WASHINGTON WRAP: ‘ NEWS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED FROM CAPITOL HILL ‘

#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.22 – Well last round-up of Washington news you may have missed before Christmas descends on all of us. This weeks wrap is off course dominated by: SONY HACK and was it or was it not North Korea, China or just some great big publicity stunt as many are starting to say: Well all news is good news even when its bad so here goes for another week:

SONY HACK:

Obama: Sony hacking attack not an act of war by North Korea  President Obama says in an interview broadcast Sunday morning that he did not think the Sony Pictures hack was not an act of war by North Korea.  http://ow.ly/GePS9

McCain: Sony hack ‘a new form of warfare’  “We need to react and react vigorously,” the Republican senator said.  http://ow.ly/Gf13H

Intel chairman slams Obama for slow Sony response  “Saying ‘aloha’ and getting on the plane to Hawaii is not the answer,” Rogers said.  http://ow.ly/Gf0xN

Sony hack a ‘wake-up call’ for US, cybersecurity expert says  “You’ve got to invest in a defensible architecture,” Major General Brett Williams said. http://ow.ly/GfgCP

Will US add North Korea to list of state sponsors of terrorism?  The United States is weighing whether to put North Korea back on its list, Obama said.  http://ow.ly/GeZ8A

Sony lawyer: ‘The Interview’ will be distributed  A top Sony lawyer stressed the movie studio will release the film through some platform. http://ow.ly/Gfakt

Iran watching Obama’s moves, Graham says  Graham said Obama must respond “forcefully” to Sony cyberattack.  http://ow.ly/GfcDl

NYPD SHOOTINGS:

Graham: Dems’ tone ‘incites crazy people’  The senator said the shooter alone is to blame for the deaths of two New York officers. http://ow.ly/GfaZ1

NY Democrat: Unfair to blame mayor, Holder for NYPD shootings  Rep. Gregory Meeks said de Blasio and Holder have been trying “to bring the city together.” http://ow.ly/Gf9X8

NAACP chief: Don’t blame Dems for NYPD shootings  Cornell William Brooks said criticism of New York’s mayor and Eric Holder are unfair. http://ow.ly/Gf8ox

CUBA:

Rubio blasts Obama’s Cuba decision  The Florida Republican denounced the president’s actions on three Sunday shows.  http://ow.ly/GfdOF

Senators split on Obama’s Cuba strategy  Sens. Ron Johnson and Ben Cardin debated Obama’s move to normalize relations.  http://ow.ly/Gf3ZS

GUANTANAMO BAY:

Obama on Gitmo: ‘I’m going to be doing everything I can to close it’  Obama stopped short of declaring that he’d succeed in closing the controversial facility.  http://ow.ly/GeXQt

McCain: Obama acting in a ‘most imperial fashion’  “This is a president who ran on an open and transparent presidency,” the Arizona Republican said.  http://ow.ly/Gf2rM

Racial Tensions:  

Obama ‘impatient’ on racial progress in US  Obama said he recognizes that “most Americans have good intentions.” http://ow.ly/Gf65v

US Election 2016:

Former DNC chief: Rubio is ‘done’ for 2016  “I think Jeb does some very interesting things,” Howard Dean said. http://ow.ly/GffGQ

So that just about wraps it up in Washington for another year. I will produce my thoughts in Washington before New Year ……. So stay tune… ED.

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WASHINGTON: ‘ PRIVATE EMAILS PUBLISH BY MEDIA REVEAL LACK OF SUPPORT FOR HILARY CLINTON ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – October 16 – A prominent Capitol Hill newspaper has republished a host of previously private emails from some of the most active and influential Democratic Party operatives in the country.

What they reveal is a nearly universal dislike and lack of support for presumed Presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

The unsuspecting authors include journalists, editors, union leaders, fundraisers, `progressive leaders and Party strategists. 

According to an exclusive report from The Hill, the name of the semi-secret online group of progressive political leaders is Gamechanger Salon.

Showing the club’s exclusivity, to join, one must be sponsored by a current member.

The account describes the 1,500-member on-line group saying, ‘The group includes prominent Democrats, Sierra Club officials, journalists who work for The Huffington Post and The Nation magazine, senior union representatives, leaders at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee and the president of NARAL.’

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‘ White House Security Breach as Chief Faces Lawmakers ‘

#AceWorldNews – WASHINGTON – September 30 – Most Washington scandals that end up on Capitol Hill tend to end the same way: with an apology.

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson will face lawmakers Tuesday for the first public accounting of the details surrounding an embarrassing and worrisome security breach at the White House earlier this month that, according to a congressman, was worse than the Secret Service has publicly acknowledged.

The question is, will she follow the script?

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NHTSA: ‘ Senate We are Under Staffed and Under Funded to Cope as Watchdog Over GM Debacle ‘

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 17 – The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found few allies on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

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A House committee, a Senate committee, and the Department of Transportation’s inspector general’s office all agreed that the agency does not have the staff it needs to be an effective watchdog over car defects.

Defective ignition switches in GM cars contributed to at least 13 deaths, forced GM to recall more than two million vehicles this year, and led NHTSA to impose a $35 million penalty against GM for failing to promptly report the defects.

Joseph Comé of the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General’s office told a Senate hearing that NHTSA’s Office of Defects Investigation has yet to finish an assessment to figure out “the number of staff and specialized skills needed” to ensure that it can force carmakers to promptly recall defective vehicles and potentially save lives.

Comé also said the IG’s office is still determining if NHTSA had information on ignition switch problems or non-deploying air-bags in GM cars and simply did not use that information prior to the recalls.

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' House Rules Committee Hearing on Initiating a Lawsuit Against President Barack Obama Over Affordable Care Act '

#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – July 16 – The House Rules Committee holds a hearing on initiating a House lawsuit against President Barack Obama over failing to enforce the Affordable Care Act.

The hearing begins at 10 a.m. and you can watch live above:

 

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` John Boehner Reportedly Insisted There is No Conspiracy to Push an Immigration Bill Through the House '

#AceNewsServices – UNITED STATES – House Speaker John Boehner reportedly insisted Tuesday there is no “conspiracy” to push an immigration bill through the House – but a top Democrat suggested not only is there a deal in the works, it’s an open secret.

The conflicting messages further blurred the status of immigration talks on Capitol Hill.

Boehner just two months ago appeared to slam the brakes on negotiations altogether, blaming the administration’s failure to enforce existing immigration laws.

But GOP leaders, including Boehner, have signalled lately they’re at least interested in bringing back a bill.

Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer, at an immigration event Monday in New York, went further and seemed to claim a bill is in the works.

(The Hill) – Boehner last week told a home-town Rotary Club in Ohio that many of his colleagues “take the path of least resistance” rather than make hard choices like confronting a broken immigration system.

“Here’s the attitude. ‘Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,’” Boehner said in a high-pitched voice, likening his fellow Republicans to a small child.

On Tuesday, meeting with Republicans after they returned from a two-week recess, Boehner told lawmakers it was just a little teasing.

“There was no mocking,” he told reporters at a press conference after the meeting. “You all know me. You tease the ones you love, alright?

But some people misunderstood what I had to say, and I wanted to make sure members understood that the biggest impediment we have to moving immigration reform is that the American people don’t trust the president to enforce or implement the law that we may or may not pass.

“I have said it here; it’s the truth, and the members know it’s the truth,” Boehner added.

The Speaker drew immediate criticism from conservatives in the conference, who suggested they didn’t take his remarks as a joke.

Ace Related News:
1. Fox News – April 29 – http://tinyurl.com/lh2vqq7
2. The Hill – April 29 – http://tinyurl.com/md7msjj
3. NYDN – April 29 – http://tinyurl.com/m64leq5

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