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The Deadly Dongle

July 31st, 2014 - 2:09 pm

This USB hole has got to be the scariest computer security threat to come along since maybe ever:

Nohl and Lell, researchers for the security consultancy SR Labs, are hardly the first to point out that USB devices can store and spread malware. But the two hackers didn’t merely copy their own custom-coded infections into USB devices’ memory. They spent months reverse engineering the firmware that runs the basic communication functions of USB devices—the controller chips that allow the devices to communicate with a PC and let users move files on and off of them. Their central finding is that USB firmware, which exists in varying forms in all USB devices, can be reprogrammed to hide attack code. “You can give it to your IT security people, they scan it, delete some files, and give it back to you telling you it’s ‘clean,’” says Nohl. But unless the IT guy has the reverse engineering skills to find and analyze that firmware, “the cleaning process doesn’t even touch the files we’re talking about.”

The problem isn’t limited to thumb drives. All manner of USB devices from keyboards and mice to smartphones have firmware that can be reprogrammed—in addition to USB memory sticks, Nohl and Lell say they’ve also tested their attack on an Android handset plugged into a PC. And once a BadUSB-infected device is connected to a computer, Nohl and Lell describe a grab bag of evil tricks it can play. It can, for example, replace software being installed with with a corrupted or backdoored version. It can even impersonate a USB keyboard to suddenly start typing commands. “It can do whatever you can do with a keyboard, which is basically everything a computer does,” says Nohl.

The malware can silently hijack internet traffic too, changing a computer’s DNS settings to siphon traffic to any servers it pleases. Or if the code is planted on a phone or another device with an internet connection, it can act as a man-in-the-middle, secretly spying on communications as it relays them from the victim’s machine.

I’ve always behaved as though if anyone can get physical hold of my computer or device, they can crack it. I behave that way because it’s true. But this new threat can be piggybacked into any USB device, opening up avenues that were only open before if someone got physical hold of your stuff.

My advice? Don’t borrow any wired keyboard or mice. And if you use an Android phone or tablet, charge it on a wall charger, period — don’t plug it into your Windows or Mac computer.

Required Reading

July 31st, 2014 - 1:29 pm

Speaking of the devolution of the Arab world, Christopher Hill calls it “the end of the Arab state.” Read:

In a region where crises seem to be the norm, the Middle East’s latest cycle of violence suggests that something bigger is afoot: the beginning of the dissolution of the Arab nation-state, reflected in the growing fragmentation of Sunni Arabia.

CommentsView/Create comment on this paragraphStates in the Middle East are becoming weaker than ever, as traditional authorities, whether aging monarchs or secular authoritarians, seem increasingly incapable of taking care of their restive publics. As state authority weakens, tribal and sectarian allegiances strengthen.

CommentsView/Create comment on this paragraphWhat does it mean today to be Iraqi, Syrian, Yemeni, or Lebanese? Any meaningful identification seems to require a compound name – Sunni Iraqi, Alawite Syrian, and so forth. As such examples suggest, political identity has shifted to something less civil and more primordial.

In all fairness to the Arabs, false Franco-British constructs acting the part of nations didn’t do anything to help Arabs build a sense of nationality.

Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day

July 31st, 2014 - 10:26 am

JARRETT

Valerie Jarrett is pimping for those new wards of the state, our health insurance companies:

Newly released emails show a key White House adviser intervened on behalf of the health insurance industry after an executive repeatedly warned that massive premium hikes were coming unless the administration expanded an ObamaCare program that Republicans call an industry “bailout.”

The insurance industry ultimately got a more “generous” offer from the administration — one that Republicans warn could transfer potentially billions of taxpayer dollars into the Affordable Care Act to bail out insurance companies.

These shenanigans come as no surprise. As I warned a few months ago, ♡bamaCare!!! makes it politically impossible to allow a health insurance company to go bankrupt.

Call it “too connected to fail.”

Sign “O” the Times

July 31st, 2014 - 9:41 am

Veteran bond trader Dan Fuss is getting worried:

“I’m looking at the risks around the world and I’m looking at the direction they are going and I’m saying ‘this is really truly not good,’” Fuss said. “And then I’m looking at the markets and I’m saying ‘this is really truly full valuation.’ And so what’s the prudent thing to do? Well the prudent thing to do in the case of the Loomis Sayles Bond Fund is to say, ‘okay let’s get that liquid reserve up.’”

The rising prices on credit have pushed yields sharply lower on all sorts of debt, making it more difficult for investors to find securities that provide substantial income. Bond yields across the world have been hitting record lows, from U.S. junk bonds to German government debt. The silver lining for investors is that when the market is this expensive, you don’t lose as much by sitting out a round, says Fuss.

“I think it is a very good time to be cautious,” he said. “You have growing geopolitical risks and you have shrinking incentives to invest.”

I’d have added emphasis to those last four words, but would you really need it?

The Shape of the Moon

July 31st, 2014 - 8:34 am

MOON

It’s not what you think:

A paper published in the July 30 issue of Nature by Ian Garrick-Bethell – an assistant professor of Earth and planetary sciences at University of California Santa Cruz – examines the shape of the Moon as it would be had not millions of meteorite collisions knocked chunks off it, and ponders how it got that way.

“If you imagine spinning a water balloon, it will start to flatten at the poles and bulge at the equator,” Garrick-Bethell said. “On top of that you have tides due to the gravitational pull of the Earth, and that creates sort of a lemon shape with the long axis of the lemon pointing at the Earth.”

The Moon formed about four billion years ago and was initially much closer to Earth, and spinning rather more than it does today. As the Moon cooled and hardened, the effects of tidal forces exerted by Earth froze the surface into a slightly elongated shape with a bulge pointing towards Earth and a corresponding bump on the other side.

I think she’s just as rotational and spherical as she was at two billion.

Kindle and Price Elasticity

July 31st, 2014 - 7:27 am

BEZOS

Amazon posted an explanation of the economics behind their row with book publisher Hachette:

It’s also important to understand that e-books are highly price-elastic. This means that when the price goes up, customers buy much less. We’ve quantified the price elasticity of e-books from repeated measurements across many titles. For every copy an e-book would sell at $14.99, it would sell 1.74 copies if priced at $9.99. So, for example, if customers would buy 100,000 copies of a particular e-book at $14.99, then customers would buy 174,000 copies of that same e-book at $9.99. Total revenue at $14.99 would be $1,499,000. Total revenue at $9.99 is $1,738,000.

The important thing to note here is that at the lower price, total revenue increases 16%. This is good for all the parties involved.

Of course. This is Econ 101 stuff, and it’s deeply weird that Amazon should have to explain it to a profitable publisher. And a wider audience for a writer gives him better luck of having another hit with his next book, too.

More interesting was this last bit:

One more note on our proposal for how the total revenue should be shared. While we believe 35% should go to the author and 35% to Hachette, the way this would actually work is that we would send 70% of the total revenue to Hachette, and they would decide how much to share with the author. We believe Hachette is sharing too small a portion with the author today, but ultimately that is not our call.

Message to authors: Go indie and cut out the greedy and ignorant middleman.

Palestinian on Palestinian Violence

July 31st, 2014 - 6:13 am

It seems some of our comrades in Gaza weren’t showing enough revolutionary zeal:

Over the past few days, Hamas has executed more than 30 civilians from various parts of the Gaza Strip which it suspected of collaborating with Israel, unidentified Palestinian security sources told the Palestine Press News Agency.

Hamas claimed it had detected alleged “spies” in the area of Shejaia and said that they were executed after an investigation into some of them. Such investigations reportedly revealed weapons and communication devices in the possession of the “spies.”

In the past Palestinian sources have quoted Hamas’ armed wing, Ezaddin al-Qassam as saying that it has used agents in civilian clothes to monitor the movement of suspected informants.

Of course, that’s really just a small part of how Hamas misgoverns the Gaza Strip, not to mention what they’d do to the Israelis if they could.

Groupthink vs the Scientific Method

July 31st, 2014 - 5:12 am

Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day

July 30th, 2014 - 1:24 pm

Ben Domenech reports that the CBO has been cooking the books on ♡bamaCare!!! cost projections:

Here’s a link to all of CBO’s long term outlook reports. The 2014 long-term outlook included a little-noticed section labeled “Changes in Assumptions Incorporated in the Extended Alternative Fiscal Scenario” on page 117-8 of Appendix B of its report. It reads (emphasis added):

“Under its extended alternative fiscal scenario last year, CBO assumed that lawmakers would not allow various restraints on the growth of Medicare costs and health insurance subsidies to exert their full effect after the first 10 years of the projection period. However, this year, after reassessing the uncertainties involved, CBO no longer projects whether or when those restraints might wane. Instead, for those elements of the alternative fiscal scenario, there are now no differences from the extended baseline. For both, CBO projects that growth rates for Medicare costs will move linearly over 15 years (from 2024 to 2039) to the underlying rate that the agency has projected and that the exchange subsidies will do the same. (One exception to that new approach, though, concerns Medicare’s payment rates for physicians’ services. This year, as in previous years, projected spending under the alternative fiscal scenario reflects the assumption that those payment rates would be held constant at current levels rather than being cut by about a quarter at the beginning of 2015, as scheduled under current law.)”

Beyond that brief mention of the change in its assumptions, there is no other discussion of the rationale behind the exchange subsidy provision. How significant was this unnoticed change in CBO’s assumptions? According to a health care aide on Capitol Hill who has closely followed the scorekeeping of the law, analysis of the CBO data suggests that over the 75-year period, this change in assumptions lowers projected spending by about $6.2 trillion.

This is a pretty big change, to say the least, particularly one for which the CBO hasn’t given any justification at all.

Since when do government agencies have to justify their work?

Salon Goes Crazy

July 30th, 2014 - 12:17 pm

CRAZY

You’d be forgiven if you thought the headline came from the pitch-perfect parodists at @Salondotcom on Twitter — but no, it’s “real.”

Rather than argue against such silliness, I’ll simply remind you that in order to squash dissent, the Soviets used to declare non-lefties insane, then throw them into abusive mental institutions.

The methods change, become more humane even, but the intention remains the same: Remove those who disagree from the public debate.

The Power of Social Proof

July 30th, 2014 - 11:45 am

Why did Bill Whittle cross the road?

To prove something about the other side.

Here We Go Again

July 30th, 2014 - 10:31 am

Chart of Doom

It might be time soon for the bears to come out and play:

John Hussman is going where few market watchers are willing to venture: He’s calling the current trading environment a full-fledged bubble, one that is inflating to extreme proportions.

“Make no mistake – this is an equity bubble, and a highly advanced one,” the bearish portfolio manager wrote in his weekly commentary. “On the most historically reliable measures, it is easily beyond 1972 and 1987, beyond 1929 and 2007, and is now within about 15% of the 2000 extreme.”

The main difference between now and 2000, he says, is that bubble was “strikingly obvious in technology.” This one, he contends, is spread across many sectors. “That makes valuations for most stocks actually worse than in 2000,” he says.

How much money can we print and borrow, anyway?

You can’t make this stuff up:

A New York man who was sentenced to at least 15 years in prison for murder had his conviction overturned because his mother was forced to wait outside a courtroom during jury selection.

Daniel Floyd, 23, was tried and convicted for fatally shooting a rival during a dice game. The conviction was tossed on April 25, 2013, because Floyd’s lawyer complained that his client’s mother couldn’t find a seat in a courtroom that was packed with potential jurors, the New York Post reported.

“Defense counsel observed, ‘Certainly, as a public spectator, she has an absolute right to be present,’ ” the decision said. “This violation … requires a new trial.”

Insanity.

Roving My Life Away

July 30th, 2014 - 8:12 am

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The Opportunity Mars Rover has just broken the record for most miles driven by any other-planet vehicle. But there’s kind of a catch — after ten years of off-roading on the Red Planet, Opportunity has gone a total of just 25.01 miles.

But that’s not bad for a rover that was only meant to last for 90 days while traveling maybe two-thirds of a mile.

News You Can Use

July 30th, 2014 - 7:25 am

Satellite of Love

You know you’re not supposed to… wait — WHAT?

Sign “O” the Times

July 30th, 2014 - 6:32 am

Welcome to Deadbeat Nation:

More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.

These consumers fall behind on credit cards or hospital bills. Their mortgages, auto loans or student debt pile up, unpaid. Even past-due gym membership fees or cellphone contracts can end up with a collection agency, potentially hurting credit scores and job prospects, said Caroline Ratcliffe, a senior fellow at the Washington-based think tank.

“Roughly, every third person you pass on the street is going to have debt in collections,” Ratcliffe said. “It can tip employers’ hiring decisions, or whether or not you get that apartment.”

Remember, this is the level of indebtedness of a third of the nation as we enter our sixth year of recovery.

Required Listening

July 30th, 2014 - 5:57 am

Ed Driscoll interviews Andrew McCarthy, author of Faithless Execution: Building the Political Case for Obama’s Impeachment.

It’s an interesting concept, and not just because impeachment is so rare. More than that, it’s important to establish the political narrative of this Administration’s historical lawlessness. But as a political move of course it simply can’t happen, not without a supermajority in the Senate and a substantial drop from the apparent bottom of Obama’s domestic political support.

Otherwise, impeachment appears to be little more than hyperpartisan lunacy, no matter how substantial the case against the President.

Putin’s Next Move

July 30th, 2014 - 5:11 am

Putin-chess

What to do after apparent Ukrainian Army successes against the pro-Russian rebels and the threat of serious EU sanction? Alec Luhn reports:

“He was the first to distance himself from the rebels, and the fact he said he is ready to put pressure on them is really a gesture,” Pavlovsky says. “We don’t know whether it will be fulfilled, but he’s showing he wants a diplomatic solution to the conflict.” Now Ukraine and the West must make concessions of their own to show they want to negotiate and allow Putin to compromise without losing face, Pavlovsky argues.

But those close to the Kremlin, such as Sergei Markov, the deputy head of Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, don’t see Putin as compromising right now or in the future. Putin will continue his current strategy of helping the rebels, and not only out of fear for his approval rating, Markov says.

“Putin is not afraid to make harsh decisions,” Markov said. “More important for him than his rating is that he really thinks that the U.S. goal [in the Ukraine crisis] is to make Ukraine anti-Russian and start a war between Ukraine and Russia, engineer a coup, and bring to power its puppets, who will destroy Russia.”

The problem with predicting Putin’s reactions is that he seems to view an EU-oritented Ukraine as an existential threat. What might seem trivial to us might loom large in his mind, or vice versa. A Newsweek story from last week showed that Putin lives and works in a bubble, which only adds to the potential for blunders. So while I would expect him to back down after MH17, then crank things up again after passions have cooled… really, who knows? He might decide to throw the dice and get right back up in our faces.

New sanctions — this time targeting entire industrial sectors instead of just individual businesses — are reportedly on the way, which is the step that was impossible before MH17. Putin’s trick for now is to cooperate enough to avoid the worst sanctions, without letting the rebels get completely snuffed out. Unless, that is, the new sanctions turn out to be as laughable as the old sanctions. Europe has something of a history of announcing bold new moves in public while continuing to conduct business as usual in private. France for example has threatened to halt the sale of perhaps one of the two Mistral-class helicopter carriers it’s selling to Moscow, but hasn’t actually done anything about it. Here’s how far the EU is willing to go after MH17:

In Brussels, diplomats said ambassadors from the 28-member European bloc agreed to restrictions on trade of equipment for the oil and defense sectors, and “dual use” technology with both defense and civilian purposes. Russia’s state run banks would be barred from raising funds in European capital markets. The measures would be reviewed in three months.

Just three months? That sure doesn’t look like Europe has suddenly developed an overabundance of spine. What that looks like to me is if Putin and his rebels cooperate enough for appearances sake, the sanctions could be lifted before the real cold sets in and Europe and Ukraine start shivering for Russia’s energy exports.

Even without sanctions, we have the power to bring down his regime or at least deal it a series of body blows, simply by getting serious about fracking and fully legalizing oil exports. As Will Collier noted a few years ago on this site, George W. Bush collapsed oil prices simply by announcing an increase in offshore drilling during a price spike. President Obama has it in his power to do something similar, but undercutting Putin in that way (not to mention cheap gas for you and me) would alienate his party’s green base.

So if Putin is held hostage by domestic politics, so is Obama — and we know which one of them is the wilier player.

Thought for the Day

July 29th, 2014 - 5:44 pm

Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeenius.

“The Debt Bomb Ticks On”

July 29th, 2014 - 2:01 pm

YOUR TAX DOLLARS AST WORK

From USA Today’s editorial page:

hese debt levels will be driven by the benefit programs that account for more than three-fifths of federal spending. The annual trustees’ reports on Social Security and Medicare, released Monday, shows spending on those two programs continuing to soar as Baby Boomers retire.

Public trustee Charles Blahous warned that the ongoing refusal to fix Social Security means the program’s troubles are already worse than when the program was last bailed out, in 1983. Blahous said fixing Social Security’s shortfall would require either a 21% increase in payroll taxes or a 16.5% benefits cut for all beneficiaries, including current retirees.

Sorry, young people — but old people vote, and the vote for people who will be more than happy to raise your taxes to buy those votes.

OIL FOR BLOOD

Keith Johnson reports for Foreign Policy:

The militants who have conquered broad swaths of Iraq and Syria are turning to good old-fashioned crime — oil smuggling, in this case — to underwrite its main line of work. The money it can earn from illicit oil sales further bolsters the group’s status as one of the richest self-funded terrorist outfits in the world, dependent not on foreign governments for financial support but on the money its reaped from kidnappings and bank robberies. The group has also managed to steal expensive weaponry that the United States had left for the Iraqi military, freeing it from the need to spend its own money to buy such armaments.

But even the millions of dollars a day that the Islamic State seems to be raking in by trucking stolen oil across porous borders is not enough to meet the hefty obligations created by the group’s own headlong expansion. Taking over big chunks of territory, as in eastern Syria and in northern Iraq, could also leave it forced to take on the sorts of expensive obligations — such as paying salaries, collecting the trash, and keeping the lights on — usually reserved for governments.

The IS/Caliphate certainly faces growing pains in the months and years ahead, assuming it doesn’t collapse under the weight of its own rapid expansion. That said, Iraqis might put up with reduced services, provided the trade-off is for a cleaner government with less corruption. Such as usually been the promise of radical Islamist leaders, and they’ve usually delivered — if only long enough to entrench themselves.

In the meantime, the IS/Caliphate seems to have enough cash coming in to support their current objectives, which are to take Baghdad and to conquer even more oil-rich lands.

The Big Lie

July 29th, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Washington is going to save you $150,000,000,000 a year! That’s right, $150 billion dollars! Here’s how:

Failing to adequately reduce the carbon pollution that contributes to climate change could cost the United States economy $150 billion a year, according to an analysis by the White House Council of Economic Advisers released on Tuesday.

The report is part of the White House’s effort to increase public support for President Obama’s climate-change agenda, chiefly an Environmental Protection Agency proposal targeting coal-fired power plants, the nation’s largest source of planet-warming pollution. The E.P.A. will hold public hearings, which are expected to be heated, on the proposal this week in Washington, Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh.

The rule could lead to the shutdown of hundreds of power plants, a decline in domestic coal production, an increase in electricity rates and a fundamental transformation of the nation’s power supply.

I don’t mean to be a spoilsport, but I have a question: What will the shutdown of hundreds of power plants, reducing coal production, increasing our electricity rates, and fundamentally transforming our power supply going to cost us?

Answer: If you have to ask

Required Reading

July 29th, 2014 - 11:25 am

David Ignatius says Secretary of State John Kerry has made a “significant mistake” in a “misconceived” and undermined our “traditional allies” in his “shortsighted” effort to pursue a “short-term deal” with Hamas. To which I ask, tell us how you really think:

Kerry’s error has been to put so much emphasis on achieving a quick halt to the bloodshed that he has solidified the role of Hamas, the intractable, unpopular Islamist group that leads Gaza, along with the two hard-line Islamist nations that are its key supporters, Qatar and Turkey. In the process, he has undercut not simply the Israelis but also the Egyptians and the Fatah movement that runs the Palestinian Authority, all of which want to see an end to Hamas rule in Gaza.

Ignatius hasn’t written a Rah Rah Israel piece, either — he also has critiques of Israel’s military and PR campaigns.

What’s left unsaid however is why Kerry would bolster Hamas at the expense of more moderate regimes in Egypt, the West Bank, and Jordan. It would seem to me to come down to either ego, ignorance, or malice. Or knowing John Kerry, all three.

Your ♡bamaCare!!! Fail of the Day

July 29th, 2014 - 10:13 am

“I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

Those, according to President Ronald Reagan, are the nine most terrifying words in the English language. Well, Barack Obama did once say he wanted to be a transformational President like Reagan was, so here he is proving Reagan right once more:

Insurance exchange customers who opt for convenience by automatically renewing their coverage for 2015 are likely to receive dated and inaccurate financial aid amounts from the government, say industry officials, advocates and other experts.

If those amounts are too low, consumers could get sticker shock over their new premiums. Too high, and they’ll owe the tax man later.

Automatic renewal was supposed to make the next open-enrollment under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul smooth for consumers.

Just remember that Obama means well.

Required Clicking

July 29th, 2014 - 9:34 am

14-Ways-Mid-Card

It’s vital to keep this stuff in mind as the media and international barrage against Israel intensifies.

NYT: Legalize It!

July 29th, 2014 - 8:22 am

The paper’s editorial board came out in favor of recreational pot, but one of their reasons might astound you:

There are no perfect answers to people’s legitimate concerns about marijuana use. But neither are there such answers about tobacco or alcohol, and we believe that on every level — health effects, the impact on society and law-and-order issues — the balance falls squarely on the side of national legalization. That will put decisions on whether to allow recreational or medicinal production and use where it belongs — at the state level.

Curious that the board doesn’t see many (any?) other problems where federalism might be the least bad solution.

Oops.

Eliana Johnson has the juicy bits:

The documents reveal the campaign’s most sensitive calculations. Much of the strategizing in the Georgia contest as is typical in southern politics, revolves around race. But the Nunn memos are incredibly unguarded. One is from Diane Feldman, a Democratic pollster and strategist who counts among her clients Minnesota senator Al Franken, South Carolina representative James Clyburn, and former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Feldman, who did not return calls seeking comment, is frank in her characterization of the demographic groups — Jews, Asians, African Americans, Latinos, and gays — that are essential to a Democratic victory. The Nunn campaign declined to comment about the document on the record.

The campaign’s finance plan draws attention to the “tremendous financial opportunity” in the Jewish community and identifies Jews as key fundraisers. It notes, however, that “Michelle’s position on Israel will largely determine the level of support here.” That’s a position she has yet to articulate, and Israel goes unmentioned on her campaign website.

Asians are also identified as key fundraisers. The community is described as “very tight,” one in which people work to “become citizens quickly.” Nunn’s strategists also say there is a “huge opportunity” to raise money from gays, bisexuals, and transgender individuals, who are described as having “substantial resources.”

Sigh, Democrats — it’s always about money with those people.

Meet Neel Kashkari

July 29th, 2014 - 6:00 am

George Will introduces you to California Governor Jerry Brown’s GOP opponent:

He relishes “turning upside down” the parties’ stereotypes. The Democratic candidate, 76-year-old Gov. Jerry Brown, is “the old white guy.” Kashkari, the 40-year-old son of Indian immigrants, was born in 1973, the year before Brown was first elected governor. Brown is a child of the establishment — his father Pat, California’s 32nd governor, was defeated in 1966 by Ronald Reagan. Jerry Brown, California’s 34th and 39th governor, is a government lifer, having been secretary of state, attorney general and Oakland’s mayor when not unsuccessfully seeking a U.S. Senate seat and the presidency (three times).

Kashkari prospered in the private sector, a place as foreign to Brown as Mongolia. Born in Ohio, Kashkari studied mechanical engineering at the University of Illinois, came to California to work in the aerospace industry, then earned an MBA from Wharton, joined Goldman Sachs and landed a Washington job with a Goldman Sachs alumnus, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson. As a treasury official during one of the most dangerous periods in America’s economic history, from July 2006 to May 2009, Kashkari says: “I saw the best in our political system.”

Will sees Kashkari as a state-level Goldwater, who in a losing race could make the GOP a future winner, like Goldwater did in ’64. To my tastes Kashkari might not be the ideal candidate, given his enthusiastic support of TARP. But the GOP desperately needs rebranding and new faces, and Kashkari could help provide both.

The Establishment Strikes Back

July 29th, 2014 - 5:07 am

SUPPORT

Details from TPM:

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is reportedly throwing support behind Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), according to the group’s national political director, Rob Engstrom.

Engstrom told the audience at a Committee of 100 meeting that the group would support Landrieu in her fight to win re-election, according to The New York Times’ Joe Nocera.

Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman Blair Latoff Holmes told TPM in an email on Monday “no decisions have been made in the LA Senate race.”

Landrieu’s major Republican challenger is Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA).

A U.S. Chamber of Commerce scorecard said Landrieu votes for pro-business legislation more often than Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), according to The Wall Street Journal.

Note that the Chamber’s scorecard tracks “pro business” votes rather than “pro free market” votes.

Big difference — and it says a lot about the Chamber.

The Most Brutal Anti-Obama Ad of the Year?

July 28th, 2014 - 2:53 pm

Left unsaid? Tennant is a Democrat.