Politics

Mitch McConnell Likely to Kill NSA Reform

By on 11.18.14 | 5:10PM

The US Senate will vote today on whether to reconsider the Patriot Act, which revolutionized the government's domestic surveillance power in the wake of 9/11. The Patriot Act, which covers everything from whether the government is allowed to collect data from your cell phone to whether you have to provide a driver's license to obtain allergy medication, is due to expire June 1.

Sometime in the not-too-distant past, there were people who opposed the Patriot Act because it represented a huge government over-reach that drastically limited Americans' privacy. That's not as true today, possibly because the President is no longer a Republican, even if he is a President who has taken the rubric set out by a Republican President and expanded it immeasurably. Thanks to our privacy-loving leader, Barack Obama, if you ever fail to make an accurate record of every single phone call you've ever made on your cell phone, there's an NSA facility in Utah that can make you a copy, provided you can somehow navigate all of the roadblocks in the Freedom of Information Act that Obama Administration agencies have established.

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Nancy Pelosi Re-Elected House Minority Leader

By on 11.18.14 | 1:34PM

It can be pretty safely said that mid-term elections almost always go against the ruling party, which means that, in most cases, no major changes need to be made to leadership or direction, because after the next Presidential election, the balance of power will shift anyway. But November's mid-terms didn't just hand the Republicans a decisive victory on the back of Democratic failures - or, in the case of Wendy Davis, something about Ebola - it changed the entire voter landscape. Suddenly, a lot of demographics that were squarely within the Democratic party were up for grabs. Dissatisfaction was widespread. 

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Jonathan Gruber: Yes, I Totally Met With Barack Obama Over Healthcare

By on 11.17.14 | 1:40PM

As has happened with many other disastrous events in his Presidency, the President just heard this weekend that Jonathan Gruber made some strange comments about his involvement with Obamacare that were caught on tape. He was reading the Sunday New York Times for the theater reviews and there it was. And, America, it was most certainly the first time he's been told anything about it. He has yet to decide whether there will be hell to pay, but America, he's definitely considering it

Of course, his immediate reaction was predictable, if extraordinarily nuanced. You see, although Gruber was a well-paid consultant on the Affordable Care Act, he was never actually on the White House payroll as a staff member, and so when asked, and so Barack Obama believes he can comfortably distancehimself from Gruber's deep thoughts on marketing strategy. 

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Joe Biden Saves Obama From Impeachment, Hits Hillary

By on 11.14.14 | 6:42PM

Joe Biden is having such a great week, he might sneak out of the Executive Office Building a little early tonight and get himself some ice cream. Or maybe that frozen yogurt that you pay for by the ounce, that you can put endless toppings on.

First, Trey Gowdy probably ended all talk of impeachment eeking out of Republican corners in light of last Tuesday's election results by suggesting that, if Barack Obama were to be impeached, we'd all be stuck with President Joe Biden, and that's not something anyone wants.

Gowdy was asked on Fox News Thursday night about the possibility of impeachment, if Obama acts without Congress on immigration. 

"Have you met Joe Biden, is my response to that," Gowdy replied. "So, no. Nobody's discussing impeachment except pundits and commentators. First of all, impeachment is a punishment; it's not a remedy. Second of all, the only people who want us to talk about impeachment are the president's allies."

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Dems Deny Pregnant Iraq War Vet Proxy Vote in Leadership Elections

By on 11.14.14 | 1:34PM

The #WaronWomen is most recently about birth control and whether it should be compulsory for anyone with an incorrect voting record, but Democrats have been confident in their superiority on "women's issues" long before Sandra Fluke testified under oath to her incorrect understanding of Catholic University's policies on contraception. Whether women are having babies, not having babies, having babies at work, not having babies because of work, or not having babies and also not working, Democrats are standing behind them encouraging them to do whatever it takes to register for a government program that will assist them at doing whatever it is they do. 

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White House: Jonathan Gruber Had Nothing to do With Obamacare, We Swear

By on 11.13.14 | 12:19PM

Jonathan Gruber broke his silence yesterday with an interview on MSNBC, but the "stupidity of the American voter" is still dogging the White House, because while nearly everyone might believe that our representative democracy is run largely by idiots, most people - namely the Democratic voters that helped to pass Obamacare - don't like to hear it said outright. Because, when you think about it, it wasn't really Republican voters he was talking about. None of them were gung-ho about government-administered healthcare, regardless of Gruber's slick comic-book presentation.

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Iran Appeasers in Bed With Obama: The Truman Project Unmasked

By 11.13.14

The mask is off. What do Eric Bolling of Fox News and President Obama’s strategy on Iran have in common? Answer: the Truman National Security Project. A few weeks back in this space (“The Hit Job on Fox News”) it was revealed that an arrogant, huffy letter from veterans demanding an apology from Bolling was in fact a setup. Left unrevealed by the letter’s sponsor — the Truman National Security Project — many of the signers in question were in fact Democratic Party or liberal special interest activists.

This is not, but of course, how the Truman Project presents itself. The impression given by its website is that it is just another independent-no-alliances-out-there think tank. In its own words, the Truman National Security Project puts itself out there as part of a

growing movement [that] is supported by Americans from every state and walk of life, dedicated to service, a set of common values, and a shared vision of America’s role in today’s world.

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Political Hay

Can’t We All Get Along?

By From the Sept/Oct 2014 issue

At a recent small dinner at the end of the fabulous Freedomfest gathering at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, major supply siders, libertarians, Tea Partiers, and traditional conservatives gathered to discuss strategies to regain political power in Washington. The libertarian faction fumed with the familiar complaint that the GOP will only win back young and female voters in 2016 by abandoning social issues like abortion and gay marriage—which would in effect toss the evangelicals off the bus.

Yet this has also become a common recommendation from the country-club Republicans who may not be members of the Tea Party movement but who write the big checks. “We must have a truce on the social issues; it is turning off voters” complains one prominent Wall Street financier who raises money for the party. By “truce,” he means “surrender.”

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Dems May Try to Save Mary Landrieu With Hail Mary Keystone Pass

By on 11.12.14 | 6:36PM

Mary Landrieu needs to get some friends, and fast, or Louisiana will solidify the Republican majority in the Senate.

When the DSCC pulls out of a race because someone can "go it alone," usually independent organizations step in to fill the void, if there's a reason. And according to the Capitol City Project, independent donors are stepping up - just not for Mary Landrieu. In the last week, over $1 million dollars has flowed into Louisiana to impact this race, exclusively from conservative leaning PACs. Her only major pre-election PAC supporter, Americans for Responsible Solutions, has been oddly stingy following the announcement that the race will go to a runoff. And it's about to get even worse: Republicans have $7 million in broadcast reservations. In Landrieu's corner: the Humane Society, which has about $101,000 in reserved ad space. And they'll probably repurpose that ad buy to sell those adorable address stickers you get in the mail every Christmas.

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Nancy Pelosi Blames Midterm Losses on Ebola

By on 11.12.14 | 4:20PM

Nancy Pelosi would like you to believe that, despite losing the Senate majority and several important governorships, the Democratic loss isn't all that significant. After all, those blatantly biased reporters at Fox News spent weeks harping away at how the Middle East is falling apart, and that the government's response to the short-lived Ebola outbreak was hapless at best. And those poor, stupid voters, who were so supportive of the Democratic party two short years ago, were hoodwinked into believing that Democrats had no ability to govern effectively or manage in a crisis. 

Plus, according to Nancy, Barack Obama has had just so many successes, that voters just can't even process them anymore.

“I don’t think it was a failure of his message; it was the extent of his success. Let’s say it in a more positive way. This president has accomplished many great things,” Pelosi said of the president. “You know there is always an October eclipse. We couldn’t catch a break.”

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