Gardner Ducks Questions About Iran Letter

Cory Gardner Iran Letter

Sen. Cory Gardner meant no harm in signing the “Dear Iran” letter. He just wanted a pen pal (yeah, that’s the ticket!)

UPDATE: Gardner talks to Mark Matthews of the Denver Post, and doubles-down on the nonsense:

Gardner said the point was making clear that Congress was adamantly against the possibility of an Iran armed with nuclear weapons, and that anything else was a distraction too. [Pols emphasis]

“If you listen to the reaction of the administration, they are in hyperdrive trying to downplay what’s really at stake,” Gardner said. “That’s why the president is trying so hard to distract people from the real issue.”…

…Asked about its long-term effects, Gardner said [the letter] does nothing to hinder his campaign goal of trying work the ideological middle of the Senate.

The Iran issue “is a prime example of where we can and should work together,” he said.

Shrug. Blame President Obama. Talk about working together. Repeat.

Gardner’s entire explanation is horseshit. He says the point was to make clear to Iran that “Congress” is adamantly against a nuclear-armed Iran…except that the letter wasn’t even signed by every Republican in the Senate.

No dice, Senator. You owe Coloradans more of an answer than this.

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The asinine “Dear Iran” letter signed by 47 Republican Senators is becoming a bigger story by the day as Republicans who declined to sign are questioning the letter’s logic. It’s tough to defend when Iran responds by calling it a “Propaganda Ploy.”

From TPM:

Conspicuously absent among signatories to the letter is Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, who says he’s working to build a veto-proof majority for his legislation restricting President Barack Obama’s negotiating options with Iran and ensuring congressional approval before any deal is struck. He hinted that the Cotton letter wouldn’t help advance the cause.

“I knew it was going to be only Republicans on [the letter]. I just don’t view that as where I need to be today,” Corker told Politico

The gambit is earning attention well outside traditional foreign policy circles. As of Tuesday morning, the hashtag #47Traitors was the No. 1 trending topic on Twitter in the United States. [Pols emphasis]

NY Daily News Traitors

Front page of today’s NY Daily News.

As Politico reports, the seven Republican Senators who declined to sign the letter have been open about their concern with the strategy. Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is one of the 47 Senators who did sign the letter, but he’s not talking (naturally). Via Eli Stokols at FOX 31:

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner didn’t back down Tuesday as controversy continued to swirl around the letter he and most of his Senate GOP colleagues signed in an effort to undermine a diplomatic breakthrough with Iran to limit that country’s nuclear program.

He also declined to answer more questions about it…[Pols emphasis]

…Asked for additional comment Tuesday, Gardner’s office stood by its statement from Monday, even amidst new debate in Washington about whether the move, whatever its impact on a potential deal with Iran, is a violation of the Logan Act, which prohibits American citizens from communicating with foreign governments to conduct their own foreign policy.

Gardner’s statement on Monday was a ham-handed attempt to downplay the letter as a clarification for Iranian leaders on our system of government. That Gardner has refused to elaborate today is no real surprise, but he also deserves the criticism he is receiving. He’s a U.S. Senator now — Gardner can’t just shrug off this kind of thing like he did when he was in the House of Representatives.

This isn’t just silly partisan politics at play — this is dangerous. If you are going to sign your name to a letter that openly undermines the diplomatic process of the United States government…you damn well better explain yourself.

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► Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner is among 47 Republican Senators who signed a letter to Iran in a bizarre attempt to undercut the Obama Administration in talks over a nuclear agreement. This was really, really, really not a good idea.

► Congressman Scott Tipton (R-Cortez) says that Republicans in Congress do NOT want to repeal Obamacare. Tipton’s remarks came during a speaking engagement with the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association on Monday.

► Wait just a minute…Rep. Scott Tipton really said that Congressional Republicans do NOT want to repeal Obamacare? House Republicans have cast some 60 votes to repeal Obamacare since 2011, with the most recent vote coming last month.

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Senate Republicans Want Iran to Know How Important They Are

New York Daily News Senate Traitors

Good move, Senate Republicans.

TUESDAY UPDATE: Senate Republicans are getting hammered by national media outlets for the now infamous “Iran Letter.” Bloomberg News looks at reactions from around the country, and the New York Daily News…well, the front page (right) is pretty clear.

Original post follows…

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Senate Republicans have taken a bizarre step in foreign relations, as Politico reports:

In a highly unusual move, a group of 47 Republicans in the upper chamber has written to Iran’s top leaders to let them know that any nuclear deal they reach with the United States would be “nothing more than an executive agreement.”…

Senator Cory Gardner.

Senator Cory Gardner is among the 47 Republicans who signed a letter to the leaders of Iran.

…California Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, called the letter “deeply irresponsible.”

“We are so far beyond politics ending at the water’s edge,” Schiff said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” “And on an issue of this seminal importance while sensitive negotiations are going forward, for these senators to interfere in this way, it’s really unthinkable. And it just shows how the political process has degenerated that these senators would take such a step.”

Colorado Senator Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) is among the 47 signatories on the letter. Republicans control the largest majority in Congress since the New Deal…and they are writing letters to foreign leaders telling them to ignore the rest of the government.

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► Republicans in the State Senate are making their last-gasp effort during this legislative session to change gun control laws passed in 2013.

Civil rights groups are rallying today in protest over so-called “Right to Discriminate” legislation making its appearance in the State House.

► As we begin the second half of the 2015 Colorado legislative session, the Colorado Springs Gazette looks ahead to Under the Golden Dome, Part II.

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Congressional Republicans are Stunningly Tone-Deaf

Facepalm city in Congress

UPDATE: Guess who Republicans ended up sending to Selma, Alabama after all? That’s right — Rep. Kevin McCarthy! We are totally psychic (see end of post).

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We mentioned this story earlier today in “Get More Smarter,” but the issue continues to draw attention (the bad kind) for Republicans: No GOP Congressional leader is attending events commemorating the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement.

As our friends write at “The Fix” explain, this is a really, really, really dumb move by the GOP:

The eyes of the political world will be on Selma, Ala., tomorrow as President Obama will be in town to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches that began there — and drew the attention of the country to its racial divide. Know who won’t be in attendance? Anyone from the House Republican leadership…

It’s hard to overstate what a dumb decision this is for a party desperate to show that it is comprised of and open to far more people than just old white men. [Pols emphasis] We do dumb real well,” said former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. “It is astounding to me that whether it is supporting the continuation of the Voting Rights Act or commemorating a pivotal part of American Civil Rights history [Selma], Republican leadership prefers to sit on the sidelines.”

“Hey Republican leadership, get your ass down there,” former Florida Republican congressman Joe Scarborough said on “Morning Joe” Friday morning. “Get down there. This is not hard. Don’t golf. Don’t raise money.”

We agree wholeheartedly with Chris Cilizza on this one: “It’s hard to overstate what a dumb decision this is…” While many rank-and-file Republicans will be in Selma this weekend, there will be nobody — NOBODY — from Republican leadership in Alabame. They can’t even roll out Rep. Kevin McCarthy?

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► A group of 10 sheriffs from 3 different states are suing Colorado for legailzing marijuana. Replied Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulderish), "This lawsuit is a silly attempt to circumvent the will of Colorado voters and is a waste of time." Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith is the lead plaintiff on the lawsuit; top law enforcement officials in Greeley and Weld County decided to stay out of the lawsuit, presumably because they were too busy doing their jobs instead.

► Colorado legislators said Thursday that they are focusing on bills to help the middle class in Colorado. As Joey Bunch reports for the Denver Post:

Lawmakers have introduced four bills so far to help people prepare for and get better-paying jobs, with six more to be introduced soon.

The package would give employers financial incentives to take on interns and apprentices and would develop programs that coordinate high schools and colleges with companies willing to help train and eventually employ workers, bill sponsors said.

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A tool for keeping up with the PUC….

Hello all! For your edification, amusement, and commentary, I’m reposting from the Colorado Renewable Energy Society newsletter. CRES is a chapter-based membership org dedicated to the advancement of all forms of renewable energy (RE), energy efficiency (EE), and their synergy with sustainability and economic development.

We do a lot of awareness and public engagement, and one of the things we do is maintain a tracker of current and past activity at the Public Utilities Commission about renewable energy… more detail below….

 

CRES’ Colorado Legislative Tracker—Explained

By Rick Coen, CRES Policy Committee

 

The CRES Legislative Tracker is an interactive spreadsheet tool CRES members have access to (by request) which provides a simple review of the current session’s bills related to energy issues in our State. It covers all current and past legislative activity on bills related to renewables and fossils. You’ll find a link to the text of the bill, it’s sponsors, a summary of the what the bill would do, and when the next hearing or action is scheduled for so you can watch, listen, or run down to the Capitol and participate! Also, for ease of evaluation, there’s color coding indicating CRES support levels and a column just for Insider Information.

There are two ways to get access. One is at http://cres-energy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/CRES-Legislative-Tracker-2015.pdf. Periodically, static versions of the Tracker are posted so you can see what has been happening. The other is to drop CRES an email requesting access permission. CRES members will have their email address added to the site permissions and will be sent a link so you can see and contribute to the live Tracker.

That’s right. This tool is meant to be interactive and participatory. Those who have access are encouraged to update the information as they have knowledge of ongoing activity.

So jump in, get involved and who knows, you might find yourself testifying before a Senate Committee. Anyone can do it. The door’s always open.

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Once Again, Mike Coffman Takes Every Side on Important Legislation

Congressman Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) has spent more than 25 years in elected office, which is an impressive feat no matter how you break it down. But how does a partisan Republican like Mad MIke Coffman manage to appeal to a different group of voters time and time again?

The answer is fiendishly simple and requires a calculated approach that Coffman has honed to a science over the years: You present yourself as all things to all people. When a controversial issue pops up, Coffman often takes the same approach of wandering an erratic path that allows him to select "All of the Above" on issues that require real decisions from most everybody else. Coffman doesn't sit on the fence; he stands in an open gate so that he can pop in and out on both sides. He's done it before, many times, in fact,, and he did it again during the recent debate over immigration reform and funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

This is not a new criticism; we're talking about the same guy who penned an Op-Ed for the Denver Post in July 2013 calling for "comprehensive immigration reform." While campaigning for re-election a few months later, Coffman was suddenly telling everyone who would listen that a comprehensive immigration reform approach was the wrong way to go. Mad Mike Coffman is always on your side, at some point.

So how did Coffman manage to be all things to all people on the immigration/DHS funding debate? We outline the process below:

Republican Rep. Mike Coffman

Perhaps Mike Coffman spent a little too much time reading Bill Keane’s Family Circus cartoon strip.

1. Coffman Calls for Budget Battle Over Immigration Policy (Dec. 4, 2014)

Coffman opposes Republican legislation targeting President Obama's Executive Action on immigration — and gets to claim a "pro-immigrant" vote — while calling for a budget battle over immigration policy instead. Here it is, straight from Coffman's mouth:

“I voted against H.R. 5797 because, although I strongly believe it is unconstitutional to have immigration policy made through executive orders and without consent of Congress, this legislation will only mislead the American people into believing that we are taking care of the problem when the only way to address President Obama’s overreach is either through the U.S. Supreme Court or through the appropriations process." [Pols emphasis]

2. Coffman Opposes First Budget BIll Tied to Immigration Policy…Sort Of (Jan. 14, 2015)

Coffman actually voted NO on the first attempt by Congress to tie funding for DHS to plans aimed at crippling Obama's immigration policy (Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act), but he deftly maneuvered to make sure he was on record taking multiple positions here.

Now, here's where he gets really slick. Coffman voted NO on the Blackburn Amendment, which sought to defund DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Again, from his own mouth:

“The President’s executive actions are clearly unconstitutional and I strongly oppose his unilateral decisions on immigration but my party needs to stop just saying what we are against and start saying what we are for when it comes to fixing our broken immigration system.”

Aww, how sweet. Of course, Coffman fails to mention that he also voted YES on the Aderholt Amendment, which blocked funding for President Obama's enforcement relief efforts announced in November. Coffman opposed the Blackburn Amendment aimed at deporting DREAMERs, but voted YES on the Aderholt Amendment that sought to deport basically everyone else. In other words, Coffman voted NO on the final bill, but supported an amendment to basically block funding for Obama's Execitive Order. Coffman's votes were not missed by immigrant advocacy group "America's Voice," which said this in a press release:

While Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) voted against final passage of the bill and an amendment to end the 2012 DACA program, he lined up with his party on a critical amendment that tainted and defined the entire bill. [Pols emphasis] The Aderholt amendment, which Coffman supported, would block the President from expanding DACA to others who came to this country at a very young age. The amendment also prevents the Department of Homeland Security from allowing individuals who have lived in the U.S. for years, raising children who are U.S. citizens, to come forward and apply for temporary immigration papers.

Now, despite Coffman’s attempt at a face-saving vote on final passage, the DHS bill moves forward to the Senate with both anti-DACA and anti-expansion provisions intact. It will be up to Colorado Senators Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Cory Gardner (R-CO) to ensure these mean-spirited provisions are gutted and replaced with responsible homeland security funding measures.

3. Coffman Says he Supports a "Clean" Funding Bill for DHS (Feb. 23, 2015)

Yes, you read that correctly. Coffman says he supports a "clean" funding bill… just two months after he said Congress should use the budget process to derail Obama's immigration policy.

4. House Rejects DHS Funding Extension (Feb. 27, 2015)

Two days after Coffman says he supports a "clean" funding bill, the U.S. Senate votes in favor of a clean bill to send back to the House. In a stunning move two days later (Feb. 27), the House rejects a proposal to extend funding for DHS for three more weeks. Coffman votes YES on the extension.

5. House Approves "Clean" Funding Bill for DHS; Coffman Votes YES (March 3, 2015)

After getting hammered from all sides for weeks, House Speaker John Boehner finally comes to the conclusion that this battle has been lost. Coffman, meanwhile, has now come full circle — from calling for a budget fight to ending up as the only Republican from Colorado to vote YES on a clean funding bill. Along the way, of course, Coffman supported an amendment favored by hardline anti-immigrant factions, which allows him to come back to Colorado and spin this whole debacle in whatever direction best suits his audience.

Coffman's endless run-around on the issues has served him well in more than 25 years in office, and this latest fiasco may be an indicator of what Coffman is planning for 2016. In a potential Republican Primary for Senate in 2016, Rep. Scott Tipton (R-West Slope) can tell the party faithful that he remained firm in his decision to oppose Obama's immigration policies by whatever means necessary, while Coffman's message would need to be much more nuanced. You can try to be all things to all people, but not in a Republican Primary.

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The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce announced its opposition to so-called "Right to Discriminate" legislation being pushed by Colorado Republicans. This will put a dent in the GOP argument that businesses should be allowed to discriminate for financial reasons.

► As the Colorado legislature nears halftime, 9News reporter Brandon Rittiman takes a look at what to expect in the coming months. Colorado Senate Democrats talked up their mid-session accomplishments yesterday. “We said we would fight for middle class families, and that is what we have done," said Senate Democratic Leader Morgan Carroll. "While we have had several partisan defeats, we are not deterred."

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Ben Carson: Prison Makes You Gay

Ben Carson

Ben Carson may be a neurosurgeon, but he’s no rocket scientist.

It was a bit of a surprise last summer when Ben Carson won a Presidential straw poll at the Western Conservative Summit in Colorado (hosted annually by Colorado Christian University), though perhaps it shouldn't have raised too many eyebrows. After all, the Western Conservative Summit is the same place where Herman Cain won a Presidential straw poll in 2011, supercharging the Herminator's brief bid for the GOP nomination in 2012.

A retired neurosurgeon with no real political resume, Carson is not well known among average American voters. But he is a darling of the far right because…well, he's the kind of guy who will say shit like this:

"A lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they're gay."

Carson believes that sexual orientation is a choice that people make. Carson has also watched too many prison movies, as CNN reports:

Asked whether being gay is a choice, Carson responded: "Absolutely."

"Because a lot of people who go into prison go into prison straight — and when they come out, they're gay. So, did something happen while they were in there? Ask yourself that question," Carson said. [Pols emphasis]

That argument, Carson said, "thwarts" the notion that homosexuality isn't a choice, which is at odds with the majority of the medical community, including the American Psychological Association, who says "most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation." Slate's Mark Joseph Stern also outlined the scientific arguments against this particular belief last year.

Carson's comment comes as Republicans try to avoid the kinds of incendiary comments on cultural issues that cost the party two Senate races — when Missouri's Todd Akin and Indiana's Richard Mourdock drew national attention for their remarks on rape — and hurt Mitt Romney in 2012.

CNN was unable to find other Republican Presidential candidates willing to respond to Carson's nonsense.

Bennet votes with Republicans to Override Keystone Veto

Well, he did it.  Sen. Michael Bennet had the nerve today to vote with the Republican majority and a few other Democrats to try to override President Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline project.  Fortunately, the effort failed.  I was holding my breath and hoping that Sen. Bennet would have the good sense to reverse his previous position and support the President on this issue.  But it appears that the oil and gas industry has more lobbyists and a lot more cash to hand out than I do.  I hope that the good, progressive folks who reside in our beautiful state get together and find someone to challenge Sen. Bennet in next year's primary, someone whose views better reflect the views of the people who put him into office.  Because, it is my personal belief that Sen. Bennet needs to go.  And I also happen to believe that he will go in 2016 one way or the other – either by being ousted in the primary by a more progressive Democrat (my wish) or by a Republican in the general election (my prediction based on how he is polling).  In any case, I plan to do whatever I can to continue to support progessive candidates and to expose "corporate" Democrats like Sen. Bennet.  Colorado deserves better.

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► Senate Democrats are holding a mid-session legislative briefing this afternoon for the media. Saturday, March 7 marks the official halfway point of the Colorado legislative session. Gov. John Hickenlooper is taking a more hands-on approach to this legislative session compared to years past.

► This probably won't surprise you, but several Republican lawmakers who present staunch anti-government platforms actually receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal subsidies for their farms. They don't want to kill the golden goose — they just want it for themselves.

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Anti-choice activists step up accusation that “pro-choicers” want to kill “newborns”

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Infanticide is rare in America and has few advocates, yet anti-choice activists are leveling an accusation that more and more "pro-choicers" favor this form of murder.

American Right to Life, a national anti-choice organization, is stepping up a campaign accusing pro-choice activists of favoring the killing of "newborns and toddlers."

"An increasing number of well-known leaders and organizations who are pro-choice are also coming out publicly in favor of killing children, not only before they are born, but also after they are born," Bob Enyart, board member and spokesman for American Right to Life, told me via email.

American Right to Life is promoting an online document, titled "Pro-Choicers who Want to Legalize Infanticide." It's a list of about 10 articles and videos, some of which date back a decade or longer, that contain statements favoring infanticide.

The people cited on American Right to Life's website are not leaders of pro-choice organizations, and they aren't obviously linked with the pro-choice movement at all.

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House (Finally) Passes DHS Funding Bill as Republicans Abandon Ship

UPDATE: Statement from Rep. Diana DeGette:

“Finally, Republican leaders recognized what has been clear for weeks: whatever their disagreements with President Obama and his actions to address our broken immigration system, Congress must provide the necessary resources to protect our homeland from attacks and be prepared to respond to natural disasters. While we should have taken this action weeks ago, I am pleased to see this get done at last.”

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House Speaker John Boehner (R).

This picture of House Speaker John Boehner is a good summation of his last couple of weeks in Congress.

As CNN reports, the House of Representatives finally voted to approve a "clean" funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), but all is not well in the GOP caucus:

The House cleared legislation Tuesday that will keep the agency operating through the end of September after a standoff last week threatened to shutter the agency and furlough thousands of workers. The 257-167 vote sends the bill to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who rarely casts votes, backed the bill, along with his top lieutenants. A majority of House Republicans opposed the bill. Just 75 GOP lawmakers joined with 182 Democrats to push it across the finish line. [Pols emphasis]

The legislation does nothing to rein in Obama's immigration executive orders — a top priority of conservatives. That issue was a sticking point for weeks as Republicans tried to tie DHS funding to the repeal of the orders but the party couldn't overcome Democratic filibusters in the Senate…

…Boehner told his members Tuesday morning that he had run out of options and the Senate couldn't pass a bill with immigration language attached.

It's nice to see the House doing its job and actually, you know, governing, though the political damage has been considerable on the GOP side. After weeks of arguing, House Speaker John Boehner seems to have all but given up on trying to work with his fractured caucus, which didn't help him anyway; despite holding the largest majority in Congress since the New Freakin' Deal, Republicans couldn't even fund a critical department without the support of Democrats. Colorado's Congressional delegation reflected this divide, with Rep. Mike Coffman (R-Aurora) the only Republican to vote YES, along with Democratic Reps. Diana DeGette, Ed Perlmutter, and Jared Polis.

How bad have things gotten for House Republicans? Bad enough that the American Action Network, a political group aligned with House leadership, spent $400,000 this week on TV and radio ads targeted at Republican dissenters. As Politico reported yesterday:

So, that worked out well.

So, that worked out well.

The nonprofit American Action Network is airing an ad in three states — Kansas, Oklahoma and Ohio — urging Reps. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) to back funding for the anti-terrorism agency. The 30-second spot will run at least 50 times in each district — on broadcast, in prime slots — Tuesday and Wednesday as the House is expected to take up a DHS funding bill.

The group says the ad campaign, which also includes radio ads on nationally syndicated shows and digital ads in dozens of other districts represented by House conservatives, is the opening salvo of a larger effort to help Republican leaders pass center-right legislation. American Action Network says it will spend millions of dollars to contact voters in the coming months. The move appears designed to give Boehner cover to end the months-long impasse over homeland security funding.

The TV ad feature images of what appear to be terrorists and says that “some in Washington are willing to put our security at risk by jeopardizing critical security funding. That’s the wrong message to send to our enemies.” [Pols emphasis]

Jordan is the leader of the House Freedom Caucus, which led last week's effort to oppose Boehner's vote on DHS funding, and he voted NO today along with Reps. Huelskamp and Bridenstine. Republicans are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars going after fellow Republicans in their home districts just to try to get them to not shoot their own toes off. It's safe to say they aren't listening.

Republicans have been getting hammered for weeks by local and national media over an ideologic battle against President Obama's immigration policies…but they didn't do anything to stunt Obama's plans, either. Hell, Brian Shaw might be a better leader for House Republicans at this point.

It was obvious to anyone who could read that Republicans were not going to win this fight, but the degree to which they completely bungled this mess is stunning. This is an absolute disaster for Boehner and Congressional Republicans. It's difficult to see how things won't just get worse from here.

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Colorado's Congressional delegation — minus Rep. Diana DeGette — was on hand today as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress. House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak to Congress so that Republicans would stop yelling at him for a few hours. 

► Like just about everything else these days in the Colorado legislature, partisan lines are forming over the Parental Leave BIll. Either that, or Republicans really don't want to go to that ballet recital.

► The Denver Nuggets have finally fired head coach Brian Shaw. The Nuggets were just 56-85 during Shaw's tenure, or what Congressional Republicans might call a "winning record."

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