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Doonesbury: Elizabeth Warren's hearing on CSPAN could go viral


Elizabeth Warren gobsmacked

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Garry Trudeau has an Elizabeth Warren story arc that comes and goes, and right now, it comes. The Joanie character realizes that she is about to be very visible on CSPAN, and we now get to see how this unfolds and what this means, all through Trudeau's eyes.

Which is an awesome way to see anything.


VIDEO: "I'm Joe Biden!"... A veep with his own reality TV show?


starring Joe Biden

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Yes, the above petition actually calls for a Joe Biden reality show... after a fashion:

Vice President Joe Biden has a demonstrated ability to bring people together, whether at the negotiating table or at the neighborhood diner. We, therefore, urge the Obama Administration to authorize the production of a recurring C-SPAN television program featuring the daily activities and interactions of the Vice President with elected officials, foreign dignitaries and everyday American families.

He is so likable, funny, and often bloopery that he'd probably garner enough ratings to boost his show from CSPAN to network prime time after one measly season.

Why, it could even be called, "I'm Joe Biden!":

(I couldn't resist.)

When you think about it, there's no way a Republican good pull this off. They aren't exactly into that reality thing.

More of Biden's swearing-in one-liners here.


VIDEO: House Republicans cut off C-SPAN, refuse to allow Democrats to speak on floor


Think Progress has more details:

The theatrical stunt also serves to underscore Provident Obama’s claim this week that Congress is effectively in recess, thus allowing him to make recess appointments, even though the Senate has been holding 30-second long pro-forma sessions.

Good on you, President Obama, for doing what you did to deal with the usual GOP obstruction.

This morning, Speaker Pro Tempore Jeff Denham, under orders from Speaker Boehner, refused to allow Assistant Democratic Leader James E. Clyburn to speak on the floor and call for the payroll tax cut conference committee to get to work.

It's time for House Republicans to immediately begin working with Democrats on a long-term agreement to extend the payroll tax cut for 160 million Americans—and avoid taking us to the point of brinkmanship once again.

Americans are out of work and we've got work to do, but Republicans are out of session. We can't wait.


Boehner denies C-SPAN's request to add cameras in House


The D's are just as bad, but how does this jibe with either of their claims to "transparency"?

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) denied a request by C-SPAN to allow the cable network control over cameras in the House.

C-SPAN said it was "disappointed" in a decision by Boehner this week to maintain the status quo in the House, meaning that broadcasts from the House are restricted and under the control of the Speaker.

Boehner wrote C-SPAN on Thursday to say he believes the House is "best served by the current system of televised proceedings provided by the House Recording Studio."

The nonpartisan network wrote Boehner in November to make the same request it made to his predecessor, requesting permission to install additional, privately-operated cameras in the House that allows C-SPAN and other networks to produce a "journalistic product."

“We’re disappointed to learn that despite 32 years of experience with televising its sessions and in an age of ubiquitous cameras in political life, the House of Representatives has chosen not to allow C-SPAN’s cameras into its chamber to cover its sessions," network CEO Brian Lamb said in a statement. "We continue to feel that the public is best served by seeing a more complete picture of the legislative process than what’s delivered by Congressionally-controlled cameras and will continue to work with Speaker Boehner and other leaders in the House in hope of one day gaining access on behalf of the media.”