While I was watching this smile inducer, I tried to think of another First Lady who would do a thing like this and the only one I could think of (modern) might be Betty Ford 'cause I don't think she gave a crap. The end is just perfect. Don't forget to watch tonight! Via.
Occasionally a flurry of stories about a single politician bubbles up, and the asshatitude is simply too overwhelming to write up each one individually. Hence, this list. Feel free to browse through as I try to cleanse my palate and steel myself to tackle the next loony batch:
Uh oh... watch out. I sense more GOP flurries lurking out there... stay tuned...
Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri believes Texas could become a swing state in 2016 if Hillary Clinton runs, but that Republicans will be up to the challenge. He takes the prospect very seriously, and unlike some in his party, he is refusing to dismiss it.
In an interview with RCP, [Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri] said that he has long taken seriously the possibility that Texas could become a battleground as early as 2016, particularly if Clinton becomes the Democratic standard-bearer.
“If she’s the nominee, I would say that this is a ‘lean Republican’ state but not a ‘solid Republican’ state,” he said. “I don’t know anyone nationally who’s scoffing at this. The national party leadership is aware and tells me they’re taking it seriously.”
Munisteri said that he has had recent discussions with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus about the need to prepare for a significant change in the political dynamic here, noting that the need will likely become even more pressing in the next decade. That’s when Texas is expected to see its minority population rise more sharply -- as it adds as many as four additional electoral votes to make it an even shinier target for Democrats than it already is.
Republicans better brush up on their shiny new fake-big tent talk before anyone realizes they don't mean a word of it.
I knew it was too good to last. The Fresno Bee is reporting that my home state of California is losing its Democratic supermajority because Sen. Michael Rubio (D-Shafter) is immediately resigning his seat in the state Senate.
Rubio's reason is the one we usually hear, but in this case, it seems to be genuine: He wants to spend more time with his family.
The news came as a complete surprise in the Capitol community. Most notably, it removes the Democratic supermajority in the statehouse before the party's legislators ever got a chance to flex their newly won political muscles... While Democrats are no doubt favorites to ultimately retain enough seats to resume their supermajority status, the temporary drop in power ends talk of any immediate actions on issues ranging from taxes to urgency measures and beyond.
More details at the link. Meantime, here is Rubio's full statement, via his website:
As many of you know, a little over a year ago I decided not to run for the United States Congress to meet the needs of my growing family.
My time serving since then has been a blessing, but it has also been a challenge. I have missed too many family dinners, bedtime stories and parent-teacher conferences.
My wife and I have been blessed with two beautiful daughters, from whom we have learned a great deal. Our youngest child, who has special needs, has given me great perspective as to life’s priorities and our eldest has reminded me that the most critical decisions are made at home and not under the Capitol dome.
I have realized that my current professional path has left little opportunity to be home for those who are most important to me, which is why I am making a change.
Effective today, I am stepping away from my current position and resigning from the California State Senate.
As for what’s next, I have officially accepted a position with Chevron Corporation to serve as manager of California government affairs. I look forward to transitioning into a career that will allow me to seize a generational opportunity and work for a respected California company with deep roots in Kern County near the very oil fields where I was born.
I am truly grateful for the rare opportunity to serve and the support I have been given. Thank you to everyone who made it possible.
In my absence, Senate staff will remain in the district and Capitol offices to respond to the needs of residents of the 16th State Senate District--as they have always done.
Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI):
"... Very important for people to understand that what was NOT included in the sequestration were those programs, those mandatory programs: Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, food stamps, Pell grants. And what the Republicans would love to see is for this president to serve up on a silver platter these programs, and not just make some changes in them, but structural changes to undermine the programs. ... Ultimately, in order to end the sequester, that is the demand that they're making on the president, that he make structural changes to Medicare and Social Security."
The GOP is on the losing side of every issue and they know it. They become more desperate each day, so they resort to blaming President Obama for anything and everything while sticking to the same old policies that lost them the election in November.
They know America stands firmly with the Dems, but that won't stop them from trying to destroy the very programs that the poor, sick, and elderly depend on so that their top 1% buddies can get their tax breaks. America first!
Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:
Bloomberg Businessweek (ironically owned by politician plutocrat and defender of the oligarchy Michael Bloomberg) just reported that "a hedge fund tax dodge uses Bermuda reinsurers" ... But the Bermuda based "reinsurers" are sometimes just little more than mail drops that serve as a vehicle for tax-evasion money laundering, with little concern being expressed by the IRS. [...]
Referring to three gluttonously wealthy hedge fund managers, Bloomberg Businessweek reveals:
The companies set up by Paulson, Cohen, and Loeb are all located within a half-mile of each other in the narrow streets of Hamilton, Bermuda’s capital and the global center of the reinsurance industry. The three put a combined $1.7 billion back into the fund managers’ hands last year.
Even the Murdoch-owned tabloid The New York Post jumped on the legalized theft from the public purse of this scheme...
Billionaire hedge-fund moguls are getting comfortable with a US tax loophole to fatten their already plump bottom lines. [...]
Hedgies like John Paulson and Steve Cohen are forming reinsurance companies in tax-free havens like Bermuda or the Cayman Islands — and then transferring cash from their funds to the reinsurance companies.
The cash, classified as insurance company reserves, is then transferred back into the funds as reserves to be invested for future claims.
Thanks to an IRS loophole, profits from these insurance companies aren’t taxed — until the stake in the fund is sold, and that could be years down the line.
And here’s the kicker: The taxes, when paid, are at the lower capital-gains rate and not as ordinary income. [...]
The more the rich get richer, the more they get a free pass from legal oversight.
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