Blog Posts by Chris Moody

  • RNC threatens to shut out CNN and NBC from presidential debate partnerships

    The Republican National Committee is threatening not to partner with NBC and CNN on future presidential debates unless they halt production of recently announced programs about Hillary Clinton, according to letters RNC Chairman Reince Priebus sent to network heads.

    NBC announced in July that the network would air a four-hour miniseries about the former first lady called “Hillary,” and CNN Films is producing a documentary about her as well.

    In letters addressed to NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt and CNN President Jeff Zucker on Aug. 5, Priebus warned that RNC members intend to vote on a resolution at their party-wide meeting later this month to shut out the networks from partnering with the party on Republican primary debates if they do not cancel the programs.

    "Out of a sense of fairness and decency and in the interest of the political process and your company's reputation, I call on you to cancel this political ad masquerading as an unbiased production,” Priebus wrote. "If you have

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  • Democrats kick off summer recess by hitting House Republicans with hometown ads

    House Democrats plan to welcome Republican lawmakers returning to their districts for Congress' five-week summer recess with a series of radio ads that criticize them for taking time away from Washington.

    Paid for by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the 15-second ads will hit radio airwaves Monday in 18 Republican House districts.

    “You work hard, so you deserve the same from your congressman,” the narrator says on the ad. “But did you know Congressman [X] is on a five-week taxpayer-funded vacation instead of working to create jobs? Tell Congressman [X] to get his priorities straight.”

    Congress traditionally takes a break during August, allowing lawmakers an opportunity to meet constituents and campaign for re-election. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has urged Republican leaders, who control the chamber's schedule, to stay in session.

    According to a source with knowledge of the ad purchase, the buy is relatively small: Just over $5,000 spread across local

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  • Chris Christie and Rand Paul's war of words, explained

    In a likely preview of the 2016 Republican presidential nominating contest, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul spent the week battling over the role of government and their vision for the country.

    The debate escalated quickly and at times even got a little personal.

    Here's basically how it went down, with a few liberties taken.



    (Photos by Getty Images, AP)

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  • Senate 'wacko birds' at home among the Ron Paul faithful

    ARLINGTON, Va. — There’s an old cliché that if you’re looking for a friend in Washington, get a dog. That may help explain why three renegade Republican senators, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Ted Cruz of Texas and Mike Lee of Utah, briefly fled across the Potomac Wednesday night to mingle with a crowd more appreciative of their brand of politics.

    Earlier this week, several hundred college-age libertarians gathered for the fifth annual Young Americans for Liberty (YAL) conference inside a ballroom at the Westin Hotel, located a safe seven miles from the Capitol building. YAL is the youth outreach group birthed from the womb of former Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s first run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2008, and it works with Paul’s other organization, the Campaign for Liberty, to continue advocating for his causes.

    The young Paulites at the Westin howled when Paul, Cruz and Lee strolled onto the stage. United screams of “Run Rand Run!” — a chant that shares the cadence of another

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  • Boehner: 'No decisions' made on whether House will defund Obamacare

    There is a movement brewing among conservative Republicans to insist that the federal health care law known as Obamacare be defunded as part of an agreement to keep the government running. But House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday was noncommittal when asked if the House would pursue a bill that strips funding for the law.

    "No decisions have been made on how we're going to proceed,” Boehner said at his weekly press briefing when asked if the House version of a continuing resolution to fund the government, which Congress must pass within the next two months to avoid a government shutdown, would include Obamacare funding.

    Since the law, the Affordable Care Act, was passed in 2010, the House has voted multiple times to repeal it.

    Boehner’s comments came at the same time a group of Republicans in both chambers are pursuing a campaign to refuse to fund the government unless Obamacare is defunded.

    In the House, a bill introduced by Georgia Rep. Tom Graves to defund Obamacare has 100

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  • Why did Ron Paul's group single out Marco Rubio for voting against Rand Paul’s aid bill?

    The libertarian advocacy group that grew out of Ron Paul’s 2008 presidential campaign slammed Sen. Marco Rubio Wednesday after the Florida Republican voted against a bill to freeze aid to Egypt that had been introduced by Paul’s son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

    The younger Paul’s bill, which would have halted $1.5 billion in annual aid given to Egypt, failed Wednesday by a lopsided of 86-13 vote. The Ron Paul-inspired group, Campaign for Liberty, released a statement to its national press list after the vote, singling out Rubio and calling his decision “disgraceful.”

    “Senator Rubio today stood with President Obama and Harry Reid to vote against the rule of law and the American people,” Campaign for Liberty spokeswoman Megan Stiles said in the written statement. “I fully expected (Arizona Republican) Senator McCain and (South Carolina Republican) Senator Graham to vote with Reid and Obama, as they often do, but for Senator Rubio, who bills himself as a conservative, to do so is

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  • Ted Cruz and the shutdown caucus

    Who’s afraid of a government shutdown? Not Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.

    “There are some Democrats, some in the media and some Republicans who portray a shutdown as a horrible calamity. I think the term ‘shutdown’ is a misnomer,” Cruz said Tuesday during a luncheon with conservative activists and bloggers at the Heritage Foundation. “It’s actually a partial, temporary shutdown. We have seen them before.”

    These “partial, temporary” shutdowns, Cruz argued, happen “every single week on the weekend. Saturdays and Sundays we see temporary partial government shutdowns, and the world doesn’t end.”

    A shutdown could even help conservative causes, Cruz added, pointing to balanced federal budgets that occurred after two shutdowns under former President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

    So, no big deal, right? Three cheers for shutdowns! Well, not everyone would agree, and that includes plenty of Republicans.

    “We’ve been down that road,” Georgia Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss said on MSNBC’s “Morning

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  • Conservative group continues effort to warn about enrolling in coverage under Obamacare

    A conservative advocacy group that spent millions on issue ads during the 2012 election cycle plans to continue a seven-figure campaign that aims to convince people to think twice before signing up for health insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

    Americans for Prosperity, a group partially funded by donors David and Charles Koch, plans to release a  television ad Wednesday to raise questions about the law. Instead of focusing on the law’s repeal, AFP's newest effort will argue that health insurance premiums will rise for those who sign up for the exchanges. The group also is making plans to dispatch activists to sporting events, festivals and town fairs in multiple states for the next several months to warn people that they could have fewer medical choices under the law.

    “This is more about going to folks where they are and talking to them,” AFP President Tim Phillips told Yahoo News. “We’re saying, make sure you understand the impact this law will have on you if you sign

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  • Orphan puppies roam congressional meeting room in search of owners

    It was the sound of barking that led hurried Capitol Hill staffers to look away from their BlackBerries as they walked by the third-floor caucus room of the Cannon House office building Tuesday.

    Inside the sprawling room, where the carpet was covered in plastic, handlers showed off dozens of four-legged friends and encouraged visiting staffers to adopt them on the spot. The orphaned puppies and kittens were brought in as part of an awareness program by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Congressional Animal Protection Caucus.

    Many staffers stopped by to take pictures with the animals before retreating back to their offices with beaming smiles. The gathering offered a rare moment of bipartisanship in this dog-eat-dog city known more for catfights than cuddling.

    “Animal welfare is a bipartisan issue," said Nancy Perry, senior vice president of ASPCA Government Relations. "We stand united in our appreciation of the vital services provided by the

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  • John McCain says surge of enforcement agents is unnecessary to secure border

    The surge of 20,000 new enforcement agents that would be deployed as part of the Senate immigration bill that passed earlier this year is unnecessary to secure the border, Arizona Sen. John McCain, one of the lead Republicans on the bipartisan immigration task force that co-authored the bill, said Tuesday.

    Speaking at a forum sponsored by the AFL-CIO in Washington, D.C., McCain said he voted for the bill that included the provision of additional agents so that those skeptical about the bill’s effectiveness “would have comfort” that the border would be secured.

    “I’ll give you a little straight talk. We don’t need 20,000 additional border enforcement agents,” McCain said at the union forum, where he joined California Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra. “But what we do need is to use the technology that has been developed where we can surveil the border more effectively."

    The Senate bill would effectively double the number of border agents and increase funding for enforcement. The bill passed

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