Cruz Supports Giving Fast Track Authority on Trade to Obama

At the Citizens United Iowa Freedom Summit, I asked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) whether or not he would support giving Fast Track Authority on the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to Obama despite his mistrust of the president…

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GOP Rep: No Fast Track Authority on Trade & No Lapse On DHS Funding

At the Citizens United Iowa Freedom Summit, I asked Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC 3) if he will give Fast Track Authority to President Obama for the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and whether or not he will vote for a clean funding bill for the Dept. of Homeland Security, that is one without the Republican riders meant to defund President Obama’s executive order on immigration…

Huckabee Has No Regrets Over Beyoncé Comments

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Former AR Governor Mike Huckabee (R) has gotten a lot of flak for criticizing the Obamas for their parenting — in letting their daughters listen to Beyoncé. At the Citizens United Iowa Freedom Summit, I asked him if cultural commentary would be part of his political strategy for a possible presidential run…

GOP Rep: Defund Obama’s Executive Amnesty

At the Citizens United Iowa Freedom Summit, I ask GOP Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN 7) whether she would vote for a clean funding bill for the Dept. of Homeland Security, i.e. one without the Republican riders for defunding Obama’s executive orders on immigration…

GOP Prez Hopeful Runs Away from Wall Street Questions

In her presser at the Citizens United/Steve King Freedom Summit, former HP CEO and prospective 2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina railed against big banks and the auto bailout, but refused to answer concrete questions about either. She ran out the door as reporters Lauren Windsor of the Undercurrent and Kasie Hunt of MSNBC pressed her to answer whether or not she would repeal Dodd Frank…

Steve King: World Was Right in the 1950s and 60s

At the Citizens United Iowa Freedom Summit co-hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-IA 4), the congressman drew a comparison between President Obama’s upbringing in Indonesia and his own. King referred to a statement made by Obama that the call to Islamic prayer was “the most beautiful sound in the world” (King’s mis-quote), and seemed to imply that the president is a closet Muslim. The congressman said that both men were dramatically impacted by those formative years, and that for himself, “that’s that time in my life when the world was right.” Shark Tank reporter Javier Manjarres had asked King why he thought it was so hard for Obama to use the words ‘Islamic jihadists.’

Rep. King is known for opining on President Obama’s upbringing, and sowing seeds of doubt with regard to his religion, with remarks like “[Obama] doesn’t have an American experience.” In this 2011 interview with Lawrence O’Donnell, King said that he took Obama at his word in terms of his faith, but that the president needed to work harder to dispel the notion that he is a Muslim.

At the Freedom Summit, Manjarres told me of the encounter, emphasizing that he understood King’s implication to be that Obama is a Muslim. After watching the clip, I was struck by a more subtle aspect of King’s statements… Given that King was born in 1949, he would be referring to the 1950s and 60s — decades that were great for white men, but not so much for blacks, women, and gays. They are also decades in which U.S. tax rates were near their highest, with a top rate of 92% (they briefly hit 94% during World War II in the 40s). Does King yearn for a return to those glory days? And if so, is it for the rampant discrimination or the high tax rates?