Posted: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 20:21 |
The Hill newspaper, which covers the comings and going on Capitol Hill, just came out with its list of the 50 wealthiest members of Congress.
You might expect a Rockefeller to top the list since his name is synonymous with great wealth, but Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-VA) is only #4 at $83.8 million. His actual wealth, much of which was inherited, is probably much greater but reporting requirements often conceal more than they reveal.
Posted: Tue, 08/27/2013 - 16:23 |
Here's the emmes on attacking Syria -- the American people think it's a bad idea. In fact they like it even less than they like Congress, if you thought that was possible. A new Reuters/Ipsos poll showed only 9 percent of respondents support American intervention; by comparison (and a different poll) Congress has a 15 percent approval rating, on a good day.
Posted: Fri, 08/23/2013 - 16:30 |
Reading excerpts of the transcripts of the final installment of the Nixon tapes I can't decide who is the more reprehensible character in one of those conversations.
Was it Nixon, who threatened to publicly attack the loyalty of American Jews for interfering in his agenda with the Soviets, or his obsequious national security advisor Henry Kissinger, a German-born Jew whose family fled Nazi persecution in 1938, who agreed?
Nixon was an equal-opportunity bigot; he hated blacks, Jews and probably everyone else. Kissinger should have known better.
Posted: Thu, 08/22/2013 - 19:19 |
If Prime Minister Netanyahu is as serious about making peace as he says why did he announcing more settlement construction knowing how the Palestinians would react? And If Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is serious about peace as he says, why does he keep threatening to file war crimes charges against Israel at the World Court?
Both leaders like to talk about peace but do they have an aversion to actually making peace? Are they looking for common ground or for excuses to scuttle the entire exercise and blame the other?
Posted: Tue, 08/20/2013 - 13:45 |
The most powerful pro-Arab lobby in Washington may be AIPAC – that's right, the vaunted pro-Israel lobby. When the going gets tough on Capitol Hill, that's who gets called in to help.
Most recently it stepped in to block a move by some prominent senators to halt U.S. assistance to Egypt in response to the bloody crackdown on Islamist demonstrators protesting the army's overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi.
It wasn't the first time AIPAC went to bat for an Arab country, even when it was technically in a state of war with Israel.
Posted: Sat, 08/17/2013 - 22:23 |
When House Majority Leader Eric Cantor recently repeated in a Fox News interview a favorite Republican mantra that “the government doesn’t create jobs, the private sector does” he knew it wasn't true.
For starters, he himself has a government-created job and it pays a nice $193,400 a year plus a very generous benefits package. What's more tens of thousands of his fellow Virginians, including many of his constituents, also have government-created jobs.