The Sultan of Brunei: Opulence, Power and Hard-Line Islam

When Brunei put harsh new laws in place this week that made adultery and gay sex punishable by stoning, it focused international attention on the country’s sovereign, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, 72, whose vast wealth and family spending have landed his name in the tabloids for decades. The sultan, as the main enforcer of religion in […]

Trump-worshipping Florida congressman Matt Gaetz mulls Senate bid in Alabama

In a story so strange we actually had to check to make sure it wasn’t posted on April Fools’ Day, The Hill’s Scott Wong reports that Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz in considering seeking the GOP Senate nod in … Alabama. Wong writes that Gaetz, who is one of Donald Trump’s most obnoxious allies in the House (and yes, we are grading on a curve here), reportedly told House colleagues as recently as Thursday he was thinking about challenging Alabama Sen. Doug Jones, who is the most vulnerable Senate Democrat up in 2020. Unnamed sources close to Gaetz, who represents a safely red seat on the border with Alabama, also say that “people in Trump’s orbit” are encouraging him to carpetbag.

Gaetz himself didn’t rule out running when asked on Thursday. Instead, he merely said he “had a few people make mention to me that Alabama has a very short residency requirement” while insisting “it’s not something I’ve looked at myself.” (There’s no residency requirement to run for the Senate; you only need to be a resident at the time of election.) The congressman concluded, “I think that my most likely path would be to seek re-election in the House.”

However, Gaetz made it clear just days ago that he wasn’t exactly happy where he was (we mean in the House, not in Florida), telling Buzzfeed, “This place sucks,” and that he didn’t “know how I’d fit into this place in the absence of the president.” Still, Gaetz doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to escape Congress, saying he “wake[s] up every day and I do what I can to expose what I believe is an intractable bias among the people who are investigating the president.”

There’s already a congressman running for the GOP nod to take on Jones, and unlike Gaetz, he actually represents Alabama. However, plenty of anti-establishment groups like the radical anti-tax Club for Growth are not fond of Rep. Bradley Byrne, a longtime politician from the Mobile area, and they’ve been calling for someone to oppose him. So far, the Club has focused on trying to recruit either Reps. Mo Brooks or Gary Palmer who, we should make clear, also represent Alabama.

If Gaetz actually did run in the Yellowhammer State, he actually would start with some name recognition. Florida’s 1st Congressional District, which Gaetz won in 2016, is almost entirely located in the Mobile media market, so he has appeared on Alabamians’ TV screens along the Gulf Coast. However, only about 15 percent of Alabama is in the Mobile market, so Gaetz would still be a blank face to most of his would-be constituents. That would, of course, change if Trump actually endorsed a Gaetz for Alabama Senate campaign like his allies think could happen, and that would hardly be the strangest tweet to come out of the White House.

Trump Names Jovita Carranza, U.S. Treasurer, to Lead the Small Business Administration

President Trump said Thursday that he would nominate Jovita Carranza, the United States treasurer, to lead the Small Business Administration, replacing the former pro wrestling executive Linda E. McMahon. Ms. McMahon, the former chief executive of World Wrestling Entertainment, stepped down as the agency’s administrator last week. People familiar with Ms. McMahon’s thinking said she […]

House Adds Lawsuit to Challenges Against Trump’s Emergency Declaration

WASHINGTON — The House will file a lawsuit challenging President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwestern border, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday, the latest in a series of efforts to stop Mr. Trump from securing money that Congress refused to give him for his promised wall. “The president’s action clearly violates the […]

Fox News reporter gets live surprise by a well-informed Missouri man’s support of Green New Deal

Fox News made an appearance at a small Missouri diner, part of their quest to eventually interview every single (white) person inside rural American diners. This time they visited the Corner Cafe in Riverside, Missouri—which, in all fairness, is only six miles from downtown Kansas City. 

During the live segment they found Jack, a supporter of the Green New Deal, and they were not prepared for this Missouri man to bring the facts. Over and over again, they tried to trip him up, but he kept rattling off the scientific data to back-up what he was saying and when pressed on how we might pay for it, Jack explained how the U.S. paid for World War II and that at the current death rate, climate change will kill more people than World War II and we must act, no matter the cost. 

Please watch and give Jack a round of applause.

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Fox’s Todd Piro seems genuinely confused by a diner guest supporting higher taxes to fund the Green New Deal and fight climate change. pic.twitter.com/aX38cGpwMO

— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) April 4, 2019

Finding Biden in Familiar Fix, President Trump Adds a Jab

WASHINGTON — President Trump, ignoring his own troubled history with women and bragging about sexual misconduct, went after Joseph R. Biden Jr. via Twitter on Thursday, posting a video that mocked the former vice president for his handsy approach to politicking. The 15-second clip tweeted Thursday by Mr. Trump — accompanied by the text, “WELCOME […]

Trump Ignores Own History in Taking a Jab at Biden

WASHINGTON — President Trump, ignoring his own troubled history with women and bragging about sexual misconduct, went after Joseph R. Biden Jr. via Twitter on Thursday, posting a video that mocked the former vice president for his handsy approach to politicking. The 15-second clip tweeted Thursday by Mr. Trump — accompanied by the text, “WELCOME […]

Trump nominates Jovita Carranza to run the Small Business Administration

Colby Itkowitz Congress, campaigns, health policy, Pennsylvania politics April 4 at 9:43 PM President Trump announced Thursday night that he will nominate current U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza, a Latina woman, as the head of the Small Business Administration. Carranza, who comes from a family of Mexican immigrants, worked as the deputy administrator of that agency […]