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FBI Probing Rep. Michael Grimm, Not Skinny-Dipping

Source: Talking Points Memo

The FBI is indeed interested in a trip that House Republicans made to Israel last summer. But it’s not because Kansas Republican Rep. Kevin Yoder took his pants off and jumped into the Sea of Galilee after a night of drinking.

Law enforcement sources — noting that skinny-dipping usually doesn’t fall under the FBI’s purview — pointed TPM to a New York Times story from earlier this month about a trip to Cyprus that Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) made following his August venture to Israel alongside several colleagues.

Politico, which first reported the skinny-dipping anecdote, said the FBI “looked into whether any inappropriate behavior occurred, but the interviews do not appear to have resulted in any formal allegations of wrongdoing.”

But FBI agents were actually interested in Grimm’s failure to file paperwork related to his trip to Cyprus following his Israeli junket, which had been paid for by the Cyprus Federation of America. The president of that company was arrested on federal corruption charges in June. Grimm had reported the Israel trip in his initial filing in May but did not list the trip to Cyprus until he amended it in June, one day after Cyprus Federation of America’s president was arrested.

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GOP Panics as Cornyn throws Akin under the bus, BIG NEWS because it means GOP fears Senate is lost

MON AUG 20, 2012 AT 01:08 PM PDT
GOP Panics as Cornyn throws Akin under the bus, BIG NEWS because it means GOP fears Senate is lost
byMinistryOfTruth



No, apparently we can't
How bad can things get for Todd Akin and Republicans today? This bad.


In the clearest sign yet that pressure is being exerted on Akin to leave the race, National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) issued a statement saying the Congressman has 24 hours to make a decision on what’s “best for him, his family, the Republican Party, and the values that he cares about” and to “carefully consider” his options. A GOP source also confirmed that the NRSC is prepared to pull it’s $5 million ad reservation if Akin does not drop out of the contest.

“Congressman Akin’s statements were wrong, offensive, and indefensible,” Cornyn said.

atr.rollcall.com



Indefensible! Cornyn has issued Akin a 24 hour decision to presumably drop out. Pardon me while I laugh until my ribs hurt, if you want to see what a hair on fire disaster today has been for the GOP and their hopes to regain the Senate, go below the fold for more . . . .

http://atr.rollcall.com/missouri-pressure-builds-for-todd-akin-to-step-aside/
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/08/20/1122206/-GOP-Panics-as-Cornyn-throws-Akin-under-the-bus-BIG-NEWS-because-it-means-GOP-fears-Senate-is-lost

Something else the female body can do, Mr. Akin


http://con-tem-plate.tumblr.com/post/29832823351/tweet-of-the-day

ROMNEY VOTERS-January 2014

Obama to media: Romney’s whole campaign is based on lies

Source: Washington Post

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 08/20/2012
Obama to media: Romney’s whole campaign is based on lies
By Greg Sargent
In a surprise appearance before reporters at the White House just now, Obama made a striking, if perhaps long overdue, charge: He pushed back on GOP claims he’s running a dirty campaign by arguing that Romney’s entire campaign is based on flat out lies.

Obama was questioned sharply by a reporter who pointed to the Priorities USA ad featuring the dead woman and the Obama campaign’s pressure on Romney to release his tax returns, and asked whether he regretted his campaign’s tone. Obama responded, in part:



“I don’t think that Governor Romney is somehow responsible for the death of the woman that was portrayed in that ad. But keep in mind, this is an ad that I didn’t approve; I did not produce; and as far as I can tell, has barely run. I think it ran once. Now, in contrast, you’ve got Governor Romney creating as a centerpiece of his campaign this notion that we’re taking work requirement out of welfare. Which every single person here who’s looked at it says, it’s patently false...

“Everybody who’s looked at this says what Governor Romney is saying is absolutely wrong. Not only are his Super PACs running millions of dollars worth of ads making this claim; Governor Romney himself is approving this and saying it on the stump. So the contrast I think is pretty stark. They can run the campaign that theyw ant; but the truth of the matter is, you can’t just make stuff up. That’s one thing you learn as president of the United States. You get called into account.”


Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/post/obama-to-media-romneys-whole-campaign-is-based-on-lies/2012/08/20/dcd7f1d4-eaed-11e1-9ddc-340d5efb1e9c_blog.html

GOP

GOP - A political party that wants to put more regulation on the vagina than the AK-47.

Maddowblog: Paul Ryan is not a foot soldier in the GOP WAR ON WOMEN. Paul Ryan is a GENERAL.

Maddowblog on Akin and Ryan:

And then there's the legislative problem. Remember the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act"?In
January 2011, one of the very first bills pushed by House Republicans,
launched almost immediately after they took the majority, was something
called the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act." While existing law
already restricts public funding for abortions, the law makes exceptions
for impregnated rape victims -- and GOP lawmakers decided it was time to limit what can legally be considered "rape."

Specifically,

Republican proponents said the exception would only apply to "forcible"
rape. If the law had passed, for example, a 13-year-old girl who was
impregnated by a 24-year-old man would not be able to use Medicaid funds
to terminate the pregnancy, unless she could prove she'd been
"forcibly" raped.


The idea that Republicans would try to redefine rape became so controversial that the effort was quietly scuttled. But who were among the original cosponsors of the legislation? Todd Akin and his good pal, Paul Ryan.

Two peas in a pod. This is bigger than Akin or should be. This should be about Ryan too. The whole republican party really. War on women just keeps coming back no matter how hard Rs say it's not true.

http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_n...
http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/20/13375158-the-larger-significance-of-todd-akins-ridiculousness

Obama On Todd Akin: 'Rape Is Rape'-"The views expressed were offensive"

Obama On Todd Akin: 'Rape Is Rape'

n a surprise news conference Monday, President Barack Obama addressed the controversy surrounding a remark by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) that women who suffer "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.
n a surprise news conference Monday, President Barack Obama addressed the controversy surrounding a remark by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) that women who suffer "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.

"The views expressed were offensive," said Obama. "Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me. So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women."

"The views expressed were offensive," said Obama. "Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me. So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women."


MORE:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/obama-todd-akin-rape_n_1812140.html

TODD AKIN - I'M ON THE SAME PAGE AS PAUL RYAN

TODD AKIN DOUBLES DOWN: IF SHE GETS PREGNANT, IT WASN'T REALLY RAPE--I'M ON THE SAME PAGE AS PAUL RYAN AND THE OTHER REPUBLICAN SPONSORS OF HR 3

Kaili Joy Gray:

Todd Akin clarifies: he's on the same page as Paul Ryan on 'forcible rape': As explained on Mike Huckabee's radio show:

I was talking about forcible rape. I used the wrong word.


Ohhhh. Well, obviously talking about "legitimate rape" is totally out of line. But talking about "forcible rape"? That just makes everything better, doesn't it? It also puts him in line with… Paul Ryan:

Paul Ryan also co-sponsored HR 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion" bill in which Republicans tried to redefine rape so that it only applied to "forcible" rape….

Now Akin has explained that he holds the same position as Romney's running mate: that there is a distinction between "forcible rape" and not-really-rape. So, Mitt, are you still offended? Do you still disagree? Still hold an "entirely different view"?

MORE plus links
http://delong.typepad.com/sdj/2012/08/todd-akin-doubles-down-if-she-gets-pregnant-it-wasnt-really-rape-im-on-the-same-page-as-paul-ryan-and-the-other-republic.html

James Fallows just rips Niall Ferguson to shreds. This is a thing of beauty.

As a Harvard Alum, I Apologize

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3 AUG 20 2012, 12:00 PM ET

Yes, I know, you could imagine many sentences that would follow that headline. But here is what I have in mind right now: A tenured professor of history at my undergraduate alma mater has written a cover story for Daily Beast/Newsweek that is so careless and unconvincing that I wonder how he will presume to sit in judgment of the next set of student papers he has to grade. It's by the irrepressible Niall Ferguson, it is headlined "Obama's Gotta Go," .........

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Again, anyone can be wrong, and I often have been. But scholars are supposed to be different from mere pamphleteers and journalists. We give the judgments of academics -- like those of doctors, scientists, renowned jurists, etc. -- extra weight because we assume that they have considered evidence, precedent, and probabilities more carefully before offering conclusions. Think: E.O. Wilson on ants and ecological patterns more broadly.

The big claims and conclusions Ferguson has offered in recent years, with the extra authority of his academic standing, have been attention-getting and mostly wrong. Joe Weisenthal of Business Insider has an analysis here (and please also see this from Noah Smith). For instance:
- U.S. budget deficits were going to lead to a US-China breakup. They didn't.
- U.S. budget deficits were going to drive bond rates sky high. The opposite has occurred.
- U.S. budget deficits will make us like Greece. They have not.
- A year ago, Ferguson warned that we were on the verge of a damaging new round of inflation. We were not.

You can say these things if you're a talk-show host or a combatant on some cable-news gabfest. To me this is not what the tradition of Veritas and the search for scholarly enlightenment is supposed to exemplify. Seriously, I wonder if one of Ferguson's students will have the panache to turn in a similar paper to see how it fares.

THE REST (REALLY GOOD!):
http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/08/as-a-harvard-alum-i-apologize/261308/
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