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John Kasich’s claim that there was a ‘$5 trillion surplus’ when he left Washington in 2001 (Fact Checker biography)

“I was there [federal government] in the ’90s when we actually got things done. … When I left Washington, we had a $5 trillion surplus.” — Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Sept. 27, 2015 “I’m the only person on the stage and one  [...]

Bernie Sanders to oppose Obama’s nominee to lead the FDA

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) plans to announce his opposition Friday to President Obama’s nominee to lead the Food and Drug Administration, citing questions about Dr. Robert M. Califf’s commitment to lowering pharmaceutical prices. Sanders, who is mounting a surprisingly strong bid for [...]

Open thread for night owls: Patriot Coal backs off plan to screw retired miners, wives and widows

Alec MacGillis at ProPublica writes—Dealmakers Drop a Plan to Divert Millions from the Health Insurance of Retired Coal Miners The parties involved in the bankruptcy of a coal company have stepped away from a deal that would have diverted $18 million intended for the health insurance of  [...]

Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million last quarter, second-best haul so far of GOP candidates

So far, only Ben Carson raised more than Ted Cruz over the summer. Go to Source : Ted Cruz raised $12.2 million last quarter, second-best haul so far of GOP candidates

Al Kamen Says a Fond Farewell to In The Loop

No more Loop contests. No more T-shirts. After some 2,700 columns, this is my last. So it’s time to look back a bit and to thank those who made it happen. Thanks first and foremost to Bill Clinton, whose ridiculously chaotic presidential transition after the 1992 election launched thi [...]

Obama: GOP trying to turn back the clock

 President Obama blasted Republican presidential candidates for “turning the clock back” on issues like immigration reform, as he gave the keynote speech at an awards dinner for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Declaring that America is… Go to Source : Obama: GOP trying to turn ba [...]

One of Donald Trump’s fans took the stage in Vegas and declared: ‘I am Hispanic, and I vote for Mr. Trump!’

Myriam Witcher, an immigrant from Colombia who has become one of Trump’s super-fans, bounced with the excitement of a teenaged girl meeting a boy-band heartthrob: “I love Mr. Trump!” Go to Source : One of Donald Trump’s fans took the stage in Vegas and declared:  [...]

“He Left Everybody at the Altar": Gloom, Despair, and Capitol Hill’s Game of Thrones

Representative Tim Huelskamp thought that something seemed a bit off about House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy when he approached him on Thursday morning at a meeting of the House Republican conference. “He was kind of nervous and uptight,” said Huelskamp, the co-founder of the House Fre [...]

Speaking in Tongues

In the language spoken by the Dothraki on the violent and popular HBO show Game of Thrones, the word for cat is keli. Reasonable, you might think. The show is based on the books written by George R.R. Martin, surely he can come up with whatever words he likes for the animals living Go to  [...]

REPORT: John Boehner is personally asking Paul Ryan to step up and be Speaker. They have spoken twice today by phone….Boehner told Ry [...]

Report: Pro-Biden group pulls ad after report VP objects

A group has pulled an ad urging Vice President Biden to run for president after a report that Biden objected to the spot. According to Los Angeles Times, Biden hoped a super PAC unaffiliated with the vice president would not run an advertisement that uses his personal story to encoura [...]

Smoking Will Kill 1 in 3 Chinese Men

Smoking will kill one in three young men in China unless rates of tobacco use drop dramatically, according to a new study in the medical journal The Lancet. The study, led by Oxford University epidemiologist Zhengming Chen, is full of eye-opening stats: In 2010 alone, smoking accounted fo [...]

Various stains on humanity to organize armed anti-mosque protests this weekend

Is it National Armed Moron day again? And stores hadn’t even put up the decorations yet. If you can think of a better way to show that your religion is peaceful and that those other religions are prone to violence than strapping on a few loaded guns and screaming obscenities at ra [...]

Washington Post and Univision to host Democratic debate

The Washington Post and Univision will host the final Democratic presidential debate in Miami. The debate, sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee, will be held March 9. A Miami venue has not yet been chosen. It will be the last of six debates, taking place after the first-in- [...]

Rubio raises about $6 million in third quarter, has $11 million on hand

LAS VEGAS — Sen. Marco Rubio raised about $6 million for his presidential campaign in the third quarter of this year and entered the month of October with about $11 million on hand, campaign officials told top donors here Thursday. Rubio’s fundraising was slow through much [...]

Future holds continued hits on benefits, small pay hikes for feds, retiring leader says

Carol Bonosaro decided it is time to get out of the storm. After leading top federal civil servants through a period of pay freezes, government shutdowns (actual and threatened) and other insults, she is retiring as president of the Senior Executives Association (SEA). The last few ye [...]

Cartoon: Physician, shoot thyself

Dr. Ben Carson, proving every day that brain surgeons aren’t all smart, (thanks Andy Borowitz), has shot himself in the foot again, and again. This time, regarding the recent Oregon college campus shootings, he said, ‘I Would Not Just Stand There And Let Him Shoot Me’.  [...]

Anybody Can Grow Up To Be Speaker of the House!

I suppose it’s as good a time as any to recall that under the rules of the U.S. House of Representatives, the Speaker does not have to be a Member. And so, you get this entirely non-humorous tweet from a Washington Examiner reporter: .@newtgingrich says he'd consider interim s [...]

The Republican House Today Was More Melodramatic Than High School

No one knows how crazy the House Republican caucus is right now better than House Republicans. When House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told them he was dro Go to Source : The Republican House Today Was More Melodramatic Than High School