By Lambert Strether of Corrente.
The S.S. Clinton
Clinton and staffers (Huma Abedin and spokeswoman Nick Merril) head to Iowa — by van (the “Scooby Doo”). Press not invited [Los Angeles Times]. I’ve never felt that Clinton was imaginative. This is imaginative.
Clinton video: “America, under Obama, moved from economic collapse to a frail recovery. And I’ll get you the rest of the way home” [Los Angeles Times].
Clinton video: “[A]ll the people in the video express cautious optimism about the next chapter in their lives. The key here is the tone” [Greg Sargent, WaPo]. “Clinton’s agenda will look a lot like the ‘inclusive prosperity’ blueprint from the Center for American Progress.”
Clinton Video: Jared Milrad and Nate Johnson, Chicagoan gay couple from video invite Clinton to their wedding [McClatchy]. Good for them!
“[T]he question is becoming not whether Hillary should be the nominee but what sort of nominee you think she should be. Constituency groups are not sizing up different candidates but trying to define what a Hillary Clinton candidacy and presidency would look like” [Talking Points Memo]. Hence, Deblasio’s “mild’ non-endorsement.
“Clinton will hold conversations [ha] with voters [in Iowa] on Tuesday and Wednesday and slowly make a more detailed case for her candidacy and specific policy proposals, ahead of a more formal kickoff of her campaign in May” [New York Times]. Masterfully sucking all the oxygen out of the room….
“Soon, the Clinton team’s view of Ready for Hillary would shift from annoyance to acceptance. The energy the organization was harnessing reminded them of the kind of grassroots movements they jealously watched mobilize around Obama in 2008” [AP]. Hmm.
“[O]n the weekend of Hillary Clinton’s announcement of her presidential campaign, her 35-year-old daughter showed up on the cover of ELLE magazine, in a $1,500 Gucci dress and $7,000 Cartier bracelet” [Politico]. Apparently, Chelsea has “fought her way back from tough economic times.” Attagirl.
Rubio will make his presidential announcement around 6:00 pm ET from Miami’s Freedom Tower [NBC]. Because freedom.
“U.S. Senator Marco Rubio will make a muscular foreign policy a focal point when he announces his presidential candidacy on Monday” [HuffPo]. What, more muscular than setting the Ukraine and the Middle East on fire?
“Rubio can credibly tell Republican activists that he’s one of them ideologically and tell the establishment that he can win” [FiveThirtyEight]. As long as he doesn’t lunge for any more glasses of water.
“Rubio’s pollster, Whit Ayres, told reporters… that the GOP must double its support among Hispanics if the party is remain competitive in national races going forward” [The Hill]. Hence the Hispanic small businessmen in Hillary’s video,
Rubio’s track record of youthful defiance inevitably draws comparisons to an object of Mr. Rubio’s disapproval: Mr. Obama [New York Times]. Beat sweetener.
“Rubio is likely to benefit from the campaign process in Iowa and New Hampshire, which requires meeting with small groups of voters in tiny towns. The Florida senator is affable and personable, like Obama” [NBC].
Tea Party feels they elected Rubio, and he threw them under the bus [Daily Beast].
Hank Paulson backs Jebbie [USA Today]. ZOMG, the kiss of death?!
“More than 78 percent of our Florida Insiders said Bush would be the stronger candidate against Clinton in Florida” [Tampa Bay Times].
Republican Principled Insurgents
“On the one hand, [squillionaire Robert] Mercer’s support is fantastic for Cruz (having a billionaire in your corner is nice). On the other hand, Mercer’s hedge fund—Renaissance Technologies—recently faced an unflattering congressional investigation, the results of which indicated that it used complex and unorthodox financial structures to dramatically lower its tax burden [Daily Beast]. While Cruz denounces crony capitalism.
Politifact rates Walker’s claim that Clinton, Obama backed laws similar to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act [Politifact]. “For a statement that is partially accurate but takes things out of context, our rating is Half True.”
Walker’s proposed subsidy for a new Bucks stadium, which Walker labels “Pay Your Way,” relies on an accounting gimmick — pretending to earmark the future tax payments of NBA players to cover the costs of the tax-free bonds to finance the stadium [USA Today]. Now that’s out-of-the-box thinking! I hope…
Republican Clown Car
Huckabee at NRA convention: “Because [the German Jews] had been disarmed — 1,700 guns confiscated, 2,500 handguns — they had no ability or capacity to resist” [USA Today].
“A cadre of wealthy liberal donors aims to pour tens of millions of dollars into rebuilding the left’s political might in the states, racing to catch up with a decades-old conservative effort” [WaPo]. Well, fine, I suppose, but what’s with the decades-long lag?
Utah Sen. Mike Lee (R) on Loretta Lynch nomination [National Law Journal].
I hoped and expected to like Loretta Lynch and I did like her. I think she’s been an extraordinarily talented lawyer and I have a great deal of respect for her. I hoped to be able to vote for her at the end of the day, had she given me anything that could have led me to believe that she sees some significant limits to prosecutorial discretion and to a president’s ability to effectively render large swaths of federal law a nullity.
This position is “not insane!” (as Firesign Theatre would have it). The left might connect this with Obama’s claim to have have the power to whack U.S. citizens without any due process; that, too, has rendered law, as such, a nullity.)
Kinder-Morgan to run natural gas liquids through World War II Kentucky pipeline designed for natural gas [Courier-Journal]. What could go wrong?
Vast majority South Philly air pollution comes from Carlisle Group-owned “Philadelphia Energy Solutions” refinery, and 11% of it (40 tons) is carcinogenic benzene [Inquirer (PT)].
“[I]n just 18 months, thirteen Bakken- or oil-sands-related derailings have randomly wreaked havoc wherever the oil trains traveled – they derailed in Washington, North Dakota, Alberta, Alabama, New Brunswick, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ontario, West Virginia, and Illinois” [Juan Cole].
Free-range kids ratted out by park-goer, nabbed by cops again [New York Daily News]. “Meitiv says to get their children back she and her husband had to sign a safety plan that forbids them from leaving the children unattended” [WJLA].
Michael Hiltzik: “Most important, it may be time to look at the state Constitution’s mandate that all water use be ‘reasonable and beneficial … for the public welfare'” [Los Angeles Times]. But his solution is market-based, and markets tend not to be strong on public welfare.
Bhutan seeks help from Wall Street to protect its water [Bloomberg].
Nestlé’s permit for bottling California’s water has expired [Mercury News].
Forget almonds. Let’s talk about cows [Bloomberg].
Uninsured rate lowest since Gallup began tracking it [Gallup].
Black Injustice Tipping Point
Audio recording of Walter Scott shooting [Guardian].
How a six-grader became a criminal for kicking a trash can [Reveal News].
Cleveland officer Michael Brelo fired 137 shots while killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, but can’t remember a thing [Guardian].
“Predatory ticketing” in St Louis County’s night court [Think Progress]. “It’s racist as hell.”
What Happens When You Build a Town Around a Prison? [Vice].
Health and income improve together all the way up the economic pyramid [Bloomberg].
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Apricot tree. The other day the tree was literally humming, there were so many bees feasting on the flowers.
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