Karma tries to teach Christie a lesson

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks during a news conference in Trenton, New Jersey March 28, 2014. On Thursday a law firm hired by Christie, a potential Republican 2016 contender for the White House, released a report clearing him of wrongdoing in

When David Rosen, the top budget analyst for New Jersey’s legislature, said in 2012 that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s budget projections were unrealistic and would lead to a sea of red ink, Christie minced no words in attacking Rosen:

Christie criticized Rosen immediately, calling his office partisan and saying “they shouldn’t be given any credibility.” He added, “They’re background noise to the New Jersey comeback.”

Weeks later, Christie went further, going after Rosen personally in what the Star-Ledger called “a fiery 20-minute tirade.” He called Rosen, widely respected among legislators of both parties for years, a “Dr. Kevorkian of the numbers” and asked, “Why would anybody with a functioning brain believe this guy? … How often do you have to be wrong to finally be dismissed?” Christie went on: “It should be humiliating to him. Nobody in this state believes David Rosen, anymore, nobody. And nobody should. He’s so wrong, for so long, that his credibility is now gone.”

Well, it turns out even Rosen was optimistic, but he was closer to being right than Christie:

Governor Christie’s predictions for tax collections have missed the mark, amounting to an $800 million shortfall that leaves little time and few places for the governor and lawmakers to find savings.

And today, Moody’s expressed alarm about New Jersey’s fiscal situation:

New Jersey’s $807 million revenue shortfall is a “credit negative development” for a state that has already had to cut spending and lower its revenue forecast this fiscal year, Moody’s Investors Service said in comments released Wednesday morning.

And how is Christie responding to this? By raising money … for a fellow Republican’s gubernatorial re-election campaign … in Iowa. Twice. Because when you’re running for president, you need to have priorities, and priority number one is winning the nomination.

Obamacare puts a floor under U.S. economy in first quarter

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Murillo reads a leaflet at a health insurance enrollment event in Cudahy, CaliforniaHealthcare spending increased at its fastest pace in more than three decades. That surge is attributed to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. "GDP growth would have … been negative were it not for healthcare spending," said Harm Bandholz, chief economist at UniCredit Research in New York. Healthcare spending increased at a 9.9 percent annual rate, the quickest since the third quarter of 1980, and it contributed 1.1 percentage points to GDP growth.

Republican strategy memo focuses on Obamacare, not immigration

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U.S. House Majority Leader Cantor speaks at Anne Frank Tree Dedication Ceremony on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A memo outlining the legislative agenda for Republicans in the House of Representatives lists replacement of President Barack Obama's healthcare law as a priority for the coming weeks but does not mention plans to tackle immigration reform. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent the memo to fellow Republicans as they returned from a two-week recess, employing a regular tool to help keep the party unified on its political message in the run-up to congressional elections in November. Republicans have put criticisms of Obama's healthcare reform law at the center of their efforts to wrest control of the Senate from Democrats and to boost their majority in the House. Cantor said House Republicans would work to "reform our healthcare system by replacing Obamacare with policies that improve patient choice, access to doctors and hospitals and lower costs." The memo also said the Republican-controlled House would pass permanent extensions of six temporary business tax breaks, including a credit for research and development activities.

Senate Republicans block Obama bid to hike minimum wage

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U.S. President Obama gestures during a news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Abe at the Akasaka guesthouse in TokyoBy Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama blasted Senate Republicans on Wednesday just hours after they blocked one of his top legislative priorities, a bid to increase the federal minimum wage for the first time since 2009. "They (Republicans) prevented a raise for 28 million hard-working Americans. They said no to helping millions work their way out of poverty," Obama said at the White House, backed up by low-wage workers. On a nearly party-line vote of 54-42, Obama's Democrats fell short of the needed 60 Senate votes to end a procedural roadblock against a White House-backed bill.

New low: Koch group claims Harry Reid opposes minimum wage increase

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Just when you thought the Koch-funded groups had already hit peak dishonesty, they outdo themselves yet again:

ICYMI: @SenatorReid voted NO on raising the #minimumwage. http://t.co/… #tcot #ccot #PJNET
@afpnevada

The stunning thing about this is that it was Senate Republicans who blocked the minimum wage increase, using the Senate’s filibuster rules to block the Democratic legislation even though Republicans don’t have a Senate majority. Once it became clear that no Republicans would join Democrats to supply the 60 votes needed to break the filibuster, Reid voted no on the cloture motion—but he did so in order to preserve his ability to bring up a vote again.

In other words, by voting no on cloture, Reid was actually voting in favor of increasing the minimum wage. It was a procedural vote he was forced to take because Republicans refused to move forward on the minimum wage, but according to the Americans for Prosperity Nevada chapter, Reid was voting against the minimum wage itself.

That’s a gigantic lie, and even if the AFP Nevada crew are the stupidest people in politics, they know it’s a lie, because the article to which their dishonest tweet links makes it clear what really happened. Meanwhile, AFP not only opposes raising the minimum wage, they’d like to get rid of it altogether.

2:35 PM PT: So on Twitter these clowns claimed to Markos that they were simply trying to “share information.”

@AJentleson @YvonneCa2 @michaeldanish @markos our point was to simply share information.
@afpnevada

 

Bull. They said Reid voted against raising the minimum wage. False. He voted to preserve his ability to bring the minimum wage up for a cloture vote at some point in the future. And they can’t claim to be hiding behind technical accuracy, because technically the vote wasn’t on the minimum wage, it was on proceeding to a vote on the underlying legislation. Republicans voted no because they oppose raising it. Reid voted no because he supports raising it and had to vote that way in order to keep the legislation alive.

Oh, and one more thing: The article they originally linked to wasn’t even about the minimum wage. It was about paycheck fairness. (Though the same thing happened there.)

After Oklahoma chemically tortures death row inmate into heart attack, governor orders investigation

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lethal injection, death penalty
6:23 p.m. execution started, stopped when blinds were lowered at 6:39 p.m.
@baileyelise

Live tweeting an execution seems unnecessary and kind of sick to me. After what happened, I felt like it was important for people to know.
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It was closer to butchery than botchery in Oklahoma’s execution chamber Tuesday night. Barbarism, stupidity and the inability to learn from past mistakes led to what by all accounts was a more horrible scene than the usual state-sanctioned killing.

After Oklahoma officials screwed up the execution of rapist-murderer Clayton Lockett, Republican Gov. Mary Fallin issued a two-week stay on the execution of Charles Warner, the rapist-murderer who was also supposed to have been given his own lethal injection after officials were done killing Lockett.

As everybody who has been paying even cursory attention now knows, the foul-up occurred when officials injected Lockett with a three-drug combination. He spoke inaudibly twice and was heard to say “oh, man” once (not “Something’s wrong,” as several people reported). With the needle in his arm, he twisted on the death gurney, tensed his muscles and clenched his teeth for several minutes but he remained alive. Clearly, something was wrong. A physician examined Lockett and found the procedure had blown a vein and the drugs had stopped flowing. Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton stopped the execution. Lockett was pronounced dead of a heart attack 43 minutes after the execution began. Tortured to death.

Gov. Fallin subsequently issued her 14-day stay on Warner. In a later response, Madeline Cohen, Warner’s defense attorney, told Dustin Volz at the National Journal sarcastically: “Apparently they can conduct their entire investigation in two weeks.”

Please read below the fold for more on this story.

Russert: What’s in the Way of Immigration Reform?

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NBC News correspondent Luke Russert looks at what’s hindering immigration reform.



Reid: Sterling Ban Should Set Example for Redskins Name Change

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that the NBA’s ban of Donald Sterling should serve as an example for those with the power to change the controversial name of Washington’s football team.



Watch Live: Obama Makes Remarks on Minimum Wage

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President Obama delivers remarks on the minimum wage.



Ryan, Black Lawmakers Remain Divided After Meeting

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus on Wednesday to discuss the issue of poverty, a meeting that was set after Ryan’s comments about unemployment in "inner cities" sparked accusations that the use of the term was racial.