Hillary addresses Benghazi in her Book…..

Hillary Clinton addresses the political firestorm directed at her by others on her actions in relation to the Benghazi situation…..

The former Secretary of State gives a rundown of the situation, from her point of view, using her information to defend her actions, which have been attacked…

Clinton ‘s response could very well be looked at as essential to her expected 2016 Presidential bid….

“Those who exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country,” Clinton writes in the gripping chapter, “Benghazi: Under Attack.”

Casting doubt on the motivations of congressional Republicans who have continued to investigate the attacks, including with an upcoming House select committee, Clinton continues: “I will not be a part of a political slugfest on the backs of dead Americans. It’s just plain wrong, and it’s unworthy of our great country. Those who insist on politicizing the tragedy will have to do so without me.”

The 34-page chapter is Clinton’s most complete account to date of the attack and its aftermath. Her tone is less defensive than defiant: Clinton takes responsibility for the “horror” of the loss of life in Benghazi, but puts it in the context of “the heartbreaking human stakes of every decision we make” — and she accuses adversaries of manipulating a tragedy for partisan gain.

There has been, she writes, a “regrettable amount of misinformation, speculation, and flat-out deceit by some in politics and the media,” but new information from “a number of reputable sources continues to expand our understanding of these events.”

The chapter appears intended, in part, to give Democrats a clear framework to respond to Republicans who have raised questions about Clinton’s role and what the Obama administration has said about the Sept. 11, 2012, killing of four Americans.

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Shinseki apologizes…Is meeting with the President…..Update….Shinseki resigns…

Update….

VA Head Shinski is GONE….

He offered the to leave…..

Obama accepted it….

The President advises that Shinseki has become too big of a problem to stay as the head of the agency…..Shinseki himself admitted that he did NOT have a handle on his agency …..As that became obvious in the IG report …The President  felt he had lost trust in the ‘General’ management 

From a political point of view this is a plus for other Democrats on a problem that has been going on for years……

Rob Nabors and Sloan Gibson will take over running the Department which has HUGE problems….

The VA Chief stuck in a HUGE political windstorm that is looking for his job has made a public apology to Congress for the situation in his agency….

He is meeting with President Obama shortly….

The media is guessing Obama will as him to step down….

Others have guessed that the President will ask him if  should support him to tackle the problem….

We’ll see what the results will be…..

Most who KNOW Shinseki doubt that he will resign….

(Barbara Star @ CNN advises that the VA Chief will lay out his plan to deal with the problems…..Those on the inside do NOT talk about Shinseki leaving…Those on the outside talk the political ‘throw him under the bus’…)

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki on Friday apologized for the scandal embroiling his agency amid questions over whether he will be replaced in the coming days.

“I apologize as the senior leader of Veterans Affairs,” he said at the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans 2014 conference Friday morning. “That breach of integrity is irresponsible, it is indefensible and unacceptable to me.”

“I also offer that apology to members of Congress who have supported me, to veteran service organizations who have been my partners for five years, and to the American people. All of them, all of them deserve better from the VA.”
Shinseki is set to meet with President Obama at the White House this morning to give him “an update” on the situation at the VA, according to the White House.

The meeting comes amid widespread speculation that Shinseki could be fired by the president.

Shinseki accepted some blame on Friday for the problems, saying he had been too trusting of subordinates.

“I was too trusting of some, and I accepted as accurate reports that I now know to be misleading with regard to patient wait times,” he said.

“I can’t explain the lack of integrity amongst some of the leaders of our health care facilities. This is something I rarely encountered during 38 years in uniform.

“And so I will not defend it, because it is indefensible. I can take responsibility for it, and I do,” he said.

“So given the facts I now know, I apologize as the senior leader of the Department of Veterans Affairs. I extend that apology to the people I care most deeply about, and that’s veterans of this great country, to their families and loved ones who I have been honored to serve for over five years now — it’s the call of a lifetime.”

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LA Clippers could be making Sterling and his wife $2 Billion…..

Donald and Shelly Sterling bought the team for $12.5 Million back in the 80’s…..

A ex-Microsoft guy Steve Ballmer is thought to be putting up the buy money….

The question is will Donald Sterling take the money and go quietly?

Damn!….

That’s a LOT of money…..

An individual with knowledge of negotiations to sell the Los Angeles Clippers says Shelly Sterling has reached an agreement to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for $2 billion.
The individual, who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press on Thursday that Ballmer and the Sterling Family Trust now have a binding agreement. The deal now must be presented to the NBA.

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For those who think Shinseki is gonna quit?…Forget it…

Doubters please read this …

When Eric. K. Shinseki was a cadet at West Point, he was forced to repeat his first academic year because an athletic injury landed him in the hospital and caused him to miss too many classes. Asked if he considered coming home to Hawaii instead – where he could have earned an ROTC commission at the University of Hawaii — Shinseki replied: “No, I went back to West Point because I was going to finish what I had started.”

Four decades later, Gen. Eric Shinseki found himself under pressure from then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld to resign as Army chief of staff well before the end of his four-year term. The two had quarreled over Shinseki’s program for reforming the Army, and the general was in disrepute among the hawks in the Bush administration for frankly telling Congress that Iraq would require many more troops than anyone wanted to admit. Asked later why he refused to go, Shinseki said: “I intended to finish what I had started.”

In between, Shinseki was wounded twice in Vietnam, losing half of a foot when a landmine exploded under him. Instead of taking the veteran’s pension to which he was entitled for life, Shinseki petitioned the Army to remain in the service. He promised to learn to walk and to run again so that he could pass the physical exam. The Army said OK.

Today Shinseki is again being asked to quit before he’s finished. Six years into his tenure as secretary for veterans affairs, he is the target of unrelenting criticism over an inspector general’s interim report documenting “systemic” problems in the VA, including an average of 115 days’ wait for treatment. A growing number of Democrats facing tough election challenges have joined Republican critics in calling for Shinseki to resign.

And yet, Shinseki’s personal history suggests that if he does leave any time soon, it will violate every tenet of his career. Nor has Shinseki given much indication that resigning is on his mind, writing in an op-ed in USA Today on Thursday that he is already moving to “set things straight.” Shinseki suggested he wants to oversee the needed fixes at least for a while, saying that he expects to announce the initial results of a nationwide audit he ordered earlier this month. “I remain committed to providing the high-quality care and benefits that veterans have earned and deserve,” he wrote. “And we will.”

Shinseki and his supporters know that, whatever his personal responsibility for the VA’s problems, many of those issues also predate his time there. He’s been saddled with an underfunded agency and what some critics say is a dysfunctional bureaucracy, one that is being forced to deal not only with the human toll of two wars in the last decade but with the aging of the Vietnam and Korean War generation of warriors as well. Congress wants to dramatically reduce waiting times – but will it provide the money to make that happen?

In any case, soldiers and civilians who know Shinseki well have asserted that he is just not the type of person who will resign under fire, and he knows that he need only keep the confidence of President Barack Obama to remain on duty.

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Eric Shinseki may have his  department going to shit in front of him, but the guy IS the real McCoy….

He’s face adversity before and kept on….

No doubter he’s got serious problems…

But I do Not think THIS President is gonna throw him under the bus like a lot of people are calling for….

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Google and the driverless car bullshit….

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First there was Amazon with the drone package delivery stunt….

Now we have Google with the driverless car bullshit?

Really?

What state is gonna ok a car with NO driver floating around in traffic?

We have enough problems with those who drive NOW….(Or who THINK they can drive)

Google plans to build and launch onto city streets a small fleet of subcompact cars that can operate without a person at the wheel.

Actually, the cars wouldn’t even have a steering wheel. Or gas and brake pedals. The vehicles will use sensors and computing power, with no human needed.

Google hopes that by this time next year, 100 of the two-seaters will be on public roads, after extensive testing. The cars would not be for sale but would be provided to select operators for further tweaking. They have limitations, such as a top speed of 25 miles per hour.

Google’s plans, announced Wednesday, present a challenge to automakers that have been more cautious about introducing fully automated vehicles and to regulators, who are scrambling to accommodate self-driving cars on public roads. Others are working on the technology, too, but no company as large as Google Inc. has said it intends to put such cars in the hands of the public so soon.

Google has driven hundreds of thousands of miles on public roads and freeways in Lexus SUVs and Toyota Priuses outfitted with sensors and cameras. But with a human ‘‘safety driver’’ in the front seat, those vehicles were not truly self-driving.

Instead of standard controls, the prototypes will have buttons to begin and end a drive. Passengers will set a destination. The car will then make turns and react to other vehicles and pedestrians based on programs that predict what others might do and data from the sensors, including radar….

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Edward Snowden and the Russian’s…..

Snowden gave an NBC ‘s Brian Williams an exclusive interview a few days ago….

The latest headline from the sit-down is that Snowden wasn’t working in Washington for his contract company and the National Security Agency…He traveled around checking on NSA internal  security….Of course in those travels he was light fingering stuff….

Now a pice on Vox exams the denial’s from Snowden that he is working with the Russian’s…..

A ‘Relationship’…..

The statement is found wanting…..

Oh, and NSA leaker says he wants to come back to America without spending time in jail….

I do NOT think THAT is gonna happen….

Like Julian Assange….

He’s a wanted man….

In his interview with NBC News’s Brian Williams broadcast Wednesday night from Moscow, Edward Snowden answered concerns about whether he was intentionally or unintentionally helping the Kremlin with a categorical and surprising statement. “I have no relationship with the Russian government at all,” he insisted. “I’ve never met the Russian president. I’m not supported by the Russian government, I’m not taking money from the Russian government.”

Only Snowden and members of the Russian government can know with absolute certainty whether or not they have a relationship. But the amount of circumstantial evidence pointing, in bright neon letters, to some sort of relationship is so abundant, and so unqualified by even the slightest bit of competing evidence beyond Snowden’s word, that it is just very difficult to believe he is telling the truth here.

If Snowden had told Williams, “Look, I had to deal with the Russians to get asylum because the US cancelled my passport and I had no other choice, but I don’t help them and I’ve been a vocal critic of Russian abuses,” then there would be no story here. That would be a defensible answer consistent with both the evidence and Snowden’s stated principles. The fact that Snowden made the strange and categorical insistence that they have no relationship at all, despite the abundance of evidence that they do, raises questions about why he would assert something so implausible, and what this means for how we should take his many other claims.

The indications of some sort of relationship began pretty quickly after Snowden’s arrival in Russia. The Russian government prohibited him from leaving the country — something the Hong Kong government had done just a couple of weeks earlier — but did allow him to remain for weeks somewhere in the Moscow airport under protection from security guards. Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed his presence on state media and the terms by which he might stay or go.

To be fair, at that point, the evidence only demonstrated that the Russian government was actively involved in Snowden’s case; Snowden could still plausibly claim to be just a passive recipient of Russian government guidance.

That changed when he got his lawyer…..

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US Economy pauses for a few….

The 2nd Quarter for this year should see the economy continue to grow despite this pause…..

Less is more for the U.S. economy, which suffered its first contraction since 2011 last quarter.

Gross domestic product fell at a 1 percent annualized rate, worse than the most pessimistic forecast in a Bloomberg survey of economists, revised Commerce Department figures showed today in Washington. The good news: Much of the decline was due to less inventory building that economists say can’t last. As a result, some are boosting second-quarter growth forecasts, with Morgan Stanley projecting a 4.2 percent gain.

Stockpiles grew at less than half the pace than in the final three months of 2013, lopping 1.6 percentage points off GDP while businesses cut back on investment. Demand picked up entering the second quarter, giving weight to the Federal Reserve’s view that the economy is recovering.

“Inventories are going to be a much smaller drag, and business fixed investment contracted but is probably going to grow in the second quarter,” said Guy Berger, U.S. economist at RBS Securities Inc. in Stamford, Connecticut. What’s more, “the labor market is in good shape and is moving in the right direction,” he said.

Fewer Americans than forecast filed applications for unemployment benefits last week, figures from the Labor Department in Washington showed today. Jobless claims fell by 27,000 to 300,000 in the week ended May 24 and leading up to the Memorial Day holiday.

The median forecast of 50 economists surveyed by Bloomberg called for 318,000 claims. The four-week average declined to the lowest level since August 2007, before the last recession began…..

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Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest 5/29/14… The best way to mess with Cuomo? Join his ticket

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Leading Off: NY-LG: Now this would be damn fun for progressives who have a beef with Gov. Andrew Cuomo—or in other words, pretty much everyone on the left. Activist and fundraiser Bill Samuels says he’s “leaning toward” a run for lieutenant governor against Cuomo’s new hand-picked choice for running mate, ex-Rep. Kathy Hochul. In New York, the lieutenant governor is nominated separately from the governor, but the two run together on a single ticket in the fall in a so-called “shotgun marriage” arrangement. And Samuels, who earlier this year said Cuomo should seek re-election as a Republican, would make a very awkward spouse for the incumbent.

While Cuomo would obviously go all-out for Hochul, Samuels would have much greater appeal to voters in a Democratic primary than the conservative Hochul, who’s already been trying to walk back her anti-immigration views and still has giant flashing neon “A” rating from the NRA to deal with. What’s more, Hochul’s from Buffalo whereas Samuels is from New York City, where most primary votes are cast, so a Samuels victory would not be out of the question.

And if he were to win, it would create a terrible complication for Cuomo. The Independence Party, a mostly fake organization that typically sells its appealingly named ballot line to the highest bidder, has already nominated Cuomo and Hochul. But under New York’s fusion voting system, ballots cast for a Cuomo/Samuels ticket on the Democratic line could not be consolidated with those case for Cuomo/Hochul on the Independence line, meaning Cuomo would have to spurn the IP (and Hochul) and encourage people to vote for him as a Democrat. That in turn could lead to the IP failing to get the 50,000 votes it would need to stay on the ballot for the next four years, a nifty bit of collateral damage.

More importantly, a Samuels victory would mean that Cuomo’s second-in-command would be a fierce detractor of his. New York’s lieutenant governorship is traditionally quite powerless, and Cuomo would do his best to marginalize Samuels. But Samuels would still have a pretty prominent perch from which to criticize Cuomo from the left, and the press would probably enjoy covering such a searing, ongoing schism. Indeed, Samuels could become the pole star to New York’s progressive movement, which is badly in need of one. And Andrew Cuomo would have an unceasing problem on his hands for the next four years. What’s not to like?

Senate:

AK-Sen: Whoops. In a previous ad, Republican former Attorney General Dan Sullivan took to the rooftops to criticize Democratic Sen. Mark Begich for not achieving results. Too bad that rooftop was the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, which Begich helped usher into existence during his time as mayor of Anchorage.

Begich wastes little time milking Sullivan’s poor choice of venue. In a new ad, Begich stands atop the very same civic center and touts his work in getting it built. Begich then goads Sullivan further, listing off “some more nice places Dan could use in his next ad”—places that Begich has all aided in one way or another.

Meanwhile, two conservative groups are taking to the air. The Club for Growth has another version of the parrot ad it recently used against Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas, with a parrot watching clips of Obama and Begich giving variations of the “You can keep it” health insurance promise and parroting them back. The ad is identical apart from replacing footage of Pryor with Begich. Expect to see this ad used against other Democrats in competitive races. (I guess that poor bird must have nothing to do but watch C-SPAN all the time.)

Crossroads GPS also hits Begich over the unfolding Veterans Affairs scandal. Their spot attacks Begich for allegedly doing nothing to solve the problem, and for the poor conditions in the Anchorage VA office. (Jeff Singer)

AR-Sen: Republican Rep. Tom Cotton goes positive in a new ad where he touts his deep roots to his hometown of Dardanelle. Cotton promises to stay connected to his roots and put Arkansas first, a radical departure from all the politicians who promise to move to Northern Virginia the second they get elected.

Americans for Prosperity also has a pro-Cotton ad. It praises Cotton for standing up for Arkansas and conservative principles and embodying the state’s values of “hard work and straight talk”. Honestly, I wonder which states value laziness and bullshit. (Jeff Singer)

GA-Sen: Former Secretary of State Karen Handel, the third-place finisher in last week’s GOP Senate primary, has now endorsed Rep. Jack Kingston in the July 22 runoff. It’s a pretty unsurprising move, considering that Kingston’s runoff opponent David Perdue publicly insulted Handel as a mere “high school graduate” who was too unsophisticated to serve in the Senate. And to the extent any of Handel’s supporters care about whom she gives her support to, it could help Kingston in the metro Atlanta area, a geographic base Handel shares with Perdue.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has a new ad for Kingston starring former NFL star Herschel Walker, who was a running back for the University of Georgia in the early 1980s. Walker says some nice, if vague, things about Kingston and concludes with, “That’s why I’m on his team, and I hope you will be too.” (David Nir & Jeff Singer)

IA-Sen: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce touts GOP frontrunner state Sen. Joni Ernst’s biography in a new ad as the June 3 primary looms. Businessman Mark Jacobs, who looks like Ernst’s main primary rival, also has a pair of new ads. In the first he touts his business experience and in the second spot he calls for a balanced budget amendment. (Jeff Singer)

KY-Sen: Republican pollster Wenzel Strategies, apparently surveying on its own behalf, has found a 47-44 lead for Mitch McConnell over Alison Grimes, compared to a 43-42 McConnell edge back in February. That’s a touch more positive for the incumbent than his recent averages, but don’t forget that Wenzel has a truly awful track record and their 2012 polls leaned heavily to the right…..

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Political Roundup for May 29th, 2014…No Bump for McConnell?…Red Racing Horses

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Senate:

GA-Sen: Karen Handel (R) has endorsed Congressman Jack Kingston (R) in the runoff for this open-seat race.  This is a good get for Kingston, as Handel’s strong 3rd-place finish in the 1st round of the primary came mostly from the Atlanta suburbanites that Kingston needs to cut into to turn his down-state base into a majority against David Perdue in the July runoff.

KY-Sen:  We have our first post-primary poll of the race from Wenzel, and Mitch McConnell has a narrow 3-point lead over Allison Lundergan Grimes.  This is up slightly from the 1-point lead he had in their last poll, and a sign that McConnell isn’t really getting a post-primary bump, at least not yet.

MI-Sen/MI-Gov:  A poll from a Detroit news station has incumbent Governor Rick Snyder (R) up 10 points over likely D nominee and former congressman Mark Schauer.  The same poll also has current D congressman Gary Peters up 5 points on former R Michigan Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land for the open Senate seat.

MI-Sen: Shane Battier (An NBA player for the Miami Heat and Michigan native) claims he was contacted by the Michigan Democratic party about running for the open Senate Seat.  The MI Dems are denying the claim.

SD-Sen: Annette Bosworth, a Republican primary challenger to former Governor Mike Rounds ( R) for the open South Dakota Senate seat, gave a press conference where she lambasted the “hateful and hurtful” attacks directed at her, calling them misogynistic.  This is unusual because most of these attacks are coming from blogs and comment sections on news articles rather than actual campaigns, which makes her seems extremely thin-skinned for a senate candidate.

Various-Sen:  A host of Washington Democrats, mostly ones from purple-states and purple-districts, are calling for Eric Shinseki to resign his post as Secretary of Veteran’s affairs following the revelation of horrendous conditions in VA hospitals.  This is the biggest sign that Shinseki’s time is up, as its clear Democrats consider him to be a political liability.

Governor:

CA-Gov: Anti-war hero Cindy Shaheen is running as the Peace & Freedom Party (Basically the Left-of-the-left California Party) candidate for Governor.  Shaheen represents the closest thing Incumbent D Governor Jerry Brown has to a left-wing primary challenger, which is itself a good indication that his left flank might be rumbling, but isn’t in revolt yet.

NY-Gov: The other big-state-centrist-D-keeping-his-party-in-check Governor, Andrew Cuomo, is facing an open challenge from his left as the Working Families party is trying to recruit anti-school-choice advocate Diana Ravitch to run against him on their ticket this fall.  This is an attempt to bloody the Governor’s nose a bit to push him left, as Cuomo will coast to re-election regardless…..

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The Religious Right was born from Abortion or Segregation?

Politico says Segregation…..

And gives a historical look at the fight for segregated schools and how THAT started the Religious Right….

An interesting piece in this history is the role of the IRS and how today the Right even today is trying to beat the agency down for its own needs….

One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists, emerged as a political movement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion. The tale goes something like this: Evangelicals, who had been politically quiescent for decades, were so morally outraged by Roe that they resolved to organize in order to overturn it.

This myth of origins is oft repeated by the movement’s leaders. In his 2005 book, Jerry Falwell, the firebrand fundamentalist preacher, recounts his distress upon reading about the ruling in the Jan. 23, 1973, edition of the Lynchburg News: “I sat there staring at the Roe v. Wade story,” Falwell writes, “growing more and more fearful of the consequences of the Supreme Court’s act and wondering why so few voices had been raised against it.” Evangelicals, he decided, needed to organize.

Some of these anti-Roe crusaders even went so far as to call themselves “new abolitionists,” invoking their antebellum predecessors who had fought to eradicate slavery.

But the abortion myth quickly collapses under historical scrutiny. In fact, it wasn’t until 1979—a full six years after Roe—that evangelical leaders, at the behest of conservative activist Paul Weyrich, seized on abortion not for moral reasons, but as a rallying-cry to deny President Jimmy Carter a second term. Why? Because the anti-abortion crusade was more palatable than the religious right’s real motive: protecting segregated schools. So much for the new abolitionism.

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Can Bill Clinton and Barack Obama save the 2014 MidTerm’s for the Democrats?…

Sabato’s Crystal Ball is up with a piece today that points out that President’s Clinton and Obama, who are the only, 2 termers for the party since FDR, have their own strengths with the South and Urban America WHEN THEY RAN FOR OFFICE.….

My question would be …..

Are their political strengths transferable in helping the party turn out voters come November?

Bill Clinton has been out there campaigning for people but his touch often does NOT work….

Example….

Marjorie Margolis just lost her campaign to return to the House from Pennsylvania….

But he help NYC Mayor Bill de Basio….

President Obama can raise money….

But he really does NOT like campaigning…..

Against that he has been pushing Democrats to embrace Healthcare something they are scared to do….

So the Sabato piece is all good, but?

The only thing that is gonna count 6 months from now is how MANY Democrats come out across the country and vote for their party and how many indies go Democratic….

The separate pulling power of the nation’s two most prominent Democrats has already been on display in Kentucky, where Clinton made his first campaign foray of 2014 in February on behalf of the Democratic Senate candidate, Alison Lundergan Grimes. She is challenging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) in a contest that has drawn considerable national attention.

Clinton turned out to be a good draw. He carried the Bluegrass State twice for president, the last Democratic nominee to do so; Obama lost it twice by margins in excess of 15 percentage points.

During her appearance with the former president, Grimes lauded the Clinton presidency for creating prosperity, but according to news reports, did not mention Obama once. Apparently, that is fine with the White House. Clinton is better positioned to help Democratic candidates in states such as Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana and West Virginia than Obama is.

Yet as the year unfolds, Obama could probably be of assistance to embattled Democrats in states and districts where there is a large minority or youth vote, elements of the electorate in which Obama has run particularly well. In Charlottesville, for instance, the home of the University of Virginia (as well as the Crystal Ball), Clinton never drew more than 62% of the vote in his two presidential bids, while Obama never won less than 75%.

Both Democrats have experienced the damage that can be done to the president’s party in a midterm election. In Clinton’s first midterm in 1994, Democrats lost both the House and the Senate and never regained either chamber during his presidency. In Obama’s first midterm in 2010, Democrats lost the House, making his ability to govern difficult. And the Democrats are again playing defense this year — trying to hold the Senate with little chance of regaining the House.

Clinton, at least, was able to enjoy the leavening impact of a favorable midterm election in 1998, when the president’s party bucked the historical trend to actually gain seats in the House. An improved economy and the widespread perception of Republican overreach in pushing Clinton’s impeachment played major roles in the outcome.

Obama has not experienced such a midterm comeback, nor do many expect him to in 2014. Instead, he has taken on the role of a Cassandra of sorts, urging Democrats to turn out in larger than anticipated numbers this fall or experience the dire consequences that he predicts would come from a robust Republican Party in control of Capitol Hill…..

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Healthcare and Mitch McConnell in Kentucky….Trying to have it Both Ways?

It seems that the US Senator from Kentucky wants to make up his own rules  on the program….Teasing about having people keep their healthcare benefits from the new law even if it’s REPEALED?

It isn’t gonna be repealed and McConnell knows that…

But he’s trying to ride that anyways…Then he he’s trying to ride the KEEPING the new laws benefits?

Worst is Allison Lundergen Grimes, his Democratic opponent, waited a week to decide to respond to the two step?

The FACT is the Affordable Healthcare Law IS the sole program out there now….To repeal it would leave NOTHING….Sooner…NOT LATER….. Democrats should start to push that fact….

And not let people like McConnell have it both ways on this…..

If Kentuckians like their health care exchange, can they keep it — even if ObamaCare is repealed?

Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) campaign has been arguing just that this week after the Senate minority leader said last Friday that his push for the health care law’s repeal was “unconnected” to the existence of Kynect, the state’s own exchange.

Health care experts have widely panned McConnell’s claims, with one calling him “delusional.”
But McConnell’s tap dance highlights the difficulty facing Republicans as they grapple with their message of repeal in the face of benefits the law is now delivering

Democrats have been slow to jump on the comments, a reflection of their reluctance to make ObamaCare an issue, particularly in red-leaning states like Kentucky where Obama remains deeply unpopular.

And if they can’t find a way in Kentucky, which boasts one of the nation’s most successful state-based exchanges, its hard to see how they’ll manage to do it elsewhere, as a veteran state political reporter and University of Kentucky professor Al Cross points out.

“If there’s a strongly anti-Obama state in which there is a good argument for ObamaCare, this is it,” he said. “There is an argument to be made for the law, and the fact that the Democrats haven’t quite figured out whether to do it, or how to do it, illustrates the depth of the problem.”

But the campaign of McConnell’s Democratic opponent, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, waited five days before weighing in — and not before ample prodding from reporters.

Grimes’ campaign adviser Jonathan Hurst said in a statement Wednesday that McConnell “has been in the fantasyland that is Washington for so long that he cannot tell the difference between fact and fiction.”

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Maryland Dem Governor Martin O’Malley is going to Iowa for 2016…

This guy is setting up to run for President in 2016…..

And that’s Good….

We’ve been ALL falling over ourselves gushing about a Hillary Clinton run and the field being frozen….

Enough of that….

More Democrats need to get up and hit the trail….

Hillary Clinton IS running it appears, so she needs people to run against her……

It’ll make her a better candidate…

The 2016 presidential primary is finally getting started for the Democrats.

Sources have confirmed to The Daily Beast that Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is scheduled to speak at the Iowa Democratic Party’s state convention on June 21. Spokespeople for the Iowa Democratic Party and for O’Malley did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

O’Malley is widely considered a possible Democratic candidate for the presidency in 2016 and has already made political appearances in the early states of New Hampshire and South Carolina. He is the second candidate pondering a bid as a Democrat to appear in the Hawkeye State this year following Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who spoke at a local Democratic Party function in eastern Iowa earlier this month.

The field of Democratic contenders exploring a bid has long been frozen as Hillary Clinton contemplates what many pundits believe will be a likely bid for the presidency in 2016 and it’s unclear whether O’Malley would throw his hat into the ring if the former Secretary of State decides to run. But if Clinton decides to pass on a presidential bid, O’Malley, a relatively young two-term governor, would be a solid candidate in a splintered field…..

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The Upshot at the NY Times give Democrats a 58% chance to keep the Senate…5/29/14

Todays computer run for the NY Times political blog The Upshot is running against the tide of pundits by giving the forecast that the Democrats KEEP the Senate….

Their count for today would give Dem’s 51 seats, a slim majority like I have predicted so far…..

Every day, our computer churns through the latest polls and reams of historical data to calculate both parties’ chances of winning control of the Senate.
Wednesday, May 28 Election DayDemocrats’ chance58%Republicans’ chance42%

State-by-State Probabilities

To forecast each party’s chance of gaining a majority, our model first calculates win probabilities for each individual Senate race. In addition to the latest polls, it incorporates the candidates’ political experience, fund-raising, a state’s past election results and national polling. More about our methodology.

45 Likely Democratic

State Dem. chance Rep. chance
Rhode Island
>99%
<1%
Virginia
>99%
<1%
Hawaii
>99%
<1%
New Mexico
>99%
<1%
New Jersey
99%
1%
Illinois
99%
1%
Minnesota
99%
1%
Massachusetts
99%
1%
Delaware
99%
1%
Oregon
98%
2%
New Hampshire
98%
2%
+ 34 continuing seats, including 2 independents who caucus with the Democrats.

9 Competitive

State Dem. chance Rep. chance
Iowa
81%
19%
Michigan
69%
31%
Arkansas
66%
34%
Colorado
61%
39%
North Carolina
52%
48%
Alaska
50%
50%
Georgia
46%
54%
Louisiana
41%
59%
Kentucky
15%
85%

46 Likely Republican

State Dem. chance Rep. chance
Alabama
<1%
>99%
Oklahoma (S)
<1%
>99%
Wyoming
<1%
>99%
Maine
<1%
>99%
Oklahoma
<1%
>99%
Idaho
<1%
>99%
Nebraska
<1%
>99%
Texas
<1%
>99%
Kansas
<1%
>99%
South Dakota
1%
99%
South Carolina (S)
1%
99%
Tennessee
1%
99%
South Carolina
3%
97%
West Virginia
4%
96%
Montana
4%
96%
Mississippi
6%
94%
+ 30 continuing seats
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Cuomo’s camp admits to keeping Republicans in control of Senate

 Cuomo’s camp admits to keeping Republicans in control of Senate

by kos @ Daily KosNew York State Governor Andrew Cuomo (L) speaks to New York Assembly leader Sheldon Silver before Cuomo delivered his fourth State of the State address from the New York State Capitol in Albany, New York, January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Happy with the GOP-controlled New York Senate.

Nice to see them admit this:

Gov. Cuomo will work to toss the Senate Republicans from power by reuniting the chamber’s fractured Democrats if the GOP does not agree to create a statewide public financing system for campaigns, according to sources with direct knowledge of the situation [ …]

“If Dean and the Republican conference renege and fail to pass campaign finance this session, the governor is going to actively campaign for Senate Democrats and work very hard after the election in November to unite” the breakaway and mainstream Democrats, a source said.

Why hasn’t Cuomo already been actively campaigning for Senate Democrats and working to reunite the fractured Senate Democratic caucus? Why? Because that Republican-controlled Senate has suited his purposes nicely. He never has to worry about signing or vetoing genuinely progressive legislation. And because Senate Republicans know they exist at the whim of the governor, he has a lever to use against them whenever he actually wants something to pass.

So could you imagine this guy being our president? That’s his endgame. Our job is to make sure that never happens……

 

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There is a fight AGAINST Renewable energy going on in America…..

You read that right….

AGAINST Renewable Energy…

It’s Political….And Profit guzzling

And it will keep your energy costs high….

As renewable energy production has surged in recent years, opponents of government policies that have helped spur its growth have pushed to roll back those incentives and mandates in state after state.

On Wednesday, they claimed their first victory, when Ohio lawmakers voted to freeze the phasing-in of power that utilities must buy from renewable energy sources.

The bill, which passed the Ohio House of Representatives, 54 to 38, was expected to be signed into law by Gov. John R. Kasich, who helped negotiate its final draft.

It stands in marked contrast to the broad consensus behind the original law in 2008, when it was approved with virtually no opposition, and comes after considerable disagreement among lawmakers, energy executives and public interest groups.

Opponents of the mandates argued, in part, that wind and solar power, whose costs have plunged in recent years, should compete on their own with traditional fossil fuels. But the debate has taken on a broader, more political tone as well, analysts say, with disagreements over the role of government, the economic needs of the state and the debate over climate change.

“It used to be that renewables was this Kumbaya, come-together moment for Republicans and Democrats,” said Michael E. Webber, deputy director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin. “The intellectual rhetoric around why you would want renewables has been lost and replaced by partisanship.”

Since 2013, more than a dozen states have taken up proposals to weaken or eliminate green energy mandates and incentives, often helped by conservative and libertarian policy or advocacy groups like the Heartland Institute, Americans for Prosperity and the American Legislative Exchange Council…..

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