Susan Collins Came Up With A Novel Idea To Keep Kindergarten Senators In Line

It’s like a scene from marriage counseling that is absolutely going to end in divorce.

Sen. Susan Collins (R – Maine) was forced to make Democrat and Republican senators use a talking stick during debates in her office over the short term continuing resolution that passed Monday.

That’s right. Grown adults couldn’t speak to each other in a civil enough manner that a tactic one would expect from primary school children had to be implemented.

Whoever had the stick was allowed to talk. One can only imagine the amount of argumentative crosstalk was happening before Collins resorted to such a schoolroom tactic.

Apparently, while the tactic was successful, one senator couldn’t follow the rule of the “talking stick.” A Republican senator said at one point another senator was speaking when they were interrupted by another asking a short, but loud question.

According to the report, “The member who was holding the stick “forcefully delivered” the stick across the room — but it missed its mark and caused damage to a shelf in Collins’ office.” A figurine of an elephant didn’t survive the blow.

I’d say “grow up” to all in the room, but when older adults are resorting to “talking sticks,” I think the sentiment is beyond being helpful or something we can expect.

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Kid Rock Gives Away $122K From Fake Senate Campaign

Rocker Kid Rock sent $122,000 raised selling merchandise for a fake run for Senate last year to a College Republicans-affiliated organization focused on voter-registration.

The money was raised while Kid Rock, whose real name is Robert Ritchie, was seemingly floating a run to unseat Michigan’s U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

Ritchie ultimately didn’t establish a 501(c)(4) or file with the Federal Elections Commission and said on his blog he never really intended to run for the U.S. Senate.

“(Expletive) no, I’m not running for Senate. Are you (expletive) kidding me?” Rock told shock jock Howard Stern on his radio show in October. “Who couldn’t (expletive) figure that out?”

The CRNC Action group the money went to confirmed the money went to them.

But, Ritchie might have a bit of trouble with the FEC over the cash raised during the fake campaign. According to the Detroit News:

The Campaign Legal Center’s Fischer said the FEC could decide that Kid Rock was legally operating as a candidate and raising money for his campaign, ordering him to comply with legal requirements such as disclosing contributions over $200 and how that money was spent.

A more likely outcome would be for the FEC to find technical violations of the law without declaring Kid Rock a candidate — letting the whole thing pass as a matter of prosecutorial discretion, Fischer said.

“As more and more celebrities seriously consider runs for office, you could see scenarios like this arising again, where you have a well-known media personality or a celebrity announce a run for office, meets all the requirements for candidacy but claims it’s all a joke. When in the meantime, they are seriously gauging a run for office,” Fischer said.

“Even in this instance, when Kid Rock has disavowed his run for office, there is a reason to look seriously at these kinds of efforts because there’s obviously a trend for celebrities running for office.”

Celebrities should be forewarned, don’t announce a fake campaign as a publicity stunt. Eventually, it won’t be worth the hassle with legalities.

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Megyn Kelly Has Had Enough of Jane Fonda’s Whining

Following a spate of appearances by Jane Fonda complaining about a question Megyn Kelly asked her months ago about her well-publicized plastic surgery, Kelly opened her NBC show Monday with a response.

“It’s time to address the poor-me routine,” Kelly said. “First, some context. Fonda was on to promote a film about aging. For years she has spoken openly about her joy in giving a cultural face to older women.”

Kelly went on to say that she doesn’t need advice from Fonda.

“But I have no regrets about the question,” Kelly said. “Nor am I in the market for a lesson from Jane Fonda on what is and is not appropriate. After all, this is a woman whose name is synonymous with outrage.”

Kelly reminded viewers of Fonda’s past controversy in 1972 where she posed for pictures with the Viet Cong during a visit to North Vietnam.

“Look at her treatment of our military during the Vietnam war,” Kelly said. “Many of our veterans still call her ‘Hanoi Jane’ thanks to her radio broadcasts which attempted to shame American troops. She posed on an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down our pilots.”

Megyn Kelly ended her monologue by pointing out Fonda’s continued derogatory comments about the U.S.

“By the way, she still says she’s not proud of America. So, the moral indignation is a little much,” she said. “She put her plastic surgery out there. She said she wanted to discuss the plight of older women in America. And honestly, she has no business lecturing anyone on what qualifies as offensive.”

 

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BREAKING: McConnell Memo To GOP Members, “Plan To Stay Through This Weekend”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – Ky.) reportedly sent a memo to his fellow Republicans saying they should plan to stay in D.C. through the weekend.

Fox News’ Capitol Hill reporter, Chad Pergram, tweeted: “Colleague Mike Emanuel rpts McConnell sends GOPers memo saying “We should all plan to stay through this weekend if Senate Democrats..are willing to shut down the government..I hope not a single Republican is inclined to join them..We are strongest when we stick together..””

Congress must pass a continuing resolution before midnight on Friday in order to avoid a government shutdown.

 

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Trump Tweet Once Again Throws Republicans A Curveball

It’s been a year since Donald Trump became president and he still doesn’t seem to have a handle on how legislative negotiations happen. Odd for the guy who sold himself as the world’s best dealmaker.

On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted out of what can only be called sheer ignorance over the government funding bill that must pass before Friday at midnight to prevent a government shutdown.

Trump tweeted: “CHIP should be part of a long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension!”

Except, if Trump paid attention to what House Republican leaders are saying — and have surely explained to the White House —  CHIP’s funding in this bill is a six-year fix.

One really has to wonder what Trump was watching or who spoke to him last and told him CHIP was being fixed short-term.

Come on. King Dealmaker must understand the concept of adding a sweetener to the pot when it comes to negotiating.

Speaker Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy need to get to 218 votes for the funding bill. With Democrats threatening not to vote to keep the government open unless a solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients is included, Ryan and McCarthy decided adding six-years of funding for CHIP was the best way to force Democrats’ hands.

Perhaps Republican Senator John Cornyn’s appearance on Fox & Friends just after Trump’s tweet helped clarify the CHIP issue for the president since we know he watches all the time.

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Democratic Congressman Apologizes To John Kelly For Questioning Military Service

Reporting on politics these days is often a constant parade of horribles where those on one side accuse or gripe about the other side, sometimes even from the same political party. So, while more often than not the daily strife of political commentary is filled with negative, it’s worth mentioning the positive when it happens.

In a meeting between White House officials and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus over issues including DACA and border security, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D – Ill.) made a point to personally apologize to White House Chief-of-Staff John Kelly for making disparaging comments about his military service in public recently.

Gutierrez was asked about the apology during an appearance on CNN Wednesday. What he said was a refreshing reminder that despite political differences, we must remember one another’s humanity and if we regret saying or doing something, we should apologize to those we’ve wronged.

“Sometimes, you have to take a moment to breathe,” Gutierrez said of why he felt the apology was necessary. “And if you say something that you think was wrong, that you think was hurtful, that you think was inappropriate, it’s not about manning up. It’s about showing your humanity and saying, “Let’s do the right thing.” That’s the way my mom and dad taught me to do it.”

Agree 100 percent. If more people in and outside of politics took the same approach we’d undeniably be a lot better off.

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Watch HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield Take Author of Aziz Ansari Piece To The Woodshed

HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield, who rightly excoriated the anonymous accuser of comedian Aziz Ansari, who tried to pass off a bad date and regret as sexual assault, subsequently received a nasty email full of personal attacks response from the Babe-dot-net reporter, Katie Way.

Banfield once again took the issue up on air, reading a portion of the email in which Way attacks Banfield’s age, appearance and relevance in news.

“Ashleigh, someone I am certain nobody under the age of 45 has heard of. I hope the 500 retweets on the single news write up made that burgundy lipstick, bad highlights, second wave feminist has-been really relevant for a little while.”

Banfield fired back at the 22-year-old Way’s ad hominem attacks perfectly.

“I was brown-haired for a while when I was a war correspondent, interviewing Yasser Arafat, and in Afghanistan and Iraq, Gaza and the West Bank. Google those places.”

Banfield questioned Way’s motivations for reporting the story and expressed concern over the legitimacy and importance of the “Me Too” movement being hijacked by people like Way and Ansari’s accuser who want to equate a bad date or regrettable sexual encounter with those who have experienced sexual assault and harassment.

“We do not attack people for their age, or their highlights or their lipstick because it is the most hypocritical thing a woman who says she supports the women’s movement could ever do and that’s the caliber of the woman who was given all of this power and was able to wield this power.”

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Unreal. Hawaii Emergency Management Office Had Password On Sticky Note In Published Photo

Since Saturday, when residents and vacationers in Hawaii were falsely alerted there was an incoming missile attack headed their way, the state’s emergency management department has been under intense scrutiny.

The mistake that caused many on and off the island to panic has made many wonder how such a mistake was even possible, let alone allowed to go uncorrected for over a half-hour.

Sharp eyes discovered this week that in a photo taken in July, the emergency management office’s operations manager, Jeffrey Wong, is standing in front of a wall of computer monitors and on one is a sticky note with a computer’s password clearly written.

(AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher)

Writing down passwords on paper and keeping them in a secure place is one thing. In 2017, however, this is beyond negligent.

While it’s unlikely this exact computer was the one the false alarm was sent from, it does call into question the emergency management office’s security practices.

One would think 20-plus years into the internet age, people with access to sensitive systems would know better than to put their passwords on sticky notes attached to the computer they belong to.

If nothing else, Hawai’s false alarm has shown the United States (and the world) just how vulnerable we are to dumbassery.

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S.E. Cupp Hits The Bullseye Talking About The GOP and Race

S.E. Cupp is no defender of Democrats, but she doesn’t miss a chance to call out Republicans either.

Cupp opined on what she thought about Trump’s “s***hole countries” comment and the subsequent defense from some Republicans, and it was perfect.

“Words like “angry, ” “apartment,” and “constitution” became racist dog-whistles when Republicans used them, Democrats said earnestly,” she said.

Cupp went on to mention that by 2012 Chris Mathews was telling everyone watching MSNBC that the word “Chicago” was code for “Black” and Lawrence O’Donnell was “insisting that bringing up President Obama’s golf game was racist because Tiger Woods was black.”

Cupp warned Republicans of the same missteps, however.

“Donald Trump makes those smears against Romey and Republicans look ridiculous, silly and downright dirty,” she said.

“Dismissing or straining to explain away Trump’s racist comments with cutesy semantics or arguments that defy common sense, ” Cupp said. “Will not convince anyone that Trump didn’t say what he said.”

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