Politics

Hillary Clinton Wants Julian Castro for Veep

By on 5.18.15 | 2:09PM

The Democrats have finally admitted what we knew all along: far from being about fresh ideas and new faces, the DNC's 2016 ticket will be a showcase for the party's complete reliance on identity politics.

Hillary Clinton, whose only connection to "fresh" and "new" may be the marketing slogan for her preferred brand of adult undergarmets, is looking around, quite desperately, for a running mate who hasn't yet earned their AARP card. Word has it that they've settled on HUD Secretary Julian Castro. It seems he's everything the Democratic party really needs, by which I mean, a dedicated party man with a blank slate of policy leanings who just happens to be of a minority the Dems are in danger of losing. 

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is likely to choose Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Julián Castro or another Hispanic politician to be her running mate, former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros said in an interview that will air Sunday.

James O’Keefe and Judith Miller Talk Press Freedom

By on 5.15.15 | 12:05PM

Mention either James O'Keefe's or Judith Miller's name and you are likely to cause a stir.

Besides being two major figures in the world of journalism over the last decade, both have rarely shied away from stirring up controversy, whether with guerrilla stories that catch leftist organizations at their work (often unsavory), or with controversial missives from the Iraq War.

While both may draw up strong feelings in both supporters and detractors alike, neither can be said to have made no impact on the world of media — especially when you consider what both James and Judith have been through in the course of their work. Both have confronted their own media community, both have come under fire from their colleagues, and both have faced criminal penalties (Judith served 85 days in jail for refusing to give up her sources in the infamous Valerie Plame affair, James was arrested for criminal conspiracy, among other incidents).

The two sat down together a few weeks ago to discuss what it's like being ousted from the media's inner circle.

Stephanopoulos Apologizes…Sort Of

By on 5.15.15 | 11:16AM

George Stephanopolous (I cannnot believe how many times I've had to write that name this week), has apologized for the conflict of interest he created when he deposited three $25,000 checks into the Clinton Foundation's bank account.

He is, it seems, incredibly sorry. And he would like to assure you that he knows he made a mistake - many mistakes, in fact - even though what he actually did was nothing more than caring far too deeply for the people of this world.

Arne Duncan Says All America’s Violent Youth Need is Jobs

By on 5.14.15 | 5:09PM

It seems that Marie Harf isn't the only one who thinks that a job creation program is necessary to quell violence that doesn't actually stem from a lack of job creation programs. 

Today, in a speech to the Summit on Youth Violence, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan noted that, while gang violence is a tricky situation to address, when he comes home to Chicago, he meets with gang leaders and they tell him that they would definitely put down their guns and abandon their violent ways, if only there was a job they could get up for every morning.

 Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on Tuesday that he has met with gang leaders in his hometown of Chicago and they’ve told him that it’s a lack of jobs that keeps them on the streets.

“We have to have jobs for young people,” Duncan said at the National Summit on Youth Violence Prevention in Crystal City, Va. “I probably shouldn’t say this in a room like this, but occasionally when I go home I’ll sit down with some of the gang leaders – back home in Chicago.”

Stephanopoulos Won’t Moderate ABC News Presidential Debate

By on 5.14.15 | 4:59PM

Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Mike Lee appear to be the first Republicans to officially object to George Stephanopolous's lack of neutrality, with Paul issuing a statement this afternoon calling Stephanopolous's allegiances into question and Mike Lee's communications director taking to Twitter vowing not to let his boss take to the airwaves until the matter is resolved. 

The RNC hasn't followed suit, which is odd considering that they'd lined up at least one debate with ABC news, but it seems they might not need to. Stephanopolous himself has at least acknowledged that moderating between nominees of one party while giving to the opposition has decided to bow out of that job

Could the Next First Lady Be Chelsea Clinton?

By on 5.14.15 | 12:32PM

The Clinton campaign is doing its level best to scuttle any mention of Bill Clinton, and to keep his as far away from the campaign trail as possible.

But while Bill might be taking a backseat (do I take the ridiculous joke that's just hanging out there about "paradise by the dashboard light?") to his wife and to her advisors, it seems the campaign is looking to another member of the family to take up the reins of the stereotypical "campaign spouse." According to professional Clinton-watchers, Chelsea Clinton, not Bill Clinton is actually the frontrunner among Clintonites to be the First Lady.

If the Clintons were to move back into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the first daughter, Chelsea, would presumably take on the traditional responsibilities of the first lady, an expert on the White House tells Daily Mail Online.

Stephanopoulos Gets Clinton-y, Takes Donation Story to Friendly Outlet, Not Free Beacon

By on 5.14.15 | 12:14PM

Let's just call this one a "#ThrowbackThursday." 

George Stephanopoulos, a Clinton crony from as far back as anyone involved with the Clintons can remember, gave two $25,000 donations to the Clinton Foundation while employed by ABC News, but failed to disclose any involvement with the organization, despite his position as an independent, fair-minded, leading journalist at a major news organization.

ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, records show.

Stephanopoulos, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, confirmed the donation to POLITICO’s Dylan Byers after the Free Beacon contacted ABC News for comment. The host acknowledge making two donations of $25,000 between 2013 and 2014. Stephanopoulos issued a statement apologizing for failing to disclose the donation.

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A List of Islamophobes for Dean Obeidallah

By 5.14.15

In the wake of the controversy surrounding Pamela Geller’s “Draw the Prophet Mohammed” contest, comedian Dean Obeidallah, a left-leaning comedian (but I repeat myself) who is also a Muslim has decided he will use his radio show to have a “Draw an Islamophobe” contest. Obeidallah writes a column over there at the Daily Beast and, albeit in typical left-handed fashion, has nonetheless stood up to defend Geller's right to free speech. While he titled the piece“Muslims Defend Pam Geller’s Right to Hate,”defend her right to free speech he did, writing:

Moody’s Downgrades Chicago Bonds to “Junk”

By on 5.13.15 | 11:39AM

Yesterday, Chicago got the Obama Presidential Library and thank heavens, since Chicago also lost any semblance of dignity in terms of our bond rating, and we'll most definitely need the kind of multi-million dollar public works project the Library promises to be in order to survive financially.

After years of teetering on the edge of fully bankrupting the city, Moody's finally pulled the plug, dropping Chicago's status two notches to "junk," in a (probably futile) effort to encourage either pension reform or a tax increase. The move came (at least in part) as a response to an Illinois Supreme Court decision that dropped late last week, declaring that the pension reform package the legislature had concocted was unconstitutional, and wiping it off the books. 

Moody’s Investor’s Service on Tuesday dropped Chicago’s bond rating two more notches — to junk status — turning up the heat on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to raise property taxes and on the Illinois General Assembly to approve a Chicago casino.

White House Demands Sen. Sherrod Brown Apologize for “Sexism” Comments

By on 5.13.15 | 10:53AM

Last night, the President of the National Organization for Women piled on Sen. Sherrod Brown's claim that President Obama's criticism of Sen. Elizabeth Warren as "a politician like everyone else" smacked of sexism and microagression.

This morning, the White House, already reeling from the mass defection of Dems over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, demonstrated exactly how stining Sherrod's comments were when they used today's press conference to demand that Brown take his turn on the Naughty Step

The White House responded Wednesday to Sen. Sherrod Brown’s criticism of President Barack Obama’s treatment of fellow Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Brown is “a stand-up guy.”

“I’m confident after he’s had a chance to look at the comments he made yesterday that he’ll find a way to apologize,” he told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Wednesday.

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