Tuesday, September 17, 2019

MixedTimes - Chad Pergram

US political discourse needs more 'flying flamingos'

I don’t claim to be an expert on parliamentary procedure and precedence in the British House of Commons. But I can say one thing: Congress would sure be a helluva lot more fun if the U.S.

Bipartisan Senate deal reached on $4.5B border-humanitarian aid package

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala.,and Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.,the top Democrat on the Appropriations Committee, have forged a tentative agreement on a $4.59 billion supplemental appropriations package for the border and humanitarian assistance, Fox News has learned.

Dems unveil contempt resolution for Barr, McGahn over subpoena snub

House Democrats on Thursday put the finishing touches on a resolution to hold Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress for not complying with recent congressional subpoenas, amid demands for information related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Black holes and Congress’ accomplishments at 100 days

Astronomers announced this week they finally observed what Albert Einstein hypothesized decades ago: a black hole. A black hole is an abyss of oblivion. A concentration of nothingness.

Dem lawmakers who voted against Starr report release now pushing for Mueller report

Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler, Oversight Committee Chairman Cummings, Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Engel and Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Waters are part of a group of lawmakers in the lower chamber putting pressure on Attorney General William Barr to release the so-called Mueller Report.

Border wall standoff could lead to another government shutdown this fall

It’s unclear what legislative issues may consume Congress between now and the end of September but one thing’s for sure: President Trump’s veto of a measure to terminate his national emergency for the border has the potential to spark another government shutdown on Oct.

Former GOP Texas Rep. Ralph Hall dead at age 95

Former Rep. Ralph Hall, a Texas Republican best known for switching parties near the end of his 17-term career from 1981 to 2015, died Thursdayat the age of 95 at his home in Rockwall, Texas.

Politicians show their cards in Las Vegas

When I travel, I often tell lawmakers I’m headed to their home state or district. I often suggest we meet for coffee or breakfast sometime. As a reporter, it’s a helpful contrast to see House members and senators in Washington – and also on their home turf.

How the House-Senate Conference Committee aims to avert another shutdown

The linchpin to avoiding another government shutdown in mid-February is a House-Senate conference committee on border security which publicly convenes Wednesday afternoon. Either the sides work out a deal or there is a serious risk of a government shutdown in a few weeks.

Time's up for House Ethics Committee's probe of Rep. Tom Garrett

The House Ethics Committee revealed Wednesday that it ran out of time in its investigation into outgoing Virginia GOP Rep. Tom Garrett, who earlier this year was accused of having aides perform duties outside their typical congressional jobs during work hours.

Trump administration plows through Kavanaugh chaos

Vice President Mike Pence had just presided over the Senate’s confirmation vote of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. An angry swarm of demonstrators packed the Capitol lawn, protesting the vote.

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