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“The office of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) has admitted that an anti-gay comment left on a gay rights blog this week came from the senator’s office, though it has not determined who actually posted it, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
As TPM previously reported, soon after a Senate vote to block debate on the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ someone wrote “All faggots must die” on the blog of gay rights advocate Joe Jervis. Other commenters traced the origin of the comment to a senate.gov IP address located in Atlanta, Georgia, near the offices of both of the state’s senators. Chambliss’ office then said it was investigating the matter.
Today, the AJC’s Bob Keefe received a statement from Chambliss’ office confirming that the posted comment did in fact come from one of his offices.”
“TPM has obtained a draft version of the GOP “Pledge to America” — the House Republicans’ official platform going into November.
Republicans have been very public about certain aspects of their agenda, which we’ve reported here. They are contained in the Pledge, along with other proposals.
Despite indications earlier this summer that Republicans might use the Pledge to call for Social Security privatization, the language used in the document is much softer. It says, instead, “We will make the decisions that are necessary to protect our entitlement programs for today’s seniors and future generations. That means requiring a full accounting of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, setting benchmarks for these programs and reviewing them regularly, and preventing the expansion of unfunded liabilities.””
“Earlier this week, One Wisconsin Now revealed an alleged voter suppression plot designed to disenfranchise minorities, students, and others in heavily-Democratic areas of the state. At the center of this apparent “voter caging” operation that we reported on yesterday is the Wisconsin chapter of Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity. While the allegations of potentially illegal conduct leveled against Americans for Prosperity, the Wisconsin Republican Party, and other tea party groups are extremely serious, a ThinkProgress investigation reveals an even larger and more insidious effort by Koch-backed groups to tamper with the democratic process.While a federal crime, the most essential voting issues, from registration and eligibility to specific early and Election Day voting procedures, are largely governed by state law. Even before becoming involved in the apparent plot to suppress the vote in Wisconsin, a web of Koch-backed groups played a key role earlier this year in defeating a proposed Wisconsin law that included numerous voter protection measures—including significant penalties for efforts to unlawfully challenge and intimidate voters. In fact, those at the center of the alleged voter suppression plot were caught on tape in June admitting that they could only proceed with their so-called “Election Observer Program” because they had successfully blocked the Voter Protection Act from passing earlier in the spring:
“And since the voter law did not get passed this year that could hit you with $100,000 and three years for unsuccessfully challenging a voter, we can still do this,” said Tim Dake, a prominent tea party member with the Wisconsin GrandSons for Liberty, the group that provided cover for Americans for Prosperity and the Wisconsin GOP by agreeing to be the public face for the campaign.
“Hallelujah,” shouted an unidentified meeting attendee in response.
“Yes, everybody gets to take credit for that,” replied Dake, before decrying early voting and detailing purported instances of voted fraud committed by individuals with Vietnamese surnames.”
“Last spring, Senate Democrats utilized what is known as the budget reconciliation process to pass a “fix” to the Senate’s health care bill, adjusting certain elements of it to make it more palatable to House Democrats. The process, which was used by the Republicans to pass tax cuts for the wealthy, had a long history of use in the Senate and fell within the standard rules.
Yet Republicans cried foul, claiming that the use of the reconciliation process was undermining our very democratic system itself. One of the Republicans who objected to the use of reconciliation was Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). As Democrats prepared to use the process to amend the Senate’s health care bill, the “Young Gun” Republican blasted the process in statements and op-eds.”
“In an interview with Bob Woodward earlier this year, President Obama said, “We can absorb a terrorist attack. We’ll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever. … We absorbed it and we are stronger.” That confident portrayal of American resilience has been seized upon by right wing pundits. As Ken Gude notes on the Wonk Room, “conservative critics won’t tolerate this kind of reasoned leadership” from Obama. For instance, consider the following statement Liz Cheney released today:
This comment suggests an alarming fatalism on the part of President Obama and his administration. Once again the President seems either unwilling or unable to do what it takes to keep this nation safe. The President owes the American people an explanation.
Recall, Cheney’s father — the former vice president of the United States — told Meet the Press’s Tim Russert in 2002 that another terrorist attack was “almost a certainty.” He added it that it was only a matter of time before the U.S. got hit again:
VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY: The prospect of another attack against the United States is very, very real. It’s just as real, in my opinion, as it was September 12.
TIM RUSSERT, NBC News: Not a matter of if, but when?
VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY: Not a matter of if, but when. “
“Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, the Nobel-prize winning physicist who got involved in sorting out the BP oil spill, said Wednesday that there were many practical steps that could be taken to prevent another blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.”
“Prison camp staff are making no plans for the lifetime detention of 48 captives the Obama administration has determined will not be released, the admiral in charge of the detention center said Wednesday. Navy Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harbeson described an air of uncertainty at the detention center, where he said President Barack Obama’s closure order still governs eight months after the camps were supposed to be emptied.”
“This morning, the Senate plans to vote on the DISCLOSE Act — which would require organizations involved in political campaigning to disclose the identity of large donors and would bar foreign corporations, large government contractors, and TARP recipients from making political expenditures. The outcome is uncertain. Public interest groups and Democratic Senate staffs are pressuring Maine Republicans Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, the most centrist members of the GOP, to support the bill, but neither has signaled their support. In the meantime, the party leaders, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.) are sparring energetically, each accusing the other of perfidy on the matter.”
” More nations delayed departure for the Commonwealth Games in India as organizers raced against time on Thursday to address security and health concerns that have already prompted several top athletes to pull out.”
“Escalating a dispute over Japan’s detention of a Chinese fishing trawler captain, China halted exports to Japan of some crucial rare earth elements.”
“When asked why they agreed with the statement “President Obama is a large succulent plant composed of specialized cells designed for water retention in arid climates,” many responded that they “just know,” […] Some Beltway observers have accused Republicans of tacitly encouraging the cactus rumor, pointing out that if millions of voters believe Obama produces buds through spirally arranged areoles situated along his stem, the GOP has a much better chance of retaking Congress in November.
“If the president says he is a human being, I’ll take him at his word,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday on Meet the Press. “Though I’ve never heard him complain about being thirsty. Not once. That could be a coincidence, I suppose, but it’s really not my place to say.””
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