Today in Liberty: Glenn Greenwald blasts a “corrupted” Hillary Clinton, former CIA official endorses Benghazi committee

“For liberty to triumph in the United States (and eventually throughout the world) libertarianism must become a mainstream movement, converting if not a majority, at least a large, critical minority of Americans.” — Murray Rothbard

— Glenn Greenwald blasts Hillary Clinton: The journalist behind the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s disclosures didn’t hold back in his criticism of Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic presidential frontrunner. “Hillary is banal, corrupted, drained of vibrancy and passion. I mean, she’s been around forever, the Clinton circle,” Greenwald said in an interview with GQ. “She’s a f**king hawk and like a neocon, practically. She’s surrounded by all these sleazy money types who are just corrupting everything everywhere.” Gospel.

— Yes, it should be made easier to deal with a bad president: Impeachment, the mechanism in the Constitution for the removal of a president, has become too much of a political football to be an effective tool for Congress, says Gene Healy. It has also been misinterpreted by legal schools. Healy points to one law professor, Sanford Levinson, who is pushing for a new way to deal with a bad president. “Levinson favors a constitutional amendment allowing a congressional ‘no confidence’ vote and removal of the president. Adding that “safety valve” to the Constitution would be a long shot, to say the least,” Healy writes. “But years ago, we went through a yearlong constitutional conniption because the Constitution makes it so absurdly difficult to dethrone a misbehaving executive. Given the vast powers the modern president wields, it ought to be easier to ‘throw the bum out.’”

— Citizens United backs Amash: Citizen United Political Victory Fund has donated $10,000, evenly divided for the primary and general election, to Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), who is facing an establishment-backed primary challenger. “Congressman Justin Amash is a threat to the establishment because he’s serious about pulling in the reins of Big Government spending and our ever-expanding $17 trillion national debt,” said Citizens United President David Bossie in a statement. “Those in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District and liberty loving Americans everywhere need to rally around Congressman Amash to counter the establishment’s false attacks on a leader who simply wants to correct a broken system. Our message to Congressman Amash is to keep standing up for what he believes in: lower taxes, limited government, and individual liberty.”

— Chamber president threatens the GOP on immigration: Though he claims he was joking, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue said on Monday that Republicans “shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016” if they don’t pass immigration reform. Regardless of the opinion one holds on immigration reform, the Chamber of Commerce has increasingly become an annoyance in the national political debate. If Republicans act on the issue, they shouldn’t do it because the Chamber wants it or because of the political ramifications. They should do it because it’s the right thing to do.

— Karl Rove suggests Hillary Clinton has brain damage: The Republican strategist and former Bush White House advisor discussed Clinton’s health issues last week, specifically the blood clot she had in 2012 that prevented her from testifying on Benghazi. “Thirty days in the hospital?” Rove said. “And when she reappears, she’s wearing glasses that are only for people who have traumatic brain injury? We need to know what’s up with that.” Not that we’re defending Clinton, but does anybody remember the breakdown Rove had on election night in 2012?

— Former acting CIA director supports Benghazi select committee: Mike Morell, who served as deputy director and, later, acting director of the CIA, has endorsed the creation of the House of Representatives’ special select committee on Benghazi. A lot of people have looked at this, but the polls show that the American people still have questions. I want to make sure that all of those questions are cleared up. There are still some questions about the role of the agency. And there are still questions about my own personal role and I want to clear that up,” Morell said yesterday, according to Politico. “It might be surprising for you to hear me say this, but  I am a supporter of the creation of this committee because I want all the facts to come together in one place and be presented as one—by one entity as one thing, so the American people can see all of this.” Morell was grilled by House Intelligence Committee members at a hearing last month and denied any role in editing the controversial talking points for political purposes.

— No earmarks in the House: Lawmakers who’ve been pushing for a return to earmarks in recent weeks were shot down by Speaker John Boehner (R-OH). “I’ve been here for 24 years and I’ve never, ever once asked for an earmark or got one. Not once,” Boehner said in an appearance on Fox News on Monday. “I started this effort in 2006 to get rid of earmarks. We are not going back to the nonsense that went on before.” Actually, Boehner didn’t start this movement. It came out of the grassroots (remember “Porkbusters”), one that was championed by then-Rep. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and other fiscal conservatives. Nevertheless, good on Boehner for sticking to the earmark ban.

— Speaking of earmarks: Members have used some interesting tactics to get around the House’s ban on earmarks. The Washington Post points to Rep. Daniel Maffei (D-NY), who is behind language in the National Defense Authorization Act, that pushes tactical ladders. “Taxpayer groups and budget experts said the appearance of the ladder language in the bill has the same intent as an earmark, and it illustrates how the ban has forced members of Congress to come up with inventive ways to show their constituents back home they are fighting for their interests in Washington,” the Post explains. “Members of Congress have used other tactics to get around the ban, he said, such as ‘phone-marking’ or ‘letter-marking,’ which involves contacting the executive branch directly — and outside the appropriations process — to lobby for funding for certain projects.” The good news is that the total number and dollar cost of earmarks is still down compared to previous years. The bad news, however, is that some are still looking for ways to beat the system.

— And speaking of Boehner: One thing he said about earmarks is they wouldn’t come back “as long as [he’s] here.” Yet, during a speech to a local Chamber of Commerce, Boehner said that he couldn’t commit to full-term as Speaker of the House. There’s talk of another coup, but a few House Republicans have told United Liberty that Boehner will likely serve as Speaker as long as he wants the job. At the same time, however, the comments Boehner made sort of reiterate what we’ve been hearing, that he’s not long for Congress, and may resign soon after winning reelection.

— 26 percent of Obamacare enrollees were previously uninsured: That, according to the latest report from McKinsey & Company. “The consulting firm found that just 26 percent of those who selected new 2014 Affordable Care Act plans on the exchanges were uninsured prior to their enrollment,” Andrew Johnson reports at National Review. “The Manhattan Institute’s Avik Roy concludes that when factoring in those that have actually paid thus far, the percentages goes down to about 22 percent, which comes out to approximately 1.7 million enrollees out of the administration’s celebrated 8 million figure.”

— Rob Portman gets it: The Ohio Republican will say in a speech today that lawmakers should reevaluate the nation’s drug laws. “The possibility of bipartisan action on criminal justice reform drives the sections of Portman’s speech related to the war on drugs and the prison population. In the prepared remarks, the Ohio Republican calls for a reauthorization of the Second Chance Act, aimed at reducing the recidivism rate with job training, drug counseling and other programs he first wrote with a Democrat 10 years ago,” BuzzFeed reports. “Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy is co-sponsoring the bill this time around, and Portman will highlight in the speech a second bill called the Recidivism Reduction and Public Safety Act (co-sponsored by Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse) that aims to bring the Second Chance act reforms to the federal prison system.”

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