Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Donald Trump gave an indication of how he'll work with Republican members of Congress as President when he saved them from their own stupidity. In a tweet, he pointed out what a bad impression it would make with voters for the House majority to make its first order of business gutting the Office of Congressional Ethics.

Joe Biden is still being frisky in his final days as vice president. During the swearing-in ceremony on the Senate floor, he gave the wife of Sen. Chuck Grassley a full kiss on the lips.

The new Senate Minority Leader, Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York, fired his opening shots after virtually declaring war against the incoming president by poking fun at Donald Trump's main campaign theme, "Make America Great Again." Never mind that a Democratic president, Bill Clinton, used the slogan in his 1992 presidential campaign.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Blogger Bob, like many political newsmakers, is taking some time off for the holidays.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

President Obama failed to slow the rise of the oceans as promised in his 2009 inaugural address, but he seized control of parts of the Atlantic and Arctic by using his executive authority to ban offshore drilling in those waters. His action is raw meat for the incoming Trump administration and Republican Congress.

With only a short time remaining in his presidency, Barack Obama delivered a sharp blow to police groups and their supporters in Congress by giving a four-year term on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to Debo Adegbile, who defended former Black Panther and convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu Jamal. The action was branded a "slap in the face" and a "kick in the teeth" by opponents.

And while innocent shoppers were killed and injured in an apparent terrorist attack in a German Christmas market and the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in Ankara, President Obama plays golf in Hawaii on his final taxpayer-funded vacation.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Donald Trump told voters he would go to Washington and "drain the swamp." He's not the only politician to make that promise.
In fact, Ben Carson, one of his primary rivals, also used the phrase. "Washington is built on a swamp," he said. "Together we can drain the swamp and protect our children's future." (President-elect Trump has given Carson the responsibility of "draining the swamp" in the bureaucracy of the Department of Housing and Urban Development.")
The Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call reports the phrase first became popular in 1983 when President Ronald Reagan said he was in Washington "to drain the swamp" of big government.
Even Democrat Nancy Pelosi, when she became House Speaker in 2006, said one of her priorities was to "drain the swamp" after more than a decade of Republican rule.
Trump, with his selection of so many Washington "insiders" for his administration, now finds the promise coming back to haunt him.

Friday, December 16, 2016

How Your Taxes Are Spent

The Internal Revenue Service allowed 27 of its employees to spent more than $1.4 million on travel expenses in the 2015 fiscal year, including luxury apartment bookings and stays in five-star hotels. Don't try claiming this kind of exhorbitant expenditure on your tax return.

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange insists the Russian government was not the source of emails damaging to Hillary Clinton's campaign. Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman blasted the U.S. for "groundlessly" accusing Russia of meddling in America's elections. lBut the White House, despite calling for a "smooth transition", points to President-elect Donald Trump as the guilty party.

In the Watergate drama of Richard Nixon's administration, a source known as "Deep Throat" gave reporter Bob Woodward inside information that led to the president's resignation. A man claiming to be a player in the WikiLeaks release of emails damaging to Hillary Clinton in her campaign said a source passed the documents to him in a meeting in a Washington, D.C. park.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Among the stream of callers at Trump Tower was rapper Kanye West. He said he wanted to meet with President-elect Donald Trump to discuss "multicultural issues."

"All our senators and congressmen are away from Washington now. This is the season of the year when they do the least damage to their country." - Will Rogers

How Your Taxes Are Spent
In Florida, an agency paid an estimated $26.2 million in Medicaid benefits over a five-year period to dead people. A government watchdog said the agency neglected to keep up to date on beneficiaries' deaths.

Monday, December 12, 2016

How Your Taxes Are Spent
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) spent more than $100 million over the last few years to ferry illegal immigrant children around the U.S., shuttling them to relatives or among government agencies. The Immigration Reform Law Institute said the money could have been better spent on enforcement.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, one of the early losers who then endorsed Donald Trump, is said to be in the running for Secretary of Energy. He had told the Trump transition team he wanted to run the Defense Department and sources said he had been offered  a job heading an agency that he said in a debate he would abolish -- but couldn't remember which one.

The Daily Caller reports the Obamas have sent out their last Christmas card from the White House, but there's something missing: Christmas.  The card, signed by the president, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters, with paw prints by their dogs, Bo and Sunny, wishes everyone "Happy Holidays."