Archive for June, 2012
The House today took the unprecedented step of holding the attorney general of the United States in contempt, but there may be less here than meets the eye. House Republicans who crafted the Contempt of Congress resolution included two ways to compel Attorney General Eric Holder to comply and turn over documents related to the “Fast & Furious” gun-tracking program. First, the matter will be turned over to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, who is unlikely to haul his boss – Holder – into court.
In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold essentially all of the Affordable Care Act, Speaker Boehner and the House GOP have launched a full-scale Twitter campaign using the hashtag #FullRepeal [LINK: https://twitter.com/#!/search/%23fullrepeal].
The Supreme Court today upheld the Affordable Care Act, handing President Obama his third major legal victory in the course of a tumultuous week. The high court earlier sided with the Obama administration in striking down key aspects of Arizona’s tough-on-immigrants law, while a U.S. court of appeals rejected industry arguments against the Obama EPA’s climate change program.
Thursday is shaping up as a historic day on Capitol Hill, as the Supreme Court rules on President Obama’s healthcare law and, across the street, the House votes on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress.
David Shuster and the Take Action News team report live from the steps of the United States Supreme Court
TakeActionNews.com broadcast from the steps of the United States Supreme Court, Anchored by David Shuster, with live video of the dramatic scene outside the court where thousands gathered for the historic decision upholding President Obama’s health care reform bill, known as the Affordable Care Act.
House Republicans are edging toward a vote on a Contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, but many liberals and conservatives believe the internal Obama administration documents that Republicans want aren’t really the point.
Each year, members of Congress must put their personal financial portfolios on public display: the stocks, the bank accounts and even the mortgage debt.
But don’t get the wrong idea, these reports aren’t really a good portrait of a lawmaker’s personal wealth, nor are they intended to be.
The Supreme Court released its ruling June 25 in the Arizona v. US immigration law case, striking down 3 of the 4 key provisions and leaving open the possibility of striking down the fourth at some future time. With this decision, Twitter exploded with details of the decision and implications.
Constitutional crises are rare in Washington, but Republicans are playing hardball in a subpoena battle with the White House. House Republicans insist a vote will occur the week of June 25 on a “Contempt of Congress” resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder if the White House refuses to turn over documents related to the now-discredited “Fast & Furious” gun-tracking program.
What’s at issue, what’s at stake and what can you do about it?