Posted tagged ‘Congress’

Barack Obama Re-Elected President of the United States

November 7, 2012

Barack Obama was elected to a second presidential term Tuesday, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

As of midnight (PT) tonight, Obama has secured 303 electoral votes while Romney has 206. The state of Florida is still close to call.

Obama appears as if he will also win the popular vote as well, with a nearly 2 million vote lead and 50% of the overall vote, compared to Romney’s 48%.

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Mistrial Declared in Roger Clemens Perjury Trial

July 14, 2011

Judge Reggie Walton, who is presiding over Roger Clemens‘ perjury trial, has declared a mistrial over evidence revealed to the jury that he believed would prejudice them against the former Major League Baseball pitcher.

From CNN:

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton said prosecutors should have modified a video that showed Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, during a 2008 congressional hearing talking about a deposition from the wife of former New York Yankees player Andy Pettitte.

Clemens is accused of perjury, obstruction of Congress and making false statements about his alleged use of steroids and human growth hormone.

Weiner’s Popularity Goes Flacid; Will Resign House Seat…

June 16, 2011

According to coverage on CNN this morning, Representative Anthony Weiner has told House leaders as well as his friends that he plans to resign his seat after coming under growing pressure from other Democrats.

After initially claiming that his Twitter account had been hacked, Weiner finally admitted that he sent the lewd picture of his…um…well…yeah…and had engaged in inappropriate relationships with a number of women he had met online.

From CNN:

Weiner, 46, was considered a possible front-runner to succeed New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2013 until the revelation of his online communications, including lewd photos of himself he sent to women he befriended on Facebook and Twitter.

Last year, Weiner married Huma Abedin, a longtime aide to Hillary Clinton in the White House, Senate and now in the State Department. Former President Bill Clinton officiated at the ceremony, and Abedin is pregnant with the couple’s first child.

Weiner has been in the spotlight since late May, when a lewd photograph of him became public after it was sent to a woman over the Twitter social networking service.

Last World War I Veteran Dies at 110

February 28, 2011

Frank W. Buckles, the last known U.S. veteran of World War I, died yesterday at the age of 110.

From the New York Times:

He was only a corporal and he never got closer than 30 or so miles from the Western Front trenches, but Mr. Buckles became something of a national treasure as the last living link to the two million men who served in the American Expeditionary Forces in France in “the war to end all wars.”

Frail, stooped and hard of hearing, but sharp of mind, Mr. Buckles was named grand marshal of the National Memorial Day Parade in Washington in 2007. He was a guest at Arlington National Cemetery on Veterans Day 2007 for a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. He was honored by Defense Secretary Robert Gates at the Pentagon and met with President George W. Bush at the White House in March 2008.

United States Senators played host to him at the Capitol in June 2008 for the impending 90th anniversary of the World War I armistice. And he appeared before a Senate subcommittee in December 2009 to support legislation named in his honor to bestow federal status on a World War I memorial on the National Mall built in the 1930s.

Gabrielle Giffords Moving to Rehab This Friday

January 19, 2011

Some very encouraging news coming out of Tucson this morning.

According to her parents, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will be moved to a rehabilitation center in Texas this Friday.

From CNN:

Giffords was shot in the head. In an e-mail sent to friends and family members Tuesday and obtained by CNN, Giffords’ mother, Gloria, writes that she will be moved from Tucson’s University Medical Center to rehabilitation facilities in Houston, Texas, on Friday.

“There is a team of medical specialists involved … including military surgeons who specialize in bullet wounds to the head,” the e-mail says. “They want to start aggressive rehab immediately.”

State of Arizona Passes Funeral Protection Zones Law‎

January 12, 2011

Arizona has passed an emergency law to head off picketing by Westboro Baptist Church near the funeral service for nine-year-old Christina Green who was killed during the mass shooting in Tucson this past weekend.

From the Wall Street Journal:

The law, which took effect immediately, sets up a 300-foot perimeter around funerals in the state, beginning one hour before the service and extending until one hour after.

Following the attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that killed six and wounded 14, Fred Phelps, pastor of the Kansas-based church, took to the Internet to ”thank God for the violent shooter.” He also said his congregation would picket the funeral of Christina Taylor Green, the 9-year-old bystander killed in the gunfire.

“Such despicable acts of emotional terrorism will not be tolerated in the State of Arizona,” Ms. Brewer said in a statement “This legislation will assure that the victims of Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson will be laid to rest in peace with the full dignity and respect that they deserve.”

Jared Lee Loughner’s Poems Evoke Daily Routine

January 12, 2011

It seems that Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of shooting 20 people this past weekend at a Tucson, Arizona political event, attended a poetry class last year at Pima County Community College where issues surrounding his daily routine appeared to have been shared.

From CNN:

Student Don Coorough provided CNN’s Special Investigations Unit with copies of two poems purportedly written by Loughner for the spring semester class. They have been transcribed below with the same spelling and line breaks as the original copies.

*Poems can be found at the link above*