The Ledes

Thursday, December 18, 2014.

AP: "Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates fell this week, with the benchmark 30-year loan rate reaching a new low for the year. The rates' historically low levels could be a boon to potential homebuyers. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage dropped to 3.80 percent this week from 3.93 percent last week. It is now at its lowest level since May 2013."

New York Times: "A federal judge on Thursday refused to release Don E. Siegelman, the former governor of Alabama, from prison as he continues to appeal a prosecution that Republicans say exposed pervasive corruption in state government but Democrats regard as a case pursued for political retribution."

Boston Globe: "Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev stood in federal court in Boston this morning for a brief pretrial hearing, which was punctuated by an interruption in Russian and English from a woman in the gallery. Several journalists reported she exclaimed 'stop killing innocent people' in English as she was escorted out for yelling in Russian. The woman identified herself to reporters as a relative of Ibrahim Todashev: a friend of Dzhokhar’s brother who was killed by an FBI agent during an incident that arose from the investigation of a Waltham triple homicide."

AFP: "Two owners and 12 former employees of a US pharmacy were arrested Wednesday in connection with a 2012 outbreak of meningitis that killed 64 people across the country, prosecutors said. Barry Cadden and Gregory Conigliaro owned the New England Compounding Center (NECC), which lost its license in 2012 after inspectors found it guilty of multiple sanitary violations. the pharmacy, located in the city of Framingham, Massachusetts in the US northeast, voluntarily shut down and recalled all products following the unprecedented outbreak of fungal meningitis."

The Wires

The Ledes

Wednesday, December 17, 2014.

New York Times: "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan lifted a moratorium on the death penalty Wednesday as the government declared three days of official mourning and grappled with the aftermath of an attack on a school by the Pakistani Taliban that killed 145 people. The national flag was lowered to half-staff on all official buildings and prayer services were scheduled across the country." ...

... The Washington Post profiles "Mullah Radio," the leader of the Taliban attack on schoolchildren & teachers.

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Washington Post, November 21: Learn how to use your thermostat & save $$$.

New York Times, November 17: "For the first time since statins have been regularly used, a large study has found that another type of cholesterol-lowering drug can protect people from heart attacks and strokes."

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12:30 pm ET: Josh Earnest's press briefing

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Los Angeles Times: "A hashtag about asking police officers questions for a CNN panel turned extremely negative almost as soon as it was posted Tuesday. #AskACop was meant to be used by viewers who wanted to tweet questions to officers for the town hall segment "Cops Under Fire,” hosted by Don Lemon. There was an overwhelming response -- most of which were criticisms toward police." CW: Apparently CNN had no idea people were pissed at the police.

Bill Carter of the New York Times: "For nine years, Stephen Colbert has relentlessly maintained his pompous, deeply ridiculous but consistently appealing conservative blowhard character on his late-night show, 'The Colbert Report' — so much so that when he puts the character to rest for good on Thursday night, he may have to resort to comicide. The Grim Reaper is his last guest."

New York Times: "Life on Mars? Today? The notion may not be so far-fetched after all. A year after reporting that NASA’s Curiosity rover had found no evidence of methane gas on Mars, all but dashing hopes that organisms might be living there now, scientists reversed themselves on Tuesday. Curiosity has now recorded a burst of methane that lasted at least two months. For now, scientists have just two possible explanations for the methane. One is that it is the waste product of certain living microbes.... It could have been created by a geological process known as serpentinization, which requires both heat and liquid water. Or it could be a product of life in the form of microbes known as methanogens, which release methane as a waste product.... The scientists also reported that for the first time, they had confirmed the presence of carbon-based organic molecules in a rock sample. The so-called organics are not direct signs of life, past or present, but they lend weight to the possibility that Mars had the ingredients required for life, and may even still have them."

"Oh, God, It's Mom." Kelly Faircloth of Jezebel: "Oh my Lord, shut it down, here is the greatest moment in the history of C-SPAN: A (very Southern) mama called into one of their shows to yell at the guests. Not because she disagrees, but because the guests are brothers and both her sons and she is sick and tired of their shit":


Escape from Alcatraz. Live Science: "... on the night of June 11, 1962, three inmates left Alcatraz in one of the most mysterious prison breaks in American history. John Anglin, his brother Clarence Anglin and Frank Morris tucked dummy heads into their bed sheets and snuck into an unused utility corridor through holes they had crudely drilled through their cells. Then, from the prison roof, they shimmied down the bakery smoke stack and climbed over the fence. From the northeast shore of the island, they floated away from the prison on a small raft made from more than 50 stolen raincoats that were inflated with a musical instrument that was converted into a pump. Even the FBI still calls the plan 'ingenious' on its website. After a 17-year investigation, federal authorities concluded that the men most likely drowned during the escape...."

... BUT ...

... The linked story above has a better video, but it's not embeddable.

Rolling Stone: "David Letterman will retire from late-night television on Wednesday, May 20th. The Late Show host's production company Worldwide Pants announced the news, according to Deadline, with CBS Corp. President and CEO Leslie Moonves praising Letterman’s 'remarkable legacy of achievement and creative brilliance [which] will never be forgotten.'"

Washington Post: "New information from NASA's Curiosity Rover suggests that Mars may once have had large, long-lasting lakes above ground. That would challenge the more popular theory that water on the planet was only underground, or only appeared in a few areas for a short amount of time. The key to this latest theory is Mount Sharp, which stands 3 miles tall and sits in the red planet's Gale Crater. But Mount Sharp is a curious formation: The layered mountain is made of different kinds of sediment. Some layers were probably deposited by a surrounding lake bed, and other seem more likely to be the result of river or wind deposits." CW: Yeah, there was probably once a really well-developed life on Mars with flora & fauna & -- eventually -- little green men who didn't believe in climate change.

New York Times: "After weeks of planning, New York City welcomed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Sunday for a three-day visit, greeting Prince William and his wife, Catherine, with the blend of enthusiasm, sarcasm and bemusing antagonism that tends to tail the urban celebrity tourist."

The Wrap: "Longtime CNN political anchor Candy Crowley is leaving the network."

December 6: Max Fisher of Vox: So two white guys -- guys who will have no trouble finding other jobs -- get fired, & half the New Republic staff walks out in protest. Where was the outrage when Marty Peretz was editor & writing racist screeds? The contrasting reactions speak "to a larger problem of how we think about racism in American society and particularly in the elite media institutions that have badly lagged in employing people of color." ...

... Scott Lemieux in LG&M: "For all its sins [of the past], I don’t see how turning the magazine into another traffic-chaser under the aegis of a CEO who speaks Meaningless Buzzword and apparently lacks the attention span to read more than 500 words at a time is a good thing." ...

... Charles Pierce: "... contra Chait, and even though the magazine unquestionably has regained a lot of its lost quality, especially in its actual reporting, I think the notion that The New Republic is 'an essential foundation of American progressive thought' is a ship that sailed a long time ago." ...

... Zandar in Balloon Juice: " The number of damns I give about TNR as a going concern at this point equals approximately the number of black voices writing for the magazine, which is to say zero, but YMMV."

... December 4 & 5: Dylan Byers of Politico: "Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier, the top two editors at The New Republic, quit on Thursday amid a shakeup that will relocate the Washington-based magazine to New York City, sources there told Politico on Thursday. Gabriel Snyder, a Bloomberg Media editor who previously served at The Atlantic Wire, has been tapped to replace Foer as editor. The magazine will also reduce its print schedule to 10 issues a year, down from 20." ...

     ... New York Times Update: "More than two dozen members of the staff of The New Republic, including several contributing editors, resigned on Friday morning, angered by an abrupt change of editors and what they saw as a series of management missteps. The resignations include the senior editors Alec MacGillis, Julia Ioffe and Isaac Chotiner, and the contributing editors Sean Wilentz and William Deresiewicz, according to several staff members who are leaving. A list compiling the names of those resigning was obtained by The New York Times." ...

     ... AND more from Jessica Roy of New York. ...

... Jonathan Chait: The New Republic has lost its way. ...

... Ezra Klein: "It's a bit early, I think, to write The New Republic's eulogy. Gabriel Snyder, the magazine's new editor, is a smart and web-savvy guy." ...

... Leah Finnegan of Gawker: "Indeed, an entire magazine is now doomed to fail because a white man has been fired and — gasp — an internet-savvy white man has been brought in to replace him! In TNR's 100-year history, I never would have imagined such a triage of injustice. It's clear that the new leadership of the magazine—with all their greasy Facebook money—is dead set on ruining a (historically racist) publication no one ever read in the first place, and was on the slow road to Irrelevance City. What will Chris Hughes do next? Perhaps the publication might even become interesting. Scream!"

Charles Pierce is completely taken with Ed Snowden. He's brave, credible & intelligent, blah-blah, & the film "Citizenfour" is bee-youtiful. For an antidote to starry-eyed Charles, see this review by Fred Kaplan of Slate.

This is quite cool:

 

Washington Post: "Scientists are 99.999 percent sure, in their most conservative estimate, that remains found in 2012 really do belong to King Richard III. These results, published Tuesday in Nature Communications, put a 529-year-old cold case to rest -- all thanks to some intense genetic detective work." CW: Let's hope one of the expert detectives wasn't Shaun Parcells. You may weigh in, Dr. Schwalb. ...

Welcome to Gramercy Park! -- "one of the most forbidden places in Manhattan." New York Times: Woody Allen couldn't get in to film, Robert De Niro couldn't get in, but Shawn Christopher, who was honeymooning in Manhattan, borrowed a key and "took three 360-degree panoramas using Photo Sphere, a Google app, and then uploaded them to the company’s ubiquitous Maps site. He had gotten into the park using another of his favorite technologies, Airbnb, where the room he rented included not only fresh linens and Wi-Fi but also one of the 383 coveted keys to the park. Mr. Christopher was unaware at the time that guests had to be accompanied by key holders on their visits and that commercial photography was prohibited." So take an insider's view of the park.

CW: For those of you who don't like hassling with DVDs, I accidentally found a cheap alternative to Netflix. Although I will continue to subscribe to Netflix's streaming videos, Netflix doesn't stream most decent movies. Instead, you have to maintain a (second) monthly subscription, then order & return the DVDs. However, YouTube now allows you to stream movies (you can watch them -- more than once -- during a 48-hour period.) There's no monthly fee, & you can play the movies on your TV via various devices. I have a Google dongle on one TV & a Blu-Ray box on another. The YouTube streaming videos work on both (you have to download on the Chrome browser). Setting up an account was very easy. Since I watch few movies, this works perfectly for me. When Ben Bradlee died, I watched "All the President's Men" for the umpteenth time, & today I watched "Good Night & Good Luck." Big advantage: instant gratification! I'm not sure if YouTube is good for more recent movies.

The Rockefellers Are Leaving the Building. New York Times: "By this time next year, they will have vacated the 56th-floor aerie [in 30 Rock] they have occupied since 1933 and moved to somewhat less rarefied headquarters across 49th Street. One of the country’s great dynastic families is downsizing."

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Ed Vogel of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, December 6: "Harry Reid won re-election because he got of a lot of Republican votes.

** NBC News projects that Nevada Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will win re-election. Las Vegas Sun story here.

NBC News projects that Nevada Republican Brian Sandoval defeated Harry Reid's son Rory Reid for the governorship. Las Vegas Sun story here.

Screenshot from Angle's "Amnesty Game" page.More last-minute hilarity from Amanda Terkel of the Huffington Post: "Toymaker Hasbro has sent Sharron Angle's Senate campaign a cease and desist letter, saying the Nevada Republican never received permission to use the rights to Monopoly for its "Harry Reid Amnesty Game" website." As of 10:45 am., the Angle site was still up.

AP: "Republicans outperformed Democrats getting to the polls in Nevada, a promising sign for Republican tea party favorite Sharron Angle in her dead-heat race with Majority Leader Harry Reid, figures showed Monday. Final tallies for two weeks of in-person voting and a preliminary count of mail-in ballots for the state's two most populous counties, Clark and Washoe, gave Democrats about a 9,000-voter edge. The slim margin stands out because Democrats hold a 60,000-voter edge in statewide registration."

Las Vegas Sun, November 1: "First Lady Michelle Obama, in North Las Vegas today to stump for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, appealed to people's parental and civic responsibility in urging them to vote Democratic...."

Greg Sargent: "Has any campaign ever been quite this direct in claiming that their opponent is, well, a complete whack-job? The Reid team has completely emptied the thesaurus":

Jon Ralston tweets, "Another run-in w/evil, lamestream media by Angle at airport in Vegas after northern/rural tour. Team Angle says TVs banned from events now."

Sam Stein: Sharron Angle says she'll talk to the press, but only after she's elected. With audio.

Las Vegas Sun: "A lawyer for the Nevada Republican Party has demanded Secretary of State Ross Miller investigate and resolve multiple issues the party is raising about early voting."

Harry Reid intends to steal this election if he can't win it outright. -- Cleta Mitchell, attorney for Sharron Angle

Las Vegas Sun: "A national advocacy organization for immigrants is launching a Spanish-language media blitz in Nevada today in an attempt to use a recent stream of anti-illegal immigration ads from Sharron Angle’s campaign as a reason for Hispanics to vote.... The sixty-second spots – 154 of them – will air on Spanish-language radio from now until Election Day...." ...

... Sharron Angle's latest fearmongering, racist ad:

... Michael Scherer of Time comments: "Sadly, Sharron Angle's latest ad ... joins a long tradition of down-to-the-wire political advertising that cynically exploits racial fears to win elections.... Perhaps the best antecedent for the Angle spot is the 1988 Willie Horton spot.... The Republican Party is stuck with having to explain spots like hers to Hispanic Americans, who are the fastest growing voting demographic in the country and the likely key to winning presidential swing states for decades to come."

Shailagh Murray of the Washington Post: "Gritty and stoic, [Majority Leader Harry] Reid embodies Nevada's paradoxical relationship with the federal government, a can't-live-with-him, can't-live without-him dilemma that has turned his quest for a fifth Senate term into the fight of his long career. Win or lose, most of Reid's elections have been decided by whisker-thin margins and his battle against tea party star Sharron Angle figures to be another. But the dynamics of this one are different. Never before has Nevada been so tired of Reid - and yet so dependent on him."

Sam Stein, October 25: "Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle used a decoy to dodge members of the press at an event on Monday, a reporter on the scene tells the Huffington Post."

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid talks to Ed Schultz & pulls no punches against his opponent Sharon Angle:

Here's a good report from Nevada's Channel 8 on Sharron Angle's telling Hispanic high school students, "Some of you look more Asian to me":

... Susan Saulny of the New York Times takes a broader look at how race issues are playing out in 2010 campaigns.

Nicholas Lemann has a good, in-depth article in The New Yorker on Harry Reid & this year's Nevada Senatorial race.

Karoun Demirjian of the Las Vegas Sun recaps the debate/smackdown between Harry Reid & Sharron Angle. CW: rhymes with "witch." You can watch it on C-SPAN. Here's Angle telling Reid to "man up."

Adam Nagourney & Jim Rutenberg of the New York Times on the Nevada Senate race. Here's a factoid: "records analyzed by CQ Moneyline show that 80 percent of the money donated to both campaigns has come from outside of Nevada, a near mirror image of the other major Senate races."

KTVN (Reno), October 11: Ana Padilla, who is now a U.S. citizen, claims she worked for Nevada's Republican gubernatorial nominee Brian Sandoval while she was in the country illegally & the Sandovals never asked her for documentation. She says she is coming forward now because of Sandoval's opposition to amnesty for undocumented aliens. Sandoval denies that Padilla worked for his family & blames his Democratic opponent Rory Reid for manufacturing the story.

Las Vegas Sun, October 10: Super-PACS are pouring money into Nevada.

AP, October 10: "In a dramatic shift, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle says she won't privatize Veterans Affairs, dismantle Social Security or dismiss unemployment benefits as welfare." ...

... Angle Publicly Calls Reid a "Whore." Las Vegas Sun: "Republican U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle on Saturday bashed 'favor-buying whore' politicians, seemingly oblivious to the hypocrisy of her remarks given that she offered her own political 'juice' as leverage in trying to persuade a third-party candidate to drop out of the race. While talking about the health care reform bill that Congress passed this year, Angle said: 'We don’t need some kind of favor-buying whore ... Harry Reid isn’t just another vote. He pushed it, he promoted it, he made the deals.'”

Stupid Candidate Tricks. Jeff Simon of CNN: "Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle told a crowd of Tea Party rally-goers last week that two cities — Dearborn, Michigan and Frankford, Texas — are under Sharia law, the sacred law of Islam.... Dearborn Mayor Jack O’Reilly told the Associated Press that Angle’s comments were 'shameful' and 'totally irresponsible.'" Another problem? "Well, Frankford, Texas doesn’t really exist."

Brent Budowsky of The Hill, October 8: "Bill Raggio, the minority leader in the Nevada state Senate and a leading Silver State Republican, added a major new dimension to the U.S. Senate race there by blasting Sharron Angle for being radical and extreme, and endorsing Sen. Harry Reid (D) for reelection.... Raggio has never before endorsed a Democratic candidate in a major race. His political viewpoint is Republican-conservative."

CW: I don't do polls, BUT ... from Rasmussen: "Republican challenger Sharron Angle has now moved to a four-point lead over Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in Nevada’s bare-knuckles U.S. Senate race." In November 2008, I really thought we had moved out of a country that could ever again elect an insane, lying right-wing extremist to Congress. We have not.

AP: "U.S. Senate candidate Sharron Angle told a crowd of supporters that the country needs to address a "militant terrorist situation" that has allowed Islamic religious law to take hold in some American cities."

The Party of Racists. Andrea Nill of Think Progress: Republicans Sharron Angle & David Vitter use the same photo of menacing-looking young Hispanic men in their scary video ads. In Angle's ad she seems to be attacking Harry Reid for his support of the DREAM bill which would offer a path to citizenship for young people who served in the military or went to college (the ad copy is so misleading, tho it's hard to tell what she's talking about). Igor Volsky of Think Progress posts the ad pictures ...

     ... then writes that beneficiaries of the DREAM legislation would look more like this:

     ... "Angle's 'Willie Horton' Ad. Adam Serwer, writing in the Washington Post, elaborates.

New York Times, October 5: Syd James, "the head of the Nevada Tea Party, resigned Tuesday after its candidate for Senate leaked a recording of Sharron Angle – the Republican running to replace Senator Harry Reid, the leader of the Democratic majority — in which she complained about Republican leaders and confessed that she does not know if she can win." James set up the meeting between Angle her Tea Party rival Scott Ashjian.

New York Times: "The largest union of registered nurses in the country will begin a $200,000 advertising campaign on Monday aimed at defeating Sharron Angle, the Republican challenger to Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader.... The advertising campaign is the largest ever expenditure on a political race by the union, National Nurses United, officials said."  Here are the ads:

The Republicans have lost their standards, they’ve lost their principles.... Really that’s why the machine in the Republican Party is fighting against me.... They have never really gone along with lower taxes and less government. -- Sharron Angle, in a closed-door meeting with a tea party opponent

Scoop! Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun (October 3) obtained a tape of a meeting among Sharron Angle, her Tea Party of Nevada opponent Scott Ashjian, & their minions. Pretty raw stuff. Includes audio of the meeting. ...

     ... Update from Shira Toeplitz of Politico: "Nevada Tea Party candidate Scott Ashjian admitted Sunday that he secretly recorded a conversation with Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle, at a meeting in which she asks him to get out of the race, and that he leaked the tape to a journalist." The recording, according to a Harvard Law professor, was illegal.

     ... Update: or maybe Ashjian isn't a teabagger at all. Here's an  the Tea Party Express produced:

     ... AND Christiana Bellantoni of Talking Points Memo adds, "Cleta Mitchell, a top Republican lawyer representing Sharron Angle's Senate bid in Nevada, told TPM ... that the meeting [with Ashjian] ... was 'a setup.'"

Las Vegas Review Journal: "Supporters of U.S. Sen. Harry Reid and his GOP challenger Sharron Angle brawled at the end of a Senate race forum at a local Christian school."

Sharron Angle sided with the abuser:

Jon Ralston in the Las Vegas Sun, September 12: "... former Senate hopeful, Danny Tarkanian, said he disagreed with those who suggest a civil uprising might be necessary -- a reference to Sharron Angle's quote in January on another conservative talker's program." Notice that his right-right radio host Mike Wiley thinks revolution is cool: when Tarkanian says, "I’m not going to take the position that we need a civil uprising to overthrow our government," Wiley butts in & counters, "The Declaration of Independence gives us that right." [Here one presumes he means the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution, but, hey, why quibble?] Tarkanian says it doesn't.

What Works in Las Vegas May Only Work in Las Vegas. Adam Sorensen of Time on why Harry Reid's negative campaign against Sharron Angle may not work for other Democratic candidates.

Greg Sargent: "In an interview with a conservative talk show host yesterday, Sharron Angle was given two clear chances to disavow the claim that there are 'domestic enemies' within Congress, an assertion she previously expressed unequivocal agreement with. Both times, Angle refused."

Black Is the Color of the Devil. Jonathan Chait of The New Republic: "Sharron Angle ... is not merely a candidate with extremely radical views, like Rand Paul, she inhabits an ideological grey area where radicalism starts to become indistinguishable with actual mental illness." ...

     ... Chait cites this post by Bill Roberts of the Pahrump Valley News (great name!), who recount a 20-year-old episode in which, on religious grounds, Angle opposed a high school coach's decision to change the football team's jerseys to black; Angle's group associated black with the devil & the supernatural.

Adam Nagourney of the New York Times interviews! Sharron Angle & assesses her campaign & her prospects of winning the Senate race.

Keach Hagey of Politico profiles Nevada journalist & "one-man media franchise" Jon Ralston, who is far & away the most influential political reporter & pundit in Nevada.

Chris Matthews, Eric Boehlert of Media Matters & Ryan Grim of the HuffPost elaborate on Sharron Angle's relationship with the press:

 

Angle Gaffe #98. In a vid that deserves to become a classic, Sharron Angle explains to Fox "News"' Carl Cameron that the media should report the news the way she wants them to. She explains that she wants to take only pre-approved questions & be able to use the media to tout her campaign donations site:

Angle Gaffe #97. Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun: Sharron Angle says the DISCLOSE bill, which the Senate failed to even bring to a vote, is settled law.

Roll the Video Tape. Steve Benen: I've never said I want to eliminate, I always said I want to save Social Security by paying back. -- Sharron Angle, July 24, 2010....

     ... Sharron Angle, way back in June 2010. Who could remember?

Anjeanette Damon of the Las Vegas Sun: Nevada tea party groups do their own thing, not always to their advantage.

Las Vegas Sun: "After more than a month dodging the press, Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle on Wednesday invited reporters to an event intended to amplify her campaign message.... Angle delivered a three-minute speech on her desire to permanently repeal the estate tax. When invited by the final speaker to stay and answer a few questions, she turned on her heel and rushed out a back door with a small cadre of staff members. Reporters, including one who is six months pregnant, chased after her, calling out questions...."

... Angle refuses to answer media questions ... at her own "press conference":

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs. The Reid campaign cuts a new ad:

"The only job Sharron Angle wants to fight for is hers":

Sam Stein has more on Sharron Angle's theory of "God's plan" for rape victims -- women should use their pregnancies to improve their situations. Or something about "making lemonade from lemons."

Greg Sargent, July 8: "During a radio appearance [Sharron Angle] labeled the $20 billion BP escrow fund secured by the White House as a 'slush fund.' Angle also seemed to agree with a caller who flatly described the fund as extortion, and added: 'Government shouldn't be doing that to a private company.' For good measure, she said Dems are exploiting the crisis to push energy reform and are following 'Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals.'" ...

     ... Update: Angle tries to walk back the "slush fund" remark. ...

     ... The Gift that Keeps on Giving. Alex Altman of Time comments on Angle's latest gaffe.

Greg Sargent, July 7: Sharron Angle says she will "pursue" her claim that Harry Reid's campaign is misusing (or something) her "intellectual property." Sargent sees Angle's strategy, whatever it is, as a really bad idea. CW: besides, Reid could win the case by merely demonstrating that Angle & "intellectual" were mutually exclusive concepts. ...

... Las Vegas Sun, July 6: "Nevada Democrats today re-launched their version of GOP senate candidate Sharron Angle’s old campaign website. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s campaign yanked the website over the weekend after Angle’s lawyers sent a cease and desist letter, claiming Reid abused 'proprietary materials' from Angle’s old site. This afternoon, however, the Nevada Democratic Party put the site back up, claiming protection under the First Amendment." Reid's "The Real Sharron Angle" page is here.

Jon Ralston: during my interview of her, a new, fake Sharron Angle emerged, one who parrots scripted, more moderate talking points on some issues in which she has been "out there."

Angle Speaks! to Jon Ralston:


     ... Here's a related Las Vegas Sun story.

Think Progress: in a January 25 radio interview, Sharron Angle said that abortions for victims of rape & incest would interfere with "God's plan." CW: because one of the mysterious ways god works is through rape & incest?

Brian Stelter of the New York Times: Nevada reporters are playing a game of "Where's Sharron?" ...

... BUT Sharron Angle will talk to political reporter Jon Ralston this afternoon, June 29.

Jay Newton-Small of Time on why Harry Reid's chances are improving -- Sharron Angle.

"This Is Crazy." Harry Reid is up with a new hard-hitting spot against Sharron Angle:

Dave Weigel of the Washington Post: Sharron Angle's campaign denies a staffer called a reporter an "unprintable." CW: I wish the MSM would at least let us fill in the blanks on these "unprintable" epithets. Was it "fuckhead" or "my good man"? The backstory, in which Weigel is even less specific, is interesting: Angle refuses to endorse her own stated positions.

Matt Yglesias: according to Sharron Angle, Scientology is natural homepathic medicine.

The Las Vegas Sun has a big ol' feature on Sharron Angle's Second Amendment Solution to fixing the federal government. 

Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun says Harry Reid's attack ad on Sharron Angle "rings true."


The Reid operation is gearing up to paint Angle as, well, a nutjob, as a cross between Rand Paul and Orly Taitz. There doesn't appear to be a shortage of material. -- Greg Sargent

Greg Sargent of the Washington Post: Sharron "Angle said in a recent interview that the Gulf spill was an 'accident' and opined that we need to further 'deregulate' the oil industry in the wake of the disaster."

Washington Post: Sen. John Cornyn (R-Tex.), chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said "reporters would have 'complete access' to Sharron Angle... 'in a few weeks,' but not now." Cornyn said Angle "needed to get 'prepared.'"

AP: "Nevada Senate nominee Sharron Angle, a tea party favorite who describes herself as a conservative's conservative, left the Republican Party at the height of the Reagan revolution and became a Democrat for at least several years, government records show."

Talking Points Memo: "The peculiar ideology of Sharron Angle, the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Harry Reid in Nevada, is perhaps no better illustrated than by her embrace of the patriot group Oath Keepers, whose membership of uniformed soldiers and police take an oath to refuse orders they see as unconstitutional -- including enforcement of gun laws, violations of states' sovereignty, and 'any order to blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.'"

First, Kill Harry Reid. Greg Sargent of the Washington Post: in an interview she gave earlier this year, Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle advocated armed insurrection against the federal government. The Las Vegas Review-Journal also carried the story.

You know, our Founding Fathers, they put that Second Amendment in there for a good reason and that was for the people to protect themselves against a tyrannical government. And in fact Thomas Jefferson said it's good for a country to have a revolution every 20 years. I hope that's not where we're going, but, you know, if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies and saying my goodness what can we do to turn this country around? I'll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out. -- Sharron Angle

Odd Couple. Alex Pareene of Salon: John Ensign takes Sharron Angle to lunch, forgets to tell other Republicans he invited her to join them. Pareene has fun with this one. ...

... AND, as Ryan Grim reports, so is Nevada's Democratic party, who have prepared a little introductory speech for Ensign to deliver. It covers all of Ensign's AND Angle's good points.

Fox & Friends "interview" Sharron Angle, Harry Reid's nutty opponent, so they can all lie about Angle's nutty views. Jon Ralston, the Sun's political reporter & columnist, for one was not amused. Think Progress has video of the "interview."

Las Vegas Review-Journal: "Former President Bill Clinton said Thursday that Nevadans are right to be angry about record high unemployment and home foreclosures, but he said voters shouldn't punish U.S. Sen. Harry Reid because Republicans -- not Democrats -- caused the economic crisis."

Read It & Weep. Talking Points Memo: "The new Rasmussen poll of the Nevada Senate race shows Republican nominee Sharron Angle leading Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in the wake of her big win in Tuesday's primary. The numbers: Angle 50%, Reid 39%."

Dana Milbank: "Only weeks ago, [Harry Reid] the Senate majority leader was...facing a seemingly inevitable defeat in his reelection battle in Nevada. But then came Tuesday's primary, and Republicans selected as their candidate Sharron Angle, a woman who, among other things, favors bringing more nuclear waste to Nevada, floated the idea of outlawing alcohol, and wants to abolish the Education Department, the Energy Department, the EPA, the United Nations and most of the IRS. She's not so keen on Social Security, Medicare or unemployment insurance, either." ...

... Jennifer Steinhauer of the New York Times profiles Sharron Angle.

Las Vegas Sun: Jim Gibbons becomes the first governor in Nevada's history to lose a primary race.

Las Vegas Sun: "...Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid got the race he wanted. Sharron Angle, a former Reno assemblywoman and Tea Party favorite, emerged from Tuesday’s Republican primary..., but carrying political baggage that experts say gives the embattled Reid a new lease on political life."

"A...tea party-backed contender..., Sharron Angle, led a crowded field for the right to challenge Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada in the fall."

AP: Gov. Jim Gibbons lost "to Brian Sandoval, a former federal judge.... Rory Reid, Harry Reid's son, won the Democratic nomination."

John Bresnahan & Manu Raju of Politico: Harry Reid is "angling" to pick his Republican foe: Tea Party favorite Sharron Angle. "On her website — full of spelling mistakes and grammatical errors — Angle" says

She wants to privatize Social Security; cut federal spending by hundreds of billions of dollars; build nuclear power plants inside Yucca Mountain; abolish the federal income tax and institute a 'simpler, fairer, flatter tax system'; 'defund Obamacare'; pull the United States out of the United Nations; ban nearly all abortions; get rid of the Energy and Education departments as well as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; and remove all campaign finance restrictions, requiring instead immediate reporting of donations.