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Does Mark Cuban Speak for Most Trump Supporters?

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

The spectacular production which has been Donald Trump’s campaign for president has prompted no shortage of commentary. Supporters tout his unconventional rhetoric and willingness to address third-rail political issues like immigration as a refreshing change from politics-as-usual. Add Mark Cuban to that list. The billionaire, who has in other contexts been a rival of Trump’s, […]

Dempsey on ‘at Least Five Other Malign Activities’ That Raise Concern on Iran Deal

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Gen. Martin Dempsey is soon stepping down as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and was candid with the Senate Armed Services Committee today about the nuclear deal and threats that remain with Iran. Dempsey was sitting next to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, and Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, […]

Hillary: Planned Parenthood Videos ‘Obviously… Disturbing’

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Hillary Clinton called the undercover videos of Planned Parenthood brokering aborted body parts “disturbing,” but the Republican National Committee pounced on her remarks as too little, too late. Clinton told the New Hampshire Union-Leader that she’s “seen pictures” from the videos “and obviously find them disturbing.” “Planned Parenthood is answering questions and will continue to […]

Cotton Stands by Characterization of John Kerry as Pontius Pilate

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) is standing by his comparison of Secretary of State John Kerry to Pontius Pilate. Cotton originally made the comments last week on MSNBC. “So John Kerry acted like Pontius Pilate,” he said. “He washed his hands, kicked it to the IAEA, knowing that Congress would not get this information unless someone […]

Harf: The More We Tell People About Iran Deal, ‘The More They Like It’

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

State Department senior advisor Marie Harf said the administration is confident that polls will swing in their favor on the Iran deal because “when the questions are asked, the more information you give people about the deal, the more they like it.” “And I think that that’s an important trajectory that we certainly find heartening […]

Congresswoman Ignores Planned Parenthood, But Outraged Over Shot Lion

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Democrat Congresswoman Betty McCollum, who serves the St. Paul area in Minnesota, responded promptly to news that a local dentist shot a popular lion in Zimbabwe. From MPR News: “To bait and kill a threatened animal, like this African lion, for sport cannot be called hunting, but rather a disgraceful display of callous cruelty,” McCollum […]

Left Arguing Over How Many More Entry-Level Jobs to Destroy

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Ho-hum; another day, another “minimum wage” argument, as if there were a giant pot of money hidden away somewhere that could be tapped in the name of “fairness.”  Isn’t there? Democrats are divided on how much to lift the nation’s minimum wage, an issue that has long united the party. Presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) […]

Unhappy McConnell Dresses Down Fractious GOP Senators, Then Fobs Them Off

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

Mighty Mitch, having bamboozled not only Kentuckians but the entire nation into returning him as Senate majority “leader,” is displeased with his caucus: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell got his hands on something he believed to be damning: An email from Sen. Mike Lee’s aide to conservative activists plotting to use an Obamacare vote as […]

GOP Congressman Files Motion to Oust John Boehner as House Speaker

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

In a move that has reportedly taken Republican leaders completely by surprise, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) late Tuesday afternoon filed a motion to try to force Speaker John Boehner from his leadership post. Meadows was one of four conservative House Republicans  disciplined by Boehner in June for “voting against the party” on trade legislation. At the time, when […]

WATCH: Kerry Won’t Commit to Following Law If Congress Tosses Iran Deal

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Pressed by a senior House Democrat at today’s Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran deal, Secretary of State John Kerry would not commit the Obama administration to following the law if Congress shoots down the deal by a veto-proof majority. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.) noted that the deal “might be, at most, morally binding […]

Kerry Explains Why Iran Deal Isn’t a Treaty: Because You Guys Would’ve Said No!

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Secretary of State John Kerry acknowledged to the House Foreign Affairs Committee today why the administration was insistent that the Iran nuclear deal is not a treaty subject to ratification by the Senate. Simply put, they counted on Congress not being compliant enough. “For 228 years the Constitution provided a way out of that mess […]

Kerry: No ‘Plan By Iran to Actually Destroy Us,’ But They Do Chant ‘Death to America’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Secretary of State John Kerry said at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear deal today that he’s not aware of any Iranian plans to destroy the United States, but he has heard the mullahs call for America to die. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas), who chairs the Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade Subcommittee, […]

WATCH: OH Democrat Blasts Planned Parenthood Following Latest Sting Video

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

State and federal officials in Ohio gathered at the Statehouse in Columbus today to announce their plan to defund and investigate Planned Parenthood in the wake of the latest and most gruesome sting video. At the rally, state Rep. Bill Patmon, a Cleveland Democrat, announced that he is co-sponsoring new legislation that will “cut off […]

In Spanish, Jeb Tells Telemundo About Immigration Plans and His ‘Very Hispanic’ Household

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Jeb Bush went on Telemundo for his first Spanish-language interview as a presidential candidate, telling anchor José Díaz-Balart that coming to the United States legally “has to be easier than coming here illegally.” “For the 11 million people [here illegally], they must come out of the shadows, receive a work visa, start paying taxes and […]

White House Gives Chilly Reception to ‘Pardon Snowden’ Petition

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The White House has responded to a petition asking that NSA leaker Edward Snowden be pardoned. The short answer: Sorry. Snowden, 32, is still living in Russia, and has been seeking asylum in Switzerland. “Edward Snowden is a national hero and should be immediately issued a a full, free, and absolute pardon for any crimes […]

Gun-Control Senators Ask Dealers to Voluntarily Toughen Background Checks

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Unable to move legislation through the last Congress — with a Senate Democratic majority — or this one, gun-control advocates in the upper-chamber have a two-pronged strategy to get stricter regulations. First, Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and 11 of their colleagues are asking gun dealers to refuse to sell a firearm to […]

In Defense of Huckabee

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Arnold Steinberg

GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee landed in hot water recently when he had this to say about the Iran deal: This president’s foreign policy is the most feckless in American history. He is so naïve that he would trust the Iranians, and he will take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of […]

DNC Seizes on Trump Lawyer Saying ‘You Can’t Rape Your Spouse’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Democratic National Committee has seized on comments made by one of Donald Trump’s lawyers that spousal rape does not exist. Michael Cohen, who in addition to being special counsel to Trump and an executive vice president at The Trump Organization has made many media appearances on behalf of the candidate, was contacted by The […]

Obama: ‘If I Ran’ for President Again, ‘I Could Win’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

In an address to the people of Africa from Ethiopia today, President Obama said that he could win if he took another shot at the White House. But he acknowledged he can’t, as he brought up African leaders who just decide to stay when their terms are through. Obama said the United States is not […]

Single-Family Zoning Racist? Seattle Thinks So

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

As a recently elected city council member, I find many aspects of municipal government unseemly. One such area is zoning, the practice of restricting what can be built on certain parcels of land in order to fulfill a political vision of what-oughta-be. While I understand concerns about depreciation or health hazards if one suddenly finds […]

Lawmakers to Kerry: Yank Visas for Diplomats’ Spouses from Countries that Don’t Allow Gay State Dept. Spouses

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

One hundred and twenty-five members of Congress asked Secretary of State John Kerry in a letter Monday to deny visas to diplomats’ spouses if the envoys come from a country that doesn’t recognize same-sex spouses of State Department personnel. House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and House Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Nita […]

#BringBackOurRebels: Obama’s 50-Man ‘Vetted Moderate’ Syrian Rebel Army Vanishes After Training in Turkey

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Patrick Poole

If you thought the farce of American foreign policy under the Obama administration couldn’t get any worse, you need to revise your expectations. Earlier this month Defense Secretary Ashton Carter briefed Congress on the $500 million program to train “vetted moderate” Syrian rebels to fight the Islamic State. CNN reported: The United States has only […]

Trump Bows Out of NH GOP Forum

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Debra Heine

A total of 14 candidates are slated to participate in the “Voters First Republican Presidential Forum” in New Hampshire on Monday Aug. 3, but Republican frontrunner Donald Trump will not be one of them. The Donald decided to bow out of the forum following a sarcastic editorial that was published in the New Hampshire Union Leader last week. […]

VIDEO: Boehner Weeps During Golf Channel Interview

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

The Gold Channel episode of David Feherty’s journey up to Capitol Hill doesn’t run until Aug. 3, but the preview of the interview with House Speaker John Boehner shows the Ohio Republican doing what he does best. Boehner has shed tears each time he’s taken the gavel at the beginning of a new Congress. His […]

Hillary’s Plan to Fight ‘One of the Most Urgent Threats of Our Time’

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Declaring that the “reality of climate change is unforgiving — no matter what the deniers say,” Hillary Clinton unveiled a climate agenda Monday that industry critics immediately branded an “energy poverty agenda.” “I know there are still people who would rather not hear this.  Some deny climate change exists at all.  Others throw up their […]

In Praise of the Market Economy

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Paul Hsieh, M.D.

While in Los Angeles for a recent vacation trip, I had the pleasure of walking (!) around the streets of West L.A. I love the feel of a bustling shopping district. I know it’s fashionable to decry the shallowness and materialism of American consumer culture. On the other hand, I prefer a more positive “glass […]

‘Clear Politicization’ of U.S. Human Trafficking Rankings as Cuba, Malaysia Get Unwarranted Upgrades

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and other lawmakers blasted the Obama administration for improving the rankings of Cuba and Malaysia on this year’s State Department human trafficking report for political reasons. Cuba has been Tier 3 — the worst ranking — since the State Department began issuing the report in 2003. Nearly 200 lawmakers lobbied the […]

Obama Calls Huckabee Holocaust Comment ‘Ridiculous If It Weren’t So Sad’

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

President Obama ripped former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee as “ridiculous” and “sad” after the GOP presidential candidate accused the commander in chief of setting up Jews for the next Holocaust. Huckabee told Breitbart News that by cutting this deal with Iran, Obama “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.” […]

These Former Dem Senate and House Members are Whipping Their Old Colleagues Against Iran Deal

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

You may be seeing a lot of promoted tweets and ads — and more to come — from Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran, whipping against the Iran nuclear deal. Meet the advisory board for 501(c)(4) CNFI: all former congressional Democrats now lobbying their old colleagues to vote against a bad deal. There’s former two-term […]

Obama Compares Confederate Flag to Domestic Violence as a ‘Bad Tradition’

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Addressing an arena of Kenyans on Sunday, President Obama compared the Confederate flag to domestic violence as something that may be a tradition but is better left in the past. “Every country and every culture has traditions that are unique and help make that country what it is. But just because something is a part […]

Dowager Empress of Chappaqua’s ‘Campaign’ Gets More Bad Polling News

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Michael Walsh

The betting windows are now open: Hillary! Clinton’s Last Day As a Presidential Candidate. Get your markers down: Recent surveys suggest that Hillary Clinton may be more reliant on the non-white vote in November 2016 than you might have assumed. A poll released Sunday from NBC/Marist reinforces one from last week by Quinnipiac University that found […]

Jesse Ventura Won, Trump Can Too, Says Democrat

Monday, July 27th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

The Trump phenomenon has been viewed through a particular lens in Minnesota. Voters in the North Star State still remember the unusual third-party gubernatorial victory of Jesse Ventura. Like Trump, Ventura captured the public’s imagination by flouting convention and dispensing with political niceties. During his 1998 campaign, he called critics names and made grandiose claims. Ventura […]

Alexander After Latest Cruz Clash: Should’ve Learned to Play by the Rules in Kindergarten

Sunday, July 26th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

In Sunday session, the rift between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) widened as amendment votes were shot down and Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) gave the junior senator from Texas a lecture on Senate civility rules. On Friday, Cruz accused McConnell of lying, saying that the leader told him there […]

Al-Shabaab Bombs Hotel While in Nairobi Obama Gives Kenyans Tips for Combating Terrorism

Sunday, July 26th, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

In what locals are calling the biggest explosion to ever rock Mogadishu, Al-Shabaab struck a hotel in the Somali capital Sunday during President Obama’s visit to neighboring Kenya. A suicide bomber rammed the gate of the Jazeera Palace Hotel, shearing the side off the six-story building in the explosion. The hotel is near the United […]

Huckabee: Obama Marching Israel to the ‘Door of the Oven’

Sunday, July 26th, 2015 - by Rick Moran

The also-rans in the GOP presidential nomination fight are getting a little desperate. Donald Trump is not only grabbing all the headlines and airtime, he’s also sucking the air out of the race, starving all but two or three top candidates. The rest of the pack have taken to trying to be outrageous as possible […]