usatoday for writing a post that we could so easily short-formify!

10:45 // 1 year ago
August 2, 2012
Congress aims to overturn SCOTUS decision protecting Westboro protests
No More: Following a 2011 Supreme Court decision upholding the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to picket military funerals, Congress set to work on legislation to update regulations for such protests. Now, legislation headed to desk of President Obama will severely hamper protests like the ones that the WBC has become known for. In addition to addressing a variety of other veterans’ needs, the “Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012" prohibits demonstrations during funeral proceedings, as well as the 2 hours before and after. Demonstrators must also remain at least 300 feet from friends and family of the deceased at all times. (Photo via NoHoDamon) source
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No More: Following a 2011 Supreme Court decision upholding the Westboro Baptist Church’s right to picket military funerals, Congress set to work on legislation to update regulations for such protests. Now, legislation headed to desk of President Obama will severely hamper protests like the ones that the WBC has become known for. In addition to addressing a variety of other veterans’ needs, the “Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012" prohibits demonstrations during funeral proceedings, as well as the 2 hours before and after. Demonstrators must also remain at least 300 feet from friends and family of the deceased at all times. (Photo via NoHoDamon) source

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22:46 // 1 year ago
July 28, 2012

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s health situation finally explained to the public

  • what Earlier this month, word came out that Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (son of the one and only) was seeking medical treatment, but the nature wasn’t disclosed to the public, leading to some anger from officials in Congress. Eventually it was disclosed he had a “mood disorder,” whatever that is.
  • why Finally — we know: Jackson is being treated at the Mayo Clinic for depression and a gastrointestinal disorder, which doesn’t seem like it should be that big of a deal to explain to the public at large, but then again, we’re not Jesse Jackson Jr., and honestly, it’s his health situation to disclose. source

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3:55 // 1 year ago
July 22, 2012

Going to Tampa for August’s Republican National Convention? Safety first.

  • $50 million in funding from Congress went to the RNC and the DNC each to ensure that the two major political conventions this year are safe
  • $13.6 million was spent by the RNC on big safety items ahead of the conference — like 200 bicycles, 13 electric all-terrain vehicles and one armored truck source

» Trying to learn from St. Paul: In 2008, the Republican National Convention was held in St. Paul, Minn., where protesters often got violent and police confrontations were common. No one was seriously injured, but many were arrested (including journalists). Because St. Paul was one of the smallest cities to host a national political convention, its security and enforcement was slightly unprepared. Tampa is taking no chances this year. ”We’ve extensively studied St. Paul,” said Tampa City Attorney Jim Shimberg. “We’ve had meetings with folks in St. Paul, to find out what went well and what went wrong.”

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16:21 // 1 year ago
July 12, 2012
Not doing so hot these days: Jesse Jackson, Jr., the Illinois congressman whose fortunes have declined following an extended medical absence from Congress. Jackson, the son of a civil rights icon, was expected to follow Obama into his former Senate seat. That didn’t happen — a little scandal broke out, with ties to his former fundraiser, that led to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich going to prison, and prevented Jackson from a Senate-appointed crisis. Now, with the latest rumor-laden crisis over his health, many of his colleagues expect him to eventually resign. Anyone know what’s going on?

Not doing so hot these days: Jesse Jackson, Jr., the Illinois congressman whose fortunes have declined following an extended medical absence from Congress. Jackson, the son of a civil rights icon, was expected to follow Obama into his former Senate seat. That didn’t happen — a little scandal broke out, with ties to his former fundraiser, that led to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich going to prison, and prevented Jackson from a Senate-appointed crisis. Now, with the latest rumor-laden crisis over his health, many of his colleagues expect him to eventually resign. Anyone know what’s going on?

22:24 // 1 year ago
July 6, 2012
The recent event’s totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family. Thus, acutely aware one cannot rebuild their hearth of home amongst the ruins of their U.S. House office, for the sake of my loved ones I must ‘strike another match, go start anew’ by embracing the promotion back from public servant to sovereign citizen.
Dylan-quoting Rep. Thaddeus McCotter • In an open letter to his constituents, revealing that he’s resigning immediately, a month after he missed the deadline to run for own seat in November. Dude has had a rough year — the guitar-wielding conservative ran for the Republican nomination for president despite the fact that he had no national profile, dropped out shortly thereafter, then suffered the indignity of having to write an op-ed about failing to secure enough signatures to run for a sixth term. The final nail in the coffin? McCotter attempted to write a script for a TV show with such good-for-your-political-career topics as drinking, sex and flatulence. McCotter may struggle to find a new career path, especially in the wake of the news about the TV script; he’s promised that he won’t become a lobbyist, however.
21:44 // 1 year ago
June 29, 2012
15:45 // 1 year ago