April 2nd, 2014
05:03 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for April 2, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 2, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUSTICES STRIKE DOWN POLITICAL DONOR LIMITS … If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can to do so. The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on much money people can donate in total in one election season.

However, the decision left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate during a two-year election cycle. Until now, an individual donor could give up to $123,200 per cycle.

The ruling means a wealthy liberal or conservative donor can give as much money as desired to federal election candidates across the country, as long as no candidate receives more than the $5,200 cap. – Bill Mears and Tom Cohen


DIVIDED RULING DELIVERS SPLIT REACTION:
SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER, R-OHIO, AT A GOP PRESSER: “What I think this means is that freedom of speech is being upheld. You all have the freedom to write what you want to write. Donors ought to have the freedom to give what they want to give. … I am all for freedom. Congratulations.”

SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, R-ARIZONA, IN A STATEMENT: “I was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision today … I predict that as a result of recent Court decisions, there will be scandals involving corrupt public officials and unlimited, anonymous campaign contributions that will force the system to be reformed once again.”

SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID, D-NEVADA, AT A DEM PRESSER: “The Supreme Court today just accentuated what they did on Citizens United, which is a decision that is one of the worst decisions in the history of that court. All it does is take away people's rights because, as you know, the Koch brothers are trying to buy America.”

PHOENIX, COLUMBUS OUT OF THE RUNNING FOR 2016 GOP CONVENTION … The Republican National Committee has narrowed the list of cities it is considering to host the 2016 GOP convention to six, and announced Wednesday it is no longer considering Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio. Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas are still in contention to host the convention where Republicans will officially choose their presidential nominee.

“In any other year, Columbus and Phoenix could have topped the list, but with so many strong cities competing, the committee had to make the difficult decision to narrow the field,” Enid Mickelsen, chair of the RNC’s Site Selection Committee, said in a statement. “Phoenix and Columbus are great American cities, and I hope they’ll pursue a future bid for an RNC convention.” – Mark Preston and Paul Steinhauser

LAWMAKERS SLAM BARRA AT GM RECALL HEARING … General Motors CEO Mary Barra and a federal safety regulator endured a grilling on Capitol Hill on Day 2 of the General Motors recall hearing.

One after another, members of a Senate committee lined up to ask why it took 10 years to issue a recall for a defect we now know killed at least 13 people. They also condemned Barra for a lack of leadership and transparency. – Chris Isidore and Katie Lobosco

SEN. KELLY AYOTTE, R-NEW HAMPSHIRE: “I think it goes beyond unacceptable. I believe this is criminal. And I guess my question to you is, have there been any other instances where GM actually is changing a part and fixing a defect and keeps the part number the same? Because this, this to me is not a matter of acceptability, this is criminal deception.”

SEN. CLAIRE MCCASKILL, D-MISSOURI: GM workers and Americans “were failed by a corporate culture that chose to conceal rather than disclose, and by a safety regulator that failed to act. And a culture of cover up that allowed an engineer at General Motors to lie under oath, repeatedly lie under oath. It might have been the old GM that started sweeping this defect under the rug ten years ago but even under the new GM the company waited nine months to take action after being confronted with specific evidence of this egregious violation of public trust.”

SEN. BARBARA BOXER, D-CALIFORNIA: These issues run deep and we have work to do. And I am very disappointed, really, as woman-to-woman. I am very disappointed because the culture that you are representing here today is a culture of the status quo.”

Dana Bash ‏(@DanaBashCNN)
observation: gm hearings illustrate how far women have come. first female automaker ceo getting toughest questions from female lawmakers

OBAMA TAKES MINIMUM WAGE PITCH TO MICHIGAN … Having declared his signature health care initiative a success - at least for now - President Barack Obama headed to Michigan Wednesday pushing another top domestic priority, raising the federal minimum wage. Speaking to a rowdy crowd at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Obama used much of his remarks to lambast Republicans who oppose such a hike, saying it amounted to giving working-class Americans “the shaft.”

“You would think this would be a no-brainer,” Obama said of his proposal to raise the minimum hourly rate nearly three dollars, to $10.10 per hour.

In Michigan, the wage fight is being fought at the state level, with the group Raise Michigan pushing lawmakers to lift the state's $7.40 hourly minimum wage to Obama's preferred $10.10 per hour. – Kevin Liptak

BOGUS BUZZ: ORTIZ-OBAMA SELFIE WAS SET UP BY SAMSUNG … Samsung certainly loves selfies. Like Ellen DeGeneres' record-breaking selfie at the Oscars, the David Ortiz-President Obama selfie on Tuesday was part of a campaign from Samsung to promote its Galaxy Note 3 phone. "It was an honor to help [Ortiz] capture such an incredible and genuine moment of joy and excitement," Samsung said in a statement.

In a company message, Samsung took some credit for Ortiz's picture. "Similar to the selfie Ellen was able to capture during the Oscars, this was an opportunity for David to share the incredible moment with his fans," the company said. “When we heard about the visit to the White House, we worked with David and the team on how to share images with fans." – The Wire’s Eric Levenson

Matt Viser (‏@mviser)
"He did not know," Jay Carney confirms, of whether Obama knew that David Ortiz's selfie was part of a Samsung promotion.

MARKET WATCH: Markets winning streak continues. S&P 500 hits record high and Dow closes just short of its all-time record.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer below)
Which is the oldest committee in Congress?

the LEDE
Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: Democrats to focus on Ryan budget in 2014
A day after the White House claimed victory in its Obamacare enrollment numbers, the group tasked with electing Democrats to the House acknowledged it's still a "tough climate" for Democrats in this year's midterms, but also insisted they still plan to campaign on the health care law. – Ashley Killough

Leading Hamilton Journal-News: Speaker launches ‘Selfie-Guided Tour’
Instead of going through the Capitol building’s visitors office, John Boehner is encouraging residents of his Ohio 8th Congressional District to contact his Washington, D.C. office, where staffers will offer tours of the Capitol and highlight more Ohio-based features in the historic building. And to show off Ohioans visiting Ohio-influenced areas of the Capitol, Boehner’s office is launching the “8th District Selfie-Guided Tour.” – Michael D. Pitman

Leading Drudge: Supremes: Free Speech Trumps Campaign Finance Limits
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that wealthy donors shouldn’t be limited in how many candidates they can contribute to during an election, though the justices did leave in place the maximum donation that can be made to a single candidate. – Stephen Dinan

Leading HuffPo: Cuts for me, not for thee
Rep. Paul Ryan rejected charges of hypocrisy during a Tuesday conference call with reporters, saying Republican attacks on Democratic cuts to Medicare were fair game. Medicare cuts under Obamacare would be used to fund the health care law, he said. But his budget would establish a reserve fund and funnel money back into Medicare. – Sabrina Siddiqui

Leading Politico: Camp, Boehner clash in private
The tension ran so high that Rep. Dave Camp of Michigan, the panel’s typically reserved chairman, late last week laced into Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) during a tense interaction in a closed-door meeting of the tax-writing panel, accusing the Ohio Republican’s staff of being dishonest, multiple Republican sources said. Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), who once served on the Ways and Means Committee, was also in attendance. – Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer

Leading New York Times: Polls Show Broad Support for Campaign Spending Caps
A Gallup poll conducted in June found that 8 in ten Americans, if given the opportunity, would vote to limit the amount of money candidates for the Senate and the House of Representatives could raise and spend on their election campaigns. – Megan Thee-Brenan

Leading Washington Post: Democrats target unmarried female voters
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is building a national computer model to predict voters’ marital status, with hopes of targeting what may be the party’s most important demographic group: unmarried women.– Zachary A. Goldfarb

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

– Jindal dismisses Obamacare enrollment tally –
GOV. BOBBY JINDAL, R-LOUISIANA, AT THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR BREAKFAST IN WASHINGTON: “Under the threat of a government mandate they are able to get to this target of 7.1 million? … We don’t even know what those numbers mean. We don’t know how many of the folks actually pay their premiums. We don’t know how many of those folks were previously uninsured.”

– Still hope for Columbus after losing the RNC convention bid –
COLUMBUS MAYOR MICHAEL COLEMAN SAYS CITY WILL STILL COMPETE FOR DNC CONVENTION: "We're going to continue to focus on the fact that the organization that has its convention in Columbus is going to have a greater opportunity to impact votes statewide … You're going to be here anyway with the presidential candidates, it will help swing the entire state of Ohio."

– Boehner: Dems ‘just whistling past the graveyard’ –
SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER AT A GOP PRESS CONFERENCE: “There are 10,000 baby boomers like me that are retiring every day. We're living much longer than anyone ever expected. We know that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are going bankrupt. Now, what's the Democrats' plan? They're just whistling past the graveyard, acting like it's just going to go away.”

– Flight 370 declared ‘criminal investigation’ –
MALAYSIA’S INSPECTOR GENERAL KHALID ABU BAKAR ON MH370 AT AN EVENT IN KUALA LUMPUR: “This is a criminal investigation. It's ongoing. We have not concluded the whole thing, and we are still waiting for…reports from experts overseas and internally.”

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

David Plouffe ‏(@davidplouffe)
Court again tilts campaign funding balance away from people to potentates. New massive bundling programs for Senate and House candidates

Ari Berman ‏(@AriBerman)
In the past four years SCOTUS has made it far easier to buy an election & far harder to vote in one #citizensunited #McCutcheon #VRA

Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz)
#SCOTUS decision in McCutcheon v. FEC is a victory for the First Amendment: cruz.senate.gov/?p=press_relea…

Sen. Barbara Boxer (@SenatorBoxer)
By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has ruled that the super-rich should have more speech than the rest of us. #SCOTUS

Jennifer Epstein (‏@jeneps)
UMich senior introducing Obama asks if there are any job openings at the White House for her

Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN)
Clinton last month on GM's Mary Barra: "I am impressed by the new CEO of GM, who was dealt a very bad hand."

Sean Spicer (‏@seanspicer)
NC Board of Elections audit finds up to 35,750 instances of "double-voting" (voter fraud) in the 2012 election.cc @MoElleithee @MikeCzin

Michael Czin (@MikeCzin)
.@seanspicer @MoElleithee @DomenicoPBS in NC "in 2010, voter fraud accounted for 0.000738 percent of ballots cast." http://www.wncn.com/story/22934120/widespread-voter-fraud-not-an-issue-in-nc-data-shows

Aaron C. Davis (‏@byaaroncdavis)
Bowser seeks to unify D.C. Dems, even as Gray hasn't yet called to say congrats, she says. http://wapo.st/1hATfhv

Jonathan Martin ‏(@jmartNYT)
Interesting to see Phx cut from RNC list bc they have hotels/cld be swing state. BUT: they're also putting up $ for super bowl.

Erick Erickson (‏@EWErickson)
Dear GOP: you will prove yourself truly suicidal if the 2016 convention is in Vegas.

Scott Conroy ‏(@RealClearScott)
If Adelson/Wynn were to say, "Here is a check for $60 million," it might persuade RNC not to worry so much about delegate behavior in Vegas.

Hunter Walker (‏@hunterw)
Just found out my most precious childhood memories were all sponsored by Samsung. Confused. Alone. Scared.

Sam Stein ‏(@samsteinhp)
And this, grandson, was how the Curse of the Selfie began dooming the Red Sox for the next 86 years http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-04-02/how-samsung-tricked-obama-into-shooting-that-selfie-with-david-ortiz

Autism Speaks (‏@autismspeaks)
Giving love to all our advocates today on World Autism Awareness Day! Couldn't do it without your support! #LIUB

Tess VandenDolder ‏(@TessVanden)
This awesome case study of the Terry McAuliffe campaign shows just how digital strategy wins elections http://bit.ly/1h2sljO

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
Ways and Means is the oldest committee of the Congress. The committee was first established as a select committee on July 24, 1789 and was dissolved less than two months later.

The committee was later reconstituted during Fourth Congress in 1795, and formally listed as a standing committee in the House Rules on January 7, 1802.

Eight presidents and eight vice presidents have served on the Ways and Means committee, as have 21 speakers of the House of Representatives and four Supreme Court justices.

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  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Sniffit:

    "You mean the same Hobby Lobby who provides retirement plans to its employees and allows its retirement plans to invest heavily (millions and millions of dollars) into the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture contraception and abortion drugs and devices and into insurance companies that provide contraception and abortion coverage to millions and millions of people? THAT Hobby Lobby? "
    -------–

    I shared this little hypocritical gem with my family yesterday. I'm not surprised that CNN hasn't covered the implications yet; but anyhow ... thanks for bringing it to the light of day.

    Nor am I shocked you were called to task for mentioning it by those who ... well, you understand.

    April 2, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    NEWSFLASH: Plutocracy is just another form of voter suppression...and we all know why the GOP/Teatrolls/conservatives have so desperately turned to those tactics as a cornerstone of their strategy.

    April 2, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "i'm not surprised that CNN hasn't covered the implications yet; but anyhow ... thanks for bringing it to the light of day."

    I'm not either..altho I think I've made my opinions clear regarding the MSM's black hole journalism and their treatment of ad revenue as the new arbiter of truth hehe

    "Nor am I shocked you were called to task for mentioning it by those who ... well, you understand."

    Yes, perhaps the way to put it...you and I understand...they don't. Altho, I have to say, they sure as heck make themselves easy targets when they try. I'd say something condescending like "but bless their little hearts...at least they mean well"...except they don't mean well.

    April 2, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. just asking

    SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID, D-NEVADA, AT A DEM PRESSER: “The Supreme Court today just accentuated what they did on Citizens United, which is a decision that is one of the worst decisions in the history of that court. All it does is take away people's rights because, as you know, the Koch brothers are trying to buy America.”
    ---

    joseph mccarthy is alive and well in harry reid. of course he fails to mention the billions of dollars the unions have taken from their membership over the years to pour into democrat campaigns. somehow that wasn't buying america for for the leftist democrats?

    harry reid is a disgrace to his state and this country for this repeated targeting of patriot americans that have different political beliefs. that behavior is totally unamerican and this corrupt little man should be removed from office.

    April 2, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  5. Tommy G

    NEWSFLASH: Using the IRS to target your political opponents is just another form of voter suppression

    And we KNOW the Obama Administration was doing it. The IRS has ADMITTED doing it.

    April 2, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  6. Tampa Tim

    Tommy G – You know nothing. If Issa could find nothing wasting millions of dollars, how can you come up with this foolishness? You are just making stuff up.

    April 2, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  7. Tony D

    Sniffit
    Yes, perhaps the way to put it...you and I understand...they don't. Altho, I have to say, they sure as heck make themselves easy targets when they try. I'd say something condescending like "but bless their little hearts...at least they mean well"...except they don't mean well.
    ---

    Well if that isn't your typical liberal/lefties condescension I don't know what is!

    It might shock you to know that people expect their pension funds to do the best they can to make money so the fund can pay for the retirees needs in retirement. The vast majority of people don't want or care to use their retirment funds as some far left political statement so they can invest in companies like Solyndra. It is you that don't get it.

    April 2, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  8. Tampa Tim

    smith – Add Vijay to the republican list of Putin lovers. By the way, did you see that even Rassmussen Daily Tracking has Obama approval at 49%? Congress still at 12%.

    April 2, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  9. Daniel

    What does a real conservative have to say about it?

    “I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations that even now dare to challenge the government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of their country!”

    – Thomas Jefferson to George Logan, 1816

    “For I agree with you that there is a natural aristocracy among men. The grounds of this are virtue and talents…There is also an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth, without either virtue or talents…The artificial aristocracy is a mischievous ingredient in government, and provision should be made to prevent it’s ascendancy.”

    Is America about money and greed, not virtue or talent? Unfortunately.
    What has happened to the Republican Party and conservatives?
    Have they totally lost it or did they just sell out completely? Probably both.

    “McCutcheon said that, for him, the case was really about personal freedom. “I don’t think we ought to stay up all night with a spreadsheet figuring out what we can do and can’t do in a free society in terms of spending money on political ads.”

    Here lies the problem. That what some people call “free speech”, is actually very expensive.

    ...and that most people (98% of us) can not participate or interact in our democracy in this way. The citizen that does not have this kind of money is now one that has a subjugated freedom of speech.

    The conservatives on the court are cowards. They know better.

    April 2, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  10. The REAL Truth...

    NEWSFLASH: Using the IRS to target your political opponents is just another form of voter suppression
    And we KNOW the Obama Administration was doing it. The IRS has ADMITTED doing it.
    ----------------------------
    Except – as usual – you are SO wrong it's seriously pathetic that Americans actually has such fear and loathing of govt that they believe this rubbish!! The IRS was doing exactly what Congress told them to do.. ensure the rules for 501(c)4 were being followed. Even an uneducated Republican can figure out that if 900 of 1000 groups applying are conservative and 90% have tea, patriot, or similar verbiage in their names, and 25% are investigated, by sheer numbers alone they would appear to be targeted. Now.. ask how many were denied? They could ALL have easily requested the SAME tax exempt status as a 547 (political) org, but that would have required them to DISCLOSE DONORS (not req'd by 501c4's) which is what they were trying to avoid.
    Now this joke of a SCOTUS ruling has made this all legal and the wealthy can buy their politicians.. !!

    FOR SALE: United States Federal Government

    April 2, 2014 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "NEWSFLASH: Using the IRS to target your political opponents is just another form of voter suppression"

    NEWSFLASH: There's been ZERO proof to back up that accusation. ZERO.

    The IRS "admitted" to no such thing. You assume that because they admitted "targeting" groups (both conservative and progressive, by the way, which is proven) for "political reasons" that it was some grand conspiracy to get at Obama's enemies or some such nonsense. That's too cute by a mile: the rules prohibit political activity if a 501(c)(4) group wants to keep its tax-exempt status. The IRS was "targeting" groups with blatantly political names and purpose statements BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO in order to enforce the rules. Twisting that and ignoring (a) evidence that it was done to progressive groups too and (b) that there's ZERO evidence of Obama being involved or of any sort of "conspiracy" is just dishonest. There are two reasons that investigation died and hasn't resulted in the GOP/Teatrolls being proven correct and impeachment proceedings for Obama: (a) the GOP/Teatrolls were, in fact proven wrong and (b) Issa knows darn well that giving Turner immunity so she can testify will result in her even more definitively proving the GOP/Teatrolls wrong, and they'd rather keep the accusations afloat even if they can't prove them, so he's refusing to give her immunity.

    April 2, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  12. it must be said

    It is truly hilarious to hear all the Democrats whine about money in politics as Obama has spent more than half his time in office on the campaign fund raiser trail using taxpayer dollars to pay for all his expenses. Hundreds of millions of dollars of our money went to pay for Democrat fund raisers as the country goes deeper and deeper into debt.

    Obama refused public financing after saying he would take it. The first of his many, many lies. He then went on to raise record money. Now you have the Democrats saying they want to raise $1.5 BILLION for the 2016 campaign. I guess the cost of repeating all their lies has gone through the roof! And this doesn't include all the money we now know the Democrats were illegally funneling into these 'shadow campaigns'.

    As usual, if the Democrats and lefties are attacking people for something, you can be 110% sure the Democrats and lefties are engaged in that very same behavior. But the American people are now catching on to all your lies lefties thanks in large part to the Liar of the Year, Obama.

    April 2, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "It might shock you to know that people expect their pension funds to do the best they can to make money so the fund can pay for the retirees needs in retirement. The vast majority of people don't want or care to use their retirment funds as some far left political statement so they can invest in companies like Solyndra. It is you that don't get it."

    Right....pension and retirement plans are off limits for making Christian political statements....but female employees' reproductive freedoms and health are fair game. Gotcha.

    April 2, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "FOR SALE: United States Federal Government"

    They see it as the only way to preserve the country and its power and assets for its rightful whiteful ruling class....after all, "this was supposed to be a white peoples' country". They've read the demographic writing on the wall and they don't like it.

    April 2, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Really?
    Just asking – Liberals quit teaching REAL history in schools long ago. Since when? Does REAL history get taught on Faux news?"

    I had to laugh out loud at this in light of Faux News having to be corrected a couple weeks ago for that little turd, Napolitano, going to great lengths to sell the completely disproven and debunked nonsense about the Civil War being totally unavoidable, Lincoln's fault and suggesting that "Lincoln could have just bought up all the slaves and stopped the war," etc. Faux News literally tried to sell the "war of northern aggression" nonsense. I think John Stewart did a fake gameshow segment with world-class historians as guests debunking the whole thing. Won't stop the GOP/Teatrolls/conservatives from trying constantly to rewrite history into something more convenient for them...I mean, who can blame them since they are always on the wrong side of it? So, we just have to stay vigilant.

    April 2, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "debunked nonsense about the Civil War being totally unavoidable"

    Should have read "avoidable"

    April 2, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Tony D

    Sniffit
    Right....pension and retirement plans are off limits for making Christian political statements....but female employees' reproductive freedoms and health are fair game. Gotcha.
    -------

    Are you totally retarded or something? Forcing somebody to directly pay for an abortion drug has absolutely NOTHING to do with an independently run pension fund. Most if not all large company health care plans are self funded. The company retains ownership of the money and pays an insurance company to administer the plan.

    As usual, the deceitful lefties try to cloud and obfuscate the primary issue of forced payment for abortion drugs. They know they can't win the debate on the facts so throw in all this other rubbish to try and confuse people.

    April 2, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. Gurgyl

    Demography is changing, they better come to earth and think twice.

    April 2, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    @Tommy G
    NEWSFLASH: Using the IRS to target your political opponents is just another form of voter suppression

    And we KNOW the Obama Administration was doing it. The IRS has ADMITTED doing it.
    ----------
    ding ding ding – Conspiracy Theory winner
    – no evidence 40 points
    – out and out lie or ignorance – 10 points
    – using CAPS instead of facts – 5 points

    April 2, 2014 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  20. Tampa Tim

    Why do republicans think their lies "must be said?"

    April 2, 2014 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  21. RetNavy

    niffit

    "NEWSFLASH: Using the IRS to target your political opponents is just another form of voter suppression"

    NEWSFLASH: There's been ZERO proof to back up that accusation. ZERO.

    The IRS "admitted" to no such thing. You assume that because they admitted "targeting" groups (both conservative and progressive, by the way, which is proven) for "political reasons" that it was some grand conspiracy to get at Obama's enemies or some such nonsense. That's too cute by a mile: the rules prohibit political activity if a 501(c)(4) group wants to keep its tax-exempt status. The IRS was "targeting" groups with blatantly political names and purpose statements BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT IT WAS SUPPOSED TO DO in order to enforce the rules. Twisting that and ignoring (a) evidence that it was done to progressive groups too and (b) that there's ZERO evidence of Obama being involved or of any sort of "conspiracy" is just dishonest. There are two reasons that investigation died and hasn't resulted in the GOP/Teatrolls being proven correct and impeachment proceedings for Obama: (a) the GOP/Teatrolls were, in fact proven wrong and (b) Issa knows darn well that giving Turner immunity so she can testify will result in her even more definitively proving the GOP/Teatrolls wrong, and they'd rather keep the accusations afloat even if they can't prove them, so he's refusing to give her immunity.
    ____________________________________
    How you radical liberals see the world through rose color glasses. Face it the IRS was working as a enforcement agency of Obama and Democrats, now they are all pleading the 5th. Can we say big brother Obama runs this country like it his own personal Kingdom.

    April 2, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  22. Name Uche Agonsi

    For the first time I agree with Senator McCain that the US Supreme Court has just handed over the US electoral activities and governance to highest bidders.

    April 2, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  23. glenn

    Well, did you know what happen to Finland in "Winter War" as Stalin did aerial bombing on civilian cities and took some land from Finland. SO I will said Putin is more like Stalin. Sad as Allies have to forget what he did in end of WWII. So I don't trust Putin.

    April 2, 2014 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  24. Gloria

    My parents small country of Estonia was invaded by by the Soviets who signed the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact with Hitler and invaded the Baltics. Later their ally Hitler invaded and stayed for for 3 years and then the Soviets came back and stayed for 50 years. My father immigrated to Canada, as this was the farthest he could get from the Soviets. When I first visited Estonia in 1994, my father was even then afraid of the borders being closed by the Russians. I never met my parents after the Soviets closed the borders in 1944 and they were never allowed out(they died some 20 years later). My father never claimed his property after the Soviet Union fell as he said it would be useless to build it up, as the Russians would take it anyway. I think even with NATO and the EU, many residents of Estonia are still afraid of their Russian neighbour. After all Putin is a a former career KGB agent.

    April 2, 2014 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  25. Blackspur

    I think it is wishful thinking for the American people to believe Putin is not like Hitler. How does Ukraine differ from Sudetenland, Alsace Lorraine, Poland, and Hungary? It's got better industry and resources so therefore more important. The problem is, the MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) strategy that worked for the Soviet Union won't work here, and Putin knows it. It won't work because the nuclear threat won't be in play until Putin has all of the old soviet Union back under his control. Then it is too late because we will be back to a new cold war. He can sustain that and be a hero to Russian nationalists.

    April 3, 2014 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
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