Politics http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics The latest Politics news and blog posts from ABC News contributors and bloggers including Jake Tapper, George Stephanopoulos and more. Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:58:56 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.2.1 Perry Warns Terrorists Could Infiltrate US Through Border http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/perry-warns-terrorists-could-infiltrate-us-through-border/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/perry-warns-terrorists-could-infiltrate-us-through-border/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:58:56 +0000 Arlette Saenz http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=892810 GTY rick perry sk 140821 16x9 608 Perry Warns Terrorists Could Infiltrate US Through Border

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Just two days after smiling for a mugshot, Texas Gov. Rick Perry took his message to conservatives in Washington, D.C., quickly turning from talk of his indictment to weighing in on the threat ISIS poses to the United States.

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, Perry connected the border crisis to ISIS, warning that terror groups could cross the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

“I think it’s a very real possibility they may have already used that,” Perry said, referring to the border. “We have a serious issue facing this country and the security of our citizens. We need to be very vigilant. We have to be using every authority that we have.”

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The Texas governor said the recent events in Syria and Iraq should put the country on alert for a potential terrorist attack and argued the U.S. must respond in a decisive manner to root out ISIS.

“They should have us thinking about a possibility of another terrorist attack in this country,” Perry said. ”We have come to one of those moments where American action will be decisive and inaction will be consequential.”

Perry called for more forceful action in Iraq to fight ISIS, including additional airstrikes, an increase in special forces and offering intelligence assistance.  Asked whether the U.S should send combat troops into Iraq, Perry said it would be irresponsible to reveal any strategy to the enemy.

“I think all your options have to be open,” he said.

Perry rallied conservatives to work to elect Republicans this cycle, saying the midterm election will be the last opportunity to “pass judgment on the Obama presidency.”

“And something tells me he’s not going to like it,” he added.

The Texas governor’s trip to DC comes less than a week after he was indicted on two felony counts of abuse of power for threatening to veto funding for the state’s public integrity unit if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a DWI conviction in 2013.

“I am very confident in my case and I can assure you I will fight this attack on our system of government,” Perry told the group of conservatives. “I aim to defend our constitution and stand up for the rule of law in the state of Texas.”

The governor’s office said Perry’s campaign fund will pay for further legal bills relating to the indictment.

“This is an assault on the Constitution,” Lucy Nashed, a spokesperson for Perry, said. “We don’t want it to be an assault on the taxpayers as well.”

Perry pled not guilty to the charges on Wednesday and waived his arraignment, which will take place on Friday.  Instead, Perry will head to New Hampshire for the weekend where he is set to do a half dozen events, including several with the New Hampshire Republican Party. Next week, Perry will head to South Carolina for the Texas A&M game against the University of South Carolina, where he will headline a tailgate to benefit the Republican Party of South Carolina.

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The Note: Two Governors Fight to Stay Afloat http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/the-note-two-governors-fight-to-stay-afloat/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/the-note-two-governors-fight-to-stay-afloat/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:25:33 +0000 Chris Good http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=892803 By CHRIS GOOD (@c_good)

 

NOTABLES

  • EXCLUSIVE: EMILY’S LIST SPENDS BIG IN GA: Georgia Democrat Michelle Nunn finally has some big-spending outside help in her race against former Dollar General CEO and Republican nominee David Perdue. EMILY’s List tells ABC it has bought $1 million in Atlanta-market air time, which will become the single largest outside expenditure in the race to date. The ad will highlight a class-action suit by female Dollar General store managers that alleged gender-based pay discrimination during Perdue’s tenure. (The company settled after Perdue had left.) Perdue has weathered attacks on his business record before, fending off a barrage of Obama-vs.-Romney-esque ads from primary opponent Rep. Jack Kingston, but most of that focused on lost jobs and a bailout, so this will be a new point for Georgia voters (and viewers) to consider.  http://abcn.ws/1ogwizs
  • PERRY TO TEST MESSAGING IN D.C.: Fresh off his booking and subsequent mug shot, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be in Washington, D.C., today for a noon ET speech at the Heritage Foundation as part of an event on immigration politics and the border crisis. The appearance will give Perry an opportunity to test his messaging in D.C. after being indicted on abuse-of-power charges in his home state and turning himself in on Tuesday. The event will be livestreamed at Heritage’s website: http://herit.ag/1l7nSQm
  • MCDONNELL TO TALK MARRIAGE ON THE STAND: Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell will take the witness stand again in his corruption trial, and today’s testimony is expected to focus on his marriage to Maureen McDonnell, Virginia’s former first lady. In fighting allegations that he conspired with his wife, McDonnell has contended that their relationship was too distant for them to have done that. When the former governor testified yesterday, the final topic was supposed to be the McDonnells’ marriage, but the judge interrupted and said the defense would have to save it for tomorrow, ABC’s Shushannah Walshe reports.

 

THE ROUNDTABLE

ABC’s RICK KLEIN: Is it possible to embrace Obamacare without embracing Obama? That’s the mission embarked on by Sen. Mark Pryor, who’s done a very rare thing for a red-state Democrat: He’s touting his support of the Obama health care law in a new statewide television ad. The ad – first reported by The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent – makes savvy use of Pryor’s personal health history, and of his still-popular father, a former senator and Democratic legend in the state. What makes it noteworthy, though, is the way Pryor is trying to reframe the debate around Obamacare, during something of a lull in the anti-Obamacare messaging war. He doesn’t seek to own all of the law – or even mention the law by name. What will be interesting to see now is whether he gets company; we know he’ll get pushback.

ABC’s SHUSHANNAH WALSHE: The trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell continues today and it’s likely to be the juiciest day in a trial full of jaw dropping moments. Last night the defense was about to get into the state of the McDonnells’ marriage, but the judge interrupted and said it should be saved for today.  Why is something that sounds so personal critical in this corruption trial? The defense has argued Bob and Maureen McDonnell’s marriage was so broken there was no way the two could have conspired together to accept the lavish gifts from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams in exchange for helping to promote his product. They have even argued their marriage was so on the ropes the then-first lady of Virginia had a “crush” on Williams. The trial has detailed many instances of Maureen McDonnell seeming to have lost her grasp on reality, with witnesses even testifying she seemed to have “mental health” issues. Today, we will hear Bob McDonnell discuss the inner workings of his marriage and his relationship with his wife from his own point of view. It could be the most crucial day of the trial.

 

ICYMI

  • WHITE HOUSE DISCLOSES FAILED ISIS RESCUE OPERATION: Statement from White House Wednesday evening: “earlier this summer the President authorized an operation to attempt the rescue of American citizens who were kidnapped and held by ISIL against their will in Syria. The President authorized action at this time because it was the national security team’s assessment that these hostages were in danger with each passing day in ISIL custody. The U.S. Government had what we believed was sufficient intelligence, and when the opportunity presented itself, the President authorized the Department of Defense to move aggressively to recover our citizens. Unfortunately, that mission was ultimately not successful because the hostages were not present. Given the need to protect our military’s operational capabilities, we will not be able to reveal the details of this operation.”
  • WHY DISCLOSE IT NOW? National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden on why the White House decided to reveal the operation publicly at this time: “We never intended to disclose this operation. An overriding concern for the safety of the hostages and for operational security made it imperative that we preserve as much secrecy as possible. We only went public today when it was clear a number of media outlets were preparing to report on the operation and that we would have no choice but to acknowledge it.”
  • NYT: ISIS ASKED FOR $100M RANSOM FOR FOLEY: The New York Times’s Rukmini Callimachi reports: “…until recently, ISIS had a very different list of demands for Mr. Foley: The group pressed the United States to provide a multimillion-dollar ransom for his release, according to a representative of his family and a former hostage held alongside him. The United States — unlike several European countries that have funneled millions to the terror group to spare the lives of their citizens — refused to pay. … Before Mr. Foley was killed, his ISIS captors had asked for a $100 million ransom, according to a representative of the family and a man held alongside Mr. Foley.” http://nyti.ms/1phHGQT

 

THE BUZZ, with ABC’s SCOTT WILSON

RICK PERRY PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO FELONY CHARGES. Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesay pleaded not guilty to two felony charges on which he was indicted relating to a 2013 veto threat, ABC’s ARLETTE SAENZ reports. Perry’s attorneys entered the not-guilty plea Wednesday morning and waived his formal arraignment scheduled for Friday morning. “The waiver of arraignment contains the plea of not guilty,” David Botsford, an attorney for Perry, said. In a theatrical manner, Perry turned himself into authorities Tuesday at the Travis County Courthouse, getting his fingerprints taken and smiling for a mug shot. The two felony counts – abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official – originate from Perry’s threat to veto $7.5 million in funding for Texas’ public integrity unit after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a 2013 DWI conviction. Perry will travel to Washington Thursday for a speech on the border crisis before heading to New Hampshire, where he has events scheduled for Friday and Saturday. http://abcn.ws/VET3q7

WORLD ‘APPALLED’ BY JAMES FOLEY BEHEADING, OBAMA SAYS. “The entire world is appalled” by ISIS’s slaughter of American journalist James Foley, a visibly angry President Obama said Wednesday, report ABC’s ERIN DOOLEY and ARLETTE SAENZ. “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day,” the president said during a news conference in Martha’s Vineyard. “People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.” The terrorist group beheaded Foley in a grisly video posted online Tuesday evening. The U.S. intelligence community verified the video’s authenticity yesterday morning. According to one senior U.S. official, ISIS had warned the U.S. that they planned to kill Foley to avenge airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq. Prior to his execution, U.S. officials say, they used Turkish, Russian and Czech intermediaries to advocate for his release. “A group like ISIL has no place in the 21st century,” Obama said Wednesday, using the acronym by which the militant group is also known. “They have rampaged across cities and villages killing innocent, unarmed civilians in cowardly acts of violence. They abduct women and children and subject them to torture and rape and slavery … ISIL has no ideology of any value to human beings.” http://abcn.ws/YA2ed1

BUSH’S BIRTHDAY GIFT TO CLINTON A BUCKET OF COLD WATER? When former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager, pro-golfer Rory McIlroy, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and philanthropist Woody Johnson nominated President George W. Bush for the ice bucket challenge to strike out ALS, the former president wasn’t sure that pouring a pail of freezing water on his head – even in the name of raising awareness for a fatal disease – was properly dignified, ABC’s ERIN DOOLEY notes. “To you all who have challenged me: I do not think it’s presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I’m simply going to write you a check,” President Bush says in a video posted to his Facebook page Wednesday. Just when you’re starting to fear Bush’s video will be even more boring than a ceremonial ribbon cutting, former first lady Laura Bush appears with a bucket. Grinning, she unceremoniously dumps its contents on the former commander-in-chief’s head. A sopping George W. then nominates his presidential predecessor, Bill Clinton. “Yesterday was Bill’s birthday and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water,” Bush deadpans. http://abcn.ws/1uWDr0d

SUPREME COURT BLOCKS VIRGINIA GAY MARRIAGE, FOR NOW. The Supreme Court Wednesday blocked same sex marriages from going forward in Virginia, putting on hold a lower court ruling from last month that struck down the state’s strict ban on gay marriage, according to ABC’s ARIANE DE VOGUE. The action by the high court means that gay marriages, that were set to begin Thursday,will not go forward while supporters of the state ban appeal the issue to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court acted on an application filed by Michele B. McQuigg, a state clerk who had petitioned for a stay pending appeal. In a one page order, with no noted dissents, the Supreme Court granted the request. While Mark R. Herring, Virginia’s Attorney General, has argued that the state ban is unconstitutional, he urged the Supreme Court to grant the stay. In court briefs Herring said it was “painful to keep Virginia’s same-sex couples and their children waiting,” but that the “balance of hardships” favored a stay. http://abcn.ws/1s05Ihn

WHITE HOUSE KNEW OF RECENT ISIS THREAT TO KILL US JOURNALIST. ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News. The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night that appears to show the beheading of Foley and warns that militants will carry out a similar act against U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in August, the official said, according to ABC’s ARLETTE SAENZ and JONATHAN KARL. President Obama was briefed on the video aboard Air Force One Tuesday night as he returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, from Washington to resume his August vacation. The White House said the intelligence community is working to authenticate the gruesome video that allegedly shows Foley’s beheading. “If genuine, we are appalled by the brutal murder of an innocent American journalist and we express our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the White House National Security Council, said. http://abcn.ws/1pe6nh0

SUPPORT FOR U.S. AIRSTRIKES IN IRAQ JUMPS. After splitting evenly two months ago, a majority of Americans now support U.S. air strikes in Iraq – but without additional credit to Barack Obama for ordering them, notes ABC’s GREG HOLYK. Support for the military action against Sunni insurgents in Iraq is up by 9 percentage points since June, from 45 to 54 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while opposition is down by 7 points, to 39 percent. Yet views on Obama’s handling of the situation are essentially unchanged – 42 percent approve, while 51 percent disapprove. On a third question, the public divides on providing arms and ammunition to the Kurdish military forces who are opposing the insurgents, with 45 percent in favor, 49 percent opposed. The air strikes, which began nearly two weeks ago, represent the most significant U.S. military operations in Iraq since the withdrawal of the last ground troops in late 2011. Interviews for this survey, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, were completed before the announcement that U.S. air strikes had assisted Iraqi and Kurdish forces in recapturing the Mosul Dam, a major strategic objective. http://abcn.ws/1pKPn1O

RICK PERRY’S MUGSHOT VS. OFFICIAL GOVERNOR’S PORTRAIT, WHICH IS BETTER? Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned himself into authorities Tuesday and posed for what might be one of the best looking political mugshots in history, notes ABC’s SCOTT WILSON. The question is, did Rick Perry take his mugshot with all the gubernatorial swagger expected of his office? And how does his mugshot stack up to the governor’s official portrait? Though the intense gaze in Perry’s portrait wasn’t quite replicated in the mugshot, there certainly seems to be some similarity between the two pictures. First, the governor definitely likes the way he looks — and a cop with a camera certainly wasn’t going to change that. Perry’s compulsively-coiffed hair and casual smirk almost make you forget that the man is looking at the possibility of spending the next century behind bars. In neither photo was Perry wearing his infamous hipster glasses — the pair that the ophthalmologist-senator, and possible presidential hopeful Rand Paul zinged him on in a Politico op-ed last month. http://abcn.ws/1lhXgw1

AG ERIC HOLDER IN FERGUSON RECALLS BEING ‘ANGRY’ AFTER POLICE ENCOUNTERS. Attorney General Eric Holder went to the strife torn town of Ferguson Wednesday where he met with the family of slain teenager Michael Brown and talked about his own run-ins with police that left him “angry and upset,” ABC’s ERIN DOOLEY reports. The nation’s top law enforcement official, who is the first African-American named to the post, said he hoped his presence and interest in the case would have a “calming influence on the area.” Ferguson has been roiled by angry protests, rock and bottle throwing and some looting since Brown, 18, was shot and killed by Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Brown was African-American and Wilson is white. Holder told people in Ferguson that he understood their mistrust of police. “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man,” Holder said. “I’ve confronted this myself.” Holder, who also met with local FBI agents and justice department personnel, promised a “thorough” federal investigation. “My hope is that will give people some degree of confidence,” he said. http://abcn.ws/1z340OS

 

ENDORSEMENT WATCH

DFA ENDORSES AMANDA CURTIS. The progressive group Democracy for America has endorsed Amanda Curtis, the Democrats’ Senate candidate in Montana, who stepped in after Sen. John Walshe stepped out. DFA Chair Jim Dean on the endorsement: “Amanda Curtis is precisely the new progressive hero Montana Democrats need to defeat a Koch-brothers funded right-wing extremist like Steve Daines.  Democracy for America members in Big Sky Country and across the nation couldn’t be more excited about supporting Amanda are looking forward to knocking on the doors and making the phone calls necessary to make Montana’s voice for working families in Washington.”

 

WHO’S TWEETING?

@WesleyLowery In DC, you can get everything wrong and face no employment consequences because DC http://wapo.st/1ncmeYK

@timgrieve From Rodney King to Michael Brown. http://www.nationaljournal.com/political-connections/the-fire-this-time-20140821 … via @nationaljournal

@billybragg .@joepurdy and I did an impromptu gig in St Louis last night in solidarity with the people of #Ferguson http://bit.ly/1s211nq

@JamesFallows Google, Facebook, Yahoo still onboard??? @TPM: Microsoft ditches ALEC in latest blow to conservative group http://bit.ly/XB0bFt 

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EMILY’s List Drops Big Money in Georgia Senate Race http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/emilys-list-drops-big-money-in-georgia-senate-race/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/emilys-list-drops-big-money-in-georgia-senate-race/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 10:30:06 +0000 Chris Good http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=892786 GTY Michelle Nunn ml 140821 16x9 608 EMILYs List Drops Big Money in Georgia Senate Race

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There’s a new big spender in Georgia.

EMILY’s List, the political action committee that supports pro-abortion-rights Democratic female candidates, has bought $1 million of air time in Atlanta’s media market to run a TV ad attacking the business record of Republican Senate candidate and former Dollar General CEO David Perdue, the group told ABC.

The $1 million ad buy will be the largest single outside expenditure in the race to date, topping a $920,000 U.S. Chamber of Commerce ad buy in April.

Michelle Nunn, the Democrats’ nominee to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., is one of the party’s brighter stars in this election cycle, but she faces an uphill climb to defeat Perdue in a state that hasn’t voted statewide for a Democrat since 2000. The last major survey of the race, a CBS/New York Times/YouGov poll conducted from July 5 to 25, showed Perdue leading Nunn by 6 percentage points.

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The ad, which has not yet been made public, will focus on a gender pay discrimination suit brought by female store managers claiming Dollar General had underpaid them during Perdue’s tenure. Dollar General settled the suit in 2011 after Perdue had left as CEO, a role he held from 2003 to 2007.

A court allowed a class-action suit in 2007 for women who had worked as Dollar General store managers from 2004 to 2007, and 2,100 opted into it, according to an SEC report. Dollar General agreed to pay $19 million as part of a settlement in 2011, Law360 reported.

More than 140 Georgia women joined the suit, EMILY’s List points out.

“David Perdue owes Georgians answers about his shady business dealings that put his own profits ahead working women,” EMILY’s List spokeswoman Marcy Stech said. “And he certainly needs to be straightforward with the women of Georgia who deserve to know if he still believes it’s OK to pay women less than men for the same job.”

Perdue has faced attacks on his business record before. In his primary runoff, Kingston aired ads that highlighted lost jobs at a company Perdue led and a government bailout for another on whose board Perdue sat. Nunn’s campaign went up with a negative ad this week featuring workers who lost their jobs at textile firm Pillowtex under the leadership of Perdue, who ran the company after it emerged from bankruptcy.

With the new ad from EMILY’s List, Nunn will have her most significant outside help so far and, compared to her GOP rival, she may need it.

While today’s individual buy is the biggest to date, EMILY’s List is by no means the race’s aggregate money leader when it comes to outside groups.

Republican groups have swarmed Georgia, spending millions there already, much of it on the competitive (and overwhelmingly negative) seven-way GOP primary and Perdue’s runoff against Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga. The Chamber, for instance, spent $2.9 million backing Kingston.

A GOP super PAC called the Ending Spending Action Fund has spent $3.1 million, some of it on the GOP primary, and some of it attacking Nunn. The American Chemistry Council has spent $1.4 million backing Perdue, and a pro-Perdue super PAC called Citizens for a Working America has spent over $2 million.

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Supreme Court Blocks Virginia Gay Marriage, For Now http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/supreme-court-blocks-virginia-gay-marriage-for-now/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/supreme-court-blocks-virginia-gay-marriage-for-now/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:01:45 +0000 Ariane de Vogue http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=892777 AP Supreme Court bc 140615 16x9 608 Supreme Court Blocks Virginia Gay Marriage, For Now

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The Supreme Court today blocked same sex marriages from going forward in Virginia, putting on hold a lower court ruling from last month that struck down the state’s strict ban on gay marriage.

The action by the high court means that gay marriages, that were set to begin Thursday,will not go forward while supporters of the state ban appeal the issue to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court acted on an application filed by Michele B. McQuigg, a state clerk who had petitioned for a stay pending appeal.

In a one page order, with no noted dissents, the Supreme Court granted the request.

Here is the text of the order:

ORDER IN PENDING CASE 14A196 MCQUIGG, MICHELE V. BOSTIC, TIMOTHY B., ET AL. The application for stay presented to The Chief Justice and by him referred to the Court is granted, and the issuance of the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in case No. 14-1167, is stayed pending the timely filing and disposition of a petition for a writ of certiorari. Should the petition for a writ of certiorari be denied, this stay shall terminate automatically. In the event the petition for a writ of certiorari is granted, the stay shall terminate upon the sending down of the judgment of this Court.

While Mark R. Herring, Virginia’s Attorney General, has argued that the state ban is unconstitutional, he urged the Supreme Court to grant the stay. In court briefs Herring said it was “painful to keep Virginia’s same-sex couples and their children waiting,” but that the “balance of hardships” favored a stay.

Herring expressed concern that if gay marriages were allowed to go forward and then the Supreme Court were to ultimately uphold Virginia’s ban, hundreds or thousands of marriages would be “rendered doubtful.”

“Not only might their marriages have to be unwound,” Herring argued, “but all of the legal relationships and transactions of third parties who pass through their orbit would have to be untangled.”

The court granted a similar request regarding Utah’s ban in January.

So far this year, two federal appeals courts have struck state bans on gay marriage.

 

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Rick Perry’s Mugshot vs. Official Governor’s Portrait, Which Is Better? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/rick-perrys-mugshot-vs-official-governors-portrait-which-is-better/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/rick-perrys-mugshot-vs-official-governors-portrait-which-is-better/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 18:18:29 +0000 Scott Wilson http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=892763 ht rick perry split mt 140820 16x9 608 Rick Perrys Mugshot vs. Official Governors Portrait, Which Is Better?

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned himself into authorities Tuesday and posed for what might be one of the best looking political mugshots in history.

The question is, did Rick Perry take his mugshot with all the gubernatorial swagger expected of his office? And how does his mugshot stack up to the governor’s official portrait?

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Though the intense gaze in Perry’s portrait wasn’t quite replicated in the mugshot, there certainly seems to be some similarity between the two pictures.

First, the governor definitely likes the way he looks — and a cop with a camera certainly wasn’t going to change that.

Perry’s compulsively-coiffed hair and casual smirk almost make you forget that the man is looking at the possibility of spending the next century behind bars.

It looks like blue might be his go-to color in ties, since he wore a nearly identical tie in his mugshot as he did the day he posed for his official gubernatorial portrait.

In neither photo was Perry wearing his infamous hipster glasses — the pair that the ophthalmologist-senator, and possible presidential hopeful Rand Paul zinged him on in a Politico op-ed last month.

However, the Internet trolls took to Twitter — quickly correcting the lack of glasses –apparently hoping to add a bit of youthful intelligence to the governor’s mugshot.

 

 

Hipster glasses or not, Perry appeared unfazed by the whole ordeal, even heading out for an ice cream cone after his mugshot.

And now that the spectacle has passed, he’s off to D.C. and New Hampshire to continue considering a possible (and seemingly inevitable) presidential run.

 

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Rick Perry Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/rick-perry-pleads-not-guilty-to-felony-charges/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/rick-perry-pleads-not-guilty-to-felony-charges/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 16:53:55 +0000 Arlette Saenz http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=892754 AP immigration texas perry sk 140721 16x9 608 Rick Perry Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Charges

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry today pleaded not guilty to two felony charges on which he was indicted relating to a 2013 veto threat.

Perry’s attorneys entered the not guilty plea this morning and waived his formal arraignment scheduled for Friday morning.

“The waiver of arraignment contains the plea of not guilty,” David Botsford, an attorney for Perry, said.

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In a theatrical manner, Perry  turned himself into authorities Tuesday at the Travis County Courthouse, getting his fingerprints taken and smiling for a mug shot.

The two felony counts – abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official – originate from Perry’s threat to veto $7.5 million in funding for Texas’ public integrity unit after District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg refused to resign following a 2013 DWI conviction.

Perry will travel to Washington Thursday for a speech on the border crisis before heading to New Hampshire, where he has events scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

ABC News’ Gina Sunseri contributed to this report.

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Bush’s Birthday Gift to Clinton a Bucket of Cold Water? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/bushs-birthday-gift-to-clinton-a-bucket-of-cold-water/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/bushs-birthday-gift-to-clinton-a-bucket-of-cold-water/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:59:02 +0000 Erin Dooley http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=892740 When former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager, pro-golfer Rory McIlroy, San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh and philanthropist Woody Johnson nominated President George W. Bush for the ice bucket challenge to strike out ALS, the former president wasn’t sure that pouring a pail of freezing water on his head – even in the name of raising awareness for a fatal disease – was properly dignified.

“To you all who have challenged me: I do not think it’s presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I’m simply going to write you a check,” President Bush says in a video posted to his Facebook page today.

Just when you’re starting to fear Bush’s video will be even more boring than a ceremonial ribbon cutting, former first lady Laura Bush appears with a bucket.

Grinning, she unceremoniously dumps its contents on the former commander-in-chief’s head.

“That check is from me,” she says, patting her hair. “I didn’t want to ruin my hairstyle.”

A sopping George W. then nominates his presidential predecessor, Bill Clinton.

“Yesterday was Bill’s birthday and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water,” Bush deadpans.

President Bush is the first U.S. president to take the ice bucket challenge, but he’s not necessarily the first who has been nominated. President John F. Kennedy’s sister-in-law, Ethel Kennedy, who’s summering near President Obama’s vacation home, nominated President Obama last week (and so did Justin Bieber).

And Conan O’Brien nominated President Jimmy Carter last Thursday.

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, also took the ice bucket challenge in a video posted Wednesday morning. He nominated Texas state Sen. Konni Burton, conservative talk show host Sean Hannity, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, and pastor Ed Young.

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Grappling With A Gruesome Video http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/grappling-with-a-gruesome-video-the-note/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/grappling-with-a-gruesome-video-the-note/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:52:29 +0000 Arlette Saenz http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=892724 By ARLETTE SAENZ (@arlettesaenz) 

NOTABLES

  • A HORRIFYING VIDEO: The U.S. intelligence community is working to authenticate a chilling video appearing to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley by a militant identifying himself as part of the Islamic State.  ABC’s JONATHAN KARL reports a senior U.S. official says ISIS had recently threatened to kill Foley to avenge U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, and the administration was aware of the threats before the video of the execution went online.  President Obama was briefed on the video aboard Air Force One last night as he traveled from Washington, D.C. to Martha’s Vineyard to resume his August vacation. http://abcn.ws/1w8AvPz
  • AMERICANS SUPPORT AIRSTRIKES: After splitting evenly two months ago, a majority of Americans now support U.S. air strikes in Iraq – but without additional credit to Barack Obama for ordering them, ABC’s GREG HOLYK reports.  Support for the military action against Sunni insurgents in Iraq is up by 9 percentage points since June, from 45 to 54 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while opposition is down by 7 points, to 39 percent. Yet views on Obama’s handling of the situation are essentially unchanged – 42 percent approve, while 51 percent disapprove. http://abcn.ws/YyKBKy
  • HOLDER IN FERGUSON: Attorney General Eric Holder heads to Ferguson, Mo. today just as authorities say the torn community has reached a “turning point.” Holder will meet with local officials, the FBI and other officials conducting a federal investigation into the death of 18 year-old Michael Brown.  Holder’s visit, which he previewed in an op-ed in the St. Louis Dispatch, aims to offer the community an affirmation that the federal government is committed to carrying out a thorough investigation into the shooting that killed Brown. “Our investigation into this matter will be full, it will be fair, and it will be independent,” Holder wrote. “And beyond the investigation itself, we will work with the police, civil rights leaders, and members of the public to ensure that this tragedy can give rise to new understanding — and robust action — aimed at bridging persistent gaps between law enforcement officials and the communities we serve.” http://bit.ly/1yZVX5m

 

THE ROUNDTABLE

ABC’s RICK KLEIN: It would have been a strange scene even if it wasn’t competing for screen time with the beheading of an American by terrorists and tear-gassing on the streets of an American city. But Gov. Rick Perry’s embrace of a defiant tone at his booking – a boisterous rally awaiting him at the courthouse, a proud smile in a mug shot, an ice cream cone his post-booking snack of choice – will be remembered as either brilliance or hubris, with little room in between. There’s still a better than average chance the prosecution collapses early and completely, and Perry can wear the indictment as a badge of GOP honor. But if it doesn’t, that badge will be remembered more than the House-member pin in Tom DeLay’s beatific mug shot. Tuesday afternoon’s bizarre scene will play prominently into either storyline.

ABC’s ARLETTE SAENZ: All smiles and ice cream.  That sums up Texas Governor Rick Perry on the day he turned himself into authorities and took what might be considered the best political mugshot in history, topping it off with an ice cream cone at a local eatery. The scene at the Travis County Courthouse Tuesday was political theater at its finest, with a grinning Perry beaming as supporters chanted their well wishes for the Texas governor whose indictment has become a cause célèbre for conservatives.  Defiant as ever, Perry clearly was basking in the limelight  as he and his team turned the word “indictment” into a rallying call for Republicans to stand for what he calls the “rule of law.”  But Democrats are still hopeful the indictment has validity and that a court will find the Texas governor and presidential hopeful broke the law – something no amount of ice cream will be able to fix.

 

MIDTERM MINUTE

SULLIVAN WINS ALASKA GOP PRIMARY. Former Alaska Attorney General Dan Sullivan won the Republican Senate primary in Alaska early Wednesday morning, another big win for the GOP establishment who went all in on Sullivan, ABC’s SHUSHANNAH WALSHE notes.  But it wasn’t just a win for the establishment as Sullivan was backed by groups like the Club for Growth.  Sullivan outspent Sarah Palin-backed candidate Joe Miller $4 million to $328,000 in the primary, but Democrats have already spent big against Sullivan perceiving him as the most difficult opponent for Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich.  This race is expected to become even more about Alaska roots than it already has. The Associated Press has the full results of the Alaska primary. http://abcn.ws/1qphU9k

 

BUZZ

With ABC’s SCOTT WILSON

PERRY POSES FOR MUGSHOT, TREATS HIMSELF TO ICE CREAM CONE. Texas Governor Rick Perry turned himself in to authorities in Austin Tuesday evening, posing for a mug shot just days after an indictment was issued against him for two felony charges, ABC’s ARLETTE SAENZ reports. Perry stood in front of a light blue background at the Travis County courthouse as he had his mugshot taken, removing his glasses and smiling ever so slightly, with no teeth showing. Afterwards, the Texas governor didn’t seem all that bothered by the booking, deciding to treat himself to an ice cream cone. Perry’s booking comes just four days after he was first indicted on two felony counts – abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official.  The charges originate from Perry threatening to veto $7.5 million in funding for the state’s public integrity unit unless District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg resigned following a DWI conviction in 2013. “I’m going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being.  And we will prevail.  And we’ll prevail because we’re standing for the rule of law,” Perry told reporters Tuesday. http://abcn.ws/1tjudrU

MEET THE 5 MOST INTERESTING REPUBLICAN HOUSE CANDIDATES. Republicans have admitted the GOP needs to change the perception of being a party of “stuffy old men,” and this year’s crop of congressional candidates could help with that makeover – from a Minnesotan whose hair has earned him the nickname “The Republican Brad Pitt” to a former female fighter pilot. ABC’S NOAH WEILAND has a look at five of the most interesting Republican Congressional candidates this fall. 1. The Gay, Pro-Choice Republican: Carl DeMaio 2. The GOP’s Top Gun: Martha McSally 3. The Republican ‘Brad Pitt’: Stewart Mills 4. The Republican Party’s Freshest Face: Elise Stefanik 5. The Sightless State Senator Who’s Never Lost An Election: Torrey Westrom: http://abcn.ws/1mkdfEP

PAUL RYAN IMPLORES GOP TO OFFER A ‘MEANINGFUL CHOICE’ IN 2016. For Rep. Paul Ryan, the lesson of the Republican loss in the 2012 presidential election was the need for the GOP to offer Americans “a meaningful choice” on Election Day, even if he isn’t the next Republican presidential candidate, notes ABC’s BENJAMIN SIEGEL. “This isn’t just a ‘me’ book about me, this is an ‘us’ book about how America needs to tackle its challenges,” Ryan told ABC’s ANN COMPTON in an interview to promote his new book, “The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea.” “Regardless of who runs for what in 2016, this book is meant to offer the country a meaningful choice and an alternative to the path we are on,” said Ryan, who has not ruled out a future presidential bid. The new book, he said, articulates “full-spectrum conservatism” though a mix of step-by- step policy proposals and memoir. “It’s not enough to just to be critical and criticize the president or the left as a conservative,” Ryan said. “Show them your ideas. Show them how you would do things different.” http://abcn.ws/1uShG1t

US REJECTS INTERNATIONAL CRITICISM OF FERGUSON POLICE. A State Department spokeswoman pushed back against countries like Egypt, Iran and China that have chided U.S. law enforcement for its handling of protestors in Ferguson, Missouri, over the police shooting death of unarmed Michael Brown, according to ABC’s ALI WEINBERG. Marie Harf said such countries, which, at best, have mixed records on human rights and free speech, should avoid comparing themselves to the United States. “We here in the United States will put our record for confronting our problems transparently and honestly and openly up against any other countries in the world,” Harf said. “When we have problems and issues in this country, we deal with them openly and honestly. We think that’s important, and I would encourage the countries you named particularly to do the same thing.” The Egyptian Foreign Ministry Tuesday urged authorities to use “restraint” against protestors, mimicking a similarly worded statement released by the White House in July 2013 when the United States advised Egypt to use discretion when dealing with supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. http://abcn.ws/YvGgrz

ALASKA SENATE GOP PRIMARY: 10 QUESTIONS FOR MEAD TREADWELL. Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell wants to unseat Alaska’s Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in November. But first, he needs to survive a tough GOP primary. Treadwell, a figure in Alaskan politics for nearly 40 years, faces Dan Sullivan, a Marine and former Bush administration official, and Joe Miller, a Sarah Palin-supported tea party candidate who challenged Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski in 2010. The three-way race for the GOP nomination is not only the most expensive in Alaska’s history -it’s also considered to be one of the most negative, as the Republicans have attacked each other as well as the incumbent. While Treadwell, 58, has been outspent by Sullivan and his supporters in the national GOP establishment, he remains optimistic heading into into the final stretch of a race still considered competitive. ABC’s BENJAMIN SIEGEL spoke with Treadwell about Republican infighting, personal ties to Alaska and what it means to be endorsed by an astronaut: http://abcn.ws/1uTwGfB

 

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING

THE COYOTAJE EXPRESS: ONE EL SALVADORIAN TEEN TELLS HIS STORY OF COMING TO THE U.S. ILLEGALLY. When 15-year-old William risked his life at the hands of illegal traffickers to make a harrowing journey from his home in El Salvador to the United States eight months ago, he did so because he believed the danger of staying in Central America outweighed the risk of the journey. “You risk your life,” William said about the situation in El Salvador in a recent interview with ABC’s JIM AVILA. “Because of the gangs, you can’t live in peace. They want money or they will endanger your family,” he said through his translator. http://yhoo.it/1oQEhsY

 

WHO’S TWEETING?

@longhornderek: Just saw the front page of the New York Post. They should be ashamed. Remember a man for how he lived, not how he died.

@elisefoley: George W. Bush does the ice bucket challenge http://on.fb.me/VEvA8m 

@nielslesniewski: How am I starting my last morning of #rollcallontheroad NH? Sitting outside drinking Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. Of course.

@ktumulty: Looking like a man who just remembered the name of that third cabinet department pic.twitter.com/TqsKI0Crd3

@chezcateylou: I just read that there might be a @NutellaUSA shortage! Let’s all go stock up!!! #nutella

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White House Knew of Recent ISIS Threat to Kill US Journalist http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/white-house-knew-of-recent-isis-threat-to-kill-us-journalist/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/white-house-knew-of-recent-isis-threat-to-kill-us-journalist/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:41:24 +0000 Arlette Saenz http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=892719

ISIS had recently threatened to kill U.S. journalist James Foley to avenge airstrikes the United States has conducted in Iraq, a senior U.S. official told ABC News.

The White House had been aware of the threat prior to the release of a video Tuesday night that appears to show the beheading of Foley and warns that militants will carry out a similar act against U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, who went missing in August, the official said.

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At least one news organization said it notified the White House about threats it received regarding Foley. Phillip Balboni, CEO and founder of the online news service Global Post, told ABC News’ Brian Ross that the company received an e-mail on Aug. 13 demanding ransom and threatening to execute Foley. Balboni said the threat was shared with the White House.

Balboni said his news organization began receiving threats from Foley’s captors via e-mail as early as last fall. The final e-mail Balboni received was “vitriolic and filled with rage against the United States,” he said.

“It was deadly serious,” Balboni told reporters.

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Balboni noted the e-mail messages changed dramatically in tone after the U.S. began airstrikes in Iraq.

“The situation changed when the bombing began,” he said. “That made everything much more difficult.”

 

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Support for U.S. Air Strikes in Iraq Jumps http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/support-for-u-s-air-strikes-in-iraq-jumps/ http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2014/08/support-for-u-s-air-strikes-in-iraq-jumps/#comments Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:00:28 +0000 Greg Holyk http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/?p=892678 After splitting evenly two months ago, a majority of Americans now support U.S. air strikes in Iraq – but without additional credit to Barack Obama for ordering them.

Support for the military action against Sunni insurgents in Iraq is up by 9 percentage points since June, from 45 to 54 percent in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll, while opposition is down by 7 points, to 39 percent. Yet views on Obama’s handling of the situation are essentially unchanged – 42 percent approve, while 51 percent disapprove.

On a third question, the public divides on providing arms and ammunition to the Kurdish military forces who are opposing the insurgents, with 45 percent in favor, 49 percent opposed.

See PDF with full results and charts here.

The air strikes, which began nearly two weeks ago, represent the most significant U.S. military operations in Iraq since the withdrawal of the last ground troops in late 2011. Interviews for this survey, produced for ABC by Langer Research Associates, were completed before the announcement that U.S. air strikes had assisted Iraqi and Kurdish forces in recapturing the Mosul Dam, a major strategic objective.

An increase in support for U.S. military action occurred among Democrats and political independents – up by 10 and 8 points, respectively, while remaining largely stable and higher among Republicans. Similarly, support has increased by 8 to 12 points among liberals, moderates and those who say they’re “somewhat” conservative, while holding steady among strong conservatives.

Partisanship and ideology also continue to play a major role in ratings of Obama’s performance on the issue. Two-thirds of Democrats and 63 percent of liberals approve of the president’s handling of the situation, falling among political independents and moderates (to 37 and 44 percent, respectively) and plummeting to a quarter of conservatives and two in 10 Republicans.

What’s changed is the relationship between views on air strikes and Obama’s handling of the situation. For example, in June, among Democrats who opposed air strikes, 74 percent also approved of his work on the issue; today it’s only 56 percent. In effect, the jump in support for air strikes among Democrats is offset by a drop in approval of the president’s handling of the situation among those who continue to oppose the air strikes, leaving his overall approval on the issue unchanged.

The gain in support for military strikes, with no increase in support for Obama’s handling of the situation, also may reflect different bases on which these judgments are made. The U.S. military action has widely been reported as successful. Obama’s work on the issue, though, extends beyond military action to broader strategic objectives, and his success at communicating and achieving them – a more complex judgment, and one whose outcome remains an open question.

Beyond air strikes, it was reported last week that the United States also has provided limited small arms and ammunition to the Kurds. Great Britain and France are reported to be furnishing them with weapons as well. Support for the two approaches is related, though not identical: Two-thirds of those who favor air strikes also support arming the Kurds, while eight in 10 of those who oppose air strikes likewise oppose providing weapons.

Apart from partisanship and ideology, support both for air strikes and for providing arms and ammunition to Kurdish military forces is greater among men, whites, college graduates, older Americans and those who are better off financially, compared with their counterparts. Save for older adults, these same groups saw double-digit increases in support for air strikes since June.

METHODOLOGY – This ABC News/Washington Post poll was conducted by landline and cell phone Aug. 13-17, 2014, in English and Spanish, among a random national sample of 1,025 adults. Results have a margin of sampling error of 3.5 points. The survey was produced for ABC News by Langer Research Associates of New York, N.Y.

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