I mentioned yesterday that the first two post-Speech polls out of Israel showed a modest bump for Prime Minister Netanyahu — neither the no-effect Zionist Camp/Labor was hoping for or the big bump Likud wanted. Now we have a third poll and it shows no effect at all.
"Despite a small minority of Democrats and Israeli reporters seeking to curry favor with Obama, Netanyahu's speech to Congress elicited overwhelming support."
Israel Hayom (Israel Today) is the money-losing free news daily which Sheldon Adelson set up in 2007 mainly to support Benjamin Netanyahu. In Israel it is often mocked "Bibiton" (The Bibi News, roughly). But through a mix of being free and popular it rocketed to being the most-read news daily. Netanyahu's opponents — not unreasonably — complain that the entire thing is a massive campaign/propaganda contribution to Netanyahu. In any case, I was looking at its English language version today and here's the 'deck' for their lead article on the site ...
Budget crises affect people in weird ways. A top Brownback aide who is now a key lobbyist/advisor on the outside and apparently being investigated by the FBI went off on a Topeka Model UN coordinator for purportedly disrespecting the governor in her model UN speech.
Netanyahu said Iran would develop its first atomic bomb by 1999 in 1991.
Feeling Bridgegate was out of the news, Chris Christie has cued up what looks to be another mega scandal.
I mentioned earlier this week that the 'Zionist Camp'/Labor party had again opened up a very thin lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud Party in the fast-approaching Israeli election. Now we're two days post-Apocalypse Speech. So how has it played so far in Israel?
TPM alum Dylan Scott comes out as a degenerate internet forum addict to report on the psychology of forum aficionados and what we've lost in the everybody's doing it mass Facebook and Reddit era. You'll like this one.
The fiscal mess Sam Brownback created in Kansas with his tax cuts is now forcing him to accept the prospect of Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. It's not a done deal yet, but the handwriting is all over the wall.
Five points on the most disturbing revelations in the DOJ Ferguson report.
The arrest Eric Holder just described — the one with the guy who had just been playing basketball — is simply horrifying. We'll have a full write up on the DOJ's report on Ferguson later this afternoon.
We'll have details from the report itself later, but here are Holder's words describing the incident from his presentation this afternoon ...
Livni: “The ties between capital, government and [gambling] chips are destroying our vital relationship with the United States and undermining Israel’s security. Netanyahu and Adelson conceal the amount of money spent on Israel Hayom’s election propaganda. Adelson is a casino magnate who, with his billions, controls the Republicans in the United States, and here, he controls Netanyahu. And as in a puppet show, he pulls the political strings both there and here.”
Tzipi Livni is the number two candidate on the 'Zionist Camp' ticket. In effect she is running as a joint ticket with the Labor Party, headed by Yitzhak Herzog.
Ed Kilgore reviews the new mini-debate about whether the American constitutional order is in fact doomed (I'm skeptical) and offers his own take. My own take is that the structure of American government (presidential vs parliamentary systems) is relatively unimportant. I'm closer to Chait in thinking the driving issue is the rise of conservative absolutism, grounded in white identity politics, coming into its own in mid-90s and growing, more or less, ever since.
TPM's Sahil Kapur will be at the Supreme Court at 10 a.m. ET for the oral arguments in King v. Burwell, the big Obamacare case. Look for his initial report later this morning. Meanwhile, here's his final dispatch before arguments, and if you're catching up, here's a one-stop shop for all our coverage of King v. Burwell (and the related Halbig case).
It now seems like at least technically Hillary Clinton's use of her own private email system during her tenure as Secretary of State may not have violated any law. But according to this new AP report, she was apparently running her own private email server, possibly even out of her own house in Chappaqua.
Looks like the Justice Department is going to come down hard on Ferguson.