(Community Matters) from Politico Playbook:
SNEAK PEEK at “Double Down,” by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, out Tuesday from the Penguin Press – Some of James Hohmann’s favorite nuggets:
–“Obama had little patience for the ‘professional left,’ and vanishingly close to zero for what one of his senior African American aides, Michael Strautmanis, referred to as ‘professional blacks’ (as opposed to black professionals). Apart from Georgia congressman John Lewis and Jim Clyburn of South Carolina, Obama had nearly as much contempt for the CBC as he did for the Tea Party Caucus. New York’s Charlie Rangel he derided as a hack; Jesse Jackson Sr. was effectively banned from the White House. Obama remembered all too well a conversation with [Cornell] West in 2009, in which the professor used the precious time to complain about his seating at the inauguration.” (39)
(Community Matters) Tana & Joe Christie are moving to Santa Barbara for an undetermined amount of time – we’re hoping for a shorter period than longer but wish them much rest and relaxation along the Pacific. Last night we hosted a bon voyage party for family and friends. I’m driving with Tana to Santa Barbara, leaving today. We’ll meet Joe there on Monday, fly back Tuesday in time for Wednesday’s EF Annual Poker Tournament.
(Community Matters) I love this. Two men were married in Oklahoma under the authority of their tribes. Currently, both people being married must be members of an Oklahoma resident tribe and one must live within the tribe’s jurisdiction. Steven’s part Cherokee but, obviously, doesn’t live within the jurisdiction. Nevertheless, seems to me activists should work on the Cherokees to join the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes in allowing marriage equality. Protests from silly women like Sally Kern notwithstanding. Tribal lands are under federal jurisdiction and the federal law is for equality under our constitution.