The US House Thinks Polluting Companies Need More Influence on EPA

The bill — H.R. 1422 — co-sponsored by 21 other House Republicans (with nary a Democrat in sight) claims that industry experts are not given as much credence as independent academics or those working alongside environmental advocacy groups. This, by and large, is standard operating ethical practice, given that it is far too easy for so-called “industry experts” to manipulate data into benefiting their industry backers, who pay them. Besides, leading scientists, several environmental advocacy groups, and many health experts have banded together to write open letters about the dangers of the bill’s plans.

37 Democrats And Counting To Boycott Netanyahu’s Speech This Tuesday

37 Democrats And Counting To Boycott Netanyahu’s Speech This Tuesday

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to deliver a highly controversial speech to Congress this Tuesday. In an unprecedented move that the majority of Americans oppose and many believe to be a crime, House Speaker John Boehner bypassed President Obama and directly invited the foreign leader to speak. Netanyahu is expected to be highly critical of the Obama administration and our…

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Naftali Bennett on Prime Minister Netanyahu’s upcoming visit and speech to the Congress, March 3rd.

Boehner attempts to cave on amnesty; House GOP revolts and embarrasses him

The power of the purse is the single strongest Constitutional mechanism Republicans have for stopping Obama’s lawless agenda.  With the hours dwindling before a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, Boehner attempted to gave and give Obama a “clean” bill funding bill that would have funded his scheme to grant amnesty and welfare benefits to illegal aliens.  

Boehner tried to pass a three-week funding bill to buy himself more time, but the bill was defeated. 

As usual, Nancy Pelosi had the Democrats voting as a block to prevent Boehner from getting the necessary votes.  34 brave Republicans stood firm and refused to fund amnesty, even for only three weeks.  

John Boehner has proven time and time again that he is unqualified to lead his caucus.  Prior to last year’s midterm elections, Boehner would might have been able to strong-arm enough Republicans into capitulating to Obama’s demands, but there are now enough principled Conservatives in the House to show that they are a force to be reckoned with.

The solution to this problem is very simple: Continue to pass funding bills that deny Obama the ability to violate the Constitution.  Let Obama be the one that shuts things down.  Forget about the press.  Forget about all the nasty things Obama and the Democrats will say about you. Do the right thing, and stick to it.

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February 27, 2015

Nine people were found dead overnight in an apparent mass murder in rural southern Missouri.

The Federal Communications Commission passed two important measures for equal internet access in a party ­line 3­-2 vote.

House Republicans plan to vote on a stopgap measure that would avert a Department of Homeland Security shutdown as tensions flare over the possible lapse in funding. 

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Loretta E. Lynch to be the next attorney general, sending her nomination to the full Senate for what is likely to be a contentious vote.

An activist group that has twice disrupted U.S. Supreme Court proceedings in the past year says it does not intend to stage similar protests when the justices hear a major case next week that could gut President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.

Wisconsin state Republicans are fast-tracking a bill that would allow union workers to opt out of paying dues, a move largely seen as another GOP attempt to weaken organized labor.

Three more young white men, all part of a group that repeatedly searched Mississippi’s capital city for black people to attack, have been sentenced to federal prison.

A Saudi man described by prosecutors as one of Osama bin Laden’s most trusted lieutenants was convicted in a federal court in New York in connection with the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

Boko Haram bombers killed 23 people, authorities said, as the Islamist insurgents fight back against a military offensive launched by Nigeria and three neighboring countries.

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February 25, 1870: America’s First Black Senator Is Sworn In

Hiram Rhodes Revels, the country’s first African American member of U.S. Congress, took his seat on this day in 1870, representing the state of Mississippi. Southern Democrats, who were for the most part supporters of segregation, tried to block his nomination.

Revel’s term lasted a little more than a year. He impressed many political observers with his oratorical gifts and moderate temperament.

Dive deeper into the story behind Revel’s election with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.’s The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.

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Obama asks Congress for permission to strike ISIS anywhere in world

It is more lucrative to pander to big donors than to regular citizens. Campaigns are so expensive that the average member needs a million-dollar war chest every two years and spends 50 percent to 75 percent of their term in office raising money. Think about that. You’re paying us to do a job, and we’re spending that time you’re paying us asking rich people and corporations to give us money so we can run ads convincing you to keep paying us to do this job. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that money is speech and corporations are people, the mega-rich have been handed free loudspeakers. Their voices, even out-of-state voices, are drowning out the desperate whispers of ordinary Americans.
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Hiram Rhodes Revels

Hiram Revels of Mississippi became first African American Senator, and the first African American in Congress overall, when he was seated in the U.S. Senate on February 25, 1870.

  1. Photograph of First African-American Senator Hiram Revels.
    From the series: Master File Photographs of U.S. and Foreign Personalities, World Events, and American Economic, Social, and Cultural Life, ca. 1953 - ca. 1994
  2. Credentials of Hiram Rhodes Revels, 1/25/1870
    From the series: Credentials, 1789 - 1998.  Records of the U.S. Senate

Following the Civil War, Reconstruction saw the election of several African Americans from Southern states to Congress. However Southern states soon instituted new restrictive laws aimed at suppressing black political participation.