Politics

Chris Christie to Declare Next Week

By on 6.24.15 | 4:14PM

I'm really ready for some good news, guys, like that Nick Offerman has permanently become Ron Swanson and that he's running for President on the "build your own damned American dream" ticket. I can't take any more of these half-considered declarations. 

Chris Christie, who MSNBC has been trying to pin a bridge SNAFU on for close to two years, is looking to take his New Jersey circus on the road, so after much consideration and a few low-fat cupcakes, Chris Christie has decided that he will declare his intention to seek the GOP nomination for President later this week or early next

Chris Christie is in the final stages of preparing his 2016 presidential bid, with a formal announcement possible as soon as next week, according to several sources familiar with the discussions.

WaPo Concerned that Bobby Jindal is Not Really Much of an Indian-American

By on 6.24.15 | 12:57PM

If you ever wonder if a degree in politicial science is a worthwhile endeavor, consider that, while it may be a fast track to a byline on the Washington Post editorial page, it does not guarantee that you'll be viewed as anything resembling "intelligent." 

I say this only because the Post carried an opinion editorial yesterday penned by a well-known professor of political science, on the subject of Bobby Jindal's past. The op-ed was, ostensibly, designed to discuss Bobby Jindal's appeal as the child of immigrants, and whether that could resonate with target demographics in comparison to, say, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, for whom the immigrant experience is tangible in their campaign platforms. The professor's conclusion - and the Posts promotional question: Bobby Jindal is totally not Indian American anymore.

Jesse Jackson, Jr. Free Again to Buy Michael Jackson Memorabilia, Do Naked Karate

By on 6.23.15 | 1:06PM

He may have stolen three quarters of a million dollars from his campaign donors, and then wasted it on fur parkas and fake Michael Jackson memorabilia and Eddie Van Halen guitars, but after 17 months, shared between an Alabama prison and a Baltimore halfway house, Jesse Jackson, Jr. is a free man.

He was serving a 30 month sentence on a felony fraud count, a plea deal he struck after being socked with a number of Federal charges following an investigation that turned up his financial malfeasance. Apparently, he got out on good behavior after serving about two thirds of his sentence. 

Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. was released on Monday morning from a Baltimore halfway house, where he'd been living since his release from an Alabama federal prison in March.

Jackson served 17 months of a 30-month sentence. 

Jackson, 50, was released from the Volunteers of America halfway house shortly before 9am and left in a black SUV.

OPM Hack Affects 18 Million Americans and Counting

By on 6.23.15 | 12:22PM

Remember when the Office of Personnel Management assured us that "only" 4 million or so Americans were ultimately affected by the massive Chinese hack that exposed more private internal systems than a Miley Cyrus Instagram post? 

Yeah, let's just say that they wildly underestimated their own personnel management file system. Even their recent admission, that it could be in the ballpark of 14 million files now in the hands of a coalition of Chinese hackers came in a little low. According to a recent report given to Congress, by FBI Director James Comey and obtained by CNN, the number is actually closer to 18 million, and includes personnel files established for job applicants and profiles of Federal family members, not just regular employees. 

Approximately 18 million Americans reportedly had their personal records compromised when hackers attacked the Office of Personnel Management's databases last year.

In Defense of a Better Taco Emoji, Sort Of

By on 6.23.15 | 11:46AM

There is much sadness among Mexican street food advocates that the "taco emoji" which many of us have waited for with bated breath, will not depict an "authentic" Mexican taco, but rather the kind of meat-lettuce-tomatoes-and-cheese option that Americans have come to consider "tacos" because that's what they can manage to eek out as an order at 2am in a Taco Bell drive-thru after consuming several adult beverages and, perhaps, engaging in some regrettable karaoke.

Not that that's ever happened to me, but you understand.

Anyway, a group of "social justice warriors" have decided to object, tongue-in-cheek, to the Americanized taco emoji in an offbeat effort to encourage Americans to embrace the more authentic taco toppings, including cilantro, onions and the occasional wedge of lime, all settled nicely in a corn tortilla rather than a giant Dorito. 

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Congressman Mark Meadows: Profile in Courage

By 6.23.15

As the Gipper might say: Here we go again. Another petty campaign of retribution against a conservative who stands up for principle.

Once upon a time Ronald Reagan used to go through this kind of thing. The GOP Establishment of the day couldn’t abide him. They didn’t want him running for governor of California (he was too extreme to win, it was explained). And they certainly didn’t want him running for president — either in 1976 or 1980. Too extreme, explained Gerald Ford himself, to ever get elected. Right.

This time the target is Republican North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows.

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz has suddenly decided to distinguished his time as the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee by turning on — conservatives. Specifically, Mark Meadows.

Leading the First Polls Is…Jeb Bush?

By on 6.22.15 | 5:39PM

I'm just going to call this my Pauline Kael moment

How can 75% of Republicans be willing to vote for Jeb Bush? I don't know a single person who doesn't throw up a little in their mouths just thinking about it.

And yet, America, here we are. In the midst of Jeb-mentum

Three-quarters of GOP primary voters say they could see themselves supporting Mr. Bush or Mr. Rubio, a significantly larger share than for any other contender…

When presented with six election developments that might raise concerns, only 4% of all poll respondents said their top worry was that “too many people from the same families are running as have run in the past,” a concern that might also apply to Democrat Hillary Clinton. The top concern was that “wealthy individuals and corporations will have too much influence over who wins,” a worry expressed more by Democrats than by Republicans…

Hillary Clinton Abandons the Brooklyn Hipsters

By on 6.22.15 | 12:37PM

Back when she first announced that she was running for President, Hillary Clinton made such a big deal of opening an office in Brooklyn that most people thought she'd jettison the pantsuits for some high-waisted Jorts and a crop top from Urban Outfitters. Here was a candidate of yesterday, so tained with the scent of the 1990s that her very presence reminded everyone of padded headbands and Seinfeld, openly embracing the new hipsterdom of organic, fair trade, vegan coffee bars and food trucks run by people who use their profits for mustache wax. A miracle!

Supreme Court Takes On Raisins, Spider-Man, and Hotels, But Not Marriage and Obamacare…Yet

By on 6.22.15 | 12:13PM

There's only one more SCOTUS "Decision Day" left in June, and it's going to be a big one. On their second to last day before skipping town to enjoy their summer vacation, the Supreme Court released decisions on whether Marvel Entertainment will have to pay a toy manufacturer into perpetutity even if his patent expires and whether a New Deal program that pays raisin farmers not to grow raisins so as to drive up the price of raisins nationwide runs afoul of the Constitution. 

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