As New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie prepares to make his first trip to Iowa since 2011, the potential Republican presidential candidate is coming under fire””from a conservative group.
The Judicial Crisis Network is launching an online ad Tuesday accusing Christie of appointing liberal judges to the New Jersey Supreme Court. The nonprofit group says it is spending $75,000 on the three-day effort””which includes 90-second and 15-second versions of the ad””in the Hawkeye State, which hosts the first presidential caucuses.
“Chris Christie promised to change New Jersey’s liberal Supreme Court,” the ad’s narrator says. “Five openings later, no change.”
The online ad also features an image of the governor shaking hands with President Obama in what appears to be the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Conservatives had criticized his friendliness toward the president in the days before the 2012 elections, saying it gave the Obama campaign a late boost.
Online ads don’t have the reach or impact of television ads””especially this far out from the 2016 election””but the Judicial Crisis Network’s campaign could preview a line of attack against Christie in the Republican presidential primary.
Christie, who has said he is considering a White House bid, is slated to headline three fundraisers in Iowa on Thursday benefiting the Republican Governors Association, which he chairs, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, and the GOP state House speaker. Christie hasn’t visited the state since December 2011, when he campaigned for Mitt Romney.
Iowa isn’t the only early-voting state on Christie’s upcoming schedule: He will also headline a fundraiser for the New Hampshire Republican Party at the end of the month.
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Foreign Policy takes a look at the future of mining the estimated "100,000 near-Earth objects—including asteroids and comets—in the neighborhood of our planet. Some of these NEOs, as they’re called, are small. Others are substantial and potentially packed full of water and various important minerals, such as nickel, cobalt, and iron. One day, advocates believe, those objects will be tapped by variations on the equipment used in the coal mines of Kentucky or in the diamond mines of Africa. And for immense gain: According to industry experts, the contents of a single asteroid could be worth trillions of dollars." But the technology to get us there is only the first step. Experts say "a multinational body might emerge" to manage rights to NEOs, as well as a body of law, including an international court.
Not to be outdone by Jeffrey Goldberg's recent piece in The Atlantic about President Obama's foreign policy, the New York Times Magazine checks in with a longread on the president's economic legacy. In it, Obama is cognizant that the economic reality--73 straight months of growth--isn't matched by public perceptions. Some of that, he says, is due to a constant drumbeat from the right that "that denies any progress." But he also accepts some blame himself. “I mean, the truth of the matter is that if we had been able to more effectively communicate all the steps we had taken to the swing voter,” he said, “then we might have maintained a majority in the House or the Senate.”
Ronald Reagan's children and political allies took to the media and Twitter this week to chide funnyman Will Ferrell for his plans to play a dementia-addled Reagan in his second term in a new comedy entitled Reagan. In an open letter, Reagan's daughter Patti Davis tells Ferrell, who's also a producer on the movie, “Perhaps for your comedy you would like to visit some dementia facilities. I have—I didn’t find anything comedic there, and my hope would be that if you’re a decent human being, you wouldn’t either.” Michael Reagan, the president's son, tweeted, "What an Outrag....Alzheimers is not joke...It kills..You should be ashamed all of you." And former Rep. Joe Walsh called it an example of "Hollywood taking a shot at conservatives again."
In a sign that she’s ready to put a longer-than-expected primary battle behind her, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D) is no longer going on the air in upcoming primary states. “Team Clinton hasn’t spent a single cent in … California, Indiana, Kentucky, Oregon and West Virginia, while” Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) “campaign has spent a little more than $1 million in those same states.” Meanwhile, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sanders’ "lone backer in the Senate, said the candidate should end his presidential campaign if he’s losing to Hillary Clinton after the primary season concludes in June, breaking sharply with the candidate who is vowing to take his insurgent bid to the party convention in Philadelphia.”
The team behind the bestselling "Clinton Cash"—author Peter Schweizer and Breitbart's Stephen Bannon—is turning the book into a movie that will have its U.S. premiere just before the Democratic National Convention this summer. The film will get its global debut "next month in Cannes, France, during the Cannes Film Festival. (The movie is not a part of the festival, but will be shown at a screening arranged for distributors)." Bloomberg has a trailer up, pointing out that it's "less Ken Burns than Jerry Bruckheimer, featuring blood-drenched money, radical madrassas, and ominous footage of the Clintons."