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  • Eliot Spitzer to toss hat back in the political ring

    07/07/2013 9:20:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | July 7, 2013 | Adam Reiss and Ed Payne
    (CNN) -- Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as governor of New York in the wake of a prostitution scandal, is looking at a return -- this time as comptroller of New York City. He said he hoped that voters would be able to see beyond his past. "I accepted responsibly for what I did," Spitzer told CNN late Sunday night. "I spent five years of working, doing useful things, and I hope the public will offer me an opportunity." Spitzer, a Democrat, resigned in 2008 after revelations about his relationship with a prostitute. Since stepping down, he has worked as a...
  • Budget Cuts Could Force Army and Marines to Cut 200,000 Troops

    02/27/2013 4:13:38 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 8 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 27 Feb 13 | John McCormack
    Many conservatives and Republicans are greeting the looming sequestration spending cuts with a collective yawn. "The much-ballyhooed 'sequester' is a cut of $85 billion in a nearly $4 trillion federal budget. Good, let’s do it," writes one contributor to National Review Online's symposium on sequestration. It's true that sequestration is a tiny cut to total federal spending. But it is also true that sequestration is a major cut to defense spending. According to the House Armed Services Committee, the 2011 Budget Control Act (the law that imposed both spending caps and sequestration) will force the Marine Corps to shrink by...
  • North Dakota race a test for Dems seeking to retain Senate

    06/07/2012 4:24:54 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 9 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 7, 2012 | By Josh Lederman
    The race for retiring Sen. Kent Conrad’s (D-N.D.) seat has set up a test case for whether Democrats can count on voters splitting the ticket in states where people have soured on President Obama. In North Dakota, Democrat Heidi Heitkamp has managed to make competitive a Senate race that many expected early on would be a slam-dunk for Republicans.
  • Facts show Democrats are job creators (barf alert)

    05/20/2012 3:20:42 PM PDT · by bishop22 · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/15/12 | Jennifer Granholm
    I delivered the faculty graduation address last weekend at the University of California, Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. It’s one of the nation’s best and the reason is its emphasis on rigorous data analysis. Any public policy wonk worth her salt must be focused on data in order to replicate policy successes.
  • Democrats Make Gay Marriage a Major Political Issue

    05/12/2012 11:11:18 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 22 replies
    President Obama announced that his thinking has evolved to the point where he now supports the idea that persons of the same sex are entitled to marry one another. “Look, Jesus spent his career in the company of men,” Obama pointed out. “He never married. I think we have a pretty good indication that it was only the prejudice of the religious and secular authorities that prevented him hooking up with one of the Apostles—perhaps the mysterious ‘beloved apostle.’ I say it’s time that prejudice and repression of gays come to an end.” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) said...
  • Giffords: Suit shows law made US wake up [Gabbie D/CD-8]{BaaaaarrrrrrrF!!}

    07/09/2010 2:09:00 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies
    Arizona Daily Star ^ | Andrea Kelly
    U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords didn't retract her opposition to SB 1070 Thursday, but said it has already served its purpose by grabbing the federal government's attention. If the federal government had been enforcing its own immigration laws, there would be no need for the state's divisive new immigration-enforcement law, she told about 200 people from the Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Greater Tucson Leadership. Giffords also said it's ironic U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder filed a suit against the state, saying Arizona shouldn't intrude on the federal government's responsibility. If federal officials had the border under control, "we wouldn't...
  • Lt. Dan Choi, An Inspiration to Gillibrand, Now Back On Duty (Gilli: end Don't Ask, Don't Tell)

    02/10/2010 5:39:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 17 replies · 624+ views
    NY Observer ^ | February 10, 2010 | Reid Pillifant
    Army Lieutenant Dan Choi, who made national news when he was served with discharge papers after coming out on the Rachel Maddow Show, has rejoined his unit, according to Jeff Sheng at The Bilerico Project. Mr. Sheng, who spoke with the lieutenant, explained the situation thusly: Apparently, Lt. Choi's commander has always been in full support of him, and even after Lt. Choi came out on The Rachel Maddow Show, his commander did not press for his discharge. The military did eventually serve Lt. Choi a discharge notification - essentially firing him from his job, but he was allowed to...
  • How Democrats lost the political battle

    02/01/2006 7:15:56 AM PST · by AZRepublican · 31 replies · 1,331+ views
    www.signonsandiego.com ^ | 2/1/06 | Steven Lubet
    With the confirmation of Associate Justice Samuel Alito, the Bush administration has managed to win both the battle and the war over the future of the Supreme Court. Under the leadership of new Chief Justice John Roberts, the court almost certainly will take a sharp turn to the right on issues such as women's rights, environmental protection, gun control, separation of church and state, presidential power and the relationship between the federal government and the states. It is no exaggeration to say that 10 years from now Americans may be living in a society with less privacy, less autonomy, less...