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.


Eternal Gardener
Eternal G5 years ago

Yep... ethics and Santorum don't fit through the same door!

Charli Stubbs
Charlotte S6 years ago

Actually it was a program started by the Bush Administration. In any case it was a stupid program.

If we would legalize drugs and prostitution much of the associated violence would stop. So would money to the big crime lords.

As an adult, I should be able to do what ever I want with my body as long as it doesn't infringe on others rights. This means if you don't want to use birth control or abortion you don't have to but it also means if I want an abortion or to use birth control I should be able to. If you don't want your child to learn about evolution then he shouldn't be taught evolution but my child should be able to learn about evolution.If I want to drink raw milk I should be able to. If I want to shot heroin then I should be able to but if I drive a care while impaired and kill someone then I should face criminal charges. Every law in the USA should be updated to this standard. This way the religious folks get their rights and so do the rest of us. But everyone has to respect the rights of others. And can someone explain to me how gays marrying ruins marriage? Haven't marrying/divorcing/marrying/divorcing/marrying heterosexuals ruined it more?

Robert H.
Robert Hamm6 years ago

Sue its time to turn off Fox News,

Linda Gilbert
Gregory Gilbert6 years ago

Washington Post: "The Office of Congressional Ethics is investigating the chairman of the House Financial Services CommitteeRep. Spencer Bachus (R-Ala.), who holds one of the most influential positions in the House, has been a frequent trader on Capitol Hill, buying stock options while overseeing the nation’s banking and financial services industries.

The Office of Congressional Ethics, an independent investigative agency, opened its probe late last year after focusing on numerous suspicious trades on Bachus’s annual financial disclosure forms... "

Marg Wood
Marg W6 years ago

Sue T. And that was not hate you were just sprouting??? Washing out a childs mouth or anyone elses with soap is abuse!

michail azarniyouch

jessica wrote the truth in her article why is it some people on care2 cannot take the truth, if any of those don`t like the truth read the Washington times, or go to fox where rick, mitt, newt, ron, rand, palin , bachman feel undisturbed to spread. feel free to join the crap.

michail azarniyouch

sue t. if you say that you are a pro choice conservative and their must more of you out there, why are you silent and do not speak out against the current gop fascist trend of hate mongering and being against anything thats decent in America, speak out against tea party extremist baggars, the GOP must change 100 percent or 360degree turn it into a true modern stream conservative party and throw out the hate and racist monger extremist bunch that has taken over this party. Democracts are open minded people in general. if you really mean it with hate mongering members address to the GOP candidates who refuse to acknowledge our President excellent work. HE SAFED AMERICA from the bush war mongering and destructionist policy. Why are you moderate republicans afraid to speak out against the criminal brigade that has taken over the GOP leadership and infiltrated with members of hate and destructionist and anarchist views.

Sue T.
Susan T6 years ago

Marilyn L. as a Pro Choice CONSERVATIVE former liberal I really take offense to your comments as I do to most comments.

Jane B all you "tolerant people" are the ones spouting the most vile hate filled trash! I am from Minnesota and if I talked the way you people typed my Mom would say "Sue go get the soap" and I would get a bar of Dial soap scraped against my upper front teeth.

This is what I think you ladies need.

I am conservative. I do not like Santorum or any of the republican hopefuls But I am not a democrat because you all are some of the most hate filled INTerant people I have ever seen.

Eugene Windchy
Eugene Windchy6 years ago

Robert: A journalist is a person who keeps a journal. No degree is necessary. Many years ago I was editing a daily newspaper and one of our journalists was a high school girl who did an excellent job of reporting on weddings, etc. No license is needed. No degree is needed. Certainly no journalism degree is needed. Preferable, in my view, is a degree in history or political science.

Robert H.
Robert Hamm6 years ago

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAAHAHA Writing an article every day does NOT make her a journalist. if Care 2 allowed ME to write something every day I wouldn't be a journalist either.
I don't have a degree in journalism.

This is NOT the press Eugene.