The casino magnate Sheldon G. Adelson told Donald J. Trump in a private meeting last week that he was willing to contribute more to help elect him than he has to any previous campaign, a sum that could exceed $100 million, according to two Republicans with direct knowledge of Mr. Adelson’s commitment.
As significant, Mr. Adelson, a billionaire based in Las Vegas, has decided that he will significantly scale back his giving to congressional Republicans and direct most of his contributions to groups dedicated to Mr. Trump’s campaign. - Referenced Article
Donald Trump faced a barrage of attacks from rivals Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz on Thursday night during a Republican presidential debate that was at times nasty and crude but offered few moments that looked likely to reset a race that remains Trump’s to lose.
The two senators ganged up for a second time in a row on the brash billionaire over his immigration stance, business record and overall temperament, but Trump swatted them away by condescendingly branding them “Little Marco” and “Lying Ted”. - Referenced Article
Just hours after vowing to stay in the race until there was a clear nominee, Dr. Ben Carson all but waved the white flag.
"I do not see a political path forward in light of last evening's Super Tuesday primary results," the retired pediatric neurosurgeon said in an email to supporters on Wednesday afternoon. - Referenced Article
Wall Street Journal By : REID J. EPSTEIN and BYRON TAU
The battle between Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz intensified Monday as Mr. Rubio tried to cement himself as the clear establishment candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and Mr. Cruz ousted a top spokesman amid allegations of dirty tricks. - Referenced Article
With just days to go before New Hampshire voters head to the polls for the first-in-the-nation primary, top presidential candidates from both parties sat down with CNN's Jake Tapper for Sunday's CNN "State of the Union."
Billionaire businessman Donald Trump, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ohio Gov. John Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie each made their case for why they deserved voters' support, as well as taking a few shots at their competitors. - Referenced Article
The Democratic battle in Iowa was so close that both Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — the 74-year-old socialist with no major endorsements — and Hillary Clinton left the state without a clear-cut victory.
The race was too close to call when the candidates headed to the airport to escape an impending blizzard, bound for New Hampshire and its primary just over a week away. - Referenced Article
NBC News By : CHUCK TODD, MARK MURRAY and CARRIE DANN
In a 2015 filled with fascinating political stories -- Donald Trump's rise and durability, Bernie-mania, Joe Biden's Hamlet-on-the-Potomac act, John Boehner stepping down from Congress -- maybe the most amazing one has been the strength and size of the Republican Party's outsider/anti-establishment wing.
Today's new national Quinnipiac poll provides an exclamation point to that story: Donald Trump 28%, Ted Cruz 24%, Marco Rubio 12%, Ben Carson 10%, Chris Christie 6%, Jeb Bush 4%; no one else gets more than 2%. Add up the Trump/Cruz/Carson percentages, and you get 62%. - Referenced Article
Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has suspended two campaign staffers for the misuse of Democratic party voter information. The campaign's data director was fired last week. A glitch in the party's voter database allowed them to read Hillary Clinton's private campaign data. Sanders apologized to Clinton at Saturday's democratic debate. Sanders joins "CBS This Morning" from Burlington, Vermont, to discuss the scandal and why he thinks GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is a "pathological liar."
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz has surged past Ben Carson and Donald Trump and ascended into first place in the key primary state of Iowa, according to a Bloomberg Politics/DesMoines Register poll released Saturday.
The Texas senator takes 31 percent among those likely to attend the Iowa Republican caucuses, set for Feb. 1. - Referenced Article
In the tense days after a black man's death at the hands of police, Minnesota's first African-American congressman stood with protesters as they besieged a police station, even tweeting what he called an "agonizing" photograph showing his son with hands raised in a confrontation with officers in riot gear. - Referenced Article
Sorry Mitt Romney fans: He's just not that in to running for president. Fresh off a new Washington Post report that GOP establishment leaders are calling on Romney, who has run and lost twice before, to reconsider his decision to stay out of the 2016 race, associates of the 2012 Republican presidential nominee tell CNN there are a lot of "in bound" calls but that there are "no signs" he's changed his mind. - Referenced Article
The race for Speaker could turn the House floor into complete chaos later this month, prompting an ugly public fight and further roiling a Republican Party struggling to present a governing vision for the country.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced a long-shot campaign for the post on Sunday, asserting that more than 50 house Republicans won't back the current frontrunner... - Referenced Article
Trump said he'd respond by telling the pope about the Islamic State extremist group (also known as ISIS) and its desire to take over the Vatican.
"I'd say, 'ISIS wants to get you.' You know that ISIS wants to go in and take over the Vatican, you have heard that?" Trump asked Cuomo. "You know that's a dream of theirs, to go into Italy." - Referenced Article
IMAGINE AN ELECTION—A close one. You’re undecided. So you type the name of one of the candidates into your search engine of choice.
(Actually, let’s not be coy here. In most of the world, one search engine dominates; in Europe and North America, it’s Google.) And Google coughs up, in fractions of a second, articles and facts about that candidate. - Referenced Article
Rick Perry said in an interview Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that the shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana, earlier this week shows why gun-free zones are "a bad idea" and said he believes people should be able to take their firearms to the movies.
"I think that it makes a lot of sense to send a message across this country," Perry said when asked by host Jake Tapper if the former governor believed a way to prevent such violence would be to allow moviegoers to take guns inside. - Referenced Article
Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) said on Friday that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R-) is “vile” for using a speech earlier this week to talk about the violent death of one of Himes’s former interns.
Himes argued in a statement that Christie was politicizing the death of Kevin Sutherland to fit talking points on criminal justice reform, and that it was unethical of him to do so. - Referenced Article
Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb on Sunday suggested that recent efforts to remove Confederate symbols from public places were as "divisive" as Donald Trump's disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.
Without prompting from "Fox News Sunday" host Bret Baier, who had been asking questions about national security, Webb asked if he could please talk about Trump, the billionaire GOP candidate who has called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Webb criticized Trump before pivoting. - Referenced Article
A national debate over Confederate imagery burst open on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, forcing GOP leaders on Thursday to pull a spending bill from consideration.
Earlier this week, the House adopted amendments that largely banned the Confederate battle flag’s display at federal parks and cemeteries administered by the National Park Service, as well as the sale of items displaying it. It retained some exceptions for educational purposes. - Referenced Article
Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, is the latest Democrat to enter the presidential race. He was secretary of the Navy under President Ronald Reagan. Webb joins "CBS This Morning" for his first interview since announcing his candidacy last week.
“I support calling the Iranian Revolutionary Guard what it is: a terrorist organization. It is imperative that we get both tough and smart about dealing with Iran before it is too late.”
“I want the Iranians to know that if I’m president, we will attack Iran. In the next 10 years, during which they might foolishly consider launching an attack on Israel, we would be able to totally obliterate them.” - Referenced Article
ObamaCare's victory at the Supreme Court is putting new pressure on Republican presidential candidates to map out a replacement to the healthcare law — a task that has eluded the party for more than five years.
With President Obama’s law twice affirmed by the nation’s high court, congressional Republicans now say a victory in 2016 is their best chance to tear down the statute and replace it with a GOP-favored alternative. - Referenced Article
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker officially joins the presidential race a week from Monday, and former Virginia Senator and Navy Secretary Jim Webb became the fifth contender for the Democratic nomination Thursday. Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is also surging after drawing a crowd of 10,000 this week in Wisconsin. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank joins "CBS This Morning" from Washington to discuss the latest contenders in the 2016 race to the White House.
Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee urged Christian leaders to channel Martin Luther King, Jr. by resisting the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. Huckabee pointed to King's Letter from Birmingham Jail, in which the civil rights leader advocated non-violent resistance to racism, saying that "an unjust law is no law at all." "I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice," the Republican former Arkansas governor said Sunday on ABC's "This Week." - Reference Article
Five lawyers on #SCOTUS can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature's God on marriage than they can the laws of gravity.
The Senate finally appears to have a Plan B -- or at least the beginnings of one -- to break the standstill on funding the Department of Homeland Security.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Monday that the chamber will vote on a stand-alone bill to block President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions that could allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country and work. - Referenced Article
A Fox TV affiliate in San Diego suffered a major broadcast blunder when it showed a picture of President Obama instead of an image of a suspected rapist. KSWB-TV, also known as Fox 5 San Diego, displayed a picture of Obama speaking at a microphone rather than art of a suspect in a rape case in a report during its newscast on Friday night. - Referenced Article
It’s a tossup. American voters are sharply divided over whether ObamaCare will ultimately be a good thing or a bad thing for the country.
The latest Fox News national poll also finds that, while a majority wishes the 2010 health care law had never passed, the number of voters who are glad it did is at an all-time high. In the end, will ObamaCare be a good thing or a bad thing for the country? The new poll, released Thursday, finds views split 47-47 percent on that question.
A year ago, more voters said it would be a bad thing by 51-42 percent. - Referenced News
Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin has been many things in his political career: Republican vice-presidential candidate, uncompromising budget hawk, conservative policy maven and, for Democrats, the breathing symbol of draconian fiscal policies.
Now, from his new perch as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Mr. Ryan finds himself in the unlikely position of gatekeeper of President Obama’s agenda. - Referenced Article
Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., and Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, square off Monday night at a House committee meeting about health care.
“Had governors worked with the administration, we might not be in this position,” Hastings said. “I don’t know about in your state, which I think is a crazy state to begin with — and I mean that just as I said it.”
Senator Elizabeth Warren used her Twitter Account this month to reach out to two Massachusetts' Governors. She chided Mitt Romney on his record on working families and congratulated Deval Patrick on "leaving Massachusetts stronger."
Good to see Mitt Romney suddenly talking about working families. Are corporations still people too, Mitt?
This week, members of the Congress will vote on who will lead them in the House. It seems House Republicans -- who make up the majority -- will likely stick with the guy already in charge, Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio).
As per usual, however, there are several conservatives who are unimpressed with Boehner's tenure and have a few alternatives in mind. - Referenced Article
Embattled Rep. Michael G. Grimm (R-N.Y.), who pleaded guilty last week to tax evasion, said he would resign before Congress returned next week.
“After much thought and prayer, I have made the very difficult decision to step down from Congress effective Jan. 5," Grimm said in a statment. "This decision is made with a heavy heart, as I have enjoyed a very special relationship and closeness with my constituents, whom I care about deeply." - Referenced Article
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Rep. Michael Grimm, R-N.Y., is expected to appear in a Brooklyn federal court Tuesday to plead guilty in a tax fraud case that shadowed his successful re-election bid earlier this year, said a person with knowledge of the case but who declined to comment publicly.
A hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m., before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen. - Referenced Article
It won’t last long, but at least for one day, Democrats are celebrating Sen. Ted Cruz. On Monday, the Senate confirmed controversial surgeon general nominee Vivek Murthy, and many on the left and right are thanking (or blaming) the Texas freshman for that.
Democrats argue that a procedural tactic that the Texas Republican and fellow conservative Sen. Mike Lee undertook over the weekend is responsible for opening the door for the confirmation of a number of President Obama’s executive and judicial nominees, including Murthy. - Referenced Article
A former campaign aide to President Barack Obama who is volunteering with a super PAC trying to draft Democrat Elizabeth Warren to run for president says he’s gathered “in the hundreds” of signatures from fellow Obama alumni to prod the Massachusetts senator into the race.
The onetime aide, Christopher Hass, has circulated the letter on an Obama alumni email group and said it will be released on Friday. - Referenced Article
“Putin doesn’t want to play within the system anymore,” says Michael McFaul, whose term as U.S. ambassador to Russia ended in February.
“He wants to challenge it now. He wants to prod. He wants to build relationships with others against that system, with the Chinese, Turks, maybe India. That is a longer-term challenge.” Referenced Article
Former President George W. Bush — yes, THAT George W. Bush — is the latest to comment on the case of Eric Garner and the grand jury decision to not indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for Garner’s death.
CNN host Candy Crowley sat down with the former commander-in-chief in an interview that will air on Sunday, and the network released a short clip of Bush giving his thoughts about the case.
Rand Paul of all people is enjoying a kind of a honeymoon with some on the left. Yes, the Republican senator from Kentucky backed by the Tea Party and openly aspiring to run for president has fans among progressives who otherwise have nothing good to say about Republicans.
One of the things they like is Paul’s opposition to knee-jerk military intervention. - Referenced Article
It appears that Senator Ted Cruz vote hinges on Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch's position on O bama's vow to use Executive Authority on Immigration and her 'commitment to the law.'
"President Obama's Attorney General nominee deserves fair and full consideration of the United States Senate, which is precisely why she should not be confirmed in the lame duck session of Congress by senators who just lost their seats and are no longer accountable to the voters," Cruz and Lee said in a joint statement. "The Attorney General is the President's chief law enforcement officer. As such, the nominee must demonstrate full and complete commitment to the law. Loretta Lynch deserves the opportunity to demonstrate those qualities, beginning with a statement whether or not she believes the President’s executive amnesty plans are constitutional and legal."
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA: Well, look, another saying of Harry Truman's was, the buck stops with me. With me, the buck stops right here at my desk. And so whenever, as the head of the party, it doesn't do well, I've got to take responsibility for it.
The message that I took from this election and we've seen this in a number of elections, successive elections, is people want to see this city work. And they feel as if it's not working.
The economy has improved significantly. There's no doubt about it. We had a jobs report for October that showed that once again over two hundred thousand jobs created. We've now created more than ten million. The unemployment rate has come down faster than we could have anticipated.
Just to give you some perspective, Bob, we've created more jobs in the United States than every other advanced economy combined since I came into office. And so we're making progress but people still feel like their wages haven't gone up, their incomes haven't gone up, still hard to save for retirement, still hard to send a kid to college. And then they see Washington gridlocked and they're frustrated.
And, you know, they know one person in Washington and that's the President of the United States. So I've got to make this city work better for them. - Referenced Article
The Republican Party secured an electoral sweep Tuesday that made it America’s dominant party, not just in Washington but in states around the U.S. On Wednesday, it began trying to define the kind of governing party it wants to be.
The election results reinforced the party’s basic conservative identity—formed by the governors and members of Congress elected in 2010 and the new crop of officials elected this week. - Referenced Article
It's not known whether the former Senator from Massachusetts will be putting his New Hampshire vacation home up for sale, but he made congratulatory tweet to his team and his opponent.
It's hard to imagine an election year without social media. Twitter has been used to trumpet ideas and to challenge opponents on opposing positions.
Congratulations to Sen. Shaheen. My thanks to our team, volunteers and friends. At the gym and looking forward to reconnecting with family.
The most expensive midterm campaign in American history stumbled into Election Day on Tuesday with voters’ interest at record lows and their divisions deep over what they want their government to do in President Obama’s final two years.
Republicans entered the final hours confident they will gain at least six seats and take control of the Senate, but polls showed several races too close to call. - Full Article
Chris Frates, C N N investigative correspondent asks, "What Americans could have bought instead of a $4 billion election" in his piece this weekend for C N N. The Center for Responsive Politics is projecting this November 4th mid term election will amount to 4 Billion dollars. - Full Article
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, likened the Republican party to Domino's Pizza Wednesday when he declared that the party's image "sucks." "Remember Domino's Pizza? They admitted, 'Hey, our pizza crust sucks.'
Doug Ford, the almost equally colorful brother of blustery, crack-smoking Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, lost his bid to succeed his brother in the city's top job Monday night — but the scandal-ridden mayor was elected to the City Council.
Rob Ford bowed out of the race after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive cancer, and he tapped Doug Ford, who was his campaign manager, to run in his place. Conservative John Tory won the election, however, with about 40 percent of the vote to Ford's 34 percent. - Full Article
President Barack Obama does not watch cable news. This was the take away from an interview with former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on CNN's "Reliable Sources" this Sunday.
When asked by host Brian Stelter about the president's news diet, Carney listed The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and Politico, describing Obama as a "voracious consumer of the printed word." - Full Article
I have a feeling Democrats are going to wake up after Election Day going, eww and aww looking at the glacial shift in the political landscape. If the polls and analysts are correct, both Houses of Congress will be Republican. Maybe the Democrats will have a period of self-reflection like the Republicans did after the 2012 race.
The Democrats might ask themselves, how it is that affordable health care has so many popular and accepted components and still be politically poisonous. How can so much political capital be squandered vis-à-vis defense and foreign policy?
White folks who were enthusiastic about Obama’s candidacy are shouting I don’t like his policies, but can’t give a definitive reason as to why, with the noticeable exception of Gwyneth Paltrow who is wholeheartedly all in for the President.
It is hard to call some of the Republican rage against the administration bigotry, or is it? One would have to reason that Obama’s approval ratings have tumbled because when the going got tougher they decided not to champion their own issues. It makes a tougher race for candidates like Jeanne Shaheen against former Senator Scott Brown; who was given his a** to him against Senator Elizabeth Warren in Massachusetts.
I don’t know why they keep calling it a 24 hour news cycle; it’s actually a minute by minute or hourly news cycle nowadays and the Republicans has exploited it so much that Fox News, Breitbart and talk radio shows around the country can be deemed the ‘Fourth Branch of Government’s call for the end of Government’.
For all the talk of Obama’s campaign behemoth, did it run for the caves? The BarackObama.com YouTube Channel’s last post was in 2013. It has dwindled to over a half millions subscribers, but I can’t help but thinking what if the old Obama campaign apparatus was back in full swing. Could it help swing some state races for the Dems?
Republicans never left campaign and strategy mode. They made it their mission to ridicule the President at every stop, even made it a point to say that Vladimir Putin was a stronger leader. Even when they’ve had the worst blunders they’ve still made their base believe that giving arms to so-called moderate Syrians, which would have ended up in the hands of ISIS, was the only solutions to defeat President Assad. John McCain even demanded boots on the ground.
Foreign Policy novices like Senator Kelly Ayotte, championed short-sighted tactical solutions and questioned a handicapped administration that has to strategically think long-term and measure lasting implications that can’t be squeezed into the news cycle.
When President Obama returned to the campaign trail Sunday, he re-introduced one of his favorite characters.
Yes, "Cousin Pookie" is back. As he has in previous elections, Obama cast Cousin Pookie and other family members as the kinds of disinterested voters that Democrats need to get to the polls this election. - Full Article
Sen. Rand Paul tells POLITICO that the Republican presidential candidate in 2016 could capture one-third or more of the African-American vote by pushing criminal-justice reform, school choice and economic empowerment.
“If Republicans have a clue and do this and go out and ask every African-American for their vote, I think we can transform an election in one cycle,” the Kentucky Republican said in a phone interview Thursday as he was driven through New Hampshire in a rental car. - Full Article
Hunter Biden, the son of the vice president, was discharged from the Navy Reserve this year after testing positive for cocaine, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
"It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge," the younger Biden said in a statement released by his attorney. - Full Article
When Scott Brown was fighting to keep his Senate seat in Massachusetts two years ago, he was forced to keep his distance from a former colleague who also happened to be his party's top gun at the time, Mitt Romney.
Now, Brown is battling for the Senate again. This time, his arms are wide open for Romney. - Full Article
New Hampshire First in the Nation, Live Free or Die and New Hampshire’s Assertive Independence will be toppled with the election of Scott Brown.
For all those Republicans harping about the influence of Massachusetts’s politics let’s go ahead and put our support behind a moderate Senator who was too tepid to win south of the border. How can New Hampshire conservatives call themselves independent with record amounts from big oil and Wall Street propping Scott Brown’s campaign up?
The only support Scott Brown has given New Hampshire thus far is in words only; there is no legislative record. Big money wouldn’t support a conservative of and by New Hampshire, so Kelly Ayotte threw her support with the money.
Let's Move campaign, which is essentially the starving of our kids, for real.
Have you seen a picture of the Michelle Obama Let's Move lunch? It is unbelievable. It looks like the stuff that egg cartons are made out of. It's a tray.
In the upper left hand little section is dry, shredded lettuce, and then there looks like a single carrot in another section and a little like a cup of fat-free or skim milk. There's no entree. Students are outraged, parents are outraged -- and, of course, it's always been the Republicans starving our children. It's Michelle Obama who's doing it!
Gwyneth Paltrow had trouble remembering her lines as she introduced President Obama at a big-dollar fundraiser at her Los Angeles home Thursday.
The Hollywood actress told Obama "I am one of your biggest fans, if not the biggest," praising the president before turning over the microphone by saying, "You're so handsome that I can't speak properly." - Full Article
Rachel Maddow brought us a double helping of Debunktion Junction Wednesday night, because there was just too much misinformation out there for a single segment.
First off, she looked at that outrageous ad that congressmoron Kevin Cramer filmed in the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery without permission, violating VA rules to use dead soldiers’ graves as props in an ad. - Full Article
Former President Bill Clinton pushed back on Republican attempts to tie Arkansas Democrats to President Barack Obama on Monday, telling voters in his home state that the campaign tactic is “a pretty good scam.”
“You cannot afford to do what their opponents want. They want you to make this a protest vote,” Clinton told supporters at the University of Central Arkansas. - Full Article
With one month to go before the Nov. 4 elections, the battle for which party will control the U.S. Senate is intensifying.
Republicans need to gain six seats to take control of the Senate - a distinct possibility, so political action committees on both sides of the aisle are pumping in large sums of money to try and influence the outcome of the Senate races. - Full Article
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen opposes deploying American ground troops to the Middle East to fight Islamic State militants but her Republican challenger, Scott Brown, said he remains open to the idea.
A U.S.-led coalition recently began airstrikes in Iraq and Syria aimed at destroying the extremist faction that has seized control of a huge chunk of territory stretching from northern Syria to the western outskirts of the Iraqi capital. - Full Article
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sat down with Gayle King for a wide-ranging interview in Newark. Christie addressed his take on the "war on drugs," as well as his health and plans for a presidential run in 2016.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife on charges related to influence peddling, concluding a sometimes dramatic trial and derailing the political ambitions of the one-time rising star in the Republican Party.
After more than a month of sometimes soul-baring testimony, the jury issued guilty verdicts on 11 counts against McDonnell, while clearing him on two others. - Full Article
Democrats are firing back at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's suggestion that Republicans, if they win control of the Senate, would possibly threaten to shutdown the government to force policy changes from President Barack Obama. - Full Article
Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Sunday defended the veto that led a grand jury to indict him on two felony counts of abuse of power, noting that even some Democrats have questioned the move by prosecutors.
"I stood up for the rule of law in the state of Texas, and if I had to do it again I would make exactly the same decision," Perry, a potential candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, said. - Full Article
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she hopes she and President Obama can hug it out like friends at a Martha's Vineyard soiree Wednesday -- her attempt to make up for dissing Obama's foreign policy in a magazine interview this week.
Clinton ripped Obama's Syria strategy and dismissed his onetime foreign policy catchphrase as small bore. - Full Article
After a surprise primary election loss, U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.
The congressman will step down Aug. 18 and ask Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately, Cantor spokesman Doug Heye said Friday. - Full Article
Sen. Robert Menendez is asking the Justice Department to pursue evidence obtained by U.S. investigators that the Cuban government concocted an elaborate plot to smear him with allegations that he cavorted with underage prostitutes, according to people familiar with the discussions.
In a letter sent to Justice Department officials, the senator’s attorney asserts that the plot was timed to derail the political rise of Menendez (D-N.J.), one of Washington’s most ardent critics of the Castro regime. - Full Article
The former secretary of state and author of “Hard Choices” keeps copies of Republican memoirs like “Faith of My Fathers” and “Decision Points” on her shelves.
What books are you reading right now?
I’ve got a pile of books stacked on my night stand that I’m reading — or hoping to get to soon. I’m usually working on more than one at a time. So right now it’s “The Goldfinch,” by Donna Tartt; “Mom & Me & Mom,” by Maya Angelou; and “Missing You,” by Harlan Coben. - Full Interview
Contests are set in nearly half the states for November's elections, and with few contested primary elections remaining on the calendar, Republicans are enjoying clear advantages in their quest for a Senate takeover. - Full Article
The heavyweight U.S. Senate showdown between Jeanne Shaheen and Scott Brown — already off to a fast and snippy start with both sides accusing each other of breaking federal elections laws — could shatter records for campaign spending and even top the amount racked up by GOP presidential primary hopefuls in the Granite State two years ago.
“It wouldn’t shock me if it topped $50 million,” said Dante Scala, a campaign finance expert at the University of New Hampshire. - Full Article
The tea party activist challenging House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has lost his teaching job over a racy Web video that went viral last week. J.D. Winteregg, who's received outside support from the Tea Party Leadership Fund in his bid for Boehner's House seat, had been an adjunct professor at Cedarville University, a small Christian college in Cedarville, Ohio, for three years.
Last week, Winteregg was told his contract would not be renewed. - Full Article
Student activists at the University of Minnesota are ratcheting up their protest against a campus visit by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is scheduled to speak Thurday at Northrop Auditorium.
Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), which tried and failed to get the U to rescind its invitation to Rice, has sent a letter to the U police chief, Greg Hestness, claiming that a "truly dangerous" person is heading to campus. - Full Article
Republicans cite a new survey to claim health insurance premiums are up 90 percent in New Hampshire because of the Affordable Care Act.
But that figure is based on just one insurance broker in the state. The 90 percent figure is included in a survey of 148 insurance brokers by Morgan Stanley, to help guide investor decisions about stock purchases. - Full Article
Iowa's governor fired the head of the state's administrative department hours after The Des Moines Register published documents showing he didn't tell the truth to state lawmakers.
Mike Carroll, who was appointed head of the Iowa Department of Administrative Services in 2011, last week testified before a legislative oversight committee that no money had been paid to state employees from his department in exchange for a pact of secrecy. - Full Article
People trying to apply and enroll for private health insurance through Obamacare before Monday's midnight deadline discovered the website was "currently unavailable."
Healthcare.gov, the online marketplace bedeviled by bugs since its launch last fall, went down for several hours Monday morning, a statement from the Department of Health and Human Services said. - Full Article
Prosecutors charged former Wisconsin Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer on Friday with sexually assaulting a political aide three years ago following a Republican mixer.
Kramer is charged with two counts of second-degree felony sexual assault. He faces up to $200,000 in fines and 80 years in prison if convicted on both charges. He is due to make an initial court appearance on April 14. - Full Article
State Sen. Leland Yee was arraigned on seven charges of corruption and firearms trafficking Wednesday, swept up in a broad FBI sting involving more than two dozen people across the Bay Area suspected of selling drugs, smuggling guns and arranging murder for hire.
Yee was one of 26 people charged Wednesday in the operation, many of whom wore headsets to translate... - Full Article
Jeb Bush and Hillary Clinton - two central figures in modern politics with 2016 prospects - joined forces Monday to talk global education. In her keynote address, Clinton praised Bush's dedication to education reform since serving two terms as governor of Florida,
where he overhauled the state's education system, introducing a school voucher program and banning using race as a factor in university admissions. - Full Article
One year ago, the Republican National Committee completed a four-month period of "self-reflection" and "evaluation" after losing its second straight presidential election and the popular vote in five of the past six presidential elections.
The result of that process became popularly known as the GOP "Autopsy Report" -- an analysis of all of the Republican Party's ailments and prescriptions for how to cure them. - Full Article
Politicos and election officials are confirming Republican Scott Wagner's apparent victory in the 28th Senate as the first time a write-in candidate has won an election for state Senate in Pennsylvania.
Only about 22,300 voters cast ballots in Tuesday's special election, for a turnout of 13.6 percent, according to unofficial numbers from the county's elections office. - Full Article
He's a Democrat running for reelection this November in a district where President Obama won just 33 percent of the vote in 2012. And he's trying to run as far away from Obama as possible.
But it's not working. Earlier this month, Rahall -- in an attempt to argue his independence from the national Democratic Party -- told The Hill newspaper that he "probably" supported George W. Bush more when the Republican was in the White House than he has supported President Obama. - Full Article
Mysterious posters of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) with his face photoshopped onto a tattooed body were plastered around various locations in Los Angeles, like the Beverly Hilton Hotel, late Thursday night. - Full Article
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer ended months of speculation about her political future on Wednesday when she announced that she will not seek a third term in office.
The Arizona Constitution limits governors to two terms, but the Republican governor and her advisers have kept alive a scenario in which she might mount a longshot legal challenge to seek another four years in office. - Full Time
The ‘Bridgegate’ investigation took an unexpected turn on Monday afternoon and the governor’s poll numbers are still suffering.
Federal prosecutors have withdrawn their subpoena for documents related to New Jersey Port Authority Chairman David Samson on Monday afternoon, just a week after launching an inquiry into whether or not the executive’s work with the Port Authority was benefitting clients of the private law firm he founded. - Full Article
Tuesday's special election to replace the late Rep. Bill Young, R-Fla., in Florida's 13th congressional district counts for a lot, not just for the people of the district but also for the national parties: they're testing messages, testing turnout machines.
But it won't predict the outcome of November's congressional midterms. Whoever wins will call this a sign of things to come, of course, and there's little question the race does hinge heavily on the Affordable Care Act. - Full Article
Support for the country's new health care law appears to be rebounding slightly, according to a new national poll. A CNN/ORC International survey released Tuesday indicates that nearly all of the increased support comes from upper-income and college-educated Americans.
The poll's Tuesday release comes on the same day that a special election is being held in Florida's 13th Congressional District to fill a vacant U.S. House seat. - Full Article
The leaders of some national tea party groups aren't taking kindly to tough talk by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
The top Senate Republican, who's running for re-election this year, said over the weekend that he's not concerned about facing a tea party supported primary challenger back home in Kentucky. - Full Article
The one-two finish of Rand Paul and Ted Cruz in The Washington Times/CPAC straw poll over the weekend cemented their rock star status among grass-roots activists — and signaled that the two tea party favorites are destined for a showdown over which senator will carry the conservative flag in the contest for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
For the second straight year, Mr. Paul was easily the top choice of the thousands who converged for the three-day Conservative Political Action Conference just outside the Beltway in suburban Maryland, underscoring the power of the libertarian wing of the movement. - Full Article
Let me just get this out there. I don’t know if the other former Secretary of State will use the slogan, something about ‘in it to win it’ again, but if the GOP could settle their differences and put forth a Rice/Rubio ticket it would be over for the Democrats at least for the next decade.
The Clinton’s would have to know this would usher in an entirely new political map.
The choice of Rice’s words were did not characterize Putin as Hitler’esk but characterized him from a first person standpoint and carefully articulated Putin’s intent and objectives like the foremost seasoned intellectual on Russian affairs that she is. - Full Article
Former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Barack Obama Sunday of appeasing Russian President Vladimir Putin and said there’s “no question” that Putin “believes he is weak.”
Cheney said in an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation that Obama and his advisers “have created an image around the world, not just to the Russians, of weakness… the Syrian situation is a classic. We got all ready to do something -- a lot of the allies signed on -- and at the last minute, Obama backed off.” - Full Article
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee has invited his debate prep advisers and senior campaign aides to his mountaintop chalet in Park City, Utah, for a weekend of skiing later this month, according to two people close to Romney. - Full Article
The unlimited, anonymous money that shook the 2012 elections may be poised to make its way down the ballot. It’s been more than four years since the U.S. Supreme Court decided the landmark Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission helped give rise to a flood do unlimited, undisclosed money.
Called 501(c)(4) groups after the chapter in the tax code from which they derive their authority, these issue-driven groups, such as Crossroads GPS and the Priorities USA, have spawned shoot-offs and imitators now cropping up in Iowa. - Full Article
Let me just get this out there. I don’t know if the other former Secretary of State will use the slogan, something about ‘in it to win it’ again, but if the GOP could settle their differences and put forth a Rice/Rubio ticket it would be over for the Democrats at least for the next decade.
The Clinton’s would have to know this would usher in an entirely new political map. - Full Article
Sparks were flying Wednesday at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the IRS scandal. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) made his voice heard after Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) adjourned the hearing before the Democrat could ask a question.
Former IRS official Lois Lerner was present to testify at the hearing, but she pleaded the Fifth and didn’t respond to questions about her leadership over the IRS division that improperly targeted Tea Party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax-exempt status during the 2010 and 2012 elections. - Full Article
Three-term Rep. Tom Rooney of Florida said in an interview Friday that it was critical for the GOP to coalesce around an alternative that includes some elements of the current law, such as ending discrimination against individuals with existing conditions, and other proposals to help the 30 million Americans without health insurance.
He said it would be a mistake for Republicans to simply sit by and count on their opposition to the law to carry them to wins in November. "I come from a football family and I can't stand 'prevent' defense," said Rooney, the grandson of Art Rooney, founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"Teams always play that at the end when they're up big and we're up big right now. There's this philosophy that we can do no harm if we just play 'prevent' defense and I don't think we serve our constituents well when we don't give them a reason why they should elect us." - Full Article
Rush Limbaugh on Thursday blasted Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of SB 1062, saying the decision has likely left the Founding Fathers “spinning in their graves” — although not all the conservative radio talkers agreed with his position.
Limbaugh told listeners that with the veto, “Democrats and their media allies are cheering; even some Republicans are praising Arizona.”
But SB 1062 was “mischaracterized from the get-go” as anti-gay when it was actually “pro-religious freedom,” Limbaugh said. - Full Article
Vice President Joe Biden defended his basketball skills at a Black History Month event in Washington on Tuesday, jokingly telling about 150 attendees, "I may be a white boy, but I can jump."
Biden, who hosted the reception at the Naval Observatory with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, said that he wanted to team up with former NBA star and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson to take on President Obama, The Washington Post reported. - Full Article
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has been eyeing a 2016 presidential run since his battles with labor unions made him a Republican star, is in the midst of dealing with the fallout of two criminal investigations at home that could complicate his move to the national stage.
One is ongoing, and while the other is now closed with no allegations of wrongdoing by Walker, it has the lingering potential to embarrass him... Full Article
As chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa is discovering a powerful political equation: red meat = money.
At the close of 2013, the California Republican had raised more campaign money than nearly all of the other House committee chairmen, trailing only Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, who was the party’s vice presidential nominee in 2012.
According to FEC records, Issa’s campaign brought in $2.15 million in 2013, while Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., brought in $2.05 million... Full Article
Early in the recently released Netflix documentary Mitt, a telling behind-the-scenes look at Mitt Romney’s near-decade-long pursuit of the White House, the remarkably handsome Romney family is shown in 2006 seated around a cozy living room weighing the idea of making the run.
Mitt solicits pros and cons. The first offering, from daughter-in-law Jen, holding her baby: “I think the con would be that you would have to be president.”... Full Article
In her first major campaign appearance in Louisville, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes called for ending China’s currency manipulation and shrinking the trade deficit in an effort to return manufacturing jobs to Kentucky.
“We can add over 4.7 million jobs to our economy and cut our trade deficit by $165 billion. ... That makes a real difference,” the Democrat said Thursday. In the 40-minute speech, Grimes attacked Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell for not doing enough for the middle class... Full Article
President Barack Obama has told Senate Democrats that he's willing to stay away from election battles where his presence would not be helpful, a Democratic source said -- an apparent nod to his poll numbers.
Obama's comments came when he and former President Bill Clinton attended the Senate Democrats' issues conference at Nationals Park on Wednesday.
Sources at the meeting said Obama assured Democrats that maintaining control of the Senate is his top priority this year... Full Article
Insurgent conservatives seeking to pull the Republican Party to the right raised more money last year than the groups controlled by the party establishment, whose bulging bank accounts and ties to major donors have been their most potent advantage in the running struggle over the party’s future, according to new campaign filings and interviews with officials.
The shift in fortunes among the largest and most influential outside political groups could have an enormous impact in the 2014 election cycle, as the Republican factions prepare to square off in a series of Senate and House primaries and as Republican leaders seek to rein in activists... Full Article
There is evidence that Gov. Chris Christie knew of the George Washington Bridge access lane closings as they were happening, says a lawyer for the former port authority official blamed for the politically motivated incident, but Christie's office denied the allegation.
A Friday letter from David Wildstein's attorney says "evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference he gave immediately before Mr. Wildstein was scheduled to appear before the Transportation Committee...Full Article
Hillary Rodham Clinton holds a commanding 6-to-1 lead over other Democrats heading into the 2016 presidential campaign, while the GOP field is deeply divided with no clear front-runner, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.
Clinton trounces her potential primary rivals with 73 percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents, reinforcing a narrative of inevitability around her nomination if she runs.
Vice President Biden is second, with 12 percent, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is third, with 8 percent... Full Article
Authorities charged former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, with illegally accepting luxurious gifts, vacations, the use of a private jet and large loans from the chief executive officer of a Virginia business—in exchange for special treatment. Mr. McDonnell—once a rising star in the Republican Party and tipped as a possible vice presidential pick or presidential candidate—has been under fire since last spring, when reports first emerged about the gifts. - More
The body of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old California girl declared brain dead after suffering complications from routine tonsil surgery, has been released to her mother by coroners, the hospital that had been treating her said in a statement Sunday.
The Eighth-grader was released to the coroner who then released her into the custody of her mother Latasha Winkfield as per court order, Dr. David Durand, Chief of Pediatrics at the Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland said in a statement. He added that her destination is unknown. - More
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), one of the most ardent opponents of Obamacare, conceded Thursday that the law's health insurance exchanges "will work and work well."
"I'm not worried about the exchanges," he said in a Senate floor speech.
"They'll get that fixed." Coburn attributed the early failures of HealthCare.gov -- the online portal where individuals can shop for coverage under the Affordable Care Act -- to an "incompetency of management."
But the exchanges would ultimately be successful, Coburn said. - More
As the federal government’s shutdown nears its second week, a pair of new polls released Monday suggests the fiscal standoff has begun to weigh on the Republican Party.
No one – not Republicans in Congress, President Barack Obama or his Democratic allies on Capitol Hill – comes away looking particularly great as a result of the shutdown, according to separate polls released Monday from the Pew Research Center and Washington Post/ABC News. - More
It is difficult to believe that there are citizens who think there is a difference between the Affordable Care Act and Obamacare. Credit has to be given to the Tea Party for brainwashing a large portion of the not-so-literate bigots by using the term “Obamacare” instead of the legal term, Affordable Care Act.
This has to be a sacrilegious act of the more-educated bigots to get the less-informed bigots to admit that they can accept and make use of the Affordable Care Act, but not Obamacare. - More
In meetings with small groups of rank-and-file lawmakers, House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has emphasized that he will not permit the country to default for the first time on its debt.
Given that a bloc of hard-line conservatives is unlikely to vote to increase the limit under any circumstances, Boehner has told fellow Republicans that they must craft an agreement that can attract significant Democratic support. - More
The Daily News is valiantly trying to disprove the notion that New York is America’s capital of sophistication.
Their liberalism is so childish they keep reverting to babies and poop for their shutdown summary.
Perhaps they used a focus-group of fourth graders to help with cover concepts. The November 16, 1995, cover of the Daily News carried a cover with a cartoon of crabby Newt Gingrich in diapers, with the headline “CRY BABY: Newt's Tantrum: He closed down the government because Clinton made him sit at back of plane.” - More
Booker, who is 44 and single, has been on the receiving end of some racy tweets from Lee, of Portland, Ore., over the past year, including more than one lascivious invitation to consummate their friendship.
“I want @CoryBooker to plow me through the night . . . ” she wrote in one tweet first reported on the website BuzzFeed. - More
In 2009, President Obama offered one of the most tepid endorsements in recent memory when his spokesman suggested indirectly that the president was supporting the Democratic candidate for mayor of New York, William C. Thompson Jr., in his race against Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
Even Mr. Thompson seemed surprised by the news. - More
A solid majority of Americans oppose defunding the new health care law if it means shutting down the government and defaulting on debt.
The CNBC All-America Economic Survey of 800 people across the country conducted by Hart-McInturff, finds that, in general, Americans oppose defunding Obamacare by a plurality of 44 percent to 38 percent. - More
Since the elections of 2010, when a tide of grassroots fervor swept through the state and vaulted a bumper crop of fresh-faced conservative leaders into office, South Carolina's Republican political establishment has been drastically reshaped.
The state's governor, Nikki Haley, is a 41-year -old Indian-American.
Tim Scott is the first African-American to represent the state in the United States Senate. - More
Sen. Mark Pryor likes to tell voters that he always puts Arkansas first, borrowing the campaign slogan associated with his family for decades. In Wyoming, Liz Cheney bets that her famous father's name will be gold in her Senate race. - More
President Obama, who turns 52 Sunday, spent today playing golf with friends at Joint Base Andrews, but before he went he was briefed on the terrorist threat that will cause 21 U.S. embassies to close Sunday.
“Before departing this morning, the president was updated on the potential threat occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula by Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Lisa Monaco. He will continue to be updated through the weekend,” a White House official told reporters. - More
The Congressional Black Caucus went more than two years without a meeting with President Barack Obama and, during that time, often complained that he wasn't paying enough attention to black Americans.
But, on Tuesday, after spending an hour and a half with Obama, the CBC had few complaints as they spoke to reporters outside the White House. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), the caucus's chair, said the meeting wasn't contentious. - More
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) reamed President Barack Obama Thursday for threatening to veto a bill that would guarantee members of the military can freely express their religious beliefs.
“We have reports of servicemen and women being told that, ‘If you share your faith with others, you will face disciplinary action and perhaps court martial,’” Cruz told an evening reception of social conservatives at the Capitol. - More
Republicans are casting the intense battle between Senate hopefuls Gabriel E. Gomez and U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey as an early referendum on the scandal-wracked Obama administration, as Democrats scramble to widen the congressman’s lead in the polls just 10 days before the election.
“This is definitely a canary-in-the-coal-mine race,” Republican consultant Ron Bonjean said. “You’re seeing the polls dropping and a Republican in Massachusetts once again having a very decent shot at winning the election. - More
Sen. Ted Cruz doesn’t have as many friends as he says he does.
In the latest round of Cruz’s simmering debate with Sen. John McCain (who labeled Cruz a "wacko bird"), Cruz spoke of "my friend, the senior senator from Arizona" while painting him as out of touch with his party and country.
It usually takes a while for senators to learn how to weaponize compliments and imprecations of friendship, but Cruz is a quick study. - More
“As a matter of fact, I don’t think there’s anyone in public life who I’ve kind of sought out their approval or even much advice,” Weiner, who used to described Sen. Chuck Schumer as his mentor, told Talking Points Memo.
“I know that I have to prove myself to my colleagues in government just as much as I do to the rest of New Yorkers … I wouldn’t even consider asking the Clintons for an endorsement or support in a race like this.
I mean, obviously, the former president and the former secretary of state have bigger fish to fry.” - More
It was “a bad week for the White House,” according to the National Journal. USA Today said it was ”one of the most challenging weeks at the White House for the Obama administration.” The Washington Examiner went with ”Obama’s roughest week.” Our colleagues at The Fix dissented a bit: They didn’t think it was Obama’s worst week ever. Just his second-worst week ever. - More
Anthony Weiner's run for a renaissance is officially on.
The ex-congressman whose career imploded in a rash of raunchy tweets two years ago said in a YouTube video announcement late Tuesday that he's in the New York City mayoral race. He'd said last month he was considering it. - More
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell unloaded on the Obama administration on Sunday, accusing it of instilling a "culture of intimidation," as the White House continued to suffer brush back following a bombshell report that accused the IRS of targeting specific groups.
"What we're talking about here is an attitude that the government knows best," McConnell said on NBC's "Meet the Press"... - More
In one of his first visits to the city since winning the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Edward Markey told a crowd of supporters gathered yesterday afternoon in the Straight Up Cafe that he is running on what makes Massachusetts special.
“What the Patrick-Murray administration has done is nothing short of a national example,” he said. - More
Rep. Jason Chaffetz reiterated Tuesday that the impeachment of President Barack Obama is possible as the White House faces scrutiny over its role in responding to the terror attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya.
“Look, it's not something I'm seeking,” the Republican congressman from Utah said on CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.” - More
U.S. Senate Republican candidate Gabriel Gomez thumbed his nose at Newt Gingrich’s advice and is embracing the GOP party, rather than running away from it, and plans to campaign with U.S. Sen. John McCain in the Bay State next week.
“I am honored to have the U.S. senator stand by my side,” Gomez said yesterday, adding that he won’t return the $5,000 that Gingrich gave him from the former U.S. House speaker’s new political action committee the American Legacy PAC. - More
Everyone knows that Barack Obama can put together a winning coalition in a presidential election. He did it twice.
What’s less clear is whether the Democratic Party and its 2016 presidential nominee will be able to build a coalition that resembles the one Obama assembled in 2008 and masterfully re-created four years later. - More
Steady drips of information about a horrific night in Libya are fueling Republican arguments and ads designed to fire up the conservative base and undercut the Democrats' early favorite for president in 2016.
Democratic and Republican strategists sharply disagree on the issue's power to influence elections next year and beyond. - More
Ted Cruz remembers the Alamo. Yes, folks, he remembers the Alamo and the freedom fighters of Texas, and the South Carolinians who fought with them.
He remembers the U.S. Constitution, and the protection it gives to gun owners and people of faith.
And make no mistake, Cruz remembers the transgressions of the Obama administration: the botched gun-running sting operation Fast and Furious, the health care law that tramples personal freedom and the drone strikes the White House uses to kill with impunity. - More
The governor who recently reported that Obama has fulfilled his promise on Hurricane Sandy relief efforts has reportedly put over $1 million in both the Philadelphia and New York Markets, ensuring media access until mid May.
The Republican base was in a uproar days before the recent Presidential election because the New Jersey Governor publicly praised Obama for his leadership in a series of photo ops and press conferences.
Christies tough no nonesense brand has enderred him to independents and some analysts are saying he'll make a strong bid for President of United States.
The daughter of the Sandy Hook victim Dawn Hochsprung had a poignant question for Senator Kelly Ayotte at a town hall meeting today.
When Lafferty got her chance to question the Senator she asked, “You had mentioned that the burden to owners of gun stores that these expanded background checks would cause,” Lafferty said.
“I’m just wondering why the burden of my mother being gunned down in the hall of her elementary school isn’t as important as that?” Polls are showing Senator Ayotte's public approval down due to her recent vote against a bill to expand background checks for purchasers of firearms.
Senator Ayotte responded to the question by expressing her doubts about the effectiveness of the bill to prevent what motivated the shooting that took place in Newtown, Conneticut. “As you and I both know the issue wasn’t [because of the] background check system,” said Ayotte.
“The issue was mental health … because that seems to be the overriding issue of all of this."
Senator Ayotte also stated she was criticized for allowing debate on the issue, “I took a lot of heat, I will say, from members of my own party who didn’t like the fact I voted to actually go to debate on this issue because we can have strong disagreements,” Ayotte said to Lafferty.
“But ultimately everything should always be debated and discussed. And I will continue to do that, and I appreciate your being here today. I know this can’t be easy." - More
USA Today Reports that despite State initiated voter-identification laws aimed at suppressing minority voting, Afro-Americans went out in record numbers and even surpassed other minority groups and whites in the 2012 elections.
A startling analysis indicates that if the 2012 voting data matched that of 2004 Governor Mitt Romney would have narrowly defeated President Obama by tipping the scale in key states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida and Colorado.
According to census data and exit polling Afro-Americans and Whites will remain the largest voting groups for the next decade. - More
Last week, former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) made his first major return to the public eye with a lengthy New York Times Magazine interview in which he addressed for the first time the lewd photo scandal that led him to resign from office and said he’s considering entering the New York City mayoral election this year.
Most of his rivals and other insiders greeted Weiner’s arrival with skepticism, but a new poll of the race shows him with strong support. - More
There are twisted girders from the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the bullhorn he used from atop the pile of rubble at Ground Zero in New York, an exact replica of his Oval Office and, yes, even his personal collection of signed baseballs.
When visitors tour the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, they will find a facility that reflects the character and personality of the former president: straightforward, confident, unapologetic and willing to let history be the ultimate decider of his time in office. - More
Who says President Obama doesn't like to schmooze lawmakers?
Former senator Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, says in a new book that Obama lobbied her aggressively on the health care bill, saying she could be a political "Joan of Arc" if she bucked the Republican leadership and supported the plan. - More
New Hampshire State Rep. Stella Tremblay is calling for answers about whether the American government was involved in detonating explosives at the Boston Marathon last week, killing three people and wounding more than 170 others.
In an interview with Foster's Daily Democrat Tuesday, Tremblay said she can't rule out the possibility the government was involved in carrying out the bombings. - More
Montana Sen. Max Baucus will not seek reelection in 2014, becoming the latest senior red-state Democrat to bail out of a potentially difficult reelection campaign, a senior Democratic official confirmed to POLITICO.
Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, had nearly $5 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter but was expected to face a tough fight in his GOP-leaning home state. - More
Sen. Lindsey Graham, who said Sunday the FBI may have dropped the ball in its investigation of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, began easing off that claim Monday, saying instead the agency "responsibly handled" the situation.
The Republican senator from South Carolina said he talked to the assistant director of the FBI after he made his assertions Sunday and had some of his questions answered... - More
“While steps must be taken to improve the existing background check system, I will not support the Manchin-Toomey legislation, which I believe would place unnecessary burdens on law-abiding gun owners and allow for potential overreach by the federal government into private gun sales,” Ayotte said.
“There are responsible steps that can be taken to stop criminals and others who are already prohibited from possessing firearms under federal law from obtaining them,” Ayotte said.
“With those principles as a guide, I am cosponsoring the Protecting Communities and Preserving the Second Amendment Act, which includes needed reforms to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, addresses mental health gaps in the criminal justice system, and criminalizes gun trafficking and straw purchases.” - More
Compromise legislation to expand mandatory background checks for gun sales -- a key element of the federal response to the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. – failed Wednesday afternoon in the US Senate.
The inability of President Obama and Democratic leaders to round up the required 60 votes in favor of enhanced background checks dealt a striking defeat to a major initiative of the president’s second term, falling short despite numerous pleas... - More
While sitting in a theater getting ready to watch the movie 42, depicting the legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson's rookie season in Major League baseball, former US Senator Scott Brown walks in and take a seat in the back row. Moments later, his wife Gail Huff walks in with items from the concession stand.
Their vacation home is in Rye, NH. So the question of Brown's chances comes to mind. Senator Jeanne Shaheen's staff is elated to face an out of state challenger just off the heels of a major defeat by Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Could a former Senator from the state down south come to New Hampshire and a beat a popular former NH Governor with lifelong ties in the area? An impeccable taste in movies is a great start for any successful challenger. 42 was one of the few movies where it received a great applause by a packed audience at the end.
This would be a state where he has to get out and mingle with voters to which he has a great track record of doing so during his first campaign; a movie theater is a great start. Unfortunately Senator Shaheen is a fighter as well. She knows when to get tough just as Senator Warren did. In a state where the stakes would be high Brown's team can't commit unforced errors as it did in his recent race; like when forgot something and had to fight through departing movie goers to retrieve it.
All in all he has a great face and he comes from working class roots. Let’s see where that takes him if he jumps in the '14 race.
The first thing to be said about the budget President Obama delivered this week is that, at last, he has one. Until now his answer to the brutal specifics of the Republicans’ law-of-the-jungle budget has been a slogan – “a balanced approach.” - More
The U.S. Senate voted on Thursday to overcome a Republican-led filibuster against tougher gun laws, clearing the way for a major congressional debate on a package of proposals sought by President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the Connecticut school massacre.
The procedural vote followed a breakthrough by Sens. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, and Pat Toomey, R-Pennsylvania... - More
"Some have said that I'm either brave or crazy to be here today," he said. "My hope is that you will hear me out, that you will see me for who I am, not the caricature sometimes presented by political opponents."
The libertarian-leaning Paul used both men as an example of how tough laws on drug issues can blight lives – a particular problem among some poor black American communities, where incarceration rates are high.
"We should stand and loudly proclaim enough is enough. We should not have laws that ruin the lives of young men and women who have committed no violence," he said, pointing out that he had submitted a law to repeal federal mandatory minimum sentences. - More
While Democrat Robin Kelly is widely expected to capture Tuesday's special election for former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s seat over Republican Paul McKinley, any winner will face big challenges. Illinois' newest member of Congress will have big shoes to fill... - More
In Albany’s second major corruption case this week, a New York State lawmaker was arrested on Thursday on federal charges of accepting bribes and another lawmaker was forced to resign for his part in the scheme to help developers open adult day care centers. - More
Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, who resigned because of an extramarital affair with Maria Belen Chapur, told CNN in an interview Wednesday he was "completely" surprised when Chapur -- now his fiancee -- showed up the night before to appear with him when he claimed victory in the runoff for the GOP nomination for his old U.S. House seat. - More
Despite a lack of experience in foreign policy, or any other kind of politics, Caroline Kennedy looks set to receive a warm reception in Japan if her appointment as the next US ambassador to the country is confirmed.
The name of America’s premier political clan is well known in Japan and analysts believe she will bathe in the reflected glory of her father, former President John F. Kennedy. - More
President Obama on Wednesday swore into office the first female to head the U.S. Secret Service - 30-year veteran agent Julia Pierson - noting that she "now probably has more control over our lives than anyone else, except for our spouses."
"I couldn't be placing our lives in better hands than Julia's," Mr. Obama said in the Oval Office, after Vice President Joe Biden administered Pierson's oath of office. - More
President Obama on Tuesday appointed Julia Pierson, a longtime Secret Service agent, as the first woman to head the agency best known for protecting presidents, vice presidents and their families.
Ms. Pierson, the chief of staff to the departing director, Mark J. Sullivan, will take over at a time when the Secret Service is still recovering from a prostitution scandal that held it up to public ridicule, generated Congressional hearings and cost a number of agents their jobs last year. - More
As Democrats work to make Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) budget the centerpiece of their 2014 offense, two top Democratic targets sought to inoculate themselves from the attack by voting against the bill on Thursday.
Reps. Joe Heck (R-Nev.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) were two of the 10 Republicans who defected on the Ryan budget, after the entire GOP conference was told to vote in favor of it. - More
Sen. Lindsey Graham says that if President Barack Obama gets one winner right in his March Madness bracket he’ll have “trumped what he’s able to do” on his own budget.
“Do you realize he’s never received one vote for any of his previous budgets? If he can pick one winner right in the brackets, he’s trumped on what he’s able to do on getting votes for his own budget,” Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday on Fox News’ “On the Record.”
“I think his basketball picks are good news stories and his budget is a lousy news story for him, and so he’s trying to do a good news story,” Graham said on Fox News. - More
All but ensuring there will be no federal shutdown, the Senate on Wednesday approved a measure to keep the government running — but not before tweaking the automatic budget cuts that threaten some of the lawmakers’ favorite programs.
Meat plant inspectors and tuition assistance for military service members were among the programs spared from reductions. - More
Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R) said Saturday that the Republican Party needs to stop being defined by its opposition to President Obama.
Echoing former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who the night before told the Conservative Political Action Conference crowd that the GOP needs to stop being viewed as anti-everything, Gingrich told the same crowd the GOP needs to adjust its focus away from the president. - More
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, seen by many in the Republican Party as an "ideas man," slammed as a "false attack" the argument that conservatives "don't need new ideas" during a speech before the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday, repeatedly scalding the Republican establishment for being "mired in stupidity." - More
Saying that he has reconsidered the issue in the two years since learning that his son is gay, Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio announced Thursday that he no longer opposes same-sex marriage.
His son Will's coming out, "allowed me to think of this issue from a new perspective, and that's of a dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have — to have a relationship like [his wife] Jane and I have had for over 26 years," Portman told a group of Ohio reporters Thursday, Cleveland's Plain Dealer reports. - More
The United States and Israel are among the world's closest allies, but their leaders have had a rocky relationship over the past four years.
President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have disagreed in public repeatedly on how to deal with Iran's controversial nuclear program and Jewish housing on occupied land claimed by Palestinians.
That poses a challenge to the two leaders as they prepare to meet in Israel this month. - More
A federal grand jury in Miami is investigating Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., examining his role in advocating for the business interests of a wealthy donor and friend, the Washington Post reported, citing three people aware of the inquiry.
Menendez has intervened in matters affecting the financial interests of Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen, documents and interviews show.
Also, Menendez's office has said he interceded with federal health care officials after they said that Melgen had overbilled the U.S. government for care at his clinic. - More
House Republicans unveiled their latest budget outline on Tuesday, sticking to their plans to try to repeal so-called Obamacare, cut domestic programs ranging from Medicaid to college grants and require future Medicare patients to bear more of the program's cost.
The point is to prove it's possible to balance the budget within 10 years by simply cutting spending and avoiding further tax hikes, even though the fiscal blueprint released Tuesday by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., will be dead on arrival with the White House and Democrats controlling the Senate. - More
Maybe, after all the gushing about his policy chops, strong executive record and ability to broaden the appeal of conservative Republicans, Jeb Bush isn't ready for the national stage.
Certainly anyone watching the clumsy kickoff of his book tour this week — where he pushed the 2016 presidential door wide open — had to acknowledge that his political skills are a bit rusty six years after leaving Florida's Governor's Mansion. - More
President Obama will soon nominate Thomas Perez to be the next secretary of labor, according to a source familiar with the decision. Perez, 51, is popular throughout the labor movement and earned prominence as Maryland Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley's labor secretary.
He also has strong backing in the West Wing and those close to the White House expect Perez to elevate the visibility of the Labor Department on a range of issues, if he is confirmed by the Senate. - More
President Obama on Monday will nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, head of Wal-Mart’s philanthropic efforts, as White House budget director, a senior administration official confirmed Sunday night. Burwell, a veteran of President Bill Clinton’s economic team, will replace Jeffrey Zients as director of the Office of Management and Budget.
She will bring gender diversity as well as corporate experience to Obama’s inner circle at a time of budget battles with Congress. - More
Docked in its home port in Virginia rather than patrolling the waters of the Persian Gulf, the aircraft carrier USS Harry Truman and its 3,360 officers and crew are this weekend on the front line of the latest conflict to embroil America.
The battleground is not military but budgetary, however, as the Truman's nuclear-powered might is shackled by a rancorous new fight between President Barack Obama and his Republican foes. - More
Law enforcement agents on Wednesday afternoon confirmed that the body found near the Mississippi River is that of Clarksdale mayoral candidate Marco McMillian, who had been missing since early Tuesday. Coahoma County Sheriff’s Department made the announcement at a news conference. - More
"They're not happy at all," he said on CNN's "The Situation Room," adding that an e-mail from a senior administration official - who he would not name - communicated a message which caused him great concern.
"[W] hen the president asks that a substitute for the sequester include not just spending cuts but also new revenue, he is moving the goal posts," Woodward wrote. "His call for a balanced approach is reasonable, and he makes a strong case that those in the top income brackets could and should pay more. But that was not the deal he made." - More
Former Illinois legislator Robin Kelly captured the Democratic nomination Tuesday in the race to replace disgraced ex-U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., after a truncated campaign season where she got a boost from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's super PAC.
The nomination all but assures that Kelly will sail through the April 9 general election and head to Washington, because the Chicago-area district is overwhelmingly Democratic. - More
The Supreme Court refused a request on Monday to consider widening its landmark 2010 decision loosening restrictions on campaign finance by corporations.
In a brief order, the court rejected the appeal of William Danielczyk and Eugene Biagi, two Virginia businessmen who were charged with criminally circumventing federal election laws through their support of the 2006 Senate and 2008 presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton. - More
"The crisis is made up - it's been created," Coburn continued. "We see all these claims about what a tragedy it's going to be. The great example is, is if the secretary of transportation can assure us all the planes are going to be safe, then the Department of Homeland Security can assure us that we can get through the airports on time. They have plenty of flexibility in terms of discretion on how they spend money."
It's not "rocket science" for Republican and Democratic lawmakers to find their way to the negotiating table with a plan to replace the "dumb," across-the-board cuts known as the sequester scheduled to activate in five days, Education Secretary Arne Duncan said today on "Face the Nation."
Education services, in particular, will be hit with the sudden axe to the budget March 1.
Head Start will be slashed by $406 million, booting 70,000 children from the program; special education will be cut by $840 million; up to 40,000 teachers and other school employees could face layoffs; and drastic cuts to the military will leave families employed under that umbrella inordinately unable to afford special services. - More
Eight months after Michele Bachmann's 2012 presidential bid ground to a halt in Iowa, her campaign manager there signed a sworn affidavit, pointing his finger at another top staffer in a still-simmering dispute over the misuse of a contact list of home-school family names.
The Sept. 4 affidavit – first reported by the Iowa Republican and obtained Friday by NBC News – was written by Bachmann's Iowa adviser Eric Woolson, and accuses former State Sen. Kent Sorenson of stealing the list from another Bachmann staffer.
Sorenson was the campaign’s state chairman at the time. - More
Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, a College Administrator and the sister Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, is throwing her hat into the ring for the United States House of Representatives. She'll be vying for former Representatives and now Sen. Tim Scott's vacant seat after he was appointed by Govenor Niki Haley to replace former Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. Colbert-Busch will be campaigning for South Carolina's First Congressional District.
The competition will be no laughs as she'll be competing against a seasoned politician in former South Carolina Govenor Mark Sanford.
AP Reporting Donald Trumps is sending enthustiastic support of Benjamin Netanyahu in a video tapped message to Israel:
Associated Press - Donald Trump says he recorded a YouTube endorsement of Benjamin Netanyahu for re-election because the Israeli prime minister asked him to. Trump tells Shalom TV that Netanyahu called and asked if he would "do an ad or a statement" to support his campaign in next week's Israeli parliamentary election. - More
But this is what President Obama promised, and he is keeping his word. Massive tax increases, massive spending increases, massive increases in our already unsupportable national debt, and no reforms to prevent the certain bankruptcies of Social Security and Medicare.
President Obama and his supporters are accelerating America’s swift descent and our transformation from the world's lone superpower into a bankrupt social welfare state like Greece.
“No real spending cuts. No real deficit reduction. No acknowledgement of America’s out-of-control national debt. This is a popular vote today, but it will harm America in the long run. It is good to see a return to bipartisanship, but not when it makes our fiscal problems worse.
“Congress is missing the chance of the decade to adopt a large, balanced deficit reduction plan such as Simpson-Bowles that combines tax relief with controlling federal spending.
“In just a few weeks, America will face another debt-ceiling crisis as well as sequestration. Today’s fiscal Band-Aid may feel good now, but its relief will not even last until spring.”
“Hurricane Sandy was a devastating event for millions of Americans, and it is important that we focus on the victims’ recovery efforts so they can continue to rebuild their lives, homes and businesses.
Unfortunately, as is often the case with ‘emergency’ spending bills, this relief bill contained billions in spending that has little to do with these relief efforts. Much of this additional spending consists of regular budget items that should go through the proper appropriations channels.For example, the bill contained funding for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) to improve its weather research and forecasting tools, and to upgrade its reconnaissance aircraft. (emphasis added.)
Designating such funding as an ‘emergency’ and bypassing the normal budget process is inappropriate, unnecessarily adds billions to the deficit and diverts funding away from those Americans truly in need.”
I am incredibly frustrated that one, we’re at the deadline. Two… folks say, ‘Oh my gosh, people are coming back from Hawaii to work on this!’ I’m thinking, why did you [President Obama] go to Hawaii in the first place?
"This gives us, who want cuts, another bite at the apple," said Rep. John Campbell, R-Irvine, who sits on the House Budget Committee and was an original co-sponsor of Paul Ryan's budgetary "Roadmap for America."
"Our response is, 'No, this is the one vehicle we have to reduce entitlements,'" Campbell said, referring to non-discretionary programs including Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security – all of which would be largely untouched by sequestration cuts. - Orange County Register
We have gone over the fiscal cliff because of Washington’s inability to control spending, and now in the eleventh hour, Congress’s only answer is to throw more money at our already outrageous problem. In just ten short years, this deal will add nearly $4 trillion dollars to the debt, and it only includes $1 in spending cuts for every $41 in tax hikes. I cannot support a bill that
makes such a mockery out of the very serious spending addiction that has crippled our country’s livelihood and taken a toll on the American people. I believe the only way to truly jumpstart our economy is to provide lower taxes and more relief for families and small businesses across the country. Instead, this bill passes on one of the largest tax hikes in decades, and it makes
these higher rates permanent. As a result, 77% of American households will see their taxes go up, while some of Washington’s favorite industries – including Hollywood, railroads, and rum producers – will see their tax credits extended. My fear is that in a very short period of time we’ll be right back here having this same debate; who to raise taxes on and by how much, without a
word about cutting spending. It’ll only be so long until we’re taxing the entire country at maximum rates – but still spending so much that we cannot meet our obligations. That’s when we’ll reach the real fiscal cliff, and as a consequence the United States will no longer be the global powerhouse and economic leader that it once was. We cannot let it come to this, but it will –
unless this Congress, this Administration, and this President get serious about cutting spending. @RepPaulBrounMD
"I have received a report from the Congressional Budget Office which says the Senate bill will increase our deficit, on a annual basis, by $329 billion," said Congressman Mo Brooks via telephone Tuesday afternoon.
"There is also a significant amount, roughly $50 billion a year, in spending increases."
"First and foremost, they have passed this in the wee hours of the morning without even Senators having an opportunity to digest what they were doing and having been educated accordingly," he said. @RepMoBrooks
U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, R-La., who has represented District 7 and is set to be sworn in as the newly reapportioned District 3 representative, said in a news release that he did not vote for the "fiscal cliff deal." He cited as his reason the bill's "fundamental failure to address one of the biggest problems facing our nation today: government spending." - The Advertiser
U.S. Representative Jo Bonner, R-Alabama, offered the following statement about his decision to vote against the Senate fiscal cliff agreement Tuesday evening. “
At the end of the day I just couldn’t support – with my one vote – such a flawed process. “There is simply no way Mr. Jefferson, Mr. Madison or our other founding fathers could have ever envisioned having the Senate pass a $4 trillion addition to the debt of our nation at 2:00 a.m., only to have the House take it up less than 20 hours later and there be no regard for
the long-term damage we are doing to America’s future. “Over the past several months, President Obama didn’t hide the fact that he loathes the success some Americans have worked so hard to enjoy and he will get the tax increases he has so openly sought. But to think he and the Democrats in Congress couldn’t have come up with a penny – not a single penny –
of cuts to offset the $4 trillion in new spending is beyond the pale. “This is a sad day for our country but the saddest, at least to me, was when the American people, on November 6th, expressed with their vote that they believed we could continue down the path of more spending and borrowing with no consequences.”
Democrat Earl Blumenauer also voted against the package. He has said in the past that he wanted a wide-ranging deal that would significantly cut military spending and subsidies for large farming businesses - Mail Tribune @repblumenauer
Republican members decided "we are done with kicking this can down the road. This will happen no more. We grabbed that can. And that can is called spending cuts," she said. "We are going to have very spirited, very thoughtful debates on cutting what this government wants to spend." @MarshaBlackburn
Bonnie of Mufreesboro, Military Spouse, and Educator to Rep. Black: "By refusing to ask the wealthiest two percent to pay their fair share, Republicans have set us on a path to go off the so-called "fiscal cliff" which will force the middle class to pay an additional $2,000 in taxes. Will you put the middle class over millionaires?"
Xavier Becerra said, “In the end, I could not support this short-term fix which may spawn additional long-term problems, putting off until later the tough decisions on taxes and our nation’s debt and deficits, while also ignoring the biggest deficit challenging America’s prosperity: a jobs deficit.” @RepBecerra
"That’s not good when we’re going into a new administration, where we’re going to have to scratch and claw," U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, an Arlington Republican who voted against the fiscal-cliff billy. @RepJoeBarton
During the final weeks before the Nov. 6 election, with polls showing a tight race, Obama's campaign exploited cable TV's diverse lineup to target women on channels such as Food Network and Lifetime and men on networks such as ESPN. - More
A Republican-led Kansas board is considering removing President Barack Obama from the state's November ballot. The board has asked Obama's campaign to provide more information about whether he was born in Hawaii or not. The board plans to meet Monday and possibly vote on whether to keep Obama on the ballot. - More
In case there was any confusion, the Obama campaign thinks the United States is “absolutely” better off than it was four years ago.
The day before, a few surrogates had been unable to answer the question positively, but on Today Monday, the president’s deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter made the team’s feelings clear.
“By any measure, the country has moved forward over the last four years,” said Cutter. “It might not be as fast as some people would have hoped, [but] the president agrees with that, he knows we need to do more.” - More
"2016: Obama's America," a new conservative film exploring the roots of President Barack Obama's political views, took in $6.2 million to make it one of the highest-grossing movies of last weekend.
The film, written and narrated by conservative scholar Dinesh D'Souza, argues that Obama was heavily influenced by what D'Souza calls the "anti-colonial" beliefs of his father, Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan academic who was largely absent from the president's life.
President Barack Obama called an impromptu press conference to discuss the latest political issue in his quest to seek a second term in office. Weighing in on Rep. Todd Akin's remarks on rape, that has generated a major firestorm in his Senatorial race in Missouri, President Obama rebuked Rep. Akin's characterization of "legitimate rape". Obama stated, “The idea that we should be parsing, qualifying, slicing what types of rape we’re talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people.”
Democrats seek to capitalize on Rep. Akin's ill-advised comments and to shed light on the policies of the GOP's Presidential tickets on abortion, Planned Parenthood and other women's health issues.
During yet another panel appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed tore into newly named GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan as a late-comer to fiscal responsibility. - More
Representative Paul Ryan, also of Wisconsin, requires staffers to read Atlas Shrugged, describes Obama’s economic policies as “something right out of an Ayn Rand novel,” and calls Rand “the reason I got involved in public service.”
More from JS Online:
"The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand," Ryan said at a D.C. gathering four years ago honoring the author of "Atlas Shrugged" and "The Fountainhead."
And now, Ayn Rand on God:
Playboy: Has no religion, in your estimation, ever offered anything of constructive value to human life?
Ayn Rand: Qua religion, no - in the sense of blind belief, belief unsupported by, or contrary to, the facts of reality and the conclusions of reason. Faith, as such, is extremely detrimental to human life: it is the negation of reason. But you must remember that religion is an early form of philosophy, that the first attempts to explain the universe, to give a coherent frame of reference to man's life and a code of moral values, were made by religion, before men graduated or developed enough to have philosophy. And, as philosophies, some religions have very valuable moral points. They may have a good influence or proper principles to inculcate, but in a very contradictory context and, on a very - how should I say it? - dangerous or malevolent base: on the ground of faith. [Playboy interview with Ayn Rand]
President Obama came to the defense of an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday night, countering conservatives who have called her a security risk because of supposed ties to Islamic extremists. - More
Interesting read by David Maraniss who delves into why there are folks in politics who've conceived a lot of bogus narratives about President Obama's history; from the accusation that he's a secret Muslim, to lies about his inferior college records and the place of his birth.
Mainstream media have not aired a comprehensive correction to this ignorance in my opinion because it's in their interest to keep the 2012 election close given the billions of dollars going to ad space in this election.
We know why big oil, the health industry and Wall Street are giving millions to the republicans, it not because they care about the middleclass. Greed fuels a lot of Obama's detractors.
What drives them? Some of it can be attributed to the give-and-take of today’s harsh ideological divide. Some of it can be explained by the way misinformation spreads virally to millions of like-minded people, reinforcing preconceptions. And some of it, I believe, arises out of fears of demographic changes in this country, and out of racism.
House Minority Leader Eric Cantor broke ranks with top Republicans Thursday, defending Congresswoman Michele Bachmann’s questioning of a top Hillary Clinton aide’s loyalty to the United States, saying the Minnesota lawmaker’s “concern was about the security of the country.”
Speaking Thursday, the Virginia Republican refused to criticize Ms. Bachmann’s comments, saying that Minnesota Republican was simply attempting to protect the U.S., rather than stoke fear. - More
Mitt Romney’s seven-day overseas tour, designed to showcase the presidential hopeful’s statesmanlike qualities,
is getting off to a rocky start. First, the London daily Telegraph quoted an unnamed Romney aide as saying that the Obama presidency does not fully appreciate the “Anglo-Saxon” heritage that Great Britain and the United States share.
Coming after weeks of Governor Romney describing President Obama’s ideology as “foreign” to most Americans, the remark caused a transatlantic tempest.
In an age in which it's apparently okay for Mitt Romney to repeatedly just make stuff up about President Obama, this interpretation of these incredibly inappropriate comments by a Romney advisers is more than fair. - More
Mitt Romney has criticized President Obama for his “you didn’t build that line,” when it came to businesses.
The president was making an “it takes a village” argument, which the Romney campaign and conservatives have roundly panned. But in 2002, during his speech at the Opening Ceremonies at the Winter Olympics -- the games in which Romney was lauded for turning around the management of the event -- Romney made a similar argument about Olympians. - More
Huffinton Post is reporting that Romney has not fully disclosed his 2010 Tax Records to the public as the campaign previously stated. A critical diclosure, the Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts form requested by the Huffingpost, would provide much needed information on why Romney decided to open a Swiss Bank Account.
Democratic U.S. Senate challenger Elizabeth Warren reported raising far more in campaign donations in the last quarter than her Republican opponent, U.S. Sen. Scott P. Brown, piling up $8.5 million to Mr. Brown’s $4.6 million.
The surge in fundraising by Ms. Warren, who like Mr. Brown has held many out-of-state fund-raising events, helped her close the gap in cash on hand as their campaigns move into the final months before the November election.
A yearlong stalemate between Florida and Washington ended Saturday when the federal government gave the state access to a federal citizenship database, which the state will use to resume an election-year purge of noncitizen voters.
A doctor who ran against Mitt Romney for Massachusetts governor a decade ago has won the chance to challenge him again, this time as the Green Party's presidential nominee.
Jill Stein, an internist from Lexington, Mass., blasted both Romney and President Obama, saying they had become too dependent on donations from corporations in order to reach office at the expense of the nation's citizens.
So just why is 1999 suddenly such a flashpoint in Campaign 2012? Team Obama says 1999 is the birth year of "The Big Bain Lie" and goes on to suggest that Mitt Romney might have committed a felony.
That provoked a rare statement from Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades, who called on President Barack Obama to apologize for "the out of control behavior of his staff, which demeans the office that he holds." - More
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and allied party committees raised more than $100 million in June, Republican National Committee political director Rick Wiley said today on Twitter.
Romney, like President Barack Obama, is raising money jointly with national and state party committees.
This allows donors to contribute more than they can give directly to a candidate’s campaign, which is limited to $2,500 each for the primary and general election campaigns.
A lot of noise has been made about the other 1 percent who have been scrutinized as of late, approximately 1% of Americans that will be taxed or mandated with the requirement to pay for health coverage as a result of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) legislation.
After being questioned on Air Force One, Jay Carney the White House Press Secretary stated,
It’s a penalty because you have a choice, you don’t have a choice to pay your taxes, right? You have a choice to buy — if you can afford health insurance. … So if you don’t buy it, and you can afford it, it is an irresponsible thing to do to ask the rest of America’s taxpayers to pay for your care when you go to the emergency room. So your choice is to purchase healthcare reform or a penalty will be administered.
Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson is giving a reported 10 million dollars to the defeat President Obama effort. Other deep pockets are lining up to contribute in what the Obama campaign has indicated will be the first time a sitting President of the United States will be outspent by an opponent.
Activists, experts and millions of American families are bracing for Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling on health care reform. Former CBO Director Douglas Holtz-Eakin and Ron Pollack of Families USA discuss.
A comment from a top Republican state lawmaker that Pennsylvania's new voter identification law will enable his party's presidential candidate to win the state in November drew fire Monday from Democrats.
House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, R-Bradford Woods, made the remark Saturday at a meeting of the Republican State Committee in Hershey.
Fighting a swell of economic anxiety, President Barack Obama has lost much of the narrow lead he held just a month ago over Mitt Romney and the two now are locked in a virtually even race for the White House, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.
The survey also found a majority of Americans disapproving of how the Democratic president is handling a national economy that fewer people think is improving.
Islamabad, Jun 22: Raja Parvez Ashraf, a stalwart of the ruling PPP, on Friday became Pakistan's new Prime Minister as the country struggled to come out of its latest political crisis.
Ashraf was administered the oath of office by President Asif Ali Zardari tonight, hours after he was elected as the new Prime Minister by the National Assembly.
Politico’s White House Correspondent, Joe Williams, was suspendedfor a comment he made as part of a panel discussion on Martin Bashir’s MSNBC show and tweets the founding editors deemed “unacceptable” for a professional journalist. Williams made the remark after Bashir suggested that Mitt Romney’s trouble connecting with Hispanics might be due to the fact that “he rarely appears on television besides Fox.”
“Romney is very, very comfortable it seems with people who are like him. That’s one of the reasons why he seems so stiff and awkward in some town hall settings, why he can’t relate to people other than that. But when he comes on Fox and Friends, they’re like him, they’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.”
Former aides to President Bill Clinton are calling for a dramatic shift in their party's economic message before the November election, warning of an "impossible headwind in November," if they continue on their current path. - More
According to numbers published by the French Ministry of the Interior, a majority of French citizens residing overseas (53%) voted for right-wing candidate former President Nicolas Sarkozy in France’s presidential election just one month ago. - MoreNews in France
The soda industry is fighting back against New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his proposed ban on sugary drinks. The Center of Consumer Freedom plans to run a full-page advertisement in Sunday's New York Times portraying Bloomberg as a nanny wearing a purple dress days after the mayor's announcement to prohibit sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces from movie theaters, restaurants and street carts.
The advertisement, which reads that 'New York needs a mayor, not a nanny,' is a stand against Bloomberg's initiative to combat obesity. - More
Barack Obama vowed not to take America into another war unless it was "absolutely necessary" after noting in Memorial Day remarks that for the first time in nine years soldiers were no longer dying in Iraq. At a service to remember the country's fallen at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, the president also said that US forces are withdrawing from Afghanistan. - More
MSNBC host Chris Hayes says he's sorry for his comments about his discomfort with the use of the word "heroes" to describe fallen soldiers. Hayes made the comments during his show on Sunday, the day before Memorial Day. He was met with a strong backlash, including from a veterans' group. - More
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