Lawmakers Tackle NFL’s Tax-Exempt Status September 17, 2014Several lawmakers are taking aim at the National Football League’s tax-exempt status as the organization is embroiled in scandals ranging from domestic violence to child abuse to the use of what some describe as a “racial slur” in one of its team’s names.
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., announced today that she will introduce legislation that would end the league’s tax-exempt status in a move to increase pressure to change the name of the Washington Redskins.
“The NFL needs to join the rest of Americans in the 21st century. We can no longer tolerate this attitude towards Native Americans,” Cantwell said at a ... Read more
NRA Readies Multi-Million Dollar Ad Push in Key Senate Races September 17, 2014
The National Rifle Association is poised to spend millions supporting Republican Senate candidates with new ad campaigns launching Wednesday in Arkansas, Colorado and North Carolina.
The new ad blitz, which will total over $4 million spread across the three states, is the latest in the influential gun lobby’s efforts to influence the midterm elections. The NRA is set to spend $1.4 million in the Arkansas Senate race in a new ad campaign promoting Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, NRA spokesman Andrew Arulanandam confirmed to ABC News.
The 30-second pro-Cotton spot will start airing Wednesday in Little Rock and Jonesboro and is set to ... Read more
Bill Maher Takes Aim at Minnesota Congressman September 15, 2014
Incumbent GOP Rep. John Kline’s Minnesota congressional seat is a little less safe today thanks to comedian and television host Bill Maher.
Maher has decided to target Kline for his “Flip A District” campaign, a midterm election-themed segment on his HBO show, “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
On the show Friday, Maher introduced the 67-year-old congressman, noting that he voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act dozens of times, voted for shutting down the government, and voted against raising the minimum wage, stem cell research, gay marriage and funding climate change studies.
“The issue Mr. Kline may be the worst on is the ... Read more
TN Supreme Court to Announce State Attorney General on Monday September 12, 2014NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKPT) – Tennessee Supreme Court Justices plan to announce their choice for the next State Attorney General on Monday.
According to a news release issued Thursday, the announcement will take place at 11am in the courtroom at the Supreme Court building in Nashville.
The announcement comes after a week in which the Justices held a public hearing, as well as public and personal interviews with candidates for the position.
Incumbent Bob Cooper, a Democrat whose termed ended last month, is among the final six candidates, most of whom have Republican ties.
The other candidates are:
Eugene N. Bulso, Jr. of Brentwood
Mark A. Fulks ... Read more
How US Would Conduct the Syrian Rebel-Training Program September 12, 2014
A key component of the Obama administration’s strategy to “degrade and defeat” ISIS in Iraq and Syria is the training and arming of moderate Syrian rebel fighters. But the biggest hurdle might be how the United States would vet those fighters to make sure they can become a viable fighting force able to take on ISIS.
The administration has asked Congress to authorize the training program, as well as the $500 million in funding needed to get the program started.
But the proposed program has raised questions about how it can effectively vet rebel fighters. Since the administration’s national security team first ... Read more
Secret Service Nabs White House Fence-Jumper September 12, 2014
A dramatic scene unfolded at the White House today as Secret Service agents raced to confront and apprehend a young man who broke the security perimeter.
“Drop down! Drop down!” Secret Service officers shouted, as they rushed across the North Lawn, their guns at the ready.
A man had jumped over the North Fence, triggering an urgent security response and causing the White House to be put on lock down.
The man, who appeared to be in his 20s, wearing a gray T-shirt, dark shorts and a yellow Pokemon hat, sat on his knees on the grass. He resisted calls for him to ... Read more
Support for Airstrikes against ISIS: Following the Trend Lines September 12, 2014
What a difference events can make.
U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq remained largely divisive for most of the summer. But our ABC News/Washington Post poll earlier this week found support rising from 54 to 71 percent in just three weeks. The shift, although in line with President Obama’s policies, includes many of his political opponents on other issues.
Specifically, the overall increase of 17 percentage points in support for airstrikes since mid-August includes a 22-point leap among Republicans (from 61 to 83 percent) and a remarkable 32-point jump among “very conservative” Americans, from 49 percent to 81 percent.
What’s intervened, of course, ... Read more
What 475 New US Troops Headed to Iraq Won’t Do September 12, 2014
The 475 additional U.S. military personnel headed to Iraq this week will assist Iraqi security forces as they take the offensive against ISIS fighters. They will be posted at Iraqi military headquarters to help coordinate military planning but will not see front-line action, according to U.S. officials.
The new deployment to Iraq announced by President Obama Wednesday night will increase the number of U.S. military forces in that country to about 1,600. The U.S. first began sending U.S. military personnel to Iraq in June shortly after ISIS militants seized control of Mosul and large areas of northern Iraq.
ISIS: Trail of Terror
Obama Pledges to ‘Degrade and Ultimately Destroy’ ... Read more
Ted Cruz Booed Off Stage at Middle-East Christians’ Group September 11, 2014It’s not every day that you see a presidential contender getting booed off stage.
But that’s what happened Wednesday night when Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, widely viewed as a likely Republican candidate for the White House in 2016, addressed a group called In Defense of Christians at a gala dinner for its inaugural summit at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C.
The video suggests, and Cruz’s office concurs, that the senator was booed and jeered for speaking favorably about Israel.
The video is missing some context and begins after Cruz has already been interrupted and as an apparent organizer urges “respect for ... Read more
Justices to Meet Behind Closed Doors to Discuss Gay Marriage Cases September 11, 2014
Before the Supreme Court justices even take the bench for the new court term on Oct. 6, they will meet behind closed doors and discuss petitions from five states concerning bans on gay marriage.
The so-called “long conference” occurs on Sept. 29, when the nine justices will discuss cert petitions that have gathered over the summer.
Although they are scheduled to discuss the marriage cases, the justices don’t necessarily have to act immediately. Indeed, they could wait until other appeals courts across the country have ruled.
The behind-doors conversations at conferences are kept secret. No one else is allowed in the room – ... Read more