Blog Posts by Chris Moody

  • Ron Paul says Al-Awlaki killing could be impeachable

    Paul (AP)Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul ramped up his criticism of the Obama administration over the killing of Al-Awlaki, an American citizen with connections to terrorist groups, saying that Obama could be impeached over the attack.

    Politico reports that at a campaign event in Manchester, N.H., Monday, Paul said that impeachment was "possible" and that the act of killing an American citizen without due process was a step toward "tyranny."

    "I put responsibility on the president because this is obviously a step in the wrong direction," Paul said, according to Politico's Dan Hirschhorn. "We have just totally disrespected the Constitution."

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  • Van Jones to liberals: We put too much hope in Obama

    Van Jones (Carlos Osorio/AP)A message to the tea party: Van Jones has been watching you. And he's impressed.

    Jones, who spent a brief stint at the White House working on energy issues in 2009, said he has studied the tea party since his departure from the Obama administration and wants to build a nationwide network of liberal activists to match the limited-government movement.

    Speaking at the "Take Back the American Dream" conference, a three-day event for liberal activists in Washington, D.C., Jones said the left has faltered because it rallied around one man--Barack Obama--instead of maintaining a grassroots network. The secret of the tea party's success, he said, rests in its decentralization.

    "We've been wrong," Jones said. "We had the wrong theory of the presidency. . . . We thought that if by electing a single person, an individual who was inspiring. . . we could sit back and pop popcorn and just watch him."

    "The thing I learned from the tea party," he added. "They're very, very adult about charisma and leadership. Who is the one leader of the tea party? . . . They built something bigger than any leader."

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  • For the ’12 gaffe list: Bachmann says nation faces ‘high employment’

    Somewhere, a campaign staffer is probably getting an earful for this. In a new web ad, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann says "very high employment" is a problem facing the nation.

    "As a nation, we can't settle either," Bachmann says in the video, shot last week after she spoke at Liberty University in Virginia. "We see that our nation is on the ropes right now. On the ropes economically, with very high employment."

    Hey, it happens.

    (Via the Washington Post's Aaron Blake)

  • Cain campaign replaces communications team

    Two aides on Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's communications team resigned over the weekend, The Ticket has learned.

    Communication Director Ellen Carmichael and Francis Boustany, a press assistant, both left the campaign.

    Carmichael is one of Cain's longest-serving aides. She began as a contractor for Cain's company, T.H.E New Voice, in April 2010 before serving as the spokeswoman for his political action committee and then led the campaign's press office when Cain announced his candidacy.

    "After more than a year working for Mr. Cain, I have decided to leave the campaign effective immediately," Carmichael told The Ticket. "I am thankful for the opportunity to serve him, but have chosen to pursue other professional opportunities. I will not provide any additional comment at this time, and I wish him the best of luck on the campaign trail."

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  • Huckabee 2012? Anonymous sources say maybe

    Reuters spoke to two sources close to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who say the Fox News host is facing pressure to jump into the race for the Republican nomination and he is "entertaining the request for conversations about it."

    Mike Huckabee has been approached by Republican and conservative activists unhappy with the current crop of presidential hopefuls and he is considering entering the fray, two sources who have spoken with Huckabee told Reuters. . . . One of the sources said Huckabee was urged to enter after the recent stumbles of Texas Governor Rick Perry, who appeals to a similar right wing of the Republican party.

    Huckabee first ran for president in 2008 and won the Republican Iowa caucuses with a focused message on social conservative issues.

    A spokesman for Huckabee's political action committee told Real Clear Politics that his decision not to run still stands.

    "[Huckabee]'s made his mind up," said HuckPAC spokesman Hogan Gidley, "and he's still comfortable with

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  • Newt Gingrich wants to crowdsource a new ‘Contract with America’

    Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich unveiled on Thursday the outline of a "21st Century Contract with America," a 23-page document of priorities that he says will be expanded by "harnessing the wisdom and perspective of the American people" on his website.

    The contract will consist of four main themes, Gingrich says:

    1. A set of legislative proposals to shift America back to job creation, prosperity, freedom, and safety.
    2. A "First Day" project of Executive Orders to be signed on inauguration day to immediately transform the way the executive branch works.
    3. A training program for the transition teams and the appointees who will lead the shift back to Constitutional, limited government.
    4. A system of citizen involvement to help us sustain grassroots support for change and help implement the change through 2021.

    His first orders of business as president, Gingrich said, would be to repeal President Obama's health care law, reduce the corporate tax, implement a flat tax on income,

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  • Buffett withholding judgement on ‘Buffett Rule’

    President Barack Obama named his plan to raise taxes on individuals making more than $1 million a year after billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who wrote an op-ed article in The New York Times calling for a tax increase on the wealthy, and suggested in an interview with CNBC Friday that he's withholding judgement until more details are available.

    Here's the transcript

    CNBC: "Are you happy that the way it is being described? Is the program that the White House has presented, a million dollars and over, your program? "

    Buffett: "Well, the precise program which will -- I don't know what their program will be. My program would be on the very high incomes that are taxed very low. Not just high incomes. Somebody making $50 million a year playing baseball, his taxes won't change. Make $50 million a year appearing on television, his income won't change. But, if they make a lot of money and pay a very low tax rate, like me, it would be changed by a minimum tax that would only bring them up to what other people pay."

    CNBC: "Does that mean you disagree with the president's new jobs proposal which would be paid for by raising taxes on households with incomes of over $250,000?"

    Buffett: "That's another program that I won't be discussing. My program is to have a tax on ultra-rich people who are very tax rates. Not just all rich people. It would probably apply to 50,000 people in a population of 300 million."

    There has been some debate about what Buffett meant by his response, and whether he was distancing himself from the "Buffett Rule." The disagreement, it appears, is due to a lack of details about the plan itself. The White House hasn't said specifically how it would work, but says the rule would apply to "people making more than $1 million a year" and would ensure that they do not "pay a smaller share of their income in taxes than middle-class families pay." From the interview, it appears Buffett is on board with the spirit of the policy.

    When asked about The American Jobs Act, a separate piece of legislation that Obama proposed earlier this month, Buffett said he plans to examine the bill once it's written and will make a judgment about his support.

    "There's no question there will be parts I disagree with," he said.

    Video after the jump:

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  • Top Senate Dem: We don’t have the votes for Obama’s jobs bill

    Durbin (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)President Obama has called on Congress to pass his $450 billion plan he says would help create thousands of jobs--but the man in the Senate responsible for gathering up Democratic votes said Obama won't be able to rely on his party to push the bill through.

    Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the chamber's Democratic whip, told Chicago's WLS Radio on Thursday that while the president will face resistance from Republicans, he'll need to focus on his own party first.

    "The oil-producing state senators don't like eliminating or reducing the subsidy for oil companies, " Durbin told WLS Radio, "There are some senators who are up for election who say I'm never gonna vote for a tax increase while I'm up for election, even on the wealthiest people. So, we're not gonna have 100 percent Democratic senators. That's why it needs to be bipartisan, and I hope we can find some Republicans who will join us to make it happen."

    He added that among Senate Democrats, there aren't enough votes "at the moment" but that they would "work on it."

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  • Study: Members of Congress insult one another less than in years past

    Former Rep. Anthony Weiner not acting civil, but following the rules, in 2010.The current session of Congress began with a bipartisan call for civility, and, believe it or not, House members have played nice with each other all year, according to one new study.

    Despite what seems to be a constant stream of of bickering, the level of political discourse has been fairly docile this year by one measure. The Annenberg Public Policy Center counted the number of insults hurled by members on the House floor that were objected to by another member.

    The study, released this week, compared the number of insults from this year to number from the 104th Congress in 1995, when Republicans swept the chamber after decades of Democratic rule.

    "So far the 112th Congress has not produced the sorts of incivility that disrupted the first session of the 104th," Kathleen Hall Jamieson, the report's author, said in a statement. "The historical indicators  predict a higher number of incidents in which a Member impugns the integrity, ideology, or patriotism of those of opposed views than we've seen so far."

    "But," she added, "the warning signs continue to blink."

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  • Meet the new Republican front-runner: Newtman Caingrich

    Portrait of Newtman Caingrich via Ryan LizzaHe doesn't exist, but if he did, Newtman Caingrich would be the new front-runner to become the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.

    Mr. Caingrich is a mythical cross between the Republican presidential candidates Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich, a creature birthed from the mind of Rick Perry at last week's presidential debate.

    "I don't know how you would do this, but if you could take Herman Cain and mate him up with Newt Gingrich, I think you would have a couple of really interesting guys to work with," Perry said, responding to a question about who he would pick for a running mate, were he forced to choose from the candidates on stage.

    Perry was on to something. According to a composite of three national polls conducted after the debate compiled by the New York Times analyst Nate Silver, Herman Cain has surged to third place in the field, with the support of 13 percent of Republican voters, while Newt Gingrich is in fourth place with 10 percent.

    As a single creature, Newtman Caingrich would be a formidable candidate. Caingrich's 23.6 percent share puts him in first place, ahead of the putative front-runners Mitt Romney (22 percent) and Perry (21.7 percent).

    Like a liger, Caingrich is bred for skills and magic, but in his case, the kind that win national elections.

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