TODAY IN POLITICS: Congress Returns
The 112th session of the U.S. House of Representatives begins today, with a shift in power going to the Republican majority.
The opening session begins with a vote to install Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as the next Speaker. After his expected win, current Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will present him to the chamber where he will give an address and take the oath of office. The new Speaker will then preside over the ceremony to swear-in the new congress, which includes 96 new members, 87 Republicans and 9 Democrats.
|by Dan Miller
“Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country” is not just a touch typing exercise.
If my uncertainties about looming healthcare, Internet and environmental regulations are in any way typical, then a lot of working Americans are living with a staggering degree of uncertainty right now.
President Obama promised his administration would have an “unprecedented level of openness.” Perhaps the readers of PJM and the viewers of PJTV can lend a hand.
The mustache weighs in.
A strategy to advance freedom by keeping President Obama and his radical appointees on the defensive.
Laws protecting children may be in need of revision.
Who is really to blame for wrecking Greece, ruining California, subverting the climate change movement, and discrediting mega-deficit spending? (Update: Don’t miss Ed Driscoll and Richard Fernandez, for their takes on VDH’s latest post.)
by Myra Adams
It’s all in the math — and the numbers aren’t looking good for the GOP.
by AWR Hawkins
High gas prices don’t bother our president.
by Ed Driscoll
PJM Political sadly concludes its run, with a look back at the man of the year of 2010, and highlights from the show’s guests over the past three years.
Amazing predictions of major events that will almost certainly, probably, mostly occur in 2011 unless nothing happens.
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The new session of the U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin with the traditional swearing-in of reelected and newly elected members, but after the ceremonies are completed, Democrats are expected to make a motion to change a long-standing debate rule.
Following the opening prayer, Vice President Biden will administer the oath-of-office for 31 senators, which includes 16 new senators. Though they maintained the majority, Democrats lost six seats after the November mid-term elections resulting in the make-up of the current Congress at 51 Democrats, 47 Republicans and two Independents. More »
Five hours of guests and call-ins
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Before the 112th session of Congress gavels in at Noon today, the Washington Journal is Live for five hours of expanded coverage of the return of Congress. Watch interviews with new House members Rep.-Elect Diane Black (R-TN) and Rep.-Elect Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) and senior members Rep. Rob Andrews (D-NJ) and Rep. Tom Price (R-GA). Our guests also include Senate Historian Don Ritchie as well as other scholars and journalists.
Throughout the day, go to C‑SPAN’s Facebook page to watch a live stream of the U.S. House swearing-in ceremony and share your thoughts on Facebook and Twitter. More »
Despite the fact that President Barack Obama signed the repeal late last month, conservative activist Cliff Kincaid contends the end of the ban on homosexuals in the military isn’t a done deal quite yet.
A California-based organization has released its annual list of anti-Christian acts in America for 2010 — a list determined through an online poll.
Though the Ninth Circuit has ruled San Diego’s Mt. Soledad cross is unconstitutional, one Christian attorney says this latest decision doesn’t bring the case to a close.
A conservative military advocate says the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff should be held accountable for his lack of oversight in the controversial videos produced by officers aboard the USS Enterprise.
A federal district court in North Carolina has dismissed a case filed by a middle-school teacher who claims she was transferred to another school because she refused to apologize for the manner in which she handled a class discussion on evolution.
Though liberal-leaning, England is fighting the effort of homosexual activists who are trying to get the European Court of Human Rights to force homosexual “marriage” on the country.
A Christian-affiliated university has a surprising connection with the Dalai Lama, and one lifelong Methodist says the school is bypassing a “wonderful opportunity.”
Terrorism expert Walid Shoebat says Israel has every right to boycott a tribute to an event that was nothing more than a platform for anti-Israel propaganda.
The Thomas More Society is going to the legal rescue of a Milwaukee pro-life prayer warrior who was wrongfully arrested.
A Mexican border town lost its police force last week with the kidnapping of its last standing officer, and an expert on the drug war says the violence in that country is unmanageable.
A governor in Pakistan has been assassinated, authorities say, over his opposition to the nation’s much misused blasphemy law.
A human trafficking expert thinks that issue should greatly concern Americans because it could be occurring right in their own neighborhoods.
A Christian official in California heads a ministry that is providing counseling and support for peace officers who are walking what he calls the “toughest beat in the nation.”
Obama’s spokesman is considering leaving his post to work on the president’s 2012 campaign.
By JONATHAN ALLEN | 1/5/11 6:07 AM
By SARAH KLIFF | 1/5/11 7:05 AM
As House Republicans aim to repeal the law, governors continue to move to implement it.
They waste no time in refighting the reform battle.
For many freshmen, the swearing-in ceremony is a high-water mark for their rookie year.
GOP Plans to Act Fast to Undo Obama’s Agenda – Paul Kane, Wash Post
As Boehner Rises, His Power Comes With Caveats – Carl Hulse, NY Times
Repealing Health Care: The End of the Beginning – Avik Roy, NRO
The GOP’s Risky Bet on Repealing Health Care – Andrew Leonard, Salon
Symbolism Holds Real Meaning for GOP Freshman – Scott Conroy, RCP
Note to Congress: Don’t Blow This Historic Chance – Geoff Colvin, Fortune
Democrats Are Ready to Work With GOP – Nancy Pelosi, USA Today
Deep in Debt, States Face Tough Choices – Megan McArdle, The Atlantic
The States Versus ObamaCare – Pam Bondi, Wall Street Journal
We Are In the Grip Of a Great Convergence – Martin Wolf, Financial Times
Leadership and Facts, Please – Douglas Holtz-Eakin, The Daily Caller
Filibuster Reform Needed to Restore the Senate – Scot Lehigh, Boston Globe
Michael Steele Misunderstands the RNC’s Role – Jay Cost, Weekly Standard
The Way Out of Afghanistan – Ahmed Rashid, New York Review of Books
Chavez is on the Path of Dictatorship – Richard Williamson, The American
Chicago Mayor’s Race Anything But Post-Racial – Dirk Johnson, Daily Beast
Private Virtue Needed in 2011 – Tony Blankley, Washington Times
More on RCP: Guide to the Freshman Class of the 112th Congress
Pomp, and Little Circumstance from Republicans – New York Times
The GOP Opportunity – Wall Street Journal
The Filibuster’s Future – Washington Post
Issa Should Push Hard, But Prudently – Orange County Register
By MIKE ALLEN | 1/5/11 7:38 AM
Boehner: “This is the people’s House.”
By KASIE HUNT | 1/5/11 6:20 AM
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/5/11 7:52 AM
Her Twitter handle is now @NancyPelosi.
Darrell Issa looks for harmful industry regulations.
By RICHARD E. COHEN | 1/5/11 8:38 AM
A redistricting panel could remake largest House delegation in the United States.
By REP. GREG WALDEN | 1/5/11 4:39 AM
Opinion: An important part of Republicans’ pledge is a promise to make Congress more accountable.
By JAKE SHERMAN | 1/5/11 8:48 AM
By ABBY PHILLIP | 1/5/11 4:44 AM
Almost 20 judicial nominees are likely to remain in limbo for the foreseeable future.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/5/11 6:27 AM
Cook County judge affirms former top Obama aide is eligible to seek the Chicago mayorship.
He could be in the Cabinet once again.
By JOHN MAGGS | 1/5/11 6:29 AM
Large California, Illinois budget woes will rise.
By PATRICK GAVIN | 1/5/11 6:31 AM
By KENT CONRAD | 1/5/11 4:44 AM
Opinion: The United States is at a defining moment - we can, and we must, act this year.
By REP. DAVID DREIER | 1/5/11 7:05 AM
Opinion: A strong trade agenda presents a unique opportunity to promote economic growth.
By RICHARD E. COHEN | 1/5/11 12:14 AM
The new Republican members are all from the South and have significant political experience.
Plus: Biden greets new senators, Obama stays behind closed doors, and “death panels” disappear.
Richard Viguerie: Freshmen Republicans will force the GOP leaders “to be more confrontational.”
Plus: A photo of White House staffers carrying surfboards makes the New York Times front page.
By MANU RAJU | 1/5/11 6:09 AM
By MANU RAJU | 1/5/11 7:47 AM
Harry Reid’s job just got a lot tougher.
By SIMMI AUJLA | 1/5/11 6:23 AM
The hearings are a tradition in divided government.
By SEN. HARRY REID | 1/5/11 7:08 AM
Opinion: New economic challenges require common-sense solutions, not extremist ideology.
By REP. JEB HENSARLING | 1/5/11 7:12 AM
Opinion: Our economy isn’t suffering from a capital crisis; it is suffering from a confidence crisis.
By MJ LEE | 1/5/11 8:33 AM
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/5/11 8:45 AM
The U.S. Ambassador to Libya may be the first diplomatic casualty of the WikiLeaks scandal
By BARA VAIDA – KAISER HEALTH NEWS | 1/5/11 8:23 AM
Trade group CEOs and lobbyists made a bundle for their work on the issue in 2009.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/5/11 7:06 AM
The former director of the National Economic Council is going back to school.
By JONATHAN MARTIN | 1/5/11 8:30 AM
The speaker put in a gentle “plug,” not a “hard push,” says one state party chair.
By PATRICK REIS | 1/5/11 6:24 AM
By ELIZABETH B. WYDRA | 1/5/11 12:55 AM
Opinion: The debate over the 14th Amendment is contradicted by the Constitution’s wording.
Nothing washes over anymore — we’ll be watching every congressman’s vote and holding them accountable. First: a lame duck wrap-up.
An outstanding new volume explains the sources of its success.
Sippin’ a shave ice, drivin’ the economy into a ditch.
by Paul Hsieh
First read it — then defend it.
by David Solway
Beware the child-soldiers of the millennium who have your unhappiness heart.
by Ed Driscoll
John Roberts joins Fox. Will he come clean about tossing Rev. Wright down CNN’s memory hole in 2008?
by Ryan Mauro
Wikileaks reveals the junta’s quest for nukes.
We know about barbarous cartels. But more terrifying is their cancerous spread through Mexican government, and societal decay caused by a state with no justice. There is no avoiding the problem: we need to know all of Mexico, now.
It’s time for the Tea Party to make a determined assault on our institutional media.
by Jay Schalin
Cathy Davidson, nominated for the National Council on the Humanities, is another in a long line of highly questionable Obama appointees.
The welfare state is coming face to face with the problem of how to fund its generous entitlement system with shrinking numbers of highly credentialed service workers who can’t find jobs.
A new year, a new ploy to trap Republicans.
Our public education system is failing because government is under no obligation to serve you.
The federal government is standing athwart debilitating mind games and spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, courtesy of Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA).
by Ed Driscoll
A new video flashing back to the worst of the early 1970s doomsday documentaries reminds us once again that today’s enviro-fear mongering is tomorrow’s late-night camp TV.
Some helpful tips before the legacy media’s next story goes unexpectedly so awry.
by Marlo Lewis
The intent of the Clean Air Act needs to be manipulated beyond logic to believe the EPA has any authority to regulate CO2.
By KENDRA MARR | 1/5/11 5:18 AM
The former Pennsylvania senator is taking his time on the pre-presidential circuit.
By JAKE SHERMAN | 1/4/11 6:36 PM
House Republicans are nixing a requirement that would make committee attendance available online.
By DARREN SAMUELSOHN | 1/4/11 10:13 PM
Marcus Peacock will serve as Republican staff director of the Senate Budget Committee.
By NATASHA LENNARD | 1/5/11 6:32 AM
By ANDY BARR | 1/4/11 11:44 AM
The former Alaskan governor appears to show support for the change via a retweet on Monday night.
By JENNIFER EPSTEIN | 1/5/11 7:04 AM
Aide spotted the day before his body was found.
An economics professor is weighing in on whether he thinks other cities and states will follow an Alabama town that has defaulted its pension program.
A Christian social worker is taking exception to a new California law that declares homosexuals are “born gay.”
The federal government, says pro-life activist Mark Crutcher, is nothing more than a “cash cow” for the abortion-provider Planned Parenthood
An advocate for abstinence says the sex-education curricula in most schools could be the reason that teens who said they were abstinent actually tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease.
The 33-year-old gospel singer, a longtime proponent of sexual abstinence, says Jacob Fink proposed to her on Christmas Day after asking for her parents’ blessing.