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If you were surprised at what happened on the House floor Friday afternoon, you haven't been paying much attention to politics for the past three years or so.
The collapse of a three-week extension of funding to keep the Department of Homeland Security -- a measure seen as a last-ditch attempt by Republican leaders to avoid a shutdown -- affirmed, yet again, that House Speaker John A. Boehner has little ability to bend his conference to his will. (The one-week extension expected to pass the chamber late Friday night will prevent a shutdown. But don't mistake it as any sort of consolation for Boehner.)
Phil Robertson’s warning about sexually transmitted diseases was more politically loaded than it seemed
"110 million," "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson bellowed at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Friday. "110 million Americans now have a sexually transmitted illness. 110 million?!" It was an apt warning, given CPAC's reputation for post-conference rowdiness.
Robertson's point, in a speech heavy with cultural admonitions, was that America had moved away from Biblical values. America, he begged, "I don't want you to die early! If you're disease-free and she's disease-free and you're married. You keep your sex right there. You won't get sick from a sexually transmitted disease. Come on!" (He's made this argument before, which probably won't surprise you.) Who's to blame? "It's the revenge of the hippies! Sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll have come back to haunt us in a bad way."
GQ got plenty of angry reader feedback following its January list of the "craziest" politicians in America. The reason? It was dominated by Republicans.
Only three people on the 20-person list were Democrats: Rep. Hank Johnson (Ga.), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (Tex.) and Vice President Biden. The rest of the list was made up of 10 Republican House members, three senators and four other Republicans in lower offices, including Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio
President Obama released a statement on Friday marking the death of actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for portraying Spock on "Star Trek."
"Long before being nerdy was cool," Obama said, "there was Leonard Nimoy."
The full statement goes on:
Did people walk out when Jeb Bush started speaking at CPAC today in Maryand? Sure. Did he get heckled and booed at times during his q and a with conservative commentator Sean Hannity? Sure. Did Bush more than hold his own with an audience that was ready to embarrass him in front of every national reporter in the country? Yes.
The annual convention/pep rally that is CPAC has attracted a lot of attention over the last few years for fairly obvious reasons. It's many of the most prominent conservative members of the Republican Party, speaking publicly on current issues in an otherwise slow news period. The media loves to amplify the comments made at CPAC, in part because they generate outrage elsewhere. But for those few days, the political press is talking about one thing: conservative Republican politics.
Just as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to visit Washington, stirring some partisan bickering, a new Pew poll captures how Americans view him.
The polls shows that 38 percent have a favorable view of him, with 27 viewing him unfavorably. And as you would expect, there is a partisan divide in how people view Netanyahu, who at the invitation of House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) will speak before Congress on March 3. Republicans like him more than Democrats by 25 points. But for 35 percent, the sometimes-controversial leader is essentially a blank slate.
The Washington Wizards have lost five straight games. They've lost 10 of their last 12. They've lost 12 out of their last 16. Add those numbers up and you can see why I gave Wiz coach Randy Wittman the Worst Week in Washington this week. I wrote:
Everyone has been looking for a scapegoat. And most people have found one in the team’s coach Randy Wittman. Post columnist Jason Reid wrote that Wittman is “asleep at the wheel.” Others cast him as a relic of a long-gone NBA, unwilling to adapt to the new three-point centric, data-driven approach employed by teams such as the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.
Leave it to the executive producer of one of the biggest political shows of our time, "House of Cards," to call politics dramatic.
"Politics is theater," Beau Wilimon in an interview with Sirius XM's PopPolitics. "It is all about perception. It's about convincing, persuading, seducing, not just the American people, but your fellow politicians."
At the annual conservative confab CPAC, attendees were anxious to hear from the roster of potential 2016ers who were scheduled to speak. However, there was less excitement surrounding two of the more moderate Republicans on this year's agenda -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida governor Jeb Bush. In fact, CPAC attendee William Temple plans to lead a walkout during Bush's speech, calling him a "RINO" (Republican in Name Only).
PostTV asked conference attendees to choose between the two. Who's more conservative: Jeb Bush or Chris Christie?