Archive for July, 2013
WASHINGTON — House Republicans and Democrats are meeting in the grand Statuary Hall of the Capitol to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
Wednesday’s ceremony was being led by House Speaker John Boehner, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell.
The anniversary of the historic march is Aug. 28, but Congress is supposed to be in recess then. The anniversary comes as President Barack Obama is touring the country to promote his agenda including jobs and economic growth.
The 1963 march drew approximately 250,000 people to the National Mall and Lincoln Memorial. Its purpose was to call attention to economic inequality, but is most remembered for Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have A Dream” speech.
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Anthony Weiner has lost his mind.
At least, that’s the conclusion most Democrats have come to.
There’s really no other way they can explain how he’s handled the revelations of his post-resignation sexts and his combative encounters with voters over the weekend looking for him to quit the mayor’s race. But Monday night’s needlessly dismissive brush off of the Clintons — the first family of Democratic politics who consider his wife a second daughter — surprised even people who thought they couldn’t be surprised anymore by his political self-destructiveness.
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According to new declassified documents, there’s a broad range of officials including those outside the NSA potentially has access to the agency’s bulk phone records. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence on Wednesday released three previously secret documents, just as intelligence officials began to testify on Capitol Hill at a high-profile Senate hearing on government surveillance.
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“I just want us to be really cautious because this strain of libertarianism going through both parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Christie said at an Aspen Institute panel of Republican governors in Colorado Thursday night.
Asked specifically whether he was referring to Paul, Christie said, “You can name any number of people and he’s one of them.”
“These esoteric intellectual debates–I want them to come to New Jersey and sit in front of the widows and the orphans and have that conversation,” Christie said, evoking 9/11. “And they won’t because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.”
Rand Paul, being Rand Paul, couldn’t resist being stupid:
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Remember how the IRS “scandal” first started? The inspector general for the IRS issued a report pointing to special scrutiny applied to Tea Party groups, but ignoring comparable scrutiny of progressive organizations. Why didn’t IG J. Russell George provide a more accurate report highlighting trouble for groups on both sides? According to the IG himself, congressional Republicans told him to paint an incomplete picture on purpose.
The result was something of a fiasco: a controversy erupted to great fanfare, but then collapsed when we realized Tea Partiers hadn’t been singled out for unfair treatment, and liberal and non-political groups faced similar IRS scrutiny. The whole “scandal” was a mirage that quickly faded.
But Republicans don’t want to let go, especially after all the fun they had in May. So what happens now? As Dave Weigel reported, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and his allies now want another “narrowly-focused”…
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The big story coming out yesterday was Gov. Bob McDonnell’s announcement that he is going to give back the gifts he received from BFF Jonnie Williams, including the Rolex. As I read somewhere else, I’m not sure what value there will be in an engraved watch. Maybe the governor can just pay Williams for it and keep it?
McDonnell, obviously, can’t give back the intangible gifts, unless he intends to reimburse Williams for the value of them. Not such a bad idea, actually.
The other thing to come out of the governor’s radio interview yesterday was his throwing AG Ken Cuccinelli under the bus for the $53,000+ in legal fees the taxpayers of Virginia are having to pay. No love lost between these two. Of course, had Cuccinelli resigned, we’d have had an AG fulfilling his role as the governor’s lawyer. As it is, we’re paying twice.
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Now that George Zimmerman has shown the way, the KKK is trying to start neighborhood watch programs nationwide.
Some residents in Springfield were greeted by a flier in their front yards the other morning from none other than the local area Ku Klux Klan. While most groups seeking to advertise something they’re wanting to promote might stick paper fliers on cars, put a few yard signs out or staple a couple of advertisements on a few light poles—the KKK didn’t quite go that route.
Oh no, they took their fliers, then used a rubber band to attach them to rocks and threw them into residential yards overnight. Because nothing says “sleep well” quite like the KKK throwing rocks into your yard while you’re sleeping.
But this isn’t just an isolated KKK group that’s starting a neighborhood watch, apparently this is part of a nationwide push from the KKK to recruit…
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The chief spokeswoman for embattled mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner went on an expletive-laced tirade about a former campaign intern in an interview with a political news website.
Barbara Morgan later apologized for using vulgar language to describe former intern Olivia Nuzzi. She said she believed her interview with Talking Points Memo was off the record.
Talking Points said it contacted Morgan on Tuesday for an unrelated story when she launched into her attack on Nuzzi for writing an unflattering first-person article for the Daily News about her experience working on Weiner’s campaign.
In the Tuesday cover story, Nuzzi wrote that Weiner often called interns “Monica,” a reference to former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, and that many people worked on the campaign only to get close to Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin. Abedin is an ex-aide to former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
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(CNN) – “Incredibly bizarre” is not the typical response to a plate of chocolate chip cookies, particularly when the treats are delivered personally by a state’s governor.
But that’s how Irene Godinez, director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood Health Systems Action Fund, describes the moment North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory handed the baked goods to a woman staked outside his home, protesting the controversial abortion bill McCrory signed into law earlier this week.
Protesters, including Godinez, had been holding vigils across the street from the governor’s mansion since last Friday. So when McCrory walked towards the group Tuesday afternoon and pointed at abortion rights activist and Chapel Hill resident Jamie Sohn, she was “absolutely stunned.”
McCrory, a Republican, spoke to the group, saying “These are for you. God bless, God bless,” according to Godinez. He quickly turned, surrounded by security, and walked back through the gates leading to his…
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