Brown “Frustrated” at Being Barred From Speaking Over “Vagina” Comment: State Rep. Lisa Brown responded Friday to Michigan House Republican efforts to block her from speaking on the floor after she used the word “vagina” during an impassioned speech on women’s health issues this week. “If we’re going to legislate vaginas, we have to be able to talk about vaginas. I don’t know what word they would like me to use otherwise,” the Democrat said, adding “it was frustrating not to be able to speak to anything. It was a gag order on me and the people I represent.” (Read more)
Deep Throat FBI File Released: The FBI has released its file—all 1,892 pages of it—on Mark Felt, the anonymous source better known as Deep Throat, ahead of the 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in. Felt helped Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein reveal a web of lies, corruption and coverups inside the Nixon administration that ultimately led to the president’s resignation. (Read more)
Koch Brothers to Hold Political Convention: As if they don’t already hold enough influence in politics due to their enormous wealth, the conservative Koch brothers are planning to hold a convention in San Diego later this month. There, the billionaire brothers will try to coerce more rich conservatives into opening their pocketbooks to donate to a bevy of Koch-approved political groups. The end result, according to Politico, is that the brothers could end up raising and spending more than their target of $395 million in the 2012 election cycle. Thanks Citizens United! (Read more)
Romney Veep Watch—Pawlenty Joins Bus Tour: Now that Mitt Romney has all but formally been nominated as the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, one burning question remains: Who will be his running mate? One name that has been floated around for quite some time is Tim Pawlenty. The former Minnesota governor, who dropped his own White House bid 10 months ago, joined Romney on the first day of a five-day bus tour covering six battleground states. Even though Pawlenty has said he doesn’t want to be vice president, joining Romney on the campaign trail is not likely to quell talk that he’s on the shortlist anytime soon. (Read more)
Florida Governor Purged From Voter Roles for Being “Dead”: Before he was governor, Rick Scott was denied the right to cast an early ballot in 2006 because, according to the voting rolls, he was dead. After showing an ID to poll workers, Scott eventually was allowed to vote provisionally. It’s an ironic side note for the man who is now at the center of the controversial effort to purge the voter rolls of noncitizens in the Sunshine State. (Read more)
Video of the Day: It is not unusual for protesters to heckle politicians. What is unusual is when the heckler in question is a reporter. In this instance, the man who interrupted President Obama during an immigration speech was Nell Munro, a reporter for the conservative website The Daily Caller.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom
Rep. Lisa Brown was banned from speaking on the Michigan House floor after she said, “Mr. Speaker, I’m flattered that you’re all so interested in my vagina, but ‘no’ means ‘no.’ ”