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  • GOP Rejects Climate Change Amendments Due to Purposeful Inability to Understand What Science Is

    Not surprising, but still infuriating

    GOP members of the Energy and Commerce Committee rejected three amendments today that would have required Congress to accept that climate change is real, created by humans and hazardous to human health…

    Committee ranking Democrat Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) offered up the amendment that would require congressional acceptance that climate change exists. Republicans nixed the idea, citing the possibility of shaky science.

    "My good friend from California tries to make it clear that the science is settled," Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) said in response. "I would say it's not settled."

    In all fairness to Joe Barton, Joe Barton — who represents Texas' 6th congressional district — definitely would say that it's not settled. That's just one of the many things he would say.

    Some of the other things he would say are, "Oil underneath Alaska proves that global warming is a lie," and "I'm sorry, BP, for my country being so mean to you after you spilled all that oil into our ocean."

    So, he's clearly among the people who should be making this call, no?

    Tags: California, Climate Change, Energy & Oil, Environment, Henry Waxman, House of Representatives, Joe Barton, Science & Technology, Texas
  • Jon Stewart Mocks Chuck Grassley's Dragon Analogy

    When Chuck Grassley says health care reform is a giant dragon, most people think it's a flawed analogy, but not so fast. The guy very likely thinks the universe was created 6000 years ago and there were unicorns on Noah's Ark, so who's to say this dragon story is an analogy at all? I'd wager that if you were to check Grassley's trunk right now, you'd find it packed full of slaying gear.

    After the jump, Jon Stewart talks health care with Congressman Henry Waxman.

    The Daily Show airs Monday through Thursday at 11pm / 10c.

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    Tags: Chuck Grassley, Health Care, Henry Waxman, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show, Video
  • Inauguration Night Life: The Congresspeople of Congress

    Earlier we gave you a taste of the red-hot celebrities who descended upon Washington in hopes of getting within eyeshot of mega-church mega-star Rick Warren!

    What you may not realize is that inside the Beltway, the likes of Tom Brokaw, Michael Wilbon and company are considered second-tier celebrities. Sure they may have fame and fortune, but can any of those guys invoke cloture on floor debate or suggest the absence of a quorum?

    For those kinds of stars, we want you to meet the men and women who keep Washington running… Escorts.

    But also, here are some photos of us with members of Congress.

    Here's California Congressman Henry Waxman, who celebrated his recent election as Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee by purchasing a shiny new pair of platform shoes.

    The hottest name in Washington right now (or at least since Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) lost re-election) has to be Roland Burris, the brand-new Senator from Illinois. Here he is caught off guard by a man wearing a wet cat on his head, whom he mistook for Governor Rod Blagojevich.

    Sen. Olympia Snowe is a real nice lady who represents the State of Maine. She grew up in Augusta, moved to Auburn, but now lives in Falmouth, which is over under Cuxabexis down to the Penobscot County line, cross to Caucomgomoc, then get on a snow machine and head yourself down to Piscataquis… well… actually you can't get theah from heah.

    We had a great time with Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson, who wants you to know that Omaha is the home of the College World Series and Warren Buffett — and is a great stopover on your way to Wichita.

    And here is Florida Senator Bill Nelson, who is also a nice man. Although come to think of it, maybe this one is Ben Nelson, which would make the other guy Bill. We understand that this kind of confusion is always popping up between President Jimmy Carter and Dwayne "Lil Wayne" Carter.

    Jesse Jackson, Jr. looked trim and fit at the Illinois State Society Gala, and the ladies on his arm would certainly agree. No doubt Jackson had just arrived from a 3 hour sparring session at Sugar Ray Leonard's Maryland gym, preparing for his upcoming prize fight with Rep. Michele "Rambo" Bachmann (R-MN) on the House floor.

    Tags: Ben Nelson, Bill Nelson, California, Florida, Henry Waxman, House of Representatives, Illinois, Inauguration, Jesse Jackson Jr., Maine, Nebraska, Olympia Snowe, Roland Burris, Senate, Washington DC
  • Congress Gets to Bottom of Professional Wrestling Controversy… Finally!

    Body Slams and Camel Clutches and Figure-Four Leglocks are not exactly words that usually pop to mind when considering life on Capitol Hill–

    On second thought, I take that back.

    Regardless, while reading through my regular coterie of politically-minded blogs this afternoon, I wasn't expecting to come across a discussion of the technical skills of Hulk Hogan and what it takes to make it in the WWE on Swampland…

    With no real fanfare, Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., has finished up his investigation of steroids in professional wrestling. (Yep, it's a problem.)… But the steroid stuff is not really the most interesting part. In his effort to rid the nation of steroid abuse, Waxman has incidentally created a great historical treasure trove, one of the most comprehensive pictures ever produced of the fascinating, exhilarating, often-nasty and always-elusive professional wrestling business…

    Then there is this, my favorite nugget from what I have read so far–from an interview with Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of Vince and the person in charge of talent relations and creative writing…

    "If you walk out on stage and nobody cares and you don't have any presence, you are never going to be a main-event guy. But if you walk out and you make the people notice you, you can be a main-event guy. You really don't even have to be a good wrestler. Hulk Hogan was a terrible wrestler, and he still is… I am sure he would disagree with that. I forget this is all public. But, you know, he was. He was a terrible wrestler. But what an incredible psychologist and what an incredible charismatic person. There is no denying Hulk Hogan is one of the biggest stars in the history of our business and will always be perceived as such. But he was not a great wrestler, not a great technician."

    Ya know, I guess you can kinda say the same thing about Harry Reid.

    Except without the "charismatic" or "biggest stars" parts.

    Tags: Henry Waxman, House of Representatives
  • Waxman on Top of Dingell

    The above title is my attempt to increase traffic from gay porn searches. There is a grand skirmish in the Democratic Party, as tree-hugging nudist Congressman Henry Waxman (D-Californication) pushes out John Dingell (D-General Motors) to lead the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

    You may remember Waxman from the series of lonely unrequited letters about torture, CIA leaks, fake Niger uranium, etc. he sent to President Bush when the Democrats were in the minority.

    Waxman's leadership indicates a huge change for the Committee, namely that large portions of environmental and energy policy should be dictated by the state with the most stringent rules on auto emissions and gas mileage (and most cars and miles of freeway), rather than a state beholden to an industry bent on thwarting those changes.

    This upends the traditional seniority system for House committee chairmanships.

    "Seniority is important, but it should not be a grant of property rights to be chairman for three decades or more," Waxman said after emerging from the caucus meeting.

    Committee chairs will now be selected based on contests including best mustache and shiniest head.

    Tags: Address The Mess, California, Environment, Henry Waxman, House of Representatives, John Dingell, Michigan