Yesterday we took a look at new Republican approaches to blocking immigration reform. As difficult as it is to swallow that Ted Cruz cares about the humanity of "illegals", or that Jeff Sessions is suddenly against rewarding "job creators", they gave it a shot. (Hey, they've gotta say something besides "our base doesn't like immigrants and we don't think they'll vote Republican.")
Lately it seems that hardly a day goes by without yet another headline screaming about the epidemic of sexual assault or gross sexism in the U.S. military. Despite assurances from military brass and efforts (tepid though they may be) by members of Congress to combat the problem, you would be hard-pressed to find many people filled with confidence about the military's ability and resolve to deal with the issue.
Last week we took a look at just how big a lying liar Darrell Issa (R - Liartown) is on this whole IRS scandal! thing. At that time we noted that Issa had promised on national television to release the full transcripts -- not just cherry-picked excerpts of under-whelming "proof" -- but had thus far failed to do so. In response, the ranking Dem on the committee, Elijah Cummings (D - Badassville), went on the same national television program and said that if Issa didn't release the transcripts within the week, we would do so himself.
By now you have probably heard that the Supreme Court has struck down Arizona's law requiring proof of citizenship to be able to register to vote. Surprisingly, the decision wasn't even close, with only two justices (Thomas and Alito) dissenting. Perhaps even more surprising (and certainly a demoralizing blow to some on the right) the majority opinion was written by none other than Antonin Scalia.
Today in idiotic state-level elected officials, we turn our attention to one Representative "Angry Ed" Orcutt (R-Natch) of Kalama, WA. Rep. Orcutt is the ranking Republican on the Washington state house transportation committee. He is the same Washington pol who previously asserted that bicycles pollute worse than cars. (Yes, he's very good at the "science" thingy.) This week, he's very concerned about all the people who want to (wrongly) use the collapse of an I-5 bridge over the Skagit River to call for more transportation and infrastructure spending.
News broke yesterday that New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his organization, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, have received letters which appear to test positive for ricin. Today, we learn that there have been multiple high profile targets over the last week, including a letter addressed to President Obama, intercepted by the Secret Service.
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Mitch McConnell's operation went hard and heavy against "Hollywood liberal" Ashley Judd when she was mulling a run against him. We should probably expect more of the same treatment for any potential challenger going forward. Polling continues to suggest that dissuading any competition looks to be Mitch's best hope of hanging on to his seat. This is in deep red Kentucky, mind you, and there' s bad news for Mitch against another unannounced Democratic candidate: