Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate”

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a "Terrible Candidate"

Rupert Murdoch on 2016 Elections: Mitt Romney is a “Terrible Candidate” (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch weighed in on the 2016 presidential hopefuls, calling Mitt Romney a “terrible candidate,” but said he liked “Jeb Bush very much.” I think most people would agree with him on Mitt Romney, who has been running a presidential campaign for the last eight years and losing both.

Here’s his take on the GOP presidential hopefuls:

Rand Paul: “”I personally like Rand Paul very much and I am very impressed by his brain,” he said. Though he was skeptical about Paul’s foreign policy platform, “which is frankly a major issue,” he commended the Kentucky Senator for “campaigning on the theory that Washington is too big.”

“I think he will do well enough to move the debate,” Murdoch said. He added, “I don’t think he will win… I would be very surprised if he won the nomination.”

Murdoch also hit Romney for winning the nomination “by destroying every other Republican with his own money” and for failing to deflect criticism that he was “super rich.”

On Chris Christie: “I wouldn’t write off Chris Christie at all…. We will just see how he handles himself.”

On Scott Walker: “He will be an interesting candidate” (though he questioned his charisma.)

On Paul Ryan, who has said he will not run: “He’s only 44… [he has] plenty of time.”

And finally, Ted Cruz: “I’ve met [him], quite an experience,” Murdoch said to laughter. “He’s smart… [but there’s] a record of very questionable political judgment, so we will see.” Source: Politico

Um, as for Ted Cruz, I would love to see how the birther crowd will view his presidential campaign, since he was born in Canada to an American mother and a Cuban father. Er, doesn’t that mean he isn’t a natural born American? Of course, there are two standards…one for blacks and one for whites.

President Obama Catches Republicans Off-Guard with Free Community College Plan

President Obama Catches Republicans Off-Guard with Free Community College Plan

President Obama Catches Republicans Off-Guard with Free Community College Plan (Photo Credit: White House/Pete Souza)

BOOM…

Once again President Obama caught Congressional Republicans off-guard with yet another plan — two years of free community college education for “anybody who’s willing to work for it.”

President Obama said, “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anyone in the world.”

Of course, the usual chorus of do-nothing Republicans will call Obama an “elitist” and a “Socialist” for wanting the best for Americans.  The proposal will need to be approved by Congress, so we will see how this plays out. All I can say is President Obama has the Republicans on offensive once again. Um, so much for their victory lap, which has been mired by Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s connection with ex-KKK grand wizard David Duke.

Here’s more from the White House:

If all 50 states choose to implement the President’s new community college proposal, it could:

  • Save a full-time community college student $3,800 in tuition per year on average
  • Benefit roughly 9 million students each year

Under President Obama’s new proposal, students would be able to earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree, or earn the technical skills needed in the workforce — all at no cost to them.


The requirements:

  • What students have to do: Students must attend community college at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing their program.
  • What community colleges have to do: Community colleges will be expected to offer programs that are either 1) academic programs that fully transfer credits to local public four-year colleges and universities, or 2) occupational training programs with high graduation rates and lead to in-demand degrees and certificates. Community colleges must also adopt promising and evidence-based institutional reforms to improve student outcomes.
  • What the federal government has to do: Federal funding will cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college. Participating states will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary to eliminate the tuition for eligible students.

 

GOP Rep.-Elect Mia Love Backs Steve Scalise Amid Uproar Over David Duke Connection

GOP Rep.-Elect Mia Love Backs Steve Scalise Amid Uproar Over David Duke Connection

GOP Rep.-Elect Mia Love Backs Steve Scalise Amid Uproar Over David Duke Connection (Photo Credit: ABC News Video Screengrab)

Hypocrite is the only word that comes to mind with regard to Rep.-elect Mia Love (R-UT), the GOP’s first black female lawmaker, backing incoming House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise keeping his leadership position after David Duke connection came to light. Would she feel the same way about giving then-candidate Barack Obama a pass when Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s ugly rhetoric was disclosed?

I guess Mia Love is okay with waving the Confederate flag….

Mia Love backs Steve Scalise

Mia Love backs Rep. Steve Scalise amid uproar over David Duke connection (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Love told ABC News Sunday morning that she stands behind Scalise, who has been under fire for speaking at an event in 2002 that was affiliated with ex-KKK grand dragon David Duke.

Rep. Love said, “I believe he should remain in leadership.” She added, “There is one quality that he has that is very important in leadership, and that’s humility. He’s actually shown that in this case. He’s apologized, and I think we need to move on and get the work of the American people done.”

“This was twelve years ago,” Love said. “It’s interesting that it’s coming out now.”

Love continued, “These groups are awful.” “The last thing I want to do is give them any sort of publicity or credibility. As far as I’m concerned with Representative Scalise, he has been absolutely wonderful to work with, he’s been very helpful for me, and he has had the support of his colleagues.”

Mike Huckabee to Quit Fox News Show As He Considers 2016 Presidential Run

Mike Huckabee to Quit Fox News Show As He Considers 2016 Presidential Run

Mike Huckabee to Quit Fox News Show As He Considers 2016 Presidential Run (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will announce the end of his Fox News show as he considers a 2016 presidential run.

Huckabee wrote in a letter to his supporters, “I won’t make a decision about running until late in the spring of 2015, but the continued chatter has put Fox News into a position that is not fair to them.”

“The honorable thing to do at this point is to end my tenure here at Fox so I can openly talk with potential donors and supporters and gauge support,” he added.

Mike Huckabee is expected to say “goodbye” on “Huckabee” on Saturday night. He was a longshot for the nomination when he first ran in 2008 and he’s still a long shot in 2016.

Edward Brooke, 1st Black in U.S. History to Win Popular Election to Senate, Dies

Edward Brooke, 1st Black in U.S. History to Win Popular Election to Senate, Dies

Edward Brooke, 1st Black in U.S. History to Win Popular Election to Senate, Dies (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Edward Brooke, the first black elected U.S. senator, dies at age 95. He was the first black in U.S. history to win popular election to the Senate.

Brooke, who was a Republican in the mostly liberal state of Massachusetts, died from natural causes at his Coral Gables, Fla., home on Saturday, said Ralph Neas, his former aide.

Edward Brooke, who was elected to the Senate in 1966, was the first black to win a Senate seat from any state since Reconstruction.

He told the Associated Press that he was “thankful to God” to live to see Barack Obama win the presidency. He served in the Senate for 12 years.

GOP Arizona Schools Chief Threatens to Pull Funding from Hip-Hop Themed Classes

AZ State Superintendent Threatens to Pull Funding from Hip-Hop Themed Classes

GOP AZ Schools Chief Threatens to Pull Funding from Hip-Hop Themed Classes (Photo Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

Arizona state superintendent John Huppenthal (R) threatens to pull school funding for hip-hop themed classes, saying they violate state’s ban on ethnic studies.

Here’s more from RawStory

On his last day in office, Arizona state superintendent John Huppenthal (R) threatened to pursue sanctions against a school district for offering classes featuring artists like rapper KRS-One and hard rock group Rage Against the Machine, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

Huppenthal said in a letter released on Friday that the Tucson Unified School District has until March 4 to remove the courses, along with other “culturally relevant” classes, or risk losing 10 percent of its funding.

In the letter, Huppenthal criticizes Cholla Magnet High School for including a history class, “Culturally Relevant Mexican American Perspective,” which includes lyrics from the Rage Against The Machine song “Take The Power Back.” An English class at the same school, “Culturally Relevant African American Perspective,” allegedly includes an essay by KRS-One, “An Introduction to Hip-Hop.”

“According to the Hip Hoptionary: The Dictionary Of Hip Hop Terminology by Alonso Westbrook, Hip Hop is defined as the artistic response to oppression,” the essay reads in part. “A way of expression in dance, music, word/song. A culture that thrives on creativity and nostalgia. As a musical art form it is the stories of inner-city life, often with a message, spoken over beats of music. The culture includes Rap and any other venture spawned from the Hip Hop style and culture.”

“Culturally relevant” courses like the district’s Mexican-American Studies program were scuttled in 2010 after Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed a state law into effect banning classes that were found to “promote resentment toward any race or class” and “advocate ethnic solidarity instead of being individuals.”

According to the Associated Press, the district’s governing board agreed to do away with Mexican-American Studies courses two years later amid a similar risk of losing funding.

“I am deeply concerned by the fact that the noncompliance appears to extend beyond classes taught from the Mexican American perspective and now also includes classes taught from the African American perspective,” Huppenthal wrote on Friday.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Spoke at White Supremacist Convention in 2002

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Spoke at White Supremacist Convention in 2002

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise Spoke at White Supremacist Convention in 2002

House Majority whip Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) acknowledged speaking at a gathering hosted by white supremacists in 2002. He claims he did not know they were white nationalists. Um, right. I find it hard to believe Steve Scalise didn’t know that David Dukes is a white supremacist. So much for the GOP reaching out to the black community….

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House majority whip, acknowledged Monday that he spoke at a gathering hosted by white nationalist leaders while serving as a state representative in 2002, thrusting a racial controversy into House Republican ranks days before the party assumes control of both congressional chambers.

The 48-year-old Scalise, who ascended to the House GOP’s third-ranking post earlier this year, confirmed that he was a speaker at a convention of the European-American Unity and Rights Organization.

That organization, founded by famed white supremacist David Duke, has been called a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

But in a statement, Scalise’s spokesperson emphasized that the then-state lawmaker was unaware at the time of the group’s ideology and its association with racists and neo-Nazi activists.

“Throughout his career in public service, Mr. Scalise has spoken to hundreds of different groups with a broad range of viewpoints,” said Moira Bagley, Scalise’s spokesperson. “In every case, he was building support for his policies, not the other way around. In 2002, he made himself available to anyone who wanted to hear his proposal to eliminate slush funds that wasted millions of taxpayer dollars as well as his opposition to a proposed tax increase on middle-class families.”

She added, “He has never been affiliated with the abhorrent group in question. The hate-fueled ignorance and intolerance that group projects is in stark contradiction to what Mr. Scalise believes and practices as a father, a husband, and a devoted Catholic.”

Wouldn’t you do your homework first before trotting out to speak to any group? Speaks volumes of the kind of lawmaker he is.

Well, Stormfront gave Steve Scalise’s speech a glowing review…pretty much summing up why they asked him to speak.

White quoted a description of the appearance that was originally posted on Stormfront, which describes itself as, “the voice of the new, embattled White minority.”

“Representative Scalise brought into sharp focus the dire circumstances pervasive in many important, under-funded needs of the community at the expense of graft within the Housing and Urban Development Fund, an apparent give-away to a selective group based on race,” the blog post wrote, quoting the post on Stormfront.

A few years later, the same user who described Scalise’s speech said he should run for Congress if Duke did not, noting that he offered “his support for issues that are of concern to us.”

GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama’s Daughters Dressed for “Bar”

GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama's Daughters Dressed for "Bar"

GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama’s Daughters Dressed for “Bar”

Elizabeth Lauten, communications director for Rep. Stephen Fincher (R-TN) apologized for attacking Sasha and Malia Obama for not “showing a little class” and not dressing “like you deserve respect and not a spot at the bar” during their appearance at the White House turkey pardoning ceremony.

Here’s a screenshot of Elizabeth Lauten’s Facebook rant which was later deleted [H/T The Root’s Yesha Callahan]:

GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama's Daughters Dressed for "Bar"

GOP Bully Elizabeth Lauten Apologizes for Saying Obama’s Daughters Dressed for “Bar”

Lauten later issued a fake apology:

I reacted to an article and quickly judged the two young ladies in a way that I would never have wanted to be judged myself as a teenager. After many hours of prayer, talking to my parents and re-reading my words online, I can see more clearly how hurtful my words were. Please know that these judgmental feelings truly have no pace in my heart. Furthermore, I’d like to apologize to all of those who I have hurt and offended with my words, and pledge to learn and grow (and I assure you I have) from this experience. Source: Gawker

Um, she didn’t need advice from her parents and prayers to figure out that you don’t pick on kids, ages 13 and 16, who are just being who they truly are — TEENAGERS. Shameful to try to attack them as bar slags particularly since George W. Bush’s daughters’ numerous bar trips.

House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Obamacare

House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Obamacare

House Republicans Sue Obama Administration Over Obamacare (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Well, that didn’t take long after President Obama boxed the Republicans in a corner by unveiling his executive order on immigration. They filed their long-awaited lawsuit against the Obama administration over Obamacare.

House Republicans filed a long-threatened lawsuit Friday against the Obama administration over unilateral actions on the health care law that they say are abuses of the president’s executive authority.

The lawsuit — filed against the secretaries of the Health and Human Services and Treasury Departments — focuses on two crucial aspects of the way the administration has put the Affordable Care Act into effect.

The suit accuses the Obama administration of unlawfully postponing a requirement that larger employers offer health coverage to their full-time employees or pay penalties. (Larger companies are defined as those with 50 or more employees.) Source: NY Times

Here’s more from John Boehner on the Obamacare lawsuit:

Unlawfully Waiving the Employer Mandate.  The House is challenging the president’s unilateral decision to twice waive the health care law’s employer mandate and the penalties for failing to comply with it without going through Congress.  The president’s actions delaying the employer mandate directly contradict the clear and plain language of the health care law.

Illegally Transferring Funds to Insurance Companies.  The House is also challenging the administration’s unlawful giveaway of approximately $175 billion to insurance companies under ObamaCare.  According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the administration will pay approximately $3 billion to insurance companies in FY 2014, and is scheduled to make payments of some $175 billion over the next 10 years to insurance companies under an HHS-based, ObamaCare cost-sharing program even though Congress has never appropriated funds for the program.  The administration is instead unlawfully and unconstitutionally using funds from a separate Treasury Department account – authorized for other purposes – to pay insurance companies and thereby unilaterally altering the structure of the health care law.

GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

GOP Pollster: Early Voting Among Blacks Outpacing 2010 Midterm Elections

Right-leaning pollster Mark Rountree is causing the ground to rumble under Republicans after a recent poll he conducted found early voting among black voters in Georgia is outpacing 2010. The Republicans would rather see black voters stay home if they aren’t voting for their candidates.

According to a recent WSB-TV poll (done via Rountree’s Landmark Communications), of the 307,703 voters who have cast ballots in early voting, 30 percent are black while 60 percent are white. For the same period in 2010, 26 percent of the 253,999 early voters were black, while 72 percent were white.

Check out Mark Rountree’s calculations here.