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Lawmaker Suggests Changing Earth's Orbit
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Lawmaker Suggests Changing Earth's Orbit

'That would have profound effects on our climate,' said GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker from Texas is curious to know whether we could alter our planet's orbit to address climate change. Rep. Louie Gohmert was attending a House Natural Resources Committee hearing Tuesday when he noted that a past NASA director had told him the orbits of the Earth and...

Pence Wants Last-Gasp Election Lawsuit Tossed

Suit seeks to give him power to overturn the results of the presidential election

(Newser) - The Justice Department has asked a federal judge to dismiss a last-gasp lawsuit led by a House Republican that seeks to give Vice President Pence the power to overturn the results of the presidential election won by Joe Biden when Congress formally counts the Electoral College votes next week. Pence,...

Pence Rebuffs 'Extreme Call' From GOP Congressman

Court filing by Louie Gohmert's lawyers says VP isn't on board with their plan to overturn election

(Newser) - On Jan. 6, Vice President Mike Pence will oversee the Senate's formal acceptance of the Electoral College vote—and so far, it looks like he'll be following the usual protocols instead of joining in efforts to upend the results. Earlier this week, GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert filed a...

3 Seconds of Rep. Gohmert's Speech Goes Viral

Because the Texas lawmaker appears to lose a tooth

(Newser) - It's not unusual for a politician's speech to go viral, but a 3-second clip of comments given by Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert on Tuesday managed to rack up 1.3 million views for a rather unusual reason. As the Recount put it in the caption of the now-viral...

Gohmert's Daughter Calls Him Out on COVID Diagnosis

Caroline Gohmert, however, says she loves her dad and is scared for him

(Newser) - "My father ignored medical expertise and now he has COVID." That's the official word from Caroline Gohmert, Louie Gohmert's daughter, on the congressman's coronavirus diagnosis. "Wearing a mask is a non-partisan issue. The advice of medical experts shouldn't be politicized," the younger...

Gohmert Questions Whether Wearing Mask Led to Virus

As Nancy Pelosi announces new requirement

(Newser) - Rep. Louie Gohmert opposed the idea of a mandate to wear masks on the House floor, then tested positive for COVID-19 himself —and now such a mandate has come to pass. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Wednesday that masks are now required on the House floor, in the House...

Report: Rep. Gohmert Tests Positive Ahead of Trump Trip

Justice Department says Barr will now be tested

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert, who said last month that he doesn't usually wear a mask on Capitol Hill because he doesn't have the coronavirus, now has the coronavirus, sources tell outlets including Politico and the New York Times . The sources say the Texan lawmaker was tested at the...

'Abominable': Congressman Links Democrats, Nazis

Mo Brooks isn't alone in calling Hitler a 'socialist'

(Newser) - Politico is pointing out that the National Socialist German Workers' Party, aka the Nazi Party, "was fascist, not socialist—the opposite end of the political universe from socialists" following what it calls an "inane debate" among members of Congress. It began Monday as Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks...

John Boehner Has a Challenger for Speaker

Louie Gohmert wants that gavel

(Newser) - There's a Texas Republican gunning for John Boehner's gavel: Rep. Louie Gohmert today announced his intention to unseat Boehner as speaker of the House, citing "years of broken promises" in telling Fox that "I’m putting my name out there today to be another candidate."...

Holder: House Panel's Treatment of Me Is Offensive

'What attorney general has ever had to deal with that?'

(Newser) - Relations between Eric Holder and House Republicans have been testy for a while, but the attorney general made the case yesterday during a civil-rights speech that he's being treated worse than any of his predecessors. In the speech to Al Sharpton's National Action Network, Mediaite reports that Holder...

As GOP Eyes 2014, Tea Partiers Sit on Wallets

Party sees 'total split': insider

(Newser) - The divide between the Republican establishment and the Tea Party is growing wider, analysts say. Case in point: Politico reports that eight of the 20 most ardent members of the House pro-shutdown faction haven't given a red cent to the National Republican Congressional Committee, though midterm election are looming....

Congressman Likens Sex-Ed to Soviet Police State

Louie Gohmert of Texas thinks the government should keep out

(Newser) - It's not the fact that Republican Louie Gohmert of Texas voiced his opposition to sex education that's making headlines. It's the eyebrow-raising parallel he drew with the old Soviet Union that has triggered stories at sites such as Roll Call and Right Wing Watch . In his podcast...

Feinstein: I'm Bringing Assault Weapon Ban to Senate

Gun control dominates the day in wake of Newtown shootings

(Newser) - Gun control has roared back into the national debate, and the issue took over today's political talk shows in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, though David Gregory noted that all 31 pro-gun rights members of the incoming Senate declined his invitation to appear on Meet the Press....

Cooper Smacks Bachmann's Muslim Conspiracy

Dismantles her claim that Muslims infiltrating government

(Newser) - Anderson Cooper doled out an epic takedown of Michele Bachmann and some of her cronies in Congress last night , debunking their idea that Muslim extremists are infiltrating the highest levels of US government. Bachmann and four other Republicans in the House of Representatives want the Inspectors General to investigate this...

Things Congress Talks About: Caribou Sex

Texas' Louie Gohmert says Alaskan pipeline is hot date meet-up

(Newser) - A Texas Republican congressman is adamant in his backing of the trans-Alaska pipeline, but not because of silly energy independence. No, we must keep the oil flowing for the sake of ... caribou romance. So argued Rep. Louie Gohmert, tongue perhaps in cheek, during a meeting of the House Natural Resources...

GOP Rep's Jobs Bill Would Abolish Corporate Taxes

Gohmert's plan beats Obama's to House

(Newser) - Louie Gohmert and President Obama's plans to get Americans back to work have the same name—the American Jobs Act of 2011—but that's where the similarities end. Rep. Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, introduced legislation to the House yesterday that would reduce the corporate tax rate from...

Misquoting Founders Is a Political Epidemic

You can't believe all you read online

(Newser) - Between the current interest in America’s founders and a “willingness to believe” the Internet, political misquotes are flying these days, writes David A. Fahrenthold in the Washington Post . A look over the past two years of C-SPAN and the Congressional Record shows that politicians—including congressmen, senators, and...

Dems Act Like Jerks as GOP Shreds Constitution

Jon Stewart has no kind words for either side

(Newser) - On last night's Daily Show , Jon Stewart summed up the continuing budget crisis thusly: "So Democrats want $30 billion in cuts, Republicans want $60 billion in cuts. Rather than both sides going, well, how about $45 (billion), we're going to shut the government down." And, true to form,...

Bachmann Rules House Wingnuts Index

Steve King, Louie Gohmert not far behind among fringe congressmen

(Newser) - A week after releasing its Senate Wingnut Index , the Daily Beast investigates wingnuttery in the House. Using a “semi-scientific” process to identify the most extreme members on both sides of the spectrum, the site ranks them:
  1. Michele Bachmann (R-MN): From calling the president “anti-American” to warning of tyranny,

46 Years After Kennedy, the Virus of Hate Is Back
46 Years After Kennedy, the Virus of Hate Is Back
who let the paranoids out?

46 Years After Kennedy, the Virus of Hate Is Back

Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert panders to dangerous paranoids

(Newser) - Tomorrow’s 46th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination provides an occasion for Mark Warren to examine “the paranoid strain in the American polity” that has reasserted itself since the election of President Obama, and finds in a Texas Republican congressman just the sort of “skinhead reprobate” whose demagoguery...

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