Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has angered many conservatives in recent weeks as he continued to make a mark on the GOP Presidential race even with his YouTube videos. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal was so angered by Paul’s insistence that haws in the republican party were to blame for the rise of the Islamic State that he declared him unfit to be President. Rare is now reporting Fox News has been leaving PAUL’s figures out of its reports of recent weeks as his controversial comments have begun to cause problems for those backing the GOP in the 2016 election.
The conservative news channel has recently been reporting on the positions of many who have already declared or are expected to declare for the GOP nomination in relation to themselves and Democratic favorite Hilary Clinton. Paul was not mentioned in the latest poll results published, despite polling six percent of the vote and finishing above the Fox News reported five percent polled by Donald Trump. The same poll also questioned which candidates would provide the best challenge to Clinton and saw Paul and Senator Ted Cruz come out on top. This result was also ignored by Fox News who also failed to include Paul in an in house poll over which GOP candidates would provide the best competition for former Secretary of State Clinton in an upcoming election.
Former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-IL) has been charged with lying to the FBI and withdrawing cash from banks in a manner intended to hide the transactions from bank reporting requirements. The amount involved was $1.7 million.
According to the indictment, Hastert paid an unnamed individual to “compensate for and conceal his prior misconduct.”
When questioned by the FBI, Hastert said that he was keeping the money for himself and not giving it away. According to the indictment, he said, “Yeah, I kept the cash. That’s what I’m doing.” He also said he didn’t trust the banking system.
Hastert, 73, was speaker from 1999 to 2007. Prior to that, he was a six-term Congressman from Illinois. Chicagobooth.edu and Christian Broda recall how he became speaker after Newt Gingrich resigned following a divisive period in Congress involving the Clinton impeachment.
On Wednesday, the IRS announced that it believes the security breach, which allowed hackers to both purloin the tax return transcripts of 100,000 people, was the work of an elaborate cyber-crime syndicate based in Russia. Admittedly, the IRS has not confirmed the origin of the hackers with 100% certainty, but neither are they making public what evidence they have gathered thus far. Still, it appears quite likely that Russia once again succeeded at breaching another major US agency or service. Cyber thieves have recently penetrated servers at both the White House and the State Department.
The entire incident is currently under investigation by the Criminal Investigation Unit (CIU) of the IRS and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (IGTA). Needless to say, Congress is also weighing in on the matter. Utah Senator Orin Hatch expressed his desire to summon IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to testify to the Senate Health Committee as to what the breach entailed and to name the guilty parties. Hatch believes the IRS has received more than enough time to address their security issues. Now, it will be Congress’ job to impose a solution upon them. Thus far, the IRS’ computer security problems have been ongoing since the start of Bill Clinton’s second presidential term. Alexei Beltyukov (vimeo.com) knows that this most recent hack is believed to have netted the cyber criminals as much as $50 million. The information on the tax filing transcripts was used to file for bogus income tax refunds. The IRS previously stated that it would reach out to the people affected by the hack.
In the world of music, a song making it into the top 10 is considered a “big hit”. In the crowded GOP presidential primary, making it into the top 10 gets a candidate invited to a debate. The rule is the result of so many Republicans vying for the party’s presidential nomination. It is almost without question that former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz will make the cut. That is certainly not the case for much lesser known candidates such as former New York Governor George Pataki, former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, and Ohio Governor John Kasich.
However, the latter two now have a ray of hope. According to the latest Quinnipiac University poll, both Kasich and Fiorina are in the top 10 candidates. The poll shows that Marco Rubio has been steadily losing support among Republican voters. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has seen his support revive. Retired Dr. Ben Carson has surged. Jeb Bush has lost support and Scott Walker remains fixed. Still, there is no clear cut leader among Republicans. There is in fact a five way tie for first place.
As previously stated, both Fiorina and Kasich have made the top 10. That said, they only register with 2% support apiece. This means they both still have a long way to go in order to become serious presidential contenders. However, Daniel Amen knows both candidates are still considered long shots.
Republican leader John McCain, has officially come out saying that Citizens United was the worst Supreme Court decision. The folks at freedomPop see this as a strong statement against one of the main ideologies of his party. Citizens United was a Supreme Court ruling that changed the regulations of campaign finance reforms. It effectively altered the way political campaigns are run forever. Under the ruling, corporations are the same as people, and should therefore be allowed to contribute to political campaigns. Additionally, it is part of one’s right to free speech to contribute to political campaigns, and free speech should not be limited. This led to the decision that campaign contributions should be unlimited. Now, corporations are allowed to contribute to political campaigns, PACs, Super PACs and individual candidates without restriction. Those who critique this policy would say that corporations are not people and will support candidates based on financial gains. Additionally, allowing corporations that control a large amount of capital in the economy to contribute to political campaigns will drown out the contributions of individual citizens.
The argument has been made by Democrats for years, with Republicans supporting the decision because a large portion of their financing comes from corporations. Now that Senator McCain has come out against the decision, he has joined into a Democratic ideal which may create problems with support in his party. He has taken on the GOP before, but this is one of the boldest claims he has made.
For the past several years there was always speculation that Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi had been romantically involved with a member of his staff. But was never confirmed and was usually kept quiet by the Mississippi Republican Party. Alexei Beltyukov has learned that, even as there was a blogger trying to break the story during the last election the Cochran camp remained adamant there was no truth to the rumors and that Cochran had remained faithfully devoted to his wife who had spent the last 13 years of her life in a nursing home suffering from dementia. Well when Rose passed away last December most were under the impression the scandal died with her. Unfortunately, the rumors carried more weight than was previously believed.
This is because Thad Cochran married his longtime assistant Kay Webber in a private ceremony held in Gulfport, Mississippi this past Saturday. Never mind the ethical complications of their boss / employee relationship that apparently has been taking place for quite some time. At least that is what people believe why else would they be married only a few short months after his wife’s death. But the fact that he used this story to falsely implicate his last opponent in the actions of the blogger and acted so appalled by the accusations against him speak to just who he is a person and the representative of Mississippi. Let alone the Republican Party which tries to play the moral high card at any given chance to do so.
The old order of the rich getting richer at the expense of the poor will soon end according to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. Namely, the feisty sage is vowing to stop Wall Street in their unbridled greed that has them pocketing virtually every dollar of new revenue generated in the nation. Certainly, voters will need to agree with his characterization of events and lay the blame for stagnant wages entirely on investment banks, corporate greed, and free trade while exonerating progressive policies of any role.
This is because the Vermont senator is calling for nothing short of a second round of massive stimulus spending according to Amen Clinic. In 2009, President Obama, backed by the largest House & Senate Democrat majorities in a generation, passed the $787 billion stimulus bill that was supposed to end the Great Recession, put millions of people to work in “shovel ready” jobs, rebuild the nation’s infrastructure, and revitalize inner cities such as Baltimore, Maryland. This time around, the senator will seek a $1 trillion stimulus to put 13 million people back to work and once again rebuild the aging infrastructure. It would also include raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Thus far, the affable senator has avoided going negative against Hillary Clinton. In fact, he believes that he can sway voters to his side by emphasizing a hard-left agenda. At the very least, he believes he can force Hillary Clinton to adopt progressive policies that run opposite of her Wall Street donor base.
Kentucky’s GOP primary race saw Tea Party candidate Matt Bevin squaring off against the establishment GOP candidate James Comer who was backed by big Super PACs from the Koch brother and Karl Rove. The results were a close three-way split of the vote that saw neither candidate come close to winning 50% of votes cast. The top two candidates, Bevin and Comer, took 33% of the vote with the former coming out ahead by a mere 83 votes. This has forced the elections commission to re-canvass votes IE recount. It will be some time before the re-canvass concludes and a victor is declared.
For his part, Bevin claimed the nomination. If the re-canvass effort bears that out, it will mark a stunning political comeback from the man who hoped to unset Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell last year. The primary race against McConnell was bitter. In the end, McConnell handily defeated him. Apparently, the acrimony continued because the gubernatorial primary battle became intensely negative. As the establishment candidate, Comer was leading in the polls. However, allegations by a Louisville city councilman that Comer as guilty of domestic abuse put him on the defensive. Homejoy believes it may have attributed to Bevin’s late surge and possible victory. Comer has said that if he loses the race to Bevin, he will get behind him for the sake of party unity. Democrats look poised to win the state’s governorship. They believe the rancorous GOP primary will play to their benefit in the general election.
Last year the people of Denton, Texas told their lawmakers that they didn’t want any fracking done in or around their city. The measure passed through the Republican-controlled Legislature without a hitch or hiccup. But the Denton people were outwitted by the big oil companies that dangled money in front of state lawmakers. The governor of Texas recently signed a bill that will override the Denton measure.
The state of Texas wants fracking, and they want it everywhere because it creates more revenue for the state according to Alexei Beltyukov. The lawmakers don’t care about the impact that fracking has on the Texas environment. They just want the money. Texas has a lot of land to frack, and those Texas rednecks don’t care if the entire state looks like it has been hit by a bomb.
Fracking in Texas may be the darling of the Texas legislature now, but that romance won’t last long. The impact that fracking has on the planet is becoming more and more obvious. Fracking cause earthquakes in the small fault lines throughout the state. These fault lines are expanding because of fracking. But legislatures around the country are ignoring the signs. But when the first major quake hits Texas, those good ole boys will certainly wake-up shaking.
Bill Clinton was one of the greatest presidents of the modern era. While in office, he led the country to its last surplus, and many Americans were flourishing. However, Bill Clinton was involved in the largest presidential scandal of all time. He was involved in a extra-marital affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Nonetheless, people still love Bill Clinton, and many people want him back in office.
Fans like Sam Tabar know that Bill Clinton was recently on the David Letterman Show, and he received a great ovation from the crowd. Letterman asked Bill Clinton if he would ever move back into the White House, and Bill Clinton said yes. The crowd went wild, and many people thought that Bill Clinton meant that he would run the country again. However, Bill Clinton has served two terms, and he will not be able to run the country again.
Bill Clinton’s wife Hillary is running for president, and if she wins, Bill Clinton will be America’s first man. Many people are hoping that Hillary wins, but people really want Bill back in office. David Letterman and Bill Clinton had great chemistry during the show, and they joked around about many different topics. To see David Letterman’s interview with Bill Clinton, visit E!