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Feb 3 6 tweets 3 min read
Hey, this continues to look worse and worse.

Rep. Marie Newman didn’t just agree to give a political rival a cushy job so he wouldn’t run. They negotiated over her political positions—specifically, her positions on Israel.

Totally crazy stuff.… This is from the email Iymen Chehade sent Marie Newman about what he wanted in a contract.

Marie Newman’s response was not outrage, or shock, or disgust. It was this:

“Most of it looks good. Couple of concerns -mostly phraseology.”…
Jan 23 4 tweets 2 min read
This is embarrassing stenography that, at times, enters hagiography for insurrectionists…in the New York Times.… I also have a news flash for the writers: Just because you didn’t enter the building doesn’t mean you were some peaceful protester or didn’t break the law.

The guy who is your lede anecdote was pictured on the Capitol grounds. Not exactly the peaceful patriot you describe.
Jun 1, 2021 5 tweets 3 min read
Joe Manchin: Deeply Disappointed in the GOP and Prepared to Do Absolutely Nothing

I’m biased, but I think this @sambrodey piece is fantastic.… What we’re seeing on the state level is that Republicans are prepared to restrict voting access to retain power.

What we’re seeing on the national level is that Joe Manchin is living in an alternate reality.…
Apr 29, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
Lauren Boebert has unfurled a space blanket. Alright, so Lauren Boebert just sort of loudly opened a space blanket—like shook it free so that everyone could hear it in the chamber—and then just draped it on her lap.

I honestly don't know what it means.
Feb 18, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
As the Robinhood hearing starts, the real action — apparently — is at the Natural Resources organizing meeting, where Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) is roasting Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) for the gun shrine she’s constructed as a Zoom background. Jared Huffman on Lauren Boebert: “If somebody wants to have a shrine to their gun fetish as a Zoom backdrop in their private life, they can do that. But this is our hearing room and at some point we will get past the Covid epidemic and we’ll all start showing up in person...”
Feb 17, 2021 10 tweets 3 min read
So Capitol Police called me today to come in for an interview.

They were pretty cryptic on what it was about, but it turns out they have two ongoing investigations that I was witness to: one, the potential assault of an officer by a Member of Congress, the other, Andy Harris. The first investigation is about Rep. Russ Fulcher manhandling an officer who was at the metal detectors outside the House floor.

I saw him very aggressively brush a female officer aside after he set the magnetometer off the night of 1/12.
Jan 28, 2021 6 tweets 2 min read
The back-and-forth between Cruz and AOC today has been revealing about how much Cruz thinks it’s all a game and how much AOC doesn’t. Still thinking about Rep. Kelly Armstrong’s floor speech on 1/13, where he said voting against impeachment would give him credibility with his base and voting for impeachment would give Dems credibility with their base.

This is basically how GOP lawmakers think about things.
Jan 26, 2021 4 tweets 2 min read
Reading “Inside the NRA,” and the author — formerly the No. 2-ish person at the NRA — talks a lot about how fear and anger were primary fundraising mechanisms for them and other conservative causes. And he notes how Trump was a master at it.

Who could’ve predicted January 6th?? “Selling the fear — real or imagined — never gets old.”
Jan 21, 2021 6 tweets 1 min read
Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) had something on him. I believe it was a gun because a cop made a side holster motion to another cop. They refuse to let him in.

He goes toward the elevators, asks a member to take something from him, the member says he doesn’t have a license. I also heard Andy Harris say he told his staff to remind him.
Jan 20, 2021 4 tweets 1 min read
This was entirely predictable, because the House GOP’s fealty to Trump is completely genuine at this point, and honestly, good on Liz Cheney for voting her conscience. Like, voters aren’t *calling out* for Liz Cheney to be removed as the House Republican Conference Chair.

This is just a bunch of aggrieved men going ‘HOW DARE SHE???!?!??’
Jan 13, 2021 5 tweets 2 min read
Rep. Virginia Foxx absolutely walked through the metal detector, set it off, and kept walking.

I’m not going to make up a story. The most charitable explanation I can offer is that she didn’t realize she set off the magnetometer.

The most likely explanation I can offer is that she’s just straight up lying.
Dec 28, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Kevin Brady says he opposes $2,000 checks because it would go toward people paying down credit card debt or making “new purchases online at Wal-Mart, Best Buy or Amazon.”

Funny, how people spent money didn't seem to be a huge concern when Republicans passed their tax cut bill. You know, I just remembered that the day House Republicans passed their tax bill — a bill that Brady was instrumental in writing — he was one of the many Republicans who couldn’t name the tax brackets.

Listen to interview. Read the story.…
Dec 12, 2020 11 tweets 3 min read
I just went through the Twitters of all 126 House Republicans who signed on to that Texas lawsuit petition.

A few thoughts: [Thread] The first takeaway is that the vast majority of these members — probably close to 100 — seem to have said nothing at all about the petition.

They didn’t note that they signed on, and they haven’t noted that the Supreme Court quickly rejected the case.
Sep 9, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
A Thom Tillis staffer told a a 3-time cancer survivor that buying health insurance is the same as buying a dress shirt.

The woman, Bev Veals, asked him to imagine his parents in her and her husband’s situation.

He told her his parents would “gladly die.”… This whole exchange is pretty informative, because the reality is this is the GOP position on health care: If you can’t afford it, you shouldn’t get it.

It really is just like a dress shirt to them. And some staffer got in trouble for telling the truth.…
Mar 21, 2020 5 tweets 1 min read
I got a Coronavirus test just now. And I learned a few things.

A short thread: To start, one of the reasons it takes so long to get the results back is because we have to send the swabs to testing centers.

For DC, that means freezing your swab and sending it to North Carolina, where they’re already backed up.
Mar 31, 2019 8 tweets 2 min read
Here’s what you need to know when someone claims the GOP health care bill — the AHCA — covered people with pre-existing conditions:

(Thread) The AHCA allowed insurers to take into account “health status” when setting premiums. That means they could charge more for pre-existing conditions.

So while insurers couldn’t *deny* sick people, they absolutely could charge them more — an unaffordable amount more.
Mar 15, 2019 9 tweets 2 min read
I don't want to turn this horrible shooting into a finger-pointing game, but I was struck by similarities between what the New Zealand shooter wrote and some of the things current Members of Congress say about immigration.

So, a thread: Here's the shooter talking about the "invasion" of immigration.
Feb 10, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
We just lost another good Congressman: Walter Jones.

Years ago, I wondered who the Congressman was who crossed party lines the most. By a long shot, it was Jones. He voted for every Dem motion that benefitted veterans, and he was happy to pay the price.… We had a long chat about his career one night, and at some point, he started talking about why he cared about veterans.

Through tears, Jones told me he came to Congress and discovered that his grandfather was gassed in the Argonne Forest in WWI and eventually killed himself.
Jan 2, 2019 6 tweets 2 min read
I thought I might have some competition on the congressional playlist front. But judging by the artists on this thing — Lynyrd Skynyrd, Flo Rida, Travis Scott — I think I'm gonna be just fine. *has a hundred things to do*

*sees a Congressman trying to make playlists part of his brand*

Well, guess it's time I drop everything and make a playlist.
Dec 25, 2018 13 tweets 2 min read
Here come my Home Alone tweets. Peter MacAllister’s reaction to his wife not picking up an electric converter was “Well how am I supposed to shave in France?”

First of all, it’s not his wife’s job to pick up electric converters. Second of all, what a childish reaction!

Divorce him, Kate!
Dec 23, 2018 4 tweets 2 min read
That’s because you’re standing on some random beach in your Duke shirt during the shutdown and not, like, on the Senate floor. In the interest of noting what male politicians are wearing, Rand Paul:

Nice belt, bro. Those shorts are good. Your inseam is correct. Glad you tucked your T-shirt in. Love the neon shoelaces. No, you’re not a shoobie, bro. I love Duke, too. Puffy sleeves are in. Cool shades.