The 114th Congress (spanning 2015-2017)

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Also, US congressional elections are held every two years, with all of the lower chamber and one-third of the upper chamber standing for election, and each election brings the possibility, however remote, of a shift in control of one or both houses of congress.

Not going to respond to all of the post, but I was making the point that these congressmen/women probably be voted out for 8-or-so years imho.
 
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I have taken a trek or three up to the Hill, and talked to Congresspeople from both sides of the aisle. I would think it is a mistake to consider one party pro-science and one party anti-science. If pushed, I would say that Republicans are more pro-science (i.e. they see scientific investment as a national good) and Democrats are more pro-scientist (i.e. they see scientists and other academics as one of their core constituencies) but this is an oversimplification that is almost as bad.
 
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I have taken a trek or three up to the Hill, and talked to Congresspeople from both sides of the aisle. I would think it is a mistake to consider one party pro-science and one party anti-science. If pushed, I would say that Republicans are more pro-science (i.e. they see scientific investment as a national good) and Democrats are more pro-scientist (i.e. they see scientists and other academics as one of their core constituencies) but this is an oversimplification that is almost as bad.
I understand this is oversimplified, but that's an interesting observation. Although saying the D's value scientists only as voters is a bit cynical :oldwink:. Fact is, there just aren't that many scientists to catch the interest of either party, IMO.
 
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but this is an oversimplification that is almost as bad.
Little context for lisab's observation.
Fact is, there just aren't that many scientists to catch the interest of either party, IMO.
Even more cynically, are both parties merely seeking Madison Avenue endorsements from the scientific community with which to "snow" the voters?
 
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I would like to see less of this - Senate Democrats muscle big Obama donors into ambassadorships
Places that require diplomatic "heavy lifting" don't usually get this kind of appointee.
"Hartley is known for being a campaign bundler who raised more than $500,000 for Obama's re-election bid in 2012.[19]" --- Wiki
 
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Although saying the D's value scientists only as voters is a bit cynical

Had I said that, it would have been cynical.
 
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I would think it is a mistake to consider one party pro-science and one party anti-science. If pushed, I would say that Republicans are more pro-science (i.e. they see scientific investment as a national good) and Democrats are more pro-scientist (i.e. they see scientists and other academics as one of their core constituencies) but this is an oversimplification that is almost as bad.
I would add that for stances on most particular issues, politics trumps science to the point of irrelevancy. Democrats can say (and be right) that the Republican position on global warming goes against the science, but Republicans can say (and be right) that the Democratic position on nuclear energy contradicts science and the Democrats' global warming position.
 
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In related news, the House just voted to overturn Obama's immigration order. This and the similar Keystone vote are interesting but probably ultimately meaningless because:
1. They can't overturn a veto.
2. Congress has the authority here - but the President has the power.
3. Even if Congress sues, Obama can probably just stall until he's out of office (how's that court-ordered NRC Yucca Mountain review going...?).
 
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...meaningless because:
1. They can't overturn a veto....
I'm not so sure. Senate passed Keystone with 63 votes, 3 shy, for a vote that, for the moment, doesn't mean anything because as you say because it will be vetoed at first and Obama himself takes the brunt of the opposition. Should Obama stay on trend with the like of skipping Paris, voting with him might become increasing expensive.
 
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We the Confused have an ongoing petition to the executive branch for the removal of Senator Ted Cruz from oversight of the space-science committee, 17K so far. The wording is probably too timid to succeed; authors should have demanded the Senator be jailed by an executive Bill of Attainder, his property seized, and then deported when released.
 
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We the Confused have an ongoing petition to the executive branch for the removal of Senator Ted Cruz from oversight of the space-science committee, 17K so far. The wording is probably too timid to succeed; authors should have demanded the Senator be jailed by an executive Bill of Attainder, his property seized, and then deported when released.
Respectfully, this was a waste of time.

Only the Senate has jurisdiction over the makeup of its various committees. (Article I of the US Constitution and Senate Rules) It would be like petitioning the House or Senate to command the President fire one of the cabinet members in his Administration. Officers of the US Government, like cabinet members, can either resign or be impeached by the House and removed from office upon conviction in the Senate.

Bills of Attainder are illegal under the U.S. Constitution (Article I, Sec. 9)

And, whatever links are contained in your post are broken or otherwise non-functional.
 
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Congressman Andre Carson (D-IN) was appointed this week to the US House intelligence committee. In the past, Carson has made the following public comments (and later backtracked some of them):

Carsen, 2012 Hartford, Connecticut:
'America will never tap into educational innovation and ingenuity without looking at the model that we have in our madrassas, in our schools, where innovation is encouraged, where the foundation is the Qu'ran.'

'It's unfortunate that there are those [undercover law enforcement] who are thinking that, at this convention right now, we're having secret meetings, that we're plotting to destroy this country. But I say to those who are here undercover: Allah will not allow you to stop us.'
 
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Orrin Hatch is the happiest senator in Washington
The Utah Republican says he wants Elizabeth Warren to be ‘the new Kennedy’

http://news.yahoo.com/orrin-hatch-is-the-happiest-senator-in-washington-230742347.html

Let's see where that goes.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has been in the Senate for 37 years, and he’s seen it all. But for the first time in his career, he has a security detail.

Hatch, who will turn 81 in March, was elevated to his new position after Republicans took control of the Senate last fall. It’s a largely ceremonial post given by tradition to the longest-serving member of the majority party. It includes a few significant duties, such as signing legislation that’s been passed by both chambers before it leaves Congress on its way to the White House. The holder of the post also presides over the Senate when it is in session, though this latter duty is often delegated to newer members of the body.

Most important, the president pro tempore is third in line to the presidency, after the vice president and the speaker of the House.
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Lawmaker reimbursed costs for lavish office décor
http://news.yahoo.com/lawmaker-reimbursed-costs-lavish-office-decor-175543466--politics.html [Broken]
 
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Cruz: Lift all contribution limits on campaign cash
http://news.yahoo.com/texas-cruz-lift-contribution-limits-campaign-cash-193953501--election.html [Broken]

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Cruz, a first-term senator who represents Texas, said deep-pocketed donors should have the same rights to write giant campaign checks as voters have to put signs in their front yards. Both, Cruz said, were an example of political speech, and he added that "money absolutely can be speech."

"I believe everyone here has a right to speak out on politics as effectively as possible," Cruz said told a voter who asked him about the role of the super-rich in politics.
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GOP Lawmakers: Speaker Boehner to resign end of October
http://news.yahoo.com/gop-lawmakers-speaker-boehner-resign-end-october-134146275--politics.html [Broken]
 
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GOP Lawmakers: Speaker Boehner to resign end of October
http://news.yahoo.com/gop-lawmakers-speaker-boehner-resign-end-october-134146275--politics.html [Broken]

Wow! This is completely surprising to me - I didn't see it coming at all, I thought Boehner could stand up to the hardliners in the R party. Just...wow.
 
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completely surprising
Five years as a doormat for Obama, Reid, Pelosi & Co.? A surprise? :rolleyes:
 
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I thought Boehner was just stepping down from the Speaker of the House position, but NPR played his statement where he indicated that he is resigning from Congress effective end of October. Some are sad and some are glad.

Boehner To Step Down From Often Thankless Job. What's Next For His Successor?
http://www.npr.org/2015/09/25/44348...en-thankless-job-whats-next-for-his-successor

'Simple As That': Boehner Decided To Resign Today
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...-boehner-will-step-down-at-the-end-of-october
http://www.npr.org/sections/itsallp...ver-boehner-resignation-pressure-was-working/

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/house-speaker-john-boehner-took-many-of-his-129855485621.html
 
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I thought Boehner was just stepping down from the Speaker of the House position, but NPR played his statement where he indicated that he is resigning from Congress effective end of October.


He can get very rich as a lobbyist. His earning power would decay were he to remain in Congress.
 
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Who will replace Boehner?
http://news.yahoo.com/short-list-replace-house-speaker-john-boehner-223025561.html [Broken]

Maybe get someone from outside of Washington.
 
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Maybe get someone from outside of Washington.

That would be the longest of long shots. Like Andromeda galaxy long.
 
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Wow! This is completely surprising to me - I didn't see it coming at all, I thought Boehner could stand up to the hardliners in the R party. Just...wow.
Yeah, I don't get it. Why now and why resign his seat and not just his speakership? Is he running for president? Running from a scandal we don't know about yet? This doesn't make any sense to me.

From one of Astronuc's articles:
During a press conference at the Capitol, Boehner says he made his decision this morning, after picking up a cup of coffee.

"I thought: today is the day I'm going to do this ... as simple as that," Boehner said.
A well thought-out decision! Did he just crack?
 

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