Today’s Senate cloture vote broke the filibuster on the bill that extends the Bush era tax cuts, with 64 Senators voting “yes” as of 4:30 p.m., surpassing the necessary 60 votes. The bill can now move forward for a passage vote, expected to take place tomorrow.
In a revealing interview on CBS’s "60 Minutes," incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner presented both a tough and yet sensitive leader to host Lesley Stahl. In his discussion with Stahl, Boehner explicitly outlined how he intends to move forward in the 112th Congress, and proved unafraid to reveal a softer, teary-eyed side, joining the ranks of other leading politicians such as Bob Dole and Hillary Clinton who have shed a tear on camera.
Texas Republican Representative Ron Paul has been dubbed “Dr. No” for his consistent record of voting against legislation that he has called unconstitutional, at times serving as the only “no” vote in the entire House of Representatives. Paul’s position on a variety of issues has even been unpopular in his own party, which he accuses of losing sight of true conservative values.
Early last October police in Watertown, Wisconsin, were called to the local high school, where a school official had reported that a 17-year-old female student in his office was complaining of having been physically assaulted by another student.
More than two and a half years have passed since massacre at Virginia Tech left over 30 students and faculty dead in the wake of Seung-Hui Cho’s shooting spree, and the Department of Education has now determined that university was in violation of federal law.