The New Jersey Democrat’s office rejected reports of an expanded investigation into corruption, involving the senator and two Ecuadorian bankers accused of fraud.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez is striking back against new corruption allegations regarding his ties to two Ecuadorian bankers who are accused of defrauding account holders in Ecuador to the tune of $100 million.NBC News reported Thursday that the FBI has expanded its probe into Menendez to include his advocacy on behalf of William and Roberto Isaias, two Ecuadorian nationals living in Coral Gables, Fla. The Isaias brothers were convicted in absentia in Ecuador for embezzling millions as their bank, Filanbanco, collapsed in the 1990s.
The senate majority leader says the ex-defense secretary violated his trust by publishing their confidential conversations.
LAS VEGAS—Forgive Harry Reid if he feels like he’s been hit with friendly fire. The Senate Majority Leader says he’s dismayed at the treatment he received in Robert Gates’ new book “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War.” In several of the seven mentions of Reid in the 618-page book, Gates paints an unflattering, even belittling portrait of the Senate veteran who once suggested the former Secretary of Defense would make a good vice presidential running mate for future President Obama.
According to a new survey, a majority of Republicans agree that individual behavior—and not circumstances—are responsible for poverty.
Life is not a Horatio Alger novel, and whether you’re poor or rich has a lot—if not everything—to do with circumstances beyond your control, from the wealth and education of your parents, to the circumstances of your environment, the policies of your government, and the broad structure of your environment.But don’t tell that to Republican voters.According to a new survey on inequality and public opinion from the Pew Research Center, Republicans are more likely than anyone else to have an Alger-style view of class and mobility.
Big news this morning to be filed under Yes, Elections Matter: The state of Virginia is changing its position today and endorsing same-sex marriage.This is the announcement of the state's new attorney general Mark Herring, a Democrat. Herring told NPR's Steve Inskeep that he will stop defending Virginia's same-sex marriage ban and place the commonwealth on the side of the plaintiffs, two same-sex couples fighting for the right to be married in the state in a case called Bostic v.
The ex-governor of Virginia and the sitting governors of New Jersey and New York have recently discredited themselves with actions and statements that seem to put them above the people they serve.
As I reflect on the actions of three governors who have made the headlines in recent days, one word immediately jumps to mind regarding their behavior: unbecoming. All too often it seems that those who have been given the high honor and responsibility to lead their fellow citizens have forgotten what it means to be one of We the People.Let’s start with Bob McDonnell, the former governor and attorney general of my Commonwealth of Virginia. A dedicated public servant and one who generally received good marks from Republicans and Democrats alike, McDonnell and his wife were indicted yesterday in Richmond on a series of federal corruption charges that reads more like a Christmas laundry list from one of the Real Housewives television programs than legitimate requests for “favors” from an alleged upstanding governor and first lady of Virginia.
The rightwing prankster and documentarian whose videos have drawn blood at ACORN and NPR, says his organization is being harassed by the state of New York.
Do extreme conservatives pranksters and videographers have no place in New York State either?Late last week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo ignited a firestorm of criticism in right-wing media when he told a public radio host that “extreme conservatives who are right-to-life, pro-assault-weapon, anti-gay … have no place in the State of New York.”Cuomo was referring to the prospects of far-right political candidates in the deeply Democratic Empire State, not the prospects of his own far right constituents.
A new report from a presidential commission on how to conduct elections avoided political hot potatoes and focused instead on how to make voting quick and efficient.
If a presidential commission has its way, the traditional Election Day is dead.The “traditional election day model 12 hours from x in morning to x at night is not feasible,” Bob Bauer, one of two co-chairs of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration, said in a panel at George Washington University School of Law on Wednesday, just hours after presenting the commission’s report to President Obama.The commission--popularly known as the Bauer-Ginsberg Commission after its two chairs, Bauer, a top Democratic lawyer, and Ben Ginsberg, the leading Republican election litigator—delivered its recommendations unanimously in a report commissioned in the aftermath of numerous reports of long lines and delays during the 2012 election.
North Dakota’s junior senator voted against background checks and for the Keystone pipeline. She’s also a big Hillary Clinton fan. The forthright freshman legislator is a study in contrasts.
Heidi Heitkamp is not a household name. Not yet.But there’s buzz about the political future of the down to earth junior senator from North Dakota.A presidential contender in 2020?It’s an interesting proposition. And when you talk to her fans and question her predecessor and mentor, Kent Conrad, the answer is a definite yes.“I’d trust Heidi with any responsibility she takes on,” says the former senator, lauding the 57-year-old freshman lawmaker for her “decency, intelligence, and common sense.
Democrats accuse the governor of being a bully today. In 1994, he played so hard against a fellow Republican that his own party threw him out of office and put her back in.
As scandal swirls around New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie like the snowstorm that accompanied his second inauguration, he would do well to remember the magnificent mother of 10 he defeated by defaming her in his very first bid for public office.He should remember Cecilia “Cissy” Laureys and the old tough guy’s axiom that what goes around comes around.The year was 1994, and Christie was a 31-year-old attorney running for a seat on the seven-member board of Freeholders in Morris County.
The right wants to use religion as an excuse to legally discriminate against gays and unmarried women—and, ultimately, anyone who doesn’t share their Christian faith.
Ever since the Obama administration included contraception in the list of services that insurers must cover for clients without a copay, conservatives have been on the attack. As far as most right-wing media is concerned—and definitely as far as the average conservative on the ground is concerned—the problem with the mandate is that it supposedly forces others to “pay for” a woman’s “lifestyle” choice. Even though the insurance policies in question actually belong to the women, who usually earned them as part of their compensation packages at work or who paid for directly with premiums, conservatives routinely portray women who use their own insurance to pay for their own medicine as layabouts forcing other people pay for their birth control.
Polls this far from Election Day are useless in the present and hilarious in hindsight.
More than 1,000 days remain until voters elect the 45th President of the United States, but you’d never know it by turning on the news.This week, Chris Christie took the oath of office to start his second term as governor of New Jersey, as a bipartisan probe investigates allegations about a shutdown of the George Washington Bridge and claims by the mayor of Hoboken that Sandy aid funds were tied to a development project. His status as a 2016 frontrunner has already made him a top target of the left and a headline maker, for better or worse.
The details in the indictments against former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife are devastating. The Daily Beast gets you up to speed.
The previous governor of Virginia, Republican Bob McDonnell, and his wife Maureen were indicted Tuesday on 14 charges of corruption by the feds. From an engraved Rolex to private-plane shopping trips to Fifth Avenue, the file on Virginia’s former First Couple is lousy with lucre. Here’s what to know. Who is Bob McDonnell and why do I care?McDonnell was close to being Mitt Romney’s veep pick thanks to his swing-state job and Mitt-level good looks and hair.
Obama says new groups claiming allegiance to al Qaeda are equivalent to JV players wearing Lakers jerseys. Why the president is wrong.
A long New Yorker profile of President Obama provides a great deal of insight into how the president and his administration view the undeniable expansion of jihadist groups claiming allegiance to al Qaeda. “The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” President Obama said, distinguishing between groups that are “actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland” and those who are “engaged in various local power struggles and disputes.
On Wednesday, a bipartisan commission released its report on how to make voting easier and to reduce lines on Election Day.
No one should have to wait more than half an hour to vote. That was the key principle in the report of the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration, which was delivered to the White House today. In order to achieve this, the commission led by Democrat Bob Bauer and Republican Ben Ginsberg, recommended a nationwide expansion of early voting---both by mail and in-person---as well as a number of other reforms. The Bauer-Ginsberg Commission was established by President Obama in the aftermath of the 2012 election in an attempt to solve the problems with long waits and crowding that have plagued American elections in recent years.
From 'principled fiscal conservative protest' to 'Obama derangement syndrome:' John Avlon talks to CNN's Carol Costello on the fifth anniversary of the Tea Party.
The WikiLeaks founder participated in a glitch-filled—but candid—live video chat from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as part of the South By Southwest tech fest.