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Friday, November 21, 2014

Harry Reid Tells White House Staff to "Get A Life!"

During last fall's government shutdown, President Obama called Harry Reid to tell him that he suspected Reid's Chief of Staff David Krone of leaking to the news media, and requested that he stay away from future meetings.
To Mr. Obama’s surprise, Mr. Krone was listening in on the call. Suddenly, the aide piped up and made it clear to the president that he did not appreciate the accusation.
Since then, according to a NY Times report, the White House has banned all congressional staff from White House meetings to prevent information form being leaked to the press. “We know that that’s because of me, and I don’t really care — that’s fine,” Krone told The Times.
Administration and congressional officials have argued that the transgressions of Mr. Krone — publicly challenging the president, betraying the Oval Office code of silence and acting more like a senator than a staff member to one — have damaged Democratic unity at a time when the party can least afford it, as its numbers in Congress dwindle and the president sorely needs discipline in his ranks to advance what is left of his agenda.

It all exploded this month when Mr. Krone, 48, astonished even some veteran Capitol Hill staff members by speaking on the record in a highly critical way about private conversations with Mr. Obama.

Mr. Krone said he was simply protecting Mr. Reid. A few days before the midterm elections, he said, he was hearing from reporters that the White House was blaming the legislative strategy devised by him and Mr. Reid for the party’s lousy electoral prospects. “I’m going to go meet with these reporters,” Mr. Krone recalled telling Mr. Reid. “And he’s, like, ‘O.K.’ ” Mr. Krone then debriefed reporters for The Washington Post about an Oval Office meeting in which Mr. Reid pleaded in vain with Mr. Obama to do more to help endangered Democrats, suggesting that the president was to blame for the party’s disastrous showing. The article, which was published the day after the election, landed like an atom bomb on official Washington.
Reid on the other hand doesn't care what other people think. He sees Krone as someone who is fiercely loyal and who will protect his boss at all costs.

[Reid] said he did not ask Mr. Krone to hammer the president for him, but also did not regret his doing so. “He didn’t make it up, you know,” he said in an interview. Asked if he worried that the escalation had damaged the ability of Senate Democrats to work with the administration, Mr. Reid raised his soft voice. “They should just get over it,” he said. “I have a good relationship with the president. This is all staff driven. Get a life. Forget about this.”

He has apparently already forgotten Mr. Obama’s unusual request to keep Mr. Krone out of meetings.

“I don’t remember anything about that,” Mr. Reid said in his chandeliered office on Nov. 13, a few hours after being re-elected leader of the Senate Democrats. “Do you?” he asked, turning to Mr. Krone, who was seated beside him in the “leader’s chair.”

“Umm,” Mr. Krone, who is rarely at a loss for words, said through a frozen smile. A few minutes later, Mr. Krone, dressed impeccably in one of his bespoke suits, walked a reporter out of the office, and, referring to the president’s call, jocularly exclaimed, “I can’t believe that you know that story.”
As much as Krone has created enemies in the White House, and both parties his job is very safe. He is too close to his boss.
 Reid fought back tears as he recalled the time he visited his wife, who had been injured in a car accident, and saw Mr. Krone at her hospital bedside. “David is someone I can say, and it doesn’t affect my manhood at all,” Mr. Reid said, “I love David Krone.”

Hillary Clinton, 'Rather Than Defending The Constitution, He Has Defied Its Principles And Traditions'

Senator Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The Capital Conference '08, Washington, DC, 4/15/08:
Unfortunately, our current president does not seem to understand the basic character of the office he holds. Rather than faithfully execute the laws, he has rewritten them through signing statements, ignored them through secret legal opinions, undermined them by elevating ideology over facts. Rather than defending the Constitution, he has defied its principles and traditions. He has abused his power while failing to understand its purpose.

They Lied About 8 Million, Lied About 7.1 Million- Obamacare Enrollments Revised Again Now Less Than 7 Million

Remember those good old days? President Obama celebrating that his health care law had enrolled over 7 million people? By the time the enrollment period was over we were told that over 8 million people had signed up for the president's signature plan.

Last month, the Obama administration announced year one Obamacare enrollments was down to 7.1 million, which was still over the goal of 7 million they set. On Thursday, while much of the news coverage was focused on the Obama immigration plan, the administration announced that the 7.1 number was wrong and the goal wasn't reached.

The accurate number with full health-care plans is 6.7 million as of Oct. 15, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) confirmed today, saying the U.S. won’t include dental plans in future reports.

“The mistake we made is unacceptable,” Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said on her verified Twitter account. “I will be communicating that clearly throughout the department.”

Actually HHS didn't discover the error, Darrel Issa's House Oversight Committee found the incorrect number and informed the Administration.

“A mistake was made in calculating the number of individuals with effectuated Marketplace enrollments,” said Kevin Griffis, a spokesman for the U.S. Health and Human Services Department. “Individuals who had both Marketplace medical and dental coverage were erroneously counted in our recent announcements,” he said in an e-mail.

After the initial enrollment period, the White House announced with great fanfare that 8 million people had signed up for Obamacare. Since then, the number has shrunk due to people dropping out of the program, not paying for the plan they signed up for, etc.

Chairman Issa does not believe the addition of dental plans was done in error. He called it a "concerted effort to obscure a heavy drop-out rate of perhaps a million or more enrollees by quietly adding in dental plan sign-ups to exchange numbers”

Newsbusted: Debbie Wasserman Shultz Admits -Democratic Party's Problem's Name Is 'Barack'

Since they got crushed on election day, Democratic Party leadership has been doing some soul searching to figure out why they lost so badly. Last week DNC Chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz admitted that the party has problems.  But only after Newsbusted Anchor Jodie Miller interviewed the Ms Schultz (see video below) do we find out what the party's leadership believes the problem is.  Apparently the DNC figured out what most of the rest of the country already knows.  The party's problems (as well as the country's) are named "Barack"

Other news items covered in the latest installment of Newsbusted the twice- weekly faux news feature from (embedded below) include; Is Bruce Jenner Cross-dressing?; the latest on Gitmo detainees; news from the USDA; and much, much more.

Please make sure you watch the video below because something bad always happens to the people who don't. For example last week the Mayor of Buffalo forgot to press play and now his city has been hit with almost 100 inches of snow.  So if you do not want to be snowed better press play.

Oh and if you cannot see the video player below please click here

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Willson To Resign

CNN is reporting tonight that Darren Wilson, the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in August, is negotiating his resignation from the Ferguson police force. Seemingly it depends on what comes out of the grand jury. If they do not indict him he is more likely to resign as a way to help his fellow officers. 

A transcript and video of the report follows below:
Anderson Cooper: Breaking news from Ferguson, Missouri in the case that led to the death of a teenager. An outcry on the streets, grand jury proceedings, expected to wrap up as soon as tomorrow deciding whether officer Darren Wilson should be charged in the death of Michael brown. Regardless of what the grand jury decide. Darren Wilson may not be returning to the police force. Negotiations are underway for Darren Wilson to resign. Our justice correspondent, Evan Perez, joins us with the latest. You are hearing this from your sources what are they saying?

Evan Perez: That's right. That's right. Anderson. We are hearing from sources that Darren Wilson is in the final stages of negotiations under which he would resign. Now, you know he wants to make clear he told people close to him that, you know he wants to make clear he its not admitting fault for anything. He doesn't believe he has done anything wrong, but he is doing this mostly because he feels it would be good not only for the community but also for his fellow officers. Andersen.

Anderson Cooper:  There had been a report, based on what the Ferguson police said, he would return to duty if the grand jury did not choose to indict him. That I think surprised a lot of people. In a relatively small community. Relatively small police force like Fergusons, the idea that he would return to the force, whatever side of this you are on, in that community. Would probably raise a lot of, a lot of -- consternation

Evan Perez: Absolutely. I will tell you this, when Ferguson police chief, Tom Jackson said that in a couple of media interviews. There was a lot of pushback. A lot of people thought this is not helpful. Frankly, inflammatory for him to be saying that. These talks have been under way in the final stages. One concern Darren Wilson had. The grand jury has still been hearing evidence. He did not want to influence the grand jury, he wanted to make sure that, that, you know they didn't hear that he was resigning. And then that way, perhaps, read into that, that he was admitting any fault. That has been the linchpin in the negotiations.

Anderson Cooper:  Are the negotiations based on the idea that, Darren Wilson may not get indicted if he did get indicted would that affect the decision whether or not he would resign from the force?

Evan Perez: Quite possibly. You are right. These negotiations are hinging on that. The expectation that they have, obviously if he gets indicted. Then he is in for a, a tougher fight, right. This could be off the table. So the fact that all the talks have been going back and forth for the past few weeks tells you this has been very sensitive. He could yet change his mind. But we are told these are now in the final stages. That his plan is to resign. As a way to help his fellow officers kind of move on. And help, heal the community here.