After spending last week following the Democratic presidential primary in New Hampshire, I started thinking of their nominating convention.No, not the one the Democrats are having this summer in Milwaukee. The one they had in 1932 in Chicago.Like their Chicago convention of 1968, it was bitterly contested, not in the streets but in the hall.No candidate had the delegates to win on the first ballot. The voting went through the evening and into the next afternoon before Franklin Roosevelt had dispatched of his eight opponents. Here’s how the great H.L. Mencken summed it up:“The great combat is e...
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On Thursday's edition of MSNBC's "The Beat," anchor Ari Melber tore into Senate Republicans for standing by scandal-plagued NFL veteran and Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker — and focused in particular on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who couldn't even confront reporters' question directly about whether he believed Walker was innocent of the allegations.
Walker, who is running against Democratic Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock, allegedly paid for an abortion for a woman he impregnated, and had a separate child with. And the revelation was immediately followed up by his son, right-wing social media activist Christian Walker, calling his father a liar and accusing him of neglecting, abusing, and threatening deadly violence against his family.
"It would appear Republicans are worried that the facts show that Mr. Walker did pay for this abortion, which, as mentioned, contradicts their entire set of rules they want to install in America for everyone else," said Melber. "So here's how they're dealing with it." He played several clips of Republicans defending Walker — the last one being of Cruz.
"This is an effort by Democrats to hold onto power," Cruz said. "Do you stand by Herschel Walker?" a reporter asked Cruz. To which he replied, "I believe Herschel Walker is going to be the next senator, I'm proud to support Herschel Walker."
"You heard Senator Cruz: when asked if he believed, he said, I believe he'll be the next senator, which is not even claiming to weigh in on this moral issue, which is this individual has evidence — as several sources show whether he did pay for this abortion," said Melber. "So, we are just weeks away from the midterms. You have Republicans struggling to deal with what they have called a moral issue. Or just claiming that it's all a lie."
"We've shown you the facts," said Melber. "People will decide for themselves how to weigh this evidence. And they're also — this is interesting. Goes well beyond the Georgia scandal or the Georgia hypocrisy. They're dodging the question, more broadly of what they're running on, which is banning abortion for everyone.
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President Biden's Thursday announcement that he plans to pardon all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession was not enough to distract those looking to bring down his son.
While Biden's step towards decriminalizing marijuana will positively impact thousands who have lost more than could ever be returned for possession of a substance already legal in many states, Hunter Biden's battles are still in the process of being fought.
According to The Washington Post, federal agents have what they believe to be sufficient evidence to charge Hunter with "tax crimes and a false statement related to a gun purchase," but will it be enough to satisfy those in opposition of the Biden administration who have been calling for young Biden's head on a stake for years.
"There is sufficient evidence to charge Hunter Biden with a crime related to his taxes. I'm sure that's only the tip of the iceberg with Mr. Parmesan," tweets Lauren Boebert. "He absolutely needs be held accountable."
"Hunter Biden isn't getting charged with any crimes. Be serious with that. Have any of you been paying attention to what we've become," says Jesse Kelly, host of 'I'm Right' on The First.
"Joe Biden lied about Hunter Biden's crimes and his involvement -- a new Republican controlled Congress must move to impeach him in 2025," tweets Brigitte Gabriel, Founder & Chairman of ACT For America.
The investigation into Hunter Biden first began in 2018 and was used as a sharp tool by Trump and his supporters in his failed run against Joe Biden, and well after his salty loss. Between then and now, Republicans have accused Hunter — and President Biden along with him — of everything short of stealing the moon.
"So the DOJ is going after Hunter Biden for unpaid taxes on Biden Crime Family graft, but they are not going to consider the actual graft itself," says a Trump supporter on Twitter. "This is like going after Ghislaine Maxwell but giving a pass to the pedophiles!"
"Shame you don't care about the photos of pedophilia on Hunter laptop or the news that Biden made millions directly from Burisma from Ukraine leaders that you support," tweets another Trumper.
According to The Washington Post's report on the possible charges, the agents involved in the Hunter investigation knew months ago that they likely had enough evidence to pursue charges. There's a general feeling that the timing of this information being "leaked" just before November's midterm elections is curious.
"It is a federal felony for a federal agent to leak information about a Grand Jury investigation such as this one," Chris Clark, a lawyer for Hunter Biden said in a written statement. ". . .We expect the Department of Justice will diligently investigate and prosecute such bad actors. As is proper and legally required, we believe the prosecutors in this case are diligently and thoroughly weighing not just evidence provided by agents, but also all the other witnesses in this case, including witnesses for the defense. That is the job of the prosecutors. They should not be pressured, rushed, or criticized for doing their job."
"More often than not, it's the defense camp leaking info on a criminal investigation," says LATimes Legal Affairs Columnist Harry Litman. "Not here w/ Hunter Biden though. FBI would never have told them they have enough evidence to indict and it's been on the US Attorney's desk "for months." Leak has to have originated w/ FBI. & timing also stinks."
Donald Trump is not enthusiastic about mounting a 2024 presidential comeback attempt, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman.
Haberman, part of The Times team that won the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Trump, was interviewed by CNN's Wolf Blitzer about her new book, Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.
"There is, of course, lots of speculation about what Trump's political future holds, but you say Trump's heart isn't necessarily in politics now the way it wasn't was," Blitzer said. "Why is that?"
"Because I think it's different, Wolf, when someone has been a president and they are back to doing the same thing they had done before they had power," Haberman replied.
"You know, he's doing these rallies again," she explained. "I don't think that feels great to him and it's not hugely surprising to me that he feels that way. He may get more into it if he declares a campaign, he tends to enjoy a fight once he's in it as opposed to the lead-up to it."
"But, you know, I just think that his heart is not in it the way it once was and this is something a number of aides have observed as well," Haberman added.
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