White House Press Secretary: Huckabee’s “Uncle Sugar” Comments “Offensive To Women”

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WASHINGTON — White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed comments by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee at a Republican meeting Thursday as “offensive.”

“Whoever said it, it sounds offensive to me, and to women,” Carney told reporters after saying he hadn’t seen reports of Huckabee’s remarks.

Huckabee told a crowd at the Republican National Committee’s national convention Thursday that Democrats were acting like “Uncle Sugar” to women with the health care law’s contraception coverage mandate:

Huckabee said Democrats tell women “they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of government.”

Huckabee, who has used the line before, framed the comments as part of a larger pushback on the Democratic “war on women” rhetoric aimed at Republicans.

“I think it’s time Republicans no longer accept listening to the Democrats talk about a ‘war on women,’” he said. “The fact is the Republicans don’t have a war on women, they have a war for women, to empower them to be something other than victims of their gender.”

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Radio Host Says Santa Race Debate A Conspiracy To Make Americans Dependent On The Government

Radio host Neil Boortz reiterated that Santa Claus is a white man Tuesday, telling radio listeners, “Santa Claus is white….DEAL WITH IT.” Boortz also explained that the Santa Claus race debate — which was sparked after Fox News host Megyn Kelly declared that Santa Claus was a white man last week — was part of “an attack on the American family structure.”

“I’m not gonna get into arguments with people about where the hell St. Nicholas is from,” Boortz said. “I don’t care if he’s from Lithuania or Laos, I don’t care. Santa Claus is white…DEAL WITH IT….and quit trying to attack…he’s been white for brown, black, white for ages.”

Boortz also said that the entire race debate was actually a conspiracy to make Americans dependent on the government for basic needs.

“This is just all a part of the attack on the American family structure, because the American family structure is a threat to government dominance and the government must dominate,” he said. “The government must provide. Whatever you want, you must look to the government. Whatever problem you have, the government must solve it for you. Whatever need you face, the government must meet that need. Whatever crisis you face, the government must be your savior. Not your family. Not the concept of Santa Claus as a child. The government.”

Boortz was substituting as the host of the program for former pizza executive and presidential candidate Herman Cain.

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Daughter Of Uzbek Dictator Loses It On Twitter

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Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the iron-fisted president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, is known for her glamourous look and sideline as pop star “Googoosha,” as well as her questionable business dealings and connections to organized crime.

Karimova maintains an active social media presence, and used it on Thursday and Friday to attack her critics. She was set off by a fake Twitter account, @realbooboosha, which she quickly blocked, and became irritated when people noticed.

A handful of academics and activists got involved in the back and forth, finding themselves in Karimova’s crosshairs.

Karimova was still recovering on Friday.

Karimova, meanwhile, can be seen in her new music video “Round Run”:

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22 Facts About Politics That Will Make You Feel Old

1. Miley Cyrus was born in the same month as Clinton’s first presidential election.


2. The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and NSYNC were created the same year.


But DOMA stayed together 10 years longer.


3. The first year of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air there was still a Soviet Union.


And this was the national average gas price.

4. Drudge Report and Nintendo 64 were created the same year.

5. Both these things were released the same year.


6. Britney and Justin were born the same year as the Reagan assassination attempt.


7. The year Joe Biden was born, a map of Europe would have looked like this:


8. Justin Beiber is the same age as the Contract with America.


9. When Obama first ran for office, this was the world’s most popular phone.


10. The war in Afghanistan has lasted longer, in total years, than Friends.


11. Nancy Pelosi was made a year after Gone With The Wind.


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12. When these guys were born, Lenin was still in charge of the Soviet Union.


13. Mitt Romney is older than the state of Israel.


14. George H.W. Bush is a year older than the Queen of England.


And they both served in WWII.


15. Speaker Boehner is older than the states of Alaska and Hawaii.


16. Jack Kennedy would be 96 today.

17. When Bill Clinton was born, Al Capone was still gangsterin’.


18. For only two of the last 65 years, has this family not had a member in Congress.

19. These guys came together the same year.


20. Mr. T has not been to the White House in 30 years.

And this was 20 years ago.

21. Same year:


22. Kids who begin high school this year have only lived in an America run by these two.


And they have no idea what is happening here.


For which they should be forever thankful.

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Exclusive Video: Karl Rove Waltzes With Donna Brazile

1. CNN contributor and former Al Gore campaign manager Donna Brazile was introducing Bush advisor Karl Rove and Obama advisor David Plouffe at the Points of Light convention last night.

2. But as both political geniuses took the stage, Brazile decided to show Rove some love.

3. And Rove showed love right back by doing a little two-step:

4. Then he spun her!


7. “Sorry, David, but all you get is a half hug.”

8. Here is the video of the fancy dance provided to BuzzFeed by Points of Light.

9. Most importantly, this performance is far superior to Rove’s last onstage dance routine.

10. Nice.

Via Points of Light

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Ari Fleischer, Trolling Liberals, Emerges As Obama’s Biggest Advocate

As President Obama comes under fire for his national security policies — defined, most recently, by the discovery that his administration has been secretly collecting millions of Americans’ phone records and monitoring their online activity — one clarion voice has emerged as the commander-in-chief’s greatest champion and defender: Ari Fleischer.

In recent weeks, the former George W. Bush press secretary has routinely used his perch as a Republican pundit to hail what he views as Obama’s continuation of his predecessor’s policies — a somewhat mischievous compliment that manages to praise his old boss and troll the political left at the same time.

“For a future president, whoever takes the reins in 2017 will be able to look back over 16 years of Bush and Obama actions — Guantanamo, drone strikes, wiretaps, military commissions — that all served as the centerpieces of how to keep America safe in an age of terror,” Fleischer told BuzzFeed Thursday, as the Obama administration faced a barrage of attacks over the NSA’s snooping.

Fleischer gave a similar quote to Politico, which made a headline out of his favorite trolling soundbite, “Bush’s 4th term.” He also took to Twitter to defend Obama, with a series of Tweets that drew angry, scornful responses from liberals.

Last month, Fleischer was more than happy to jump to Obama’s defense over revelations that his Justice Department was spying on reporters in an attempt to chase down leakers. In the lead quote on an A1 USA Today story, Fleischer said, “Frankly, I think the White House has given the right answers and best answers… The problem is the answers that [White House Press Secretary] Jay [Carney] is giving are ones that the White House press corps doesn’t want to hear.”

Fleischer speculated that his praise wasn’t especially welcome around the West Wing these days.

“I would imagine that the liberal left would see my defending the president as reason that he is doing things wrong, but I’m going to be consistent,” he told BuzzFeed. “I think he’s been great on these issues.”

Asked what he thought of Fleischer’s compliments, former Obama aide and Democratic strategist Bill Burton was less than gracious.

“I’m not going to address his motivations but if he thinks the president is keeping our country safe, great,” he said, before adding, “No, I don’t accept that the president’s national security policies are an extension of President Bush’s.

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White House Points To Republicans Bemoaning Sequester Back Home

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WASHINGTON — Ever since the Obama administration announced an end to White House tours, mocking and attacking the move has become de rigueur for many Republicans on Capitol Hill.

Editorial writers and cable news hosts have also been on President Obama’s case over the tours, casting the closing of the White House’s doors as the symbol of a president they say is doing everything he can to gin up some camera-friendly sequester tragedy.

But the reality is the sequester is having real impacts in the states — and the White House is hoping to turn the tables on Republicans, many of whom have begun lamenting those impacts back home.

On Thursday, Press Secretary Jay Carney name-checked a few Republicans from the podium as he read local stories from across the country about the sequester’s impact.

“In upstate New York, I know there’s concern because an airport control tower is being shut down because of the need to reduce spending by the FAA,” Carney said before reading a quote bemoaning the move by Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY). He read a similar quote from Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) about potential civilian furloughs at military installations in Corpus Christi.

“They’re right,” Carney said. “There are real impacts out there.”

Other Republicans leading the criticism against the White House tour closure are also facing sequester impacts back home. Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), for example, reportedly called on Obama to cancel events where he hosts members of Congress at the White House (like the annual Christmas party) rather than close down the tours during Obama’s meeting with the House GOP caucus on Capitol Hill Thursday.

Miller represents The Thumb region of Michigan on the eastern end of the state’s Lower Peninsula. Veterans in neighboring regions are fretting over a loss in tuition aide, as this Flint-area TV report explains.

Despite the growing stories of the sequester’s local impact, it seems likely that, for now, the shut down of the White House tours will become the early symbol of the sequester. But the White House and its allies hope that the more the public finds out about what sequestration means to their home town, the more pressure they’ll put on the GOP in Congress to make a deal with Obama and put an end to it.

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