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Karl Rove: Hillary Might Have Brain Damage

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 13th, 2014 5:49 pm by HL

Karl Rove: Hillary Might Have Brain Damage
GOP activist Karl Rove claimed last week that Hillary Clinton may have brain damage from a blood clot she suffered in 2012, offering no evidence to back up that assertion. Rove said at a conference in Los Angeles, “30 days in the hospital? And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill called the comments a “form of sickness” and said she’s 100 percent recovered from that incident. Merrill said, “First they accused her of faking it. Now they’ve resorted to the other extreme — and are flat-out lying … All he wants to do is inject the issue into the echo chamber, and he’s succeeding. … Time for them to move on to their next desperate attack.”


Sarah Baker Talks Her Role on ‘Louie’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 13th, 2014 5:49 pm by HL

Sarah Baker Talks Her Role on ‘Louie’
Sarah Baker talks playing Vanessa, who challenged Louie’s – and viewers’ – hang-ups on weight.

S&P 500 flirts with 1,900, but falls short
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock futures edged higher on Tuesday, a day after major indexes closed at record levels. DirecTV jumped on reports that AT&T is nearing a deal to buy the company.


Obama: “Narrow window” for Congress to pass immigration reform

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 13th, 2014 5:49 pm by HL

Obama: “Narrow window” for Congress to pass immigration reform
The president favors the Senate immigration bill but says he’s not “hell bent” on that exact approach


Karl Rove: “I Didn’t Say She Had Brain Damage”

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 13th, 2014 5:49 pm by HL

Karl Rove: “I Didn’t Say She Had Brain Damage”

Karl Rove is in damage-control mode after news broke that he reportedly suggested Hillary Clinton suffered a “traumatic brain injury” in a December 2012 fall.

The Fox contributor appeared on Fox News on May 13 to explain the remarks, reportedly made at a May 8 conference. His claims resurrected an event that right-wing media had previously exploited in order to smear Clinton and push a baseless claim that the administration was attempting to cover-up the truth behind the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The then-secretary of state’s testimony on the attacks before a House committee was delayed after her fall.

Rove attempted to clarify his remarks in a discussion with co-host Bill Hemmer, stating, “I didn’t say she had brain damage.”

HEMMER: How did this comment come up suggesting that Hillary Clinton may suffer from brain damage? Where’d that come from, Karl?

ROVE: No, no, no, no. Wait a minute. No, no. I didn’t say she had brain damage. She had a serious health episode.

Rove tossed around wild speculation about Hillary’s health status, claiming, “We don’t know what the doctors said about what does she have to be concerned about. Don’t know about — I mean she’s hidden a lot of this.”  In an interview with the Washington Post published after his Fox appearance, Rove is quoted as saying, “Of course she doesn’t have brain damage.” But he appeared to echo his speculation about her health to the Post as well:

“Of course she doesn’t have brain damage,” he said in an interview with The Washington Post.

But Rove said that it is apparent that Clinton suffered “a serious health episode.” He added that if she runs for president in 2016, “she is going to have to be forthcoming” about the details of where, how and when it happened.

Contrary to Rove’s claims on Fox, we do know happened to Clinton in 2012. She spent four days in the hospital after a blood clot was discovered in her brain several days after her fall. According to experts and the State Department, glasses worn by Clinton during her January 2013 testimony on the attacks in Benghazi were a corrective instrument meant to treat “double vision” as a result of her fall — not traumatic brain injury.


Kangaroo Courts on Campus?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 13th, 2014 5:49 pm by HL

Kangaroo Courts on Campus?
Thomas Sowell, RealClearPolitics
There seems to be a full-court press on to get colleges to “do something” about rape on campus. But there seems to be remarkably little attention paid to two crucial facts: (1) rape is a crime and (2) colleges are not qualified to be law-enforcement institutions. Why are rapists not reported to the police and prosecuted in a court of law? Apparently this is because of some college women who say that they were raped and are dissatisfied with a legal system that does not automatically take their word for it against the word of someone who has been accused and denies the charge. There seem to be…

Hung Up on Benghazi
Richard Cohen, RealClearPolitics
Tuning the car radio some weeks back, I heard the president denounced as a moron. I was shocked. I had reached some right-wing talker and he was carrying on about something Barack Obama had recently said — that he worries more about a nuclear attack on New York than he does about Russia. The radio guy declared that the president had given terrorists an idea. He apparently forgot that the notion of attacking New York had already occurred to them. I live in a media bubble, I suppose, and this might account for my otherwise inexplicable innocence. But this is the way the president’s opponents…

‘Climate’ a Huge Threat – to Democrats in Washington
Salena Zito, RealClearPolitics
Delvis Dutton shuts the door of his white-and-blue utility truck and walks up to the camera. “The other guys are running for Congress,” he says. “Well, me, I am running against Congress. If you want more of the same, I am not your guy. But if you want to send a message, I am your man.” Smiling, dressed in a blue short-sleeved shirt, one arm leaning on his truck, he ends his ad: “I am Delvis Dutton and I am running against Congress.” Rarely have 15 seconds so captured the sentiment of most of America beyond Washington. It doesn’t matter what team jacket you…


Peer suspended from Lords until 2015

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 13th, 2014 5:49 pm by HL

Peer suspended from Lords until 2015
Lord Hanningfield is suspended from the House of Lords for the rest of the current parliament over his allowance claims.

Court to probe UK Iraq abuse claims
An initial investigation into claims that UK forces abused Iraqi detainees is to be opened by the International Criminal Court.


Williams: GOP in thrall to weak Tea

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 13th, 2014 5:49 pm by HL

Williams: GOP in thrall to weak Tea
OPINION | The Tea Party is losing clout everywhere, except with Republicans in Congress.


Karl Rove Biographer Addresses Hillary Clinton Smear

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 13th, 2014 5:49 pm by HL

Karl Rove Biographer Addresses Hillary Clinton Smear
Karl Rove shocked an audience last week when he implied Hillary Clinton suffered brain damage after falling in December 2012. With the 2016 presidential race approaching, is Rove building yet another smear campaign? Two Rove biographers join HuffPost Live to discuss.

West Virginia Primary Results: Shelley Moore Capito Wins GOP Senate Nomination
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has won the West Virginia Republican primary for Senate, the Associated Press reports, while West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant has won the Democratic primary.

Capito and Tennant each bested two primary challengers for the chance to compete in November’s general election. As a result, West Virginia is set to elect its first female senator ever.

The Associated Press reported on the race earlier Tuesday:

In West Virginia, Democratic names like Byrd and Rockefeller dominated politics for decades, but since 2000, the state has voted Republican in presidential elections. The transformation is widely expected to continue this fall as Republicans capitalize on voter antipathy toward Obama, who lost all of the state’s 55 counties in 2012.

Republican Rep. Shelley Moore Capito is favored to win the GOP primary for the Senate seat of Sen. Jay Rockefeller, who is stepping down after 30 years. Her likely rival is Natalie Tennant, ensuring that West Virginia elects its first female senator in history.

Capito has the clear edge, and if elected would be West Virginia’s first Republican senator since 1959.

Capito’s planned departure from the House created a messy GOP primary in her 2nd Congressional District that stretches across the state. Among the top Republicans are Charlotte Lane, a former commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission; Alex Mooney, the former chairman of the Maryland GOP who moved to the state, and pharmacist Ken Reed.

In his appeal to voters, Mooney’s campaign said he moved to West Virginia to “live in freedom, and he’ll fight Obama to preserve it.”

Reed plays up his West Virginia roots and talks in his ad about “how bad Obama and the EPA are hurting us.”

Democrats are hoping that their likely nominee, former state party chairman Nick Casey, can snatch a GOP seat.

One of the most endangered House Democrats is 19-term Rep. Nick Rahall, who is likely to face Democrat-turned-Republican Evan Jenkins in the fall.


At Least 14 Die as Migrant Boat Headed for Italy Sinks off Libyan Coast

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 13th, 2014 5:49 pm by HL

At Least 14 Die as Migrant Boat Headed for Italy Sinks off Libyan Coast
Italian officials would not estimate the number of people who were still missing, but at least 200 were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea.



Parents Identify Kidnapped Daughters in Nigerian Militants’ Video
The families got their first glimpse of the schoolgirls since last month, when they were abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram, whose leader has threatened to sell them.



Ex-G.I. Gets Medal of Honor for Lifesaving Acts in Afghanistan
Sgt. Kyle J. White, an Army radiotelephone operator, struggled for hours through persistent enemy fire to try to save the lives of wounded soldiers during a surprise Taliban attack in 2007.

Tunisian Discontent Reflected in Protests That Have Idled Mines
In the Gafsa region, the revolution known as the Arab Spring lives on in protests over unemployment that have stalled production and blocked shipments in mining towns.




Motherlode Blog: Talking to Children About Their Disabilities, With Metaphors and Minecraft

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 13th, 2014 5:49 pm by HL

Motherlode Blog: Talking to Children About Their Disabilities, With Metaphors and Minecraft
Those of us who have kids with disabilities in our lives spend countless hours discussing them, yet, we rarely, if ever, talk directly to children themselves about their challenges. These conversations can be scarier for the grown-ups than they are for the kids.



Campaign Finance: How PAC Spending Stays Secret
The American Heartland Campaign PAC adroitly used disclosure rules to mask the financing of ads right before a primary.



Midterm Calculus: Georgia Senate Race Becoming Less of a Long Shot for Democrats
A strong showing by Michelle Nunn in recent polling is part of the reason our election model now gives Democrats a 52 percent chance to retain Senate control.