This guy’s got the perfect foreign policy for the Victorian era. We’ve tried hiding behind two big oceans in the past. That doesn’t do you a lick of good in the fiber optic era. We live in a globalized world. International trade powers our economy. You either keep America out in front, or you don’t.Anonymous GOP Staffer • In response to recent comments from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul — specifically, his assertion that U.S. politicians “stuck in the Cold War era" like to provoke Russian President Vladimir Putin — which several analysts and commentators have suggested is just the latest proof that Paul is unfit to pursue the Oval Office in 2016. Though regularly discussed as a possible GOP nominee in 2016, many conservatives apparently believe Paul’s strict isolationist policies will be what prevents him from ever carrying a majority of the party’s support. source
I don’t expect to be in the room [nor] will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining a contraceptive. However, once a child does exist in your womb, I’m not going to assume a right to kill it just because the child’s host (some refer to them as mothers) doesn’t want it.Virginia State Sen. Steve Martin • In a public post on Martin’s Facebook page, in response to a Valentine’s Day card from the Virignia Pro-Choice Coalition, that was discovered and spotlighted by the Huffington Post on Monday afternoon. The Virginia state senator has since edited his post to say “bearer of the child” instead of “host”; however, Martin continued to defend his original wording, telling HuffPo that he “[doesn’t] see how anyone could have taken it the wrong way.” source
For several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government. It’s an important debate – one that dates back to our very founding. But when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy – when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the United States – then we are not doing right by the American people.Lotta boos after Obama said this from one side of the chamber. Claps on the other.
Some of the GOP speeches will have overlap, but there is very little coordination. Paul struggled to remember the name of McMorris Rodgers — “last name, it’s two names” — in a brief interview Monday, before adding, “I doubt that I’ll disagree with much that she has to say on anything really.”So the GOP has four State of the Union responses forthcoming tonight, and they’re so well-organized that Rand Paul, who is giving one himself, can’t remember the name of the person who’s giving the actual response to Obama. (It’s Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers.)
Michigan’s proposed solution to the virtual ghost town that is Detroit? The governor wants to give visas to 50,000 highly skilled immigrants who would move to the city and make it more awesome, or something like that.
Is there a possible carcinogen in most sodas? It’s not clear whether 4-methylimidazole (often found in the caramel coloring used in many sodas) is unsafe, but the FDA is double-checking.
The Metro-North train system in NYC had some sort of weird-ass computer problem, leading to a major delay that left people stranded for hours.
Hate revenge porn king Hunter Moore? Good news—he was just arrested on federal hacking charges.
Meet the person who will give the GOP response to Obama’s State of the Union address.
I need answers and Bob is screaming about the thousands I’m charging up in credit card debt. We are broke, have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt already, and this inaugural is killing us!Former Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell • In an email to a staffer for her husband Bob prior to the inauguration, as listed in the indictment against the former Virginia governor. The couple apparently went into office broke, which led to a cozy relationship with Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams. Williams hoped to use his friendship to boost his supplement company’s fortunes. The McDonnells, struggling financially, were apparently happy to accept his gifts. The result? Lots and lots of corruption.