Category Archives: Congress

Government Train Wreck

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A reporter blamed the tragic Amtrak train wreck in Philadelphia on not enough government spending on infrastructure. House Speaker John Boehner said the train wrecked because it was going 106 mph in a 50 mph zone. This may be just the sort of thinking President Obama wants Boehner to change.

Gyrocopter Air Mail

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Postal worker Doug Hughes delivered a load of letters to Congress by landing a flying lawn mower on the U.S. Capitol lawn. He managed to fly his gyrocopter under Homeland Security’s radar and no one shot him.

Hughes is luckier than Miriam Carey. She was visiting our nation’s capitol more conventionally in her black Infiniti on October 3, 2013.

Somehow she made a u-turn at a secret service checkpoint and got involved in a high speed chase.  That ended when Capital Police fired 26 shots killing the 34 year old dental hygienist but missing her 16 month old baby in the back seat.

Harry Reid Whups the Truth

150417-black-eyed-reidFrom the Senate floor in 2012, Harry Reid, without a shred of evidence, claimed Mitt Romney hadn’t paid his taxes for 10 years.

From his bathroom floor on New Years day 2015, Reid claimed some exercise gear beat the crap out him.

CNN’s Dana Bash recently asked Reid about his Senate floor claim. He didn’t apologize or back away. He simply answered, “Romney didn’t win, did he?”

Bracket Buster

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It’s March Madness week. The president has a pen, he’s filling out his bracket, and he doesn’t need Congressional approval. Here’s a cool bracket from FiveThirtyEight. You can roll over any team and it will give that teams chance of winning any game right up to the championship.

Half Baked Near Treachery

150313-half-baked-near-treacheryForty-six Republican senators have signed a letter written by freshman Senator Tom Cotton to the leaders of Iran. The letter explains that the nuclear deal President Obama is negotiating is non-binding and won’t survive after he leaves office.

For that breech of etiquette foreign policy expert Leslie Gelb, in a Daily Beast column, says “Republicans hate Obama more than a nuclear Iran”. He calls the letter an act of “near treachery”. (On the other hand, in January he demanded that Obama fire his staff and meet with Senate leaders.)

Fellow foreign policy expert, David Ignatius, says the Senators’ letter is “Grossly irresponsible”.

Michael Gerson thinks the letter is a “half baked” scheme brought on by Obama cutting the Senate out of the process.

Mark Thiessen says it’s not a big deal because it’s all happened before – and he was part of it.

Carl M. Cannon thinks calling the Senators  traitors is “beyond Orwellian”.

And Molly Hemingway, in The Federalist, complete with a photo of veteran Tom Cotton holding a kitten while on military duty, calls the whole over-reaction a “media smear”.