New Committee Chaos - The Wednesday AM Quickie 1/18/23

Welcome back! It's free day over at the Quickie, but you missed a good one yesterday – the wild tale of Solomon Peña, a failed Republican candidate who paid lowlifes to shoot up his opponents homes. Today, as punishment for not subscribing to our paid letter, I'm taking you back to Congress (I'm kidding we're going to have fun today too). - Jack

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MAGA-Maniacs Pick Up Big Seats in Congressional Committee Chaos

The House of Representatives assigned its many of its members to committees today, which is one of the primary ways that the two parties grant power to their members, and which has a huge impact on how they wield that power in the legislature. And oh boy, how has that power shifted.

Kevin McCarthy, finally speaker, handed out committee assignments to new members of Congress and cemented the places of some key returning members, which is the first major indication of how much power the anti-McCarthy holdouts will get. It's a lot. If you want the full list, NBC News has a total tally of what the hard-right faction of Congress got, but we're going to focus on a few specific members.

Marjorie Taylor Greene, formerly so far right that she was stripped of her committee assignments by the Democrats, is back more powerful than ever before: for her eventual loyalty to McCarthy (she was an early backer and key ally of the Speaker among the far-right) was richly rewarded with a slot on both the House Homeland Security Committee and the House Oversight Committee.

The latter of those appears to be part of the deal McCarthy struck with the Never-Kev crowd. Look at the roster:

Boebert and Paul Gosar are both on Oversight, which is one of the House's most powerful committees. If you remember, Gosar was removed from his committees because he tweeted an insane video of Attack on Titan memes in which he murders Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. And now he's on House Oversight.

The aim here is pretty clear: McCarthy is going to turn the far right loose on the Biden administration. The GOP bench on Oversight has already made it clear that they want to throw legal spaghetti at the wall and tar Biden with 10,000 Benghazi's. The other holdouts also got cushy assignments: a few on Appropriations, Matt Gaetz kept his seat on Judiciary, etc.

One guy who did not come out on top? George Santos, of course: he's been relegated to House Science and House Small Business, two low profile committees. Ouch. Chances are he'll be bragging about his seat on Oversight tomorrow though, at least until someone fact checks him.

Pentagon Sends Israeli Stockpile of U.S. Arms to Ukraine

Another day, another arms deal. This one is being routed through the weird Middle Eastern game of telephone, as the U.S. is sending a massive stockpile of arms it was storing in Israel over to Ukraine. What they're sending in this case is interesting: a massive stockpile of artillery shells that the U.S. has been parking in Israel in case of major war in the Middle East again (i.e., the U.S. invading someone else, probably). Ukraine, in this case, is the country being invaded, but not by the U.S., which I guess is a positive.

DEBTWATCH: We're Watching Some Debt

Howdy folks glad to have you are you READY to WATCH some DEBT? Boy I sure am! Stop me if you've heard this one before: the Debt Ceiling LOOMS. It is also FAKE and MADE UP. The Debt Ceiling shouldn't be real! Who cares! The "deadline" for this technical limit is just a few days away, but there's still nothing stopping the federal government from chucking it all out the window, besides stuffy norms and scared economists. There's also the fact that DEBT is a big thing that you can put in all caps in newsletters and also weaponize against your political enemies, which the GOP will be doing, which means we're about to get a whole bunch more financial fights in Congress. Happy days!


$5.5 billion

Amount that lawyers say they've dug up from pockets of failed cryptocurrency empire FTX's accounts, which will be used to pay back customers who lost out when the big scam imploded. Billions more are still missing.


GOP Operative Matt Schlapp Sued For Sexual Assault It allegedly happened on the Hershel Walker campaign, of course. via Politico.

Some States Considering Wealth Tax Bills CA, NY, Washington and a few others have bills that we should definitely keep an eye on. via WaPo.

New Details in Peña Story are Horrifying One of the shootings sent bullets through the room of a sleeping 10-year-old girl. via WaPo.

George Santos May Have Scammed a Veteran Out of Money Meant For Dying Dog You just cannot make up anything about this guy that will be wilder than what he actually did. via HuffPo.


1/18: Sam and Emma host Erika Pinheiro, the Executive Director of the immigrants rights group Al Otro Lado, to discuss the Biden Administration's recent policy updates on immigration into the country. Then, they're joined by Brian Mier, correspondent for teleSUR English and Brasil Wire, to discuss the recent civil unrest in Brazil after Bolsonaro supporters stormed the Brazilian capitol buildings, as well as the presidential residence.


Tucker's Bizarre Pro-Tobacco Segment Totally Backfires

Thank you for smoking!

Greta Thunberg Joins German Coal Mine Protests

The video of the cops slipping in the mud is incredible.


“I didn’t steal funds, and I certainly didn’t stash billions away. Nearly all of my assets were and still are utilizable to backstop FTX customers.”

– Crypto kingpin Sam Bankman-Fried, in a Substack post (he should not be posting). He is accused of stealing funds and stashing billions away.

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