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Sen. Grassley's Staff Gets Nabbed In His Own Investigation


The SEC lawsuit alleges that the House staffer, Brian Sutter, spoke with a lobbyist -- identified by the Journal as Mark Hayes - - who happens to be a former aide to Grassley -- on the day of the leak.

Oopsy. Looks like Grassley not only found his leaker, the dude worked for him. Now Grassley may have to recuse himself from the hearings because he himself might be called as a witness, or even more concerning, as a part of the insider trading conspiracy scandal itself.



Top Republican: Go ahead Dems, change filibuster rules. Then GOP can appoint more Thomases and Scalias.


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UPDATE via a Politico email alert:

Senate Republicans blocked the nomination of Nina Pillard to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, escalating the fight over President Barack Obama's judicial nominations. The Senate voted 56-41, falling shy of the 60 votes needed to advance the nomination.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, is super ultra double dog daring Senate Democrats to go nuclear on filibuster rules by changing the number of votes needed for nominees from 60 to 51. He's puffing out what little there is of his chest and actually daring them to go there. That way, he snorts, more Justice Scalias and Thomases will get appointed by the GOP.

1. Ew.

2. STFU.

Via LiveWire:

"All I can say is this -- be careful what you wish for. So if the Democrats are bent on changing the rules, then I say go ahead," he said. "There are a lot more Scalias and [Clarence] Thomases that we'd love to put on the bench. The nominees we'd nominate and put on the bench with 51 votes would interpret the constitution as it was written."

Really, Chucky? So you would join the Dems and vote "aye"? After all, you clearly believe that such a move would benefit your side.

Meantime, Republicans have blocked and blocked and blocked again. At this point, more damage is being done by all the obstruction and lack of governance than would be done by adopting new rules to allow the norm: A chance for President Obama's nominees to actually get a-- What's it called again? Oh yeah-- vote.

Instead, the GOP is preventing courts from functioning as they should, which is bad for all of us, even Republicans.


See what happens when you fall asleep in the Senate?


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Another guest post is by our pal and regular TPC contributor, David Garber, whose new book HOLLYWOOD HUCKSTER – A Memoir of Hysterical Proportions can be found at Amazon (Here's his post about it.):

Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa -- I hear you have some hurt feelings. President Obama doesn't call you like he used to, or so you publicly complain.

Could it be, Chuck, that you're just too deaf to hear the phone ringing -- or simply out of touch?  How many other senators still use that old crank phone to ring up Mable the operator, so she can connect you to the farm next door?

Or could it be that you're just so senile that you don't realize that you HAVE been talking with the POTUS and thought he was your farm's cowhand who just had an unexpectedly strong interest in politics along with his deft touch in milking cow teats?

Senator Gassey, you have jurisdiction over two of the President’s top legislative priorities: gun violence and immigration reform.  And nothing has happened in the way of forward movement. You really think he's ignoring you?  He's trying to get through to you -- only you hear the voice of Bitch McConnell and not the voice of our leader or the people he represents.

Perhaps if you awoke from your 32 year stupor in the Senate chamber, you'd realize you should spend less time worrying about who's calling, and make some calls himself -- like to your fellow Republicans and tell them to $#!t AND get off the pot and legislate.  All of America is waiting on you, not a call from Obama to tell you that you're drooling, not legislating.

For the past 25 years, David Garber has been serving as the show runner and or writer on some of television’s biggest hits… Saved By The Bell, Power Rangers, 227, Bill Cosby Show and many other network series. His writing and producing have also netted David two very prestigious awards:the PRISM AWARD and the TV CRITICS AWARD – TV SPECIAL OF THE YEAR. Currently he’s authoring a short story series called “A Few Minutes With…”


What I will not write about today


frustrated15Sometimes I get so frustrated and/or disheartened and/or annoyed by some of the news stories of the day that I can’t bring myself to write about them. Here are a few recent reports that made my blood pressure hit the roof. I am avoiding delving into them at length out of concern for my physical and mental health.

See what I mean? So who’s up for a couple of Margs or a trough of wine?

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