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And The Crazy Things Conservatives Have Said This Week Are Piling Up

Is it just us, or does this week seem to already have a particularly large number of right-wing conservatives saying crazy things? Here are six of the most unfortunate:

1. Todd Akin Says He And Joe McCarthy Were Both Victims Of The Liberal Media. Remember Todd Akin? The failed Missouri Senate candidate has recently re-emerged in the public sphere to defend his claim in 2012 that women who were victims of “legitimate rape” could not get pregnant. In a phone interview with St. Louis Dispatch, the former congressman compared himself sympathetically to Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-WI), who spearheaded the infamous Communist witch hunt in the 1950s.

2. Rupert Murdoch Says Climate Change Should Be Approached With Great Skepticism. The chairman and CEO of News Corporation — one of the world’s largest media conglomerates, which includes Fox News and The Wall Street Journal — reflected candidly on climate change in a wide-ranging interview Sunday, saying he thought it should be approached with great skepticism. “At the moment the north pole is melting but the south pole is getting bigger,” he said. “Things are happening. How much of it are we doing, with emissions and so on? As far as Australia goes? Nothing in the overall picture.” Murdoch went on to argue that “we shouldn’t be building windmills and all that rubbish.”

3. Congresswoman Urges GOP To Bring Policy Discussion ‘Down To A Woman’s Level’. Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) is a second-term Congresswoman and chair of the Republican Women’s Policy Committee. In a panel on women and the Republican Party, she suggested that the best way for the party to appeal to women is to talk down to them. “Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.” But, she went on to say, “We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go.”

4. Congressional Candidate: Most Energy Problems ‘Are Caused By Environmentalists’. George Cicotte, a Republican candidate for Washington’s fourth congressional district, said at a candidate forum Saturday that if environmentalists hadn’t “stopped nuclear in its tracks” in the 1970s, there would be a lot less greenhouse gas pollution today. “Really, when we talk about energy problems, most of the energy problems are caused by environmentalists,” he said. “Wind energy? I’ll be honest — give me a break.”

5. GOP Congressman: Kids At Border “Gang Members” From Culture Of “Rape”. A Florida Republican congressman called undocumented immigrant children at the border not children at all but gang affiliated persons from a culture of thievery, murder, and violence.
“A lot of these children … quote-unquote … ya know, the first caller mentioned it, ya know, they’re gang members. They’re gang affiliated,” Florida Republican Rep. Rich Nugent said on WOCA radio Monday.

6. TX GOP Lawmaker: Teens He Saw At U.S. Border Looked Like ‘Threat’. The Republican chairman of the House Homeland Security went on “Fox News Sunday” this morning and told host Brit Hume that many of the teenagers he saw at the United States-Mexican border facilities looked like a “threat.” Representative Michael McCaul (TX) said that “it’s very heart-wrenching as a father to see that — mothers with their babies.” He then added, “I also saw some 17-year-olds that I thought looked more like a threat.” McCaul did acknowledge that these teenagers were “caught in the middle, between [administration] policy and what the drug traffickers are doing in Central America.”

SMH.

the Senate ~~ CONGRESS 7/16 ~~ the House


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Republicans tell women Hobby Lobby is more important 56-43

The Senate stands adjourned until 9:30am on Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Following Leader remarks, the Senate will proceed to Executive Session and resume consideration of the White nomination until 10:15am. Senators Grassley, Cornyn, and Shaheen will control 10 minutes each of that time and Senator McCaskill will control any remaining time.

 At 10:15am, there will be a cloture vote on Executive Calendar #850, the nomination of Ronnie L. White, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri

 If cloture is invoked, at 12:20pm the Senate will vote on confirmation of the White nomination.

 Upon disposition of the White nomination, the Senate will resume Legislative Session and the motion to proceed to Calendar #459, S.2578, Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014. The time until 2:10pm will be equally divided and controlled between the two Leaders, or their designees, with each side controlling 5 minutes of the final 10 minutes.

 At 2:10pm, the Senate proceed to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2578, Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014.

10:15am The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on Calendar #850, the nomination of Ronnie L. White, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri.

Invoked: 54-43

Cloture was invoked on the White nomination by a vote of 54-43. As a result, at 12:20pm the Senate will vote on confirmation of the nomination.

 

At 2:10pm, the Senate will proceed to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2578, Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014.

12:21pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on confirmation of Executive Calendar #850, the nomination of Ronnie L. White, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri;

Confirmed: 53-44

Next:

At 2:10pm, the Senate will proceed to vote on the motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2578, Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014.

 

2:09pm The Senate began a 15 minute roll call vote on the motion to invoke cloture on S.2578, Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014;

Not invoked: 57-43

Cloture was not invoked on the motion to proceed to S.2578, Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act, by a vote of 56-43. Senator Reid changed his vote to no (for procedural reasons) and entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote at a later time. The Senate continues to debate the motion to proceed.

The order with respect to the TRIA legislation has been modified as outlined below. The new agreement reduces the debate time and schedules the votes to begin at 12:00 noon tomorrow, Thursday, July 17.

At 12:00 noon tomorrow, there will be up to 5 votes in relation to the TRIA bill. We anticipate 3 roll call votes (Coburn and Flake amendments and on passage of the bill) and 2 voice votes (Vitter and Tester amendments). We also expect to lock in an agreement to vote in relation to a Circuit judge nomination at 2:00pm tomorrow.

The modification of the agreement is as follows:

Following Leader remarks on Thursday, July 17th, the Senate will proceed to the consideration of S.2244 as provided under the previous order; that the debate time with respect to the bill and consideration of the amendments in order to the bill be modified as follows:

Coburn #3549 – 30 minutes equally divided;

Vitter #3550 – 20 minutes equally divided;

Flake #3551 – 10 minutes equally divided; and

Tester #3552 – 30 minutes equally divided.

Further, that any remaining time until 12 noon be equally divided between the two Leaders, or their designees; that at noon, the Senate proceed to votes in relation to the amendments as provided under the previous order; that upon disposition of the Tester amendment, the bill be read a third time and the Senate proceed to vote on passage of the bill, as amended; further, that there be two minutes equally divided prior to each vote and all after the first vote be ten minute votes; with all other provisions of the previous order remaining in effect.

This evening, Senator Reid filed cloture on the following nominations:

 

–        Executive Calendar #849, Julie E. Carnes, Georgia, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit

–        Executive Calendar #851, Andre Birotte, Jr., of California, to be United States District Judge for the Central District of California

–        Executive Calendar #852, Robin L. Rosenberg, of Florida, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of Florida

–        Executive Calendar #854, John W. deGravelles, of Louisiana, to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana

 

We expect to reach an agreement to vote at 2:00pm tomorrow, Thursday, July 17 on the motion to invoke cloture on the Carnes nomination. Another message will be sent once that agreement is reached.

WRAP UP

Roll Call Votes

  1. Motion to invoke cloture on Executive Calendar #850, the nomination of Ronnie L. White, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; Invoked: 54-43
  2. Confirmation of Executive Calendar #850, the nomination of Ronnie L. White, of Missouri, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Missouri; Confirmed: 53-44
  3. Motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to S.2578, Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act; Not Invoked: 56-43

 

Legislative Business

S.Res.503, designating September 2014 as “National Child Awareness Month” to promote awareness of charities benefitting children and youth-serving organizations throughout the United States and recognizing efforts made by those charities and organizations on behalf of children and youth as critical contributions to the future of the United States

 

S.Res.504, directing the Senate Legal Counsel to appear as amicus curiae in the name of the Senate in Menachem Binyamin Zivotofsky, By His Parents and Guardians, Ari Z. and Naomi Siegman Zivotofsky v. John Kerry, Secretary of State (S.Ct.).

 

Passed by voice vote Calendar #450, H.R.3212, Sean and David Goldman International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2013

 

Passed Calendar #458, Passed H.R.1528, Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act of 2014

 

 

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Last Floor Action:
9:59:35 P.M. – The House adjourned.

The next meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on July 16, 2014.

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