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Quickie- Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) First Congressperson To Describe Religion as 'None'

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Progress comes in small increments sometimes. Makes me very happy.

When the 113th Congress is sworn in today, its new members will include the first Hindu member of Congress and the first Buddhist to serve as senator. Also for the first time, Congress will welcome a member who describes her religion as "none."

Democratic Arizona Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, who was raised a Mormon, is religiously unaffiliated but does not describe herself as an atheist. Her campaign was unavailable for comment to Whispers due to the swearing in, but spokesman Justin Unga told the Religion News Service in November that Sinema favors a "secular approach." He told the New York Times the same month that Sinema "believes the terms 'nontheist,' 'atheist' or 'nonbeliever' are not befitting of her life's work or personal character."

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Video- Boos as House Adjourns Without Hurricane Sandy Relief

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Disgusting. They seriously can just walk away from all those hurting people?

House Republicans abruptly pulled the plug Tuesday night on their promise to take up this week an emergency supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states damaged by Hurricane Sandy.

The decision is a stunning reversal since just hours before New Jersey lawmakers were preparing for floor debate Wednesday as outlined under a strategy promoted by no less than Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

Indeed the Appropriations Committee had gone so far as to file a $27 billion bill Tuesday together with an amendment to be offered by Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-N.J.) seeking an additional $33 billion to match the Senate passed package of last week.

Absent a change of heart, the upshot now is that the Senate bill will die with this Congress on Thursday at noon. And the whole affair is sure to bring back memories of the famous Daily News headline in 1975—“Ford to City: Drop Dead.”

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Breaking News‏- Anthony Weiner will resign from House of Representatives

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Just over the wire from CNN., NYT says the same.

Embattled Democratic New York Rep. Anthony Weiner will resign his seat in the House of Representatives, a senior Democratic source says.

Weiner, who represented New York’s 9th District since 1998, admitted earlier this month that he had sent lewd images and messages over the Internet to six women and more illicit relationships had emerged since then. The congressman had taken a two-week leave of absence "to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person," his spokeswoman said.

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UPDATE- House Ethics Committee- Rangel broke rules on 11 out of 13 counts

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This is all right now, more when I get it. (MSNBC just changed the count from 12 to 11, so headline changed accordingly)

Washington (CNN) – A House ethics subcommittee found Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-New York, guilty Monday on multiple violations of House rules.

UPDATE-

WASHINGTON - A House ethics panel has found Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel of New York guilty on 11 counts of breaking House rules.

The full ethics committee will next conduct a hearing on the appropriate punishment for the former chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. The committee will then make a recommendation to the House.

Possible punishments include a House vote deploring Rangel's conduct, a fine and denial of privileges.

The eight-member ethics panel had sat as a jury to judge Rangel's conduct. The 80-year-old congressman from Harlem was charged with 13 counts of financial and fundraising wrongdoing.

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