Thursday, February 26, 2015
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
It seems to be a pretty strong case that Bill O'Reilly was in Dallas ... when this fellow [Mohrenschildt] committed suicide in Florida. Yet, in his book Killing Kennedy, there's a very, very dramatic scene when O'Reilly's trying to track this guy down ... [and O'Reilly] was on his doorstep, about to talk to him, and BOOM, a shot rings out and the guy commits suicide, with O'Reilly just about to get the big story out of him.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
The underlying racism in Gov. Scott Walker questioning whether or not President Obama is a Christian
“I don’t know,” Walker said in an interview at the JW Marriott hotel in Washington, where he was attending the winter meeting of the National Governors Association.The thing is, you'd be hard pressed to find a recent president who has spoken more frequently about his faith than President Obama.
Told that Obama has frequently spoken publicly about his Christian faith, Walker maintained that he was not aware of the president’s religion.
“I’ve actually never talked about it or I haven’t read about that,” Walker said, his voice calm and firm. “I’ve never asked him that,” he added.
Now six years into his presidency, 10 years into his national prominence, and 11 years after his autobiography, Dreams from my Father was released, in which he details his Christian faith explicitly, it's preposterous at this point in the game for anyone as public as Walker to deny ever, one single time, hearing that President Obama is a Christian.
Use some reverse logic for a moment: If the President of the United States is not a Christian, what is he?
Monday, February 23, 2015
Sunday, February 22, 2015
On Bush: “For Jeb it has always been, and it always will be, about what is best for him and those at the top,” Wasserman Schultz said.
She added later: ”When his brother was president, Jeb backed his plan to privatize Social Security, and in recent years he cashed in on Wall Street as Americans were hit by the financial crisis. Let’s face it, Jeb Bush is the heir to George Bush’s economic record and Mitt Romney’s corporate record.”
On New Jersey Gov Chris Christie: “Here is some blunt straight talk that he won’t like. His administration has been modeled on his true leadership style: Dysfunctional, incompetent and tainted by investigations and scandals," she said.
On Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: “Bobby Jindal is another GOP governor who has consistently put rigid partisanship and personal ambition ahead of what’s good for his state. Under his watch, Louisiana is facing a massive budget shortfall that he refuses to do anything about. No wonder polls show he is one of the least popular governors in the country," she said.
On Texas Gov. Rick Perry: “Rick Perry’s biggest liability isn’t his pathetic 2012 run or even the felony indictment hanging over his head, it is that in his 14 years as governor, two Texases emerged — One for the wealthy allies and special interests that he never fails to help out, and one for the working families and very poor who have to suffer the consequences of his policies," she said.
On Cruz: “Ted Cruz has essentially been the de facto leader of the Republican Party for more than a year now. And look how that’s turned out. Cruz is the embodiment of what is wrong with the Republican Party: Nothing but opposition and obstruction when it comes to helping middle class families," she said.
On Rubio: “Marco Rubio has shown that he’s not a leader with fresh ideas. He’s a follower with a tired Republican playbook…going so far as to run away from him own immigration plan when the party put the slightest bit of pressure on him," she said.
On Paul: “Who is this guy? Amidst the contradictory positions he takes to pander to whatever audience he is speaking to at the moment, his policies are way outside the mainstream…He is not a new type of Republican, it’s that every day he is something new," she said.
WASHINGTON — I had been keeping an open mind on Jeb Bush.
I mean, sure, as Florida governor, he helped his brother snatch the 2000 election. And that led to two decade-long botched wars that cost tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars. The nation will be dealing for a long time with struggling veterans and the loss of American prestige. Not to mention that W. let Wall Street gamble away the economy, which is only now finally creeping back.
But, all that aside, shouldn’t John Ellis Bush have the right to make the case that he is his own man?
In his foreign policy speech in Chicago on Wednesday, Jeb was dismissive toward those who want to know where he stands in relation to his father and brother. “In fact,” he said, mockingly, “this is a great, fascinating thing in the political world for some reason.”
Read more: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/02/22/opinion/sunday/maureen-dowd-jeb-bushs-brainless-trust.html?_r=0&referrer=
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
Ask Regina Peruggi, the second cousin he grew up with and married, who was "offended" when Rudy later engineered an annulment from the priest who was his best man on the grounds, strangely enough, that she was his cousin. Or ask Donna Hanover, the mother of his two children, who found out he wanted a separation when he left Gracie Mansion one morning and announced it at a televised press conference. ...
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Monday, February 16, 2015
Sunday, February 15, 2015
A number of Republican-led states are considering tax changes that in many cases would have the effect of cutting taxes on the rich and raising them on the poor.
Conservatives are known for hating taxes but particularly hate income taxes, which they say have a greater dampening effect on growth. Of the 10 or so Republican governors who have proposed tax increases, nearly all have called for increases in consumption taxes, which hit the poor and middle class harder than the rich.
Favorite targets for the new taxes include gas, e-cigarettes, and goods and services in general. Gov. Paul R. LePage of Maine, who wants to start taxing movie tickets and haircuts, is also proposing a tax break for the lowest-income families to relieve some of the pressure.
Read more at:http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/02/14/upshot/states-consider-increasing-taxes-on-poor-cutting-them-on-affluent.html?abt=0002&abg=0&_r=1&referrer=
Saturday, February 14, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Thursday, February 12, 2015
Democrats will host the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, CNN reported Thursday.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Sen. John Defrancisco will almost double his base salary with his pension when he double dips this year.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - New York State Sen. John Defrancisco, R-Syracuse, will almost double his base salary with his pension when he double dips this year, according to the final calculation from Comptroller Tom DiNapoli's office.
DeFrancisco took advantage of a loophole for certain elected officials when he filed papers to "retire" Dec. 31, then return to his same job as a state senator on Jan. 1.
He will be paid $72,672 a year from the state pension fund, a DiNapoli spokeswoman said.
That is in addition to his base salary of $79,500. DeFrancisco is also paid a stipend, nicknamed a "lulu," of $34,000 a year for serving as chairman of the Senate finance committee.
In 2014, he made $113,500 with lulus and another $10,508 for travel expenses.
If you plug his new salary and pension into last year's list of top legislators' pay, DeFrancisco would now rank third in the state with a total of $186,172.
Read more: http://www.syracuse.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/02/sen_defrancisco_will_almost_double_base_salary_with_pension_checks.html#incart_river
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Monday, February 9, 2015
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Saturday, February 7, 2015
Hillary Rodham Clinton, who won’t yet say whether she is running for president, is assembling a massive campaign team-in-waiting that outstrips anything on a Republican side that remains factionalized and focused on knocking off one another.
At this point, without so much as an announcement, she has settled on — at the least — a campaign chairman, a campaign manager, a chief strategist and lead pollster, another pollster, a lead media adviser, a communication director, a deputy communications director, a focus group director and a communications strategist.
She is also closing in on a New York City campaign headquarters and a date to make all of this official.
Some senior staff are signing on without nailing down the usual conditions of a new job, such as a salary or starting date. Recruitment is being led by White House senior adviser John Podesta and manager-designate Robby Mook, with Clinton making many of the final decisions herself.
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015
On his first day as governor of New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie promised "a new era of accountability and transparency." But five years later, local reporters and watchdog groups accuse Christie's administration of making unprecedented efforts to keep public records a secret.
Stonewalled by the Christie administration, media outlets have been forced to sue to obtain even routinely disclosed information, such as payroll data. Rather than release documents connected to the George Washington Bridge scandal, pay-to-play allegations, possible ethics violations, and the out-of-state jaunts Christie has made while weighing a run for president, Christie's office and several state agencies have waged costly court battles. As the 2016 presidential primary race draws closer, and Christie considers jumping in, his administration is fighting 23 different open-records requests in court.
"The track record is abysmal," says Jennifer Borg, general counsel for the North Jersey Media Group. Her organization, which publishes theRecord, has sued the state for public documents a half-dozen times since Christie took office. When a judge determines that the state withheld records illegally—which happens frequently—her group wins legal fees. As of September 2014, Christie's administration had paid $441,000 to North Jersey Media Group and other media outlets for records. And that doesn't count the cost of government lawyers' time.
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