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  • Politico Touts ‘Frugal Habits’ of George Stephanopoulos’s Wife (haggling over yard sales)

    05/21/2015 2:01:59 PM PDT · by drewh · 27 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | | May 21, 2015 | 2:48 PM EDT | By Jeffrey Meyer
    In the wake of the ongoing controversy surrounding ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos and his failure to disclose $75,000 worth of donations to the Clinton Foundation, and now news of his $105-million contract with the network, Politico decided to tout the “frugal habits of his wife” actress Ali Wentworth. Author Kate Glassman Bennett writes that “as word spread of the beleaguered Good Morning America anchor’s exorbitant take — following on criticism of his $75,000 of ill-conceived donations to the Clinton Foundation — certain circles back here in Washington were twittering about the frugal habits of his wife.” Despite being a multimillionaire,...
  • ABC's Stephanopoulos ‘helped hatch’ 2009 Dem strategy (being coached as Repub debate host?)

    05/20/2015 5:53:48 AM PDT · by Liz · 29 replies
    NY POST - PAGE SIX ^ | 5/19/15 | Emily Smith and Bruce Golding
    ABC's Stephanopoulos never really left Clinton-land — and it didn’t bother his ABC News bosses....he had daily phone contact with high-powered Democrats at the same time he anchored ABC's “This Week,” soon to host “GMA.” Politico reports Stephanopoulos was in a “round-robin phone chat” w/ Democrat honchos in which political strategy was “quite likely....being hatched”.... Stephanpolous said he "learned a lot." Ex-Clinton staffer, now an ABC spox, Heather Riley, insisted it “wasn’t true then, and it isn’t true now” but acknowledged: “... he talks to his friends once in a while....”
  • I’ve Read Obama’s Secret Trade Deal. Elizabeth Warren Is Right to Be Concerned

    05/19/2015 12:43:16 PM PDT · by logi_cal869 · 57 replies
    Politico ^ | 05/19/2015 | MICHAEL WESSEL
    You need to tell me what’s wrong with this trade agreement, not one that was passed 25 years ago,” a frustrated President Barack Obama recently complained about criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). He’s right. The public criticisms of the TPP have been vague. That’s by design—anyone who has read the text of the agreement could be jailed for disclosing its contents. I’ve actually read the TPP text provided to the government’s own advisors, and I’ve given the president an earful about how this trade deal will damage this nation. But I can’t share my criticisms with you. I...
  • Hillary Clinton On Her Emails: I Want Them Out, too!

    05/19/2015 1:40:48 PM PDT · by lbryce · 66 replies
    Politico ^ | y JOSH GERSTEIN and GABRIEL DEBENEDETTI
    Hillary Clinton and the State Department on Tuesday insisted they are not slow-walking the public release of her emails during her time as secretary of state, while a federal judge ordered up a plan for a rolling release of the hotly anticipated documents. “Nobody has a bigger interest in getting them released than I do,” Clinton said to reporters in a rare instance of fielding press questions on the campaign trail. The 55,000 pages of emails have become the source of much heartburn, speculation and bureaucratic man-hours since news emerged earlier this year that Clinton used a private email...
  • Why Boston Is Queasy About the Tsarnaev Death Sentence

    05/16/2015 9:07:19 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | May 16, 2015 | TOM KEANE
    BOSTON - APRIL 8: Camille Lerner, 21, of Boston, painted the words 'B Strong' on the window of Sugar Heaven on Boylston Street, across from the Finish Line where the first bomb went off, after the verdict came down in the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Boston on April 8, 2015. No victim of the Boston Marathon bombings was more poignant, perhaps, than eight-year-old Martin Richard. It was a photo of a smiling Martin, who was from Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, holding up a handmade sign saying, “No more hurting people,” that seemed to underscore the callousness of the acts and...
  • NEWMAX GIVES OVER 1 MILLION DOLLARS TO CLINTON FOUNDATION

    05/16/2015 4:38:17 AM PDT · by theoldmarine · 61 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/15/2015 | By JOSH GERSTEIN, TARINI PARTI, HADAS GOLD and DYLAN BYERS
    NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation's records show....The following list includes news media organizations that have donated to the foundation, as well as other media networks, companies, foundations or individuals that have donated. It is organized by the size of the contribution:....$1,000,000-$5,000,000 Carlos Slim Chairman & CEO of Telmex, largest New York Times shareholder James Murdoch Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox Newsmax Media Florida-based conservative media network
  • Politico: Washington Free Beacon Broke Stephanopoulos Clinton Foundation Story

    05/14/2015 5:50:34 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | May 14, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    So how did Politico break the George Stephanopoulos Clinton Foundation donations story? Actually they didn't break it at all. The story was shopped to Politico after the Washington Free Beacon made inquiries to ABC News about Stephanopoulos' contributions to the Clinton Foundation. Apparently ABC News thought Politico would offer more favorable coverage so they leaked the story to Politico. However, to his great credit, Politico writer Jack Shafer not only acknowledged the critical role of the Free Beacon but was also highly critical of ABC News for this tactic. First let us look at this morning's  Free Beacon announcement of  who really broke this...
  • ABC News Anchor George Stephanopoulos Donated $50,000 to Clinton Foundation

    05/14/2015 9:04:11 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 14, 2015 | By Andrew Stiles
    ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show. The contribution is publicly available information, but the host had not previously disclosed it to ABC viewers, despite taking part in on-air discussions about the Clinton Foundation and its controversial relationship with foreign donors. Stephanopoulos, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, confirmed the donation to POLITICO’s Dylan Byers after the Free Beacon contacted ABC News for comment. The host, who acknowledged making two donations of $25,000 between 2013 and 2014, issued a statement of apology for failing to disclose his contributions. Stephanopoulos’s...
  • Hillary Clinton’s damage-control operation gets more troops (Erase...Erase...Erase)

    05/13/2015 7:37:02 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 27 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 05/13/15 | Robert Schroeder
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign is getting more firepower to help with damage control. Politico writes Correct the Record, an outside rapid response and research group dedicated to defending the records of Clinton and other Democratic presidential candidates, is reorganizing so it can coordinate with the former secretary of state’s campaign and devote all its resources to her. Correct the Record is splitting off from its parent organization American Bridge 21st Century, and will register with the Federal Election Commission as a stand-alone super PAC.
  • Sen. Rand Paul will meet with black lawmakers on justice reforms

    05/09/2015 5:35:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Politico ^ | May 8, 2015 | Lauren French
    Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul will host a meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus next week to discuss criminal justice reform. The libertarian-leaning senator from Kentucky has long been an outspoken advocate for changing how the American criminal system prosecutes and sentences. Now he’s teaming up with Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.), and other black lawmakers, to craft a strategy for advancing legislation as law enforcement issues have taken center stage following the death of several unarmed black men at the hands of police. “Not only is Senator Paul the [S]enate co-sponsor of the Justice Safety Valve Act, which...
  • Ted Cruz seems to have trouble showing up for work

    05/08/2015 1:19:25 PM PDT · by VinL · 56 replies
    WashPo ^ | 5/8/2015 | J. Rubin
    Buzzfeed reports on the shoddy attendance record of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) : Cruz’s attendance at both committee hearings and in the Senate generally has come under criticism recently. Politico reported that Cruz missed 21 of the 135 roll call votes taken in the Senate this year. In addition, the same review noted that Cruz was present at 17 out of 50 public Armed Services committee meetings, and had “below average” attendance at his other committees. “If you are making the point he can’t talk about such topics because he wasn’t at these two hearings that is utterly ridiculous,” a...
  • Greens Steamed Over Steyer Hosting Hillary Fundraiser

    05/07/2015 5:50:25 PM PDT · by yuffy · 4 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Thursday, 07 May 2015 04:47 PM | By Cathy Burke
    Environmentalist billionaire Tom Steyer, a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline – and any Democrats who support it – hosted a $2,700-per-person fundraiser for Hillary Clinton at his San Francisco home, riling some green activists, Politico reports. Though Clinton has avoided public comment while the Obama administration weighs the fate of the pipeline, as secretary of state, she presided over studies that said the pipeline would pose few environmental risks – and even said in 2010 the administration was "inclined" to support it. "I am not surprised that he would want to get on-board the Clinton train, but I'm...
  • Chris Christie Takes Veiled Shot at Ted Cruz

    04/01/2014 7:30:22 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Mar 2014 | Tony Lee
    On Saturday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie took a veiled shot at potential 2016 competitor Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) while speaking to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, Nevada.  “It’s time for us as a party to stop killing each other,” Christie said, according a Politico report. “I’m not in this business to have an academic conversation. I am not in this business to win the argument. I’m in this business to win elections. And here’s why – because when we win elections, we get a chance to govern and we get to mold and shape the future of...
  • Schumer: 'No Comment' on Obama Administration Threat to Israel

    03/19/2015 11:20:32 AM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 3/19/15 | JOHN MCCORMACK
    In response to Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent remarks and reelection, a senior Obama administration official tells Politico that the United States may withdraw support of Israel at the United Nations. According to Politico's Michael Crowley, "the official wouldn’t rule out a modified American posture at the United Nations, where the U.S. has long fended off resolutions criticizing Israeli settlement activity and demanding its withdrawal from Palestinian territories." “We are signaling that if the Israeli government’s position is no longer to pursue a Palestinian state, we’re going to have to broaden the spectrum of options we pursue going forward,”...
  • Oops: Bill Clinton 'Mistakenly' Misreports Taxable Income as Tax-Free Donations

    05/02/2015 6:37:35 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 36 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 1, 2015 | Guy Benson
    Once again, mistakes -- passive voice -- were made: Clinton Foundation mistakenly listed payments to Bill from Chinese developer & US-Islamic Conference as donations. http://t.co/UNAP89ipu9 — Kenneth P. Vogel (@kenvogel) April 30, 2015 The foundation has also come under scrutiny for failing to clear all foreign government donations through an agreed-upon State Department vetting process when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, and for failing to identify foreign government donations on tax returns. Fact-checkers this week challenged the foundation’s claims that it’s barred by Canadian privacy laws from revealing the names of more than 1,000 mostly foreign donors to a...
  • In the press, panic over Hillary’s self-destruction is growing

    04/27/2015 1:07:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/27/2015 | Noah Rothman
    How do you know that a Democrat has found him or herself embroiled in a particularly devastating scandal? When the press begins to ask when the Republicans will begin “overplaying” their hands. This weekend, you could feel the ground beginning to fall out from beneath Hillary Clinton’s supporters as members of the reporting and commentary classes began to express their doubts about the former secretary of state’s ethics. Among some prominent members of the media who are generally not predisposed to dismiss the Democratic candidate in a presidential race, the Clinton Foundation’s shady fundraising practices and the former secretary’s...
  • All Your Children Are Belong To Us; Your Money Too

    04/21/2015 7:41:06 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 3 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-21-2015 | MOTUS
    What is it about progressives? First Elizabeth Warren tells us that if we have a business we didn’t build it ourselves. Then Mellissa Harris-Perry told us that our own children aren’t ours either.To be sure, the belief that all children are “children of the state” is such a subversive and disturbing trend that we should demand every presidential candidate state their position on it. Let’s ask President-in-Waiting Hillary first…oh wait, I think she’s already told us: I think we can safely put her in the corner with former Massachusetts Education Sec. Paul Reville who criticizes “those who prefer local educational...
  • Incestuous Washington Publication Bravely Reports on Washington Incestuousness

    04/17/2015 3:51:42 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | April 17, 2015
    Incestuous Washington Publication Bravely Reports on Washington Incestuousness by BRENDAN BORDELON April 17, 2015 Politico ran a lengthy piece revealing the romantic relationship between House Transportation Committee chairman Bill Shuster and Shelley Rubino, a high-powered airline-industry lobbyist. The story’s length, prominent placement, and breathless tone raised more than a few eyebrows, given that legal experts interviewed for the piece say the relationship “would not appear to violate ethics laws.” But there’s another reason the piece warrants a double-take: For all the hand-wringing over romantic relationships between politicians and lobbyists, the reporters and staff of Politico itself, as much if not...
  • Florida surprise: Jeff Atwater won't run for Marco Rubio seat

    04/12/2015 8:51:59 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/11/2015 | Marc Caputo
    Just as he looked like a front-runner to replace Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida CFO Jeff Atwater announced Saturday he would not run for the seat. “Over the past weeks I have received a tremendous amount of encouragement to consider a run for the United States Senate in 2016,” Atwater said in a written statement. “While I have certainly taken these words of support under consideration, I will not be a candidate in 2016. I remain committed to only one endeavor and that is to be the best CFO I can be for the people of Florida.”
  • Gary Hart: The Billion-dollar Clinton campaign should 'frighten' Americans

    04/06/2015 7:21:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Politico ^ | 04/06/2015 | By JONATHAN TOPAZ
    Gary Hart has serious reservations about a Hillary Clinton candidacy. The prospect of a billion-dollar Clinton campaign “ought to frighten every American,” he said in an interview with POLITICO, and Democrats would be better served by a competitive primary that forced her to speak in more depth about the issues. Hart, a two-time Democratic presidential candidate, offered his opinions in a phone interview Wednesday where he also expressed admiration of Elizabeth Warren and gave advice to prospective challenger Martin O’Malley, a former Hart campaign staffer. “I like Hillary Clinton. I really appreciate what she and her husband have done …...
  • Schumer: Congress Must Have a Say on the Iran Deal

    04/08/2015 7:38:57 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 4/8/2015 | Guy Benson
    Many Congressional Democrats, long over their deep concerns about George W. Bush's 'imperial' presidency, have taken to cheering on President Obama has he usurps and arrogates power in the name of "progress." This phenomenon was on full display as Democrats actively urged Obama to pull the trigger on his unilateral immigration fiat, which he'd repeatedly dismissed as illegal in the recent past (at least one federal court has since agreed). They similarly defended the president's various power grabs on Obamacare, including delaying and altering entire provisions of the law for political reasons, as well as appropriating billions in payments to...
  • 'You can’t govern the country based on being angry’ (McCain Mini-Me 2016)

    03/25/2015 7:17:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 41 replies
    Politico ^ | March 25, 2015 | Manu Raju
    Ted Cruz vows to repeal “every word” of Obamacare and Common Core if he becomes president. He would “abolish” the IRS, flatten the Tax Code so Americans can fill out their taxes on a postcard, and “finally, finally, finally” secure the border. To which Lindsey Graham says: not going to happen.
  • John Boehner in Israel: ‘The world is on fire’

    04/02/2015 6:01:11 AM PDT · by Dave346 · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/2/15 5:36 AM EDT | Jake Sherman
    In an exclusive interview, the House speaker offers a blistering critique of U.S. policy in the Mideast. JERUSALEM — John Boehner thinks the “world is on fire.” And America isn’t doing nearly enough to stamp it out. “I wouldn’t have believed that I would be involved in as much foreign policy as I am today,” Boehner said in his hotel near Jerusalem’s Old City. “And it certainly isn’t by choice. It’s just that the world is on fire. And I don’t think enough Americans or enough people in the administration understand how serious the problems that we’re facing in the...
  • Ted Cruz’s ambitions impede his understanding of the issues [GOP-E and CoC Cheerleader Barf Alert!]

    03/31/2015 1:08:38 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 13 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 31 at 3:33 PM | Jennifer Rubin
    Politico reports, “Ted Cruz thunders about what he calls a ‘fundamentally unserious’ U.S. defense policy, but when he had a chance to weigh in during Senate Armed Services Committee hearings, he rarely showed up. Cruz, who announced last week he’s running for president, has the committee’s worst attendance record — by far.” His spokeswoman responds, “Sen. Cruz is deeply engaged in defense and national security issues. He never hesitates to defend American sovereignty and has established a remarkable track record leading on these matters.” Cruz later chimed in, “It’s not like I’ve been at the beach drinking a pina colada.”...
  • Talk show primary: Cruz may be trailing in polls, but winning big among conservative radio hosts

    03/29/2015 12:06:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 28, 2015 | Hadas Gold and Jonathan Topaz
    Glenn Beck wants listeners to pray for him. Mark Levin says Fox News is out to get him. Hugh Hewitt calls him an “intellectual leader.” Rush Limbaugh thinks his campaign launch was “masterful.” Laura Ingraham hails him as “Reaganesque.” Erick Erickson considers him a “good friend.” Ted Cruz may be trailing in the polls and strapped for cash, but the first declared candidate of the 2016 race is winning in at least one key contest — the conservative talk-show primary. Tens of millions of listeners — and potential GOP primary voters — tune in each week to the biggest right-wing...
  • Did Hillary Clinton destroy evidence in 'wiping clean' her email server?

    03/29/2015 8:10:29 AM PDT · by Libloather · 61 replies
    Christian Science Monitor via Yahoo ^ | 3/28/15 | Brad Knickerbocker
    Behind the saga of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s personal email account and the messages said to no longer exist is the implication that she has something to hide. None of her critics – at least those among congressional Republicans pushing her to reveal more – have come right out and said she purposely destroyed politically-damaging evidence that could hamper any plans to run for president next year. **SNIP** “The Benghazi panel has already said it will bring Clinton in to testify at least twice – once privately about her email use while at State and at another public hearing on the...
  • Republicans pass budgets in both House and Senate, trim $5.1 trillion in spending

    03/27/2015 7:17:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/27/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when a disagreement between Republicans on the budget was “cataclysmic” for GOP claims to governance? Democrats last passed a normal budget resolution six years ago, but Republicans went all of seven days before both chambers finally passed budget resolutions. Our long national nightmare, at least as envisioned by Politico, is over: The Senate passed a Republican-authored budget plan early on Friday that seeks $5.1 trillion in domestic spending cuts over 10 years while boosting military funding.The 52-46 vote on the non-binding budget resolution put Congress on a path to complete its first full budget in six years. It...
  • Politico Completely Contradicts Itself in Article Proclaiming Cruz Unelectable

    03/27/2015 11:51:12 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 27, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    State subsidized (via government subscriptions) Politico needs to use some of those funds to purchase a more highly caffeinated brand of office coffee. If writer James Hohman had been more alert he might not have missed the truly significant information buried in his story which completely undermines the headline: Insiders pump the brakes on Cruz. The buried blockbuster can be found deep into the story after many paragraphs of unrelenting Cruz bashing by a "bipartisan" group: "Nearly two-thirds of Iowa Republican insiders believe Cruz can win the caucuses."So when that "bipartisan" group is narrowed down to just Republicans (why consult Democrats on Republican...
  • State Run Media: Feds Paying Politico Big Bucks

    03/26/2015 11:00:19 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 21 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 26, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    State run media. When you first heard Rush Limbaugh coin that term, many probably believed he was at the very least guilty of a bit of hyperbole. Well, according to Jeryl Bier of the Weekly Standard, in the case of Politico it really does look like state run media due to payoffs by various federal agencies in the form of subscription fees.  Bier lays out in detail the payoffs, uh, I mean "subscription fees," the feds have paid to Politico over the years. Since 2011 nearly a million bucks paid by federal departments and agencies to Politico with nearly $432, 000...
  • Jeb Bush's Matt Drudge problem and why he ticks off so many conservatives

    03/23/2015 7:25:03 AM PDT · by libstripper · 40 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | Mar. 20, 2015 | Adam C. Smith
    Jeb Bush has a serious Matt Drudge problem, and that points to a more fundamental electoral problem. Among the most prominent DrudgeReport.com headlines Thursday evening: POLL: 54% WANT FRESH FACES IN '16....NH voters pan Bush...Jeb Still Refuses to Rule Out Tax Hikes... The prior Friday, during his New Hampshire debut as a likely 2016 presidential candidate, much of the mainstream media was gushing over Bush's substance, his accessibility and his refusal to pander to the right on issues like immigration reform. But Drudge offered these headlines: RUBIO ON RISE...JEB STRUGGLES FROM WITHIN...Says his view on immigration is 'grown-up plan'...WALKER: 'WE...
  • Jeb's Talk Radio Problem

    03/23/2015 7:18:30 AM PDT · by libstripper · 7 replies
    Poliico ^ | Mar. 22, 2015 | MIchael Kruse
    “He’s not a conservative.” That’s Rush Limbaugh talking about Jeb Bush. “The ideal, the perfect ticket, for the 2016 election: Hillary Clinton, Jeb Bush. Now, they can figure out who’s on top of the ticket on their own, but when you compare their positions, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush, on the key, important issues, they are two peas in the same pod.” That, too. “You know what Jeb Bush is? He’s an old-time liberal Republican.” That’s Mark Levin . “If I had to bet right now, he’d be the nominee; and if I had to bet right now, he’ll lose.”...
  • Benjamin Netanyahu Scores Majority Needed To Form Government

    03/23/2015 6:02:40 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/23/2015 | Nick Gass
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secured the requisite majority of parliamentary members to form a government, according to reports from the country’s media. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin continues to meet with factions Monday, with an announcement tasking Netanyahu to form his government expected later in the day. Representatives from Kulanu — a crucial centrist swing party — met with Rivlin to recommend that the Likud party’s Netanyahu be tasked with forming a new government, giving the current prime minister the absolute majority of 61 votes in his favor. “We nominate Netanyahu and the broader the base of the coalition...
  • Lethargic Politico Reporter: They Died at Haymarket So I Could Relax

    03/21/2015 8:09:20 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | March 21, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Oh, the strain, the horrible strain! Politico reporter Mike Elk is the notoriously lethargic "labor" reporter at Politico, best known for his quote for the ages when the 28 year old of distinctly non-Stakhovonite inclinations complained that “I can’t work the kind of hours I did when I was 24.” To get an idea of the "overwork" poor Mike is subjected to, take a look at his Politico work schedule which yields a grand total of five articles in five months. Yes, that one article per month work schedule is driving him to despair and he has taken to Facebook...
  • Hours after budget rollouts, Politico declares GOP impasse, “cataclysmic” consequences

    03/20/2015 7:39:13 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    hot air ^ | March 19, 2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The Republican-led House passed budget resolutions every year since taking control in the 2010 midterms, while Senate Democrats under Harry Reid refused to pass any at all for four years. After less than 24 hours, though, a Republican “failure” to come up with an agreement between the House and the Senate is not just “cataclysmic” already, but proof that the GOP can’t handle the “basic functions of governing.” Republicans handled it for four years while Democrats failed to perform the basic function of legislating, but somehow that didn’t get seen as “cataclysmic” for them at Politico. Maybe Politico’s analysts could...
  • Who's going to win Iowa and N.H.? Introducing The POLITICO Caucus (Might surprise you)

    02/13/2015 4:03:56 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Politico ^ | February 13, 2015 | James Hohmann and Kristen Heyford
    The Walker surge in Iowa, Hillary’s Obama problem and other news from Week One of our yearlong insiders’ survey from the ground in 2016’s first-in-the-nation races.Most Iowa insiders believe Scott Walker would win their state’s Republican caucuses if they were held this week. But they’re not this week, and virtually none of the most influential thought leaders in the Hawkeye State believe that the Wisconsin governor will sustain his recent bounce in polls. This is one of several intriguing findings in the debut survey of The POLITICO Caucus. More than 100 of the most plugged-in activists, operatives and elected officials...
  • Rudy Giuliani: Ferguson officer Darren Wilson should be 'commended'

    03/13/2015 6:52:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 12, 2015 | Adam B. Lerner
    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said officer Darren Wilson should be “commended” for fatally shooting Michael Brown, an unarmed teenager, last August in Ferguson, Missouri. “A man committed a robbery, attempted to assault a police officer, and the police officer, to save his life, shot him,” Giuliani told Fox News on Thursday. “The police officer did his duty. The police officer should be commended for what he did. He did exactly what you should do.” Wilson was cleared of any charges by a local grand jury last fall. The Justice Department last week released a report on his...
  • Politico sat on allegations Lois Lerner had prior history of targeting conservatives

    03/12/2015 11:16:29 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3-12-15 | T. Becket Adams
    Politico scored a journalistic coup with its exclusive 2014 profile on Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the center of the agency's targeting of conservative groups. But a former Illinois lawmaker who said Politico contacted him repeatedly that year with questions regarding claims he was targeted by Lerner in the mid-1990s has been left wondering why the news group chose to ignore his documented dealings with the former federal official. "I was shocked," Al Salvi told the Washington Examiner's media desk, describing what he characterizes as several "lengthy" interviews with Politico reporter Rachael Bade. Lerner went after his 1996...
  • The real Iowa kingmaker [Time to dance for the farm lobby]

    03/03/2015 5:00:30 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/03/2015 | HELENA BOTTEMILLER EVICH
    A dozen potential Republican presidential candidates are about to sit down, one by one, with the biggest GOP donor in Iowa — a multimillionaire few people outside the state have ever heard of. Bruce Rastetter, an agribusiness mogul who’s made a fortune in pork, ethanol and farm real estate, has long worked behind the scenes to help bankroll conservatives across the country, but Saturday is a public coming out party of sorts for Rastetter as he hosts the first Iowa Agriculture Summit. It’s an event designed to promote farm policy in a state where pigs outnumber voters 10 to 1,...
  • Mitch McConnell postpones Iran vote (Rats threatened again to filibuster their own bill)

    03/05/2015 1:00:38 PM PST · by Dave346 · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/5/15 2:57 PM EST | Burgess Everett and Manu Raju
    Mitch McConnell is postponing a vote on the Senate’s Iran legislation in the face of an expected Democratic filibuster. The Senate majority leader has decided to delay a Tuesday vote on legislation that would allow Congress to approve or reject any nuclear agreement that global powers reach to scale back Iran’s nuclear ambitions. He informed the Senate Republican Conference of the decision on Thursday afternoon following Senate Democrats’ decision to vote against advancing the bill before March 24. “It is clear that Senate Democrats will filibuster their own bill—a bill they rushed to introduce before the White House cut a...
  • The mystery man behind Hillary Clinton’s email controversy

    03/04/2015 1:32:14 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/04/2015 | Josh Gerstein
    The mystery man linked to Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail account appears to be a Washington, D.C. stockbroker and former aide to the Clintons who played a walk-on role in controversies that dogged the former first family soon after it left the White House in 2001.The initial Associated Press report Wednesday about Hillary Clinton’s use as secretary of state of a personal e-mail server installed in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. traced the creation of the system to a man named “Eric Hoteham.” There’s virtually no trace of an individual by that name in public records or other online databases. Story...
  • Yeah, Democrats Don’t Want Wasserman Schultz To Run For Senate Either

    02/28/2015 11:32:34 PM PST · by Libloather · 10 replies
    Townhall ^ | 2/22/15 | Matt Vespa
    By now, you’ve probably heard about cannabis-gate. DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz allegedly put a deal forward where she would switch positions on medicinal marijuana if a Democratic donor withdrew criticism of her for not backing a related statewide initiative last year; it was defeated by a narrow margin. John Morgan, the donor who slammed Schultz for not backing the measure, contributed heavily to the pro-medical marijuana campaign. Of course, Schultz has denied the consideration of any deal regarding this debacle. Yet, there’s more; Democrats don’t want Debbie to run either. She’s turned off many within Democratic circles, with...
  • Jay Carney to Amazon

    02/26/2015 7:27:20 AM PST · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 63 replies
    Politico ^ | Mike Allen | Mike Allen
    Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook will report: “Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney joins Amazon on Monday as senior vice president for Worldwide Corporate Affairs.
  • Lethargic Politico Labor Reporter Goes MIA

    02/22/2015 3:36:25 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 23 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 22, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    Politico labor reporter Mike Elk continues to set new records in the annals of extreme lethargy. Not only has he written a pathetic total of only five stories since he came on board at Politico in the middle of October, he can't even be bothered to write or even contribute to currently breaking important labor stories. Yesterday Politico published a story about the Secretary of Labor in the wake of the settlement of a big labor dispute that caused a slowdown in container freight traffic on the West Coast for several months. Where was Mike? Gone. Not only did he...
  • George W. Bush Is Intervening in Iraq—Again

    02/13/2015 10:24:54 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    Politico Magazine ^ | February 12, 2015 | MARK PERRY
    ate in the evening of Sunday, January 18, an eleven-member delegation of tribal leaders from Iraq’s western Anbar Province arrived in Washington, D.C. Just as their plane was touching down, Islamic State units back in Iraq attacked the compound of one of the delegation’s senior leaders, Sheik Ahmed Abu Risha, killing nine Iraqi police officers and wounding 28 of the sheik’s guards. A nearby Iraqi military unit failed to respond to repeated calls for help. The brutal attack underscored the purpose of the Anbar delegation’s visit: The tribal leaders believed that they could defeat the Islamic State—but only if the...
  • Politico Boy Wobbly Wrote Only 5 Stories in 14 Weeks; Gripes About Overwork

    02/02/2015 1:32:14 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 13 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 2, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    On Saturday, Newsbusters' Tom Blumer wrote about the work strain that young Mike Elk, a Politico reporter who wants to unionize his workplace, imagines himself to be enduring. Well, a quick check at Politico reveals that the Boy Wobbly wrote a grand total of five stories since October 16. On average only about one story every three weeks. Such a strain! The best (and most laughable) part of the story is this money quote from Elk destined to live on for all eternity unto the end of time: “I can’t work the kind of hours I did when I was...
  • 28 Year Old Politico Reporter: "I can’t work the kind of hours I did when I was 24"

    01/31/2015 4:50:31 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 52 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 31, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    WORK?! Maynard G. Krebs had an aversion to it and 28 year old Politico reporter Mike Elk seems to think too much of it is demanded of him. One big difference is that while Krebswas a free thinking spirit, Elk's solution is regimental union solidarity of a style that went out of date over 60 years ago. Sorry, Mike, but it is hard to picture you being beaten down by the Pinkerton police of the bosses or living on slave wages when you are well paid at Politico which, luckily for you, tolerates (and probably laughs at) your organized labor...
  • Jeb ‘Put Me Through Hell’ (Michael Schiavo)

    01/31/2015 3:01:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 148 replies
    Politico ^ | January 29, 2015 | Michael Kruse
    CLEARWATER, Fla.—Sitting recently on his brick back patio here, Michael Schiavo called Jeb Bush a vindictive, untrustworthy coward. For years, the self-described “average Joe” felt harassed, targeted and tormented by the most important person in the state. “It was a living hell,” he said, “and I blame him.” Michael Schiavo was the husband of Terri Schiavo, the brain-dead woman from the Tampa Bay area who ended up at the center of one of the most contentious, drawn-out conflicts in the history of America’s culture wars. The fight over her death lasted almost a decade. It started as a private legal...
  • O'Malley PAC hires ex-Braley staffer in Iowa

    01/27/2015 9:20:48 PM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Waterloo Courier ^ | 1/27/2015 | Ed Tibbets
    Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has hired a Democratic staffer in Iowa, as he considers a potential 2016 presidential bid. O'Malley's political action committee hired Jake Oeth as a consultant, beginning in mid-December, the PAC confirmed Tuesday. Oeth was the political director for Bruce Braley's Senate campaign last year. Politico first reported his hiring. O'Malley's PAC also said it has brought on Brad Elkins, who will be based in Washington, D.C. Both have Iowa experience. Elkins was sent by the O'Malley camp to Iowa last year to work for Jack Hatch's unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign. O'Malley, who left office after last...
  • 'There appear to be no rules anymore.' What Boehner's invitation to Netanyahu says about DC mess.

    01/25/2015 12:26:35 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 58 replies
    The Politico ^ | January 25, 2015 | David Rogers
    Soon after becoming House Speaker in 2011, Republican John Boehner started running the traps on inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to a joint meeting of Congress. But when Barry Jackson, then Boehner’s chief-of-staff, checked with President Barack Obama’s top advisers, Jackson said he was left waiting a month only to get no response. Ultimately the Netanyahu speech went ahead in May but soon after Jackson faced the opposite problem: the White House had promised South Korea’s leadership an appearance before Congress, he said, without checking first with the speaker. None of these slights justify what seems like...
  • Ex-Obama aide takes president to task for 'not being tough enough' with Iran

    01/25/2015 7:04:53 AM PST · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Writing for the online Politico newsmagazine, Ross argues that American allies in the region are growing more apprehensive over what they see as growing Iranian influence in the region. Former US peace envoy Dennis Ross (L), seen here with late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2000 Former US peace envoy Dennis Ross (L), seen here with late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 2000. (photo credit:REUTERS) Dennis Ross, the veteran Mideast hand and former peace envoy, criticized his former boss, US President Barack Obama, for “not being tough enough” with Iran in light of the stalled nuclear talks and the recent...