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Jon Stewart shames no-show lawmakers during 9/11 fund hearing
Former "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart shamed ​members of a House panel Tuesday when only five lawmakers were seated in the rostrum to hear survivors of the Sept. 11 terror attacks testify about the need to reauthorize the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund.
jon.stewart  911  victims  congress  failure 
7 weeks ago by po
Impeach Attorney General William Barr
Attorney General William Barr has shown his unfitness for office through a long series of actions, culminating in his press conference declaring “no collusion.” Barr distorted the Mueller report’s findings and is acting as Trump’s defense lawyer.
congress  impeachment  doj 
april 2019 by po
Here’s the Law That Requires Mnuchin to Turn Over Trump’s Taxes, or Lose His Office and Go to Prison
The law is clear, and it leaves no wiggle room. The consequences for breaking it include removal from public office and up to five years in prison.

If only there were a co-equal branch of government that could enforce such a law....
law  taxes  irs  federal.law  congress  usa 
april 2019 by po
Mark Sample on Twitter: "Jack Valenti, head the MPAA at the time, tells Congress in 1982: “I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston Strangler is to the woman home alone." 📼 ☠️ 🤦‍♂️"
Jack Valenti, head the MPAA at the time, tells Congress in 1982: “I say to you that the VCR is to the American film producer and the American public as the Boston Strangler is to the woman home alone."
mpaa  vcr  copyright  quotes  congress  1980s 
april 2019 by po
Speaker Paul Ryan retires: his legacy is debt and disappointment - Vox
In important ways, Trump is not a break from the Republican Party’s recent past but an acceleration of it. A party that acculturates itself, its base, and its media sphere to constant nonsense can hardly complain when other political entrepreneurs notice that nonsense sells and decide to begin marketing their own brand of flimflam.

Ultimately, Ryan put himself forward as a test of a simple, but important, proposition: Is fiscal responsibility something Republicans believe in or something they simply weaponize against Democrats to win back power so they can pass tax cuts and defense spending? Over the past three years, he provided a clear answer. That is his legacy, and it will haunt his successors.

sovereign.debt  failboat  government.corruption  congress  republicans  republicanism  post.truth.politics 
december 2018 by po
It’s Not a Big Mystery Why Jason Chaffetz Is Quitting Congress – Mother Jones
> tl;dr version: Trump’s election transformed the Oversight Committee from a platform for fame and fortune into a backwater at best and an endless tightrope with career-ending risk at worst. So Chaffetz decided to quit. In the meantime, though, he might as well get his foot fixed on the taxpayer’s dime, amirite? Plus it gets him out of the line of fire even quicker. What’s not to like?
jason.chaffetz  congress  oversight  gop  republicans  usa  government  fail 
september 2017 by po

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