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Legislative Mischief

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AP

In a rebuff to both President Barack Obama and his former presidential opponent, Republican Sen. John McCain, the Senate on Wednesday rejected an effort to kill $2.5 billion for 10 new C-17 cargo jets and devote the money to military readiness accoun

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Politico

Wall Street has showered nearly $11 million on the Senate since the beginning of the year, and more than 15 percent of it has gone to a single senator: Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York. Schumer’s $1.65 million take from the financial services in

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Washington Post

The House voted Friday to keep federal agencies funded through the end of October, as the end of the government's fiscal year looms and the appropriations process is nowhere near complete. The chamber approved, with a mostly party-line vote of 217

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Real Clear Politics video

[One of our world leaders making an impression.] "I have concerns about some of the language that is being used because I saw … I saw this myself in the late '70s in San Francisco," Pelosi said, choking up and with tears forming in her eyes.

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Warrior Society Radio

Even more disturbing is that the proposed reform will follow the blueprint of Hitler’s Aktion T-4 Eugenics program that will mean death for millions of citizens because of “cost effectiveness”, or lives deemed unworthy of living. Buried in the legislation is a provision for a class 2 implantable device for participants.  

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Wasington Post

A senior congressman's controversial pattern of steering lucrative defense contracts to firms represented by his close friends and former staffers is a common practice among his fellow members on a powerful appropriations subcommittee, according to a new analysis by a watchdog group.

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Reuters

Environmentalists hope the push in Congress for climate change legislation is not overwhelmed by the debate dominating Capitol Hill over changing the U.S. healthcare system. But it might be.

Already two months behind schedule and unsure whether enough Democrats will play along, Senate leaders still aim to pass a bill by December when a United Nations summit convenes in Copenhagen to set worldwide goals for reducing carbon dioxide and other pollutants.

 

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mises.org / Jeffrey Tucker

More than a quarter of teenagers looking for work cannot find employment at the existing wage floor. Many have just stopped trying. The rate is nearly three times the national rate and four times the rate of skilled and experienced workers over the age of 55. This is the highest rate ever recorded in the United States.

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boston.com

Business leaders fear his success in advancing the interests of Massachusetts will not be easily replaced. While he generally did not earmark specific projects for Massachusetts, the state’s industries were well positioned to benefit from broader policies and programs that he was instrumental in shaping.

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Boston Herald

A Westport lawmaker who voted to hike the state sales and alcohol taxes was spotted brazenly piling booze in his car - adorned with his State House license plate - in the parking lot of a tax-free New Hampshire liquor store, the Herald has learned. Michael J. Rodrigues’ blue Ford Crown Victoria, emblazoned with his “House 29” Massachusetts license plate, was parked outside a Granite State liquor store on Interstate-95 South over the weekend, according to a witness who provided pictures to the Herald. The witness’ account was also posted yesterday on Citizens for Limited Taxation’s Web site. A member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, Rodrigues did not return several phone calls yesterday. But in an online interview with The Standard-Times in New Bedford, he acknowledged buying the booze during a bathroom stop while he and his wife were on a weekend getaway in New Hampshire. He also blamed the brouhaha on “Republican demagoguery.”

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The Agitator

Remember CPSIA, the onerous new regulation that requires anyone who makes or sells children's products pay for expensive lead testing?

I explaining how the big toy companies had ratcheted up their lobbying efforts in favor of the bill.

 

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In response to the GAO report, Congresswoman Giffords, featured above with local Border Patrol Union Boss Edward Tuffly (on right), has organized a community meeting tomorrow morning with Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Robert Gilbert in Green Valley to discuss the implications of the report and its possible effect on plans for the I-19 checkpoint the Border Patrol has been trying to push down the throats of Southern Arizona communities for several years now.

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Congresswoman Giffords

On Wednesday September 2nd between 9:30 and 11:30 am at the West Social Center at 1111 Via Arcoiris, Green Valley, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords on Wednesday will host a community meeting to discuss a recent GAO report on internal suspicionless Border Patrol checkpoints in Arizona. The meeting will include a presentation from the report’s authors at the U.S. Government Accountability Office and Chief Robert Gilbert, the head of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector.

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Much to my amazement, I find myself in agreement with Nancy Pelosi’s recent comment about the Astroturf quality of the recent town hall meetings being held around the country. I recently had the misfortune to witness this Astroturf up close and personal as I attended what was purported to be a town hall meeting, at the Community Church of Joy in Glendale, Arizona, in which Congressman Trent Franks would supposedly be providing some straight answers to some difficult questions put forth by a growing number of disenchanted Americans.

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Forbes

Kennedy's message was simple. He proposed an unabashed quid pro quo. Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand in dealing with President Reagan. In return, the Soviet leader would lend the Democratic Party a hand in challenging Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. "The only real potential threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations," the memorandum stated. "These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign." Kennedy made Andropov a couple of specific offers. First he offered to visit Moscow. "The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA." Kennedy would help the Soviets deal with Reagan by telling them how to brush up their propaganda. Then he offered to make it possi

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AP

A cancer-stricken Sen. Ted Kennedy has asked Massachusetts to change state law to allow a speedy replacement. The state changed its succession law in 2004 to require a special election within 5 months to fill any vacancy. At the time, legislative Democrats — with a wide majority in both chambers — were concerned because then-Republican Gov. Mitt Romney had the power to directly fill any vacancy created as Democratic Sen. John Kerry ran for president.

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Liberty Conspiracy

What happens when the government doesn't pay the dealership for your clunker?  Gardner Goldsmith finds out. 

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C4SS / Thomas L Knapp

I’m surprised that Palin seems upset at the prospect of government “death panels” anyway. The label is an apt description for just about every government department, agency, commission, bureau, what have you, in existence.

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