Archiv: US Congress


19.02.2019 - 16:15 [ Max Blumenthal ‏/ Twitter ]

I asked members of Congress if they thought the US was meddling in Venezuela. Their dismaying responses demonstrated why it’s so easy for the permanent war state to get its way on Capitol Hill.

(1.2.2019)

17.02.2019 - 15:09 [ Joaquin Castro, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

I ask all members of Congress — Democrat and Republican — to support this joint resolution to terminate President Trump’s unconstitutional national emergency declaration to build his border wall.

It sets a dangerous precedent and steals congressional authority. Will you sign on?

16.02.2019 - 10:27 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus ‏/ Twitter ]

I’m running for President to end our regime change wars, work to end new Cold War, & walk us back from the abyss of nuclear war. We face greater risk of nuclear catastrophe now more than ever. I’m introducing a bill to stop Trump from scrapping INF treaty & sparking new arms race

16.02.2019 - 10:24 [ Sprecherin des US Repräsentantenhauses ]

Pelosi Statement on the Situation in Venezuela

(8.2.2019) Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on the situation in Venezuela:

“I support the decision of the National Assembly, Venezuela’s sole remaining democratic institution, to recognize Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly, as the Interim President until full, fair and free elections can be held.

15.02.2019 - 11:58 [ CNN ]

Trump’s wall would be the 32nd active national emergency

In fact, the US has been in a perpetual state of declared national emergency for four decades, and the country is currently under 31 concurrent states of emergency about a spectrum of international issues around the globe, according to a CNN review of documents from the Congressional Research Service and the Federal Register.

15.02.2019 - 11:53 [ New York Times ]

Trump Plans National Emergency to Build Border Wall as Congress Passes Spending Bill

President Trump will declare a national emergency as early as Friday to bypass Congress and build his long-promised wall along the nation’s southwestern border even as he agreed to sign a spending package that does not finance it, White House officials said Thursday.

13.02.2019 - 23:44 [ C-SPAN / Youtube ]

Word for Word: Excange between Rep. Ilhan Omar and Elliott Abrams (C-SPAN)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has a heated exchange with Elliot Abrams, the U.S. special envoy to Venezuela, highlighting his role in the Iran-Contra affair. She says, „I fail to understand why members of this committee or the American people should find any testimony you give today to be truthful.“ The exchange came during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing.

13.02.2019 - 23:43 [ Brown.edu ]

Indictments and Pleas: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA v. ELLIOTT ABRAMS, Defendant.

(7. Oktober 1991) From July 1985 through 1988, ELLIOTT ABRAMS was Assistant Secretary of State and headed the United States Department of State’s Bureau of Inter-American Affairs.

As Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, MR. ABRAMS chaired a Restricted Interagency Group („RIG“) comprised of, among others, representatives of the United States Department of Defense, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Central Intelligence Agency („CIA“), the National Security Council („NSC* 1 ), and the Department of State. During 1985 and 1986, the RIG met regularly to coordinate the activities of these agencies in Central America.

13.02.2019 - 23:33 [ New York Times ]

Elliott Abrams Admits His Guilt On 2 Counts in Contra Cover-Up

(8. Oktober 1991) As the State Department’s point man on Latin America, Mr. Abrams headed the Restricted Interagency Group, a panel that coordinated the Administration’s Central America policy among officials at the White House, the Central Intelligence Agency and the Pentagon.

Other members included Mr. North, the Marine Corps lieutenant colonel and White House aide who managed the day-to-day operations of secretly aiding the Nicaraguan rebels, and Alan D. Fiers Jr., who supervised Central Intelligence Agency activities in Central America.

In this capacity, Mr. Abrams operated as a high-visibility figure who seemed to relish his combative public role in defending Administration policy in Central America, while at the same time working closely with officials who were engaged in secret efforts to supply the rebels with arms after Congress barred direct military assistance in late 1984.

13.02.2019 - 23:16 [ Omar Moore ‏/ Twitter ]

U.S. congresswoman @IlhanMN and convicted (then pardoned) Iran-Contra felon Elliott Abrams in an exchange marked by Abrams’ disrespectful interruption of Rep. Omar’s statement. Reclaiming her time!

13.02.2019 - 23:15 [ theHill.com ]

Omar, Trump envoy Elliott Abrams clash in fiery exchange

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) engaged in a testy back and forth on Wednesday with special envoy to Venezuela Elliott Abrams, accusing the diplomat of being a liar and pressing him on his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair and killings in Central America during the Reagan administration.

13.02.2019 - 11:07 [ Washington Post ]

‘You can feel it now’: New Democrats push party, and 2020 candidates, to the left on divisive issues

“You can feel it now. In Congress, it has started to shift. It has started to shift. We’re not there yet. We’re not all the way there, but it has started to shift,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said at a presidential campaign event Sunday night in Davenport, Iowa, when discussing her support for the Green New Deal. “We’ve got new energy in this. We’ve got new blood in this. We’ve got new ideas in this.“

13.02.2019 - 00:32 [ Jesse Jackson / Chicago Sun Times ]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is under fire because she’s right

Consider the following:

Reuters poll: 70 percent support Medicare for all, including 52 percent of Republicans.

Fox News poll: 70 percent support raising taxes on those making over $10 million a year.

Bloomberg poll: 62 percent support tuition-free college.

Kaiser Foundation poll: 92 percent support having Medicare negotiate with drug companies to lower drug prices.

Hart poll: 63 percent support $15 minimum wage.

Yale/George Mason poll: 81 percent support the Green New Deal plan.

There is a wide gulf between the political center and the moral center.

13.02.2019 - 00:13 [ ThinkProgress.org ]

American Jews must stand with Ilhan Omar

The right will always use Israel and anti-Semitism as a tool to destroy left-wing movements, especially when they’re led by people of color.

12.02.2019 - 19:26 [ Dave Zirin, Sports editor @thenation ‏/ Twitter ]

As a Jew, I want to welcome anyone who wants to criticize a lobbying coalition funded by arms manufacturers, evangelical Christians, and allies of the right wing edge of Israeli politics. Criticizing AIPAC is not anti-Semitic and it’s absurd that this even needs to be said.

11.02.2019 - 21:31 [ Ron Paul / Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity ]

President Starts a War? Congress Yawns. Threatens to End One? Condemnation!

Last week’s bipartisan Senate vote to rebuke President Trump for his decision to remove troops from Syria and Afghanistan unfortunately tells us a lot about what is wrong with Washington, DC. While the two parties loudly bicker about minor issues, when it comes to matters like endless wars overseas they enthusiastically join together.

11.02.2019 - 11:33 [ Phil Stone / Youtube ]

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Dark Money

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls Out Dark Money ‘We have a system that is fundamentally broken.’

11.02.2019 - 11:18 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Mitglied des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

This stuff is really sad. The GOP is so intellectually bankrupt that they no longer engage to debate issues in good faith, but instead seek to lie, distort, name-call, target, & destroy people/communities w any means possible. It’s a virus and a race to the bottom.

11.02.2019 - 11:03 [ Glenn Greenwald ‏/ Twitter ]

Equating @IlhanMN & @RashidaTlaib’s criticism of Israel to Steve King’s long defense of white supremacy is obscene (McCarthy said it’s worse). In the US, we’re allowed to criticize our own government: certainly foreign governments. The GOP House Leader’s priorities are warped.

11.02.2019 - 11:01 [ Haaretz ]

Kevin McCarthy Promises ‘Action’ Against Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

(10.2.2019) The Republican leader in the U.S. House of Representatives said he would take action against two Democrats who have sharply criticized Israel if the Democratic majority did not do so.

“If they do not take action I think you’ll see action from myself,” Kevin McCarthy of California, the minority leader, said according to Capitol Hill reporters writing for a number of newspapers. “This cannot sustain itself. It’s unacceptable in this country.”

10.02.2019 - 17:20 [ CNN ]

Sold to an ally, lost to an enemy

(6.2.2019) The US shipped weapons and secrets to the Saudis and Emiratis. Now, some are in the hands of fighters linked to al Qaeda and Iran.

09.02.2019 - 10:43 [ Businessinsider.de ]

As tensions in Venezuela heighten, Marco Rubio says US should ‚go big‘ on its relationship with Brazil’s new right-wing president

(29.1.2019) Brazil, Rubio argued, can be a „force multiplier“ in addressing the crisis in Venezuela.
Rubio suggested that the US should support Brazil’s ascension to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and its space capabilities.
The US, Rubio said, should capitalize on Brazil’s new right-wing government, saying previous leftist governments in the country „undermined“ its economic and political stability.

06.02.2019 - 15:49 [ Sky News ]

State of the Union: Why women wore white for Trump’s speech

During his address, the president acknowledged the number of women in newly created jobs last year, which led to one of the most memorable moments during the event.

The women leapt to their feet to cheer and high-five each other, which led to the rest of the House rising to clap them.

05.02.2019 - 08:48 [ NBC News ]

Congress’s reluctance to limit Trump’s war powers is a dangerous bipartisan failure 17 years in the making

(10.10.2018) The United States marked a melancholy anniversary on Oct. 7 — 17 years to the day that we began offensive military operations in Afghanistan in response to the September 11 terror attacks. Someone born in early October of 2001 is now old enough to fight — and die — in the same war. And although the scope and shape of the conflict has changed in numerous, material ways over these 17 years, it is still being conducted under the same cryptic, 60-word statute Congress enacted one week after the World Trade Center collapsed — the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or “AUMF.”

27.01.2019 - 08:13 [ Democracy Now ]

CodePink’s Medea Benjamin Disrupts Pompeo Speech to Denounce U.S. Regime Change Agenda in Venezuela

(25.1.2019) „So it’s important for the left in the United States to stand up, not to say we love Maduro, but to say we’re against U.S. intervention. It’s important to call on our members of Congress. Where are they? Where are the progressive leaders? We’ve only had a handful, like Congressman Ro Khanna; Tulsi Gabbard; one of the new ones, Ilhan Omar; Bernie Sanders. But the rest of them have been silent.“

27.01.2019 - 06:52 [ CBS News ]

Roger Stone says campaign officials listed in indictments „have an ax to grind against me“

A longtime associate of President Trump is maintaining his innocence. Roger Stone insists he is not guilty of charges outlined in a federal indictment and he’s blasting an early-morning FBI raid on his Florida home. Stone spoke to CBS News justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues.

26.01.2019 - 15:52 [ The Young Turks / Youtube ]

Trump LOSES Shutdown War And Roger Stone Is Raided And Arrested

The government shutdown has ended… for now. Trump advisor Roger Stone’s home was raided and he was promptly arrested by furloughed FBI agents.

25.01.2019 - 19:13 [ LRB.co.uk ]

The Vice President’s Men

The one member of Congress who knew what was going on was Dick Cheney, a close friend and confidant of Bush’s from their days together in the Ford administration. In 1976, in the aftermath of the Church Committee’s inquiry into CIA abuses, standing intelligence committees had been set up in both the Senate and the House, charged with holding the CIA and other intelligence agencies to account. But it was understood by all those involved in the vice president’s secret team that these committees could be bypassed, even though the laws governing covert intelligence activities had been stiffened: there was now a legal requirement that all covert CIA and military intelligence operations had to be made known to the committees through a formal, written document known as a ‘finding’. But there was a big loophole in the legislation, in the view of the vice president’s men. ‘There was no requirement for a finding for merely asking questions,’ the officer said, ‘and so we’d make routine requests for intelligence assessments from the CIA through the Joint Chiefs and the National Security Council. Our basic philosophy was that we were running military’ – not intelligence – ‘operations and therefore did not have to brief Congress. So we could legally operate without a finding.’ He was describing an ingenious procedure for getting around the law: one that would be put into use again after 9/11, when Cheney, by then vice president, triggered the unending war on terror.

24.01.2019 - 22:53 [ Antiwar.com ]

Permanent War: Congress Forbids NATO Withdrawal

The Democrat-controlled House followed the Senate yesterday in passing legislation forbidding the president from withdrawing from NATO and affirming undying US support for the outdated Cold War alliance. Is NATO really about defense? Or is it a jobs program for the military industrial complex? On today’s Ron Paul Liberty Report:

12.01.2019 - 14:45 [ Joy Reid ‏/ Twitter ]

To be clear, @senatemajldr Mitch McConnell has all the power he needs under the U.S. Constitution to let the Senate vote to end the government shutdown. The House bills would undoubtedly pass. He’s simply refusing to do so without Donald Trump’s permission. That’s extraordinary.

12.01.2019 - 14:32 [ CNN ]

As shutdown drags on, McConnell heads home to Kentucky, leaving Democrats angry

McConnell, who has been brutalized by Democrats for blocking votes to reopen the government, skipped his customary remarks as the Senate gaveled in, when he might have defended his decision not to allow votes until a broad deal is reached between President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats over border wall funding.

11.01.2019 - 22:24 [ Salon.com ]

Mitch McConnell has the power to shut down the shutdown: So why isn’t he?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, if he wanted to, could probably end this shutdown easily. Instead, he’s actively backing Trump’s tantrum. On Thursday, McConnell refused even to bring a bill to the Senate floor that could reopen the government, holding to the line that he doesn’t want to pass something Trump will veto.

11.01.2019 - 22:13 [ Times of Israel ]

Trump invokes ‘Israel’s wall’ in tense exchange over border security

“I am proud to shut down the government over border security,” Trump said in the White House Oval Office meeting with Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, the speaker-designate, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-NY, the minority leader of the Senate.

“If you really want to find out how effective a wall is, just ask Israel,” Trump said in an extraordinary exchange in front of the press. “[It’s] 99.9 percent effective and our wall will be every bit as good as that, if not better.”

11.01.2019 - 21:43 [ Code Pink ]

Freshmen Congress Members: #SkiptheTrip with AIPAC to Apartheid Israel

On December 3, freshman Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib bravely announced that she will be skipping the trip to Israel for freshman Congress members organized by the educational arm of the American Israeli Political Action Committee (AIPAC). Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American in Congress, will instead be leading her own delegation to the West Bank to focus on the issues of poverty, Israeli military detention of Palestinian children, unequal access to clean water, and possibly a visit to Tlaib’s grandmother’s village. On December 11, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez also announced she would be skipping the AIPAC-sponsored propaganda trip.

Tell all the newly elected Congress members to follow the lead of Tlaib and Ocasio Cortez and to skip AIPAC’s propaganda trip to apartheid Israel! #SkipTheTrip

09.01.2019 - 12:25 [ theLily.com ]

‘A shattering of the walls’: Muslim women celebrate the swearing in of Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

(4.1.2018) A group of Christian clergy, including leaders in the United Church of Christ and United Methodist denominations, planned to deliver a welcome letter on Thursday afternoon to the two Muslim representatives signed by 7,000 Christians.

Suleman had a simple summation of what the moment represents:
“I think the message, really, is that this is America.”

06.01.2019 - 17:06 [ USA TODAY / Youtube ]

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dances in unearthed college video

Calling Ocasio-Cortez a „clueless nitwit,“ an anonymous right-wing twitter account shared a video of young people dancing, saying it showed „High School video of ‚Sandy‘ Ocasio-Cortez.“ The video has since been viewed more than 5 million times.

03.01.2019 - 13:39 [ NPR.org ]

Democrats Unveil Changes To House Rules On Debt Ceiling, Ethics

Democrats plan to tweak the rules so that a motion to vacate can only be offered on the House floor if a majority of either the House Republican Conference or the House Democratic Caucus agrees to do so. The change limits the ability of any one member to wreak havoc on the floor and ultimately bolsters incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., against potential agitators in either party.

03.01.2019 - 13:35 [ Michael McAuliff, congressional reporter ‏/ Twitter ]

Looks like Pelosi will be having none of that intra-party rebellion Ryan and Boehner faced repeatedly from the right. This new rule for the House looks to end the ability of a single member to bring a motion to vacate the chair.

03.01.2019 - 13:15 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Abgeordnete des US Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter ]

Tomorrow I will also vote No on the rules package, which is trying to slip in #PAYGO. PAYGO isn’t only bad economics, as @RoKhanna explains; it’s also a dark political maneuver designed to hamstring progress on healthcare+other leg. We shouldn’t hinder ourselves from the start.

03.01.2019 - 13:10 [ Ro Khanna, Abgeordneter im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

I will be voting NO on the Rules package with #PayGo. It is terrible economics. The austerians were wrong about the Great Recession and Great Depression. At some point, politicians need to learn from mistakes and read economic history. @paulkrugman @StephanieKelton @RBReich

03.01.2019 - 13:04 [ marketwatch.com ]

Ocasio-Cortez slams ‘bad economics’ of budget deficit rule pushed by Democratic leaders

Khanna and Ocasio-Cortez say they’ll vote against the rules package containing paygo on Thursday. A total of 18 Democrats would need to vote against the package for it to be defeated. A defeat would be an embarrassment for Rep. Nancy Pelosi, who is expected to be elected House speaker on the same day.

03.01.2019 - 12:56 [ CNN ]

Ocasio-Cortez, Khanna will vote against House Democratic rules over ‚PAYGO‘ spending restraints

Progressives who support programs like „Medicare-for-all“ and other policies likely to increase government expenditures worry that the rule would create a self-imposed obstacle with limited political upside — and come across as a sign that Democrats are committed to the austerity economics championed, at least rhetorically, by conservative groups.

02.01.2019 - 14:44 [ New York Times ]

C.I.A. Sought Blackwater’s Help to Kill Jihadists

(19. August 2009) The C.I.A. this summer conducted an internal review of the assassination program that recently was presented to the White House and the Congressional intelligence committees. The officials said that the review stated that Mr. Panetta’s predecessors did not believe that they needed to tell Congress because the program was not far enough developed.

The House Intelligence Committee is investigating why lawmakers were never told about the program. According to current and former government officials, former Vice President Dick Cheney told C.I.A. officers in 2002 that the spy agency did not need to inform Congress because the agency already had legal authority to kill Qaeda leaders.

02.01.2019 - 14:31 [ New York Times ]

Cheney Is Linked to Concealment of C.I.A. Project

(11. Juli 2009) The Central Intelligence Agency withheld information about a secret counterterrorism program from Congress for eight years on direct orders from former Vice President Dick Cheney, the agency’s director, Leon E. Panetta, has told the Senate and House intelligence committees, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said Saturday.

The report that Mr. Cheney was behind the decision to conceal the still-unidentified program from Congress deepened the mystery surrounding it, suggesting that the Bush administration had put a high priority on the program and its secrecy.

09.12.2018 - 11:22 [ Donald J. Trump, Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten / Twitter ]

It is being reported that Leakin‘ James Comey was told by Department of Justice attorneys not to answer the most important questions. Total bias and corruption at the highest levels of previous Administration. Force him to answer the questions under oath!

09.12.2018 - 11:19 [ House Judiciary Committee ]

INTERVIEW OF: JAMES COMEY

EXECUTIVE SESSION
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY,
JOINT WITH THE
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM AND OVERSIGHT,
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
WASHINGTON, D.C.

INTERVIEW OF: JAMES COMEY
Friday, December 7, 2018
Washington, D.C.

The interview in the above matter was held in Room 2141, Rayburn House Office Building, commencing at 10:12 a.m.

09.12.2018 - 11:06 [ Newsweek.com ]

Russia Investigation: Donald Trump Warned by British MI6 That Declassifying Documents Would Undermine Intelligence

(29.11.2018) British intelligence agency MI6 is secretly pressuring President Donald Trump to avoid publishing classified information related to the Russia investigation and a surveillance warrant for his former campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page, according to reports.

09.12.2018 - 10:48 [ theHill.com ]

Comey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant

He didn’t seem to know that his own FBI was using No. 4 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr as a conduit to keep collecting intelligence from Christopher Steele after the British intel operative was fired by the bureau for leaking and lying. In fact, Comey didn’t seem to remember knowing that Steele had been terminated, according to sources in the room.

“His memory was so bad I feared he might not remember how to get out of the room after the interview,” one lawmaker quipped.

21.11.2018 - 02:46 [ Goverment Executive ]

The Office of Personnel Management Could Soon Lose One of Its Most Significant Functions

The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act paved the way for Defense to take back control of its own investigations—a job it held until 2005, when the program was moved to OPM in response to cost overruns, major delays, and a pervasive backlog. While Congress has already approved the workload shift back to Defense, members of Congress and other stakeholders have repeatedly questioned the possibility of redundancy with the two programs—OPM’s National Background Investigations Bureau and Defense—basically performing the same function, albeit for different government customers.

20.11.2018 - 10:30 [ American Civil Liberties Union ]

The Fatal Flaws in a Congressional Resolution to End US Support for the Saudi-Led Yemen War

Now, Congress has the opportunity to make a real difference that will save Yemeni lives. But one of the main legislative solutions it’s considering contains major mistakes that would actually perpetuate Saudi and American fighting and Yemeni suffering, not end them. For that reason, the ACLU urged members of the House of Representatives to vote no on the legislation, commonly referred to as the Yemen resolution.

15.11.2018 - 20:50 [ Jason Ditz / Antiwar.com ]

Congressional Report Warns US Might Lose a War Against China or Russia

This echoes, if perhaps in even more dire terms, past reports that also claimed the constant fighting of several wars is eroding readiness, and that the US needs to spend even more money. The problem is, the increased spending has kept being approved, and every time, it leads to a new round of reports warning that they need all the more money.

13.11.2018 - 09:48 [ The Dean Obeidallah Show / Youtube ]

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wisc) on whether Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker

Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wisc) explains to SiriusXM radio’s Dean Obeidallah that despite Democrats winning the House on November 6 it’s still too early to say if Nancy Pelosi will be elected speaker, noting it will be about the final seat count of the Democrats victory. (November 7, 2018 show)

13.11.2018 - 09:45 [ theHill.com ]

Progressives flex muscles as Dems return to Washington

“We have 20 new people that we endorsed elected to Congress, and there’s still a few more that are coming,” Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), said Monday at a press conference presenting the group’s new members.

Pocan added that the CPC will have more than 90 members in the next Congress, making it the “largest value-based caucus” on the Hill.

13.11.2018 - 09:37 [ Steve Phillips / New York Times ]

Do the Math. Moderate Democrats Will Not Win in 2020.

Andrew Gillum and Stacey Abrams, progressive African-American Democratic candidates, may not have won their races for governor in Florida and Georgia (both are still too close to call). But the strategy they followed is still the best strategy for Democrats to win: inspiring, mobilizing and turning out voters of color and progressive whites.

I’ve argued for this strategy for years.

13.11.2018 - 09:34 [ Huffington Post ]

For Democrats, Progressive Is The New Moderate

Far more insidious is the corporate Democrat spin machine called Third Way.

To hear this band of Wall Street Democrats tell it, centrist Democrats had a great night, while progressives were losers. This selective use of statistics has all the intellectual honesty of an offering prospectus for subprime derivatives.

11.11.2018 - 10:51 [ Miami Herald ]

Thursday, Rick Scott had won the Keys by one vote. By Friday, he had lost there by 10.

(9.11.2018) Numbers released Friday by the Monroe County Supervisor of Elections show that in the Florida Keys, Gov. Rick Scott actually lost his bid for U.S. Senate by 10 votes.

The initial tally after Election Day showed he carried Monroe County by exactly one vote. But an election summary report sent out Friday afternoon shows incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson received 18,036 votes to Scott’s 18,026.

04.11.2018 - 14:51 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Dem Rep. Schakowsky on Netanyahu Speech: „An Effort To Stampede The U.S. Into War Again“

(3.März 2015) REP. JAN SCHAKOWSKY: [Netanyahu] made the same argument over the Iraq War, that it was time for the United States to not pay attention to any world opinion, but just to go it alone. What I heard today, felt to me like an effort to stampede the United States into war once again.

04.11.2018 - 14:47 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Chris Matthews: „This Was A Takeover Attempt By Netanyahu With His Compliant American Partners“

(3.März 2015) MSNBC’s Chris Matthews reacts to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Minister’s speech to a joint session of Congress. Matthews said Netanyahu was trying to „take power away from the president.“

„This was a takeover attempt by Netanyahu with his complying American partners to take American foreign policy out of the hands of the president,“ Matthews said.

04.11.2018 - 14:44 [ Real Clear Politics ]

Dem Rep. Yarmuth: Netanyahu „Speech Was Straight Out Of Cheney Playbook,“ „Fearmongering At Its Ultimate“

(3.März 2015) „And I also resent the fact that he was telling us how to negotiate when the administration and their representatives have been at this for two years now with the cooperation, participation of five other major nations in the world. This speech was straight out of the Dick Cheney playbook. It was fearmongerring at its ultimate. Phrases like essentially saying nuclear war is inevitable if this deal were to be accepted, phrases like this would pave the way to Iran having a nuclear bomb, these are things that I think are, again, part of what Dick Cheney would have done and did. This has been the Prime Minister’s pattern. He’s gone to the U.N. and done the same thing. „

25.08.2018 - 11:32 [ Intercept ]

Military Brass Tells Congress It Has No Idea What Saudi Arabia Is Doing With U.S. Bombs in Yemen

(14.3.2018) Warren followed up by describing an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition that struck civilians in February. The attack, in the northern Yemen town of Saada, killed five civilians. Medical staff who rushed in to help survivors were hit in a follow-up attack, Warren noted. (This is known as a “double-tap” airstrike.)

“General Votel, when you receive reports like this from credible media organizations or outside observers, is CENTCOM able to tell if U.S. fuel or U.S. munitions were used in that strike?”

“No, senator, I don’t believe we are,” he replied.

25.08.2018 - 11:28 [ Washington Post ]

End U.S. support for this misbegotten and unwinnable war

ON AUG. 9, an airstrike by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen struck a bus packed with young boys in the northern village of Dahyan, killing at least 51 people, including 40 children, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross. As Saudi spokesmen defend this horrific massacre — one called the bus a “legitimate military target” — Trump administration officials are being pressed by members of Congress …

18.08.2018 - 08:03 [ Kris Paronto, 2/75 Army Ranger ‏/ Twitter ]

..Or caught lying to congress OR caught spying on Pres. candidates OR caught using their positions to influence US elections OR caught fabricating stories about attacks on US personnel in Libya OR providing weapons to ISIS backed militias in Syria ..should I go on @JohnBrennan ?

18.08.2018 - 07:56 [ Sean Davis / Twitter ]

John Brennan was CIA station chief in Saudi Arabia when the Khobar Towers were bombed. He was deputy exec. director of the agency on 9/11. He was CIA chief of staff during the Iraq WMD debacle. And he ran the CIA when it spied on Congress (which he lied about under oath).

15.08.2018 - 07:02 [ Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez / Twitter ]

Sister @IlhanMN just WON her Minnesota primary, while outspent as well! I am so proud to join hands with you to November and beyond. She and @RashidaTlaib will be the first Muslim Congresswomen in US history, both elected this year. Congratulations Ilhan, you inspire me.

15.08.2018 - 06:59 [ CNN ]

Ilhan Omar could become first Somali-American in Congress after primary win

Backed in her race by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Omar — who came to the US more than two decades ago as a refugee — would become the first Somali-American member of Congress if she wins the seat being left behind by Rep. Keith Ellison, who is running for state attorney general, in November.

12.08.2018 - 13:48 [ Tulsi Gabbard, Abgeordnete des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses ]

VIDEO: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces Legislation to Stop Arming Terrorists

(8.12.2016) Under U.S. law it is illegal for any American to provide money or assistance to al-Qaeda, ISIS or other terrorist groups. If you or I gave money, weapons or support to al-Qaeda or ISIS, we would be thrown in jail. Yet the U.S. government has been violating this law for years, quietly supporting allies and partners of al-Qaeda, ISIL, Jabhat Fateh al Sham and other terrorist groups with money, weapons, and intelligence support, in their fight to overthrow the Syrian government.

The CIA has also been funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. This support has allowed al-Qaeda and their fellow terrorist organizations to establish strongholds throughout Syria, including in Aleppo.

12.08.2018 - 13:34 [ NPR.org ]

Hawaii Democratic Primaries: Gov. David Ige, Ed Case, Tulsi Gabbard Lead Results

In other high-profile contests, former congressman Ed Case appeared to be headed back to Washington to represent Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District, while Rep. Tulsi Gabbard easily won re-election in the party nomination to represent Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District.

Hawaii is heavily Democratic, and like other areas where one party strongly dominates, the primary essentially functions as the general election.

12.08.2018 - 12:31 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Hawaii 2018 primaries: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez supports Democratic Socialist Kaniela Ing

Centrist politicians, Democratic Socialists, Never Trumpers — and lava. Hawaii politicians are fighting tooth and nail for last-minute votes in a primary election that reflects the divides seen within the Democratic Party nationwide.

12.08.2018 - 12:11 [ Seattle Times ]

Challenger Sarah Smith advances to November election to face fellow Democrat, Rep. Adam Smith

In addition to making an issue of Rep. Smith’s corporate PAC donations, Sarah Smith said she’d contrast her anti-war activism with Rep. Smith’s more pro-military stances. He’s the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee and in position to chair the panel if the party takes the House majority this fall.

Rep. Smith said that seniority is an asset. “It’s important to have a strong progressive person” to chair the Armed Services committee, he said Thursday

05.08.2018 - 14:39 [ James Thompson, father, husband, Army infantry veteran, civil rights attorney, 2018 U.S. Congressional Candidate KS 4th District / Twitter ]

Great meeting ⁦@AnaKasparian⁩ and ⁦@cenkuygur⁩ yesterday on ⁦@TheYoungTurks⁩. Extremely warm, welcoming and funny! You should come do a show in Wichita, Kansas, the KOCH brothers back yard. A big thank you to all your staff for everything! #ks04 #ksleg

05.08.2018 - 14:16 [ Brent Welder, running for Congress in #KS03 / Twitter ]

HUGE NEWS. A new, independent poll has us WINNING the primary! We’re @ 35%, Davids @ 21%, Niermann @ 15%, Sidie-McCamon-Willaims @ 12% total, 17% undecided. And, an earlier indep poll has us up 7% over Yoder in the general! #ksleg #ksed #ksleg #kansas #overyoder #yeswekansas

05.08.2018 - 14:01 [ Washington Post ]

Can a liberal agenda that sells in the Bronx win over voters in Kansas?

(10.7.2018) He’d raised tens of thousands of dollars from liberals looking for their next cause, and finding it in the suburbs of Kansas City, with a candidate running proudly on “Medicare for all” and a $15 minimum wage.

“People keep asking, are these the kind of ideas that a candidate can talk about and be successful in Kansas?” said Welder, a 37-year-old labor lawyer. “What I’ve learned on this campaign is that the only way we can be successful is by talking about these ideas.”

26.07.2018 - 12:43 [ Jody Hice, Abgeordneter des U.S. Repräsentantenhauses / Twitter‏ ]

We have given Rod Rosenstein every opportunity to comply with Congressional requests. He has evaded our oversight time and again. As our last recourse, we need to #ImpeachRosenstein to hold him accountable – before the American people lose all trust and confidence in the #DOJ.