Missouri Republicans this week began to break their silence about the state GOP chairman's alleged link to state Auditor Tom Schweich's (R) suicide.
The floodgates opened Tuesday at Schweich's funeral service, where former U.S. Sen. John Danforth (R-MO) implicitly rejected Missouri Republican Party Chairman John Hancock's denials about being involved in an anti-Semitic "whisper campaign." Schweich had told people before his death that Hancock was telling people he was Jewish, when in fact he was Episcopalian.
Three distinct camps emerged following Schweich's funeral: those who demanded Hancock's resignation, those who lined up in support of the party leader, and those who refused to touch such a political football -- for now. But while lawmakers can make all the noise they want, it's ultimately up to the state Republican Party committee to decide whether Hancock stays or goes.
The Arkansas Republican state representative who "re-homed" his adopted daughters to a man who raped one of them claims that he and his wife are also victims in this situation and that they only did what they did to avoid being charged with abandonment by the state Department of Human Services.
According to David Badash at the New Civil Rights Movement, Rep. Justin Harris of West Fork, Arkansas released a statement Thursday through his attorneys that claimed that he and his wife Marsha are the victims of "a severe injustice."
In the fall of 2012, Marsha and Justin Harris took in two sisters from the state foster care system. In March of 2013, the couple formally adopted the two girls. Within six months, the Harrises handed the two girls over to Eric and Stacey Francis, without ever consulting the DHS or any other state agency.
Eric Francis raped the elder of the two girls -- she was 6 years old at the time -- in January of 2014.
Jon Perr, Crooks and Liars: On Tuesday, the American people will be subjected to the unprecedented spectacle of a foreign leader, at the invitation of one political party, addressing the United States Congress with the express purpose of sabotaging the foreign policy of the President of the United States. Imagine if, as Robert Kagan of all people put it, "a Democratic-controlled Congress in 2003 -- called French President Jacques Chirac to oppose President George W. Bush's impending war in Iraq." In his Monday interview with Reuters, President Obama posed a similar scenario: "I think those who offered the invitation and some of the commentators who have said this is the right thing to do, it's worth asking them whether, when George W. Bush had initiated the war in Iraq and Democrats were controlling Congress, if they had invited let's say the president of France to appear before Congress to criticize or to air those disagreements, I think most people would say, well, that wouldn't be the right thing to do."
Decorated war veteran and former CIA director David Petraeus has entered into an agreement with federal prosecutors in which he would plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified information. The charge stems, in part, from documents the former director allegedly provided to his mistress. Following the agreement, the Justice Department issued a statement: "Three documents -- a criminal information, a plea agreement and a statement of facts -- were filed today in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina's Charlotte Division in the case of United States v. David Howell Petraeus. The criminal information charges the defendant with one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. ... The plea agreement and corresponding statement of facts, both signed by the defendant, indicate that he will plead guilty to the one-count criminal Information."
Tea Party radio host Andrea Shea King argued recently that Democratic lawmakers -- and specifically members of the Congressional Black Caucus -- should be put to death by hanging if they boycotted Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Tuesday speech to Congress "Obama doesn't have to run for re-election again, a lot of these guys do," King said in a clip of her radio show that was published by Right Wing Watch on Monday. "Listen, I would like to think that these guys could pay with their lives, hanging from a noose in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. ... Because what they are doing is they are putting their own interests above that of America. And to me, that is criminal. Criminal!" King noted that "most of those members who are opting out of attending the speech are members of the Congressional Black Caucus."