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The chairman of the Louisiana GOP today called for the resignation of Rep. Vance McAllister, saying the Republican congressman's sex scandal exposed "extreme hypocrisy."
A video released this week showed McAllister, who is married and has five children, kissing a married female staffer. The staffer's husband has said his marriage was destroyed by his wife's affair with the congressman. McAllister won a special election last year to fill the seat vacated by former Rep. Rodney Alexander's appointment to a state office under Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration.
The statement issued Thursday morning by Roger Villere, chairman of the Republican Party of Louisiana:
The House Oversight Committee has voted to hold Lois Lerner in contempt 21-12.
After repeatedly pleading the Fifth upon declaring her innocence and refusing to aid in the committee’s investigations, Lerner will be held in contempt of Congress.
Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings, the committee's ranking member, declared that the vote was a challenge to citizens’ rights and that the founding fathers were not about a “gotcha type of system.” He added that he was thinking about his “children’s children” and how he and his colleagues will be viewed in the future.
Congressman Trey Gowdy responded that the American people also have rights, which they, unlike Lerner, did not waive by declaring themselves innocent in front of a congressional committee.
Chairman Darrell Issa stated that “refusal to testify and being held in contempt can be resolved by testifying.” He said all he wants is the truth.
“We’d like to know the other half of the story,” he added.
Popular works of entertainment, be they mutant teenagers flying across the big screen or young heroines flourishing in post-apocalyptic scenarios on the printed page, are subject to endless criticism. Richard Roeper has made a career doing this very thing.
However, in the age of the Internet, a new form of criticism has emerged. I call it Goldilocks syndrome. This is defined as criticizing art based on the critic’s view of what the art should be. In other words, this porridge is too hot (based on what? Your subjective tastes? What about the creator’s desire for the porridge?) or this porridge is too cold. True evaluation of art has to take the work on its own terms in its own context. Another way of phrasing this would be to ask the question: "What was the artist’s goal in creating this work and how well did he achieve it?"
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According to the New York Times, an unnamed official in the office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated that Netanyahu is "deeply disappointed" in Secretary of State John Kerry for blaming Israel for the collapse of peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinian Authority.
During testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday, Kerry said Israel's announcement of the construction of 700 homes in East Jerusalem was to blame. Kerry said, "Poof, that was the sort of the moment. We find ourselves where we are."
Deeply disappointed is putting it mildly.
Over at Commentary, Jonathan Tobin rips Kerry to shreds over his outlandish claim.
In a low-blow attempt to make Republicans look like evil, money-hungry white guys who don’t care about women, Democrats recently introduced equal-pay legislation for the third time since 2010.
Unsurprisingly, Republicans voted no:
Republicans said the bill would make it hard for companies to award merit pay or offer flexible work hours in exchange for lower pay and expose employers to costly, frivolous lawsuits.
Ignoring the tired debate over whether Republicans hate women, let’s ask the relevant question: Do women really make less than men?
The 23 percent pay gap myth was already busted. Megan McArdle argued today that if you compare apples to apples—a man and a woman of the same age who work the same number of hours in the same profession with the same educational status—the gap shrinks to 5 percent.
What a miserable old blister Henry Aaron has become. In connection with the celebration of the 40th anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s lifetime home run record, he told USA Today that Republicans and conservatives who oppose Barrack Obama and his policies are racists, little better than ku kluxers.
A sample: “Sure this country has a black president, but when you look at a black president, President Obama is left with his foot stuck in the mud from all the Republicans with the way he’s treated…back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts.”