*Let’s name some names.
The Democrats voting not to confirm Debo Adegbile to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division were Sens. Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.), Joe Manchin (W.Va.), Mark Pryor (Ark.), John Walsh (Mont.), Joe Donnelly (Ind.), Bob Casey (Pa.) and Chris Coons (Del.).
Here’s what they have in common. They disgraced themselves, their party, and most importantly the bedrock Constitutional principle that a defendant, that’s all defendants no matter how putrid some consider them and the crimes they’re charged with to be, are entitled to counsel and a defense.
These Democrats disgrace on all these counts was, of course, their vote against confirmation for Adegbile the former head of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. Continue reading
*(Via ABC News) – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget Tuesday that would funnel money into road building, education and other economy-bolstering programs, handing Democrats a playbook for their election-year themes of creating jobs and narrowing the income gap between rich and poor.
The blueprint for fiscal 2015, which begins Oct. 1, is laden with populist proposals designed to fortify those goals. It includes new spending for pre-school education and job training, expanded tax credits for 13.5 million low-income workers without children and more than $1 trillion in higher taxes over the next decade, mostly for the wealthiest Americans and corporations.
“As a country, we’ve got to make a decision if we’re going to protect tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans or if we’re going to make smart investments necessary to create jobs and grow our economy and expand opportunity for every American,” Obama told students at an elementary school in the nation’s capital.
Read/learn MORE at ABC News.
*It’s only been one week since Joy Reid and Ronan Farrow debuted their new shows on MSNBC…but it wasn’t a good one in terms of ratings.
According to TV Newser, their respective shows at 2 p.m. ET and 1 p.m.ET lost ground as compared to last year.
“The Reid Report” averaged 286,800 total viewers and 63,200 viewers in the coveted A25-54 demo, per Nielsen. Compared to the same week last year with “News Nation with Tamron Hall” at 2 p.m. ET, “The Reid Report” was down -8% in total viewers and -38% in the demo.
A new lawsuit by Joseph Earl Jackson (pictured) claims his supervisors offered to do a “bang sesh” with him
*Sexual harassment stinks, no matter who its aimed at, as one African American man found out.
For seven months Joseph Earl Jackson alleged that he endured vulgar advances and sexual innuendos from two white female bosses who treated him like a “piece of meat” and when he didn’t reciprocate, he was fired.
Jackson says his supervisors at Open Communications Omnimedia in Chelsea (Manhattan), where he worked in public relations, flirted with him, fondled him and even asked him to take part in a salacious “bang sesh.”
Now he’s taking them to court.
Story continues at EURThisNThat.
(L-R) Marian Robinson, Malia Obama, Sasha Obama, First lady Michelle Obamaspeaks on stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
*The first lady, first daughters and first mother-In-law are all headed to China this month.
In an announcement Monday on the White House blog, Michelle Obama says a China visit is important because it is the most populous country in the world, with more than 1.3 billion people, and is an important world actor.
She’ll be accompanied by daughters, Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson, who lives at the White House. President Obama will not be on the trip; he is scheduled to depart the U.S. later that week for stops in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and Saudi Arabia.
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the Democratic National Committee’s Winter Meeting at the Capitol Hilton February 28, 2014 in Washington, DC.
*President Barack Obama had to deal with a heckler during a speech Friday at, of all places, a meeting of the Democratic National Committee.
After slamming Republicans for getting “all stirred up” over his plan to unilaterally act to “help middle class families,” Obama was interrupted.
“Mr. Obama, tell us about your plan for nuclear war with Russia!” an unidentified man was heard yelling during the president’s speech.