Politics

Obama Will Veto Keystone XL Behind Closed Doors

By on 2.9.15 | 3:38PM

The President will veto a bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline this week, despite the bill's bipartisan support. But instead of making a big deal out of the "do nothing Congress" he's seen so far as his foe (Obama's only had the chance to veto three bills in his Presidency, largely due to partisan deadlock in the legislature), Obama will stamp this one out quietly, behind closed doors at his desk, without any media fanfare. 

Because, as it turns out, the man who has spent the better part of four years accusing the Republicans of being the blockade against effective legislation is about to undertake a two-year crusade against anything passed by Congress, and he doesn't want anyone to know about it.

Obama’s veto — just the third of his presidency and the first since 2010 — is expected to come with little fanfare, with even opponents of the pipeline arguing the White House should avoid further angering Democrats and unions who want Keystone to be built.

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John Kerry “Won’t Rule Out” Running in 2016

By on 2.9.15 | 11:32AM

John Kerry is doing such a bang-up job as Secretary of State that he's considering taking this circus on the road. No, I don't mean that he's finally decided to take his job seriously and pursue foreign policy goals that don't involve "preventing global Climate Change" by relocating Europe's farting cows; he's considering running for President in 2016.

After all, if noted foreign policy achiever Hillary Clinton can do it, why can't we have a choice in which failed chief diplomat to elect to an even higher office?

Secretary of State John Kerry said in an interview broadcast on Sunday that he has not ruled out launching a presidential bid in 2016, maintaining he's been too busy to give the prospect any thought.

Asked by "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd if he'd consider another run, the 2004 Democratic nominee said he can think of "no scenario whatsoever" where he would launch another bid.

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Study Finds John Kerry Worst Secretary of State In the History of Ever

By on 2.5.15 | 1:18PM

We all knew it. Even he probably knew it. But now, there's scientific proof.

John Kerry is the worst Secretary of State in history according to a survey of professors at the top 25 foreign policy schools conducted by Foreign Policy Magazine, losing out, even, to "Don't Know."

Foreign Policy magazine this week announced the results of its 2014 Ivory Tower survey of 1,615 international relations scholars from 1,375 U.S. colleges.

One question they were asked was: “Who was the most effective U.S. secretary of state of the past 50 years?

The winner? Nobel Peace Prize winner Henry A. Kissinger, who was secretary for four years during the Nixon and Ford administrations. Since the Vietnam thing didn’t turn out so well, the scholars must have been grading him on openings to China and the Soviet Union when he was at the National Security Council?

Kissinger got 32.21 percent, extraordinary in such a large field.

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Hillary Clinton’s Million-Dollar Air Travel

By on 2.5.15 | 1:00PM

Hillary Clinton is, maybe not best know for her utter destitution upon her husband leaving office in the early 2000s, but may be most recently known for her claim that she and Bill struggled desperately to make ends meet once they were relegated to only two homes and lucrative speaking tours that paid in the six figures per appearance. 

It now seems that those hard times were even shorter than previously imagined. Starting with her campaign for President in 2007, Hillary Clinton may have been chowing down on ramen noodles and buying pantsuits made of polyester instead of silk shantung, but she wasn't skimping on air travel

Hillary Clinton and Mitt Romney each finished second in their party’s primaries when they ran for president in 2008, but they took dramatically different routes to arrive at the same result — literally, in a way.

A deeper look into the candidates’ campaign expenditures reveals that Clinton spent more than nine times as much as Romney did on private jets during the 2008 race.

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NBC’s Brian Williams Probably Didn’t Get Shot At In Iraq

By on 2.5.15 | 11:23AM

There are a lot of things from my earlier years I don't really remember orrectly, largely due to a mix of Country Time Lemonade and cheap vodka, but they're mostly innocous things, like how the cat ended up with a red wine stain on its back, how my furniture ended up in that particular formation, or whether Chicago's baseball team had, in fact, won the World Series sometime in April of 2009. I think, though, if I'd been shot at in a helicopter while covering a story in Iraq, I'd have remembered it correctly. It seems like a big event that people could corroborate, right, so that even if I wasn't clear on the details, someone who'd been there would be.

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Ted Cruz Smoked Pot in High School

By on 2.4.15 | 11:44AM

I feel like this has been the week where Presidential contenders drop information about themselves that they feel to be controversial. After all, with the advent of the Internet, October surprises have gotten lamer and lamer, and it's best to get the real stuff out of the way when everyone is fully obsessed with, say, Rand Paul's somewhat-incoherent position on the potential for vaccine injuries. 

Ted Cruz, fearing that the limelight had left his little corner of the high school auditorium, decided this morning to announce that, this one time, at band camp, he tried marijuana. And like the clean-cut 1950s sitcom child he was and is, he hated it and never smoked it again.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, known for brandishing his staunchly conservative views, coughed up to smoking marijuana as a teenager, NBC News has confirmed.

A spokesperson told the Daily Mail on Tuesday that the potential 2016 presidential candidate tried it in his teens, but did not elaborate on how many times.

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Note to GOP Candidates: Stop Talking About Vaccines

By on 2.3.15 | 2:12PM

Look, I'm not here to argue the merits of vaccination policy. Frankly, I tend to think that all kids should be vaccinated against illnesses that I only know about because my 8-bit characters died from them on Oregon Trail, but there's more than meets the eye when it comes to the great "vaccine debate" we seem to be having in this country thanks to some people who decided to pack measles in their carry-ons when they visited DisneyLand. 

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Hillary Clinton Will Campaign With The Hipsters

By on 2.3.15 | 1:42PM

From the haircut right down to the cankles, there isn't much about Hillary Clinton that can rightfully be considered "cool." But the first order of business for Camp Hillary, ahead of actually announcing her intention to run for the Democratic nomination, is to change all that - by relocating her as-yet-to-exist campaign headquarters to Brooklyn, where all the cool kids and their locally-sourced vegan non-dairy, environmentally compassionate brunch places are. 

According to The Hill, campaign staff have been seen canvassing the hip borough for office space, and may, in fact, be planning to head up Hillary 2016 from some art loft space over an Urban Outfitters just to be close to the people they so desperately need to impress.

Insiders say Clinton aides are looking at Brooklyn as a possible location, and that an office in White Plains, near the Clintons’s Chappaqua, N.Y., home, has been all but ruled out.  

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The FAA Will Not Regulate Your Moon Base…Yet

By on 2.3.15 | 12:44PM

With all this talk of Mars exploration, the US government clearly has spacefaring commercialism on its mind. 

In clear pursuit of Newt Gingrich's sweeping vision, a company called Bigelow Aerospace is considering putting some sort of inflatable base on the moon, and in the process of completing their plans, contacted the Federal Aviation Administration to find out whether their biodome would fall under American authority. In a letter obtained by Reuters, the FAA noted, to the great relief of all parties involved, that no, the FAA does not have authority to govern your moonbase. Yet.

According to documents obtained by Reuters, U.S. companies can stake claims to lunar territory through an existing licensing process for space launches.

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Ashley Judd Thinks Hillary Clinton is Best Candidate Since Jefferson

By on 2.3.15 | 12:14PM

Oh, thank heavens. I thought, when Ashley Judd was run out of Kentucky's Senate race on a rail after a series of unfortunate events that completely took the mystery out of why she'd never been called upon to be a serious candidate for anything her whole life, that we'd lost the B-movie actress from politics completely.  Fortunately, she seems to have recovered from her ill-fated attempt to turn a state-focused attempt to defeat Mitch McConnell into a national issue by feigning interest in running against him, and has begun openly endorsing 2016 Presidential candidates.

According to Ashley, who has been a long-time fan of Hillary Clinton for no reason I can immediately identify, the former Secretary of State is easily the most qualified of any person in the field, currently, if not the most overqualified candidate for President since Thomas Jefferson.

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