Chuck Grassley tells Lucy Koh, a Korean American judicial nominee in a hearing today, that her Korean background reminds him of his daughter-in-law telling him that Koreans have "a hard work ethic" and "can make a lot out of nothing."
"Let me be clear about the task ahead of us: we must get a bill to the President’s desk dealing with the debt limit by the end of the week. Period."
For anyone bored by talk about the debt limit: yeah, it sounds boring.
What is not boring is that Congress has until Oct. 18 to raise the debt limit, at the very latest, before the U.S. govt runs out of money. That's never happened before and would be an economic disaster.
Define economic disaster? Per a Moody’s Analytics analysis, failing to raise the debt limit in time could...
ICYMI: One of Biden's nominees to a U.S. appeals court repeatedly declined to say if she thinks Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is “intellectually and morally bankrupt,” a characterization she endorsed in 2018.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) issued a statement today denying responsibility for letting loose the six zebras that have been on the run in the D.C. suburbs.
"Local news has reported that the zebras were let loose on Saturday or Sunday of last weekend, a period of time during which I was enjoying quiet time at home with family,” Norton said. “My alibi is solid."
NEW: Progressive judicial advocacy group Demand Justice launches $1.5 million effort aimed at pressuring Democrats to support legislation adding seats to the Supreme Court huffpost.com/entry/demand-j…
Demand Justice's plans include hiring an in-house team of 6 people, working with Bernie Sanders’ campaign strategist Becky Bond + organizing an in-person lobby day on Capitol Hill in October ― timed with the anniversary of Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.
The group has already recruited 400+ volunteers to meet with nearly three dozen Democratic lawmakers’ offices to urge their support for The Justice Act, a bill that would expand the Supreme Court from 9 seats to 13.
JUST IN: Nancy Pelosi announces the House will take up legislation to codify Roe v. Wade -- enshrining abortion rights into federal law -- as soon as the House returns from recess. huffpost.com/entry/nancy-pe…
Pelosi also railed against the Supreme Court's "cowardly, dark-of-night decision” to let Texas' extreme anti-abortion law take effect.
The Texas law bans abortions after 6 weeks and even awards $ to people who report on someone assisting another person terminating a pregnancy.
"SB8 is the most extreme, dangerous abortion ban in half a century," Pelosi said. "Its purpose is to destroy Roe v. Wade."
Hilarious and absurd that Senate Republicans are celebrating passing a non-binding amendment to a non-binding resolution that bans Pre-K and K-12 schools from using federal $ to teach college-level education on structural racism. Well done, sir!
Thanks to Tom Cotton, our federal tax dollars* will NOT be used to teach my toddler about the concept that racism is an everyday experience for most people of color and that this has shaped America's legal and social systems.
*They already are not + this amendment has no effect.
What Cotton and other Republicans gloss over when they rail against critical race theory is that 1) they don't actually know what it is or don't want to know because it doesn't serve their political purpose and 2) it's an academic discipline not taught in K-12 public schools.
NEW: The Human Rights Campaign just hired an outside law firm to investigate whether its president, Alphonso David, inappropriately helped New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo push back against sexual harassment allegations. huffpost.com/entry/human-ri…
HRC's investigation into its own president will 1) last no more than 30 days and 2) look at whether David's efforts to help Cuomo push back against harassment allegations "aligned with HRC’s mission and values ... [and] professional and ethics standards." huffpost.com/entry/human-ri…
Interesting suspicious weirdness going on here.
HRC's board has been publicly standing by David, but also noted to staff this morning that "HRC’s employees, supporters, board members and partners have raised questions about the appropriateness" of David's actions.
GOP Sen. Josh Hawley, who raised his fist in solidarity with white supremacists before they attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6, calls for "an investment in love" by not teaching children about racism in American history huffpost.com/entry/josh-haw…
"Let’s make it together ― and now." -- Josh Hawley on making love to America, or making investments in love, or ... something
Hawley gives examples of how schools can teach kids about American history through a rosy lens:
"This isn’t a nation of oppressors. This is a nation of liberators," he says.
(We were founded by white colonizers who slaughtered Native Americans in the name of civilization.)
Meanwhile on the National Mall, Tribal leaders + activists about to present @SecDebHaaland with a totem pole carved by Lummi Nation carvers, as a gift to Biden to urge his immediate protection of sacred sites.
Brenda Mallory of the WH Council of Enviro Quality speaking now.
Also here: Obama's former Interior Secretary Sally Jewell + Hawaiian Dem Rep. Kahele.
Sec. Deb Haaland is about to speak.
She's wearing a mask with a red handprint across her mouth, a symbol of the horrific but still mostly invisible crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
House Republican leaders Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise + Elise Stefanik -- all of whom voted to overturn the presidential election based on a lie that fueled an insurrection at the US Capitol -- are holding a press event to discuss "the failed leadership" of Biden.
I do not think these Republican leaders who voted to overturn the presidential election + spread a lie that fueled a deadly insurrection realize the irony of hosting a press event with a sign that reads "Country in Crisis."
Kevin McCarthy declares the "country is in crisis" and then begins complaining about ... having to wear masks.