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(No) Sex. Lies. And Videotape. Rick Santorum Has Two New Jobs



Rick Santorum has not one but two new jobs. In the first, he’ll make in an hour or two what the average family of four makes in an entire year. In the second, he’ll give away millions. Both will come with complimentary lies, admonishments about sex, and plenty of videotape.

Santorum just announced he is forming a Super PAC, and going on the lecture circuit. Because why stop at finding one way to get people to be hateful bigots when you can do it twice and get paid big bucks to do it. But no one should breathe a sigh of relief. 2016 is around the corner and Santorum still has White House dreams.

“Organized as a non-profit 501(c)4 organization — meaning that it can raise and dispense political money, as well as lobby,” Real Clear Politics reports that “the new organization … is being funded by Santorum’s biggest donors, including Foster Friess, a wealthy conservative contributor who backed Santorum in 2012 — and who is slated to introduce him Friday morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference.”

What Patriot Voices will do, exactly, isn’t clear, but two sources close to Santorum said it will focus on the themes the former Pennsylvania senator stressed in his campaign: support for traditional families and the right-to-life movement; preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons; and restoring the nation’s manufacturing base.

The Huffington Posts notes that Santorum’s goal is to push Republican candidates to be more conservative:

“A lot of people have some basic anxiety about where America is going, and I tried to talk about those [issues] in the campaign,” Santorum said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.” “The adherence to the Constitution, and the importance of understanding where our rights come from and who we are as a people, and the culture and how that is being changed by this administration, whether it’s liberty or life or marriage.”

He said his new 501(c)(4), “Patriot Voices,” would advocate for those issues and encourage other Republicans to do the same. The goal of the organization is to attract one million members, according to a press release, and it will be able to accept unlimited contributions.

Meanwhile, Santorum may have been a one-track pony on the campaign trail, but now he’s got another trick: speaking.

Yes, for a mere $40,000 to $50,000 you too can hire Rick Santorum to tell your particular group the same lies he has been spinning for years, about gay people, homosexuality, same-sex marriage, the bible, Norwegian forced euthanization, and, well the list of lies goes on and on.

“That fee puts him in the range of MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a cut below former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, but if Santorum makes speaking a full-time job, it’s the most lucrative, and least compromising, way for a politician to make substantial money,” Buzzfeed reports:

His topics include national security, the economy, and the social issues he’s long been identified with. “He will chronicle his battles for the dignity of all human life, his effort to protect traditional marriage, and his struggle to reverse Hollywood’s and the main stream media’s onslaught against virtue,” the agency promises.

That speech bears the perhaps unfortunate — though obviously unintended — title, “The Dawn of an American Renaissance,” sharing its name with a conservative publication widely viewed as racist.

No word yet on if that $50,000 comes with a sweater vest.

Patriot Voices is of course on Twitter and Facebook.

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Acting Speaker McHenry Did Not Have Authority to Evict Pelosi Says Top Rules Committee Democrat



U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-NC), Kevin McCarthy’s hand-picked temporary successor and acting Speaker, operated outside of carefully crafted House rules when he evicted Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the former Democratic Majority Leader, from their Capitol Hill offices just hours after Republicans ousted McCarthy as Speaker.

That’s according to the top Democrat on the powerful House Rules Committee, Ranking Member Jim McGovern (D-MA), who previously served as the Chair of the Rules Committee. He says the “Speaker pro tempore” has one job only: help elect a new Speaker of the House.

“I want to clear up some confusion,” McGovern wrote late Wednesday afternoon.

“As an unelected acting Speaker pro tempore, @PatrickMcHenry’s job is to guide the House toward the election of a new Speaker. That’s it.”

“His power is constrained by the plain text of Rule 1, Clause 8 of the Rules of the House,” said McGovern.

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Rep. McGovern said he is “alarmed” by McHenry’s order evicting Pelosi and Hoyer.

“Given the plain text of the rule, I don’t think he has that power,” McGovern added.

McGovern further explained, “The rule says he can only exercise as much authority as is ‘necessary and appropriate’ towards the end of electing a Speaker. The Rules Committee narrowly described this rule in 2004: an acting Speaker pro tempore serves ‘for the sole purpose of electing a new Speaker.'”

“These rules were put into place after 9/11 to ensure continuity of government & quick election of a new Speaker in an emergency. Not to provide for a short-term Speaker due to Republican dysfunction,” concluded McGovern, who has served in Congress since 1997.

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‘My Job Is Not to Put Pool Noodles Around Hard Corners for Republicans’: AOC Blasts Critics Over McCarthy Vote



U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) blasted critics across the political spectrum who are angered House Democrats did not vote to keep Kevin McCarthy as Speaker, after Republicans ousted him on Tuesday.

“Contrary to how McCarthy’s defenders are behaving, men failing up is not a Constitutionally protected right,” Ocasio-Cortez said on social media. “The man made risky decisions and faced the natural consequences of them. I am not his mom, and my job is not to put pool noodles around hard corners for Republicans.”

AOC also blasted 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who is now a former Democrat, after he criticized Democrats on CNN.

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“Why did Dems vote along party lines to oust Kevin McCarthy? Not because they thought it was good for the country but because that’s what they were told to do,” Yang said on social media when posting his remarks.

“Yes,” Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez responded, “because strengthening someone who voted to overturn the election, held the entire US economy hostage, launched a baseless impeachment inquiry without a vote, and refuses to honor his word is what is in the best interest of this country.”

“Do some of you hear yourselves?” she asked rhetorically.

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Tuesday night she also defended Democrats for not, as some have put it, “saving” McCarthy.

“Does anyone believe for one minute that McCarthy would help elect a Dem speaker ‘for the institution’?” she asked. “McCarthy’s hubris is a theme. He loudly stated he wouldn’t negotiate w/Dems, called virtually none, trashed those who helped w/CR, and then expected Dem votes for free?”

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Karine Jean-Pierre Schools Peter Doocy for Asking if White House Is ‘Loving’ GOP House Chaos



In the middle of an interview with U.S Senator John Kennedy, Fox News interrupted the Louisiana Republican for some “breaking news,” as the right wing cable network’s Peter Doocy began to ask White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about the chaos far-right wing Republicans caused by ousting Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday.

“All right. Senator, thank you for joining us. We got a little bit of breaking news here. We got to jump back to the briefing. Our Peter Doocy is questioning the Press Secretary,” John Roberts told viewers as the camera cut to the White House Press Briefing Room.

“Is any part of the West Wing here, just loving the fact that Republicans don’t appear to be able to govern the one part of the government that they actually control?” Doocy asked.

“Nobody’s ‘loving’ anything when it’s when we’re not when we’re not able to deliver for the American people. Nobody’s loving that,” Jean-Pierre replied, as she explained to Doocy what the White House believes is actually important.

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“It is important for Congress to work, not for us, but on behalf of the American people. It is important to make sure that we meet the challenges of the American people. That’s what’s important. What we saw, you heard from the President, what we saw on Saturday should have never have happened, but we’re glad that a deal was made. We’re glad that we’re not in a shutdown. But House Republicans should have never gotten us that far.”

Jean-Pierre went on to tell Doocy that since Republicans “are the majority in the House, they can fix this.”

“They’re creating the chaos. That is not helpful to the American people.”

“That’s why you saw the President today talk about student debt relief, and talk about what else he’s doing to make sure that we’re giving a little bit of breathing room to the American people. That’s why you heard from the President yesterday talking about or our announcement, talking about how we’re continuing to beat Big Pharma so we can lower prescription drug costs for the American people. That’s what the President cares about. That’s what he wants to see – what can we continue to do to help Americans as they face really tough challenges? So this is not, we’re not loving it. It is not helpful to any any American across the country.”

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Doocy, went on to ask if “anybody in the West Wing has heard anybody talking about the possibility of ‘Speaker Trump.'”

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