Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner didn't mince words about Ted Cruz during a talk at Stanford University Wednesday evening. Boehner called Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh," according to the Stanford Daily. "I have Democrat friends and Republican friends. I get along with almost everyone, but I have never worked with a more miserable son of a bitch in my life." Boehner said he would not vote for Cruz, even if he managed to get the nomination. read more
The Boston Globe published a story Sunday about a lawsuit against Donald Trump filed in the 1990s that accused him of sexual misconduct. The suit followed an attempted business deal between Trump and the organizers of American Dream Calendar Girls pin-up posters and calendars, George Houraney and Jill Harth. The couple alleged in one suit that Trump cost them millions. Harth filed another accusing Trump of subjecting her to aggressive, unwanted sexual advances. She said in a 1993 deposition that during a dinner, "When we got to the dinner table, Donald started right in on the groping under the table, to tell you the truth." She alleged that later that night, Trump "kissed, fondled and restrained" her from leaving. Trump denies all of the allegations of sexual misconduct. He did not respond in detail about Harth's suit, saying, "It was false." read more
For your daily dose of outrageous Republican hypocrisy, look no further than the state of Tennessee, where a Republican lawmaker is working tirelessly to strip transgender/LGBT Americans of their bathroom rights. House Bill 2414 has been co-sponsored by state Rep. Jeremy Durham, on the grounds that women would be protected from the non-existent harassment and assault of men "pretending" to be transgender in order to use the women's bathroom. The state legislature of Tennessee would be much better off passing a bill to protect women from the harassment of Jeremy Durham, who has been "exiled" from the House in response to allegations that he sexually harassed 34 different women. House Speaker Beth Harwell had Durham's office moved across the street and limited his access to the House building after Attorney General Herbert Slatery issued a warning that declared Durham "a continuing risk to unsuspecting women who are employed by or interact with the legislature." read more
A number of high-profile Republicans, fearful of a potential melee in Cleveland this summer, are considering skipping the Republican National Convention and campaigning back home instead. With the presidential campaign hitting a fever pitch and Donald Trump warning about riots if he's denied the nomination, some House and Senate Republicans tell CNN that it makes more sense to spend time with voters back home rather than be associated with the drama engulfing their party. But even some leading party stalwarts are planning to skip the convention. The decision underscores the dilemma confronting Republicans in being tied too closely to the top of the ticket -- particularly incumbents from swing states worried that Trump's divisive candidacy and Ted Cruz's rigid brand of conservatism will doom their chances at keeping power in both chambers of Congress.
The man who acknowledges killing three people at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic idolized an abortion foe who killed a Florida doctor more than two decades earlier, court documents released Monday show. He told police he admired Paul Hill, a former minister, who was executed in 2003 for the 1994 shootings of abortion provider Dr. John Bayard Britton and his bodyguard, a retired U.S. Air Force officer named James Herman Barrett, outside the Ladies Center in Pensacola, Florida. Hill himself said he was inspired by the shooting death of another abortion doctor in Pensacola a year earlier. At the time of Hill's execution, some urged that he be spared for fear the extreme wing of the anti-abortion movement would turn him into a martyr.