Scandal politics sweep Capitol Hill - page 24
... All together, roughly one-third of House committees are engaged in investigating some aspect of the Obama administration. "The speaker and other House leaders have been clear: Effective,... Read More
2Jun 23, '13 by aknottedyarnhttp://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50149487n
They work 3 days a week, they take long and frequent vacations and busy themselves with things that have no connection to the rest of us- fundraising to ensure reelection, traveling, issuing press releases and more fundraising. But nothing that affects the rest of us ever seems to get done. It's obvious they want to be something-a member of Congress. But when I came to Washington, most members wanted to do something. When did that go out of style? - Bob Schieffer
This is the real scandal in politics: A do nothing Congress that places all interests above those of the people they are hired to represent. The lying of Issa and Ryan and the ineffective leadership of Mc Connell and Boehner are just examples of how far they will go to do nothing and try to blame their refusal to work on everyone else.
2Jun 24, '13 by aknottedyarnQuote from tewdlesI agree that they have not been as productive as on would like. At least they are not spending their time playing games of 37 times voting to have ACA stopped, when they know they cannot do it.The Democratic controlled Senate isn't very productive either...
Nobody plays nice in DC...it is time for some serious house cleaning, both in people and in mindset!
They have spent the majority of their work time, little as it is, dealing with non-existent, made up crises. To falsify, by omission, has become a favorite GOP tactic. This last made up scandal about the IRS going after the tea party as being White House originated is just one of the places where the GOP has been found to be very dishonest.
I do like Barbara Boxer's bill to put Congressional salaries in escrow if they don't do their work.
Even a quick look at the House versus the Senate calendars will show you a bit about their own view of their work.
If the House continues to obstruct all legislation that will assist our country a good house cleaning is not only needed it is critical to the future of the country that it happen.
1Aug 20, '13 by aknottedyarnA 'nail in the coffin' of the IRS 'scandal' - The Maddow Blog
The ranking Democrat on the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee ranking member, Sander Levin, D-Mich., released new information Tuesday from the Internal Revenue Service to provide further evidence that progressive groups were singled out for scrutiny as were conservative groups.
The documents include an IRS training presentation that instructs IRS employees to screen tax-exemption applications for Democratic leaning "Emerge" organizations alongside "progressive" and "tea party" organizations.
Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) added, "This new information should put a nail in the coffin of the Republican claims that the IRS's actions were politically motivated or were targeted at only one side of the political spectrum."
One can only hope that this info goes from the committee to those who have been creating, fabricating, formulating and fulminating lies and puts an end to the lies and distortions that the GOP and Tea party have been so effervescent in spreading.
1Aug 21, '13 by herring_RN GuideState Dept. officials placed on leave after Benghazi attack are reinstated
Four State Department officials who were placed on paid administrative leave after last September's terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, have been returned to active duty and will face no further disciplinary action, the State Department said Tuesday.
The four, including three diplomatic security officers and the former deputy assistant secretary for Near East affairs, have been reassigned to different jobs with less responsibility, according to a senior State Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters.
Secretary of State John F. Kerry made the determination after reviewing an Accountability Review Board report that was completed in December. The board found that the employees had shown a lack of "proactive leadership and management authority" but committed no "breach of duty" that mandated specific disciplinary action under department rules....
... In its report, the board found that "certain senior State Department officials within two bureaus in critical positions of authority and responsibility in Washington demonstrated a lack of proactive leadership and management ability" in failing to recognize, despite concerns raised before the attack, that security in Benghazi was "grossly inadequate."
"However," it said, "the Board did not find that any individual U.S. Government employee engaged in misconduct or willfully ignored his or her responsibilities, and, therefore did not find reasonable cause to believe that an individual breached his or her duty so as to be the subject of a recommendation for disciplinary action." ...
State Dept. officials placed on leave after Benghazi attack are reinstated - The Washington Post
0Nov 12, '13 by herring_RN Guide'60 Minutes' Airs Apology on Benghazi
Lara Logan was scheduled to deliver a report on Sunday's "60 Minutes" about disabled veterans who climb mountains. Instead, she appeared in front of the newsmagazine's trademark black backdrop and issued an apology.
Ms. Logan said that Dylan Davies, one of the main sources for a two-week-old piece about the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, had misled the program's staff when he gave an account of rushing to the compound the night the attack took place. "It was a mistake to include him in our report. For that, we are very sorry," Ms. Logan said. The apology lasted only 90 seconds and revealed nothing new about why CBS had trusted Mr. Davies, who appeared on the program under the pseudonym Morgan Jones...
2Dec 29, '13 by aknottedyarn'N.Y. Times' probe finds no al-Qaeda link to Benghazi raid
New York Times report casts doubt on al Qaeda involvement in Benghazi - CNN.com
GOP disputes NYT report that al Qaeda not involved in Benghazi attacks - CBS News
It is unfortunate that we cannot depend on Congressional investigations to be accurate and above politics. It looks like the NYT took a great deal of effort to get info, perhaps some that Congress did not get, whether by design or some not being willing to talk with some who would report to the Chairperson who was found to be grossly dishonest in his editing.
Think the GOP will thank the NYT for a complex review and report?