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  • Rand Paul: McConnell is no Arlen Specter

    02/26/2014 11:21:35 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | February 26 at 1:07 pm | ROBERT COSTA
    According to one of the tea party's leading voices, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), who is being challenged by conservative Matt Bevin in Kentucky's Senate GOP primary, is not an "Arlen Specter" Republican."It's not like we're talking about Arlen Specter here," said Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in an interview with The Washington Post. "Senator McConnell has a longstanding conservative record and for an opponent to beat him, they'll have to prove somehow that he's not a conservative."Specter, the late Pennsylvania senator who left the GOP for the Democratic Party in 2009, was a villain-like figure to many on the...
  • Tea party vs. establishment as primary season opens - The Washington Post

    05/05/2014 3:52:41 PM PDT · by FreeAtlanta · 11 replies
    WASHINGTONPOST.COM ^ | Monday, May 5, 12:19 PM | Dan Balz
    Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. A major subplot of this years midterm elections is the competition between the Republican establishment and the tea party wing of the party. The establishment is fighting back, but has the tea party already won? The general election is still six months off. But Tuesday opens the summer preseason of intraparty contests, which starts with an important primary in North Carolina. Between now and the end of June, more than two dozen states will hold primary elections. After a July break, the preseason will...
  • Americans aversion to science carries a high price (Why are we doubting the AGW 'consensus?')

    05/13/2014 2:43:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 12, 2014 | Michael Gerson
    Americans have something of a science problem. They swallow, for example, about $28 billion worth of vitamins each year, even though the Annals of Internal Medicine recently concluded that “[m]ost supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.” Americans often fear swallowing genetically modified plants (and Vermont recently required labeling of food containing genetically modified organisms, known as GMOs), though GMOs have “been consumed by hundreds of millions of people across the world for more than 15 years, with no reported ill effects,” according to the Journal of the Royal Society...
  • Meet the chief prosecutor in the GOPs Benghazi show trial (Washington Post article)

    05/08/2014 3:17:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/08/2014 | Dana Milbank
    Rep. Trey Gowdy, the tea party Republican tapped to lead the new committee investigating the 2012 Benghazi attacks, made a telling slip Wednesday morning in describing his mission. Asked by MSNBCs Joe Scarborough about the possibility that his panels work would continue into the 2016 election campaign, Gowdy replied that if an administration is slow-walking document production, I cant end a trial simply because the defense wont cooperate. A trial? And the Obama administration is the defense? So much for that serious investigation House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised; his new chairman intends to play prosecutor, proving the administrations guilt...
  • Liberal donors eye new long-term investments in states and new voters to boost Democrats

    05/05/2014 7:42:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 10 replies
    Washington post ^ | 5/4/2014 | Matea Gold,
    A group of wealthy liberal donors who helped bankroll the Center for American Progress and other major advocacy groups on the left is developing a new big-money strategy that could boost state-level Democratic candidates and mobilize core party voters. The plan, being crafted in private by a group of about 100 donors that includes billionaire hedge fund manager George Soros and San Francisco venture capitalist Rob McKay, seeks to give Democrats a stronger hand in the redrawing of district lines for state legislatures and the U.S. House.
  • Ukrainian riot police humiliated in clash with separatists

    05/02/2014 2:29:02 PM PDT · by PaulCruz2016 · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 05-01-2014 | Simon Denyer
    DONETSK, Ukraine This eastern Ukrainian city took another step toward mob rule Thursday as pro-Russian separatists stormed the state prosecutors office and forced dozens of riot police deployed to guard the building into a humiliating surrender. The attackers, who threw stones and wielded sticks, were backed by a crowd of at least 1,000 men and women of all ages. They chanted fascists and traitors at the riot police and waved Russian flags as well as those of the self-styled Donetsk Peoples Republic.
  • Poll: GOP presidential race wide open; Hillary Clinton leads Jeb Bush in theoretical matchup

    04/30/2014 11:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/30/2014 | By Philip Rucker and Scott Clement
    The 2016 Republican presidential nominating battle is shaping up as the most wide-open in a generation, with a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showing five prospective candidates within four percentage points of one another at the top and a half-dozen more in the mix. The picture is very different on the Democratic side, where former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton is the clear front-runner. In a hypothetical matchup, Clinton leads former Florida governor Jeb Bush seen by many GOP establishment figures as the partys strongest general-election candidate 53 percent to 41 percent. Clintons commanding position is fueled...
  • E.J. Dionne: The gun supremacists folly (Dionne wets his pants)

    04/29/2014 11:03:26 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 29 replies
    WaPo ^ | April 27, 2014 | E.J. Dionne Jr.
    Have we gone stark raving mad? The question is brought to mind by the gun law signed last week in Georgia by Gov. Nathan Deal. You might have thought that since the United States couldnt possibly have more permissive firearms laws than it does now, nothing more could be done to coddle the gun lobby and tip the balance of our statutes away from law enforcement. Alas, you would be wrong. -snip- Oh yes, and while conservatives claim to hate the centralization of power, this law wipes out a series of local gun regulations. The gun supremacists just dont trust...
  • John McCain to host Hillary Clinton in Sedona, Arizona

    04/27/2014 5:36:15 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 62 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 24, 2014 | Philip Rucker
    In a statement released Thursday, John McCain called Hillary Clinton "my friend" and praised her public service career. ... According to a news release, Clinton is scheduled to "participate in a conversation" with McCain. This year's forum will focus on "Crisis in the Middle East: Values, Strategy and Options," and will include a session on Russia and Ukraine and on combating human trafficking.
  • RESIGNED. The fast fall of a Washington career

    04/25/2014 9:45:59 AM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 25, 2014 | Lillian Cunningham
    When Martha Johnson thinks back to that Monday in April 2012 when she resigned as head of the General Services Administration, she remembers a day as still as the hands on a broken clock. She had spent the weekend practicing her resignation speech in front of the mirror. She repeated it over and over until her face had memorized how to form the words without twitching. Until her voice could say it without warbling. Until her eyes could stop all that blinking. Finally it was time. She walked into the 2 p.m. senior staff meeting at the GSA, gave her...
  • Palestinian university students trip to Auschwitz causes uproar

    04/24/2014 1:18:08 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 12, 2014 | William Booth
    JERUSALEM — Professor Mohammed S. Dajani took 27 Palestinian college students to visit the former Auschwitz Nazi concentration camp in Poland a few weeks ago as part of a project designed to teach empathy and tolerance. Upon his return, his university disowned the trip, his fellow Palestinians branded him a traitor and friends advised a quick vacation abroad. Dajani said he expected criticism. “I believe a trip like this, for an organized group of Palestinian youth going to visit Auschwitz, is not only rare, but a first,” he said. “I thought there would be some complaints, then it would be...
  • Washington Post Columnist: Monica Kinda Asked For It

    01/27/2014 11:35:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 66 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 1/27/14 | staff
    Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus suggested former President Bill Clinton was not entirely culpable for his affair with Monica Lewinsky Monday on MSNBC. The comment came in the context of a discussion about Sen. Rand Pauls (R., Ky.) comments yesterday where he accused President Clinton of predatory behavior toward his former White House intern. Marcus said Republicans seem to address female sexuality only in the contexts of victimization or promiscuity. To evidence her point, Marcus added she did not believe Monica Lewinsky was an entirely innocent victim in the scandal. I recall some thong flashing there, she said. Full exchange:...
  • Democrats have a 1 percent chance of winning back the House

    04/21/2014 4:03:27 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 14 replies
    Democrats have a 1 percent chance of winning back the House By Chris Cillizza April 21 at 3:40 pm Ask any Democratic elected official about the party's chances of winning back the House this November and he/she will tell you that it's possible but not likely. That's true(ish) but requires a decidedly broad definition of the word "possible", according to the latest House election model by John Sides at the Monkey Cage Blog. Writes Sides: "The prognosis for Democrats isnt any better: the median estimate is a small seat loss (to 196 seats). The chance of their regaining the House...
  • CUMMINGS MCCARTHYISM CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUS

    04/18/2014 8:32:48 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 20 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-18-2014 | M. Stanton Evans
    April 18, 2014 CUMMINGS’ “MCCARTHYISM” CHARGE IN LERNER HEARING IS BOGUSM.Stanton Evans Five plus decades after he left the national scene, Sen. Joe McCarthy (R-Wis) remains the target of inaccurate charges by leftward elements in Congress and the press corps.The latest example in this vein is the uproar over IRS official Lois Lerner, who took the Fifth Amendment before the House Government Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), concerning hostile treatment of conservative groups seeking tax exemptions,. Having proclaimed her innocence of wrongdoing, Lerner then refused to discuss specifics, pleading possible self-incrimination. This led Issa and his GOP...
  • Lawyer who defended Calif. gay marriage ban plans daughters gay wedding

    04/18/2014 6:45:00 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/18/2014 | Robert Barnes
    The conservative lawyer who defended Californias ban on gay marriage at the Supreme Court is at work on another project: planning his daughters upcoming same-sex wedding ceremony. Charles J. Cooper, a former top official in the Reagan Justice Department and onetime Republican lawyer of the year, learned of his daughters sexual orientation during the legal battle over Californias Proposition 8, according to journalist Jo Beckers soon-to-be-released book chronicling the movement to legalize same-sex marriage. Ashley Lininger became engaged to a woman identified in the book only as Casey just after the Supreme Court accepted the Proposition 8 case in December...
  • These four charts show how the College SAT favors rich, educated families

    03/06/2014 7:08:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 03/06/2014 | BY ZACHARY GOLDFARB
    The College Board announced Wednesday that it is overhauling the SAT, dropping the timed essay and focusing less on fancy vocabulary in order to level the playing field a bit for high school students from a wider range of families. The organization's own data show that wealthier Americans, from more educated families, tend to do far better on the best. As do white and Asian Americans, and those students who had the opportunity to take the PSAT in high school before taking the SAT. Almost certainly, these four findings have common origins in that the SAT benefits families who can...
  • Unpublished research by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act

    04/17/2014 12:24:38 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 17, 2014 | Tom Jackman
    Unpublished research by university scientists is exempt from the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday, rejecting an attempt by skeptics of global warming to view the work of a prominent climate researcher during his years at the University of Virginia. The ruling is the latest turn in the FOIA request filed in 2011 by Del. Robert Marshall (R-Prince William) and the American Tradition Institute to obtain research and e-mails of former U-Va. professor Michael Mann.
  • Ted Cruz Makes Endorsement in Oklahoma Special GOP Senate Primary

    04/17/2014 5:29:32 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 25 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 4/17/14 | Elliot Jager
    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz threw his support behind T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma's GOP senate primary, The Hill reported. Shannon is a former state House Speaker. This was the first primary endorsement made by Cruz, who has a strong following among tea party-aligned Republicans. The endorsement allows him to honor his pledge not to back insurgents in primaries involving Senate GOP colleagues, The Washington Post reported. Shannon is in an open primary. A special election in November will fill the seat being vacated by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn two years before his term ends in 2016. Cruz plans to attend...
  • Republicans try to address war on women with an army of young volunteers

    04/15/2014 2:56:43 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 14, 2014 | Nia-Malika Henderson
    In the Obama era, Democrats usually have had two big advantages over Republicans: women and volunteers. This year, Republicans are trying to change that, seeking to amass an army of young female volunteers who can carry the GOP message and counter the war on women rhetoric that has been so effective for Democrats. Fresh off a week in which Democrats made it clear that a key part of their midterm message will be equal pay, Republicans are set to begin their own efforts to woo women to the polls, focusing on counties that went blue in 2012 and could tip...
  • U.S. should send troops to quell Ukraine crisis

    04/15/2014 10:41:46 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 258 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | James Jeffrey
    Despite much diplomatic effort, the situation in Ukraine worsens. A coordinated Russian campaign, including an invasion threat, special operations destabilization in eastern Ukraine patterned on the Crimea model, and warnings of gas cutoffs document ever more clearly Vladimir Putins aim to cripple the Ukrainian government and control much or even all of this strategically vital European country.
  • Dionne & the Liberals? LBJ, Obama, and the Washington Post

    04/15/2014 8:20:23 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2014 | Brian Birdnow
    In the Washington Post last week E.J. Dionne penned an Op-Ed piece noting the changing historical image of former President Lyndon Johnson and feted this development by labeling it as a thoroughly justified revival of Lyndon B. Johnsons standing. This work is not, however, a simple nostalgic tribute to the 1960s. Dionne argues that this supposed LBJ revival shows that America is experiencing what he calls a leftward tilt and he hopes that our current President will, like Johnson, strike while the iron is hot to force irrevocable liberal change on the USA. In his piece Dionne sings the praises...
  • Olympia Snowe, on compromise, Citizens United and former colleague Kay Hagan

    04/14/2014 9:23:17 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 4/14/14 | Mary Curtis
    Olympia Snowe made her case for a return to governing from the sensible center, and she did it with conviction. But while the audience was both loud and supportive at a womens summit in Charlotte, no one and that includes the former Republican U.S. senator from Maine thought it would be easy. Snowe was considered moderate in her approach and her politics when she decided not to run for a fourth term in the Senate in 2012. How bad had it gotten? Republicans and Democrats honored her at separate celebrations, a departure from the past. Its not even...
  • Goodbye tea party, hello big tent

    04/11/2014 3:01:13 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 11, 2014 | By Jennifer Rubin
    Say what you will about Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), but they know a train wreck when they see it. They also know when to separate themselves from the cranks and the losers on the right. Although both supported the shutdown and were heartily supported by tea party groups in their own Senate races, neither one has endorsed Matt Bevin in Kentucky, Milton Wolf in Kansas or Chris McDaniel in Mississippi. In fact, Cruzs office confirms he hasnt endorsed anyone in the primaries. There are a few important lessons here. First, neither one of these guys wants...
  • Jeb Bush is purposely poking the Republican base in the eye. Why?

    04/08/2014 12:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | April 7, 2014 | Chris Cillizza
    Jeb Bush's "act of love" comments about immigration over the weekend drew massive headlines with some conservatives criticizing him for his latest apostasy on the issue. But, it's the lead-up to Bush using the phrase "act of love" that's actually the really important part of what he said. Here it is with our bolding added: "There are means by which we can control our border better than we have. And there should be penalties for breaking the law. But the way I look at this -- and I'm going to say this, and it'll be on tape and so be...
  • Scott Brown, pick a party

    04/07/2014 8:31:39 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 4/7/14 | Colby Itkowitz
    <p>Former senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was so busy picking a new state that he forgot to pick a party.</p> <p>Whoever filled out Browns formal statement of organization for his campaign exploratory committee left blank the small gray box asking for the candidates party affiliation.</p>
  • WaPo's Kathleen Parker Suggests People with Southern Accents Not 'Smart' or 'Sophisticated'

    04/06/2014 3:23:19 PM PDT · by Hoodat · 83 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Apr 2014, 9:11 AM PDT | Pamela Key
    After NBC's "Meet The Press" host David Gregory ran an anti-ObamaCare ad targeting Sen. Mark Pryor from Arkansas featuring a couple with a southern accents questioning the confusing nature of the Affordable Care Act, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker objected to Americans for Prosperity using people with southern accents in political ads running in Arkansas: "I think you could find someone who doesn't have a southern accent who is confused by this act," Parker said. "We always seem to find the character who seems a little countrified, who can't just fathom this. You know there there are plenty of smart...
  • Drive-Bys Fret Over Obama Incompetence

    03/27/2014 2:29:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Excellence in Broadcasting Network ^ | March 27, 2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: There's a story here by Chris Cillizza in the Washington Post: "President Obama Got Elected on Competence. Now People are Starting to Wonder." You see, ladies and gentlemen, the Drive-Bys are beginning to get worried. The very low approval numbers, around 40 -- I don't know how it's that high, frankly. But the disapproval number is almost at 60%. Six out of 10 disapprove of the way Obama's doing the job. That is really bad. Really worrisome, because, remember, these people back in 2007 and 2008 promoted Barack Obama as the single greatest living human being to...
  • Jimmy Carter says Pope Francis promised women should have a greater role

    03/27/2014 6:00:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/26/14 | Michelle Boorstein
    Former President Jimmy Carter isnt exactly known for withholding his opinion, so it wasnt surprising on Wednesday to hear him say he typed out and mailed a letter to Pope Francis challenging the pontiff on the status of women in the Catholic Church. He promised me he thought women should have a greater role, the 39th U.S. president told an audience during an appearance at The Washington Post. Carter was promoting his new book A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.Answering questions from journalists David Ignatius and Sally Quinn, Carter talked about the intersection of religion and gender...
  • Bombshell In WaPo/Keystone Scandal: Did the Post Coordinate With Congressional Democrats?

    03/26/2014 9:56:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Power Line ^ | March 26, 2014 | John Hinderaker
    A major development occurred today in the scandal surrounding the Washington Posts attempt to advance Democratic Party talking points by falsely linking Koch Industries to the Keystone Pipeline. In the unlikely event that you are not already familiar with the story, you should begin by reading this post and this one, as well as the one from last October where I dismantled the International Forum on Globalization report that was the basis for the Washington Posts story of March 20. The facts, very briefly, are these: Koch Industries has no interest in the Keystone Pipeline; it has not lobbied in...
  • Rand Paul: The most intriguing man in todays Republican Party

    03/26/2014 5:37:47 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 35 replies
    Rand Paul is the most intriguing and for Democrats, perhaps the most frightening figure in todays Republican Party. The Kentucky senator, who is more than flirting with a 2016 presidential run, is making a smart play for the millennial generation that was key to President Obamas twin victories and that his own party has convincingly repelled. Pauls unlikely pilgrimage to the progressive precincts of the University of California at Berkeley offered the most convincing evidence so far that he is serious about carving out this (sorry, President Clinton) third way space and a demonstration of his potential...
  • Heres how you benefit from the Koch brothers [with video]

    03/26/2014 6:00:10 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 3 replies
    AEI ^ | Mark J. Perry | March 25, 2014
    The video above is from the Washington Post titled “Here’s How You SupportPersonally Benefit from the Koch Brothers,” with a little editing of the title and one segment of the video below, to reflect the fact that voluntary market exchanges are “win-win” or “positive-sum” outcomes, meaning that they benefit both the buyer and the seller: And whether or not you agree with the Koch Brothers, you’ve probably contributed to their fortunegreatly benefited personally from the products and services they provide. Ever use Brawny paper towels?  They’re made by Georgia Pacific, a Koch company. Another Georgia Pacific product – Angel...
  • The Washington Post has fallen and it can't get up

    03/23/2014 1:12:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/23/2013 | Thomas Lifson
    Jeff Bezos, the multi-billionaire (via Amazon.com) new owner of the Washington Post has got a messy situation on his hands, and unless he steps in, it appears that his new property is in danger of losing the prestige that was its primary asset. After a false hit piece on the Koch Brothers claiming they were the largest holder of Canadian oil sands land rights was devastatingly debunked by John Hinderaker of Powerline (see also: Washington Post busted!), the authors of the incorrect article responded conceding nothing, not apologizing or retracting their falsehoods, but only made their situation worse. As Jonah...
  • The Washington Post Responds To Me, and I Reply to the Post

    03/22/2014 9:03:43 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    PowerLine ^ | 3/22/14 | John Hinderaker
    On Thursday, the Washington Post published an article by Steven Mufson and Juliet Eilperin titled The biggest lease holder in Canadas oil sands isnt Exxon Mobil or Chevron. Its the Koch brothers. The articles first paragraph included this claim: The biggest lease holder in the northern Alberta oil sands is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, the privately-owned cornerstone of the fortune of conservative Koch brothers Charles and David. The theme of the article was that the Keystone Pipeline is all about the Koch brothers; or, at least, that this is a plausible claim. The Post authors relied on a report...
  • Handicapping the 2016 vice presidential field.

    03/07/2014 12:35:43 PM PST · by palmer · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 7 at 2:24 pm | BY SEAN SULLIVAN
    [skipping the explanations] Dems: 1. Deval Patrick. 2. Elizabeth Warren. 3. The Castro brothers. 4. Kirsten Gillibrand 5. Cory Booker. Rinos: 1. Susana Martinez. 2. Marco Rubio. 3. Scott Walker. 4. Bobby Jindal. 5. Brian Sandoval.
  • The Closed Mind of the Open-Minded Mr. Kaiser

    03/04/2014 6:06:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 4, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    Former Washington Post Managing Editor Robert Kaiser took to the opinion pages of the Post to lament the disintegration of the good old days in Washington when political life was wonderfully collegial and lawmakers had fun governing. Oh, the irony of this Beltway liberal's devoting 2,225 words to decrying conservatives for destroying something that liberals have largely been in charge of for years -- government and its growth. Kaiser sounds a lot like Chris Matthews, who often mourns for the days when politics was fun -- as if the process of governing is the only thing that matters. For...
  • Milbank, OReilly, Fox News and Disrespecting Presidents Today

    02/10/2014 10:09:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 10, 2014 | Brian Birdnow
    Much has been reported recently concerning Fox News anchor Bill OReilly and his pre-Super Bowl interview of President Barack Obama. Many of the Obama cheering section are stating that this action showed Obamas courage in the sense that he was willing to consent to an interview with a supposedly hostile reporter from an anti-administration television network. Conservative viewers, on the other hand, saw this as an exercise in frustration since the President answered no questions, and spent his time lobbing thinly disguised barbs at the interviewer, and the interviewers employer. So, few minds were really changed by this supposedly courageous...
  • Washingtons Blockheads

    02/04/2014 12:46:13 PM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 4 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 10, 2014 | ANDREW FERGUSON
    Herblock: The Black & the White, a documentary about the editorial cartoonist Herbert Block, had its cable premiere on HBO last week, and we can expect repeated showings for many weeks to come, creating a low-buzz Herblockfest interspersed dizzily among re-airings of Girls. Block died in 2001, at the age of 91. Why the programmers at HBO think their youngish, modish, post-literate viewers will be interested in his life and work is anyones guess. But there it is: more than an hour and a half of one newspaper cartoon after another, with voiceovers from one Washington swell after another,...
  • What Trailergate Could Mean for Davis in 2018

    01/24/2014 3:58:46 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Texas Tribune: The Brief ^ | January 23, 2014 | John Reynolds
    The Big Conversation The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza has put a different frame on the Wendy Davis storyline from this week focusing less on the immediate implications of Trailergate and more on what this means for Davis' attempts to position herself for elections to come. Cillizza's main point is that Davis had to run this year for governor in order to take advantage of the national prominence afforded her from last summer's filibuster. Running this year makes sure she is in the mix in the next couple of election cycles, when Democrats are hoping to run stronger because of...
  • WashPost Buries GOP Slam of Obama Regarding al Qaeda Resurgence;

    01/10/2014 7:06:18 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 10, 2014 | Ken Shepherd
    "Republican lawmakers Thursday blamed the Obama administration for the stunning resurgence of Iraq’s al-Qaeda franchise and called on the White House to take assertive steps to help Baghdad beat back militant uprisings in the country’s west." That's how Ernesto Londono opened his January 10 story "Republicans blame Obama administration for al-Qaeda resurgence in Iraq," a front-page-worthy story which Washington Post editors buried on page A10. By contrast, the Post ran not one but two Chris Christie bridge-scandal stories on the Friday edition's front page. The other stories rounding out the front page centered on efforts to hash out a long-term...
  • WashPost's Milbank Compares Talk of Impeaching Obama to 'Revenge Killing'

    01/08/2014 4:02:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | January 8, 2014 | Brad Wilmouth
    On Tuesday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, during a discussion of Republican congressional members who have spoken of the possibility of impeaching President Obama, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank labeled such talk "tribal politics" and compared it to a "revenge killing" against the President because he won the election. After host Al Sharpton played clips of several Republican members of Congress from a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Milbank dismissed the likelihood of impeachment and then added: But I think what this represents is not a serious effort to remove the President. But it's a certain frustration, and they said as much in...
  • President Obamas empty boast on Syria (WashPost)

    12/23/2013 4:57:00 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 23, 2013 | By Editorial Board
    IT WAS astonishing to hear President Obama, in the preamble to his end-of-year news conference last week, cite Syria as one of his foreign policy successes. [J]ust as were strengthening our position here at home, were also standing up for our interests around the world, Mr. Obama said. This year weve demonstrated that with clear-eyed, principled diplomacy, we can pursue new paths to a world thats more secure, a future where Iran does not build a nuclear weapon, a future where Syrias chemical weapons stockpiles are destroyed. Unfortunately, the White House press corps was not as struck by this boast...
  • WaPo: 'Every Democrat Should Be Scared' of this Obamacare Ad

    12/18/2013 11:06:42 AM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies
    National Review Online ^ | DECEMBER 18, 2013 | John Fund
    The conservative group Ending Spending may have premiered the ad that nationalizes the 2014 midterm elections around Obamacare. The 30-second killer ad was produced by Republican media consultant Larry McCarthy and goes after Jeanne Shaheen, the first-term Democratic Senator from New Hampshire who is likely to face former GOP Senator Scott Brown next year. The ad begins with footage of Shaheen on the Senate floor echoing President Obama by saying, if you like your insurance you can keep it. An overlay graphic points out that Obama was given the Lie of the Year award from a fact-checking group for that...
  • Haters gonna hate. But they plan to vote Republican.

    12/17/2013 6:04:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 54 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/17/13 | Sean Sullivan, Scott Clement
    Meet the haters. Were talking about the voters whove had it with all Washington politicians: President Obama, congressional Republicans and congressional Democrats. Despite their distaste for, well, everyone, when push comes to shove, these voters are lining up squarely behind GOP candidates for Congress. Its encouraging news for a Republican Party eyeing midterm elections now only about 11 months away. Why? Because it suggests the image problems the partys congressional members have experienced which have been worse than those suffered by Obama or congressional Democrats dont translate to a death knell at the ballot box. Seventy-two percent of...
  • WaPo Columnist: GOP Governors to Blame for Uninsured Non-Whites

    12/17/2013 4:27:48 PM PST · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 12/17/2013 | Albert Merrick
    With a new poll showing President Obamas disapproval ratings at an all time high, Washington Post columnist Greg Sargent tries to pivot the aim of Obamacare critics towards Republican governors. As of now,over two dozenstatesare notopting in to Obamacares Medicaid expansion, thanks largely to hostility to the law among GOP governors who are turning down huge sums of federal money that could otherwise go towardsexpanding coverage totheir own constituents. Result: untold numbers risk falling into a Medicaid gap,making toomuch to qualify for traditional Medicaid, yet too littleto qualify for subsidies on the exchanges. We now have a new look...
  • The Washington Post Trolls for Anti-Gun Stories on Sandy Hook Anniversary:

    12/14/2013 4:49:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 14, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    Not feeling as if they have adequately displayed their anti-gun bias, the Washington Post is trolling the nation for stories of gun violence to feature on its pages. In an episode of leftist crowdsourcing, the liberally inclined WaPo is asking its readers Whats your gun number? Mine is .45 Although I am also partial to the 7.62x39. Of course, the Post isnt asking about caliber preferences. Instead they are asking, on the anniversary of Sandy Hook, for its readers to share personal stories of gun violence. (And I dont get the impression that self-defense stories will make the cut.) According...
  • How George W. Bush failed the GOP

    12/12/2013 4:38:00 PM PST · by kobald · 82 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 11, 2013 | Rachel Maddow
    ..[B]y the time the Bush era was winding down, the whole administration, including the president, was stewed in terrible, Cheney-level disapproval ratings. And now, almost no one who played a significant role in that administration is anywhere to be found in electoral politics, beyond the tertiary orbits of Punch-and-Judy cable news and the remains of what used to be the conservative "think tank" circuit... Unlike the Reagan administration, the first Bush administration and the Clinton administration, the George W. Bush presidency elevated precisely no one to the ranks of national leadership who wasn't there before. The 2008 Republican presidential primaries...
  • Professor: Obama Should Be Allowed to Run for a Third Term

    11/29/2013 8:37:24 AM PST · by bestintxas · 122 replies
    thecollegefix ^ | 11/29/13 | n harden
    In The Washington Post, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history professor from NYU, has written an article claiming that all of Americas problems would be solovedGET THISif only we would allow Barack Obama to run for a third term! He wants to amend the Constitution and abolish presidential term limits. Zimmerman writes that Obamawhose approval rating is at an all time low of 37%would be much more effective at governing if he could stand for re-election in 2016 because then hed be less likely to ignore the will of the American people. Its time to put that power back where it belongs,...
  • Latino voters say health care, controversial remark spur them to turn out for McAuliffe

    11/05/2013 7:15:08 PM PST · by Rusty0604 · 31 replies
    Washingpost ^ | 11/05/2013 | Luz Lazo and Debbi Wilgoren
    Republican Ken Cuccinelli II, Virginia’s attorney general, was pilloried in a Democratic campaign commercial for a remark he made criticizing a D.C. law on pest control, which he claimed prevented the killing of rats. On the last full day of campaigning before voters decide Virginia's next governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe got help from Vice President Joe Biden, while Republican Ken Cuccinelli stumped alongside Sen. Marco Rubio. The Post's Gabe Silverman and Whitney Leaming saw what the candidates and voters had to say. On the last full day of campaigning before voters decide Virginia's next governor, Democrat Terry McAuliffe got help...
  • National Park Service to keep WW II Memorial open to veterans (Barry blinks)

    10/02/2013 10:07:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Local ^ | October 2, 2013 | Michael E. Ruane and Mark Berman
    At Marion Park on Capitol Hill, two fence gates were chained closed, but one was not, and a group of children played inside. At the Korean War Veterans Memorial, on the Mall, the entrance was blocked with barricades, but visitors just walked around the barriers and entered. At the closed-off National World War II Memorial, two days of assaults by veterans prompted the National Park Service to announce that they had the legal right to be there and would not be barred in the future. Across federal Washington on Wednesday, the government shutdown was leaking badly partly as a...
  • The Gay Passion Play Unravels?

    09/27/2013 6:03:57 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 27, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Within days of being brutally murdered in Wyoming in 1998, Matthew Shepard became for the Left a Christ figure, a sacrificial savior of the gay-rights cause. They even composed a passion play indicting a bigoted America in the hate crime, "The Laramie Project," that's been performed across the country, even in public schools. Ford's Theatre, the historic site of Abraham Lincoln's murder, has been selected as a natural Washington site for a restaging of this play, as well as a whole slate of panel discussions and other events on preventing hate, with The Washington Post signing as "Official Media Partner."...