Politics

The DHS Fight is Over and The GOP Lost

By on 3.3.15 | 12:33PM

House Republicans have until Friday to decide how best to recover from the Senate's capituation to Democratic demands over funding the Department of Homeland Security, but it seems they'd prefer to simply get the inevitable over with.

While you were applauding Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's powerful speech to both houses of Congress, Rep. John Boehner was negotiating a deal that would move a clean DHS spending bill forward with nary a mention of the Amnesty Executive Order that began this fight in the first place

After months of indecision and strife, Boehner told GOP lawmakers he plans to allow a vote as early as Tuesday on a clean bill to fund the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the fiscal year, dashing the hopes of conservatives who want to tie the money to language clocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration…

“So he just caved in there,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp said of Boehner, adding: “Guess he forgot that a number of us had recommended that this was a poor strategy back in December."...

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Hillary Clinton Is Too Good For Work Email

By on 3.3.15 | 11:50AM

Back when Rep. Trey Gowdy seemed to be prolonging an investigation into Hillary Clinton's communications with regards to the Benghazi incident, many thought it was merely to justify the new haircut he'd gotten for the occasion. Now, it turns out, Gowdy was not only doggedly pursuing a very obviously missing link in command, but that he'd stumbled on a fluke of Clinton's government employment strategy.

According to the New York Times, Hillary Clinton conducted not most but all official State Department communications on her personal email

Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, State Department officials said, and may have violated federal requirements that officials’ correspondence be retained as part of the agency’s record.

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The Shadow of Monica Lewinsky

By 3.3.15

Ya just gotta love this story.

In the vein of “now it can be told” stories, one Nelson Shanks, a Pennsylvania artist, reveals to the Philadelphia Daily News that in painting a very presidential portrait of Bill Clinton to hang in the National Portrait Gallery, Shanks painted in… the shadow of Monica Lewinsky’s blue dress. Reported the Daily News in the question and answer style interview with reporter Stephanie Farr.

Renowned Bucks County portrait artist Nelson Shanks has painted everyone from Princess Diana to President Bill Clinton and from Pope John Paul II to Marisa Tomei….

Q: Was there anybody who made you nervous painting them?

No. There are plenty of them I've made nervous. Especially Clinton. Oh, he was petrified.

Q: Who did you find was the hardest to capture?

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Ann Coulter Will Be The VP Pick - In Sharknado 3

By on 3.2.15 | 5:41PM

I'm not sure what's left to destroy with shark-laden killer tornados that hasn't already been soundly demolished, but SyFy is girding its loins for Sharknado 3, the latest installment in their campy, celebrity cameo-laden C-movie series that features Ian Ziering and Tara Reid, among others, battling the murderous sea-faring creatures as they lay waste to the nation's metropolises. 

This time, though, the sharks will be taking on Washington DC, and there they'll face an awfully formidable foe: Vice President Ann Coulter.

Mark Cuban and Ann Coulter have joined the growing list of guest stars for the third TV movie in the phenomenon, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Launching in July, Sharknado 3 will be set in Washington, D.C., this time and, per Syfy, will "cause mass destruction in the nation's capital" before it roars down the Eastern Seaboard.

Entrepreneur/Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban of Shark Tank will play the president, while conservative commentator/author Coulter will play the veep.

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Buffett: Warren Too Mean, Hillary Possibly Too Sick

By on 3.2.15 | 5:32PM

Warren Buffett is really looking forward to 2016. Sure, the Buffett rule didn't work out - partly because it turns out his secretary only pays more in taxes than he does because his wealth is packed into capital gains - but he's already hedging his bets that Hillary Clinton's administration will have a more favorable bent towards his ideas. In fact, he just loves Hillary Clinton, and thinks that, without a doubt, she'll be the next President of the United States. 

That is, if she's doesn't fall prey to a devastating illness. 

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DEA Warns Utah of Stoned Rabbits

By on 3.2.15 | 2:06PM

I would certainly not have predicted Utah to be the next state to take up the mantle of marijuana legalization, but thankfully, they are. I say this not because I'm a supporter of legalization (though I am), but because Utah's legislative hearings on their medical marijuana bill - which would allow certain persons with "debilitating illnesses" access to "edible forms" of the drug - are absolutely magnificent.

Last week, Utah welcomed DEA agent Matt Fairbanks to testify, and among his rationale for bringing Utah back from the abyss: that Utah's entire rabbit population is, from here on out, going to be stoned out of its ever-loving rabbit mind

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Some DOE Staff Found New Way to Take Advantage of Students

By on 3.2.15 | 1:45PM

Student loans are a billion dollar industry for the government, which basically insures that the system, despite Elizabeth Warren's eternal pleadings, is unlikely to be reformed. But it seems, on at least a couple of occasions, the student loan process was very lucrative for a couple of individuals at the Department of Education as well (until they got caught at least).

According to a Freedom of Information Act request obtained by the Daily Mail, breach of conduct reports at the agency reveal identity theft, unlawful access to student loan records and a basic understanding of civics.

According to the documents - obtained by the Daily Mail Online through a Freedom of Information Act request - a number of government employees set up an illicit scheme to steal students' information.  

One woman created a bogus Department of Education account to access the National Student Loan Data System to aid her criminal plot.

While accessing the records, she would extract information from individual accounts.  

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Bill Clinton’s Portrait Has Secret Lewinsky Reference

By on 3.2.15 | 1:03PM

Monica Lewinsky seems to be enjoying the rise of Clinton nostalgia. Just last week, she was photographed wearing a bright orange gown, attending the annual Vanity Fair post-Oscar party, as though she were a real celebrity, and Friday, it was announced that her post-Clinton life in New York will become the subject of a six-"webisode" mini-series. The series, which is loosely based on an HBO documentary that followed her around after she vacated her internship, will chronicle Monica's life and struggle to "rebuild her life in the wake of the scandal that left her a reluctant single-name celebrity."

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Barbara Mikulski to Retire, Yell At Someone Else Now

By on 3.2.15 | 12:33PM

I am finally returned, rested and recovered from CPAC. Fortunately, unlike other years, this CPAC only forced me to confront my claustrophobia in the main hallways, and not in a dark and dank ballroom, which should cut down on the post traumatic stress quite a bit.

Plus, this Monday is greeted with an intriguing Congressional retirement: Sen. Barbara Mikulski, firebrand of Maryland's Senate delegation, will retire while still in her prime (at least, as far as Congressional median age is concerned), at a spry 78 and after a mere 5 terms in the Senate.

The longest serving woman in Congress in U.S. history is ready to retire. Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski will not seek a sixth term in the Senate in 2016.

Mikulski made the announcement at a news conference in the Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore Monday morning.

"I am here today ... to announce I will not be seeking a sixth term in the United States Senate," Mikulski said. "This is a hard decision to make."

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#CPAC2015: The Jeb Show

By on 2.27.15 | 2:56PM

They predicted that the crowd would be so fed up with Jeb Bush that they’d exit his question and answer period en masse right in the middle, but the only person who was even remotely exasperated about having to spend more than 20 minutes with Jeb Bush seemed to be Jeb Bush.

More than an hour ahead of his appearance, pro- and anti-Jeb forces amassed in the ballroom, staking out chairs and spots along the wall, the pro-Jebbers wearing bright orange “JEB!” stickers, the anti-’s mostly sporting Stand With Rand posters and an aggravated look. Both sides’ anger and excitement were temporarily muted by Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson, who received the Breitbart Freedom of Speech Award and then gave a lengthy acceptance speech that featured a detailed look at the spread of sexually transmitted infections (specifically genital herpes) and several long quotes from the Founding Fathers. Then, having reassessed their sexual habits, the audience girded their loins for the latest Bush brother who emerged in a full suit to Bruno Mars’ "Uptown Funk." 

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