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New Developments: Mitt Romney's long history of secrecy and lies speaks to the character of the man who might be president. It’s also an indication of how he may govern should he achieve his presidential goals, and in light of his refusal to reveal his tax returns from before 2010, it’s a glaring red flag indicating a pattern of behavior that the man has a history of bending the truth and outright lying to get what he wants.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=40368New Developments: Mitt Romney's long history of secrecy and lies speaks to the... more
By Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo
Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) is continuing to joust with Democrats on the Obama administration's contraception mandates on health insurance -- and not just with his Democratic opponent, former White House financial reform adviser Elizabeth Warren. The latest Dem to step up to challenge Brown on the issue, the Boston Herald reports: Former Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-RI), son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy whose old seat Brown won in the January 2010 special election. The younger Kennedy's demand: Stop invoking my dad's name.
Brown's answer: Nope. By Eric Kleefeld / Talking Points Memo Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) is continuing to... more
...the conservative hate monger was discussing her support for Mitt Romney and political consistency when it appeared that the network cut off her microphone as she supposedly called John McCain a "douchebag." She then continued with her Romney support by insulting the memory of the late Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts.
http://veracitystew.com/2011/11/29/ann-coulter-calls-late-sen-ted-kennedy-pestilence-video/...the conservative hate monger was discussing her support for Mitt Romney and... more
See the underbelly of Breitbart racism!
http://www.billschmalfeldt.com/2011/10/01/what-an-angry-little-anti-obama-hornets-nest/See the underbelly of Breitbart racism!... more
Elizabeth Warren will officially launch her campaign for U.S. Senate from Massachusetts on Wednesday, challenging incumbent Republican Sen. Scott Brown.“The pressures on middle class families are worse than ever, but it is the big corporations that get their way in Washington,” Warren said in a statement. “I want to change that. I will work my heart out to earn the trust of the people of Massachusetts.”
http://veracitystew.com/2011/09/13/elizabeth-warren-officially-in-senate-race-to-unseat-scott-brown/Elizabeth Warren will officially launch her campaign for U.S. Senate from... more
Just another bag o' crazy called June 9th.
When Congress reconvenes next week, it will be the first time in 64 years that there has not been a Kennedy in office.
"I think it is sad," Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, daughter of Robert Kennedy and a former lieutenant governor of Maryland, told ABC News. "I think we need a Kennedy."
The last Kennedy -- Patrick, a congressman from Rhode Island -- has officially left the building, saying, "my life is taking a new direction and I will not be a candidate for reelection."
His father, Sen. Edward Kennedy, the liberal lion of the Senate, died in 2009. Now, the new frontier on Capitol Hill has a distinctly Republican flavor. Replacing the Kennedys as the only father-son team on the Hill are Rep. Ron Paul and Senator-elect Rand Paul, both Tea Party Republicans. Where the Kennedys focused on civil rights and expanding Medicare, the Pauls emphasize fiscal responsibility and limited government.
The symbolic change on Capitol Hill is hard to escape. Patrick Kennedy's House office will go to a Republican. Ted Kennedy's coveted third-floor corner suite -- a 3,500 square-foot space with a prime view of the Capitol -- initially went to the man who won his Massachusetts Senate seat, Republican Scott Brown. But there wasn't much chance a junior senator would hold on to such prime real estate for long. Now Brown is getting kicked out by the Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who will bring a new set of family photos to the same walls.
Full Story: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/kennedys-end-era/story?id=12520980When Congress reconvenes next week, it will be the first time in 64 years that there... more
Idiotic Comparison of the Day: Chappaquiddick vs. Sarah Quit It
Today’s “idiotic comparison” prize goes to PBS’s Mark “Panty” Shields for equating the effect that Sarah Palin resigning as Alaska governor might have on her presidential ambitions to that of how Ted Kennedy plunging his Oldsmobile (along with a passenger) into the drink on Martha’s Vineyard had on his presidential ambitions:
On the subject of Sarah Palin in 2012, one of the unspoken problems that she does have is her quitting as governor midway through her first term. It is like Ted Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick. It was not a problem among Democrats. It will be a problem when she runs for president because it is a higher threshold for the office.
How many people died when Palin stepped down as governor? Did she not report herself stepping down for 12 hours until she sobered up? Did she get her daddy to help pay for the legal defense of her resignation? I don’t quite get it.
Not only that, but looks as if not finishing a term as governor is more of an automatic disqualifier when it comes to occupying the Oval Office than not finishing a term as Senator.
http://dougpowers.com/2010/11/07/idiotic-comparison-of-the-day-chappaquiddick-vs-sarah-quit-it/Idiotic Comparison of the Day: Chappaquiddick vs. Sarah Quit It Today’s... more
NBC Nightly News reported, "Former President Jimmy Carter doing publicity for his new book 'White House Diary.' It contends Americans would have universal healthcare coverage already and would have had it decades ago were it not for the late Senator Ted Kennedy who often as you may know is called the champion of healthcare. The two men were archrivals and Carter indicates in a '60 Minutes' interview Kennedy just didn't want the Carter effort to be successful, and 'killed the bill,' though news accounts from the time show Congress was in no mood to pass any big spending bill."
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100917/ap_on_go_ot/us_carter_kennedy;_ylt=Asf4vP2zi2yFqmMpBO6Bq7FI2ocA;_ylu=X3oDMTJvY2N1YWxpBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMTAwOTE3L3VzX2NhcnRlcl9rZW5uZWR5BHBvcwMxMgRzZWMDeW5fcGFnaW5hdGVfc3VtbWFyeV9saXN0BHNsawNjYXJ0ZXJzYXlza2U-NBC Nightly News reported, "Former President Jimmy Carter doing publicity for his... more
Edward Kennedy died last year of brain cancer at 77, after a long political career at least partially redeemed the disgrace of fleeing his Chappaquiddick car accident, but the Massachussetts senator was subject of scores of death threats before and after the assassination of his brothers, documents released by the FBI revealed last night.
Five years after Jack was gunned down in Dallas and soon after Robert was shot in Los Angeles, one letter warned he was next. "Ted Kennedy number three to be assassinated on Oct. 25, 1968. The Kennedy residence must be well protected on that date."
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/15/edward-kennedy-death-threatsEdward Kennedy died last year of brain cancer at 77, after a long political career at... more
WASHINGTON — Most of the secret FBI files on the late Sen. Edward Kennedy being released Monday concern death threats against the longtime senator.
Alex Brown of the FBI's records management division said the FBI would post some 2,000 pages of previously secret pages about the Massachusetts Democrat on the agency's website.
The release of the documents has been highly anticipated by historians, scholars and others interested in the life and long public career of one of America's most prominent and powerful politicians.http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/assets_c/2009/08/ted-kennedy-thinking-full-cropped-pro... more
Brave New Films put this question to Celinda Lake, pollster for the Coakley campaign, and Stephanie Taylor from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee.
Forget the conventional wisdom about moving to the center versus moving toward the base: both parties have been bought and paid for by corporate special interests, Lake argues, and consequently, the Tea Party Patriots have become a more popular political force than either the Democratic or the Republican Party.Brave New Films put this question to Celinda Lake, pollster for the Coakley campaign,... more
BOSTON – In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election Tuesday that left President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in doubt and marred the end of his first year in office.
The loss by the once-favored Coakley for the seat that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy held for nearly half a century signaled big political problems for the president's party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.
More immediately, Brown will become the 41st Republican in the 100-member Senate, which could allow the GOP to block the president's health care legislation and the rest of Obama's agenda. Democrats needed Coakley to win for a 60th vote to thwart Republican filibusters.
(more in link)BOSTON – In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode... more
Republican Scott Brown has won Tuesday's special election for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by liberal Democrat Ted Kennedy, CNN projects based on actual results.
Brown, a Massachusetts state senator, had 52 percent of the vote to 47 percent for state Attorney General Martha Coakley, the Democratic contender, with over 69 percent of precincts reporting in results from the National Election Pool, a consortium of media organizations including CNN. Independent candidate Joseph Kennedy, a libertarian who is not related to the Kennedy political family of Massachusetts, had 1 percent.
At stake was President Obama's domestic agenda, including health care reform.
If Brown upsets Coakley, Republicans will strip Democrats of the 60-seat Senate supermajority needed to overcome GOP filibusters against future Senate action on a broad range of White House priorities.
Final numbers on election turnout are expected "to be pretty good" despite the wintry weather, said Brian McNiff, a spokesman for the office of Massachusetts Secretary of State Bill Galvin.
"I don't think weather is going to impede too many people" from coming out to vote, McNiff said Tuesday. "I think the interest in this election will trump any bad weather."
Galvin predicted Monday as many 2.2 million of the state's 4.5 million registered voters would vote -- at least double the turnout from December's primary. In one sign of high interest, more than 100,000 absentee ballots were requested ahead of the election, according to McNiff.
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Coakley was initially expected to easily win the race to replace Sen. Ted Kennedy, known as the "liberal lion" of the Senate who made health care reform the centerpiece of his nearly 47-year Senate career. Kennedy died of brain cancer in August.
Until recently, Brown was underfunded and unknown statewide. In addition, no Republican has won a U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts since 1972, and Democrats control the governorship, both houses of the state legislature, and the state's entire congressional delegation.
Please read "Comments" (Page 3) for CNN's update, as of 1/20/10, at 3:26AM, ESTRepublican Scott Brown has won Tuesday's special election for the U.S. Senate... more
The Democratic party is suffering a panic attack over a late surge by the Republicans in the race for the Senate seat in Massachusetts that was held by Edward Kennedy, and before him JFK, and was considered one of the safest in the country.
If Brown were to pull off an upset in Massachusetts, it would damage Democratic party plans for a final vote on Barack Obama's healthcare bill by removing the party's 60-40 Senate majority and complicate the remainder of his legislative programme for the year.
A poll in the Boston Globe shows the early 30% lead by the Democratic candidate, Martha Coakley, has been cut in half. Others suggest it is down to single digits.
Ted Kennedy, who had held the seat since 1962 until his death last year, was re-elected in 2006 with 69% of the vote.
While Coakley remains favourite to hold the seat next Tuesday, the Republicans would hail a good showing by their candidate, Scott Brown, as a morale booster and a sign of the vulnerability of more winnable seats in the November midterm elections.The Democratic party is suffering a panic attack over a late surge by the Republicans... more
The governor of Massachusetts has named former Democratic Party chairman Paul G. Kirk Jr. to temporarily fill the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat.The governor of Massachusetts has named former Democratic Party chairman Paul G. Kirk... more
BOSTON — Senior Democrats in Washington said Wednesday that they expected Gov. Deval Patrick to name Paul G. Kirk Jr., a former aide and longtime confidant of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, to Mr. Kennedy’s seat on Thursday.
“This is a very serious and important decision,” Mr. Patrick said Wednesday night. “I expect to make it very, very soon.”
But the Democrats in Washington, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said they were certain Mr. Kirk was the choice.BOSTON — Senior Democrats in Washington said Wednesday that they expected Gov.... more