Boehner To Prioritize Sandy Aid In New Congress

After shelving the legislation Wednesday night, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) intends to prioritize relief for victims of superstorm Sandy in the new Congress, his office said.

"The Speaker will make the supplemental his first priority in the new Congress," a Boehner aide told TPM.

The aide said Boehner has shared his intentions with members of the New York and New Jersey delegations.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will be holding a press conference in Trenton, New Jersey on Wednesday at 2PM ET, where is he is expected to address the fact that the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned on Tuesday night without taking up Hurricane Sandy legislation — funds badly needed by residents of New Jersey for recovery efforts.

The Winners

TPM is pleased to announce the winners of the Sixth Annual Golden Dukes recognizing the year’s best purveyors of public corruption, outlandish behavior and The Crazy.

The awards are named in honor of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who epitomizes the iconic modern scandal. Few have so combined public corruption, a betrayal of the public trust and generally shameless behavior. Following his example, 2012 has been a banner year — from virulent outbreaks of The Crazy to David Petraeus’ biographer bingo to the nonstop nonsense that was the 2012 campaign—there’s been a lot to rake.

Our celebrity judges — Alex Pareene,@PourMeCoffeeMarin CoganLizz Winstead and Susie Bright — waded their way through all 35 finalists in 7 categories, and selected the winners.

Check out the lucky nominees and the reader emails that selected them here. To read any judge’s statements (be sure you do), scroll to the end and click on each judge’s name!

Supreme Court Refuses To Halt Birth Control Mandate

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal to temporarily block the Obama administration’s contraception mandate while the courts work through the case.

In a four-page opinion issued late Wednesday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor declared that the Hobby Lobby and Mardel, two retail outlets suing to block the requirement, do not meet the high standard for emergency injunctive relief.

“Applicants do not satisfy the demanding standard for the extraordinary relief they seek,” wrote Sotomayor, the justice primarily responsible for cases in the Tenth Circuit where it’s pending. She reasoned that the plaintiffs’ right to immediate relief is not “indisputably clear” and that they cannot demonstrate the necessity of an injunction.