The Big, New Bipartisan, Well-Funded Effort To Change The U.S. Criminal Justice System

The Big, New Bipartisan, Well-Funded Effort To Change The U.S. Criminal Justice System

New offices, new lobbyists, new money pour into a new national criminal justice effort — that features some of the most well-known names in progressive and libertarian politics. View this image › Nate Guidry/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette / MCT WASHINGTON — The biggest names in progressive politics and libertarian-leaning conservatism are launching an aggressive, well-funded lobbying effort aimed at changing the U.S. criminal justice system. For the first time, the groups on both sides of the aisle — long allied on efforts to reduce mandatory sentences, lower prison populations, and re-evaluate the war on drugs in the states — will move their efforts from state-based policies to the federal level. On Thursday, the Coalition for Public Safety debuted with a high-profile conference call featuring major operators in political advocacy. Koch-funded activists like FreedomWorks’ Matt Kibbe and the Center For American Progress’ Neera Tanden sketched out a promise to work together on criminal […]

Reporter compares the Ebola quarantine to WWII internment camps

Reporter compares the Ebola quarantine to WWII internment camps

http://twitter.com/#!/laura_lrnzo/status/526458885003956224 Ron Fournier, reporter for National Journal, has earned our praise on these pages of late as a voice of reason in the ongoing national debate on Ebola, which is why this tweet of his took us by surprise: http://twitter.com/#!/ron_fournier/status/526457661026746368 That’s right — The 21-day quarantine of aid worker Kaci Hickox, who just arrived in Newark, NJ after treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, is now the same as WWII internment camps. Fournier’s readers blasted him for the analogy: @ron_fournier you're comparing this to Japanese internment? — Matt Lewis (@mattklewis) October 26, 2014 @ron_fournier really? You're trying to draw an equivalence between these? Sheesh. — Scott Harmon (@scotthar_tx) October 26, 2014 @mattklewis @ron_fournier Good Lord, a grip is in order. — Laura Lorenzo (@laura_lrnzo) October 26, 2014 @ron_fournier I don't think this is an accurate comparison. Those folks lost their property and were held for years. — James Meredith (@NDTwinsfan) October […]

O’Malley: Border kids would be in danger in ‘conservative part’ of MD

O’Malley: Border kids would be in danger in ‘conservative part’ of MD

http://twitter.com/#!/GovernorOMalley/status/487763682625998851 “Certain death?” Really? Is there a genocide or plague occurring in Central America that only O’Malley is aware of? Or is Marty just being his usual overly dramatic self? Keep in mind that O’Malley is a staunch abortion supporter, so “certain death” for kids doesn’t always trouble him. http://twitter.com/#!/stevebruskCNN/status/489195169406001152 http://twitter.com/#!/JimAcostaCNN/status/489194479362916352 http://twitter.com/#!/IsaacDovere/status/489206014076784642 Baltimore is still on the table? That might be more dangerous than wherever these illegal immigrant kids came from. The Politico article gives O’Malley some cover by saying he opposed putting the kids in “western” Maryland because *gasp* “it’s a conservative part of the state.” Hours after the Maryland governor and prospective 2016 presidential candidate became the most prominent Democrat to criticize the White House on the issue, Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Muñoz called O’Malley to complain. But before they hung up, O’Malley told Muñoz not to send any of the children to the facility in Westminster, Md., that the White House […]

7 fast facts about White House hooker-gate aide’s crony campaign donor dad

7 fast facts about White House hooker-gate aide’s crony campaign donor dad

http://twitter.com/#!/nu_reality/status/520061175942246400 “Business as usual,” indeed. Jonathan Dach is the young White House aide at the center of the latest Washington Post exclusive, which details the Obama administration’s two-year-old efforts to cover up Dach’s alleged involvement in the Cartagena/Secret Service hooker scandal. As Twitchy reported, Dach was assigned a policy adviser job at the State Department handling…“women’s issues.” How’d he swing that gig? Look no further than his family ties. Dach’s father is Leslie Dach. Here are seven fun, fast facts about Dach the Elder. 1. He was EVP of corporate affairs and government relations at Wal-Mart — you know, the corporate donor the Obamas love to hate and hate to love. Couldn't b more honored & proud 2 have spent time w amazing leader. Leslie Dach, WMT EVP, On Business And Social Good http://t.co/J6tdPd8gHo — la sutherland, phd (@lasutherlandphd) March 21, 2013 Brilliant! RT @Walmart: Walmart EVP Leslie Dach explains […]

Josh Earnest: Travel restrictions for West Africa still off the table

Josh Earnest: Travel restrictions for West Africa still off the table

http://twitter.com/#!/KatiePavlich/status/522463472848994304 Or at least that’s what the White House wants everybody else to believe: "Shutting down travel to that area of the world would prevent the expeditious flow of personnel and equipment into the region." – Earnest — Noah Rothman (@NoahCRothman) October 15, 2014 White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said again today that any proposals for restricting travel from West African countries where there are Ebola outbreaks aren’t being considered. Josh Earnest says that a flight ban is “not on the table” — Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) October 15, 2014 White House still not even putting travel restrictions on the table. Unreal. #Ebola — Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) October 15, 2014 White House: Travel ban from countries with Ebola outbreaks 'not on the table' at this time pic.twitter.com/tjE6hYFADu — NBC News (@NBCNews) October 15, 2014 And if that’s not comforting enough, here’s the reason: WH spox Earnest: No need for Ebola […]

Obama ‘waves off’ Iraq question for laser-like focus on robotic giraffe

Obama ‘waves off’ Iraq question for laser-like focus on robotic giraffe

http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/479292083757670400 During the “White House Maker Faire” today, President Obama was singularly focused on a bio diesel car, and something else: http://twitter.com/#!/ZekeJMiller/status/479283475917594624 Wait, what? http://twitter.com/#!/Smartypants60/status/479285261642514432 No word yet if Obama reminded the maker of robo-giraffe that he “didn’t build that”: http://twitter.com/#!/CSTearlyoften/status/479316352629755904 http://twitter.com/#!/BKcolin/status/479320520559972353 http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller/status/479303106334031874 Well, it’s not like there’s anything else going on in the world, right? http://twitter.com/#!/susanobryant/status/479304255413575681 http://twitter.com/#!/BonkPolitics/status/479304918382047232 http://twitter.com/#!/kelly_t_mac/status/479309950682808320 @markknoller MT: "BO waves off Iraq Q…he's focused on the Maker Faire projects" Whoa, stop the world! One thing at a time. @instapundit— Damian Bennett (@DamianBennett) June 18, 2014 If there’s ever a sitcom about the Obama administration, “One Thing at a Time” would be a good title. *** Related: Did Obama really lose Chuck Todd? See what he said about Obama’s presidency Read more: http://twitchy.com/2014/06/18/just-embarrassing-at-this-point-obama-waves-off-iraq-question-for-laser-like-focus-on-robotic-giraffe-pics-vine/

NYT’s Peter Baker panned for questioning GOP concern for Obama’s safety

NYT’s Peter Baker panned for questioning GOP concern for Obama’s safety

http://twitter.com/#!/jtLOL/status/517340038615416832 The New York Times Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker wonders what’s up with all the Republican interest in getting the Secret Service back on track and strengthening security around the White House following the latest fence-jumping and entrance into the White House: The complicated politics of the Secret Service furor. http://t.co/Xr7IL1rBs6 — Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) October 1, 2014 From the article: WASHINGTON — President Obama must be touched by all the concern Republicans are showing him these days. As Congress examines security breaches at the White House, even opposition lawmakers who have spent the last six years fighting his every initiative have expressed deep worry for his security. As Charles C.W. Cooke pointed out at National Review, Baker also wrote “it would not be all that surprising if Mr. Obama were a little wary of all the professed sympathy.” NYT: Say, Why Don’t Republicans Want President Obama to […]

‘Let them wear Spanx!’ Fashionistas gush over FLOTUS at WH design workshop

‘Let them wear Spanx!’ Fashionistas gush over FLOTUS at WH design workshop

http://twitter.com/#!/NoahCRothman/status/519914465526296576 First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a “fashion education” event at the White House today: Watch live: The First Lady encourages students at the #FashionEdu Workshop to #ReachHigher for a college degree → http://t.co/3YOBxGAiN9 — The First Lady (@FLOTUS) October 8, 2014 "In these dresses…we see the incredible promise that lies within our next generation." —The First Lady at the #FashionEdu Workshop — The First Lady (@FLOTUS) October 8, 2014 Anna Wintour, Eva Chen, Jenna Lyons, DVF & Tracy Reese are all in The White House right now all thanks to FLOTUS. So magical. #fashionedu — Morgth West. (@cosmorgpolitan) October 8, 2014 Vogue editor and major Obama supporter and fundraiser Anna Wintour was in attendance: From #fashionedu at The White House. The iconic @Anna_Wintour introduces @FLOTUS: "Hello, I'm Anna." pic.twitter.com/hNhjyDzPYx — Elizabeth Thorp (@poshbrood) October 8, 2014 Obama mega-donor Anna Wintour speaking at WH for 'Fashion Education Workshop'. She says […]

‘Admin is pissed off beyond belief': Time for Wasserman Schultz to ‘say bye’?

‘Admin is pissed off beyond belief’: Time for Wasserman Schultz to ‘say bye’?

http://twitter.com/#!/Tark31/status/512359011300032512 We’re guessing … not all that great. Politico’s Edward-Isaac Dovere has a new post up suggesting that there’s trouble in prog paradise: Dems turn on DWS – my exclusive inside story on how the party lost confidence in DNC chair http://t.co/tRnxUcfOST — Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) September 17, 2014 From Politico: Long-simmering doubts about her have reached a peak after two recent public flubs: criticizing the White House’s handling of the border crisis and comparing the tea party to wife beaters. The perception of critics is that Wasserman Schultz spends more energy tending to her own political ambitions than helping Democrats win. This includes using meetings with DNC donors to solicit contributions for her own PAC and campaign committee, traveling to uncompetitive districts to court House colleagues for her potential leadership bid and having DNC-paid staff focus on her personal political agenda. She’s become a liability to the DNC, and even […]

CBO says minimum wage hike will cost 500K jobs; Dan Pfeiffer, WH run interference

CBO says minimum wage hike will cost 500K jobs; Dan Pfeiffer, WH run interference

http://twitter.com/#!/MetricButtload/status/435859481423908864 Well, shoot. This doesn’t sound like what the White House said would happen: http://twitter.com/#!/jamiedupree/status/435853641162166272 According to the CBO’s report, an estimated 16.5 million workers would see higher earnings if the minimum hourly wage were raised to $10.10. But there are some important stipulations: The increased earnings for low-wage workers resulting from the higher minimum wage would total $31 billion, by CBO’s estimate. However, those earnings would not go only to low-income families, because many low-wage workers are not members of low-income families. Just 19 percent of the $31 billion would accrue to families with earnings below the poverty threshold, whereas 29 percent would accrue to families earning more than three times the poverty threshold, CBO estimates. Moreover, the increased earnings for some workers would be accompanied by reductions in real (inflation-adjusted) income for the people who became jobless because of the minimum-wage increase, for business owners, and for consumers […]

White House intruder ruled ‘not competent'; What about that other guy?

White House intruder ruled ‘not competent’; What about that other guy?

http://twitter.com/#!/CBSNews/status/524664114170560513 Headline or straight line? @CBSNews Nooo…. Really? — Dave Gaze (@DaveGaze) October 21, 2014 The White House fence jumper's lawyer believes he can stand trial, but an unexpected screening found him incompetent: http://t.co/sK2hX74cZl — CBS News Politics (@CBSPolitics) October 21, 2014 @CBSNews that's a funny choice of words, all things considered — Brandon Wall (@Walldo) October 21, 2014 A court just ruled that the White House fence jumper is "not competent." They had no ruling on the White House occupant. — jon gabriel (@exjon) October 21, 2014 Boom. @exjon Zing! — Shoebart (@theshoebart) October 21, 2014 @exjon http://t.co/xgxJGmKFX4 — Chris Barnhart (@ChrisBarnhart) October 21, 2014 @exjon cue rimshot — DamnFineGreg (@gsv45) October 21, 2014 @exjon You sure the court was talking about the jumper and not about the imitation secret service? — Eric Hines (@EEHines) October 21, 2014 @exjon Swish, nothing but net… — Mark Raff (@MRaff57) October 21, 2014 Heh. *** […]

Activate shocked faces: White House buried prostitution scandal, IG report

Activate shocked faces: White House buried prostitution scandal, IG report

http://twitter.com/#!/JohnEkdahl/status/520034645862133761 Yep. Ho-hum. Another day, another Obama scandal. Corruptocracy: It’s what’s for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I'd say Obama's going to be livid when he reads the papers tomorrow, but it appears he knew about it over two years ago. #Cartagena — Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) October 9, 2014 Breaking from @CarolLeonnig @DavidNakamura: Aides knew of possible White House link to Cartagena prostitution scandal http://t.co/Z9M4nBy40u — Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker) October 9, 2014 That was fast. RT @TrendsDC: 'cartagena' is now trending in #DC http://t.co/UAecjLnXpd — Rebecca Sinderbrand (@sinderbrand) October 9, 2014 In case you were wondering why #cartagena was trending, here’s why. From the WaPo report: The Secret Service shared its findings twice in the weeks after the scandal with top White House officials, including then-White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler. Each time, she and other presidential aides conducted an interview with the advance-team member and concluded that he had done nothing […]