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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will Teach Congress How To Twitter

The youngest woman in Congress is killing it on social media -- and now her colleagues want in.
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Union representatives, elected officials speak on behalf of TSA officers who are not being paid during government shutdown

Herb Wesson, president of the Los Angeles City Council, speaks at a press conference for the American Federation of Government Employees, the union that represents TSA officers, in front of the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. The union is demanding politicians in Washington to end the government shutdown. (Photo by Scott Varley, Daily Breeze/SCNG) TSA worker Rosa Guzman, speaks at a press conference for the American Federation of Governmen...
Tags: Crime, News, Congress, Washington, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Tsa, Los Angeles City Council, Transportation Security Administration, Southern California, Lax, Hawthorne, Orozco, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors


Argument analysis: Justices have strong views about removal of class actions

Yesterday morning’s argument in Home Depot U.S.A. v. Jackson was a notable one, as Justice Elena Kagan brought a strong view of the case to the bench and proceeded to dominate the argument. The case involves the removal of litigation from state court to federal court. Under Section 1441 (and predecessor provisions dating back to the 18th century), “the defendant or the defendants” generally has a right to remove “any civil action brought in a State court of which the [federal] district courts ha...
Tags: Home Depot, Featured, Law, Congress, Citibank, Jackson, Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Alito, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, Breyer, Elena Kagan, Kagan, Samuel Alito, Goldstein Russell


Opinion analysis: Interesting 5-4 coalition holds that the ACCA reaches robberies that require force sufficient to overcome resistance

In the first 5-4 decision of this term (Stokeling v. United States), the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that state robbery statutes that require “resistance … overcome by physical force,” even if the force used is “minimal,” are sufficient to satisfy the prior-conviction requirement of the federal Armed Career Criminal Act. This result was not as surprising as the grouping of the justices. Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion was joined by Justice Stephen Breyer, while Justice Sonia Sotomayo...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, United States, Davis, Johnson, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, Antonin Scalia, John Roberts, Scalia, U S Court of Appeals, Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer


GOP Rep. Says He Was ‘Unaware’ Of Holocaust Denier Chuck Johnson’s ‘Previous Associations’

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) confirmed to TPM Wednesday that he’d had “a discussion” with Holocaust denier and right-wing troll Chuck C. Johnson in the halls of the Cannon House Office Building. In a statement Harris’ press secretary shared with TPM Wednesday evening, the congressman said he was “unaware of his previous associations.” “I am unaware of his previous associations, but we had a discussion involving his business with genetic sequencing,” the statement read. “Of course I disavow and c...
Tags: London, News, Congress, Gop, Reddit, Julian Assange, Johnson, Wikileaks, Chuck Johnson, Matt Fuller, HARRIS, Mother Jones, HuffPost, Andy Harris, Sen Rand Paul R Ky, Richard Spencer


Was That Wrong?

GOP Rep says he was unaware of holocaust denier’s “previous associations” when they discussed eugenics today in the halls of Congress. [Author: Josh Marshall]
Tags: News, Congress, Gop, Josh Marshall, Editor’s Blog


Pelosi’s Suggestion That President Trump Postpone the State of the Union Address Is Not as Strange as It Sounds

When House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked President Trump on Wednesday to postpone the State of the Union address, she gave him two options – reschedule the speech, or send it to Congress in a letter. Pelosi’s letter argued that the speech raised safety concerns because many members of the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, which handle security for the event, are furloughed due to the partial government shutdown. She noted that a State of the Union address has never before...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Uncategorized, House, Jimmy Carter, Secret Service, Nancy Pelosi, John Adams, Department Of Homeland Security, Wilson, Trump, Sotu


Episode 888: The First Shutdown

In 1879, Congress and the President were locked in a battle over the rights of African-Americans. It led to the first government shutdown.(Image credit: Mathew Brady/AP)
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Did Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar Co-Sponsor a Bill to Recognize Muslim Holidays as Federal Holidays?

A dubious website said the first two Muslim women elected to Congress wasted no time in trying to rearrange the national holiday schedule.
Tags: News, Congress, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, So Right It Hurts


Marco Rubio Introduces Privacy Bill To Create Federal Regulations On Data Collection

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fortune: Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a bill Wednesday aimed at creating federal standards of privacy protection for major internet companies like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. The bill, titled the American Data Dissemination Act, requires the Federal Trade Commission to make suggestions for regulation based on the Privacy Act of 1974. Congress would then have to pass legislation within two years, or the FTC will gain the power to write the rul...
Tags: Google, Congress, Tech, Netflix, Marco Rubio, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Rubio, Hill, Marco Rubio R Fla, Facebook Amazon, Facebook Amazon Apple Google


Congressional Democrats move to stop U.S. Census citizenship question

Democrats in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday were moving ahead with legislation to prevent the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, following a court decision this week blocking inclusion of such information. Representative Carolyn Maloney, a senior Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, told reporters that she is re-introducing her bill, which was ignored by Republicans in 2017-2018 when they controlled the House of Representative...
Tags: News, Congress, Trump, House Oversight And Government Reform Committee, Carolyn Maloney


A list of Steve King's worst remarks: Racist, shocking, and just plain stupid

You've gotta read, by Douglas Burns, this excellent roundup of a dozen or so of the worst things congressman Steve King (R-IA) has said, dating back decades. Notable that these long, long predate the latest “why does racism have such a negative stigma” remarks that got him in trouble, and ultimately led to his removal from various powerful committees in Congress this week. “I'm a western Iowa newspaper owner who has chronicled @SteveKingIA and his troubling remarks for 2 decades,” tweeted Bu...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Christ What An Asshole, Congress, Mexico, America, Barack Obama, US news, Gop, United States, House, Iowa, Republican Party, Christ, King


Democrats Question President Trump’s EPA Nominee About Rollbacks

He called climate change "a huge issue" but not the "greatest crisis"
Tags: News, Congress, Uncategorized, Epa, Trump, Onetime


Did Congress ‘Set Aside’ $50 Billion in 2006 for the Construction of Border Fencing?

When some leading Democrats voted for the Secure Fence Act, were they agreeing to 10 times more funding than President Donald Trump requested for his border wall in 2018?
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Manchin Calls Pelosi’s Request for SOTU Postponement the ‘Wrong Approach’

Democratic senator Joe Manchin said Wednesday that he thinks House speaker Nancy Pelosi made the wrong move in asking President Trump to postpone his State of the Union address until the government is reopened, or give the address from the Oval Office instead of the capitol. “I’m not sure what her intentions are,” Manchin said on NBC. “I have the utmost respect for Speaker Pelosi. Pelosi cited security concerns in a letter to Trump on Wednesday asking that  he postpone the State of the Union a...
Tags: News, Nbc, Congress, House, Nancy Pelosi, Trump, Oval Office, Pelosi, Manchin, Joe Manchin, Pelosi Pelosi


Why You Should Care That Karen Pence Is Teaching At A Homophobic School

Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, has accepted a job at a school that discriminates against LGBTQ+ teachers and students. She will teach art part-time at Immanuel Christian School, a private K-8 school in Springfield, VA.In its for teachers and staff, the school requires applicants — who must promise that they are born-again Christians — to adhere to the following belief:"I understand that the term 'marriage' has only one meaning; the uniting of one man and one woman in a si...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Congress, America, Lgbtq, Kirsten Gillibrand, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Trump, Mike Pence, United States of America, Don, GLSEN, GLAAD, Karen Pence, SPRINGFIELD Va, Sarah Kate Ellis


ACLU urges Amazon, Microsoft & Google not to sell face recognition tech to government

The coalition argues that government agencies might abuse facial recognition technology. Google and Microsoft have expressed concern about the potential problems of facial recognition technology. Meanwhile, Amazon has been actively marketing the technology to law enforcement agencies in the U.S. None A coalition comprised of more than 85 of civil, immigrants' and human rights groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, is urging Google, Microsoft and Amazon not to sell facial recogniti...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Privacy, Congress, California, Mit, Surveillance, Fbi, Aclu, Innovation, Ai, Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, Sundar Pichai, Pichai


Shutdown could delay challenge of FCC’s net neutrality rollback

The ongoing shutdown of the federal government has already had adverse effects on millions nationwide, and now could even delay a major legal challenge to the FCC’s infamous net neutrality repeal. The agency moved yesterday to delay oral arguments scheduled for just two weeks from now. The arguments in a consolidated lawsuit against the FCC led by the likes of Mozilla, Vimeo, and industry group INCOMPAS, were set to begin on February 1. But of course no one could have predicted a record-setti...
Tags: Startups, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Congress, Government, Department Of Justice, Pai, D C Circuit Court of Appeals, Mozilla Vimeo, Department of Justice the Commission


Senate GOP Blocks Dem Effort To Enforce Sanctions On Russian Oligarch Firms

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has narrowly upheld a Treasury Department decision to lift sanctions from three companies connected to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. A vote to move forward on a Democratic resolution that would have reversed Treasury’s decision failed Wednesday on a 57-42 vote, just short of the 60 votes needed. The vote came up short even though several Republicans had criticized the sanctions move and 11 of them voted with Democrats. At issue is a December announcement from th...
Tags: Florida, News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Congress, Montana, Washington, Senate, Russia, Ap, Gop, Maine, Arkansas, House, Arizona, Treasury


Argument analysis: Justices grapple with notice-and-comment rulemaking for Medicare and beyond

Medicare was before the Supreme Court yesterday in a case that could have significant implications for administrative law. At the granular level, the case, Azar v. Allina Health Services, concerns whether the Department of Health and Human Services was permitted to change, without notice and comment, an important reimbursement formula for hospitals that treat many low-income patients. That question alone determines the fate of $3 to $4 billion. But the stakes are higher because the case requires...
Tags: Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Medicare, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, National Labor Relations Board, Shah, Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor, APA, HHS, D C Circuit, Department of Health and Human Services, Sotomayor, Bowen


Most Americans want a 70% tax rate on earnings over $10,000,000

During a 60 Minutes interview Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez casually mentioned that she thought that America's super-rich should pay a marginal tax-rate of 70% on annual earnings over $10,000,000 (which is a better deal than they got under Reagan); since then, the proposal has roiled the political classes and billionaire-backed news outlets, who coincidentally oppose taxing billionaires. Though the establishments of the Democratic and Republican parties have scrambled to brand this proposal "u...
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WH Economist Admits Economic Strain After Saying Fed Workers ‘Better Off’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns, noting that both the Secret Service and the Homeland Security Department are affected by the partial government shutdown, now it its fourth week. She added that ...
Tags: Travel, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, China, Ap, House, Secret Service, Capitol Hill, Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Delaware, South Carolina


A deep dive into the technical feasibility of Bloomberg's controversial "Chinese backdoored servers" story

Last October, Bloomberg published what seemed to be the tech story of the year: a claim that Supermicro, the leading supplier of servers to clients from the Pentagon and Congress to Amazon, Apple and NASA, had been targeted by Chinese spies who'd inserted devastating, virtually undetectable hardware backdoors into their motherboards by subverting a small subcontractor in China. But the story didn't quite add up. After it was published, the tech giants implicated in it released detailed, une...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Post, Floss, News, Congress, Snowden, Spooks, China, Bloomberg, Nasa, Infosec, Badusb, Pentagon, Bmc


Trump Could Use Eminent Domain To Build A Border Wall, But It Would Be Complicated

If Democrats don't give in to his demand for border wall funding, President Trump has threatened to declare a national emergency and circumvent Congress to get a wall built.
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Relist Watch

John Elwood reviews Monday’s relists. I’m today, so I’m going to be more summary than usual. The April calendar already appears to have a full complement of 12 cases, but the court in theory could add to it with this Friday’s grants. Admittedly, if it does so, petitioners won’t have the full 30 days to file reply briefs before oral argument. After this Friday, the court’s next scheduled conference isn’t until February 15 – almost a month from now. And any cases granted at that conference will ...
Tags: Texas, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Virginia, New York City, Freedom, Alabama, Indiana, Dhs, United States, House Of Representatives, Kansas, Louisiana, Nielsen


Support Your Furloughed Federal Friends, Trump’s Government Shutdown Hostages

These are people. They matter. Their work matters. And they deserve to know it.
Tags: Law, Congress, Finance, Veterans, Donald Trump, Government Shutdown, Trump, Federal Contractors, Jonathan Wolf, Federal Workers


White House Says Rep. Steve King’s White Supremacy Remarks Were ‘Abhorrent’

When Trump was asked about the remarks on Monday, he said: 'I haven't been following it'
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Trump feels shutdown pressure from economists, Nancy Pelosi

By LISA MASCARO, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns, noting that both Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security are affected by the partial government shutdown...
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FL Official Under Fire For Calling Tlaib A ‘Danger’ Who Might ‘Blow Up Capitol Hill’

A local city commissioner in south Florida has been condemned by colleagues and a state Islamic relations group for her Facebook post about freshman Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), whom she called a “danger” who might “blow up Capitol Hill.” According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Hallandale Beach commissioner Annabelle Lima-Taub reportedly signed a petition that called for the ouster of Tlaib after she was criticized for saying Democrats should “impeach that motherfucker,” referencing Presid...
Tags: Facebook, Florida, News, Congress, Muslim, Capitol Hill, Usa Today, Trump, South Florida Sun Sentinel, Hallandale Beach, Nicole Lafond, Tlaib, Lima Taub, Rashida Tlaib D MI, Annabelle Lima Taub, Capitol Hill According


Pelosi Wants To Postpone State Of The Union Until Gov’t Reopens

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) wrote to President Trump on Wednesday seeking to reschedule his State of the Union address until after the government has reopened. Pelosi stopped short of disinviting the President to deliver the address, which is scheduled for Jan. 29. “Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government reopens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has reopened for this address or for you to consider delivering ...
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