Review Category : Poltics

NC GOP Sends Duck Across State Questioning Sen. Hagan

NCRNC(WASHINGTON) — Remember the Republican National Committee squirrel that hounded former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the start of her book tour? Turns out he has a Southern friend.

The North Carolina Republican Party has sent someone around the state in a yellow duck costume with a series of signs, questioning Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan’s decision to “duck” a proposed fourth Senate debate Tuesday evening, as well as the classified Senate ISIS briefing she missed for a New York City fundraiser.

The NCGOP Duck visited the USS North Carolina in Wilmington today to ask, “Why is Hagan ducking the Oct. 21?” #ncsen pic.twitter.com/o1ZIGRYr4M

— NCGOP (@NCGOP) October 13, 2014

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Read More →

The Hilarious Moment When a Man Told Obama, ‘Don’t Touch My Girlfriend’

ABC News(CHICAGO) — President Obama found himself in an unusual situation Monday.

As he was casting his ballot early in Chicago, minding his own business behind the voting booth, a young man walked by and warned him “don’t touch my girlfriend.”

The girlfriend, who was voting in the booth next to Obama, was humiliated, to say the least. “I really wasn’t planning on it,” Obama joked with the woman. “There’s an example of a brother just embarrassing you, just for no reason whatsoever.”

“And now you’ll be going back home and talking to your friends — what’s his name?” the president asked.

“Mike,” the woman said.

“‘I can’t believe Mike. He’s such a fool,’” Obama said, impersonating the woman.

“He really is,” she agreed.

Obama continued: “‘I was just mortified. But, fortunately, the president was nice about it. So it’s all right.’”

“I am freaking out right now,” the woman said, laughing.

The president got the last laugh, though.

“Give me a kiss and give him something to talk about,” the president said, as he gave Cooper a hug and a peck on the cheek. “Now he’s really jealous.”

But Cooper downplayed the moment.

“He gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek. Just the cheek,” she told ABC’s Chicago station WLS. “Please, Michelle, don’t come after me!”

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Read More →

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Suspended with Pay After Pornographic Email Scandal

Vladek/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HARRISBURG, Pa.) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended one of its members on Monday after he was accused exchanging sexually explicit emails.

The court chose to relieve Seamus McCaffery of his judicial and administrative responsibilities in light of the email scandal. The court also noted allegations that McCaffery may have attempted to use his position to alter a judicial assignment outside of the scope of his duties, authorized his wife to accept referral fees from plaintiffs’ firms while she served as his administrative assistant, and improperly contacted a traffic-court official in connection with a citation issued to his wife.

Chief Justice Ronald Castille filed a concurring statement in which he said, “in my two decades of experience on this Court, no other Justice…has done as much to bring the Supreme Court into disrepute. No other Justice has failed to live up to the high ethical demands required of a Justice of this Court, or has been the constant focus of ethical lapses to the degree of Justice McCaffery.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Read More →

Meet 2014’s Top Mega-Donors

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The overwhelming number of Americans who will vote in the mid-term elections on Nov. 5 won’t have contributed a penny to their candidates’ campaigns. But a handful of people will have given a lot more.

More than a quarter of the $6 billion contributed to campaigns in 2012 came from about 31,500 individual donors, according to the Sunlight Foundation, which found that not a single candidate won two years ago without the help of the group dubbed the “one percent of the one percent.”

As politics becomes more expensive with every election cycle, these super donors have never been more important.

Here are the top 10 individual donors of the 2014 election cycle, compiled for ABC News by the Center for Responsive Politics from a study of the most recent publicly available campaign financial disclosure reports.

1. Tom and Kathryn Steyer, $42.95 million, Democrat

The San Francisco billionaire made a splash on the political scene when he pledged $100 million to turn climate change into marquee political priority. After spending big in the Massachusetts Senate race and Virginia governor’s race in 2013, Steyer, 57, has been active in seven midterm races across the country, opposing candidates skeptical of climate change in North Carolina, Iowa and Colorado. For now, Steyer is focused on helping others, but he’s rumored to be eying a future bid for governor or U.S. Senate in California.

2. Michael Bloomberg, $12.2 million, Independent

The former mayor of New York City is still working to shape the national political agenda. His anti-gun group Everytown for Gun Safety has endorsed candidates in 28 states, and is supporting a Washington ballot initiative to expand background checks for firearm purchases. Through his Independence USA PAC, Bloomberg, 72, will also spend $25 million in support of centrists in statewide and national races, including Massachusetts Republican Charlie Baker, who is running for governor, and Democratic Rep. Gary Peters, who is running for Senate in Michigan, according to the New York Times.

3. Fred Eychaner, $7.84 million, Democrat

Self-effacing and press-shy, Eychaner is at odds with his outsized footprint in Democratic politics. He’s described himself as a “basic social activist with small-business experience,” but the Chicago media mogul was the top individual liberal donor in the 2012 election cycle, pumping $14 million into liberal Super PACs. In 2013, he bankrolled successful efforts to legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. This cycle, he’s cut checks for the Senate Majority PAC in hopes of protecting Democrats’ control of the Senate, and contributed to the Senate campaigns of Democratic Sens. Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Mark Begich of Alaska, and Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.

4. Paul Singer, $5.3 million, Republican

Singer, a New York hedge fund manager pejoratively called a “vulture capitalist” for his firm’s ownership of Argentine debt, is the top individual Republican political donor of the cycle. He was the driving force behind New York’s legalization of gay marriage, and has spent millions on legalization efforts in other states, including Maryland and New Hampshire. This cycle, he’s also supporting Republicans opposed to same-sex marriage, such as Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas, Alaska Senate candidate Dan Sullivan and South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham.

5. Richard and Elizabeth Uihlein, $5 million, Republican

Since 2010, the Uihleins, owners of the Wisconsin-based packaging supply company Uline, have given millions to local and national tea party organizations and Republican candidates. In 2012, they supported Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign to fight a recall and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s Senate bid. This year, they’ve given to the Senate campaigns of Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas and Col. Rob Maness in Louisiana. “I’m a conservative Republican, and I’m trying to help people who believe as I do in limited government and free markets,” Richard Uihlein told Crain’s Chicago Business. “I’m not one to hide from that.”

6. Robert and Diana Mercer, $3.71 million, Republican

Robert Mercer, a New York hedge fund manager, spent millions in 2012 contributing to GOP establishment groups like American Crossroads. This cycle, he’s also spent big on tea party Republicans. According to disclosure records, Mercer, 67, and his wife Diana have contributed to the Senate campaigns of Chris McDaniel in Mississippi, Greg Brannon in North Carolina, Joni Ernst in Iowa and Rep. David Vitter in Louisiana.

7. James and Marilyn Simons, $3.41 million, Democrat

At 23, James Simons had earned his PhD in mathematics. Three years later, he was a code breaker for the National Security Agency. In the half century since, Simons, 76, has made billions revolutionizing investment banking — Robert Mercer, who appears on this list, runs the firm Simons founded — and establishing himself as a leading political and philanthropic donor. This cycle, he’s given $3 million to Democrats’ House and Senate Super PACs. His wife, an economist, has contributed to Planned Parenthood’s political arm and Ready for Hillary. The couple has also contributed to the campaigns of New York Reps. Steve Israel and Tim Bishop.

8. John “Joe” and Marlene Ricketts, $3.2 million, Republican

John, the billionaire founder of online brokerage TD Ameritrade and head of the family that owns the Chicago Cubs, is best known in political circles for spending millions to defeat and discredit President Obama in 2012, including efforts to design an ad campaign that would have connected Obama to incendiary comments made by former spiritual adviser Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and financing the controversial film 2016: Obama’s America. This cycle, his wife Marlene has contributed millions to the Ricketts’ Ending Spending Action Fund, and supported the campaigns of Republicans like Michigan Senate candidate Terri Lyn Land, Arizona Congressional candidate Martha McSally and Virginia Congressional candidate Barbara Comstock.

9. Robert and Doylene Perry, $3.12 million, Republican

Robert Perry, the late Houston development magnate and longtime Bush supporter who passed away in April 2013, made headlines for bankrolling Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, the conservative veterans’ organization that discredited John Kerry’s Vietnam War service record during his presidential bid in 2004. In 2013, Perry’s wife, Doylene, wrote checks to Senate Conservatives Action and the reelection campaign of Texas Sen. John Cornyn.

10. George Soros, $2.5 million, Democrat

Soros, the dean of liberal mega-donors, famously told the Washington Post that defeating President George W. Bush in 2004 was the “central focus of my life,” and backed up his words with $24 million in 2003 and 2004. This cycle, Soros, 84, has given more than $2 million to American Bridge, a Democratic opposition research firm, and Democrats including New York Rep. Tim Bishop, Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, and at-risk Sens. Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Udall of Colorado and Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire.

This ranking does not take into account unreported donations made to 501(c) 4 nonprofit organizations, which are not required to disclose their donors. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, spending by these “dark money” groups in the midterm elections could hit $1 billion.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Read More →

Monica Lewinsky’s on Twitter: ‘#HereWeGo’

David M. Benett/Getty Images for Marie Curie(NEW YORK) — In May, Monica Lewinsky vowed to speak out in order “to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past.”

Now she seems to be doing just that — on Twitter.

Just months after Lewinsky’s personal revelations were made public in a Vanity Fair interview, she sent her first tweet Monday morning:

#HereWeGo

— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) October 20, 2014

About an hour later, Lewinsky, who describes herself in her Twitter profile as a “social activist. public speaker. contributor to vanity fair. knitter of things without sleeves,” tweeted again:

excited (and nervous) to speak to #Under30Summit

— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) October 20, 2014

According to Forbes‘ “Under 30 Summit” event agenda, Lewinsky is slated to speak about the “scourge of harassment in the digital age” later Monday morning.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Read More →

Monica Lewinsky’s on Twitter: ‘#HereWeGo’

David M. Benett/Getty Images for Marie Curie(NEW YORK) — In May, Monica Lewinsky vowed to speak out in order “to stick my head above the parapet so that I can take back my narrative and give a purpose to my past.”

Now she seems to be doing just that — on Twitter.

Just months after Lewinsky’s personal revelations were made public in a Vanity Fair interview, she sent her first tweet Monday morning:

#HereWeGo

— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) October 20, 2014

About an hour later, Lewinsky, who describes herself in her Twitter profile as a “social activist. public speaker. contributor to vanity fair. knitter of things without sleeves,” tweeted again:

excited (and nervous) to speak to #Under30Summit

— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) October 20, 2014

According to Forbes‘ “Under 30 Summit” event agenda, Lewinsky is slated to speak about the “scourge of harassment in the digital age” later Monday morning.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Read More →

Top Health Official Defends Choice for Ebola Czar

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, defended President Obama’s choice of Ron Klain to be the administration’s Ebola “czar” despite his lack of medical background, calling him an “excellent manager.”

“I think that’s a misplaced criticism,” Fauci told ABC’s This Week anchor George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “What we’re talking about now is an Ebola response coordinator, somebody who has extraordinary, as he does, managerial experience…leadership experience, which he has plenty of.”

“He’s going to rely on medical experts, like myself and Dr. Frieden and others, to do the medical things,” Fauci said, referring to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief Dr. Tom Frieden.

Meanwhile, Fauci also defended the administration’s decision to not ban travel from those countries in West Africa that have been hardest hit by Ebola.

“When people come in from a country it’s much easier to track them if you know where they’re coming from,” Fauci said. “But what you do if you then completely ban travel, there’s the feasibility of going to other countries where we don’t have a travel ban and have people come in.”

As for the situation at home, Fauci maintained that the new CDC protocols for the proper treatment of Ebola patients “will be finalized soon,” admitting that certain aspects of the current guidelines fell short in critical ways.

Fauci also gave an update on the condition of Nina Pham, one of the nurses who contracted Ebola after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan, saying her condition is “fair” and “stable,” and she is in “very good spirits.”

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Read More →

Obama on the Trail: Delivers Stump Speeches in Maryland, Illinois

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — President Obama made his first public campaign appearances of 2014 Sunday night, appearing at rallies with Maryland gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, where he made impassioned pitches for his economic policies, reprised his 2008 campaign theme of “hope,” and grew animated at times.

“You know who they’re for, and it ain’t you,” Obama said of Republicans, at his Maryland appearance.

“It’s two different visions of America, and it comes down to a simple question: who’s going to fight for your future?” Obama said in Illinois, suggesting GOP politicians “belong in a Mad Men episode.”

Counting various references in both speeches, the president touted more Americans with health care, smaller increases in health-care costs, reduced dependence on foreign oil, a rebounded auto industry, improved reading and math scores, higher graduation rates, less crime and a smaller prison population.

In both speeches, he cited same-sex marriage as a sign of progress and blasted GOP opposition to gender-fair-pay legislation.

The White House has not mentioned any more scheduled campaign stops for the president between now and Election Day. These were two relatively easy states for him to visit: The last time Gallup rated Obama’s state-by-state approval, Maryland ranked third at 57 percent approval, behind only D.C. and Hawaii. His home state of Illinois ranked 12th at 53.7 percent.

The president was briefly heckled in the Maryland appearance by an immigration protestor, who was shouted down by “Obama” chants.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Read More →

White House’s Ebola Liaison Arrives in Dallas

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — The White House has quietly dispatched Adrian Saenz, deputy director of intergovernmental affairs, to be the administration’s eyes and ears on the ground in Dallas, coordinating Ebola efforts with state and local officials.

A Texas native, Saenz arrived in Dallas late Sunday, a senior administration official told ABC News. He will work closely with the Texas state coordinator Gov. Rick Perry appointed Friday and FEMA coordinator Kevin Hannes, who was dispatched Saturday.

Saenz was named to the role on Friday and will report directly to newly-named Ebola “czar” Ron Klain, who doesn’t officially start his new role until later this week.

An administration official said the appointment of Saenz is meant to ensure the government “is able to leverage effective coordination between the federal, state, and local levels in Dallas — as well as with frontline healthcare workers.”

Saenz will work in close coordination with senior White House officials, including Klain, and ensure that “state and local authorities are able to call upon any and all necessary federal resources,” the official said.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Read More →

White House’s Ebola Liaison Arrives in Dallas

iStock/Thinkstock(DALLAS) — The White House has quietly dispatched Adrian Saenz, deputy director of intergovernmental affairs, to be the administration’s eyes and ears on the ground in Dallas, coordinating Ebola efforts with state and local officials.

A Texas native, Saenz arrived in Dallas late Sunday, a senior administration official told ABC News. He will work closely with the Texas state coordinator Gov. Rick Perry appointed Friday and FEMA coordinator Kevin Hannes, who was dispatched Saturday.

Saenz was named to the role on Friday and will report directly to newly-named Ebola “czar” Ron Klain, who doesn’t officially start his new role until later this week.

An administration official said the appointment of Saenz is meant to ensure the government “is able to leverage effective coordination between the federal, state, and local levels in Dallas — as well as with frontline healthcare workers.”

Saenz will work in close coordination with senior White House officials, including Klain, and ensure that “state and local authorities are able to call upon any and all necessary federal resources,” the official said.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio
Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Read More →