Politics

Paul Ryan: I’m Running For House Speaker

Despite the lack of full-throated support from Teabagistan following Tuesday’s ultimatum, Paul Ryan this afternoon declared his intention to run for House Speaker. Ryan says that he believes that Republicans in the House are “ready to move forward as one, united team.” Uh huh. Ryan is expected to easily win next Wednesday’s GOP vote.

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Democratic Rep. Don Beyer Wins “Politicians Vs Press” National Press Club Spelling Bee [VIDEO]

Some welcome lightheartedness on Capitol Hill: Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) outlasted a team of journalists Wednesday night to win the National Press Club’s “Politicians vs. Press” spelling bee. The event, a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute, pitted a team of seven journalists against seven lawmakers. Helping to judge the competition were 2015 Scripps National Spelling Bee co-champions …

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Trump: Iowa Voters Have Chemical-Addled Brains

For the first time ever, Donald Trump is behind Ben Carson in an Iowa poll issued early today. Trump has responded by suggested that the brains of Iowa voters have been damaged by chemicals in the corn. This, we suspect, will not go over well in the Hawkeye State. UPDATE: Deleted!

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POLL SURPRISE: Carson Dethrones Trump In Iowa

We’ll enjoy seeing The Donald spin suddenly being behind by eight points in Iowa. CNN reports: Ben Carson has knocked Donald Trump from his perch atop the field in Iowa, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll of Iowa Republicans. Carson has opened up an 8 percentage point lead over Trump with the help of women and white evangelicals, who …

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Canada’s Sexiest Prime Minister [VIDEO]

Canadian LGBT news site Xtra recounts newly-elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s positions on LGBT rights in an amusing clip that opens by praising his looks. They write: “Not only does Justin Trudeau have great hair and a hot body, he also promised the LGBT community he’d move forward on several important issues if elected, such as adding gender identity to …

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Supermajority Of House Tea Party Caucus Will Support But Not Endorse Paul Ryan As Speaker

Here’s some Tea Party double-speak for you: Hard-line conservatives cleared a path Wednesday for Rep. Paul Ryan to become House speaker when some of his most disgruntled fellow Republicans signaled that they would support his bid for the top job. The decision to back Ryan by the House Freedom Caucus, a group of nearly 40 lawmakers that has risen in …

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Clinton & Sanders Thank Joe Biden For His Service

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Sarah Palin Presents The Ten Commandments [VIDEO]

“Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian™, presents a video on how the Ten Commandments are the basis for all American laws. Or not. Special Guests (in alphabetical order) are God, Sarah Palin, and George Washington.” (Tipped by JMG reader TJ)

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RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: Joe Biden Not Running For President Is “Major Blow” To The Democrats

“The Vice President’s decision not to enter the 2016 race is a major blow for Democrats, who now will almost certainly be saddled with their unpopular and scandal plagued front-runner Hillary Clinton. Vice President Biden was the most formidable general election candidate the Democrat Party could have fielded, and his decision not to challenge Hillary Clinton greatly improves our chances …

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House Speaker Vote Slated For October 28th

The Hill reports: House Republicans will hold elections to nominate a new Speaker on Oct. 28, two days before Speaker John Boehner is expected to resign from Congress, Boehner told GOP lawmakers in a closed-door meeting Wednesday. Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday night he’ll run for the top job if he can win support from three …

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The Tea People Are Unhappy With Paul Ryan

Last night Paul Ryan declared that he would “gladly serve” as House Speaker – but only if far-right Republicans vow to support him without complaint. That, of course, has not gone down well in Teabagistan. Over at Breitbart, where multiple daily anti-Ryan pieces have been running for weeks, Ryan’s statement has resulted in renewed fury.

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Paul Ryan Issues Ultimatum: I’ll Only Serve As House Speaker If Teabaggers Promise To Leave Me Alone

Ever since Kevin McCarthy abruptly dropped his bid for House Speaker, Breitbart has been running multiple daily attacks on that also terrible RINO, Paul Ryan. Tonight Ryan declared that he MIGHT serve as Speaker – but with a whopping proviso aimed squarely at Teabagistan. The Washington Post reports: Ryan met Tuesday evening with tea party hard-liners and later with the larger …

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Frequent Senate Absentee Marco Rubio Introduces Bill To Penalize Slacking Federal Workers

The Associated Press throws some delicious shade: After missing almost a third of Senate votes this year, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio made a rare appearance in the Senate Tuesday — to try and pass a bill that would crack down on federal employees who fail to do their jobs. “This should actually be the rule in the entire government,” …

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A Republican Salute To Hillary Clinton [VIDEO]

Ooh, snap! The Clinton campaign today needled her GOP opponents by posting a clip which features them saying very nice things about her “until she decided to run for president.” Appearing in the clip: Jeb Bush, Carly Fiorina, Lindsey Graham, John McCain, and Donald Trump.

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CNN POLL: Fiorina Shrinks Behind Trump & Carson

Ben Carson and Donald Trump continue to hold a commanding lead in the latest CNN/ORC poll as Carly Fiorina rejoins the rest of the GOP field further behind. CNN reports: Fiorina has lost 11 points in the last month, declining from 15% support and second place to 4% and a tie for seventh place. At the same time, Carson has gained …

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Trump: Dubya Knew 9/11 Was Coming [VIDEO]

Donald Trump doubled down on his accusations against former President George W. Bush this morning in a CNN interview in which he declared that Bush knew the 9/11 attacks were imminent. Trump: “Look, his brother gets hit on, he’s a loyal person, and he’s loyal to his brother. But his brother made some mistakes. His brother could have made a …

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REPORT: Jim Webb To Drop Out Of Democratic Race, Might Run As An Independent Candidate

According to Fox News, today Jim Webb and his wig will drop out of the Democratic race: Webb is said to be disillusioned with the Democratic Party — as well as the Republican Party — and how the political parties are being pulled to allegedly extreme positions by the huge amounts of loosely regulated money fueling the campaigns. Webb has …

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Washington Post Jumps The Gun On Biden Presidential Announcement: “This File Was Inadvertently Published”

As multiple unnamed sources continue to claim that Joe Biden is about to enter the presidential race, last night the Washington Post jumped the gun with a canned story announcing just that. Media Equalizer reports: Embarrassed Washington Post editors were left scrambling earlier today after a story was accidentally published that declared Joe Biden’s presidential candidacy. With “XXX” showing in …

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CANADA: Justin Trudeau Makes PM Acceptance Speech: “I Didn’t Make History Tonight, You Did” [VIDEO]

CBC News recaps Trudeau’s acceptance speech: This will be the second time for Canada to be led by a Trudeau, as the 43-year-old Liberal leader follows in the footsteps of his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, who served as prime minister for almost 16 years before retiring in 1984. “Sunny ways my friends. Sunny ways,” Trudeau told his enthusiastic supporters in …

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John Oliver Lampoons Canada’s Election [VIDEO]

Vox recaps last night’s segment: Americans do not typically think of Canada as a particularly riveting political subject; journalist Michael Kinsley once joked that the most boring headline imaginable would be “worthwhile Canadian initiative.” But this year’s Canadian federal election, for which voting is today, is both important and, if you’ve been following its twists and turns, pretty interesting. John …

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