Rep. Steve Scalise “Regrets” Speaking to Group of White Supremacists

Rep. Steve Scalise "Regrets" Speaking to Group of White Supremacists

Rep. Steve Scalise “Regrets” Speaking to Group of White Supremacists

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) finally issued a statement saying he regrets speaking before group of white supremacists in 2002.  He said, “I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold.”

Scalise:  “I emphatically oppose the divisive racial and religious views groups like these hold.” I have no doubt Steve Scalise used poor judgment when he spoke to ex-KKK grand dragon David Duke-backed group. What’s troubling is that he could use the same poor judgment in the U.S. Congress.

It’s pretty ironic that Roll Call was able to dig up a 1999 interview in which Steve Scalise said he agreed with David Duke on conservative issues. Um, so how can he make the argument that he didn’t know what EURO stood for back in 2002?

Following new revelations that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) addressed a white nationalist group founded by a former KKK leader, Roll Call resurfaced a 1999 interview in which Scalise, then a state legislator considering a congressional bid, offered his thoughts on the man who is now causing so much trouble for his career.

Scalise has acknowledged that he spoke in front of the European-American Rights and Unity Organization in 2002, though he has said this week that he “didn’t know who all of these groups were and I detest any kind of hate group.”

EURO was founded by David Duke, who is described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as “the most recognizable figure of the American radical right, a neo-Nazi, longtime Klan leader and now international spokesman for Holocaust denial.” Source: Talking Points Memo

The Southern Poverty Law Center is calling on Steve Scalise to step down, saying his denials are not “believable.”

Scalise claimed yesterday that he had no idea of the views promoted by the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), whose workshop he addressed in 2002 at a hotel in Metairie, La. And he was backed by an array of Louisiana Republicans including state GOP chair Roger Villere Jr., who described Scalise as “a man of great integrity who embodies his Christian faith in his life.” Villere dismissed the story broken by Louisiana blogger Lamar White Jr. as “an attempt to score political points by slandering the character of a good man.”

But Scalise’s claim of ignorance is almost impossible to believe. He was a state representative and an aspiring national politician at the time, and EURO already was well known as a hate group led by America’s most famous white supremacist.

EURO was founded two years before Scalise agreed to speak to its conference by Louisiana resident David Duke, a media-friendly neo-Nazi and onetime grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan who had made a national name for himself by running repeatedly for office. He won his first elected office in 1989, when he became a state representative, garnering local headlines across Louisiana. In 1990, he won more than 600,000 votes in an unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate, and in 1991, he took almost 700,000 votes in a run for governor. Newspapers around the world wrote about his ultimately losing fight against the scandal-dogged Edwin Edwards and the bumper sticker it engendered: “Vote for the crook, it’s important.”

High-ranking Republican lawmakers also issued statements on Steve Scalise:

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA):  “Congressman Scalise acknowledged he made a mistake and has condemned the views that organization espouses. I’ve known him as a friend for many years and I know that he does not share the beliefs of that organization.”
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) on Rep. Steve Scalise: “He has my full confidence as our Whip.”

Rep. Michael Grimm to Resign from Congress After Guilty Plea for Tax Evasion

Rep. Michael Grimm to Resign from Congress After Guilty Plea for Tax Evasion

Rep. Michael Grimm to Resign from Congress After Guilty Plea for Tax Evasion (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)

Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY) will reportedly resign from Congress after guilty plea in tax evasion case. The NY Daily News reports Grimm agreed to resign after meeting with House Speaker John Boehner.

Grimm (R-S.I.) said after he entered his plea last week that he planned to continue serving in the House.

But he reversed course after speaking Monday to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), who has taken a hard line on GOPers facing ethics charges.

Grimm plans to announce his resignation on Tuesday or Wednesday, sources said.

Boehner spokesman Michael Steel declined to comment.

Hilarious: President Obama Wears a Tiara While Posing with Girl Scouts

Hilarious: President Obama wears a tiara

Hilarious: President Obama wears a tiara (Photo Credit: White House.gov)

Hilarious: President Obama wears a tiara in a photograph snapped by White House photographer Pete Souza.

Don’t go nuts. Here’s the explanation Souza also posted:

This is from the annual White House Science Fair. The kids from Girl Scout Troop 2612 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, convinced the President to wear a tiara with them for their group photo. The girls had exhibited a Lego flood proof bridge project.

Criminal Complaint Filed Against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney for War Crimes

Criminal Complaint Filed Against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney for War Crimes

Criminal Complaint Filed Against George W. Bush, Dick Cheney for War Crimes (Photo Credit: DoD/Cherie A. Thurlby)

Should former president George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld by tried for torture?  Democracy Now reports that a criminal complaint has been filed against “the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program.”

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of war crimes, and called for an immediate investigation by a German prosecutor. The move follows the release of a Senate report on CIA torture which includes the case of a German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, who was captured byCIA agents in 2004 due to mistaken identity and tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan. So far, no one involved in the CIA torture program has been charged with a crime — except the whistleblower John Kiriakou, who exposed it. Source: Democracy Now

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama's Cuba Policy: "Probably a Good Idea"

Sen. Rand Paul on Obama’s Cuba Policy: “Probably a Good Idea”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is breaking with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) on President Obama’s Cuba policy. He said that starting trade with Cuba “is probably a good idea” and that the 50-year economic embargo against the Caribbean island “just hasn’t worked.”

“Paul said in a radio interview with Tom Roten of News Talk 800 WVHU in Huntington, WV, that many younger Cuban Americans support opening up trade with Cuba. He also said many U.S. farmers would back Obama’s moves because the country is a new market for their crops,” according to media reports.

Paul, a 2016 presidential hopeful, said the embargo “punishes the people more than the regime because the regime can blame the embargo for hardship.” He added, “In the end, I think opening up Cuba is probably a good idea.”

PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional

PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama's Immigration Action Unconstitutional

PA Federal Judge Declares Aspects of Obama’s Immigration Action Unconstitutional (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Is there trouble ahead for President Obama’s immigration action? A federal court in Pennsylvania has declared aspects of his executive order unconstitutional.

Washington Post:  According to the opinion by Judge Arthur Schwab, the president’s policy goes “beyond prosecutorial discretion” in that it provides a relatively rigid framework for considering applications for deferred action, thus obviating any meaningful case-by-case determination as prosecutorial discretion requires, and provides substantive rights to applicable individuals.  As a consequence,  Schwab concluded, the action exceeds the scope of executive authority.

This is the first judicial opinion to address Obama’s decision to expand deferred action for some individuals unlawfully present in the United States. [I’ve now posted the opinion here.]

U.S. Senate Votes 51-43 to Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

U.S. Senate Votes 51-43 to Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General

U.S. Senate Votes 51-43 to Confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as Surgeon General (Photo Credit: CNN Video Screengrab)

The U.S. Senate votes 51-43 to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy as surgeon general. The nomination was held up by Republicans after the National Rifle Association opposition because he agreed with President Obama on the need for gun control.

Outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is playing hardball in the last few weeks of the Democratic majority in the Senate. He is “pledging to keep the Senate in session through the weekend to get 23 of President Barack Obama’s nominations confirmed and pass bills extending billions in tax breaks and providing terrorism risk insurance to commercial buildings,” Politico reports.

Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler

Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler

Alan Keyes Says President Obama Wants to Become the Next Adolf Hitler (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Failed Republican presidential candidate Alan Keyes appeared on “Trunews” on Tuesday, warning that President Obama is trying to become the next Adolf Hitler. Really?

Keyes told host Rick Wiles that while the government should follow God’s laws, Obama wants to become God and appoint himself Führer: “We are not, as citizens, always supposed to be trying to lift up some Fuhrer the way the Germans thought. Führer was their word for leader. They wanted to lift up some Führer who would dictate to their country the way Obama is trying to do now and tell us what to do.”

Keyes, who was Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2004 U.S. Senate race in Illinois, has repeatedly warned that Obama is becoming a Hitlerian dictator.

Decrying Obama’s “dictatorial actions,” Keyes accused the president of “importing” undocumented immigrants “in order to facilitate what I think is an overthrow of our Constitution.”

“We’re teetering, we’re more than teetering on the brink, I actually think we’re falling through the abyss, headed toward a rock bottom when our institutions will crumble the way the Twin Towers suddenly fell in that terrible day in 2001,” he said. Source: Right Wing Watch

Rep. Maxine Waters Blasts Cromnibus: We Can’t Be “Intimidated” By White House

FOOD FIGHT:  Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) blasted the White House before the House voted on the $1.1 trillion “Cromnibus,” which includes provisions to bail out Wall Street once again. Yep, I said it, BAILOUT.

Waters told The Hill earlier tonight that she was rallying votes against the bill and told them not to be “intimidated” by the White House. Um, who knew that Maxine Waters could turn on President Obama? Well, she wasn’t the only one, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also blasted the White House.

Maxine Waters said, “Don’t be intimidated, here are the facts, stick with your promise and your commitments to vote against this bill,” The Hill reports. Sen. Elizabeth Warren also said the bill included “giveaways” to big banks.

President Obama has indicated that he will sign the bill if the Senate version passes later tonight.

Michael Steele on Eric Garner Case: “A Black Man’s Life Not Worth a Ham Sandwich”

Michael Steele on Eric Garner Case: "A Black Man's Life Not Worth a Ham Sandwich"

Michael Steele on Eric Garner Case: “A Black Man’s Life Not Worth a Ham Sandwich” (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele slammed the Staten Island and St. Louis County grand jury decisions to not indict white police officers, Daniel Pantaleo and Darren Wilson, in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, The Hill reports.

Michael Steele: “They tell us, at least, a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich. Well clearly a black man’s life is not worth a ham sandwich when you put these stories together. And that is the frustration.”