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Tuesday Blog Roundup – 6-11-2013

Julian Assange (l) and Edward Snowden (r)

Assange to fleeing leaker: Go here…

Calif. Gunman Studied Gaming Tech

Did Alleged NSA Leaker Work Alone?

Who is Edward Snowden? – NBCNews.com

Hillary Clinton’s brilliant new Twitter profile

E. W. Jackson’s Christine O’Donnell problem

Obama Administration To End Age Restrictions On Plan B

Is Cory Booker really a shoo-in for Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat?

Snowden Helped Guardian Reporter With Secure Communication System

Potential Trayvon Martin case jurors get look at defendant George Zimmerman


Politico's Top Political Quotes

Politico’s: The week in one-liners: Perry, Romney, Axe

The top quotes in politics last week …

“I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses.” — GOP White House hopeful Rick Perrycomparing himself to a football star.

“Ten thousand bucks?” — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney extending a bet to Rick Perry during a debate.

“…He’s been consistent since he changed his mind.” — Former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell explaining why she likes Mitt Romney.

“All we need [is] a president who will step up and start to lead and quit acting like some scaredy cat hiding in some closet in the White House.” — Sen. Orrin Hatch expressing his frustration with President Obama.

“…We didn’t know how bad it was.” — President Barack Obama talking about the economic crisis.

“Barbara has joked that she is retiring every year since the Clinton Administration.” – An ABC spokesman, quoted by HuffPost, downplaying reports that Barbara Walters will retire next year.

“…I have been doing my homework ever since that difficulty.” — Former presidential candidateHerman Cain explaining why he can still be Secretary of Defense despite his Libya gaffe.

“The higher a monkey climbs on the pole the more you can see his butt.” — Obama campaign strategist David Axelrodquoted by Time, on what’s next for Newt Gingrich.

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Palin/O’Donnell Event Descends Into Total Chaos

I love this synopsis from one of the great comments over at  The Regulator:

Is anyone surprised by this?

Okay, so Palin was invited, then Christine O’Donnell. Then O’Donnell was uninvited and invited again. Now Palin has uninvited herself. O’Donnell has been uninvited. They’re trying to woo Sarah back. I think.

I love those Tea Baggers….

H/t: Gilligan

Think Progress

Update, 12:57 PM: According to NBC, Tea Party of America president Ken Crow said “I had to cancel O’Donnell,” and is trying to lure Palin back to the event.

First Sarah Palin was scheduled to attend the Tea Party of America’s Iowa rally this weekend. Then Christine O’Donnell was invited. Then Christine O’Donnell was uninvited. Then she was re-invited. Now Palin is out. Maybe.

Easy to follow, right? According to the Wall Street Journal, Palin will not share the stage with O’Donnell, who she famously endorsed in 2010, because the ex-governor is sick of “continual lying” by the event’s organizers. But there’s still confusion over what’s going on: Real Clear Politics‘ Scott Conroy disputed the report on Twitter, saying sources had told him the event was only “on hold,” while a Tea Party of America official told reporter Shushanna Walshe the event was still a go after a talk with Palin.

It’s easy to see where Palin might get a negative impression of the organizers, however. After initially asking O’Donnell to join the event, Tea Party of America’s top officials split over their reasons for rescinding O’Donnell’s initial invite, with president Ken Crow citing scheduling problems and co-founder Charles Gruschow citing widespread disdain for the former Senate candidate among Tea Party activists. They quickly brought her back into the fold, however, and Crow said they had“panicked” initially in dropping her.

Palin, who has yet to rule out a presidential bid, will still visit Iowa this weekend for other events.

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Christine O’Donnell Booted Off Tea Party Event With Sarah Palin

She says she’s not a witch. What’s the Tea Party’s problem with their once, darling little Christine?


Christine O’Donnell, back in the news this month promoting her new book, is no longer welcome at a Tea Party event with Sarah Palin this weekend.

O’Donnell was set to appear with Palin, who endorsed O’Donnell’s 2010 Senate bid, at a rally in Indianola, IA. But officials at Tea Party of America, which is hosting the event, told theWall Street Journal on Monday that they were dropping her. While the group’s president cited scheduling problems as the cause, co-founder Charles Gruschow offered a very different explanation: backlash from local Tea Party activists upset over O’Donnell’s inclusion.

“We decided not to have her speak,” Gruschow said. “We felt it was in the best interest of the movement.”

O’Donnell was a brief cause celebre for Tea Party activists in 2010, who helped her defeat heavily favored Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) in a Senate primary before she was trounced in the general election by Democrat Chris Coons. But the magic seems to have faded after her defeat as her much-hyped book has only sold about 2,000 copies.

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Politico’s: The Week In One-Liners 8-19-2011




The top quotes in politics this week …
“The water’s fine.” — Mitt Romney welcoming newcomers to the presidential race

“He’s a good-looking rascal.” — Former President Bill Clinton complimenting Texas Gov. Rick Perry

“She’s a ball of fire, for one thing.” — Rick Perry describing Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann

“Before we get started, let’s all say happy birthday to Elvis Presley today.” —Michele Bachmann mixing up the King’s birthday and the day he died

“The Republican party sickens me.” — Glenn Beck complaining about the GOP on his radio show

“Why are you being so weird?” — Piers Morgan interviewing former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell

“It was fun.” — Christine O’Donnell on walking out of her interview with Piers Morgan

“Contact USDA.” — President Obama giving what turned out to be unhelpful advice to farmers

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Christine O’Donnell Walks Out Of CNN Interview When Asked About Witchcraft, Gay Marriage


Oh, come on Piers, she said she’s not a witch!

Give the woman a break.  She’s just trying to sell her book. A book that some say is not very truthful, but hey, I haven’t read it and actually have no intention of reading it.

The Huffington Post

Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell, who made an unsuccessful bid for U.S. Senate last year, walks out during an interview that airs on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Wednesday after being asked to weigh in on the issues of witchcraft and gay marriage.

Video of the segment released by CNN shows the exchange that went down on the latter subject.

During the 2010 election season, video surfaced of O’Donnell indicating she’s “dabbled into witchcraft.” In the clip from years earlier she said, “I hung around people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do.” The Tea Party favorite explained, “One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar and I didn’t know it. I mean, there was a little blood there and stuff like that. … We went to a movie and then had a little picnic on a satanic altar.”

HuffPost’s Sam Stein reported at the time the remarks came to light:

O’Donnell immediately distanced herself from the quote, asking whether it was fair to hold candidates responsible for the “questionable folks” they hung out with in high school. The clarification may have been the only sane political move for O’Donnell to make. But it had the side effect of angering an already politically sensitive pagan community.”Yes, this was 11 years ago she said that,” said Reverend Selena Fox, the High Priestess & Senior Minister of the Circle Sanctuary a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting paganism and nature spirituality. “But the kinds of things she is saying now, saying ‘well in high school you are with despicable characters’ or some such thing, she is actually defaming Wiccans. Whether she intends to do that or not as a way to try and get herself out of this political problem she has created for herself, the fact is America really needs to be a place where you can celebrate diversity and practice your religion without getting ridiculed or defamed.”

During her campaign, O’Donnell made headlines with a political ad in which she states, “I’m not a witch.” Earlier this week, she said she never liked the spot and called its release her own “mistake.”

When asked about her views on gay marriage in Wednesday’s interview O’Donnell tells Morgan, “You’re borderline being a little bit rude.”

“I’m not talking about policies. I’m not running for office,” she says on the program. “Ask Michele Bachmann what she thinks. Ask the candidates running for office what they think.”

O’Donnell is out with a new book titledTroublemaker: Let’s Do What It Takes to Make America Great Again. The former candidate signaled that she only wanted to discuss the contents of her work on CNN. HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel reported earlier this week that in the introduction O’Donnell describes the book as “a political memoir slash campaign diary slash position paper slash rallying cry, with an emphasis on the slash.”

See video here…

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Christine O’Donnell Lawyer Blames Computer Software For Mistakes In Fundraising Reports

Conservatives are simply incorrigible…

Huffington Post

The campaign for former Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell has filed amendments to fundraising reports filed in 2009 and 2010 with a lawyer blaming computer software for mistakes on them.

The Delaware Republican also filed her fundraising report for the first quarter of this year. The amendments and the 2011 report became public Thursday at the Senate Office of Public Records.

O’Donnell — a Tea Party favorite who lost to Democrat Chris Coons in November — has faced scrutiny over her campaign practices.

In a memo to the Federal Election Commission, lawyer Cleta Mitchell wrote that because of a software problem, receipts and payments that should have been linked to the 2010 primary were mistakenly linked to the general election. Mitchell says the campaign amended the reports because of that and other mistakes that were found.

The Wilmington News-Journal reports:

The campaign amended the reports “because of that ongoing mistake automatically entered by the software and certain other mistakes identified through the compliance review conducted over the past several months,” she wrote.In some cases, the amended reports changed O’Donnell’s cash-on-hand totals by tens of thousands of dollars…

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“About.com”: Nutty Right-Wing Quotes

Which are your favorites?


  • Ann Coulter: ”You will find liberals always rooting for savages against civilization.”
  • Bill O’Reilly: ”They didn’t root for the Nazis against civilization.”
  • Coulter: ”Oh yes they did. … It was only when Hitler invaded their precious Soviet Union that at the last minute they came in and suddenly started saying, ‘Oh no, now you have to fight Hitler.”’

—’The O’Reilly Factor,’ May 7, 2010

  • ”African-American is a bogus, PC, made-up term. I mean, that’s not a race. Your ancestry is from Africa and now you live in America.”

—Glenn Beck, on his radio show, Jan. 7, 2010

  • ”The greatest threat to America is not necessarily a recession or even another terrorist attack. The greatest threat to America is a liberal media bias.”

—Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), June 4, 2009

  • ”I even accept for the sake of argument that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions and ought to be encouraged.”

—Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

  • ”I’ve always been fascinated by the fact that here was a relatively small country that from a strictly military point of view accomplished incredible things.”

—Ohio GOP House candidate and Tea Party favorite Rich Iott, explaining why for years he donned a German Waffen SS uniform and participated in Nazi re-enactments as part of a group that calls itself Wiking (Atlantic interview, Oct. 2010)

  • ”The only way to reduce the number of nuclear weapons is to use them.”

—Rush Limbaugh

  •  ”As Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where— where do they go? It’s Alaska. It’s just right over the border.”

—Sarah Palin, explaining why Alaska’s proximity to Russia gives her foreign policy experience, interview with CBS’s Katie Couric, Sept. 24, 2008

”Do you know, where does this phrase ‘separation of church and state’ come from? It was not in Jefferson’s letter to the Danbury Baptists. … The exact phrase ‘separation of Church and State’ came out of Adolph Hitler’s mouth, that’s where it comes from. So the next time your liberal friends talk about the separation of Church and State, ask them why they’re Nazis.”

—Glen Urquhart, the Tea Party-backed Republican nominee for the Delaware House seat held by Rep. Mike Castle, April 2010

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Christine O’Donnell: ‘Thug’ Tactics Responsible For Campaign Finance Accusations

This woman is off the charts!

Huffington Post

Failed U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell said Thursday that accusations she misspent campaign funds are politically motivated and stoked by disgruntled former campaign workers.

The Delaware Republican appeared on several network morning shows to defend herself a day after The Associated Press reported federal authorities have launched a criminal probe to determine whether she broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses.

“There’s been no impermissible use of campaign funds whatsoever,” O’Donnell told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

O’Donnell, the tea party favorite who scored a surprise primary victory before losing in the general election, suggested the accusations are driven by political establishments on the right and left, including Joe Biden. He represented Delaware in the Senate for decades before he became vice president.

“You have to look at this whole thug-politic tactic for what it is,” she said Thursday.

O’Donnell said she found it suspicious that she, her campaign staff and her lawyer have not been informed of a federal investigation.

A person familiar with the investigation confirmed it to The AP, speaking on condition of anonymity to protect the identity of a client who has been questioned as part of the probe. The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been brought before a grand jury.
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Christine O’Donnell Investigation: Criminal Probe Into Campaign Finances Reportedly Underway

When the accusations about Delaware Tea Party Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell’s alleged campaign finance abuses first surfaced, I wondered why the Feds ignored them.  So, this comes as good news…

Huffington Post

Federal authorities have opened a criminal investigation of Delaware Republican Christine O’Donnell to determine if the former Senate candidate broke the law by using campaign money to pay personal expenses, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to protect the identity of a client who has been questioned as part of the probe. The case, which has been assigned to two federal prosecutors and two FBI agents in Delaware, has not been brought before a grand jury.

Matt Moran, O’Donnell’s former campaign manager, did not immediately respond Wednesday to questions from The AP. He said earlier this month that the campaign had not been contacted about any investigation and criticized what he called “lies and false-attack rumors.”

The U.S. Attorney’s office has confirmed that it is reviewing a complaint about O’Donnell’s campaign spending filed by a watchdog group, but officials in the office and the FBI declined to say whether a criminal investigation was underway.

O’Donnell, who set a state record by raising more than $7.3 million in a tea party-fueled campaign this year, has long been dogged by questions about her finances.

At least two former campaign workers have alleged that she routinely used political contributions to pay her personal expenses in recent years as she ran for the Senate three consecutive times, starting in 2006. The Washington-based watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission making similar allegations and asked Delaware’s federal prosecutor to investigate.

O’Donnell’s campaign has denied wrongdoing, but acknowledged she had paid part of her rent at times with campaign money, arguing that her house doubled as a campaign headquarters.   More…