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So You Want to Impeach the President - Lawfare
“Trump’s misconduct presents what the military calls a target-rich environment. There’s a huge range of activity that a reasonable member of Congress could in good conscience regard as impeachable.”
Trump  Impeachment  Corruption  Constitution  Congress 
19 days ago by Membranophonist
Trump Sues Deutsche Bank and Capital One to Block Compliance With Subpoenas - The New York Times
Trump and his siblings committed tax fraud. I won't be surprised if it's a family tradition.
Trump  Banking  Deutsche  Congress  Oversight 
april 2019 by Membranophonist
Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax. — ProPublica
One of those examples where both major parties do the bidding of private companies who want to establish themselves as rentiers.
Taxes  Inuit  HRBlock  Law  IRS  Congress 
april 2019 by Membranophonist
Why is Congress so dumb? - The Washington Post
You should not be surprised to learn that Newt Gingrich is a big part of it.
Congress  Research  Analysis  Budget  Science  Technology 
january 2019 by Membranophonist
Indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter: My wife handled my finances - CNNPolitics
Throwing your wife under the bus doesn't seem like a very U.S. Marine thing to do.
Hunter  Congress  Ethics  Corruption  GOP  Republicans 
august 2018 by Membranophonist
House GOP releases ag budget - David Rogers -
"…the GOP had some trouble explaining the history itself. But a spokeswoman confirmed that the intent of the bill is a pilot project in 'rural areas' only." Rural = mostly white. Funny how that works out.
GOP  Republicans  Racism  Congress 
may 2014 by Membranophonist
Republicans Unveil Health Plan but Are Thin on Details - Roll Call
"House Republicans presented a four-page outline of their health care reform plan Wednesday but said they didn’t know yet how much it would cost, how they would pay for it and how many of the nearly 50 million Americans without insurance would be covered by it." Spectacular.
GOP  Republicans  Healthcare  Congress  Idiocy 
june 2009 by Membranophonist | Twin Cities, MN | Attack ad's darkened images prompt questions
And the right got all mad when Palin wasn't airbrushed to their liking for Newsweek…
Republicans  GOP  Racism  Minnesota  Congress  Advertising  Psychology 
october 2008 by Membranophonist
The GOP Blames the Victim -
"Most of the mistakes for which we are paying now, Mr. Black told me, were actually made 'by four entities that under conservative economic theory should have exercised effective market discipline -- the appraisers, the originators of the mortgages, the rating agencies, and the investment banking firms that packaged the subprime mortgage-backed securities.'"
Economics  Economy  Housing  Mortgages  GOP  Republicans  Conservatives  Congress 
october 2008 by Membranophonist
Bailout Plan a Hard Sell on Capitol Hill -
Good to know that both Republicans and Democrats in Congress are not buying the Bush administration's "give us everything we want right now and then shut up" proposal.
Bailout  Republicans  Democrats  Congress  Treasury 
september 2008 by Membranophonist
How America Lost the War on Drugs : Rolling Stone
As long as Americans demand drugs, people will find a way to supply them.
Drugs  Narcotics  DEA  Cocaine  Heroin  Meth  Colombia  Mexico  Law  Congress 
march 2008 by Membranophonist
Feds: Renzi made $700,000-plus in deal that led to indictment -
"…Renzi has been indicted on charges he promised to support legislation in exchange for a land deal that netted the Arizona Republican more than $700,000…" A 35-count indictment. Busy guy!
GOP  Republicans  Corruption  Fraud  Extortion  Arizona  Congress 
february 2008 by Membranophonist
House Democrats Stand Up To Bush, Refuse to Rubber Stamp Domestic Spying | Threat Level from
The Congressional Dems got their collective spine out of cold storage. Let's hope they hold on to it.
Congress  Democrats  Law  FISA  Surveillance  NSA 
february 2008 by Membranophonist
Bush asserts authority to bypass defense act - The Boston Globe
"I can do whatever I want." Less than a year left of the criminal administration.
Bush  Congress  Constitution  Law 
february 2008 by Membranophonist
Muscle Flexing in Senate: G.O.P. Defends Strategy - New York Times
Tired of Congress not getting anything done? Mitch McConnell is largely to blame.
Congress  Senate  GOP  Republicans 
december 2007 by Membranophonist
Lawyer: Spy Program Partly Illegal - TIME
"A former top lawyer for the Bush administration on Tuesday said that parts of the President Bush's much-criticized eavesdropping program were illegal."
Surveillance  FISA  NSA  DoJ  Law  Constitution  Telecommunications  Congress 
october 2007 by Membranophonist
"Broken Government" | Salon Books
"I never thought that the GOP posed a threat to the well-being of our nation. But these days, I no longer recognize my old party." –John Dean
GOP  Republicans  Government  Authoritarianism  Bush  Congress  Law 
september 2007 by Membranophonist
San Bernardino County Sun - Prosecutor forced to retire
"A veteran prosecutor assigned to the lobbying probe of Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands, is being forced to retire." Once again, probably forced out because he was getting too close to nailing a powerful Republican.
GOP  Republicans  California  Corruption  Ethics  Congress  DoJ 
september 2007 by Membranophonist - Catching fish, netting earmarks up in Alaska
"Sen. Ted Stevens has quietly steered millions of federal dollars to a sportfishing industry group founded by Bob Penney, a longtime friend who helped the Alaska Republican profit from a lucrative land deal…"
Stevens  Alaska  Utah  GOP  Republicans  Corruption  Congress  Senate  Ethics  Earmarks 
september 2007 by Membranophonist
GOP Faces Growing Peril In 2008 Races -
"It's always darkest right before you get clobbered over the head with a pipe wrench. But then it actually does get darker." GOP MAJORI-T 4EVA!
GOP  Republicans  Failure  Incompetence  Corruption  Ethics  Senate  Congress  Elections 
september 2007 by Membranophonist
Alter: I Know What You Did Last Summer - Newsweek Between the Lines -
"I hate to sound melodramatic about it, but while everyone was at the beach or 'The Simpsons Movie' on the first weekend in August, the U.S. government shredded the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution…" We can trust Alberto Gonzales!
Constitution  Law  Congress  FISA  Surveillance  Spying  NSA 
august 2007 by Membranophonist
White House Acts to Limit Health Plan for Children - New York Times
The Bush administration does not believe in providing health coverage for all children. Insurance company profits are more important.
Health  Insurance  CHIP  Congress  Bush 
august 2007 by Membranophonist
McClatchy Washington Bureau | 08/17/2007 | Commerce, Treasury funds helped boost GOP campaigns
More Hatch Act violations by the Bush administration is pursuit of their permanent Republican majority.
GOP  Republicans  Commerce  Treasury  Corruption  HatchAct  Elections  Congress 
august 2007 by Membranophonist
Political scandals thick as trees in Alaska
Alaska is a welfare state; no state income or sales tax, but billions in federal dollars.
Alaska  GOP  Republicans  Corruption  Ethics  Congress  Welfare  Earmarks 
august 2007 by Membranophonist
Global-Warming Deniers: A Well-Funded Machine - Newsweek Technology -
The scientific consensus was reached years ago. Pretending otherwise is wildly irresponsible to the point of criminal.
Climate  Science  GlobalWarming  API  Oil  Congress  GOP  Republicans 
august 2007 by Membranophonist
House Approves Changes in Eavesdropping - New York Times
Way to cave, Dems. "Oh noes! GWB will say we are terrorist huggers if we don't let him spy on whoever he wants without judicial oversight!" They are going to smear you anyway.
FISA  Congress  Intelligence  Surveillance  Law  Bush  Gonzales  DoJ 
august 2007 by Membranophonist
Broader Privilege Claimed In Firings -
The Bush administration believes itself to be above the law. Impeachment of Bush and Cheney seems like a better and better option.
Bush  Congress  USAttorneys  Law 
july 2007 by Membranophonist
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