I'm thinking $450m would go a long way helping Oklahoma right about now.
WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon wants more than $450 million for maintaining and upgrading the Guantanamo Bay prison that President Barack Obama wants to close.
New details on the administration's budget request for next year and other expenses emerged on Tuesday. The cost of the facility that houses 166 prisoners indefinitely includes $200 million for military construction work that could stretch over a decade.
The request also includes $40 million for a fiber optic cable and millions more for military commissions at the facility in Cuba.
Since he took office in January 2009, Obama has pushed to close the prison but has faced opposition from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress. Obama is expected to renew his plea in a speech on counterterrorism on Thursday.
The most blatantly dishonest candidate in ... hours:
My post about the Vietnam lies is here.
Yes, I'm cheerleading for the president, even though I'm still not happy with a few things he's signed into law. But it's an election year, I'm voting for President Obama because the alternative is unthinkable, he's done some very good things, and I'll be damned if I won't do everything I can to point out what's wrong with the GOP, like the two quotes below.
Newton Leroy Gingrich:
“I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us."
Santorum starts his answer by noting that she and her husband “have moved to a beautiful part of the country.”
“My wife and I love vacationing here,” he continues, before going on to outline his desire to ramp up the American manufacturing industry.
If President Obama said either of these things, he'd be ripped to shreds by the GOP and in the press... which are often synonymous.
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Back story, courtesy of the Rachel Maddow Show:
Lisa Graves (Executive Director of the Center for Media and Democracy/PRWatch, ALECexposed) emailed this link to me a little while ago, and graciously permitted me to share the Blocktopus graphic with you.
Please go to PRWatch.org for the story about the charity founded by Herman Cain's Chief of Staff Mark Block, that "potentially violated the Internal Revenue Code by fronting tens of thousands of dollars worth of Mr. Cain's campaign travel expenses."
Block is the former head of the Wisconsin arm of the Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity.
First, here is Lisa's interview with Lawrence O'Donnell on The Last Word:
And here is the handy dandy guide Lisa shared with me:
You think those harassment issues are bad? You ain't seen nothin' yet, Hermie Cain.
The Hill is now reporting that calls for Cain chief of staff Mark Block’s resignation are growing amongst conservative pundits and former campaign staffers. (H/t: Livewire)
A Koch Industries subsidiary made a dozen illegal donations to "nonfederal candidates and committees), totaling nearly $27,000. This was done from 2005 to 2009.
Oddly, the largest amount went to the Democratic Governors Association; this from Tea Party, Inc. Smaller amounts went to candidates for state office in Virginia and Delaware, and to Kansas's former attorney general, a big anti-choicer.
The Federal Election Commission has fined a Luxembourg subsidiary of Kansas-based Koch Industries Inc. $4,700 for making illegal foreign campaign contributions. [...]
Foreign nationals, including overseas subsidiaries of U.S. companies, are barred from making campaign donations to any political campaigns or committees, whether federal, state or local. [...] INVISTA’s actual headquarters are in Kansas, but it was organized under the laws of Luxembourg and operated an administrative office there, the FEC found.
Drop. In. Bucket.
These two look like they could be a source of amusement for the next two years. Via Taegan-
Two House Republican members, Reps. Mike Fitzpatrick and Pete Sessions, missed their swearing in on Wednesday as they attended a fundraiser in Fitzpatrick's honor at the U.S. Capitol. These two not-quite-yet Congressmen then voted on legislation and introduced bills, adding a Dadaist element to the proceedings. Although astonishingly surreal, there’s a serious House Rules-related concern: lawmakers are barred from using official resources for campaign or fundraising activities.
"House rooms and offices are not to be used for events that are campaign or political in nature, such as a meeting on campaign strategy, or a reception for campaign contributors," according to the House Ethics Manual.
The Ethics Manual identifies an exception -- "when a Member is sworn in, the Member may hold a 'swearing-in' reception in a House office building that is paid for with campaign funds" -- but the event was a fundraiser, not merely a simple “swearing-in” ceremony.
A spokesman for Fitzpatrick told the Huffington Post's Ryan Grim that the event was not a fundraiser and that anyone could attend. The information available shows that the invite was a solicitation for campaign funds and was very different from other lawmaker invites for celebrations held in official House offices and buildings.
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