- Patriot Act author on James Clapper: Fire, prosecute him
- Russia P.M. Medvedev: No amnesty for political prisoners
- Michigan GOP Senate hopeful reminds government is the ‘servant’
- Christmas, by Congress: Members mull a 15-cent tax on trees
- U.S. unemployment falls to five-year low of 7 percent; 203K jobs added
- World mourns Nelson Mandela and celebrates his life; burial set for Dec. 15
- Bill O’Reilly reminds: Nelson Mandela ‘was a communist’
- John Boehner says GOP should support gay candidates: ‘I do’
- Grass-Whopper: Pan-fried cricket burgers go over big in New York City
- CDC sees measles spike and ‘failure to vaccinate’
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Thad Mccotter
Michigan voters handed organized labor a setback in Tuesday's voting, rejecting a closely-watched measure that would have enshrined union collective bargaining rights in the state constitution.
Rep. Thad McCotter, one of Congress's quirkiest members, resigned his seat Friday evening, closing out a dismal chapter that had seen him go from one-time, long-shot presidential hopeful to lame-duck congressman who couldn't even file enough valid signatures to run for re-election.
"As this harmony is required to serve, its absence requires I leave," he said. "The recent event's totality of calumnies, indignities and deceits have weighed most heavily upon my family."
Mr. McCotter, who just a few years ago was a member of House Republicans' elected leadership and then last year mounted his ill-fated bid for president, said he leaves having no other job prospect, but said the ups and downs of his recent political life have "severed the necessary harmony between the needs of my constituency and of my family."