Petition from the citizens of New Jersey praying for Congress to make the act of lynching a crime against the United States, 02/21/1900.

Item From: Records of the U.S. House of Representatives. (06/03/1813)

This petition was designed to garner support for Federal action against rampant lynching in the Southern States. If lynching was recognized as a crime against the United States at large, it would set a precedent for Federal intervention. The petition hoped that the Federal Government would set up a Central Detective Bureau to investigate lynching activities, prosecute offenders at the national level, and use armed forces to enforce the due process of law.

Source: http://go.usa.gov/DVrh

House just announced they’re taking off tomorrow, and the whole rest of Sept. And all of Oct. And the first half of Nov. Now *that’s* a job.

— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow)

September 18, 2014

Here’s The Hill on the house megavacation plans: http://t.co/RafYvZ3vRI Sen then poised to do the same. What’s that about a war?

— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow)

September 18, 2014

I know they think of “running to keep the job” as the same thing as the job, but it’s really not. 54 days off, starting tomorrow. War vote?

— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow)

September 18, 2014

If Congress is too busy to think about it until mid-November, maybe the US pilots flying the bombing raids should take that time off, too?

— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow)

September 18, 2014

1600 US mili families have sent a loved one to Iraq in the last few weeks. Congress says it’s not their business, time to take 2 months off.

— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow)

September 18, 2014

To be clear, Congress has worked a grand total of two 4-day weeks *since their 5 week vacation*. And now they’re taking 2 more months off.

— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow)

September 18, 2014

Today in the news: Centcom announces 176th US airstrike in Iraq, Congress announces plan to hurry home and pretend it’s not happening.

— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow)

September 18, 2014

I’ve just had a baby, I’ve just been appointed [to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate], I have a lot to learn, so much on my plate, and this man basically says to me, ‘You’re too fat to be elected statewide.’ At that moment, if I could have just disappeared, I would have. If I could have just melted in tears, I would have. But I had to just sit there and talk to him … I didn’t hear a word he said, but I wasn’t in a place where I could tell him to go fuck himself.

Congressional Democrats Seek HHS Update on Gay Blood Ban

86 members of Congress have sent a second letter to the fed urging it to speed up its re-evaluation of the lifetime blood ban on blood donated by men who have sex with men.

Prompting this new letter was the recent rejection of donated eyes after the death of a gay 16-year-old who committed suicide. They were rejected because his mother could not confirm her son had not been sexually active.

So far, only one Republican has signed on.

Oh, the irony: Congressman who voted against increasing minimum wage complained about not getting a raise 

 A $174,000 salary is just not enough for some people — namely Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.).

Terry has the gall to oppose increasing the minimum wage while complaining that his salary hasn’t risen since a pay freeze in 2008, according to ThinkProgress.

He has refused to sign a measure to cut Congress’ pay by 10%. Follow micdotcom

For the third time this summer, computers in the House have been blocked from editing Wikipedia due to a string of controversial edits.

Anonymous users operating from an Internet Protocol (IP) address linked to the House were banned from editing the site for a month late on Wednesday.

The action came after a series of edits people using the IP address made to pages on the user-generated encyclopedia about transgender people that many on the site considered offensive.

The final straw came on Wednesday afternoon, when someone from the House edited the page for the Netflix hit show “Orange is the New Black” to change the characterization of an actor from “a real transgender woman” to “a real man pretending to be a woman.”

Earlier this week, the account had been used to edit pages for “tranny” — a derogatory term for transgender people — as well as the annual festival Camp Trans and transphobia, the opposition to people who are trans.

“An obvious transphobe is using this IP to edit the article on transphobia,” a Wikipedia user wrote earlier this month, urging administrators to block the account.
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The Hill,'Orange is the New Black' fight sparks new House Wikipedia ban.”

Instead of governing, this is how House Republicans and their staffers choose to spend their time: vandalizing Wikipedia entries on the taxpayer’s dime.

These people are bullies and children.

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