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Transcript by Newsy**** BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource political video news analysis from Newsy. SEN. MARK UDALL (D-Col.): “...this isn't war. This is politics. It's about governing our country. ... We all agree in our private conversations that the rhetoric has been over the top. We've got to throttle it back.” If there’s one word that’s always in style in Washington, it’s “bipartisan.” And in the spirit of bipartisanship, one Democratic senator from Colorado is proposing a mixed seating arrangement at President Barack Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address. Traditionally, Republicans sit on one side -- Democrats the other. But there are no official seating arrangements. (Video from KPIX) In a letter to colleagues, Senator Mark Udall wrote, “Instead of sitting in our usual partisan divide, let us agree to have Democrats and Republicans sitting side by side... The choreographed standing and clapping of one side of the room -- while the other side sits -- is unbecoming of a serious institution.” In response, The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent predicts... “The mixed seating is obviously a cosmetic gesture, but in a town that tends to worship bipartisan gestures, talk about the idea is likely to get a lot of attention.” And get a lot of attention it did -- at least in some political circles. A guest on MSNBC says, great idea -- especially in the wake of Saturday’s shooting rampage in Arizona that many attribute to a vitriolic political climate in Washington. BILL PRESS, RADIO HOST: “But all of us are sick of the fact that the state of the union, as Robert Gibbs put it today, is kind of like a seesaw. A president says one thing, the Republicans jump up. He says something else, the Democrats jump up. It really becomes like, I don't know a high school, if not a grade school game. Mixing it up and getting people mixed together will send a message we're all in this together. This is serious business. I like it.” So what are the chances of this actually happening? CNN’s Joe Johns explains, it’s up to individual lawmakers where they want to sit. JOE JOHNS: “It looks like the only rule here is just do it. Congressional Research Service, which is about as nonpartisan as it gets, did a little paper on the state of the union in 2006. Quoting, it said, ‘Aside from reserved places for leadership, seat notice chamber are not assigned to particular members.’ End of story.” End of story? Looks like this is more like just the beginning. News outlets are scrambling to lock lawmakers down on whether they’ll get on board with the idea. And while White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says it’s an “interesting idea,” ABC News says, the prospects aren’t so good. “...asked if House Republican leadership was giving any serious consideration to the idea, an aide replied bluntly, ‘Nope.’” President Obama will deliver the State of the Union speech on January 25th. Get more multisource political video news analysis from Newsy.
18 Jan 2011
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Transcript by Newsy**** BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy As President Obama puts the finishing touches on his State of the Union address - lawmakers and the media are busy picking out corsages. KSWB-TV: “Tomorrow will be date night for Congress, as Republicans and Democrats will sit together for the annual speech.” HLN: “Date night in D.C. ... Kind of like boy/girl, boy/girl, Republican/Democrat.” It’s like prom night on Capitol Hill. And Democratic Senator Mark Udall is the chairman of the prom committee. He’s proposing Democrats and Republicans sit together at the president’s address as a symbol of civility following the shooting rampage in Arizona earlier this month. And lawmakers are playing along -- for the most part, anyway. ABC: SEN. KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON: “I don't have a date.” SEN. KENT CONRAD: “Kay, I'm available.” (LAUGHTER) (FLASH) CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: “Senator Conrad, have you picked a date?” SEN. KENT CONRAD: “I just asked Kay.” (LAUGHTER) Fox News: SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “My new Senate Republican colleague from Illinois Mark Kirk and I will sit together. I'm bringing the popcorn and he is bringing a coke with two straws.” By Sunday - more than 50 members of Congress had paired off. And according to a new CNN poll - most Americans like the idea - with 72 percent saying they want to see the mixed seating. The president is set to discuss jobs, the deficit, and the GOP’s health care repeal efforts. But Politico’s Carol Lee and Glenn Thrush are among the commentators who worry - the theatrics of Congressional “date night” could trump substance. “Still, the event offers the president the largest audience he’ll get all year, one that rivals the viewership for the Academy Awards. Obama’s first State of the Union address, last year, drew 48 million viewers...” But in guest commentary for The Washington Post - leadership consultant Carol Kinsey Goman says you can joke about the theatrics - but there’s real potential in this idea. “Congress is right to understand that where they sit sends a signal about their power dynamics and willingness to cooperate... I'm not saying that this symbolic seating arrangement one evening will foster actual, long-term collaboration. But I do think it's at least a scoot in the right direction.” There IS at least one bi-PARTY-san pooper -- Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s planning to sit where he’s always sat. Wanna see who’s paired off so far? Check out the link in our transcript section. Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy
28 Jan 2011
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BY YIQIAN ZHANG You're watching multisource world news analysis from Newsy Iranian lawmakers are calling for the deaths of two opposition leaders, whom they blame for recent unrest in Tehran. Lawmakers chanted “death to Mousavi, death to Karroubi” -- 222 lawmakers later signed a statement calling them “corrupts on earth,” a death penalty charge for dissidents in Iran. Wanna know what the fuss is all about? CTV says, protests -- all across the Middle East -- have spilled into the streets of Tehran. "Thousands and thousands of people came to the streets of Tehran and 11 other cities...and there were clashes, one demonstrator was killed by security forces and 60 to 70 were injured, and there were hundreds of arrests." The government is blaming the two leaders for the unrest. And the Iranian government says, the U.S. and Israel also share the blame. Israel’s YnetNews quotes Iranian Parliament chairman Ali Larijani. "How did the gentlemen (Mousavi and Karroubi)... fall into the orchestrated trap of America? Should they not have been cautious given the support, pleasure and joy of America and Israel…?” An Iranian lawmaker tells semi-official news agency Fars News the Western plot is destined to fail. “The Iranophobia policy is an old and failed weapon which has yielded no result despite the huge investment made in this project by the world arrogant powers during the last three decades.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tells CBS News, the Iranian regime is hypocritical for praising unrest in Egypt, and condemning it at home. HILLARY CLINTON: “What we see happening in Iran today is a testament to the courage of the Iranian people, and an indictment of the hypocrisy of the Iranian regime - a regime which over the last three weeks has constantly hailed what went on in Egypt.” CNN echoes, saying it’s not the first time the Iranian government tried to blame. The West for its own problem, referring to previous protests in 2009. ANDERSON COOPER: "…peaceful protests were met by government forces uniformed in plain clothes and sometimes by government supporters chanting “death to Israel, death to America. We’ve seen these tactics before trying to deflect attention onto foreign enemies, trying to spread the notion that outside forces were the problem, Iranian regime telling the same lies Mubarak told as well, trying to shift the blame, dodging accountability.” For continued coverage and analysis of the unrest in Iran, stick with Newsy for all the latest. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Transcript by Newsy.
19 Feb 2011
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BY MALLORY PERRYMAN You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy After a University of Wisconsin professor wrote a blog post criticizing the state GOP- the party wants access to thousands of the teacher’s emails. It all started when acclaimed history professor William Cronon penned a blog about the American Legislative Exchange Council- a group that creates model bills for conservative lawmakers. The blog post got half a million hits. And Cronon got hit with this- an open records request from a state Republican Party official for any emails on Cronon’s university account that mention any one of twenty key words- all related to the GOP. Under the state’s open records law, the GOP doesn’t have to say why it’s requesting the documents. But a reporter for The Nation says, the reason is pretty obvious. “Of course this is a fishing expedition in search of something embarrassing....there’s a big difference between an individual using Freedom of Information legislation to expose government misconduct, and the party in power using it to harass and intimidate a critic of the government.” Cronon says the request is an assault on his academic freedom. But Slate’s Jack Shafer argues- there’s no such thing as a bad records request. “I know, there's a huge element of the political stunt to the filing. But ...denouncing the request as an assault on academic stretch. If university emails are under the purview of records requests, every citizen...has every right to file a request.” Paul Krugman of The New York Times counters, sure Republicans can legally make the request... “But there’s a clear chilling effect when scholars know that they may face witch hunts whenever they say things the G.O.P. doesn’t like... researchers won’t just become reluctant to act as concerned citizens...they’ll be deterred from even doing research on topics that might get them in trouble.” The New Yorker notes- Republicans are probably looking for evidence that Cronon used his work email for political purposes, which is against university policy. To read more about the Cronon controversy, check out these articles: The New Yorker: Wisconsin: The Cronan Affair “Cronon is not only a political moderate, he’s a passionate Wisconsin patriot. He moved to Madison as a child, did his B.A. at the University, and learned his environmentalism as an explorer of the Wisconsin landscape and a reader of a local hero, the naturalist Aldo Leopold. In 1992, at a time when academic stars had begun to flee strapped public universities for richer private ones, Cronon, by then a professor at Yale, left to go back to Madison.” Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: The professor’s political entomology runs into the left’s own rules “I find it fascinating that the use of public transparency laws -- the fully lawful use, everyone concedes -- is nonetheless seen as hostile by the left. It gives away something of the game: The use of such transparency laws is, then, harassment? They were meant to harass, then, only politically disfavored targets, such as conservative professors? They're a weapon for one team only?” Big Think: Yes, Prof. Cronon, Let’s Talk about ALEC “ALEC is set up to exploit a widespread weakness in the structure of state governments. Many state legislators work part time, and many have little legislative staff support. Writing bills is hard work and it's expensive to hire people who are qualified to do it. When the taxpayers won't hire legislative staff to work for them, ALEC fills the void by writing model legislation, based on the input of corporate sponsors.” Scholar As Citizen: Abusing Open Records to Attack Academic Freedom “One obvious conclusion I draw is that my study guide about the role of ALEC in Wisconsin politics must come pretty close to hitting a bull’s-eye. Why else would the Republican Party of Wisconsin feel the need to single out a lone university professor for such uncomfortable attention?” Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
5 Apr 2011
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BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy A little more than a week until D-Day - but lawmakers are hinting at a stalemate in the months-long federal budget battle. KUSA: “...there is still some talk of a shutdown if Congress can't come up with a plan by April 8th.” ABC: “...brewing debate over the U.S. debt, deficits, the possibility of a government shutdown.” More than halfway through this fiscal year and still no federal budget. Lawmakers have passed a series of short-term temporary funding measures -- SIX of them so far -- to keep the government going. But House Republicans -- led by Majority Leader Eric Cantor -- are playing hard ball this time -- and saying -- no more temporary measures. (VIDEO FROM WAGA) Both sides are busy blaming each other for the potential shutdown. In fact - New York Democrat Chuck Schumer is facing some heat -- caught on camera outlining the left’s line of attack. ANCHOR: “Schumer was supposed to be on a conference call with reporters after he made the remarks but he was apparently unaware those reporters were already on the line.... SCHUMER: “I always used word extreme. That's what the caucus instructed me to do the other week. Extreme cuts and all these riders. And Boehner is in a box but if he supports the Tea Party, there's going to inevitably be a shutdown.” ANCHOR: “Hmmmmmmm...” But Republicans also have a plan to try winning in the court of public opinion. Commentator Dick Morris lays out that strategy on Fox News. “....if the Republicans shut down specific agencies, whole government will operate. We just won't build new highways. We won't give out foreign aid. We just won't give out inner city infrastructure repair money. Cut those specific programs and leave the rest of the government fine, then the Democrats will be blamed correctly...” Spin doctors are out on both sides - and if it feels more like a message war than a budget battle - Politico’s Meredith Shiner says that’s because it is -- and she points specifically to Cantor from the right -- and Schumer from the left. “Nevermind that a government shutdown is looming. … [T]he approach of these press operations is an extension of the two politicians themselves — ambitious, brash and obsessed with winning the message war on the most important issue before Congress.” So who’s actually gonna make this happen? Political reporter Molly Ball tells C-SPAN - both sides are under a lot of pressure from their rank-and-file not to concede. “There’s also a lot of pessimism out there. Democrats especially are not convinced that they will be able to find a compromise... The question is whether there is enough patience, especially on the Republican side, to continue to do this on a temporary basis. There is a lot of demands out there to get this settled in the long term.” With potential divisions between House Republican leadership and their more conservative members - The Washington Post says they’re turning to moderate Democrats for a proposal that would cut $30 billion from the budget. That’s HALF the cuts Tea Party-backed Republicans are demanding. “Such a deal probably would be acceptable to Senate leaders and President Obama as long as the House didn’t impose funding restrictions on certain social and regulatory programs... Speaker John A. Boehner’s leadership team recognizes that legislation that meets with approval from his most conservative flank ... would be dead on arrival in the Democratic-controlled Senate.” 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
5 Apr 2011
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BY ERIK SHUTE AND HARUMENDHAH HELMY You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy This is Newsy Now and here are the headlines you need to know. In U.S. news — President Barack Obama has officially launched his re-election campaign early today, even as a possible government shutdown looms. Here’s CNBC. “It is official. President Obama opening his 2012 re-election campaign today with a website announcement and emails and text messages to supporters. In the meantime, lawmakers have until midnight Friday to agree on a budget deal for this year or face a government shutdown. President Obama called House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid this weekend urging a compromise.” In world news — the Tokyo Electric Power Company has begun releasing nearly 12,000 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. RT reports the contaminated water has been exposed to 100 times of normal radiation — a relatively low level. “A spokesman for the facility says it’s necessary to free up storage for highly contaminated water, but insisted the waste won’t cause any serious harm. Japanese officials predict months of leaks from the Fukushima Power Plant, as workers struggle to plug a damaged reactor.” Still in world news — panic in Ivory Coast’s main city of Abidjan, as residents anticipate a final battle between troops loyal to two presidential rivals. euronews reports French troops are now controlling the Abidjan airport, to help ease the evacuation of foreigners. “Inhabitants of Abidjan are terrified to leave their homes. The first evacuations of foreigners have begun. With peacekeepers in its former colony, France is helping secure the safety of its nationals. But a key aide to incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo accused the French of acting like an army of occupation. Their U.N. mandate does not give them the authority to occupy the airport of a sovereign state, he says.” In U.S. news -- traveling on Southwest Airlines? Be sure to check your flight. After a flight on Friday landed with a three foot hole in its fusaluage, the airliner won’t let another fractured plane slip through the cracks. It’s double checking its fleet for the same issues, but causing a travel headache. KGO has more. JOHN NANCE: "’This is basically something that comes about with age and with utilization, and that's what they'll be focused in on. There's absolutely no indication here that this is something that's fleet-wide,’” REPORTER: “As federal inspectors investigate Friday's emergency landing of a Southwest flight in Arizona, the airline cancelled 300 flights for a second day in a row to inspect 79 of its Boeing 737s -- planes that have not had their aluminum skin replaced. The inspections are expected to take several days.” In entertainment -- Prince William and Kate Middleton are learning that not all fairy tales have a happy ending. The soon-to-be-royal couple is rumored to be signing a prenuptial agreement to protect William’s $45 million net worth. “The Guardian reports both sides of the isle make a comfortable living, but a tough economy could spark the idea of protecting their assets. It says, “Neither [William nor Kate] are likely to be complacent about money – with Kate's parents mere business millionaires, and the royals facing their own budget cuts.” If the documents are drawn up it will be the first prenup on record in the royal family history.” Stay with Newsy**** for more analysis on news throughout the day. For News Now, I’m Jim Flink -- highlighting the top headlines making you smarter, faster. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
9 Apr 2011
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BY ALLIE SPILLYARDS You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy Osama bin Laden’s death has earned some political capital for President Obama- and now, it looks like he’s going to spend a little bit of it on immigration reform. “President Obama heads to El Paso Texas to speak out on what the White House calls the nation’s ‘broken immigration system.’ The announcement of Obama’s speech comes as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called for an end to the state-by-state battles. She says immigration reform won’t be successful until the feds step in. According to Newsroom America... “In a speech at the Atlanta Press Club, Napolitano dodged a question about legislation in Georgia that matches Arizona's recent immigration reform law, instead saying Washington should write such laws.” President Obama has acknowledged he’ll need bipartisan support for any new immigration laws, especially after Democrats lost the House in last November’s elections. But according to a blogger for TIME, cooperation doesn’t look likely. “Leading Republican lawmakers strongly object to the President's proposal to put people who are in the U.S. illegally on a citizenship track. Conservatives decry that as rewarding lawbreakers – and since the raid on Bin Laden's Pakistan compound this week has given Obama new warrior clout, the GOP may well decide immigration is a useful issue for chopping his security cachet down again before the 2012 election.” A writer for The Daily Caller says the timing of President Obama’s renewed interest in immigration reform isn’t a coincidence. “Hispanics are a key element in his reelection campaign, partly because his support among working-class whites and swing-voters have crashed after two years of lousy economic conditions. But Hispanics’ turnout is low, and their lopsided support for him has tumbled from 68 percent to 54 percent over the last few years.” A writer for the Huffington Post adds- Obama hasn’t always had the Hispanic community’s support. “Obama has had a rocky relationship with Latinos since taking office. The biggest blow was his failure to deliver on a campaign promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform during his first year in office. Latinos were also angry when Obama didn’t mention immigration reform once in his 2010 State of the Union address.” The President’s speech on immigration reform will be in El Paso on Tuesday. Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
10 May 2011
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The House votes against the $700 billion bailout, Wall Street tanks on the news and Taliban violence is up in Afghanistan. Marta Costello hosts the gnooze (the g is silent)- today's top stories in about 3 minutes. Bloopers, t shirts and more at *******gnooze**** ! Music by Pistol Youth: *******www.facebook****/profile.php?id=19522968720 and Special Thanks to Lettuce for the t-shirt/logo design - *******www.lettuceoffice****
30 Sep 2008
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Congress is tweaking the bailout plan in an effort to get it passed, record-breaking declines in the housing market, and former Soviet Prez Mikhail Gorbachev is creating a new political party. Marta Costello hosts the gnooze (the g is silent) - today's top stories in about 3 minutes. Bloopers, t shirts and more at *******gnooze**** ! Music by Pistol Youth: *******www.facebook****/profile.php?id=19522968720 and Special Thanks to Lettuce for the t-shirt/logo design - *******www.lettuceoffice****
1 Oct 2008
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The Bailout keeps pushing ahead, the US makes a nuke agreement with India, and the jobless rate climbs higher. Marta Costello hosts the gnooze (the g is silent) - today's top stories in about 3 minutes. Bloopers, t shirts and more at *******gnooze**** ! Music by Pistol Youth: *******www.facebook****/profile.php?id=19522968720 and Special Thanks to Lettuce for the t-shirt/logo design - *******www.lettuceoffice****
16 Mar 2010
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The $700b bailout is now an $810b bailout, California can't pay the billz without some help and Wells Fargo messes up Citibank's game with Wachovia. Marta Costello hosts the gnooze (the g is silent) - today's top stories in about 3 minutes. Bloopers, t shirts and more at *******gnooze**** ! Music by Pistol Youth: *******www.facebook****/profile.php?id=19522968720 and Special Thanks to Lettuce for the t-shirt/logo design - *******www.lettuceoffice****
6 Oct 2008
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On Martin Luther King Jr Day, over a hundred of Planned Parenthood's teen peer educators traveled to Olympia, Washington to learn about the legislative process and meet with their legislators.
29 Jan 2009
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It's an issue which has effected neighborhoods all across America. I wanted to get out in the field and see what a neighborhood in foreclosure looks like. This won a national award.
14 Oct 2010
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UPDATE: The Obama administration filed an emergency request Wednesday to suspend Judge Virginia Phillips' October 12 ruling.
23 Oct 2010
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BY JESSICA HORD ANCHOR JENNY MECKLES You're watching multisource business video news analysis from Newsy. A reporter recently asked Speaker of the House John Boehner how many government jobs would be lost, under proposed cuts by House Republicans. Boehner’s response? “Over the last two years, since President Obama has taken office, the federal government has added 200,000 new, federal jobs. If some of those jobs are lost in this, so be it. We’re broke!” (CBS) Three words echoed through the press after the conference – so, be, it. One writer from The New York Times says once uttered, those three words went viral. “The ‘so be it’ remark by the Speaker ricocheted quickly around social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, with liberal activists mocking Mr. Boehner’s tone.” MSNBC hosts scoffed at Boehner too, one calling him a hypocrite. ANCHOR: “Speaker of the House John Boehner let the American people know exactly where he stands after two years of this . . . BOEHNER: “Where are the jobs? Where are the jobs? Where are the jobs? Where are the jobs?” A Washington Post columnist answered the question this way: Nearly one million jobs, by his calculation, belonged to federal employees. “…possibly enough to tip the economy back into recession. So be it?” But one writer for the Weekly Standard says so what … so be it. “…the federal workforce has increased by well over 5 percent. Any Democrat out there want to defend that kind of growth at a time when 9-10 percent of the country has been unemployed? Yeah, I thought so.” The Fox News network didn’t say much about it, concentrating more on the latest news from the budget battles – Obama threatening to veto the GOP proposal. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates throughout the day. Get more multisource business video news analysis from Newsy. Transcript by Newsy.
19 Feb 2011
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BY MOLLY BOLAND You're watching multisource global video news analysis from Newsy Who will shoot Obama? That’s what a Georgia voter asked Representative Paul Broun (Brown) during a town hall meeting. The audience laughed. Representative Broun said this: "I know there's a lot of frustration with this president. We're going to have an election next year. Hopefully, we'll elect somebody that's going to be a conservative, limited-government president.” (Politics Daily) That response isn’t going over so well- with many media members complaining that Broun shouldn’t have taken the question so lightly. A reporter for The Examiner writes... “One would think, and hope, after the tragedy in Tucson, Broun, and his constituents, would exercise a little more civility, and sensitivity.” And The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan calls the Congressman's answer unacceptable and suggests that he resign. But Think Progress reports- this isn’t really unusual for Broun. “...Broun has used perhaps the most vitriolic rhetoric to describe his political opponents, including Obama...Yet until Broun stops telling his constituents that all of his political opponents are plotting to kill Americans with diabolical fascist plots, he should expect more and more of them to think violence is justified.” Broun does have his supporters. Conservative blogger Ann Althouse criticizes the media for jumping on the story when it was initially unclear what the original question was, since there isn’t any video of the meeting. “This non-quote has gone viral in the leftosphere, the leftosphere where no one seems to mind all the violent and over-the-top language and imagery at the week-long Wisconsin protests. ... You're trying to stir people up and create discord!” Congressman Broun later released a statement saying- he’s sorry it ever happened. “I condemn all statements—made in sincerity or jest—that threaten or suggest the use of violence against the President of the United States or any other public official. Such rhetoric cannot and will not be tolerated.” The secret service did investigate the situation and concluded it was just a case of an elderly person who now regrets cracking a poor joke. (Mediaite) Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Transcript by Newsy.
1 Mar 2011
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