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GOP Congressman Tells Eric Holder He Should Be In Jail

Texas Congressman Blake Farenthold refused to even question the attorney general during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. In lieu of questioning Holder, Farenthold delivered the following statement: “I’m committed to maintaining the Constitutional balance of power and the authority that this legislative branch has, and I just don’t think it’s appropriate that Mr. Holder be […]

April 10, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Republican Senator Shows Up At Wrong Hearing, Praises Witness Before Questioning Him

Republican Senator shows up at wrong hearing, proceeds to question witness (via FreakOutNation) Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) took a wrong turn. He began to question a witness after praising him, then after he’d finished a lengthy opening to his question at a  committee hearing, a staffer slipped Coats a piece of paper. When Coats read […]

April 4, 2014 / More... ( comments)

House Passes Environmental Bill (You Read That Correctly)

Pigs flying can’t be too far behind.  Here are the details: The Energy Efficiency Improvement Act, which overwhelmingly passed by a vote of 375-36, is similar to a bipartisan bill that was reintroduced in the Senate last week. The House bill calls for several steps to reduce electricity waste, including: Create a “Tenant Star” program, […]

March 11, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Republican Rep: ‘Give Our Nominees Duct Tape To Put Over Their Mouths’

Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe knows how important (and how likely) it is that Republicans running for office say stupid things. “I would suggest, when we nominate people, we give them a roll of duct tape to put over their mouths so they don’t say stupid things,” [Roe] said. “Maybe we can win an election. “We […]

February 10, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Will Boehner’s Backing Be Enough To Yield Immigration Reform In 2014?

Thursday’s New York Times reports that Hill sources say House Speaker John Boehner is ready to make a push for immigration reform. Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio has signaled he may embrace a series of limited changes to the nation’s immigration laws in the coming months, giving advocates for change new hope that 2014 […]

January 2, 2014 / More... ( comments)

Boehner Explodes At Tea Party

Boehner Explodes At Tea Party

You know he’s been thinking this for months or possibly even years, Frankly I think they’re misleading their followers. I think they’re pushing our members in places where they want to be. And frankly I just think they’ve lost all credibility,” he told reporters at his weekly press conference Thursday. “There comes a point when […]

December 12, 2013 / More... ( comments)

Current Congress One Of The Most Unproductive In History

“Do-nothing” is almost too good a term for this congress. With only a handful of remaining legislative days on their calendar, this current Congress is on track to go down as one of the most unproductive in modern history. The paltry number of bills Congress has passed into law this year paints a vivid picture […]

November 26, 2013 / More... ( comments)

House GOP Punts Immigration Reform To 2014

It took three days for the House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy’s comment to immigration reform activists to hit the papers, but it confirms the assumption that immigration reform is not happening before the year is out: Representative Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, told demonstrators in his office in Bakersfield on Wednesday night that the 16 […]

November 9, 2013 / More... ( comments)

Sessions Reveals Cynical Republican Strategy

Rep Pete Sessions (R-Texas) followed in the great tradition of Senator Mitch McConnell and talked about Republican goals in frank terms. “Everything we do in this body should be about messaging to win back the Senate” Steve Benen sums up the implications better than I could. “In other words, according to this House GOP leader, […]

November 6, 2013 / More... ( comments)

Rep. Peter King Positions Himself As Anti-Tea-Party Republican

What our good friends at HuffPo aren’t saying is that Peter King is looking as if he intends to throw his hat into the ring for the 2016 GOP presidential candidate race. He is banking on a backlash within the GOP against the Tea Party faction, and has stepped up his criticism of the hard […]

November 1, 2013 / More... ( comments)

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