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What'd you miss if you skipped Daily Kos Radio last week? Well, some of the good stuff went like this:
A comment on Gov. Scott Walker's (R-WI) Noah's Ark tweet:
On today's show
After a tough weekend following the Colorado shooting, we'll no doubt be glad to get our regular polling and issues update from DemFromCT to start the show. And we'll dive even deeper in, plus get a look at the road to November, with a 10:00 hour appearance from Steve Singiser.
Be sure to hang around afterwards for Jesse and Armando, and a full day of solid, progressive programming afterward, brought to you by the gang at Netroots Radio!
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And because I still care... What's happening in Congress this week?
In the House
The House is just killing time until the August recess, at this point. On tap for the week: 22 suspension bills and two bills coming to the floor under regular order. One of the suspension bills, by the way, is Rep. Ron Paul'S (R-TX) "audit the Fed" measure. I don't know whether they actually expect that to pass under suspension (2/3 vote needed) or not. We'll see. The last two bills are, of course, both aimed at undermining the Obama administration's ability to do much of anything in the way of new regulations. One prohibits the issuance of new regulations on business until the unemployment rate falls below 6%. The other forces an accelerated schedule for issuance of oil and gas leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. Because freedom.
By the way, that drilling bill has just about the worst name I've ever seen that wasn't some kind of bass-ackwards acronym: “Congressional Replacement of President Obama’s Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Drilling Plan.” Unless CRPOERJLDP means something to you, that is.
In the Senate
The Senate work week starts with a cloture vote on the nomination of Michael Shipp, to be United States District Judge for the District of New Jersey. We haven't needed a cloture vote on a District Judge for a while, if memory serves. So that's not a particularly good sign.
And although the available Senate schedule doesn't mention it, they're likely to try to begin work on that whole Bush tax cut/fiscal cliff thingy this week, too. By which I mean that Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) will be bringing a bill that freezes tax rates for those making under $250,000, but letting the cuts expire for those making more. Republicans will be doing what they can to block it, or at the very least bring an amendment to freeze rates for everyone. But since they've filibustered everything else in sight, I suppose that the filibuster is the bet to make.