More than four months after House Republicans announced their historic plan to sue President Obama, the litigation, like so many initiatives from GOP lawmakers, has become a fiasco. Josh Gerstein and Maggie Haberman reported overnight that the Republicans’ lawyers have given up on the case – again.House Speaker John Boehner’s still-unfiled lawsuit against President Barack Obama for exceeding his constitutional power is in more trouble. For the second time in two months, a major law firm has backed out of an agreement to pursue the case, sources say.Apparently, the attorneys responsible for the case decided to give up “in recent weeks,” but we’re just learning about their decision now. Boehner’s office wouldn’t comment on why they quit the case, though a spokesperson for the Speaker told Politico, “The litigation remains on track, but we are examining the possibility of forgoing outside counsel and handling the litigation directly through the House.” The piece added that some in the D.C. legal community “believe it’s possible no suit will ever be filed.”
In a season in which plenty of politicians are trying to deliberately terrify voters, Republican Scott Brown stands out – offering a unique combination of demagoguery, cynicism, cowardice, and confusion. The former senator, hoping to re-join the Senate after his other home state rejected him two years ago, started hitting the panic button in early September, seizing on Americans’ fears about Islamic State terrorists to baselessly argue that ISIS may attack through the Mexican border. Brown later added that terrorists with Ebola may also try to infiltrate the Southern U.S. border. The more anxiety the public feels, the more Scott Brown descends into rambling, fear-based incoherence. If crises reveal a person’s true character, recent tumult reveals the New England Republican has the spine of a marshmallow. Today, however, Dave Weigel reports that Brown’s desperate hopes of scaring voters have taken an unintentionally hilarious turn.In an interview with NH1, Brown rejected the idea that he was running on “fear” – Ebola, he said, was the “No. 1, 2, and 3” issue on the minds of voters he talked to. “Carrying diseases doesn’t need to be Ebola,” said Brown. “but the whooping cough and polio and other types of potential diseases are coming through.”Yes, the often-confused Republican believes polio – a disease that no longer exists in the Western hemisphere – may be sneaking into the United States. So New Hampshire should make him a senator again … so he can tackle an issue he’s never shown any interest in … which he has no working understanding of … and he can oppose a bipartisan immigration reform bill that strengthens border security.
Before the Ping May, a rusty cargo vessel, could disembark from the port of Santa Marta en route to the Netherlands in late August, Colombian inspectors boarded the boat and made a discovery. Hidden in the ship’s chain locker, amidst its load of coal bound for Europe, were approximately 40 kilograms, or about ninety pounds, of cocaine. A Colombian Coast Guard official told The Nation that there is an ongoing investigation.The seizure of the narcotics shipment in the Caribbean port occurred far away from Kentucky, the state in which Senator Mitch McConnell is now facing a career-defining election. But the Republican Senate minority leader has the closest of ties to the owner of the Ping May, the vessel containing the illicit materials: the Foremost Maritime Corporation, a firm founded and owned by McConnell’s in-laws, the Chao family.
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The meeting was described as “contentious” and “hostile,” and Graham has said that Deal left no doubt he wanted the $1.7 million for title inspectors restored to the state budget, justifying the move in part by speculating that if left to the free market, “illegal aliens” might end up getting the work. Despite the pressure, Graham refused to budge.
According to all the polling averages that political junkies have been obsessively checking for months, next Tuesday should be a breeze for the GOP.Seven, eight, nine, ten Senate seats are swinging their way, which would give Republicans control of the upper chamber for the first time since 2006.But what if, somehow, the polls are wrong? Six Senate seats is a lot, after all. And with seven days to go until the election, any number of factors could go against the GOP, allowing the Democrats to retain control, if by the slimmest of margins. What happens then?When asked about that scenario, one top GOP fundraiser, who has raised money for Mitt Romney and a host of Republican congressional candidates over the last several election cycles simply paused for several seconds, as if time was needed to merely wrap one’s head around such a dire outcome.“It would be an unbelievable disaster. The party would be devastated. The fundraising would dry-up. It would just become suddenly non-existent.”
Early voting is underway in North Carolina, ground zero for the worst of the tea-party GOP’s voter suppression tactics, and early reports suggest that Democratic voters are coming out in force:Early voting started at a fast clip, with nearly 300,000 votes cast at one-stop sites in the first four days, according to the State Board of Elections.… A new controversial law chopped seven days off the early voting period, shortening it to 10 days.More than twice as many voters cast ballots in the first four days of early voting compared to the first four days of the last midterm election in 2010. The total through Sunday was about 20,000 short of the 2010 early voting total after eight days, according to state Elections Board data…
Jan Brewer caught the Arizona political scene by surprise this week when she fired the man who has been cleaning up the corruption in her administration for the last two years.Brian McNeil was appointed by the governor to serve as Director of the Arizona Department of Administration ADOA on November 1, 2012. He had a long history of service in the state government, including previous stints in both Brewer’s and Fife Symington’s administrations. His agency, ADOA, is responsible for providing support services to the state government and includes the Department of Human Resources.The corruption investigator had integrity and high standards.Director McNeil is a military man who is known to hold employees to high standards. He spent over twenty years in the military, including two tours of duty in Iraq, and is still a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. Seems like a great fit for a conservative state government, right? Well, that depends on whether you’re talking about what conservatives say or what they do.