All-around class act John Edwards called his mistress Rielle Hunter a "crazy slut" upon learning she was pregnant, says his former aide Andrew Young. [...]
Read The Full Article:
This is awfully good. And it just get worse and worse as the video goes on. Watch the entire thing.
Want the scoop on hot races around the country? Get the digest emailed to you each weekday morning. Sign up here.Leading Off:
PA-12, PA-17: The biggest news from Pennsylvania's primaries on Tuesday night may be the losses of two different Blue Dog Democratic House members: Jason Altmire in PA-12 and Tim Holden in PA-17. Altmire lost to fellow member Mark Critz by a 54-46 margin; the two of them were forced into the same southwest Pennsylvania district by a Republican-drawn map. The majority of redrawn PA-12 is on Altmire's turf, but Critz managed to eke out the victory thanks to aggressive labor backing and huge turnout in his own smaller portion of the district (in the Johnstown area). Critz is no liberal either, but is considered more labor-friendly than Altmire.
The other loss was Holden in the 17th, which was redrawn dramatically to be a Democratic vote sink for the cities of northeastern Pennsylvania. Holden has had great success fending off Republican challengers in GOP-leaning districts for the last few decades, but ran out of luck when put into a Dem-leaning district and facing an opponent from the left. (Also a big problem for Holden: less than a quarter of his new constituents were in his old district, so he was effectively a blank slate to most of them. His opponent, Matt Cartwright, is a well-known local trial lawyer in the Scranton area, and may have actually had the name rec advantage despite not having an incumbency advantage.)
Other highlights from last night: Rich guy Tom Smith, as expected, was the winner of the Republican Senate primary. He's a serious underdog against Democratic Sen. Bob Casey Jr. in November. State Rep. Scott Perry won the open seat primary in the safely-GOP PA-04 (vacated by retiring Todd Platts), and is a shoo-in in November. Rep. Tim Murphy easily turned back a tea party-fueled challenge from Evan Feinberg in the GOP primary in PA-18. And in the Democratic primary for the Pennsylvania Attorney General's race, netroots fave and former Rep. Patrick Murphy lost to prosecutor Kathleen Kane, ending his comeback bid.
Republicans continue to pass health cuts in the House: “The House Appropriations Committee said Tuesday that healthcare programs will absorb major cuts as the panel tries to meet spending caps in the House-passed budget, sponsored by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The full Appropriations Committee capped its healthcare bill at $150 billion ? $7 billion lower than the cap the Senate is working with.” The Energy and Commerce Committee meets Wednesday morning to vote on its recommended healthcare cuts. [The Hill]
Illinois governor defends proposal to raise cigarette taxes for health care: “Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn today defended his call to raise cigarette taxes as part of an effort to restructure the state’s health care program for the poor, saying the $1-a-pack increase will prevent the need for deeper cuts that could harm hospitals or spill over into other areas of spending, including education.” [Chicago Tribune]
Louisiana advances abortion restrictions: “The Louisiana Senate agreed Tuesday to change the sonogram requirements for a woman seeking an abortion in the state, including asking her if she would like to hear the fetal heartbeat. Women in Louisiana already are required to get an ultrasound before they can have an abortion. At the time, they are asked whether they want to view the sonogram and get a photo of the image.” [WJHG]
Arizona sends Planned Parenthood funding ban to Brewer: “Considering the multitude of anti-choice and anti-rights measures that have passed the Arizona state legislature this session, including the country’s earliest so-called fetal pain ban, it should not be surprising to learn that the state senate has approved a ban on all funding to Planned Parenthood, despite the fact that the provider does not use public dollars for abortions.” [RH Reality Check]
Jobs for Christians: “Across the country, crisis pregnancy centers that refuse to hire non-Christians are receiving taxpayer funding and other forms of government support.” [American Independent]
Welcome to Justiceline, ThinkProgress Justice?s morning round-up of the latest legal news and developments. Remember to follow us on Twitter at @TPJustice
Smartypants: Hispanics could put Arizona in play this year, while illegal immigration recedes as an issue for the future.
Desert Beacon: There's a difference between traditional capitalism and the financial parasite sector we have today.
Sky Dancing: The after-effects of the BP oil spill are still afflicting the Gulf.
Immoral Minority: If the fundies are making Christianity a dirty word, it's up to other Christians to do something about it.
Round-up by Infidel753; tips to mbru [at] crooksandliars [dot] com.
Visual source: Newseum
Obama Now at 50% Job Approval; Leads Romney, 49% to 42%More on Gallup here from me:
Independents' vote preferences have shifted toward Obama
Trio of Gallup polls point to good Obama positioning for NovemberEven more from Mark Mellman on poll volatility:
Noting that the variation resists easy explanation, Huffington Post?s always astute Mark Blumenthal offered two possibilities worth exploring ? random variation and unsettled preferences.That's key... you can't push voters who hate politics and like choosing in the last 10 days to decide now. You get the wrong answer if you do.
The significance of sampling variation shouldn?t be underestimated. Most surveys peg the vote for each candidate within a narrow band. As Obama and Romney traded places in the Gallup data, both candidates? support varied within just a 4-point range.
But don?t overestimate sampling error, either ? the probability that Obama is up 9 and down 2 at the same time, simply as a result of statistical error, is rather remote.
Voters? unsettled preferences are also important. When pollsters push the truly undecided to support a candidate, they are asking respondents to tell more than they know, thereby eliciting noise.
?There?s no play in the immigration debate for Republicans ? the states that it would move people are already in the R column,? said Doug Usher, a managing director with the bipartisan firm Purple Strategies and a former pollster for Sen. John Kerry?s (D) presidential campaign. But it?s equally unlikely to put new states on the map for President Obama, though Usher says he thinks Latino support could help him hold Colorado and Virginia.Dana Milbank:
Aficionados of the Etch a Sketch will recall a certain flaw in the toy: If you use it often, some of the lines drawn no longer disappear when you shake the device, instead leaving an indelible trace of where you have been.Mark Bittman writes about
This is the problem Mitt Romney is encountering: He is shaking the device, trying to erase impressions left during this year?s primary contest. But he just can?t shake away the image of Russell Pearce [AZ's SB 1070 immigration law architect].
Wendell Berry, American Hero.Jonathan Bernstein:
In Washington this past Monday, Wendell delivered the 2012 Jefferson Lecture, the highest honor the federal government has for ?distinguished intellectual achievement? in the humanities. He titled the talk ?It All Turns on Affection.? When I visited him last month he told me that preparing the talk ?taxed him greatly,? and I can see why. It?s incredibly ambitious, tying together E.M. Forster?s ?Howard?s End,? the history of his family and the country around it, and ? to summarize it rather crudely ? the costs of capitalism?s abuse of humans and land.
Will Sharron Angle, Christine O?Donnell, and the Tea Partiers who nominated them keep costing Republicans in 2012, at least in the Senate? That?s what Molly Ball argues based on her reporting.
A variety of links to articles/interviews/speeches on current issues that may be of interest.[...]
Read The Full Article:
When the Supreme Court hears oral arguments over the constitutionality of Arizona's strict immigration law on Wednesday morning, it wouldn't just be Arizonians who are paying close attention.
The high court's decision on whether the Arizona's measure, considered the harshest immigration law in the land when in was passed back in 2010, steps on the federal government's toes will likely have an impact on several other states which have passed similar measures. The Justice Department has sued three other states with immigration laws similar to Arizona's -- Alabama in August, South Carolina in October and Utah in November.
A federal court issued a preliminary injunction against portions of SB 1070 because it interfered with the federal government's authority on immigration policy, a decision upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Civil rights groups have argued that Arizona's law is discriminatory but the Supreme Court is only interested, for now, on whether the law violates federal pre-emption. The government will argue that only the feds can deal with the issue of immigration.
"As the Framers understood, it is the National Government that has ultimate responsibility to regulate the treatment of aliens while on American soil, because it is the Nation as a whole -- not any single State -- that must respond to the international consequences of such treatment," the government argued in a court brief.
The justices will be looking at four provisions of the law and whether they can continue being enforced as the remainder of the law makes its way through lower court. Here they are as summarized by SCOTUSBlog:
1. A requirement that police in the state check the legal status of persons arrested before they may be released. That provision also allows police to stop and arrest anyone suspected of being an undocumented immigrant. That is Section 2(B).
2. A provision making it a state crime to be in Arizona without legal immigration papers. Section 3.
3. A ban forbidding all undocumented immigrants from applying for a job or working in the state. Section 5(C).
4. A provision that allows police, without a warrant, to arrest anyone believed to have committed a crime that would lead to deportation, even if the crime had been committed in another state. Section 6.
The hearing gets underway at 10 a.m., and TPM's Sahil Kapur will be in the courtroom to cover the arguments.
Brilliant. Just watch. [...]
Read The Full Article: