In 1996, I was with Clinton when he went up to Keene, New Hampshire to campaign. Picturesque town square. I wandered off and went into the local diner. Asked the woman behind the counter if Clinton had been in there four years before, during the hotly contested 1992 primary. She replied: “Oh, yes. All the candidates were here. In fact, the waitresses all got together and agreed that we would vote as a bloc for the candidate who didn’t just shake hands with the owner. Every one of them came in and shook hands just with the owner. All except Clinton. He came in, shook hands with the owner, shook hands with all the waitresses, and then went into the kitchen and shook hands with the busboys and cooks. We all voted for him.
Reblogged from Los Angeles Times
Rand Paul is currently filibustering to hold up the vote on John Brennan’s confirmation as director of the CIA. He started at 11:45 am EST. You can watch the CSPAN live stream here.
As a conservative concerned with stabilizing families to rely less on government aid, I have been convinced: I’ve been worrying about the wrong thing. Stopping same-sex marriages does nothing to support families battered by economic adversity. Instead, it excludes and punishes people who seek only to live as conservatives would urge them to live. Treating same-sex partnerships differently from husband-wife marriages only serves to divide and antagonize those who ought to be working together.
David Frum, our conservative columnist, was one of dozens of prominent Republicans who recently signed a brief in support of gay marriage. Read Frum’s explanation of why he signed.
But defending our freedom is not the job of our military alone. We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes our most fundamental right as citizens: the right to vote. When any Americans – no matter where they live or what their party – are denied that right simply because they can’t wait for five, six, seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals. That’s why, tonight, I’m announcing a non-partisan commission to improve the voting experience in America.
Obama announcing a commission to improve voting at tonight’s State of the Union.
As we do, we must enlist our values in the fight. That is why my Administration has worked tirelessly to forge a durable legal and policy framework to guide our counterterrorism operations. Throughout, we have kept Congress fully informed of our efforts. I recognize that in our democracy, no one should just take my word that we’re doing things the right way. So, in the months ahead, I will continue to engage with Congress to ensure not only that our targeting, detention, and prosecution of terrorists remains consistent with our laws and system of checks and balances, but that our efforts are even more transparent to the American people and to the world.
If you had the dreaded ‘d’ word in your drinking game you are still sober.
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