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  • Trolling the GOP - [Obama's] plan to mess with Boehner’s leadership strategy?

    11/19/2014 12:53:39 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 18, 2014 | Bill Scher
    <p>When the Obama administration last week began the process of preparing the media and the public about the president’s plan to unilaterally suspend deportation for as many as 6 million illegal immigrants, it did not go to a Latino outlet like Univision. It did not communicate to the liberal base via the Huffington Post or even old standbys like the New York Times and the Washington Post. The “exclusive” went to Fox News.</p>
  • GOP oil titan: Keystone’s irrelevant (Harold Hamm)

    11/15/2014 4:11:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/14/14 2:26 PM EST | Updated 11/14/14 8:42 PM EST | Darren Goode
    Republican oil mogul Harold Hamm says Congress is wasting its time debating the Keystone XL pipeline. “It’s not relevant at all, in my opinion. And here we are making it relevant now? Forget it,” the billionaire CEO of Oklahoma-based Continental Resources told Politoco in an interview Friday, just before the House passed a bill aimed at approving the pipeline. […] Hamm said his company, which had planned to use Keystone to ship some of its North Dakota crude, is already using other pipelines for half of its oil. And the percentage is growing. “We’re supporting other pipelines out there; we’re...
  • Politico Downplays Jonathan Gruber as Obamacare Architect

    11/15/2014 7:08:44 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 55 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 15, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Stop it! Stop it right now! Please don't refer to Jonathan Gruber as an Obamacare architect. He actually had a relatively minor role in the Obamacare scheme of things. Since Politico is now unable to ignore the Jonathan Gruber scandal as they tried to do earlier this week, they have switched gears to craft a story by Politico health reporter Paige Winfield Cunningham to portray him as  much less than an architect of Obamacare. Ironically, this same reporter as recently as July also referred to Gruber as an Obamacare architect. First let us check out Cunningham's attempt to downplay the...
  • Politico Belatedly Buries Gruber Video Scandal With Brief Misleading Reports

    11/12/2014 3:14:59 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 8 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | November 12, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    On Monday your humble correspondent speculated how the New Republic or Politico or other liberal sources would spin the Jonathan Gruber video scandal story in which he boasted about perpetrating Obamacare deception in order to get it passed. I offered bonus points to whichever liberal site could dream up the most creative spin control to explain away the viral video. Well, congratulations to Politico for the most entertaining spin. How did they do it? Besides being rather late to the story, they finally got around to it today, they were careful to bury it with no reference to any of...
  • Concha: Wasserman Schultz’s Time As DNC Chairwoman About to Expire

    11/07/2014 1:05:33 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 11-6-14 | Joe Concha
    When mentioning the most polarizing figure in the Democratic party outside of the president himself, that one person who creates a visceral reaction every time he or she speaks, one of the following contestants is invariably in the running for top prize: A) Eric Holder B) Susan Rice C) Charlie Rangel D) Debbie Wasserman Schultz But with Holder on the way out, Rice (thankfully) muted lately after a series of unintentionally comical Sunday talk show appearances, and Rangel stuck somewhere between stupid and 1866, first prize falls to the DNC Chairwoman — who may be forced to update her LinkedIn...
  • Fire Valerie Jarrett: If Obama wants to shake things up, his closest adviser should be first to go

    11/07/2014 9:05:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | November 7, 2014 | Carol Felsenthal
    Almost since the start of Barack Obama’s presidency, people who have actual, real duties in the West Wing of the White House—the working, executive part of the government, that is—have been urging him to do something about Valerie Jarrett. Push her into the East Wing, where she can hang out with Michelle Obama and the White House social secretary, or give her an ambassadorship—or something—but for Pete’s sake get her out of the way of the hard work of governing that needs to be done. Now it’s really time to do it. Let’s stipulate right away that it would be...
  • Press Gives Obama Raspberries For Remarks

    11/06/2014 5:14:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Investors.com ^ | November 6, 2014 | John Merlin
    If the reaction to President Obama's post-election press conference is any indication, he's in Dutch not only with voters but with the mainstream press as well, after several gave Obama two thumbs down for his performance. The Daily Beast's Jonathan Alter, for one, was not impressed. "His post-election press conference was too long, too provocative and too stingy in his phoned-in praise for the winners. Obama managed the extraordinary feat of making (Senate Minority Leader Mitch) McConnell look gracious by comparison." Politico's White House reporter, Josh Gerstein, poked holes in Obama's defense of his record. "President Barack Obama and his...
  • Politico Headline: 'Bill Clinton Plugs Kay Hagan in N.C.'

    11/02/2014 10:34:34 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Novermber 2, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    "Bill Clinton Plugs Kay Hagan in N.C.." If you have not already burst out laughing or at least smiled then you must be sorely lacking in the humor department. That was the actual title of a Politico article. To make matters worse, or funnier, the story was accompanied by a photo of Bill Clinton and Kay Hagan with the latter wearing a blue dress. So was this an example of Politico showing a sly sense of humor? Probably not since their bias leans left and would not want to set Kay Hagan (or Bill Clinton) up for mockery at this...
  • Tale of Two Headlines: Dems Want to Switch Focus to 2016, and Politico Complies

    10/31/2014 4:32:30 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Did the editor of Politico's Daily Digest notice that the arrangement of the two top stories this morning played directly into the Dem playbook? We sure did. The first headline is "Democratic donors prepare for disappointment," and the sub-headline reads "The plan is to shift focus to 2016, when Democrats face a much more hospitable Senate map." And sure enough, Politico's very next story obliges Dem desires. The headline: "Why a GOP Senate could be short-lived," and the sub-headline reads "A half-dozen blue-state Republicans could be in trouble during the 2016 elections."
  • Politico Writer Already Raining on Possible Scott Walker Victory

    10/29/2014 3:11:16 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 29, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    WAAAAAAH!!! Hey Scott Walker! Even though there is a good chance you might win re-election next week you're not going to enjoy it. That pretty much sums up the bitter attitude of Politico writer Alexander Burns who concedes that even though Walker could win, it somehow really won't be a victory. Is this a portent of the attitude of others in the mainstream media toward Republican victories? Perhaps but for now let us join Burns in his Heart of Bitterness:
  • Politico's Poll and Conservative Strength: Conservatives Still Vastly Outnumber Liberals in America

    10/23/2014 7:38:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/23/2014 | Bruce Walker
    Every national poll by every recognized polling organization shows that conservatives dramatically outnumber liberals in America. For a covertly leftist establishment media, complete with organs of subtle propaganda and selective misinformation, the best strategy for handling the uncomfortable fact of a conservative majority in America is to hide or at least contort it. Treating conservatives like a despised minority is the very heart of leftist demonology. The left purports to represent America and claims vast powers because it is the champion of ordinary people. Terms like “radical right wing” and “extreme conservative” are the essence of leftist rhetoric. It is...
  • Bachmann under 24/7 guard after ISIS threat

    10/21/2014 12:46:36 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 13 replies
    WND ^ | 10-20-14 | Garth Kant
    WASHINGTON – The danger posed by ISIS to Americans has come to the homeland for Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and a national publication may be making the ominous threat even worse. Politico has reported federal officials are taking an online threat to the congresswoman so seriously she in now under 24-hour protection by a security detail. However, Politico may be adding fuel to the fire by incorrectly reporting that the congresswoman had called on President Obama to declare war on Islam. “Bachmann has been publicly critical of not only ISIL, but also Islam, calling on President Obama to declare war...
  • Kay Hagan's October Surprise

    10/19/2014 2:10:34 PM PDT · by Din Maker · 36 replies
    National Review ^ | October 17, 2014 | Joel Gehrke
    Campaigning for the Senate in 2012, former Harvard law professor cum left-wing populist Elizabeth Warren touched down in North Carolina and told voters, “The game is rigged.” She was more right than she knew. As it turns out, North Carolina’s Democratic senator was doing some of the rigging. Now, Kay Hagan’s political future may depend on how voters react to the story. Hagan’s vote for the 2009 stimulus, coupled with revelations that the legislation resulted in taxpayer funding for her family’s businesses, has emerged as an October surprise in a race hitherto marked by her unexpected resilience in a difficult...
  • 'Obama Hasn't Had Your Back': Priebus Zings Wasserman Schultz With Reference to Politico Story

    10/19/2014 12:52:29 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 54 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Non-political junkies might not have noticed, but Reince Priebus got in a real zinger against Debbie Wasserman Schultz today. In a joint appearance on Fox News Sunday, DNC Chair DWS claimed that the key question for voters will be "who has my back?" Shot back RNC Chairman Priebus: "the President hasn't had anybody's back: not even your back." That was a reference to the Politco story "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz" reporting on President Obama's disdain for Debbie. Since 2012, the White House has wanted to dump DWS as DNC Chair. She is so shut out of meetings with...
  • Politico Reporter David Nather Singles Out 'GOP 2016ers' for Stoking Ebola 'Panic'

    10/04/2014 8:51:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 4, 2014 | Tim Graham
    Politico’s David Nather cast the most mentioned Republican presidential contenders as un-presidential on Friday in a story headlined “GOP 2016ers on Ebola: Panic.” Only Rick Perry was the responsible one, he implied: For once, President Barack Obama and Texas Gov. Rick Perry are on the same page. At separate briefings on the Ebola crisis, Obama administration officials and Perry have delivered the same message: Don’t panic — the health authorities know what they’re doing. But for other Republicans — and conservative media outlets — it’s time for panic. The likely 2016 Republican presidential candidates — except for Perry — are...
  • Politico Mag Implies George Wallace Was GOP, Blames Country's Divisions Entirely on Whites'...

    09/30/2014 11:01:44 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 51 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | September 30, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    A number of center-right and New Media outlets have noted Politico Magazine's disingenuousness in the opening photograph in its "Race and the Modern GOP" article. At the item's top is the iconic "Stand in the Schoolhouse Door" photo showing onetime segregationist Alabama Governor George Wallace "try(ing) to block the entry of two black students" into the University of Alabama. The aforementioned article title appears beneath the words "History Dept." The magazine is clearly trying to lead anyone not old enough to remember or anyone unfamiliar with U.S. history to believe that Wallace, who ran for president as a Democrat in...
  • The stars align for baby Charlotte (Humungous Barf Alert)

    09/29/2014 9:58:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | September 26, 2014 | Kendall Breitman
    Leading astrologers say that Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky is destined for a future working on social justice and will enjoy a strong relationship with her proud grandparents, Hillary and Bill. After Chelsea Clinton and Mark Mezvinsky’s daughter was born at 7:03 pm at Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side on Friday, POLITICO asked astrologers to weigh in on what is written in the stars for the former first daughter’s first daughter.
  • Politico Staffers Begin Circling Wagons to Ensure Hillary's Not Vetted

    09/24/2014 1:00:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | September 24, 2014 | John Nolte
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Brace yourselves. It looks as though it's going to be 2008 and 2012 all over again -- where a 50 year-old GOP haircut and a 35 year-old GOP rock are big news but Hillary will get a sweet mainstream media pass when it comes to vetting her past and formative years. Worse, any attempt by New Media to do the vetting the MSM won't will be met with equal parts wrist-flicking and mockery. Oh, and once again, Politico will lead the Democratic defense. The tweets below are written by high-level Politico staffers. Politico presents itself as an objective news outlet...
  • Lois Lerner Compares Herself to Jeffrey Dahmer

    09/22/2014 7:21:10 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 40 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9-22-14 | Alex Pappas
    Lois Lerner says she is no Jeffrey Dahmer. The former Internal Revenue Service official referenced the infamous cannibalistic serial killer as she broke her silence for the first time about last year’s IRS scandal. Lerner told the website Politico that she has been the recipient of threats and hate mail, describing how one person called her “the worst person ever in the United States.” I just thought, ‘Boy, worse than Jeffrey Dahmer?’” Lerner quipped. Lerner, who led the tax-exempt division of the IRS, was forced out of the agency after she found herself at the center of the scandal over...
  • Politico Found Lois Lerner. So Why Can’t the U.S. Attorney in Washington?

    09/22/2014 6:16:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | September 22, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    Politico obviously had no problem finding Lois Lerner for an exclusive interview that it published on Monday. So why can’t the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Ronald C. Machen, Jr., find Lois Lerner so that a federal grand jury can interview her? Perhaps the Obama administration doesn’t want Lerner answering any real questions about what happened at the IRS when it was targeting conservative organizations. While Lois Lerner gave a lengthy interview to Politico in the presence of her legal defense team, including her husband, who is also a lawyer and a partner at a major law firm,...
  • Sorry, Politico, But Lois Lerner Is Not A Victim

    09/22/2014 2:11:36 PM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 22, 2014 | David Harsanyi
    Lois Lerner. Hero. Servant. Brownie-baking puppy lover. Sister of the Blessed State. This is about all a person reading Politico’s new exclusive “interview” with the former head of the I.R.S. division that oversees tax-exempt groups, might take away. “I didn’t do anything wrong” claims Lerner, who, like any innocent person, is flanked by a major law firm’s partner, two personal attorneys and her husband – a lawyer. “I’m proud of my career and the job I did for this country.” And in around 3,700 obsequious words, Politico seems to agree. What exactly did she do for her country, you ask?...
  • Politico Absurdly Avoids Attkisson Bombshell in Hillary Benghazi Story

    09/16/2014 4:21:29 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 29 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 16, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    Imagine the absurdity of reporting on supporters of Richard Nixon during the Watergate hearings with no mention of the White House Plumbers who performed the break-in at the complex. Such is the case now with Politico reporting on groups of Hillary Clinton supporters who will be defending her during the Congressional Benghazi hearings which makes absolutely no mention of the Sharyl Attkisson's report about how Hillary's aides at the State Department scrubbed the Benghazi documents of possibly incriminating information. To get an idea how ridiculous it is for Politico to avoid the Benghazi elephant in the room, let us first...
  • Politico Lead Story: 'Is It Time to Ditch the Star-Spangled Banner?'

    09/14/2014 4:44:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | September 13, 2014 | Tom Blumer
    There is apparently no more important story or issue right now at the Politico than Ted Widmer's question about our national anthem: "Is It Time to Ditch the Star-Spangled Banner?" It is currently the lead item at the web site, complete with a huge picture of the American flag. The "beheading by ISIL of a British aid worker" and Wisconsin's court-granted ability to implement voter-ID in the fall elections are both apparently less important. - See more at: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2014/09/13/politico-lead-story-it-time-ditch-star-spangled-banner#sthash.B4XsZOqY.dpuf
  • Politico: 'Vox not living up to the hype, explained'

    08/23/2014 12:08:56 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 23, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    The science is settled. General Electric Vox is now widely recognized as a tedious Web laughingstock. I could Voxsplain it to you with a whole bunch of annoying and condescending Voxcards but others have already done so including James Taranto last month in the American Spectator. However, while his criticism and that of others might be Voxsplained away by founder Ezra Klein as just having a political axe to grind, now even the liberal Politico has written Vox off as mostly hype and little substance as you can see in the article by Dylan Byers:
  • Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama: Let's hug it out

    08/12/2014 3:36:39 PM PDT · by mojito · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/12/2014 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Hillary Clinton called President Barack Obama on Tuesday to “make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him” when she recently discussed her views on foreign policy in an interview with The Atlantic, according to a statement from a Clinton spokesman. The statement comes amid tension between the Clinton and Obama camps in the wake of the interview. It also comes as Obama and Clinton, his former secretary of state, are due to cross paths at a social gathering Wednesday night in Martha’s Vineyard. In the interview, Clinton dismissed the Obama administration’s self-described foreign policy...
  • Ouch! Politico Kicks David Gregory as He Exits NBC

    08/14/2014 5:05:37 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 28 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | August 14, 2014 | P.J. Gladnick
    David Gregory is now the poster boy warning for that old adage: be nice to people on your way up because you'll meet them on your way down. And now that Gregory is on the down career escalator because of his quick removal today from both Meet The Press and NBC News as you can read here at Newsbusters, Dylan Byers at Politico has given him a swift kick on his way out the door. Apparently Gregory was not very nice to the folks who worked at NBC News as you can see below. Perhaps Gregory can take this as...
  • Pollsters: 'Everything is terrible'

    08/10/2014 7:36:38 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 10 Aug 2014 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    Polls from major networks, researchers and newspapers agree: America’s in a bad mood. In just one week, polls found politicians of all stripes are hitting approval numbers with record lows. The president finds himself roughly as popular as a trip to the dentist. The entire Democratic Party gets the thumbs down. Oh, and so does the Republican Party. But it doesn’t stop there. Americans are also bummed out about the future in general, especially the economy. Things are so low that even an old favorite, sugar, polled poorly. (See the latest congressional polls from POLITICO's Polling Center) Pollsters say it...
  • Joe Scarborough turns on Israel

    07/31/2014 7:57:20 AM PDT · by nhwingut · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/31/14 | JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Joe Scarborough on Thursday had harsh words for Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying the country was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing. “This is asinine,” said the MSNBC host and former Republican congressman. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine.”
  • Egypt’s ‘Not-So-Subtle’ Message to John Kerry [runs his entourage thru metal detectore]

    07/25/2014 11:46:58 AM PDT · by SJackson · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jul. 23, 2014 | Sharona Schwartz
    “This was a not-so-subtle message delivered by the el-Sissi regime that the ties between the United States and Egypt have cooled considerably,” Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told TheBlaze on Wednesday. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki brushed off any concerns about the security screening, tweeting that Kerry was focused on the objective of his mission – securing a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas. The Jewish-American news site the Algemeiner termed the incident “symbolic,” describing it in part as “humiliation in Egypt.” The International Business Times observed that foreign governments “normally trust U.S....
  • Politico Ignores Democrat Opposition to White House Placing Immigrant Children In States

    07/19/2014 1:45:52 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 18 Jul 2014 | Dan Riehl
    Reading this Politico item on Obama's botched handling of immigration policy, one would think Democrats are all for embracing scores of illegal immigrant children now in the U.S. for an indeterminate period of time. Obama's foes on border crisis: Democrats “They sure didn’t check with me,” said Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. “I don’t know who they checked with, but I just think it was kind of a quick reaction without really thinking about the humanitarian aspects of this.” In fact, many prominent Democrats are not only taking the Obama administration...
  • Democrats’ Record of Failure

    07/17/2014 10:00:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2014 | Reince Priebus
    In a recent Politico op-ed as detached from reality as her political views, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz wrote, “Come November, voters will have a choice between a Democratic Party trying to fix our nation’s problems and a Republican Party interested only in standing in our way.” I’d like to know what Democratic Party she’s talking about. Because it’s certainly not the one that controls the White House and the U.S. Senate today. It’s certainly not the Democratic Party she belongs too. If that party is “trying to fix our nation’s problems,” they clearly don’t know what they’re doing. Consider...
  • Michele Bachmann, Van Jones spar on border fight

    07/16/2014 2:20:36 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    politico.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | LUCY MCCALMONT
    CNN’s Van Jones went head to head Tuesday with Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann over the border crisis, saying the congresswoman crossed the line in scapegoating the surge of unaccompanied migrant children for crimes committed by other undocumented immigrants. “Are you scapegoating every one of these kids?” Jones asked Bachmann, a Minnesota Republican, on CNN’s “Crossfire.” “Well, hold on a second. There are lines that can’t be crossed here. I’m sorry congresswoman, I’m sorry congresswoman. There are lines that can’t be crossed here.” Bachmann, who acknowledged that 57,000 children have crossed America’s southern border into the country in recent months, also...
  • Ron Paul: Police manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect scarier than attack

    04/29/2013 5:09:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 29, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Former Rep. Ron Paul said the law enforcement that swarmed around Boston in the days following the marathon bombings was scarier than the actual terrorist attack. “The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city,” he said on the Lew Rockwell website, Politico reported. “This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself.” The terror attacks on April 15 in Boston killed three and injured 264. Mr. Paul, a former libertarian political candidate who served in Congress as...
  • Dana Milbank's Heritage disaster

    06/17/2014 10:41:30 AM PDT · by don-o · 34 replies
    Politico ^ | June 17, 2014 | DYLAN BYERS
    Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank set off a flurry of outraged tweets on Monday night after posting a highly critical recap of a panel event at the Heritage Foundation that, he says, "deteriorated into the ugly taunting of a woman in the room who wore an Islamic head covering." Video of that panel has since surfaced and -- in my view -- Milbank grossly misrepresented the nature of that exchange. The woman in question, Saba Ahmed, an American University law student, does not seem to have been "taunted." Both panelists who responded to her accepted the premise of her question...
  • The Democrats' best shot in Mississippi

    06/27/2014 2:20:15 PM PDT · by Innovative · 206 replies
    Politico ^ | June 26, 2014 | ANNA PALMER
    Democrats were crossing their fingers that Chris McDaniel would be the Republican nominee in Mississippi. But since Sen. Thad Cochran has prevailed, they are trying to do the unthinkable — unseat a six-term GOP senator. McDaniel supporters are irate that Cochran won a GOP primary by reaching across the aisle. Now some of his backers are ambivalent about whether they’ll come out at all in November — and if they don’t, that could create a rare opening for a Democrat here.
  • Kochs launch new Super PAC for Midterm Fight

    06/17/2014 8:25:34 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 1 replies
    Politico` ^ | June 16, 2014 | KENNETH P. VOGEL and DARREN GOODE
    During a closed-door gathering of major donors in Southern California on Monday, the political operation spearheaded by the Koch brothers unveiled a significant new weapon in its rapidly expanding arsenal — a super PAC called Freedom Partners Action Fund. The new group aims to spend more than $15 million in the 2014 midterm campaigns — part of a much larger spending effort expected to total $290 million, sources told POLITICO., The vast network of political nonprofit groups they helped build has mostly funneled its unprecedented political spending into issue-based campaigns that usually slam Democrats for supporting big government but seldom...
  • Why Big Business Fears the Tea Party: Dave Brat driving corporate America to the Democrats'

    06/16/2014 3:33:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/16/2014 | Michael Lind
    The primary election defeat of House majority leader Eric Cantor by the little-known Tea Party conservative David Brat has shocked business and financial elites as well as politicians and pundits. Conservative intellectuals such as Tim Carney have been arguing for a while that the right should adopt a new populism that targets “crony capitalism” and the collaboration of public and private elites at the expense of workers and small businesses. Brat is the first conservative candidate to have achieved a major electoral success by taking this line. He denounced Cantor for being too close to Wall Street and K Street,...
  • NBC Paid Chelsea Clinton $600,000 to Do Nothing, Basically

    06/14/2014 7:12:17 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 44 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | 6/13/14 | Joe Coscarelli
    Former first child (now with child) Chelsea Clinton had a $600,000 annual contract at NBC News, Politico reports, where she served as a "special correspondent" and was deemed to be mostly useless, if not "one of the most boring people of her era." That deal is over now, but Clinton is still being paid by the network (which has also hired Luke Russert, Meghan McCain, and Jenna Bush ... ) on a month-to-month basis, with complicating factors including her pregnancy and the good odds her mother is running for president. -snip- That work included little of note, either journalistically or...
  • Hillary Clinton: I'm the Real Victim of Benghazi

    05/31/2014 3:26:32 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | May 30, 2014 | Ben Shapiro
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Hillary Clinton may not be much at administering the State Department, but she’s certainly a pro when it comes to expressing outrage at her own persecution. For the woman who is supposedly the world’s most powerful feminist, her sense of victimhood remains surprisingly strong. That’s never been more true than in her new book, Hard Choices, which points out that she – not the four men who died in Benghazi, Libya, on the night of September 11, 2012 – is the victim. The Clinton camp reportedly leaked the 34-page Benghazi chapter of Hillary’s latest tome to favored outlet Politico. The...
  • Memo to Journalists: Quote Hillary to Hillary: "It Is Our Job to Figure Out What Happened"

    05/31/2014 4:16:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 30, 2014 | Hugh Hewitt
    “It is inaccurate to state that every single one of them was influenced by this hateful video." This statement is part of Hillary's 36 page "fog of war" chapter on Benghazi in her forthcoming memoir, a chapter obtained at least in part by Politico's Maggie Haberman, and it appears to be indicative of how she filled those 36 pages without answering any of the crucial questions about the events of that night and the following day. This line refers to the killers. And this line is of course a straw man, easily recognized after the president's straw man Woodstock at...
  • The Politico Poll and Conservative Strength: A leftist lie out there that people keep believing.

    05/21/2014 10:38:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 05/21/2014 | Bruce Walker
    Politico has come out with a new poll, and the results in many ways are encouraging for Republicans. The population sample was from competitive House districts and competitive Senate races, so these results are particularly important in terms of winning congressional races legitimately in play in both houses of Congress. Voters are more likely to vote for Republican candidates than Democrat candidates; those voters who strongly support one party over the other also favor Republicans; and voters who are enthusiastic about voting also favor Republicans. If this pattern in swing districts and states continues through to November, Republicans will not...
  • Politico Poll: 71% support comprehensive immigration reform

    05/20/2014 8:13:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/20/2014 | AllahPundit
    Nothing makes a diehard eeyore like me happier than a depressing poll, but even I’ve got to call BS on this one. C’mon, Politico.That 71 percent includes 90 percent of Latinos, 78 percent of Democrats, and 64 percent of Republicans — and frankly, I’m surprised the totals for each aren’t higher. Except to the small minority of the population that follows immigration news closely, the phrase “comprehensive immigration reform” is almost totally meaningless. News junkies recognize it as a term of art to describe a compromise on border security and legalization; to everyone else, which is pretty much everyone,...
  • Rand Paul tops 2014 campaigns’ wish list

    05/19/2014 2:59:16 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Titus
    Challengers see themselves in the Texas senator, even in races where their odds of an upset are considered steeper than Cruz’s surprise victory over a GOP establishment figure two years ago. He’s made endorsements in the Oklahoma and Nebraska Senate races, plus the Nebraska gubernatorial race, and sent almost $26,000 to federal candidates through his leadership PAC. “Ted Cruz would be extremely helpful as an endorser and a fundraiser,” said C. Edmund Wright, a consultant to longshot South Carolina Senate hopeful Lee Bright, in an email. “Rand Paul and Mike Lee would be great also.” But, he said, “the reason...
  • Geithner praises Obama

    05/18/2014 3:50:50 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | May 18, 2014 | By JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner praised President Barack Obama on Sunday, saying he was "excellent in crisis." “I had an amazingly good experience with this president in this White House, ...who was willing at that time to put policy ahead of politics in a way that was very important for the country," Geithner said on CBS's "Face the Nation." “He was excellent in crisis. Good at making decisions. Very tough on the rest of us, very tough on all of us to examine all the options. And I never felt I was in a position where they put a political...
  • Jill Abramson ousted from New York Times

    05/14/2014 2:28:03 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | Dylan Byers
    New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was abruptly fired from the paper on Wednesday, sources familiar with the news informed POLITICO. Managing editor Dean Baquet will take over as executive editor, effective immediately. The news of her departure was met with shock throughout the newsroom. Senior editors were unexpectedly summoned to a 2 p.m. leadership meeting at the Times headquarters in New York. The news was then announced in a staff-wide meeting by publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. In his announcement, Sulzberger said Abramson’s departure was related to “an issue with management in the newsroom,” and had nothing to do...
  • Jay Rockefeller: Some Obama foes think he’s the ‘wrong color’

    05/06/2014 6:48:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 6, 2014 | Kathryn A. Wolfe, deputy transportation editor
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller unloaded on lawmakers Tuesday, accusing some of blocking efforts to solve urgent problems during Barack Obama’s presidency “because he’s the wrong color.” Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who will retire at the end of the year, made his comments during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on transportation funding, saying he’s confounded by the “lack of will to keep ourselves from dropping into rivers and rolling over bridges that are no longer there.” “It’s an American characteristic that you don’t do anything which displeases the voters, because you always have to get reelected here,” he added. “I understand part of it....
  • Trey Gowdy threatened with harm; Capitol Police kick off ‘active, open investigation’

    05/07/2014 11:24:48 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Wednesday, May 7, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Capitol Hill police are investigating emailed threats to Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina congressman tabbed to head a special panel to probe the White House’s response to the Benghazi terrorist attacks. Politico reporters and journalists at other news outlets say they’ve received at least two emails that threaten harm to Mr. Gowdy due directly to his leading role on the panel. Capitol Police refused to comment on the actual threats, except to say that “an active, open investigation” has been launched, Politico reported.
  • Marco Rubio backs Joni Ernst in Iowa primary

    05/05/2014 12:10:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 5, 2014 | Burgess Everett
    Sen. Marco Rubio jumped into Iowa’s contested Senate primary on Monday, throwing his support behind conservative candidate Joni Ernst. After indicating in recent weeks that he would stay away from GOP primary season, the Florida senator decided to wade into one of the most consequential Senate races in the country by backing Ernst. Not only does Iowa hold the first-in-the-nation presidential caucus in 2016, but the state also will be central to the battle for the Senate this fall — unlike contested primaries in red states such as Oklahoma and Nebraska. Rubio made the announcement through his Reclaim America PAC...
  • Nigerian ambassador demands Cruz apology

    10/24/2013 8:10:33 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 58 replies
    politico.com ^ | October 24, 2013 | TAL KOPAN
    The Nigerian ambassador to the United States on Thursday decried Sen. Ted Cruz’s joke earlier this week that “Nigerian email scammers” built the government’s health care exchange website, saying his comments are offensive and demanded an apology. Ambassador Ade Adefuye told POLITICO that Nigerians are “disappointed and shocked” by Cruz’s comments. “We deplore the statement, and we demand an apology, and we demand it be withdrawn,” Adefuye said. Cruz (R-Texas) made the remarks Monday night in Houston at a “Welcome Home” event with tea party supporters. The following day, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-Pa.) criticized the comments and said they appeal...
  • Read the Confidential Document Left Behind at the Democracy Alliance Meeting

    05/05/2014 10:17:14 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 9 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 5 2014 | Washington Free Beacon
    The Democracy Alliance takes pains to ensure that its work disbursing millions of dollars to top left-wing organizations remains secretive and free from public scrutiny. But a document left on the floor of the group’s recent gathering reveals for the first time the names of a number of individuals involved in the effort. It lists new Democracy Alliance “partners,” individuals who every year must pay $30,000 in dues and contribute at least $200,000 to the groups that DA supports. It also reveals names of DA “advisers,” foundation participants, and individuals getting a “sneak peek” at the group’s activities. Among its...