Cook Political Report shifts California-26 from Lean D to Toss-up.
This is fallout from last Tuesday’s California primary: freshman Democrat Julia Brownley got 46% of the vote to Republican Jeff Gorell‘s 44%. What should probably worry Brownley more is that the combined total percentage of Republican votes was over 50%. It was generally not a great night for California’s Democratic candidates: In CA-07 incumbent freshman Democrat Ami Bera is likewise dealing with an environment where Republicans got | Read More »
The Taliban promise more kidnappings. …Of *course*.
Me, May 31st, 2014: The Taliban will step up their kidnapping campaigns, because from their point of view said campaigns have been proven to work. Time Magazine, June 5, 2014: A Taliban commander close to the negotiations over the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl told TIME Thursday that the deal made to secure Bergdahl’s release has made it more appealing for fighters to capture | Read More »
Senator Chuck Schumer has no idea at ALL about what Thomas Jefferson said, wrote, or thought.
Oh, Chuck Schumer. “I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on what’s being proposed here, he’d agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute,” Mr. Schumer said. Funny: I think that Thomas Jefferson is even at this moment being gently but firmly dissuaded from manifesting on Earth with a large stick and an eye towards | Read More »
RGA slams Hawaii’s state #obamacare exchange, Neil Abercrombie.
Mind you, both the state Obamacare exchange AND the governor deserve it. The state Obamacare exchange for not working, and the governor for contributing to the general lack of function. For those who missed the original story: Hawaii, like many other Democratic controlled states*, produced its own state exchange. And, like many other Democratic-controlled states, the exchange has crashed, burned, exploded, sunk below the waves, | Read More »
Barack Obama hides behind signing statements to justify #Bergdahl / Taliban swap.
So, it turns out that the Obama administration was legally required to at least notify Congress before it actually traded Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorist commanders*: Lawmakers were not notified of the Guantanamo detainees’ transfer until after it occurred. The law requires the defense secretary to notify relevant congressional committees at least 30 days before making any transfers of prisoners, to explain the | Read More »
Three things about this Bowe Bergdahl / Taliban prisoners swap.
It’s a heck of a thing when your only hope is “Maybe they put a remote tracker in one guy’s gut.”
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Elizabeth Esty (D, Connecticut-05) seems… worried… about her electoral chances.
You have to wonder. First off, the DCCC is planning to dump about three quarters of a million dollars in ad buys for Esty’s campaign. This is a little surprising, because the actual Republican candidate for that district is still kind of up in the air. There’s also more than a touch of scandal potentially looming over Esty’s general campaign this year: back in 2013 | Read More »
Veterans Affairs Police brutality alleged in wrongful death case.
This is one of those stories that you actually hope to God never happened, because of course you’d prefer that somebody lied to you about a veteran getting beaten by cops than for it to actually have happened. But it’s being reported in local news, too: the short version is that the widow and family of Jonathan Montano claim that Veterans Affairs Police essentially beat | Read More »
Supreme Court Decisions today!
10 AM for whatever cases get announced today.
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The Memorial Day Saturday Open Thread.
I only ask that you please remember those of us who gave their lives so that the rest of us could have ours. God bless them all.
RS Interview: Jim Geraghty on ‘The Weed Agency.’
The stuff that sounds most over-the-top are all things that actually have happened.
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