All Eyes on the House Judiciary

Something’s afoot.

Nearly one-third of the Republicans serving on the House Judiciary committee will depart at the end of their present term.

Now controlled by the majority party, the Judiciary committee fulfills a singularly important role. It is the lever that moves Articles of Impeachment from the committee to the House Floor, beginning a potential Senate trial. Continue reading “All Eyes on the House Judiciary”


The Republicans Are Giddy

First, let’s get the technicality out-of-the-way. Donald Trump’s “Afghan Strategy” is teleprompter puffery. Or as John Schindler so succinctly phrased it:

Now, let’s talk about Republican giddiness. Continue reading “The Republicans Are Giddy”

DOUBLE WHAMMY: Mueller’s Grand Jury Coincides With Senate Requests for Info

The Special Counsel’s grand jury matches the timing of requests from two Senate committees, making this a double whammy for the beleaguered Trump administration.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller convened a grand jury in Washington D.C. recently. The Wall Street Journal broke the revelation on 3 August, quickly followed with more details from the NY Times and  The Washington Post. The actual date of the grand jury is not specific other than a reference to “a few weeks ago.”

Lost in the newest headlines is a similar probe by two US Senate committees sent on 19 July, which would coincide with the time frame of Robert Mueller’s grand jury. Continue reading “DOUBLE WHAMMY: Mueller’s Grand Jury Coincides With Senate Requests for Info”

House Democrats Lead Charge to #FireBannon

U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi delivers sharp criticism of the Bannon appointment.
U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sharply criticizes Bannon appointment.

The appointment of Brietbart executive Stephen Bannon to an executive level advisory role by the president-elect sparked a furor among Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives.

In a polite but emphatic letter dated 16 November, 138 House members called for the immediate firing of Bannon, citing his documented connection to white supremacists and the divisiveness his appointment engenders. Continue reading “House Democrats Lead Charge to #FireBannon”

Bernie’s Senate Re-Election Bid Active

It’s Super Tuesday. The Democratic 2016 Presidential campaign is in full swing with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders battling it out in the national arena with 12 states up for grabs today. Yet while all this hoopla is going on, a small fact remains quietly perched on the political back burner: Sanders is also running for re-election as a U.S. Senator. His Senate seat will be decided anew with the 2018 midterm cycle, and if Vermonters vote favorably, he’ll take office at the age of 77 for his third term.

Interestingly, Sanders is running as an Independent. Even more curious, his donors are unlike those behind his Presidential bid. Continue reading “Bernie’s Senate Re-Election Bid Active”