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  • Scott Brown Steps in It During Debate

    Scott Brown & Elizabeth WarrenMassachusetts may blush red on occasion, but its blood is definitely Democrat blue. That said, Scott Brown may have revealed his true colors

    When asked for his "model Supreme Court justice," Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown paused as if he knew his answer might get him in trouble. "Ah… that’s a great question," Brown replied. "I think Justice Scalia is a very good judge."

    Some in the audience booed and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren wasted no time trying to capitalize on Brown’s admiration for the conservative justice.

    Elizabeth Warren also wasted no time whatsoever making this face during his answer. After being rapped on the knuckles for naming the most conservative judge since William Rehnquist, Scott Brown then named several other justices, including Sotomayor. Unfortunately, the question wasn't "How many Supreme Court justices can you name?" If that had been the question, he would have gotten a C+ instead of an F.

    But then again, Scott Brown is nobody's student.

    Photos by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe/Getty Images and U.S. Treasury Department/Wikimedia Commons

    Tags: Antonin Scalia, Elizabeth Warren, Scott Brown, Supreme Court
  • Staffers "Tomahawk Chop" Scott Brown to Certain Victory

    It's been an incredibly tough battle between Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren. One day the Senator is ahead in the polls and the next Warren takes the lead. Back and forth, back and forth. It's maddening! Brown's team needs to find something that will break the stalemate and convince the average Massachusetts voter that Scott Brown is the candidate for him or her.

    Oh, I know! Gleeful public racism!

    Yes, that's Sen. Scott Brown's staff members making respectful Indian "war whoops" and traditional "tomahawk chops" in the middle of a Brown rally the other day

    "It is certainly something that I don't condone," said Brown when asked about the video. "The real offense is that (Warren) said she was white and then checked the box saying she is Native American, and then she changed her profile in the law directory once she made her tenure."

    That is certainly an offense. I'm not sure it is the real offense. I'm not claiming to be Native American, but I'd be willing to bet that some people who truly are Native American might find a different aspect of this story to be the real offense.

    Tags: Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts, Racism, Scott Brown, Senate
  • Neil Barofsky's "Bailout": Tim Geithner Is Sweaty, Dismissive

    Neil Barofsky Bailout book coverNeil Barofsky, former Special Inspector General in charge of oversight of TARP, has written a juicy new book about the bailout and how it was handled–mishandled, rather, which is where the juicy parts come in.

    We got an advance copy of Bailout: An Inside Account of How Washington Abandoned Main Street While Rescuing Wall Street, hitting shelves July 24. So what have we learned about the little (not little) bailout that could (or couldn't)?

    Neil Barofsky is kind of a dick. Barofsky's former boss, U.S. Attorney Mike Garcia, had this to say about his employee's appointment as SIGTARP: "You can be kind of a dick sometimes, and they needed someone who could be kind of a dick."

    Tim Geithner is a dick. Here is a partial list of words and phrases Barofsky uses to describe Tim Geithner and/or Tim Geithner's actions: "brusque," "bizarre," "sweaty," "twitchy," "utterly dismissive." Alas, the world may never know how Neil Barofsky really feels about Tim Geithner.

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    Tags: Banks, Books, Chuck Grassley, Economy, Elizabeth Warren, Indecision Book Club, Neil Barofsky, Obama Administration, TARP, Timothy Geithner
  • Elizabeth Warren Admits Reporting Native American Heritage to Schools

    Elizabeth WarrenFor weeks, Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren — derided by conservative opponents as "Fauxcahontas" for her claim to Cherokee and Delaware Indian ancestry — has insisted that she never authorized Harvard to list her as a Native American in its faculty directory.

    As it happens, the nation's top schools do not use tribal divination rituals to determine the ethnicity of their faculty for the purpose of creating directories and filing accurate EEOC reports. They rely on self-reporting

    "At some point after I was hired by them, I… provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard," she said in a statement issued by her campaign. "My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I'm proud of it and I have been open about it."

    Warren's statement is her first acknowledgment that she identified herself as Native American to the Ivy League schools. While she has said she identified herself as a minority in a legal directory, she has carefully avoided any suggestion during the last month that she took further actions to promote her purported heritage.

    Particularly galling is the fact that university administrators would trumpet the hiring of a professor with (at best) 1/32 Cherokee ancestry as a sign of their overwhelmingly white faculties' diversity. It's reminiscent of Rick Santorum's claim that he "came from the coal fields of Pennsylvania," based on the mining career of his immigrant grandfather. By this logic, which turns the clearly white Warren into a Native American and the upper middle class Santorum into a hardscrabble coal miner, I am an Eastern European peasant who spends his days narrowly avoiding rape by Cossack hordes.

    Despite the controversies hobbling the Warren campaign, she and her Republican opponent Scott Brown remain locked in a tight race; the latest poll has Brown up by just 1%. Probably because the only thing more mythical than Warren's Native American roots is the idea of a Republican resurgence in Massachusetts.

    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts, Native American, Scott Brown
  • Elizabeth Warren Is Probably Not a Native American

    From 1985 to 1996, Elizabeth Warren listed herself in the Association of American Law Schools as a Native American minority. Which is disgraceful. As a lawyer, she isn't supposed to lie to the Association of American Law Schools. She's supposed to lie to judges and juries.

    Elizabeth Warren lied and that's wrong, but before we judge her too harshly, who hasn't lied in a job resume? Does anyone honestly know how to actually use Microsoft Excel? If we lived in a logical and rational political landscape, the following exchange would've taken place after that revelation…

    Elizabeth Warren: I'm sorry. It was just a stupid thing I did forever ago and I wouldn't repeat that mistake.

    Scott Brown: Apology accepted. Now we can finally move on to talking about the real election issues. Like you being a socialist.

    But because we live in a terrible world full of terrible people, this is what happened instead

    But the most stunning discovery about the life of O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford [Elizabeth Warren's great-great-great grandmother] is that her husband, Ms. Warren's great-great-great grandfather, was apparently a member of the Tennessee Militia who rounded up Cherokees from their family homes in the Southeastern United States and herded them into government-built stockades in what was then called Ross’s Landing (now Chattanooga), Tennessee — the point of origin for the horrific Trail of Tears, which began in January, 1837.

    Conservative pundits dug into Elizabeth Warren's family history to uncover her ancestors were involved in the Trail of Tears. I never thought I'd say this, but can we please get back to talking about local Massachusetts' issues? What started out as kind of a non-issue has evolved into a full blown, steaming pile of Sitting Bull.

    Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts, Scott Brown