If you don’t think this is worrisome, you are not thinking!
Ali Gharib in “Senators Press Resolution to Green-Light Israeli Attack on Iran”:
A joint resolution set to be introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (SC) and Robert Menendez (NJ), a Republican and Democrat, respectively, declares U.S. support for an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear program.
The U.S., supposedly the world’s only “superpower” with a defense budget over a trillion dollars this year (according to Jim Lobe greater than the combined budgets of the 10 next-most powerful militaries), recently held confirmation hearings conducted by its Senate Armed Services Committee with former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Defense. Read more about Profound Intimidation of Israel Lobby & Chuck Hagel
According to Naomi Wolf, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund filed a request for documentation records about government surveillance of the Occupy Movement. Read more about Obama/Congress Traitors to Privacy, Assembly, Due Process
Capitol Police arrested six demonstrators in the Hart Senate Office Building Tuesday in a protest stemming from the ongoing Occupy Wall Street movement.
The six are charged with unlawful conduct-demonstrating in a Capitol building, and are being processed at Capitol Police headquarters, according to department spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider.
The groups Occupy D.C. and Stop the Machine had announced plans earlier in the day to try and shut down the Senate Hart building by gathering in the atrium.
From Booman of all people:
When I think of an ideal Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, the commander of U.S. troops in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib scandal doesn't immediately leap to mind. But it looks like that is who DSCC Chairwoman Patty Murray has recruited to run for the open Senate seat in Texas.
The only reason we are talking about a government shutdown is that the US Senate FAILED to do its job. Last year the House of Representatives passed all the appropriation bills. The senate has failed to do so. With an overwhelming majority, Harry Reid was unable to complete the simple task of passing the appropriation bills. They should have been passed by June 30. At least they should have been passed by October 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year. We are now running on continuing resolutions. Read more about Obama and Harry Reid EPIC FAIL
Scrooge Senate Screws People! No Millionaire/Billionaire Left Behind while Franken Calls Out the Big Fat Hypocrits!
[Welcome, C&L readers! And please consider returning tomorrow at 3PM Eastern for one of our continuing series of live blogs, this one with Paul Street. --lambert] Read more about Scrooge Senate Screws People! No Millionaire/Billionaire Left Behind while Franken Calls Out the Big Fat Hypocrits!
2010 Midterms Analysis: House Generic, Senate RV/ LV Polls, Exit Polls vs. Recorded Vote
Richard Charnin (TruthIsAll)
Nov. 16, 2010
The 2010 midterms are history. The typical reaction of the pundits is to promote the conventional wisdom that it was a GOP blowout of epic proportions - even bigger than 1994. Yes, the party in power nearly always loses seats in the midterms. The unconventional wisdom is that the Democrats do significantly better than the recorded vote indicates in every election. There is no reason to suspect that 2010 was any different. Read more about 2010 Midterms: Footprints of Election Fraud
11/01 Final 2010 Midterms Forecast: RV/LV Polls and Election Fraud
Richard Charnin (TruthIsAll)
The 2010 House and Senate Forecast Models are based on a comprehensive analysis of Registered Voter (RV) and Likely Voter (LV) polls.
The LV Model predicts a 234-201 GOP House and a 50-48 Democratic Senate. Larry Sabato’s Crystal Ball predicts a 233-202 GOP House and a 49-49 Senate. Electoral-vote.com has a 51-48-1 Democratic Senate and a 217-200 GOP House with 18 ties. But the registered voter (RV) projections tell a different story.
The Democrats lead the weighted average of 18 Senate RV polls by 8.5%. They lead the corresponding LV sub-samples by 0.9%.
The RV projections indicate a 53-45 Democratic Senate. Read more about Final Midterms Forecast: There will be Fraud.
Despite being a blogger who blogs about politics, I actually know more about Sumerian grammar than I do about American political history, and I readily admit that. So this comment by reader Joe really intrigued me:
By the way, I think the filibuster issue is one of Corrente's major blind spots. I don't think the degree to which filibuster abuse has completely altered our system of governance can be overemphasized.
With the majority of people’s attention on the apocalyptic oil gusher in the Gulf, many of us are forgettin’ there’s actually still some pretty big things happening right here in our own backyard. One of the big ones for us Floridians is the recent passage of SB 1143, the supposed “Reduction and Simplification of Healthcare” legislation that actually increases barriers for women in our state seeking abortions.
That bill is now sittin' on Governor Charlie Crist’s desk just a gnat’s whisker away from enactment. Well folks, now is the time where the rubber officially meets the road. Read more about A Good Run Will Always Be Better Than A Bad Stand
Now, I don’t know about you, but I am just plain sick an’ tired of useless commissions put in place by politicians that study nothin’ but what’s painfully obvious to the rest of us.
The newest version… the proposed congressional study of the ongoing Pentagon study of how repealin’ the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell legislation may affect our troops. C’mon, really? That seems about as useful as dried spit. Read more about Don't Ask. Don't Study.
Under the potentially controversial plan still taking shape in the Senate, all legal U.S. workers, including citizens and immigrants, would be issued an ID card with embedded information, such as fingerprints, to tie the card to the worker.
The ID card plan is one of several steps advocates of an immigration overhaul are taking to address concerns that have defeated similar bills in the past.
There is no public option.
We have been counting votes here on Open Left. With the addition of Senator Inoyue this morning, there are now 25 Senators on the record as favoring passing a public option through reconciliation. Tom Carper is about ready to make it 26. Six are opposed, and six others are likely supporters.