” The gloves are officially off in the race between Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) and his Democratic challenger, Patrick Murphy. Less than a week after West’s campaign released a brutal ad featuring Murphy’s mugshot from a 2003 arrest for disorderly intoxication, Murphy’s campaign hit back on Tuesday with an ad highlighting West’s illegal actions in the military that ultimately led to him being relieved of his command. “You need the facts about Allen West in 2003,” says the narrator in the Murphy ad, which begins by showing a clip of West’s ad from last week…”.* Does Murphy’s campaign staff watch TYT? The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
“GOP Congressman Aaron Schock of Illinois, the subject of persistent gay rumors since he took office in 2009, said on Thursday that questions about his sexual orientation and how it might relate to his antigay voting record and positions are “inappropriate and ridiculous” and not “worthy of further response.” He also stated, “I’ve said that before,” when asked if he is confirming that he is not gay, and added, “You can look it up.” Schock had in fact stated to Details magazine in 2009 that he is not gay, in a lengthy piece which noted that he is unmarried and had been the subject of rumors as far back as 2004, when he was asked the question by a Chicago newspaper. The rumors, however, have only surfaced again and again…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
“Heavy storms…knocked out electricity for millions of Americans across the mid-Atlantic, including hundreds of thousands of residents of the District of Columbia. Pepco, the utility corporation that has a monopoly over electric services in the D.C…Pepco is a popular target for discontent in D.C., and for good reason. In the last few years, the company has cut service and maintenance, even while it made millions in profits and paid its executives fat bonuses…Adding insult to injury, according to Citizens for Tax Justice, Pepco has not paid any net federal corporate income tax for the last decade…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
“A federal law to prevent U.S. companies from paying bribes to business overseas recently came to the forefront when The New York Times reported that Walmart officials had covered up alleged bribes made by company representatives in Mexico. The retail giant faces federal investigation for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Wealthy individuals connected with Walmart have meanwhile taken advantage of new campaign finance rules that allow for unlimited contributions — and raise fears of unlimited influence over a future administration. Jim and Alice Walton, children of the founder of Walmart, have contributed $200,000 each to Restore Our Future, the super PAC supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s campaign…The Waltons are not alone among super PAC donors with businesses facing FCPA investigation. At least three other major contributors currently have FCPA worries, and others may be looming. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, another big-money campaign spender, continues its lobbying to loosen enforcement of the anti-corruption law…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
Via Sam Stein at The Huffington Post: “Mitt Romney‘s increasingly likely victory in the Republican presidential primary is a testament to the value of a well-organized and heavily financed campaign. And while evidence of that could be seen in prompt ballot filings and expensive television ad buys, Romney’s infrastructure advantage began to take root a year before the campaign actually started. The Romney campaign benefited from an intricate network of state-based political action committees that started him down the road toward the nomination sooner and pushed him further than anyone else in the Republican race. The PACs covered the costs of everything from Starbucks coffee and Bed Bath & Beyond purchases to legal bills and consulting fees. With the help of only a handful of incredibly wealthy donors liberated from federal contribution limits — several couples donating more than $100,000 on a single day — Romney was able to pay advisers who would become campaign staff, recruit surrogates, and re-affirm his standing within social conservative circles, going so far as to make a $5,000 donation to help maintain tough criminalization standards for marijuana users. All of it was done months before he had formally announced his second run for the White House…”.* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.
Georgia Representative Terry England (R-Auburn) made a bizarre speech on the floor of the Georgia house which compared women to farm animals. Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian discuss these insane comments and break down the issue. Tell us in the comment section below if you are “Pro Life” or “Pro Choice“.