“I would support Mitt. If he were to run, I would not. But I don’t even know if I’m going to either myself. That’s something I’m going to decide in 2015.”
Via Hot Air:
Not the first time lately that Ryan’s swooned at the thought of another Romney candidacy. In August he said he was so gung-ho for Romney 3.0 or 8.0 or whichever version we’re on now that he’d drive Mitt’s campaign bus if need be. But saying it two months ago, when the prospect of Romney actually running was still a pipe dream, and saying it now, where we’re on dude-I-can’t-believe-this-might-be-happening red alert, are two different things. After listening to Ryan here, now I’m wondering if Romney’s entrance would actually clear the field in the center (assuming Jeb Bush doesn’t jump in first, of course). Rubio’s still going to run, but he’s not a pure centrist candidate; he’ll run as a center-right guy who can appeal to RINOs and true conservatives alike. I’m thinking more about Chris Christie. Would Christie reluctantly pass (again) fearing that he’d be no match for Romney? And is that maybe the point of this whole Romney boomlet lately — convincing Christie, a damaged candidate, that he shouldn’t jump in and screw up the center’s chances of beating Ted Cruz and Rand Paul?
The raging narcissist never fails to make it all about him.
What? That has to take a lot of effort to steer clear of someone on the Hill like that…
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) talks to a lot of people in the course of doing his job, but for some reason, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) isn’t one of them, how very curious.
“I’ve not talked to him since he’s been elected,” Boehner revealed in an interview with the Cincinnati Enquirer, and left it at that. Cruz was elected in 2012 and played a major role in recent events that threatened to derail Boehner’s agenda, like the times Cruz attempted to hijack down the federal government over Obamacare, the debt ceiling, border patrol, etc.
Boehner didn’t elaborate further, according to the wide-ranging interview, but did admit that he had at least one best friend in the Senate:
Isn’t this fantastic…
Via Capitol City Project:
A new report shows that the Department of Veterans Affairs is severely understaffed in the number of ethics officials they have in relation to their total workforce, even having the worst ratio of ethics officers per employees of any government agency by a long shot.
As many know, the department came under intense fire for having secret waiting lists dealing with veterans care and the numerous deaths that occurred as a result, making this information even more troubling.
Despite not being able to speak English or count to ten.
Thousands of students in New York City schools are failing to meet math and English proficiency but they will learn to be “environmental stewards” as a result of a major school investment in solar panels announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio. As calls mount this week for de Blasio to reform the city’s failing school system, the mayor announced the investment of $23 million in city funds for solar panels at some city schools.
In a report issued last week, Families for Excellent Schools detailed the city’s problems. In 2013, less than 10 percent of students met academic standards in the city’s 257 elementary schools. In 2014, 87 of those schools failed to improve 1 percentage point. Of 925 schools surveyed, only 46 had an average proficiency rate in math and English above 50 percent. Additionally, 185 schools had proficiency rates below 10 percent.
Only five percent, or 46, of the schools which are Title I schools, which are designated federally as “high poverty,” are delivering a quality education by achieving more than 50 percent proficiency with their underserved student populations. The small number of successful schools, FES pointed out, are public charter schools.
On top of all of this, now they’re going to charge you $0.10 for paper bags too.
Via Yahoo Finance:
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed the nation’s first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags at grocery and convenience stores, driven to action by pollution in streets and waterways.
A national coalition of plastic bag manufacturers immediately said it would seek a voter referendum to repeal the law, which is scheduled to take effect in July 2015.
Under SB270, plastic bags will be phased out of checkout counters at large grocery stores and supermarkets such as Wal-Mart and Target starting next summer, and convenience stores and pharmacies in 2016. The law does not apply to bags used for fruits, vegetables or meats, or to shopping bags used at other retailers. It allows grocers to charge a fee of at least 10 cents for using paper bags.
Feel good story of the day.
. . .MSNBC just had its worst three month stretch in nearly 7 years. For Q3 2014, MSNBC is down double digits in total day and primetime viewership. Among total day, A25-54 demo viewers, MSNBC placed fourth, behind FNC, CNN and HLN. In primetime, among total viewers MSNBC was second behind Fox News and ahead of CNN and HLN.
In the all-important, advertiser-coveted 25-54 demo, Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, and Lawrence O’Donnell posted their worst showings… ever.
Quick to sack someone when the failure might get him killed.
Via Russia Today:
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned from her post atop the security detail in charge of protecting United States President Barack Obama on Wednesday following several recent serious breaches.
Pierson, who was appointed only last year to head the US Secret Service after the agency’s reputation was marred by events that preceded her tenure as director, testified on Capitol Hill earlier this week on Tuesday amidst recent revelations that have called into question the effectiveness of her office.
After Secret Service whistleblowers revealed to the press recently that the agency has suffered from several breaches, members of Congress called on Pierson to resign ahead of Wednesday’s announcement.
“The Secret Service has had its share of challenges in recent years,” Pierson wrote in her opening testimony prepared for Tuesday’s hearing.”I intend to lead the Secret Service through these challenges
Just a day later, however, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Wednesday that he has accepted Pierson’s resignation and has already placed Joseph Clancy, the former special agent in charge of presidential detail, as acting director of the Secret Service.
Netanyahu met with Obama today at the White House and the Pinkos are out in full force protesting.
Do any of these people have jobs?