Ernst: Obama ‘Failed’ On Ebola, Trump Is ‘Stepping Forward’ On COVID-19

CNN’s Dana Bash interviews Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst (R)

During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union this morning, Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst (R), who criticized President Obama in 2014 for exhibiting what she called “failed leadership” on Ebola, was asked by CNN’s Dana Bash if Donald Trump is exhibiting “failed leadership” on the coronavirus health threat.

Note: There were only 11 confirmed cases of Ebola reported in the U.S. and 2 Americans died from the virus six years ago. At this writing, the number of American deaths from COVID-19 is just under $130,000.

Ernst’s response to the question: “I think the president is stepping forward.”

Podcast: LGBTs Notch Historic Wins In Political Races; George Takei Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

In this week’s podcast:

• Political history was made in elections across the country this week by LGBT candidates

• A new poll in the UK shows gay men have an issue with masculinity

• Australia looks poised to legalize same-sex marriage, but there could be a snag

• A Las Vegas father shoots and kills his 14-year-old son for being gay. Click here to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign aimed at helping pay funeral expenses.

• Pro soccer player Robbie Rogers, the first openly gay athlete in one of the “big four” professional sports, announced his retirement

Star Trek star and LGBT icon George Takei accused of sexual misconduct

All that and more in this episode of The Randy Report.

Radio Show: Looking Back At The Wild Week In Politics

Check out my latest radio show on BlogTalkRadio.

This episode I look back on the week’s biggest political campaign stories – from the Nevada Caucuses to the South Carolina Primaries to the upcoming Super Tuesday.

Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump both had big weeks but what’s going to happen on Super Tuesday? I take a look at the most recent polls and offer what I think could happen.

And don’t forget that “rock ’em sock ’em” Republican debate this week
where Wolf Blizter basically lost control of the debate and the shouting
was really something to see. Sens. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz went full-court press on The Donald. Will it work? Too little too late?

And – Donald Trump refuses to disavow being endorsed by a former Ku Klux Klan leader. Will his supporters care? (Answer: no)

Politics: The New McCarthyism

This new ad from The Agenda Project asks, “Is this what we can expect when Representative Kevin McCarthy is Speaker of the House?”

Last week, McCarthy admitted in a TV interview that the Benghazi investigations in Congress were created to bring down Hillary Clinton’s poll numbers.

Maryland Sen. Mikulski Becomes 34th Vote For President Obama’s Iran/Nuclear Agreement

With the announcement by Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, who says she will be the 34th U.S. Senator to vote for President Obama’s Iran/Nuclear deal, Obama gets his foreign policy legacy.

From Huffington Post:

Under the deal, Iran would be subjected to comprehensive inspections on its nuclear program and forced to reduce current uranium stockpiles and the number of its centrifuges. In exchange, it will be granted sanctions relief estimated to be anywhere between $50 billion and $150 billion. But the deal phases out between years 10 and 15, albeit with Iran still forced to provide some access for inspections for another 10 years thereafter. And even for supporters of the initiative, concerns remain about the possibilities of a quick military breakout once restrictions ease.

Faced with this pushback, the administration has implored lawmakers to consider the alternative, in which no restrictions are placed on Iran and the world community is unwilling to rework the accord. A briefing between ambassadors and officials from the other countries party to the deal — in which they articulated their reluctance to head back to the negotiating table — was highly persuasive to several Democratic senators.

Almost every current GOP candidate for president has said they would kill the agreement upon being sworn into office.

Whether such statements can become a reality as so simply stated are another matter. Reneging on an international agreement involving several nations could be more politically complex than tossing out a stump speech.

Democratic leaders say they are still working towards 40 votes in favor of the deal to help keep a resolution of disapproval from getting a vote.

Rand Paul Staffer Licks Camera Lens

I really have no idea why this guy LICKED the lens of a camera, but it’s funny that he does it so earnestly.

Via Towleroad:

Democratic trackers typically follow rival candidates to events in order to keep an eye on them, as was the case at a Rand Paul event in New Hampshire on Monday.

But a tracker from the Democratic opposition research super PAC, American Bridge 21st Century found out the hard way that Paul’s staffers lick back.