Politics Today: Jon Stewart Vs. Fox News, New York Senate Nears Gay Marriage Vote, And More
“You're insane,” Stewart said after Wallace argued that a clip about Sarah Palin countd as political commentary. “Here's the difference between you and I. I'm a comedian first. My comedy is informed by an ideological background, there's no question about that. But the thing that you will never understand...is that Hollywood, yeah, they're liberal, but that's not their primary motivating force. I'm not an activist. I am a comedian."
Not to mention that Stewart's program airs on Comedy Central, a channel known for its "comedy."
Watch the full interview (and highlights) here.
The New York State Senate is just one GOP vote shy of legalizing same-sex marriage, but time is running out to pass the bill as its legislative session draws to a close Monday.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday he expected the bill to pass.
The New York Post reported: “Lawmakers left Albany Friday night with 31 senators -- including two of the 32 Republicans -- committed to passage of a Cuomo-backed bill to make New York the sixth and largest state allowing couples of the same sex the same marital rights as heterosexual pairs. “
If it passes, New York would become the sixth state to legalize gay marriage.
2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain blasted the current crop of GOP presidential candidates for breaking the party’s tradition of preaching “isolationism,” and claiming Ronald Reagan would be disappointed with them if he were still alive. McCain was specifically referencing how the candidates expressed impatience with American military efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya during last week’s Republican presidential debate.
Said McCain: "He would be saying: That's not the Republican Party of the 20th century, and now the 21st century. That is not the Republican Party that has been willing to stand up for freedom for people for all over the world.”
The Arizona Senator also made headlines over the weekend when he claimed that illegal immigrants were to blame for some of the wildfires currently burning in his home state.
"We are concerned about, particularly, areas down on the border where there is substantial evidence that some of these fires are caused by people who have crossed our border illegally,” he said Saturday. "They have set fires because they want to signal others. They have set fires to keep warm and they have set fires in order to divert law enforcement agents and agencies from them.”
However, a U.S. forest official has disputed McCain’s claim.
Idaho State Sen. John McGee, A republican was arrested on DUI and grand theft charges over the morning, according to KBOI-TV.
McGee, a Republican who has served four terms in the Idaho Senate, is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.