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Congress Sure Has A Boatload O’ Millionaires!



The Hill has released its “50 Wealthiest List,” which ranks the top fifty wealthiest members of Congress. I took some time to review the data, and you know what I realized? Twenty-three of the top fifty are Republicans (that’s 46%) and twenty-seven are Democrats (that’s 54%.) But here’s the interesting thing: Congress is structured with 100 Senators and 435 Representatives. That’s 535 Congressmen and Congresswomen. Of those 535 people, we’re have three “openings,” so there’s a total of 532 sitting Congressmen and Congresswomen.

On a percentage basis, 59% are Democrats, 41% are Republicans, yet on a percentage basis of the “50 Wealthiest List,” as I said, 54% are Democrats and 46% are Republicans — a five point spread.

A few other interesting facts:

  • 7 of the top 50 are from California.
  • 3 are from each of Texas, New York, and Wisconsin.
  • 11 are women (although both John Kerry and John McCain can credit their wives for much of their fortunes.)

Read The Hill’s “Wealthy lawmakers increased their riches as economy sputtered in ’09” to learn more about the nation’s wealthiest lawmakers. Here’s the top 50 list,including their estimated net worth, thanks to The Hill.

Huffington Post has a scaled-down quick read: “The Top 10 Richest Politicians In Congress.”

So, how many of your Congressmen are on the list?

1. Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) $188.6M
2. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) $160.1M
3. Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA) $152.3M
4. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) $83.7M
5. Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX) $73.8M
6. Rep. Mark Warner (D-VA) $70.2M
7. Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO) $56.5M
8. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) $53.5M
9. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) $49.7M
10. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) $46.1M
11. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) $31.1M
12. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) $21.7M
13. Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) $20.1M
14. Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) $19.9M
15. Rep. Gary Miller (R-CA) $19.4M
16. Rep. Bob Corker (R-TN) $18.3M
17. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) $15.7M
18. Rep. Kenny Marchant (R-TX) $15.6M
19. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) $15.0M
20. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) $14.7M
21. Rep. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) $12.6M
22. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) $12.1M
23. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) $11.1M
24. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) $10.9M
25. Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) $10.4M
26. Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-WI) $9.9M
27. Rep. John Campbell (R-CA) $9.7M
28. Rep. Tom Petri (R-WI) $9.1M
29. Rep. Parker Griffith (R-AL) $8.7M
30. Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY) $8.7M
31. Sen. Ted Kaufman (D-DE) $8.5M
32. Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) $8.5M
33. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) $8.0M
34. Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) $7.9M
35. Rep. John Linder (R-GA) $7.9M
36. Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) $7.7M
37. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL) $7.3M
38. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) $7.1M
39. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) $6.9M
40. Rep. Steve Kagen (D-WI) $6.8M
41. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) $6.7M
42. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) $6.7M
43. Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX) $6.7M
44. Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-GA) $6.4M
45. Rep, Shelley Berkley (D-NV) $6.3M
46. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) $6.2M
47. Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI) $6.1M
48. Rep. Rose Lauro (D-CT) $5.7M
49. Sen Ron Wyden (D-OR) $5.4M
50. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) $5.1M

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‘I’m Broke’: One Day Before Shutdown and With No Plan McCarthy Says He Has ‘Nothing’ in His ‘Back Pocket’



Just 30 hours before his own Republican conference likely will have succeeded in shutting down the federal government of the United States, Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy candidly admitted to reporters he’s run out of ideas.

Earlier Friday in an “embarrassing failure,” 21 House Republicans killed legislation from their own party, a short-term continuing resolution, that would have kept the federal government open.

Later on Friday afternoon, swarmed by reporters, McCarthy was asked if he was going to tell them what his plans are. He sarcastically replied, “No, I’m going to keep it all a secret.”

When pressed, he said he would “keep working, and make sure we solve this problem.”

“What’s in your back pocket, Speaker?” another reporter asked, pressing him for an answer.

“Nothing right now. I’m broke,” he admitted, apparently referring to options and ideas to avoid a shutdown.

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But another reporter asked Speaker McCarthy the main question: Would he partner with House Democratic Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries to put the Senate’s bill before the House.

He refused to answer.

Just before 5 PM CNN’s Manu Raju reported on the ongoing House Republicans’ closed-door meeting with the Speaker, a meeting where the 21 Republicans who will likely be effectively responsible for the shutdown reportedly did not attend.

“McCarthy is telling [Republicans] now there aren’t many options to avoid a shutdown, according to sources in room. He says they can approve GOP’s stop-gap plan that failed, accept Senate plan, put a ‘clean’ stop-gap on floor to dare Democrats to block it — or shut down the government.”

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He adds, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) largely responsible for the impending likely shutdown and the impending possible ouster of McCarthy said: “We will not pass a continuing resolution on terms that continue America’s decline.”

At midnight Saturday Republicans will likely have succeeded in furloughing 3.5 million million federal workers – two million of them service members in the U.S. Armed Forces – and countless contractors, while financially harming untold thousands of businesses that rely on income from all those workers to keep running – unless Speaker McCarthy puts a bipartisan continuing resolution approved by at least 75 U.S. Senators on the floor, legislation every House Democrat is likely to vote for.

Should he do so, many believe he will have also signed his own pink slip.

But whether or not the government shuts down, and whether or not McCarthy puts the Senate’s CR on the floor, according to The Washington Post the far right extremists in his party are already moving to oust him “as early as next week.”

The Biden campaign is making certain Americans realize the blame for the impending shutdown sits at McCarthy’s feet.

At 6:23 PM Friday evening, Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman wrote on social media: “HOUSE REPUBLICANS HAVE NO PLAN TO KEEP GOVERNMENT OPEN.”

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‘Bad News’ for Sidney Powell as First Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia RICO Case Takes Plea Deal: Legal Expert



The first of 19 co-defendants in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ RICO and election interference case against Donald Trump has pleaded guilty in what is being described as a “plea deal.”

“Under the terms of an agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, Hall pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit computer theft, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, and conspiracy to defraud the state,” NBC News reports. “Under the terms of the deal, he’s being sentenced to five years probation.”

CNN previously reported “Hall, a bail bondsman and pro-Trump poll-watcher in Atlanta, spent hours inside a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office when voting systems were breached in January 2021. The breach was connected to efforts by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists to find voter fraud. Hall was captured on surveillance video at the office, on the day of the breach. He testified before the grand jury in Fulton County case and acknowledged that he gained access to a voting machine.”

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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a professor of law and frequent MSNBC contributor, says Hall “was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell on Jan 7 for the Coffee County scheme involving voting machines. If he’s cooperating, it’s a bad sign for her.”

Hall’s plea deal “spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell,” says former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU Law professor of law. Goodman posted a graphic showing the overlap in charges against Hall and Powell, which he called “alleged joint actions.”

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Far-Right Republicans Kill GOP Bill to Keep Government Running in ‘Embarrassing Failure’ for McCarthy: Report



With a shutdown less than 36 hours away, far-right Republicans in the House of Representatives Friday afternoon voted against their party’s own legislation to kept the federal government running. Democrats opposed the content of the bill and voted against it. Just 21 far-right members of the GOP conference were able to effectively force what appears to be an all but inevitable shutdown at midnight on Saturday.

“HARDLINE HOUSE RS take down stopgap funding bill. 21 GOP no votes. 232-198,” reported Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman just before 2 PM Friday.

NBC News reported that a “band of conservative rebels on Friday revolted and blocked House Republicans’ short-term funding bill to keep the government open, delivering a political blow to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and likely cementing the chances of a painful government shutdown that is less than 48 hours away.”

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“Twenty-one rebels, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a conservative bomb-thrower and a top Donald Trump ally, voted Friday afternoon to scuttle the 30-day funding bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, leaving Republicans without a game plan to avert a shutdown. The vote failed,” NBC added. “The embarrassing failure of the GOP measure once again highlights the dilemma for McCarthy as his hard-liners strongly oppose a short-term bill even if it includes conservative priorities. It leaves Congress on a path to a shutdown, with no apparent offramp to avoiding it — or to quickly reopen the government.”

A bipartisan group of at least 75 U.S. Senators has passed two bills this week that would keep the government running. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has refused to allow it to come to the floor for a vote.




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