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White House argues trade will help environment

Source: The Hill

The White House on Wednesday released a report detailing its efforts to protect the global environment through trade agreements as President Obama tries to build support on Capitol Hill for his ambitious agenda.

The 64-page report is the latest in a series of attempts by the Obama administration to detail how far-reaching trade agreements can improve the enforcement of global rules, a major concern of congressional lawmakers wary of signing off on the trade agenda.

Specifically, it argues that trade pacts can combat a broad range of global environmental concerns including wildlife trafficking as well as illegal logging and fishing.

The Obama administration argues that once implemented, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement “will help protect one of the most ecologically and economically significant regions of the world — from the deserts and plains of Australia, to the Mekong River Delta of Vietnam, to the Andes mountains of Peru,” the report said.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/242636-white-house-argues-trade-will-help-environment
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed May 20, 2015, 11:29 AM (23 replies)

House Dems held secret talks about Van Hollen succeeding Pelosi

Source: The Hill

Allies of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi held secret talks about having Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) succeed her in the wake of the party’s disastrous 2014 elections, according to a new story in The New York Times Magazine.

The effort was aimed at setting up Van Hollen as Pelosi’s successor and preventing House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (Md.), the No. 2 Democrat and a longtime Pelosi rival, from ascending to the top Democratic position.

Van Hollen worked with seven other Democrats to build the case that he could win enough votes to defeat Hoyer in a leadership election to replace Pelosi, according to the report.

Those Democrats were Reps. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), Steve Israel (N.Y.), Lloyd Doggett (Texas), Paul Tonko (N.Y.), Beto O’Rourke (Texas), Dan Kildee (Mich.), and Donna Edwards, the Maryland lawmaker now running against Van Hollen in the Senate primary.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/242634-dems-held-secret-talks-about-Van-Hollen-succeeding-Pelosi
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed May 20, 2015, 11:28 AM (12 replies)

Alan Grayson called cops on wife for allegedly using his credit card

Source: Politico

Florida Rep. Alan Grayson recently called his estranged wife a “gold digger,” but a review of the potential Senate candidate’s soap-opera divorce case shows he unsuccessfully tried to have her criminally charged for far less: ringing up grocery, gasoline and car-repair expenses on his credit card.

Grayson’s previously unreported effort to have Lolita Grayson arrested on credit-card fraud charges was revealed in one of her court filings that complained about the wealthy Democrat’s tactics to withhold money from her.

“The Husband has denied the Wife access to marital assets or funds that could be used to pay for attorney’s fees and costs, even going to the extent of filing a criminal complaint against the Wife for her alleged use of a marital credit card account,” her attorney said in a successful March 13 motion to compel Grayson to pay up.

In previous court filings and interviews, Lolita Grayson, who’s now on her sixth lawyer, has depicted Grayson as abusive and so tight-fisted that she and their four minor children had to go on food stamps. She said she couldn’t afford to repair a leaky septic tank and broken windows that allowed mold to fester in the family’s Orlando home. Her situation and the corresponding images of the home’s disrepair aired on local TV in October 2014, just before Grayson — a trial lawyer worth about $31 million — won reelection to a third term in the House.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/alan-grayson-called-cops-on-wife-for-buying-groceries-with-his-credit-card-118112.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed May 20, 2015, 11:20 AM (135 replies)

Fla. rep on estranged wife: 'Gold diggers gotta dig'

Source: The Hill

The saga between Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) and his estranged wife took another turn after an agreement on terms for their divorce fell apart.

"I'll sum it up for you. Gold diggers gotta dig. That's all I gotta say," he told local ABC affiliate WFTV on Monday after leaving the courtroom, accusing Lolita Grayson of reneging on an agreement.

His estranged wife of 25 years, Lolita, filed for divorce early last year. The House member and former telecom company co-founder has sought an annulment on the basis of bigamy, and they appeared to reach terms last month on an annulment, which would not require equal division of $30 million in assets.

She also said last October that she and her four kids were living in a moldy house after he didn't pay for repairs, and that her husband had cut off her credit cards.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/242470-fla-rep-on-estranged-wife-gold-diggers-gotta-dig
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue May 19, 2015, 10:55 AM (54 replies)

41 Dems buck Pelosi in defense vote

Source: The Hill

A significant number of Democrats voted for the defense authorization Friday despite pressure from their leadership to oppose it over how it would fund the Pentagon.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other Democratic leaders oppose the increased funding for the Pentagon's war fund to circumvent spending limits under the 2011 budget deal that created sequestration. But 41 Democrats nonetheless voted for the defense bill that usually attracts a strong bipartisan coalition.

Most of the Democrats who voted for it are vulnerable lawmakers who will be top GOP targets in the 2016 election cycle or serve on the House Armed Services Committee, which crafted the legislation.

Two of the defecting Democrats, Reps. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.) and Patrick Murphy (Fla.), are running for Senate. A vote against the defense authorization could have risked attack ads accusing them of not supporting the military.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/242216-41-dems-buck-pelosi-in-defense-vote
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri May 15, 2015, 12:44 PM (9 replies)

Cops deserve our respect, President Obama says

Source: Politico

Americans can and should do more to ease the tensions between police and the communities they serve, President Barack Obama said Friday at a ceremony for peace officers who died on the job.

“We can do everything we have to do to combat the poverty that plagues too many communities in which you have to serve,” Obama said at the outdoor ceremony on Capitol Hill. “We can work harder as a nation to heal the rifts between law enforcement and the people you risk your lives to protect.”

Obama’s tribute to fallen officers comes as he tries to tread a delicate line between supporting law officers and criticizing police excesses. The Department of Justice issued a report earlier this year excoriating racial bias within local police departments in Missouri and has said it will investigate the Baltimore Police after the death of Freddie Gray in custody.

Obama has made reform of law enforcement and incarceration practices a central goal for his last two years as president. He established a task force that has sought ways to improve trust even as anger grows with each new killing of unarmed blacks by police in places like Ferguson, Mo., Cleveland, North Charleston, S.C., and Baltimore.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/obama-police-deserve-our-respect-117996.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri May 15, 2015, 12:40 PM (75 replies)

Reid: Hillary Clinton 'has a clear field' for 2016

Source: The Hill

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says in an interview airing Friday that Hillary Clinton “has a clear field” to the Democratic presidential nomination, but the party lacks an “all-star” challenger like President Obama.

"Right now we have Hillary Clinton. And that's it," Reid says.

"There's not another Barack Obama out there. There are no all-stars out there," he says, based on a transcript of the interview set to air Friday on "The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart."

The comments from Reid would appear to serve as a response to a Telemundo anchor who asked if there is any concern about a lack of debate among Democratic candidates. (The GOP field is much larger and growing.)

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/242182-reid-clinton-has-a-clear-field
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri May 15, 2015, 11:49 AM (87 replies)

Senate Reaches Deal on Trade

Source: Roll Call

Senate leaders agreed to a deal to get fast-track trade authority back on track Wednesday, with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., offering votes on two bills accompanying bills demanded by Democrats first.

Those bills include the key customs bill with currency enforcement provisions opposed by the White House as well as a trade preference bill aimed to help developing countries.

Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who himself is a “hell no” on fast-track, nonetheless praised McConnell’s offer as “fair,” although he noted Democrats would still want to offer amendments on the underlying fast-track bill.

The deal also rescues President Barack Obama’s trade agenda just one day after his own party blocked debate on it.

Read more: http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/senate-reaches-deal-on-trade/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed May 13, 2015, 02:59 PM (35 replies)

Heitkamp co-sponsors bill to lift ban on crude oil exports

Source: The Jamestown Sun

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sens. Heidi Heitkamp, D.-N.D., and Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska plan to introduce a bipartisan bill today to lift the ban on American crude oil exports.

Heitkamp, in an interview Tuesday with Forum News Service, called the 1970s-era ban “antiquated” and said it inhibits American competitiveness.

“We believe the time has come for Congress to weigh in and protect our energy renaissance,” Heitkamp said.

North Dakota would benefit from lifting the ban because U.S. refiners that can process light, sweet crude oil such as Bakken crude are maxed out.

Read more: http://www.jamestownsun.com/news/nation-and-world/3743897-heitkamp-co-sponsors-bill-lift-ban-crude-oil-exports
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed May 13, 2015, 11:47 AM (8 replies)

Senate Dems float trade compromise

Source: The Hill

Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and New York Sen. Charles Schumer (D) are proposing a compromise to move forward on President Obama’s trade agenda, which suffered a serious setback Tuesday.

Reid and Schumer are proposing to pull language addressing currency manipulation from a customs and enforcement bill that Democrats insist must be included in a package of legislation along with fast-track authority and Trade Adjustment Assistance.

In return, they want the Senate to hold a vote on standalone legislation cracking down on currency manipulation before moving to the larger trade package, which would include fast-track, TAA, a pared-down customs bill, and a package of trade preferences for African nations, according to a Democratic leadership aide.

Reid and Schumer floated the idea, and Schumer suggested it to Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn (Texas) late Tuesday afternoon.

Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/finance/241896-senate-dems-float-trade-compromise
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed May 13, 2015, 11:33 AM (20 replies)
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