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  • Lethargic Politico Labor Reporter Whines About Job to Bernie Sanders

    07/31/2015 12:00:26 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 3 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 31, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Wow! Suddenly this week Politico reporter Mike Elk shook off his cloak of extreme lethargy and became like the Energizer Bunnie. Gone was his PTSD and STSD (Secondary Traumatic Stress Disorder) which he claims inhibit him from working. Despite not having done a bit of work for six months, there he was front and center at a press conference asking Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders questions. So what was the subject of Elk's inquiry? It was about how badly treated he is at his employer Politico because they haven't approved card check in voting on whether to form a union shop....
  • Jon Stewart Reduced to Stenographer After White House Meetings Revealed

    07/29/2015 4:34:34 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 7/29/2015 | Joe Concha
    For Jon Stewart, this certainly isn’t the high note he wanted to go out on. The guy who prides himself on speaking truth to power, as the anti-establishment, take-to-both-sides-hero for millennials everywhere… reduced to a stenographer for a sitting president so thin-skinned about any and all criticism that he needs to dictate his own comedy. As originally reported in Politico by Darren Samuelson, the outgoing Daily Show host met with President Barack Obama twice in the past four years but failed to let anyone know about it. It was only then that Stewart — who loves to play the “I’m...
  • Daily Kickoff: Rising Star Israeli diplomat George Deek | Ted Cruz to host Iran strategy meeting

    07/28/2015 11:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    SCENE LAST NIGHT: Less than a mile or so from Chabad Lubavitch's HQ at 770 Eastern Parkway, around 80 Hillary for America supporters gathered at the home of former White House Jewish Liaison Jarrod Bernstein and Hildy Kuryk, currently communications director at Vogue, to hear from the Clinton campaign's senior advisors including manager Robby Mook, vice chairwoman Huma Abedin and finance director Dennis Chang. SPOTTED: Recent Chairman of the Conference of Presidents Bob Sugarman, Obama mega-bundler Sarah Kovner, Tusk Ventures' Seth London, Anya Hoerburger of Intermedia Partners, Samantha Maltzman, Jill Strauss, Samantha Vinograd of Goldman Sachs and formerly at office...
  • De Blasio raves about presidential hopeful, but it’s not Hillary

    07/25/2015 4:23:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 25, 2015 | Rich Calder
    Mayor de Blasio is a big fan of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders — because the Vermont senator is a proud “Democratic socialist.” [Snip] De Blasio was quick to correct CNN’s Carol Costello after she called Sanders a “socialist,” telling her the senator is a “Democratic socialist.” “I think there’s a lot to like in that title,” he gushed.
  • Red-state Democrats fret about leftward shift

    07/25/2015 4:44:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | July 24, 2015 | Kyle Cheney and Rachana Pradhan
    Governor’s races in South and Midwest could be lost if party brand becomes too liberal. Centrist Democrats were wiped out in the 2014 elections and in their absence emerged a resurgent liberal movement, embodied most recently by the surprisingly competitive presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. But the suddenly ascendant left — its populist overtones becoming part of the mainstream Democratic pitch — is worrying Democrats who want to compete on Republican-leaning turf. The party lost every competitive gubernatorial and Senate race in the South last year. And Democrats didn’t fare much better in the heartland. Now, as Bernie...
  • Obama, Kenyan President clash on gay rights in Kenya

    07/25/2015 5:56:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/25/2015 | By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE
    NAIROBI, Kenya – President Barack Obama and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sparred over support for gay rights here Saturday, with Obama urging fast changes and Kenyatta saying it was not something Kenyan culture or society would “accept.” Linking LGBT discrimination in Africa to the history of Jim Crow laws in America, Obama said ensuring gay rights must be a priority on a continent — and in a country — where bias against gays is accepted, and violence against gays is common. Standing by Obama’s side at a joint press conference here in front of the Kenyan state house, Kenyatta repeated...
  • Hillary Clinton on email scandal: Everybody calm down

    07/24/2015 12:38:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/24/2015 | By JOSH GERSTEIN and HANNA TRUDO
    Hillary Clinton on Friday sought to downplay the latest twist in the long-running scandal over her use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying reports of a possible criminal probe are full of inaccuracies. News emerged on Thursday evening that at least one inspector general passed to the Justice Department evidence of potential mishandling of classified information, a referral that could lead to a criminal investigation. Clinton on Friday said people are getting worked up over not much. “Maybe the heat is getting to everybody,” she said, in remarks before a policy speech in New...
  • Donald Trump Vs. Linsey Graham Match Ends in a K.O.

    07/22/2015 6:46:22 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 25 replies
    http://www.redstate.com ^ | 7/21/2015 | Staff of Politico
    Donald Trump vs. Lindsey Graham match ends in a KO First it was Rick Perry that caught Trump’s attention. Then it was Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 60%. Now he’s focusing on Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) 60%‘s Mini-Me, the lovely and talented Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) 50%. In all fairness to Trump, Graham set out to pick the fight. He probably figured he had to stick up for his BFF from Arizona and that he’d never really done anything that Trump could criticize. On Monday evening, Graham told CNN that Trump was “becoming a jackass.” By Tuesday, Graham was appearing on...
  • ‘Have It By Next Week…Do You Hear Me?’: Judge Has Absolutely Had It With the State(T)

    07/22/2015 8:53:43 AM PDT · by rktman · 31 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | 7/21/2015 | Jason Howerton
    A federal judge scolded State Department attorneys during a tense hearing last week, ordering officials to produce Hillary Clinton-related records that The Associated Press has been requesting for years. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon said he wants to “find out what’s been going on” at the State Department,” or rather, “what’s not been going on over there” that the AP’s records requests have been ignored for four years, Politico reported. The news publication is reportedly seeking records about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s schedules and her former top staffers.
  • Jeb Bush vs. Scott Walker: Round 1 of a long brawl

    07/21/2015 12:43:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Politico ^ | July 20, 2015 | Eli Stokols
    Suddenly, the gloves are off between Scott Walker and Jeb Bush. Surprisingly, Bush threw the first punch, sparking a back-and-forth between the two leading Republican candidates in early-state polls, both eager to highlight what they see as the other’s fatal flaw — Bush as the establishment shill and Walker as the foreign policy lightweight. It started during a town hall in Nevada Friday, when Bush took an unprovoked shot at Walker, portraying him as unserious and unsophisticated over a promise he made in his announcement speech last Monday to repeal the nuclear deal with Iran “on the very first day...
  • California May Let Undocumented Immigrants Buy Obamacare

    07/19/2015 12:16:48 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/17/15 | Rachana Pradhan
    Uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health-care reform controversy. By 5:11 AM EDT California lawmakers and activists are spearheading a first-in-the-nation plan to let undocumented immigrants buy Obamacare health insurance. Supporters say the California proposal, which would need federal approval and couldn’t start until 2017, is the next logical step in expanding health insurance to a population that was intentionally excluded from the president’s health-care law. But uniting the two highly combustible issues of Obamacare and immigration could reignite a fierce health-care reform controversy. Story Continued Below There’s no guarantee the California...
  • Al Gore: Obama's Arctic Drilling Plan 'Is Insane'

    07/17/2015 11:08:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/17 | Nick Gass
    Former Vice President Al Gore offered up some rare criticism of President Barack Obama’s environmental policy in a recent interview, calling for a ban on all Arctic drilling and blasting the administration’s decision to allow Royal Dutch Shell to begin sinking exploratory wells in the oil-rich Chukchi Sea in the Arctic as “insane.” “I think that in his second term, he has done really quite a good job,” Gore said in an interview with The Guardian published Thursday. “Of course there are things I would change. I think Arctic drilling is insane. I think that countries around the world would...
  • Ted Cruz is finished: Laughable “strategy” that guarantees he’ll get nowhere near the White House

    06/10/2015 3:16:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 82 replies
    Salon ^ | June 10, 2015 | Simon Maloy
    Tea Party hero's roadmap to the presidency borrows from the failed presidential runs of Ron Paul and Rudy Giuliani.It’s sometimes easy to forget that Ted Cruz is running for president. While other 2016 Republican candidates are out giving big speeches and attaching themselves to causes and making trips to Europe, Cruz has stayed relatively quiet, which is strange given that his animating purpose up to this point has been to loudly remind you that Ted Cruz exists. The biggest headlines Cruz has earned for himself lately were for a dumb joke he told about Joe Biden just after the vice...
  • New York Times Finally Adds Ted Cruz Book to Bestsellers List

    07/16/2015 8:41:00 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 10 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 16 Jul 2015 | Alex Griswold
    After a lengthy battle with the Ted Cruz campaign over whether or not his book sales were boosted by bulk purchases, The New York Times will include his newest book on their bestsellers list. Times’ editor Kate Phillips took to Twitter to announce the inclusion and to snark, “So much for our left-wing conspiracy.” The Times had been lambasted in recent weeks for excluding Cruz’s book “A Time for Truth,” even as outlets like Amazon and Barnes & Noble said they could find no evidence of bulk sales, and as other bestsellers lists that exclude bulk sales, like The Wall...
  • 8 Unplanned Results of the Iran Deal

    07/15/2015 11:55:15 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | July 14, 2015 | By DANIELLE PLETKA
    The Iran agreement released Tuesday will be parsed and reparsed for months. Can the inspections mechanism really work? How will Iran reduce its enriched uranium stockpile? Is it really wise to legitimize Iran’s ballistic missile program? There are a thousand questions and each side will have different answers. But what are the other implications of what Barack Obama insists is a “historic” deal? 1. Doubling down on the Muslim sectarian divide Right or wrong, the perception of many in the Middle East is that the region is in the midst of a battle between the Sunni neo-Ottoman Empire and the...
  • Scott Walker backtracks on reaction to gay Boy Scout leaders

    07/15/2015 3:01:13 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 114 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/15/2015 | Adam Lerner
    Scott Walker stumbled over his own prior comments Wednesday, saying that when he called on the Boy Scouts to reinstate a ban on gay leaders because it “protected children,” he meant the ban protected them from media scrutiny. “The protection was not a physical protection,” Walker said Wednesday at an event in South Carolina, according to The New York Times. Rather, the Wisconsin governor continued, he was referring to “protecting them from being involved in the very thing you’re talking about right now, the political and media discussion about it, instead of just focusing on what Scouts is about, which...
  • Tom Tancredo to Donald Trump: Tone it down

    07/13/2015 1:06:48 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 87 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/13/2015 | Adam B. Lerner
    Tom Tancredo thinks Donald Trump has taken his anti-immigrant rhetoric a bit too far. The real estate mogul and 2016 presidential hopeful “needs to be a little bit more artful,” Tancredo told the Denver Post. When asked whether he supports Trump’s stance on immigration, though, Tancredo responded, “God, yes.” . . “He should take lessons from me on how to talk to the press. For a small fee — no, actually for a very large fee — I will help him out. You’ve got to learn how to talk about it, which takes years of practice, which God knows I’ve...
  • Give up and go home. The 2016 election is already over

    07/13/2015 1:31:38 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    We’re probably going to suffer through quite a few of these over the next fifteen months so let’s just get used to it now. Doug Sosnik at Politico has a lengthy “think piece” on the subject of how most presidential elections are actually over long before the polls close on the big day, and a clever reader of the tea leaves should be able to know who is going to win long in advance. Of course, such an article wouldn’t be much fun if you weren’t going to announce the winner, so Doug does so. And… surprise, surprise… it’s not...
  • Past Opponents On Walker: He's Ruthless, But Don't Underestimate Him

    07/13/2015 12:44:18 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 13, 2015 | Alex Swoyer
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will join the crowded field of GOP presidential candidates Monday. Politico reports that since the 1990s, Walker’s opponents – those he defeated – say Walker shouldn’t be underestimated. Walker has appeared on a ballot some 14 times and he only lost twice.
  • Study Proves Koch-Addicted Media Are Big Fat Liars About Outside Money In Politics

    07/13/2015 9:26:23 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    b ^ | 07/13/2015 | John Nolte
    As we all remember, the media completely freaked out after the Supreme Court decided Citizens United in favor of free speech. Taking aim primarily at the right-leaning Koch Brothers, the media posed as defenders of democracy against the corrupting influence of outside money in politics. As usual, the facts prove that the media are big fat liars. Although legions of left-wing corporations like NBC News, Politico, MSNBC, CNN, CBS News, ABC News, The Washington Post, LA Times, NPR, PBS, Univision, Comedy Central, MTV, HBO, and ESPN spend billions of dollars pushing a political agenda 24/7, the left-wing media want a...
  • David Jolly moves toward Senate run

    07/13/2015 9:09:54 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/13/2015 | Matt Dixon and Marc Caputo
    Rep. David Jolly of St. Petersburg is poised to announce his plans to run for U.S. Senate next week, following a Florida Supreme Court ruling that could add a substantial swath of Democratic voters to his congressional district. “Congressman Jolly is seriously considering a U.S. Senate run, and is moving towards a decision and announcement early next week,” Jolly spokeswoman Sarah Bascom said. The Florida Supreme Court ruled last week that eight congressional districts will need to be redrawn, including Jolly’s. The justices said that the Tampa-based seat of Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor can no longer jump across Tampa Bay...
  • One-Act Play Reveals Why The New York Times Kept Cruz’s Book Off The Bestseller List

    07/10/2015 4:59:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 10, 2015 | Patrick Howley
    Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz will not see his book “A Time For Truth” on The New York Times bestseller list. Even though the book sold 11,854 copies in its first week, ranking higher than 18 of the 20 books on the latest list, the Times told Cruz’s publisher HarperCollins that his book “didn’t meet that standard” to get recognized. The Times, which previously blocked Dinesh D’Souza’s bestseller “America” from getting on the list, later told Politico that they found evidence that “sales [for Cruz’s book] were limited to strategic bulk purchases.” While the Times has yet to show anyone...
  • Republican infighting at full throttle

    07/12/2015 7:24:53 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 30 replies
    politico.com ^ | 7/9/15 | Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
    Every week sparks a new fire for GOP leaders, and the right flank is feeling emboldened to challenge Speaker John Boehner. House Republicans have entered a new season of sniping. GOP leadership has spent weeks twisting arms to get dozens of lawmakers — even some subcommittee chairs — to pony up to the campaign arm, a basic annual obligation of party loyalty. The party is warring over funding for disease research, bickering over an education bill and deeply divided on the possible renewal of the Export-Import Bank, an object of scorn among the far right. On Wednesday evening, House Republican...
  • Donald Trump Lied to Us

    07/10/2015 2:03:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Politico ^ | July 10, 2015 | Antonio Tijerino
    As I protested Thursday afternoon in front of the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Ave in Washington D.C.—the building Donald Trump is turning into a hotel a few blocks away from another historical building he wants to take over, the White House—I thought about a meeting I had with Trump at his headquarters in New York two years ago to discuss my organization’s programs, including the Hispanic Heritage Awards. Once the meeting was set, I called immigration activists Estuardo Rodriguez and Gaby Pacheco to gather some young DREAMers to crash the meeting and try and change The Donald’s mind...
  • Politico: NYTimes Is Keeping Cruz Book 'A Time for Truth' Off Bestseller List, Gives Shifty Answer…

    07/09/2015 6:38:21 PM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 7/9/15 | Ken Shepherd
    Politico media correspondent Dylan Byers is reporting that HarperCollins, the publisher of Ted Cruz's popular new book, A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America, wrote the New York Times to inquire why, exactly, the title was not included on the bestseller list. The Times, for its part, denies any bias or shady dealing, insisting that the book simply hasn't met all the relevant criteria for appearing on the list. Asked for a rundown of that criteria, however, the Gray Lady refused to elaborate (emphasis mine): This week, HarperCollins, the book's publisher, sent a letter to The New York...
  • Politico Essay on South Incredibly Cruel, Demeaning...and Oddly Familiar

    07/09/2015 7:18:15 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2015 | Matt Towery
    t's been in vogue in past weeks, in the aftermath of the tragedy in South Carolina, to attack the Southern states and its citizens. An article in Politico by a contributing editor goes beyond the pale. It skewers the region, proclaiming that America would be "less violent" and "more normal, without Dixie." The article was written by Politico Contributing Editor Michael Lind. Oddly, many of his comments, arguments and facts resemble those of Erin Fuchs' 2013 Business Insider piece. Hers was an amazingly similar discourse on issues relating to the South; its crime, poverty and support of capital punishment. Perhaps...
  • Lethargic Politico Labor Reporter Demands Union Shop

    07/06/2015 7:22:41 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 9 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | July 6, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    To the barricades! Or rather, to the virtual barricades since that requires much less effort. And in the case of lethargic Politico labor reporter the less real effort the better since according to his "work" schedule, Elk has produced only five Politico stories in fourteen weeks with absolutely no work performed by him in over five months.Ironically, Elk is now the one demanding that Politico be unionized. Um, before you advocate for "workers' rights" don't you have to at least do a little work? The most work that Elk has actually done in over five months was producing a semi-literate...
  • One Of The Nation’s Most Influential Labor Leaders Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders

    07/04/2015 2:59:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Politicus USA - Real liberal politics ^ | July 3, 2015 | Jason Easley
    Bernie Sanders has picked up a key endorsement as one of the nation’s most influential labor leaders has announced his support for the Democratic presidential candidate. The Sanders campaign made the announcement in a statement: In another show of union support for Bernie Sanders, one of the nation’s most influential labor leaders on Friday endorsed the Democratic Party presidential candidate. Larry Cohen, the past president of the Communications Workers of America, gave his backing to Sanders at a news conference held here in a local union hall. “This is not a close call,” Cohen said at the news conference. “This...
  • Ted Cruz defends Donald Trump, slams 'Washington cartel' on immigration

    07/04/2015 12:06:44 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 24 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/03/2015 | Ali Breland
    Sen. Ted Cruz defended Donald Trump on immigration and called out “the Washington cartel” he says is ignoring the issue, in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”“I salute Donald Trump for focusing on the need to address illegal immigration,” Cruz said of his rival for the 2016 GOP nomination, adding that it “seems the favorite sport of the Washington media is to encourage some Republicans to attack other Republicans.”“I’m not interested in Republican on Republican violence,” he told host Chuck Todd, adding that “bold … brash” Trump “has a colorful way of speaking.”The Texas senator’s...
  • Marriage and polygamy: Three's company, too

    07/02/2015 6:51:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Economist's Democracy in America Blog ^ | July 2, 2015 | Will Wilkinson
    ANTHONY KENNEDY, in his majority ruling legalising same-sex marriage nationwide, tried to allay the concern that polygamy would be next. John Roberts, in his dissent, said he couldn't see a principled way of opening the door to same-sex couples without also letting polygamists through. Who's right? Is legal polygamy next? Should it be? Jonathan Rauch, who wrote this newspaper's ahead-of-the-curve 1996 cover piece advocating same-sex marriage, has plenty of experience in keeping people off this slippery slope. According to Mr Rauch, the problem with a man marrying two women (we don't see many real-world examples of polyandry, a women with...
  • Grayson’s Hedge Funds Under Scrutiny For Possible Ethics Violations

    07/02/2015 3:31:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 6/30/15 | Joe Schoffstall
    Rep. Alan Grayson (D., Fla.) is finding himself in hot water over managing hedge funds that bear his name, actions that are in possible violation of House ethics rules. Sitting members of Congress are prohibited from using their name in titles of entities for personal financial gain, Politico reports. Rep. Grayson has three hedge funds with his name attached to their title. One of Grayson’s funds, Grayson Fund L.P, is based out of Delaware and consists of three investors. According to November regulatory filings, the fund shows sales totaling $13.2 million.
  • The book Ted Cruz really wanted to write

    07/02/2015 3:22:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    ThePolitico's The KGB File ^ | July 2, 2015 | Kate Bennett
    He hoped to emulate Barack Obama's memoir 'Dreams from My Father', which left a lasting impression. With his new book out this week, Ted Cruz is doing what he does best: getting a lot of attention by attacking … just about everyone. But the political memoir that he’s calling A Time for Truth wasn’t really the book Cruz started out wanting to write, says a source close to the Texas senator and presidential candidate. In fact, Cruz was hoping to emulate the writing of a man he has called “lawless” and “an apologist for radical Islamic terrorists” (among other fine...
  • When it Comes to Israel, Drunk Nixon is Better than Sober Obama

    07/02/2015 6:28:50 AM PDT · by lbryce · 10 replies
    Washington free Beacon ^ | July 1, 2015 | Roger Stone
    President Richard Nixon was drunk during the height of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, according to veteran journalist Tim Weiner writing for Politico magazine. Weiner’s book, One Man Against the World: The Tragedy of Richard Nixon, makes the charge. The former New York Times reporter claims that a call recorded by Henry Kissinger proves Nixon was drunk on the fifth day of the crisis after Egypt and Syria launched a surprise attack on Israel which caught their Intelligence agency by surprise. It became clear in the hours after the 1973 Yom Kippur attack that the Arabs had surprised Israeli forces...
  • Katie Couric interviews Ted Cruz

    06/29/2015 8:31:44 AM PDT · by VinL · 101 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6/29/2015 | K. Couric
    Ted Cruz continued his verbal assault on last week’s historic Supreme Court decisions on Monday, saying the justices who ruled in favor of Obamacare and gay marriage “rewrote the Constitution.” “They joined a team, they put on bright-blue Obama jerseys and they rewrote the law,” the U.S. senator from Texas told Yahoo News’ Katie Couric during a live sit-down interview from Yahoo’s New York City studios. “Those decisions are a threat to our democracy.” Cruz slammed Chief Justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion in the Obamacare case on behalf of what the 2016 Republican presidential hopeful called “five...
  • Cruz Melts Couric's Mind: Hillary Started the Anti-Obama Birther Movement

    07/01/2015 1:23:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Excellence In Broadcasting Network ^ | July 1, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Who do you think started the birther movement against Obama? You know the birther movement, the claim that Obama was not born in Hawaii, that he was rather born in some Muslim country somewhere. And that he was not qualified, according to the Constitution, to be president, 'cause he's not born of American parents anywhere, and he was not born in the United States. Who started that movement? (interruption) Well, you're pretty damn close. It was Hillary Clinton that started the movement. It was the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 that started the movement. That whole thing was...
  • Mitch McConnell: GOP out of legislative options to fight gay marriage

    07/01/2015 11:59:35 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 43 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/1/15 | Burgess Everett
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell concedes that there’s little congressional Republicans can do to fight the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage nationwide, though he predicted a flurry of litigation aimed at protecting “religious liberty” in light of the decision. The Kentucky Republican has been a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage: He was one of just six Senate Republicans to sign an amicus brief urging the high court to reject federal protection of same-sex marriage. And though he reiterated to Kentucky TV station WDRB on Tuesday evening that his position has not changed, he also said there is...
  • Chuck Schumer: Carbon tax has a chance if Clinton wins

    06/24/2015 6:28:08 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    Politico ^ | June 23, 2015 | By ELANA SCHOR
    Sen. Chuck Schumer outlined a path Tuesday for Hillary Clinton to enact a carbon tax if the Democrats prevail in the 2016 elections. Schumer said that a Clinton presidency and the return of his party to the Senate majority in 2017 could pave the way for lawmakers to enact a carbon tax to help fund the government. The mere suggestion of a new fee on the emissions blamed for climate change, however, could become a political headache for Clinton and other Democrats, and it’s routinely dismissed by Republicans. Schumer also vowed that Democrats would successfully defend President Barack Obama’s landmark...
  • Leaked: What's in Obama's trade deal [TPP's intellectual property - Big Pharma]

    07/01/2015 6:08:52 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | 07/01/2015 | Michael Grunwald
    A recent draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade deal would give U.S. pharmaceutical firms unprecedented protections against competition from cheaper generic drugs, possibly transcending the patent protections in U.S. law. POLITICO has obtained a draft copy of TPP’s intellectual property chapter as it stood on May 11, at the start of the latest negotiating round in Guam. While U.S. trade officials would not confirm the authenticity of the document, they downplayed its importance, emphasizing that the terms of the deal are likely to change significantly as the talks enter their final stages. Those terms are still secret, but the public...
  • Cruz Reminds Katie Couric That Hillary Created Anti-Obama Birther Movement

    06/30/2015 6:51:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | June 30, 2015 | John Nolte
    Faded, former-media darling Katie Couric hosted Republican Senator Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for a full-hour to discuss a wide range of issues Monday. The left-wing anchor, who is now perched at a place called Yahoo!, introduced Cruz as a historic candidate — potentially the first American president to be born in Canada. Later in the interview, she questioned Cruz on his citizenship. The look on Couric’s smug face when he correctly reminded her that it was the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 that birthed the anti-Obama Birther movement, is priceless. It all starts at right around the 25 minute mark....
  • Ted Cruz unloads on Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul in new book

    06/29/2015 8:48:30 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 19 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/29/15 | MANU RAJU
    Cruz accuses McConnell and GOP leadership of maneuvering to dry up his fundraising and plant hit pieces in the press aimed at hurting him politically. He says GOP leaders cowered from joining him in big fights over the debt ceiling, Obamacare and gun control, accusing his colleagues of “mendacity” and capitulating to Democrats to avoid bad headlines.He contends that McConnell misled him in vowing to stay out of primaries when Cruz accepted a senior-level position at the National Republican Senatorial Committee. And he accuses a GOP rival, Rand Paul of Kentucky, of parroting McConnell’s talking points by seeking to “undermine”...
  • BARNEY FRANK: Justice Scalia Is a Homophobe

    06/27/2015 3:53:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | June 26, 2015 | Former Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)
    Gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people won two victories in the Supreme Court today. We expected the big one: the fourth in a series of opinions by Justice Anthony Kennedy—one of the last sitting Reagan appointees—vindicating our right to legal equality. The unexpected one was smaller in public impact but also significant: Justice Antonin Scalia’s disclaimer that he is not personally troubled by the fact that we can marry each other. After a series of opinions, speeches and public comments expressing his strong disapproval of us, vigorously defending society’s right to express this attitude in discriminatory public policies, Scalia begins...
  • Politico Editor: Falling GDP Is Good

    06/26/2015 11:57:14 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 4 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 26, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    We have always been at war with Eastasia. ---Ministry of Truth, 1984. Falling GDP is good. It has always been good. And now that GDP has fallen in the first quarter and economic prospects don't look good for the near future, Politico's contributing editor, Zacary Karabell has discovered that falling GDP is good. In fact the title of this directive issued from the Politico Ministry of Truth flat out tells us that GDP’s Going Down? That’s Good!
  • The Stupid Party’s Candidate: Running to the right isn’t working for Bobby Jindal.

    06/24/2015 7:45:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 06/24/2015 | By ALAN GREENBLATT
    In n 2013 Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal called on the GOP to “stop being the stupid party.” A former Rhodes scholar with serious policy chops, he appeared perfectly positioned to elevate the discussion of ideas. Instead, Jindal has chosen to run in 2016 as the stupid party’s standard-bearer. As Jindal prepares to make his White House bid official on Wednesday, he is struggling to break the one percent mark in national polls. That puts him a dozen places behind the top-tier triumvirate of Walker, Bush and Rubio. It’s possible Jindal will emerge from the back of the pack at some...
  • Rep. Kinzinger: Drudge and ObamaTrade.com spreading misinformation

    06/21/2015 9:33:07 AM PDT · by yoe · 56 replies
    Politico ^ | June 19, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger this week blamed misinformation from sites like ObamaTrade.com and other sites like Drudge Report that pass along those links for distorting information about trade legislation, including bills on trade promotion authority, trade adjustment assistance and the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the massive trade deal that has yet to be finalized. (emphasis mine)
  • Faith and Freedom Coalition: Winners and losers

    06/21/2015 10:34:11 AM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 9 replies
    Politico ^ | June 21, 2015 | Katie Glueck and Kyle Cheney
    Ted Cruz dominated, Rick Santorum flopped and Bobby Jindal found his niche. At the latest GOP cattle call, about a dozen presidential contenders rolled through a Washington, D.C. ballroom over a three-day period to tout their socially conservative bona fides at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” conference. Most of the 2016 hopefuls managed to impress evangelical and other conservative Christian voters by championing religious freedom, highlighting support for traditional marriage and stressing the importance of family and family values.
  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump Slams Obamatrade, Stands up for American Jobs

    06/20/2015 5:15:31 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 80 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 6/19/2015 | Alex Swoyer
    GOP presidential candidate and billionaire businessman Donald Trump slammed President Obama’s trade agreements – especially the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) – which Obama argued the United States needs in order to better compete with China. However, according to a recent report by Politico, China may be trying to enter the TPP – defeating Obama’s main argument for finalizing the deal. “Of course China wants to join the trade negotiation because the deal is so pathetic and so bad,” Trump told Breitbart News. He added that China would continue to take advantage of America’s stupid politicians, who don’t know what they’re...
  • Hillary outclassed again: How Condoleezza Rice could teach her a thing or two about charity

    A 2014 speech by Hillary Clinton to the Boys and Girls Club of Long Beach shows the stark difference between the former secretary of state and the woman who preceded her, Condoleezza Rice. When Rice gave a speech at the annual luncheon for the charity in 2009, she collected a $60,000 speaking fee, and donated almost all of that fee back to the club. Hillary – naturally – was not as generous. She charged $200,000 and “donated” the entire fee to the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton foundation. The cost to the Boys and Girls Club – which has an...
  • Did Lethargic Politico Reporter Pull a Dolezal With College Application Lie?

    06/17/2015 6:27:12 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 7 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 17, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Politico has been covering the Rachel Dolezal story as have many other news sources as you can see here, here, and here. Who can blame them? It is a fascinating story about a white person casting herself (soon to be himself?) as a member of another group. However, it turns out that Politico may be able to get the inside scoop on what it is like to fake ethnicity from one of their own. None other than their hilariously infamous lethargic labor reporter, Mike Elk, according to his own declaration, pretended to be an American Indian on his college financial aid...
  • GOP: Jeb can beat Hillary — but he might not make it past primary

    06/13/2015 6:27:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Politico ^ | June 12, 2015 | Katie Glueck
    On the eve of Bush’s official campaign launch, Republicans are confident he can defeat the Democratic front-runner. But New Hampshire is dicey for him and Iowa is looking like a lost cause.Despite a spell of rough headlines and a recent campaign shake-up, 70 percent of early-state Republicans think Jeb Bush could win their state in a general election contest against Hillary Clinton. But they’re not confident he‘ll make it out of the primary. That’s the assessment of this week’s POLITICO Caucus, our bipartisan survey of top operatives, activists and elected officials in Iowa and New Hampshire. On the eve of...
  • Obama: A vote against trade is a vote against me

    06/12/2015 9:54:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 70 replies
    Politico ^ | June 12, 2015 | Ewdard-Isaac Dovere and Sarah Wheaton
    By making a rare, last-ditch visit to Capitol Hill, President Barack Obama’s message to House Democrats was clear and simple: The trade deal they’re in danger of voting down is about him. The unscheduled lobbying trip to the Hill on Friday morning was Obama’s first in nearly two years and it put his reputation on the line in an unusually personal way. He met privately with the entire House Democratic caucus, and made what one lawmaker described as a “powerful presentation.”