As if we didn’t see this coming, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that closed held companies with religious owners can refuse to pay for contraception. But there’s a caveat — the government can pay for birth control itself, so the women will receive it. The Court makes clear that women can still get coverage and it isn’t opening the door to more religious claims. So, all is not lost.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor loses primary in Virginia to Tea Party challenger David Brat. This is, indeed, a shock. Nobody saw this coming. The race was called at about 8:05 p.m.
David Brat is an economic professor at Randolph-Macon College. He was regarded by many as a long shot to beating Eric Cantor. It turns out that Brat was more of a threat than anyone thought. At least to the Cantor campaign. His campaign advisor Ray Allen even told The Hill, “I’m just not worried.”
It seems like Eric Cantor just threw away $1 million bucks on advertising, since it’s quite obvious the primary voters tuned him out. Lol. So much for the Republicans thinking that the 2014 midterm elections will swing in their favor.
Um, is it the end of the line for House Speaker John Boehner and others?
President Obama said that he consulted with Congress for “quite some time” about trading Guantanamo Bay detainees for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who many of the men he served with consider to be a deserter. It will be interesting to hear what Congress has to say about that. We know they threatened him with a Willie Horton-style attack during the 2012 presidential election, if he had done it then.
“We have consulted with Congress for quite some time about the possibility that we might need to execute a prisoner exchange in order to recover Sgt. Bergdahl,” Obama said during a press conference in Warsaw, Poland.
He added, “We saw an opportunity. We were concerned about Sgt. Bergdahl’s health. We had the cooperation of the Qataris to execute and exchange, and we seized that opportunity. And the process was truncated because we did not want to miss that window.”
“Let me just make a very simple point here. And that is regardless of the circumstances, whatever those circumstances may turn out to be, we still get an American soldier back if he’s held in captivity. Period. Full stop. We don’t condition that,” Obama said in reference to Bowe Bergdahl.
President Obama also addressed potential national security threats posed by the release of the five senior Taliban detainees, saying though there is a certain recidivism rate for former prisoners, monitoring of the detainees was a condition of the swap. He said, “I wouldn’t be doing it if I thought it was contrary to American national security.”
This comes as CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says President Obama “clearly broke the law,” when he failed to give a 30-day notice to Congress about the prisoner swap deal. I guess next up is the “I” word — impeachment.
The Taliban have released Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, America’s lone POW in Afghanistan after five years. In return, the U.S. released five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay to Qatar. The five prisoners released are: Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa, Mullah Mohammad Fazl, Mullah Norullah Nori, Abdul Haq Wasiq and Mohammad Nabi Omari. CNN is reporting that Khairkhwa is believed to be “directly associated” with Osama bin Laden, as well as a drug lord and former friend of Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai.
The Republicans wasted no time going after President Obama on Bergdahl’s release. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) issued a joint statement saying, “Trading five senior Taliban leaders from detention in Guantanamo Bay for Bergdahl’s release may have consequence for the rest of our forces and all Americans.” Of course, they are accusing Obama of overstepping his bounds as the president, saying he “clearly violated laws which require him to notify Congress thirty days before any transfer of terrorists from Guantanamo Bay.” They added, “Our joy at Sergeant Bergdahl’s release is tempered by the fact that President Obama chose to ignore the law, not to mention sound policy, to achieve it.” Um, really? Seems to me that the same guy who got Osama bin Laden with his predecessor couldn’t has gone to bat once again for the American people. Watch out for the “I” word — impeachment.
But wait, didn’t their ‘favorite’ president Ronald Reagan also ‘negotiate’ with terrorists? Um, that’s the pesky little detail the Republicans are hoping the average American has forgotten. On several occasions, Ronald Reagan did just that, as part of efforts to ensure the release of the Americans who were kidnapped in Lebanon back in the 1980s. In fact, Reagan engaged in secret diplomatic negotiations with Iran to move those discussions along. Remember arms for hostages? Oliver North should remember that quite well.
Bergdahl, was handed over to American Special Operations forces inside Afghanistan about 10:30 a.m. Saturday by a group of 18 Taliban, officials said.
American officials said that Sergeant Bergdahl was in good condition and able to walk.
The five Taliban prisoners at Guantánamo were being transferred into the custody of officials from Qatar, who will accompany them back to that Persian Gulf state, where they will be subject to security restrictions, including a one-year travel ban.
Talks on the exchange resumed in earnest about a week ago with Qatari officials who were acting as intermediaries for the Taliban…
Sergeant Bergdahl is believed to have been held by the militant Haqqani network in the tribal area of Pakistan’s northwest frontier, on the Afghan border. He was captured in Paktika Province in Afghanistan on June 30, 2009. Source: New York Times
Never mind the fact that the family of Bowe Bergdahl will be happy to have him return home. This isn’t about negotiating with terrorists, but saving the life of someone who fought for his country. The prisoner swap has been in the works for more than a year. Though the Republicans will complain, Sgt. Bergdahl’s release is worth it. We deserve to the told how a deal was reached and what the nature of the deal was. I would love to see the same Republicans fuming at President Obama to tell Bowe Bergdahl’s parents exactly how they feel — that their son means nothing to the Republican Party. Nice try, but Obama upstaged the GOP again.
Robert Copeland, 82, verbally resigned to the chairman of Wolfeboro Police Commission Sunday night before resigning in a letter released Monday.
Copeland had been facing intense pressure to resign after a resident complained about overhearing him use the N-word in a restaurant. Copeland acknowledged that he used the slur but refused to apologize or step down.
Town and state officials — along with some national figures, such as Mitt Romney, who has a home in Wolfeboro — had condemned the remark, and more than 100 residents packed a Police Commission meeting last week to demand Copleand’s resignation.
Copeland had been re-elected to a three-year term in March. Officials said resignation was the only way to get him out of office before the end of his term becausthe state has no recall provision for elected officials.
Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney blasted Copeland on Saturday, calling for him to apologize and resign.
Mitt Romney slammed Bob Copeland, Wolfeboro, N.H. police commissioner for calling President Obama a “f*cking n*gger” and refusing to apologize.
In a statement published in the Boston Herald, Romney said, “the vile epithet used and confirmed by the commissioner has no place in our community. He should apologize and resign.” Mitt Romney owns a vacation home in Wolfeboro.
Bob Copeland’s comments came to light after a town resident complained she overheard him using the n-word when referring to President Obama. He confirmed that he did use those words to describe the president.
In an email to a resident that was obtained by WMUR, Copeland wrote, “I believe I did use the ‘n’ word in reference to the current occupant of the Whitehouse [sic].” He added, “For this, I do not apologize — he meets and exceed my criteria for such.”
Wolfeboro residents are demanding that Bob Copeland resign but Town Manager David Owen said that although he believes Copeland’s comments were reprehensible, he doesn’t have the authority to remove him.
Jim Coughlan, the controller of Dutchess County, NY, and a state senate candidate is under fire for a racist tweet aimed at MSNBC host Melissa Harris Perry. Coughlan tweeted: “Keep your dirty stinking paws off my kid you damned dirty ape.” The NY Daily News reports, Coughlan insists he didn’t know Harris-Perry was black. Right.
Jim Coughlan claims his meanspirited tweet was in response to comments Melissa Harris-Perry made about child-rearing. She had expressed in the past that children are not private property and not just extensions of ourselves, but they belong to their communities. The firestorm ignited over the comments because her opponents are framing her comments in the context of children belonging to the government.
Coughlan suspended his Twitter account but dismissed criticisms of his actions saying “It’s despicable. They’re trying to get me to drop out.” He also claimed he used a phrase from the movie “Planet of Apes.” As Rev. Al Sharpton often says, “nice try, but we got you.”
Daniel Simmons, Deputy Attorney General at Delaware’s Department of Justice, was arrested for allegedly raping a 16-year-old he met through Grindr dating app.
Investigators believe Simmons met the teen victim via the popular gay dating and hookup app “Grindr.” Police have not yet revealed the other circumstances that led to the alleged rape in order to protect the victim’s identity.
Simmons was arrested and charged with four counts of rape in the fourth degree. His bail information has not yet been made available.
Investigators are urging any other alleged victims of Simmons to come forward and contact the New Castle County Police Department at 302-395-8110. Source: NBC Philadelphia
Is National Journal’s Ron Fournier a hypocrite for cheerleading the Bush Administration despite the many, many blunders that happened during those years, while telling journalists to go after the Obama administration over Benghazi? I guess he finally got Matt Drudge’s attention because the Obama hatemonger went nuts with the latest caption on the Drudge Report: “Fournier: Media must get tougher on White House,” linking to his article on Thursday.
The Republicans’ love affair with the Benghazi consulate attack is just sad. So many U.S. consulates and embassies were attacked during the Bush Administration, but we didn’t hear “peep” out of Fournier nor the Republican lawmakers. Watch out, the IRS scandal will live yet another year…
Ron Fournier claims he’s offering journalists “a better way to cover the White House.” He really means a better way to cover the Obama White House. Here’s an interesting take from Oliver Willis over at the Daily Banter:
In 2008 an email surfaced between Fournier – who was then the AP’s White House correspondent – and Bush consigliere Karl Rove. In the email, Fournier told Rove — who was busy referring to Democrats as terrorist appeasers and worse — to “keep up the fight.”
He might as well have put on pom-poms or wore a GOP elephant mascot costume.
At the time he wrote that mash note, Fournier was busy writing piece after piece assailing Democratic candidates running for office while supposedly being an objective reporter for the world’s major news wire.
Last year, Fournier continued on this theme, declaring at NJ that President Bush is “a good man,” and that people should give the man whose failed leadership sent thousands of American soldiers and Iraqi civilians to an early grave the benefit of the doubt.
And now he wants to lecture the press corps on how to better push the right’s latest phony scandal.
So, it’s really laughable for him to be the moral compass of the media, when his record on being fair and balanced is shaky, at best.
This latest freak-out over the Benghazi terror attack comes as House Speaker John Boehner said he would establish a new select committee on Benghazi and subpoena Secretary of State John Kerry. Anything to derail any presidential aspirations Hillary Clinton may have for 2016 is the name of the game.
Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson is in hot water for some inflammatory comments he made during an appearance on a New Nation of Islam radio program.
Thompson called Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas an “Uncle Tom” and said that “it’s almost to the point saying that this man doesn’t like black people, he doesn’t like being black.” He also called Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is a “racist.”
Rep. Thompson also said Republicans are only anti-Obamacare because President Obama is black.
“I’ve been in Washington. I saw three presidents now. I never saw George Bush treated like this. I never saw Bill Clinton treated like this with such disrespect,” Thompson said. “That Mitch McConnell would have the audacity to tell the president of the United States — not the chief executive, but the commander-in-chief — that ‘I don’t care what you come up with we’re going to be against it.’ Now if that’s not a racist statement I don’t know what is.” Source: Buzzfeed
Many blacks can’t stand Clarence Thomas and view him as something of an “Uncle Tom.” It is true that President Obama is being viewed through the prism of race by some people, but not all.