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September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675631
FLORIDA'S SCOTT JOINS THE ANTI-RAIL CRUSADE.... Historically, leaders in both parties have championed infrastructure and transportation investments. That's obviously no longer the case. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced Wednesday that he is sending back $2.4 billion in federal stimulus...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675632
WEDNESDAY'S CAMPAIGN ROUND-UP.... Today's installment of campaign-related news items that wouldn't necessarily generate a post of their own, but may be of interest to political observers: * DNC Chairman and former Gov. Tim Kaine is open to running for the...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675633
LIEBERMAN, COLLINS CHANNEL GIULIANI'S TALKING POINTS.... The quality of the debate over terrorism-related rhetoric hasn't progressed much in recent years. What message should we take away from the Fort Hood massacre, where 13 people were allegedly murdered by radicalized Muslim...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675634
BOEHNER THINKS 'WE'RE BROKE,' BUT CAN AFFORD WASTEFUL SPENDING IN OHIO.... In justifying his support for putting up to a million Americans out of work, on purpose, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said yesterday, "We're broke." It was an odd...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675630
BARBOUR FAILS AN EASY TEST.... A Mississippi group called the Sons of Confederate Veterans is pushing for a state license plate that honors Nathan Bedford Forrest, perhaps best known as the founder of the Ku Klux Klan. By all appearances,...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675629
A NEW STANDARD FOR 'SERIOUSNESS'.... The political establishment's preoccupation with deficit reduction -- as opposed to, say, job creation -- is annoying enough on its own. What's worse is the presupposed fixes to the nation's fiscal problems. For years, the...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675626
THE NEED FOR PARTISAN COVER.... For all the talk about "entitlements" as the budget fight(s) begins in earnest, it's worth noting that congressional Republicans aren't exactly on the same page. I don't just mean that GOP lawmakers disagree on the...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675627
HOUSE REBUFFS BOEHNER, SCRAPS F-35 JET ENGINE PROGRAM.... Following up on an earlier item, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OhIo) asked for a few billion dollars to build a jet engine for the Pentagon that the Pentagon doesn't want. Today, Boehner's...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675628
GIVING THE GOP'S 'SO BE IT' RESPONSE A CLOSER LOOK.... As House Speaker John Boehner's "so be it" problem continues to percolate, I was glad to see some Republican officials take the time to respond to the concerns. Brad Dayspring,...


September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675625
WEDNESDAY'S MINI-REPORT.... Today's edition of quick hits: * Bahrain: "Tens of thousands of demonstrators poured into Pearl Square here late into the night as Shiite opposition leaders issued assurances they were not being influenced by Tehran and were not interested...