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magazish.comCongress proceeds onward clearing self-driving auto decides that piece security normsA US House subcommittee will vote Wednesday on a recommendation that would clear away existing principles for self-driving auto producers, as indicated by Reuters. The proposition would banish singular states from setting their own guidelines on independent vehicles, and expel a hefty portion of the security models that self-driving autos at present need to meet. …1
history.house.govHIESTER, Daniel | US House of Representatives: History, Art & ArchivesHIESTER, Daniel, (brother of John Hiester, cousin of Joseph Hiester, and uncle of William Hiester and Daniel Heister [1774–1834]), a Representative from Pennsylvania and from Maryland; born in Berks County, Pa., June 25, 1747; attended the public schools; engaged in business in Montgomery County; colonel and brigadier general of militia and served in the Revolutionary War; member of the supreme executive council of Pennsylvania 1784-1786; commissioner of the Connecticut land claims in 1787; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate from Pennsylvania to the First, Second, and Third Congresses, and reelected as a Republican to the Fourth Congress, and served from March 4, 1789, to July 1, 1796, when he resigned and moved to Hagerstown, Md.; elected as a Republican from Maryland to the Seventh and Eighth Congresses and served from March 4, 1801, until his death in Washington, D.C., March 7, 1804; interment in Zion Reformed Graveyard, Hagerstown, Md.
cryptonewmedia.pressExpert Witness Tells Congress to Remove Capital Gains Tax on Cryptocurrencies Used for Purchases ⋆ Crypto New MediaThe House Financial Services Committee’s just wrapped up a hearing entitled “The Future of Money: Digital Currency”. Twitter Facebook reddit Pinterest Hacker News LinkedIn Tumblr Google+ VKontakte Four witnesses spoke before the House: Dr. Rodney J. Garratt, Maxwell C. and Mary Pellish Chair, Professor of Economics, University of California Santa Barbara Dr. Norbert J. Michel, …2
newrepublic.comTrump resumes his Russia denialism.Is Russia still trying to meddle in American democracy or not? In February, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats told Congress that it is: “There should be no doubt that Russia perceives its past efforts as successful and views the 2018 US midterm elections as a potential target for Russian influence operations.” The directors of the CIA, FBI, National Security Agency, Defense Intelligence ...
abcnews.go.com5 key moments from Trump and Putin on Russian-US election interferenceIn case there was any doubt, President Donald Trump made clear Monday the specific evidence U.S. law enforcement and Congress have laid out about how Russian agents actively sought to intervene in the 2016 elections is not a top concern for him at all. What’s more, he is not sure he believes it. ...
edition.cnn.comTop Republicans in Congress break with Trump over Putin commentsAfter President Donald Trump's stunning news conference Monday next to Russian President Vladimir Putin, members of Congress -- including some powerful Republicans -- were quick to rebuke Trump's performance on the world stage and Trump's refusal to call Putin out for interfering in the US election.1
occupythebronx.orgTrump's Road to American Martial LawTrump's Road to American Martial Law. For Putin, Trump is the gift that keeps on giving. Republicans may grumble over this, but they are Trump’s indecent enablers. President Trump was in full Putin-pandering mode when he met with the Russian president in Helsinki on Monday.This time, Trump’s crossed the line! He’s done! He’s finished! He’s toast!How many times do I remember this refrain, all the way back to the Mexican “rapists” remark more than three years ago that established Trump to the right of all his Republican rivals on immigration and so launched his campaign?Yet he’s not finished.Since then we’ve had Trump’s talk of “some form of punishment” for women having an abortion; and “grab ’em by the pussy” as his approach to women; and African nations as “shithole countries”; and his moral equivocation over the Charlottesville neo-Nazis who were not so bad really; and his Administration’s sadistic treatment of immigrant children; and the European Union as “foe”; and thousands of false or misleading statements since taking office; and now the disgusting spectacle of the American president kowtowing in Helsinki to Vladimir Putin, whose denial of Russian interference in the 2016 election he credits over the findings of United States intelligence agencies!Yet he’s not done.Trump claims he misspoke in Helsinki when, alluding to his director of National Intelligence, he said: “My people came to me, Dan Coats came to me and some others, they said they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin; he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this: I don’t see any reason why it would be.”Now, Trump wants us to believe he wished to deploy a double negative, no less. A double negative! What he meant to say was: “I don’t see any reason why it WOULDN’T be Russia.”This is nonsense. Simple declarative sentences are also available, as in: “I believe that, in an act of aggression, Russian interfered in the 2016 election.” They have particular impact when the Russian president is standing next to you.No, Trump was in full Putin-pandering mode. He said that Putin was “extremely strong and powerful in his denial.” Besides, Russia is a place where Hillary Clinton’s 33,000 emails “wouldn’t be gone so easily.”Yuck. Yet Trump’s not finished.Even if he does daily damage to America’s standing in the world, conducts “diplomacy” with no preparation and no coordination with allies, believes he can wing it on the world stage with his rabble-rousing rally shtick, and, as William Burns, the president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, put it to me, “leaves Putin looking bemused at this gift that keeps on giving.”Yet the lines Trump crosses — the endless indications that, as James Fallows put it in The Atlantic, he is either Russia’s “conscious tool” or “useful idiot” — never bring about his downfall.That is, above all, due to the corruption and debasement of the Republican Party, which has turned into the Trump party, roared on by the right-wing talk machine honed over many years now through Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and the rest. The machine that says that Democrats are evil and want to blow up the American way of life — guns, God and all. The machine that said Barack Obama was a Kenyan socialist.“Republicans in Congress have responded in a spineless and morally vacant way to this president who is a horrible embarrassment,” Norman Ornstein, a political scientist at the American Enterprise Institute, told me. “They know that, other than on immigration and trade, Trump has no policy views. Their attitude is, ‘anything we can pass, he’ll sign, we can manipulate him, get the judges we want.’ But they’re trapped in a culture that’s almost cultlike and know that if they challenge Trump, the base will turn on them.”Most Republicans stuck with Nixon well after indications of wrongdoing emerged. But as the Watergate evidence piled up, they did begin to desert him. Still, with the exception of Senator John McCain, Ornstein does not see the likes today of Hugh Scott, John Rhodes, Howard Baker, Barry Goldwater, William Cohen and other leading Republicans who broke with Nixon.And so Trump is not done, not yet, not by any means.“The framers were very much aware that we could end up with an immoral demagogue,” Ornstein said. “They built in safeguards, the most significant being an independent Congress, with power of the purse, oversight, confirmation, impeachment. But at every level, this Congress has failed miserably. Republicans have done nothing but try and protect Trump, despite outrageous ineptitude, cabinet offices being manipulated to make money, children treated in criminal fashion — no oversight hearings, nothing! This is the biggest abdication I have ever seen.”Yes, some Republican lawmakers did raise their voices to denounce Trump’s interactions with Putin, or at least express confidence in American intelligence agencies. But these were mere words — too little, too late. They are complicit in Trump’s Russian complicity, his base, possibly criminal, flirtation.The president is not done.Soon, there may be indictments from Robert Mueller, the special counsel, of high officials or members of Trump’s family. What then? Ornstein’s nightmare scenario: Trump fires Mueller, pardons himself and everyone else, sends his followers into the street, and, after the inevitable bloodshed, declares martial law.Not yet. Not yet.By Roger Cohen. Read up on the latest blogs on Occupy The Bronx1
cjr.orgRepublicans still convinced Facebook and Twitter are biased against themIf there’s one thing we can count on in these uncertain times, it’s that no matter what happens, many Republican members of Congress will remain convinced that the major social platforms are secretly using their algorithms to down-rank conservative content. The Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives held a hearing in April on this […]
trustnodes.comReforms to the Securities Act 1933 Passed Almost Unanimously with Congress Set to Chip Away at Investment Prohibitions“This bill ensures that America’s garages have fewer old cars and more new startups.” So says Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling in a sign that lawmakers have finally heard us....3
usatoday.comJames Comey: 'All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall'"This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that 'Ambition must ... counteract ambition.' All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall," Comey tweeted. "Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us."
history.house.govKEE, Maude Elizabeth | US House of Representatives: History, Art & ArchivesMaude Elizabeth Kee made history as West Virginia’s first woman Member of Congress and as a critical part of that state’s Kee family dynasty in the U.S. House, stretching from the start of the New Deal to the Watergate Era. Succeeding her late husband, John Kee, in 1951, Elizabeth Kee went on to chair the Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Veterans’ Hospitals and became a leading advocate for the coal–mining industry, a major employer in her district. When she left Congress in 1965, her son, James, won her seat, accounting for one of a handful of father–mother–son combinations in Congress.Maude Etta “Elizabeth” Simpkins was born in Radford, Virginia, on June 7, 1895, the seventh of 11 children born to John Jesse Wade Simpkins and Cora French Hall Simpkins. Her father was a policeman and a railway company employee before moving into real estate and resettling the family in Roanoke, Virginia. Raised in a conservative Republican, Baptist household, she quickly challenged her parents’ politics and religion. Her siblings later recalled that she converted to Catholicism and became a Democrat, “as soon as she was old enough.”1 She attended the National Business College and, during World War I, took her first job as a secretary for the business office of the Roanoke Times and, later, as a court reporter for a law firm. Elizabeth Simpkins married James Alan Frazier, a railway clerk. They had three children: Frances, James, and a child who died in infancy. The marriage soon fell apart, and James Frazier’s attorney during the divorce was John Kee, who fell in love with Elizabeth. In 1925 she moved to Bluefield and, a year later, she married him.2 John Kee was elected to the 73rd Congress (1933–1935) in the 1932 Roosevelt landslide, as a Democrat from a southeastern West Virginia district. Elizabeth Kee served as his executive secretary throughout his congressional career, including his service after 1949 as chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs.3 She once described her job on Capitol Hill as “being all things to all constituents,” a combination of “clergyman, lawyer, psychiatrist and family friend.”4 Meanwhile, Kee authored “Washington Tidbits,” a weekly column that was syndicated to West Virginia newspapers. John Kee died suddenly on May 8, 1951, during a committee meeting. Four days later, Elizabeth Kee announced that she planned to seek nomination to fill her late husband’s seat.5 Initially, she was the underdog behind such powerful politicians as Walter Vergil Ross, who had served several terms in the West Virginia legislature, and Sheriff Cecil Wilson. Party leaders proposed that she should be retained as a secretary for the eventual nominee, a suggestion that infuriated her. Her son, James, campaigned heavily with United Mine Workers Association leaders in the district, convincing them that John Kee had several projects developing in Congress and that Elizabeth Kee could attend to them unlike any outsider. That strategy worked as the United Mine Workers Union—a powerhouse in her district which encompassed seven coal–mining counties and the famous Pocahontas coal fields—threw its weight behind the widow Kee. She still faced a formidable challenge from Republican Cyrus H. Gadd, a Princeton, West Virginia, lawyer. Gadd tried to turn the campaign into a referendum on the Harry S. Truman administration, which was at the nadir of its popularity. Gadd also attacked Kee as being beholden to oil interests after Oklahoma Senator Robert Kerr, an oilman and old ally of John Kee’s, campaigned for her in the district. The Kee campaign turned the table on Gadd, exposing his major campaign contributors with ties to the oil industry. Kee won the July 17, 1951, special election with a plurality of about 8,500 votes, receiving 58 percent of the total.6 She was sworn in to office on July 26, 1951, becoming the first woman to represent West Virginia in the U.S. Congress.7Later that year, Kee announced she would not seek re–nomination for the seat, but she reversed herself several weeks later when a flood of requests convinced her to remain in Congress.8 In the 1952 general election, she again faced GOP challenger Cyrus Gadd, dispatching him with a 35,000–vote margin, capturing 64 percent of the total. She won by a greater plurality than any of her West Virginia House colleagues. She subsequently was re–elected five times by sizable majorities, winning her next two campaigns with more than 60 percent of the vote or more; in 1958, she was unopposed.9 One local paper’s endorsement summed up the depth of her support: “it is absolutely unthinkable … for the voters to even consider anyone else to represent them than Mrs. Kee. We don’t want her to have to waste valuable time in campaigning, when she could be devoting her energy and ‘know how’ in furthering legislation and certain projects for the benefit of southern West Virginia.”10John Kee had crafted a reputation as a progressive–liberal Democrat in Congress, and it was a political pattern that Elizabeth Kee followed.11 Throughout her 14 years in Congress, she served on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, eventually chairing the Subcommittee on Veterans’ Hospitals. She also was appointed to the Government Operations Committee in the 85th through 87th Congresses (1957–1963) and to the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs in the 88th Congress (1963–1965). From her Veterans’ Affairs seat, Kee became an advocate on behalf of former servicemen and servicewomen, noting, “more attention should be devoted to the welfare of this country’s veterans.… You just can’t economize at the expense of the veteran. And I know the American people—no matter how much they want Government spending cut—I know they feel that way.”12Kee generally was a firm supporter of Cold War foreign policy. Of her own volition and on her own dime, she toured seven South American countries in 1952 on a 16,000–mile trip that, in part, fulfilled one of her husband’s aspirations.13 In the 82nd Congress (1951–1953) she voted for an extension of the Marshall Plan’s economic aid program to Europe in the form of a $7.5 billion assistance package. In the following two years, she supported $4.4 billion and $5 billion foreign aid bills.14 Kee would come to question such extravagant outlays during the Dwight Eisenhower administration, particularly when economic conditions deteriorated within her home state. Representative Kee was particularly critical of proposed tariff reductions, which she feared would affect her constituents.15Representing the second largest coal–producing district in the country, Kee became a major advocate for coal miners and related businesses. West Virginia mines accounted for about one–third of the national output by 1957.16 But the industry suffered heavily from foreign fossil fuel competition and, for much of the 1950s, recession plagued the state economy. Throughout her time in the House, Kee repeatedly defended U.S. coal operations from foreign energy imports, particularly “residual” (heating) fuel oil from South America and natural gas from Canada. “We do not intend to stand idly by and see American workers thrown out of employment by unnecessary concessions to foreign countries,” Kee declared.17 Congresswoman Kee addressed this issue, often casting it as a threat to U.S. national security because it took away American jobs and made the country reliant on imports of critical materials. “If we are to be prudent in our efforts to safeguard the basic security of our country, our own self–preservation, then the Congress of the United States must, now, face up to its responsibility and pass legislation to protect in a fair and just manner our own basic coal industry,” she said in a floor speech.18 Still, Kee could do little to stanch the flow of foreign oil into the U.S. market.Kee was successful, however, developing a program of economic rejuvenation for West Virginia that mirrored the “Point Four” technological and economic aid that U.S. officials extended to developing nations.19 Given little support from the Eisenhower administration, Kee and other Catholic supporters threw their full weight behind the candidacy of John F. Kennedy in 1960, playing an influential part in helping Kennedy win the critical West Virginia primary.20 During the first year of the Kennedy administration, Kee’s economic program was adopted as part of the Accelerated Public Works Act, which sought to head off recession by providing federal dollars for public works projects in vulnerable districts. The legislation created the Area Redevelopment Administration (ARA), which pumped millions of dollars into recession–prone regions in the form of industrial loans, job retraining programs, and grants for water systems. In southern West Virginia, which became a model for the program, ARA money created recreational facilities, parks, and tourist attractions.21 Kee reminded her colleagues that despite pressing concerns abroad that required huge allocations of American aid, immediate problems at home still needed to be addressed. Foreign aid bills were important, Kee admitted, “But not more important than bread and milk for coal miners’ children, good jobs for their fathers, new industries and increased business activity for economically depressed American towns and cities,” she said.22In 1964, Kee declined to seek an eighth term in the House due to poor health.23 Her son and longtime administrative assistant, James, won the Democratic nomination. That November, when he won easy election with 70 percent of the vote, Maude Kee became the first woman in Congress to be succeeded directly by one of her children. From 1933 to James Kee’s retirement, when the district was reapportioned out of existence prior to the 1972 elections, the Kee family represented West Virginia in the House. Elizabeth Kee retired to Bluefield, where she died on February 15, 1975.
yahoo.comJames Comey urges voters to choose Democrats, warns that 'history has its eyes on us'Former FBI Director James Comey on Tuesday said “history has its eyes on us” and encouraged Americans to vote for Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017, issued a tweet urging Americans to snub Republicans this November. “This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders' design that 'Ambition must … counteract ambition,'” tweeted the former FBI director, a longtime supporter of Republicans. “All who believe in this country's values must vote for Democrats this fall. History has its eyes on us.” The move to endorse Democrats comes after the controversial summit in Helsinki, Finland on Monday between Trump1
history.house.govA State Funeral for General John Joseph Pershing | US House of Representatives: History, Art & ArchivesOn these dates, General John Joseph Pershing, who had died at age 87 in the Walter Reed Army Hospital on July 15, lay in state in the U.S. Capitol. One of the great generals in U.S. Army history, Pershing devoted nearly three-quarters of his life to military service and led the American Expeditionary Force in World War I. With Congress on recess and scheduled to return on July 26th, the ceremony was authorized without a concurrent resolution from the House and the Senate. The two-day event drew crowds of dignitaries and soldiers to the Capitol Rotunda including President Harry S. Truman. Despite the summer heat of Washington, D.C., crowds waited around the clock to pay their respects to the distinguished general. On the second day of mourning, the casket was removed from the Capitol and borne in solemn procession to Arlington National Cemetery. Pershing was the 14th individual and only the third military hero to lie in state in the Capitol. (Admiral George Dewey lay in state in 1917.) When Congress returned from its recess, Members submitted their remarks honoring Pershing for the Congressional Record. New York Congressman Sol Bloom inserted an editorial entitled “General Pershing – Soldier of Liberty” summarizing the life of the widely revered general in the phrase, “As he died to make men holy[,] So he fought to make men free.”
actionnetwork.orgBill in Congress Makes War = Automatic ImpeachmentRepresentatives Walter B. Jones (NC-3) and Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2) have introduced legislation stipulating that when a president initiates any war without a prior congressional declaration, that action will constitute an impeachable offense and cause the House to send to the Senate for trial one or more articles of impeachment. The legislation states that this includes wars against governments or "non-state actors," and applies whether the president is initiating a new war or joining an existing war with other parties. Needless to say there are numerous other types of impeachable offenses as well. Wars would remain illegal under the Kellogg-Briand Pact and under the United Nations Charter with narrow exceptions not applicable to any recent wars even after a congressional declaration. Wars are already impeachable offenses for which articles of impeachment should be introduced and passed, as they should have been for previous presidents. Current wars can continue or be esclated without running up against this new legislation, as it applies only to new wars. President Donald Trump has made some steps toward diplomacy that others have opposed, but which should be encouraged. We are well aware of all of these facts. But little outweighs the importance of doing anything we can to make major and possibly nuclear new wars less likely. The threat of impeachment has often been enough to accomplish needed goals. This resolution would put the threat -- the guarantee, in fact -- of immediate impeachment in place for the current and any future presidents should they choose to launch wars without Congress. That will be a huge step toward a safer future. It will remain up to us to prevent Congress from passing any declarations of war.1