Daily Archive for January 2nd, 2013

: January 2nd, 2013

Did California legislators vote their pocket book on raising taxes for the wealthy? Check their net worths

CA Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, a multi-millionaire who has repeatedly been ranked as one of the wealthiest lawmakers on Capitol Hill, is under attack for slamming the fiscal cliff tax bill — and failing to note his own personal tax stake in the measure. Media Matters took up the charge against Issa today, arguing that the […]

How will Al Jazeera’s acquisition of SF-based Current TV affect stars Granholm and Newsom? (VIDEO)

Al Jazeera’s reported acquistion of San Francisco-based Current TV — a development broken this afternoon in a New York Times blog — has the potential of changing the media universe not only for viewers, but also for the Bay Area political pundits who star on the cable network founded by former Vice President Al Gore. The […]

Himes rails against GOP House leadership on Sandy

Here’s a video of U.S. Rep. Jim Himes’ speech on the House floor Wednesday morning condemning the House’s Republican leadership for refusing to bring the Superstorm Sandy relief bill to the floor for a vote.

Obama urges action on Sandy; Boehner to meet with Northeast Republicans

President Barack Obama Wednesday urged the House to take up the Sandy relief bill immediately. “When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to support those in need. I urge (House Republicans) to do the same.” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sounded a similar note, saying, “When American citizens are in need we come to their aid. […]
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Barney Frank’s one-liners

It’s Barney Frank’s last day on the job as the 112th Congress comes to an end with the Democrat not seeking re-election. Frank, first elected to the House in 1979, has long been known for cracking wise; he once complained he couldn’t get all the way through the Starr report because there was “too much […]
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Nancy Pelosi rips Reps for refusing Sandy aid

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi, after supplying the majority of votes (172 to 85 from Republicans) for the fiscal cliff package late on New Year’s Day, took to the floor of the House Wednesday to chastise Republican leaders for refusing to bring up the Senate’s $60 billion disaster aid package for Hurricane Sandy victims. Looking […]

Outrage over House GOP walking away from Sandy relief

Wave after wave of outrage rolled through the House of Representatives, first Tuesday night then Wednesday morning, like the waves crashing against the ruined beaches of Long Island Sound. The House GOP leadership’s decision not to bring the Senate-passed Sandy supplemental relief aid bill to the floor Tuesday night stunned and angered Northeast legislators on both sides of […]
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Some New Year’s Resolutions for prominent politicians

Happy 2013, everyone! While I’ll be celebrating New Year’s Day with my annual open house (you’re invited), our elected officials are nursing a case of fiscal-cliff hangover. Here are some New Year’s Resolutions for the powerful and dysfunctional: President Obama: Invite the other children over to your house more often. John Boehner: Smoke more. Worry […]