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Ex-Christie aide: Gov's self-exoneration chock full o' holes (ENTIRE VIDEO)


Bridgegate Christina Renna ex-Christie aide testifies

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Talking Points Memo is reporting on the testimony of an ex-Christie aide, Christina Renna, given to the New Jersey legislative committee investigating Bridgegate. She worked in the governor's Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) under both Bill Stepien and Bridget Kelly. Among her sworn statements were a few choice words about the slut-shaming gossip sheet whitewash in which Legal Team Christie cleared their client.

Here are a few of those words out of the very mouth of the very ex-Christie aide:

"'Mandatory directive' were not my words," Renna said. "If you notice, they are not in quotation marks. That was Gibson Dunn's words. That was their characterization. They are never words I would have used. I would never use 'mandatory directive,' except in one incident which we can circle back to. They were not my words." Weinberg asked Renna whether she had a chance to correct Gibson Dunn's characterization of her interview before it was released publicly. Renna replied that she had not been given the opportunity.

Christie's legal team had summarized it this way:

Renna believed Stepien kept track of mayors who were not in favor with IGA, but Renna was not privy to that process. But IGA staff would receive mandatory directives along the lines of “do not rush to return this mayor’s phone call.” Renna recalled an IGA staffer asking Renna, “Can we get a list of hands-off mayors?” Renna remembered responding, “You know we won’t get it, and it would change daily anyway.”

Randy M. Mastro, the Team Christie lawyer who led the internal "investigation" of Bridgegate, did say that his exoneration paper was his understanding, his recap, of the interviews he held. But if even an ex-Christie aide is poking holes in Mastro's findings, then it's further confirmation that the "report" was nothing more than a paper sieve. full of holesMore details at the link.


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VIDEO- Parent of Newtown victim: "The liberty... to own a military-style assault weapon & high-capacity magazine... is second to the right of my son to his life.”


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David Wheeler:

"The liberty of any person to own a military-style assault weapon and a high-capacity magazine and keep them in their home is second to the right of my son to his life.”

"Let's honor the founding documents and get our priorities straight."

If you missed this testimony "that the Senate Judiciary Committee should have heard" on last night's The Last Word, please take a look now. It was heart-wrenching, intelligent assessment and plea that everyone should watch, hear, respect, and remember.

newtown gun victim ben wheeler

It came from David Wheeler, the father of one of the Newtown massacre victims, little Ben Wheeler, at a public hearing held by the Connecticut legislature’s Bipartisan Task Force on Violence and Public Safety. He was not at the Senate Judiciary hearing, something that Lawrence O'Donnell rightly noted. He should have been.

Ben would have been proud.

All these Second Amendment/gun zealots who claim to also support "the right to life" need to watch the video below.

Benjamin Wheeler, 6

Also on last night's show, Lawrence O’Donnell eviscerated gun hugger Gayle Trotter.


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VIDEO- George Will: "They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh."


George Will-- yes, that George Will-- responded to John Boehner's spokesperson's tepid response to Rush Limbaugh's non-apology, "The speaker obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate, as is trying to raise money off the situation":

"Using a salad fork for your entree, that's inappropriate!"

And the piece de resistance:

"...The Republican leaders are afraid of Rush Limbaugh. They want to bomb Iran, but they’re afraid of Rush Limbaugh."

Yes, they are afraid, very afraid.

And speaking of weak, Limbaugh's "apology" was only about his choice of words, not the intentional misogynistic smears, the labeling of women (specifically Sandra Fluke) who use contraception as sluts, and on and on.

FYI: I'm in the middle of editing a Blunt video about this very thing. I'll post it tomorrow.

So can George Will-- who equates the "excesses" of the left with what Limbaugh did-- cite an example of a Progressive who smeared a law student or other non-public figure who had no access to a mic of her own with which to defend herself?

And in the very few cases in which a left-leaning pundit used inappropriate language, to my knowledge they apologized (and in the case of Ed Schultz, suspended himself) and no Dems that I know of defended them.

H/t: Think Progress