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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:25 PM

"The 8 Most Extreme Moments of the New Congress"

The 8 Most Extreme Moments of the New Congress

By ThinkProgress War Room at AlterNet



•Impeach the president because he wants to reduce gun violence: Freshman Reps. Trey Radel (R-FL) and Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) along with Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) all suggested that the president be impeached because of his efforts to reduce gun violence, particularly a set commonsense executive actions the president took. They also falsely claimed the president wants to ban guns or take away guns away from law-abiding gun owners. Finally, Stockman also recently compared the president to Saddam Hussein.

•Gays are too powerful to get equal rights: House Republicans have now wasted nearly $2 MILLION in taxpayer funds, some of which was approved in secret, defending the unconstitutional Defense of Marriage Act. Yesterday, the Republicans filed their legal brief with the Supreme Court ahead of the March oral arguments in two marriage-related cases. Among the arguments advanced by their $520 an hour lawyer was the contention that gay people are already too politically powerful to merit equal rights. Republicans recently and once again in secret authorized another million dollars to pay their high-priced lawyer to combat LGBT rights.

•Give citizens the same weapons as the military: It’s apparent that we already have too many military-style weapons of on our streets. But that’s not enough for freshman Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), who argued that everyone should be allowed to have the same weapons as the military in order to “protect them against the tyrannical government.”

•Senator questions Secretary of State about right-wing conspiracy theory: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) used this morning’s hearing on the terrorist attack in Benghazi to dress down the Secretary of State, saying that he’d fire Clinton if it was up to him. He also used Clinton’s appearance and his limited time to question her to advance a bizarre right-wing conspiracy theory involving alleged gun-running from Libya to Syria, via Turkey.


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