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Sarah Palin Calls Out Tina Fey Again 20.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin hasn't forgotten the way Tina Fey impersonated her on "Saturday Night Live." Shortly after Palin was selected as Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate during the 2008 presidential election, Fey debuted her impression of the then-governor of Alaska. Alongside Amy Poehler, who acted as former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Fey parodied what many viewed as Palin's naïveté on a variety of policy issues. "I believe that diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy," said Poehler as Clinton. Acting as Palin, Fey replied, "And I can see Russia from my house!" In a new edition of the book Live From New York by Tom Shales and James Miller, Palin says Fey might owe her one. "You need to at least pay for my kids' braces or something from all the money that you made off of pretending that you're me! My goodness, you capitalized on that," Palin said she would tell the "30 Rock" actress if she encountered her today, according to a book ...
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Sarah Palin Endorses Joe Miller For Alaska Senate 16.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Tea party favorite Joe Miller earned another high-profile endorsement on Friday in his bid to earn the Republican nomination to challenge Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) for his seat in November. Just days before the Republican primary on Tuesday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) endorsed Miller, saying that he would block President Barack Obama’s “fundamental transformation of the nation we love.” "To restore liberty, to defend our Constitution, to build American exceptionalism, we must send fighters to the U.S. Senate who will stop Barack Obama's fundamental transformation of the nation we love,” Palin said in a statement to Fox News . "The status quo has got to go, and in Alaska the man who understands this key to our state and country's future also has the guts, wisdom, experience and optimism to fight for what is right -- and win." "We said we'd send the good guys in Washington their reinforcements, so, Alaska, here we go!" Palin continued. "Vote for Joe Miller on Tuesday and shake off the liberal ...
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Gabby Giffords Tries To Resurrect Gun Control Issue In Maine 9.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Trying to make good on a promise to make gun control a part of the midterm election debate, Gabby Giffords will visit Maine Saturday to raise money for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud as her team prepares a multistate campaign to begin after Labor Day. The appearance is among the former Arizona congresswoman's first steps into electoral politics this year and has Michaud on the defensive, underscoring the challenges Giffords faces to make "common-sense" gun control an issue on which any politician is willing to campaign. "He's been telling his constituents in northern Maine that he is a pro-gun rights candidate, and it doesn't get any less pro-gun rights than ... raising money with Gabby Giffords," said David Sorensen, a spokesman for the Maine Republican Party. Giffords has become well-known advocate of gun control since she was shot in the head in a 2011 attack in an Arizona parking lot that left 13 wounded and six dead. The gunman was later diagnosed with paranoid ...
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Two Republicans Advance In Washington Primary For House Seat 6.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Two GOP candidates advanced in a primary held on Tuesday to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wash.). Former National Football League player Clint Didier (R) and former director of the Washington Department of Agriculture Dan Newhouse (R) will challenge each other in the November general election. Didier received 30 percent of the vote to Newhouse's 27 percent. Hastings, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, announced in February that he would not be seeking re-election in November. The race to replace Hastings opened the door to a large number of candidates : eight Republicans, two Democrats and two independents. While in Congress, Hastings was a proponent of altering the Endangered Species Act to curtail environmentalist lawsuits, and also voted to curb the Drug Enforcement Administration's power in enforcing federal marijuana laws in states that legally permit medical marijuana ...
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House GOP Candidate 'Open' To Impeaching Obama 6.8.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Tennessee state Sen. Jim Tracy (R), who is challenging U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) in the state's Aug. 7 GOP primary, told the Times Free Press on Saturday that he is "open" to impeaching President Barack Obama. "Obama has abused the powers of the executive branch time and time again," Tracy told the paper. "I would be open to impeachment as an option to put a stop to the out-of-control executive orders and overreach this president has shown." The candidate has company in Congress, where multiple GOP lawmakers have floated or declined to rule out the idea of impeachment. As HuffPost's Michael McAuliff has reported , House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.), Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) and Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R-Mich.) have all indicated that an impeachment effort could still be on the table. On Wednesday, the U.S. House of ...
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Is Obama Really Adrift in the World? 31.7.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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GOP Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Takes Heat For Big Oil Fundraiser 29.7.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst, who's running for Iowa's open seat, is under fire for planning to attend a fundraiser with the political action committees of the American Petroleum Institute and Exxon Mobil on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. The Democratic group Americans United For Change is running a radio ad slamming Ernst for the upcoming fundraiser, saying that "Big Oil thinks Joni Ernst is on their side, and she sure isn't refusing their money ... tell Joni her Big Oil friends are no friends to Iowa farmers and our rural economy." Ernst said in an April interview that she stands "behind the renewable fuel standards" and while she's philosophically "opposed to subsidies," she won't "do something that puts Iowa at risk." The renewable fuel standard requires biofuels like ethanol to be used in certain vehicles rather than relying exclusively on traditional oil sources, such as petroleum, from foreign countries. Iowa's economy is a big beneficiary of ethanol usage, though the resulting decrease in ...
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Sarah Palin Gives The People What They Want: The Sarah Palin Channel 28.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Move aside, Oprah. Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin is giving the American people exactly what they've always wanted: the Sarah Palin Channel. Palin announced her new project via Facebook on Sunday: Post by Sarah Palin . The site will feature political commentary, interviews, user-contributed content and updates from the Palin household. "Together, we'll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media's politically correct filter and things like Washington, D.C.'s crony capitalism," Palin promises in the launch video. "We'll talk about the issues that the mainstream media won't talk about and we'll look at the ideas that I think Washington doesn't want you to hear." The channel's home page features a national debt ticker, and a countdown clock to President Barack Obama's last day in ...
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Republican Voters Want To Impeach The President. Good Luck With That. 26.7.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) and other Republicans calling for the impeachment of President Barack Obama might want to take a look at the history books and the U.S. Constitution before getting too excited about the idea. Congress rarely uses its power to impeach, and when it has, impeachment has only infrequently -- and in the case of a president, never -- resulted in removal from office. Congress has initiated impeachment proceedings more than 60 times in the history of the United States. Just 19 of those cases have been tried by the Senate , and only eight federal judges have ever been convicted and removed from office. Although House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has maintained he is not interested in pursuing impeachment, a top White House aide said Friday that he expected House Republicans to do just that. And a recent HuffPost/YouGov poll shows that one-third of Americans and two-thirds of Republicans believe Obama should be impeached. These numbers reflect an increasingly popular view in ...
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Headlines for July 14, 2014 14.7.2014 Democracy Now!
U.N.: 80% of Gaza Casualties are Civilian; Thousands Displaced, Israeli Leaflets to Gazans: "Any Moving Body Will Be Struck", Bombings of Gaza Civilian Targets Include Center for Disabled, U.N. Rights Chief: Israeli Bombings of Gaza Likely Violate International Law, Hundreds of Rockets Fired on Israel from Gaza; Israeli Teen Critically Wounded, U.N. Security Council Calls for Gaza Ceasefire, Worldwide Protests Oppose Israeli Attack on Gaza, Iraqi Lawmakers Delay Unity Talks; Violence Kills Dozens, Report: Pentagon Doubts Viability of U.S. "Advisory" Mission in Iraq, U.S. Brokers Deal to Audit Disputed Afghan Presidential Vote, Kerry Meets Iranian FM in Nuclear Talks, GOP Lawmakers Seek Reduction of Border Funding Request; Deportations to Begin This Week, Detroit Retirees, Public Workers Vote on Pension Cuts, World Council of Churches Divests from Fossil Fuels, Guantánamo Prisoners Seek Same Religious Protection as Hobby Lobby, Berghdal Returning to Active Duty at Texas Base, Legendary Jazz Musician, ...
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Jeff Flake's Son Linked To Horrifying Dog Deaths: Report 23.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
The son of Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is involved in the deaths of more than a dozen dogs , Fox 10 News reported Sunday night. Seventeen dogs being held at Green Acre boarding house in Maricopa County, Arizona, were revealed to be dead Saturday morning while under the care of the senator’s son Austin Flake and his wife, sources told the station. The couple had been tasked with managing the facility while the owners were out of town. “I learned of this tragic accident yesterday,” Jeff Flake said in a statement. “I can't imagine the devastating loss these families are experiencing. My heart goes out to the owners who lost their beloved pets." The owners allegedly told law enforcement that the facility’s power shut down sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning, according to Fox 10. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office found evidence suggesting that one of the dogs chewed through a wire powering the air-conditioning in the pets’ living quarters. Owners of the deceased dogs told Fox 10 they were not ...
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Back to Baghdad! 23.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Eric Margolis

NEW YORK – One would think the neoconservatives who engineered the Iraq War – the worst disaster for the United States since Vietnam – would never emerge from hiding.

Not so. With dazzling chutzpah, former Vice President Dick Cheney, the real power in the Bush administration, just claimed President Barack Obama was responsible for the growing mess in Iraq.

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Back to Baghdad! 23.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Eric Margolis

NEW YORK – One would think the neoconservatives who engineered the Iraq War – the worst disaster for the United States since Vietnam – would never emerge from hiding.

Not so. With dazzling chutzpah, former Vice President Dick Cheney, the real power in the Bush administration, just claimed President Barack Obama was responsible for the growing mess in Iraq.

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Who Won Iraq? 19.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Tom Engelhardt

(Credit: U.S. Army/cc/flickr)As Iraq was unraveling last week and the possible outlines of the first jihadist state in modern history were coming into view, I remembered this nugget from the summer of 2002.  At the time, journalist Ron Suskind had a meeting with “a senior advisor” to President George W.

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Who Won Iraq? 19.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Tom Engelhardt

(Credit: U.S. Army/cc/flickr)As Iraq was unraveling last week and the possible outlines of the first jihadist state in modern history were coming into view, I remembered this nugget from the summer of 2002.  At the time, journalist Ron Suskind had a meeting with “a senior advisor” to President George W.

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America Will Fail on Climate Change 6.6.2014 Commondreams.org Views
Ezra Klein

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I touched on this in my conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, but I'm a climate pessimist. I don't believe the United States — or the world — will do nearly enough, nearly fast enough, to hold the rise in temperatures to safe levels. I think we're fucked. Or, at the least, I think our grandchildren are fucked.

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Peddling Palin's Snake Oil: More Duplicity and Deception from the Last Frontier 2.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
In the arc of Sarah Palin's meteoric rise to fame following her acceptance speech at the 2008 Republican National Convention and her equally meteoric crash a short time later during her infamous interviews with Katie Couric and Charles Gibson -- a crash that has repeated itself over and over again in the six long years since -- there's been a troubling and ultimately duplicitous narrative sprung up by some commentators out of Alaska, where Palin was briefly a popular governor, and it goes something like this: that Sarah Palin was a beloved figure and a committed political crusader before her Cinderella appearance on the national stage, plucked out of obscurity, such as it was, by John McCain's bumbling and beleaguered presidential campaign. It's a fanciful fairytale. Alaskans are a bit like a dysfunctional family: it's fine for them to call Aunt Sally a so-and-so or Uncle Johnny a this-and-that, but when Outsiders -- and that's what they call the rest of us in the Lower 48, Outsiders -- do the same, ...
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Ted Cruz's Message For The GOP's 'Greybeards': Don't Discount The Government Shutdown 1.6.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has a message for the Republican Party's "greybeards" -- don't discount the impact of last year's government shutdown. Speaking at the 2014 Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday, Cruz insisted that October 2013's antics are helping the party in its midterm election fights. "They’re reaping the fruits of the battle, which is perfectly fine," Cruz said, according to the Washington Post. "But we need to take a moment to acknowledge the lesson of the battle.” Back in December 2013, Cruz was unapologetic about his role in the 16-day standoff , vowing that he did not make any mistakes. Cruz was credited by several House Republicans as the lead force behind the party's efforts. "[He played] an excellent role," said Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at the time. "I think what he's done is strengthened our hand. He's made the case that we need to act and act decisively, and so I think we have a lot to credit him for." At the conclusion of the shutdown, polls showed Americans were mad ...
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John Boehner: 'I'm Not Qualified To Debate The Science Over Climate Change' 29.5.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is preparing to roll out new regulations on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants on Monday, and the rules are already drawing criticism from congressional Republicans. Of course, many of the rules' opponents are not even convinced that the issue the rules seek to address -- namely, climate change -- is even a problem at all. The Republican-led House Science Committee is holding a hearing on Thursday morning questioning the most recent scientific reports on climate change. A reporter asked House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) at Thursday morning's Republican leadership press conference if, given his stated concerns about EPA regulations, "Are there steps you would support to take action against climate change, and do you think that's a problem?" Boehner's response didn't exactly answer the question. "Well, listen. I'm not qualified to debate the science over climate change. But I am astute enough to understand that every proposal that has come out of ...
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Sarah Palin Calls Obama 'Lazy' Over Approach To Veterans Affairs Scandal 22.5.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) railed against President Barack Obama on Wednesday, accusing him of mishandling the scandal currently plaguing the Department of Veterans Affairs. The inspector general is investigating reports of misconduct at 26 VA facilities nationwide, including the Phoenix facility where 40 veterans allegedly died waiting for care while records were manipulated to hide excessive wait times. Fox News' Sean Hannity asked Palin why she believed Obama chose not to go after VA Secretary Eric Shinseki. “When you hold someone accountable, it takes an energy and resource. And Barack Obama is lazy,” Palin said. “In fact, he warned us that he was lazy and he attributed that to having been brought up in Hawaii. His words, not mine.” Palin was probably referring to a 2011 conversation between Barbara Walters and Obama, in which the president admitted he may have picked up his "laziness" from growing up in Hawaii. In the Fox News appearance, Palin added that the problem "starts at the top," ...
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