Ah. They're all one happy family.
Auch ein schöner Nachruf:
I met Senator Diane Feinstein once, in the lead up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. She had just recently been assigned to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (in 2001), and it was in that capacity that she had a senior staffer from the committee ask me to come to Washington DC to brief her on Iraqi WMD and the allegations being made by the Bush administration that Iraq continued to possess them. We met in a secure conference room in the Capital building—me, the Senator, and a half dozen staffers and aides. It was a polite, professional affair, with the Senator asking questions and taking notes. Eventually she confronted me—“Your position is causing us some difficulty. You are making the US look bad in the eyes of the world.” I replied that my analysis and the underlying facts were rock solid, something she agreed with. I said that while I knew she couldn’t reveal sensitive intelligence, if she could look me in the eye and say she has seen unequivocal proof that Iraq retained WMD, I’d shut up and go away. She looked at her retinue, and then me. “I have seen no such intelligence,” she replied. She thanked me for the briefing, and said it provided her with “food for thought.” On October 11, 2002, Senator Feinstein voted in favor of the resolution authorizing war with Iraq. Later, she said she had been misled by the Bush administration and bad intelligence. I will forever know Senator Feinstein as someone who had been empowered by the truth, and lacked the moral courage to act on it. The blood of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis stains her soul. I hope when she stands in judgment before her maker, she is punished accordingly.
Schau an das Repräsentantenhaus hat eine Überbrückungsfinanzierung angenommen, wobei McCarthy auch auf Stimmen der Demokraten setzen musste:Zitat
The House on Saturday approved a “clean” stopgap funding bill to avert a government shutdown, sending the legislation to the Senate for consideration hours before the midnight funding deadline.
The chamber cleared the stopgap bill in an overwhelmingly bipartisan 335-91 vote hours after Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) rolled out the proposal. One Democrat and 90 Republicans voted against the measure.
Na, mal schauen, ob das bedeutet, dass sie ihn jetzt aus dem Amt hebeln.
Die Abstimmung, um McCarthy aus dem Amt zu entfernen läuft.
McCarthy als Chef des Repräsentantenhauses abgewählt
Stand: 03.10.2023 22:51 Uhr
Das US-Repräsentantenhaus hat den Republikaner Kevin McCarthy in einer historisch einmaligen Abstimmung als Vorsitzenden abgewählt. Eine knappe Mehrheit in der Kongresskammer votierte gegen ihn. Hintergrund ist eine parteiinterne Revolte.
Interessant ist, was die Tagesschau nicht erwähnt - nämlich: dass die Republikaner es offenbar gar nicht so gut fanden, dass McCarthy mutmaßlich einen heimlichen Deal mit Biden gemacht hat, um das Rüstungsgeschäft des militärisch-industriellen Kompexes an der europäischen Ostfront weiter laufen zu lassen, während man sich auf republikanischer Seite eigentlich lieber Richtung pazifische Westfront orientieren will. Dazu sollen Kevin und Joe ausgekungelt haben, die aus dem jetzigen Überbrückungshaushalt ausgenommene Ukraine-Unterstützung später in eine separate Abstimmung durch das Repräsentantenhaus zu bringen, bei der man davon ausgeht, dass sie mit deutlicher Mehrheit positiv ausfallen würde.
Blöderweise hat sich Opa Sepp dann vor der Presse verplappert und seine Sprecherin wollte hinterher beim White House press briefing partout keine eindeutige Antwort auf diesbezügliche Fragen der Hauptstadtjournaille geben.
CNBC von vor zwei Tagen:
Congress and Washington buzzed over whether President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy cut a secret deal that could protect future aid for Ukraine as part of an agreement to avoid a government shutdown.
[...] The suspicion is that Biden agreed to sign a stop-gap federal government funding deal that did not include Ukraine aid he wanted to provide, in exchange for McCarthy agreeing to hold a standalone vote on that aid later.
“What was the secret side deal on Ukraine?” Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., demanded during an angry speech Monday targeting his fellow Republican McCarthy on the House floor.
The answer could determine whether Gaetz follows through on his long-standing threat to force a vote on McCarthy’s speakership, which could come as early as this week. It could also tilt the outcome of that vote.
McCarthy on Monday denied that there was a secret plan for Ukraine funding.
But, McCarthy added, “in a continuing resolution, sometimes you make sure you can move money around freely during the 45 days.”
Much of official Washington was stunned Saturday when Democrats backed a 45-day stopgap government spending bill that did not contain emergency funding for Ukraine, after the White House said an additional $24 billion in aid was needed.
The bill came hours before a deadline that would have seen the shutdown of many government agencies and services if that continuing resolution was not passed by Congress and signed by the Democratic president.
On Sunday, Biden said he expected McCarthy to “keep his commitment to secure passage and support needed” to fund Ukraine’s defense.
“There’s an overwhelming number of Republicans and Democrats in both the House and the Senate who support Ukraine,” Biden said at the White House. “Let’s vote on it.”
At the White House on Monday, reporters pressed Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on what the president meant when he said McCarthy had made a commitment on Ukraine.
Each time she was asked, Jean-Pierre said there was bipartisan support for aid to Ukraine, that McCarthy has said he supports such aid, and, “I’m not going to go beyond what the president said.”
“We want to see that McCarthy keeps his commitment to the people of Ukraine that he has said he wants to continue that funding to make sure that Ukraine gets the weapons that they need,” the press secretary said. “That’s what we want to see.”
A standalone vote on emergency Ukraine funding would likely pass the House, but only with the help of Democratic votes. [...]
Kuleba hat den Verdacht dan auch nochmal befeuert, indem er zum Besten gab, er halte die momentane Schliessung der imperialen Kriegskasse nicht für ein systemisches Problem, sondern nur für einen "Vorfall":
[...] Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba told reporters in Kyiv on Monday, “We don’t feel that the U.S. support has been shattered, because the United States understands what is at stake in Ukraine.”
“The question is whether what happened is an incident or a system,” Kuleba said, referring to the lack of hoped-for aid in the funding resolution passed by Congress on Saturday.
“I think it was an incident.”
Was natürlich auch dem Umstand geschuldet sein kann, dass sich die politische Führung in Kiew ohnehin ganz selbstbewusst als Nabel der Welt präsentiert, aber vermutlich hatte man ihr aus dem Weißen Haus schon signalisiert, dass der Geldhahn nicht abgedreht werden würde.
Möglich, aber abgewählt haben McCarthy dann doch nur eine Handvoll Republikaner und alle Demokraten oder so ähnlich.Zitat
Eight House Republicans and 208 House Democrats voted Tuesday to oust House Speaker Kevin McCarthy — the first time in U.S. history a House speaker has been removed in a no-confidence vote.
Nancy Pelosi hat ihren Senatssitz verloren.
Nancy Pelosi hat ihr Büro verloren.Zitat
CNN—Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday said the newly named interim speaker, GOP Rep. Patrick McHenry of North Carolina, has ordered her to vacate her office in the Capitol building.
She does maintain her regular office in the Cannon House office building.
An email sent from McHenry’s office to Pelosi’s office just after 6 p.m. Tuesday evening that was viewed by CNN, stated, “Going to reassign h-132 for speaker office use. Please vacate the space tomorrow.”
Pelosi said in a statement that she was not in Washington, DC, to immediately move her belongings.
“With all of the important decisions that the new Republican Leadership must address, which we are all eagerly awaiting, one of the first actions taken by the new Speaker Pro Tempore was to order me to immediately vacate my office in the Capitol,” the California Democrat said. “Sadly, because I am in California to mourn the loss of and pay tribute to my dear friend Dianne Feinstein, I am unable to retrieve my belongings at this time.”
Wer weiß, was sie als nächstes verliert ...
Die Republikaner haben Steve Scalise als Kandidat für den Sprecher des Repräsentantenhauses aufgestellt. Aber er hat seine Kandidatur bereits wieder zurückgezeogen, weil er keine ausreichende Unterstützung für die Wahl gesehen hat:Zitat
WASHINGTON — Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-La., informed Republicans in a closed-door meeting Thursday night that he was dropping his bid to be House speaker, one day after he captured the GOP’s nomination for the top job.
Moments later, Scalise, the No. 2 Republican in leadership, confirmed the news to reporters outside the room.
“I just shared with my colleagues that I’m withdrawing my name as candidate for the speaker designee,” he said.
Rep. Steve Scalise speaks with reporters after a House Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol on Thursday.Al Drago / Bloomberg via Getty Images"Our conference still has to come together and is not there. There are still some people that have their own agendas," he said.
"This House of Representatives needs a speaker, and we need to open up the House again. But clearly, not everybody is there. And there’re still schisms that have to get resolved."
Don`t! Don`t! Stairs!
Republicans Tap Jordan for Speaker, but Delay Vote as Holdouts BalkZitat
By a vote of 124 to 81, Mr. Jordan defeated Representative Austin Scott of Georgia, a mainstream conservative and an ally of former Speaker Kevin McCarthy who had decided just hours earlier to seek the nomination. Mr. Scott had effectively put himself forward as a protest candidate against Mr. Jordan, the co-founder of the ultraconservative House Freedom Caucus and a favorite of former President Donald J. Trump’s.
But while Mr. Jordan won the contest, his quest for the speakership still faced serious challenges. A second secret-ballot vote revealed that a sizable chunk of Republicans did not intend to support him on the floor, where he needs 217 votes to win the gavel. It was a continuation of the bitter party infighting that has broken out in recent days, paralyzing the House.
Jim Jordan fällt gerade das zweite Mal bei der Wahl zum Sprecher des Repräsentantenhauses durch, soweit ich das verstehe.
After losing two consecutive rounds of voting for the speakership, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday is pushing forward with a third vote, a spokesperson said, though a growing number of Republican holdouts refuse to support Jordan and a group of moderates push for an alternative.
Aller guten Dinge sind drei, richtig?
Der Feind ist überall:Zitat
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Schlimmer noch, laut den Republikanern sind die Grenzen weit offen.
(So kann man seine follower-Zahl natürlich leicht erhöhen.)