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  • New Cosby Accuser Says She Blacked Out for 2 Days After Comedian Drugged Her (Video)

    12/19/2014 8:58:38 AM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/18/14 | Jethro Nededog
    Yet another woman has come forward to accuse Bill Cosby of drugging and possibly taking advantage of her. On an episode of "Dr. Phil" airing on Friday, the talk show had seven of Cosby's accusers for guests, including a woman who was identified only as Lisa who said that she was drugged by the famous comedian more than two decades ago. Lisa had built a friendship with Cosby after being called to audition for him when she was a model in the 1980s. "I was very excited to go and see him," Lisa told Dr. Phil. "I was starstruck. I...
  • June Trial Set in Yee Corruption Case (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/19/2014 3:53:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 12/18/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Suspended California state Sen. Leland Yee could face a jury as early as June for charges of political corruption and conspiracy to import guns. At a scheduling conference on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said Yee will be tried along with his political consultant Keith Jackson, who also faces drug and murder-for-hire charges. Breyer said those charges will be tried separately, but lawyers for the defendants, including Yee's lawyer James Lassart, were not satisfied. "The firearms charges are going to be extremely prejudicial. The government has acquired 50 to 70 different firearms that, undoubtedly to...
  • Pelosi laments end of 'Colbert Report' ("The Nation mourns")

    12/19/2014 3:28:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/18/14 | Judy Kurtz
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is lamenting the end of “The Colbert Report,” saying it’s a “loss for ‘truthiness’ advocates across America.” The Comedy Central series ends its run Thursday night. Host Stephen Colbert is poised to take the reins at CBS’s “The Late Show,” when David Letterman retires next year. The House minority leader appeared in a sketch earlier this month with Colbert, who plays a faux cable news host on the show. Pelosi stretched her acting muscles as a wheelie-popping bike cop who preached safety to Colbert and Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.).
  • PELOSI: 13 Million Americans' Health Security at Risk in Baseless Lawsuit Over (Husseincare)

    12/16/2014 4:22:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Insurance News Net ^ | 12/16/14 | Drew Hammill
    San Francisco - Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released the following statement on a new report from Energy and Commerce Committee Democrats revealing that 13 million could lose tax credits to help pay for insurance coverage should the Supreme Court rule against the Obama Administration in the politically-motivated lawsuit of King v Burwell. "Today's report verifies what American families already know: the Affordable Care Act is working and helping families afford the coverage they need and deserve. Yet, Republicans and other opponents of the law want to strip some 13 million Americans of the premium tax credits that keep their...
  • White House: No lasting rift with (exempt) Pelosi

    12/14/2014 2:21:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/12/14 | Justin Sink
    The White House insists that the public break between President Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) over a government funding bill won't damage the relationship between the two top Democrats. "The president has always had not just a good working relationship but an open line of communication with Leader Pelosi, and that didn’t change yesterday, and it’s not going to change in the future," White House press secretary Josh Earnest said on Friday. Earnest said Obama values Pelosi because she has proven more persuasive to her members "than I think probably any other leader in either party in...
  • Bill Cosby says he only expects the 'black media' to give him a fair hearing over rape claims...

    12/14/2014 1:36:51 PM PST · by Libloather · 78 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/14/14 | Kieran Corcoran
    Bill Cosby says he only expects the 'black media' to stay 'neutral' and give him a fair hearing over mounting rape claims. The 77-year-old said that African-American media should be impartial in reporting the allegations that he is a serial rapist. 'Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind,' Cosby told Page Six.
  • Canceled this year over scandals, Pro Tem Cup is reinstated for 2015 (shoulder fired missiles)

    12/14/2014 3:56:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    LA Times ^ | 12/12/14 | Patrick McGreevy
    State Senate Democrats have decided to resume the annual Pro Tem Cup golf fundraiser in 2015, a year after the event was canceled in the wake of criminal charges filed against three Democratic Senators. The event at Torrey Pines golf course in San Diego is the Senate Democrats' largest political fundraiser for the state party and has been criticized for allowing special interests to mingle with lawmakers in exchange for tickets costing between $15,000 and $65,000 per person. The indictment of Sen. Leland Yee (D-San Francisco) on public corruption charges a week before this year's event was to be held...
  • Despite promises, Social Security still trying to collect old debts from kin

    12/14/2014 3:13:34 AM PST · by Libloather · 25 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/14/14
    The Social Security Administration, which announced in April that it would stop trying to collect debts from the children of people who were allegedly overpaid benefits decades ago, has continued to demand such payments and now defends that practice in court documents. After The Washington Post reported in April that the Treasury Department had confiscated $75 million in tax refunds due to about 400,000 Americans whose ancestors owed money to Social Security, the agency’s acting commissioner, Carolyn Colvin, said efforts to collect on those old debts would cease immediately. But although some people whose refunds were seized were reimbursed in...
  • IRS Gave $14.5 Billion in Low-Income Tax Credits to the Wrong People

    12/13/2014 2:39:00 PM PST · by Libloather · 23 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/12/14 | Brianna Ehley
    The federal watchdog tasked with keeping tabs on the Internal Revenue Service says the agency needs to do a better job of administering tax credits for low-income people. The reason? Billions of dollars each year are ending up in the wrong hands. A new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, reveals that nearly a quarter of the $63 billion worth of Earned Income Tax Credits distributed in 2012 were improper payments. That’s about $14.5 billion in erroneous payments that were either given to the wrong people or distributed to the right people in the wrong amount. TIGTA...
  • The Levee Breaks: Democrats Rage Against Obama Over Wall Street Giveaway

    12/13/2014 9:46:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 38 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/12/14 | Zach Carter
    WASHINGTON -- Less than a month after Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) landed a new Senate leadership position, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and President Barack Obama risked a fight with her over government subsidies for risky Wall Street derivatives trading. They won the near-term policy fight: After a bruising bicameral battle, the House of Representatives narrowly approved an annual spending bill that granted taxpayer support for the risky financial contracts at the heart of the 2008 meltdown. But the bitter feud left Reid and Obama politically embarrassed, while consolidating a burgeoning populist movement within the...
  • The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, pot

    12/12/2014 4:58:32 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/12/14 | CONNIE CASS
    **SNIP** SCHOOL LUNCHES: Eases rules requiring more whole grains in school lunches and suspends the lower sodium standards due to take effect in 2017, while keeping other healthy-eating rules. Some school nutrition directors — and some students complaining of yucky lunches — lobbied for a break from the standards championed by first lady Michelle Obama. **SNIP** MARIJUANA: Offers a mixed bag for pot smokers. The bill blocks the Justice Department from raiding medical marijuana dispensaries in states that permit them. But it also blocks federal and local spending to legalize marijuana in Washington, D.C., where voters approved recreational use in...
  • No. 2 Senate Dem: 'We've got a problem' if Dodd-Frank rider stays

    12/12/2014 2:00:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 34 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/14 | Rebecca Shabad
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) on Thursday morning slammed a provision in the pending spending bill that would repeal a piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law and expressed doubt that enough Democrats could support the package if that rider remains. “I just spoke to Nancy Pelosi. The Democrats believe this is an odious provision that should not be included. Many of us feel the same way,” said Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “[Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)] can take it out in the bat of any eye, and I hope he will....
  • Pelosi 'enormously disappointed' in Obama

    12/12/2014 1:49:56 AM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/14 | Mike Lillis
    In a rare break from President Obama, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blasted the White House on Thursday for putting its weight behind the $1.1 trillion government funding package. In a speech decrying the “cromnibus” on the House floor, Pelosi, the minority leader, noted that Republican defections have given the Democrats significant leverage in the debate and wondered why the White House wouldn't use that power to fight the conservative policy riders that have sparked the Democrats' outcry. “I'm enormously disappointed that the White House feels that the only way they can get a bill is to go along with this,”...
  • Dem: Don't be intimidated by Obama (Mad Maxine goes off)

    12/12/2014 1:44:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/14 | Mike Lillis
    Liberal House Democrats are fighting tooth and nail against President Obama over the fate of an enormous year-end government spending bill. With just hours to go before a scheduled government shutdown, the Democrats launched a lobbying blitz to counter calls made by Obama and other White House officials urging passage of the bill. Leading the charge was Rep. Maxine Waters (Calif.), the senior Democrat on the House Financial Services Committee, who is up in arms over the face that Obama has agreed to accept a GOP rider to undo parts of the 2010 Wall Street reform law as part of...
  • Ben Carson Thinks God Is Calling On Him To Save America, Stop Putinesque Obama

    12/12/2014 1:06:21 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Right Wing Watch ^ | 12/10/14 | Brian Tashman
    Christian Broadcasting Network reporter David Brody has been slowly releasing excerpts from his interview with likely Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, who has told Brody that liberals are responsible for “hate speech” and that he “feels fingers” from God telling him to make a run for the White House. Today, Brody released another segment from his interview where the conservative activist was joined by his wife, Candy, to describe how God is calling him to make a presidential bid. “We recognize that we are being instruments in the hand of God, he is the one who really orchestrates all of...
  • Senator Feinstein tells CIA director to #ReadTheReport

    12/12/2014 12:36:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/11/14
    As CIA chief John Brennan defended the spy agency's interrogation program for terror suspects Thursday, a senior senator whose committee published a damning report on the practice contested his claims. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein's staff repeatedly used the hashtag #ReadTheReport on the senator's Twitter feed during Brennan's rare press conference broadcast live from CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Brennan said it was "unknowable" whether key information from suspects subjected to so-called enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs), which critics have equated to torture, could have been obtained through other methods. But Feinstein's staff responded: "Study shows it IS knowable: CIA...
  • Fear of a Bourbon Shortage Puts Enthusiasts Over a Barrel

    12/08/2014 3:28:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 92 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/08/14 | Tripp Mickle
    **SNIP** Bourbon’s popularity has surged ever since the amber liquor became a star of Mad Men. Magazines such as GQ and Bon Appétit have devoted pages to articles on bourbon cocktails. The Manhattan and Old Fashioned have become fashionable again. President Barack Obama recently proposed a “Bourbon Summit” with Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. “Whiskey has gone away from being seen as an old man drink,” says Mahesh Patel, a structural engineer who owns 4,000 bottles of whiskey and sponsors an annual tasting conference in Las Vegas. Sales of bourbon are growing at a dizzying rate. Domestic sales of Kentucky-made bourbon...
  • Democrats Irrelevant? Don’t Be So Sure, Pelosi Promises

    12/07/2014 3:42:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 58 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 12/07/14 | Emma Dumain
    Nancy Pelosi insists she doesn’t gloat when House Republicans can’t shore up the votes among their own members to pass any number of critical bills, and it’s Democrats who get to swoop in and call themselves the heroes. “I would rather they did the responsible thing so we wouldn’t have to bail them out every time,” the California Democrat quipped of her GOP counterparts. But the minority leader, who sat for an interview in her Capitol Hill office with CQ Roll Call, must be feeling gratified. The government is on the precipice of a shutdown, and if Republicans can’t get...
  • CAPTION the first ever official Mooch stamp

    12/07/2014 3:15:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Dandag ^ | 12/07/14
    The task was to re-launch The Sunday Times STYLE magazine. Rather than just making an ad campaign, we created a piece of editorial for the newspaper inventing 'The 50 Best Dressed People in the World’. From this we developed the ‘Fashion Royalty’ campaign and created an iconic series of portraits combining the images of historical royal figures with esteemed members of the fashion world – Victoria Beckham, UK HipHop act Tinie Tempah and Kate Moss.
  • 2014 elections: Lessons, new landscape, new challenges (Commies have a problem...)

    12/07/2014 12:40:39 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    CPUSA ^ | 11/21/14 | John Bachtell
    There's no sugarcoating it. The November 2014 election results marked a serious setback for Democrats, the anti-ultra right alliance and the broad people's coalition led by labor. The fight for jobs at living wages, workers and immigrant rights, racial and gender equality, for climate justice and peace proceeds under more unfavorable conditions. The election resulted in a wave of victories for the Republicans and ultra right that may have surpassed 2010. However, while the GOP claims otherwise, it was not a mandate for right-wing policies. Grassroots efforts by labor and its allies mobilized millions of voters. Tens of thousands of...
  • Reid faces challenges as Senate Dems transition to minority (Exempt backbencher's bathroom office)

    12/07/2014 6:50:11 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/05/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid faces a tough task as his conference transitions to the Senate minority next year. The Nevada Democrat is leading a divided party smarting from a midterm election that saw Senate Democrats lose eight seats. It includes a number of centrists who could be eager to cut deals with the new GOP majority, particularly after watching several centrist incumbents fall in the 2014 midterms. But Reid must also lead liberals hoping to give Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who many Democrats viewed as an obstructionist over the last several years, a taste of his own...
  • Obama, congressional Dems show cracks in unity (Exempt Schumer scared to death)

    12/07/2014 6:26:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies
    Fredericksburg ^ | 12/07/14
    WASHINGTON—It used to be that Democrats would mutter under their breath about President Barack Obama and the White House. Now, with the midterm elections behind them, some leading members of the president’s own party are airing their frustrations with little restraint and charting their own course. In speeches, negotiations and congressional hearings, several high-profile Democrats are disregarding the White House in ways large and small. The White House has responded with an extraordinary veto threat while Obama has made a round of calls to liberal Democrats urging them to stand up against their own leadership.
  • Obama urges persistence in confronting deep roots of racism

    12/07/2014 6:07:03 AM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    MSN ^ | 12/07/14 | David Nakamura, Vanessa Williams
    President Obama on Sunday sought to calm tensions in the wake of racially charged protests in New York and Ferguson, Mo., saying the nation has made progress on race relations but emphasizing that the distrust between minority communities and law enforcement “will not be solved overnight.” “This is something that’s deeply rooted in our society, that’s deeply rooted in our history,” Obama said in an interview on the cable network BET. **SNIP** “We have to be persistent,” Obama said in the BET interview. “Typically, progress is in steps. It’s in increments. When you’re dealing with something as deeply rooted as...
  • Louisiana Runoff: Democrats Brace For Bayou Bust (Still exempt Landrieu forced to retire)

    12/06/2014 2:18:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/05/14 | JORDYN PHELPS
    **SNIP** The Senate race will be the main attraction of the night, as we wait to see whether Landrieu can retain her title as a political survivor or if Cassidy will become seat number 54 for Republicans in the next Senate class. Having won two of her three previous elections through runoffs, Landrieu’s campaign continues to express optimism that she can pull out another surprise victory this year. The last time Landrieu faced a runoff in 2002, she was widely expected to lose the contest. But in the final days of the campaign, a late-breaking story fueled rumors that the...
  • (Exempt) Sebelius: 'A lot of Americans have no idea what insurance is about'

    12/03/2014 2:51:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/02/14 | Sarah Ferris
    Former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Tuesday dismissed the recent comments by ObamaCare consultant Jonathan Gruber, though she acknowledged that “a lot of Americans have no idea what insurance is about.” Gruber, an economist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, came under fire last month for saying the process of passing ObamaCare was purposefully obscured and for calling voters “stupid” because they did not understand healthcare. In an Q&A with USA Today, Sebelius called him “dead wrong” on the issue of transparency. But she added that throughout her tenure as HHS secretary, she learned that many Americans...
  • (Still exempt) Mary Landrieu stands with Obama — or hardly knows him

    12/02/2014 2:51:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/01/14 | James Hohmann
    Depending on whose vote she’s after, Mary Landrieu either stands with Barack Obama — or hardly knows the guy. The Louisiana Democrat, who is trailing in the polls ahead of Saturday’s Senate runoff, has been quietly running ads on urban radio stations that criticize the GOP’s treatment of the country’s first black president, while her aides and surrogates have boasted to predominantly black audiences of how often she’s supported him. Meanwhile, when addressing mostly white audiences, Landrieu has been adamant that the election has nothing to do with Obama, and that she can think for herself.
  • 2016 retirements could complicate Dems' comeback plans (RATS Boxer, Reid - OUT!)

    11/30/2014 8:30:13 AM PST · by Libloather · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/28/14 | Alexander Bolton
    Democrats hope to take back control of the Senate in 2016, but their plans could be complicated by potential retirements. The two Democratic senators most likely to retire are Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who represent both sides of the party’s ideological spectrum. Boxer, whose fourth term expires at the end of 2016, has a paltry $149,000 in her campaign account, less than almost every other senator facing election next year. As the nation’s most populous state, California is expensive to cover with advertising. If Boxer decides to run for reelection, she would face a major fundraising...
  • Obama: (exempt) Landrieu's biggest hurdle in Louisiana

    11/30/2014 4:34:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    WWL ^ | 11/30/14
    Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu isn't running against President Barack Obama, but she might as well be. The president is intensely unpopular among white voters in Louisiana, and Republicans and Democrats agree that dynamic could doom Landrieu in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
  • Smaller Firms Brace For Obamacare Price Shocks (employer mandate hits)

    11/23/2014 1:32:22 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Carolina Journal ^ | 11/20/14 | Dan Way
    RALEIGH — Already socked with rising premium costs due to Obamacare, Southern Elevator has delayed planned growth and job creation as it contemplates up to $800,000 in added annual health insurance costs a year from now, when employer mandates for medium-size businesses kick in. “Our health care insurance agent is estimating that we will have a 10 percent increase this year that is currently being priced,” said Rodney Pitts, owner of Greensboro-based Southern Elevator. That is on top of increases totaling 44 percent since 2012. The company now pays up to $20,000 annually for each employee with spouse and dependent...
  • Obama's political legacy fading fast

    11/22/2014 10:33:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 45 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/22/14 | David Lightman
    WASHINGTON — The Obama legacy wasn't supposed to unfold this way. Barack Obama was changing the political map, pushing the Democratic Party into the South and the Mountain West. He was building a new social network that would endure long after an Obama presidency. And he was building a new Democratic coalition for a new age, with greater turnout from young and minority voters. Today, those ambitions are in tatters. Obama's once-vaunted team wound up doing little more than electing him twice. Without Obama on the ticket, Republicans not only soared in 2010 congressional elections, but scored victories broad and...
  • Kids give first lady sarcastic "thanks" on Twitter

    11/21/2014 6:55:16 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/21/14 | MARY CLARE JALONICK
    **SNIP** His photo of a soupy Spanish rice gone wrong and an apple on a school lunch tray was retweeted more than 170 times. Hunter, 17, is a senior at Richland Center High School in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He said in an interview with The Associated Press that his school lunches have gone downhill over his four years in high school. Of the Spanish rice, he said "you couldn't feel the individual grains of rice. It was just a solid mush." Halana Turner, a junior at Fraser High School in Fraser, Michigan, posted a photo of a mushy breakfast sandwich...
  • The De Blasio Democrats

    11/21/2014 2:55:35 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | 11/21/14 | Matthew Continetti
    Bill de Blasio, the New York mayor, says he knows why Democrats lost the 2014 election. Income inequality defines our times, he said during a visit to Washington this week, and his party did not talk about the issue enough. De Blasio needs a hearing aid. Democrats speak of little else. Dodging questions about Hillary Clinton, de Blasio praised Elizabeth Warren. He called the liberal heroine “one of the indispensable voices” among Democrats, and appeared with her at a Center for American Progress event later that day. The policy conference featured other darlings of the left: Julian Castro, Tammy Baldwin,...
  • Keystone XL fight sealed Mary (still exempt yet expendable) Landrieu’s fate

    11/21/2014 2:47:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/20/14 | John E. Sununu
    In the brutal closing scene of the 2007 film “There Will Be Blood,” a bowling alley beating, set in motion by years of tension and personal torment, concludes with the final biting words, “I’m finished.” Sifting through the wreckage on the Senate floor last week, the same words could have come from Louisiana’s Mary Landrieu. Forty-one of her Democrat colleagues ruthlessly beat down her proposal to approve the Keystone pipeline, effectively sealing her fate in the December runoff election to keep her seat. Keeping a brave face, Landrieu insisted she held no one to blame and only felt “joy in...
  • Obama's Net-Neutrality Plan Could Mean New Internet Fees

    11/21/2014 2:23:30 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | 11/21/14 | Brendan Sasso
    President Obama thrilled liberals and Internet activists last week by calling for the "strongest possible" net-neutrality regulations to ensure that all Internet traffic is treated equally. **SNIP** "The net result is that every single American broadband customer will have to pay a new tax or taxes to access the Internet," Ajit Pai, a Republican FCC commissioner, warned in a speech last week. "That translates into less broadband adoption, especially among the millions of families that still struggle to make ends meet in this lackluster economy." Technically, the FCC does not have the authority to "tax." But the agency already collects...
  • Democrats to Obama: You broke the party, now fix it

    11/19/2014 5:05:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/18/14 | Edward-Isaac Dovere
    Enough, Donna Brazile told White House political director David Simas the day after the midterms. Democrats are in worse shape than when President Barack Obama came into office — the number of seats they have in Congress, the number of governors, a party approval rating that’s fallen behind Republicans for the first time in recent history, enthusiasm, energy. The White House, Brazile said when she came to meet with Simas, has got to focus for the next two years on getting the party into better shape, and Obama’s the best and most effective person to get out the message. As...
  • Greens take Keystone protest to (still exempt) Landrieu's home

    11/19/2014 2:50:25 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/18/14 | Elana Schor
    About two dozen protesters against the Keystone XL pipeline turned out in bleak weather Monday morning outside Sen. Mary Landrieu’s Washington home to protest her quest for a bill supporting the $8 billion project, which is set for a vote Tuesday. The demonstrators who showed up for a mass chant of “Stop this pipeline” and “No KXL” targeted Landrieu, rather than the pipeline’s other vocal backers in both parties, in part as a warning to Democrats against going wobbly on Keystone. They also unfurled a mock inflatable pipeline. “I don’t understand that, why she’s selling herself out, why she can’t...
  • Dem anger flares over pregnant lawmaker (RATS war on real women?)

    11/18/2014 3:36:59 PM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/18/14 | Mike Lillis
    A meeting of House Democrats flared up on Tuesday over the increasingly thorny issue of whether a pregnant member should be allowed to vote from afar in the party's leadership elections this week. Democratic leaders, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), have denied a request from Rep. Tammy Duckworth (Ill.), who lost both of her legs in the Iraq War, to waive the Democratic rule barring proxy votes. Duckworth, 46, is in the last stages of a pregnancy and her doctor won't allow her to travel back to Washington to vote in person. The denial has angered a number of Democrats,...
  • FLASHBACK: UPDATE 1-U.S. Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies (brain drain)

    11/16/2014 5:58:50 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/07/13 | David Lawder
    **SNIP** The amendment's author, Republican Senator Charles Grassley, argued that if Obamacare plans were good enough for the American public, they were good enough for Congress. Democrats, eager to pass the reforms, went along with it. But it soon became apparent the provision contained no language that allowed federal contributions toward their health plans that cover about 75 percent of the premium costs. This caused fears that staff would suddenly face sharply higher healthcare costs and leave federal service, causing a "brain drain" on Capitol Hill. But Wednesday's proposed rule from the OPM, the federal government's human resources agency, means...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Read the Secret Emails of the Men Who May Run Hillary Clinton's Campaign

    11/14/2014 2:18:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 20 replies
    ABC News ^ | 11/14/14 | Rick Klein
    For the past five years, a prominent Democratic operative who is a leading contender to manage a Hillary Clinton presidential campaign has maintained a private email listserv for friends and associates that carries a provocative name: the “Mook Mafia.” The listserv, which one member said reaches more than 150 fellow campaign veterans, has been a means for Robby Mook and a close friend Marlon Marshall to stay connected with many of the operatives who would likely populate a Democratic presidential campaign in 2016. Mook and Marshall have both been mentioned as possible Hillary Clinton campaign managers. Copies of a cache...
  • Senate Democrats are weighing plan to approve Keystone — and save (still exempt) Mary Landrieu

    11/12/2014 2:49:58 AM PST · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/11/14 | Ed O'Keefe, Chris Mooney
    Senate Democrats are working on plans to hold a vote authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline -- approval that Democrats believe might bolster the chances of Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), who faces a tough runoff election next month. It was not immediately clear Tuesday night whether Republicans would consent to proceeding with such a vote during the lame-duck session that begins on Wednesday -- especially given the high stakes surrounding Landrieu's reelection race. Such a move would also draw howls from the environmental movement who had hoped that President Obama would resolve a years-long dispute over a long-awaited energy...
  • Congress' to-do list: Major unsolved scandals top the list for new U.S. Congress

    11/11/2014 3:45:05 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/09/14 | Scott Paulson
    **SNIP** The IRS scandal that still leaves many stones unturned. While persons in the Obama administration have been investigating to a small degree, there is obvious a need to conduct more of an investigation into this concern. The assertions of lost emails by persons involved, such as Lois Lerner, is still unsettled. Just two days ago, Breitbart did a piece titled “IRS: Um, Yeah, We Never Actually Looked for Lois Lerner’s Emails or Anything.” Needless to say, the IRS scandal remains and has not settled well with Americans who want to know the truth. After all, targeting conservative groups prior...
  • Democrats plot challenges to Clinton

    11/11/2014 2:23:42 AM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 11/10/14 | Peter Sullivan
    Multiple potential challengers say in new interviews they might take on Hillary Clinton if, as expected, she runs for the White House in 2016 Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and former Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) all made comments to The New Yorker indicating they are considering challenging Clinton from the left. O'Malley, who has made his interest in a presidential run clear with trips to Iowa and New Hampshire, joined Republicans, such as Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in linking Democrats' midterm losses to the Clintons, who campaigned hard for candidates. “None...
  • Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says

    11/11/2014 1:45:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/11/14 | Melissa Healy
    Experimental mice have been telling us this for years, but pot-smoking humans didn't want to believe it could happen to them: Compared with a person who never smoked marijuana, someone who uses marijuana regularly has, on average, less gray matter in his orbital frontal cortex, a region that is a key node in the brain's reward, motivation, decision-making and addictive behaviors network. More ambiguously, in regular pot smokers, that region is better connected than it is in non-users:The flow of signal traffic is speedier to other parts of that motivation and decision-making network, including across the superhighway of "white matter"...
  • Climate Tools Seek to Bend Nature’s Path (olivine)

    11/10/2014 1:51:09 AM PST · by Libloather · 35 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/09/14 | HENRY FOUNTAIN
    **SNIP** Dr. Schuiling’s idea is one of several intended to reduce levels of CO2, the main greenhouse gas, so the atmosphere will trap less heat. Other approaches, potentially faster and more doable but riskier, would create the equivalent of a sunshade around the planet by scattering reflective droplets in the stratosphere or spraying seawater to create more clouds over the oceans. Less sunlight reaching the earth’s surface would mean less heat to be trapped, resulting in a quick lowering of temperatures. No one can say for sure whether geoengineering of any kind would work. And many of the approaches are...
  • Washington braces for results of Senate investigation of CIA practices (violent protests?)

    11/09/2014 3:27:53 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/09/14 | Brian Bennett
    WASHINGTON — After six years and a $40-million investigation, the Democratic-led Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to release conclusions this month from its controversial probe of CIA detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects overseas during the George W. Bush administration. The partly redacted report is likely to renew the national debate over now-banned techniques that critics decried as torture and which supporters insist were necessary to stop further terrorist plots after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. U.S. embassies in the Middle East, North Africa and other parts of the Islamic world have been told to prepare for the possibility...
  • Wasserman Schultz: Democrats have midterm ‘problem’ but ‘we know we’re right on the issues’

    11/09/2014 6:16:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Palm Beach Post ^ | 11/09/14 | George Bennett
    Let the soul-searching begin. “Our party has a problem,” says Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the Broward County congresswoman and Democratic National Committee chairwoman, in a new video responding to her party’s midterm shellacking by the GOP. **SNIP** “We know we’re right on the issues. The American people believe in the causes we’re fighting for. But the electoral success we have when our presidential nominee is able to make the case to the country as a whole doesn’t translate in other elections. That’s why we lost in 2010. And it’s why we lost on Tuesday. We’ve got to do better.”
  • In Senate runoff attack on GOP challenger, (still exempt) Mary Landrieu shoots, misses

    11/09/2014 5:57:05 AM PST · by Libloather · 26 replies
    Examiner ^ | 11/09/14 | Howard Portnoy
    **SNIP** When this hospital needed a champion to build and rebuild, literally out of the rubble of Katrina and Rita, ... where was Bill? In the video found here, Landrieu trumpets her own record, referring to herself in the third person, while damning Cassidy as “wishy-washy, unreliable, undependable, not sure who he is, not sure who he was, and not sure who he wants to be.” It would have made for great optics and might have helped her in a runoff pundits are predicting she will lose if Cassidy hadn't tweeted back an answer to her question: “Mary Landrieu wants...
  • Former Charlotte (RAT) Mayor Patrick Cannon gets house arrest after illegal vote

    11/09/2014 4:51:23 AM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 11/06/14 | Michael Gordon, Steve Harrison, Rick Rothacker
    **SNIP** While Cannon dodged jail for now, his appearance in court continued a 366-day free-fall for one of the city’s longest-serving officials, who first joined the City Council in 1993. On Nov. 6, 2013, Cannon was elected mayor, jubilantly thanking voters for helping him realize a “life goal.” He was arrested in March, charged with accepting more than $50,000 in bribes from undercover FBI agents. He pleaded guilty in June to a corruption charge and was sentenced by Whitney on Oct. 14. At the time, Cannon’s attorneys asked that their client be admitted to a prison alcohol-treatment program.
  • Obama Playing Golf in 50-degree Weather

    11/08/2014 6:52:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 44 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | 11/08/14 | Keith Koffler
    **SNIP** President Obama is playing golf today with a few of his usual crew of younger White House aides. It’s the 46th time he’s played this year and the 203rd of his presidency.
  • Political milestone: US Congress now has 100 women (RAT Alma Adams elected 100th woman)

    11/08/2014 6:19:50 PM PST · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/07/14 | Catherine Cloutier
    For the first time, the number of women in Congress has hit triple digits. Alma Adams, a Democrat from North Carolina, was elected representative for the 12th Congressional District on Tuesday. Because it was a special election, she will be sworn in immediately and join the 113th Congress. Before Adams’s election, there were 20 female senators and 79 female representatives in Congress, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.