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‘Bromancing’ Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul Draw Laughs at Playbook Cocktails

20140709_174638Last night also at the Newseum just prior to National Journal’s Political PursuitPOLITICO hosted Playbook Cocktails with the ‘bromancing’ Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) in conversation with POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen.

Equally substantive and funny, the due spoke on the topic of the REDEEM Act, an effort the two support to redefine the country’s criminal justice system; President Obama’s visit to Texas yesterday and whether he should visit the border; whether the duo could land a reality show; and a selfie taken on Booker’s iPhone.

In case you missed it in person or via livestream, check out the full Q&A or if you’re strapped for time, the Top 10 humorous quotes of the night, as compiled by POLITICO, after the jump. Read more

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Best Quotes from the Sunday Shows – 6.22.14

In a pre-recorded interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Norah O’Donnell sat down with President Barack Obama to discuss the threat of ISIS on the United States: ”But I think it’s important for us to recognize that ISIS is just one of a number of organizations that we have to stay focused on al-Qaeda in Yemen is still very active and we’re staying focused on that. In North Africa, you’re seeing organizations including Boko Haram that kidnapped all those young women that is extreme and violent. And this is going to be a global challenge and one that the United States is going to have to address but we’re not going to be able to address it alone. And as I said yesterday, what we can’t do is think that we’re just going to play whack-a-mole and send US troops occupying various countries wherever these organizations pop up. We’re going to have to have a more focused, more targeted strategy and we’re going to have to partner and train local law enforcement and military to do their jobs as well.”

On whether ISIS is more dangerous than al Qaeda, Sen. Marco Rubio told O’Donnell: “Well certainly, potentially more dangerous today than al Qaeda. They are an extremely radical group with increasing capabilities and a very clear design. They want to establish an Islamic caliphate in sections of both Syria and Iraq and other places, potentially Jordan is next at some point. And then they want to launch attacks in the exterior, external operations, including targeting our homeland. This is an extremely serious national security risk for the country if they were to establish that safe haven of operation.”

Former Vice President Dick Cheney on ABC’s “This Week:” “Now, I don’t intend any disrespect for the president, but I fundamentally disagree with him. I think he’s dead wrong in terms of the course he’s taken this nation and I think we’re in for big trouble in the years ahead because of his refusal to recognize reality and because of his continual emphasis upon getting the U.S. basically to withdraw from that part of the world.”

On the growth of ISIS, as a guest on “FOX News Sunday,” California Congressman Kevin McCarthy said in his first interview since winning the House Majority Leader position vacated by Eric Cantor: “I think the key part is lay out what we want to do for the entire region, to stop the momentum of this growth, we cannot allow them to continue to grow. By not acting, now, they have half a billion dollars. They’re growing each and every day…By our lack of action has allowed them to grow. So, build an overall strategy that moves that momentum backwards.”

On what he would do given the situation in Iraq, Sen. Rand Paul told CNN’s Candy Crowley on “State of the Union:” ”I think we have to understand first how got here and then we have to decide as a country where we are going…I think there’s chaos in the Middle East, and I think the chaos is because we have created a vacuum. Before the Iraq war, I think there was somewhat of a standoff between Sunni and Shiite, had been for maybe 1,000 years off and on…But now we have a chaotic situation. We have a vacuum. And I think one of the reasons why ISIS has been emboldened is because we have been arming their allies. We have been allied with ISIS in Syria. They have had a safe haven because we have been arming the rebels to keep Assad away from them.”

Weekend Show Preview – 6.22.14

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL); Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); CBS’s Mike Morell, fmr. deputy CIA director; WaPo’s David Ignatius; PBS’s Tavis Smiley; Wilson Center’s Robin Wright; CBS’s John Dickerson

“Fox News Sunday”Kevin McCarthy (R-CA); Howard Schultz, Starbucks president and CEO; Cleta Mitchell, Attorney for Tea Party groups targeted by IRS; Julian Epstein, former top Democratic House Staffer; FOX contributor George Will; Judy Woodruff,co-anchor and managing editor, PBS NewsHour; Heritage Action for America’s Michael Needham; Fox News Political Analyst Juan Williams.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” : TBA

ABC’s “This Week” : Former VP Dick CheneySonia Sotomayor, Supreme Court Associate Justice; Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL); ABC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran; FOX News Anchor Greta Van Susteren

Univision’s “Al Punto” : TBA

CNN’s “State of the Union Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Chairman, Select Intelligence Committee; Bob WoodwardCarl Bernstein; CNN’s S.E. Cupp; CNN’s Donna Brazile; Daily Beast’s Kristen Soltis AndersonPenny Lee, Democratic strategist

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Weekend Show Preview: 1.24 – 1.26

SundayShows12Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY); Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Homeland Security Committee Chairman; Billie Jean King and Brian Boitano, U.S. Olympic Delegates; WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan; Former White House Chief of Staff and CBS News contributor Bill Daley; WaPo‘s Bob Woodward; and The Weekly Standard‘s William Kristol.

“Fox News Sunday”: White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; and Billie Jean King, U.S. Olympic Delegate.

ABC’s “This Week“: Jay Carney; House Counterterrorism and Intelligence Sub-Committee Chair Rep. Peter King (R-NY); ABC News’ Cokie Roberts; Yahoo News national political columnist Matt Bai; CNN “Crossfire” co-host Van Jones; Patriot Voices chair and former Sen. Rick Santorum, Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren; and filmmaker Greg Whiteley.

CNN’s “State of the Union“: TBA

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” : TBA

Univision’s “Al Punto” : Bill Gates; Jay Carney; Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s Secretary of Finance and Public Credit; Norman Quijano, El Salvador’s Arena Party presidential candidate; and Pedro Rojas, Noticias Univision Houston Correspondent; with a special report from Davos, Switzerland with Enrique Acevedo, Univision News Anchor.

PBS’s “McLaughlin Group” : TBA

PBS’s “Washington Week” : WaPo‘s Dan Balz; NBC News’ Pete Williams; RealClearPolitics’ Alexis Simendinger; and Bloomberg News’ Indira Lakshmanan.

BTV’s “Political Capital” : TBA

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em (email fishbowljames@gmail.com).

Breitbart Takes Times’ Sloppy Seconds

randpaulWell, well, well, looks like Rand Paul will take his weekly column to a new home that values his unique brand of journalistic integrity. Just hours after he was dropped by the Washington Times, Sen. Paul (R-KY) has been picked up by Breitbart News. In an article that seemed blithely unaware of any “plagiarism scandal” that might have marred the good Senator’s name, Editor-in-Chief Alexander Marlow welcomed Paul to the site and called him “an avowed reformer.”

In the piece, a Paul spokesman said the Senator was “pleased to partner with Breitbart News and looks forward to the new, wider audience for his columns.” Marlow likewise suggested that the move would help expand Paul’s voice, claiming that Breitbart.com “has surpassed websites such as Politico, the Daily Beast, and The Washington Times, according to web traffic analytics firm Alexa.”

Hm, well at least we can all agree that this is a move Andrew Breitbart himself would be pleased with. As to whether it helps Rand Paul move past this scandal, we’ll just have to see.

Who Is ‘Rand Black’? An NJ Mystery

Each weekday morning NJ‘s Communications Director Ben Fishel sends out an email blast with links to the magazine’s top reads. In the subject line is a short summary of what’s in the email.

“Whom Does the Colbert Bump, Bump? GOP Adopts Buzzfeed Model, What Ails American Politics? and More” is an example of a normal subject line to one of Fishel’s emails. Tuesday morning’s email from Fishel, however, contained an anomaly. “Obama’s Budget Plan, Can Rand Black Attract Black Voters? CNN Revives Crossfire, And More,” it said, emphasis added.

Who is Rand Black?

A link in the email went to a story on Sen. Rand Paul‘s (R-Ky.) upcoming speech at Howard University, a historically black college. Presumably, that’s the story the subject was referencing.

In an email, Fishel confirmed that “Rand Black” was a mistake and that he was “in the middle of issuing a correction.”