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Sent Packing

Vance McAllister (R-LA) is the freshman Rep caught in that grainy surveillance camera video smooching a member of his staff. According to an interview in the local paper, McAllister says he plans to run for reelection this November “unless there is an outcry for me not to serve, and so far there has been an outpouring of support, not for my actions, but for me to continue to represent the people."

But this part caught my attention ...

The video, which came from a surveillance camera at the congressman’s Monroe district office, shows McAllister in an embrace and passionate kiss with one of his staff.

The former staffer who McAllister is with in the video is Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, 33, of Sterlington.

Adam Terry, McAllister’s chief of staff, said Peacock was taken off of the payroll during the past 24 hours.

NTSB Would Not Approve

Good lord. I don't think the NTSB would approve. But if we could get big government off our backs we could perhaps get roads like this one in the Himalaya mountains. Not for the faint of heart video after the jump ...

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Paternity Leave

Sheila Bapat writes that a Mets player getting slammed for taking just two days paternity leave demonstrates just how much we value fathers: "Eighty-five percent of U.S. firms and 94 percent of states do not offer any paid leave for men. By contrast, 50 percent of businesses offer paid maternity leave."

This Is Critical

With Sahil Kapur's piece today on Republican fears that Obamacare might actually succeed, I wanted to focus everyone's attention on the seminal 'Kristol Memo' from 1993, a document that shaped the successful effort to block health care reform in 1994 and, I believe, played a largely unheralded and pivotal role shaping the DC GOP in the last 20 years. You can read the actual memo here; and I strongly recommend that you do. The gist of Kristol's prescription was massive resistance: no haggling or negotiating, as might have been the Bob Dole approach. Just no. No negotiation, no bill, no acceptance that there was such a thing as a crisis in care.

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A Must-Read from the 'Brittle Grip' Series

I've been whittling away at this "brittle grip" series for a while now. And I confess it's the first contemporary or public issue that I've felt any urge to write about at length in many years. But since I'm not able to do that I've had to content myself with observation, anecdote and hypotheses. Social psychology, economics, extensive interviews and much more would be necessary to really grasp the issue in all its dimensions. That's why I was so charged to receive this reader email on the brittle grip theme from TPM Reader ML. It's really, really worth your time to read.

I am an MBA and, after working in the "private sector" for a good while am back in the public policy world. I am also a fellow Brown grad (and long time reader - since early 2000s).

Anyway, I was, at one point, a real free market believer. I did some Jeff Sachs goes to Bolivia type of stuff. It was a heady time - the 90s. The market could bring prosperity to peasants in Bolivia (if only they let us privatize retirement and force them to become investors somehow). The market was good for you and everyone.

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Ignoring The Evidence

Sarah Erdreich: It's actually a huge problem when Supreme Court justices like Antonin Scalia are spouting unscientific nonsense by calling contraceptive methods "abortifacients."

I Love New York

A charity hockey game between the NYPD and the NYFD degenerates (or perhaps ascends?) into an epic brawl between cops and firefighters. Watch.


Ted Cruz: Thanks, Obama

Ted Cruz's career in Washington has been defined thus far by his efforts to dismantle President Obama's signature legislation. On… Read More →