U.S. House paralyzed following second day of GOP failure to elect a speaker
[This story has been updated.] WASHINGTON — U.S. House Republicans’ stalemate over who should lead the chamber for the next two years dragged on Wednesday, with Kevin McCarthy failing to get the votes needed to become speaker on three more ballots. The chamber then adjourned until 8 p.m. Eastern to give the House GOP a […]
Report details Mark Meadows’ frightening texts surrounding Trump’s effort to overturn the 2020 election
In case you missed it, be sure to check out the new and remarkable reports from the good people at Talking Points Memo detailing former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows’ text messages in and around the events of January 6, 2021 — what one author has dubbed the “roadmap to an insurrection.” Among Meadows’ […]
Clichés won’t get the job done when it comes to America’s gun violence epidemic
“Unspeakable.” This appears to a top platitude of choice for modern, gun-loving American politicians these days as they respond to each new horrific tragedy that the easy and widespread availability of mass killing machines visits on our society. That and “praying” for the families of the victims.
U.S. House committee examines need to expand federal courts
Population, caseloads are up, but number of judges remains stagnant Creating new district and circuit court judgeships is now on the congressional agenda 30 years after the last legislative increase in 1990. While population and caseloads continue to grow at a rapid rate, the U.S. has added only 34 District Court judgeships and no Court […]
At least six members of Congress from NC plan to contest Electoral College votes today
Dan Bishop, Madison Cawthorn, other GOP members of U.S. House backing baseless claims of election fraud WASHINGTON — The final step in a turmoil-filled 2020 presidential election is set for Wednesday, when Congress will certify election results showing that Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump.
Editorials pan proposed law to “protect” officials from protesters
Not surprisingly, State Senator Dan Bishop’s absurd proposal to criminalize the act of yelling at politicians is running into widespread derision. Editorials in the Charlotte Observer and Wilson Times/Greenville Daily Reflector explain why. Here’s the Times editorial as it was republished in the Reflector: “Before the General Assembly’s return to Raleigh today, the first harebrained bill of the […]
After McCrory street-shaming, ACLU slams legislative call to shield politicians from heckling
Officials with the ACLU of N.C. are taking aim at a Republican state lawmaker’s blistering response to this weekend’s scathing street-shaming of former Gov. Pat McCrory. In the video, McCrory, along with conservative Fox commentator Lou Dobbs, is pursued down a Washington, D.C., alleyway by a band of protesters, some of whom shout, “Shame on […]