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Poll: Americans Say 113th Congress is Worst Ever.


Image: Poll: Americans Say 113th Congress is Worst EverSpeaker of the House John Boehner swears in members of the 113th U.S. House of Representatives during the opening session at the U.S. Capitol on January 3, 2013.

By Lisa Barron

An overwhelming majority of Americans say the 113th Congress is the worst in their lifetime, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll released Thursday.

While nearly three quarters of the respondents said this has been a “do-nothing” Congress, two thirds of those surveyed said the current Congress is the worst in their lifetime, with 28 percent disagreeing.

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“That sentiment exists among all demographic and political subgroups. Men, women, rich, poor, young old — all think this year’s Congress has been the worst they can remember,” Keating Holland, CNN polling director, said.

“Older Americans — who have lived through more congresses — hold more negative views of the 113th Congress than younger Americans. Republicans, Democrats and independents also agree that this has been the worst session of Congress in their lifetimes.”

The telephone poll of 1,035 adults nationwide showed that 73 percent say Congress has done nothing to solve the country’s problems, with roughly 25 percent disagreeing.

Indeed, less than 60 bills have been passed and signed into law during the past year, according to CNN, and there is not much optimism that next year will be much better.

Fifty-two percent believe the policies of Democratic leaders in Congress would move the country in the wrong direction, and 54 percent think the policies of the Republican leaders would do the same, the survey found. The poll, conducted Dec. 16-19, had a sampling error of plus or minus three percent.

One of the first tests of where Congress is headed in 2014 will be the fight over the debt ceiling, and analysts are somewhat divided about the prospects, reports The Washington Times.

“I don’t think there’s any political reason why they’ll fight over this, at least not to the degree that they have in the past,” Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics, said Wednesday on CNN.

But others maintain that could still be gridlock, despite the bipartisan budget dealreached earlier this month.

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“I believe we very quickly began to move away from ‘Kumbaya’ a couple weeks ago,” Jared Bernstein, a senior fellow at the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, said Tuesday on MSNBC.

“I’m afraid we’re not going to see a lot [of cooperation], but we’ll see some,” he added.

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US Default Could Have ‘Terrible’ Global Consequences.


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The sun sets behind the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Oct. 6, 2013. Republican House Speaker John Boehner vowed on Sunday not to raise the U.S. debt ceiling without a “serious conversation” about what is driving the debt, while Democrats said it was irresponsible and reckless to raise the possibility of a U.S. default. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

The government shutdown isn’t the only battle facing government leaders. A more critical deadline, the raising of the U.S. debt ceiling, is Oct. 17.

If the nation’s borrowing limit is not raised, the United States could default.

Christine Lagarde, head of the International Monetary Fund, warns the consequences could be terrible worldwide. It could strip the dollar of its status as the world’s reserve currency.

Maury Fertig, chief investment officer of Relative Value Partners, agrees, saying a default “would be so catastrophic and such a self-inflicted wound that you can’t imagine we would let it happen.”

What would happen to the economy and the markets if there is no agreement to raise the debt ceiling? Seton Motley, president of Less Government, addressed that question and more, on CBN Newswatch, Oct. 4.

“But the fact is that every day we get closer to it the possibility increases, even though it’s remote,” he said.

Speaker of the House John Boehner’s office says he would not let the government default on its debt.

But Boehner’s spokesman says if the debt limit is raised, the U.S. needs a bill with cuts and reforms to get the economy moving again.

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

Shots Fired At Capitol As Government Shutdown Rage Boils Over.


WASHINGTON: A law enforcement official says a shooting at the United States Capitol is related to a vehicle that tried to ram a security barricade at the White House. The official says a driver tried to drive through a barricade that blocks the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House to vehicles. The driver then proceeded down Pennsylvania Avenue to Capitol Hill, where shots were fired. The official was not authorized to publicly discuss the incident by name and insisted on anonymity.

 

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FBI agents rushed to the scene and Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer said: “There are reports of injuries.”

(AP) Shots outside Capitol, police say 1 injury By BRADLEY KLAPPER and LAURIE KELLMAN
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A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday. They locked down the entire complex, at least temporarily derailing debate over how to end a government shutdown.

The shooting unfolded after police chased a black car up Constitution Avenue toward the Capitol, said tourist Edmund Ofori-Attah, who walked toward the scene as the car stopped.

“Then I heard the gunfire” and hit the ground, he said.

Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., told reporters he was walking from the Capitol to the Senate Russell Office Building across the street when he noticed several police officers driving fast up Constitution Avenue on motorcycles.

“Within seconds of that,” Casey said, “we heard three, four, five pops,” which he assumed were gunshots. He said police ordered Casey and nearby tourists to crouch behind a car for protection. In about two minutes, he said, the officers moved everyone into the Capitol. FBI agents rushed to the scene and Senate Sergeant at Arms Terrance Gainer said: “There are reports of injuries.”

After nearly an hour, police ended the lockdown. The shooting comes two weeks after a mentally disturbed employee terrorized the Navy Yard with a shotgun, leaving 13 people dead including the gunman.

As a warning was sounded, the House abruptly went into recess and lawmakers left the chamber floor. The Senate also suspended business. Before the disruption, lawmakers had been trying to find common ground to end a government shutdown. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities. The White House also was briefly locked down after the incident at Capitol Hill and the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the compound was closed to pedestrians. Secret Service said the procedures were precautionary. source – Breitbart

by NTEB News Desk

Shots Fired at US Capitol, Briefly Locking Area Down.


A police officer was reported injured after gunshots at the U.S. Capitol, police said Thursday while putting the entire complex on lockdown.

“There are reports of injuries,” said Terrance Gainer, the Senate’s Sergeant at Arms.
“There were multiple shots heard by a number of sources,” Fox News reported.

The gunshots came after a car chase that began with a man attempted to ram the White House gate and was chased by police, Fox reported.

The gunman apparently was arrested, Fox reported.

The lockdown was lifted around 2:55 p.m., Fox reported.

Reuters reported that the gunshots injured several people including a law enforcement officer, a Senate aide and a Capitol police officer.

At least one person was photographed on a stretcher, Fox reported.

The report of gunshots comes two weeks after a deadly shooting at the nearby Navy Yard and amid a government shutdown.

As a warning was sounded, the House abruptly went into recess and lawmakers left the chamber floor. The House had just finished approving legislation aimed at partly lifting the government shutdown by paying National Guard and Reserve members.

People standing outside the Supreme Court across the street from Congress were hurried into the court building by authorities.

The White House was quickly locked down after the incident at Capitol Hill and the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the compound was closed to pedestrians. Secret Service said the procedures were precautionary.

The U.S. Capitol Police sent out this message about 2:45 p.m., which was posted on Senate television, according to The Washington Post:

SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring staff in all Senate Office Buildings to immediately shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, emergency supply kits and escape hoods; and move to your office’s assigned shelter in place location or the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not near your office, go to the office nearest to you and shelter with that office and then check in with your OEC. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. Staff is advised to monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.”

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More Than 100 Women Arrested in Immigration Reform Protest.


 

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Women demanding ‘fair immigration reform‘ are arrested by U.S. Capitol police for blocking Independence Avenue during their rally on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday. (Reuters/Gary Cameron )

Approximately 100 women were arrested Thursday morning after blockading the intersection outside the Capitol Building to protest the House of Representatives’ inaction on comprehensive immigration reform that treats undocumented immigrants—especially women and children—fairly.

The act of civil disobedience included the largest number of undocumented immigrant women to willingly submit to arrest. The 100 women who were arrested came from 20 states across the country to draw attention to the fact that women and children constitute three-quarters of immigrants to the U.S. and disproportionately bear the burden of the failed immigration system. An additional 200 supporters stood witness for the group and called on the House to match their courage by passing “fair and inclusive” immigration reform.

“Immigration reform is not a policy issue or a political issue; there are millions of immigrants in this country who bear the brunt every day of an unjust, inhumane and broken immigration system,” says Heather Cronk, co-director of GetEQUAL and one of the 100 women arrested.

“While Speaker Boehner sits idly by, families are being torn apart and people in this country are suffering—progress on immigration reform rests squarely at the Speaker’s feet, and he is directly responsible for each life destroyed as deportations rise and suffering increases,” she adds.

Prior to the act of civil disobedience, more than 300 women and children gathered for a press conference in front of the Capitol Building, where national leaders—including Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren, ranking minority member on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security; Pramila Jayapal, co-chair of We Belong Together; Bertha Lewis of the Black Institute; Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women; Rocio Inclan, director of Human and Civil Rights at the National Education Association, the nation’s largest union; and three undocumented women—spoke out about how women disproportionately bear the burden of the failed system, despite their considerable contributions to the well-being of their families, communities and the country.

“Each one of us here today understands what incredibly high stakes we are talking about—immigration reform is not just a piece of legislation but the ability for us to take care of our families,” said Jayapal. “Women contribute every day to our families, our economy and our country. Immigration reform is about being able to live, breathe free and remember the values that brought us all here in the first place: democracy, freedom and justice.”

Faith leaders led the entire group in taking an oath for a House united. Following the arrests, children delivered “red hearts of courage” to House leadership and key swing representatives to embolden them to take action for comprehensive immigration reform.

“Women have fought for centuries to be recognized, to have the right to vote, to work and be paid for it, to realize their full potential. We must continue to fight for millions of immigrant women to get that same recognition,” said O’Neill. “I am proud to stand with them and demand that the House pass immigration reform that treats women fairly.”

Women who participated in the civil disobedience are demanding that the House of Representatives shows courage in passing fair immigration reform that includes the priorities of women: a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented women; a strong family immigration system, which remains the primary way that women obtain legal status; and strong protections for women workers and victims of violence.

Currently, 51 percent of undocumented immigrants are women, but less than one-third of employment visas are issued to immigrant women each year. Seventy percent of immigrant women therefore enter the U.S. through the family visa system, which is so backlogged that women and children can wait decades to be reunited with their families.

“I am 11 years old, and I am a U.S. citizen, but I cannot live my life because my father is in deportation proceedings,” said Josie Molina Macaraeg, a leader with the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. “To me, courage is all of the children who go to school every day wondering if their parents will still be there when they come home at the end of the day. And courage is also my mom, who is here risking arrest today so she can fight for my future, our family’s future and the rights of all families to be together.”

The civil disobedience action highlights the moral urgency of the call for House leadership to move forward a fair immigration reform bill, rather than inaction or piecemeal and inhumane enforcement bills such as those currently in the House.

This would follow on the Senate’s overwhelmingly bipartisan passage of a comprehensive immigration bill in June of this year.

“We cannot build a strong country when children and families do not even know what tomorrow will bring,” said Inclan. “The time is now for fair immigration reform that treats women, children and families fairly.”

Source: CHARISMA NEWS.

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Allen West: Special Committee Needed to Probe Benghazi.


A 60-foot scroll was rolled out Tuesday at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., sending a strong message demanding that the attack at Benghazi be investigated.

The scroll contained the names of 1,000 Special Operation veterans who want a special committee formed to look into the attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, according to a press release from Special Operations Speaks.

“We have this mantra, ‘Leave no man behind.’ We turned our backs on men who were defending American soil, who were under attack, and that is reprehensible,” Allen West told Fox & Friends Wednesday morning.

West, a former Republican congressman from Florida, was a speaker at the “scroll out” and also signed the discharge petition pushing the House of Representatives to create a special committee to look into the incident.

House Resolution 36 was introduced in the House in January, but “for some odd reason seems blocked from getting on the floor,” West said.

The resolution needs 218 votes in the House to pass.

The Obama administration has come under fire for not looking into the attack at the American compound in Libya. The president was criticized for not initially acknowledging that it was a terrorist attack.

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By Christiana Lilly

Gov. Scott: No Special Session on ‘Stand Your Ground’.


Image: Gov. Scott: No Special Session on 'Stand Your Ground'

Protesters who set up camp in the state Capitol building earlier this week finally got to meet with Gov. Rick Scott late Thursday, and they urged him to push for the repeal of Florida’s “state your ground” law and to take steps to combat racial profiling.

In a conference room near his office suite, Scott met for nearly an hour with seven leaders of the protest, which began Tuesday. They described their frustration about last weekend’s acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin and their own experiences of being racially profiled.

Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Travyon Martin who was unarmed. His attorneys argued that he shot Martin in self-defense, but the case sparked an outcry because Martin was black and Zimmerman identifies himself as Hispanic.

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Saying the 17-year-old’s death happened on Scott’s watch, the protesters renewed their request that the Republican governor call state legislators into special session to repeal the law which justifies the use of deadly force when a person’s life is in danger.

“There has to be a comprehensive approach to make sure every child in Florida can feel safe again,” Gabriel Pendas told the governor.

Scott listened intently and took copious notes on a yellow legal pad. But at the end of the meeting he told them directly that he supported keeping the “stand your ground” law intact and he would not call a special session.

Scott, who said he had spoken earlier in the evening with Martin’s mother, Sybrina Fulton, instead said he would call for a day of prayer on Sunday for “unity.”

He also urged the protesters to talk to local legislators if they wanted to change state law and offer them examples of why they believe it may lead to more violence.

“If you believe stand your ground should be repealed tell them why,” Scott said.

It is considered unlikely that the GOP-controlled Legislature would revisit the stand your ground law, which had the strong backing of the National Rifle Association.

The governor also asked them to give him ideas about how to combat racial profiling.

Near the end of the meeting, Scott told them: “I appreciate you and I look forward to seeing you again.”

After the meeting, protesters reiterated that Scott should show “leadership” and call legislators into special session. They said they would remain in the Capitol until he agreed to their demands.

“We’re not here to play games,” said Phillip Agnew, who is executive director of the Dream Defenders, one of the groups that organized the protest. “… We’re very serious about this. And it pains our heart that we do live in a state where a child can be killed just for the way he looks.”

The protesters marched on the Capitol on Tuesday and began occupying Scott’s office. The group has refused to leave the building and they have brought in pillows and mats to sleep in the hallway while supporters have brought them food.

Scott has been out of town for much of the week and his arrival at the Capitol on Thursday evening was his first since the protest began.

The meeting between Scott and the protesters was polite. He spent time asking the protesters whether they were in college and what part of the state they were from.

For their part, they spoke to him about the problems that confront young people in the state especially those who are black or Latino.

Melanie Andrade, who said her family came from the Cape Verde Islands to work at Disney World, told the governor how she lived in a gated community in Central Florida but that she and her brother would constantly be asked for ID by police even when they were standing in their own driveway.

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Andrade and other protesters said some of the problems they have witnessed could be addressed by passing a comprehensive law named after Trayvon Martin that would not just deal with self-defense laws but would address racial profiling.
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