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Don’t listen to the right-wing pundits who claim “the American people have spoken” regarding Tuesday’s election results and the Republicans winning so many offices. The real winners are the Koch brothers and those hidden financiers funding Karl Rove’s various enterprises. They are the ones who spent tens of millions of dollars on the negative campaign ads that flooded our airwaves with their lies and distortions about the Democrats’ candidates. These are the people running our country now because the Republicans who benefited from their money will soon have to pay the piper. The “dark money” powers now have the best government money can buy.
“Don’t let the door hit Russell Pearce on his way out. He is about as bad for the GOP as Karl Rove.”
There is nothing to indicate that Bowe Bergdahl’s behavior in Afghanistan was heroic. For that matter, neither was the behavior of Jessica Lynch, Lori Piestewa, or Patrick Tillman. But they were good soldiers, and that’s more important. The bar of heroism has been lowered substantially by two successive administrations, trying to put lipstick on the Afghanistan pig by showering accolades upon the soldiers fighting it. Any 13-year conflict runs the risk of some stench rubbing off on the soldiers.
The continued belief among conservative radicals that President Obama conducted an “apology” tour early in his administration proves that these people are not really interested in the truth.
“...for the President to perform his constitutional duties, it is imperative that he receive candid and unfettered advice and that free and open discussions and deliberations occur among his advisors and between those advisors and others within and outside the Executive Branch.”
My experience on first meeting Joe (Arpaio), though not as momentous as Jon Beydler’s (referenced in his Dec. 14 column), reinforces your impression of this publicity hound. Joe had just been elected and he and the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors were in court as defendants — recalcitrant defendants. It was Federal Court. Years before either he or most, if not all, of the Supervisors had personally been elected, an ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) law suit on prison overcrowding had resulted in the entry of a consent decree which bound them as successor figures. Our county was not at all good at housing its numerous prisoners. We were housing more than twice the number of prisoners as the jails, mostly of federal design, were supposed to house. Joe was mad. Just who did this judge think he was to threaten Joe? His attorney had to take him outside of the court room to settle him down. It was embarrassing for the other defendants to be associated with such an unruly co-defendant.
“With so many Republican candidates running for president it is making it very difficult for Karl Rove, the Koch brothers and Rush Limbaugh to decide which one they want to be president. I hear the decision is getting so hard that they are actually thinking about letting the voters decide.”
Karl Rove was the only Bush administration staffer who had it on Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001. Barack Obama famously resisted giving up his after being elected president in 2008. And the paparazzi captured Sarah Jessica Parker's twins chewing on hers.
From a military outlook, the odds of apprehending Osama bin Laden looked good as soon as his complicity in the 9/11 attacks was established. This optimism began to fade after I watched the Bush Administration stumble over the months and years. After I watched the inept spectacle at Tora Bora, I was fairly certain that the Bush Administration would never come back with bin Laden's head in a sack. We've had some spectacularly incompetent generals and politicians over the last nine years.
“I find it laughable that Bill Clinton will co-chair the National Institute on Civility. We are to be guided on proper political decorum by the man who was disbarred by the state of Arkansas for committing perjury. Will civility apply to both sides of the political spectrum? If so, they ought to step up to their first challenge from Wisconsin unions.”
Former Bush aide Karl Rove predicted Tuesday population changes reflected in new census numbers will mean even more Republican members of Congress after the 2012 election.
Democrats will lose even more congressional seats two years from now, former George W. Bush political aide Karl Rove predicted Tuesday.
"Fair Game" takes place just a few years ago but it feels like a throwback to the political thrillers of the 1970s: globe-trotting and intelligent, serious and substantial, deliberately paced yet filled with mounting suspense.
Credit to the Tribune for Sunday’s excellent review of the legal issues behind SB 1070. Now let’s examine who wins and who loses in this litigation.
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration's Justice Department's actions were inappropriately political, but not criminal, when it fired a U.S. attorney in 2006, prosecutors said Wednesday in closing a two-year investigation without filing charges.
From one perspective, Arizona's immigration debate is about stopping a wave of criminal invaders who threaten our economy and safety.
“So (President Obama) continues to procrastinate in sending more troops (to Afghanistan) while our soldiers are in harm’s way. Had he sent those troops when requested approximately two months ago, one of those support troops might have prevented one soldier who was there from being killed.”
“This is nothing more than a political land grab,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said of Barack Obama’s Chicago-style political decision to bring the influential role of conducting the U.S. Census under White House influence. This single act should end any further bipartisanship. Obama is executing raw power politics as taught by his role model, leftist Chicago organizer Saul Alinsky. Alinsky pioneered this in-your-face style of political move.
WASHINGTON - Eric Holder won Senate confirmation Monday as the nation's first African-American attorney general, after supporters from both parties touted his dream resume and easily overcame Republican concerns over his commitment to fight terrorism and his unwillingness to back the right to keep and bear arms.
“Hey, John McCain! You said you knew where Osama bin Laden was and you knew how to get him. Are you going to tell President Barack Obama so he can go get him? Or was that just another talking point.”
NEW YORK - After successive harrowing Election Nights in 2000 and 2004, there were no muffed calls by TV networks, no screwy exit polls, no real twists and turns - only the sense of history as Barack Obama became the first black man elected president.
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As a longtime Arizona resident and voter, I used to respect Sen. John McCain - the key words being "used to." Even after Republican governors Ev Mecham and Fife Symington led me to question my conservative roots, I supported McCain, a man I considered to be independent and true to his beliefs. But those days are gone. Never again will I cast my vote for Arizona's senior senator.