Rep. Don Young of Alaska suggested this week that wolves might be a way to solve homelessness, according to U.S. News and World Report.
Young, a Republican, was speaking during a House Natural Resources Committee hearing on Thursday and objecting to members of Congress asking for the gray wolf to be a protected species, according to The Washington Post.
“…(W)e get 79 congressmen sending you a letter, they haven’t got a damn wolf in their whole district,” he said, supposedly aiming his comments at Interior Secretary Sally Jewell.
“I’d like to introduce them in your district,” Young stated. “I’d introduce them to your district and you wouldn’t have a homeless problem anymore.”
Young also once said to a political opponent during a political campaign, “The last guy who touched me ended up on the ground dead.’” The website CQ Roll Call asked him about it, to which he responded, “There’s some truth to that.”
There was another incident where Congressman Young grabbed the hand of a congressional staffer at the Capitol who was in charge of watching the entrance. It wasn’t protocol for anyone to be let in the entrance. After squeezing his hand for several moments, Young let go and walked through the entrance.
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., explains to MSNBC why he decided to attend PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech after initially indicating he would not.
Mr. Rangel had previously slammed the protocol behind the invitation to the speech—a letter inviting Mr. Netanyahu supposedly included Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s name, even though she was not party to the invite, and the invite comes as Mr. Netanyahu faces re-election back home.
There is a new play out by John Strand called “The Originalist,” about the Supreme Court. It takes a look at one of its real-life stars – Justice Antonin Scalia.
“Drama, suspense, monologues, arguments – what could be more theatrical than the U.S. Supreme Court?” asks NPR.
According to Wikipedia, Antonin Gregory Scalia (born March 11, 1936) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. As the longest-serving justice currently on the Court, Scalia is the Senior Associate Justice. He was appointed to the Court by PresidentRonald Reagan in 1986, and has been described as the intellectual anchor for the originalist and textualist position in the Court’s conservative wing.
Scalia is also known for his acerbic dissents.
He is, as the play’s title suggests, an “originalist” – He believes that the court should follow the original meaning or intent of the framers of the Constitution, which we see time and again in his decisions.
The Supreme Court justice is also a devout Catholic, a lover of opera and a man who likes a good debate.
The play shows the jurist both in and out of the courtroom.
It will premiere at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., this week.
New York Times media critic David Carr recently died. MSNBC takes a look at a big week for big media.
Carr died after he “collapsed in the newsroom” on Thursday, according to the Times. He was then taken to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Carr wrote the best-selling book Night Of The Gun.
The news comes one day after the death of revered 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon in a livery car crash in Manhattan Wednesday night, and caps a week that has affected the journalism industry.
On Tuesday, NBC announced it would suspend anchor Brian Williams for six months without pay after revelations that he claimed to have been on board a Chinook helicopter that went down during the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
Earlier this week, the host of The Daily Show John Stewert announced he would be leaving the program.
Mark Halperin, author and managing editor of Bloomberg Politics, tweeted, “In Latin, we’d call David Carr ‘sui generis.’ In English, we’d call him an American original. In my gut, I’d call him irreplaceable.”
WSJ: “…Republicans emerged from November’s midterm elections with a majority in the Senate and a firmer hold on the House, giving the party control of both chambers of Congress for the first time since 2006.”
Competition such as Joni Ernst of Iowa did not seem serious.
Would a third viable political party be helpful or hurtful to the U.S.?
The last time a viable third-party candidate ran for president in the U.S. was in 2000, when Ralph Nader of the Green Party ran against Democrat Al Gore and Republican George W. Bush.
In the U.S., there seemed to be a general feeling that Nader siphoned votes from the center-left Democrats and actually helped Republican George Bush win a plurality for the election. That, in turn, pulled the nation to the right and eventually made the Iraq war possible.
It was as if the Green Party had an effect opposite to what the left wanted.
A party in the middle could have a different effect, however, perhaps taking votes from Republicans.
Kim Dotcom is the figure behind file-storage and -sharing service Megaupload, and he has decided to bring his Internet Party to the U.S.
The Internet Party was founded in Kim’s current place of residence, New Zealand. Wikipedia describes the Internet Party as “A party advocating for less surveillance, copyright reform and cheap internet.”
Dotcom, who was born Kim Schmitz in Germany, announced Monday on his Twitter account that the Internet Party will arrive in the U.S. next year. Dotcom tweeted that the party will be “well-funded and run by American citizens,” adding that some of its founders come from the “music, film, and Internet” industries.