House Takes Up Forced Arbitration Agreements & Possible Russia Trade Sanctions, Senate to Consider Nominations

How do you feel about this week’s congressional schedule?

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    Jeannine
    03/25/2022

    Though I don’t have all information but it seems to me they are doing their job.

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    Andy
    03/24/2022

    Posting on this old Feed, and really late but just saw this.... The ruble is shit, but Putin wants it anyway. He's demanding that Europe pays for gas in rubles. Their stock market will open for the first time in a month. Guess he needs something to put into the Russian ATMs. Good luck, Vlad! " Vladimir Putin Wants Europe to Pay for Gas in Rubles European natural-gas prices shoot higher and the ruble strengthens after the Russian president called for payments in the local currency" ... https://www.wsj.com/articles/vladimir-putin-wants-europe-to-pay-for-gas-in-rubles-11648047487 ... From the article: "Russian President Vladimir Putin said he wants his country to only accept rubles in gas deals with European countries and other customers, adding a new financial dimension to tensions over energy supplies while the war in Ukraine rages. Mr. Putin said Russia would refuse to accept payment for natural-gas supplies in currencies “that have compromised themselves,” including dollars and euros, and will switch to payments in rubles, state newswire TASS reported. “I have decided to implement a set of measures to transfer payment for our gas supplies to unfriendly countries into Russian rubles,” Mr. Putin told a government meeting."

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    J2Maurice
    03/24/2022

    The DOJ and all law-enforcement should do their diligence in finding a way to removing congressmen and women state senators senators alike from office that had any direct or indirect dealings in January 6 or that played in Lee repeat and try to tear down our democracy or erode are democracy within our government they should be seek out And exposed for whom and what they believe and removed immediately I democracy is too important. As well those that hold a governor state governorship. With the people of the United States in those that know truth see truth therefore women of color men of color are always being held back and this very well Republicans have shown their hand and show their true true selves and trying to hold back on this nominee and to block her nomination and those who allow it are weak they try to take our power from us and the greatest does of black or brown persons homesick I’m high office which ever department of the United States there it is we need to nip this in the bud stop this condemn this type of questioning and those senators know very well who they are and are a part of January 6 therefore those who have the high regard in trumps pocket those that are trying to reelect and get this former president who caused an insurrection but this is not the end of it look at what’s going on in Ukraine can very well very well happen truly in the United States on her own soil if we allow Republicans and those are like that are trying to erode are democracy erode what is true about our people of peace and unity who would like to destroy equality and would like to see it buried him are moving backwards the senators know who they are with a display of despicable and disgrace the way they questioned an allowed race pure and equality to show its face to show their evil pure evil as they try to take down a person who is highly qualified obviously and no one on democrat or independent nor moderates to defend or come to this person‘s head who six the nomination and her alike time and time we see this and those senators think they have the victory think they’re going to break a person those that think their victory was January 6 once again these are the people that never were condemned and they’re sitting on this nomination committee fair for our government shares its hand those that are true to our country are and very true military FBI Secret Service and those who truly truly truly love our democracy and die day and day out for true democracy equality no matter what the skin color is or sex

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    Jim
    03/18/2022

    What schedule? I would love a job where I can vote my own raise, have free health care for life, do nothing all week except push my own agenda, and get paid top dollar to sit around.

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    NoHedges
    03/17/2022

    JimK If only I could have free reign with that hammer for just a week. I definitely have a few “watermelons” I would love to whack. NoHedges

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    jimK
    03/16/2022

    NoHedges: Congress has given itself the ability to evade the legal controls that govern the rest of us. That needs to fixed or at least overseen by some ‘outside’ authority and not just by the Congress itself. … … … However, Tucker Carlson and FOX news is not officially part of the Republican Cartel’s congressional representation - even though they serve as a major propaganda outlet for the Cartel. … … … FOX news has stated in court as a legal defense that Tucker Carlson is more of an entertainer than a journalist and that no rational person would take his commentary seriously. Tucker Carlson’s employer is stating that Tucker Carlson is not a journalist and by inference neither are any of the FOX pundits that are not part of their official news room. None of them have a right to claim that they are part of the free press and do not qualify for the considerations afforded to bona fide journalists any more than a comedian like Gallagher could as he goes about smashing watermelons. If Gallagher’s hammer were to break and he smashed a few heads in the front row, he would be liable for not using his watermelon smashing hammer responsibly. … … … I do not see any difference between Gallagher and Carlson other than Gallagher is not intentionally trying to mislead or hurt others, and not attacking our democracy with cherry picked facts, circular logic and conspiracy theory innuendos.

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    Adel
    03/17/2022

    Russian trade sanctions, really? They are bombing maternity wards, little kids walking down the road and apartment buildings. What do you have to consider about trade sanctions? Has it not settled in your mind that they are fully active in the whole sale murder of innocents? They are! I don't want my country doing any sort of business with them!

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    jimK
    03/15/2022

    Glo: I think the best way to end the travesty of right wing entertainment media is to take away their profits. They know that they are peddling bull crap propaganda and have to know that what they are doing is fundamentally just plain wrong. Yet, they persist because it is a profitable business to enrage their viewers. … … … I think the best way to rid our country of their dribble would be liable-sue the crap out of them for intentionally using their public platform to misinform and mislead viewers, all to gain market share. People have died from their ‘guidance’ regarding nonsense remedies and anti-vax rhetoric. People have died in the January 6th insurrection in part inspired to violence by FOX entertainment news pundits who intentionally in-flame them. It is really interesting that FOX News had much stricter COVID protocols and vaccination requirements for themselves while berating the same protocols for others, knowing that their rhetoric caused people to die. I would support a go-fund-me effort to hire a team of lawyers to sue their businesses into financial oblivion. … … … Look at FOX News official legal defense for the liable suit filed by Dominion regarding Tucker Carlson’s extending commentary that their systems were corrupted. Their defense is ‘that no rational person would believe Tucker Carlson’. So what? There are a lot of ‘irrational’ people who do and have suffered and will suffer due to Fucker Carlson’s misuse of a publicly supported mass media outlet. Sue his sorry ass and others like him, and get them off the air and out of the business.

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    Adel
    03/16/2022

    I am not sure who any of that will help.

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    Donna
    03/16/2022

    Since the Republicans have chosen to block any Bills presented by Democrats, I don't have a lot of hope for anything this important being passed! McConnell has stated he will see that the Senate blocks all Bills presented by Democrats, just as he did during Obama's Presidency. It's sad that the Republicans haven't read the Constitution and don't follow it, even though they took an oath to protect, defend, and follow the Constitution before taking their seat in Congress. The House stands a chance to pass things, but the Senate having 2 elected Democrats that are actually Republicans won't pass much! They won't even place Biden's pick for the Supreme Court, who is more qualified than some those the GOP placed on the Supreme Court! The Constitution never gave the Senate the right to create the Filibuster, or the right for Elected Officials to receive gifts from Lobbyists. These 2 things MUST be stopped!

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    George
    03/16/2022

    A lot for a group that does not play good together

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    jimK
    03/15/2022

    Andy: Tucker Carlson is the modern day reincarnation of Tokyo Rose.

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    NoHedges
    03/16/2022

    JimK I explored the whole liable suit option… according to several constitutional law professors, legislators are protected under the whole speech and debate clause. It sort of like the whole we aren’t engaging in insider trading.. 🤢🤮

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    Linda
    03/16/2022

    Busy work bills. What’s status of the Social Security 2100 Act? So many important bills stalled. Congress must do better. There’s a lot to do to help our country and it’s citizens. We still have children in detention centers; time to return to their families. So many humanitarian issues that need attention and to be addressed. End the political party games and do the jobs you were elected to do.

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    Glowurm
    03/15/2022

    So true, jimK! 😊❤️😊❤️ Rupert Murdoch and his band of treasonous, lying pieces of 💩 need to be removed from the airways and sent to Russia. They love Russia so much. If Russia is condoning their comments on their stations, you know we are in trouble allowing Rupert’s, Carlson’s and the rest of the treasonous suck-assess on their station, to continue spitting out their lies. Enough of this “some people say” crap! Show your ”cult” facts, why don’t you? You don’t, because you call your station an “entertainment” entity and, as such, you can continue on your merry way with the lies, lies and more lies, while your brainwashed following eats it up! Fox not-News. MUST BE TAKEN OFF THE AIR, OR SANCTIONED CONSIDERABLY, FOR THE DISSENSION THEY HAVE CAUSED OUR COUNTRY BECAUSE, these days, “free speech” is an excuse for any lie anyone chooses to expound! It didn’t used to be this way. WE ARE LOSING OUR COUNTRY BECAUSE OF THESE LIES. JUST LIKE HITLER DID, THEY ARE DOING NOW. How these Idiots can think this is good for them, or our country, is out of the realm of sanity! If I saw Murdoch, Hannity, Carlson or the women of Fox in a restaurant, or on the street, I would spit on them or call them out! (Oops, spitting on them might get me arrested. Better not do that! I’ll just hit them with MY free speech!) They are pariahs - for sale to the highest bidder! THEY, ZUCKERBERG, AND ALL THOSE LIKE THEM, MUST BE STOPPED, AND SOON. THIS PESTILENCE HAS FESTERED LONG ENOUGH ALREADY. Something VERY obviously seen in all the cults comments herein! Oh and Zuckerberg, why don’t you put your META world “where the sun don’t shine.” I wish you and the family who support you the most hellish place in hell that there is! Amen!

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    Jlojlo04
    03/16/2022

    On bill to end preferential trade treatment for Russia in terms of tariffs. Absolutely need to look into Koch company’s doing business in Russia, supporting Russia and contributing to politicians to keep his Russia ideology going. Koch needs sanction he is a Russian oligarch. on stock trading reforms for Congress; absolutely need the whole Process investigated and rules to make sure inside trading does not occur when they have fore knowledge. violence and threats against black institutions; and healthcare workforce recruitment and retention at the VA.

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    Frank_001
    03/16/2022

    Re: Putin's Destruction of Russia's Constitutional Freedoms @NoHedges, Nice to see someone else realize this and raise the issue. We see so little of #FreeRussia–the plight of ordinary Russians. There is so much focus is on the "guy in charge, " And our twice impeached president's admiration of the guy in charge of Russia’s descent into barbaric madness. As I’m sure you know, there is no outside forum with agreed upon power to protect a nation from it's own failed government or powerful anti-democratic movements. The awareness of this should make people more willing to protect their governments; vigilance alone isn't enough. @NoHedges wrote: "Putin is NOT simply attacking Ukraine. The destruction of the Russian Constitution freedoms governing the entire citizenry of the Russian ..." Read more here: https://www.causes.com/comments/1524658

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    Glowurm
    03/15/2022

    I want to know how the Repugnants can block a Justice when they blocked three from the Dems? I say “Go to hell, McConnell, Manchin, Sinema, et al. And, hopefully, SOON! And to those from Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri (aka Misery), and any others ruled by Republican dictatorships, wake up! States with more liberal tendencies tend to be wealthier and happier. You need NOT tolerate the Repugnants anymore. Vote for the common man - not the wealthy and the corporations. Vote for yourselves, for a change! Please!

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    Frank_001
    03/15/2022

    Re: Anti Semitic Attack Legislation Posted here due to Causes Quirky Posting Policies. I changed my previous answer in which I changed the subject to LGBTQIA issues in Florida, eg The horrible "Don't Say Gay" legislation. Those who gave that opinion a 👍🏼 might want to review my new opinion. Something in the Anti-Semitic bill caught my attention–in it Republicans blame Biden for Anti-Semitism which is total Bull. However, I do believe we must revisit the apparent inaction of Merrick Garland on many issues as well.

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    Ronald
    03/15/2022

    I would like to thank Leslie for the following post, which I agree with 100%. Additionally, I think Congress should be working with courage and timeliness to secure additional funding for the people of Ukraine during this time as over 3 million Ukrainians have run from the deliberate bombardment of cities in Ukraine. Good to get appointments confirmed but why is it taking so long? This is the last working week before the next recess so it’s important to address appointments and Russian trade agreements this week. And if China breaks any financial sanctions by helping Russia refinance debt or provides armaments then trade relations with China need to restricted too and should also be coordinated with NATO. Why go through all this trouble to isolate Russia for invading Ukraine if we aren’t going to enforce sanctions and trade restrictions with entities supporting Russia like Chechnya, China, etc? And I agree with @John that if Fox News is going to provide Russia with propganda something needs to be done about that too! Recess Schedule ———————— 1) Christmas (11d) 12-16 to 12-30 2) Thanksgiving (5d) 11-21 to 11-25 3) Veterans Day (10d) 10-31 to 11-11 4) Elections (21d) 10-3 to 10-31 5) Summer (23d) 8-1 to 8-31 6) 4th (7d) 7-1 to 7-11 7) Memorial Day (5d) 5-30 to 6-3 8) May (6d) 5-2 to 5-9 9) Easter-Passover (12d) 4-8 to 4-22 10) Spring Break. (5d) 3-21 to 3-25 11) Presidents. (5d) 2-21 to 2-25 12) MLK (6d) 1-24 to 1-31 13) New Years (5d) 1-3 to 1-8 https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/financials/annual-reports/fy2010/ar2010_4_002.htm https://www.aa.com.tr/en/economy/us-budget-surplus-at-119b-in-january/2499497#