When Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) filed her 2022 financial disclosure in May, it was nearly indistinguishable from her 2021 report—and that could be a problem.
That’s because Boebert reported no royalties from the memoir she released last July, My American Life. Congressional guidelines and legal experts said her lack of reported income would violate House ethics rules.
A Boebert spokesperson told The Daily Beast that the Colorado conservative and 2020 election denier did not receive any money from her book deal until January 2023.
“The book royalties will appear in her 2023 disclosure,” the spokesperson told The Daily Beast. “This is consistent with guidance from the House Ethics Committee.”
But that does not actually appear consistent with ethics guidance.
The ethics instruction guide for 2022 congressional financial disclosures makes clear that members must disclose not only royalties they received, but anticipated royalties as well—“any royalties currently due from the publisher for completed sales.”
When The Daily Beast informed Boebert’s office about the rule, the spokesperson replied that they had reached out to the Ethics Committee ahead of filing, receiving a reply on May 11 that “no royalties needed to be disclosed in the 2022 financial disclosure since there had been no payment of royalties in 2022.”
The spokesperson added that the office is consulting ethics experts again, and would amend the report if needed. If the account of the committee’s communication is accurate, it would seem unlikely that they’d throw the book at Boebert.
Still, ethics experts told The Daily Beast that the rules were not complicated and are in place for a reason.
Back in the summer of 2021, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) claimed that about Biden.
"It's a communist regime. It's been a communist takeover of our country, and it happened on January 21. And that is who Joe Biden is," Greene said on Steve Bannon’s “War Room” show. When Bannon asked her what the evidence was that the members of the administration were “Marxists and communists,” Greene replied “The evidence? Study history. Simply study history and you can see how they behave.”
Greene also alleged in the 2021 interview that the January 6 Committee — which was a project of Congress and had nothing to do with the Biden Administration — would ultimately seek to jail herself, Trump, Kevin McCarthy, and Rep. Mo Brooks. None of that happened, although Trump could conceivably still face charges resulting from the Committee’s criminal referrals to the Justice Department.
Now, two years later, Greene still believes that there has been a “communist takeover,” apparently a slow-moving one that has gone on for two years.
"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
But if THE AIRHEADS could get it together, they wouldn't be the airheads, now would they?
An international tribunal has found Iraq’s central bank was to blame for a contractual dispute with an engineering firm that led to the jailing of Australian engineer Robert Pether, prompting his family to make a renewed plea that he be freed from the Baghdad prison cell where he has spent two years.
Pether and his colleague Khalid Radwan were arrested and jailed in 2021 over a contractual dispute between their employer, Cardno ME (CME), and the Central Bank of Iraq, which had hired the firm to help build its new Baghdad headquarters.
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A recently published decision reveals the contractual dispute at the heart of their arrest was taken to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)’s International Court of Arbitration, which ruled in February in favour of CME. The decision found the bank was in breach of its contract with CME and ordered that it pay the engineering firm US$13m, which covers the outstanding invoices, compensation, legal costs, and the release of a performance bond provided by CME.
The decision has only just been made public.
Out Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) is sounding the alarm on how Republicans added a plethora of anti-LGBTQ+ measures during a markup of the Fiscal Year 2024 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs appropriations bill on Tuesday.
He said that his GOP colleagues adopted an amendment “to deny access to medically-necessary care to transgender veterans, prohibit pride flags from being flown at VA facilities, and even allow discrimination against LGBTQ+ people” as the bill was being discussed in the House Appropriations Committee this week.
“Most of the other provisions in this amendment have very little to do with a MilCon bill,” he said during the committee meeting, and are instead “about abortion and gender-affirming care, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and apparently the fear of some cloth, banning pride flags at our veterans’ facilities across the country.”