Earlier this week, columnist George Will wrote an Op-Ed criticizing the book Killing Reagan, by Bill O’Reilly of Fox News. Will’s piece, titled “Bill O’Reilly Slanders Ronald Reagan,” appeared in the Washington Post.
Will felt that “Killing Reagan” was not properly fact-checked and relied to heavily on a memo written by one of Reagan’s staff members. The memo was written by an aide to Howard Baker. Baker was Ronald Reagan’s Chief of Staff from February, 1987 to June, 1988, according to reagan.utexas.edu.
The book says that in the memo, senior advisers discussed using the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove Reagan from office.
Section 4 of the 25th amendment discusses how to remove a President from office if he is “incapacitated.”
Yahoo News writes that on Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeals case brought by Christian groups demanding full exemption from the requirement to provide insurance covering contraception under President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law.
It is not immediately clear why they would do this. Perhaps they don’t want to provide their workers with health insurance?
The nine Supreme Court justices will hear several related cases on whether nonprofit groups that oppose the contraception requirement on religious grounds can object to a compromise measure by the Obama administration under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The justices will again wade into the controversial subject of how to deal with religious objections to the contraceptive requirement.
In 2014, the court ruled 5-4 that family-owned companies run on religious principles, including craft retailer Hobby Lobby Stores Inc, could object to the provision on religious grounds.
A compromise on the topic of contraception was offered by the federal government in 2013. That compromise allows groups which oppose the requirement (for religious reasons) to comply without actually paying for the coverage required by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
Groups can opt out, which then forces insurers to pay for it, writes Yahoo News.
If a group refuses to comply with that law, they can face financial penalties, including a $100 charge per day for every affected employee who is refused contraception coverage.
The groups that sued have argued that the process of getting certified for an exemption infringes on their religious rights because it essentially forces them to authorize coverage for their employees, even if they are not paying for it.
Face The Nation
“Of the seven previous investigations, two were bipartisan investigations conducted by the U.S. Senate. But the majority were GOP-led investigations by Gowdy’s fellow Congressional Republicans.
“They included the House Committee on Armed Services, chaired by then-Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, chaired by Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA); the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, lead by then-Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); the House Committee on the Judiciary, chaired by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA); and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA).
“When he announced that he was appointed Gowdy’s Benghazi committee, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) praised the five other investigations for their ‘extraordinary work, using their subpoena power, holding dozens of hearings, and conducting hundreds of interviews.'”
Above is an interview on the show Face The Nation with the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, Trey Gowdy.
(Updated to add link)
On September 29th, Representative Trey Gowdy, the Chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi, declined his colleagues’ calls for him to run for House majority leader.
The next day, one of them claimed he would retire, according to U.S. News and World Report.
“Trey wants to go back to South Carolina, and God bless him for that,” Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said on C-SPAN Wednesday morning.
Fleming was interpreting something the South Carolina Republican reportedly said during a GOP caucus meeting. He said Gowdy would leave Congress at the end of his term.
“He plans to go back home, and he wants to finish his work on the Benghazi special committee, but he loves South Carolina and he loves his family, and he wants to go back and spend the rest of his life there,” Fleming explained.
“He’ll be sorely missed,” he added.
Gowdy’s office, however, immediately denied Fleming’s interpretation.
“No, he is not announcing his retirement,” Gowdy’s spokeswoman Amanda Duvall said to the Washington Examiner.” He has not made any announcement on 2016, anything else is incorrect,” Duvall said according to U.S. News.
Gowdy was first elected in the tea party wave of 2010 and represents South Carolina’s conservative 4th District. And while he has indicated in the past his intentions to return to South Carolina at some point, he apparently is not going yet.
Michelle Malkin is a right-wing political pundit and is a Fox News Channel contributor. She has been a guest on MSNBC, C-SPAN, and various radio programs. Malkin has written several books and founded the right-wing websites Twitchy and Hot Air, according to Wikipedia.
One of Malkin’s books is entitled “In Defense of Internment.” In it, she defended the U.S. government’s internment of 112,000 Japanese Americans in prison camps during World War II, and argued that the same procedures could be used on Arab- and Muslim-Americans today.
In her preface to the book, Malkin writes:
“This book defends both the evacuation and relocation of ethnic Japanese from the West Coast (the so-called ‘Japanese American internment’), as well as the internment of enemy aliens, Japanese and non-Japanese alike, during World War II.”
This website – OK, Fine – is not a fan of Alex Jones, but the video above is a compilation of journalists who have taken on Michelle Malkin, including Jones.
The Young Turks
Recently, Ben Carson faced a criticism after he argued that the students in the Oregon community college should have tackled the gunman to prevent him from killing additional people. He went on a Sirius XM radio show to elaborate.
He also described his own experience being at the point of a gun at a Popeye’s restaurant.
Rachel Maddow looks at the first Democratic debate and seemed to notice an overlooked candidate – Martin O’Malley.