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Durbin endorses Chuck Schumer for Senate leader, easing path for New Yorker to succeed Reid

Source: Washington Post

Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) on Friday endorsed his rival, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), to become the next Senate Democratic leader, clearing the path for what is likely to be an easy transition in leadership when Sen. Harry Reid steps down from the job.

Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in leadership for the past decade, said he has decided to back Schumer for the top position and will instead seek reelection to his current post.

In an interview with The Washington Post, Durbin said that a 2 a.m. conversation with Reid, the Senate minority leader, led him to believe that the Nevada Democrat was about to announce his plan to retire at the end of 2016. As the Senate continued in its marathon budget debate, Durbin found Schumer and pulled him to the side of the chamber.

"I don't think Harry's going to run," he told Schumer, according to Durbin's account Friday. "I think you've earned this."

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/03/27/durbin-endorses-chuck-schumer-for-senate-leader-easing-path-for-new-yorker-to-succeed-reid/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Fri Mar 27, 2015, 04:30 PM (16 replies)

Cruz: Menendez probe politically motivated

Source: The Hill

Des Moines, Iowa -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) suggested Saturday that the Justice Department’s criminal corruption charges against Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) are political retribution against the New Jersey Democrat for opposing the White House’s negotiations with Iran.

Cruz made the allegations to a throng of reporters jammed into the corner of a tent outside the Iowa Ag Summit in Des Moines without even having been asked about the Menendez criminal charges.

“The announcement this week by the Justice Department that they were bringing charges against Bob Menendez — I will point out that the timing seems awfully coincidental that … in the very week that Bob Menendez showed incredible courage to speak out and call out President Obama for the damage that his policy is doing to our national security … the Justice Department announces they’re moving forward with the criminal prosecution,” Cruz said.

“It raises the suggestion to other Democrats that if you dare part from the Obama White House, that criminal prosecutions will be used potentially as a political weapon against you as well,” he added.

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/234966-cruz-menendez-probe-politically-motivated
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Sat Mar 7, 2015, 07:06 PM (12 replies)

ESPN's Keith Olbermann suspended after calling Penn State students 'pitiful' on Twitter

Source: The Daily Collegain

A day after the Penn State Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon raised more than $13 million to help fight pediatric cancer, ESPN personality Keith Olbermann called the Penn State student body "pitiful" on his personal Twitter account.

Now, after receiving a heavy dose of backlash from not only the Penn State community, but also from others around the country, Olbermann was suspended by the network and publicly reprimanded in an issued statement.

"We are aware of the exchange Keith Olbermann had on Twitter last night regarding Penn State. It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN," the network said in a statement. "We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong. ESPN and Keith have agreed that he will not host his show for the remainder of this week and will return on Monday.

"The annual tradition of THON and the efforts of the students of Penn State to fight pediatric cancer should be applauded."

Read more: http://www.collegian.psu.edu/sports/article_8c1ce608-bc52-11e4-a621-9b3f3132b5b8.html
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Feb 24, 2015, 02:14 PM (43 replies)

Axelrod: Obama Misled Nation When He Opposed Gay Marriage In 2008

Source: Time

Barack Obama misled Americans for his own political benefit when he claimed in the 2008 election to oppose same sex marriage for religious reasons, his former political strategist David Axelrod writes in a new book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.

“I’m just not very good at bullshitting,” Obama told Axelrod, after an event where he stated his opposition to same-sex marriage, according to the book.

Axelrod writes that he knew Obama was in favor of same-sex marriages during the first presidential campaign, even Obama publicly said he only supported civil unions, not full marriages. Axelrod also admits to counseling Obama to conceal that position for political reasons. “Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union,’ ” Axelrod writes.

The insider’s account provides the clearest look yet at Obama’s long-established flip-flop, one of the blemishes on his record as a progressive. The admission of Obama’s embrace of deception also calls into question the President’s stated embrace of a new kind of politics in 2008, when he promised to be unlike other politicians who change their views to match the political winds. “Having prided himself on forthrightness, though, Obama never felt comfortable with his compromise and, no doubt, compromised position,” Axelrod writes. “He routinely stumbled over the question when it came up in debates or interviews.”

Read more: http://time.com/3702584/gay-marriage-axelrod-obama/
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Feb 10, 2015, 08:39 AM (33 replies)

Pelosi: With Hillary Clinton, Democrats can win the House

Source: The Hill

Rep. Nancy Pelosi says Democrats can recapture control of the House in 2016 by riding Hillary Clinton’s coattails.

“Yes, we can win the House,” the California Democrat said during a sit-down interview in her Capitol office.

“If she runs, she will win the nomination. And if she’s our nominee, she clearly — I mean, the campaign, the joint effort — would be one that could not only take her into office but would ,” Pelosi said.

“There’s opportunity, all kinds of statistics now about if the Democrats have a presidential candidate who … wins by 52 percent — that’s over 20 seats,” Pelosi added. “And so 53 is a victory .”

Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/230812-pelosi-with-hillary-dems-can-win-the-house
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Jan 27, 2015, 10:14 AM (24 replies)

White House to Propose Allowing Oil Drilling Off Atlantic Coast

Source: The New York Times

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Tuesday will announce a proposal to open up coastal waters from Virginia to Georgia for oil and gas drilling, according to a person briefed on the plan.

At the same time, in Alaska, the administration will ban drilling in some portions of the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, according to the person familiar with the plans, who could not speak publicly about them until the announcement.

Opening the Eastern Seaboard to oil companies is a prize the industry has sought for decades and is a blow to environmental groups. They argue that the move would put the coasts of Virginia, the Carolinas and Georgia at risk for an environmental disaster like the BP spill that struck the Gulf Coast in 2010, when millions of barrels of oil washed ashore after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig.

The move to ban drilling in some Arctic waters is certain to enrage Alaskan lawmakers who are already angry about an administration plan, announced during the weekend, to provide tougher environmental protections in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a 19-million-acre sanctuary that is believed to contain large reserves of oil and gas.

Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/27/us/politics/white-house-to-propose-allowing-oil-drilling-off-atlantic-coast.html?ref=energy-environment
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Tue Jan 27, 2015, 10:08 AM (19 replies)

U-Va. students challenge Rolling Stone account of attack

Source: The Washington Post

It was 1 a.m. on a Saturday when the call came. A friend, a University of Virginia freshman who earlier said she had a date that evening with a handsome junior from her chemistry class, was in hysterics. Something bad had happened.

Arriving at her side, three students —“Randall,” “Andy” and “Cindy” as they were identified in an explosive Rolling Stone account — told The Washington Post that they found their friend in tears. Jackie appeared traumatized, saying her date ended horrifically, with the older student parking his car at his fraternity, asking her to come inside, and then forcing her to perform oral sex on a group of five men.

In their first interviews about the events of that September 2012 night, the three friends separately told The Post that their recollections of the encounter diverge from how Rolling Stone portrayed the incident in a story about Jackie’s alleged gang rape at a U-Va. fraternity. The interviews also provide a richer account of Jackie’s interactions immediately after the alleged attack, and suggest that the friends are skeptical of her account.

The scene with her friends was pivotal in the article, as it alleged that the friends were callously apathetic about a beaten, bloodied, injured classmate reporting a brutal gang rape at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. The account alleged that the students worried about the effect it might have on their social status, how it might reflect on Jackie during the rest of her collegiate career, and how they suggested not reporting it. It set up the article’s theme: That U-Va. has a culture that is indifferent to rape.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/u-va-students-challenge-rolling-stone-account-of-attack/2014/12/10/ef345e42-7fcb-11e4-81fd-8c4814dfa9d7_story.html?Post+generic=%3Ftid%3Dsm_twitter_washingtonpost
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 08:59 PM (3 replies)

The biggest reason why President Bush will not be prosecuted for torture

Barack Obama has a little over two years left in his presidency. After that, someone else will be President. That President may very well be a Democrat, but someday down the road there will be a Republican in the White House. If Mr. Obama sets the precedent of prosecuting former Presidents, he is opening himself up for prosecution. If you can be prosecuted for torturing suspected terrorists, you can be prosecuted for using drones to blow up suspected terrorists.
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Dec 10, 2014, 11:48 AM (96 replies)

Profiling guidelines to be unveiled

Source: Politico

The Obama administration will Monday unveil its long-anticipated updates to its guidelines on racial profiling, tightening limits on the practice but still allowing federal law enforcement agencies to employ it at airports and along the border.

The new rules replace guidelines created by the Bush administration in 2003, which banned racial profiling for federal law enforcement, but included broad exemptions for national security and border security. The Bush rules applied only to race, but the new policy also bans profiling on the basis of religion, national origin, sexual orientation and gender identification.

The release of the new guidelines comes at a moment of heightened national attention on the role that race plays in law enforcement, amid continued protests spurred by the killings of black men in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, by white police officers.

But it has been in the making for more than five years, with Attorney General Eric Holder pressing to complete the project before his departure from the Justice Department, expected early next year. During the past two weeks, it was the first agenda item at his daily senior staff morning meetings, a department official said, adding: “It will be one of the signature accomplishments of his tenure.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/guidelines-racial-profiling-113386.html?hp=r3_3
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Mon Dec 8, 2014, 08:01 AM (0 replies)

Obama Considering Lazard Banker for Treasury Post

Source: The Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—The White House is expected to tap investment banker Antonio Weiss as the next U.S. Treasury Under Secretary for Domestic Finance, according to people familiar with the matter.

Mr. Weiss, 48, is currently head of global investment banking at Lazard, a mergers-and-acquisitions and restructuring shop on Wall Street well known for helping arrange corporate marriages and aiding distressed companies. If nominated and confirmed, Mr. Weiss would succeed Mary Miller, who stepped down from the senior Treasury post in early September. Matthew Rutherford has been filling the role in an acting basis.

Mr. Weiss’s nomination isn't final and the White House could decide to nominate someone else.

Mr. Weiss couldn’t be reached for comment.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/articles/obama-considering-investment-banker-for-top-treasury-post-1415822173
Posted by Freddie Stubbs | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 04:07 PM (5 replies)
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