U.S. Politics

Reporter Schools Scott Brown On New Hampshire Geography In Debate (VIDEO)

Scott Brown | AP Photo/ Jim Cole

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Brown, the former Massachusetts senator who moved to New Hampshire in December, gave a broad answer when WMUR’s James Pindell asked him for specifics about the economy in Sullivan County.

“Geography plays a role along the southern border. We have more jobs, more opportunity,” Brown said. “Infrastructure and other opportunities up north are difficult. One of the biggest opportunities is tourism, one of the biggest opportunities is our ski areas and trails for snowmobiles. I support those efforts.”

He went on to say that Obamacare was the “biggest wet blanket” on the economy in that area.

“We’re talking about Sullivan County and I think you’re talking about the North Country,” Pindell interrupted. “So what do you see as going well in Sullivan County or not?”

“I’m talking about any place past Concord, actually, and the challenges of our state,” Brown said.

Pindell then cut in again to point out that Sullivan County is west of Concord, not north of Concord.

“With respect, I’ve answered the question,” Brown responded. “The challenges are the same in every county in our state.”

But technically, Sullivan County is both north and west of Concord. Pindell apologized for the awkward exchange after the debate broadcast.

“I said that Sullivan County was west of Concord, not north of Concord. The truth is, it’s both,” he said, as quoted by the New Hampshire Union-Leader. “So on this point, Scott Brown was right, I was wrong, and I apologize to Scott Brown, and to both campaigns.”

Watch below:

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Scott Brown has the dumbest Ebola take yet: We wouldn’t have to worry about it if Mitt were president!

Scott Brown has the dumbest Ebola take yet: We wouldn't have to worry about it if Mitt were president!
Scott Brown (Credit: AP/Alex Brandon)

Keeping up with our tagline: Sorting out the crazies, we present to you…irrelevant SCOTT BROWN, our dumbest politician of the week.


The last time Scott Brown was wading into the Ebola conversation, earlier this week, he was fanning fears that Ebola-infected terrorists could soon come across the U.S.-Mexico border to wreak havoc upon the country. Now, the former Massachusetts senator and current New Hampshire Senate hopeful has offered us another hot take: Ebola wouldn’t be a problem if American voters had had the wisdom to elect Willard Mitt Romney in 2012!

Speaking with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade on his radio program Friday, Brown asked listeners to envision a world with President Romney. Just think — economic prosperity would be unleashed,  Russia would know its place, and “we would not be worrying about Ebola”!

“Gosh can you imagine if Mitt was the president right now?” Brown asked. “He was right on Russia, he was right on Obamacare, he was right on the economy. And I guarantee you we would not be worrying about Ebola right now and, you know, worrying about our foreign policy screw ups.”

Brown, who’s supposed to be one of the more “moderate” of the GOP bunch, has run a particularly dopey campaign against Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen — blasting “amnesty” for unauthorized immigrants, fearmongering about ISIS and Ebola, and waging unhinged attacks on health reform. Most forecasters think Shaheen is a slight favorite in the race, but lest you invest too much hope in our midterm electorate, recent polls show the race tightening, with Brown taking a one-point lead in the latest survey.

Listen to Brown pine for President Romney below, courtesy of BuzzFeed:

Scott Brown

‘I’m Not Going To Create One Job. It’s Not My Job To Create Jobs’

Scott Brown

It’s a well-known fact that former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown was not too bright but this article proves that he has been demoted to just plain ignorant…


Those are the words of one-time Massachusetts Senator and New Hampshire U.S. Senate hopeful Scott Brown.

Brown made the comments at a town hall in Hudson, New Hampshire on Wednesday. The comments were flagged by the opposition research shop American Bridge 21st Century. His comments were in response to a question about what he would to do bring jobs to New Hampshire.

“Here’s the thing, people say, what are you going to do to create jobs? I am not going to create one job, it is not my job to create jobs. It’s yours,” Brown said. “My job is to make sure that government stays out of your way so that you can actually grow and expand. Obamacare’s a great example. The number one job inhibitor is Obamacare.

Brown is running on repealing Obamacare. Then you’ll have your jobs. Yes, once fewer people have healthcare, jobs will materialize.

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Kos’ Sunday Talk: Duck and cover

attribution: The Simpsons

Daily Kos

Without a doubt2013 has been a terriblehorribleno goodvery badyear for President Obama.You don’t need to read the polls to see it; I mean, for fuck’s sake, even Condoleezza Rice could’ve  predicted this would happen!All throughout history, attempts to change America’s social fabric have been met with fierce resistance, and Obama’s communist takeover of the health care system is no different—its (allegedbirthplace notwithstanding.Now, mark my words: Come January 1, when the apocalypse (aka Obamacare) is upon us, you liberals won’t be so gay for your socialized medicine anymore; and that’s just as well, since there won’t be any doctors left to provide it.


Morning lineup:

Meet the Press: Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA); Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX); Ben Wizner (ACLU); RoundtableEugene Robinson (Washington Post), Elliott Abrams (Council on Foreign Relations), Robin Wright (Woodrow Wilson Center), George Mason University Prof. Dr. Peter Starns and Andrea Mitchell (NBC News).

Face the NationBarton Gellman (Washington Post); Legal Adviser to Edward Snowden/Kossack Jesselyn Radack; Former NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake; Former NSA/CIA Director Gen. Michael HaydenRoundtableJeffrey Kluger (TIME), James Fallows (The Atlantic), Laura Sydell (NPR) and Seth Fletcher (Scientific American).

This Week: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX);  2013 “Game Changers”.

Fox News Sunday: Former DNC Chair/Vermont Gov. Howard DeanDr. Scott Gottlieb(American Enterprise Institute); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA);RoundtableBrit Hume (Fox News), Mara Liasson (NPR), Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) and Former Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT).

State of the UnionS.E. Cupp (CNN); Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile; Republican Strategist Ana NavarroNeera Tanden (Center for American Progress).


Evening lineup:

60 Minutes will feature “birdmen” who soar off cliffs in wingsuits; wildlife filmmakers who use “spy-cams” to show polar bears up close; and, researchers who get in the water with man-eating Nile crocodiles (preview).

Morning Maddow

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Obamacare number: the feds have made 330,000 subsidy calculations. (Washington Post)

Hawaii legislature meets in special session today to vote on marriage equality. (Time)

A Texas judge is expected to rule on a challenge to part of the state’s new abortion law. (AP)

San. Rand Paul will try to convince Virginia libertarians to vote for Ken Cuccinelli today. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Fmr. Sen. Scott Brown registers a PAC in New Hampshire. (Concord Monitor)

Syria submits chemical weapons destruction plan. (The Hill)

Ellis Island reopens today, a year after Superstorm Sandy. (NY Daily News)

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U.S. Politics

10 things you need to know today: February 2, 2013

Scott Brown doesn't want John Kerry's old job.

The Week

Scott Brown opts out, Iran’s space-monkey stunt may be a hoax, and more in our roundup of the stories that are making news and driving opinion

U.S. employers added 157,000 jobs in January, the Labor Department reported on Friday. The gains, a hair shy of what economists expected, was enough to signal continued slow improvement of the employment picture but not enough to keep the unemployment rate from inching higher, to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent the month before, as more unemployed Americas went back out to hunt for work. Encouragingly, government data also showed that the economy added 150,000 more jobs than first estimated in the final quarter of 2012 — and 335,000 more over the whole year. That brought 2012’s job growth to 2.2 million. [The New York Times]

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) announced Friday that he will not to run in the special election to fill John Kerry’s Massachusetts Senate seat. “I was not at all certain that a third Senate campaign in less than four years, and the prospect of returning to a Congress even more partisan than the one I left, was really the best way for me to continue in public service at this time,” Brown said in a statement. “And I know it’s not the only way for me to advance the ideals and causes that matter most to me.” The GOP had put its faith in Brown as the candidate who would have the best chance of snagging the usually-Democratic seat. [Washington Post]

After more than three decades of public service, Hillary Clinton stepped down from her post as secretary of state on Friday. But before ceding her job to John Kerry, Clinton took a parting shot at critics of the Obama administration’s response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans. “I was so unhappy with the way that some people refused to accept the facts, refused to accept the findings of an independent Accountability Review Board, politicized everything about this terrible attack,” she told The Associated Press. “There are some people in politics and in the press who can’t be confused by the facts. They just will not live in an evidence-based world. And that’s regrettable.” [The Week]

On Friday, a suicide bomber struck the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, killing himself and a Turkish guard. The bomber reportedly detonated his charge as he entered the embassy’s security checkpoint, limiting the blast to the facility’s outer ring. The Turkish government initially blamed the attack on a Marxist terrorism group, and later identified the perpetrator as a man once incarcerated for domestic terrorism. The United States plans to make its own investigation into the attack. [The New York Times]

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, said Friday that the Obama administration is proposing a compromise for religious organizations that object to the government’s policy requiring health insurance plans to cover contraceptives for women at no charge. Under the proposal “eligible organizations would not have to contract, arrange, pay, or refer for any contraceptive coverage to which they object on religious grounds.” Female employees of such organizations would receive contraceptive coverage through separateindividual health insurance policies, without having to pay premiums or co-payments. It remains unclear who exactly would pay such costs. The ObamaCare requirement caused an uproar last year within faith-based organizations that see it as an infringement of their religious liberty. [New York Times]

When reports initially surfaced Monday from Iran declaring that the country had successfully launched a monkey into space, the world was surprised, and perhaps a bit shaken. But after images from a press conference surfaced on Friday, Britain’s Telegraph led the charge in declaring the cosmic stunt a hoax. As the paper notes, “the monkey triumphantly presented to the nation’s media in his own silk tuxedo appeared markedly different to the creature that was pictured strapped into a rocket prior to its launch into space.” Upon further investigation, it’s clear that the distinctive red mole over the monkey’s right eye is not present on the monkey that attended the conference, leading many to believe that the entire stunt was a fake, or that the original monkey died during the mission. [Slate]

Europe’s battered economy got a triple dose of encouraging news on Friday. Unemployment proved lower than feared in December across the 17 countries that use the euro (although it’s still high, at 11.7 percent). Also, manufacturing showed signs of growth, and inflation fell. But despite the good news, the eurozone remains stuck in a recession. “It’s not as bad as it was and that’s probably the best one can say…” says market strategist Marc Ostwald of Monument Securities. “It doesn’t mean happy days are near.” [Associated Press]

Anthony Bosch, the man Major League Baseball believes is at the center of a widespread doping operation involving numerous professional baseball players, reportedly injected New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez with performance-enhancing drugs, according to ESPN sources. While other athletes relied on Bosch’s intermediaries to transport drug regimens, the sources say, Rodriguez dealt only with Bosch. Bosch’s visits to the third baseman’s mansion in Florida’s Biscayne Bay reportedly took place every few weeks, and Bosch, the sources report, spoke openly about his relationship with the Yankees All-Star. Two sources said that documents they reviewed even detailed the drug regimens and schedules Rodriguez received. Rodriguez’ spokesperson said Friday that the allegations are not true. [ESPN]

Ford, GM, and Chrysler all started the year with solid January sales increases, the Detroit automakers reported Friday. Ford sold 166,501 vehicles, a 22 percent monthly jump. GM sold 194,699, an increase of 16 percent. And Chrysler posted its 34th consecutive monthly sales gain with a 16 percent increase. Analysts attributed the improvement to the release of pent-up demand, as Americans who had been putting off purchases were encouraged by the gradual economic recovery to finally visit dealer showrooms. [Detroit Free Press]

According to a survey conducted last year of 53,000 members of the Marine Corps, 17 percent of male Marines said they would leave the service if women moved into combat. That number increased to 22 percent when participants were asked how they’d react if women were involuntarily assigned to combat roles, according to the survey results released on Friday. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta had earlier reviewed the survey results before opening thousands of combat jobs to women last week. Male Marines said their major concerns with women in combat would be being falsely accused of sexual misconduct, some Marines getting preferential treatment, or women being limited because of pregnancy or personal issues. [Associated Press]

Elizabeth Warren · Scott Brown

Desperate Scott Brown loses nice-guy image

Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown

In my opinion,  Brown’s “nice-guy” image has always been a facade…

Daily Kos

The Scott Brown that showed up at Thursday’s Massachusetts Senate debate, “condescending, snide, repetitive, off topic, rote, eager to get personal,” and “dark, hyperkinetic,” is apparently the Scott Brown that is going to stick around through the rest of this election season. Elizabeth Warren is surging in the polls, and Brown’s desperation is showing.

Brown is shedding his Mr. Nice Guy image and going on the attack. Warren is trying to make the race a referendum on a potential Republican Senate and less about personality—a contest she’d have difficulty winning against the likable, everyman Brown. […][A]fter months of warm ads showcasing the senator as a down-to-earth family man and consensus-seeking moderate, Brown debuted a more combative strategy during the debate. The senator’s invective toward Warren only accelerated over the weekend during numerous campaign stops. […]

Brown batted away questions about whether his comments signaled he was set to embark on a more negative campaign, but did allow, “The true Elizabeth Warren is coming out and will continue to come out.”

Brown apparently thinks the “true Elizabeth Warren” is in the personal issue he just can’t get over, her heritage. This is where the truly nasty Brown emerges, in his latest ad.

Brown won’t run on or answer to the actual issues of this campaign. He’s running a campaign heavy on resentment of gender, class, and background, the kind of campaign that  Richard Trumka warned voters against  falling for. Last week’s debate made it abundantly clear that Brown doesn’t have a defense against his votes to protect millionaires and Big Oil. All he can do is to try to change the subject.

In doing so, in becoming attack Brown, he loses the main thing he has going for him with non-Republicans, his nice-guy, non-partisan, above the fray image. Instead of exposing Warren, Brown is exposing his own true self. And his true self is an asshole.

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Elizabeth Warren Leading Scott Brown In Two New Polls

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Great news!

The Huffington Post

The polling bump produced by the Democratic National Convention appears to have helped more than just President Barack Obama, as two new polls in Massachusetts also show a parallel rise in the standings of Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

The two new polls, both released on Sunday, show Warren with slim leads over Republican Senator Scott Brown. The first, conducted by Western New England University’s Polling Institute (WNEU) in partnership with the website MassLive.com, shows Warren leading by 6 percentage points (50 percent to 44 percent). A previous WNEU poll fielded in June had shown Warren with a narrower 2-point edge over Brown (45 percent to 43 percent).

The second new poll, from Public Policy Polling (PPP), a firm that conducts surveys for local Democratic campaigns, gives Warren a 2-point advantage (48 percent to 46 percent). Warren’s margin on the new PPP survey represents a net gain of 7 points from its previous poll, conducted just before the Republican convention, which had Brown ahead by 5 (49 percent to 44 percent).

The WNEU poll used live interviewers to call for a full week, from Sept. 6 to Sept. 13, beginning on the final night of the Democratic convention. PPP’s automated recorded-voice methodology called for three days, from Sept. 13 to Sept. 16.

Despite the different methods, the two polls produced very similar snapshots of attitudes toward the two candidates. Both show net positive job approval ratings for Scott Brown as they did earlier in the year, and both now show net positive favorable ratings for Warren. Both also indicate improved ratings of the rivals following the party conventions and months of campaign advertising.

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