This morning on Amtrak, Lanny Davis had a lot of feelings about 2016 and inadvertently decided to share them with the 6:55 a.m. train—which included two political reporters—as it zipped from D.C. to New York City.
The DC power lawyer and his traveling companions covered a lot of ground- whether Bernie Sanders is truly a Socialist (no), whether Joe Biden is a threat (he’s seen as a “buffoon”) whether Republican Carly Fiorina is nasty (yes)—as they chatted noisily and candidly about the ins and outs of the 2016 presidential race.
(Their chat also provided valuable insight for The Daily Beast and TownHall’s Guy Benson—who sat across the aisle from them.)
Benson, who first spotted Davis and his cohorts and caught the first part of their conversation noted Davis had sharp words for the Democratic-Socialist Senator from Vermont, calling him a “flip-flopper” on guns and a “nut.”
“There’s no way he can be nominated, ever,” said Davis, who sported a patterned tie and dapper pocket square for his morning train commute.
On Biden, Davis was confident the vice president would 1) enter the presidential race and 2) have no success. He cited Biden’s third-place status as evidence of that latter point, said Biden is seen as a “buffoon,” and said Clinton’s numbers were at “the bottom of the bottom.”
Officials in Irving, Texas, released about 14 pages of threatening, vulgar emails from people fuming over the incident involving local teen Ahmed Mohamed, who was put in handcuffs last month when his homemade clock was treated as a possible hoax bomb.
One man who claimed to be with a group that provides emergency air transportation wrote, “All employees of Irving ISD and the Irving PD and their immediate family members are banned from our aircraft,” adding that instead ”our members will watch your child die bleeding and convulsing on the Love Field tarmac.”
KTVT-TV said Irving police have stepped up patrols over the chilling emails, and Mayor Beth Van Duyne told the station off camera that the messages released Thursday aren’t the worst of them.
America is apparently specially evil and created racism, according to Hillary Clinton. Notice how she went even a step beyond what they were asking her to say, changing ‘cardinal’ to ‘original’, an astonishing comment, even in a blatantly pandering attempt.
This is what Hillary Clinton is championing. God help us all.
Some on Capitol Hill believe that House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) is going to attempt to remain in his position through mid-December.
The election to replace outgoing Boehner was unexpectedly and indefinitely postponed Thursday after front-runner and current Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pulled out of the race.
Boehner has said that he plans to stay on as Speaker until a new Speaker is elected. That is a reversal from his previous decision to resign from Congress and the Speakership on Oct. 30.
If Boehner tries to stay in office past Oct. 30, his previously scheduled resignation date, it’s likely that conservatives who put together a plan that led to his resignation will pull the trigger on a move that would forcibly remove the Speaker from office. Sources close to the effort—which hinges around a motion to vacate the chair, a fancy term for removing Boehner as Speaker of the House immediately—confirm to Breitbart News they will likely forcibly remove Boehner if he tries anything unsavory in the next few weeks.
How dare these people have a problem with President Obama specifically saying that he was politicizing this tragedy to push his gun control agenda? How dare they question the royal presence before he goes off to his fundraiser in Seattle?
Apparently, not believing what Josh Marshall demands you believe makes you pro-Massacre to the ver-intolerant Left. Never mind that these are the people who have suffered a terrific loss, who have lost friends, neighbors and maybe even family members.
But once again, it shows what leftists are about, totalitarian thought control.
Congratulations, Josh Marshall, you win Slime of the Day!
Former Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) said on Friday that the Democratic presidential debate schedule exposes the party’s unease about Hillary Clinton.
“It would appear to me that they’re trying to circle the wagons around this year’s inevitable front-runner,” he said of Clinton’s presidential campaign. “I think it shows a lot of fear about the future.”
Playing off “gonzo” journalist Hunter S. Thompson’s “fear and loathing” on the campaign trail theme, CNN asked O’Malley what he thought the late author would think of 2016 race. “He’d probably say the Democratic Party is hurting itself very badly by waiting so long to start its debates.”
O’Malley has been critical of the Democratic Party for both refusing to add debates to its schedule and for waiting until October to have its first one. The debate will be broadcast from Las Vegas Tuesday on CNN.
In the last day, Hillary Clinton announced her opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal that she will likely claim she only championed as part of her duties as secretary of state and that, in reality, she just as likely helped to create. She probably opposes it as strongly as she did NAFTA, which her husband created, and which she and Barack Obama campaigned against in 2008 and then proceeded to do nothing about.
This is a habit. She probably is doing this because, in spite of a career in which neoliberalism got her this far, Bernie Sanders is starting to eat her lunch among labor voters, progressives and anyone who is not a big-money donor. You know, the people who vastly outnumber the latter and do things en masse, like vote.
An under-the-radar startup funded by billionaire Eric Schmidt has become a major technology vendor for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, underscoring the bonds between Silicon Valley and Democratic politics.
The Groundwork, according to Democratic campaign operatives and technologists, is part of efforts by Schmidt—the executive chairman of Google parent-company Alphabet—to ensure that Clinton has the engineering talent needed to win the election. And it is one of a series of quiet investments by Schmidt that recognize how modern political campaigns are run, with data analytics and digital outreach as vital ingredients that allow candidates to find, court, and turn out critical voter blocs.
A District man was cited by police Friday for flying a drone near the Washington Monument and landing it on the Ellipse adjacent to the White House, authorities said.
Sgt. Anna Rose, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Park Police, said the incident occurred about 1:30 a.m. Friday. She said police seized the drone and gave the suspect a criminal citation. A statement identified the suspect as Howard Solomon III of the District. His age was not provided.
Authorities had initially said that two people were cited, but the statement issued later Friday lists only one person charged. The person was not arrested but will have to appear in court.
U.S. President Barack Obama suggested that Russian airstrikes in Syria are a sign of the growing weakness of Russian leader Vladimir Putin in an interview on CBS News, of which an excerpt was released Friday.
Obama questioned whether Putin is defying U.S. leadership in the Middle East with his air attacks on Syria, which he described as an attempt to support at all costs a tottering Bashar al-Assad regime after four years of civil war.
“When I came into office…Syria was Russia’s only ally in the region,” Obama said in the interview, the complete version of which will air this Sunday.
“And today, rather than being able to count on their support and maintain the base they had in Syria, which they’ve had for a long time. Mr. Putin now is devoting – his own troops, his own military, just to barely hold together by a thread his sole ally,” he said.
Russia’s air force hit 60 Islamic State targets in Syria over the past 24 hours and killed around 300 militants, the Defense Ministry said on Friday, in Moscow’s most intense raids yet since it first launched strikes on Syria 10 days ago.
In the previous updates, the Moscow had been reporting hitting about 10 targets daily. The increased pace of attacks was aimed at preventing militants from re-grouping and dispersing in populated areas, the ministry said.
The ministry said in a statement that air force jets used KAB-500 precision guided bombs to destroy a headquarters of the Liwa al-Haqq militant group in Syria’s Raqqa province.
The ministry, citing intercepted radio communications, said the raid killed two senior Islamic State field commanders and some 200 militants there.
Liwa al-Haqq is not connected to Islamic State, so it was not clear what the two field commanders were doing at the group’s base.
Joe Biden has taken another step toward entering the Presidential race.
Representatives of the Vice-President held a meeting this week with Democratic National Committee staffers. They briefed Biden’s aides on arcane but crucial rules that the Vice-President would need to understand if he decides to run, according to a D.N.C. official.
It was the most significant sign the source had seen to indicate Biden’s intentions. “I think it means he’s running,” the source said.
The D.N.C. has held similar meetings for representatives from the five declared Democratic candidates: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Jim Webb, Martin O’Malley, and Lincoln Chafee. The D.N.C. offered the meeting to Biden earlier this year, and the party committee was scheduled to brief his aides back in June, but that meeting was cancelled.
One mother was outraged when she realized that a birthday gift for her son included a “racist” toy.
Ida Lockett told Sacramento’s local CBS station that a Playmobil pirate toy set given to her 5-year-old boy by his aunt included instructions that showed how to shackle one of the dark-skinned figures, who happens to be wearing tattered clothing and a metal collar and is shoeless.
“He was excited when he got it,” she said. “I spent the weekend putting it together,” and that’s when she realized what the toy came with. “You cannot have this specific accessory and call it anything else,” she said. “The fact that you can Google it, look it up, say what it is—it’s a slave collar.”
There is also a cargo cell below the deck of the ship, which Lockett believes is reminiscent of a slave hold. “It’s definitely racist,” she said. “It told my son to put a slave cuff around the black character’s neck, and then to play with the toy.”
A Playmobil spokesperson tells E! News in a statement that the toy set was made to have historical context, and was not meant to offend anyone.
“This piece is from a PLAYMOBIL pirate playset that is designed to depict life on a 17th-century pirate ship on the high seas. If you look at the box, you can see that the pirate figure is clearly a crew member on the pirate ship and not a captive. The figure was meant to represent a pirate who was a former slave in a historical context. It was not our intention to offend anyone in anyway”
A majority of Americans, 60 percent, believe that the government has too much power, according to a Gallup poll.
This marks the third year in a row that at least 59 percent of the public believe this while only 32 percent say the government has the right amount of power.
Americans have become increasingly more wary of government power during President Obama’s term. When Obama first took office in 2009, 51 percent of Americans were concerned with government power. That number grew to 59 percent after the federal government passed Obamacare in 2010.
“Overall, the average percentage who thought the government was too powerful during Obama’s first term—2009 to 2012—was 54%,” states Gallup. “This term, the average has risen to 60%.”