9:46 AM, Mar 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Dalai Lama opened today's Senate session with a prayer:
"Firstly, as usual, I am Buddhist monk ... so pray to Buddha and all other Gods," he started before slipping into his native tongue.
"The first sentence I'll read--now my broken English--the pronunciation may not be correct, at least not American pronunciation," he said with a laugh. "With our thoughts, we make our world, our mind is central and precedes our deeds. Speak or act with a pure mind, and happiness will follow you like a shadow that never leaves."
He added, "May there be joy in the world with harvest and spiritual rest. May every good fortune come to be and may all our wishes be fulfilled. ... This is my favorite prayer. Daily I pray this. That gives me inner strength. So I am asking to serve humanity. As long as space remains and as long as beings remain, until then may I, too, remain and help dispel the misery of the world. Thank you."
8:04 AM, Mar 5, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Wednesday to reduce the fine/“tax” for violating Obamacare’s individual mandate this year to $0. It will be interesting to see how Democrats in both the House and Senate react. President Obama has plainly violated the law—and the constitutional separation of powers—by unilaterally delaying the individual mandate for some people (those who liked their health plan but got a cancellation notice) and by unilaterally delaying the employer mandate.
2:23 PM, Mar 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Good news for members of congress and their staffs. There is a benefit to them that is not, astonishingly, available to ordinary citizens. As Pete Kasperowicz at the Hill reports, unlike millions of Americans, they:
… have a way to opt out of ObamaCare — retirement.
Two generations of Dingells is more than enough.Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By MICHAEL WARREN
In Washington, it doesn’t matter if you win or lose—it’s how long you play the game. Witness the reaction last week to the announcement that Michigan congressman John Dingell would make this, his 29th term in the House of Representatives, his last. The 87-year-old Detroit-area Democrat has been a member of Congress since the 1950s, serving alongside 11 presidents, 10 House speakers, and nearly 2,500 different representatives.
But not an ordinary congressman. Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By MARIA SANTOS
Representative Kerry Bentivolio once said, “I have a problem figuring out which one I really am, Santa Claus or Kerry Bentivolio. All my life I have been told I’m Kerry Bentivolio, and now I am a Santa Claus, so now I prefer to be Santa Claus.” Bentivolio, a 62-year-old freshman Republican from Detroit, plays Santa in parades and shows for his business, Old Fashioned Santa and Company, back in Michigan.
Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
“No one can or should sit on the sidelines.”
—Hillary Clinton, at the University of Miami,
February 26, 2014
9:01 AM, Feb 27, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Jack Kingston, the longtime Republican congressman from Georgia and a U.S. Senate candidate, is out with his first TV ad of the primary season. The 30-second spot will introduce Kingston, a South Georgian based in Savannah, to the rest of the state, particularly the Atlanta media market. The message of the ad is that Kingston is a principled conservative who shares values with the state's Republican voters. Watch it below:
4:29 PM, Feb 26, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A Republican congressman will run for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Mark Udall, the Denver Post reports:
Republican Congressman Cory Gardner is planning to drop his re-election bid and run for the U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Mark Udall, The Denver Post has learned.
1:17 PM, Feb 25, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Marco Rubio, the Florida Republican, spoke Monday on the Senate floor about the reign of oppression in his parents' native Cuba and in Venezuela. Rubio gave the address after Iowa Democratic senator Tom Harkin gave a rosy evaluation of Cuba after a recent trip there. Drawing on the example of Castro's Cuba, Rubio draw comparisons to the Maduro government in Venezuela.
Watch Rubio's full speech below:
7:34 AM, Feb 25, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Steve Hayes, with Elise Viebeck and Jason Riley, last night on Fox News:
6:00 AM, Feb 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The political committee for former Montana senator Max Baucus, a Democrat, wrote a large check to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just days before being confirmed as the new U.S. ambassador to China. According to the DSCC's public filings, Friends of Max Baucus made a donation of $475,000 to the organization on January 31. Read a copy of the filing here, where Baucus's donation is listed on page 6.
5:01 PM, Feb 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The 2014 Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Georgia remains effectively tied up among the five top candidates, according to a new poll. Businessman David Perdue, a first-time candidate and cousin of former governor Sonny Perdue, has the lead with 12.7 percent, the Daily Caller reports.
10:04 AM, Feb 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
One Republican candidate hoping to replace Oklahoma's Tom Coburn in the U.S. Senate is out with a new ad introducing himself to voters statewide. T.W. Shannon, the 35-year former speaker of the state house, has a 60-second television spot highlighting his biography as a "sixth-generation Oklahoman" who is "guided by his faith" and instilling the values of his parents and grandparents in his own children.
2:22 PM, Feb 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton has a four-point lead over incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor in a new poll of the Arkansas race. According to the new Impact Management Group poll, 46 percent of likely Arkansas voters said they would support Cotton, the first-term congressman from Dardanelle, and 42 percent said they'd vote for Pryor.