It has been a busy week and next week looks the same. It rained most of yesterday and a bit last night, but today has been dry with some sunshine. Earlier this week, Wendy said that she expected TC would go home Friday or Saturday. So far, I think he is still in the hospital as he still has pain and did not outright say he was home. However I know he is very relieved that the liver spots are benign. Please say prayers or keep healing thoughts for TC front and centre. I hope everyone has a good weekend.
Yesterday’s took me 3:32 (average 5:14). To do it, click here. How did you do? No, I'm not barkin' mad!
Today’s took me 4:27 (average 5:46). To do it, click here. How did you do?
Politico — House Republicans on Thursday united to pass a comprehensive bill that would dismantle the landmark banking regulations enacted after the 2008 financial crisis.
The legislation, approved without a single Democratic vote, represents the GOP's opening salvo in the debate over easing the rules on the financial system, a move sparked by the election of President Donald Trump and Republican control of Congress. …
Hensarling argues that the economy and consumers would benefit from his vision in which market forces rather than government regulation would keep the financial system in check.
Among the bill's most controversial measures is the elimination of most of the powers of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the independent regulatory agency that is Democrats' crown jewel in Dodd-Frank.
The legislation would rename the weakened CFPB the Consumer Law Enforcement Agency and make it more beholden to Congress and the president. …
The bill would also repeal a pillar of Dodd-Frank that allows regulators to manage the failure of a major financial institution, replacing that power with an updated version of the bankruptcy code.
While people were distracted by the Comey testimony, Lyin' Ryan and the Republicans rammed through a piece of legislation designed to all but kill the CFPB. Not good at all!
Raw Story — A former Republican congressman who voted to impeach former President Bill Clinton called out House Speaker Paul Ryan as a hypocrite.
Ryan argued Thursday that congressional Republicans would not be calling for the impeachment of a Democratic president accused of the same activity as President Donald Trump — but former representative Bob Inglis dismissed those claims as nonsense.
“You know this isn’t true,” Inglis tweeted to Ryan. “You know that you would be inquiring into impeachment if this were a D.”
There have been 2 attempts to impeach sitting presidents in modern times: Richard Nixon — the Judiciary Committee approved Articles of Impeachment in July 1974 but Nixon resigned in August 1974 before the whole House could vote on the impeachment; and Bill Clinton — the Judiciary Committee approved Articles of Impeachment in December 1998 but he was acquitted in the Senate. I won't go into detail on the charges but both presidents were charged with obstruction of justice as well as other charges. See Nixon charges here and Clinton charges here. In my non legal mind, it is apparent that Drumpf has obstructed justice and I hope that Mueller's investigation will bear that out at the very least. It is a long process which will hamper Drumpf to do his job effectively.
YouTube — What We Now Know From James Comey | The Resistance with Keith Olbermann | GQ
As the days proceed, I am sure that Mueller's investigation will raise more questions and hopefully some answers. Comey has not heard the end of the public testimony and I dare say there will be all manner of speculation about the closed session. Truth win out!
The New Yorker — The White House was on lockdown Thursday morning after a television was hurled out of a window, the Secret Service reported.
The incident, which occurred shortly after 10 A.M. E.S.T., caught the attention of the Secret Service after agents heard the sound of smashing glass emanating from the Oval Office.
“The sound was consistent with that of a large object, such as a television set, being thrown through a closed window,” a Secret Service spokesman said.
The television, which crashed to the ground outside the Oval Office, injured no one, the Secret Service confirmed.
I think Andy is back to straight reporting again. I can quite imagine that the pResident was really foaming at the mouth listening to Comey's testimony. His staff tried to keep him away from Twitter, but when they could contain no more, he let loose with this tweet "Despite so many false statements and lies, total and complete vindication … and WOW, Comey is a leaker!" .
I particularly like #3.
Reminds me of my Annie who is almost 9 years old now.