Iowa governor to spend night in hospital after falling ill

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Iowa Governor Branstad speaks following victory at the Republican election night rally for the U.S. midterm elections in West Des Moines, IowaBy Kay Henderson DES MOINES, Iowa (Reuters) – Six-term Iowa Governor Terry Branstad is being treated for flu-like symptoms and will spend Monday night in a Des Moines hospital after falling ill at a public event earlier in the day, the governor's office said. Branstad, 68, told reporters earlier on Monday he was suffering from a bad cold and then became ill during a visit to a research facility in Johnston, Iowa, a Des Moines suburb. He was taken by ambulance to Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines. "He is being observed and hydrated after having flu-like symptoms," spokesman Jimmy Centers said in a statement.

Senator Reid recuperating after eye surgery: aide

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Reid departs at the end of a news conference in his office at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonU.S. Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid on Monday was released from a Washington hospital following 3-1/2 hours of surgery to repair injuries to his eye and broken facial bones stemming from a New Year's Day accident. A spokesman for the 75-year-old Nevada senator said the surgery was successful in removing a blood clot and additional blood from his right eye and repairing facial bones. The spokesman said it was not yet known whether Reid would regain vision in his eye, which was damaged during an accident involving exercise equipment.

McConnell’s big ‘open amendment’ ruse

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Laura Clawson wrote earlier about the farce that is new Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s “open amendment” process for the Keystone XL bill. She included a snippet of video from the floor “debate” in which Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) repeatedly tried to ask for one minute to explain his proposed amendment before the Republican majority voted to table it. He was essentially ignored by McConnell.

But there’s a longer clip of how the Democratic amendments were handled by McConnell, and it’s worth watching to see Markey as well as his colleagues Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed (D-RI) get shut down.

Just for fun watch the woman in yellow, McConnell’s floor aide, as she prompts Republicans too lazy to pay attention as to when to raise their hands, and how another whispers instructions on how to dispense with Democratic objections to the presiding officer, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE). So now I guess we know how McConnell is going to handle his promise to give Democrats votes on their amendments—as soon as they try to bring them up, there will be a motion to table, and then they’ll be totally shut down. But then McConnell can say “look at all the amendments I’m allowing from Democrats!”

We know he’s going to do that because he already did:

“We’ve actually reached a milestone here that I think is noteworthy for the Senate. We just cast our 15th roll-call vote on an amendment on this bill, which is more votes—more roll-call votes on amendments than the entire United States Senate [did] in all of 2014,” he said.

Technically, yes, even though half of them were votes to table Democratic amendments. Which really isn’t the same thing as having an actual up or down vote on them. Here’s the other part. One of the reasons there were so few votes on amendments under Harry Reid is perhaps that there were so few votes on anything but cloture. There were more cloture votes taken in the 113th Congress alone than there had been from World War I through 1985 combined. They never got to where they could actually do the amendment thing on a whole lot of bills, because Republicans filibustered them.

Reid’s Eye ‘Successful’ Surgery Removes Blood Clot

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Reid underwent the three-and-a-half hour surgery on Monday.



Federal Reserve nominee reports up to $40.1 million in personal assets

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By Michael Flaherty WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal Reserve nominee Allan Landon has up to $40.1 million worth of personal assets, according to government disclosure forms obtained by Reuters, which would make him one of the wealthiest Fed governors if confirmed to the post. The White House put Landon’s name forward earlier this month to fill one of the two empty Fed governor seats, touting the former Bank of Hawaii chief executive officer’s experience in the community banking industry. Landon’s personal wealth is high compared to other Fed governors and well above the previous person on the Fed who represented the community banking industry.

Reports: Koch Network Eyes Spending $889 Million For 2016

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The political organization led by billionaire conservative activists Charles and David Koch will spend nearly $900 million during the 2016 campaign.



Biden Blames Miss Universe Pageant for Change of Conference Venue

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Vice President Joe Biden tells an audience at the Carribean Energy Summit in Washington, D.C., Monday that they are having the event in the snow because Miami was booked for the Miss Universe pageant.



Surprise! Republicans can’t even agree on border security

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U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks to reporters at a news conference following a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 7, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst    (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR4KFIN

Once again, House Republicans pulled a bill that they couldn’t agree on—this time on border security, reports Jamie Dupree.

With looming questions about internal support for a limited border security bill amongst House Republicans, GOP leaders bumped the measure from this week’s legislative schedule in the U.S. House, and did not immediately give lawmakers an idea as to when it might be revived.

Thank goodness for Mother Nature and the giant storm she’s whipped up for the East Coast so the GOP leadership could save a shred of dignity. Prior to Monday’s news, Homeland Security Chair, Texas Rep. Mike McCaul, had been touting it as the “toughest border security bill ever” and the “gateway” to their long talk/slow walk on passing piecemeal legislation that addresses immigration.

Here’s the problem, Democrats won’t vote for it because Homeland Security Sec. Jeh Johnson has labeled it “extreme to the point of being unworkable.” Naturally, conservative Republicans won’t vote for it because it’s not extreme enough. They say it does nothing to curb President Obama from releasing immigrants into the country and giving them benefits.

“It does not cut off access to federal welfare, when it should,” argued Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL). “It does not include any work site enforcement, when it should.”

“In effect, it does nothing to reduce the incentives for illegal aliens to come to America,” Brooks added to reporters, as he rattled off a list of grievances after a closed door GOP meeting last week.

But the real objection seems to be that some Republicans view the bill as a surreptitious attempt to find a way to fund the Department of Homeland Security before its funding runs out at the end of February. That would be just a horrible turn of events if Republicans did something as responsible as funding DHS.

Fortunately for us all, they couldn’t agree on the fact that a can of Campbell’s Soup is indeed a can of Campbell’s Soup. Such a resolution would clearly be a deceptive Warholian attempt to undermine conservative principles.  

Drone Crash at White House Apparently Accidental: Officials

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A drone landed inside the White House grounds early Monday, a federal law enforcement official told NBC News.



Midday open thread: NY’s Sheldon Silver out for now, toy drone crashes on White House grounds

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