Politics

Romney 2016 is Officially A Thing Now

By on 1.9.15 | 5:11PM

It's official!

Sort of. Maybe.

Mitt Romney has told donors that he considering a run for the White House in 2016. Because, if Jeb Bush, Mike Huckabee and Chris Christie weren't enough to pique your interest, a man who has already run for the office twice and lost should definitely make you pine for the days when we chose our elected leadership with physical trials through a gauntlet. 

Okay, so that was American Gladiator. But admit it, you'd like to see them have to run The Gauntlet on their way out of each and every debate. Anyway, Mitt Romney will accept your donation now.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney , the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, told a meeting of donors Friday that he is considering another White House bid in 2016, people present said.

The possibility of a third Romney bid could upend the emerging GOP field, coming as top Republican donors are starting to rally behind former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

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Harry Reid May Lose Sight in Injured Eye

By on 1.9.15 | 4:21PM

Harry Reid may have injured himself in a way most likely to be replicated in an Adam Sandler movie, but his facial lascerations and bruising are no laughing matter. 

Last week, Harry Reid reportedly tangled with a piece of exercise equipment and lost. Harry sustained a black eye, broken facial bones and three broken ribs when an exercise band he was using snapped back into his face, causing him to fall onto another gym machine. The black eye has caused blood to pool inside his eyeball and it's possible he may permanently lose sight in his right eye.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says doctors are "very hopeful" that he'll regain sight in his right eye after a recent exercising accident but that it's not a "slam dunk."

"I had a serious injury in my eye," he said in an interview with KNPR in Nevada. "There's blood accumulation there, and they're hoping that resolves itself."

"It's a day to day deal," he added, saying that he's limiting his reading to prevent straining his healthy eye.

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Barack Obama Announces Free Community College

By on 1.9.15 | 12:39PM

Barack Obama is on a whirlwind tour of the country this week, touting his administration's success in resurrecting the economy. Yesterday, he announced that home prices have risen under his watch and the real estate market is recovering, and in response, he's again lowering the requirements to get an FHA mortgage, because if there was anything that was totally not responsible for tanking the housing market, it was giving unqualified people mortgages. 

Today, he followed up that remarkable policy pronouncement with something even bigger. Now, when you finish high school, you can get two more years for free!

President Barack Obama will need the approval of Congress to realize his proposal for making two years of community college free for students.

So far, that plan doesn’t have an official price tag — other than “significant,” according to White House officials. If all 50 states participate, the proposal could benefit 9 million students each year and save students an average of $3,800 in tuition, the White House said.

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Zoo Won’t Let de Blasio Hold Groundhog After He Killed One Last Year

By on 1.8.15 | 12:08PM

The NYPD isn't the only city organization that has lost complete confidence in the esteemed Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio.

After he dropped the groundhog during last year's Groundhog Day celebrations, the Staten Island Zoo has unequivocally banned De Blasio from holding or handling any more of their animals in a celebratory setting. 

Mayor de Blasio won’t be killing any more groundhogs — zoo handlers are forbidding the butter-fingered mayor from holding the critter at the annual shadow-sighting ceremony on Feb. 2, The Post has learned.

The ban came after The Post first revealed that the groundhog de Blasio fumbled and dropped last year died a week later of internal injuries — and then Staten Island Zoo officials covered up the death...

“No one will be allowed to touch the groundhog,” one zoo insider briefed on the new policy told The Post.

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Barbara Boxer Declares Retirement To Shorts-Wearing Grandson

By on 1.8.15 | 11:39AM

As expected, Sen. Barbara Boxer is declaring her retirement ahead of the 2016 cycle. After she finishes out her current term in Congress, the longtime Senator will be forced to turn her unexplained ire on Neiman Marcus personal shoppers instead of Army brigadier Generals.

She made the announcement this morning on her official website with a video of herself doing a serious media interview with her grandson Zach, who stands in for DC reporters, and who clearly felt no need to dress up for the occasion. 

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Creepy Photos of the 114th Congress

By on 1.6.15 | 4:38PM

Just in case you missed the great disturbance in the Force, like a thousand voices crying out at once and then suddenly silenced, that was the 114th Congress being gaveled into session (Gavelled? Gavellded?), we should most certainly relive the day in pictures. 

Let's start with the kiss heard round the Beltway. The one of forbidden love. The kiss of control over Congress.

"No Nancy, not here. Just wait...until times are different. Until we've cleared the CRomnibus. Until Netflix gets The Notebook back on it's ready-to-stream menu."

But John Boehner wasn't the only one getting his mack on for the swearing in. This day belonged to Joe Biden. And Joe Biden was going to savor it.

Here he is trying to steal what appears to be Orrin Hatch's wife.

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Obama Issues Keystone XL Veto Threat

By on 1.6.15 | 2:14PM

Approximately one hour into the 114th Congress (not the 118th, as previously - gawd, I'm not that old yet), the Obama Administraiton has already issued its first veto threat, because if there's anything that screams "do-nothing Congress" it's the White House officially condeming Congress's first major vote before it even happens

Tomorrow at 9am, a Senate committee will convene to discuss the Keystone XL pipeline, which will carry petroleum from Canada's tar sands to American refineries, creating thousands of union jobs along the way, and preventing that same petroleum from boarding an already-waiting boat to China, where it will be used to make cheap American toys and generic foodstuffs for export. The White House is, of course, more concerned with the environmental impact no one thinks is actually a thing, and the optics of approving thousands of homegrown American jobs while Republicans are in power.

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John Boehner Keeps His Speaker Slot

By on 1.6.15 | 1:51PM

Expect more bills outlawing taxes on tanning.

By a vote that went almost exactly as expected (although who saw Yoho totally pulling a #YOLO and voting for himself?), John Boehner will remain speaker of the house. He lost 25 votes, which was dangerously, yet not incredibly close to the 29 needed to unseat him. It is entirely possible that had opposition shored up behind a candidate that did not co-sponsor a "Birther bill" (or, for that matter, behind any one candidate at all), or started courting support earlier than three days ago, John Boehner would not be Speaker of the House. Alas, Boehner's tears today will be tears of relief. 

You may now commence airing your righteous anger and/or your excitement at the total badassness of the recently-released Coachella lineup in the comments section. 

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The Scalise Mess and the GOP Insider Culture

By 1.6.15

(Editor's note: This article has been corrected.)

Shocker. The GOP establishment has dropped the ball. Again. Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, has attracted to himself and his party the charge of racism. The charge is bogus. Yet the fact is that Mr. Scalise brought this on himself for hanging in the presence of Kenneth Knight, a top aide to the one-time Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Knight also contributing $1,000 to Scalise’s campaign.

Now making the news is a poll, featured over there at Heritage’s Daily Signal, that reveals a stunning lack of confidence by the GOP base in Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. That poll — and Scalise’s problem — are merely different sides of the same mess. Each man has illustrated vividly that he is, at the core, about wielding power and influence in Washington.

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Greg Abbott Ordered 4 Tons of Brisket For His Inauguration

By on 1.5.15 | 5:39PM

Greg Abbott will be sworn in as Texas's new governor next week, and by all accounts, he's ready.

That's a lot of meat. 

The brisket will, apparently, be available for public consumption next Tuesday after the inauguration ceremony. You can purchase a plate with all the fixin's (no "g" because this is Texas) for a mere $10. If you'd like to shell out a bit more than that, you can attend the Inaugural Ball for a mere $75. Entertainment includes a performance by Lady Antebellum.

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