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O’Malley Rules Out Bid For Mikulski’s Senate Seat

“I am hopeful and confident that very capable public servants with a desire to serve in the Senate will step up as candidates for this important office. I will not be one of them,” the former Maryland governor said in a statement Tuesday.

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Former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley said in a statement Tuesday he will not run for retiring Senator Barbara Mikulski’s seat.

“Senator Mikulski has done an outstanding job representing Maryland in the U.S. Senate for nearly 30 years. I am hopeful and confident that very capable public servants with a desire to serve in the Senate will step up as candidates for this important office. I will not be one of them,” O’Malley said.

On Monday, O’Malley declined to comment on a potential run.

“Today is a day to reflect on Senator Mikulski’s service to the people of Maryland, not engage in political speculation,” O’Malley’s spokesperson, Lis Smith, told BuzzFeed News.

Republicans said Monday that they now view the Maryland open seat as a pickup opportunity in 2016, despite the fact that no Republican has won a Senate race in the state since 1980.

A serious GOP effort in Maryland would require Democrats to spend money in the state they weren’t planning on in 2016.

O’Malley, a two-term Democratic governor with a legacy lauded by progressives, would have been be a strong Democratic candidate in a state with a number of other potential Democratic candidates. But running for Senate would have meant abandoning his uphill bid for his party’s presidential nomination, which as already seen him travel to early primary states and hire staff.

Well, what do you know? Turns out there’s an ‘upside to President Hillary’ after all!

With Joe Biden officially staying out of the 2016 presidential race, Hillary’s inching ever closer to securing the Democratic nomination.

But as frightening and infuriating a prospect as that is, there is a silver lining:

Hey, good point!

We’d better take what we can get.

‘Good on him’? Jim Webb may ditch the Dems, run independent POTUS campaign – twitchy.com

Has Jim Webb already had it with the Democratic Party? It kinda looks that way.

Webb is reportedly considering switching gears:

Eh, close enough.

From The Hill:

Democratic presidential candidate Jim Webb will consider an independent bid for president amid protests by the candidate that the Democratic Party rigged last week’s debate for Hillary Clinton.

Webb’s campaign emailed out details to a press conference forTuesdayat the National Press Club with the subject line “Jim Webb to consider independent run.” During last week’s debate, he only had the chance to speak for 15 minutes compared to about 30 minutes for Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, according to NPR.
“It was rigged in terms of who was going to get the time on the floor by the way that Anderson Cooper was selecting people to supposedly respond to something someone else said,” Webb told an audience last week at an event for the Council on Foreign Affairs.
Reaction to the news is decidedly … mixed:

Guess we’ll see…

12 Insane Pictures From Rio, Where The Olympics Are Being Held Days From Now

We’re just a few days away from the start of the 2016 Olympic Games, taking place in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While the Olympics are typically a time for celebration, this year’s Games have garnered quite a bit of controversy. Things in Rio…well, let’s just say they could be better at this point.

Here are a few photos that illustrate just what’s going on there.

1. This is a packet of cocaine recently picked up by Brazilian police with the Olympic logo on it.

2. That sure looks like a body rolled up in a sleeping bag. It was found in a city irrigation canal.

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3. Garbage, garbage everywhere.

4. Burning garbage just off a major highway that cuts through Rio.

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5. Pollution floating in Guanabara Bay, which is where the sailing events of the Olympics are scheduled to take place.

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6. This is a snapshot of a massive fish die-off that happened in Guanabara Bay back in February.

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7. More waterway pollution.

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8. This is what Guanabara Bay looks like when you get out on it.

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9. Police in Brazil are also notoriously brutal. Last year, police in Rio alone were responsible for one out of every five murders.

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10. Brazil is still dealing with a political crisis stemming from an unprecedented corruption case involving the country’s president Dilma Rousseff.

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11. Not to mention, of course, that the specter of the Zika virus is hanging over the whole Olympic event.

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12. Oh yeah, and did you know they killed a jaguar during the Olympic torch ceremony? It was released as part of the ceremony in nearby Manaus, Brazil, but was shot by a soldier when it got too close for his comfort.

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While the Games will certainly go on as planned in just a few days, I expect that it won’t exactly be a smooth process. I suppose time will tell…

President pledges to keep trying to shut down Guantanamo

The White House was kind enough to release a transcript of the president’s State of the Union address just before the speech itself kicked off. In fact, there was plenty of time to read through the entire speech as the president arrived and greeted legislators and members of the Supreme Court as he made his way to the lectern.

The White House has insisted that there will be no mention of Iran’s capture of two Navy boats this afternoon. However, there is plenty of familiar, old material in there; for example, Obama again contends that “leadership means a wise application of military power, and rallying the world behind causes that are right.” For that reason, the president “will keep working to shut down the prison at Guantanamo: its expensive, its unnecessary, and it only serves as a recruitment brochure for our enemies.”

That’s not who we are? Spoiler: We’ve read the transcript, and you’ll want to plug your ears.

Again, even left-leaning PolitiFact has performed a review of ISIS and Al Qaeda recruiting literature and found practically no mention whatsoever of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay. The conclusion? Air strikes by the United States are a far more effective terrorist recruitment tool, and those seem to be the politically “safe” alternative to boots on the ground.

Not If, But When: Clinton Is Running For President, Aide Says

Not that you had doubts.

1. I grabbed John Podesta, who is expected to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman, after a panel Tuesday at the Center for American Progress.

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2. I pressed him on the Clinton news of the day, and he pretty much refused to answer.

4. This appears to be the first time Clinton’s top aides have talked about the campaign like it is definitely happening:

6. So there you have it: She’s running.