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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

That point may have been lost on three Louisiana congressmen when they voted against a $50.5-billion relief package for the victims of Superstorm Sandy. The 2012 storm ravaged coastal communities in New Jersey and New York. Now they're in the position of needing the same sort of aid for their own state. How will that play out?

The three lawmakers, all Republicans, are Rep. Steve Scalise (currently the House majority whip); Bill Cassidy, who moved up to the Senate last year; and John Fleming. They're all likely exemplars of another Washington truism: fiscal responsibility is great, until it's your own district that's getting fiscally hammered. Then Job One becomes working to "help the residents of the threatened areas in their time of need."
At least, that's what the letter all three signed to President Obama on Aug. 14 said. The letter, which sought a disaster declaration for the state in response to its floods, came from all six Louisiana members of Congress and its two senators


Sunday, August 21, 2016

Tea Party firebrand Michele Bachmann says she is advising Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on foreign policy. The former Minnesota congresswoman attended a fundraiser in the state for Trump on Saturday, where she revealed to the press that she has his ear on foreign policy. "He also recognizes there is a threat around the world, not just here in Minnesota, of radical Islam," she said, according to MPR News. "I wish our President Obama also understood the threat of radical Islam and took it seriously."


In the runup to the Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump tweeted about polls. Like … a lot. It made sense: Trump was winning in the polls, and the Trump brand is all about winning. But as "all of them" now show Trump losing, we wondered -- being rather poll-obsessed ourselves -- whether Trump would still be interested in informing his Twitter followers about the state of the race.

Not so much.
As you can tell from the chart, Trump rarely tweets1 about polls these days. Indeed, he's done so only four times in the past 30 days. During the same period in the primary season -- as far out from the Iowa caucuses as we are from Election Day now -- he tweeted about polls 103 times. Now, Trump has been reduced to sharing surveys from pollsters such as Zogby Analytics, a firm that earned a C- in our pollster ratings and that has a spotty history.


To Whom It May Concern:

Trump is sorry. Trump is humble. Trump is scared. Trump doesn't want to get crushed.

So if I have offended anyone, or because I have offended everyone, I'm sorry.

I'm sorry that I realized too late that all the great put-downs that helped me put away the 16 dwarfs don't translate well to the general election.

I'm sorry that I'm causing the Republicans to lose control of the Senate and I'm sorry they wish I'd never been born.

I'm really not that sorry to be causing trouble for Paul Ryan, who's going to lose seats in the House. He's a prig and I wish he had lost his primary to that tattooed guy who likes me.

I'm sorry I pretended I was going to release my tax returns. Of course I didn't pay any taxes. I have the all-time greatest real estate deductions and depreciations.

I'm sorry I asked African-Americans "What do you have to lose by supporting me?" in front of a crowd of white people. I'm sorry I can never find my African-American.


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump rocked the political media world this week by hiring Breitbart.com honcho Stephen K. Bannon to be his campaign CEO, and while the move has mainstream pundits scratching their heads, its meaning appears to be crystal clear to David Duke and his followers. The former Klan leader and current U.S. Senate candidate closed out the week celebrating the move with Stormfront-friendly radio co-host Don Advo, who got a chuckle from Duke by saying that the Bannon hire means "We've taken over," an assessment that Duke mostly agreed with:
Don Advo: So, something extonishing has happened. We appear to have taken over the Republican Party.

David Duke: Well, rank and file, but a lot of those boll weevils are still in those cotton balls, and, uh, the Republican Party may be a European-American populated party, but like a ball of cotton, you can have boll weevils in there that are going to rot it out from the inside.


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