Nancy Pelosi, Expert Catholic

By on 10.2.15 | 1:07PM

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi held a press conference, where she touted her commitment to "women's health," and her participation in a movement to ensure Federal funding continued for Planned Parenthood.

Although she held the conference open for questions from the media, she clearly did not believe anyone would actually ask any, and was, apparently, quite taken by surprise when a journalist asked her whether a fetus with a beating heart and functioning liver, like the ones referred to in the Center for Medical Progress videos as being perfect to harvest for body parts, was human. Nancy Pelosi responded by, of course, accusing the reporter of having an "ideological agenda," and explaining that she knew more about the subject of abortion because she is a "devout, practicing Catholic."

The reporter sparked the exchange by asking: “Is an unborn baby with a human heart and human liver a human being?”

Student Wounded at Umpqua Community College Tells Father That Gunman Targeted Christians

By on 10.2.15 | 11:22AM

According to this dispatch by CNN, Anastasia Boylan, one of the students wounded at yesterday's mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, told her father before going into surgery that the gunman was targeting Christians. Boylan told her father that the gunman told the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians. Those who responded yes were told, "Good, because you're a Christian, you're going to see God in about one second."

At this point, it isn't known if the shooter had any religious affiliation nor has there been any indication that he visited jihadist websites. His MySpace page did feature images of the IRA.  It does appear the shooter wrote about the ex-reporter who shot and killed two of his former colleagues on live TV in Virginia in August.

With All Due Respect, Mr. President, Fix Your Own Gun Plan

By on 10.2.15 | 11:14AM

My usual rule is to refrain from discussing policy in the interim following a tragic situation. After all, there's nothing more useless than pontificating in the meantime, while tempers are hot, and no one knows what to do. We all want an easy fix to horrifying situations like the one that played out yesterday in Oregon. We all want to believe there's one, singular solution that will put an end to senseless violence. There isn't.

But yesterday, President Obama used the Oregon shooting to make a political point, openly and unabashedly, before the bodies of the dead had cooled, before knowing the facts of the case, and without, apparently, a modicum of respect for the families and community that is suffering losses today. As a nation sought help, leadership, prayer and support; President Obama did little but throw a temper tantrum on national television, calling for solutions in the form of "gun control," and "action," without specifiying any concrete legislative agenda, or, even, what he believes the country needs to take action on

Why Hillary Won’t Have a “Sock it to Me” Moment on SNL

By on 10.1.15 | 4:39PM

Hillary Clinton is set to appear on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live alongside current Hillary impersonator Kate McKinnon this weekend. The fact that she turned down an opportunity to speak before the Human Rights Campaign, the country's most prominent LGBT organization, tells you how much of a priority this appearance is.

But it's not like Hillary hasn't appeared on SNL before. She did so during the 2008 campaign with Amy Poehler, who was then impersonating her. Fat lot of good that did her. So I don't see Hillary having a "sock it to me" moment like Richard Nixon did on the season premiere of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In during the 1968 campaign (please see video posted below).

House and Senate Pass Temporary Government Funding Bill, Avert Shutdown

By on 10.1.15 | 1:19PM

A few days ago on Twitter, someone - I don't remember who or I'd link them - mentioned that John Boehner's resignation is sort of like that scene in Independence Day, where they task the one fighter pilot with flying right up into the heart of the giant flying saucer that's sitting over New York, clogging up the spaceships deadly laser beam and basically blowing the aliens back to whatever planet they ravaged before systematically deciding to murder everyone on Earth.

In this case, though, Boehner has undertaken a different kind of self-immolation in service to our country (or, at least, Establishment Republicans looking to deny Ted Cruz . an opportunity to grandstand his way into a spike in the polls), inspiring a continuing resolution that funds the government through December, ensuring that nothing will shut down, Planned Parenthood will remain funded, John Boehner can exist stage left with a win under his belt, and the White House loses a media-favorable talking point big enough to distract from the fact that Russia is bombing our Syrian to smithereens.

Sanders Almost Matches Clinton in Fundraising

By on 10.1.15 | 12:51PM

I saw my first Bernie Sanders "Feel the Bern" bumper sticker yesterday and it made me bemoan the state of our public education system. Really, guys? 

Seems, though, my friend in the yellow VW Bug who cut me off in a left turn lane by gliding through two lanes of traffic and almost causing several accidents in order to meander their way cluelessly onto a main thoroughfare, is not alone in their complete ignorance of how government and financial systems actually operate. Bernie Sanders managed to raise an astounding $26 million haul in a single fundraising quarter, reportedly trailing Hillary Clinton by a mere $2 million.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton technically beat Bernie Sanders by $2 million in the chase for campaign cash over the past three months. But that isn't the story — not even close.

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Have Marco and Rand Switched Sides?

By 10.1.15

Have Marco Rubio and Rand Paul gone over the side? 

To Marco Rubio, all those tens of thousands swarming to Donald Trump rallies in places like Arizona, Alabama, Texas, and well beyond (New Hampshire, Iowa, and South Carolina) are part of a “freak show.”

To Rand Paul, the real problem in the GOP Senate is not Mitch McConnell but, yes indeed, Ted Cruz, saying Cruz is “done for” in the Senate. Rand declined an opportunity supplied by Sean Hannity in a radio interview to join with Cruz and even say a negative word about McConnell.

In other words? Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, once the shining stars of the Tea Party, seem now to have switched sides. The Establishment — whether represented in Paul’s case by Mitch McConnell in the Senate or, in Rubio’s case, all those increasingly nervous Bush donors starting to look for someone else to pull the Establishment’s bacon out of the Trump/Outsider fire — is delighted.

Ann Romney Says Mitt Still Super Popular, Still Assessing Possible Run

By on 9.30.15 | 4:04PM

The prospect of a third Mitt Romney candidacy hangs like the Sword of Damocles over the head of the GOP.

He wants it. The big time donors want it. The Establishment wants it. And according to Ann Romney, basically everyone she's talked to ever is totally into it, including random strangers who happen to recognize her on the street. And she thinks there's still plenty of time to make it happen.

“All I can say is, we are in New York City, Mitt’s been with me a lot today, over the last few days and we have been walking the streets and people are screaming out there windows, I mean people on the street, people stop us on the street, everyone is saying ‘come, get in, jump in’, we hear it, we get a lot of phone calls, people are calling all the time, from our past donors saying ‘it’s time to think about it again’.

Trey Gowdy to Retire After This Term?

By on 9.30.15 | 1:26PM

Yesterday, there was some speculation that Trey Gowdy. might consider running for Speaker of the House, challenging House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy., who is Boehner's. obvious successor. Gowdy's office quickly dismissed those rumors, saying that he had no interest in a leadership position

Today, the news is even more dire. According to Congressional sources, Gowdy is not just uninterested in taking on greater responsibility in Congress. He's uninterested in remaining there for very long at all, beyond the 2016 elections, a sentiment apparently revealed as his office tried to dispel rumors of his desire for a greater role.

What You Need to Know from Yesterday’s Planned Parenthood Hearings

By on 9.30.15 | 1:04PM

I'll be back later today or early tomorrow with my assessment of the Republican performance in yesterday's Planned Parenthood debates (let's just say, if they are as "well-prepared" for next week's Benghazi hearings, Hillary Clinton will sail through them like they were a pantsuit sale at Bergdorf's), but regardless of how misguided and hapless the questioning committee was, Planned Parenthood's CEO Cecile Richards certainly didn't earn her (more than half million dollar) salary yesterday either.