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Former Walker aide Rindfleisch enters guilty plea to misconduct

Source: Journal Sentinal

Former Walker aide Rindfleisch enters guilty plea to misconduct

Kelly M. Rindfleisch pleaded guilty Thursday to felony misconduct in office for doing campaign work at her government job as an aide to Gov. Scott Walker while he was Milwaukee County executive.

She first tried to plead no contest to the charge, but Circuit Court Judge David Hansher rejected that.

"It's either guilty or not guilty," Hansher said. Rindfleisch quickly retreated and pleaded guilty.

The deal exposes her to a sentence of up to 3½ years in prison and a $10,000 fine, although prosecutors agreed to recommend probation and jail time, not prison. She'll be sentenced Nov. 19.

Read more: http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/former-walker-aide-rindfleisch-enters-guilty-plea-to-misconduct-4h76kb5-173761661.html

REPUKES: Another Attempt To Embarrass Obama Backfires & BLOWS CIA's COVER

When House Republicans called a hearing in the middle of their long recess, you knew it would be something big, and indeed it was: They accidentally blew the CIA’s cover.


The purpose of Wednesday’s hearing of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee was to examine security lapses that led to the killing in Benghazi last month of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three others. But in doing so, the lawmakers reminded us why “congressional intelligence” is an oxymoron.

Through their outbursts, cryptic language and boneheaded questioning of State Department officials, the committee members left little doubt that one of the two compounds at which the Americans were killed, described by the administration as a “consulate” and a nearby “annex,” was a CIA base. They did this, helpfully, in a televised public hearing.


The Republican lawmakers, in their outbursts, alternated between scolding the State Department officials for hiding behind classified material and blaming them for disclosing information that should have been classified. But the lawmakers created the situation by ordering a public hearing on a matter that belonged behind closed doors.

Republicans were aiming to embarrass the Obama administration over State Department security lapses. But they inadvertently caused a different picture to emerge than the one that has been publicly known: that the victims may have been let down not by the State Department but by the CIA. If the CIA was playing such a major role in these events, which was the unmistakable impression left by Wednesday’s hearing, having a televised probe of the matter was absurd….


Ryan Wants to be Called "Mister" Not "Congressman" At Biden/Ryan Debate

Ryan Wants to be Called "Mister" Not "Congressman"
When Paul Ryan and Joe Biden face off at their debate tonight, "the form of address the vice president is supposed to use with his opponent is "mister" instead of "congressman," Politico reports.

"The form of address is part of the detailed memorandum of understanding between the two camps, according to the sources familiar with the document. Such MOUs detail specifics ranging from how footage of the debates can be used to podium placement, and so forth."



NORDSTROM ENDORSES MARRIAGE EQUALITY | In an email to 56,000 employees, nationwide, the Seattle-based Nordstrom announced its support for marriage equality. The company’s executives — all three eponymous members of the Nordstrom family — wrote “It is our belief that our gay and lesbian employees are entitled to the same rights and protections marriage provides under the law as our other employees. We also believe supporting freedom to marry will help us create a more attractive and inclusive workplace for our current and prospective employees. Again — this decision is consistent with our long-time philosophy of inclusivity and equality for our customers and employees.” Washington State voters will vote on Referendum 74 next month, which would enact marriage equality in the Evergreen State.



Obama: Romney Now ‘Severely Kidding’ About Past Positions

Source: Talking Points Memo

Obama: Romney Now ‘Severely Kidding’ About Past Positions

In a notably sharper stump speech on Thursday, President Obama attacked Mitt Romney for his shifting positions on taxes, health care and education by using the Republican's own descriptor as "severely conservative."

"He's trying to go through an extreme makeover. After running for more than a year in which he called himself severely conservative, Mitt Romney's trying to convince you that he was severely kidding," said Obama at a campaign event in Florida. "Look. What he was selling was not working. Because people understood his ideas wouldn't help the middle class so these days Mitt Romney's for whatever you're for."

Obama continued:

Suddenly he loves the middle class. Can't stop talking enough about them. He loves Medicare. Loves teachers. He even loves the most important parts of Obamacare. What happened? Now, what does he have to say this new version of Mitt Romney about all the things he's actually promised to do as president? Tax breaks for outsourcers? Never heard of such a thing. Saying we should cut back on teachers? Doesn't ring a bell.

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/obama-romney-now-severely-kidding


Mr. Romney, Sir YOU ARE DEAD WRONG: "Every 12 Minutes-A Person WITHOUT Health Insurance Dies"

Mr. Romney (Not Fit To Be President)

“We don’t have a setting across this country where if you don’t have insurance, we just say to you, ‘Tough luck, you’re going to die when you have your heart attack,’  ” he said as he offered more hints as to what he would put in place of “Obamacare,” which he has pledged to repeal.

“No, you go to the hospital, you get treated, you get care, and it’s paid for, either by charity, the government or by the hospital. We don’t have people that become ill, who die in their apartment because they don’t have insurance.”

(Reuters) - Nearly 45,000 people die in the United States each year -- one every 12 minutes -- in large part because they lack health insurance and can not get good care, Harvard Medical School researchers found in an analysis released on Thursday.


An similar study in 1993 found those without insurance had a 25 percent greater risk of death, according to the Harvard group.


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Getting His Groove?

Barack Obama on Romney just now :”After a year of running as severely conservative now he’s trying to convince you he was severely kidding.”


Muppet Mitt arrives on Sesame Street



It's Raining In California

yes, that is news.

peace, kpete

Warren up 6, Obama up 14 in Massachusetts PPP's newest Massachusetts poll finds two races going in

Source: Public Policy

Warren up 6, Obama up 14 in Massachusetts

PPP's newest Massachusetts poll finds two races going in opposite directions- Mitt Romney's cut Barack Obama's lead to its smallest level in the state all year. But at the same time Elizabeth Warren's built her advantage out to the widest margin we've ever found.

Warren leads Scott Brown 50-44. The big change over the last month is that Brown's image is finally starting to take a hit. His approval rating is now a +7 spread at 49/42, down a net 14 points from mid-September when he was at 55/34. There's an increasing sense that he's been more a partisan voice for the national Republican Party (45%) than an independent voice for Massachusetts (44%). That's a 10 point shift from our last poll when voters thought 49/40 that he'd been more of an independent voice.

The biggest thing that continues to make it very hard for Brown to win this race is that 52% of voters in the state want Democrats to have control of the US Senate to 35% who want the Republicans in control. Warren is now winning the Democratic vote 82/13, erasing most of the crossover support that Brown had earlier in the year.


In the Presidential race Barack Obama's seeing the same kind of decline in Massachusetts that he is nationally. He leads Mitt Romney by 14 points, 55-41. That's down from an 18 point lead last month, and it's the smallest advantage we've found for him in the state all year. The big shift over the last month in Massachusetts has been among independent voters. They now support Romney 53-40, after giving Obama a 47-44 edge last month.

Read more: http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/10/warren-up-6-obama-up-14-in-massachusetts.html
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