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Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Launch of Hillary 2.0


Philip Bump:

Bernie Sanders says Americans back his agenda — and he’s mostly right

He’s not left. He’s center. And that’s right.Glenn  Thrush:

Hillary Clinton hasn’t always been a profile in political courage, but she’s had her moments. One of them came in late December 2006, a month before Clinton announced her first run for the presidency, as she huddled with her team to discuss policy proposals to differentiate her from two rivals flanking her on the left, Barack Obama and John Edwards.The conversation, which included former Clinton White House aides like Gene Sperling and Neera Tanden, who still have the candidate’s ear today, bogged down on the biggest, nastiest policy fight of her life, health care. Several of Clinton’s top advisers, the ’90s debacle fresh in everyone’s mind, counseled her to avoid proposing an individual mandate, the politically unpopular requirement that the uninsured buy insurance or face penalties.

When it came to the widely unpopular individual mandate, however, she was adamant about plowing ahead, according to a former aide who related the story.

“If I run for president, I’m going to run on universal health care,” Clinton told the group—and authorized attacks on her Democratic opponent Obama for opposing a mandate (he would eventually embrace it as president, much to Clinton’s amusement).
“What’s the point of running if I’m not going to run on universal health care?” she asked her team.

Greg Sargent:

I thought I’d go through Clinton’s stances on the issues, to see if that sheds more light on what she’s really up to. Short version: Clinton is indeed ministering to Obama coalition voter groups — minorities, millennials, college educated whites.  But nonetheless, she’s thus far campaigning like a mainstream Democrat. In fact, those things are now two sides of the same coin. Meanwhile, very few of her positions thus far preclude reaching beyond those groups.

And when Hillaryadapts and adopts Bernie’s positions, she’ll be center, too.More politics and policy below the fold.

Amber Phillips:

So in honor of the Iowa Straw Poll’s demise, we decided to make a list of what other traditions in presidential politics should go by the wayside. Did we miss anything? The comments section awaits.

National Journal:

House progressives may have just had their tea-party moment.They went toe-to-toe Friday with their own president, the business community, and moderates of all stripes—and they won big.

In overwhelming numbers, Democrats torpedoed a bill that would have moved President Obama closer to the landmark trade deal he’s been seeking. And they did so hours after he visited Capitol Hill to make a personal appeal to their caucus.

“It’s more than 2-to-1,” said a giddy Rep. Alan Grayson, watching the vote. “That’s incredible. Nobody expected that.”

The trade drama was only the latest skirmish in a broader intraparty war, with organized labor and economic populists such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren on one side, and a dwindling corps of business- and Wall Street-friendly Democrats on the other. Increasingly, the political momentum and passion within the party is moving toward the first group.

Dylan Byers:

Bloomberg Politics co-managing editor Mark Halperin and Ann Romney, wife of Mitt, will co-host an early morningpilates session for wealthy Republican donors at this weekend’s Romney retreat in Deer Valley, Time’s Zeke Miller reports.Mitt Romney’s annual retreat, dubbed the “Club Med” for GOP megadonors, takes place at the Stein Ericksen Lodge, at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. Donors are invited to participate in recreational activities with Republican presidential candidates, including flag football with Sen. Marco Rubio and skeet shooting with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

Halperin, the co-author of Game Change and former Time Magazine political analyst, is the only journalist listed on the bill of “enthusiast sessions.” He and Ann Romney will co-host a “Sunrise Pilates” class for the retreat’s attendees on Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. Other journalists are in attendance reporting on the event.

Halperin did not respond to a request for comment regarding his decision to co-host an event for Republican donors alongside the wife of a prominent Republican politician. A Bloomberg spokesperson declined to comment.

Remember, Halperin isn’t just a jerk, he’s a Republican jerk. Don’t let him tell you different. It’s why everything is good for John McCain.WaPo:

“We tried tall, good lookin’, smart, nice, great family,” [Lindsey] Graham told donors Friday in a playful nod to Romney. “Vote for me. We’re not going down that road again!”Republicans have 10 declared candidates and counting, but they have no front-runner — not even the descendant of the closest the GOP has to a royal family. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush has struggled ahead of his official campaign launch on Monday, and he skipped the Romney confab because he was traveling in Europe.

National Journal:

Fox News has changed its plan for the first Republican presidential debate to give second-tier candidates some airtime after a New Hampshire newspaper announced its own competing forum for B-list contenders.According to plans announced late Wednesday, Fox now will host a 90-minute televised forum in Cleveland on the afternoon of August 6 for​ ​Republican candidates who fail to qualify for that ​evening’s 90-minute debate.

RNC officials and campaign staffers had been pressuring Fox for weeks to do exactly this, some even predicting that the vacuum would be filled by another media outlet. A Fox spokeswoman challenged the notion that Fox had changed its plans, saying the cable network always intended to cover the candidates who did not make the prime-time cut.

Greg Dworkin



Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Pre-empted by coverage of the French Open.Face the Nation: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R); NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (D); Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R); Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX); Roundtable: Susan Page (USA Today), Jamelle Bouie (Slate), Ron Fournier (National Journal) and Nancy Cordes (CBS News).

This Week: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R); Roundtable: Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, “Independent” Strategist Matthew Dowd, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich.

Fox News Sunday: Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA); Roundtable: Brit Hume (Fox News), Julie Pace (Associated Press), George Will (Washington Post) and Neera Tanden (Center for American Progress).

State of the Union: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R); Former Sen./Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D-RI); Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA); Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AK).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a look at Colorado after the state became the first to legalize recreational pot (preview); an investigation into allegations that thousands of homeowners were denied their flood insurance claims after Hurricane Sandy because of fraudulent engineers’ reports (preview); and, an interview with actor Bradley Cooper (preview).

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Kos’ Sunday Talk: Without qualification

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In 1965, Bob Dylan famously said: “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.”

Perhaps that was true at the time he said it, but the Timesthey have a-changed since then.

What hasn’t changed is the climate.

You don’t have to take my word for it; just ask Marco Rubio—he’s not a scientistman.

He’s also not a serious presidential contenderman—but that’s completely beside the point.

The point being, expertise is overrated.

I mean, Rush Limbaugh’s tenuous grasp of history didn’t prevent him from writing award-winning historical fanfiction.

And despite his lack of medical credentials, Karl Rove was able to diagnose Hillary Clinton with a traumatic brain injury (and not, as many suspected, the Benghazi flu).

Sometimes, the truth hurts.

Morning lineup:

Meet The Press: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO); RNC Chairman Reince Priebus; Rep.Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); Glenn Greenwald (The Intercept); Former Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AK).Face The Nation: Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I);  Former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner;  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R);  White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough; National Commander of the American Legion Dan Delinger;  RoundtableJackie Calmes (New York Times), Jerry Seib (Wall Street Journal), Katrina Vanden Huevel (The Nation) and John Dickerson (CBS News).

This Week: Tribute to Barbara Walters; Reddit Co-Founder Alexis OhanianBerin Szoka (Tech Freedom); Bill Kristol (Weekly Standard), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D).

Fox News Sunday: Former Vice President Dick Cheney and His Lovely Wife Lynne;   RoundtableBrit Hume (Fox News), Kirsten Powers (USA Today), Republican StrategistKarl Rove and Juan Williams (Fox News).

State of the Union: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (D); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Roundtable:  Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and Amy Walter (Cook Political Report).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report from inside Iran as the prospect of a nuclear deal with world powers looms on the horizon (preview); a report on the 150-year history of the Capitol Dome (preview); and, a report on an orchestra in Paraguay that fashions musical instruments from refuse scavenged at a dump (preview).


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ChristieGate: The Nation reports on another bridge scheme

Bayonne Bridge

Governor Christie announces that work has begun on a $1.3 billion Port Authority to renovate the Bayonne Bridge, June 2013. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) | H/t: The Nation

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ChristieGate? BridgeGate? BridgeGate II?

The Nation reported today that Chris Christie’s “hatchet men” Bill Baroni and David Wildstein, along with the Port Authority’s Chairman David “The General” Samson, headed a scheme to reconstruct the Bayonne Bridge ten years before it really needed it. Christie touted the efforts in his recent successful reelection bid.

I didn’t see this diaried yet, but I will take it down if someone else covered it already. 

The Nation‘s Christie Watch crew does an excellent job of reviewing the nefarious deeds of this crew, including this weekend’s release of the toll hike theater. Today’s post focuses on the Bayonne Bridge project, a $1.2 billion project awarded to construction firm Skanska Koch, a client of, wait for it, Wolff & Samson. The project also won the support of the Laborers’ International Union.

The Bayonne project existed before Christie was elected to his first term, but really took off after his administration was installed. Baroni rallied his troops around him and pushed the project through with the help of Wildstein and, it would seem, Samson. The Nation’s sources claim Samson was a hands-on manager who would meet with Baroni and Wildstein for two hours at a time.

They created a “climate of fear” inside the PA, the source said. And, he added, Baroni and Wildstein were often closeted with David Samson, the PA chairman and Christie’s political mentor. Samson, who has been accused of using his position as PA chairman to benefit his law firm, and whose resignation has been demanded by the Star-Ledger, was a highly engaged and activist chairman, said the source, adding that that was very unusual for a chairman. “Samson was in the office a minimum two, sometimes three times a week and [Baroni and Wildstein] would be behind closed doors with the chairman for two hours at a time,” he said.Baroni and Wildstein, the latter of whom maintained a secret list of favored officials, conspired inside the PA to press for the toll hikes. Along with $1.8 billion in federal and PA funds used by Christie for pet projects after he canceled a plan to build a new Hudson River transit tunnel, the toll hikes and the PA’s more recent PA’s capital spending plan created a tidal wave of new cash for Christie to spend as saw fit. In an editorial on March 4, the Star-Ledger said in an editorial that all these funds created a “piggy bank” for Christie, and it quoted John Wisniewski, chairman of the committee investigating the lane closures at the George Washington Bridge, who said, “It’s a slush fund.” According to the Star-Ledger’s news article, Baroni and Wildstein also organized a cabal inside the PA over the toll hikes.

The article is totally worth the read, whether you follow every twist and turn or if you need a primer.Thanks for the recs! Please visit jamess’s diary, “It’s a slush fund.” He had the story first.

Sunday Talk: Good to the last drop

I love this weekly feature on Daily Kos.  I’m always compelled to share it with TFC readers.

This week’s intro is particularly humorous…

By: Silly Rabbit  for Daily Kos

On “Blue Monday,” millions of Americans—chief among themformer POW John McCain—watched the second inauguration of President Barack Hussein Obama, and hoped/prayed that he would apologize for decisively winning the past two elections.

Much to their dismay, however, instead of surrendering to some bullshit fantasy of theirs, Obama forcefully made the case for progressive values.

His words proved to be too much for top Republicans; some went into hiding, while others went off the deep end—all but accusing him of lipsyncing to an audiobook of The Communist Manifesto and/or MeinKampf.

Now, I’m not a psychiatrist, but if I were one, I’d say that the GOP’s problems are rooted in stupiditypsychopathyvaginaphiliaracismobjectivismmisogynyxenophobiahomophobia, and stuff.



Morning Lineup:

Meet the Press: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI); Roundtable: Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint, NAACP CEO/President Ben JealousBob Woodward and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).

Face the Nation: Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA); NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly; Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN);Roundtable: Obama Deputy Campaign Manager Stephanie Cutter, Romney Campaign Senior Adviser Kevin MaddenDavid Sanger (New York Times) and David Ignatius(Washington Post).

This Week: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ); ScreenwriterMark Boal; Author Mark BowdenRoundtable: George Will (Washington Post), Rep.David Schweikert (R-AZ), Democratic Strategist Donna BrazileSteve Inskeep (NPR) and Chris Hughes (The New Republic)

Fox News Sunday: Retired Col. Martha McSally; Retired Gen. Jerry Boykin; Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL); RoundtableBrit Hume (Fox News), Jeff Zeleny (New York Times), Kimberley Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Juan Williams(Fox News).

State of the Union: Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal; Former CIA Director Michael C. Hayden;  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA); Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R); Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R)l Saratoga Springs, Utah Mayor Mia Love (R); Former Commerce Secretary Carlos GutierrezReliable SourcesBob Costas (NBC Sports); David Frum(Newsweek/Daily Beast); Clarence Page (Chicago Tribune); Amy Argetsinger(Washington Post).

The Chris Matthews ShowChuck Todd (NBC News); Kathleen Parker (Washington Post); Radhika Jones (TIME); Chris Frates (National Journal).

Fareed Zakaria GPSKing Abdullah II of Jordan; Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Up with Chris Hayes: Former US Ambassador to Austria Swanee Hunt; Author Robin Wright; Syracuse University Prof. Horace CampbellJoshua Trevino (Texas Public Policy Foundation); Vince Warren (Center for Constitutional Rights); Phyllis Bennis(Institute for Policy Studies); Adam Serwer (Mother Jones).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a joint interview with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (preview); and, a report on the fall of Lance Armstrong (preview).

Continued here…

Sunday Talk: Precious metal

I like Daily Kos’ Sunday Talk  lineup.   Wanted to share this feature once again with TFC readers.

Thank you for visiting this blog on a regular basis.

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Long before Joe Biden confirmed their worst fear—that President Obama is planning to go all Mr. Bananagrabber on them—those at the forefront of America’s civil gun rights movement began making their doomsday preparations; and with good reason.

Ever since he first took office, Obama has been promoting so-called “infrastructure” projects—just like Hitler did.

And now, in the wake of the Newtownschool shooting (which could’ve been stopped by an armed sex offender), he wants to expand his dictatorship in ways that would make Stalin blush.

Adding insult to injuryObama’s administration has refused requests by we the people to build a Death Star, purportedly because there isn’t enough platinum in the world to pay for it—a claim belied by algebra and science.

If this keeps up, it may soon become necessary to set the building on fire.


Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Former Secretary of State Colin PowellRoundtable: Newark, NJ MayorCory Booker (D), Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour (R), GOP Strategist Mike Murphy and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).Face the Nation: Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal; Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Sen.Joe Machin (D-WV); Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D); RoundtableRajiv Chandrasekaran (Washington Post), Amy Walter (Cook Political Report) and Jon Dickerson (CBS News).

This Week: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI); Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN); Richard Haass (Council on Foreign Relations); Martha Raddatz (ABC News); Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R); RoundtablePaul Krugman (New York Times), Peggy Noonan (Wall Street Journal), Al Hunt (Bloomberg News), Judy Woodruff (PBS) and Former U.S. Comptroller General David Walker.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT);RoundtableBrit Hume (Fox News), Bob Woodward (Washington Post), Kimberley Strassel (Wall Street Journal) and Former Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).

State of the Union: NRA President David Keene; Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy (D); Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV); Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R); Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN); Reliable SourcesPaul Farhi(Washington Post); Robert Costa (National Review); Keli Goff (TheRoot.com); Christine Brennan (USA Today); Gail Shister (TV Newser); Adam Buckman (Xfinity TV);Rebecca MacKinnon (CNN).

The Chris Matthews ShowHoward Fineman (Huffington Post); Liz Marlantes(Christian Science Monitor); John Harris (Politico); Kasie Hunt (NBC News).

Fareed Zakaria GPSPeter Beinart (Daily Beast); Bret Stephens (Wall Street Journal); Hermitage Capital Management CEO William Browder; Author Stephen Cohen; Author Bruce BartlettJeffrey Toobin (CNN).

Up with Chris HayesJoy Reid (MSNBC); Columbia University Prof. John McWhorter;Eli Lake (Newsweek/Daily Beast); Amy Goodman (Democracy Now!); Dave Zirin (The Nation); Tara McGuinness (Center for American Progress Action Fund); Chris Anders(ACLU).

Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature: a report on technological advances, especially robotics, that are revolutionizing the workplace, but not necessarily creating jobs (preview); an interview with Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayer (preview); and, a report on the extreme sport of free diving, in which divers reach great depths on one breath (preview).


Tuesday Blog Round Up 8-7-2012

Video of Mars landing

Daily Kos Radio is on the air!

Is ‘Obamacare’ on the Rebound?

Christie Back in the Mix for Veep?

Between Politics And Precedent

Fight over voting rights sharpens in Ohio

Meanwhile, in other stories of intolerance

Guess Who’s Profiting Most From Super PACs?

Romney keeps wrestling with tax returns claim

Indefinite Detention Ruling Appealed By Federal Prosecutors


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