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January 28, 2014
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.
21:19 // 7 months ago
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.)
20:27 // 7 months ago
16:47 // 7 months ago
January 23, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 23, 2014

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.

23:35 // 8 months ago
January 21, 2014
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.
18:34 // 8 months ago
January 20, 2014
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The Time Chris Christie Shut Down a Public Television Station That Did a Tough Story on Him

"At the time, it sounded far-fetched that a governor would care so much about being burned by state television that he’d shut it down. But then again, with the news last week, anything seems possible.”

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The Time Chris Christie Shut Down a Public Television Station That Did a Tough Story on Him

"At the time, it sounded far-fetched that a governor would care so much about being burned by state television that he’d shut it down. But then again, with the news last week, anything seems possible.”

(via quickhits)

11:42 // 8 months ago
January 8, 2014
politico:

The Republican Party’s on the hunt ahead of 2016 for younger voters — and younger megadonors.
Conservative super PACs were dealt a blow in the past nine months, when two of their biggest benefactors died, Texas billionaires Harold Simmons and Bob Perry.Combined, the two men, who were the second- and third-biggest donors behind the Adelsons in the 2012 elections, gave nearly $50 million last cycle — that’s more money than the next 10 Republican donors combined.
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That’s the problem with rich people: They don’t live forever.

politico:

The Republican Party’s on the hunt ahead of 2016 for younger voters — and younger megadonors.

Conservative super PACs were dealt a blow in the past nine months, when two of their biggest benefactors died, Texas billionaires Harold Simmons and Bob Perry.

Combined, the two men, who were the second- and third-biggest donors behind the Adelsons in the 2012 elections, gave nearly $50 million last cycle — that’s more money than the next 10 Republican donors combined.

That’s the problem with rich people: They don’t live forever.

10:22 // 8 months ago
January 5, 2014
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.
16:16 // 8 months ago
December 29, 2013
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.
16:49 // 8 months ago
December 14, 2013
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.
8:31 // 9 months ago