Posts by Chris Moody
- Chris Moody at Yahoo News4 days ago
BILLINGS, Mont. — Riding westward and alone across Montana on the seat of the Harley-Davidson he bought to help him process his time at war, Democratic Sen. John Walsh once again had much on his mind.
- Chris Moody at Yahoo News10 days ago
In November 2013, a month before the first Ebola death was recorded in West Africa, two U.S. congressmen stepped off a plane in Monrovia, Liberia, to visit a nation that would be ravaged by the disease within a year.
The lawmakers, Republican Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Democrat David Cicilline of Rhode Island, were in West Africa as part of a weeklong “Peacekeeping Learning Trip” funded by the United Nations Foundation to show them the U.N. mission and the impact of foreign aid in the region.
- Chris Moody at Yahoo News11 days ago
SHERWOOD, Ark. – It’s not every day you see a politician flying five feet off the ground with a 235-pound Suzuki two-stroke between his legs, but come out to the Highway 89 dirtbike racetrack on a weekend when Congress is out of session, and there’s a good chance you just might.
It’s a warm Sunday morning in August at a dirt track outside Little Rock, and Arkansas Republican Rep. Tim Griffin is about to strap on blue racing boots, a chest protector, gloves and a helmet for a day of decompressing on the motocross track.
With his yellow bike and gear in place, the congressman zooms toward the track alone, leaving a cloud of dust behind him. His bike screams around a curve and he revs his engine before an oncoming dirt ramp sails him into the air. He sticks the landing and continues back around for another go.
In his final months as a House member, Griffin, who is running for Arkansas lieutenant governor instead of seeking another term in Congress, has plenty to think about, but at this moment, avoiding a face plant into the dirt is his first priority.
- Chris Moody at Yahoo News14 days ago
Shortly after Mitt Romney clinched the Republican presidential nomination in 2012, he traveled to Colorado, where a reporter in Denver asked for his thoughts on medical marijuana. The conversation did not go well.
Romney scowled and cut reporter Shaun Boyd off midsentence.
“Aren’t there significant issues that you’d like to talk about?” he protested, looking uncomfortable as Boyd continued her questioning.
“This is significant in Colorado,” she replied. Indeed, it was. Six months later, on the same night that Romney lost his bid for the White House against President Barack Obama, Colorado voters would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Washington state did the same, making them the first states in the nation to take such action.
- Chris Moody, Yahoo News at Yahoo News25 days ago
A Republican adman unveiled a new public relations campaign this week to soften the image of the Grand Old Party using the guiding slogan “Republicans Are People, Too.” The promotional push came complete with a highly produced video, a website and social media efforts.
The project is the brainchild of Vinny Minchillo, a Mitt Romney presidential campaign veteran who helped produce ads for the White House candidate in 2012. The positive, feel-good campaign, Minchillo said, is meant to “let people know that it’s OK to be a Republican,” in a world in which he feels it has become “socially acceptable to say bad things about Republicans.”
- Chris Moody at Yahoo News25 days ago
Top Republicans have voiced both concern and support regarding President Obama’s decision to launch airstrikes against the Islamic State militants, but on Friday conservatives looking to stand out as possible presidential contenders have an opportunity to display their foreign policy chops in front of voters gathered at a forum of social conservatives in Washington, D.C.
Hundreds of conservative activists plan to gather at the annual Values Voter Summit this weekend, where they will hear from several Republican speakers, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz , former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. All five have hinted at launching their own presidential bids next year, and the conference provides a chance for them to assert their position on Obama’s handling of the rise of IS in the Middle East in front of people eager to find a conservative replacement to the president in 2017.
- Chris Moody at Yahoo News26 days ago
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — If you live beyond these gently sloping hills of eastern Iowa, you’ve probably never heard of Rod Blum, a bespectacled Dubuque businessman and father of five who’s running to represent Iowa’s 1st Congressional District.
But in the past few months, the nation’s top Republicans have flown in from across the country to see and be seen with him. Since late spring, Blum has held court with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. He had an hourlong conversation recently in Des Moines with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Dr. Ben Carson, a best-selling conservative author and neurosurgeon who’s considering his own presidential run, made sure his latest book tour swung through Blum’s district.
Blum has secured photo ops in the local press and enthusiastic endorsements from these big-name Republicans, who shower him with praise.
His secret? It’s all about the geography.
HONOLULU, Hawaii – The sun has yet to rise when Tulsi Gabbard pulls her car into a near-empty parking lot here on Oahu’s windy eastern shore, walks toward the water and unfurls a yoga mat on the beach.
As gently crashing waves break the morning stillness, the congresswoman stands straight and salutes the tip of the glowing sun as it rises into the clouds and flashes a light upon the water.
For 30 minutes, she mediates in silence, shifting yoga positions while the sun rises higher in the sky.
Washington is—and certainly feels—4,000 miles away.
An hour later, Gabbard is geared up in a wet suit and rashguard, a surfboard under her arm, looking out over the surf near Waikiki. She paddles out to the breakers several hundred yards from shore, where she sits on her board and waits for the blue waters of the South Pacific to rise in a swell.
When the first waves roll in, she turns back toward the beach and paddles for the wave. The waist-high wall of water rises behind her, and she leaps up from her stomach—Gabbard is goofy-footed, which means she puts her right foot forward—and carves her way toward the beach on a strong but steady left.
Rand Paul is quickly learning that his words have consequences.
The most recent reminder came after a speech in New Hampshire last Friday, when Kentucky’s junior U.S. senator vowed that if elected president, his first executive order would rescind “all” past orders made by past American presidents.
“I think the first executive order that I would issue would be to repeal all previous executive orders,” Paul said, when a man in the audience asked him about the topic, according to multiple reporters present. “Democracy is messy, but you have to build consensus to pass things. But it’s also in some ways good, because a lot of laws take away your freedom. So it should be hard to pass a law.”
Any rising Republican star with presidential ambitions who promised to wipe out nearly 230 years of executive decision-making would attract attention, and Paul was no exception.
Back in Washington after a long break last week, Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul was stepping off the escalator in the Capitol basement on his way to lunch, when a reporter approached him with a straightforward question.
Why, , did Paul change his position about launching a U.S. military strike against the Islamic State, a terrorist group that has seized territory in Iraq and Syria and beheaded two American journalists?
“You were still uncertain about bombing back in August. Now you support it,” McCormack said. “What in your mind has changed?”
Instead of explaining why he recently came out in support of launching a military assault on the group — with authority from Congress — despite his warning earlier this summer against getting involved, Paul replied that nothing had changed.
“I still have exactly the same policy,” Paul said. “And that is that intervention militarily should be through an act of Congress.”