A Republican aide was on the phone with late Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich just before he killed himself. He told her about his outrage over a whispering campaign about his religion, threatened to kill himself and then handed the phone to his wife. Seconds later, Schweich's wife Kathy said, "He shot himself!"
"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 ...Read More →
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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.
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.