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September 24, 2010 - by Donny Shaw


It’s the end of a pretty non-eventful week in Washington D.C. I think Kargo X sums up the situation best: “The Senate isn’t able to pass anything, so everybody goes home. They’ll be back next week to not pass anything, and then they’ll go home for even longer.”

Even though nothing’s moving past the great Senate wall in Congress these days, there’s still plenty to talk about. To that end, here are your weekend links. Rest assured knowing that all of this great content will be fueling more than a few smug conversations on the political fundraising circuit this weekend.

  • In light of the GOP filibuster of the Defense bill/“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” repeal earlier this week, 69 House Dems have written to the Obama Administration asking them not to appeal the recent CA district court ruling that found DADT unconstitutional. (Wonk Room)
  • By the way, there was a lot of important stuff that went down in defeat when the Republicans filibustered the Defense bill over the DADT provision. (Mother Jones)
  • Sen. Mary Landr ieu [D, LA]">Sen. Mary Landrieu [D, LA] has placed a hold on Obama’s pick for OMB chief, Jack Lew, and says she won’t lift it until the Obama Admin lifts the moratorium on deep-water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. (Federal Eye)
  • Matt Yglesias says Landrieu’s hold illustrates the need to reform Senate rules so that industries that dominate a particular state don’t unduly dominate national issues. (Matthew Yglesias)
  • Sen. Harry Reid [D, NV] has scheduled a vote next week on the Obama payroll-tax-holiday/anti-job-outsourcing stimulus bill. (Senatus)
  • The text of the Obama jobs bill isn’t out yet, but based on the details that have been reported thus far, The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson wonders if it could be the worst jobs bill yet. (The Atlantic)
  • In Sen. Barbara Boxer’s [D, CA] re-election race against Carly Fiorina, 87% of individual expeditures are from groups on either side of the abortion issue. (Sunlight Reporting Group)
  • The Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week approved major defense trade treaties with the United Kingdom and Australia. (The Cable)
  • The House Ways and Means Committee passed a bill designed to pressure China into letting the value of its currency rise. The bill is set for a vote in the full House next week. (BusinessWeek)
  • Here’s the actual bill — H.R.2378 – Currency Reform for Fair Trade Act. (OpenCongress)
  • On Friday I reported that Sen. Sam Brownback’s [R, KS] support for a renewable energy standards bill was contingent on it staying a stand-alone measure. So much for that. NYT reports: Senators See Renewable Energy Bill as Christmas Tree for Pet Projects (New York Times)
  • At the Coffee Party convention Saturday, Free-culture and fair-elections here Lawrence Lessig is leading a mock Constitutional Convention. It start at 9:30 a.m. and runs all day until 4:30 p.m. Watch live. (UStream)
  • Wondering about that “Ag Jobs bill” that came up at the Colbert hearing on Friday? Here it is — H.R.2414 – Agricultural Job Opportunities, Benefits, and Security Act of 2009. (OpenCongress)
  • Oh, I thought the Colbert testimony was in fine taste, funny, and actually successful at getting people to think for a second about an important issue that we typically ignore. Watch for yourself. (TPM DC)
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  • DeborahJBrown 09/25/2010 7:05am

    Ha! Ha! Ha! So it’s(non)business as usual in the Senate! The opening statement says it all. Lately this could be repeated each time the Senate is in session – there’s no need for anything new! I love this: "It’s the end of a pretty non-eventful week in Washington D.C. and “The Senate isn’t able to pass anything, so everybody goes home. They’ll be back next week to not pass anything, and then they’ll go home for even longer.” Holy cow! Do the members of the Senate not realize the ridiculous legacy they are leaving for themselves? They’ll (deservingly) go down in history as the largest collective group of bumbling bouffons to ever hold seats in the Senate. They’ll be forever etched into history books as the group that effectively accomplished the least amount of business during a critical time in America! Okay, ha… ha…. so next week, it’s back to “non-business” as usual! REPEAT… REPEAT…

  • Abaratarrr 09/25/2010 10:58am

    If Harry reid does not allow for a vote on 3706 the unemployment extension next week he will loose his job!

    The inaction has to stop, Harry reid is the reason that there has been no vote for an unemployment extension.

    Please contact harry Reid remind hi that if he does not vote for us before the election that we will not vote or him.

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  • beenblue 09/26/2010 3:41pm

    These are strange times, and the extremist are coming out of the woodwork. I believe the news media has become just as corrupt as it`s owners in presenting non objective reporting. What were presented with are news shows that are tilted to the left , or to the right, like soap operas, and so we have become selective on what we see, hear, accept, learn, embrace, fear, and believe, and so we are left with narrow points of view, and a created opposition. Let`s face it religion and politics have always been volatile subjects that one would avoid, unless you wanted to start a fight. Think about it did you ever convert somebody to your point of view by condemning them, it`s illogical, yet this is a steady non abating scenario played out 24/7 via msnbc or fox corp. Since 9/11 it`s been a non stop campaign of fear using politics and religion as a external tangible threat to our fragile existence, and our government asked for our blind obedience so as to protect us from enemy`s in desert caves

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    beenblue 09/26/2010 4:24pm

    Admittedly, government could mess up a two car parade, and currently congress has proven my point, we let this happen by letting our blind obedience get in the way of common sense, our redemption will not come from outside ourselves, but from within ourselves, and the helping hand your looking for is at the end of your arm, we need to take back our fate that`s been taken from us, but that will not happen until we quit fighting amongst ourselves, and let the people in Washington know they are the cause of all our problems. They need to quit the scenarios that create blow-back, by killing innocents a half a world away we, are creating future terrorist, the problem is getting out of control, not in control.

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    beenblue 09/26/2010 5:24pm

    America needs to be the light on the hill that it`s supposed to be, not an imperialist invading force using its military to gain control over other sovereign Nations with natural resources, is`nt that what we fought against in world war two ?. Things have escalated to an extreme abroad and at home, and the media is a non stop propaganda machine 24/7 and it`s out of control feeding you your new, and most currant fear. Let Washington know by your vote enough is enough, and that any representative not taking immediate action in the recovery, is not a representative of its people. We are one world of many peoples, and many cultures, and I like it that way. I feel we are never going to find the truth, if we don`t first acknowledge the errors that support our opinions, and shut down the fear mongers using us as ratings on their nightly broadcast. GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK AMERICA.

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