Gov. Chris Christie was with the official who arranged the closure of local lanes leading to the George Washington Bridge on Sept. 11, 2013 — the third day of the closures, and well after they had triggered outrage from local officials beset by heavy traffic.
It isn’t known what, if anything, Mr. Christie discussed with David Wildstein that day, when the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey official was among the delegation of Mr. Christie’s representatives who welcomed him to the site of the World Trade Center for the commemoration of the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks there.
Mr. Christie’s office didn’t respond to questions about what he and Mr. Wildstein discussed. Mr. Wildstein did not respond to a request for comment.
And the plot thickens…
Electoral college reform: If you redrew U.S. state lines so that every one had the same population, this is what the country would look like. In addition to being an awesome visualization, this map proposes some truly great names for the new territories. How cool would it be to say “I’m moving to Big Thicket,” or “let’s take a trip to Shiprock this summer?” Neil Freeman, the creator of the map, argues that this plan would not only eliminate the well-documented issues with the electoral college, but also create House districts that are perfectly equal in size. It sure sounds a lot more reasonable than the GOP’s proposals for electoral college reform. source
So, here’s a quandary. From day one, the GOP’s main argument against ObamaCare (or BaucusCare, as we like to call it) has been that the individual mandate, which requires people above a certain income threshold to purchase health insurance, is unconstitutional. But years later, as it debates immigration reform, Republicans are realizing that allowing uninsured immigrants to stay in the country could be a massive financial drain on the health care system. That confronts the party with an awkward choice: Either accepting that financial drain, or impose an individual mandate on undocumented immigrants. We’re very curious to see how this will play out; will Republicans end up voluntarily defanging their own strongest argument against the Affordable Care Act? source
Former Gov. Mark #Sanford will fill the vacant U.S. House seat in South Carolina’s 1st Congressional District, CNN projects.— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk)
JUST IN: Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford wins hotly contest U.S. House seat - AP— NBC News (@NBCNews)
Former Governor Mark Sanford is being projected as winner of the race for South Carolina’s first district House seat, defeating his Democratic opponent, Elizabeth Colbert Busch. Sanford, 52, was dogged by his infamous abandonment of his post as Governor in June of 2009, when he vanished to Argentina to engage in an extramarital affair. He ran on a very overt platform of redemption and asking forgiveness, however, and SC-1’s largely conservative voters seem to have been in a forgiving mood — Sanford is back from the Appalachian Trail, and he’s headed to the United States House.
But does that mean that employees in other countries get paid more or that CEOs in other countries get paid less?
#OccupyWallStreet: “This is what democracy looks like.”
MUST. NOT. GET. ON. SOAP BOX.
Groan. But also LOL. (I am not on Gandalf’s side on this one though.)
- Mitt Romney shouldn’t try to pretend he plays poker
- Michele Bachmann thinks fixing the economy would be a snap
- Ron Paul
hatesstrongly dislikes Rick Perry
- Tea Partiers hate Ben Bernanke, and so does Rick Perry
- Rick Perry hates little girls; all other candidates love little girls,…
We’d like to add “Some people really love the idea of poor sick people dying” to this list.
“Every pillar of the Taliban regime will be destroyed.” So said a message to the Taliban leader Mullah Omar from the United States in October of 2001. This message, along with a veritable treasure trove of previously classified documents from late 2001, have just been released and posted by the National Security Archive. They involve a great deal of information on the initial US strategic response in Afghanistan and the early planning and development of the War on Terror.
Start looking through the documents here. GWU has taken the time to give some highlights from these documents, including a detailed timeline of Cheney’s post-9/11 whereabouts, and an NSC strategic plan outlining the desire to take down al Qaeda and the Taliban without commiting to “any post-Taliban military involvement.” (Because all that nation-building could get tricky and entangling, no?)