This admission, by Chaffetz, is going to enrage conservatives who think that the point of government is to waste taxpayers money on partisan witch hunts.
Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz has just admitted that the GOP’s investigation into Planned Parenthood’s misuse of federal funds turned out to be a dud.
“Did I look at the finances and have a hearing specifically as to the revenue portion and how they spend? Yes. Was there any wrongdoing? I didn’t find any,”
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) raised $12.2 million in the third quarter, Reuters reports. In contrast, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) “took in just $6 million for his presidential campaign from July to the end of September, a major drop to his fund-raising pace over a summer in which two Republican rivals dropped out because they lacked enough money to continue,” the New York Times reports.
Ted Cruz will be your Republican nominee.
And that’s all I got today, because I have a funeral to attend. Perhaps my colleagues can add something about the GOP in total disarray and chaos. The parties have switched places. It used to be that the Democrats were like herding cats and undisciplined, in a permanent state of total chaos and revolution; while the GOP had military precision, and their next in line always won the presidential nomination or leadership contest.
We have to start treating the American South, with their open carry and voter suppression like a pariah nation, similar to South Africa in the 1980’s and 1990’s. If they want “open carry” and voter suppression, fine. They just don’t get that stuff and also get to be treated like grownups.
Daniel Hamermesh, an economics professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, plans to withdraw from the university because of his concerns about the campus carry law that will go into effect in Texas in August 2016.
According to a Tuesday report from the university’s student newspaper, The Daily Texan, Hamermesh will teach at University of Sydney next fall.
Sen. Bernie Sanders “is uninterested in going through the motions of typical debate practice,” Politico reports.
“While CNN is billing the event as a showdown, Sanders’ team sees the first Democratic debate as a chance to introduce a fairly niche candidate to a national audience. So his team intends to let him do what he’s been doing. Far from preparing lines to deploy against Clinton — let alone O’Malley, Lincoln Chafee, or Jim Webb — Sanders plans to dish policy details, learned through a handful of briefings with experts brought in by his campaign.”
I think that would be a good thing. A detailed filled debate. No personal attacks. Quite a contrast to the GOP.
Josh Marshall makes an important point.
The only thing amazing about this is how it took a momentary remark by McCarthy to suddenly make what everyone knows into an acceptable point of public discussion: namely, that the Benghazi Committee was not only a transparently political exercise (that’s hardly unprecedented) but just a complete crock by every definition. Without McCarthy’s clumsy remark, DC’s establishment press apparently didn’t realize this was the case or didn’t think it was an acceptable point of discussion. That’s amazing.
Your “liberal media” everybody… Fair and balanced!
Not that it was much of a secret, since she attended the Jamboree in Sussex County (it is pretty rare for upstate politicians to do that unless you are running for something) and it has been rumored that she would run for some time. But now there is official paperwork. The News Journal says this will shake up the Lt. Governor race. I say it ends it.
But DD, there are now six candidates!?! How can you say it is over? Well…..
Nate Cohn: “Vice President Joe Biden has less support in the polls than Bernie Sanders and hasn’t raised a single dollar for a presidential campaign. Yet if Mr. Biden does decide to seek the presidency, he will pose a greater challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.”
I agree. Sanders draws big crowds, and he polls well in New Hampshire, a state he might win. But Sanders is polling behind Biden in every later contest (see polling inside). Biden seems to have the better electability argument on his side, at least in Florida (see polling inside).
Early Saturday evening, an 11 year-old boy from Jefferson County, Tennessee, took his father’s unlocked shotgun and shot and killed, with premeditation, his 8 year-old neighbor, McKayla Dyer, from inside his house – because she wouldn’t show him her puppy.
According to the local news station WKRN-TV (video below), the boy had a history of bullying the little girl. Her mother, Latasha Dyer said: “He was making fun of her, calling her names — just being mean to her…I had to go the principal about him, and he quit for a while, and then all of a sudden yesterday he shot her.” The boy, whose name is being withheld by authorities, has been charged with first degree murder, but a judge is to decide in the coming days whether or not to transfer the case to adult court.
We need to stop calling these incidents accidents.
The New York Times reports today that Hillary Clinton is organizing “leadership councils” in every state, comprised of dozens of top Democratic state officials and super-delegates to the nominating convention (“super-delegates” automatically become convention delegates because of the offices they hold.) The councils will round up supporters, act as surrogates in the news media in […]
I know Delaware Online.com comment sections are cesspools of idiocy and ignorance, but this current top comment wins the day on this article about the threats of violence to local colleges and universities:
[this is] “Why firearm NO CARRY zones are becoming the MOST DANGEROUS public spaces.”
Um, not really.
According to Politico, it was Joe Biden himself who first talked to Maureen Dowd of the New York Times, “painting a tragic portrait of a dying son, Beau’s face partially paralyzed, sitting his father down and trying to make him promise to run for president because ‘the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.’”
“It was no coincidence that the preliminary pieces around a prospective campaign started moving right after that column. People read Dowd and started reaching out, those around the vice president would say by way of defensive explanation. He was just answering the phone and listening. But in truth, Biden had effectively placed an ad in The New York Times, asking them to call.”
First, I am not sure if that is more or less crass than if someone else relayed the story or if the Vice President himself did it. Second, I do not believe that exact quote ever escaped the mouth of Beau Biden. I could see “Dad, you should run. You must run.” But not “The White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.”
I mean, really?
When this story first came out back in August, I chucked that quote up to a hyperbolic fabrication or paraphrase on the part of Maureen Dowd, because she is known for that. But if Vice President Biden was the source of the story and quote, whoa boy. That means those words are Joe Biden’s creation. And that tells us that he is running and he is going to go extremely negative on Hillary.
And that will be a devastating end to his career.
If this whole story is true in the first place.
When your campaign has to continually assert that you haven’t dropped out, it is a bad sign. That’s where Rand Paul is right now, as he tries to assure donors that he is still running for the GOP nomination… “but also, by the way… donate to my Senatorial campaign, because that is the real campaign.” That’s a paraphrase.
If you have been following anything related to funding public schools in Delaware, you probably know that the system is severely broken and there are major changes being talked about. The Wilmington Education Improvement Commission is talking about needs-based funding (or weighted-student funding) and reallocation of the existing money in the system. Others are talking about changes to the equalization funding formula that’s been frozen for about 20 years. Some are talking about property reassessment. So who’s right? The short answer is: everyone, partially.
Mrs. Harper, the mother of the killer, stockpiled firearms because she feared stricter gun laws. She shared an apartment with her son. She was aware that he had mental problems, but chose to stockpile guns in her home because she feared the Obama administration was going to pass laws making it more difficult to get guns. She would seek the least restrictive gun ranges to take her son so the two of them could shoot as they desired, even while knowing her son had problems. She had purchased several guns just weeks before her son killed nine innocent people.
I want that woman arrested on 9 counts of conspiracy to commit murder.
The Progressive Democrats for Delaware have two interesting panels/meetings coming up. First, this Wednesday at 7 pm at the Del Dem HQ in New Castle, there will be an Education Panel Discussion featuring Mike Matthews, Kevin Ohlandt, Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman, John M. Young, Vicki Bloss Seifred and Brian Stephan. The discussion will cover the huge issue of our state education policy: what’s being done, and what should be done.
Come November 4, the PDD will have a meeting that will feature a presentation on Citizens United led by Judith A. Butler. Attending the meeting in perhaps their first joint appearance as primary opponents will be Democratic candidates for Congress, Rep. Bryon Short and Sen. Bryan Townsend, both prime sponsors of SCR 6, calling for an Article V Convention to Amendment the U S Constitution concerning Citizens United. Since it is an issue on which they agree, I am not sure there will be much fireworks, but still, the PDD did a great job in getting both candidates together for this presentation.
Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne, Jr. calls out Republicans for their shameless pandering to the gun industry and commends President Obama for “politicizing” the latest mass shootings:
President Obama spoke some of the most important words of his tenure last week in response to the mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. “This is something we should politicize,” the president said. “It is relevant to our common life together, to the body politic.”
This is something we should politicize. His statement was remarkable for violating the etiquette as to what a leader should say after another slaughter by a deranged gunman and the conventional wisdom about how politicians have to pretend that they are not engaged in politics.
But Obama was forcing us to face reality. It’s politics that has rendered our nation powerless in the face of butchery. There have been at least 142 school shootings since the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, according to Everytown for Gun Safety, and Congress has done nothing. It’s politics, as Obama said, that makes the U.S. “the only advanced country on Earth that sees these kinds of mass shootings every few months,” and politics that leads our learned legislators to pass laws barring the government from “even collecting data on how we could potentially reduce gun deaths.”
…”Politicize” is the right word for another reason: We will not act until politicians start losing elections for opposing even the most modest gun safety measure. We will not act unless political parties that block action lose their majorities. Yes, I am talking about a Republican Party that has completely aligned itself with the interests of gun manufacturers and gun fanatics.
Dionne cites “the conclusion of a study released in August by National Journal: “The states that impose the most restrictions on gun users also have the lowest rates of gun-related deaths, while states with fewer regulations typically have a much higher death rate from guns.” Dionne adds, “State laws could be even more effective if they were matched by federal laws that made it harder for guns to get into the wrong hands.” Here is that chart. It is huge, so I can’t really post it here to fit the page and at the same time have you read it. So go click on that link.
Robert Reich’s list of everything that is STILL wrong with the Trans Pacific Partnership are the very reasons Tom Caper and Chris Coons love it so fucking much.