Bob Corker: Cliff deal ‘doesn’t matter’

Bob Corker: Cliff deal ‘doesn’t matter’

By: Kevin Robillard
December 31, 2012 08:26 AM EST

A Republican Senator dismissed the final stages of negotiations to avert the fiscal cliff — and perhaps a recession — as “inconsequential” on Monday.

“Whatever happens today is really inconsequential,” Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe. “It really doesn’t matter. It’s going to happen. We will have a solution.”

In a follow-up interview with POLITICO, Corker made clear he meant the deal would be “inconsequential” to efforts to reduce the federal deficit, not to the overall health of the economy. Continue reading “Bob Corker: Cliff deal ‘doesn’t matter’”

Robert Gibbs: House GOP is the problem

Robert Gibbs: House GOP is the problem

John Boehner is shown. | AP Photo

John Boehner’s caucus might not back a deal, the former White House spokesman said. | AP Photo

By KEVIN ROBILLARD | 12/31/12 7:56 AM EST

Former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Monday that House Republicans remain the major impediment to any deficit reduction deal, and anyone thinking otherwise lives on “fantasy island.” Continue reading “Robert Gibbs: House GOP is the problem”

Republican super PACs ramp up spending in House races

Republican super PACs ramp up spending in House races

Nancy Pelosi is pictured. | AP Photo

The common thread in ads this week is a focus on the Dems’ agenda under Pelosi. | AP Photo

By JAKE SHERMAN | 9/17/12 4:59 AM EDT

With 50 days and counting until Election Day, a pair of outside political groups supporting House Republicans is unleashing $7 million of TV ads in contested congressional districts.

A pair of related groups linked to House GOP leadership, the American Action Network and Congressional Leadership Fund, is launching a fresh $3 million advertising campaign targeting races in the Midwest, California and one in Texas.

This is on top of $4 million that the YG Action Fund – a super PAC associated with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) – has on television in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Massachusetts. Continue reading “Republican super PACs ramp up spending in House races”

Dick Durbin, Fox host duel over ‘God’

Dick Durbin, Fox host duel over ‘God’

By MACKENZIE WEINGER | 9/4/12 6:51 PM EDT

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin on Tuesday slammed Fox News’s coverage of the Democratic Party platform for focusing on the removal of the words “God” and “Jerusalem,” saying that the network is “harping on a trifle” and trying to present a false narrative that Democrats are “godless people.”

Fox News’s Bret Baier kicked off the tense interview by asking the Illinois Democrat why the 2012 party platform dropped the word “God” from the document after including it in previous years.

“Well, I can just basically tell you if the narrative that is being presented on your station and through your channel and your network is that the Democrats are godless people, they ought to know better,” Durbin told Baier. “God is not a franchise of the Republican Party.” Continue reading “Dick Durbin, Fox host duel over ‘God’”

Rand Paul’s top 5 attacks on Obama

Rand Paul’s top 5 attacks on Obama

By KATIE GLUECK | 8/29/12 8:23 PM EDT

Former GOP presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul was only referenced once — and not even by name — in his son Sen. Rand Paul’s speech Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention. Instead, the Kentucky senator took President Barack Obama to task for his now-infamous “you didn’t build that” quote, naming the president about 10 times. (Meanwhile, Paul took about 14 minutes to mention Mitt Romney by name, and did so only once.)

Here’s a look at the top five attacks from Paul’s speech: Continue reading “Rand Paul’s top 5 attacks on Obama”