President Obama, joined by former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (left), vice president Joe Biden, and relatives of gun murder victims, addresses the media in the Rose Garden on Wednesday. Mr. Obama called the defeat of Senate bills to expand background checks for gun buyers and an assault weapons ban “a pretty shameful day for Washington” and promised to continue pressing for stricter gun control measures. (Photo: Alex Wong / Getty Images via The New York Times)
Don’t be surprised if someday Iraq is remembered as the war George Bush won and the peace Barack Obama lost.
From a Wall Street Journal editorial published on March 19: “… All this was achieved by the time Mr. Bush left office: Unlike President Clinton, he bequeathed his successor an opportunity instead of a crisis.”
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In his first major speech since losing last year’s presidential election, Mitt Romney sought to pass the torch of leadership to a new generation of conservatives at CPAC.
oh, look who it is.
The Washington Post, “Scott Prouty Reveals Himself As Man Who Shot ‘47 Percent’ Video” (via inothernews)
Scott Prouty revealed himself on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Wednesday night as the bartender who shot a damaging video of Mitt Romney dismissing President Obama’s supporters during a closed-press fundraiser last year.
“I was behind this whole thing,” Prouty said.
The bartender said he brought a camera to the Boca Raton, Fla. fundraiser in case Romney came back to take pictures with the staff, as former president Bill Clinton had done at another event Prouty worked. ”I didn’t go there with a grudge against Romney,” he said. “I really had no idea he would say what he said.”
Prouty grew up in a blue-collar neighborhood in Boston, he said. He said he felt that people who couldn’t afford to attend a high-priced fundraiser should get a chance “to find out what the candidate actually thinks.”
He said he struggled for two weeks with whether or not to release the video and risk his own career. He did not have health insurance. After wrestling with the decision, he decided it would be cowardly not to release the video: “I went down the path and never looked back.”
The sequester is here! And this map is probably a good indication of what it means for you. The “redder” your state, the most likely you’ll be negatively affected by the sequester. Why? Because “redder” states get more money from the federal government than they send back in taxes.
I currently live in Mississippi. We’re going to be hit especially hard. Because, as this map shows, Mississippi runs a 254% deficit (as of 2009) in federal transfers. The state gets an estimated $2.47 for every federal dollar sent.
Basically, think of the “redder” states as on a form of federal-to-state welfare. And since the cuts are going to all kinds of programs and services, they’ll likely hit those state hard. That means states like Mississippi will have two options: 1) Kick in more state revenue to make up for cut programs. 2) Lose the benefits of those programs. Since the many of the “redder” states are poorer than the “bluer” states (e.g. the median household income in Mississippi is $36,656 compared to $69,272 in Maryland), option #2 would simply mean falling further behind in terms of poverty, education, and health. But option #1 means collecting more taxes to make up the differences. And since states collect taxes less efficiently than the federal government, often through less progressive taxes, and will have to negotiate prices for goods and services from a weaker position, the pocketbook impact of taxes would be high.
So let’s get our sequester on! Let’s find out just how little federal government voters really want.
Feels like everyone’s heads have been spinning, to the point of fatigue, on the matter of the budget sequestration that went into effect with President Obama’s signature Friday night. It’s a nice change of pace, instead of arguing political benefits and machinations, to start getting some practical information about what sequestration will mean for the states.
Jersey’s high taxes come in handy?
He said, ‘If you can Dennis, I don’t want to do war, I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me.Dennis Rodman, playing diplomat between North Korea and the United States on ABC’s “This Week.” The Worm suggested that common ground could be met on the basketball court. ”He loves basketball,” Rodman said, referring to Kim Jong-un. “I said, ‘Obama loves basketball.’ Lets start there.” (via shortformblog)
Heard there was going to be a sequester. Got prepared at CVS.
As a former Honey Nut Cheerios junkie I’ve never felt more closely aligned to Mitt Romney, the real Mitt Romney we’re only just now discovering
The trees are the right height.
just leave me with my honey nut cheerios.
This is part of a bigger systematic problem: Go up to the Hill and see how long you go before a press secretary tells you to ‘F-off.’ I bet you don’t make it to lunch. And if you’re a press secretary, you may not make it to brunch before a reporter tells you to ‘F-off,’National Journal editorial director Ron Fournier, who wrote today that he has received several White House e-mails and telephone calls “filled with vulgarity [and] abusive language,” said the exchange was evidence of an ongoing decline in civility between politicians and the press, but likewise called it a “snowflake” in the larger story. - Press corps to Woodward: Really? - POLITICO.com (via brooklynmutt)
Openly-gay mayoral candidate slain in Mississippi: Many local residents believed Marco McMillian, 35, to be the first viable openly-gay candidate for public office in the history of Mississippi. As of now, the murder, discovered on Tuesday and reported by police on Wednesday, is not being investigated as a hate crime; however, police do already have one suspect in custody. Though they have not been formally charged, the unidentified suspect was found in McMillian’s wrecked car on Tuesday, with the Clarksdale mayoral candidate nowhere to be seen. (photo by Troy Catchings/The Clarksdale Press Register)