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U.S. House speaker in a fog over cigarette stench in new office

U.S. House speaker in a fog over cigarette stench in new office
By Will Dunham, November 1, 2015

Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan can add one more burning issue to his agenda as the new speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives: how to get rid of the stench of cigarette smoke.

Ryan said on Sunday he has been trying to come up with ways to remove the smell of cigarettes from the House speaker's office that he took over on Thursday after he replaced the retiring John Boehner, a heavy smoker.

Asked if he is going to be able to get the smell of smoke out of the place, the fitness-conscious congressman said, "That's a really good question. And we've been talking about that."

"They have these ozone machines, apparently, that you can detoxify the environment. But I'm going to have to work on the carpeting in here," Ryan told the NBC program "Meet the Press."


That Was NOT God, Mr. Boehner

Boehner: God told him Paul Ryan should run for House speaker

On CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday Boehner said he invoked God to persuade his fellow Catholic from refusing to run for speaker to agreeing to do so.

Boehner says he told Ryan: "'This isn't about what you want to do. It's about what God wants you to do. And God has told me, he wants you to" run for speaker.


Why Would ANYONE Vote Republican?

because, HATE

This will win him the hot, gun toting vote

Stay classy Rand Paul.

On the September day of the second Republican debate, Rand Paul traveled with staffers and media to a gun range in Simi Valley, California, for a photo op.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/gallery/2015/10/backstage-at-the-carnival-000538#ixzz3qGc2eT6l

Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sander's Campaign Is Important & Impressive-He's doing good & Courageous things

if you go about 24 minutes into it (near the very end)Noam speaks bluntly about the Bernie Sanders campaign. It was quite refreshing (and encouraging, for me) to hear him call it "important and impressive... he is doing good and courageous things." I honestly can't remember Chomsky ever saying that about a candidate for president, who was part of one of the major political parties. But he does qualify the praise with a major caveat: If the campaign just runs its course and Sanders doesn't win, unless the campaign is established as an ongoing organized movement, everything will be for naught, and the opportunity wasted.


Carly Fiorina Admits She Lied About "92%": "I misspoke on that particular fact."

Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina acknowledged that she was incorrect during last week’s primary debate when she claimed “92 percent of the jobs lost during Barack Obama’s first term belonged to women.”

After the debate, fact checkers pointed out Fiorina had recycled the statistic from former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who first made the claim in the 2012 election. It rated “Mostly False” by Politifact four years ago.

"I misspoke on that particular fact," Fiorina said on ABC’s “This Week.”

Fiorina then criticized the “liberal media” for picking apart the statistic rather than her broader argument, which was that liberal polices are bad for women economically.


Here is a group picture of all republican presidents who reduced the deficit over the past 50 years:

Jeb is a tool.


"Just 'being' black is a crime."

Let's make this clear: I don't give a damn what that girl was doing in class. I don't care if she was talking on her phone, I don't care if she refused to be sent out of class and stayed in her seat.


What I give a damn about is trying to get those of you not born in our skin to try to imagine what it is like. We all know about the deaths of black youngsters—they are in the news each week. I really need to talk about just what it is like to be born with black skin in the U.S. of A. in the midst of all this. I need for you to listen, absorb the message (or try to), and then join us in taking action against racism.

Don't just talk at me about income inequality. I get it. I'll fight for us to have economic equity. However, there is no bottle of whiteout that will miraculously make me look like you and erase my visible difference. No green is going to wipe away the original sin you've cast us in. We'll still be black.


Life, for us, is an alphabet soup.

We've got a bunch of acronyms for various activities that black Americans and other people of color can't engage in without being targeted by police, store employees, security guards, someone's neighbor, or people with phone apps designed to report "sketchy behavior." Some of them are:

DWB—Driving while black
SWB—Shopping while black (which also stands for swimming while black)
WWB— Walking while black
JWB—Jogging while black
LWB—Laughing while black
PWB—Praying while black
WOYDWB—Walking out your door while black, which segues into:
TWB—Trespassing while black (even when the trespassing is in your own apartment building
BWB—Breathing while black, since Eric Garner and Anthony Baez couldn't breathe in chokeholds.

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