Jon Stewart: Comedy of two senate races speaks volumes of our politics

Jon Stewart: Comedy of two senate races speaks volumes of our politics

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Jon Stewart skit should be seen as highlighting America’s political flaw

Jon Stewart featured two senate races that when examined illustrate the sad state of our politics. He examined both a GOP primary race and a national race.

Jon Stewart billed the first race, a Republican primary, as the Tea Party versus GOP establishment civil war. “Huge news results,” Jon Stewart said. “In the Tea Party…

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Child finds loaded gun in House Speaker John Boehner’s Capitol bathroom

A child reportedly found a loaded Glock handgun in the bathroom suite of Republican House Speaker John Boehner in what is just the latest of a string of Capitol security missteps, Roll Call’s Hannah Hess reports. But this is not an isolated incident. In January, a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail left a loaded gun wedged into the seat-cover dispenser in a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom. And in April, a janitor found a loaded Glock in plain sight while cleaning the Capitol Police headquarters.

Third time in recent months that Capitol security officers have left loaded guns in publicly accessible areas

When Sawyer asked if Jenner cheered when Obama became the first president to even say the word “transgender” in a State of the Union address, the 65-year-old replied that he “would certainly give him credit for that.”

“But not to get political,” Jenner continued, “I’ve never been a big fan, I’m kind of more on the conservative side.”

“Are your a Republican?” Sawyer asked in response, to which Jenner replied, “Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution.”

“Do you think that would be an unsettling thing for some people in the conservative wing of the party?” Sawyer asked.

“I’ve thought about that,” says Jenner, adding that neither political party has a monopoly on understanding.

Sawyer then asked Jenner if he would go to Mitch McConell and John Boehner and ask them to help champion this cause. Jenner responded that he “would do that in a heartbeat, yes, and I think they would be very receptive.”

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How the fuck does this pass for anything but complete bullshit?

How is Mitch McConnell allowed to start another sentence? America and American media has lost the ability to see through made-up rhetoric.

So for every scientist with peer-supported empirical evidence regarding climate, Mitch can find some random asshole to say the opposite.

Anyone ever heard of “apples to apples”? 

This is the Senate majority leader and his approach to the most important issues of the day: I can find a lobbyist to refute your facts.

There’s actually been a little bit of controversy that we’ve been likening the presumptive Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to a slow-talking tortoise man…I want to state for the record, we are not. What we are doing is asserting that Mitch McConnell is literally, biologically, a tortoise. Specifically, a 180 year old living, breathing, giant tortoise of the species Aldabrachelys Gigantea, who has, despite not being indigenous to North America, somehow ascended to a prominent leadership role in the United States Senate. And so, I say to Senator McConnell, kudos.
Senator Credits Day-Old Republican Congress With Last Year’s Economic Growth

The 114th Congress was just sworn in on Tuesday, but by Wednesday Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave it credit for last year’s positive economic data.

In a speech announcing the new Senate, which is now controlled by Republicans, he said, “After so many years of sluggish growth, we’re finally starting to see some economic data that can provide a glimmer of hope; the uptick appears to coincide with the biggest political change of the Obama Administration’s long tenure in Washington: the expectation of a new Republican Congress.”

There have been positive signs in the economy lately. The most recent GDP report showed 5 percent growth in the third quarter of last year and 4.6 percent growth in the second. That 5 percent growth rate was the fastest the economy had experienced since 2003. But it measured growth in July, August, and September, before the midterm elections in November that flipped the Senate to Republican control.

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