After first defending his actions, Rep. Michael Grimm, R-New York, apologized today for physically threatening a NY1 News reporter at the U.S. Capitol.

“@repmichaelgrimm called to apologize. He said he ‘overreacted.’ I accepted his apology,” the reporter, Michael Scotto, tweeted.

Grimm stormed off Tuesday night when Scotto tried to ask him questions about campaign finance allegations against the lawmaker. After Scotto said on camera Grimm had refused to talk to him, Grimm surged toward the reporter and said: “Let me be clear to you: If you ever do that to me again, I’ll throw you off this f***ing balcony.”

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“Before Bridgegate Punished an Enemy, Christie’s Office Rewarded Friends”


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As U.S. Attorney, he was accused of using deferred prosecution agreements to steer no-bid contracts worth millions of dollars to his attorney buddies.
It doesn’t take much more than watching Chris Christie berate a teacher to realize that his claim that he “isn’t a bully” is a lie. Bridegate isn’t really about bullying though. It is about a far more disturbing aspect of Christie’s career.Dating back to his time as the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, Christie has been willing to utilize his public office to reward allies and punish enemies. While Bridgegate has focused attention on his capacity for punishing his enemies, his no-bid contracts allegedly doled out to friends as U.S. Attorney illustrate Christie’s seeming willingness to use public office to reward his friends. These are two sides of the same coin.

As U.S. Attorney, Christie faced scrutiny for a number of allleged ethical lapses. While the stays at plush hotels earned him a spot in an Inspector General’s report, the way he awarded huge no-bid contracts is the most troubling part of his tenure there. What the Romney vetters probably found in 2012, which helped keep him off the ticket, was that Christie had a habit of using controversial deferred prosecution agreements to award friends’ legal shops with millions in business.


“Rush Limbaugh and the Long, Sordid History of Pitting Whites Against Blacks in America”


Ian Reifowitz

Author of ‘Obama’s America: A Transformative

Vision of Our National Identity’


Put down your cup of coffee, I’ve got something that’s really going to shock you. This week Rush Limbaugh race-baited. He sought to inflame white fear and hatred of non-whites. Unbelievable, I know. But it’s true. Unfortunately for Rush, the story he presented to his listeners turned out not to be (he fell for a satirical, Onion-style piece posted on a blog, and had to admit on the air that he’d been duped). This kind of race-baiting — whether relying on blatant falsehoods, deceptively presented facts or gross misinterpretations of reality — is something Limbaugh has done countless times throughout his career. More broadly, it is a tactic that the white economic elite, starting with the colonial-era slaveocracy, has employed going back to the time before we had even become a country.