Friday, September 4, 2015

This Week In Crazy: What Will You Say ‘When Daddy Comes Home’?

Summer is winding down, and sanity is in short supply. It’s “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Dick and Liz Cheney

Dick CheneyThe ex-veep and his daughter have been making the rounds on the media circuit to promote the new book they co-authored, Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America, a magical-realist romp that explores how President Obama has brought ignominy and ruin upon our country, while also defending the Iraq War and America’s use of torture.

One of the misconceptions the Cheneys are striving to correct is this hysterical notion that “torture” is “bad.” Using “advanced interrogation techniques,” such as waterboarding, “wasn’t torture,” according to the book.…

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Biden’s Bankruptcy Bill Could Complicate a Presidential Run

As Vice President Joe Biden reportedly mulls a bid for the U.S. presidency, his champions portray him as a credible alternative to Democratic Party frontrunner Hillary Clinton, who faces accusations that she is beholden to the financial industry. But a Biden campaign risks confronting the scorn of one of the party’s most influential progressives, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Though Biden has reportedly sought her favor, Warren has historically disdained, charging him with acting as a tool of the credit card industry by limiting debt relief for people grappling with financial troubles.

As a Harvard law professor in 2002, Warren published a journal article excoriating Biden for playing a leading role in delivering legislation that made it more difficult for Americans to reduce debts through bankruptcy filings.…

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Dynastic Politics: A Tale Of Crimson Colors And Blue Blood

Give me a Harvard man for president any day, decade or century. Yale, not so much.

Political dynasties are part of The Conversation we’ve all been having at the beach, the village pool, the island, the farm or on baseball bleachers.

Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush are said to have this pedigree in common. If we are a free people, why do the same names keep coming up? Never have we had three presidents from the same family. We wonder: Why start now?

Dynasties will stay on our minds while there’s a Bush or a Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.…

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