VIDEO: Hillary Clinton dodges shoe thrown at her in Las Vegas

Hillary Clinton Addresses Recycling Industries Trade Conference In Las Vegas

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Hillary Rodham Clinton was ready with a quip after a woman threw a shoe at her as she took the stage for a Las Vegas speech.

Security at the Mandalay Bay casino resort ushered out the woman, who is now in federal custody after the incident at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries meeting.

“My goodness, I didn’t know that solid waste management was so controversial,” Clinton said. “Thank goodness she didn’t play softball like I did.”

Clinton dodged the object, which sailed past her head.

Mark Carpenter, a spokesman for the recycling institute, said the woman was not affiliated with the organization nor credentialed for the event.

“Our staff denied her access before she later rushed past security,” Carpenter said in a statement. “An ISRI staffer then stopped her as she approached the stage. She was then handed over to law enforcement.”

No word on the motivation of the shoe-tosser yet.

Big announcement at Annapolis rally Monday


This morning, I was informed that there will be a rally organized by Dan Bongino on Monday, April 14, at 10 a.m. on Lawyers Mall in Annapolis. I was also told that both David Craig and Ron George will be there along with Bongino for a “big announcement.”

I’ve been told that Bongino, Craig, and George will all be endorsing Anthony Brown for Governor…

… of Connecticut.

Bongino, Craig, and George all appeared with Frank Luber this morning on the Sean & Frank Show on WCBM to discuss the “endorsement” and the Maryland Healthcare Exchange issues that led to the Maryland Obamacare exchange site being scrapped for the Connecticut site, which apparently actually works.

You can listen to that segment from this morning below:

As I noted, Bongino is behind the event. I’ve heard no mention of any involvement by any other gubernatorial candidates – just Craig and George.

Listen to Doug Gansler’s radio ad attacking Obamacare exchange problems


A new radio ad from the Gansler campaign “tells the story of Bonnita, a Prince George’s County resident who was unable to buy health insurance online through the Maryland exchange website. The ad also describes Attorney General Douglas Gansler’s successful efforts to fight health insurance companies trying to unfairly deny coverage to Marylanders.”

The ad, which doesn’t mention Anthony Brown by name while clearly taking a shot at him, is appearing in the DC radio market. A previous Gansler video ad attacked Brown on the same issue directly.

Transcript of the ad:

“For People”
BONNITA: My name is Bonnita Spikes. I’m a retired nurse.
I tried to sign up on the Maryland health website. I’ve tried at least 50 times.
The website’s ridiculous, I mean really — I used the website and I still had to call.
It’s just not working; it doesn’t work; it does not work.
NARRATOR: The Washington Post calls Maryland’s health care website “a debacle” and “one of the worst performing in the country.”
It’s a $261 million dollar failure.
People needing heart medicine, cancer care or care for a child — tens of thousands of Maryland families, left without health care coverage because people in charge couldn’t get their website up and running.
Doug Gansler just wouldn’t put up with this mess.
As Attorney General, Gansler took on insurance companies when they unfairly denied people health care.
As governor, he’ll get health care reform done – for people.
Doug Gansler. A governor to fight for us.
“Paid for by Friends of Doug Gansler. Jeanne McLane, Treasurer.”

The latest 9/11 Trutherism from the Ron Paul Institute


Paul Craig Roberts writes a screed on the Ron Paul Institute website which includes this passage:

The self-inflicted hammer blows to Washington’s credibility have taken a toll. The most serious blow of all is the dawning realization everywhere that Washington’s crackpot conspiracy theory of 9/11 is false. Large numbers of independent experts as well as more than one hundred first responders have contradicted every aspect of Washington’s absurd conspiracy theory. No aware person believes that a few Saudi Arabians, who could not fly airplanes, operating without help from any intelligence agency, outwitted the entire National Security State, not only all 16 US intelligence agencies but also all intelligence agencies of NATO and Israel as well.

Nothing worked on 9/11. Airport security failed four times in one hour, more failures in one hour than have occurred during the other 116,232 hours of the 21st century combined. For the first time in history the US Air Force could not get interceptor fighters off the ground and into the sky. For the first time in history Air Traffic Control lost airliners for up to one hour and did not report it. For the first time in history low temperature, short-lived, fires on a few floors caused massive steel structures to weaken and collapse. For the first time in history 3 skyscrapers fell at essentially free fall acceleration without the benefit of controlled demolition removing resistance from below.

Two-thirds of Americans fell for this crackpot story. The left-wing fell for it, because they saw the story as the oppressed striking back at America’s evil empire. The right-wing fell for the story, because they saw it as the demonized Muslims striking out at American goodness. President George W. Bush expressed the right-wing view very well: “They hate us for our freedom and democracy.”

In the past, Roberts has said al-Qaeda’s role in 9/11 was unsubstantiated.  Roberts also wrote a defense of Helen Thomas on Roberts, an economist, previously served in the Reagan administration.

Read about what you missed last night


After it was reported that Lois Lerner fed IRS information on a conservative group to Elijah Cummings, I broke the news that Cummings owed IRS $30,000 in back taxes when he was going through financial difficulties in the 1990s (including child support payments for children he fathered with women other than his wife.)

Remember that fight Sunday at Annapolis in the office of Delegate Mary Dulany-James? Her legislative aide falsely told police a “black male” assaulted him before it emerged via police reports that he had allegedly gotten into a drunken brawl with his own brother.

Watch as Barbara Mikulski rants on the Senate floor and describes herself as “volcanic.”

Read about last night’s Candidate Open House in Anne Arundel County.

I also wrote about tonight’s GOP debate at JHU.

Larry Hogan provided an in-depth critique of the O’Malley-Brown era.

VIDEO: Barbara Mikulski rants on the Senate floor


CNSNews notes that Senator Barbara Mikulski was upset that her Paycheck Fairness Act was not going to pass the Senate Wednesday. As the CNSNews writer notes, the Equal Pay Act passed in 1963. A Daily Beast column yesterday also debunked the unequal pay myth.

Her comments:

“I’ll tell you what I’m tired of hearing,” she yelled, “that somehow or other we’re too emotional when we talk.”

“To simply get a bill on the Senate floor, we have to vote on a motion to proceed on whether we’re going to take it up. And because this is now going to take a 60 vote majority, because of the invocation of this fog of filibuster, we can’t even get to majority vote to make sure women get equal pay for equal work!”

“No wonder people are fed up with us,” Mikulski said. “They wonder about us and why, when all is said and done, why more gets said than gets done.”

“We heard this morning the talk about the economy. You know one way to help the economy? It’s for people to make more money.”

“You know what I’m tired of hearing? That somehow or other we’re too emotional when we talk. Well I am emotional. I am so emotional about this. I tell you that if we don’t pass this bill, I’m gonna press on. It bring tears to my eyes, to know how women are working so hard and are getting paid less. It makes me emotional to hear that. Then when I hear all of these phony reasons, some are mean and some are meaningless. I do get emotional.

“I get angry. I get outraged. I get volcanic.”

Notes from tonight’s Candidate Open House


UPDATE: Pasadena Voice has a more in-depth report.

The Severna Park Republican Women’s Club held a Candidate Open House tonight at the Columbian Center in Severna Park.

Gubernatorial candidates present included Charles Lollar and Larry Hogan. Running mates present included Jeannie Haddaway and Ken Timmerman. Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman and Delegate Steve Schuh (who is running against her for County Executive) were both there as well.

David Craig was on the Eastern Shore at a meeting of the Mid Shore League of Republican Women. Ron George and his running mate Shelly Aloi were in Frederick hearing Dr. Ben Carson speak at the Weinberg Center.

Elijah Cummings owed IRS $30,000 in back taxes


In light of the most recent revelations about Elijah Cummings and the IRS, I thought it would be interesting to discuss Cummings and his past history with the IRS.

In 1999, David Folkenflik of The Baltimore Sun wrote an article on Cummings and his financial problems.

From that 1999 article (emphasis added):

Among his most serious troubles:

In the mid-1990s, the Internal Revenue Service filed court papers declaring that Cummings was legally obliged to pay more than $30,000 in unpaid federal taxes. He finished paying those taxes earlier this year.

Cummings appears to have violated campaign finance law by having a donor co-sign a loan that supplied $15,000 for his first House campaign, attorneys knowledgeable about that law say.

In five instances, creditors went to court to force Cummings to pay a total of $24,000 in overdue debts.

Cummings said he has been short of money, in part, because he helps to support three children: his college-age daughter with his now-estranged wife and two children he fathered by other women out of wedlock — a 16-year-old son and a 4-year-old daughter. Cummings said he paid about $30,000 last year in child support and tuition payments.

More details on the IRS issues:

In 1991, according to tax records, Cummings failed to pay $20,949 in federal taxes, mostly business-related. In 1992, he failed to pay $3,847. In 1993, the figure was $6,054. The total: $30,850. The congressman said he simply did not have enough money to pay all his taxes while balancing other priorities.

“When you have limited resources, what you try to do is stretch those resources,” he said. “We always made sure our employees were paid.”

On federal disclosure forms, Cummings reported making $67,440 in 1995 — $38,600 as a lawyer and $28,840 as a state legislator. During his time as a state legislator, from 1983 to 1996, he had not been required to detail his finances.

The IRS filed court documents against Cummings seeking the unpaid taxes — including an order to pay $9,901 in June 1996, two months after he went to Congress.

Cummings did pay nearly $3,900 of his outstanding taxes, penalties and interest in April 1996, three days after winning election to Congress. He satisfied an additional $17,030 that May. But the congressman did not finish paying the final $9,901 tax bill until January of this year [1999].

Cummings wasn’t a fan of the IRS in 1997, according to the ’99 article in The Sun:

In a column in the Baltimore Afro-American in November 1997, published just after the House voted to overhaul the IRS, Cummings wrote that he shared many constituents’ distress over the agency.

“All of us pay taxes,” he wrote. “Many of us share a paralyzing fear that we have made a mistake when we file our tax return by the April deadline. We have all heard the horror stories of the dreaded audit or the mistake made by the IRS and the years it took to fix it.”

In an interview, Cummings said he never asked the IRS to reduce his tax penalties or interest.

“We paid every single dime,” Cummings said. A spokesman for the IRS declined to comment, saying it is the agency’s policy to protect taxpayers’ privacy.

It seems Cummings has changed his tune on the IRS since the 90s.

More on tomorrow night’s GOP debate at JHU


From the Facebook event for the debate:

Please join us on April 10th, 2014 for the Baltimore regional debate for the Maryland Republican Party Gubernatorial Primary! You must reserve a FREE ticket from for admission to the debate.

This debate is sponsored by the Maryland Republican Party. Ron George, David Craig and Charles Lollar are confirmed to participate at this time. Ticket and valid identification required for entrance to the debate.

Debate Co-Sponsors and Organizers:

College Republicans at Johns Hopkins University (host)
College Republicans at Loyola University Maryland
Baltimore City Republican Central Committee

Doors open at 7:00pm. The debate will start at 7:30pm and last approximately one hour. Richard Sher of “Square Off” (WMAR) will be moderating, and Red Maryland Network will be streaming the debate. A meet-and-greet reception (which requires an additional ticket for $20.00 plus Eventbrite fees) with the candidates will follow.

The debate is in Shriver Hall. At this point it appears you will have to try to get in via standby seating.  Apparently, Larry Hogan is not attending.

More information:


Lois Lerner fed IRS info on conservative group to Elijah Cummings


Katie Pavlich reports:

New IRS emails released by the House Oversight Committee show staff working for Democratic Ranking Member Elijah Cummings communicated with the IRS multiple times between 2012 and 2013 about voter fraud prevention group True the Vote. True the Vote was targeted by the IRS after applying for tax exempt status more than two years ago. Further, information shows the IRS and Cummings’ staff asked for nearly identical information from True the Vote President Catherine Engelbrecht about her organization, indicating coordination and improper sharing of confidential taxpayer information.

Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, along with five Subcommittee Chairmen are demanding Cummings provide an explanation for the staff inquiries to the IRS about True the Vote and for his denial that his staff ever contacted the IRS about the group.

This certainly explains a lot about Cummings recent behavior toward the committee investigation. Stay tuned for more on Cummings’ personal history with the IRS.