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Officials: Baucus to be Named Ambassador to China.

Democratic officials say President Barack Obama intends to nominate Montana Sen. Max Baucus as ambassador to China.

The nomination is subject to Senate confirmation. The Democrat had announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.

The 72-year-old Baucus is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, with jurisdiction over taxes, trade and other areas.

He was instrumental in efforts to pass Obama’s health care law four years ago and has spent much of this year seeking to build support for a sweeping overhaul of the tax code.

There was no immediate comment from the White House.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to publicly discuss the nomination in advance of Obama’s announcement.

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Hillary Group Attacks Christie Over ‘Bridgegate’.

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By Melanie Batley

A group linked to Hillary Clinton has joined the fray to attack New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie over the bridge closure controversy that has dogged his administration for weeks, already resulting in the resignation of two officials and a firestorm of accusations from state and national Democrats.

Correct the Record, a group formed by top supporters of the former first lady, created a graphic showing the Republican governor’s frowning face, a highway sign that reads “Lanes Closed. Expect Christie?” with another road sign say “political retribution.” The bottom of the ad says, “…the emerging facts aren’t lining up with the administration’s story,” CNN reported.

“Welcome to the world that is 2016,” Adrienne Elrod, communications director for the group, told The Washington Post.

“We’re watching every word that comes out of his mouth… He’s been able to enjoy for the most part being a pretty popular governor, but he’s never really been tested on the national stage.”

The organization is an offshoot of Democratic super PAC American Bridge, and is a research and response project dedicated to mobilizing against possible 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls, as part of a larger push to lay the groundwork for a 2016 Clinton candidacy.

Democrats allege that Christie ordered a September closure of lanes onto the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey to New York as retribution for the refusal of Fort Lee Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich to join other New Jersey mayors in endorsing Christie for re-election.

This week, Democrats in Washington D.C. turned up the heat on Christie with Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the Senate’s transportation committee, asking Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to investigate the closures.

“You’ve got the DNC, some of the Hillary-tied PACs diving into this story,” Kevin Hagan, a New Jersey-based Democratic strategist told the Post. “You don’t want to continue to give your perceived opponent a pass.”

Democrats have also created a politically-charged YouTube video  with a narrative designed to raise the profile of the issue and link it to questions about Christie’s character and integrity.

“It undercuts his key argument that he’s a straight shooter,” Democratic National Committee spokesman Michael Czin said of the controversy, according to the Post.
“It highlights the worst about his bombast and his condescension.”

And in a signal that Democrats intend to continue to escalate the issue, one Democratic leader told the Post that the “Bridgegate” episode reveals the Christie administration’s “Nixon-like dirty tricks,” while another compared it to Watergate, and a third speculated about impeachment.

Christie has continued to downplay accusations of wrongdoing, suggesting they are politically motivated and have been “sensationalized.”

“National Democrats will make an issue about everything about me, so get used to the new world everybody, you know?” Christie told a news conference Friday.

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Doug Schoen: Hillary Can Win the Nomination in 2016.

Hillary Clinton must separate herself from the policies of President Barack Obama — but not alienate him too much — if she runs for the president in 2016, says political consultant Doug Schoen, who worked on her 2008 run for the White House.

“She’s going to have to be critical without losing his base of support,” Schoen told “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.

“Obama’s been very solicitous of her and she cannot run the risk of him turning on her …

“What I would choose to do which is talk about economic growth … Obama talks about redistribution. The Republicans, basically, say no to everything. We need a pro-growth strategy that involves entitlement reform and tax reform.”

Schoen said he is convinced the former Secretary of State, New York senator and First Lady can capture the Democratic primary this time around.

“She can win a primary. She probably will but the real question is after two terms of Obama probably with an approval rating at or below 40, it’s pretty darn tough for any Democrat or any candidate who runs to follow on a win,” he said.

George H. W. Bush won a third rough, straight Republican turf, but Ronald Reagan had close to a 55, 57 percent approval in 1988. So there’s a real challenge facing Hillary and it isn’t clear to me at this point that she has a strategy for dealing with it.”

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Schoen believes Clinton will need to fight off more Republican flak for her handling of the Benghazi attack, in which Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed on Sept. 11, 2012.

Clinton came under criticism when, during a hearing in which she was pressed for details, she said, “What difference does it make?”

“They’re going to say it does make a difference when four Americans lose their lives in the first attack on the 11th anniversary of 9/11,” Schoen said.

“These are real questions that she has to deal with. Call it tough love if you will, but these are questions she has to be prepared to deal with if she’s going to get elected.”

Schoen, who says he will support Clinton should she run, believes she will wait as long as possible to make an announcement.

“She will try to get through the 2014 election and probably a good way through 2015 before she announces,” Schoen said.

“It makes sense for her to announce later rather earlier.”

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By Bill Hoffmann

APC We’ll return Rivers’ oil well if voted in.


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has promised the people of Rivers State that it will ensure the return of all its oil well ceded to other states, if voted into power in the 2015 general elections.

This was even as the senator representing Rivers South-East gave reasons why the Governor of the state, Hon. Rotimin Amaechi, ditched the PDP for the APC. Rivers State Acting Chairman of the APC, David Ikanya, told the gathering at Eleme, during the inauguration of executive officers of the newly formed Save Rivers Movement, SRM, at Eleme Local Government Area, that should the party comes into power in 2015, it would correct all the injustices of the past.

He decried the injustice that have been done against the people of the state, saying the party would return all the oil wells that hitherto belonged to the state, but that has been forcefully transferred to other states.

“If voted into power in the next election, we shall ensure that all oil wells belonging to the state, which have been forcefully taken over by other states, are returned to the people of the state. We shall correct the injustice,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Down Stream) Senator Magnus Abe, has said that Governor Rotimi Amaechi, joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rescue the people of Rivers State from injustice, persecution and alienation that has become increasingly worrisome in recent times.

Speaking at the Eleme inauguration ceremony, Abe lamented that Governor Amaechi and some well meaning leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, tried repeatedly to draw the attention of the National Working Committee, NWC, the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan to the injustice that was being meted out to the governor and the people of Rivers State to no avail.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Democrats Take Bridge Flap National in Bid to Hurt Christie.

The bridge closure controversy that has dogged New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for weeks is threatening to go national as Democrats see a possible chink in the armor of the GOP’s potential 2016 presidential nominee.

Democrats in Washington D.C. turned up the heat on Christie with Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, chairman of the Senate’s transportation committee, asking Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to investigate the closures, according to Politico.

Democrats have also created a politically-charged YouTube video with a narrative designed to raise the profile of the issue and link it to questions about Christie’s character and integrity.

New Jersey Democrats allege Christie ordered a September closure of lanes onto the George Washington Bridge from New Jersey to New York — said to be the busiest road bridge in the world — as retribution for the refusal of Fort Lee Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich to join other New Jersey mayors in endorsing Christie for re-election.

Already two Christie appointees on the New York/New Jersey Port Authority — which overseas the bridge — have quit after it was revealed they did not go through the proper channels when ordering the lanes closed.

Christie has insisted that the closures, which led to as much as four-hour traffic delays over a span of five days, were part of a traffic study. But opponents say the lack of advance notice, coupled with no evidence of study results, proves that Christie’s explanation is not credible.

New Jersey state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, who has been leading the charge against Christie on the matter, said she would like a congressional probe. Assemblyman John Wisnieswki has subpoenaed all correspondence between Christie and Port Authority aides about the closures.

Political observers on both sides of the aisle say Christie’s emergence on the national scene explains why Democrats are trying to capitalize on the negative press.

“After his resounding win, we’re not surprised that national Democrats are going to try to take aim and so are state Democrats, who are looking for a chance to stay relevant,” one source close to Christie told Politico. “We know national groups are going to start looking for opportunity at every turn. That’s what happens when you do well and people start to focus on you.”

Democratic strategist Chris Lehane gave a similar commentary. “The nature and intensity of the coverage of the issue also reflects the fact that Christie is suddenly going to [be] forced into playing politics at a completely different level,” he said.

“For Christie, given his current standing, he will face such scrutiny for several years with both Democrats and fellow Republicans executing what is in effect a pincer action to define him.”

Having spent most of Christie’s first term trying unsuccessfully to define him as a bully, particularly following his performance following Hurricane Sandy, national Democrats think this controversy is an opportunity to renew that strategy, according to Politico.

“It goes to the heart of his potential liability… temperament is a real issue in presidential politics and in gubernatorial political,” Tad Devine, a Democratic strategist who has worked on presidential campaigns, told Politico. “It’s not fatal right now, but it’s a problem for him.”

For his part, Christie has vigorously denied the accusationssaying they have been “sensationalized.” He got an unexpected boost on Monday after New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo backed him up, saying, “I’m sure it is as Gov. Christie says.”

“National Democrats will make an issue about everything about me, so get used to the new world everybody, you know?” Christie said at a news conference Friday, according to Politico. “We’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy.”

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By Melanie Batley

Schumer: Veterans Must Face Budget Cuts, Too.

It’s time for retired veterans to face cuts as the federal government looks for ways to trim expenditures, Sen. Chuck Schumer said Monday.

“Civilian federal employees have been cut, cut, cut. I think there was a feeling, if you’re going to cut them further, which was done, that the military retirees should have about an equal amount. It’s small,” the New York Democrat told MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe.”

In the budget plan brokered by Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Washington Democratic Sen. Patty Murray, military service personnel under the age of 62 would take a one percent cut to retirement benefits. The move has drawn fire from military and veterans organizations.

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“I think (Rep.) Paul Ryan and (Sen.) Patty Murray looked everywhere they could to try and find compromise. Everybody had to take a little,” Schumer said.

“They’re going to have to pay a tiny, little bit into it, which they never have,” he added.
But Schumer maintained members of Congress should not be forced to take a pay cut. He said they have already sacrificed, since they have not seen a pay raise “in a long time,” and explained most of them are paying more for healthcare insurance.

“We have taken pretty big cuts,” he said.

The bill will pass the Senate, Schumer predicted, and said Democrats would “reluctantly vote for it” because they realize the threat of a government shutdown is a “brutal alternative.”

The expiration of unemployment benefits in the proposed budget has been a sticking point for some Democrats. Schumer said it would be an issue that would be handled later.

“We’ll make a shot at trying to do unemployment insurance separately. And, then, work on it next year,” he said.

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By Wanda Carruthers

Sen. Johnson Says He’ll Support Ryan-Murray Budget Deal.

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By Lisa Barron

Republican Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin says he will support the bipartisan budget bill negotiated by fellow Badger State legislator Rep. Paul Ryan and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington.

“The budget deal struck by Paul Ryan and Patty Murray is no ‘grand bargain,’ but I credit Paul with understanding that a grand bargain is not possible at this point in time,” the tea party-backed senator said in a statement Sunday, reports the Huffington Post.

“Although I disagree with a number of provisions in the bill, on balance the good outweighs the bad. As long as the Senate does nothing to worsen the bill, I intend to support it,” he added.

The move comes just a few days after Johnson called the bill “more of a Patty Murray budget,” arguing it did not offer long-term solutions.

“The real problem is President Obama and Democrats in the Senate and House, they don’t want to fix the long-term problems,” Johnson told MSNBC last week. “That’s the situation Paul was in, trying to negotiate something. I don’t want to shut down the government. They do enough harm to our economy. We don’t need to do shutdowns to increase the plan,” he said.

Meanwhile, no Senate Democrat has publicly stated opposition to the deal, while GOP Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Senate GOP Whip John Cornyn of Texas, both of whom face challengers in next year’s primaries, have indicatedthey will vote against it, reports The Hill.

The bill is expected to come up for a vote in the Senate Tuesday.

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