Shelley Berkley (D, NV-01) under ethics investigation for medical crony capitalism.
OK, here’s the background: back in 2011 it came out that in 2008 Congresswoman Shelley Berkley (D, NV-01) intervened to prevent the shutdown of a Nevadan kidney transplant program that was killing patients. It’s important at this point to distinguish between proper and improper responses: for example, it is proper to be concerned about what was reported as being “the only transplant center in Nevada” | Read More »
Tom Junod’s cowardly attack on Barack Obama’s cowardly drone strikes.
You know what’s missing from this Tom Junod piece on drone strikes?(Via Instapundit) Oh, sorry, quick background: a US drone strike recently killed a sixteen year old American called Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was the son of notorious traitor Anwar al-Alwaki. There’s no immediate reason to explain why the younger al-Awlaki was killed; it could be anything from an accident to a recognition of the old | Read More »
Democrats reduced to hiding in bushes, posting creepy stalker videos.
I’m not joking about either. Ohio Rep. Jim Renacci (R) told Politico that a neighbor had caught somebody doing precisely that, and I’m pretty sure Politico believes him: they have collected some really, really creepy videos (including one targeting Renacci) of what is apparently an organized effort to sit outside candidate/legislator houses and businesses and… film them. In many cases, going for a 360 degree | Read More »
Moveon.org rediscovers its anti-Semitic, racist roots:
endorses [apologizes to] racist anti-Semite Charles Barron for NY-08. [UPDATED and corrected.]
[Well, this is embarrassing: Jeffries of course won his nomination, because the Good Lord looks after fools, drunks, and the United States of America. Everybody have a good laugh at me; I somehow crossed wires on this one. Corrections and annotations below. - Moe Lane] Politicker has the background. Basically, it went down like this: over in NY-08 the choice for the Democratic nomination was | Read More »
John Tierney (D, MA-06): Illegal Gambling Crook, or Pathetic Dupe?
John Tierney wants people to know that none of it is his fault. With ‘it’ being a wide-ranging noun: It’s not Tierney’s fault that his wife is under house arrest for her role in an illegal gambling racket. It’s not Tierney’s fault that said gambling racket apparently features a non-trivial percentage of his in-laws. It’s not Tierney’s fault that one brother-in-law is in federal custody | Read More »
RS Q&A: Gov. Bobby Jindal, on the Medicaid expansion.
I was on a conference call today with Governor Bobby Jindal and former Governor Tim Pawlenty; they are both currently on a bus tour of Pennsylvania and Ohio for the benefit of the Romney campaign. We had an opportunity to ask questions; and, seeing as these two states are both Republican-controlled (due at least in part to the 2010 backlash against Obamacare), I asked Governor | Read More »
RS Interview: Brian Woodworth (R CAND, IL-02).
IL-02 is the district of Jesse Jackson Jr… we think. I’m not exactly being facetious, here: Congressman Jackson essentially went into seclusion three weeks ago, and nobody knows where he is. I mean, seriously:, the continued absence of the Congressman is making the local papers and television; the reason given is ‘exhaustion*’ – which is not the same as ‘looming indictment.’ You can tell the | Read More »
Shenanigans in NY-13: did Charlie Rangel win, or lose?
Apparently nobody’s really sure at the moment: original reports had Rangel winning by 1,034 votes. However, what can be fairly described as tabulation “irregularities” have come to light, thus causing Rangel’s lead over contender Adriano Espaillat to shrink to 802 votes. With about 2,000 absentee/affidavit votes remaining, the primary election is still very much now in doubt. It’s also now going to the courts. Of | Read More »
Repeat after me: THE OBAMACARE ‘MANDATE’ WAS ACTUALLY A TAX.
And that affects profoundly the question of how to get rid of it. Mickey Kaus is correct, and Ryan Lizza & David Frum are wrong on this: the only reason that Obamacare was not cast down was because the US Supreme Court decided 5-4 that the so-called ‘individual mandate’ was constitutional if it was considered to be a tax. The US Supreme Court also decided, | Read More »
Oversight Chair Darrell Issa makes Justice Department perfidy part of the official Operation Fast & Furious record.
A ways down below the fold is a description of a wiretap application by the Department of Justice (not the wiretap application itself) that had been provided to the House Oversight Committee by a whistle-blower, in response to Oversight’s investigation of the Justice Department’s Operation Fast & Furious debacle. The information found in it would normally be not accessible to anybody outside of the committee | Read More »
RS Interview: Senator Mike Lee (R, UT).
We had originally hoped to talk with Senator Lee about Obamacare Obama’s health tax yesterday, but the unique – and, in some quarters, ever-so-slightly controversial – nature of the US Supreme Court decision made scheduling a touch complex. Translation: BOOM went the (metaphorical) dynamite over at the Supreme Court, thus bringing us Chaos and Old Night f0r a while. Fortunately, things were a bit calmer | Read More »
Meet the Seventeen… Erm. “Not-Traitors”… to Eric Holder.
And what a fascinating rogues’ gallery they are, too. Via @GeorgiaTipsheet, meet the seventeen Democrats who voted to hold Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his ongoing coverup of the Fast & Furious gunrunning schedule: Candidate District Opponent Mike Ross AR-04 Tom Cotton John Barrow GA-12 TBD Leonard Boswell IA-03 Tom Latham Joe Donnelly IN-SEN Richard Mourdock Ben Chandler KY-06 Andy Barr Tim Walz | Read More »
RNC: People v. Obamacare. [UPDATED.]
Commendably fast of the RNC: Also, Mitt Romney just finished his press conference. He understands the basics: this is a 500 billion dollar tax hike* on the American people, it will not stand, and so if elected President Mitt Romney will KILL IT WITH FIRE on day one. And that’s pretty much how it has to go. If you want Obama’s health tax gone, well, | Read More »
Reminder: the NRA will score Holder contempt vote.
I’m not sure why I missed this at the time – the letter’s dated June 20th – but it’s official: “the NRA will consider this vote in [their] candidate evaluations.” That doesn’t guarantee a contempt charge passing the House, but only because a contempt charge was already guaranteed. For all the loose and charged rhetoric going around, if Speaker Boehner wasn’t going to let Oversight | Read More »
NY, et. al. Primary results open thread.
A bunch of others, but NY’s is probably most of interest because there’s an excellent chance that the Democrats will be nominating both a profoundly corrupt scoundrel (Charlie Rangel) and a blatant anti-Semitic racist (Charles Barron) to Congress tonight. Speaking as an American, I’d rather that both lost; but if I’m overruled, well. No reason not to take advantage of the situation, right? Results for | Read More »