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Barney Frank’s one-liners

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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 [...] [Read More]
Categories: General

Nancy Pelosi rips Reps for refusing Sandy aid

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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 [...] [Read More]

Outrage over House GOP walking away from Sandy relief

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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 [...] [Read More]
Categories: General

Some New Year’s Resolutions for prominent politicians

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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 [...] [Read More]

Over the cliff we go

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The House of Representatives prepared to recess late Monday without voting on a tax measure, guaranteeing the nation would go over the much-feared fiscal cliff. The Senate nevertheless remained in session to possibly vote on a deal that reportedly would wipe away Bush-era tax cuts for those earning over $400,000 individually and $450,000 for couples filing [...] [Read More]
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Mitch McConnell: “very, very close” and tax part done

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Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the chief negotiator with Vice President Joe Biden, said a deal on the fiscal cliff is “very, very close,” with an agreement on the main issue, taxes, in hand. McConnell said the spending cuts in the sequester can wait, and urged everyone to take the deal on taxes, [...] [Read More]
Categories: Fiscal Cliff

Rep. Sam Farr: House hijacked

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The House is still waiting for the Senate to come up with a deal on the fiscal cliff, now down to negotiations between Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden. Obama is set to deliver remarks at 1:30 Eastern, 10:30 Pacific. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Monterey, attributed the breakdown in the House to a [...] [Read More]

The 12 weirdest political moments of 2012

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Sometimes, it’s hard to separate the political news from your favorite “news of the weird” feed. There was so much weird stuff going on along the campaign trail that it’s hard to select the dozen best. But here’s our best effort: 1. Clint Eastwood and his chair. It was the most bizarre moment at a [...] [Read More]