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Fresh update on "congress" discussed on The Sean Hannity Show
"I'm Mary course. Eddie Fox news protests throughout the country over recent police shootings. A demonstration in the Minneapolis suburb Brooklyn Center got the attention of a Democrat from California despite breaking the curfew, the protesters that support from a member of Congress representative Maxine Waters, joining the crowns and demanding justice. Waters also said that if X Minneapolis officer dare shaman is acquitted, quote. We got to stay on the street and get more active. We got to get more confrontational. They've got to know that we mean business and quote anti cop sentiment spreading nationwide. Sacramento police declared an unlawful assembly after protesters threw rocks and then hurt for officers with a liquid irritant. A similar attack taking place in New York City, a suspect throwing a chemical on an officer after being pulled over for running a Run light. He then threw a Molotov cocktail before being arrested. Foxes Actually Strohmeyer reporting Monday we'll see the start of closing arguments in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derrick Show Vin. Meanwhile, President Biden is trying to find consensus on his infrastructure and jobs spending proposal. Republicans and Democrats can't agree on what infrastructure should include. It's become a major sticking point in President Biden's $2.3 Trillion American jobs plan. There's not much resistance, I think out in Out of the country to getting beyond roads and bridges. North Carolina Democrat David Price was one of the lawmakers who met with President Biden last week on an infrastructure proposal. You got to build back better, and you got to take it. Take a count off of disaster prone areas. And and, of course, climate change is a big part of that. But Republicans have balked at the price tag in this week could introduce a counterproposal with a focus on transportation needs in a price tag. Under $1. Trillion Fox is Jared Halpern. America is.
Biden Administration: Police Reform and Gun Control
"Kristen. Where does the white house think they can make progress on police reform or on gun regulation so taking both of those issues. Chuck i on police. Reform the white house's pushing for the george floyd bill which passed the house to pass the senate. That is a bill that would make it easier to prosecute police misconduct. It would pour resources into training. Police there is a bipartisan effort. To try to move that forward no progress though same thing as it relates to gun. They're urging congress to act on two bills that would expand background checks that passed the house. They want the senate to act the reality though chuck while those two things are stalled. The white house focused on infrastructure. It's big push
Fresh update on "congress" discussed on AP 24 Hour News
"His older brother Fidel is president in 2008 and then his head of the party in 2011, But L. Castro, who died in 2016 lead the revolution that drove out dictator Fulgencio Batista in 1959. Raul Castro did not say who he will endure, says first secretary of the Communist Party but previously indicated he favors 69 year old Miguel Diaz Canel, who succeeded him as president in 2018. I'm Mike Rossia. AP News I'm to McGuire a 19 year old former FedEx Workers shot and killed four people outside a company facility in Indianapolis late last night, and for others inside the building five more workers or wounded before the shooter Brandon Scott whole apparently killed himself. Deputy police chief Craig McCarty says they haven't been able to establish a motive for the attack. He did confirm that police had an encounter with whole last year. I know a gun was seized in the one from last year. But that's all the information that I have on those right now. FBI agents also talked with the young man at that time, President Biden says last night shooting just underscores the need for Republicans in Congress to agree to act on gun control measures. I continue. I strongly strongly urged my Republican friends in the Congress who even issues to bring up the house passed a bill to bring it up. Now this.
Biden faces blowback from Democrats over refugee cap
"President Biden F over the cap of refugees coming to America. On Friday, the White House said the president was keeping Donald Trump's cap of 15,000 refugees for this year. That led to an immediate outcry from Democrats in Congress and other Biden allies. The blowback was so stiff, the White House later announced Mr Biden would increase the refugee cap by May 15th. Though it didn't say by how much Greg Clugston
Fresh update on "congress" discussed on AP 24 Hour News
"Last Sunday in Chicago protesters after the release of the police body Cam Video of the shooting death of 13 year old Adam Toledo Lesson a second after he had a gun in his hand. This is AP News End of an era in Cuba. Raul Castro announced Friday he is resigning his head of Cuba's Communist Party, ending more than six decades of his family's leadership. The 89 year old Castro announced his retirement. In a speech at the opening of the eighth Congress of the ruling party, Rela Castro succeeded his older brother Fidel is president in 2008 and then his head of the party in 2011, But L. Castro, who died in 2016 lead the revolution that drove out dictator Florencio Batista in 1959, Raul Castro. Did not say who he will endorse as first secretary of the Communist Party, previously indicated he favors 60 year old Miguel Diaz Canel, who succeeded him as president in 2018, The Hartford insurance company agrees to pay $650 million into a proposed trust fund for victims of child sexual abuse. As part of the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case, lawyers for the tens of thousands of men suing the Boy Scouts say the company's liability is likely to be in the billions of dollars. I'm Tim McGuire, AP News Nissan.
Biden calls gun violence 'a national embarrassment'
"Biden says It's up to Congress to pass laws to help address the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States. After meeting with Japan's prime minister The Associated Press asked President Biden about the mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility following massacres in recent weeks in Colorado, Georgia, South Carolina and Orange, California every single day. There's a mass shooting this year in the United States, if you count All those who were killed out on the streets. Asked if he should be making gun control his top priority instead of infrastructure, the president says he's introduced executive orders. The House has passed legislation and now the Senate must act. Bring it up now. This has to end it's a national embarrassment. Japan's visiting Prime Minister Yoshihide Asuka expressed sympathy and says innocents, citizens must not be exposed to any such violence.
Federal officials reverse limits on fetal tissue research
"The blighted ministrations reverse trump error restrictions on the use of human fetal tissue for medical research government scientists will be able to resume their work and research that uses tissue from elective abortions looking for treatments for various diseases including coal bed in the past such researches help produce vaccines for rubella rabies and drugs to treat HIV but the work has been criticized by abortion opponents the trump administration changed the policy in June of twenty nineteen requiring permission from a special ethics panel for any federal grants end consent from anyone donating fetal tissue health and Human Services secretary hobby Erebus era says researchers can go back to past policies members of Congress who sought the reversal are praising the move but the national right to life committee call city sickening decision Jackie Quinn Washington
US has been wracked with several mass shootings in 2021
"President Biden says it's up to Congress to pass laws to help address the epidemic of mass shootings in the United States after meeting with Japan's prime minister the Associated Press asked president Biden about the mass shooting at an Indianapolis FedEx facility following massacres in recent weeks in Colorado Georgia South Carolina and orange California every single day there's a mass shooting this year in the United States if you count all those who were killed out in the streets asked if he should be making gun control his top priority instead of infrastructure the president says he's introduced executive orders the house has passed legislation and now the Senate must act to bring it up this has to end it's a national embarrassment Japan's visiting prime minister Yoshi he'd Asuka expressed sympathy and says innocent citizens must not be exposed to any such violence Jackie Quinn Washington
Raul Castro resigns as Communist chief, ending era in Cuba
"Hi Mike Rossio reporting role Castro resigns as Communist Party chief ending an era in Cuba role Castro announced Friday he is resigning as head of Cuba's Communist Party ending more than six decades of his family's leadership the eighty nine year old Castro announced his retirement in a speech at the opening of the eighth Congress of the ruling party role Castro succeeded his older brother Fidel as president in two thousand eight and then as head of the party in twenty eleven but L. Castro who died in twenty sixteen lead the revolution that drove out dictator full hence you about the study in nineteen fifty nine Castro did not say who he will endorse as first secretary of the Communist Party but previously indicated he favors sixty nine year old Miguel Diaz canal who succeeded him as president in twenty eighteen hi Mike Crossey
Heavy Metal Guitarist, US Capitol Rioter Pleads Guilty
"Marks 100 days since the U. S capitol attack and for the first time a guilty plea from one of the defendant during the riot, The FBI said. John Schaefer sprayed US Capitol police officers would bear spray and was photographed inside the U. S can Capital. He's pleading guilty to unlawfully entering restricted grounds for the weapon and disrupting an official proceeding as Congress was meeting to certify the electoral college 100 days after the insurrection, Schaeffer becomes the first defendant to plead guilty. There are more than 400 defendants who have been arrested in 45 different states. BBC's Aaron Carter Ski
Biden Administration Says Gun Violence Must End, Urges Congress Again to Act
"The bike did ministration is again urging action to curb gun violence after another mass shooting from vice president Harris during a meeting with Japan's prime minister this violence must end to press secretary Jen Psaki were horrified by the shooting overnight two the president himself who in a written statement calls the Indianapolis shooting just the latest in a string of tragedies and another example of an epidemic a week after calling for gun restrictions the president's upping his plea for the Senate to approve universal background checks and a ban assault rifles saying the nation can and must do more to save lives Sager made Ghani Washington
Capitol Police Inspector General to Testify at Congressional Hearing
"Inspector general for the U. S. Capitol. Police will testify at a congressional hearing today. NPR's Claudia Gonzalez reports he's issued an explosive report about the agency leaders failures to properly respond to the January 6th insurrection. Inspector General Michael Bolton is expected to tell Congress that Capitol police must shift from a reactionary role to a protective posture. Bolton is expected to share findings from his extensive report detailing how the agency's leadership decisions hampered their response. Here's Ohio Democrat Tim Ryan, whose committee oversees Capitol police mean these men and women were betrayed by their leadership. And and put in unwinnable situation. And now we're you know, dealing with the fall out of that. Bolton said The agency also failed to prioritize its own intelligence that the capital would be the target of
Treasury Creates New Office to Oversee COVID-19 Relief Programs
"Department is created a new office to supervise the dis first bit of covert provided relief money. It's called the Office of Recovery programs, and the goal is to streamline the process and ensure all eligible groups have access to the money in Corona virus aid Authorized by Congress. The new Treasury Department office will oversee the release of $420 billion from the $1.9 Trillion covert relief package. As it handles several relief programs, including emergency rental assistance, mortgage support and loans for airlines. Greg
New Treasury Office to Oversee Billions in Virus Relief Help
"Created a new office to supervise the disbursement of the billions of dollars in relief money authorized by Congress to battle the Corona virus related recession. The office is charged with streamlining the process of ensuring that all eligible groups have access to the aid. Daria
Stinging Report Raises New Questions About Capitol Security
"An internal U. S. capitol police report has revealed major deficiencies in its ability to handle the January incursion as well as future threats but that report has been kept under wraps the inspector general's report talks about police shields that shattered on impact that bloody day in January as well as equipment tool to use and police training never completed it points to missed intelligence including an FBI warning that writers have been posting Congress needed to hear glass breaking doors being kicked in and blood being spilled the full report which casts doubt on the police ability to contain another large scale attack was obtained by the Associated Press before the department's watchdog testifies at a house hearing it was also announced the police officer who shot and killed a woman as she climbed through broken door will not face charges thirty five year old Ashley Babbitt an Air Force veteran was killed Jackie Quinn Washington
Biden to Pull Troops From Afghanistan
"President Biden says it is time for our troops to leave Afghanistan after consulting closely with our allies and partners. With our military leaders and intelligence personnel with our diplomats. And our development experts with Congress and the vice president. As well as with Mr Ghani and many others around the world. I've concluded that it's time to end America's longest war. It's time for American troops to come home, Biden says as promised troops will begin the withdrawal May 1st with completion by September 11th the 20th anniversary of the attack plotted by terrorists based in Afghanistan. This afternoon. Biden is traveling to Arlington National Cemetery to visit section 60, the final resting place for troops who died in the Afghan, Afghanistan and Iraqi conflicts.
No Charges for Officer Who Shot Woman During Capitol Riot
"Shot and killed a woman during the violent breach of the U. S Capitol earlier this year, will not face charges. Federal prosecutors are not pursuing criminal charges against the U. S. Capitol police officer who fatally shot 35 year old Ashley Babbitt during a violent protest and riot at the U. S. Capitol on January 6th. Have it in their force veteran from San Diego was seen on video clips, scaling a broken door just off the house floor when she was shot. She was one of five people who died from events on the sixth, including a police officer. A statement from the Justice Department says the investigation revealed no evidence established. The officer did not reasonably believe it was necessary to fire a single shot in self defense or in defense of members of Congress in Washington.
Biden to Address Joint Session of Congress on April 28
"Will address a joint session of Congress later this month. Mark Mayfield with them or the president accepted an invitation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give his first address to Congress on April the 28th that's just one night before his 1/100 day in office. Typically and new president makes his first address to Congress well before this, But Biden wanted to focus on passing on new coronavirus relief package. All right,
Congress Was the Target of the Capitol Insurrection
"A new report that the capitol police watchdog reveals officials. New congress was the target of the deadly january. Six insurrection yet. Officers were instructed to refrain from deploying a more aggressive response. That could have helped quote. Push back the rioters capital police inspector. General michael bolton found the agency failed to properly prepare for and respond to the pro trump. despite warnings reports cites a capital police intelligence assessment issued several days before the attack. That warned quote stopped. The steals propensity to attract white supremacists militia members and who actively promote violence may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public alike. The assessment also warned congress. Itself is the target on the
Biden to Address Joint Session of Congress on April 28
"President Mind and is set to address a joint session of Congress this month. The president accepted an invitation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to give his first address to Congress on April the 28th That's just one night before his 1/100 day in office, typically and new president makes his first address to Congress well before this, But Biden wanted to focus on passing a new coronavirus relief
Biden to withdraw US troops from Afghanistan by September 11.
"I'm anthony davis president. Joe biden plans to withdraw the remaining two. And a half thousand. Us troops from afghanistan by september eleven. Twenty years to the day off to the al qaeda attacks that triggered america's longest war. Us officials said yesterday disclosure of the plan came on the same day that the us intelligence community released a gloomy outlook for afghanistan. Forecasting low chances of a peace deal this year and warning that its government would struggle to hold the taliban insurgency at bay if the us led coalition withdraws support. Biden's decision. would miss say may first deadline for withdrawal agreed to with the taliban by his predecessor. Donald trump the insurgents had threatened to resume hostilities against foreign troops. If that deadline was missed but biden would still be setting near-term withdrawal date potentially allaying taliban concerns a senior biden. Administration officials said. The pull outs would begin before may first and could be complete well. Before the september eleven deadline significantly it would not be subject to further conditions including security all human rights. Us secretary of state anthony blinken and s. defense secretary. Lloyd austin are expected to discuss the decision with nato allies in brussels. Today biden's decision suggests he has concluded that the us military presence will no longer be decisive. Achieving a lasting peace in afghanistan a core pentagon assumption. That has long underpinned. American troop deployments joe biden's administration has told congress is proceeding with more than twenty three billion dollars in weapons sales to the united arab emirates including
"congress" Discussed on LGBTQ&A
"Something, , I was thinking about wall preparing to talk to you is about how everything and politics and our country right now is just trump obsessed. . Does it feel to you like we are paying less attention to congressional races like yours? ? Yes, and , no Donald Trump represents an existential threat to our planet and our democracy in our social contract. . So naturally, , he's going to be the focus of our politics, , but you know the two not mutually exclusive Donald Trump is a racist relic of the past. . And the new generation of leadership the rainbow wave that has swept United States represents the future. . You can think about both because when represents the past than the other represents the future and the next election is essentially a choice between the two. . Do we want to turn the clock back? Would ? we want to move forward with the terminology describing the Rainbow Wave? ? I get frustrated with that personally because I think the current congressional group has nine or ten out queer people when it comes like nine or ten to me doesn't make up a wave will by wave referring analytic congress immediate t buddha. . Judges the first openly LGBTQ, , Bible presidential candidate. . You're about to have the highest congress industry of the United States and you have nearly a thousand openly, , Algebra, , two candidates for public office. . At every level of government we've never seen a greater quantity or diverse to the LGBTQ representation among candidates running for public office, , and that's a sign of Paris and these city and state legislators like yourself. . Well, , hopefully feed into these more national roles as well. . Look I got my start as as a volunteer community board. . And then I became a volunteer in the city council. . So you have to start somewhere you growing up could not look at Congress and see someone like you somebody gay so an Afro Latino you also dropped out of college. . About your biography do not make the quote, unquote , typical politician and so i WanNa know did you know that there was a place for you in politics and if not when did that change I never thought as poor lgbtq kit of color from the Bronx that I will ever become a United States Congress <unk> I never had LGBTQ role models growing up by rope in public housing had no conception of a world beyond the immediate boundaries of my neighborhood. . The first time I met in openly lgbtq person a teacher. . Is the moment that inspired me to acknowledge my sexuality for the first time for the first seventeen years of my life I had no openly lgbtq role models in my life in the Bronx I led a sheltered life and so that was somebody you knew intimately teacher what about looking into like politics and saying L. politicians there. . There were no real role models for me I saw no one. . No I did not see myself in the people running for public office or holding public office. . There was certainly no elegantly lgbtq people of color at the congressional level that I know of and and so I felt largely unrepresented and you know my my story begins with the poverty in the Bronx spent almost my life poverty raised by a single mother way to raise three children on minimum wage. . which in the nineteen nineties was four dollars and twenty five cents an hour and I grew up in public housing in conditions of bold and mildew leaks lead without reliable. . He didn't have water in the winter in my life something of a metaphor grubbing a public housing development right across the street from trump golf course. . So as I saw the conditions in my own home, , get worse every day the government had invested more than one hundred million dollars to construct the golf in honor of Donald Trump and I remember wondering to myself at the time. . What is it say that our society is willing to invest more in a gated Gilded Golf Course Donald From Then in the homes of black and brown low income Americans, , and so that experience has been quality is what inspired me to become housing organizer. . And then eventually took the leap of faith and ran for public office was twenty four openly gay at no ties to the political machine no ties to the dynasties of Bronx politics but I wish young and energetic with the fighting spirit. . And I knocked on thousands of doors went into people's homes. . I heard their stories, , it was one voter who said to me in the forty years I've been living in the Bronx. . I've never had a candidate for public office knocked on my door. . was those kinds of interactions at led me to win my first race in two thousand thirteen I became the first openly Q. elected official from the Bronx at several years before then I was at the lowest point I had dropped out of college. . I was abusing substances struggling with depression or struggling with sexual identity crisis. . I had lost my best friend to inaugurate overdose. . They were moments when I even thought of taking my own life I felt as the world around me had collapsed. . And then seven years. . Later, I , became the youngest elected official in the largest city in America, , and now I'm about to become a United States congressman. . For. . The only home I've ever known the Bronx and so I often tell people, , my story is the story of the rocks. . It's a story of struggle, , but also one of overcoming. .
"congress" Discussed on Haunted Places
"The lobby of the Congress Plaza Hotel reminded her of the opulence that had once belonged to her back home. It was an island in a sea of hardships and disappointment. She checked in as Della Frank then asked for an airy room one that reminded her of the supposed wide open spaces. The country offered Michel Tug on a Delia. Skirts asking who della was a delia pat his head. She told them that della was a friend. Someone who was going to save them from their fate measham nodded his head looking so much older older than his four years in Delia. Let me show you press the button and the elevator. She told him that thirteen was sometimes a lucky number here. She didn't know why but it would be. They're lucky number today. She let the children explore the space before taking them to nab the receptionist to pick this splendid room for them with views of Michigan Avenue seat of faceless strangers passed far below her the Green Park. Doc and Blue Harbor glittered the August Sun. Delia tried to tire them out. But the boys woke up for a late dinner. Her hands tied the ventured out again as dusk faded to darkness. She found herself lost in the crowd. She'd studied a few hours ago. Faceless Blur in the night. She felt Tommy's hands slip out of hers found yourself grabbing at empty air. Her breath quickened as she frantically searched the crowd in front of her but there are too many people and not enough streetlamps. She heard him scream. A blonde haired woman was carrying him across the street. beat the deadliest heart stopped. She pulled me she into her arms and dove across the road. She felt the press of metal on her stomach but she was barely able to register the car as clipped her. She rushed forward even as the driver. Got Out and yelled at her. She couldn't take is from the woman that had her son. ADILIA raced after them. Measham bounced in her arms asking what was happening. She didn't have time to explain the ADILIA barreled into the woman. Freeing her son from the strangers clause but women tried to explain that she'd been taking the child to police station. He was lost after all all a delia shifted. Misha's wait so she could hold him with one arm as she placed a comforting hand on Tommy's head as he clutched at her skirt. She told the woman she could keep her own children safe. She did not need someone else to cart them off. The woman tried to say that she meant no harm but a deal was was already running back across the street with children. They were hers to keep safe. No one else is no one cared. The three of them ate dinner in strange silence me. She asked where his father was in daily told them that Papa was very a busy and they mustn't trouble him when he was working so very hard for them. Tommy's cheeks were marked with tear stains. He'd been so frightened by the other woman he asked if he was going to get taken away. He had seen his old schoolmates ripped from their parents arms. He held his breath as Delia wrapped tim in a fur coat. Softened embrace it daily it was quick to reassure Tommy. They were in America now. That would not happen here not yet. He nodded his head but she could tell that he did not believe her. She wasn't sure that she believed herself off. They headed back through the crowds to their sanctuary at the hotel even in the middle of the night. The streets were teeming with people. Nothing nothing ever stopped here. It was Tommy's turned to press the elevator. Button sending them shooting up into the sky. The first smile he had seen since that woman had taken him blossomed on his cheeks. Her sweet boy she tuck them into bed and went to sit by the vanity. ADILIA studied her reflection in the mirror. She knew what needed to be done. She just wasn't ready but then she thought of that woman of Tommy's fears her children would never know the suffering that others had. She wouldn't let that happen in a Delia picked up a razor and dragged it slowly across her wrist. The paint was sharp making the whole room. Go white around her. Her teeth torrent or lip. She couldn't scream out in. Wake the boys. The pain was excruciating. She could not put them through that there would be another way. She turned away from the bathroom home and paste through the Rome. Her options were limited. The room was stifling. Daily opened a window leading the breeze. And the noises of city life into the space the cool night air called to her. The crowds only grown while she'd been singing her children to sleep. Keep all of those people who had no idea of what others were enduring. All those people who are content to sit back and watch as was it happened or more likely turn away completely Adilia saying a prayer for herself enter boys. She lifted do them up one in each arm carefully. She duck their heads under the window but dropped it and look as bad here. It would hurt hurt. Less her. Children wouldn't notice at all. They were far too lost in the land of dreams. It Delia. Dr Own head out the window. She kissed each boy the top of his head holding them tightly and then she leap on August third nineteen thirty nine forty three year roll. Delia Langer threw herself from the thirteenth floor of the Congress Plaza Hotel. She was following her son's four and a half year old. John Michel and six year old. Karl Tommy who. She pushed out of a window right before her leap. Her left wrist was slashed but her sons showed no sign of trauma aside from the final fall. Her husband Czech Jewish former textile factory owner car. Langer told a jury inquest. That is wife had begun to speak of taking her life and the lives of their sons shortly after the family enter the United States the month before on six month tourist visas they'd applied for refugee status thanks to the invasion and ensuing occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Third Reich but the application was denied it but it appears that one or both of the boys have decided to make the best of their afterlife. The small ghosts have. I've been known to make mischief at the Congress Plaza Hotel from hiding objects to rearranging furniture. Many hotel employees report the sensation Shen of being chased down to Delia. Fateful Hallway in the hotels North Wing. There are rumors that her actual room itself is so frightening that it's permanently gently locked holding us. Mr Presence at bay all hotels are limited spaces stopgaps gaps between one place and another a temporary home away from home the built in anonymity makes them the perfect place to disappear whether the Cosby Ozbe's scandal murder or suicide at a little more than a hundred years old. The Congress Plaza Hotel has a relatively short history. But it's frequently cited as the most haunted place in the state of Illinois it is artifact of swiftly growing Chicago home a home for both great progress and great corruption its spectral footprint is no different more. The congress's ghosts include charming tales tales. Like peg leg. Johnny mischievous put mostly good-natured transient. It was believed to have been murdered in the hotel. More sinister tales include a woman lurking on the edge of the bed in room for forty one and the disembodied hand workman walled. Up during the construction of the hotels. Opulent Gold Room Offense Space. The gold room is also the site of a very strange and specific phenomenon bridesmaids. Who Attempt to take pictures? In front of the ornate eight moldings or grand piano have been known to disappear in the final photograph leading other members of wedding parties till in the frame but even with all these spectral happenings feel free to check in plenty of presidents and dignitaries have done just that the views use outside. The Congress are incredible though if you sleep in the right room or walk down the wrong hallway. You're likely to see someone worth something much more memorable..
"congress" Discussed on Haunted Places
"Herman Webster Much It. Otherwise known as H H Holmes is often considered to be one of America's first serial killers killers. He became famous for his horrific bed and breakfast. That doubled as an intricate dungeon where he slaughtered his victims. Sisters Stirs Mini and nanny. Williams are believed to have been to of homes as many victims before his eighteen ninety four capture. He hoped to build a second torture castle. Soul on land. He inherited from many after tricking her into marrying him. Rumor has it that the auditorium annex was one of homes. His favorite hunting grounds be wary as he wandered. The hotels floors at night for homes may wish to practice his vivisection on you next and up next but it really be a Chicago story without an unearthly visit from Al Capone. Tom Hi it's Greg. I'm beyond excited to tell you about another fetching show from podcast. Their four-legged full of love and oftentimes more like family than their nickname suggests. 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Sure it might be a tipsy campaign aide getting ready to catch a few hours of shut eye before her fight but there was a time when even wise guy shoes had heels. It might be your only opportunity to meet a real live mobster. Well formerly alive if the eighteen ninety three world's fair was Chicago's first Golden Age. The prohibition era was it silver the FBI ward with notorious gangster Al Capone while bootleggers and mafiosos made money hand over fist. Several members of Al Capone's Organization stayed at the Congress Plaza Hotel and even claim that they held a man there for several days be apparition of a mysterious man in a Dapper nineteen twenty s era suit has been seen in both the former club and the hotel hallways but before capone was jailed for tax evasion in nineteen one thousand nine hundred eighty one. The iconic mobster was known for its charity work. He was cheered at Wrigley Field and was close with the city's Mayor William Hale Thompson and the Chicago Police Force then. Capone ordered the assassination of seven of his Irish American rivals on February fourteenth. Nineteen twenty nine. The men were mowed down by machine guns in Chicago Center. Aside and the media was particularly shocked by the reports that the gunman had masqueraded Oscar rated as police officers in order to lead the scene. The pressure was on capone's connections. Couldn't save him. The authorities would be forced to get creative with your accusations to this day. The so called Saint Valentine's Day massacre remains unsolved. This is partially the result of the ring of contradictions between different mobsters and hit men as they turned state's witness or claimed responsibility for the slayings only to recant can't but as with any mafia hit there was some cleanup involved and no one's better at cleanup that a hotel maid. Uh Tony Tiny Alasi was a festivus cleaner whether it was Gore or rumor be knew how to scrub and bribe with the best of them. This made him very popular with the Chicago outfit and he was very grateful for the patronage of a man is noble and loyal as Al Capone. He operated out of Congress Plaza taking business meetings in the hotels gold room before heading to the north scientists scour back alley Mr Capone he never calling scarface. The boss hated. That didn't want to tip off the Irish before things were in place. Valentine's Day had gone down without a hitch in theory theory. But the Hitman who Tony had never liked to flashy ninety bullets was eighty. Three too many for the events. Seven-man Man Body Count Tony's plan of getting them in and out with the perfect cover story had fallen to pieces when they squandered his beautiful borrowed police soon forums on a high caliber spray and pray approach that appeared to a browse the whole north side. What's worse they hadn't even killed their intended ended target but north side gang leader? Bugs Moran Tony had to scramble to get cops loyal to the boss to do the cleaning for him and they quickly assembled ambled list of witnesses who had spoken to the police. It was ridiculous really even the sole survivor of the initial attack. One of Miranda's enforcers knew knew how to keep his mouth shut. When the boys in blue asked him for the names of his killers he told them no one shot me and died like a good little soldier? Most of the witnesses grasped the need for silence quickly enough but one was getting them particular trouble trip. Samuels was about as dapper and as useless as its name suggested and the Waspy Dandy had walked by twenty one twenty two north Clark Street at exactly the wrong time he had helpfully told the police he had an eye for faces and he'd pretty effectively described the Hitman. Tony like the least I in the outfit but Tony had to put his personal feelings. Aside putting any member of the organization out to dry meant risk to everyone and Tony could never abide risk so he had his people but good subtle disciplined people begin. Conversation with Mr Samuels Samuels. Samuels was more stubborn that he'd expected Tony had hoped it would only take an hour to to convince them of the gravity.
"congress" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Of the federal pie for both defense programs and nondefense programs now what Congress needs to do is fill it all of those details about how that money is actually going to be allocated. The House made a fair amount of progress on its spending bills. Dell's version of the spending bills before leaving on the summer recess the Senate did none of that work and so now kind of in a sprint over the next couple of weeks to to get some of that done Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby has indicated that he would like to try and get several of those individuals spending thing bill done in the next couple of weeks particularly the ones for the Defense Department and the bill that funds the Department of Labor Health and Human Services and education together those let's make up about two thirds of the federal discretionary budget so it's it's a lot of money and so actually getting that done however is going to require both sort of sustained effort on the part of Congress and resolving some of these complex about individual spending items. Those conflicts frankly are going to be present in conjunction with a temporary spending bill as well. I'm the White House has indicated has released released list of sort of additional legislative language that would like to see in a temporary spending bill and several of those provisions are potentially really controversial including things around as you mentioned the the border wall and this sort of I think this conflict ratcheted ratcheted up a notch or two when the trump administration released its list of military construction projects that were potentially going to go unfunded did so that the administration could transfer money that was going to go to those projects in order to redirect it to the border so things like ah a new Middle School on a military base in Kentucky which I will also remind us the home of the Senate Majority Leader and so we're going to see a fair amount of this this conflict play out over initially the next couple of weeks and then also over the next couple of months and so my son says that there's very little appetite on Capitol Hill for another actual shutdown like the one that we saw at the end of last year and the beginning of this year but that doesn't mean that the process festive avoiding a shutdown isn't going to be ugly somehow. I think that Middle School in Kentucky is going to be just fine. Bottom line between actual actual shutdown and process is going to be ugly as a lot of space is the bottom line to be that we're going to spend a lot of time this fall talking about budget brinksmanship and the possibility of shutdown or is this going to be a situation like the debt ceiling where you know people get out a few weeks or months wants ahead of the problem and say let's not have this fight. Let's have you know a clean presidential election without this as a kind of off hanging over it overlay to it so they it's probably a little closer to the second into the first again because I think folks were a little bit spooked by ah how badly things went off the rails at the end of last year but I have been wrong about these things in the past and I do think that by and large the conflicts are likely to be concentrated on as opposed to sort of diffuse across amac.us issues. It helps that I'm in the deal that they reached reached. I'm at the end of July. There is more money available on both the non-defense side and the defense side of the budget and so you know it's it's easier to make everyone happy when you when you have more money to to spread around we'll see Margaret in the entire postwar history of the Congress Congress in the United States. One piece of significant l'affaire related work has always happened and Congress has never failed failed to pass a national defense authorization act no matter how dysfunctional things have gotten so here's my question is this the year we are finally going to break the record and fail to pass an NDA. I don't think so I think this is going to get done that said you you know depending on what happens with the impeachment staff have back at super rancorous depending on what happens a how the border wall issues get sorted out. We don't it really know how Senate Republicans are kind of play that border wall issue so with that caveat my sense is that all the players are pretty pretty committed to getting the NDA done the outside conference as meaning the people who can participate in the conference soon the House and the Senate but are not what on Senate Armed Services our housing services. They were all told to complete their work as of last Friday this month the month of timber but think will be taken up with the conference so reconciling both houses have bills. Yes Sir past and they are in the process of reconcile. How different are they so that that is the million dollar question. There's a lot that's shared in there and we'll be perfectly fine. There are however a pretty long list of issues that that will be controversial in our different between the House and the Senate version so just to give you a very short list. I'm not going to go on forever. there are a bunch which of Wall Related Border Wall Related Provisions in the House Bill. There's a prohibition on the use of force against Iran there's language also in the House bill repealing repealing the two thousand and two Iraq. Am F- which is a general matter Democrats sort of support but the administration will almost certainly oppose various reasons. There's there's a bunch of provisions related to Guantanamo and could could have the potential to sort of change the status quo on one Tahoe there. There's a disagreement on whether to block the deployment of low yield nuclear weapons on submarines which is is controversial and very important. There's a whole North Korea sanctions bill There's a whole Burma sanctions bill. There are a bunch of climate related provisions so just tons of things in there that you know the conference are going to have to work out and as look at them. It's just not clear to me what the Middle Path is on a lot of those things. It sounds like we need an NDA walkout podcast all all of its definitely. Let's let's definitely we will bring that to you. As the conference committee proceeds with its work. I do think though but this will get done. I suspect it will get done sort of in October November time frame. I think one thing that is we'll be important to watch frankly both on the resolution solution of the a process and on the NDA is the degree to which increasingly in recent years these large bills large omnibus spending bills the NDA have become the target for moving other pieces of legislation because they are seen as must pass so margaret mentioned an entire tire two different entire sanctions bills that are in the NBA and this is you know in the Contemporary Congress is something we see a lot of so for folks out there who have interests interests in these areas. That's something to watch out for that when we talk about the NDA when we talk about the omnibus it's often not just you know individual spending provisions individual defense authorization provision this what other major policy priorities hitch a ride and on that in that vein. I would also note that the intelligence authorization snacked is hitching a ride on the day as well that is a is an authorization bill hasn't basically been done in three years. I think it is going to get done this year. There's a bunch of of really important and interesting things in there. One I would just note is a provision which are seems to be agreement on which twelve additional weeks of paid leave for intelligence community employees so that is something I'm watching with interest well any intelligence community employees who want to take their additional twelve weeks of leave and come hang out at law fair and do podcasts and talk about Congress are more than welcome Margaret Taylor Dr Mollie Reynolds. 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"congress" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"So the resolution itself doesn't articulate the scope specifically but what it signals is that Nadler presumably with Speaker Pelosi's blessing is gathering in from the other committees information from other investigations and from reporting what what we know that to include almost certainly is the potentially illegal payments to story Daniels and care McDougal prior to the election election which of course Michael Cohen is going to jail for in his actions in connection activities and the president is individual individual one in those materials the second bucket of issues. It seems that they will be pulling in our other corruption. Related did inquiries. I'm Benjamin with us and this is the law fair podcast September tenth two thousand Nineteen Congress Congress is back. You may have heard it. The lengthy August recess has come to a close. We have an impeachment investigation not an inquiry in Korean investigation. We haven't expanded scope of it. We have confrontations between the executive branch and the legislature and all that work congress is supposed to do isn't going away. There are budget issues. Here's a national defense authorization. Act and Molly Reynolds and Margaret Britt Taylor are here to discuss it. All we talked about what we should call the impeachment. Whatever it is that the House Judiciary Committee is doing we talked about who's going to be forced to testify and what courts are GonNa rule and win and we talked about whether any normal congressional business this will get done. It's the law fair podcast episode four hundred fifty one congress congress and more Congress. I want to start with the question. The sort of increasingly metaphysical question of impeachment are we at this point dealing with a real impeachment process and what is behind the nomenclature dispute about whether to have you know the speaker doesn't want an impeachment process the house judiciary chairman does does and so we seem to have compromised with an impeachment process that we don't call one only now were suddenly have rules proposed to govern the impeachment process that we won't call an impeachment process so molly got US started. What are the metaphysics of impeachment sure so uh. I think where we are to understand that we need to go back a little bit too earlier. In the year where Margaret I actually spent some time thinking about this question. Shen earlier in the year and a lot of this has to do with the fact that in the last two times that that House has considered impeaching Chang President so Clinton Ninety eight Nixon in nineteen seventy four they begin the process formerly with vote of the full house on a resolution one of the really important things in those resolutions involved. What were the powers that the Judiciary Committee needed to conduct the investigative work doc that would go into a possible vote on articles of impeachment and the current Congress. Thanks to evolution in congressional power since the seventy since the late ninety s the judiciary committee already had a lot of power didn't really need to go to the full house to get it which is convenient for the political political reasons that you outlined because there is this disagreement between the speaker between Chairman Nadler and others about whether and how aggressively pursue impeachment and so I would argue that you know we've been doing things. Congress has been doing things that fall under the heading of an impeachment investigation which is is the terminology that I think now there has been using in recent weeks for quite some time we are seeing this week a little bit of an escalation of that process with the Judiciary Sherry Committee setting out some rules and procedures for it to US inside the committee as it continues us this investigation Margaret Molly and Jerry Nadler like the term impeachment investigation. Some people including joining me have made fun of the House about this because it's you know it's it seems to be trying to get the the the legal benefits of of having an impeachment process to the extent that there are such legal benefits particularly in litigation without actually taking responsibility for having the House House pass a resolution saying now. We're contemplating the impeachment of the president. Is there a good reason to go through this weird dance of calling it an impeachment investigation and not having that resolution or is that really a matter of political convenience. It's for the Democratic leadership so I think you know one of the words that we use are used in passes this impeachment inquiry in this word inquiry specifically so traditionally connotes there has been a full vote by the House of Representatives to initiate impeachment proceedings readings. That's what sort of missing here. There's no specific resolution authorizing the judiciary committee to do the the inquiry. Kore- so that's why you're not hearing were inquiry. you use your hearing these other terms investigation impeachment proceedings. I think is also some of the the language that that Chairman Nadler has used in terms of whether it's sort of absolutely necessary or not. I mean I. I actually think it's it's a different proceeding that we sort of backed into here or a different situation but I'm not sure for practical purposes. It's really any different from where where the Judiciary Committee was in the context of the Clinton impeachment proceedings or inquiry and the Nixon impeachment increase so I think think practically speaking we've sort of landed in the same place why that has occurred. I think there's a number of different theories out there as you both sort of noted the political ramifications perhaps of having Red State Democrats vote on on impeachment inquiry is maybe it's not make having everyone feel particularly comfortable. There's also as you know. The various litigation matters that the judiciary committee committee and other committees are are pursuing one of which is this desire to get a grand jury material connected with the Muller reports and in order for the committee to have the strongest case before the court in getting that grand jury material because it's restricted by statute they leave the themselves as sort of having to either be in a formal impeachment proceeding or doing something preliminary to formal impeachment proceeding. I mean I do think when I when I think about it strategically from the Democrats point of view I do think there's a kind of unprincipled elegance to the solution in the sense that you know you have people who are slamming their fists on the table and demanding a formal impeachment inquiry by which they mean a set of hearings earings antecedent to impeaching the president and you have a group of people who were saying impeachment including the speaker impeachment would be a bad idea. We don't want to do it and so they don't want to. Formally sat out on the road that will lead eventually there because the president's conduct is so awful and so once you say okay now. We're going to have a formal process that evaluates this. It's pretty hard to say. Okay Nancy not that bad so what they do. Instead is they don't formally start that process. They just act like they've always been engaged in that that process and that leaves them a little bit more room to back down later and say hey. We'll never actually said we were pursuing wing impeachment. We were just kind of investigating it. Is that a a happy from Pelosi's point of view. Is that a happy collateral darrelle effect of the way they've chosen to proceed molly or do you think that's actually behind the way they've chosen to proceed so like. I don't know what's inside. The speaker of the House is head if I did. I would have a different job or some older pay more money but I think that it's really important again to think about the powers that the house needs to do what it's doing and the fact that in some ways they didn't need to take a form of out of the full House to have the investigative authorities that they want to use here. They didn't need to take a photo of the full House for the judiciary committee to have really robust subpoena power and so at the end of the day they can afford to kind of take this the solution for a little bit of a political compromise for the different parts of the the Democratic Party because they already have the eye procedural backup to do it. I think how I think about it all all right so let's turn to the substance of what this resolution says Margaret. Let's start by just explain what this resolution is. Yeah sure so what we have as of today is is the Monday for listeners who will not be hearing this until Tuesday or later. It's a draft and so this draft resolution won't be formal or official until it is voted on in committee which we expect will happen on on Thursday but what we can tell from the draft. It's actually quite a simple document. It's only about five pages. Long has abundant three pages or so of what we call whereas clauses which are paragraphs sort of set out the context and the history and sort of why the committee is doing something and then really the operative operative sections of the resolution. There's really just four pieces of it. The first is that the chairman can essentially have subcommittees do hearings earrings that are part of this impeachment investigation. The second is that committee staff as designated by the charing ranking member can question witnesses for an additional hour equally divided between the majority and the minority beyond the questioning. That's done by the members of the committee. The third point is it specifies that information received pursuant to written material written information or transcribed interviews depositions are received into the committee something called Quote Executive Session on quote and really what that that means here for for our purposes or the purpose of this resolution is it. It's not public. There's are not public materials that can just re released by any of the members they're considered sort out of confidential within the committee unless the chairman and ranking agree to to release it that provision also sort of touches on the grand jury materials as well and references an earlier set of parameters that the committee had put on those potential grand jury materials and then the fourth section is a just outlines the actually the president's sort of rights in this process specifies that the president's council can respond in writing to information testimony when he presented to the committee in open session and in addition the chairman and the ranking member can invite the President's council to review and respond in writing to executive session material so in other words the chairman actually after consultation with the ranking member can say to the President's council. You know here's the information we received. Please respond in writing to it and I would just say on that that fourth point molly and I were talking about this. It's interesting thing because those types of rights were provided to both Nixon and Clinton in the context of of those impeachment proceedings these proceedings things are actually a little bit more cabinet than those two prior instances in the two prior instances the president I think himself could you know shoe show but the open session and just had had sort of a broader swath of rights just interesting that there are a little bit more contained here in this draft resolution listen molly. How do you understand these rules. In relation to the committee's history admittedly somewhat limited committed modern history in impeachment inquiries or investigations yeah so I think the point market just made about the due process rights of the president resident and the participation of the President's council on it's exactly right. I think the rules that relate to the receipt of information and the degree to which the information is considered to be taken in quote unquote executive session for us more or less in line with where the Clinton and Nixon impeachment increase for the piece on the handling of the grand jury material in this case is a little bit different a lot of that has to do with.
"congress" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"They like, hey, I'm gonna make this hard for you as I possibly can. And you're going to be defending lawsuits, and I'm an appeal them to the hilt. So you know, I think he's probably try he really doesn't want that information out. That's the first thing that says to me in the second thing is, you know, he's communicating people who might be involved that they're gonna be high costs to trying to get these this type of information. Yeah. I think that this your point Margaret about kind of the political symbolism of doing a full frontal assault on Congress's oversight. Power is really important. I think that the that President Trump and the folks in the White House likely kind of see their goal in this or one of their goals in this assault is just proved to their political base that you know. They're gonna do everything they possibly can to stand up against the Democrats on the hill who are you know, being unfair. And I think this gets again to away in which are current environment is different than previous episodes of even very contentious oversight conflict between congress and the executive branch and that historically the executive branch. The White House has seen potential political costs to not complying or taking a hardline no compliant stance. And that's why historically we've seen subpoenas be valuable in compelling negotiations. And then talked earlier about how in the Myers and Bolton case in the holder case there were protracted negotiations between congress and the White House, and everyone was trying to reach a politically and legally optimal for your respective side argument, but the politics here, it's the little I think are different. And so that there's this this value that the Trump administration sees in just being as aggressive as possible, and that's the politically optimal approach. Yeah. I think you know, this he sort of busting through norms here. Right. We've seen this president do that in a number of ways, he's definitely bussing through norms here. I think the question for the congress in particular House, Democrats will be you know, how do you respond to that? Do you you know, bus through your own norms. So for example, as we've talked about before there's several different ways to compel a person to appear before committee civil enforcement actions, which we've talked about in the potential for the executive branch to bring, you know, criminal misdemeanor or suit against someone which isn't going to happen. But there is this third option, which is this inherent contempt power which hasn't been used for years and years, it essentially what it means is, you know, the capitol police would be deployed to go and get someone and bring them to Capitol Hill. And this hasn't literally hasn't been used. In just decades and decades and decades, but you know, the question for the Congress's will what are we gonna do? Trump's Trump's bussing to these norms. Are we gonna bust through our norms of of not using that type of process, and I would just note that Gerry Connolly's democrat for Virginia actually mentioned this recently sort of just mentioning that there is this inherent contempt. Power to for the capitol. Police to go out and bring someone before the house. So, you know, these are sort of interesting times we're living. Yeah. And the the word that always gets thrown our our the discussion of why congress abandoned its use of the inherent contempt. Power in the early. Twentieth century is that arresting people and putting them in the capital jail was quote on unseemly. And so I think to your point about the times we're living in is it more unseemly than anything else were observing. Well, so the congress has one other power that's relevant to this Margaret as you pointed out in your piece yesterday and that is the power of impeachment. And in the the Nixon impeach me. Articles as you point out. There is actually an article that deals or a section that deals specifically with refusal to provide material to congress, and so talk a little bit about how you know, how bad situation would have to get before before the stiffening of congress might be thought about as a sort of independent basis for impeachment. So traditionally there is this conflict between the executive and legislative branches over documents and comply with with some Pena's, etc..
"congress" Discussed on CNN's The Daily DC
"We must be pioneers of the future. This congress must accelerate a future that Vance's America's preeminence in the world and opens up opportunities for all building comedy that gives all Americans the tolls. They need to succeed in the twenty first century public education, workforce, development, good paying jobs and secure pensions. Here's speaker Pelosi twelve years after she first became speaker of the house broke that marble ceiling that she likes to talk about twelve years later. Taking that gavel back and becoming speaker again just to show the political resilience of a woman who is dominated the National Democratic Party conversation for quite some time, clearly a political survivor when you think about all the money that has been spent against her all the controversy. She creates for her own members by being a political lightning rod that she is. And of course for being that target of the opposition. She is still here and today reclaiming the most powerful post in the congress and number three in line for succession to the presidency. She the number four person of mine. The Senate president pro was new today. Senator Chuck Grassley, the senior Senator for the majority party in the Senate, the Republicans Chuck Grassley of Iowa. Became set in proteomics today. And he is number four in line after today's events for the presidency, this freshman class in the house that Nancy Pelosi will now oversee is huge. There are ninety two freshman sixty two Democrats thirty Republicans. This is one of the most diverse houses we've ever seen in this democratic majority certainly the most female, my colleagues, Adam Levy and Ethan Coen have put together a whole series of facts and figures of the the firsts in this congress one that particularly strikes me is the age Alexandria, Cossio Cortez of New York, you remember her she defeated. Joe Crowley, the member of democratic leadership out there in that queens district in New York. She was born on October thirteenth nineteen Eighty-nine. Just this fall, she celebrated her twenty ninth birthday. She is the youngest member of the house of representatives. But. There are thirty eight members in their thirties. Eighty six members in their forties vis is a young house, and it is a more female house. There is no doubt about that. We've seen more women elected and sworn in to the house of representatives today, then we had ever seen before there are one hundred and two women in this new hundred and sixteenth congress in the house. Eighty nine of them are Democrats thirteen of them are Republicans that is the kind of disparity we see in the gender gap in a lot of polling as well around the partisan divide as it comes to gender, but eighty nine Democrats thirteen Republicans of the freshman class. This is amazing. Thirty six women are in the freshman class. Thirty five of them are Democrats only one is a Republican. So history is being made here. We're seeing the first Muslim American women elect. To congress. The first native American women elected to congress. These record numbers overall. There's no doubt. It's historic day on Capitol Hill. But what it represents what it means is also there is a new world order in Washington DC, and this government shutdown is going to be priority. Number one now because the House Democrats will vote today to pass them spending bills to open up the government. The president has already rejected what they're passing. So we are still in a stalemate. And here's the thing for the House, Democrats, they now have the majority. So they're now also going to have to prove that they can actually accomplish something and delivered to the American people.
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"Organization that's dedicated to getting scientists to go beyond just advocacy and get involved in electoral politics, whether it's run for office themselves or support fellow scientists in stem professionals that are stepping up to run for office. Awesome. You wanna just give us a little background on how all that got started. Sure. My background is I'm a chemist by training. I worked in breast cancer research and drug discovery and then actually stepped out in read a business for over a decade and in twenty twenty thirteen. Eighteen twenty fourteen. I was increasingly concerned in frustrated with congress. You know, we y. Well, you know, as much as I love and believe in the promise in deliveries of science, what what became obvious was that science can't solve every problem when we have a congress said is in a blatant denial of the very real. Effects of climate change. You know, that's voted fifty times to take away health care rather than fix or try to fix the problem. But I realized was that sometimes solutions to a political or policy answer. And so I decided to step up in in run for congress, and thank you. Yeah. Well, you know, I, I did not know what I was getting into. Which probably is what allowed me to do it. But what I learned was that there's a real lack of people with scientific backgrounds in elected office, and I think the, you know, the effects of that reflected in both the policy and the process. That again, it feels like a complete understate, but yeah, and we're, we're definitely going to dig into that for sure. Good news. Sounds like because of folks like you and organizations like you, there's quite a wave of of those similar minded folks who've essentially said, well, fuck it. I'll run myself. So hopefully that works out and we'll, we'll dig into that more so. So how did that go for you? Well, I actually ended up running twice being the stubborn Irish person I am and, and so I did not make it through the democratic primary, but I, you know, I learned a lot about the process in how hard it is to break into politics when you don't come from a traditional political background. I mean, right now there are more talk radio show hosts, although a valuable, but there are more talk radio show hosts in congress than there are chemists and physicists. And so I founded this organization to help give scientists a peek behind the curtain as to what is actually involved and ticketing you to unite and engage the scientific community to support these these candidates. So incredible and important now more than ever. Yeah. I mean, you know the the attacks on science didn't start with the Trump administration, but they've taken what felt like a war on science and turned it into an all out war on facts. And that should have everyone concerned. All right. So let's get. Let's get this going. We we love asking questions here and specifically questions that are going to elicit some answers that off. Are action oriented answers. So we're going to set up little context of for the conversation today. Ask you a bunch of questions, so we start try to fix the problems that are that are happening because the time is now and that's it, and then we're gonna take a by after that. Nope, pretty pretty neat dress. And then all the problems are fixed. Yeah, we're good pretty sure that's how this works. Yep, Yep. As we're going for so Shaughnessy we do like to start with one more question about you and it. We do feel like it sets a tone in a number of ways instead of saying, tell us your life story a, we liked ask Shaughnessy. Why are you vital to the survival of the species. Well, God help us if I am, but I, you know, I. Are you? Are we all have a responsibility to step up and get involved. And you know, I think one of the good things to come out of the Trump election is that it has made a lot of people realize that they have a.
"congress" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Cybersecurity cybersecurity experts and members of congress said they were mystified by the move well if mystified members of congress don't understand why that happened congress could ask it congress wants to now do something in the face of documented rushing attacks on our election the intelligence communities hair on fire assertions that those attacks are continuing the president's public inexplicable denial of those attacks and the president publicly siding with russia against his own government and his own country on these issues specifically congress could ask right congress has the option to hold hearings if they were also mystified they could hold hearings on why the top cyber security official at the white house was fired months before the midterm elections was not only fired his job was eliminated and he was not replaced congress has options are elected officials have plenty of practical things they can do right now today to pick up the slack on this is a national security matter to try to protect the country to try to figure out the extent of what has been done by russia and their confederates while we are still in the midst of this attack their stuff to do there's plenty of stuff to do it's not even stuff that's hard to do hold on a quick very practical totally doable to do list next in march the department of homeland security and the fbi issued a joint alert this march twenty eighteen announcing that russian government cyber actors were targeting critical infrastructure in the us this wasn't about russia attacking our elections and political parties this alert for march was that the russian government was using its hackers to target america's energy sector or quote commercial facilities and our nuclear sector how about congress hold hearings to investigate that that seems like a serious thing and that seems like something congress can do right now if they were so inclined if they wanted to help find a way out of this national security crisis we find ourselves in right now this whole bunch of super practical super specific stuff congress could do if they're looking for ideas here's another idea free for nothing last month in singapore president trump's surprised everyone by announcing unilaterally that he had agreed to cancel joint us military exercises between the us military and our allies in south korea now this is not a concession that he traded north korea it's not like he got something from north korea for that this is just something he unilaterally offered we later learned that not only had the president not consulted south korea about the fact that he was gonna make that announcement he hadn't consulted the us military about that before he made that announcement we know from wall street journal reporting several months ago that cancelling the cancelling of us military exercises with south korea is something that president trump was actually asked to do by another world leader according to the wall street journal vladimir putin had asked president trump to cancel those joint exercises last year in a one on one phone conversation how about congress holding hearings on that massive policy change and it's national security implications and how that policy change came about who was consulted on it how was the president advise where did that idea come from several days before that announcement from president trump the president again surprised everyone with his announcement that it's the new position of the us government that the g seven should become the g eight again they should invite russia to be part of that group again never mind all the reasons why russia was kicked out in the first place russia should be back in that international alliance now that is something that would obviously suit russia very well but apparently again there's no indication that anybody else in the us government was part of that decision or was consulted about it or even had noticed from the president that he was about to make that radical uturn in us policy and announce it publicly and that's a radical change in an important us policy how about holding congressional hearings on where that policy change came from right right where the president gets that idea how we're other foreign policy and national security officials are in in our government involved in that shock announcement and if they weren't why not if congress feeling up to it they.
"congress" Discussed on On Point with Tom Ashbrook | Podcasts
"Pretty major piece of legislation that did get through this congress and there aren't many pieces you can point to that talk about what he means by rebuilding our nation's military he said this morning on cbs to to to gayle king that he had helped to restore what had been a hollowed out military what is he saying alluding to that that the congress did under his leadership that achieved that and what did he mean by that that omnibus appropriations bill that they passed last mind it is one of the largest increases in spending by the federal government in recent years and to do that republicans and democrats had to work together because they needed democratic votes in the senate to pass a spending bill so they the republicans like paul ryan were able to get a very large increase in military spending i believe this year it's something like eighty billion dollars of an increase to get that they agreed to democrats wishlist which was an increase in other domestic spending some social programs and for agencies now that military spending is going across the board i i read the entire omnibus last week before that i liked i liked to hurt myself yes right and and the the military spending a lot of it is for personnel it doesn't include a pay raise for our troops a lot of it is for training but there is a lot as well for equipment new aircraft new some new ships for the navy it is very wide ranging extensive you pointed to something else that this took a what sounds like old fashioned dealmaking to get this done and it took us some democratic priorities to be put in there for this to be assured passage in the senate which you know has different rules than the house it's an as has a even tighter margin there it also meant that the cost of the bill went up you know i think of paul ryan as textbook deficit hawk and obama yours you always talked about the need for the deficit to come down he talked this morning about how the house in his time always passed a bill.
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"So i will be setting new priorities in my life so this is something that's clearly real for him it's not simply a an excuse i it's meaningful for him and yet you think about paul ryan coming in a guy who had led a important committee on the hill a guy who had been his party's vice presidential candidate not so many years ago and somebody who set a tone i think for what he wanted the congress to achieve i'd love to play a clip of from that clip number three as we talk about the way in which he said atone for congress when he first came in in october two thousand fifteen we need to move from an opposition party to being a proposition party because we think the nation is on the wrong path we have a duty to show the right one our next speaker has to be visionary won we says you think about covering congress which you to every day was he able to set a visionary path of for the house of representatives was he able to shape a new understanding of what republican leader ship would be on capitol hill i think that's going to be debated for some time and obviously his term of office isn't over yet so there's still time on the clock for him as he knows however i think it seems like the answer at this moment is no not in his two and a half years as speakership what he did however was stem some of the bleeding over the very sharp internal divide in this conference he was able to get through a very difficult in a very difficult situation a healthcare reform bill to repeal and replace obamacare that failed in the senate but ryan did the heavy lift in the house and got it through there which was remarkable he was able to keep his conference from going to complete war with itself but a greater vision no that that did not happen let's talk about some of those divisions within the conference not because the press simply likes to feast upon controversy and internal dissent although god knows we do in the press but also because it's meaningful because.
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"Behavior on the part of senators and members of congress toward their staff that fits under a much broader sort of horizon of abusive is really really comment and everybody knows that you know that certain members are like crazy screamers you know and force people to you know break down into tears or things like that and it's the kind of workplace in which you are really do you are there are members of congress and then they have staff and the staff is like just there to support up and if what they want you to do is answer constituents male like that's what you do and if what they want you to do is go get your dry cleaning that's what they do and if what they want you to do is get yelled at for half an hour about something that's not really your fault like that's what you do like you're just you're there to support that and that is a situation that puts people at incredible levels of risk for different kinds of exploitation there's not a like objective mission of the office other than just do what the member wants right and ryan like nobody elects nobody decides to vote for somebody because they're a good manager of people may wait i mean exactly they're not unique you don't you don't get promoted to be a committee chairman because you were considered have like an aptitude for middle manage meant it's a question of seniority in ayala g and everything else like that so i i think you see in a lot of these cases i mean i i think a lot of different sort of harassers you've been outed both on and off congress turn out to have had sort of general reputations as being asshole was that in some ways wound up protecting them would be like well he's us a jerk to everybody and i often think that's a concept that needs to be rethought but it certainly come in in in congress rate it's just like it's not it's a culture of not.
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"Happy friday heavy weeds and i welcome the weeds i'm darrel wind i'm here with medically see us and congressional reporter for box dot com tara go sean who knows more after having been on the hill reporting for a year about the culture and conflicts there the neither of us which is great because today we're going to be discussing a congress's harassment problem in really congress's ethics problems generally it you might think that congress has dodged a bullet because roy moore who was almost certainly going to be under pressure to be investigated by the ethics committee if he got elected for having allegedly sexually assaulted a fourteen year old girl back in the '70s and also dated several other teenagers uh was not elected on tuesday night in a stunning loss to democrat doug jones however if anyone on the hill thinks that they are taking a breather and that they have dodged what was going to be a very embarrassing episode they probably shouldn't be too relaxed uh we in dc and now a lot of people who are familiar with political social media our hearing rumors that a lot of publications around here have many reporters trying to dig up and put together big pieces on sexual harassment and assault on the hill you know the number we've seen numbers thrown around that the washington post is going to be running an article that names thirty to forty members of congress nero who have had some sort of misconduct alleged against them so it looks like a big reckoning could be coming and we wanted to talk about what that would look like systematically because so far when you have one case one person in congress being named at a time it's much easier to pressure individuals to resign but if a pig 30 to 40 person allegation happens you're going to see a much bigger pushed to resort to the system so what does that system actually look like an tara um i was just expressing deep confusion before her free started taping that's because i have only recently realized that there are four different entities to which someone could report says.
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"What this all means is and the cost of polarization and congresses you increasingly have public policy issues that are foisted upon the judiciary to render verdicts on and what does the judiciary like to do look for legislative intent either at the state level or the federal level of there's no legislative a tent because the legislation legislature didn't do anything because there to polarized to act then you have what are you here every campaign unelected judges deciding what life is like hello we're feeding into this by either as voters or political participants accepting a level of polarization the creates paralysis and then judicial involvement which i think most people would prefer not to see that's the longterm cost polarization and speaking of that electoral peace randy from saint peter's missouri wrote if the current congress does not get things done the president will attempt to replace them next year with his own candidates see arizona and senator flake and georgia recently lauren that seems to also be a growing divide in terms of as we said creating division between the legislature particularly let republican lawmakers and the executive and president trump beginning to kind of talk about which ones are in and out of his favor but legislative republicans have an agenda they're trying to advance right now and let's take a step back that's incredible that you have a republican president who is openly campaigning or saying negative things about republican members of the senate i mean that is just.
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"Congress you figure it out and they're like what really that's your approach you just figured out you which i'm just gonna throw this political hand grenade into the middle of everything us we have to do and if this separation which the beer beginning to see demonstrations of it becomes more increased then you are going to have by the end of this year not only few accomplishments but a deepening sense of estrangement between the white house and the republicans it was telling the country in 2016 you put us all in charge we're going to get this big agenda centrist thing that sense of a split also came out with part of what president said recently at a rally where he was pitching the tax package to voters had offered congress a carrot with one hand and a stick with the other listen so this is our onceinageneration opportunity to deliver real tax reform for every day hardworking americans and i am fully committed to working with congress to get this job done and i don't want to be disappointed by congress do you understand me on this understand and that divide might also be exemplified by questioned the jason left on our facebook page jason rights they'll have to address north korea and whatever the un comes up with my hope is that congress clarifies and improves things without the donald's input what is your read on north korea it seems like congress i don't know how much there is for congress to do right now since were kind of waiting to see what north korea does what south korea and japan do what china does what the un does.
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"From a congressional standpoint with dhaka right well it in many ways this isn't unanticipated foot then homeland security secretary john kelly now the white house chief of staff months ago had been sort of suggesting to lawmakers when asked about dako would the administration defended in court and he had told lawmakers probably not and that this is a problem the congress is going to need to address there was a pending court challenge likely pending court challenge coming to dhaka and the administration had a decision to make he's giving congress time to do what is responsibilities which is to write immigration law you're we got a lot of tweets and questions about the fate of dhaka about what congress might do including this one that a listener left in our bucks part chris chicago from the ending darker in a way that will or congress to act with although lee and media hype leading up to the announcement plus the delay which essentially amounts to a deadline for congress to pave the dreamers it's hard not to wonder if he's planning on a using daca recipients leverage all eight hundred thousand of them to force congress to add increased enforcement or maybe even funding for the wall to a dhaka replacement though i wonder how likely this scenario looks to your panel your chris thank you for that question major garrett what about using daca as leverage for other things just one observation chris says a promising future as a congressional reporter let me say that right now because i do think that is part of the equation certainly attorney general jeff sessions and stephen miller who worked for jeff sessions when he was a member of the senate.
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"That was attorney general jeff sessions speaking today in washington daca allows two year work permits and the federal government says it will not accept any new applications we'll keep you up to date on what congress does now in a statement the white house said it will wind down daca over six months to give congress quote the opportunity to consider appropriate legislative solutions unquote what congress is back in session today after its august recess daca was just one of many items on the list for wants to come this fall today we talked about congress's todo list and president trump has not been very happy with congress so far but he did give lawmakers something of a backhanded compliment during a rally last month in arizona i think congress is going to make a comeback i hope so tell you what the united states is counting on it the president is right about that last part the country is counting on what lawmakers do in the next few months though it remains to be seen how much will or even can get done let's get some clarity on this congressional todo list with our guest this hour joining us in studio is npr congressional reporter susan davis susan welcome to one a great to be here also with this is major garrett the chief white house correspondent for cbs news and the host of the podcast the take out major welcome back great to be here and lauren fox is a congressional reporter with cnn she's been traveling with senate majority leader mitch mcconnell over the august break lawn glad to have you with us thanks for having me susan davis let me start with you the thing that's on everyone's mind today especially right now is the program known as deferred action for childhood arrivals or daca currently it offers about eight hundred thousand undocumented youth a temporary reprieve from deportation lay the groundwork for us in terms of what is at stake.