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On the News With Thom Hartmann: We Spend $2 Billion a Year on Congress

Monday, 27 April 2015 12:00 Written by
In today's On the News segment: We spend about $2 billion every year on our dysfunctional Congress; one woman in Texas says that she can use a so-called religious freedom law to feed the homeless; Senator Warren and her colleagues sent a letter to the FCC asking that agency to reject the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger; and more. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on…
Will Congress Kill the 'Rebalance to Asia'?
Monday, 27 April 2015 11:46 Written by
With Washington D.C. all abuzz preparing for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s upcoming visit – which will include an official summit meeting with President Barack Obama and a joint congressional address – one of the top issues in the Beltway these days is the question of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which could make or break negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP, a trade deal being negotiated among 12 states including the United States…
USAF preps B-2 upgrades as Congress slashes $460M from replacement program
Monday, 27 April 2015 11:12 Written by
This post is appearing on Autoblog Military, Autoblog's sub-site dedicated to the vehicles, aircraft and ships of the world's armed forces. The House Armed Services Committee is proposing a $460-million reduction in the development budget for the plane that will replace both the long-serving B-52 Stratofortress and the iconic B-2 Spirit. Perhaps recognizing that fact, the Air Force is developing an upgrade program for the B-2 that will allow it to better manage more advanced…
Group calls on Abe to be sincere in apologizing to the US congress
Monday, 27 April 2015 11:02 Written by
Four South Korean civic groups urged Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Monday to make a sincere apology for wartime crimes of the past on the occasion of his historic speech to a joint session of the U.S. Congress scheduled for Wednesday. A total of 68 members of four civic organizations, including the Korean Women’s Bar Association and the People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, sent a joint letter to
Congress's Bipartisan Obamacare Fraud
Monday, 27 April 2015 11:02 Written by
One of the most outrageous but least reported ongoing scandals in Washington is that the House and Senate have both falsely certified themselves as small businesses in order to fund health insurance for themselves and their staff with taxpayer dollars, sidestepping provisions of Obamacare. Senator David Vitter (La.) recently tried to subpoena the documents in which the false declarations were made, but he ran into strong bipartisan opposition. Perhaps most shockingly, Senator Rand Paul
Congress demands probe against BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur
Monday, 27 April 2015 10:52 Written by
New Delhi: Congress on Monday latched on to a report of BJP MP Anurag Thakur socialising with a suspected bookie to demand probe by an independent agency into the link between him, BCCI and the bookies. Party spokesperson Sushmita Dev told reporters that the International Cricket Council (ICC) writing a letter to the Indian Cricket Board was a serious matter as Thakur is the BCCI Secretary. Noting that Prime Minister Narendra Modi
On the News With Thom Hartmann: We Spend $2 Billion a Year on Congress, and More
Monday, 27 April 2015 10:46 Written by
In today's On the News segment: We spend about $2 billion every year on our dysfunctional Congress; one woman in Texas says that she can use a so-called religious freedom law to feed the homeless; Senator Warren and her colleagues sent a letter to the FCC asking that agency to reject the proposed Comcast-Time Warner merger; and more. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on…
Congress refutes senior leader Deo's claims, says Rahul Gandhi not surrounded by coterie
Monday, 27 April 2015 10:37 Written by
Congress on Monday said party vice-president Rahul Gandhi was not surrounded by a coterie, dismissing claims of its senior leader V Kishore Chandra Deo that "oligarchs" around the leadership called the shots. "From where he (Deo) came to know about this? It is speculation...a charge. Rahul Gandhi is not surrounded by any coterie. We are with him," party spokesperson Sushmita Dev told reporters here. She was asked to respond to remarks of former
Minneapolis Star Tribune: Congress should pass 'fast track' on trade
Monday, 27 April 2015 10:17 Written by
Despite demonstrable benefits, free-trade agreements are controversial. But ideally the debate would be centered on the details of the proposed pact — not the negotiating tool being used to strike the best deal possible. With that in mind, Congress should grant President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA, or so-called “fast-track” status), which nearly every postwar president has received. TPA is needed because no foreign leaders will take the domestic political risks necessary to ink an…
Kiev Jews get $100K from European Jewish Congress for security needs
Monday, 27 April 2015 10:05 Written by
(JTA) — The European Jewish Congress has given $100,000 to the Jewish community of Kiev in order to strengthen security. The money will allow for around-the clock security at Jewish institutions and sites in the Ukrainian capital, said Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich, a Ukraine chief rabbi, according to The Jerusalem Post. “As an integral part of the European Jewish Congress’ policy to always assist Jewish communities – most particularly those that are not so well…
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