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Does No Mean No When It Comes to Running for the White House?

By on 1.13.15 | 4:24PM

Emily tells us that Elizabeth Warren won't be seeking the White House in 2016 citing her interview with Fortune magazine in which she said no when asked, "So are you going to run for President?"

But over at Vox, Andrew Prokop is far more skeptical. He cites Mitt Romney using the word no 11 times in three sentences followed by, "I'm not running again," to Ashley Parker of The New York Times. As Emily herself noted last week, "Romney 2016 is Officially a Thing Now".

Prokop also notes early in his Senate career, Barack Obama repeatedly denied he would run for President until shortly before the 2006 mid-term elections. Indeed, Prokop links to an old New York Times piece co-written by Adam Nagourney and Jeff Zeleny. They wrote:

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Unserious Mitt

By on 1.13.15 | 3:50PM

In baseball you get three strikes. In politics you’re done and dusted after two. Sometimes after one.

Level heads must question the phrase “seriously considering” when it comes to Mitt Romney’s 2016 ambitions. Here’s a guy who lost to John McCain in 2008 (John McCain!), and then lost in 2012 to the pathetically unsuccessful and unpopular president of a floundering country in 2012 (with chants of “electability” ringing in his ears). And now he thinks he could beat Hillary Clinton in 2016? What the hell is “serious” about this?  

We need to find another adjective to describe the delusions of a thoroughly decent man. A man who would make a fine cabinet member but who is every bit as talented at losing elections (don’t forget he also lost a Senate race by 17 points to Ted Kennedy in ’94 while Republicans elsewhere were running the table) as he is at making money in the private sector.

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Elizabeth Warren Says She’ll Skip 2016

By on 1.13.15 | 3:28PM

In order to maintain its commitment to Executive excellence, the Democratic Party needs to introduce a first-term junior Senator into the mix for President in 2016. Unfortunately for the nation's Subaru owners, Coexist bumpersticker consumers, and higher-education professionals, they're going to have to find a first-term junior Senator who isn't Elizabeth Warren.

Despite rampant speculation that Fauxcahontas herself would challenge Hillary Clinton for the top prize, Warren confirmed to Fortune magazine that she has no intention of seeking higher office…yet.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) gave a new type of answer about possibly running for president: she's not going to run for president.

Warren, a favorite of the liberal wing of the Democratic party, was asked if she was going to run for president in an interview with Sheila Bair for Fortune magazine.

"So are you going to run for president?" Bair asked.

"No," Warren responded.

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Saudi Cleric Declares Snowmen Abominable (Or a Fatwa Against Frosty)

By on 1.13.15 | 3:22PM

On the same day that CNN and MSNBC refuse to offend Muslims by broadcasting the new Charlie Hebdo cover, a Saudi cleric has issued a fatwa against building snowmen.

Following a rare snowstorm in Saudi Arabia, a cleric named Sheikh Mohammed Saleh al-Munajjid was asked if it was permissible for fathers to build snowmen for their children. Sheikh al-Munajjid replied, "It is not permitted to make statue out of snow, even by way of play and fun."

I guess means that the building of sand castles is forbidden during the summer.

The next thing you know, CBS won't air Frosty the Snowman next Christmas.

There's only one thing that can be said of this fatwa. It is abominable.



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For CNN & MSNBC, Sharia Law Trumps First Amendment on Charlie Hebdo

By on 1.13.15 | 2:53PM

As you probably aware by now, Charlie Hebdo will publish its first edition since last week's attack on its offices in Paris which claimed 12 lives. Three million copies, 50 times its normal circulation, will be printed and translated into several languages including English and Arabic. The official release is set for tomorrow.

The cover features the Prophet Muhammad holding a "Je Suis Charlie" sign. Atop the cover the headline reads, "Tout est pardonné" which means "All is forgiven."

However, CNN announced it would not show the cover "because it is our policy not to show potentially offensive images of the prophet." MSNBC has followed suit.

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Ted Cruz to Oversee Obama-Gutted NASA

By on 1.13.15 | 1:31PM

This morning, a bunch of science-focused entertainers, whose greatest contribution to actual science involved starring in science fiction shows and occasionally chatting about their experiences on podcasts and Twitter, were losing their minds over Ted Cruz's appointment as chair of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee which will give him, among other responsibilities, oversight of NASA. According to said entertainers, unschooled in the basics of conservative and libertarian ideology, Ted Cruz will most certainly use his new power to gut the space program and retask all Federally-employed scientists with figuring out how dinosaurs could peacefully coexist with humans in the Garden of Eden just short of 10,000 years ago.

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Paul Ryan Won’t Run in 2016

By on 1.12.15 | 6:44PM

I'm not sure if this is surprising, considering he was on a losing ticket in 2012, but Paul Ryan will not be running for President a second time. Although it does not say that he's declining the opportunity out of fear that he could end up on a ticket with Mitt Romney again, I'm sure that played into his decision.

At any rate, he is at peace with the decision and will, instead, continue to seek his rent in the House.

I have decided that I am not going to run for president in 2016," Ryan said in a phone interview, noting that he is "at peace" with the decision he made "weeks ago" to forgo a bid for the White House.

"It is amazing the amount of encouragement I have gotten from people - from friends and supporters - but I feel like I am in a position to make a big difference where I am and I want to do that," he said.

The nine-term congressman believes he can make that "big difference" in his new role as chairman of the influential House Ways and Means Committee rather than as a presidential contender.

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Well, So Much For Solidarity!!! Hollande Didn’t Want Netanyahu to Come to Paris Rally

By on 1.12.15 | 5:00PM

Yesterday's rally in Paris evoked a powerful image of numerous world leaders standing in solidarity against Islamic terrorism.

But so much for solidarity. French President François Hollande did not want Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to attend. Hollande didn't want Netanyahu to attend because he believed that Bibi would draw attention to the Israeli-Palestinian issue. Hollande also told Mahmoud Abbas not to attend either. More on Abbas later.

However, when Netanyahu learned that Avigdor Lieberman and Neftali Bennett would be in attendance, he reconsidered. While Hollande said it was OK for Netanyahu to come, he was furious and then promptly invited Abbas as well. Hollande showed his displeasure with Netanyahu when he walked out of the Grand Synagogue of Paris right before Bibi was to give his remarks.

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U.S. CENTCOM Twitter & YouTube Accounts Hacked by Jihadists

By on 1.12.15 | 3:42PM

U.S. CENTCOM was forced to shut down its Twitter and YouTube accounts today after they were hacked into by a group calling itself the Cyber Caliphate. There were tweets praising ISIS and threatening American soldiers such as "AMERICAN SOLDIERS. WE ARE COMING. WATCH YOUR BACK. ISIS." The hackers also published the phone numbers and e-mail accounts of high ranking Army officers while videos glorifying ISIS found their way onto the YouTube account.

Coming after a day when the U.S. failed to stand up for freedom with the rest of the world in France, this doesn't inspire confidence. All of this makes us look very unprepared, vulnerable and weak.

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Cowboys Lose to Packers, Chris Christie Hardest Hit

By on 1.12.15 | 1:31PM

Notorious cheeseheads Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Senator Paul Ryan decided to bundle up in their Sunday finest and attend yesterday's NFL playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers, which, combined with Dallas's Detroit Lions shellacking, almost forced yours truly to root for the Green Bay Packers. 

Almost. You have to remember I live in Chicago, where rooting for the Green Bay Packers is almost as much of a sin as asking that the local Democratic Party machine not allow your dead body to vote in all future elections. 

Anyway, while Chris Christie was safely ensconsed in his warm, toasty owners box with his best friend, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Walker and Ryan were establishing prevailing optics for their 2016 primary contests by freezing in Lambeau's stands like the rest of the die-hard Packer fans. And they made sure that, when the Cowboys eventually lost to the Green Bay Packers, that Chris Christie was properly shamed.

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