Just because Congress is on recess doesn't mean plenty isn't happening in the political world. Now is the time for representatives to travel back to their districts, meet with constituents and enforce a truly local presence in their communities. Most House Republicans are bringing home the message of fiscal discipline and steps towards long term prosperity in America.
In the meantime, the crew of a hijacked U.S. ship has re-taken control after being hijacked this morning by Somali pirates. International tensions rose during the incident, but officials feel the situation is more controlled with one pirate in U.S. custody. The event was the first time in 200 years that a U.S. hostage taking of this kind has occurred.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus met with Fidel Castro yesterday. In effort to end U.S. travel restrictions to Cuba, they sang the corrupt leader's praises. Reports Politico:
“It was almost like listening to an old friend,” said Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Il.), adding that he found Castro’s home to be modest and Castro’s wife to be particularly hospitable.
“In my household I told Castro he is known as the ultimate survivor,” Rush said.
The seven Democrats have faced harsh criticism for their meeting and positive words. According to the Hill, Mauricio Claver-Carone, a board member with the U.S.-Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee, was unhappy with the group's trip, calling in an "embaressment" that "gives a bad name to the CBC."
Just as politicians leave Capitol Hill, outside drama revs up. They'll have lots to chat about in coming townhall meetings.