I don’t think Edward Snowden deserves the death penalty or life in prison. I think that’s inappropriate. And I think that’s why he fled, because that’s what he faced.Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) • Defending Edward Snowden on ABC News’ This Week. “Do I think that it’s okay to leak secrets and give up national secrets and things that could endanger lives? I don’t think that’s okay, either,” he noted. “But I think the courts are now saying that what he revealed was something the government was doing was illegal.” His statement comes after The New York Times and The Guardian each called for Snowden to receive clemency for his whistleblower role, but stands in contrast to former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano’s feeling on the matter. ”From where I sit today, I would not put clemency on the table at all,” she said.
I don’t know it was an exhaustive investigation. That al-Qaeda was not involved. There was some level of preplanning, we know that. There was aspiration to conduct an attack by al-Qaeda and their affiliates in Libya. We know that.Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) • Pushing back on yesterday’s New York Times investigation on Benghazi, which suggested the GOP-driven narrative on the 2012 attack was off base. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA)—who has led a number of hearings about the attacks—was a little more accepting of NYT reporter David Kirkpatrick’s work, but disputed the claim that a anti-Islam video sparked the terror attack and stood by al-Qaeda ties. Kirkpatrick spent a month covering this story.
They are not fighting for conservative principles. They are not fighting for conservative policy. They are fighting to expand their lists, raise more money and grow their organizations, and they are using you to do it. It’s ridiculous.House Speaker John Boehner • Speaking to House rank-and-files in a behind-closed-door meeting earlier this week. It’s one of Boehner’s harshest attacks on the far right, and one the groups very much disagree with.
(Florida Congressman Trey Radel and) rising Tea Party star was caught in a coke bust. Apparently he forgot the part of the Tea Party story where you dump the product in the harbor before the cops show up.
Personally, I hated to lose a Congressman who was so fiscally conservative that I’m sure he snorted his blow through a one dollar bill. And so committed to family values, folks, that he actually voted to drug test people who received food stamps. He’s not a hypocrite, because he doesn’t get food stamps from the government.
Just his paycheck.
STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report (via inothernews)
Trey must’ve known the food stamp criticism was coming, because during a press conference that was held after the Colbert taping, he announced a leave of absence—and that he was donating his salary to charity until he came back.