Morning Reads — June 27th

Happy Monday, everyone! Yesterday was Kim-Jung Harper’s birthday. It was celebrated with a military parade, the launching of ballistic missiles, and crowds of crying #gapol lurkers. All in all, it was an average birthday for Supreme Leader Harper.

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Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Brexit: a nation that understands globalization is not a social movement or an economic movement to prop up global corporations in them. Or live by others bureaucratic regulations while transferring billions to do so every year. Globalization is an economic process for nations to work together. Refer to the first paragraph of our July 4, 1776 declaration.

Our call is to respect what our ally has chosen, support that and get our trade agreements in place asap to set an example for the rest of the world.

I would expect the posts here to be from Stefan.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Sorry for Herschel losing part of his livelihood because he supports Trump. The PC Speech Police are obviously out in force. Walker has a motivational story that all would like to hear. A gen-u-ine rags to riches tale. Who the heck did Walker ever hurt? Absolutely revolting! Dig up Rodney King so he can say, once again, “Can’t we all just get along?” The more the Average Man sees s**t like this the more likely they’ll become the actual Silent Majority in the safety of the voting booth in November. More than we can know right now, I believe, they… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

The main reason I post anonymously is because my name is on my business and I want to be able to comment freely at places like this without it potentially affecting my business. The two worlds do not need to intersect publicly.

I would think HW understands the consequences of his actions so no need to feel sorry for him. Nobody made him speak out. And who knows, maybe it will end up in a windfall for him.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker
Noway2016
Noway2016

Colombia may be right behind them….

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“I have only said like 10,000 times I will be a private citizen in January.” – 16 May 2016 tweet by Marco Rubio, who changed his mind in favor of a six year extension of his government paycheck come January.

Rock on Donald. You can reverse yourself overnight without your supporters even noticing, and very little said from the GOP establishment. Up and coming Republicans like Rubio require (only) weeks to do it. Rubio’s prospects are good, but it remains to be seen if he’ll pull it off.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Clearly the offers of cushy professorships or lobbying positions didn’t come flowing in.

I do appreciate how he is trying to disingenuously attribute his decision to the Orlando shooting. Because Little Marco’s legislative history clearly evidences his “long-standing love and support” for the LGBT community.

The Eiger
The Eiger

“Clearly the offers of cushy professorships or lobbying positions didn’t come flowing in.” They did and he turned them down. He hired an attorney to specifically go through the offers and negotiate his price. He turned them down becasue he decided to run for president in 2020.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Rubio didn’t show up for Senate work for a number of months this past year. He can do so again in 2020, with the benefit of retaining a government paycheck in 2021 without running for Senate in 2020 if he is again unsuccessful in seeking the GOP Presidential nomination.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Who will Rubio be up against in the general? Alan Grayson?

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

Patrick Murphy. Younger (33) moderate that doesn’t have a lot of accomplishments, but that also doesn’t appear to be a requirement for being a Florida Senator.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Patrick Murphy, more likely than not. Congressman since 2013, 33-years-old, hasn’t really done much of anything other than be an empty suit. Claims to be a CPA. CBS report last week showed that he’s never worked a day as a CPA and was never a certified CPA in Florida because he couldn’t meet the qualifications (he registered in Colorado, where he doesn’t live or work, because their standards are lower). Claims to be a small business owner of a company that did oil cleanup in the gulf after the BP oil spill. Same CBS report showed that he was the… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Gotta admit Rubio is doing this to keep his political options open for 2020. Like Jeb, he’d have no shot if he came back to the competition as a private citizen. Pretty smart on his part, actually.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I think everyone sees the logic. I’m more surprised he didn’t wait to run for Governor in 2018 since Scott is term limited. At least with that position he doesn’t have to explain his history of not showing up for work and openly vocalizing a disdain for being there.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Hadn’t thought of the Gov angle. Just hadn’t focused on it. He could still do that, though. Stranger things, right?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Senate and Governor? Marco Rubio ain’t no Huey Long!

Noway2016
Noway2016

LOL! You never know. We all know he wants to be Prez and the best way to do that is by being a Gov. He may bolt his senate seat in early 2018 to the Gov’s mansion.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I like Rubio. He was my first choice and if he were our nominee we would be in a great position to win in November, but…… running for senate then immediately running for Governor then immediately running for President again is a terrible idea. It’s obvious that he is running for president again. He had numerous job offers to be a high paid lobbyist and make money. We all know he doesn’t have a ton of money. He turned those offers down becasue he’s already decided that he is running in 2020. It’s better to be a sitting senator and… Read more »

gcp
gcp

And Rubio should announce now that if elected he will stay in the senate for the full six year term and he won’t run for pres in 2020. If he don’t, his chances of winning are much diminished.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I agree. And then in 2020 run anyway. Hillary’s already set that precedent.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Yeah, that’s not going to happen. That would be a lie. He will say something like, “I have no intention of running for president in 2020. My focus is to my constituent here in the state of Florida.” That would be leaving the door open. You may not like it, but that’s what he’ll do.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

I’m sorry…republicans are more flexible…LOL…thats got to be satire, right?

augusta52
augusta52

Maybe the Democratic nominee, whomever that may be, should ask Rubio if he would serve a full 6-year term if re-elected (as in not run in 2020) and why he wants another term after stories that he was bored with the Senate?

Noway2016
Noway2016

LOL! Then Rubio would go on a “listening tour” like the Hildabeast in 2020 and say the populace was begging him to run again for Prez! No fuss, no muss!

gcp
gcp

Murphy has already mentioned the 2020 presidential run issue. It would not surprise me to see Rubio’s primary opponent also raise the issue.

gcp
gcp

SCOTUS in a 5-3 decision rejects Texas abortion law. As usual, democrat justices vote as a block and were joined by one republican appointed justice.

http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/27/politics/supreme-court-abortion-texas/index.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

This is easily the most significant abortion decision to come before the Court since Roe v. Wade. Not shocked at the split. Kennedy sided with the majority in Planned Parenthood v. Casey and co-authored the decision. While he also authored the majorities in Stenberg v. Carhart and Gonzalez v. Carhart , neither of those dealt with laws as restrictive of abortion rights as the ones at issue in Whole Women’s Health. It should also be noted that Justice Powell, whom Justice Kennedy replaced on the court, voted in the majority in Roe v. Wade..

gcp
gcp

Correct, but my point is that it’s always the republican appointed justice (Sandra Day, John Paul Stevens, Roberts, Kennedy, Souter) that’s breaks from party policies on important issues, not the democrat appointed justice.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

That’s more the result of the Court’s composition. After all, up until this year, there were you’ve 5 Justices appointed by Republican Presidents (Alito, Thomas, Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia) and 4 appointed by Democratic Presidents (RBG, Breyer, Sotomayor, Kagan). The Democratic-appointed Justices literally cannot get a majority without flipping a Republican-appointed Justice (usually Kennedy). If you follow the Court outside of the more politically charged cases, you’ll see there’s a good deal of crossover taking place. For example, U.S. v. Jones, a 2012 case about whether the use of a hidden GPS tracker on the underside of a vehicle by police… Read more »

gcp
gcp

Yes, dem justices break on cases with no political significance such as Breyer in Utah v. Strieff, No. 14-1373 when he sided with Thomas, Roberts, Alito and Kennedy. On the big issues such as affirmative action, abortion, Obamacare dems don’t break but repubs do which is why repubs don’t want a hearing on Garland.

By the way I don’t mind an independent thinking justice but it just that those justices are always appointed by repub presidents not dem presidents.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I think I get your point and I may have found an explanation. I took the last 17 Justices to sit on the Supreme Court (the current 8, their predecessors, and Scalia), only 6 were appointed by a Democratic President: – Kagan (Obama, 2010) – Sotomayor (Obama, 2009) – Breyer (Clinton, 1994) – Ginsburg (Clinton, 1993) – Marshall (Johnson, 1967) – White (Kennedy, 1962) All 6 of these Justices were confirmed by a Democrat-controlled Senate. Only 1, however, replaced a Justice appointed by a Democrat (when Ginsburg replaced White in 1993). From 1991 (when Thurgood Marshall retired) to 1994 (when… Read more »

gcp
gcp

Good try but your points are not relevant because in recent history If a SCOTUS nominee of either party makes it to a confirmation vote he will likely get confirmed. The exceptions are Haynsworth, Carswell and Bork, all nominated by repub presidents.

My issue here is how they vote as supreme ct justices. But yes maybe Garland will surprise me and vote against the democrats on an important, political issue but I doubt it.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I was more trying to point out that there’s just a pure volume difference between Democrat-appointed Justices and Republican-appointed Justices, so your perception that Republican-appointed Justices are “defecting” is going to be colored by the fact that there are simply more of them available to “defect.” I would also caution that it is an error to perceive the Justices as purely political actors. Political beliefs certainly color a Justice’s approach to a case or an issue. However, they are in no way controlling. You’re talking about 9 (well, 8 at the moment) of the most impressive legal minds in our… Read more »

gcp
gcp

As lower ct justices they typically vote on few important, political issues whereas once they reach SCOTUS they will all vote on these issues. What I see in SCOTUS is what I see among dems and repubs in general. Repubs have flexibility and open mindedness and are willing to break from ther party on issues whereas dems don’t. Nathan Deal is a good example. But look no further then this web site. Dem bloggers stick to the party line while repubs are all over the place.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Sorry the above post I made was in the wrong place…It must have been me laughing so hard at the thought that you’d try to play republicans off as being more flexible…thats about the most absurd thing I’ve ever read on this blog…and thats saying something

gcp
gcp

Please name the prominent dems that supported campus carry and also name the prominent dems that oppose Medicaid expansion in Ga.

elfiii
elfiii

George Will is leaving the Republican Party? When was he ever a part of it?

Charlie
Charlie

The more you celebrate every time someone leaves the GOP, the easier is should be for you to understand why winning a national election is a near impossibility.

“should”.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Jimmy Carter sure thought he was a Republican when he accused him of stealing state secrets to help prep Reagan for their debates. I certainly would prefer George Will to be in my party over Limbaugh, Hannity, O’Reilly, Coulter…

Will Durant
Will Durant

“Trump’s” Tweet:
George Will, one of the most overrated political pundits (who lost his way long ago), has left the Republican Party.He’s made many bad calls

According to Redstate, George Will’s response:
“He has an advantage on me, because he can say everything he knows about any subject in 140 characters and I can’t.”

augusta52
augusta52

Yep, GOP -appointed justices often surprise people. Roberts upholds RobertsCare, and back in 1992, Kennedy and O’Connor upheld Roe v Wade, and in 1973 Nixon-appointed Harry Blackmun authored the infamous, and still controversial Roe v Wade. Cant think of a single Democratic-appointed justice in recent decades who has done anything shocking—can anyone think of a single abortion restriction Ruth Bader Ginsberg would ever uphold? Or Kagan? More of the type decisions we would get under 8 years of history as the country continues to go in one direction, like down the side of a mountain….

Noway2016
Noway2016

Glad to see the SC make abortions less safe for the women of the US. But, hey, nothing should get in the way of abortions as a contraceptive method.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

Don’t you worry. I’m sure Texas will require all doctors and patients to carry semi-automatic weapons to alleviate your genuine safety concerns.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Hannity is gonna interview the SS officer with all of the Hilly dirt today. Obviously I’m no Hilly fan, but damn, this guy should just shut up. The entire SS is being brandished as untrustworthy as a result. The first SS book I became aware of was in ’86. We were all surprised to see it. And that particular agent said nothing controversial. Books like that just didn’t happen. I know cabinet members have their memoirs but the security folks hear and see every-damn-thing. Just damn…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Judging from the bookshelves at my local Barnes & Noble, there’s a lot of money to be made in books bashing Hillary Clinton. Dude’s chasing that almighty dollar.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Yep…

Will Durant
Will Durant

The CIA has to vet any books written by former employees. Does the SS not have the same rules?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Not sure. Seems like he took a bunch of old Clinton conspiracy theories and threw them in a microwave.

John Konop
John Konop

Is this a “conspiracy” or the truth?

……….From Whitewater to Benghazi: A Clinton-Scandal Primer
A Clinton Foundation donor secured an appointment to a State Department advisory board, raising questions about the entanglement Clinton’s of personal and public interests……..

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/tracking-the-clinton-controversies-from-whitewater-to-benghazi/396182/

John Konop
John Konop

Will,

You might find this interesting.

Clinton Foundation scandals will be good fodder for Trump
Here is a pocket guide to where Trump might attack.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/trump-clinton-foundation-scandals-attacks-224178#ixzz4CodAm8Sj

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Or try this one

https://www.charitywatch.org/ratings-and-metrics/bill-hillary-chelsea-clinton-foundation/478

Sorry for 2 posts but it doesnt seem to want to let you post more than one link