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Tom DeLay Registers to Lobby on Sex-Trafficking Issues

Former Rep. Tom DeLay has officially made the jump to lobbyist.

The Texas Republican in late July filed paperwork to lobby for Argus Global LLC on sex-trafficking issues, according to records tracked by the website Political MoneyLine.

New York City-based Argus Global is described as an investment, media and public relations firm on recent lobbying registration forms filed with the House and Senate.

Though the former House Majority Leader formed the political consulting firm First Principles after leaving Congress, Argus Global is his first "and probably only" lobbying client, DeLay said in a phone interview.

more: http://www.rollcall.com/news/tom_delay_registers_to_lobby_on_sex_trafficking_issues-216871-1.html?pos=hln

DeLay cases inch forward

Published: 8:05 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012

The Tom DeLay legal marathon inched forward Wednesday on two separate fronts.

John Colyandro, a DeLay co-defendant who has been under investigation since 2003, found out his trial won't start until next year.

Meanwhile, DeLay, who is appealing his conviction and three-year prison sentence, finally knows which three justices on the 3rd Court of Appeals will hear his appeal.

Felony charges against both men arose from the 2002 elections in which they were accused of conspiring to launder $190,000 of corporate money into legal campaign donations.


Group attacking Obama for security leaks includes past talkers (to press Plame etc)

Source: LATimes


Rustmann and two other key members of the group, all self-described Republicans, have a history of talking openly to the media about national security, a review of articles and transcripts shows.

Rustmann appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity and Colmes” in 2005 to discuss Valerie Plame Wilson, a covert CIA operations officer who was outed in July 2003 by members of the George W. Bush administration. A federal jury convicted I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, who was chief of staff for Vice President Dick Cheney, of four felony counts for his role in the crime.


“It isn't a big deal,” he said about the illegal disclosure of the covert officer’s name. “It was a light, nonofficial cover.”

Scott Taylor, chairman of OPSEC, is a former Navy SEAL. An unsuccessful Republican candidate for Congress in Virginia in 2010, he sat down with NBC News last summer for a documentary titled “Secrets of Seal Team Six.” The film said the military had urged former SEALs not to talk.

And OPSEC member Chad Kolton, a former spokesman for the director of National Intelligence during the George W. Bush administration, helped make the office “more accessible to reporters, including regular off-the-record briefings by senior analysts on global hot spots,” according to a newswire report that announced his departure to form a communications firm.

Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-group-attacking-obama-for-security-leaks-includes-past-leakers-20120815,0,2590161.story

Shameful?!? Priebus: Biden ‘chains’ remark ‘shameful’....look in the mirror buddy

Priebus: Biden ‘chains’ remark ‘shameful’
By Meghashyam Mali - 08/15/12 09:14 AM ET

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus blasted Vice President Biden, calling a comment suggesting GOP economic policies wanted to put “put y’all back in chains” as “shameful.”

Priebus was asked Wednesday during an interview on NBC’s “Today” to explain what he believed Biden meant with the controversial comments.

“I don’t know what he meant. Obviously, I don’t think it was well received. I don’t think it’s the type of tone we need in this campaign,” he said. “I think it takes things to a new level, a level of negativity and I think it was a shameful comment.”

and this is taking the high road?

Priebus was asked about his own recent comments that President Obama had “blood on his hands” for cutting $700 billion in Medicare, but sidestepped the question, saying that the Romney campaign wanted “to talk about the issues.”

“We’re willing, very boldly, to talk about how are we going to save Medicare, how are we going to get our country back on track. That’s what this campaign is about. We’re willing to do that. We don’t want to go down that road they are taking us.”


When 'anger and hate' replaces 'jobs and the economy'

I've seen plenty of presidential candidates go off message at inopportune times, but it's rare to see a White House hopeful deliberately throw his message out the window just as the general election is heating up.

For over a year, Mitt Romney had a very specific focus: jobs and the economy. There were clearly legitimate questions about whether he had any credibility on the subject, and whether his agenda would make matters worse, but he was a disciplined candidate who remained focused on his principal goal.

And while this made sense -- polls show Americans care more about jobs and the economy than anything else -- the Republican shifted gears two weeks ago, moving his focus to "values" issues like welfare and contraception. Then Romney changed his message again, talking up Medicare.

So, instead of talking about unemployment and the fragile economic recovery, the Romney campaign is focused on talking about the campaign. Nothing persuades struggling voters more than listening to politicians talk endlessly about campaign tactics and strategy, right?

Of course, there's another important angle to this: the substance of Romney's criticisms are also absurd, and if he's looking for an "angry and desperate" candidate, he's better off looking in the mirror.

There's been a concerted Republican effort over the last week or so to suggest President Obama is pushing the 2012 race in an ugly direction. That's ridiculous.

more: http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2012/08/15/13295056-when-anger-and-hate-replaces-jobs-and-the-economy?lite

Romney says Obama just trying to 'hang onto power'

Source: AP

Romney says Obama just trying to 'hang onto power'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney charged Wednesday that President Barack Obama is running a campaign "of enmity and jealousy and anger" and called on him to lift the tone of political discourse.

In an escalation of an increasingly acrimonious campaign, Romney went on national television to say he thinks Obama is "running just to hang onto power, and I think he would do anything in his power" to remain in office.

Asked if he was worried that people would think the presidential campaign has become "unhinged," the former Massachusetts governor replied, "I think unhinged would have to characterize what we've seen from the president's campaign."


In his interview Wednesday on "CBS This Morning," Romney said, "I can't speak for anybody else, but I can say that I think the comments of the vice president were one more example of a divisive effort to keep from talking about the issues."

"The president's campaign is all about division and attack and hatred and my campaign is about getting Americans back to work and creating more unity in this country," he said.

Read more: http://www.usnews.com/news/politics/articles/2012/08/15/obama-campaign-opposing-ryan-budget-at-state-level

Unbelievable.....hanging on to power? It's called winning reelection.

Well there is one thing Mittens Camp does well and it's............Projection.

Paul Ryan's anti-abortion rights record a target for Obama camp

Source: CBS

(CBS News) To cap off his three-day trip to the key state of Iowa, President Obama on Wednesday will be joined by First Lady Michelle Obama on the campaign trail for the first time in over 3 months, as he continues his effort to appeal to swing-state women voters. In his effort, Mr. Obama has regularly stressed his support for issues like reproductive rights -- an issue that may come more sharply into focus now that Rep. Paul Ryan has joined Mitt Romney on the GOP ticket.

Ryan, the Wisconsin Republican who chairs the House Budget Committee, is primarily known for his very conservative budget plan, but his views on social issues like abortion are just as heartening for conservatives as his economic policies.

"I'm as pro-life as a person gets," Ryan, a Roman Catholic, told the conservative magazine the Weekly Standard in 2010.


His record includes voting to cut off federal funding for Planned Parenthood in 2011, and in 2006, voting against allowing servicewomen overseas to obtain an abortion in U.S. military medical facilities, except to save the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest. Additionally in 2006, Ryan voted for a bill requiring women obtaining abortions to hear about the pain their unborn child may experience.

Ryan was one of several dozen Republicans to co-sponsor a particularly controversial bill last year that never made it to the House floor called the Sanctity of Human Life Act. The measure stated that the "life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent... at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood."

Read more: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57493360/paul-ryans-anti-abortion-rights-record-a-target-for-obama-camp/

New AD: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan plan to end Medicare as we know it


Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan plan to end Medicare as we know it. Now, as voters react, Romney responds by lying about the President's record on Medicare.

Romney-Ryan: using bogus attacks to hide their plan to end Medicare.

Study: Obama beating Romney in the online campaign game

August 14, 2012, 9:05 p.m.
President Obama’s reelection campaign posted almost four times as much content online, and on nearly twice as many platforms, as challenger Mitt Romney’s campaign, a nonpartisan studyof the presidential race has found.

The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism found the “digital gap” after reviewing online communications from the two camps for two weeks early in June. The group found the Obama online advantage greatest on the microblogging site Twitter, where the Romney campaign was sending out a single tweet a day compared with 29 a day delivered on behalf of Obama. (The study apparently did not measure Twitter traffic from the many individuals in both camps who tweet about the contest.)

The president’s online campaign also posted about twice as many videos on YouTube and put up about twice as many blog items. Amy Mitchell, deputy director of the Project for Excellent in Journalism, said the Romney campaign appeared to be taking steps to “close the technology gap” and would be expected to gain momentum with Rep. Paul D. Ryan added to the Republican ticket. “But there is a long way to go,” Mitchell said, “before the Romney team matches the level of activity of the Obama campaign.”


The $5 trillion hole in Paul Ryan's budget

In Washington, it’s called the “magic asterisk,” the fudge factor that policymakers use to make recalcitrant numbers come out as desired.

Such devices often surface during budget discussions, when a convenient bit of legerdemain, usually accompanied by a promise to fill in the details later, often can get a lawmaker past a politically difficult choice.

Rep. Paul D. Ryan’s budget plan includes a massive example. In his case, the asterisk covers the heart of his budget.

The chart further below illustrates the problem. The top line shows spending – outlays in budget jargon – for the next 10 years under Ryan’s plan. The bottom line shows the amount of revenue that the government would bring in after Ryan’s proposed tax cuts, as calculated by the analysts at the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center. The large gap between the two represents a budget deficit that would be considerably larger than the one President Obama provided for in his budget.

The line in the middle is where the asterisk comes in.

That center line shows the revenues Ryan would like to have. In this scenario, the new tax cuts get fully offset by new revenue. The problem is that Ryan hasn’t said how he would do that, other than that he wants to eliminate unspecified tax breaks.


Romney’s Estate Tax Cut Would Save The Koch Brothers Up To $8.7 Billion Each

Romney’s Estate Tax Cut Would Save The Koch Brothers Up To $8.7 Billion Each
By Pat Garofalo on Nov 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Mitt Romney speaking at a Koch summit in previous years; David Koch speaking at his own gala
Tomorrow, 2012 GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is slated to give a “major spending policy speech” at Americans For Prosperity’s Defending the American Dream Summit. Both the conference and AFP itself are funded by money from the billionaire Koch Brothers.

Romney has, of late, been trying to claim the economic plan he put forth is meant to aid the middle-class, not those in the Koch brothers’ tax bracket. “I want to focus on where the people are hurting the most, and that’s the middle class. I’m not worried about rich people. They are doing just fine,” Romney said at a GOP debate last month. Yesterday, he even tried to claim “I’m proposing no tax cuts for the rich.”

Leaving aside that Romney intends to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, he has proposed a huge giveaway to the very rich by suggesting the complete elimination of the estate tax. Only the very richest households in the country ever have to pay the estate tax, since, right now, an estate must be worth more than $5 million (or $10 million for a couple) to pay any estate tax at all.

Currently, more than half of the estate tax is paid by the richest 0.1 percent of households. And according to a quick back-of-the-envelope calculation, the Koch brothers heirs’ would save a combined $17.4 billion in estate taxes thanks to Romney’s plan.

more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/11/03/360819/romney-koch-estate-tax/

Guess that's why they can afford to bankroll the teaparty.

Tea Party: A Koch Industry

Let’s call a spade a spade. Let’s call the Tea Party the Koch Party. The Koch Party is the tail that is wagging the GOP’s lead dog, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).

The billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch bankrolled Tea Party groups from their beginning in addition to funding FreedomWorks, Americans for Prosperity, and Citizens for a Sound Economy. The Kochs have been referred to as “the financial engine of the Tea Party.” Their agenda opposes the extension of unemployment benefits, opposes a federal deficit, and calls for a freeze on federal regulations regarding oil, mining, and financial concerns.

As the New Yorker reported, “In Washington, [David] Koch is best known as part of a family that has repeatedly funded stealth attacks on the federal government and on the Obama Administration in particular.”

Just before Christmas Boehner’s song was that the Keystone XL pipeline was the keystone of the payroll tax cut bill. “We will make changes,” Speaker Boehner said. “I will guarantee you the Keystone pipeline will be in the bill when it goes back to the Senate.” Increasing Canadian oil imports benefits Koch Industries, which is responsible for close to a quarter of the oil sands crude that is imported into the United States. Pipeline approval would be a financial windfall for Koch, with its deep involvement in the Canadian petroleum industry.

The Senate gave the Speaker the song he wanted to sing, a payroll tax extension with the Pipeline project rider. It then adjourned and left Washington. But the Koch Party House members rebelled and the Speakers’ tune changed to another piece of brinkmanship, for which the 112th Congress has become renowned. At stake this time were 2 million Americans losing their long-term unemployment benefits and 160 million workers seeing their taxes rise by 2-percentage points.

Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) slammed the GOP. “The public has to be concerned and wondering why on Earth are we not getting a payroll tax cut when everybody says they're for it?" The answer to her question is the Koch Party, led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), who opposed the Senate bill and urged his caucus to reject it.

more: http://blogcritics.org/politics/article/tea-party-a-koch-industry/
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