- For the first -- and probably last -- time, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) tells the truth, even if accidentally:
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) literally accused the Republican leadership of the House of being a bunch of big old liars on the floor of the House last night. But that isn't exactly what he meant.
During a rant on the floor of the House about health care, King used the word "mendacity" -- meaning untruthfulness -- where he likely meant the opposite.
- This should really annoy the teahadist wing of the Republican Party:
A new poll from the NH Journal has former Massachusets Gov. Mitt Romney dominating the field of possible 2012 Republican presidential candidates. Romney secured 39 percent support in the poll, with no other challenger even breaking the 20-percent mark.
- But we can't afford health care reform:
The Pentagon is expected to seek in the range of $120 billion for overseas war costs next year, a significant drop from 2011 but still a stubborn strain on deficit-reduction efforts.
- The latest whip count for the next Chairman of the RNC -- the vote will be held on January 14th:
Reince Priebus -- 34 votes
Michael Steele -- 17
Saul Anuzis -- 14
Ann Wagner -- 14
Maria Cino -- 9
- A noun, a verb, and oh brother:
Confident that he'd have a chance to win, Rudy Giuliani is rounding up his top political advisers for a possible 2012 presidential run, sources tell Page Six.
Sources say the tough-talking former mayor "thinks the Republican race will be populated with far-right candidates like Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee, and there's opportunity for a moderate candidate with a background in national security."
- Justice is served?
Two Mississippi sisters who have been imprisoned for 16 years were released on Friday morning on the condition that the younger sibling donate a kidney to her older sister, whose organs are failing. [...]
The case of the Scott sisters attracted widespread attention after Gov. Haley Barbour suspended their double life sentences last month with the stipulation that Gladys Scott, 36, give one of her kidneys to Jamie Scott, 38.
After mulling over the matter for several months, Gov. Barbour announced in late December that he would not pardon the sisters, but would instead indefinitely suspend their sentences.
Gov. Barbour said he had acted in part out of concern over Jamie Scott’s health, but also to relieve the state of the cost of her dialysis treatment, approximately $200,000 a year. [...]
Many questions remain unanswered, including who will pay for the kidney transplant operation. The sisters’ advocates say the family cannot afford the procedure on their own and that it is unclear whether they will qualify for Medicaid.
- Ted Nugent isn't sold on a Palin presidency:
Ted Nugent loves Sarah Palin, but he's not sure he could support her for president. [...]
"She's on her way to being a good leader," Nugent says. "She's coming from the street, she's coming from the we-the-people rank and file, she makes sense when she talks, she says all the right things, she's sincere, she's knowledgeable, she's articulate, plus she's damned good-looking."
And, Nugent added, "she kills moose."
Nevertheless, he admitted that this resume doesn't yet add up to a presidential run he could support. "And I love her," he said. "I love her madly and respect her."
- Conservative nutcases Stephen Baldwin and Sean Hannity are fighting -- no, not with their fists.
Newly discovered documents have revealed a bizarre footnote to the history of the Second World War: a Finnish mutt whose imitation of the Hitler salute enraged the Nazis so deeply that they started an obsessive campaign against the dog's owner.