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  • John Boehner Heroically Shuts Off C-SPAN News Feed, Saves Dozens of Americans from Having to Hear Bad Things About Republicans

    If there's one thing that's truly tearing this country, it's partisan bickering. It's not really important who is mounting an incredibly unpopular battle against an extension a payroll tax cut for middle class Americans during a recession despite claiming to be an anti-tax party. What's important is that the poor (soon-to-be-poorer) innocent citizenry not get poisoned by all this ugliness.

    That's why I'm glad that when given the chance last year to allow C-SPAN to control its own cameras and extend their coverage of congressional proceedings, House Speaker John Boehner said no. He is a wise and just man, and he knew that one day he would have to weird unilateral power over those unhealthy and unpatriotic machines

    As Rep. Stenny Hoyer (D-MD) attempted to call for a vote to extend a payroll tax cut to middle class and working Americans, his Republican colleagues adjourned the House and walked out of the chamber. And if that weren’t odd enough, it got even stranger: As Hoyer railed against them for failing to help working Americans, footage from C-SPAN went silent, then cut away

    "We regret, Mr. Speaker, that you have walked off the platform without addressing the issue of critical importance to this country, and that is the continuation of the middle class tax cut, the continuation of unemployment benefits for those at risk of losing them, and a continuation of the access to doctors for all those 48 million seniors who rely on them daily for help."

    And that's when the audio cut out. Seconds later, footage faded to a shot of the capitol from outside.

    Moments later, someone at C-SPAN took to Twitter and explained: "C-SPAN has no control over the U.S. House TV cameras – the Speaker of the House does."

    Can you imagine? The 37 to 52 people who are watching C-SPAN at any given time almost had to hear what Rep. Hoyer had to say about Republican efforts to increase taxes for the middle class. Luckily, Boehner stepped in and did what needed to be done.

    Crisis averted.

    Photo by Douglas Graham/CQ-Roll Call Group/Getty Images

    Tags: CSPAN, House of Representatives, John Boehner, Steny Hoyer, Taxes
  • Forget Black Friday, Congress Has Been Doing Plenty of Shopping

    james-clyburn-nancy-pelosiShe said she was gonna do it, and she did it. Per an order from that tricksy Nancy Pelosi, House members' quarterly office expenses are now being posted online, where anyone (i.e., Politico) can read them.

    Let us begin

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) spent $2,993 in taxpayer money on flowers between June and October. House Majority Whip James Clyburn has a thing for Chantilly Donuts, spending about $265 at the Virginia shop in the past quarter.

    House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) racked up about $24,617 in catering costs. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) spent about $1,561 in bottled water and House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) spent no money on water but a touch over $18,000 in food. House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) spent about $24,116 on food and beverage.

    Cause for concern? Um, yeah. James Clyburn is severely dehydrated and bingeing on doughnuts, what is he thinking? For the love of God, somebody get a case of Poland Spring over to the Rayburn House Office Building, stat!

    Tags: Eric Cantor, Food, Health, House of Representatives, James Clyburn, John Boehner, Money, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer
  • Jon Stewart Nails Congress for Their Jackass Apology Carousel

    If you saw last night's Daily Show, you saw Jon Stewart expose Congress's longstanding practice of wasting time and avoiding real work by demanding apologies that at best will accomplish nothing and at worst will never come at all. It's truly shameful, so I hereby demand that all legislation be put on hold until the entire United States Congress personally apologizes to each American citizen one at a time.

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

    Tags: House of Representatives, Joe Wilson, Jon Stewart, Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel, Steny Hoyer, Thaddeus McCotter, The Daily Show, Video
  • Joe Wilson Will Not Be Sent to Secret House Torture Chamber (Or Will He?)

    joe-wilson-press-conferenceIt is a new day in America, because Shouty Joe Wilson has been slapped in the face with a House "resolution of disapproval" and $1.67 million (as of this typing). Choose your own outburst here: "That'll show him!"/"Canonize him, with money!"

    So what's in this resolution of disapproval, which the House passed 240-179? Will Joe Wilson be subjected to forty lashes of Steny Hoyer's tongue? Will he be put in solitary confinement and forced to watch Nancy Pelosi's cat videos?

    Tell me! How are they going to punish Martyr Joe?

    Whereas on September 9, 2009, during the joint session of Congress convened pursuant to House Concurrent Resolution 179, the President of the United States, speaking at the invitation of the House and Senate, had his remarks interrupted by the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson; and

    Whereas the conduct of the Representative from South Carolina was a breach of decorum and degraded the proceedings of the joint session, to the discredit of the House: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That the House of Representatives disapproves of the behavior of the Representative from South Carolina, Mr. Wilson, during the joint session of Congress held on September 9, 2009.

    Wait, wait, where's the part about disciplining Shouty Joe? Where's the line that says he's getting punished?

    Why, it's after the jump

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    Tags: Fox, Joe Wilson, Nancy Pelosi, South Carolina, Steny Hoyer