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Elizabeth Warren: "And We Will Fight For It!"

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Just give Elizabeth Warren 3 1/2 minutes and you'll see why America needs her leadership. What she lays out in her plan for the U.S. is exactly the blueprint Democrats MUST use as they run in 2014. She's precise, clear and distinct. Hillary, are you listening?

If Democrats get people to the polls this fall, they will not only retain the senate, they can retake the House. Hard to believe? Watch this:

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Who Hurts GOP Women The Most, Men Or Women?

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"Why, I do declare," Miss Elmers said," how awfully hard these men folk make it on us demure ladies. Seems so burdensome, doesn't it now, with all those fancy big numbers and those complicated words they use. Why, it's all a woman can do to not take to the salts and feel the vapors without a man at her side to tell her what she should think. Another Mint Julep?"

If you think that awful made-up dialogue is from some old MGM costume Civil War piece, it certainly could be. But this kind of talk is actually being spewed right now as we speak. And it's being done by a North Carolina congresswoman, Renee Ellmers, who believes that the Republican Party would make more headway with women voters if it could bring policy discussions “down to a woman’s level.”

Raw Story:

The problem, she said, is that male politicians are making the policy discussion too complicated for women to understand.

“Men do tend to talk about things on a much higher level,” Ellmers said. “Many of my male colleagues, when they go to the House floor, you know, they’ve got some pie chart or graph behind them and they’re talking about trillions of dollars and how, you know, the debt is awful and, you know, we all agree with that.”

“We need our male colleagues to understand that if you can bring it down to a woman’s level and what everything that she is balancing in her life — that’s the way to go,” she said.

Can you really believe this woman was elected to her office in Congress? She's about as contemporary as a hooped skirt and a whale bone corset. What is going on in this country that backwards thinkers like this are being allowed to ruin the lives of other women?

North Carolina by its mere antiquated, backwards and restrictive actions has a lot to apologize for -- but Renee Elmers's election to Congress might take the cake.

Wake up people. Your votes count. Make sure you use them and use them for your best interests. You don't need someone to tell you what's right nor do you need someone to talk down to you. You deserve better than this.

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GOP Freak Out Because They Can't Read

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One of the problems people have today is they're in a constant state of "hurry." They have so many things on their plate and time ticks by so quickly, they try to do too much at the same time. And the result is sometimes embarrassing.

Take reading regulations for an example. If you're going to run for political office, or if you hold political office, comprehensive reading is a requirement. New bills and proposals are constantly being put in front of you and your understanding them is paramount before you can vote on them. Or at least that's how it's supposed to work.

Talking Points Memo:

Rep. Sean Maloney (D-NY) reportedly used an aerial drone to capture images from his wedding to his long-time same-sex partner last month -- and the GOP is not at all happy about it.

Nothing about this should raise too many eyebrows unless you're a Conservative Republican. In that case the idea of a same-sex marriage is abhorrent. That could cause your blood pressure to rise and cloud your thinking. But surprise, that's not what has gotten the National Republican Congressional Committee's undies in a bunch.

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The straw that broke their back was Congressman Maloney used a drone to photograph his event. I think it's clever and very interesting. The Republican caucus group saw this differently.

The New York Daily News reported on Monday that Maloney had used a small drone to shoot video at his wedding in Cold Spring, N.Y. But the News also said that federal regulations prohibit the commercial use of drones like the one that he and partner Randy Florke used.

The National Republican Congressional Committee labeled Maloney's actions as a "stunning disregard for FAA rules regarding drone use."

"Stunning  disregard." Let's break this down. Here's the one word the Republicans are not reading -- giving them the benefit of the doubt that they can read at all. Today's "secret word" is COMMERCIAL, as in commercial use.

There is a prohibition with commercial use of such a drone, but not personal use. Unless the congressperson and his partner are planning on selling  copies of their wedding video, thus making the usage commercial, this is all completely legal. The chance these two men are planning such a commercial venture with this matrimonial commemoration video seems quite unlikely.

Thus, once again, the misinformed GOP, the Chicken Littles of the world, are screaming the sky is falling. If only it would, it might knock some common sense into them. That doesn't seem likely though. So ignorance of the law seems to reign supreme, once again, in the GOP headquarters.

And to think that the group pointing fingers and accusing another Congressman of breaking the law consists of the very same people who are supposed to know the laws would be laughable, if it were not so sad. It's one thing to be incompetent. It's another to open your mouth and prove it. This is just such a case.

So here's a lesson for all you GOP congresspeople. Before you accuse someone of something, do your homework. And take the time to read all the regulations, not just the ones that your eyes pick up while you're out doing something else, like fundraising or obstructing Congress.

For a change, do your jobs. We citizens would appreciate that.

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Breaking News: Benghazi Attack Leader Captured By U.S.

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Oh, no. Now what will all those Republican Benghazi conspiracy theorists going to do? WWTGS -- What Will Trey Gowdy Say?

According to the Washington Post:

U.S. Special Operations forces captured one of the suspected ringleaders of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi in a secret raid in Libya over the weekend, the first time one of the accused perpetrators of the 2012 assault has been apprehended, according to U.S. officials.

The officials said Ahmed Abu Khattala was captured Sunday near Benghazi by American troops, working alongside the FBI, following months of planning, and was now in U.S. custody “in a secure location outside Libya.” The officials said there were no casualties in the operation, and that all U.S. personnel involved have safely left Libya.

This looks bad. Bad if you're a Republican who was counting on the Benghazi special congressional committee, the eighth committee to witch-hunt the terrible Libyan tragedy, to find something to tag onto Obama and Hillary Clinton. One of the major talking points is that Obama, who promised right away to seek out and find the culprits, has done nothing since the event nearly two years ago. Nobody had been apprehended. This was a GOP talking point on the lack of interest in the Benghazi attacks and the President's concern.

So much for that asshat argument. Obama said he'd take out Osama Bin Laden. He did. He said he'd bring to justice those responsible for Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other American deaths in this Benghazi attack, and the round-up has begun.

Now what do you have to say for yourself, Speaker Boehner on your special committee? So Obama's been doing nothing, eh?

What have you been doing? Your job is to run the Congress. Where's the jobs bill, your alternative to the ACA, the long-term unemployment extension, the immigration reform bill, minimum wage increases, etc?

Seems if anyone's asleep at the wheel, it's the House of Representatives. You're the Speaker, Boehner. Maybe you should be doing the people's work like you're being paid for and let the President do his. He's showing results.  You? Not so much. You saw what the conservatives in Virginia's 7th district did to your right hand man, Eric Cantor. Don't think it can't happen to you.

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Add Hypocrite To Departing Eric Cantor's Resume

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Former House Republican leader and current pinhead Eric Cantor took umbrage today over Laura Ingraham's comment that he should have been one of the hostages traded for Sgt. Bergdahl instead of the five Gitmo detainees.

Talking Points Memo:

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Sunday responded to a comment conservative pundit Laura Ingraham made that Cantor should have been traded to the Taliban for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

"I will say that the suggestion that I should have been traded to the Taliban for Sergeant Bergdahl really is not a serious contribution to any public policy debate, and frankly, I don't think that it reflects on the people that self-identify as Tea Partiers. I think they reject that kind of notion," Cantor said on ABC's "This Week." "And it's just not serious. And frankly it cheapens the debate."

Where was Cantor's ire when Tea Party stalwart Senator Rand Paul earlier made a similar statement only about Democrats, reported on the CNN(Certainly Not News) Network:

“Mr. President, you love to trade people. Why don’t we set up a trade? But this time, instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats? I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi; couldn’t we send them to Mexico?”

The truth is, Eric Cantor, you're just a self-serving obstructionist and that's why people voted you out. It had nothing to do with Laura Ingraham nor immigration reform. It wasn't your religion and it wasn't the Tea Party. And it certainly had very little to do with the man who beat you. Your defeat was your own doing. You were greatly responsible for a do-less-than-nothing congress, and that's why your ass was booted out the door.

What you were victim of was your deaf ears to the cry for the heads of the overpriced Republicans who have turned their backs on women, minorities, immigrants, long-term unemployed, clean air advocates, environmental protectionists, health care for all, and affordable education reformers who may just decide to show up to vote this coming November. (That is if you haven't already restricted their voting rights) By November you will have been forgotten. But your legacy won't have been. You set the example that removing an asshat can be done. And we voters may elect to send a number of your asshat friends packing with you.

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Hagel & Miller Pissing Contest Results In Bergdahl Firestorm

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Seems like the Republicans, sharks that they are, can't wait to taste the meat behind the Bergdahl blood in the waters. They realize that healthcare is a bust for them. The IRS scandal flamed out. Benghazi and the special hearings have taken a seat further back since the Eric Cantor massacre.  What's left?

The freshest meat in the Obama butcher shop -- the POW for Gitmo Prisoner Exchange. There's really nothing else for them to run on. And with Cantor being bounced from office, there's no new business that's going to transpire until, sadly, January of 2015 when the 215th Congress is called to order.

To distract the public's attention away from the anti-incumbent wave started by Majority Leader Cantor's demise, the GOP are push-push-pushing hard to get Bergdahl home so they can grill him. This is the GOP's last best chance to shake out voters and get them into the polling places in the November general election. A solid embarrassment for Obama and the administration could keep Democrats home and bring the fringe Republicans to the polls with their "white people's" ID's, ready to bring home a GOP Senate AND House.

So to goose things along before America's notorious short attention span -- just a few weeks ago it was the Benghazi special committee which was usurped by Hillary Clinton's head injuries "lingering effects." From there in America's short attention span theater, interest moved to the VA/Shinseki scandal, then came the Isla Vista Shooting and now it has turned to Eric Cantor. The Republicans in Congress are trying to right their tattered ship with the hull was punctured by the David Brat iceberg in Virginia's 7th District. The GOP urgently needs to grill our "no soldier left behind.", embarrass him, paint him a traitor and maybe they can limp into port with some sort of victory.

But that isn't easy to do when Bergdahl's not here in the US to interrogate. That's not stopping the GOP. Yesterday they called Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to the Hill to answer questions about the recovering ex-POW. Things got hot and testy. Florida's Rep. Jeff Miller (R) went on the attack, basically accusing the Defense Department of hiding the swapped soldier. His health be damned. Don't listen to the U.S. doctor's treating him in Landstuhl, Germany. Bring him to us NOW!!! -- preferably in shackles. (I added that last part).

Here, courtesy of NBC News is that short, but fiery exchange. When these two men, Hagel and Miller are rubbed together, there's more than smoke on the Hill. There's a huge conflagration.

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The House Votes For Another Crazy Bill

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Smoking A Joint Raw Story:

A Republican congressman has successfully pushed legislation to pressure the U.S. Department of Justice to crack down on marijuana in states that have legalized its use. “It is with growing alarm that we see this administration selectively executing and enforcing federal law,” Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) said Wednesday on the House floor.

Growing alarm, huh?

On Friday, a seemingly contradictory measure was passed. The House of Representatives approved an amendment to prohibit the federal agency from spending taxpayer money on activities designed to stop the use of medical marijuana in states in which such use is legal.

Then comes this dickwad from Louisiana. Somehow he got enough other bozos in the House to go along with him in trying to step their foot back down on the accelerator to force more arrests by the Justice Department. All this at a time when it's become more clear that marijuana busts are a racial issue. The numbers are staggering. But how about this wacky logic by Representative Fleming?  He's pushed through the following (by voice vote):

Fleming’s amendment reduces the Department of Justice’s Salaries and Expenses, Legal Activities account by $866,000 until the Attorney General enforces the Controlled Substances Act in every state.

So, by cutting the Justice Department's budget, how can they step up enforcement? What Fleming and his ilk have actually done is made it more unlikely the DOJ has the money to take on these marijuana cases. I guess this means stupid is as stupid does. Good work Republicans. Now I feel safer lighting up a reefer because there's less money to apprehend me.

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