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16 Jan 2011 14:03


Politics: Tom Coburn has date for the State of the Union: Chuck Schumer

They’ll be paired, “Odd Couple”-style, in an attempt to be more civil. “We don’t sweep differences under the rug,” Chuck said. “Tom and I have real differences, but we can do it civilly.” source

28 Dec 2010 09:56


Politics: Alvin Greene’s running for office again – this time, more modestly

  • Filing closes (noon Monday), and until that time, someone could pull out or change their mind. People wanting to know more should wait until next week. That’s all I’ve got to say right now.
  • South Carolina joke candidate Alvin Greene • Regarding his apparent decision to run for an open South Carolina state House seat, which opened up after state Rep. Cathy Harvin died earlier this month. In case you’re wondering, the filing fee is a tad cheaper than the $10,500 he paid for his Senate run – a modest $165. So, even though he’s still throwing away money, he has a slightly more realistic chance at winning this time around. But like he said, someone could pull out or change their mind. (thanks Larry Crider) source

02 Dec 2010 22:23


Politics: Lame duck Alan Grayson creates more kibble for Fox News

  • Oh Alan … Lame Duck congressman Alan Grayson decided to make the most of his last month in office by calling out every single GOP loudmouth he could think of on the floor of Congress today, pointing out that all of them stand to gain by extending the Bush tax cuts – many of them in seven figures. Best bit: Noting that George W. Bush will make over $100,000 from his own tax cuts. This oughta get a lot of play on Fox News tomorrow morning. source

13 Nov 2010 19:26


Politics: Democrats could invent leadership post for James Clyburn

  • Because, hey, that’s one way to solve the problem. Out of all of the people in the Nancy Pelosi-still-wants-to-lead drama circling Democrats in the House, nobody’s getting screwed more than James Clyburn. Not that he’s showing it. In a letter today, Clyburn announced that he’ll pushing for House Democrats to create an “assistant leader” position. Why the downgrade/job change? “To me,” he said “the best way to resolve this issue, maintain diversity in the leadership and cohesion in our caucus is to pull up another chair to the leadership table with a substantive, well-defined portfolio that will contribute in a meaningful way to our important work and to regaining the majority.” Is that something like “Assistant to the Regional Manager”? Just saying. source

02 Nov 2010 09:57


Politics: Ed Rendell on Obama: “expectations were unreasonably high”

  • I think expectations were unreasonably high for Barack Obama. He took over the presidency, Harry, facing the worst set of problems not of his own making that any American president has faced in the last 50 years.
  • Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell • Explaining (on “The Early Show” with Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez) the big problem Democrats have faced over the last two years. They have a president who has actually done stuff but the American people are either unaware or misinformed about what it is he did. (See: The Obama tax cuts nobody felt.) “We’ve got to learn to explain and communicate what we’ve done and what we want to do a lot more clearly and a lot better than we have,” Rendell said. While it’s too early to say whether or not Rendell’s assessment means big losses tonight (let the polls speak for themselves, kids), it’s one of the more honest assessments of the communication problems the Democrats have had recently. source

19 Oct 2010 08:22


Politics: Last night’s New York gubernatorial debate? Circus.

  • I’m with Jimmy. The rent is too damn high.
  • New York gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo • FInding common ground with fellow candidate Jimmy McMillan of The Rent is Too Damn High Party during last night’s debate in New York. The debate was notable for one reason – all of the candidates were there. The New York Times buried this farce on page A21 of the paper. They should’ve blown it out if you ask us. source

31 Jul 2010 11:17


Politics: Maxine Waters in the same congressional ethics boat as Rangel

Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, reportedly had improper chats with an executive at a bank her hubby owned stock in – while it was asking for a bailout. source

31 Jul 2010 10:34


Politics: President Obama to Rep. Charlie Rangel: Drop Dead

  • I think Charlie Rangel served a very long time and served his constituents very well. But these allegations are very troubling. He’s somebody who’s at the end of his career. Eighty years old. I’m sure that what he wants is to be able to end his career with dignity. And my hope is that it happens.
  • President Barack Obama • Saying that Charlie Rangel should retire and just go away. The House ethics subcommittee has recommended a reprimand for Rangel, which would be light compared to the censure and expulsion he could get. Still, though, Rangel won’t admit his guilt and as a result is making the situation much worse for himself. But if he’s so convinced of his innocence, should he quit? source

29 Jul 2010 20:01


Politics: I won’t back down, part 1: Charlie Rangel’s ethics charges

  • 13 ethics charges against a guy who wouldn’t back down source
  • » An unexpected result: Many in Congress expected Rangel to strike a deal to avoid a politically embarrassing trial, but instead, here we are. Some close to him, however, suggest that Rangel, a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus, believes he did nothing wrong.

19 Jul 2010 21:10


Politics: Democrat Walt Minnick: I don’t need Tea Party endorsement

The Idaho congressman, the only Democrat endorsed by Tea Party Express, declined their help. It’s official. Mark Williams is political suicide. Get it away! source