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The Struggle to Protect the Vote

Sixteen states have passed laws that could restrict the right of people of color to cast their ballot by requiring that voters at the polls show photo ID, which some may lack or find difficult to obtain. “Democracy Now!” spends an hour discussing the issue with 13-term Georgia Congressman John Lewis, a key figure of the civil rights movement.

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Lawrence Jackson

Truthdigger of the Week: Rep. Dennis Kucinich

Since he first entered elected office more than 40 years ago, Dennis Kucinich has proved time and again to be an indefatigable fighter and principled politician—a rare creature indeed—who never forgot where he came from or those for whom he was responsible.

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 READ MORE


‘Daily Show’: Losing Barney Frank

Not so fast, Fox News Nation. Although Congressman Barney Frank’s announcement that he would not seek re-election in 2012 has sparked glee in the GOP, Jon Stewart notes in this “Daily Show” clip that Frank has been the all-in-one target for all things reviled by conservatives: “He’s your everything bagel.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / World Economic Forum (CC-BY-SA)

Barney Frank to Call It Quits

Want to get a quick read on another American’s politics? Say the words Barney Frank. The Massachusetts congressman has become a distinctive presence in the House of Representatives over the last 32 years, becoming a lightning rod for condemnation and celebration, depending on where you sit. On Monday ... (more) Updated

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Congress

Ron Paul to Leave Congress, Stage Right

Texas Congressman Ron Paul is streamlining his professional plans. Yes, he’s still running for president, and it looks as though his supporters haven’t deserted him since the last election cycle, but he won’t be seeking to reclaim his House seat after 2012.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / madelineyoki (CC-BY-SA)

The Last Weiner

For some light holiday reading, we offer this satirical little ditty composed by Larry Beinhart, the wordsmith who wrote the novel that gave birth to the movie “Wag the Dog.” At last, a winning solution to one of our nation’s most compromising and costly political problems.

Posted on Jul 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Nation of Weiners

There is a culture gap in this country, between people who are happy to enjoy what’s left of their privacy and people who just don’t think about it.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Richard Drew

Rep. Weiner Resigns

Rep. Anthony Weiner followed the political playbook closely in dealing with his own sexting scandal: First, deny all wrongdoing. If that doesn’t work, start making vague concessions and/or backroom deals. Next, hold news conference, apologize completely and go to rehab.

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 READ MORE



AP via The Washington Post

Weiner Fesses Up, Says He Won’t Step Down

Another high-profile politician has learned about the perils of conducting a career—or, in this case, extracurricular activities—with the aid of modern technology. Yes, Rep. Anthony Weiner did send that risqué tweet, he admitted Monday, and it wasn’t the only one.

Posted on Jun 6, 2011 READ MORE


Etheridge

Congressman’s Sidewalk Scuffle Captured on YouTube

Someone needs to remind North Carolina Rep. Bob Etheridge that this here is the Internet age, that he is a public figure, and that high jinks like this scuffle, which hit the Web on Monday ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 14, 2010 READ MORE


Obey retires
obey.house.gov

‘Bone Tired’ Rep. Obey to Hang It Up

Can you blame Wisconsin Congressman David Obey for being “bone tired,” as he claims to be? Even if you can, this will not impact Rep. Obey’s newly announced decision not to run for re-election this November.

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE


neugebachers

The Rep. Who Cried ‘Baby Killer’ Now Wants Your Cash

He’s the congressman who shouted “It’s a baby killer!” during the House debate preceding Sunday’s historic vote for health care reform, and now Texas Rep. Randy Neugebauer is striking while the limelight is hot, asking for support while his wife Dana gazes into the wrong camera in this campaign ad.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Weiner
Wikimedia Commons / Thomas Good

Democratic Congressman Gets Threatening Letter, White Powder

The health care reform debate has brought a fair share of nutty individuals out of the woodwork, and unfortunately, members of Congress who voted in favor of the recently instated bill might be seen by some who’ve taken leave of their reason as moving targets. Take New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, for example. Updated.

Posted on Mar 25, 2010 READ MORE


Massa

Larry King to Eric Massa: ‘Are You Gay?’

Larry King got right to the point in his interview with former Congressman Eric Massa on Tuesday’s “Larry King Live,” asking Massa directly if he was gay. This was a question Massa was not about to answer, because, as he informed his confused host, “It insults every gay American ... it somehow classifies people.” Oh.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


Kennedy's ad

Rep. Patrick Kennedy Says He Won’t Run for Re-Election

Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, announced in a video released late Thursday that he won’t be seeking re-election this year. Kennedy doesn’t address the reasons for his decision in his vague video, but he signals his gratitude to the people of Rhode Island and folds in a nice tribute to his dad while he’s at it.

Posted on Feb 12, 2010 READ MORE


Wilson
AP / Haraz N. Ghanbari

Former Congressman Charlie Wilson Dies at 76

Former Texas Congressman Charlie Wilson, whose name became familiar outside political circles because of George Crile’s 2003 book, “Charlie Wilson’s War,” as well as director Mike Nichols’ big-screen adaptation, died Wednesday at age 76 in Lufkin, Texas.

Posted on Feb 10, 2010 READ MORE


Griffith
griffith.house.gov

Alabama Congressman’s Party Switch Sparks Office Exodus

Looks as if Alabama Rep. Parker Griffith may be traveling a little lighter than he planned as he makes the transition from the left to the right of the political aisle. On Monday, Griffith’s chief of staff, along with 10 other staff members, decamped from his office, wishing him well but declining to join him in his switch to the GOP.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


Mark Foley
gpoaccess.gov

Mark Foley Takes to the Airwaves

Remember the name Mark Foley? It can be difficult to keep all the GOP sex scandals from blending together, especially when trying to remember one so far back as 2006, but Foley’s the ex-congressman from Florida who wound up in big trouble for sending raunchy messages to an underage page. Now, Foley is looking to reinvent himself on AM radio.

Posted on Sep 14, 2009 READ MORE


Letterman

Letterman Heckles Obama’s Heckler

Two can play this game, Joe Wilson. While the South Carolina congressman’s heckle heard ’round the country triggered dismay from his opponents and enthusiasm from his supporters, Rep. Wilson’s “You lie!” war cry to Obama provided humor fodder for David Letterman’s Thursday night show.

Posted on Sep 11, 2009 READ MORE


William Jefferson
Wikimedia Commons / house.gov

From the Freezer to the Cooler

Former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson of Louisiana, who memorably repurposed his freezer to accommodate an illicit stash of $90,000 in cash, was convicted by a federal jury Wednesday and could be looking at 20 years in the slammer.

Posted on Aug 6, 2009 READ MORE


King

Rep. Peter King Slams Media’s MJ Mania, Intensifies Mania in So Doing

Any salient points that hard-boiled Long Island Congressman Peter King made about the media’s Michael Jackson fixation were, for one, overshadowed by his descriptions of Jackson as a “low-life” and a “pedophile,” and also apparently lost on certain mainstream media outlets.

Posted on Jul 6, 2009 READ MORE


Levy
capitolhillblue.com

Prisoner Accused of Chandra Levy’s Murder

Eight years later, it seems the mystery of Washington intern Chandra Levy’s murder might be solved, and it seems former Congressman Gary Condit is exonerated—cold comfort after his political career was wrecked as a side effect of the Levy investigation.

Posted on Mar 3, 2009 READ MORE


Jamie Leigh Jones
abcnews.com

Gang-Rape Victim Accuses Halliburton/KBR of Cover-Up

Over two years ago, Jamie Leigh Jones was working for Halliburton/KBR in Baghdad’s Green Zone when she was gang-raped, allegedly by several co-workers.  According to Jones, instead of attending to her injuries and bringing her assailants to justice, KBR officials held her for 24 hours in a shipping container without food or water and then told her she would lose her job if she left Iraq.  Now, it’s unclear whether the case will go to trial, and her attackers may escape punishment due to a legal loophole regarding U.S. contractors working abroad.

Posted on Dec 10, 2007 READ MORE


Pete Stark

Rep. Stark Sorry for Bush-Bashing Remark

Professing his remorse for his Oct. 18 suggestion that President Bush would be amused by American soldiers getting their heads “blown off,” Rep. Pete Stark, D-Calif., apologized on Tuesday to Bush, his family, the troops and his congressional colleagues, adding that he hoped he could now go back to being “as insignificant as I should be.”

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Steve King
From C-span.org

GOP Rep. King Compares Latinos to Drunks

The anti-immigration congressman made a speech before Congress in May that blasted the idea of providing interpreters for Spanish speakers at polling stations, saying the practice would “coddle” Hispanics, “just like an enabler for an alcoholic, hand them a bottle of booze so they do not cure themselves….”

  • This is the same guy who recently proposed erecting an electrified fence along the U.S.-Mexico border, and compared Latinos to livestock.
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    Posted on Jul 17, 2006 READ MORE


    Colbert and anti-gay congressman

    Colbert Takes a Ride on a GOP Road

    Georgia Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey seconds Colbert’s motion that homosexuals shouldn’t be allowed to “gay up” the highways.

    Posted on Apr 28, 2006 READ MORE


    Republicans Have No Shame; They Award DeLay a Cushy Seat

    The indicted congressman lands a coveted appointment to the Appropriations Committee. | story
    Having DeLay act as a fiscal watchdog makes about as much sense as electing Libya chairman of the U.N. Human Rights Commission.

    Posted on Feb 9, 2006 READ MORE


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