After the House passed the bill that averted the fiscal cliff but didn’t cut the budget, House Speaker John Boehner reversed course on his earlier decision to avoid a vote in the House approving $60 billion for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Boehner had planned to adjourn the House before a vote could be taken, most probably because he was taking heat for his acceptance of the budget deal (Snip) Now that Boehner has changed his mind, a vote will be taken Friday on the first $9 billion in aid, and a second vote will be taken January 15 on the $51 billion that is targeted for the victims.
Comments: Just when you think Boehner is going to keep a promise, especially after putting a steak in the hearts of the RINOs in NY & NJ, he plans this. See how they do smoke and mirrors with "two" votes?
So sad Boehner probably didn´t watch Gingrich tonite on Hannity. Newt knew exactly what to do. Pass the part that is to go directly to victims now. The only bill voted on should be a pork-free one, then put the rest back in the Senate´s lap.
How difficult is it for Boehner to state that he isn´t going to allow a vote on a bill that is loaded up with other spending, completely unrelated to Hurricane Sandy? How difficult is it to point out that others in Congress are cynically using this disaster to get more goodies for their states? Any of us could defend the decision to refuse to put this porked-up bill before the House. Why can´t the Speaker effectively speak?
Exactly 10. They just voted a man for Speaker who has no ability to ´speak´. But, what can you expect from Republicans. The country needs Newt Gingrich back in the House of Reps very badly. The House is the most powerful branch of the government, and the republicans run it like a dog house.
I´m all for private property but why should US taxpayers have to pay to restore someone´s private property? Also, how much of the NJ beachfront is public but inaccessible because some private homeowner will not allow the public to access the public beach vis his private path?
What would be so damn difficult about standing on the House floor and READING OUT LOUD a list of the ridiculous and non-applicable pork (along with the name of the sponsoring Senator) stuffed into this "Emergency" Aid Bill?
Boehner is the Speaker of the House. Thurd in line for the Presidency. Leader of the Republican Party. And apparently a spineless surrender monkey...
whay don´t they have insurance. The insurance commisioner should be recalled.
Also on the radio there was an analysis o f the POrk in the bill. Project Head Start gets $100 million. a fortune. How would onestate spend that much. they could issue chits for Denny´s(c) to every kid for a year and only spend $10 million. as a huge deduction.
I am still stunned that Boehnor was re elected speaker - he might just as well be obama´s twin brother. Why are most of the Rs in the House so scared to do what the people want? They become a race apart when they get into the halls of congress. The Sandy aid package should stand alone without any pork whatsoever. Give each family a pre-determined sum and let each decide how to go about rebuilding their lives. Set aside a pre-determined amount for restoration of roads and utilities, and leave it at that. People all over the country have already donated princely sums because that´s what you do to help a neighbor in need.
Boehner , like many Republicans , often speaks out and it if it gets any coverage , it will be on C-SPAN at 3 am. All during the election cycle, it was often posted- " Why doesn´t Romney say this or that " ? Romney had actually said this or that in campaign stops and it never got reported. By either the media or the right wing talk radio. The attitude by too many on the right is -" Because I didn´t hear it ... it wasn´t said ". Until Republicans control the Senate , the presidency and the media , the options from the House are very limited. Saying No to everything accomplishes nothing. Passing bills in the House that only appeal to the far right , die in the Senate and accomplish nothing. Boehner does not have a magic wand , the Senate is controlled by the Democrats 55-45 , thanks to Tea Party candidates Akin, Mourdock, O´Donnell, Berg , Buck , Rehberg ,and Angle. The Tea aka Ron Paul Party is killing the Republican Party with their unelectable Senate candidates and yet , they´re the ones shouting the loudest because the Democrat controlled Senate isn´t passing what they demand.
#24 The House of Representatives has special powers that no other branch has. It has the power--
1. To start all revenue (money) bills.
2. To impeach civil officers.
3. To elect a President if no candidate receives a majority of the electoral votes.
They can impeach Obama and the Senate would be forced to have a trial. They can shut down the government. They can cut off all regulators and regulation. They can call a special investigation of the last election...and halt the installation of Obama. The House has real power. They can impeach Ruth Badger Ginsberg. They can impeach the VP for groping. They can put Hillary in jail,,,,, if they had cajones,.
Yes #24,the meda filter is quite a problem. However, it doesn´t keep Boehner from communicating with other Republicans such as King and Christe and spelling out strategy so that they don´t go off half-cocked. Also, Fox doesn´t refuse to air Republican explanations. Boehner should have been in front of this issue and explained his position again and again until he broke through. Didn´t happen.
I am going to give Boehner the benefit of the doubt, an suggest the first Bill was to FEMA, then on Jan l5 they will downsize the second Bill an take out the Pork. He needed the time to get his ducks lined up.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested Friday morning that public housing buildings should have locks controlled by fingerprint scanners to keep out non-residents who might be criminals. “What we really should have is fingerprinting to get in,” he said, while talking about how locks on New York City Housing Authority buildings are often broken and his worries that recent court rulings might make it harder for police to patrol them. (Snip) Instead, the city is planning to install electronic key pads and key card locks on buildings so residents “can go to sleep at night and not have drug dealers creeping
The Washington Post’s Web site was disrupted Thursday morning by a hacker group sympathetic to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad that apparently launched a coordinated wave of attacks on American news outlets. A group calling itself the Syrian Electronic Army briefly succeeded in redirecting readers of some articles on washingtonpost.com to the SEA’s own site. The organization supports Assad, who has led a long, bloody campaign to crush a rebellion in Syria. (Snip) In a tweet sent Thursday morning, the SEA claimed that it hacked the Web sites of The Post, CNN and Time magazine
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Beirut: A car bomb killed at least 21 people and wounded 250 in the southern suburb of Beirut Thursday, Lebanese officials said, and security sources said investigators are looking into accounts the attack was carried out by a suicide bomber. The evening attack, which the Lebanese Army confirmed was a car bomb, occurred in the neighborhood of Ruwaiss, a Hezbollah stronghold, (Snip) Lebanon has seen a spike of security incidents linked to the crisis in neighboring Syria, particularly after Hezbollah said in May it was fighting with forces loyal to President Bashar Assad against rebels
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Washington - President Barack Obama´s personal assistant is leaving the White House. Reggie Love, the former Duke basketball player who has been a constant presence by Obama´s side since the 2008 presidential campaign, will depart the White House by the end of the year, a person familiar with his decision said. (Snip) As Obama´s personal assistant — a job that´s also known as the president´s "body man" — since the beginning of the administration, Love has been a near-constant presence by Obama´s side, both at the White House and in travels around and outside the United States.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain have separately voiced support for a deadly assault by Egypt´s security forces on Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, saying it was the state´s duty to restore order. The UAE foreign ministry affirmed in a late Wednesday statement its "understanding of the sovereign measures taken by the Egyptian government after it had practised maximum self-restraint during the preceding period." The Gulf State, where dozens of Islamists have been jailed for plotting to overthrow the regime,
Twenty-seven-year-old Iranian architecture student Nina Siahkali Moradi came in fourteenth out of 163 in a municipal election in Qazvin, making her the first backup city council member. But when one of the candidates who beat her gave up his seat in order to serve as mayor, the Independent reports, Moradi was retroactively disqualified before she could fill the vacancy. Why? “We don’t want a catwalk model on the council,” said a senior official. Moradi apparently ran a “visually impressive” campaign that included pictures of herself, even though she is young and female (cheater), and amounted to
Washington - The battle for Congress won’t fully engage until next year, but it sure looks like election season now as political activity explodes this summer at America’s county fairs, town halls and campaign fundraisers. From Alaska to West Virginia, what’s happening around the country as lawmakers spend a month back home might shape the 2014 political map. Wyoming, for instance, where quiet workhorse Sen. Michael Enzi was expected to coast to a fourth term, was way off the political radar until Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney,
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Washington - After six weeks of posturing and threats, the Egyptian military followed through on its vow to clear demonstrators from its streets, executing a crackdown on Wednesday that killed at least 149 Egyptians and wounded hundreds. Speaking from the State Department, US Secretary of State John Kerry said he called Egypt´s foreign minister on Wednesday to condemn the military´s actions. (Snip) The US government has not called July´s ousting of Mohammed Morsi a military coup. Doing so would require Congress to freeze its foreign aid to Egypt, and would compromise what little
President Obama´s former personal aide said Wednesday that the president was so "irritated" by controversy over his birthplace that he wanted to hold an "impromptu press conference" when he discovered the long-form version of his birth certificate, only to be dissuaded by his advisers. Reggie Love, the former body man to the president, told UCLA´s Luskin School of Public Affairs that the delay in producing the president´s birth certificate was because when "your parents don´t live together (and) you travel all over the world, documents get lost." "He wanted to just have an impromptu press conference, just walk in to
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Oprah Winfrey and her co-star in Lee Daniels’ The Butler Forest Whitaker appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 Thursday night to promote their film. During the interview, Anderson Cooper asked Winfrey to relate the historical themes of the movie to the modern day struggles for African-Americans, including the Trayvon Martin case. Winfrey said she “loves” the film in light of the discussion on race, because it “brings context” to the conversation. She described how the film begins with a lynching scene and ends with walking into President Obama’s office, showing how much has “happened in the span of one man’s lifetime
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Former Obama "body man" Reggie Love spoke with interviewer Jim Newton during a lunch at UCLA´s Luskin School of Public Affairs on July 18, 2013. Highlights of this interview were briefly posted on YouTube Wednesday (August 13) before being removed because the audio embarrassingly noted that Love and Obama played 15 hands of spades during the bulk of the raid on the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. Love also commented on the release of Obama´s long-form "birth certificate," as follows:
The former CIA contractor, who is currently in Russia with temporary asylum, handed over an internal audit and other top-secret documents detailing the illegal behaviour. Most of the infractions involved unauthorised surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order, The Washington Post said. They ranged from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of US emails and telephone calls, it said. The Post said the documents it obtained were part of a trove of materials provided to the paper by Mr Snowden
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