Newark Mayor Cory Booker Received ‘Confidential’ Annual Payouts from Law Firm While in Office

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Newark Mayor Cory Booker Received ‘Confidential’ Annual Payouts from Law Firm While in Office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cory Booker witch-hunt by right wing haters?

The New York Post reports U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker pocketed ‘confidential’ annual payouts from his former law firm, Trenk DiPasquale, during his tenure as Newark mayor.

Booker, who is a frontrunner for the Senate seat previously held by Frank Lautenberg, reportedly received five checks from the law firm from 2007 to 2011.

The NY Post reports that during that time, Trenk DiPasquale earned “more than $2 million in fees from local agencies over which Booker has influence.” Cory Booker told the New York Post, “This was a settlement buyout for my interest in the firm. I had an equity stake, and we had a negotiated settlement.”

Mayor Booker worked at Trenk DiPasquale for five years and left in 2006 when he was elected Newark mayor. Not sure what to make of all this, since the New York Post has gotten it wrong many times. The right will try its best to muddy the waters where Booker is concerned. This is just a taste of what’s to come with the 2014 and 2016 election cycles.

This all comes after Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan’s campaign sent out a tweet that read, “just leaked — Cory Booker’s foreign policy debate prep notes.” Below it was a map of Newark, with the words “West Africa, Guyana, Portugal, Brazil, Middle East, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Trinidad, scrawled on top. The names were meant to depict different neighborhoods in Newark. According to Census figures, Newark is 52 percent black and 26 percent white. The tweet was deleted and Lonegan said it had ‘no racist intent at all.’

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GOP NJ Senate candidate Steve Lonegan says Cory Booker tweet not racist

Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton Among 16 Recipients to Receive Medal of Freedom

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Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton Among 16 Recipients to Receive Medal of Freedom

President Obama will award the Medal of Freedom to 16 recipients including former president Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, astronaut Sally Ride and country music legend Loretta Lynn.

“The Presidential Medal of Freedom goes to men and women who have dedicated their own lives to enriching ours,” Mr. Obama said in a statement released by the White House. “This year’s honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world.”

Sally Ride, the first woman to enter space, and Sen. Daniel Inouye (D., Hawaii), are among those who will be receiving the metal posthumously. Both died in 2012.

Mr. Bradlee, the former executive editor of the Washington Post who oversaw its Watergate coverage, was described by the White House as “one of the most respected newsmen of his generation.” Source: Wall Street Journal

 

Unidentified Southern Senator Calls President Obama ‘Exotic’

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Unidentified Southern Senator Calls President Obama ‘Exotic’ (Photo credit: Politicalvelcraft)

Quote of the Day:  “I’m not naming any names, but one senator got up from a Southern state and said, ‘Well, you’ve got to understand that to my people down here, Obama seems like’ — he thought for a second and he said — ‘like he’s exotic.’”  – Sen. Tom Harkin (R-IA).

The Southern senator was suggesting that constituents still couldn’t identify with President Obama.  In other words, that senator was saying President Obama isn’t one of us. Sen. Harkin was responding to a question from a Des Moines Register columnist about why “Republicans seemed determined to see Obama fail, he described a scene from the closed-door meeting among senators that took place last month in the Old Senate Chambers.”

Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson Calls Wendy Davis ‘Abortion Barbie’

 Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson Calls Wendy Davis Abortion Barbie

Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson Calls Wendy Davis ‘Abortion Barbie’


Fox News contributor Erick Erickson calls Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis ‘abortion Barbie’ after The Weekly Standard attacked her for not responding to a question that linked legal abortion to the crimes of doctor Kermit Gosnell, Media Matters reports.

Gov. Chris Christie Comes Closest to Hillary Clinton in Hypothetical Presidential Match-Up

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Gov. Chris Christie Comes Closest to Hillary Clinton in Hypothetical Presidential Match-Up

A new Monmouth University poll looked at hypothetical 2016 match-ups with Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee running against Republicans New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Jeb Bush, Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), and Sen. Ted Cruz (T).

Chris Christie comes closest in national preference, trailing Clinton by just 4 points, 43% to 39%. Jeb Bush behind Hillary Clinton by 10 points, 47% to 37%, and Marco Rubio trails by 11 points, 47% to 36%. Ted Cruz is behind Clinton by a whopping 16 points, 48% to 32%.

Quinnipiac University is also out with a poll of the ‘hottest politicians,’ with Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie leading the pack:

In the poll of voter attitudes toward the country’s major political figures, the “hottest” are New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The third place spot on Quinnipiac’s  ”Thermometer of Voter Attitudes” is Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, although the poll notes 51 percent of voters said they didn’t know enough about her to rate her.

Christie, at  53.1 degrees on the “Thermometer,” Clinton, 52.1 degrees and Warren, at 49.2 degrees, are “hotter” than President  Obama, at 47.6 degrees. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand matches the president, at 47.6 degrees, although 75 percent of voters  said they didn’t know enough about her to rate her.

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“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s score is not surprising, given her lengthy political career, and [she's] especially strong support among Democrats and women,” Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, said in a statement.  ”But Gov. Christopher Christie’s rating is impressive given that  his experience — less than four years as governor — pales when compared to Mrs. Clinton’ s resume.  What is interesting is that only two of the 22 figures rate better than the absolute middle of the scale, not exactly a ringing endorsement of the nation’s political establishment.”

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“Christie’s great strength is among independent voters, who give him 50.6 degrees of love, and Democrats, who give him 53.2 degrees,” Brown said.  ”His rating on the “Thermometer” is a good indication of what may face him should he travel the 2016 campaign trail.  His tougher problem may be winning the GOP nomination, because in most states only registered Republicans can vote in party primaries. For example, Christie is much hotter than Sen. Rand Paul among all voters, but trails him by a bit among Republicans.” Source: ABC News

Barbara Bush Cried During Screening of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

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Barbara Bush Cried During Screening of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler’

Former first lady Barbara Bush cried during the screening of ‘Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” Politico reports. Seems that’s not sitting so pretty with Matt Drudge and the Drudge Report, since the link is prominently placed on the site.

In an audience of about 600 people, [Lee] Daniels said he sat next to Barbara Bush and former President George Bush as they saw the movie – and fielded some questions from them during the screening.

“And Barbara, she was crying,” Daniels said. “And George would say ‘is that Oprah? Honey, is that Oprah?’ and Mrs. Bush would say, ‘is that Oprah?’ Yes, Mrs. Bush, it’s Oprah. ‘It’s Oprah, honey. It’s Oprah.”

Oprah Winfrey plays Gloria Gaines, Eugene’s wife, in the movie.  The film, set against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement, includes some scenes of lynched men hanging in the streets of North Carolina, and detailed recreations of sit-ins at lunch counters and freedom rides, complete with burning crosses, Ku Klux Klan hoods and Molotov cocktails.  The scenes had an impact on the Bushes, Daniels said. Source: Politico

Mrs. Bush also reportedly loved another Lee Daniels movie — “Precious.” Hmmmm.

Colin Powell Denies Extramarital Affair with European Diplomat Corina Cretu

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Colin Powell Denies Extramarital Affair with European Diplomat Corina Cretu

Hacker Guccifer is seeking to distribute some ‘very personal’ emails sent to retired Gen. Colin Powell by a female Romanian diplomat, Corina Cretu. Powell is denying that he engaged in an extramarital affair with Cretu, who is a member of the European Parliament. He reportedly advised her to delete all their online exchanges, The Smoking Gun reports.

In a statement addressing his relationship with Corina Cretu, a member of the European Parliament who previously held a series of senior posts in the Romanian government, Powell, 76, wrote that he has known Cretu for about 10 years, having first met her “when I was the Secretary of State and she was an assistant to the President of Romania. We occasionally attended the same diplomatic and international meetings.”

Powell, who served in President George W. Bush’s cabinet for four years, said that he kept in touch with Cretu, 45, by e-mail after leaving the State Department in January 2005. “Over time the emails became of a very personal nature, but did not result in an affair. Those type of emails ended a few years ago. There was no affair then and there is not one now,” Powell added.

Left Wing Freak-Out: Obama ‘Rude and Dismissive’ in Exchange with Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

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Left Wing Freak-Out: Obama ‘Rude and Dismissive’ in Exchange with Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney

President Obama raised eyebrows when he got testy with one of his own during a Q&A session with Democrats on Capitol Hill. He offered what Democratic sources are characterizing as a “rude and dismissive” response to a question about a federal loan guarantee program by freshman Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY).

CNN reports Maloney began his question “by recognizing it was an issue that may be better discussed on the staff level, rather than with the president.”

President Obama responded: “You’re right. You should have talked to staff about this.” He “then said in a testy way to Maloney that at least now he can go back and tell his constituents he stood up to the president for them.”

Will this ‘rude and dismissive’ response from President Obama lead to a beer summit?

Oprah Winfrey to Hold Fundraiser for Newark NJ Mayor Cory Booker in Senate Bid

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Oprah Winfrey to Hold Fundraiser for Newark NJ Mayor Cory Booker in Senate Bid

Oprah Winfrey is holding a fundraiser for Newark, NJ, Mayor Cory Booker in his bid for the U.S. Senate to fill seat vacated by the late Frank Lautenberg. Winfrey’s fundraiser will be held in Thursday in Jersey City. The tickets range from $1,000 to $2,600 and 200 people are expected to attend.

Oprah Winfrey called Cory Booker a “rock star mayor” on her show. Reminds me a lot of her support of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama.

Polls show Cory Booker as a front-runner in the race. The primary election is scheduled for August 13.

Congressional Black Caucus Recommends Sheila Jackson-Lee for Homeland Security Secretary

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Congressional Black Caucus Recommends Sheila Jackson-Lee for Homeland Security Secretary

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee for Department of Homeland Security Secretary? No, it’s not a joke. The Congressional Black Caucus is recommending that President Obama nominate Jackson-Lee to replace outgoing secretary Janet Napolitano.

A letter  dated July 25 and signed by CBC Chairwoman Rep. Marcia Fudge, an Ohio Democrat, urges President Barack Obama to consider Jackson Lee for the position formerly held by Janet Napolitano, the first woman to hold the position. Napolitano resigned earlier this month to become president of the University of California.

“Representative Jackson Lee would serve as an effective DHS Secretary because she understands the importance of increasing border security and maintaining homeland security,” the nomination letter reads.

Since entering Congress in 1995, Jackson Lee has served on several committees, including Foreign Affairs, Judiciary and Homeland Security, in which she was the Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.

“As Chairwoman, Representative Jackson Lee supported increased airplane cargo inspections and increased security for railroads, issues of great importance to the security of this nation and its citizens,” the letter continues.

Jackson Lee currently holds the post of Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, a position that the CBC says she “stands as a strong and honest ‘voice of reason.’” Source: Houston Chronicle

Voice of reason? This is the same woman who said we need more black sounding names for hurricanes and who sought to have the House of Representatives pass a resolution to honor Michael Jackson as a humanitarian after his death. She once said, President Obama’s Buy American, should be Buy African American. She also opined that opposition to President Obama on raising the debt ceiling was due to him being black..