The Central Intelligence Agency has, for years, been engaged in a secret drone war, carrying out operations in the Middle East to hunt down terrorist leaders. While it’s understandable that some measure of secrecy is needed to carry out its duties, for far too long Congress has been unable to perform any meaningful oversight of the Agency’s activities.
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) is trying to change that.
Yoho introduced the Drone Reform Act (H.R. 5091) earlier this month. This legislation would consolidate the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV, or “drones,” as they’re known to most Americans) into the Department of Defense.
“The CIA’s main mission is intelligence collection and analysis. It should not be in the business of military strikes. This legislation will bring our armed drone fleet under the jurisdiction of the DOD, where it should be,” Yoho said in a press release announcing the legislation. “If our national security requires drone strikes abroad, then one agency should be held accountable to the American people.”
Original cosponsors of the Drone Reform Act include Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Thomas Massie (R-KY), John Conyers (D-MI), and Barbara Lee (D-CA).
The House of Representatives passed an amendment Wednesday that would prevent the District of Columbia from spending funds to enforce local gun laws — including registration and fingerprint requirements for gun owners.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) offered the amendment to the House appropriations bill which directly controls the spending for D.C., and the freshman representative saw this as a finite window to address gun rights.
“The genesis was the opportunity — it was a limitation amendment on the appropriations bill. This amendment process gives rank and file members the opportunity to introduce legislation if they can’t get it to the floor through committee,
Fed up with crime, some armed Detroiters have developed itchy trigger-fingers — and Police Chief James Craig said lawbreakers are getting the message.
In the latest incident, police say an 88-year-old who was beaten and robbed inside his east side home last week probably thought he was defending himself against attackers when he opened fire Monday on a television news crew.
On Thursday, a woman appeared on his front porch asking for help, and when he opened his door, two men rushed in, assaulted him and tied him up with a phone cord before robbing him of several items.
A reporter from Channel 2 (WJBK) knocked on the man’s door on Arndt Street Monday, and conducted a short
In his new full-length documentary film, “There’s No Place Like Utopia,” Joel Gilbert found Peggy Joseph, the Florida voter who became infamous during the 2008 presidential campaign for saying Barack Obama would “pay for my gas and my mortgage.”
Surprisingly, some six years into the Obama presidency, Joseph has turned against the president, disappointed that he did not deliver on his “hope and change” campaign promises.
“Peggy reminded me of Dorothy from ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ who thought the magical wizard would solve all her problems,” Gilbert told WND in an interview.
He provided an excerpt of Joseph in the film.
“When I finally found her address, I knocked on her door and brought her a pair of ruby slippers. When I interviewed Peggy, I was astonished that Peggy explained that she was now anti-Obama. She told me, ‘He was not who we thought or expected him to be.’”
Hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters marched in Hong Kong on Tuesday, many calling for the city's leader to be sacked, in what could turn out to be the biggest challenge to Chinese Communist Party rule in more than a decade.
Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying said his government would do its "utmost" to move towards universal suffrage and stressed the need for stability after nearly 800,000 people voted for full democracy in an unofficial referendum last month.
Organisers put the number of protesters at more than 510,000, emphasising this was a conservative estimate. Police said some 98,600 had joined the protest at
Republican Congressman Thomas Massie got into a bit of a back-and-forth with IRS Commissioner John Koskinen tonight during the hearing over Lois Lerner‘s hard drive crashing, and Massie had a snappy one-liner ready when Koskinen challenged him on a matter of probability.
Massie brought up the statistic that there’s a 3-5 percent chance that a hard drive would fail on a regular basis, but factoring in the 10 days it took between an inquiry for Lerner’s emails and for it to turn out that her hard drive crashed, Massie said that’s a probability of 1 in 1000.
Koskinen said, “That’s actually not how probability works.”
Massie shot back, “You don’t have to explain probability to me. I took the class at MIT.”
Justin Amash has fought for us on important issues, challenging the status quo in Washington and defending the Constitution. He is lauded as one of the harshest congressional critics of the NSA’s domestic spying programs, and has sponsored legislation to eliminate policies that contribute to risky lending and distorted markets.
The attack ads have begun, making allegations that FactCheck.org immediately labeled “misleading.”
The establishment is piling on, with the Michigan GOP essentially turning its back on Justin’s campaign.
His opponent’s website has much more to say about how Justin’s votes are “strange” than anything substantial about what Brian Ellis would do differently.
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Just days after defeating Eric Cantor in a historic primary battle, Congressional hopeful Dave Brat announced he is replacing his 23-year-old campaign manager with a veteran of the 2010 Cantor campaign.
Amanda Chase served as Cantor's political director during the 2010 congressional campaign, as well as state political director for Virginia Lieutenant Governor candidate Susan Stimpson.
Brat made the announcement at his first news conference since his primary win, but notably absent at Thursday's event, no questions from reporters. The candidate said he is still in a transition phase, offering no timeframe on when he will take questions on specific policy positions.
"I appreciate your patience as we transition from a campaign that many had ignored, to one that seems to have captured the nation's attention," Brat said outside his Glen Allen campaign headquarters.
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