Daily Archives: Jan. 3, 2013

Yoder’s swim got some year-end attention

When Politico rounded up the “10 craziest stories of 2012,” there was Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Overland Park, and his Sea of Galilee skinny-dipping, alongside Clint Eastwood’s chair, Gen. David Petraeus’ sex scandal, the Secret Service’s prostitutes and Mitt Romney’s binders full of women. “Numerous GOP freshman lawmakers on a congressional trip reportedly were drinking and swimming at the holy site where Christians believe Jesus walked on water,” Politico recalled, noting the episode happened in summer 2011 but was only reported in 2012, and quoting another lawmaker as saying “when Congressman Yoder disrobed, that was inappropriate and it ceased the activity immediately.” In an editorial listing New Year’s “resolutions we’d like to see,” USA Today suggested that Yoder resolve to “always pack a bathing suit.”

Biden, McConnell came out well on fiscal cliff

Like the final votes to avoid the fiscal cliff, the lists of the winners and losers were bipartisan, at least in the view of Washington Post blogger Chris Cillizza. The winners in the deal included Vice President Joe Biden (in photo) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, key negotiators in the final days. Losers included House Speaker John Boehner and Congress in general. Lawmakers’ “idea of compromise is agreeing on a date sometime in the future when they will – seriously this time – make the hard decisions,” wrote Cillizza. He named President Obama both a winner and a loser for beating the Republicans on the messaging until Monday’s “off-key” campaign-style “event with ‘middle class’ citizens.”

Hillary Clinton, President Obama are most admired

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is being treated for a blood clot, is the most-admired woman in the world, with 21 percent of those surveyed in a new Gallup poll selecting her. First lady Michelle Obama was second at 5 percent, followed by talk-show host Oprah Winfrey at 4 percent, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice at 3 percent and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 2 percent. President Obama was named the “most-admired man” by 30 percent of those surveyed. The next closest were former South African President Nelson Mandela at 3 percent, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the Rev. Billy Graham, former President George W. Bush and Pope Benedict XVI, each at 2 percent.