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(Mediaite) Congressman Darrell Issa has officially apologized to colleague Elijah Cummings for cutting off his mic at the end of a contentious IRS hearing on Wednesday. Following the heated exchange, Issa accused Cummings of “slandering” him, but Issa got quite a bit of pushback for how he conducted himself. Cummings noted separately today that some of Issa’s colleagues also offered apologies of their own.
(HuffPo) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday he's not afraid of the big, bad Koch brothers, and he'll do his damnedest to reveal them as a pair of profiteers bent on "buying America."
The Nevada Democrat has launched a personal campaign in recent days aimed at discrediting billionaire oil magnates David and Charles Koch, and the multimillion-dollar ad campaigns they fund to take down Democrats.
(The Grio) The incident got national coverage and has provoked Rep. Marcia Fudge, the Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, to call for Issa’s removal from the Oversight Committee.
In a letter to Speaker of the House John Boehner, Rep. Fudge wrote, “Under the applicable Rules of the House, we strongly encourage you to take disciplinary action against Mr. Issa and force him to present himself before the American people on the House floor with an apology.”
(All Voices) The Rutgers University Faculty Council has approved a resolution calling upon the university’s Board of Governors to rescind its invitation to Condoleezza Rice to speak at commencement.
"Condoleezza Rice ... played a prominent role in (the Bush) administration’s effort to mislead the American people about the presence of weapons of mass destruction," according to the resolution. And she "at the very least condoned the Bush administration’s policy of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ such as water boarding," the resolution read.
(Mediaite) Obama cited statistics that say nearly 75% of all Americans and 50% of Republicans support raising the minimum wage, but somehow Republicans in Congress almost uniformly oppose it. “Now, I don’t know if that’s because I proposed it,” he joked. “Maybe I should say I oppose raising the minimum wage,” Obama said. “They’d be for it, that’s possible.”
(Crooks and Liars) "I can see why if you're getting death threats, why you wouldn't want to open yourself up to more scrutiny," Scott admitted. "But at the same time, it would seem that answering some of the questions might cause some of these people who are so angry to ease up."
(TPM) Arizona state Sen. Steve Gallardo, who said last week that he would run for Congress, came out Wednesday as gay -- less than a week after Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed controversial anti-gay legislation.
"I am gay, I am Latino and I'm a state senator," Gallardo (D) said, according to local media. He said it was the "right time for me to come out" and that the anti-gay bill had been a "game-changer" that prompted his decision.
(TPM) Wednesday was the day that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, hauled former IRS official Lois Lerner back before the committee. He did so as part of his continuing investigation of the agency's screening of applications for tax-exempt status from conservative groups. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member of the committee, had other plans.
(Bloomberg) When Washington residents voted in 1998 to raise the state’s minimum wage and link it to the cost of living, opponents warned the measure would be a job-killer. The prediction hasn’t been borne out.
In the 15 years that followed, the state’s minimum wage climbed to $9.32 -- the highest in the country. Meanwhile job growth continued at an average 0.8 percent annual pace, 0.3 percentage point above the national rate. Payrolls at Washington’s restaurants and bars, portrayed as particularly vulnerable to higher wage costs, expanded by 21 percent. Poverty has trailed the U.S. level for at least seven years.
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