How Tea Party tax cuts are turning Kansas into a smoking ruin – LA Times

Sam Brownback, the Republican governor of Kansas, doesnt just believe in whistling past the graveyard–hes willing to stroll past it in full-throated song.The graveyard is where the economy of Kansas has been buried since 2012, when Brownback and his Republican state legislature enacted a slew of deep tax cuts in a tea party-esque quest for economic “freedom.”

via How Tea Party tax cuts are turning Kansas into a smoking ruin – LA Times.

GOP Colleagues Say Goodbye to Eric Cantor as Majority Leader – NationalJournal.com

Outgoing House Majority Leader Eric Cantor received a standing ovation from most of his fellow Republicans on Tuesday at a closed-door meeting, where a highlight film was played to mark some of his most memorable moments.”Thank you,” said Speaker John Boehner, in an emotional send-off to his top lieutenant, who officially steps down from his top-level post at midnight Thursday to make way for Rep. Kevin McCarthy as the new majority leader.”He was confident, as I am, that Eric has great things left to do in the future,” said Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., of Boehners remarks.Cantor, 51, responded with some of his own expressions of appreciation, including to his staff.

via GOP Colleagues Say Goodbye to Eric Cantor as Majority Leader – NationalJournal.com.

Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet bigwigs named in Leon Brittan paedo files – Mirror Online

The paedophile dossier handed to former Home Secretary Leon Brittan named two high-ranking colleagues in Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet, it has been claimed.The file said to have named Sir Keith Joseph and Sir Rhodes Boyson amid warnings of an active child abuse network in Westminster sparked an internal Home Office inquiry.The probe was not officially revealed nor the findings made public.It looked at claims of child abuse by a ring of Establishment figures as well as at meetings organised by politicians who supported the Paedophile ­Information Exchange, a group calling for sex with children to be made legal.Details of the Home Office inquiry emerged in papers compiled by Labour’s Barbara Castle linking MPs, peers, PIE and the National Council for Civil Liberties.

via Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinet bigwigs named in Leon Brittan paedo files – Mirror Online.

Scott Brown’s Granite State bust | TheHill

Scott Brown’s much anticipated Granite State brawl with Sen. Jeanne Shaheen D-N.H. has turned out to be more of a Granite State bust.The former Massachusetts senator is still the most competitive Republican in the New Hampshire race. But polling has shown Shaheen holding a consistent single-digit lead and posting strong approval ratings from voters in the state even as races in similar blue-leaning battleground states have tightened in the GOP’s favor.Perhaps most problematic for Brown is not Shaheen’s lead but his persistently middling to low popularity in the state.In nearly every poll, New Hampshire voters are at best split on how they feel about him, and in some cases view him more negatively than positively.  A WMUR-UNH poll out in early July showed him underwater by about nine points; an NBC-Marist poll out last week showed voters split, with about 40 percent each viewing him positively and negatively.It’s a situation, said one New Hampshire GOP strategist who has worked on federal and national races there, that should have the Brown campaign worried. “I would be concerned if I was them,” the strategist said, who requested anonymity to speak freely. “You don’t ever want to be underwater at this point in a race.”

via Scott Brown’s Granite State bust | TheHill.

Why Im a Centrist Who Is Turning Liberal – Thomas Ricks blames an inept military and intelligence overreach for his shift

NEWSER – Reporter and author Thomas Ricks has long been what he would describe as a “detached centrist.” Hes also a big fan of the free market and a strong national defense, and hes financially comfortable as he approaches the age of 60. Conventional wisdom might suggest that he should be “drifting into a cautious conservatism” right about now, but Hicks writes in Politico Magazine that he is as surprised as anyone to find himself shifting to the left instead. Among his reasons:

via Why Im a Centrist Who Is Turning Liberal – Thomas Ricks blames an inept military and intelligence overreach for his shift.

Rookie Congressman Makes Big Gaffe at Hearing – Floridas Curt Clawson speaks to US officials as if they were foreigners

NEWSER – A newly elected congressman is making his first national headlines for all the wrong reasons. In a gaffe spotted by Foreign Policy, Florida Republican Curt Clawson spoke to two US officials testifying before a House panel as if they were foreigners. “Im familiar with your country; I love your country,” Clawson told Nisha Biswal of the State Department and Arun Kumar of the Commerce Department. “Anything I can do to make the relationship with India better, Im willing and enthusiastic about doing so.” At one point, he requests cooperation from “your government,” and, after a few seconds of silence, Biswal makes a diplomatic save: “I think your question is to the Indian government,” she said. “We certainly share your sentiment, and we certainly will advocate that on behalf of the US.”

via Rookie Congressman Makes Big Gaffe at Hearing – Floridas Curt Clawson speaks to US officials as if they were foreigners.

Robert McDonnell trial to cast unflinching light on Virginia couple’s friends, marriage – The Washington Post

The star witness is a flashy dietary supplement executive who boasted of friendships with Linsday Lohan and Paris Hilton. A manicurist, a party planner and a yet-to-be-named public official from another state also could take the stand.In their much-anticipated federal corruption trial set to begin Monday, former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, will seek to win acquittal on multiple charges and restore their honor in the eyes of the law.But during the anticipated five-week drama that will unfold in a Richmond courtroom, the McDonnells also will submit themselves to a potentially humiliating spectacle that will showcase an intimate view of their frayed marriage and odd personal relationships.“It’s going to be ugly,” said L. Douglas Wilder, another former governor, who is friendly with McDonnell and has followed the case. “The more you read, the more sleaze develops. It’s not going to be nice for anyone.”McDonnell, 60, a Republican who until January held the same office once occupied by Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry, is the first Virginia governor to be charged with a crime.

via Robert McDonnell trial to cast unflinching light on Virginia couple’s friends, marriage – The Washington Post.

Sarah Palins Oddball Speech In Denver Sounds Downright Inebriated | Crooks and Liars

Judge for yourself: Did Sarah Palin get into Aunty Peggy Noonans jar of Magic Dolphin Pills before her speech in Denver this week?Weve edited down the rambling 30-minute-plus address on Wednesday to the Western Conservative Summit, but you can get the drift just a few minutes in. And if nothing else, there were pink Obamas dancing across her teleprompter during the affair, judging by how often she kind looked at her screen funny, wrinkled her nose, and rambled on.All we can say is: Thanks, John McCain, for imperiling the nation with your astonishing lack of judgment.

via Sarah Palins Oddball Speech In Denver Sounds Downright Inebriated | Crooks and Liars.