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  2. Peltier has been a federal inmate for over 41 years Sumter County, Florida: Infamous Native American activist Leonard Peltier is reportedly dying from terminal pancreatic cancer according to prison officials at Coleman Penitentiary in Florida. Peltier is serving two consecutive terms of life imprisonment for first-degree murder in the shooting of two FBI agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Peltier became involved in a variety of causes championing Native American civil rights, and eventually joined the American Indian Movement. In the early 1970s, he learned about the factional tensions at the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota between supporters of Richard Wilson, elected tribal chairman in 1972, and traditionalist members of the tribe. Wilson had created a private militia, known as the Guardians of the Oglala Nation, whose members were reputed to have attacked political opponents. Protests over a failed impeachment hearing of Wilson contributed to the AIM and Lakota armed takeover of Wounded Knee in February 1973, which resulted in a 71-day siege by federal forces, known as the Wounded Knee incident. On June 26, 1975, Special Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams of FBI were on the Pine Ridge Reservation searching for a young man named Jimmy Eagle, who was wanted for questioning in connection with the recent assault and robbery of two local ranch hands. Soon after his initial report, Williams radioed into a local dispatch that he and Coler had come under high-powered rifle fire from the occupants of the vehicle and were unable to return fire with their .38 Special revolvers. Williams radioed that they would be killed if reinforcements did not arrive. He next radioed that he was hit. FBI Special Agent Gary Adams was the first to respond to Williams' call for assistance, and he also came under intense gun fire; he was unable to reach Coler and Williams. On December 22, 1975, Peltier was named to the FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. Peltier fled to Hinton, Alberta, where he hid in a friend's cabin. On February 6, 1976, he was arrested. In December 1976, he was extradited from Canada based on documents submitted by the FBI that Warren Allmand, Canada's Solicitor General at the time, would later state contained false information. Numerous doubts have been raised over Peltier's guilt and the fairness of his trial, based on allegations and inconsistencies regarding the FBI and prosecution's handling of this case, for example testimony from three witnesses placed Peltier the crime scene. Those three witnesses later recanted, alleging that the FBI, while extracting their testimony, had tied them to chairs, denied them their right to talk to their attorney, and otherwise coerced and threatened them. In recent years, presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have all denied requests for clemency from Peltier, and while former president Jack Kline reportedly considered granting Peltier clemency he ultimately did not. The Office of the Pardon Attorney has reported they have yet to obtain an official request from Peltier but activists who have campaigned for his release has stated the 73 year old is clearly suffering in the prison environment due to his cancer and that he posed no danger to anyone. However former FBI directors and agents have come out against any clemency for Peltier, with one writing in a Facebook post, that he believed Peltier deserved to die in prison.
  3. Conrad

    Press Office of John Saunders

    Saunders to relax whip on coming Attorney General nomination WASHINGTON DC - Senate Minority Leader John Saunders spoke to members of the press regarding the nomination of Tracey Hattie Butler. "Following my previous announcement on Ms Butler for Attorney General of the United States, I offered her an opportunity to come to speak to me in private, an opportunity to which she availed of. If the nomination of Tracey Hattie Butler comes to the Senate floor, I will relax the Republican whip on her cloture and final vote on the Senate floor, despite previous Republican opposition to the nomination. Myself, however, will still be voting against her on the Senate floor - but I am willing to give her a chance. In private, some of my concerns were alleviated with the answers she gave me and that is why, now, I am willing to give her the opportunity to be confirmed by the United States Senate as Attorney General. Make no mistake however, this will be a free vote and some Republicans may still vote nay on her cloture."
  4. MrAnderson

    Alessandro Nova (D-FL)

  5. Conrad


    Sad to see the motion to re-commit the Thin Blue Line Act. But I am glad that the Majority Leader, Senator Clay who voted against tabling, will come out and vote again in the defense of police officers across the United States.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Avner


    @BBCBreaking: Farah Pahlavi, the last Empress of Iran has died aged 78 at her home in Potomac, Maryland. @BBCBreaking: Farah was married to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran who was overthrown in 1979 by the Islamic Revolution led by Ayatollah Khomeini. @BBCBreaking: The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement praising her death, calling her a "satanic dog which led Iranians astray with her immoral policies." @BBCBreaking: Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has allegedly warned allied & friendly nations to Iran not to attend the funeral, while reports have indicated the Iranian government is actively lobbying the Egyptian government not to allow Pahlavi's body to be put to rest with the Shah at Al-Rifa'i Mosque.
  8. Gally

    Motion to Suspend and Pass

    Mr. President, I second the motion. I yield.
  9. Conrad


    I have motioned to suspend and pass two commonsense bills which help small businesses in the United States.
  10. The following players are officially signed out for inactivity @Rangerboy The following member is given a warning for approaching the edge of activity limits: @Macmillan @Michael @Evan @Jahnson
  11. Avner

    Dutch Savage (I-Illinois)

  12. Conrad

    Motion to Suspend and Pass

    Mr President, I motion to suspend and pass both the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act and the Small Business Investment Opportunity Act. I ask that the question be divided and yield.
  13. Mr Saunders introduces with thanks to Mr Vitter... A BILL To amend title 44 of the United States Code, to provide for the suspension of fines under certain circumstances for first-time paperwork violations by small business concerns. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2017”. SEC. 2. SUSPENSION OF FINES FOR FIRST-TIME PAPERWORK VIOLATIONS BY SMALL BUSINESS CONCERNS. Section 3506 of title 44, United States Code (commonly referred to as the “Paperwork Reduction Act”), is amended by adding at the end the following: “(j) Small Businesses.— “(1) SMALL BUSINESS CONCERN.—In this subsection, the term ‘small business concern’ has the meaning given that term under section 3 of the Small Business Act (15 U.S.C. 632). “(2) IN GENERAL.—In the case of a first-time violation by a small business concern of a requirement regarding the collection of information by an agency, the head of the agency shall not impose a civil fine on the small business concern unless the head of the agency determines that— “(A) the violation has the potential to cause serious harm to the public interest; “(B) failure to impose a civil fine would impede or interfere with the detection of criminal activity; “(C) the violation is a violation of an internal revenue law or a law concerning the assessment or collection of any tax, debt, revenue, or receipt; “(D) the violation was not corrected on or before the date that is 6 months after the date on which the small business concern receives notification of the violation in writing from the agency; or “(E) except as provided in paragraph (3), the violation presents a danger to the public health or safety. “(3) DANGER TO PUBLIC HEALTH OR SAFETY.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—In any case in which the head of an agency determines under paragraph (2)(E) that a violation presents a danger to the public health or safety, the head of the agency may, notwithstanding paragraph (2)(E), determine not to impose a civil fine on the small business concern if the violation is corrected not later than 24 hours after receipt by the owner of the small business concern of notification of the violation in writing. “(B) CONSIDERATIONS.—In determining whether to allow a small business concern 24 hours to correct a violation under subparagraph (A), the head of an agency shall take into account all of the facts and circumstances regarding the violation, including— “(i) the nature and seriousness of the violation, including whether the violation is technical or inadvertent or involves willful or criminal conduct; “(ii) whether the small business concern has made a good faith effort to comply with applicable laws and to remedy the violation within the shortest practicable period of time; and “(iii) whether the small business concern has obtained a significant economic benefit from the violation. “(C) NOTICE TO CONGRESS.—In any case in which the head of an agency imposes a civil fine on a small business concern for a violation that presents a danger to the public health or safety and does not allow the small business concern 24 hours to correct the violation under subparagraph (A), the head of the agency shall notify Congress regarding the determination not later than 60 days after the date on which the civil fine is imposed by the agency. “(4) LIMITED TO FIRST-TIME VIOLATIONS.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—This subsection shall not apply to any violation by a small business concern of a requirement regarding collection of information by an agency if the small business concern previously violated any requirement regarding collection of information by the agency. “(B) OTHER AGENCIES.—For purposes of making a determination under subparagraph (A), the head of an agency shall not take into account any violation of a requirement regarding collection of information by another agency.”.
  14. Mr Saunders for himself introduces with thanks to Mr Knight a bill... A BILL To amend the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to increase the amount of leverage made available to small business investment companies. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the “Small Business Investment Opportunity Act of 2017”. SEC. 2. INDIVIDUAL SBIC LEVERAGE LIMIT INCREASE. Section 303(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 (15 U.S.C. 683(b)(2)(A)(ii)) is amended by striking “$150,000,000” and inserting “$175,000,000”.
  15. Conrad


    Prayers for those affected by the landfall of Hurricane Elizabeth. I will be returning home to Texas tonight to assist the local community in recovery efforts.
  16. Michael Fishbein arrives and is put under oath, he waives his right to an opening statement.
  17. Downtown Houston under water this morning Galveston, Texas: In preparation for Hurricane Elizabeth, Texas Governor Rick Perry declared 88 Texas state counties a disaster area in preparation for Hurricane Elizabeth, expected to hit the Texas coast as early as Saturday morning, which included placing 7,500 Texas Military Forces troops on standby. Later, the mandatory evacuation order was extended to the entire island of Galveston, as well as low-lying areas around Houston, Texas. Mandatory evacuations were also ordered for Jefferson, Orange, and Chambers counties located east of Houston. Voluntary evacuations were in effect for Hardin and Tyler as well as Newton and Jasper counties. Residents evacuating ahead of Elizabeth were received by emergency workers in the Dallas/Fort Worth where they were provided a place of refuge, medical treatment, and provisions. More than one million people have been evacuated in advance of Hurricane Elizabeth, but more than 100,000 people did not. The large storm brought high winds across the state, with sustained winds of 189 mph and gusts to 175 mph. The highest storm surge had been noted at Sabine Pass at 27 ft However, Bolivar Peninsula, at the entrance to Galveston Bay, was nearer to the eastern side of the eye. In regional Texas towns, electrical power began failing before 8 p.m. leaving more than 3 million people without power. In addition, grocery store shelves in the Houston area were left empty. Rainfall estimates indicated that 2-day rainfall totals exceeded 20 inches in parts of both northern Harris County and southern Montgomery County, with a multi-county area receiving at least 10 inches of rainfall. Most, if not all the communities previously located on the Bolivar Peninsula, which together with Galveston Island separates Galveston Bay from the Gulf of Mexico, were utterly devastated. An early survey of Galveston Island indicated that the entirety of the Island west of 11 Mile Road was entirely devastated, and that few structures on Galveston's western one-third had survived. Electric power failed in Galveston around 7:45 p.m. Widespread flooding included downtown Galveston such as 6-ft deep inside the Galveston County Courthouse, and the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston was flooded. 53 people have died on Galveston Island, 50 of them drowned and three of them were due to natural causes. Many locations in the Houston metropolitan area observed at least 30 in of precipitation, an estimated 25–30 percent of Harris County was submerged. Multiple flash flood emergencies were issued in the Houston area by the National Weather Service. More than 536,000 homes have been affected by Elizabeth throughout the state, including over 120,000 that were destroyed and more than 317,000 that sustained major damage; approximately 99,000 sustained minor damage. Nearly 896 businesses have reportedly been damaged as well. 89 fatalities have been confirmed from flooding in the Houston area.
  18. Fisher

    July AB Approvals

    Thank you for your feedback. Your recommendation actually is our policy. I try and will continue to release ARs on the same day. The four day delay was the result of an unfortunate real life accident where I sprained my back and required medical attention for several days. Also unfortunate, I must not have articulated and explained that reality well enough to you when I answered your several inquiries over TG as to when the approvals would be released. Rest assured, I don’t anticipate any severe rhomboid sprains interfering with the release of approvals in the future and expect ARs will be released uniformly or in quick succession in the future.
  19. Me watching the bitterness between the DNC and the GOP
  20. GOP when HELP tables their Healthcare bill
  21. Avner


    @C-SPAN: According to a "Senior White House official", President Marc Baudin will be nominating a pro-choice VP.
  22. Baudin

    Leave of Absence

    Came back, because I saw Avner came back too... and like.. bandwagoning...
  23. Avner

    Leave of Absence

    Im back
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