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Rep. Trey Radel charged with cocaine possession

Rep. Trey Radel, a Florida Republican elected in 2012, will be in court Wednesday on charges that he possessed cocaine.

Radel, 37, was charged with misdemeanor possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday.

He faces a maximum of 180 days in jail, as well as a fine of up to $1,000. Several sources with direct knowledge say it was federal law enforcement who handled the situation.

Radel has missed all four votes in the House this week.

Radel, in a statement released by his office, made no mention of resigning from the House. He said he struggles “with the disease of alcoholism, and this led to an extremely irresponsible choice. As the father of a young son and a husband to a loving wife, I need to get help so I can be a better man for both of them.”

A spokesman for Speaker John Boehner said “Members of Congress should be held to the highest standards, and the alleged crime will be handled by the courts. Beyond that, this is between Rep. Radel, his family, and his constituents.”

The U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Columbia declined to comment on Radel’s arrest and case.

The Florida Republican, who holds a district on the western coast of Florida that includes the tony Marco Island, is a former journalist, TV anchor and radio talk-show host. He never held elective office before winning his House seat last November. His district was vacated by former Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla.), who ran for the Senate.

In the statement, Radel said he realizes “the disappointment my family, friends and constituents must feel. Believe me, I am disappointed in myself, and I stand ready to face the consequences of my actions.”

The arrest, he said, has a “positive side.”

“It offers me an opportunity to seek treatment and counseling,” he said. “I know I have a problem and will do whatever is necessary to overcome it, hopefully setting an example for others struggling with this disease.”

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Screaming Donkeys, vol. 1

Monday, October 7, 2013

Congressman Cleburne's Office Vandalized

From: Burleson

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, reported anti-Tea Party and anti-Republican protestors vandalized the entry to his district office in Cleburne this week.

Tea bags were hung from the door, along with signs, which Williams' staff claim are the property of The signs deliver a variety of messages. Among those are, "It's time for your recall," "You're fired," and "It's time to vote you out."

Williams is serving the first year of his first two-year term in Texas' 25th District.

Other signs call Williams an "anti-American racist" and "D___bag Republican."

“Hundreds of thousands of Americans are deeply affected by the government shutdown, and I’m working with my colleagues in the House to get the government running again," Williams said in a statement in response to the display. "With so much uncertainty, I understand that tensions are high, but this type of behavior cannot and will not be tolerated.  Not by anyone. Throughout the shutdown, my offices’ phone lines are open and ready to take constituent calls. There is no room for shameful displays like this.”

Williams has been a proponent of defunding, repealing and dismantling Obamacare. He has said he would not support a plan to "replace" Obamacare.

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Joe Biden 2007: Impeachment if Bush bombs Iran


Presidential hopeful Delaware Sen. Joe Biden stated unequivocally that he will move to impeach President Bush if he bombs Iran without first gaining congressional approval.

Biden spoke in front of a crowd of approximately 100 at a candidate forum held Thursday at Seacoast Media Group. The forum focused on the Iraq war and foreign policy. When an audience member expressed fear of a war with Iran, Biden said he does not typically engage in threats, but had no qualms about issuing a direct warning to the Oval Office.

"The president has no authority to unilaterally attack Iran, and if he does, as Foreign Relations Committee chairman, I will move to impeach," said Biden, whose words were followed by a raucous applause from the local audience.

Biden said he is in the process of meeting with constitutional law experts to prepare a legal memorandum saying as much and intends to send it to the president.

When local resident Joel Carp asked Biden why not impeach now, given what has already been done, Biden said it was a valid point, but might not be constitutionally valid and potentially counterproductive. A case for impeachment must have clear evidence, Biden said, and blame should be directed at the right parties.

"If you're going to impeach George Bush, you better impeach (Vice President Dick) Cheney first," said Biden, again drawing applause.

Biden said the best deterrent to prevent pre-emptive military action in Iran is to make it clear, even if it is at the end of his final term, action will be taken against Bush to ensure "his legacy will be marred for all time."

Biden took shots at the Bush administration's idea to centralize government in Baghdad and called his decentralized plan the only way to political settlement. The recent decline in violence in Iraq, which some have credited to the surge, is the result of the military doing its job.

President Bush, he said, has not done his job in using the relative peace to find a political compromise as he promised.

"There's no evidence it has happened and no evidence it will happen," he said.

Throughout the forum, Biden stressed the need to improve foreign relations throughout the world and pointed to his 29-year resumé as proof that he can make that happen.

Biden joked about his low poll numbers, how the national media does not cover him and the lack of funds compared to the coffers of fellow hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

"This is why I'm in New Hampshire and Iowa," he said. "It's the last level playing field."

Biden went to the next appearance knowing he had at least one more vote. As the forum was coming to and end, Byrl Short stood up and announced his support.

"I came here an undecided voter," he said. "And you are the man."

Monday, August 5, 2013

RNC: No Debates on CNN, NBC?

From: Politico

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus has threatened to pull NBC and CNN's access to the 2016 Republican primary debates unless those companies pull their current Hillary Clinton-related film projects.

In open letters to the leadership of NBC Universal and CNN International, Priebus expressed his "deep disappointment" over those networks' decisions to produce films "promoting former Secretary Hillary Clinton ahead of her likely candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016."

Should the networks fail to pull those films by the RNC's Summer meeting on August 14, Priebus writes, he will "seek a binding vote of the RNC stating that the committee will neither partner with you in 2016 primary debates nor sanction primary debates which you sponsor."

"As an American company you have every right to air programming of your choice. But as American citizens, certainly you recognize why many are astounded by your actions, which appear to be a major network's thinly-veiled attempt at putting a thumb on the scales of the 2016 election," Priebus wrote in his letters to NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt and CNN president Jeff Zucker.

Greenblatt announced last month that NBC was working on a miniseries about Hillary Clinton that will star Diane Lane; two days later, POLITICO reported that CNN was at work on a feature-length documentary about the former Secretary of State, to be directed by Inside Job's Charles H. Ferguson.

In his letters to NBC and CNN, Priebus hit both projects as undermining the credibility of the two networks' news-gathering operations.

"Out of a sense of fairness and decency and in the interest of the political process and your company's reputation, I call on you to cancel this political ad masquerading as an unbiased production," he wrote to both.

NBC News has so far been silent regarding questions about the mini-series, though the political director Chuck Todd noted on Twitter that the news division had "nothing to do" with the NBC Entertainment project. Of its documentary, CNN spokesperson Allison Gollust last week told POLITICO, "CNN's editorial side has no role in the production of the film, just as it has no role in any of the films produced or acquired by CNN Films."

Priebus's letter to NBC here; his letter to CNN here.

UPDATE (2:28 p.m.): NBC News spokesperson Erika Masonhall emails the official statement from NBC:
NBC News is completely independent of NBC Entertainment and has no involvement in this project.
UPDATE (3:41 p.m.): And from CNN spokesperson Allison Gollust:

CNN Films, a division of CNN Worldwide, commissioned a documentary about Hillary Clinton earlier this year.  It is expected to premiere in 2014 with a theatrical run prior to airing on CNN.  This documentary will be a non-fiction look at the life of a former First Lady and Secretary of State.  Instead of making premature decisions about a project that is in the very early stages of development and months from completion, we would encourage the members of the Republican National Committee to reserve judgment until they know more.  Should they decide not to participate in debates on CNN, we would find it curious, as limiting their debate participation seems to be the ultimate di

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