Good.. direct, concrete and fast.. squarely on the diplomatic, economic and international means of confrontation..
WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry warned on Sunday that Russia risked eviction from the Group of 8 industrialized nations if the Kremlin did not reverse its military occupation of Crimea in Ukraine.
“He is not going to have a Sochi G-8,” Mr. Kerry said on the NBC program “Meet the Press,” referring to the meeting of the industrialized nations that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia is to host in June. “He may not even remain in the G-8 if this continues.”
“He may find himself with asset freezes on Russian business,” Mr. Kerry added. “American business may pull back. There may be a further tumble of the ruble. There’s a huge price to pay.”
So let’s see how this proceeds.. a Koch funded loner messing up.. answering to no one except his donors.. but perhaps adding long term pressure to scaling back Citizen United and private money influence.. even from the right that suffers most directly at the moment.. one could hope..
Dana Milbank reports that some Republicans, inclined to vote against raising the debt ceiling, changed their votes to side with Democrats because of Cruz.
…15 minutes after the voting should have ended, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell had apparently secured only two of the five Republican votes he needed to join all 55 members of the Democratic caucus to pass the measure. He raised three fingers in the air and worked his way among his members but was met with folded arms and shakes of the head…
Watching the chaos from the side of the chamber was the man who caused it: Cruz, his hands in his pants pockets and a satisfied grin on his face. The Texas Republican strolled to the clerk’s table to check on the vote count and was met with a look of disgust from Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). And the feeling was widespread: Moments after Cruz walked into the Republican cloakroom, four senators emerged from it and changed their votes to “aye.”…
Cruz’s ego trip had come at a high cost. He had forced McConnell, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and other Republicans to cast votes that could cause them to lose primaries to weaker general-election candidates, and he had risked getting his party blamed for a default.
Ted Cruz Costing Republicans Votes
After watching just three episodes of season 2, this show is already a masterpiece! And it’s lifted from a slightly underground/alternative feel to an open and professional vibe, but still with the exceptional dialogue and great visuals. Well done!
Spacey: ‘House of Cards’ not far from reality
Actor Kevin Spacey says his Netflix show “House of Cards” isn’t that far from the reality of politics in Washington.
“Look, for me, it’s like performance art,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “We can get done shooting on a day and I’ll come home and turn on the news and think: ‘You know, our storylines are not that crazy, they’re really not.’”
With some exceptions, “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos cut in, such as politicians murdering people who get in their way.
“I’ve heard from lots of people,” Spacey said. “Some people feel that 99 percent of the show is accurate, and that the 1 percent that isn’t is that you could never get an education bill passed that quickly.”
This is a great book so far (first 50 pages), giving us a lot of insight into the Obama Administration and explaining what really happened at some important junctures in Obama’s first term. Details from his relationships with Bill Clinton and Joe Biden are also very interesting.
And a fun snippet in the book is this; right after the Democratic Party lost two important Congressional special elections in 2011, James Carville suggested that they should “Fire somebody. No – fire a lot of people”. Obama then gathered a big meeting and said among other things this:
“Carville says that I should fire you all, but I’m not gonna fire you, Obama said. Everyone around this table is here because I want you here. This is the team I believe in. You’re my people, I trust you, we gotta trust each other. I have to be able to walk in here, say whatever I need to say, and know it’s gonna stay in this room.“
As a reader it’s great to get to know this, but it’s also exactly what Obama NOT intended when he said it.
Yes! Season 2 is just released – and the first episode was great. Now for some binge watching
So the race is on… and Paul is putting down some markers..
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) escalated his criticism of former President Clinton, saying any candidate who has accepted money from the former president should return it.
Paul said Democratic candidates who accept money from Clinton have some “explaining to do” when it comes to women’s rights.
Paul has become increasingly critical of Clinton’s past affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, calling it “predatory behavior” on numerous occasions.
“They can’t have it both ways,” Paul said on C-Span’s “Newsmakers” set to air Sunday.
“And so I really think that anybody who wants to take money from Bill Clinton or have a fundraiser has a lot of explaining to do. In fact, I think they should give the money back,” Paul said. “If they want to take position on women’s rights, by all means do. But you can’t do it and take it from a guy who was using his position of authority to take advantage of young women in the workplace.”
This could all be settled in a few days or weeks then.. if so he’s done for good.. if so the two hours news conference denying everything was blatantly false… and probably non-recoverable..
David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official "who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it," the New York Times reports.
Wildstein described the order to close the lanes as "the Christie administration’s order" and said "evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference" three weeks ago.
Newark Star Ledger editorial board: "Forget about the White House in 2016. The question now is whether Gov. Chris Christie can survive as governor."
Not the best start of 2014 for Chris Christie.. and it puts his refreshing style in a bit different light from now..
"Emergency responders were delayed in attending to four medical situations – including one in which a 91-year-old woman lay unconscious – due to traffic gridlock caused by unannounced closures of access lanes to the George Washington Bridge, according to the head of the borough’s EMS department," the Bergen Record reports.
"The woman later died, borough records show."