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[VIDEO] What Was More Exciting than the POTUS Speech? Jay Carney v. John McCain

NRO’s Andrew Johnson found the McCainCarney duel more compelling than the POTUS speech. Again from The Corner:

Former Obama press secretary Jay Carney’s start as a CNN pundit got a little rougher than expectedmcCain-HT this evening — he tried to tangle with John McCain about Middle East policy.

“Facts are stubborn things.”

Senator John McCain

Jay-Carney-HTAfter Carney had offered a favorable take on his former boss’s speech, Senator McCain took issue with Carney’s claim that the moderate Syrian opposition, which the president tonight proposed to arm, is stronger and more easily identifiable than it had been over the past couple years, during which time McCain had called for arming moderate rebel groups but President Obama had refused.

No serious expert on the matter thinks the moderate rebels are stronger now than they were earlier in the war, McCain pointed out. Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Nostra Culpa: Obama Blames Immigration Delay on Public’s Failure to Understand ‘The Facts’

editor-commen-deskI have a theory that a journalist could begin an article, or headline, with “Obama Blames…” and write a new story every week, and never run out of body copy. Andrew Johnson’s headline identifies Obama’s primary target of blame: American citizens. We just don’t get it. So he must act alone, because we’ve failed him. But it goes further than that. Consider this: Every time Obama says the word “Congress”, or “Republicans in Congress”, replace that word with “The American voters”. Members of Congress didn’t get there by accident, they didn’t ascend to power in a bloody coup, or arrive in a spaceship, they got elected.

If Congress is blocking the president’s agenda, pursuing an opposing agenda, ignoring his mocking insults and wounded complaining, or being uncooperative and combative, that’s because they were elected to do exactly that. They represent the people. Elections have consequences.

Don’t like it? Then make your case, Mr. President, and help Democrats win back the House. You tried that, and it failed? That’s the way it crumbles, cookie-wise. When Obama blames Congress? He’s not talking about his political opponents, he’s talking about you. 


From The CornerAndrew Johnson

New Meet the Press host Chuck Todd pushed back against President Obama’s claims that his decision to delay taking executive action on granting legal status to people in the country illegally wasn’t motivated by the upcoming midterms elections. “It looks like politics, it looks like election-year politics,” Todd interjected at one point.

“But if the public’s not behind you, you’re not taking it? That sounds a little bit — that the public wouldn’t support what you did?”

One of the reasons the president claims he delayed action was to make sure all the “t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted,” but also pointed to the recent surge of unaccompanied children on the border complicated the matter. Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Former Deputy CIA Chief: Islamic State ‘Most Complex Terrorism Problem I Have Ever Seen’

The CornerAndrew Johnson: Former CIA deputy director Michael Morell called the Islamic State’s rapidly growing strength and control of territory in Iraq and Syria “the most complex terrorism problem that I have ever seen.”

While he said “there are no magic bullets” for dealing with the situation, he offered a potential strategy on Face the Nation. First, the United States must work towards taking the controlled territories in Iraq and Syria, which will require a political solution with the former’s government; doing so in Syria will likely be notably more difficult…(more) NRO

[VIDEO] Malik Shabazz: Provocateurs, Plants Causing Violence in Ferguson

“We cannot allow this movement to be destroyed — we’re here for justice.”

From The CornerAndrew Johnson reports: “Intentional provocateurs” and “outside infiltrators” are responsible for the eruptions of violence during the protests of peaceful marchers in Ferguson, Mo., according to Black Lawyers for Justice president Malik Shabazz.

“I don’t know who he’s planted by, but he’s not with us — he’s here to make this look bad, and we don’t want to make it look bad.”

“They’ve been here everyday to try to provoke the police to attack us,” Shabazz told CNN as tensions escalated in the city shortly after 10 p.m. local time…(read more)

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[VIDEO] Trash-Talkin’ ISIS Punk Bitch-Slaps U.S. Leadership: ‘Don’t Be Cowards and Attack Us With Drones…Send Your Soldiers’


“I say to America, that the Islamic Caliphate has been established, and we will not stop. Don’t be cowards and attack us with drones. Instead send your soldiers, the ones we humiliated in Iraq.”

From The CornerAndrew Johnson reports:

The jihadist group in control of much of northern Iraq right now is confident it can defeat the United States, and eventually take over the White House, but they don’t want the U.S. using any of its advanced military weaponry.

“We will humiliate them everywhere, God willing, and we will raise the flag of Allah in the White House.”

The United States began air strikes, using manned fighter-bombers, against the jihadist group this morning…(read more)



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[VIDEO] Lanny Davis Blasts Cynical Spin from White House Press Shop

“That’s got to change to serve the president better, because right now the communications shop is ill-serving him.”

Disclosure: I had a phone conversation with Lanny Davis during the Clinton years. He was interested in a portrait I’d done of him in the New Republic, and sweet-talked me into giving it to him for next to nothing. I found Mr. Davis to be a disarming, self-deprecating, gently persuasive operator. Davis was viewed by the press at that time, as a ‘master of spin’. He’s well-positioned to make these observations, and I’m sure it gives him no pleasure to see a Democrat in the oval office being ill-served by communications director Dan Pfeiffer.

“It’s the cynical spin that I hear from the White House communications shop rather than constructive, outreach, high-level the way the way the president deserves.”

From Andrew Johnson, at The Corner:

The strategy of the White House communications wing of “always demonizing the opposition” is not only damaging to the national discourse, but ultimately for President Obama as well, says Democratic adviser and strategist Lanny Davis…(read more)

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[VIDEO] Marco Rubio: Immigration Reform Will ‘Never’ Pass in One Comprehensive Bill

More from the talking-head shows, from The Corner.  Rubio was on the defensive for most of the interview (who wouldn’t be, under the hot lights with interviewer Chris Wallace?) and for good reason: Rubio was a leading proponent of  comprehensive immigration reform, until he flamed out in the polls, and is now trying to reinvent his message. Here’s some of Andrew Johnson‘s summary of Rubio’s Fox News Sunday interview:

“We’re not debating what to do — we’re debating how to do it. I’m just telling you we will never have the votes necessary to pass in one bill all of those things — it just won’t happen.”

Though the political class hasn’t caught up with this yetAmericans are rightly skeptical of any public policy package with the word “comprehensive” on it. It’s kryptonite. Don’t open that package. Send it back.

[Chris Wallace grills Rubio on immigration: “If it’s not political, why did you flip?” – Mediaite]

Some of Rubio’s more interesting comments, not included here (I just watched the broadcast of Rubio’s Fox News Sunday interview a moment ago) was not about immigration, but in defense of characterizing Hillary Clinton as a “20th Century candidate“. Chris Wallace noted that some see it as a veiled reference to Hillary’s advanced age. Rubio responded that you can be 40 years old, and be a candidate of the 20th Century. Rubio launched into a fairly typical monologue outlining an entrepreneurial alternative to Hillary’s statism. Some of it was good, not defensive, occasionally colorful and distracting. Here’s a money quote:

“We are going through the equivalent of an industrial revolution every five years.”

True? Not true? Either way, it’s a campaigner’s flourish. Not unlike something an ascendant Newt Gingrich or Bill Clinton would say when they wanted to change the subject with futuristic-sounding language.  Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Son of Hamas Founder Mosab Hassan Yousef: What Does Hamas Want? Conquest. When Do They Want It? Now.

“Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise; Hamas is seeking conquest and taking over.”

— Mosab Hassan Yousef

This item from NRO‘s Andrew Johnson should clear up any lingering questions about Hamas and its objectives. Johnson writes:

The son of Hamas founder Sheikh Hassan Yousef revealed to CNN that Hamas’s “final destination” goes beyond just the destruction of Israel.

“Hamas does not care about the lives of Palestinians, does not care about the lives of Israelis or Americans.”

“Hamas is not seeking coexistence and compromise; Hamas is seeking conquest and taking over,” said Mosab Hassan Yousef, who has rejected Hamas’s objectives and converted to Christianity. Ultimately, Hamas aims to help create an Islamic caliphate “on the rubble of any other civilization.” Read the rest of this entry »

‘Aviation Expert’ Pranks MSNBC Host

“obviously was not actually an eyewitness.”

I take my eyes off The Corner for one week day, and this is what happens. (read the whole thing here) From National Review Online‘s Andrew Johnson, this is but one of many of today’s news clusterf*#$!’s :

MSNBC’s The Cycle was apparently pranked today when a supposed expert contributor pretended to be an eyewitness to the downed Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine, describing the plane as having been shot down by a…

Co-host Krystal Ball, who introduced the call as an exclusive interview with Staff Sergeant Michael Boyd from the United States embassy in Ukraine, asked the guest what he saw….(read more)

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[VIDEO] CNN Panel: Daily Beast’s Keli Goff Compares Deporting Jose Antonio Vargas to Sending Blacks Back to Africa

“If you dropped me off in Africa, I couldn’t speak the language, I wouldn’t have any cultural ties to the continent, even though it is the continent of my origin”

—  The Daily Beast’s Keli Goff

National Review OnlineAndrew Johnson has this item: Deporting immigration activist and documentarian Jose Antonio Vargas, who famously revealed he was an illegal immigrant in a New York Times op-ed in 2011 and was arrested trying to leave McAllen, Texas, this morning, would be like sending black Americans back to Africa, according to one CNN guest.

Wright immediately called it a false equivalence because enslaved Africans were forcibly brought to the Americas and did not break the law, but that didn’t stop Goff from continuing to make the case for Vargas.

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Obama’s Former Ambassador to Iraq: Crisis a ‘National-Security Emergency’ for the U.S.

“The most important thing is this is national-security emergency for the United States.”

For National Review OnlineAndrew Johnson writes: Former United States ambassador to Iraq James Jeffrey warned that the ongoing crisis in the Middle Eastern country poses a serious threat to the U.S. and its allies.

“It’s a huge terrorist threat, it’s our allies and partners under stress, it’s a possible civil war in the middle of the Middle East, and it’s even an impact on our oil and energy security. We need to act and we need to continue acting very quickly.”

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SMIDGEN REPORT: Lois Lerner’s Attorney Claims ‘She’s as Upset as Anybody Else…’

For National Review OnlineAndrew Johnson writes: Lois Lerner isn’t to blame for the loss of thousands of emails sent during the period of the IRS’s alleged targeting of conservative groups, according to her attorney…

“The truth is this was one of those things that happened — at the time she did everything she could to retrieve it.”

Appearing on State of the Union, William Taylor explained that Lerner’s computer screen “went blue” one day, and ultimately resulted in her losing all of her emails during a two-year span.

“That’s the story — that’s all there is to it.” 

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[VIDEO] Jeffrey Toobin: Obama Clearly Broke the Law with Bergdahl Exchange

“…the president is taking power for himself that the law didn’t give him — he’s explicitly contradicting it.”

— CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

For NROAndrew Johnson: The Obama administration’s failure to notify Congress of the release of five Guantanamo Bay detainees ahead of his exchanging them for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl is a direct violation of the law, according to CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

“It matters whether people follow the law or not…I think he clearly broke the law.”

“I think he clearly broke the law,” Toobin said on Monday, adding that the president’s signing statement in which he called the law unconstitutional does not automatically make it so…(read more)

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Hillary Clinton Has Made $5 Milllion in Speaking Fees Since Leaving Office


Mother Jones’s Andy Kroll’s report via NRO‘s Andrew Johnson:

Hillary Clinton has raked in nearly $5 million for her various appearances and speeches since leaving the State Department in February 2013, even though many of her more than 90 appearances have been unpaid. Her usual speaking fee is approximately $200,000 per appearance.

“This is a great way for a company to get access to her, to hear what she’s thinking, to be remembered if and when she does run for office, and to help her grow that nice little nest egg that she and her husband have been intent on building.”

— Campaign Legal Center policy director Meredith McGehee told Mother Jones

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Jon Stewart’s Former Sidekick Rips Oregon’s Obamacare Debacle in New HBO Show

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: “Oregon Spirit” by Lisa Loeb (HBO)

“your passion for cuteness may kill your whole state.”

Good catch by Andrew Johnson at The Corner:

“That has got to be a bitter pill to swallow for the people of Oregon — or it would be if they could get the pill, which they can’t because their sh***y website is broken”

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Rep. Steve Hurst’s Badass Campaign Float


At The Corner, Adrew Johnson adds:

The Republican lawmaker, who also runs Haynes Street Pawn and Gun Shop in Talladega, has been parading around the giant firearm at local events to get the word out on his campaign, and signal his strong support for the Second Amendment…

…Thus far, the float has been well received and become a popular subject for photos…

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And some sass from Gawker:

Are you from Talladega? Do you like guns? But I repeat myself. The point is: Your conservative state representative likes guns. A lot. He’s a big fan of big guns. With big barbecue smokers inside of them. Now, who are you voting for in November?


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[AUDIO] NSFW: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Goes Cuckoo-Bananas on Caller, Drops F-Bomb Before Censors Catch It

If your computer volume is up and unsuspecting people are standing nearby, you might want to adjust the volume before hitting “play” on this YouTube clip. Schultz lets it rip.

From NRO‘s Andrew Johnson:

Censors failed to bleep out Ed Schultz’s profane outburst on his radio show when the MSNBC host lashed out at a caller during a heated discussion.

“I hope that they didn’t go out — did we catch that one? I need some direction! Did we catch that one? Yes or no?”

The fiery caller accused Schultz of “fascism” and for “capitulating” to people who are benefiting from the worsening state of affairs, prompting Schultz to say he hoped that caller didn’t “have a stroke…”(read more)

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Jonah Goldberg: Obama’s Stand-up Routine


Too bad the joke is on his youthful audience. 

If you’ve seen some of Obama’s speeches in the last week, perhaps you’ve noticed how he’s becoming quite the jokester. Obama’s spiteful sarcasm—disguised as humor, of course—is becoming increasingly hollow, divisive, unseemly. Nobody likes a bully, or a sore winner. I’m surprised he’s not called out more for his overuse of the most un-presidential rhetorical habit: the straw man. It’s one thing for a contender on the campaign trail, trying to climb his way up to an elected job, another for a man already holding the highest office in the land. The way Obama creates an imaginary opponent, then defeats that fictional opponent with zingers, snark, and bluster, is a peculiar thing to watch.

I can imagine a group of actual conservatives watching one of these speeches, finding absolutely nothing they can identify with, then, even agreeing with him about this awful enemy the president is describing. “Wow, who is that guy? He sounds like a real bastard!” “Yeah, let’s go find him and beat the snot out of him!” It’s easy to win an argument when you’re playing both roles in the debate. I’ve been hoping someone smart and entertaining would notice and report on this. Fortunately, Jonah Goldberg is back from vacation, and on the job:

Jonah Goldberg writes:

President Obama was doing his favorite thing this week: talking to crowds of adoring young people who already agree with him while acting like he persuaded them about something.

“…the president is utterly incapable of arguing with anything other than a fictional opponent.”

They also seemed to give Obama the impression that he’s a really funny guy. On Wednesday, he told a crowd of 1,400 at the University of Michigan that he visited a local deli, Zingerman’s. He proceeded to tell a long story about ordering the small Reuben sandwich, which he said was “killer.” That description got a good laugh. Then he explained how he thought the sandwich was too big, so he shared it with his adviser, Valerie Jarrett.

[Jonah’s book, The Tyranny of Cliches, is available at Amazon]

“After I finished [my] half, I wanted [her] half back,” Obama said. “But it was too late, all she had was the pickle – so I took the pickle.”

“Took the pickle” was a huge laugh line.

Pickle is a funny word, but still; when an audience thinks this is a knee-slapper, you know it’s not a rough crowd.

But Obama had a serious point to make as well. Zingerman’s “is a business that treats its workers well and rewards honest work with honest wages. And that’s what I’m here to talk about today.” He then segued into a pitch for raising the minimum wage.

National Review’s Andrew Johnson noted that Zingerman’s is pretty expensive. That small Reuben cost $13.99 – pickle included! (Thank you! I’m here all week. Please tip your servers.) The large goes for nearly $17. The irony might have been lost on the president that Zingerman’s “honest wages” also lead to high prices.

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[VIDEO] Gibbs: Even Though White House Won’t Admit It, Senate ‘Definitely in Danger ‘

a-few-good-men-02Kaffee: Grave Danger?

Col. Jessep: Is there another kind?

Andrew Johnson reports: One of President Obama’s top former advisers warned Democrats that if they can’t keep the Senate in November, that will effectively be the end of the Obama presidency. “If you lose the Senate, turn out the lights because the party is over,” former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said on Meet the Press.

"I'd rather you just said THANK YOU"

Kaffee: I said, ”Grave danger?” You said, ”Is there any other kind?”

Col. Jessep: I recall what I said.

Kaffee: I can have it read back to you.

Col. Jessep: I know what I said! I don’t have to have it read back to me.

Gibbs encouraged the president to be more involved in rallying and exciting Democratic voters in the coming months, because otherwise the Senate is “definitely, absolutely” in danger of falling in to Republican control…Read the rest…

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White House to Marijuana Advocates: Slow Down, Daddy, Our Official Position on Pot Hasn’t Changed, Dig?

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would have an easier sell if he hadn’t just grown himself a beatnik beard. I bet Carney’s got rolling papers in his pocket. I just know it. He’s holding. For sure.

Andrew Johnson  writes:  President Obama’s recent comments about marijuana didn’t quite call for the legalization of recreational use, the White House clarified. In a recent interview with The New Yorker, the president made comments that some interpreted as a policy shift on the issue.

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[VIDEO] A Special Bond: Rodman: Kim Jong Un ‘My F***ing Friend, I Love Him’

From Mediaite, via NRO‘s Andrew Johnson,  a disturbingly frank Dennis Rodman reveals his true feelings.

Andrew Johnson writes:  Dennis Rodman continued to emphasize his bizarre affection for North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, even when pressed about the dictator’s atrocities. While in Beijing with seven other former NBA players en route to Pyongyang to take part in an exhibition game for Kim’s birthday, Sky News confronted the Worm about why his “friend for life” has locked up 200,000 people in North Korean prison camps.

Rodman asserted that it wasn’t his “job” to address those concerns with Kim, but hoped that his involvement arranging the game could “open the doors” to negotiations for those in a better position to handle it. He said bringing the subject of prison camps up would infringe on the nature of their friendship.

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[VIDEO] Priebus: Obamacare ‘Intentionally Designed to Screw over Young People’

Andrew Johnson writes: President Obama’s appeal to youth supporters to enroll through his health-care law’s marketplaces is a hollow effort, according to Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus.

“What the Obamacare package is is it was intentionally designed to screw over young people. It wasn’t a mistake; it wasn’t an accident — it was a package intentionally designed to screw over young people.”

Priebus rejected the president’s claims that Republicans haven’t offered alternatives to health-care reforms, citing a number of past examples, including Representative Tom Price’s (R., Ga.); he also mentioned an open-pricing model or health-insurance pools, among other ideas. These have never had a fair hearing, Priebus stated, because Democrats aren’t willing to budge on anything but their own plan. Read the rest of this entry »

[VIDEO] Intel. Chairs: We’re Less Safe from Terrorism than a Decade Ago

Andrew Johnson writes: The chairs of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees believe the United States is not safer than it was at the beginning of the Afghanistan war. Representative Mike Rogers (R., Mich.) and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) agreed that the risk of a terrorist attack against the U.S. is not only higher, but also more diverse.

“Al-qaeda as we knew it before is metastasizing into something different — more affiliates than we’ve ever had before” Rogers said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday. “All have them have at least some aspiration to commit an act of violence in the United States or against western targets all around the world.”

Feinstein warned of enhanced weapons technology among terrorist groups, including state-of-the-art bombs that go undetected and have been attempted on at least four separate occasions in the U.S.

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Dem. Strategist: ‘I Still Can’t Get Insurance through HealthCare.gov, or Over the Phone’

Andrew Johnson reports:  Democrat Jimmy Williams, a strong supporter of Obamacare, is reaching his wit’s end over the health-care law’s botched rollout. After nearly two months of trying on both the website and over the phone, he still hasn’t been able to sign up for a plan, including an attempt the day before.

“That is not a good track record — not just for me, but I’m sure for lots of people,” Williams said on MSNBC on Wednesday. “I want the website to work — I demand that the website works — and if he doesn’t have it working in three days then he’s going to have to answer to his critics, including me, a Democrat.”

He said he tried to log on to HealthCare.gov on Tuesday, but was unable to get through. After calling the call center (his third time since his first try October 4), Williams said he still didn’t have a plan.

The White House’s self-imposed deadline for a functioning website is November 30.

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[VIDEO] Obam-O-Vision Superpowers: Can Spot Immigrants ‘Just Looking at Faces’

Andrew Johnson reports:  Pushing for immigration reform on Tuesday, President Obama said he can spot an immigrant just by looking at him.

“As I was getting a tour of DreamWorks, I didn’t ask, but just looking at faces I could tell there were some folks who are here not because they are born here, but because they want to be here,” he told an audience of the studio’s animation division in Glendale, Calif. “They bring extraordinary talents to the United States, and that’s part of what makes America special.”

Earlier on Tuesday, with the Senate immigration bill stalled, for the moment, in the House, White House refused to rule out taking executive action on the issue of immigration.

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Capitalist-Flesh-Eating Zombie Socialists Hail New Zombie Leader in Seattle

From the dustbin of history, the zombie socialists

From the dustbin of history, the zombie socialists

Newly elected Sawant sings from the old socialist playbook: Capitalism “is a dirty word.” 

Note: I support this trend–truth in labeling. As many as one third, to one half of contemporary liberal democrats are closet socialists. They’d like to be able to say it, but they can’t. With Sawant’s help, hopefully more will come out of the closet, and fly their flag, as honestly as she does.

Andrew Johnson writes: At last week’s Wall Street Journal CEO Council meeting in Washington, D.C., President Obama quipped about the repeated charge that he’s a socialist. “But, no, you’ve got to meet real socialists,” he said. “You’ll have a sense of what a socialist is.” For those who are interested, meet newly elected Seattle Council member Kshama Sawant.

Running as a Socialist Alternative candidate, Sawant turned some heads in mid November by defeating longtime Democratic incumbent Richard Conlin for a seat on the city council. Running on issues such as a $15-per-hour minimum wage, she became the first socialist to win a citywide election in Seattle in nearly a century, thanks to the backing of Occupy Seattle (of which she is an organizer) and local unions. It’s been little more than a week since she claimed victory, but Sawant’s brazen promotion of socialist values is winning her praise and supporters in the progressive movement.

Sawant sees no need to hedge her views as “leaning” toward socialism or as sharing its perspective “on some of the issues.” In fact, even the Democratic-party establishment that has, in her words, “controlled” the Emerald City’s politics for years, is not exempt from her criticism. In a statement following Conlin’s concession on November 15, she thanked him for his public service before taking a piercing jab to say her election proves “a majority of voters are fed up with the corporate politicians.” In 2012, she challenged the Washington state-house speaker, a Democrat, and she managed to garner one-third of the vote. Regarding President Obama, she told Salon that he believes in capitalism and that there is “no basis in reality” to suggest he believes otherwise. The Stranger, a local alt-weekly that endorsed Sawant, credited her “brash style” and “refreshingly blunt rhetoric” with helping propel her to victory.

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Woodward Tweaks Axelrod: You Tested Swapping Biden for Clinton, but Not Healthcare.gov?

Andrew Johnson reports: The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward had some fun at the expense of former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod as he tried to both defend the president’s health-care law’s performance this month and downplay efforts to replace Vice President Joe Biden with Hillary Clinton during the 2012 election. Axelrod argued that “due diligence” required looking into the possibility of bringing in Clinton.

“We tested everything — that was our job,” Axelrod said on Meet the Press.

“Everything but Obamacare,” Woodward quipped.

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Top Ten Excuses for Obamacare Cancellations

Democrats are scrambling to explain why millions of Americans can’t “keep their plans.”

Andrew Johnson reports: The Obama administration and its loyalists are sticking to their guns when it comes to the president’s promise that “if you like your health-care plan, you can keep it” under his signature law.

As reports of millions of Americans’ losing the current, preferred plans roll in from across the nation, Democrats are finding new ways to spin the process or justify the cancellations, all while claiming President Obama didn’t mislead the public with his guarantee. From talk of “conversion letters” to disparaging remarks about the doomed plans, here are the top excuses Democrats are giving:

1. “Transitioning

Americans aren’t receiving “so-called cancellation notices”; they’re getting help “transitioning” off their previous plans, according to Representative Sander Levin (D., Mich.). He echoed the rhetoric of Florida Blue CEO Patrick Geraghty, who made that same claim on Meet the Press earlier in the week.

2. “Bad-apple Insurers

During a speech in Boston on Wednesday, President Obama laid the blame for canceled plans on “bad-apple insurers.” The president stood by his original promise and accused critics of being “grossly misleading.”

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Wasserman Schultz: I Will Not Give Up Salary in Shutdown

Andrew Johnson reports: Debbie Wasserman Schultz revealed that she will not decline pay during the government shutdown as some of her congressional colleagues have opted to do in solidarity with federal employees.

After initially dodging the question, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd pressed the Democratic National Committee chairman again on whether she would accept her salary. “Yes, I’m going to continue to take my salary,” she said.

Since the shutdown began on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports that over 100 Republican and Democratic lawmakers have declined to accept their pay until the government is reopened.

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Cruz Pushes for Stand Alone CR to Fund Intelligence Services

Andrew Johnson reports: Ted Cruz encouraged his Senate colleagues to pass a continuing resolution that would fully fund the federal government’s intelligence-gathering community, which director James Clapper said was at risk amid the shutdown. The Texas senator called on Senate majority leader Harry Reid and President Obama to help pass and sign it into law similar to ensuring funding for payment for those serving in the military.

“If the Senate cooperates, we could get this passed by the end of the day,” Cruz said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Wednesday morning. “I hope that issues of partisan politics can be set aside and we can all come together and pass right now, by the end of the day, a continuing resolution to fully fund the Department of Defense and the intelligence community.”

During the hearing, Clapper told the committee that 70 percent of the intelligence-services workforce had been furloughed because of the shutdown.

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100 Unintended Consequences of Obamacare

Top 100

Companies, workers, retirees, students, and spouses all suffer from the law’s inflexible mandates.

Andrew Johnson writes: Today, Obamacare’s October 1 launch date finally arrived. Ever since its passage, supporters of the law have made countless attempts to convince the American people of its viability, dismissing predictions of lost jobs, decreased hours, and rising costs, among others.

Cruz Kicks Off Filibuster

UPDATE: Tune in to Filibuster in progress – Live Video – C-SPAN2  – Butcher

Andrew Johnson reports: UPDATE: 2:48 p.m. “I intend to speak until I can no longer stand,” Cruz said in his opening remarks of his filibuster. Cruz was joined by his partner in his effort to defund Obamacare, Utah senator Mike Lee. Cruz has already played on the theme to “make DC listen” early on in his remarks and his Twitter account has started using the #MakeDCListen hashtag.

A Republican Senate source tells NRO’s Betsy Woodruff that Texas senator Ted Cruz will mount a “talking filibuster” this afternoon to stop a cloture vote on the continuing resolution that would defund Obamacare, which is set to come up for a vote tomorrow. Cruz is expected to begin the filibuster shortly after 2:30 p.m.

Asked how long he’ll keep it up for, Cruz said, “We’ll see.”

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Ellison: ‘Really Disappointing’ That Apple Doesn’t Want to Pay More Taxes

By  Andrew Johnson


Representative Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) just can’t wrap his head around why Apple wouldn’t “step up” to pay more in taxes.

“It seems to me they ought to want to help to pay the expenses of this country, so that everybody can have a fair shot,” Ellison said on MSNBC’s The Ed Show over the weekend.

”I don’t think they’ve got warm blood, I really don’t.”

Ellison found it “really disappointing” that Apple wasn’t willing to pay higher taxes, arguing that it “wouldn’t be a multi-billion-dollar corporation but for the fact that the United States of America made it possible for them to be that successful.”

“Taxes are not a punishment,” he explained, “taxes are the dues we pay to live in a civilized society.”

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook testified before a Senate subcommittee last week over the company’s tax-avoidance practices. Schultz later questioned whether what Apple was engaging in was “morally right,” concluding ”I don’t think they’ve got warm blood, I really don’t.”


via Ellison:  National Review Online.

CNN Demolishes Obama’s ‘High-Speed Rail Boondoggle’

By Andrew Johnson

On his CNN show last night, Anderson Cooper chronicled the Obama administration’s unfulfilled promises and wasteful spending on high-speed rail projects across the country. Cooper and investigative reporter Drew Griffin reported that, while the administration sold its $12 billion in projects as high-speed rail, the funding has spent has largely been used to make existing trains slightly faster. In Washington State, for instance, $800 million have been used to reduce the length of the trip from Seattle to Portland by 10 minutes.

via The Corner – National Review Online.