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Wednesday Crib Sheet: The Bills, NBC Reporter Gets Drunk With Sandusky Lawyer For Story


– It’s so bizarre to watch this interview considering how Bill Clinton used the IRS to go after people like O’Reilly. Still, the Clinton survival instinct can make them seem almost likable at times, due to the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” rule. That being said, the one thing you can depend on more than Obama’s arrogance is the Clintons’s backchannel maneuvering to circumvent an Obama presidency. If Hillary had any intent on stepping back into the ring, we’d see Bill distancing himself from the president and Clinton cronies in action. Obama’s selection of Hillary as SOS was “keeping his enemy closer.”

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Seth Godin on journalism:

We don’t need paid professionals to do retweeting for us. They’re slicing up the attention pie thinner and thinner, giving us retreaded rehashes of warmed over news, all hoping for a bit of attention because the issue is trending. We can leave that to the unpaid, I think.

The hard part of professional journalism going forward is writing about what hasn’t been written about, directing attention where it hasn’t been, and saying something new.

– Because the gross Sandusky headlines just won’t quit:

Jay Gray, the NBC News reporter covering the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal in State College, Pennsylvania, was arrested on drunk driving charges after he attended a drunken football-watching party at Sandusky’s lawyer’s house, reports say.

The Pennsylvania State Police arrested Gray just before 2am December 12 during a traffic stop.

He was allegedly at the home of Joe Amendola, the eccentric lawyer defending Sandusky against allegations he molested 10 boys over the course of several years …

According to TMZ, Mr Amendola invited Gray and several other reporters over to his house to watch the New York Giants-Dallas Cowboys game.

The reporters, reportedly, were all vying for exclusive interviews with Sandusky, who has only further raised public suspicious about himself in two awkward media appearances, says TMZ.

So reporters get drunk with the creepy lawyer of an “alleged” kid toucher in order to impress him and score an exclusive? Yes, please keep lecturing to new media about “ethics,” MSM.


House Republicans yesterday voted down the Senate’s two-month extension of the two-percentage-point payroll tax holiday to 4.2% from 6.2%. They say the short extension makes no economic sense, but then neither does a one-year extension. No employer is going to hire a worker based on such a small and temporary decrease in employment costs, as this year’s tax holiday has demonstrated. The entire exercise is political, but Republicans have thoroughly botched the politics.

12 months make a hell of a lot more sense than two months–and permanently extending the cuts would make the most sense of all, but that’s not something this administration is willing to do. Obama wanted a year, they got a year, and Reid thinks he can cut weak deals with the more liberal spenders in the GOP and the House should acquiesce.

After a year of the tea party House, Mr. Obama and Senate Democrats have had to make no major policy concessions beyond extending the Bush tax rates for two years. Mr. Obama is in a stronger re-election position today than he was a year ago, and the chances of Mr. McConnell becoming Majority Leader in 2013 are declining.

“Tea party house?” Really? A term where the most conservative members of congress have been passed up for key committee appointments, where Boehner agreed to a waste of time super-committee and toyed with the idea of caving to Democrats on the Bush tax cuts, that passes as the “tea party house?” Folks need to make up their minds: either the tea party is a sparsely populated fringe faction whose banshee cries have no effect on the GOP or it’s powerful enough to dictate to congressional Republicans, many times against its own interests.

At this stage, Republicans would do best to cut their losses and find a way to extend the payroll holiday quickly. Then go home and return in January with a united House-Senate strategy that forces Democrats to make specific policy choices that highlight the differences between the parties on spending, taxes and regulation. Wisconsin freshman Senator Ron Johnson has been floating a useful agenda for such a strategy. The alternative is more chaotic retreat and the return of all-Democratic rule.

GOP could decouple the tax extension from other elements in the legislation, make the extension permanent, and shove it down Democrats’s throats, but we’re unlikely to see such forward action from this set.

Daughter of John McCain’s second wife/mistress blasts Newt Gingrich’s wife for being a mistress. If I want Meghan McCain’s advice on lip gloss or frosted hair, I’ll ask her. If I want political punditry, I’ll turn to people who have a genuine interest in politics, not the less educated RINO version of Chelsea Clinton.


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