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Both Sides DON'T Do It.

Political scientists Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein are longtime scholars of American politics in general and the U.S. Congress in particular. They were among the first mainstream analysts, and arguably the most influential, to make the case that the "broken" condition of Washington is actually a manifestation of a single broken political party. After House Speaker John Boehner announced his resignation, I began an e-mail conversation with Mann, of the Brookings Institution and the University of California at Berkeley, and Ornstein, of the American Enterprise Institute, about the dangerous state of Congress.


This is a Republican Party problem, which has serious implications for Congress as an institution and for American governance more broadly. Republicans are paying the price for having encouraged government-hating candidates to seek office with the expectation that they could undo Obama's 2009-2010 achievements. Their constitutional ignorance and political naiveté was breathtaking. But Republican establishment leaders, who had few policy differences with the new radicals, soon became victims of the forces they helped unleash. Their party reminds us of the nullification forces in the antebellum South. The champions of "The New Nullification," as we refer to it in our book, have left damage and chaos in their wake. More is likely to follow.



Clinton Campaign Responds: "Gowdy's Inquiry Has Zero Credibility Left."

Clinton campaign's @brianefallon responds to Rep. Hanna's comments on Benghazi cmte, again doing a favor for HRC


Michael Moore: Sanders won the Dem debate

“Chris Matthews nails it: Sanders won,” he tweeted, echoing the MSNBC anchor’s assessment of the event in Las Vegas.

“Never be4 @ a mainstream debate has a Prez candidate dared 2 question the core system of wealth & power,”
Moore said of Sanders’s performance.

“History was made tonite: A conscientious objector running 4 Prez, who believes in democratic socialism, stood & spoke & was wildly applauded,” he added.

Moore praised Sanders’s handling of both fiscal and racial issues.

“Thank you Bernie for just saying it: Black Lives Matter,” he wrote. "And for mentioning Sandra Bland – killed in a cop’s jail in Texas.”

“Quote of the night – Sanders: 'Congress doesn’t regulate Wall Street, Wall Street regulates Congress,” Moore said. "Huge applause.”


Ariz. GOPer: Let's 'Take Guns Away From Blacks As They Are The Main Killers'

A former chairman of the Arizona Republican Party tweeted Tuesday night during the first Democratic presidential debate that guns should be taken away from "blacks" because "they are the main killers."

At one point, debate moderator Anderson Cooper asked the candidates where they stood on the "Black Lives Matter" movement. The question of whether "black lives matter" or "all lives matter" had tripped up some of the candidates before, but on Tuesday night they all said the movement was legitimate.

Former Arizona GOP chair Randy Pullen, who is white, offered his unsolicited take on Twitter:

Randy Pullen
Yes black lives matter.
The best way to end the slaughter of young black men is to take guns away from blacks as they are the main killers.




Joy Behar: I am ‘aroused’ by Sanders

"The View" co-host Joy Behar is swooning over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) following his performance in the first Democratic presidential debate.

Behar said on Wednesday she found it attractive that Sanders defended Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton during their contest in Las Vegas the night before.

“I thought that Bernie was so mensch-y in that moment, like a real guy. I actually am aroused by him,” she said on the ABC talk show. “I’m serious. I find him to be eye candy, not ear candy, eye candy.

“I like an old Jewish guy who’s a socialist,”
she added. "That’s my type of guy. … To me, Bernie is hot.”


David Koch Delivers Suit With Note Reading ‘Wear This Tonight’ To Marco Rubio’s Hotel Room

Hope Rubio is ready to assume the position:

David Koch Delivers Suit With Note Reading ‘Wear This Tonight’ To Marco Rubio’s Hotel Room

NEW YORK—Leaving the package directly on the center of the bed for the senator to discover upon his arrival, billionaire industrialist David Koch delivered a suit with a note reading “Wear this tonight” to Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s room at the Waldorf Astoria hotel Wednesday, sources confirmed. “Cannot wait to see you in this,” read the message handwritten on textured card stock and sealed in an envelope stamped with a red wax “K,” which sources confirmed was affixed to a Valentino box containing a black three-piece single-breasted suit that, upon slipping it on, Rubio discovered was tailored to his exact measurements. “You’ll find me in the ballroom at 7:30.” Sources later confirmed that, after examining his reflection in a full-length mirror, Rubio wiped away a single tear, took a deep breath, and walked out his hotel room’s door.


Bernie Sanders Saves Andrea Mitchell From Being Trampled After Debate

In the aftermath of the Democratic Party's first presidential debate Tuesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) again stole the show from his rivals with the dramatic rescue of MSNBC reporter Andrea Mitchell.

Mitchell, along with the rest of the press pool, tried to catch a post-debate quip from the candidate who routinely draws crowds of tens of thousands wherever he goes.

At some point, Mitchell lost her footing and briefly appeared in danger of being trampled.

"All right! You know, excuse me! Please move back!" Sanders scolded the press "Will the cameras slow it down?"

"Are you all right?" he asked Mitchell several times; she responded that she was. "That was a dangerous situation." she said. " I apologize."

Watch the video HERE:


What a guy! I'm so proud to be a Bernie supporter! This, I think, has the potential to be a viral moment - like the "handshake" at the debate - that reveals Bernie is a man of character. Please, rec and share this on Facebook and Twitter so others can learn what Bernie did.

WAPO: People are getting shot by TODDLERS on a weekly basis this year

This week a 2-year-old in South Carolina found a gun in the back seat of the car he was riding in and accidentally shot his grandmother, who was sitting in the passenger seat. This type of thing happens from time to time: a little kid finds a gun, fires it, and hurts or kills himself or someone else. These cases rarely bubble up to the national level except when someone, like a parent, ends up dead.

But cases like this happen a lot more frequently than you might think. After spending a few hours sifting through news reports, I've found at least 43 instances this year of somebody being shot by a toddler 3 or younger. In 31 of those 43 cases, a toddler found a gun and shot himself or herself.



"Are you a ____________________?"

a socialist
a liberal
a progressive
a capitalist
a vegetarian

labels suck,

at least Anderson did not ask them what religion they were.....

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