State of the Union 2013
President Barack Obama will be delivering the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress this evening. He is widely expected to discuss his legislative agenda for 2013, which includes sensible gun control legislation, immigration reform, and the federal budget sequestration which includes mandatory spending cuts.
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will be delivering the Republican response.
The televised speech begins at 9:00pm EST, and 6:00pm PST.
Check your local listings for details.
State of the 113th United States Congress
The 113th Congress was sworn in just six weeks ago, after a general election where the Republican nominee for President was soundly defeated. In spite of the President’s electoral mandate, Republicans in the Senate and the House have signaled that they will continue to be the party of obstruction, and that they have no interest in working with Democrats, to enact legislation that reflects the will of the people.
In 1994, The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) was enacted by Congress to allocate government funds to state and local law enforcement agencies, in order to investigate and prosecute violent crimes against women.
VAWA was reauthorized by Congress in 2000, and 2005, by bipartisan majorities. In 2012, VAWA was passed by the House and Senate, but the two bodies were unable to reconcile the final bill, because the new measure expanded the scope of the law to include minority groups who are often targets of violent crime. The GOP specifically objected to the inclusion of LGBT Americans, Native American women, and undocumented immigrants, in the final version of the law.
The US Senate is considering the reauthorization of VAWA, and it will be passed by a filibuster proof majority any day now. Passage by the House is far from certain, and a failure to quickly act on this legislation will reflect that House Republicans intend to continue their culture wars, including the war on women, that began in the 112th Congress.
If the GOP starts off this way - we could see a repeat of the do nothing 112th Congress - and voting them out of office should be relatively easy in 2014. It's hard to take this obstinate group seriously.
“Master of the Dark Arts” Dick Cheney Makes Inane Remarks To Get Attention
Former Vice President Dick Cheney, the polarizing war monger of the Bush administration, spoke to his home state Republican party last Saturday, in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Not many people pay attention to the master of the dark arts, so he made some crazy comments to assess whether anyone was listening.
According to the Associated Press, Cheney claimed that President Obama is jeopardizing our national security, because he appointed “second-rate people” to key national security posts.
The president appointed Senator John Kerry (D-MA) to replace Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Kerry spent 28 years in the US Senate, and the Foreign Relations committee chairman was confirmed after a 94-3 vote. Kerry received overwhelming bipartisan support, and one must question Cheney’s sanity and judgement when he characterizes Kerry as “second-rate.”
Former Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) spent 12 years in the US Senate, after the entrepreneur and businessman sold his cell phone company. A highly decorated Vietnam war veteran, the Georgetown University Professor currently teaches at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. While the maverick Republican has angered Senators from his party for joining the Obama Administration, the former Reagan Administration official is anything BUT second-rate. Hagel will not receive the overwhelming bipartisan support that Kerry received, but his confirmation is certain, and Cheney is grasping at straws.
New Jersey native John Brennan spent 25 years working in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He is purportedly a close confidant of the President. He was the Director of the National Counterterrorism Center in the Bush-Cheney Administration, and the Homeland Security Advisor during the first term of the Obama-Biden administration. Brennan was also a daily intelligence briefer for President Clinton, and sounds first-rate to me.
Does anyone care what Cheney thinks? Does he have anything meaningful to say? Is the master of the dark arts even relevant today?
Cheney is the man behind selling the Iraq war to Congress, and to the country, and he lied about weapons of mass destruction to do it - while his Chief of Staff leaked Valerie Plame’s identity, and compromised her government mission - and that’s just the tip of the hellish Cheney iceberg.
To put it simply, Cheney is scum and in no position to evaluate or criticize anyone.
If Cheney is bored and looking for something to do, he should devote himself to promoting marriage equality within the Republican party. His credibility doesn’t extend beyond his own party.
Good luck Dick.
Straight talk indeed!
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