The Kansas rumor was that the state’s GOP was looking for ways to shove Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS) out of the Second District. But the Congressman showed up for a Monday town hall with about 30 people. It didn’t go well.
In a moment captured by the Topeka Capital-Journal, Watkins was confronted by Danielle Twemlow, a member of Moms Demand Action about why he refused to support gun safety as well as the Violence Against Women Act. An audience member can be heard gasping upon hearing he refused to reauthorize the 25-year-old law that helps survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Watkins told her that the bill was filled with “poisoned pills” so he wasn’t going to support it. As Twemlow began debating with Watkins, a staffer stepped in to say that they were running short on time and had two questions left.
“Ohhhhh,” groaned the audience in response.
“He had no answer,” Steve Waugh told Associated Press reporter John Hanna after the town hall. “I wasn’t happy with his response.”
“There’s clearly no definitive solution,” Watkins told the press after the meeting.
“Access to guns is really the issue,” Twemlow told Watkins.
Check out the video below via the Cap-Jounrnal:
Ethics committee warns sitting federal judges not to affiliate with the Federalist Society
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The opinion also singled out the American Constitution Society (ACS), the Federalist Society's progressive counterpart.
"The Committee advises that formal affiliation with the ACS or the Federalist Society, whether as a member or in a leadership role, is inconsistent with Canons 1, 2, 4, and 5 of the Code," stated the opinion. "Official affiliation with either organization could convey to a reasonable person that the affiliated judge endorses the views and particular ideological perspectives advocated by the organization; call into question the affiliated judge's impartiality on subjects as to which the organization has taken a position; and generally frustrate the public's trust in the integrity and independence of the judiciary."
Donald Trump’s Secretary of State apparently thinks Spanish is spoken in Lebanon
The president of United States is often criticized for getting his facts wrong, especially when it comes to understanding the world.
Trump made up the country of "Nambia" while not knowing that Bhutan and Nepal (which he pronounced "nipple") are real countries. He said the country of Belgium "is a beautiful city" and once told the prime minister of India that the country does not share a border with China (their shared border is 2,500 miles).
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"I know something about counter-battery radar," said Crow. "In 2005 I was an Army Ranger serving in a special operations task force in Afghanistan. We were at a remote operating base along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. And frequently, the insurgents that we were fighting would launch rockets and missiles onto our small base. But luckily we were provided with counter-battery radar. The 20, 30, 40 seconds before those rockets and mortars rained down on us, an alarm would sound, and we would run out from our tents and jump into our concrete bunkers and wait for the attack to end. This is not a theoretical exercise, and the Ukrainians know it."