Former principal deputy assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Liz Cheney (translation: Dick Cheney’s daughter) went on Morning Joe this morning to defend her father’s right to speak out over his complaints with the Obama administration. (We’re not alone in wondering aloud why Cheney is still talking after the public gave such an overwhelming repudiation of him and his team in November.) Joe Biden, in fact, told Cheney before Biden was installed as vice-president that he’d like to “hear at length” from his predecessor (gaffe!). Of course, he never followed up. Cheney made the further point that her father “feels very strongly that he’s got an obligation” to speak out. “There’s this notion that once you’ve left office you should be silent,” Cheney pointed out. “I’d like to point out that isn’t the tradition. You’ve got people like Al Gore who’s been very vocal in his criticism to later administrations.” Of course, Al Gore was very popular and thought he rightly should have been president, so it’s slightly, but not vastly, different.
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Federal executions are back after a long absence
The U.S. government on Tuesday carried out the first federal execution in almost two decades, putting to death a man who killed an Arkansas family in a 1990s in a plot to build a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest. The execution came over the objection of the victims’ family.
Daniel Lewis Lee, 47, of Yukon, Oklahoma, died by lethal injection at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana.
“I didn’t do it,” Lee said just before he was executed. “I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I’m not a murderer. … You’re killing an innocent man.”
An ambitious plan from the Democratic candidate
It’s pretty hard to spin this one
A drastic about-face for California
A self-destructive message that he just won’t stray from
There’s a lot going on here
The only good news is it’s less than the 15,000 plus cases recorded on Sunday
Is this a winning pitch?
Pivoting to Trump TV?
At long, long last
The N.F.L. team in Washington plans to announce Monday that it will drop Redskins from its name, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision, yielding to sponsors and Native American activists who have long criticized it a racist slur.
The person who confirmed the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had yet to make the official announcement. The anticipated move was first reported by Sports Business Journal on Sunday and followed by other news organizations.
The team, one of the oldest in the N.F.L., was not expected to announce a new name on Monday as it continues to evaluate possibilities.