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Boehner 3.0 Tabled

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
Senate just voted to table the Boehner bill. No surprise, but the vote was 59-41, which means some Republicans voted to table it.  (Added, the Republican votes to table were DeMint, Hatch, Lee, Graham, Vitter, Paul,) Claire McCaskill is complaining the Mitch McConnell told Harry Reid that he will not negotiate with…
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Boehner 3.0 Passes House

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
The third version of the Boehner bill just passed the House.  (218-210, 22 Republicans voted against, no Democrats voted for.) We are on the verge of a significant — although not very satisfying or triumphal — achievement. Now Harry Reid gets to do what he does best. The Senate Republicans better not sell out.
 

California Redistricting

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
I’ve posted before about nationwide redistricting gains by Republicans including in North Carolina. When you hear Democrats gripe how unfair this is, keep in mind California, where Democrats are likely to gain seats: The California Citizens Redistricting Commission approved new district lines Friday, setting off what is expected to be more competitive Congressional…
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No need to kick the habit

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
I received this note from a loyal reader: Tomorrow the family and I leave for a computer-free week at Cape May Point, NJ so I will be undergoing withdrawal from Legal Insurrection. There’s no need to go through withdrawal.  You can subscribe to posts via e-mail:  Get Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion delivered by email.
 

President twit

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
He just can’t help himself. He can’t get out of campaign mode. After his absurd “I’m Mr. Reaonsable” speech earlier today, his campaign has taken to Twitter urging his supports to send tweets to Republicans in Congress:   This is laughable and childish.  But it’s what passes for presidential leadership these days. What a twit. Update: …
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Soon it will be up to Senate Republicans

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
As it looks now, a revised Boehner bill will get a vote this afternoon and is likely to pass. In yesterday’s flash poll, here’s how the vote broke down on what the House does next: I voted for the last option, do nothing until the Senate passes a bill (actually, probably an amendment…
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Mr. Reasonable versus Intrigue and Drama

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
Obama just gave his speech on the status of the debt ceiling negotiations, and endorses some version of McConnell and Reid plans.  Calls Boehner bill something that will not become law because does not extend debt ceiling beyond election. Calls for “bipartisan compromise” and calls on people to “keep the pressure on Washington” “The time…
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So Feminists are Islamophobic?

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
As part of the continuing attempt to blame the “right wing blogosphere” for the shooting and bombing in Norway, two Norwegians take to the pages of The NY Times (h/t Left Coast Rebel) to decry the cabal of right wing bloggers and other supposed Islamophobes. Notice how easily they include even feminists, presumably because…
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Last night’s mistake

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
The failure last night to pass the so-called Boehner bill was a mistake.  I hope it will be corrected today. I don’t disparage the intentions of the 25 or so who were not willing to vote for the bill.  In fact, I agree with them as to where we should end up. …
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Community Disorganizer

Posted by  ▪  July 29, 2011
You probably paid for this, one way or another. Spotted in Ithaca:
 

Night of the living Boehner bill? // Update – No Vote Tonight

Posted by  ▪  July 28, 2011
Supposedly the bill will come to a vote tonight in the House, and Harry Reid plans to kill it soon after. Why doesn’t the House just wait until the morning to move it over to the Senate (help here, can the House sit on it overnight once it passes?) so that all…
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Is the Boehner plan really “short-term?”

Posted by  ▪  July 28, 2011
The latest talking point on the left is that Speaker Boehner’s plan to raise the debt ceiling by $1 trillion with a roughly equitable amount of cuts is a “temporary,” “short term,” or a “band-aid” solution and, while the bill may not even reach the Senate if it turns out Boehner…
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Circumcision still cuts it in San Francisco

Posted by  ▪  July 28, 2011
Couldn’t resist the post title. Via L.A. Times: San Francisco residents will not be voting in November on whether to prohibit circumcision after all, according to a tentative ruling by a Superior Court judge made public Wednesday. Judge Loretta M. Giorgi ordered the city’s director of elections to strike the measure from the ballot…
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Flash Poll – After Harry Reid kills the Boehner bill, the House should ….

Posted by  ▪  July 28, 2011
Harry Reid, still reeling from his failure to kill the surge in Iraq, is planning to kill the Boehner bill tonight if the bill passes the House today (update — as of 4:30 not clear the bill will pass the House): “Today the House of Representatives will vote on Speaker Boehner’s short-term plan…
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Debt Ceiling Tweet of the Day – The Iowahawk Redemption

Posted by  ▪  July 28, 2011
Yesterday @JazzShaw walked away with the Debt Ceiling Tweet of the Day, and the challenge to @Iowahawkblog to “man up” was left unanswered. But today Iowahawk takes the prize (even though the day is young):
 

New MSNBC Host Sharpton Recently Vowed Never To Criticize Obama

Posted by  ▪  July 28, 2011
Is Al Sharpton too in the tank for Obama to be appropriate even for MSNBC?  Glenn Greenwald, who, like a stopped clock, is correct on rare occasions, notes: I assumed it was hyperbole — until I watched the video and read the transcript of the Sharpton interview.  The 60 Minutes segment was aired on May 19, 2011, and…
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Redistricting Blues

Posted by  ▪  July 28, 2011
I posted a few weeks ago about the status of redistricting in various states, and how Republicans at the state level were using their power wisely to solidify the current hold on power in the House by creating a greater number of safe seats rather than trying to expand the number of…
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