House Retirement Tracker: Who Is Deciding To Leave Congress In 2020 – NPR

It’s hard not being in the majority. you get terrible office space and you have no control over what is happening on the floor of the house. You couple that with the fact that the two parties are so far apart that they can’t find any agreements, it becomes a chore to be in the minority.

5 times more Republicans are resigning from the house as Democrats this time around. there’s a chance, a pretty good chance that recruits will get the House and Senate in 2020. Hopefully even if Trump wins re-election which is very possible, having both houses in the hands of the Democrats will make his last 4 years in office hell. He is putting us through hell each day.

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Trump says he will approve ‘major middle income tax cut’ if GOP wins House, Senate in 2020 – TheHill

What president has ever said something like this? What did he do but openly bribing the American electorate. Sure politicians do it all the time but not with these kind of conditional promises.

he is unhinged, unfit and erratic. He scares me and he scares the rest of the world. I’m not sure when or if the giant corporations that run us will start worrying about him. Of course some of them are drooling for a war so we can buy new Jets, tanks and whatever other killing machines they’re willing to sell. but beyond that you would think that the fact he is destroying the fabric of our government would be worrisome. I’ve given up on the Republicans because the Republicans bought and paid for have the Democrats aren’t that much better to be honest.

Dark money is the issue here. The Koch brother can now do more damage and there is nothing to stop him.the Amazon is on fire and you can thank the Koch brothers for that in part. They have stripped cut Forest throughout the world including the Amazon to feed their pockets of Georgia-Pacific. Yes we need would but there’s ways of doing it using sustainable products with the Koch brothers don’t care all they wanted was to make as much money using up the resources of our dying planet.

Sono the liar in Chief is not going to give you a tax break, if he was going to give you a tax break if you do it right now. There’s a recession looming and he needs a tax break to the people-watching we will spend the money. So far the corporations who how are paying almost nothing in taxes now aren’t doing anything to stimulate the economy. Trickle-down economy is basically the way how liquid will trickle down your leg into your shoes, it is disgusting. The house would be more than happy to vote on a true tax reform bill which would increase the taxes on the rich and Lord for the poor but he’s not looking to do that nor will he.

He is the liar in Chief.

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Polls show Trump approval rating softening among GOP, independents – TheHill

I bring up Watergate on my blog a lot. It’s the only thing that I have to compare to the craziness that we’re going through right now. The one thing that I can tell you for sure is that John Dean’s testimony caused the downfall of Nixon.

At the time of his testimony in front of the Watergate committee Nixon had approval ratings in the mid-forties. Sound familiar? Within a year his approval ratings plummeted to 21%. just like a rats jumping a sinking ship the GOP followed suit. So reading that the GOP and independent voters are starting to soften on Trump is very telling.

I watched the whole testimony of Michael Cohen today in front of the House oversight committee.what was fascinating to me and two other observers of the body politic is that as much as the GOP members of the committee attacked Michael Cohen they never defended Donald Trump. You would think that allegation after allegation that were flung to the committee members from Michael Collins testimony would have been at least given some window dressing of making an attempt to defend the leader of the GOP. But nobody did.

Look, I am more than aware that politicians are politicians and you can’t ask a lepard to shed their spots. to me the reason that President Clinton was never convicted by the Senate was because his approval ratings were soaring. That’s not the case anymore for Trump. It never was the case for Trump to be honest. He has had the worst approval ratings of any president in his first year in office. And even worse he’s had historically high disapproval ratings.

Do I think today was the wooden stake in his heart, no. But it’s the beginning and with a democratically LED house we are going to see more and more of these hearings chip away at the fake veneer of this presidency.

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Trendline amongst Republican voters on Trump’s approval. Screenshot from thehill.com

‘Winter is coming’: Allies fear Trump isn’t prepared for gathering legal storm – The Washington Post

For those of us who watch the Game of Thrones we know what winter is coming means. Although in the White House case it’s not going to be white walkers but it’s going to be Democrats crawling all over this white house and finding out all of those crimes that have been committed during his presidency. Look I’m the first to admit I thought that Trump did not have a chance against Hillary Clinton, and yet here we are. So this blue wave that is supposed to go across the country electing Democrats to the house and set it seems wonderful but until November 7th I won’t be pleased. We need to volunteer, donate to candidates and most importantly make sure we and all our friends go out and vote on November 6th.

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With White House Counsel Donald McGahn’s impending departure, President Trump’s large and ever-changing legal team is thrown into turmoil once again. (Video: Jenny Starrs/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

House passes bill allowing 9/11 suits against Saudis – POLITICO

Only the GOP Congress would take a tragedy like 9/11 and turn it into a political football. President Obama has vetoed this legislation and now they are working on an override. It looks like this may happen as the Senate unanimously passed this legislation last time around. It’s amazing this is a group of people that cannot do anything about funding the zika virus but will do it’s best to set up an override of President Obama’s veto. President Obama is against this measure because it would then open up the United States for liability suits from every country in the world. Our hands are not clean and we must remember that. Shame on Congress

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http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/house-passes-bill-allowing-9-11-suits-against-saudis-227951

US flag is placed on the 9/11 memorial before the ceremony to commemorate the 14th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2015 in New York. | Getty

House to recess until July 5, pre-empting guns sit-in – POLITICO

The Republicans cheated. That’s nothing new. What is new is that they misunderstood what today means to the citizen of the United States. This was not a run-of-the-mill happening in Washington. This is going to have long-term ramifications. I believe that the look you saw on Paul Ryan’s face when he was trying to call the house to order was his realization that his speakership would end in January. The will of the people that’s what Congress is supposed to be. And it’s clear that the will of the people is not being heard. And it’s not just gun safety, it’s climate change, infrastructure, spending in places where the need is great. Paul Ryan wants the world to go on in his vision. His replacement of the Affordable Care Act that he unveiled today and was eclipsed by the Democratic sit-in showed he doesn’t understand the American people. He wants to pay people who cannot afford health insurance through tax credits. You have to have money to pay for it in the first place and paying for it afterwards is basically like saying I’m not giving you health insurance. No today we saw something important happened in Washington. And returning until July 5th is not going to quiet it down. Hell, that’s all we’ll be talking about until July 5th.
And it’s definitely time to disarm hate.
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http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/housegoptakeback-224699

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Republicans aims to regain control of House floor from Democratic sit-in – CNN

The Optics of it all. This is pure genius on the part of the Democrats who started the sit-in. And what’s most ironic is that they’re holding the house hostage that wants to vote on a bill that will remove fiduciary responsibility from people that handle your money. The only people in the world that want this bill to go through are the banks. To make it simple this law was passed under President Obama’s administration and it says that if you handle someone’s money you must handle it responsibly. The banks hate this because acting responsibly is not in their nature. So now the eyes of the nation are looking at a cell phone transmission from the floor of the house and in half an hour speaker Ryan will call the house to order to vote on a bill that only the banks want. This is going to set them up for 30 second commercials over and over again between now and November. This is a nightmare for Paul Ryan. And nobody deserves nightmares more than Paul Ryan.
This is why the Republicans no longer call the Democratic Party by its name and only say the Democrat Party. Because this is democracy at work at its finest.
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http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/22/politics/john-lewis-sit-in-gun-violence/

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John Lewis leads sit-in on House floor over guns – CNNPolitics.com

Could Democrats in the Congress finally be getting a backbone? Honestly, I have been waiting for this kind of action for way too long. This is unprecedented and quite creative on their part. Since the house is not in session there is no video or audio but house members are streaming live using their cell phones. This is it illegal but they are most likely to get away with it. They are fed up with the inaction over gun safety and our country and are mad and are not going to take it anymore. Republicans, and the words of President Obama, enough is enough. We need gun safety in this country.
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http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/22/politics/john-lewis-sit-in-gun-violence/

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The GOP’s House Majority Is Safe … Right? | FiveThirtyEight

Fivethirtyeight.com and Nate Silver have an analysis that says that it is possible that the Democrats regain control of the house. Wow, no more Paul Ryan yay. But seriously it’s a tough battle ahead and it seems that Democrats and progressives have all moved into large urban areas and are not challenging Congressional Republicans in their districts. I for one live in a democratic stronghold and I know that my vote in November will be somewhat wasted. But it doesn’t mean that I’m not going to vote and donate as much as I possibly can. This is doable people so let’s do it.
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-gops-house-majority-is-safe-right/

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U.S. House of Representatives’ Chaplain Accused of Discriminating Against Atheism, Judaism and other Minority Religions

When you cough it may be a symptom of a deeper problem. This is a symptom of a deeper problem. I came from a very liberal family. We were Jewish and lived in Texas. I was always so uncomfortable when they made us say the Lord’s Prayer. Why should a six-year-old feel uncomfortable in school because of a religion? And now the government, theoretically the Bastion of the separation of church and state, is the siding what religion is worthy of being heard. That is complete BS. He read the article below you’ll see how the chaplain of the House of Representative used delaying tactics to keep a rifle leader of his church from being able to do the opening prayer. This is shameful.
I have moved away from my religion, I still identify as Jewish to honor and respect my parents. But in reality I know that there is a higher power but I don’t believe that it is my imaginary friend in the sky. Look The Big Bang had to be set off. That higher power may be nothing more than how ants see us. But I don’t think we are granting ants wishes in our interaction with them.
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http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/us-house-of-representatives-chaplain-accused-of-discriminating-against-atheism-and-minority-religions-160508?news=858781

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