An already heated battle between the White House and Republicans over negotiations to curtail Iran’s nuclear program grew more tense Monday when 47 Republican senators sent a letter to Iran designed to kill any potential deal.
The White House responded by accusing the Republicans of conspiring with Iranian hard-liners, who oppose the delicate negotiations, and suggesting that their goal was to push the United States into a military conflict.
“I think it’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hard-liners in Iran,” President Obama said a few hours after the letter was made public. “It’s an unusual coalition.”
Former Gov. Bob McDonnell will not be reporting to prison next month, thanks to a brief order from the Richmond-based 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday that grants him bond pending his appeal.
The court noted that McDonnell is not a danger to society or a flight risk, that his appeal is not a delay tactic, and that there is a substantial question of law or fact that could lead to a reversal or new trial.
“I am grateful for today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit allowing me to remain free on bond pending my appeal,” McDonnell said in a statement.
Virginia’s 71st governor said, “I plan to spend time with my new granddaughter who was born this month, attend my sons’ graduation ceremonies, and embrace family time with my daughters.”
I am pleased he won his appeal. McDonnell made some bad choices. He didn’t take a bribe, cheat anyone, steal, or embezzle. He broke no Virginia laws. However, the federal government swooped in and basically overruled Virginia.
I resent that and I also don’t think McDonnell is a bad person. I think he should have been allowed to do community service. Let’s cast our partisan politics aside. McDonnell was stupid. Being stupid isn’t illegal.
Disclosure: I am no fan of McDonnell. I disdain his politics.
WASHINGTON — After a botched effort to pass legislation imposing a 20-week ban on abortions, House Republicans are moving forward Thursday with what’s being dubbed a less controversial bill that codifies a ban on federal funding for abortions.
The bill would do a number of things — including block federal funds for abortion for women who are in the military, who live in Washington, D.C., and who are poor — but one aspect of the legislation that hasn’t received much attention is the fact that it would raise taxes on the vast majority of small businesses.
The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act would deny small businesses a tax credit they currently receive through what’s known as the SHOP exchange, a part of the Affordable Care Act, if they include abortion care in their health plans. Roughly 87 percent of private plans include abortion services as part of comprehensive coverage, meaning the bulk of small businesses would be hit with a tax hike if the bill were to become law.
As of 12:30 am, incumbent Senator Mark Warner seemed to be the apparent winner of the senate election. No one really expected this election to be so close. Prince William County, included cities, and Fairfax seemed to save the day for Warner. Northern Virginia prevailed, once again. Albemarle, Charlottesville and Nelson County also helped pull off a Warner win, as did some of the southside counties. At last glimpse, Warner was ahead by about 18,000 votes.
The Republicans will take over the Senate. That fact changes the dynamics of the country a great deal, although it isn’t really apparent how it will change things. The different factions in the Republican party may decide to battle each other rather than to continue sparring with the President. Who knows. They also probably will not have a super majority so bills wont just go sailing through. then there is also the presidential veto. I feel certain that President Obama will enjoy using that presidential option quite a bit. I know I sure would.
This is the first time that the Republicans have controlled the Senate in 8 years. Will we move forward or will we revisit all the social issues? That’s what the Republicans seem to concentrate on most of the time these days. Abortion, personhood, same sex marriage, Planned Parenthood funding, school prayer…the list goes on.
What do you predict?
WASHINGTON — Four former Blackwater Worldwide security guards were convicted and immediately jailed Wednesday for their roles in a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square that marked a bloody nadir in America’s war in Iraq.
A jury in Federal District Court found that the deaths of 17 Iraqis in the shooting, which began when a convoy of the guards suddenly began firing in a crowded intersection, was not a battlefield tragedy, but the result of a criminal act.
Excerpt from Ken Burns’ ‘The Roosevelts’ Reveals Everything Wrong With Our Current Political Class’ by Joseph Palermo
Ken Burns’ seven-part PBS series on the lives of Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, is a remarkable achievement. Burns sheds a poignant new light on the personal and public lives of three monumental figures in 20th Century American history. And in doing so, he illustrates the relative rottenness of the hacks, partisans, and plutocrats who make up the political class that rules America today.
By exploring the lives and times of TR, FDR, and ER Burns shows that in our not-so-distant past the governing institutions of this country were actually responsive to the needs and desires of working-class Americans. This superb and moving portrait is a perfect fit for our times. The utter failure of our current “leaders” is glaring by comparison.
Yes, TR was a warmonger, and FDR signed the order that imprisoned innocent Japanese Americans. There are long lists of both presidents’ failures. But we shouldn’t let those flaws bury the fact that both TR and FDR were not afraid to stand up to big corporations and Wall Street if they viewed their actions as damaging to the country. That alone is probably the biggest difference between those leaders of the early decades of the 20th Century and today.
I didn’t dislike Richard Nixon. He was not the anti-Christ many would have us believe. He was a moderate Republican who understood that programs needed to be run better, not eliminated. Was he likeable? Not particularly. He appeared to ill-at-ease and insecure at times. He was always calculating his next move.
I am going to miss Jay Carney. His sense of understatement and deadpan are unrivaled.
Which president was that? Perfect one liner on his last day!
I know I will hate whoever takes his place.
What is wrong with these people? Do people really act that rudely in the 7th District? I am appalled.
Common decency requires us to either listen politely or leave. Maybe I am naïve but I came from an era where this booing and hissing is simply unacceptable.
Having said that, this response should have been a warning to Eric Cantor. The rowdy rude crowd certainly made their feelings known.
In a state where Republicans send in a weak candidate like E. W. Jackson to be Lt. governor, I guess anything is possible. It sounds to me like the far right GOP want to make more of a statement than they really want to win.
I hope the tea party understands that most of us are repelled by the rude behavior they display at public gatherings. I suppose we will be treated to a summer of dangling tea bags, three-cornered hats, fife and drum parades, pocket Constitutions and impolite, threatening town hall meetings.
Let the side shows begin.
Second in command in the House of Representative, Eric Cantor, lost his primary election to an unknown, David Brat. The defeat was totally unexpected. Voter turn out is the blame according to most pundits. Additionally, Cantor was targeted because of his support of Dream Act legislation.
No cheering here. I couldn’t stand Eric Cantor but a tea party candidate is worse. In addition, I am a strong supporter of the Dream Act. I don’t like bricks that single out students and keep them from reaching their educational goals if they are good students.