* Walter Shapiro highlights the grim future that lies ahead for Joe Biden should he and Obama fall short in November.
* New Bridge to Nowhere discovered in New Hampshire.
* Rush Limbaugh has not shown his face in Chicago since Occupy Wall Streeters started protesting him. This would mean something if he was in Chicago.
* George W. Bush is being coaxed away from his Texas ranch long enough to visit the White House for the first time in two years for the the unveiling of his official portrait and to pick up some old Doobie Brothers records he left behind.
* Rahm Emanuel is "livid." Which, I suppose, counts as a news item.
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Tags: Barack Obama, Dick Durbin, Joe Biden, Meet the Press, Paul Ryan, Rahm Emanuel, Rush Limbaugh, Senate
Opinions on what should constitute a civil marriage differ. Some believe marriage should be exclusively between one man and one woman. Newt Gingrich believed marriage is between a man, a woman and at least one other congressional staffer without cancer.
On this Sunday's Meet the Press, Joe Biden expressed his view that marriage between two loving adults is a big fucking deal…
"I am vice president of the United States of America. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties, and, quite frankly, I don't see much of a distinction beyond that…"
Look at that Biden, always making silly gaffes and going off message with his statements in support of equal rights for all Americans. Unfortunately for supporters of civil equality, the Obama campaign still believes marriage is between a man and his carefully poll-tested positions. Hence, this clarification from a Biden spokesman…
The vice president was saying what the president has said previously — that committed and loving same-sex couples deserve the same rights and protections enjoyed by all Americans, and that we oppose any effort to rollback those rights. That's why we stopped defending the constitutionality of section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act in legal challenges and support legislation to repeal it. Beyond that, the Vice President was expressing that he too is evolving on the issue, after meeting so many committed couples and families in this country.
A few more days like this and creationist views on evolution are going to start making sense. After all these years, the Obama-Biden views on marriage equality have "evolved" to something like the views of George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
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Tags: Joe Biden, LGBT, Marriage, Marriage Equality, Meet the Press, NBC
Download our free app and follow our live coverage of NBC's Meet the Press, Sunday 4/22 @ 10:30 a.m. ET. David Axelrod and his mustache will stop by to discuss Obama's re-election strategy, and probably talk about how it sucks that Rick Santorum dropped out.
As a bonus, Republican congressmen Darrell Issa and Peter King will be there to offer measured, nuanced responses to the recent GSA and Social Security scandals.
So join us. There's no better way to stay moderately informed.
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Tags: Darrell Issa, David Axelrod, Election Companion App, Meet the Press, NBC, Peter King
You'd think that after months of national campaigning, Michele Bachmann would have gotten all those asinine comments out of her system. But, as this Meet the Press clip demonstrates, Bachmann has never never met an issue she couldn't embarrass herself talking about…
So just to clarify, Michele Bachmann, a staunch pro-lifer, actually said…
Women don't need anyone to tell them what to do on health care. We want women to have their own choices, their own money. That way they can make their own choices for their future on their own bodies.
You see, Bachmann wants women to have control over their own bodies. She's pro-choice. As long as women choose not to have any choice about whether they can afford birth control or get an abortion. On a related note, congratulations to Michele Bachmann on winning the Pulitzer Prize for Irony.
As the video shows, Bachmann also accused President Obama of being a "health care dictator." It seems ridiculous to compare Obama to some foreign dictator. Bachmann actually knows his name.
Tags: Abortion, Health Care, Kirsten Gillibrand, Meet the Press, Michele Bachmann, Women's Rights