Hawaii House passes gay marriage bill, back to Senate
adults. And it’s roughly one-six thousandth of the Americans who voted in the last presidential election. Once Yoho ousted Stearns, the general election was never in doubt. He won with 65 percent of the vote. The story is similar in many House districts, where the Republican primary is the only election that really matters. And all primaries Republican and Democratic tend to draw comparatively small numbers of voters who are more ideological than the overall electorate. Finally, Yoho like any House candidate in a safely drawn district needed only a plurality of those primary voters. In Yoho’s case, he won 34 percent of the total, or 21,717 votes to Stearns’ 20,960. Two other candidates shared the rest. Most House members win larger numbers of votes in primaries, and they often are unchallenged. But even the biggest primary totals are small fractions of the 121 million Americans who voted in all 435 House races last year.
That episode helped shape the strategy now guiding the team managing Yellens nomination, which has adopted the playbook once reserved for contentious Supreme Court or top-level Cabinet posts, according to a dozen people involved in one or both efforts. No longer seen as a technocrat or oracle, the job of Fed chairman has been pulled into the fray of Washingtons polarized politics. People now use the Fed as a scapegoat, as a whipping post to make their points about the financial markets, said former Senator Judd Gregg , a New Hampshire Republican who supported Bernanke in 2010 and now heads the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, Wall Streets top lobbying group. The notion that a Fed chairman is viewed as an individual of unique stature in our culture has been undermined. Murder Boards The media and lawmakers are also gearing up for a Supreme Court-style confirmation fight. Television cameras greet Yellen, 67, at the door to each Senate office she visits. Behind the scenes, aides prepared to grill her at practice sessions called murder boards to steel her for hostile questions during a confirmation hearing set for Nov. 14. Senators of both parties are predicting Yellen will have an easier path than Bernanke. Still, officials say the days of Fed governors being approved by wide margins are over, and confirmation cant be taken for granted. They cite the case of Peter Diamond , a Nobel laureate nominated by President Barack Obama to the Fed board three times who was blocked by Senate Republicans.
humanitarian assistance. It features more than 100 images of animals, according to Hagop Martin Deranian, a 91-year-old Massachusetts dentist whose book President Calvin Coolidge and the Armenian Orphan Rug was to have been featured at the rug exhibit. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank), who helped gather the signatures of 30 other lawmakers on a letter to the White House, called the White House decision as inexplicable as it is hurtful to the Armenian community. It is difficult to express in words how deeply troubling it is that a historical and cultural treasure accepted by President Coolidge on behalf of the people of the United States may be being kept behind closed doors because of Turkish desire to keep discussion of certain historical facts out of the public discussion, Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J), co-chairman of the Congressional Caucus on Armenian Issues, wrote the White House in a separate letter. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) also wrote the White House urging that the rug be put on permanent display at the Smithsonian: We must acknowledge and learn from the tragic crimes against humanity that orphaned the weavers of this rug to ensure that they are never repeated. Neither Schiff nor Sherman have received a White House response. The controversy over the rug, first reported by the Washington Post , is the latest development on an issue that has roiled Capitol Hill for years. A House panel in 2010 passed a resolution to officially recognize the mass killings between 1915 and 1918 as genocide, but the measure never made it to the House floor for a vote after Turkey recalled its ambassador in protest and U.S. officials warned it could damage U.S. relations with Turkey, an important ally.
Obama and many Democrats say the price may be higher, but families will get a better deal, because theyll have much stronger coverage should they become sick or injured. Many Republicans argue that Obamacare represents a one-size-fits-all approach to insurance that wont help to control costs or serve consumers well. The tussle over how to respond to the policy cancellations is just part of a broader political battle over the law. With congressional elections just a year away, and signups for Obamacare insurance off to a rocky start on the new federal website, Democrats are feeling pressure to show the law can work that is, help millions of uninsured Americans get coverage without harming those who are already insured. Some Senate Democrats, including Mark Pryor of Arkansas as well as Senator Landrieu, have voiced support for legislation similar to the Republican House bill. Both are up for reelection in 2014. Obama, meanwhile, has acknowledged his setback. Last week, he reformulated his you can keep it pledge to make it more accurate. If you have or had one of these plans before the Affordable Care Act came into law and you really like that plan, what we said was you could keep it, if it hasnt changed since the law was passed, he said. Because most plans have evolved since 2010 passage, the if in Obamas statement is a big one. On Thursday, in an interview on NBC News, he offered an apology to Americans who lost plans that they liked: “I am sorry that they are finding themselves in this situation, based on assurances they got from me. House Speaker John Boehner (R) of Ohio used that White House apologyas an occasion to push for a legislative remedy. If the president is sincerely sorry that he misled the American people, the very least he can do is support this bipartisan effort, he said. In a blow to the administration, Mr. Clinton has added his voice to the chorus, saying in a Tuesday interview at OZY.com that Obama should find a way to honor his pledge even if it takes a change in the law. White House spokesman Jay Carney said Tuesday that the House bill could throw “the baby out with the bath water” by allowing people to keep signing up for plans that don’t meet Obamacare standards.
The Senate is expected to consider the bill Tuesday. Noisy crowds outside the chamber chanted, sang and waves signs throughout the day, monitoring the lawmakers on closed-circuit televisions and raising their volume whenever the chamber’s large glass doors opened. Inside, lawmakers kept maneuvering. “It was very emotional,” House Speaker Joseph Souki said. Rep. Kaniela Ing quoted Seattle rapper Macklemore twice in voicing his support for gay marriage.