Morning Mix: CPAC’s Bizzarro World And Big Ethics Investigation
Believe it or not, while the Republicans were busy doubling down on their crusade against the pill, other big political news happened.
For starters the same day the big banks announced a settlement with several state attorneys general over foreclosure fraud the Office of Congressional Ethics announced it was investigating Rep. Spencer Bauchus (R-Ala) chairman of the House Financial Services Committee over possible violations of insider trading laws.
This is big news as Congress grapples with passing some kind of ethics reform and is the first of its kind involving a member of Congress.
Champion of the working-class and Massachusetts US Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren picked up a big endorsement in the National Education Association bringing more money and attention to the high-stakes race.
Conservatives meanwhile huddle in Washington at the annual CPAC conference and try to hammer out a settlement on just who will be their nominee. Beleaguered Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney did his best to make conservatives “feel comfortable” with him and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul asked why President Obama hates poor people. And more white nationalists spoke. The fun continues tomorrow as both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney will be at the conference and likely trying to outdo each other with plans to relegate women’s bodies back to legal chattel.
If only that last statement was a joke.
Photo from gage skidmore via flickr.