Michael Bloomberg in a POLITICO interview:
“You know, Joe Biden — you can joke about him all you want, [but] he’s got a set of balls, and he says what he believes,” Bloomberg said. “And he forced the focus [on gay marriage].”
But before you start patting Bloomberg on the back (even though he was spot on, and Biden deserves that pat and more) and tweeting me your new-found support, as inexplicably happened with Chris Christie, consider this:
He stuck to one endorsement — former Sen. Scott Brown, who is weighing another campaign, and who Bloomberg hosted a fundraiser for last year and supported over newly minted Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
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A 69-year-old war veteran in Gwinnett County, Georgia was arrested and charged with murder after allegedly shooting a 22-year-old Cuban immigrant to death. The group of friends was going ice skating and trying to pick up another friend, but entered the shooter’s driveway by mistake.
Their GPS screwed up the directions and they ended up at the wrong address.
The shooter, who reportedly used a .22 caliber pistol, was a former missionary.
The “former missionary” never made any effort to ask questions or speak to the people in the car, he simply started shooting, according to one of the passengers.
Second Amendment remedies strike again.
In their post McCain: Binational Same-Sex Couples Are ‘Not Of Paramount Importance’ To Immigration Reform, Think Progress included this gem of a Little Lindsey quote:
When one half of a couple is an American citizen and the other is not, even if they are *gasp!* gay, they still love each other and need to be together, just as all families do. That’s called — say it with me, Senator– a re-la-tion-ship.
Try to process this, Linds: Same-sex couples are family who care deeply for one another. Deal:
There are “at least 28,500 same-sex couples in the United States in which one partner is a U.S. citizen and the other is not, and 11,500 same-sex couples where neither partner is a U.S. citizen,” the Williams Institute estimates.
But according to Graham, an amendment that would provide for binational gay and lesbian couples = taxpayer funded abortion. If that didn’t make sense to you, then you are a reasonable, sane, caring person.
Oh, now I get it! This must be an example of how the GOP is trying to soften their message in order appeal to more voters! See: Karl Rove said to the GOP: Just don’t *sound* intolerant, Bobby Jindal said, “If we want people to like us, we have to like them first,” and Yep, still a pig, Reince Priebus.
Family values my ass.
ICYMI, here is President Obama’s speech on his plan for immigration reform. I livetweeted it. The following are slightly paraphrased quotes from the president:
“Time for common sense, comprehensive immigration reform. Now’s the time.”
“Si se puede!” cheers from crowd as PBO calls for broad immigration reform.
“Leaders from both parties are coming together to say now is the time.”
“Now is the time because we can strengthen the economy. We are a nation of immigrants… that’s who we are, in our bones.”
“Yes they crossed border illegally or overstayed visas, but they’re now here. Not looking for trouble.”
“Like the rest of us, they try to earn a living. Often get paid less. Bad for them, bad for the entire economy.”
“If we’re truly committed to strengthening middle class, we gotta fix the system.”
“It’s also about folks who come here LEGALLY, have a hard time, it’s bad for the economy.”
“Intel, Instagram, started with the help of immigrants who studied here, stayed here.”
“In my 1st term, patched up some of the worst cracks in the system. Illegal crossings are down 80% since 2000.”
“We focused on criminals; deportations of CRIMINALS is at highest level ever.”
“We took up cause of the DREAMers.” (big cheer)
“We need Congress to act on comprehensive approach re: the 11 milliion undocumented immigrants in the US now.”
“For the 1st time in years, GOP/Dems seem ready to tackle this problem together.”
“Action must follow desire … we can’t let reform get bogged down in endless debate.”
“My ideas supported by Dems (Ted Kennedy) and Republicans (Bush).”
“I’ll send up a bill based on my proposal and insist they vote on it right away.”
“Principles are straightforward: We need to focus on enforcement… strengthen borders, crack down on businesses that hire undocumented workers.”
“We have to deal wit the 11 million who are here illegally. Must EARN way to citizenship.”
“We must make sure there IS a pathway to citizenship.” (big cheer)
“It won’t be a quick process, it will be a fair process.”
“We gotta bring our legal immigration system into the 21st century. Example: Waiting years until your family joins you in US.”
“Smarter enforcement, pathway to earned citizenship, improve legal immigration system to be magnet for best, brightest.”
“They faced hardship, racism, ridicule. They did their part to build a nation.”
“It’s important for us to remember our history. Unless you’re Native American, you came from someplace else.”
“We forget that most of us used to be them.”
“Do we have the resolve to finally put this issue behind us? I believe that we do.” (applause)
“Remember that this is not just a debate about policy. It’s about PEOPLE.”
As you know by now, several GOP-run states were interested in circumventing our elections by creating their own version of the electoral college that would result in many more red states… despite the popular vote count. Republicans have failed to sell their policies to America, soso rather than rectify the outdated, mean-spirited ideas and messages that are losing them elections, they are resorting to their usual dirty tricks to cheat themselves into future victories.
Previously I posted Finally! WaPo front-pages election-rigging scheme. Plus, glimmers of hope in Virginia, Florida. Now we have more glimmers of hope.
You are about to be exposed to two encouraging news items. Can you stand it? The first is from the Detroit Free Press. Remember, Michigan’s Speaker of the House and Gov. Rick Snyder were considering the election-rigging scheme:
The state House may be considering a new and controversial plan on how Michigan’s electoral college votes are distributed, but the state Senate isn’t interested, said Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville.
Richardville said that changing the system “is not on our agenda.”
King Ricky will have to use his dictatorial powers then, which nobody would put past him.
UPDATE via TPM: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder ‘Very Skeptical’ Of Electoral Vote Rigging
On to Ohio, via Cleveland.com:
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Count Ohio’s Republican leaders out of a GOP-backed effort to end the Electoral College’s winner-take-all format in the Buckeye State and other presidential battlegrounds.
Spokesmen for Gov. John Kasich, State Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker William G. Batchelder told The Plain Dealer this week that they are not pursuing plans to award electoral votes proportionally by congressional district.
Batchelder went a step further, saying through his communications director that he “is not supportive of such a move.” And Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted, the state’s chief elections administrator, emphasized that he does not favor the plan either, despite Democratic suspicions based on reported comments that he said were taken out of context.
We’ll see. This could be a stall, but hopefully, they realize the bad press they’re getting is growing and that moving forward would be politically disastrous.
Thanks to BuzzFeed for catching this clip of John Kerry on an old episode of Cheers. It’s from 1992 in which the characters Norm (George Wendt) and Cliff (John Ratzenberger) mistake Kerry for a local TV anchorman.
Today John Kerry’s nomination was approved by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by a unanimous voice vote. The full Senate will be voting a little later on his nomination.
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