4 hrs ago
New House Leadership, Same Old Problems
The new House Republican leadership team pulls its bill to address the border crisis before leaving for a five-week recess The House of Representatives rose to bid farewell to outgoing Majority Leader Eric Cantor Thursday, but if the GOP had hopes his passing might usher in a new era of comity between the party's leadership and its right wing, they ... (more)
8 hrs ago
Because the IRS is a Non-Partisan Govt Agency Emails Reveal...
But of course the IRS and Lois Lerner was not operating in concert with the Obama administration in an effort to support the president and attack his political enemies.
Wed Jul 30, 2014
StephenCLE's Baseline House Rankings - The Great Lakes
Hello DKE'ers, and welcome once again to StephenCLE's House Rankings. It's been a long time since our last installment, about two months, but the time has come to get back to business.
How to fool Boehner into NOT Impeaching Obama: Accuse Boehner of trying to Impeach Obama
All it takes for Obama to protect himself from Impeachment is to accuse Boehner of trying to Impeach him.
Los Angeles Times
Export-Import Bank's GOP foes spotlight alleged corruption at agency
Johnny Gutierrez, a former Export-Import Bank employee, is sworn in during a House Oversight subcommittee hearing Tuesday.
Tue Jul 29, 2014
Facing First Whip Test, Scalise Gets Good Marks So Far on Border Bill
Steve Scalise doesn't formally take over as majority whip until Thursday, but some House Republicans say he's already delivering on his twin campaign promises of bringing conservatives into the fold and consulting members on the front end of the policymaking process.
Ex-Im Bank Watchdog Pursuing 40 Fraud Cases: Lawmaker
Representative Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, said the U.S. Export-Import Bank benefited from 22 deals involving the Ex-Im Bank from 2002 to 2011, and was the subject of a 2006 federal lawsuit alleging it engaged in a scheme to defraud the bank.
Ex-Im official pleads Fifth
House Republicans say the Export-Import Bank chairman's tight-lipped responses and a fired employee's outright refusal to testify at a hearing Tuesday on corruption allegations are all the more reason to close the agency.
Mon Jul 28, 2014
Gardner bill "strikes at the heart of Roe v. Wade"
Senatorial candidate Cory Gardner's spokespeople are saying that a federal personhood bill cosponsored by Garder and called the Life at Conception Act , is not really a proposed personhood law because it " simply states that life begins at conception " and would not actually outlaw abortion or contraception, as a real personhood law would do.
The Heartland Institute
Area Lobbyist: Why Do Republicans Want To Kill My Job?
John Feehery's piece here on the dangers of rising Republican skepticism for big business is an amusing read , not just because I'm pretty sure nearly every sentence of it can be debunked in whole or in part.
Sun Jul 27, 2014
Area lawmakers fill large war chests
Heading into the fall campaign season, members of Congress from northwest Ohio have large campaign war chests compared with their opponents.
Congress could close agency that boosts Ohioa
Congress could close agency that boosts Ohio exporters Crown Battery one of 253 in Ohio that have sought the Export-Import Bank's help Check out this story on portclintonnewsherald.com: http://ohne.ws/1rJy57e Two Crown Battery employees work on a large industrial sized battery.
Sat Jul 26, 2014
Grand Haven Tribune
Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'
Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims.
Fri Jul 25, 2014
Special Counsel Clears White House Political Office Of Wrongdoing
The White House's political office did not engage in illegal partisan activity, a federal oversight agency said following a congressional hearing to probe whether taxpayer money has been used by the Obama administration for political purposes.
Thu Jul 24, 2014
US Social Security Administration spent nearly $300M on IT project 'boondoggle,' lawmakers say
The SSA may have also tried to temporarily keep a damaging report on the project secret, a House committee alleges The U.S. Social Security Administration has spent nearly US$300 million on a software system for processing disability claims that still isn't finished and has delivered limited useful functionality, according to an independent report ... (more)
Cybercast News Service
Jordan to IRS Commissioner: 'You Caused the Subpoena'
Rep. Jim Jordan on Wednesday took IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to task before a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee for blaming Congress for causing employee anxiety by issuing subpoenas, especially in the case of IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane.
The Columbus Dispatch
Two Ohio Republicans targeted in Sierra Club ads
The Sierra Club is targeting two Ohio lawmakers with ads urging Congress to renew tax credits for renewable energy sources.
Wed Jul 23, 2014
Rep. Jordan to IRS on Lost Emails: ‘You Guys Were Never...
Chairman Jim Jordan on Wednesday called out the IRS on holding back information regarding lost emails from former IRS official Lois Lerner, telling the IRS Commissioner John Koskinen at a House Subcommittee for Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs on Capitol Hill, 'You guys were never going to tell us until we caught you.'
Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'
Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to salvage a project racked by delays and mismanagement, according to an internal report commissioned by the agency.
IRS Chief Clashes With Republicans on Email Delivery, Role of IG
In his third appearance before a House oversight panel this summer, Internal Revenue Commissioner John Koskinen on Wednesday pushed back at Republican lawmakers' accusations that he has slow-walked the production of requested documents in the year-old probe into the tax agency's mishandling of applications from conservative nonprofits.