While Kyl Demands Vacation, DeMint Will Obtruct Senate Consideration Of START By Forcing Clerk To Read It

December 15, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) has indicated that he is going to force the Senate clerk to read the entire New START treaty, which is likely to waste an entire day of Senate floor time. One would have thought that DeMint — who is on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has oversight of the treaty and which has held 20 hearings on it — would have read the 400-page document already.

This move, however, is just the latest GOP attempt to delay and obstruct ratification of the START treaty, and it comes on the back of Senator Tom Coburn’s (R-OK) threat to force the Senate clerk to read the entire 2,000-page omnibus appropriations bill.

But even as Republican senators are forcing procedural delays, GOP Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-AZ) is attacking Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) for “disrespecting” Christians for indicating that the Senate will keep working through the holidays to complete the its work. Kyl exclaimed:

It is impossible to do all of the things that the majority leader laid out without doing — frankly, without disrespecting the institution and without disrespecting one of the two holiest of holidays for Christians and the families of all of the Senate, not just the senators themselves but all of the staff.

Apparently, it is acceptable for the American people and the U.S. military to have to work the week before Christmas, but unacceptable for Senator Kyl to do so. As Matt Yglesias observed, “Obviously it’s unfortunate any time the precious members of the US Senate need to do actual work, but aversion to working is traditionally the reason that the Senate’s many tools of obstruction have been used sparingly. But if Senators want to engage in policies of maximum delay, then countermeasures of maximum work are the only realistic response.”


Media Demands That President Obama Start “Acting Black”

December 11, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Some of the same members of the media, who once sold us on the idea of President Obama being a post racial and post partisan President more than two years ago, are demanding that he gets tougher with his political opponents or in their words, “act black” in order to save his presidency.

The left is now embittered because the card house that is Obama has crashed in upon itself, leaving him no other choice, but to comprise with congressional republicans in order to avoid gridlock and move forward on his agenda.

Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and others are demanding that he get tough and refuse to work with congressional Republicans after the American public soured on the direction of the nation under his Presidency along with a Democratic Congress. Bill Maher wants to see the CEOs of major corporations such as BP bullied into subjugation by Obama and quoted as saying at the height of the Gulf oil spill, “That Obama needed to start acting black” by calling in the head of BP into the Oval Office and brandishing a pistol and swearing at him in order to speed up the pace of the cleanup efforts.

This idea of Obama, “acting black,” by passing himself off as a common street thug turned President in the need brandishing pistols and swearing people. I guess this means that any opposition better go along to get along or catch some lead flying in their direction at the end of the day. Indeed this is a very forward concept from a group people that labels themselves, “progressives.”

How would the MSM react, if a conservative called upon a republican president to start “acting white, brandish a 12 gauge shotgun and swearing at his progressive political opponents” in the wake of a Congressional Midterm Defeat? The MSM would not be able contain itself or get Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton out of the gate fast enough and speaking of which were does Al Sharpton stand on this issue? He seems more than willing to go after Rush Limbaugh for comedy parodies of Obama and Congressmen James Clyburn, but has yet to take progressives to task for parroting stereotypes about black men in executive positions needing to use criminal intent to get things done!

It seems that in this era of a post-racial and partisan President that the media and progressive activists seem to keep pushing the skin color aspect of this man to explain his failures as a executive and my opinion has nothing to do with me being black or conservative, it has to do with me being an American.

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Thune Demands Unemployment Benefits Be Paid For, But Not The Bush Tax Cuts For The Wealthy

December 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

At the end of November, unemployment benefits expired for 2 million Americans in the midst of the holiday season, thanks to repeated Republican obstructionism in the Senate. The White House tax compromise announced this week will extend these benefits for 13 months, but a number of Republicans are opposing the extension because it would increase the deficit, and are even threatening to scuttle the entire deal over aid for the jobless.

“I don’t think we need to extend unemployment any further without paying for it,” Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) told conservative talk radio host Hugh Hewitt Tuesday. “Thank you, @JimDeMint” former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin tweeted yesterday in response. “Obviously Obama is so very, very wrong on the economy & spins GOP tax cut goals; so fiscal conservatives: we expect you to fight for us & America’s solvency,” Palin followed up in another tweet.

Of course, at the same time, these self-described “fiscal conservatives” have been demanding a permanent extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, which would add $ 830 billion to the deficit over ten years. The White House compromise only extended them for two years, at a cost of $ 120 billion. The unemployment extension would cost far less — only $ 55 billion.

Nonetheless, on Fox News host Sean Hannity’s show last night, Sen. John Thune (R-SD) joined DeMint and Palin, saying “we need” to pay for unemployment benefits, while completely ignoring the cost of the Bush tax cuts:

HANNITY: What do you think of what Jim DeMint and Governor Palin had said about this that, you know, we need to extend unemployment. We can’t do it without funding it. Number two, we don’t need temporary economy. We don’t need temporary tax rates, businesses need to look five, 10 years down the road. What do you think of that criticism?

THUNE: I don’t disagree with any of that. … But I do agree with what Senator DeMint is saying and that is we need to try and come up with a way to pay for this $ 55 billion extension of unemployment benefits. We will be offering amendments in the Senate to do just that.

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Of course, Thune did not say he would offer an amendment to pay for the Bush tax bonus for the rich. As the Wonk Room’s Pat Garofalo noted yesterday, “Unemployment benefits are providing a vital lifeline to millions of Americans struggling in a weak economy,” but Thune, DeMint, and their cohorts “would cut them off, while lavishing tax breaks on the wealthy.”


Breaking: House Democrats vote to table Obama’s tax cuts bill; Update: Pelosi’s office demands changes

December 9, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 


Biden told them last night in a meeting that no changes would be made, so they could either take it or leave it. Verdict: Leave it. Defying President Obama, House Democrats voted Thursday not to bring up the tax package that he negotiated with Republicans in its current form. “This message today is very simple: […]

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Keith Olbermann: Obama Is A Sell-Out For Caving To GOP Tax Cuts Demands

December 8, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

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Waters Demands A Report On Suspension Of Ethics Aides During Lame Duck

December 7, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), under investigation for alleged violations of House ethics rules, is demanding an investigation into two suspended House ethics committee aides, Roll Call reported.

Waters will introduce a privileged resolution today that would create a bipartisan task force to conduct the probe into the suspension of the two lawyers, her office confirmed to the newspaper.

Reported Roll Call:

The measure will be modeled on a 2005 resolution authored by then-Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Pelosi called for a similar inquiry into the firing of several of the panel’s longtime aides by then-ethics Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), as well as the ouster of then-Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) at the panel’s helm.

The House voted to table Pelosi’s resolution and did not review the panel’s decision, the newspaper reported. NBC’s Shawna Thomas related some excerpts from the proposed language, including this:

(1) the Speaker shall appoint a bipartisan task force with equal representation of the majority and minority parties to investigate the circumstances and cause of the decision to place professional staff of the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct on indefinite administrative leave and to make recommendations to restore public confidence in the ethics process, including disciplinary measures for both staff and Members where needed; and

(2) the task force report its findings and recommendations to the House of Representatives during the second session of this Congress.

In other words, Waters is asking the bipartisan task force to issue its findings before the end of the 111th Congress (and the end of Pelosi’s tenure as Speaker).

The lawyers Waters would like to look into, Cindy Morgan Kim and Stacy Sovereign, were reportedly accused of probing the Waters matter even after the decision was made to move forward with a trial, which had originally been scheduled for Nov. 29.

A lawyer representing the women declined an interview with TPM yesterday.


Lieberman Demands Senate Stay In Session Through The Holiday To Repeal DADT

December 6, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

Despite comprehensive support to overturn the military’s DADT policy, Republican lawmakers have manufactured a catalogue of objections to its repeal. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) articulated the latest excuse yesterday on NBC’s Meet the Press, claiming other “controversial items” in the defense authorization bill — like expanding reproductive health services on military bases — prevent the Senate from having enough time to debate and “finish” the bill “before the end of next year.” Now, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) is calling the GOP’s bluff on process objections and demanding the Senate stay in session until the bill is passed because, as his spokewoman told The Hill, “wanting to go home is not an acceptable excuse”:

Lieberman, a key Senate proponent of repealing the military’s ban on openly gay or lesbian members, doesn’t want the chamber to adjourn until it’s acted on a defense authorization bill that contains a provision to do away with the policy.

“Senator Lieberman believes that there are at least 60 votes to repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ this year, provided that leadership allows time for sufficient debate and amendments,” Lieberman spokeswoman Erika Masonhall said. “Wanting to go home is not an acceptable excuse for failing to pass a bill that provides essential support for our troops and veterans and failing to take action that the president, the secretary of Defense, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have called for.”

The senator also appeared to endorse Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart’s demand that the Senate stay in session in a tweet on Monday.

The Senate’s continued refusal to pass the defense bill this year marks the first time Congress failed to do so in 48 years. Such a miscarriage of responsibility would not only jeopardize a well-supported repeal of DADT, but vital support for servicemembers. But by forcing Repulbican lawmakers to stay through the holiday, the Wonk Room’s Igor Volsky notes that Democrats would send a clear message that says, “if you can’t compromise on a fair and reasonable time frame and insist on a completely open debate structure, then that’s what we’ll have 24 hours a day until the very day the new Congress is sworn in.”


Ex-Minuteman Demands Spousal Support From Estranged Wife He Allegedly Threatened At Gunpoint

December 3, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comments Off 

In the divorce case of former Minuteman leader Chris Simcox, the plot has gotten molasses-thick.

Simcox, who helped found the anti-immigration Minuteman group and incurred a $ 200,000 debt in a failed bid for John McCain’s Arizona Senate seat, has requested that his estranged wife, who has previously alleged that Simcox threatened her and their children at gunpoint, pay him spousal support and take on half of his campaign debt.

Alena Simcox was granted a restraining order from her husband in June, after she alleged Simcox had drunkenly threatened her, her children, and police officers on multiple occasions while wielding a gun.

In this latest filing, Stephen Lemons of the Phoenix New-Times reports that Simcox claims:

he’s eking by on $ 1,000 a month, and he wants his estranged wife Alena Simcox to pay him “spousal maintenance” in the amount of $ 1,500 for a full 24 months, a nice $ 36K.

Simcox complains that the $ 1,075 per month in child support asked of him is too much, and he thinks Alena should shoulder 50 percent of all he owes, including a $ 200,000 debt from his failed Senate bid.

In February 2010, he dropped out of the Republican primary for McCain’s seat, and endorsed and went to work as a consultant for Tea Party favorite J.D. Hayworth (who eventually got thrashed by McCain in the August primary). Simcox writes in the filing that since Alena Simcox “supported Husband’s decision to run for the Senate and Husband’s victory would have greatly benefited the community financially and in other meaningful ways,” she should be responsible for half of the debt.

Simcox only worked for Hayworth from March 1 to April 16 of this year, because, the filing claims, Alena Simcox’s allegations “have resulted in extremely negative press for [Chris Simcox] and caused [him] to lose his job with the J.D. Hayworth Senatorial Campaign.”

But there’s more: At the time of the restraining order, the court also ordered Simcox to surrender his weapons, but he was reportedly not immediately served with the order. So Alena Simcox hired bounty hunter Stacey O’Connell to find him.

It so happens that O’Connell was previously kicked out of the Minuteman group for fighting with Chris Simcox, so there was already some bad blood between the two before Simcox claimed that Alena Simcox and O’Connell were having an affair. The two, he said, were “engaged in a pattern of devious and malicious conduct including statements of iniquity, to torment me emotionally in an apparent attempt to drive me out of my marriage.”

In this filing, the New Times reports, Simcox also claims his ouster from the Hayworth campaign was partially their doing: “Wife and boyfriend got me fired.”

The hearing on this case is scheduled for February 28, 2011.


MRC’s Bozell Demands Congress Investigate Smithsonian for Abhorrent Christmas Season Exhibit

November 30, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Managing Editor's Note: The following is adapted from a news release issued earlier today:

Alexandria, VA – As CNSNews.com reported yesterday, the taxpayer funded Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is hosting an exhibit during this Christmas season featuring images of an ant-covered Jesus, male genitals, naked brothers kissing, men in chains, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a painting the Smithsonian itself describes in the show's catalog as "homoerotic."

[Link to CNSNews.com story here. WARNING: Story contains graphic photographs of items on display in an exhibit at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.]

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Boehner Staff Met With Right-Wing Activist Who Demands GOP End Abortion Or Be Treated As ‘Child Killers’

November 29, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

When it comes to the GOP agenda, future House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) always looks for constructive input. On Wall Street Reform, Boehner was quick to consult corporate lobbyists on how to defeat it. On the GOP “Pledge to America,” he made sure to invite “senior Republican lobbyists” and “more than 20 trade representatives” to offer their advice, while summarily ignoring that of the public. Now, apparently seeking to flesh out the GOP’s social agenda, Boehner has invited another influential voice to the table: the far right Christian activist Randall Terry.

As the founder of the extremist, pro-life group Operation Rescue, Terry turned rabid fanaticism into a high-profile career. Known for his outlandish antics and incendiary rhetoric, Terry earns the scorn of most respectable lawmakers. But, according to an email alert obtained by Right Wing Watch, Terry’s extremism has now secured him a spot in Beohner’s inner circle. Meeting with Boehner’s staff, Terry apparently demanded the GOP “hasten the end of legalized child killing in America” and that “unless the Republicans do something concrete to save babies from murder, then they are collaborators with child killers, and we must treat them as such”:

We must demand that Republicans who won the House of Representatives hasten the end of legalized child killing in America. Their victory could be a strong step forward for the babies, but it also might be yet another set back after 50,000,000 dead babies.

We must not delude ourselves!…We already see pro-life fundraising letters and petitions heralding this GOP victory as an automatic victory for the babies’ lives. This is simply not true![…]

When the Republicans are in power, pro-life groups and leaders become way too “polite.” We lose our edge; we don’t hold them accountable; we settle for trite phrases and broken promises as long as they will meet with us for 10 minutes, and we can take our picture with them, or they come to one of our meetings and receive some useless award.

I beg you to carefully consider my words; look at this situation with prophetic insight. Unless the Republicans do something concrete to save babies from murder, then they are collaborators with child killers, and we must treat them as such.

We have Pro-Life DEMANDS for Mr. Boehner & House GOP

We Must Play Hard Ball: They Must Fear Pro-Lifers!

If using any political opportunity to orchestrate absurd and offensive protests constitutes “hard ball,” Terry brings the “A” game. During the health care reform debate, he was nearly arrested outside a Tennessee federal courthouse for stabbing baby dolls. During Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s confrimation, Terry launched a “defeat Sotomayor” roadshow with fliers dubbing her the “Angel of Death.” Turning on Democratic leadership, he also launched a contest “Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid BURN IN HELL!” video contest complete with demonstration. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) also earned an effigy burning tour for voting to confirm Justice Elena Kagan.

Not satisfied with just focusing on politicians, Terry targeted President Obama’s children by touting aborted baby pictures outside their school. He even blamed Dr. George Tiller — a Kansas doctor murdered for administering abortions – for his own death. When Terry brought his charade to Capitol Hill last year, ThinkProgress caught a rehearsal of one of his “wrath to come” protests in which he told one of his followers dressed as Reid and Pelosi, “stand here and she’s gonna whip you with this whip.”

Yet these incendiary antics don’t seem to phase many conservatives and even earn re-enactment on their preferred news network. Perhaps that is why Boehner feels so comfortable bringing such a radical extremist into the establishment fold. However, Terry knows that “trite phrases and broken promises” are in Boehner’s wheelhouse and is unlikely to disappear now that he has his foot in the door.


Waters demands conclusion to ethics case

November 29, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, called on the House ethics committee Monday to either schedule her trial before Congress completes this year’s lame duck session or explain why it won’t go forward.

Waters’ hearing before the committee was scheduled to begin Monday, but the ethics committee announced before Thanksgiving that the proceeding had been canceled due to the discovery of e-mail communications potentially affecting the case.


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Waters demands conclusion to ethics case

November 29, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, called on the House ethics committee Monday to either schedule her trial before Congress completes this year’s lame duck session or explain why it won’t go forward.

Waters’ hearing before the committee was scheduled to begin Monday, but the ethics committee announced before Thanksgiving that the proceeding had been canceled due to the discovery of e-mail communications potentially affecting the case.


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Waters demands conclusion to ethics case

November 29, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, called on the House ethics committee Monday to either schedule her trial before Congress completes this year’s lame duck session or explain why it won’t go forward.

Waters’ hearing before the committee was scheduled to begin Monday, but the ethics committee announced before Thanksgiving that the proceeding had been canceled due to the discovery of e-mail communications potentially affecting the case.


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Morning Bell: Don’t Give In To North Korea Demands

November 23, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

At 2:43 PM local time today, North Korea fired artillery rockets at the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong setting dozens of residential homes ablaze, wounding three civilians and fifteen soldiers, and killing two South Korean Marines. South Korea responded with artillery fire of their own but while they placed fighter planes on alert none took […]
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Gingrich’s presidential demands

November 22, 2010 · Posted in The Capitol · Comment 

(CNN) – If presidential debate organizers want former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to participate in their forums, they’ll have to meet his stipulations.

“I would not participate if it was a hostile reporter asking ‘gotcha’ questions with a certain time limit,” Republican Gingrich said on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Sunday.

He said instead of participating in debates sponsored by the media, candidates should invite news outlets to cover their debates.

“There’s no possibility that I would ever go to a debate and have (MSNBC’s Keith) Olbermann or (MSNBC’s) Chris Matthews asking questions,” Gingrich said.

NBC News – the organization that employs Olbermann and Matthews – and Politico announced plans to host the first Republican presidential debate at the Ronald Reagan Library, sponsored by the Reagan Presidential Foundation in the spring of 2011. A host for the debate has yet to be announced.

“I’d be glad to do it at the Reagan library but without the kind of Mickey Mouse questions asked by hostile news media,” Gingrich said.

He said he would rather have a dialogue about the issues between the candidates, and he referenced the series of three-hour debates between former President Abraham Lincoln and Sen. Stephen Douglas in the mid-1800s as a model.

Gingrich also reiterated his plan to announce his decision about a presidential run in 2012 in late February or early March of 2011.

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