More Joel Gehrke Articles

  • Team Boehner to Drudge: We didn't 'expand' Obamacare, we repealed a piece

    Hours after The Drudge Report suggested on Sunday that "Republicans expand[ed] Obamacare" in the headline for the site's lead story, an "alert" from the office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, countered that they had actually "chip[ped] away another piece" of the law.

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel: Every country thinks it has the best military

    When a colonel at Yakota Air Base in Japan asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to identify his biggest challenge, Hagel replied with a politically-correct word salad that didn't exactly answer the question. "I think, as everyone in this room who has responsibilities for leadership, and you all...

  • Eric Holder defends using Justice Department airplane for 27 personal trips

    Attorney General Eric Holder disputed a Government Accountability Office report on his use of Justice Department airplanes for personal trips, saying it overstated the number of trips he took and failed to recognize that some trips were job-related. "My staff keeps telling me to take it easy,...

  • Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich forced to resign for supporting traditional marriage laws

    Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned under pressure after gay rights activists demanded that he step down or recant his support of traditional marriage laws. Eich donated $1,000 to support Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that amended the state's constitution to define marriage as...

  • Obamacare unpopularity hits all-time high in NPR poll

    Opposition to Obamacare hit an all-time high in an NPR poll showing "early signs of a Republican wave" in the 2014 elections, even though the survey polled more Democrats than Republicans. "For the first time in NPR polling, a majority of voters disapproves of the health care law, 51 to 47...

  • Federal agency sells reports on government waste that are available online for free

    A federal agency loses money trying to sell reports on government waste that are available online for free, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., pointed out as he offered a bipartisan bill to eliminate the Commerce Department program. “This is the ‘let me Google that for you' office of the federal...

  • Obama keeps silent about campaign finance ruling at high-dollar fundraiser

    With top Democrats decrying the Supreme Court's campaign finance ruling Wednesday, President Obama took a different course, choosing not to mention it at all in his speech before a group of wealthy donors.

  • Obama, again: 'This is my last campaign'

    President Obama is on his last campaign -- again. "[E]ven though I promised Michelle that 2012 was going to be my last campaign, actually this one is my last campaign," Obama said at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser Wednesday night in Chicago. But this time the message had a tone...

  • Charles Schumer: Supreme Court ruling makes IRS less intimidating to Tea Party donors

    Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., argued Wednesday that the Supreme Court's latest campaign finance decision makes the threat of an IRS investigation into 501(c)(4) groups less of a deterrent to Tea Party donors. Schumer discussed "the damage" of the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission...

  • ATF director: Undercover agents targeted mentally disabled people by accident

    Federal agents who convinced mentally disabled people to commit crimes and then arrested them may have done so because they didn't realize the people they were targeting had special needs, according to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director Todd Jones.

  • Democratic senators: Obama was 'misleading' about NSA surveillance

    Two Democratic senators denounced the National Security Agency for conducting "warrantless searches of the content of Americans' personal communications," and, more broadly, the senior government officials -- including President Obama -- who were "misleading" in denying that such searches took...

  • Harry Reid dismisses cancer patient Tom Coburn's Obamacare concern

    When Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., pointed out that the majority of cancer centers in the country aren't covered under Obamacare while arguing that the law's problems go beyond early website issues, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., dismissed the critique as too "in the weeds." Coburn, a...

  • DNC worried about midterm turnout because 'lower turnout means that we'll lose'

    When Democratic National Committee operatives describe something as "undemocratic," they mean it's not good for the Democratic Party. "We believe that we should expand democracy -- that expanding democracy is good for the nation; it is good for our party," Democratic National Committee...

  • Jay Carney refuses to squelch Jonathan Pollard release rumors

    White House press secretary Jay Carney refused to contradict reports that the United States might release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of a deal to extend peace talks with the Palestinians. "I have nothing new about Jonathan Pollard that I haven't said in the past, which is...

  • Jim Clyburn: Obama's campaign organization has gone missing

    President Obama isn't doing enough to get House Democrats elected, according to Rep. Jim Clyburn who said Obama needs to stop fundraising and start activating his campaign organization in key districts.



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