Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry took on press secretary Josh Earnest for the White House’s dishonesty concerning President Obama’s use of executive orders. Via the Daily Caller,
Sen. Harry Reid is marching forward in his never “never-ending fight to kill the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project — and ensure it stays dead.” Roll Call,
The Nevada Democrat touted a new Nuclear Regulatory Commission report.
“The latest study released by the NRC acknowledges one of the major weaknesses of the effort to resurrect Yucca Mountain: the federal government does not have the water it needs nor control of the land necessary to build a nuclear waste dump in Nevada,” Reid said in a release.
The NRC report, released Thursday, also noted “the land is not free of significant encumbrances such as mining rights, deeds, rights-of-way or other legal rights.”
“This is just one reason why the Yucca Mountain project will never be built and Congress should instead focus on consent-based solutions that don’t shove nuclear waste down a community’s throat over the objections of its people,” Reid said….
In a memo circulated this week by his office highlighting victories for Nevada in the lame-duck session, Yucca Mountain is mentioned.
“There is zero funding for the for the Yucca Mountain project, maintaining the project’s status as terminated,” the memo said.
The answer to how Congressional Democrats regain their footing remains unknown. But, history grants a clue. Governing.com,
We looked at how the parties fared under the last three presidents in U.S. Senate seats, U.S. House seats, governorships and state legislatures. Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama have all suffered grievously down-ballot over the course of their tenures…
Historically speaking, an additional two more years in office doesn’t make a difference — neither Clinton nor Bush was able to break into positive territory after their eighth year in office….
Only one president managed to gain seats in any category over that entire time: Ronald Reagan gained six Republican state legislative seats over eight years. Even that victory, though, represents a paltry fraction of the 7,000-plus state legislative seats nationally…
The takeaway is clear: Win the presidency, and you’ll lose everywhere else. “There is a presidential penalty in American politics,” said Alan Abramowitz, an Emory University political scientist. “The Democrats’ best chance to take back Congress is to lose the White House in 2016.”
Charges have been announced against two Democrat state lawmakers from Philadelphia in a bribery probe Democrat state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane previously declined to prosecute. Philadelphia Inquirer,
U.S. Rep. Robert Brady, the chairman of the Philadelphia Democratic Party, on Wednesday called state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane “asleep at the switch” and said he had no faith in his fellow Democrat as the state’s top law enforcement officer…
Kane had been touted as a future governor or U.S. senator, but many Democrats are now wondering if she should be reelected in 2016…
Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, also a Democrat, sharply criticized Kane on Tuesday, saying she had irresponsibly and without evidence asserted that the undercover investigation that led to the lawmakers’ arrests had been tainted by racism. The elected officials caught on tape accepting money are African American.
State Reps. Vanessa Lowery Brown, 48, and Ronald G. Waters, 64, were charged with bribery and other offenses Tuesday in a case that Kane had ridiculed as “half-assed” and “dead on arrival.”
Williams said both lawmakers admitted to grand jurors that they illegally pocketed cash from an undercover informant who was secretly taping them. Waters accepted $8,750 in nine payments, he said, and Brown accepted $4,000 in five installments.
The sting targeted five Philadelphia officials, all Democrats. One, Thomasine Tynes, a former Traffic Court judge, pleaded guilty Wednesday to accepting a $2,000 bracelet from the operative.