“Chelsea’s growing grace and seeming comfort in herself in the years since have been a rebuke to the people who used her parents’ role on the world stage as a license to take swipes at her. The width of her grin at her 2010 wedding or the clear closeness between Chelsea and her mother during the 2008 campaign all make the people who insulted her, who nibbled at that bond between Chelsea and her parents, look ineffectual.”
“His candidacy puts gay Democrats in a tough spot: Vote for the contender who would be the city’s first openly gay mayor — and one of the first gay mayors of any major American city — or remain loyal to the party that has backed major advances in gay rights, in Washington and nationally?”

Lol no

  • Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.) was prepped for an appropriations hearing on the defense budget when he took his turn Wednesday afternoon, flipping papers on his lap, reading from them and commending the witness for his department’s prompt response to a letter Coats had sent about the Indiana National Guard.
  • It was all fairly innocuous except for one problem: Coats was in the completely wrong hearing complimenting the wrong witness.
  • After finishing a lengthy opening to his question, a staffer slipped Coats a piece of paper. Coats read it to himself, looked up, and said, “I just got a note saying I’m at the wrong hearing.”
  • “Well, that would explain why I didn’t know anything about this letter,” said David Cohen, undersecretary of treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence.
“There will be scandal,” he repeated. “There’s too much money washing around.”
“Washington D.C. has added more than 80,000 new registered voters since the last mayor’s race.”

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Spending on the military,1988-2012

The end of the Cold War resulted in a temporary slackening of military spending for NATO nations and Russia. Since the turn of the 21st century, the United States has begun to pump more money into defense — driven in part by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — dwarfing Russia’s steady buildup.

Biggest presidential lies ever?

  • George H.W. Bush: “Read my lips: no new taxes”
  • Bill Clinton: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”
  • Richard Nixon: “I’m not a crook”
  • Barack Obama: “If you like your plan, you can keep it”

Or are there more presidential lies we’re missing?

“U.S. officials announced plans Friday to relinquish federal government control over the administration of the Internet, a move likely to please international critics but alarm many business leaders and others who rely on smooth functioning of the Web.”
“To keep the odor of marijuana from wafting across the nation’s capital, however …”
“I don’t like the negative picture of Arizona, and I’m on board asking the governor to veto the bill.”