More Subpoenas Drop In Bridgegate Investigation As Christie Tries To Reassure Donors

By: Friday January 17, 2014 7:33 am

As Governor Chris Christie tours Florida to help Governor Rick Scott win re-election and reassure his donors, subpoenas are dropping all over New Jersey in the scandal surrounding the improper and illegal closures of lanes on the George Washington Bridge or “Bridgegate.” The New Jersey Assembly’s Special Investigations Committee is believed to have issued around [...]

Bipartisan Support for Phone Hacking Investigation of News Corp

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 2:46 pm

Peter King (R-NY), a frequent guest on News Corp’s cable news properties (up to this point), just called for an FBI investigation into allegations that the company hacked into the voicemail accounts of 9-11 victims. Given King’s constant invocation of 9-11, only rivaled by Rudy Giuliani, this isn’t all that surprising. King said in the [...]

Murdoch Abandons BSkyB Bid as Phone Hacking Scandal Grows

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 8:55 am

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal over in Britain, has been forced to abandon its bid to purchase the largest pay-TV broadcaster in the country, known as BSkyB. The writing was on the wall for this withdrawal when all three top political party leaders in Parliament encouraged News Corp. to drop the [...]

Senate Will Vote on Crippling EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulations

By: Wednesday April 6, 2011 10:29 am

The House will vote on a meaningless bill today to basically destroy the EPA as we know it. But the Senate has been puzzling over how to react to said meaningless bill for months. There are Democrats – led by Jay Rockefeller – who want a kinder, gentler version of EPA destruction, blocking its ability [...]

Obama Speaking to Members of Congress on Libya Conference Call

By: Friday March 25, 2011 12:37 pm

This afternoon, President Obama will convene a conference call for members of Congress on the operation in Libya, a tacit acknowledgment that there is great concern about the strategy and the constitutional legitimacy of the mission. Press Secretary Jay Carney said at his briefing that the President “update them on the transition of command and [...]

Republicans Seek Elimination of EPA Regulations on Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By: Wednesday February 2, 2011 9:51 am

Fred Upton (R-MI), the chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has released his bill which would block the EPA from implementing greenhouse gas regulations under the Clean Air Act. This bill will likely get a vote in the House when they return to session. Rep. Fred Upton (R. Mich.), chair of the House [...]

EPA Regulations May Survive Due to Gridlock

By: Friday January 7, 2011 10:36 am

Among the many wackadoo bills introduced by the new House majority are a few to basically abolish the EPA’s regulating capacity: On the first full day of legislative business, House Republicans introduced measures on Wednesday to block the environmental agency’s proposed regulation of greenhouse gases and new rules limiting toxic air emissions from cement factories [...]

Clean Energy Standard, Blocking EPA Carbon Regulation on Pollution-State Senators’ Agenda

By: Monday December 20, 2010 9:59 am

The best hope for success in the 112th Congress is stasis, a kind of gridlock that doesn’t make things appreciably worse. Millions of unemployed Americans across the country would rather that government worked at giving them opportunities for jobs, but the incoming Republican House just isn’t interested in doing that. One area where stasis would [...]

EPA Sets Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 10:33 am

The EPA has actually been moving forward on greenhouse gas emission regulations, mindful that they are the last defense for any legitimate reduction in carbon over the near term. Yesterday, they issued a guidance to power producers preliminary to the new rules. While they emphasized that their future decisions would include cost and feasability, they [...]

Rockefeller to Get Vote on Delaying EPA Greenhouse Gas Regulation

By: Wednesday September 15, 2010 6:28 am

Yesterday I noted that Harry Reid spent the day promising votes on a variety of issues. He decided to bring up the defense authorization bill, the one with the legislative repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in it, and he said that the DREAM Act would get a vote as an amendment to that package. [...]

Handful of Senate Democrats Oppose Filibuster Reform

By: Wednesday July 28, 2010 8:35 am

Seemingly a counterpoint to all the momentum in recent days for Senate rules reform, a group of conservative and old-guard Democrats announced their opposition to changing the rules requiring a 60-vote threshold to clear a filibuster. Ten Democrats are cited in the article (though not all of them are named) as either opposed to or [...]

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