House Select Committee On Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy On Face The Nation


Face The Nation

ThinkProgress reports:

“Of the seven previous investigations, two were bipartisan investigations conducted by the U.S. Senate. But the majority were GOP-led investigations by Gowdy’s fellow Congressional Republicans.

“They included the House Committee on Armed Services, chaired by then-Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA); the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, lead by then-Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); the House Committee on the Judiciary, chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).

“When he announced that he was appointed Gowdy’s Benghazi committee, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) praised the five other investigations for their ‘extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews.'”

Above is an interview on the show Face The Nation with the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Trey Gowdy.

(Updated to add link)

http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/10/22/3715046/trey-gowdy-benghazi-slams-gop/

Benghazi Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy To Retire?

On September 29th, Representative Trey Gowdy, the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, declined his colleagues’ calls for him to run for House majority leader.

The next day, one of them claimed he would retire, according to U.S. News and World Report.

“Trey wants to go back to South Carolina, and God bless him for that,” Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said on C-SPAN Wednesday morning.

Fleming was interpreting something the South Carolina Republican reportedly said during a GOP caucus meeting.  He said Gowdy would leave Congress at the end of his term.

“He plans to go back home, and he wants to finish his work on the Benghazi special committee, but he loves South Carolina and he loves his family, and he wants to go back and spend the rest of his life there,” Fleming explained.

“He’ll be sorely missed,” he added.

Gowdy’s office, however, immediately denied Fleming’s interpretation.

“No, he is not announcing his retirement,” Gowdy’s spokeswoman Amanda Duvall said to the Washington Examiner.” He has not made any announcement on 2016, anything else is incorrect,” Duvall said according to U.S. News.

Gowdy was first elected in the tea party wave of 2010 and represents South Carolina’s conservative 4th District. And while he has indicated in the past his intentions to return to South Carolina at some point, he apparently is not going yet.

(Updated report)

http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2015/09/30/trey-gowdy-benghazi-committee-chairman-denies-retirement-report

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/lawmaker-trey-gowdy-to-leave-the-house-after-2016/article/2573082

Did Trump Start With Nothing?


TYT Network

Did presidential candidate Donald Trump Start with nothing?  Did he “pull himself up by his boot straps?”

Vox writes:

“In an outstanding piece for National Journal, reporter S.V. Dáte notes that in 1974, the real estate empire of Trump’s father, Fred, was worth about $200 million. Trump is one of five siblings, making his stake at that time worth about $40 million. If someone were to invest $40 million in a S&P 500 index in August 1974, reinvest all dividends, not cash out and have to pay capital gains, and pay nothing in investment fees, he’d wind up with about $3.4 billion come August 2015, according to Don’t Quit Your Day Job’s handy S&P calculator. If one factors in dividend taxes and a fee of 0.15 percent — which is triple Vanguard’s actual fee for an exchange-traded S&P 500 fund — the total only falls to $2.3 billion.

“It’s hard to nail down Trump’s precise net worth, but Bloomberg currently puts it at $2.9 billion, while Forbes puts it at $4 billion. So he’s worth about as much as he would’ve been if he had taken $40 million from his dad and thrown it into an index fund.”

More on whether Donald Trump started with nothing here:

http://www.alternet.org/story/156234/exposing_how_donald_trump_really_made_his_fortune%3A_inheritance_from_dad_and_the_government’s_protection_mostly_did_the_trick

Don’t Quit Your Day Job:

http://dqydj.net/about/

Is Radio Show Host Glenn Beck Losing It?


Secular Talk

Recently, radio talk show host Glenn Beck stated that the nuclear agreement between six countries and Iran is going to “allow Iran to have a nuclear weapon,” when the agreement is actually designed to prevent Iran from having a nuclear weapon. That is the entire point of the deal.

The agreement is between the 5 sitting members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany (P5+1) on one side, and Iran on the other.

Also, it may be worth mentioning that Iran is fighting ISIS. Beck seems to believe they are our greatest enemy, when they are actually fighting our greatest enemy. Iran supports the Shia militias in Iraq who are fighting Sunni ISIS. This should be common knowledge by now.

FollowTheMoney.org, OpenSecrets.org

FollowTheMoney.org is a website dedicated to informing people about the amount of campaign contributions each politician has received.

OpenSecrets.org is similar, but also gives other information about such things as news, events, and personal wealth and net worth of each candidate or politician.

It is unclear how often the information is updated.  The information does not always match what we see in the news articles.

Below are the websites for both.  They are interesting to browse.

Update: Maplight.org is another good resource on money in politics.

(Updated)

http://maplight.org/

http://www.opensecrets.org/

http://www.followthemoney.org/

Remington Arms Factory Stays In New York

According to syracuse.com, Remington Arms is hiring at a Herkimer County factory.  Some thought the company was in trouble after passage of New York’s Safe Act gun-control law and the company’s announcement that it would build a new plant in Alabama.

Remington’s website says the company is hiring at its Ilion location for assemblers and machine operators.

The gun maker at first said it was seeking 200 applicants “for screening” but then expanded that to 400, according to the (Utica) Observer-Dispatch.

Last year, Remington laid off 231 of its approximately 1,300 workers in Ilion.

The layoffs came just after the company announced that it would open a factory in Huntsville, Alabama.  This gave way to speculation that Remington was planning to close its plant in Ilion, where it has been making guns for almost 200 years, writes syracuse.com.

New York’s SAFE Act was enacted in 2013 and bans high-capacity magazines of more than 10 rounds and it tightens restrictions on assault weapons.  It also closes loopholes on background checks and addresses some mental health issues.

http://www.syracuse.com/business-news/index.ssf/2015/08/safe_act_or_not_gun_maker_hiring_again_in_upstate_new_york.html

http://programs.governor.ny.gov/nysafeact/gun-reform

Trump, Top Political Adviser Part Ways

Donald Trump parts ways with political adviser Roger StoneAccording to the publication The Week, Donald Trump’s campaign announced Saturday it fired top political adviser Roger Stone, CNN wrote.

“We have a tremendously successful campaign and Roger wanted to use the campaign for his own personal publicity,” a campaign spokesperson said. “He has had a number of articles about him recently and Mr. Trump wants to keep the focus of the campaign on how to Make America Great Again.”

For his part, Stone denied that he was fired and says he submitted his resignation, citing controversies and media fights.

One reason Stone is reportedly leaving is the backlash due to Trump’s misogynistic comments toward Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

Yahoo News writes that Stone tweeted:  “Sorry @realDonaldTrump didn’t fire me- I fired Trump. Diasagree with diversion to food fight with @megynkelly away core issue messages.”

http://theweek.com/speedreads/570883/trump-campaign-political-adviser-part-ways

https://www.yahoo.com/politics/donald-trump-parts-ways-with-political-adviser-126201438431.html

Differing Views Of Debate

Does it ever seem like news outlets put their own spin on an issue?

Today, CNN wrote an article titled “No one eclipses Donald Trump at GOP debate.”

That article can be found here:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/07/politics/donald-trump-republican-debate/

Today, Fox News wrote an article titled “Trump loses Republican debate but Rubio, Cruz and others triumph.”

That article can be found below:

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2015/08/07/trump-loses-republican-debate-but-rubio-cruz-others-triumph.html

Trump’s Wind-Farm Battle


FMQUnofficial

Donald Trump lost a legal action last February against a major experimental wind-farm being built close to his golf resort in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

According to theguardian.com, the presidential candidate had alleged that Scotland’s first minister Alex Salmond had secretly interfered in the decision to approve the 11-turbine European offshore wind deployment centre site (EOWDC) in Aberdeen Bay. It was a claim rejected on February 11th by a Scottish civil court judge, Lord Doherty.

The Guardian newspaper states that Trump was expecting to appeal. He alleged there had been “clear and illegal bias” by the Scottish government – and that his rights under the European convention of human rights had been breached.

Lord Doherty dismissed the claims that Salmond had interfered, and said he “was not persuaded that the fair-minded and informed observer would conclude that there was a real possibility of bias on the part of the decision-maker; or that the decision not to have a public inquiry had been unreasonable or unlawful”.

In a ruling with far wider significance for the future of Scottish wind power, the judge also disputed a previous court ruling that no wind farm could be approved until or unless it has an electricity generation license.

In 2012, Trump met with a Scottish parliament committee challenging future Scottish Government proposals for Wind farm development (video above).

On a side note, Trump may be interested to know that UK Government will exclude new onshore wind-farms from claiming a key subsidy from April next year, 12 months earlier than expected, according to The Telegraph.

On another side note, it was recently revealed that Trump owns shares in a major wind power firm.

According to the U.K. Daily Record –

“The US tycoon and presidential hopeful, who went to war with former first minister Alex Salmond over plans to build wind turbines near his controversial golf resort in Aberdeenshire, has invested up to £64,000 in NextEra Energy.

“The firm claim to be North America’s top producer of wind and solar energy.”

(Updated post)

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/hate-wind-farms-trump-you-6150796

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/11/donald-trump-loses-windfarm-scottish-golf-resort

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/energy/windpower/11684480/Rural-Scotlands-delight-at-wind-farm-subsidy-axe.html

Does Bernie Sanders Represent Main-Stream Views?


Secular Talk

Recently, on the show Meet The Press, the round table group consisted of Sara Fagen, a former George Bush political aide, who is now part of CNBC, MSNBC host Jose Diaz-Balart, and pundit Ron Fournier.

The group discussed which party has become more “extreme.”

Here, host Kyle Kulinski makes the case that left-wing presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is actually not very extreme.