THOMAS Top Ten for 10/18/2015 | THOMAS (Library of Congress)

  1. H.R. 213 [114th]
    Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2015
  2. H.R 1735 [114th]
    National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2016
  3. H.R. 3744 [114th]
    Venezuelan Refugee Assistance Act
  4. H.R. 1599 [114th]
    Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
  5. H.R. 1624 [114th]
    Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees Act
  6. H.R. 702 [114th]
    To adapt to changing crude oil market conditions
  7. H.R. 2646 [114th]
    Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2015
  8. H.R. 675 [114th]
    Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2015
  9. H.R. 3134 [114th]
    Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015
  10. H.R. 719 [114th]
    Continuing Appropriations Act, 2016

Source: THOMAS Top Ten for 10/18/2015 – THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Ryan Statement on GOP Conference – Remarks as Prepared for Delivery | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan


“First, we need to move from being an opposition party to a proposition party. Because we think the nation is on the wrong path, we have a duty to show the right one. Our next speaker needs to be a visionary one.”

Source: Ryan Statement on GOP Conference – Remarks as Prepared for Delivery | U.S. Congressman Paul Ryan

Ryan has votes to become Speaker | TheHill


“My guess is he could still get 230-plus votes, and in this environment that is remarkable,” Rep. Luke Messer (R-Ind.), a Ryan backer and a member of the GOP leadership team

Source: Ryan has votes to become Speaker | TheHill

Export-Import brawl enters upper chamber | TheHill


Supporters of the besieged bank enraged conservatives earlier this month by deploying a rarely used legislative tactic to force a vote in the House — expected next week — to restore the bank’s congressional charter, which lapsed over the summer.

Source: Export-Import brawl enters upper chamber | TheHill

House GOP leaders whipping debt limit bill headed for death in Senate | TheHill

The measure would direct committees to come up with $3.8 trillion in spending cuts across a range of areas, freeze new federal regulations until July 2017 and change the Senate’s filibuster rules.

It raises the debt limit by $1.5 trillion, to $19.6 trillion.

Source: House GOP leaders whipping debt limit bill headed for death in Senate | TheHill

The right way to handle debt ceiling confrontations | Brookings Institution


After having been suspended for most of 2014, America’s debt ceiling kicked back in as of March 16, 2015.

On that date, the statutory limit was reset to our current level of debt, north of $18 trillion.

Since then, the Treasury Department has been funding America’s deficit spending through a series of accounting maneuvers known as “extraordinary measures.”

Those are about to run out, with Treasury Secretary Jack Lew estimating the date as November 3, and warning that a failure to raise the debt ceiling before then could result in a catastrophic default.

Source: The right way to handle debt ceiling confrontations | Brookings Institution

Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, October 21st | The New Yorker


“How does your client plead—guilty or not directly supervising every day?”

Source: Daily Cartoon: Wednesday, October 21st – The New Yorker

Political Cartoons – MORE SPENDING | Washington Times


Illustration by Gary Varvel for Creators Syndicate

Source: Political Cartoons – Campaigns and Elections – MORE SPENDING – Washington Times

The Strangers in Your Brain | The New Yorker


It is, on a Darwinian level, scary to learn that our genetic diversity as a species is so narrow.

But Rusty Gage argued that this may have helped us move away from molecular evolution and toward cultural evolution.

We manage viral plagues with medicine rather than hoping that our genes will catch up. We put our trust in generations’ worth of language and technology, not in our frail biology

Source: The Strangers in Your Brain – The New Yorker

The Strongest El Nino in Decades Is Going to Mess With Everything | Bloomberg Business


It has choked Singapore with smoke, triggered Pacific typhoons and left Vietnamese coffee growers staring nervously at dwindling reservoirs. In Africa, cocoa farmers are blaming it for bad harvests, and in the Americas, it has Argentines bracing for lower milk production and Californians believing that rain is finally, mercifully on the way.

Expect “major disruptions, widespread droughts and floods,” Kevin Trenberth, distinguished senior scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Source: The Strongest El Nino in Decades Is Going to Mess With Everything – Bloomberg Business