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Friday, April 03, 2015

New York Times Editorial Board: Having been on notice for months that his mutually beneficial friendship with a wealthy Florida doctor was the subject of a corruption probe, Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey blew past the state of shock on Wednesday after authorities unveiled a 68-page indictment. "For nearly three years I've lived under a Justice Department cloud, and today I am outraged that this cloud has not been lifted," an indignant Menendez told a crowd of supporters in Newark. Outrage is fitting in this case -- for anyone who reads the indictment. It meticulously documents a brazen pattern of gifts and favors exchanged by Menendez, one of the most powerful Democrats in Washington, and Salomon Melgen, a Dominican-born eye surgeon who invested heavily in Menendez's political career and was never shy about calling in favors.


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Republican lawmakers in statehouses nationwide are working to weaken organized labor, sometimes with efforts that directly shrink union membership. Walker's signing of right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin on Monday puts his defiance of organized labor even more at the center of his nascent presidential campaign. And the inability of unions to exact a price for the first round of legislation targeting them in 2011 is encouraging even more proposals to limit their power.

The Republican wave in the November elections left many unions nationwide looking exceptionally vulnerable. In West Virginia, a union PAC spent $1.4 million trying to keep the statehouse in Democratic hands but couldn't reverse the cultural trends turning the state red. Exit polls found that even union members were almost evenly split between the Republican and the Democrat in the major statewide race for U.S. Senate.

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Monday, March 09, 2015

As expected, Mrs. Clinton said nothing about the email flap in remarks Monday at an event on the status of women and girls around the world.

But the e-mail issue isn't going away and has put the White House in an awkward spot. At the daily briefing Monday, spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged that President Obama exchanged e-mails with Clinton during her tenure as his top diplomat.

On Sunday, a senior Democrat and Clinton friend called on her to address the e-mail matter publicly.

"She needs to step up and come out and state exactly what the situation is," Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "The silence is going to hurt her."

Other Democrats, such as Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, defend her, saying she complied with the law and that other secretaries of State also used private e-mails.

But Clinton is hardly home free. Her image, boosted by her four years above the political fray as secretary of State, has been dinged. read more


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday morning dismissed the Republican National Committee's efforts to reduce the number of debates in the Republican presidential primary, and to shorten the primary process, calling the RNC's changes "futile." Jindal also made clear he has no plans -- if he runs for the nomination -- to abide by the RNC's attempt to keep candidates from participating in debates that are not sanctioned by the party committee. "I know there is a lot of concern, especially in this town among Republican party leaders," Jindal said. "There's this ideal of theirs, this idealistic belief, that if we could just have fewer debates, if we could have a gentler, kinder nominating process, that would be good for the party and good for the nominee. Well you know what? Democracy is messy."


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