Loretta Lynch Makes History as First Black Female Attorney General

Senate Makes History Loretta Lynch First Black Female AG

Loretta Lynch Makes History as First Black Female Attorney General

Loretta Lynch makes history

The U.S. Senate has made history by confirming Loretta Lynch the country’s first black female Attorney General.

Lynch was confirmed by a 56-43 vote after the process was held up for five months over partisan wrangling over sex trafficking bill.

It should be noted that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) voted for Lynch.

She will replace Eric Holder, who has had a contentious relationship with Republicans.

Hillary Clinton: “I Want the Public to See My Email”

Hillary Clinton: "I Want the Public to See My Email"

Hillary Clinton: “I Want the Public to See My Email” (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

State Hillary Clinton broke her two-day silence since news of her use of a personal email address during her tenure as secretary of state surfaced, tweeting, that she has asked the State Department to release the emails.

Clinton tweeted, “I want the public to see my email.” “I asked State to release them. They said they will review them for release as soon as possible.”

No matter what happens, Benghazi truthers and her critics (mainly Republicans) will say she engaged in a cover-up of sorts. In other words, she is only releasing those emails she wants the public to see. Personally, I believe this wasn’t the smartest thing she did and it may come back to hurt her if she chooses to run.

More from Politico:  “The State Department will review for public release the emails provided by Secretary Clinton to the Department, using a normal process that guides such releases,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf emailed reporters shortly after Clinton’s tweet. “We will undertake this review as quickly as possible; given the sheer volume of the document set, this review will take some time to complete.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham: House Republican Benghazi Report “Full of Crap”

Sen. Lindsey Graham: House Republican Benghazi Report "Full of Crap"

Sen. Lindsey Graham: House Republican Benghazi Report “Full of Crap”

House Republicans debunking the House GOP Benghazi findings of no cover-up by the Obama Administration isn’t sitting well with Sen. Lindsey Graham. He blasted it as “full of crap.” Who didn’t see this coming? The Republicans are literally fighting each other.  The GOP-controlled House Intelligence Committee released its report on Friday (news dump day) debunking all the nutty conspiracy theories about Benghazi, played over and over on Fox News.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Sunday blasted a House GOP-led investigation that recently debunked myths about the 2012 Benghazi attack.

“I think the report is full of crap,” Graham said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The House Intelligence Committee released a report on Friday evening, which took two years to compile, that found there was no outright intelligence failure during the attack, there was no delay in the rescue of U.S. personnel and there was no political cover-up by Obama administration officials.
After Graham was asked whether the report exonerates the administration, he initially ignored the question, and then eventually said “no.”

The House Intelligence panel, Graham said, is “doing a lousy job policing their own.”

Graham didn’t clearly pinpoint why he dismissed the report’s findings, but suggested its information was provided by people in the intelligence community who had previously lied to Congress about the attack.

“I don’t believe the report is accurate given the role [former CIA deputy director] Mike Morell played in misleading the Congress on two occasions,” Graham said. Source: The Hill

By the way, Sen. Lindsey Graham is exploring throwing his hat in the ring for the 2016 presidential election. Um, there are no words, but then again, it will be fun to watch the GOP clown car fill up for the presidential election cycle.

US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns Amid Agent Blunders

US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns Amid Agent Blunders

US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns Amid Agent Blunders

BREAKING:  US Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns amid fallout from agent blunders surrounding safeguarding President Barack Obama.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will assume control of Omar Gonzalez fence jumping investigation and report by Nov. 1.

Retired Secret Service agent Joseph Clancy named to replace Julia Pierson, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says in statement – @latimes

Poll: Georgia Governor, Senate Races in Dead Heat With Gov. Deal, Nunn with Slight Edge

Poll: Georgia Governor, Senate Races in Dead Heat With Gov. Deal, Nunn with Slight Edge

Poll: Georgia Governor, Senate Races in Dead Heat With Gov. Deal, Nunn with Slight Edge

A new poll commissioned by Columbus-based WRBL-TV, The (Columbus) Ledger-Enquirer newspaper and PMB Broadcasting radio found Republican Gov. Nathan Deal and his Democratic rival Jason Carter in a dead-heat, while U.S. Senate Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn has a slight lead over rival David Perdue. Poll results for governor:

  • Republican Nathan Deal: 43.6 percent
  • Democrat Jason Carter: 41.5 percent
  • Libertarian Andrew Hunt: 6.6 percent

Poll results for U.S. Senate:

  • Democrat Michelle Nunn: 44.7 percent
  • Republican David Perdue: 43.1 percent
  • Libertarian Amanda Swafford: 7.4 percent

The automated poll of 1,578 likely voters, which was conducted by Todd Rehm, has a margin of error of +/- 2.47 percentage points. Among the likely voters polled, 30% were black voters, in line with the 2012 share of the electorate. I am pretty sure some Republicans are betting on a lower black voter turn-out since President Obama won’t be running again, but I hope we will prove them wrong. Again.

It is interesting to note that Jason Carter is shellacking Nathan Deal among black voters — 67.94% to 16.58%. Among women voters, Jason Carter polled 46% to Deal’s 40.6%.

For Michelle Nunn, she polled 74.53% to David Perdue’s 16.13% among black voters. Among women voters she polled 50.59% to Perdue’s 40.02%

SCOTUS Rules in Hobby Lobby’s Favor on Obamacare Contraception Mandate

Obamacare Smackdown: SCOTUS Rules in Hobby Lobby's Favor on Contraception

Obamacare Smackdown: SCOTUS Rules in Hobby Lobby’s Favor on Contraception

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.

The ACLU tweeted:  ‘Supreme Court rules bosses can use religion to discriminate against women in decision for Hobby Lobby.’

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Loses GOP Primary to David Brat

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Loses GOP Primary to David Brat

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor Loses GOP Primary to David Brat (Credit: Addicting Info)

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: We Consulted with Congress About Prisoner Swap Possibility

President Obama: We Consulted with Congress About Prisoner Swap Possibility

President Obama: We Consulted with Congress About Prisoner Swap Possibility

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.

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Republicans Fume Over U.S. POW Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Release in Prisoner Swap with Taliban

Republicans Fume After Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Lone American POW in Afghanistan Released

Republicans Fume After Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, Lone American POW in Afghanistan Released

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.

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Wolfeboro Top Cop Bob Copeland Resigns After Racial Slur About Obama

Wolfeboro Top Cop Bob Copeland Resigns After Racial Slur About Obama

Wolfeboro Top Cop Bob Copeland Resigns After Racial Slur About Obama (WMUR Video Screengrab)

Wolfeboro, N.H. police commissioner Bob Copeland has resigned after called President Obama a “f*cking n*gger” at a local restaurant, WMUR and the Washington Post reported.

Robert Copeland, 82, verbally resigned to the chairman of Wolfeboro Police Commission Sunday night before resigning in a letter released Monday.

Click to view the resignation letter.

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.

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