Ted Cruz Just Did Obama a Big Favor  

Slate By : Staff Reporting

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

Ex-Obama aide makes Warren-2016 push  

Politico By : Staff Reporting

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

An 'Imperialist' Named Person of the Year  

Time By : Staff Reporting

“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

George W. Bush: Garner Grand Jury Decision Hard to Understand  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

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.

Christie trips over reform image in travel record suits  

NewJerseyWatchdog.org By : Staff Reporting

On the national campaign trail, Gov. Chris Christie portrays himself as an outspoken champion of open, honest, transparent government.

Back in New Jersey, his administration is quietly stonewalling public records requests in roughly two dozen cases filed by numerous plaintiffs in Mercer County Superior Court. - Referenced Article

Which Republican Party won the midterms?  

Washington Post By : Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein

So what happens when a party that has defined itself as an insurgent outlier, scornful of compromise and dismissive of the legitimacy of its opposition, actually takes charge in Washington?

The Republicans now control both the Senate and the House. The people have spoken — and loudly. Mitch McConnell is exultant, finally achieving a lifetime goal. - Referenced Article

Gov. Deval Patrick on Ferguson: Of Course I Wanted to See an Indictment  

NBC News By : Staff Reporting

Broadcast networks Black-Out of Obama  

CNN Money By : Staff Reporting

Eight years ago, President George W. Bush delivered a prime time address on immigration, carried by all the big broadcast networks.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama will do the same thing, but three of the broadcasters, ABC, NBC, and CBS have signaled that they won't be carrying it. - Referenced Article

The legal battle over Obama's immigration plan  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

President Barack Obama's plan to take the immigration system in his own hands is a daring test of the limits of presidential power.

The steps he will lay out tonight in a prime time address will fuel a debate over his use of executive authority to enact change without the agreement of an opposition Congress. - Referenced Article

Rand Paul has fans among progressives  

Market Watch By : Staff Reporting

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

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