Politico really wants you to believe Obama called Iran deal opponents ‘crazies’

U.S. President Barack Obama (R), flanked by Secretary of State John Kerry, delivers remarks to reporters at the top of a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington May 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX1E0KN

Politico had quite the bombshell Monday night … until it turned out to be total BS, anyway. According to the Politico headline on Edward-Isaac Dovere’s story, “Barack Obama calls opponents of Iran deal ‘the crazies.'”
Wow, I mean, opponents of the Iran deal include not just Ted Cruz and Scott Walker but likely future Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer. Harsh words from the president! Except the reality, as summed up by Erik Wemple, is this:

Consistent with his increasingly edgy tone of recent months, President Obama on Monday evening in remarks from Henderson, Nev., used a flourish to describe his political enemies: “Harry and I drove over here together and we were doing a little reminiscing, and then figuring out how we’re going to deal with the crazies in terms of managing some problems,” said the president, referring to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). “And then

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Hillary Clinton answers all the email questions, but Politico is miffed that she got ‘testy’

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to the media during a news conference in Las Vegas, Nevada August 18, 2015. REUTERS/David Becker - RTX1OPKW

After an appearance Tuesday in Las Vegas, Hillary Clinton had a session with reporters in which she spoke extensively and—as far as all evidence points thus far—truthfully about the only thing the press cares about: email.

This time, in an empty and quiet gymnasium, Clinton grew testy as the back-and-forth with reporters became more heated and focused pointedly on her emails and her use of a private server while she served as secretary of state.
“What was supposed to be convenient has turned out to be anything but convenient,” she said, reiterating that she “wants Americans to understand” that when it comes to whether or not she sent or received any classified emails, the process would be the same whether or not she had used a government account. “It has nothing to do with me and it has nothing to do with the fact that my account was personal,” she

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John Kerry broke his leg, which proves he’s rich (and possibly French)

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L) cycles past the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, March 16, 2015. Kerry and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif held four hours of nuclear talks on Monday in the Swiss city of Lausanne before the Iranian delegation he

Kerry, looking suspiciously like a cheese-eating surrender monkey

As you’ve probably already heard, Secretary of State John Kerry broke his leg in a biking accident on Sunday and is reportedly doing well following surgery on Tuesday morning. So beyond updates here and there on his recovery, end of story, right? Not so fast! Because Politico explored the seedy underbelly of this accident and realized that it was a metaphor for political mishaps during the course of Kerry’s career. Or something like that. Plus, he’s rich. And perhaps a little too French. Here are a few excerpts to give you a flavor of this exercise in “are you freaking kidding me?” (A soupçon, as it were.)

Have you ever wondered why politicians are willing to blatantly lie?

U.S. Representative Mike Pence (R-IN) looks at his notes before a news conference about the goal of permanently extending Bush-era tax rates at the U.S. Capitol in Washington December 2, 2010. Pence told reporters on Thursday his view on stripping the Fed

“Nah, they’ll never call me out on this one …”

Have you ever wondered why politicians are so willing to lie? The answer is easy: Because they can. Look no further than Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Sunday appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, where he repeatedly refused to say if his state’s “religious freedom” bill was a license to discriminate against gays, and repeatedly claimed that the bill was the same as the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) signed into law nearly 20 years ago. At this point one might think, wow, the media will chew Pence up and spit him out for that pathetic performance. Cue Politico:

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Sunday sternly defended his state’s new religious freedom law from what he called “reckless” and “shameless” media coverage, claiming Indiana has been hit with “an avalanche of intolerance.”

And by “sternly,” we can only assume that Politico meant Pence managed to keep a straight face while peddling his lies and avoiding answering yes or no questions. But what about the six or seven times Pence refused to answer the simple question, does Indiana’s new law allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians? Surely Politico got around to mentioning that? Nope. Instead they went with rewriting history (well, the transcript anyway):

He also insisted the new law wouldn’t allow bakers or florists to refuse to serve gay couples, something supporters of the legislation have claimed it would allow.

No, he did not. When asked that question directly, over and over again, Pence responded with (in order):

  • “Well, let—let me explain to you, the purpose of this bill is to empower …” and
  • “George, this is—this is where this debate has gone, with—with misinformation,” and
  • “Well—well, this—there’s been shameless rhetoric about my state,” and
  • “George, look, the issue here is, you know, is tolerance a two way street or not,” and
  • “George, the—the question here is if the—if there is a government action or a law that an individual believes impinges on their religious liberty,” and
  • “Come on. Hoosiers don’t believe in discrimination.”

So, can you name even one time Pence “insisted the new law wouldn’t allow bakers or florists to refuse to serve gay couples”? Nope. But that was Politico’s take on it.

Why do politicians lie? Because they can. And they get a lot of help from their friends.

Iowa straw poll might draw only B-listers

Iowa straw poll may draw only b-listers

Obama education legacy: Pomp and fizzle?

His ambitions for big, legacy-defining initiatives run smack into a buzzsaw of opposition from across the political spectrum.

114th Congress commences; Steve Israel’s novel

Glenn Thrush talks with John Bresnahan about the first week of the 114th Congress, a tumultuous vote for Speaker of the House, John Boehner’s and Mitch McConnell’s establishment bona fides, Also, excerpts from a chat with novelist, Rep. Steve Israel.