committee hearings

McCain went on to predict that this process would “likely” fail, and that if it does, the Senate should “return to regular order” — a process that would involve committee consideration, hearings, and contributions from Democrats. “What have we to lose by trying to work together to find those solutions?” he asked.
 
 

And yet he voted to advance the health bill anyway, when he could have killed it — the vote was 50-50, and Vice President Mike Pence had to break a tie to move it forward.

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McCain’s speech on the health bill was brutal. And yet he hasn’t done anything to back up his words.

In other words: John McCain did a MAVERICK*. just like he always does.

 McCain, who is going to be alive a little longer because of the quality healthcare he gets at taxpayer expense, also made it possible for the Senate to get even closer to taking it away from poor and vulnerable people. But he gave a big meaningless speech that wasn’t backed up with any meaningful action, so quick everyone line up to give him a cookie.


*big speechy speech that gets him attention and praise from pundits he doesn’t deserve

Following in the Senate’s footsteps, the House is now bypassing legislative procedure norms to push partisan bills through Congress faster (this is the Pandora’s Box TrumpCare opened). Two House bills, H.R. 3003 the No Sanctuary for Criminals Act and H.R. 3004 Kate’s Law, are scheduled for a vote on the House floor THIS WEEK, even though neither bill has undergone typical committee hearings, debate, or amendment process. 

The bills themselves are also controversial, effectively serving as attacks on sanctuary cities. Kate’s Law increases the minimum penalties for any immigrant who attempts to re-enter the US after being deported. Written in reaction to the death of Kate Steinle in San Francisco, the bill feeds off of the fear of illegal immigrants even though studies show immigrants are far less likely to commit crimes than those born in the US. The No Sanctuary for Criminals Act takes aim at sanctuary cities themselves, overriding their local detention policies and barring them from receiving Homeland Security and Justice Dept. grants if they don’t comply. Together, these bills would increase our already sky-high prison population as well as the fear level within our immigrant communities.

Another thing to call your Senators/Reps about. Do it. 

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Democrats reject her, but they helped pave the road to education nominee DeVos
Many Democrats have been supporting traditional Republican views of school reform for years.

It wasn’t all that long ago that it would have seemed impossible for anybody who labeled the U.S. public education system a “dead end” to be nominated as U.S. Secretary of Education, much less get support to be confirmed. Not anymore. Betsy DeVos, a Republican billionaire from Michigan who public school advocates see as hostile to America’s public education system, is likely to be confirmed despite a rocky Senate committee hearing, where, under caustic Democratic questioning, she seemed not to know basic education issues.

If DeVos does become education secretary, Democrats will of course blame the Republicans. DeVos is, after all, a Republican who has donated millions of dollars to Republicans, was selected to be education secretary by a Republican, and would win confirmation thanks to the Republican majority in the Senate.

But the record shows that Democrats can’t just blame Republicans for her ascension. It was actually Democrats who helped pave the road for DeVos to take the helm of the Education Department. Democrats have in recent years sounded — and acted — a lot like Republicans in advancing corporate education reform, which seeks to operate public schools as if they were businesses, not civic institutions. (This dynamic isn’t limited to education, but this post is.) By embracing many of the tenets of corporate reform — including the notion of “school choice” and the targeting of teachers and their unions as being blind to the needs of children — they helped make DeVos’s education views, once seen as extreme, seem less so. Historically, Democrats and Republicans have looked at public schools differently.

Democrats have traditionally been defenders of public education, seeing it as the nation’s most important civic institution, one that is meant to provide equal opportunity for marginalized communities to escape poverty and become well-informed citizens so they can become part of America’s civic life. Public education was seen as a civil right. Republicans have looked at public schools less as vehicles of social equity and more as places that are supposed to prepare young people for college and careers, an endeavor that should be measured with the same types of metrics businesses use to gauge success. Some Republicans have looked at public schools with suspicion, in some cases seeing them as transmitters of liberal and even godless values.

That’s why it was unusual when, in 2001, the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, the liberal Massachusetts Democrat, gave critical support to the new conservative Republican president, George W. Bush, in passing a new education law called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). A bipartisan, they said, was to make sure public schools attended to the needs of all students, but the law actually became known for creating new “accountability” measures for schools based on controversial standardized test scores.

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The Last Light: Prologue

Summary: You were a senator from the wealthy planet of Naiadphae; where the rich spent their money enjoying the peaceful underwater kingdom and its outstanding flora. Your coworkers respected you for your peaceful ideals and humanitarian campaigns. What they didn’t know was that you, senator Anahita Ogym, were their presumed dead princess. By hiding your gruesome scars under the adorned masks Naiadphae’s elite liked to use and suppressing you Force sensitive abilities, you managed to fool the First Order’s spies and remain alive.

Will your planet’s alliance to the First Order ruin your fragile façade?

Notes: The first chapter! Kylo won’t make an appearance for a while, but have patience.

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I am disgusted with the House GOP right now. Not only are they making it a once again a pre-existing condition just to be a woman, but now adding domestic violence and rape as well is just beyond deplorable.

To top it off, after they pass this bill, probably by one vote, they are gonna get on buses and go to the White House to celebrate taking away health care away from 24 million people, removing lifetime caps, removing protections for pre-existing conditions, and exempting themselves from any of it. They are celebrating people’s deaths. 

To that, I say go fuck yourselves the party of old white men. 

Ancient Greeks as Stupid Things Trump Said:

Homer: “Did I say I have a great memory or one of the best in the world? I don’t remember saying that. As good as my memory is, I don’t remember that, but I have a good memory.”

Draco: “I would bring back waterboarding. And I’d bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”

Sappho: You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful- I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet.”

Solon: “There’s never been a president who’s passed more legislation, who’s done more things than what we’ve done. Between the executive orders and the job-killing regulations that have been terminated. Many bills. I guess over 34 bills that congress signed.”

Leonidas: “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

Cimon: “I don’t need anybody’s money. I’m using my own money. I’m not using the lobbyists. I’m not using donors. I don’t care. I’m really rich.”

Themistocles: “We’re going to build a wall, folks. We’re going to build a wall. We’re going to build it. Don’t worry. We’re going to build a wall. That wall will go up so fast your head will spin.”

Herodotus: “People don’t realize, you know, the Civil War- if you think about it, why? People don’t ask that question, but why was there a civil war? Why could that one not have been worked out?”

Hippocrates: “You will end up with great health care for a fraction of the price and that will take place immediately after we go in. Immediately! Fast! Quick!”

Pericles: “23 of the 28 member nations are still not paying what they should be paying and what they’re supposed to be paying for their defense. This is not fair to the people and taxpayers of the United States. And many of these nations owe massive amounts of money from past years and not paying in those past years.”

Cleon:  “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, ok? It’s like incredible.”

Alcibiades: “It’s very hard for them to attack me on looks because I am so good-looking.”

Socrates: “Look at the way I’ve been treated lately, especially by the media. No politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse or more unfairly.”

Xenophon: “After seven months of investigations & committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians’ nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!”

Plato: “Nobody knows the system better than me. Which is why I alone can fix it!”

Demosthenes:  “I’m very highly educated. I know words. I have the best words.”

Alexander: “We’re going to start winning again. We’re gonna win so much. We’re gonna win at every level. We’re gonna win so much you may even get tired of winning! And you’ll say ‘Please, please, it’s too much winning! We can’t take it anymore. Mr. President, it’s too much!’ And I’ll say, ‘No it isn’t! We have to keep winning! We have to win MORE!’”

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Donald Trump Attacks Sally Yates Ahead Of Her Senate Testimony On Russia
Trump fired Yates in January, after she refused to enforce his ban on travel and immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries.

Marina Fang at HuffPost:

President Donald Trump attempted to undermine former acting Attorney General Sally Yates by attacking her in a Monday morning tweet ahead of her Senate testimony on Russian hacking in the 2016 election and the extent of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russian officials.

Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Counsel.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)

May 8, 2017

Yates is scheduled to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Monday afternoon, after Trump administration officials tried to stop Yates from testifying at a House Intelligence Committee hearing in March. She reportedly sounded the alarm about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s communications with Russian officials before he was forced to resign in February.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), chairman of the House committee, abruptly canceled the March hearing, after the Justice Department unsuccessfully sought to block Yates from testifying, according to letters obtained by The Washington Post. Nunes later stepped down from the investigation after he was called out for questionably handling classified information and appearing to collude with the Trump administration.

Trump fired Yates in January, after she refused to enforce his ban on travel and immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries, which was quickly halted by multiple courts.

In another tweet Monday morning, Trump blamed former President Barack Obama for Flynn’s downfall because Flynn’s security clearance was approved under the Obama administration, an argument that White House press secretary Sean Spicer also used last month in attempting to explain Trump’s poor vetting of Flynn.

Sally Yates is the REAL patriot in this country. #SallyYatesIsAPatriot 

Rhodey is the only person Tony lets in to see him at his very worst, very lowest, as well as at his best.

Tony has known Rhodey since he was a teenager, going to MIT. Rhodey was the first friend he’d ever really had that wasn’t on the Stark payroll, that wasn’t friends with him out of obligation or greed.

Rhodey was there for him after his parent’s deaths, after Edwin Jarvis’s death.

He was there when Tony took control of SI a few months later.

Rhodey found him after months and months of hopeless searching. Rhodey is the one that continued to search when everyone else told him to give up, that Stark was dead. Rhodey’s the one that brought him home.

Rhodey doesn’t care if Tony calls him sourpatch or honeybear. He doesn’t care that he programmed himself as “The Starkster” in his phone with that annoying ringtone. He laughs at his dumb jokes, even at a Senate committee hearing. 

Rhodey’s there for him after Obie’s betrayal. There for him when his drinking got out of control. There for him when he thought he was dying. 

Rhodey’s always there for Tony, always has his back.

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And Donald Trump claims this woman has no stamina…
Hillary is so powerful and fascinating!

Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Select Committee on Benghazi October 22, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee held a hearing to continue its investigation on the attack that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans at the diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, on the evening of September 11, 2012.

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Trump administration sought to block Sally Yates from testifying to Congress on Russia
Justice Department cited presidential communication privilege, but the move is likely to anger Democrats who say the House investigation is being damaged.

Devlin Barrett and Adam Entous at WaPo:

The Trump administration sought to block former acting attorney general Sally Yates from testifying to Congress in the House investigation of links between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, The Washington Post has learned, a position that is likely to further anger Democrats who have accused Republicans of trying to damage the inquiry.

According to letters The Post reviewed, the Justice Department notified Yates earlier this month that the administration considers a great deal of her possible testimony to be barred from discussion in a congressional hearing because the topics are covered by the presidential communication privilege.

Yates and other former intelligence officials had been asked to testify before the House Intelligence Committee this week, a hearing that was abruptly canceled by the panel’s chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.). Yates was the deputy attorney general in the final years of the Obama administration, and served as the acting attorney general in the first days of the Trump administration.

[…]

In January, Yates warned White House counsel Donald McGahn that statements White House officials made about Flynn’s contact with the ambassador were incorrect, and could therefore expose the national security adviser to future blackmail by the Russians.

In a March 23 letter to Acting Assistant Attorney General Samuel Ramer, Yates’s attorney David O’Neil described the government’s position. O’Neil, who declined to comment, noted in the letter that Yates is willing to testify, and that she will avoid discussing classified information and details that could compromise investigations. The correspondence was later shared with the Intelligence Committee.

“The Department of Justice has advised that it believes there are further constraints on the testimony Ms. Yates may provide at the [Intelligence Committee] hearing. Generally, we understand that the department takes the position that all information Ms. Yates received or actions she took in her capacity as Deputy Attorney General and acting Attorney General are client confidences that she may not disclose absent written consent of the department,’’ the lawyer wrote.

[…]

Yates’s attorney then sent a letter Friday to McGahn, the White House lawyer, saying that any claim of privilege “has been waived as a result of the multiple public comments of current senior White House officials describing the January 2017 communications. Nevertheless, I am advising the White House of Ms. Yates’ intention to provide information.’’

That same day, Nunes, the panel’s chairman, said he would not go forward with the public hearing that was to feature Yates’s testimony.

No, Kamala Harris Wasn't Being 'Hysterical,' CNN Analyst Says

CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers doesn’t understand how Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was being “hysterical” while questioning Attorney General Jeff Sessions during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Tuesday.

While speaking to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper about Sessions’ testimony, former Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said that Sessions “knocked away some of the hysteria from Kamala Harris and some of the Democrats who wanted to make this a big partisan show.” he said.

Powers fired back, asked: “How was Sen. Kamala Harris hysterical?”

You can read the full conversation below via CNN.

Miller: “It didn’t seem like there was any effort to try to get to a real question or to the bottom of things.”

Powers: “I think she asked a lot of questions. She was very dogged. I wouldn’t say she was any more dogged than Sen. Ron Wyden was, would you say that?”

Miller: “I think she was hysterical. “I don’t think Sen. Wyden was trying to get to the bottom of answers either.”

Powers: “But he wasn’t hysterical, she was.”

Miller: “She was trying to shout down Attorney General Sessions and I thought it was way out of bounds. This is the second hearing in a row.”

Toward the end, CNN contributor Jefferey Lord added that “hysteria is a neutral quality.” To which Powers responded: “And yet, it’s just women that usually are called hysterical.”

The tense exchange comes after Harris was interrupted by her male colleagues during Sessions’ testimony on Tuesday and after she was interrupted earlier in June under similar circumstances.

It was a simple question. Can Sessions point to the policy, in writing, that allows him to not answer a whole host of our questions today.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris)

June 13, 2017

After the hearing, Sen. Harris tweeted: “It was a simple question. Can Sessions point to the policy, in writing, that allows him to not answer a whole host of our questions today.”