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Fourth-quarter GDP actually only 2.2% NOT 5.7%
The administration got some unexpectedly good news on the economic front this morning, although it had to be qualified almost immediately. Annualized GDP in the fourth quarter rose 5.7%, the second quarter in a row of growth in the economy, which makes the recovery official. However, almost two-thirds of it came from a slowdown in liquidation of inventories, leaving an anemic 2.2% of actual growth: More numbers manipulation by our government, ie: LIES!

Panel to Seek Yucca Mountain Alternative
Congress has designated the site as the nation's first permanent nuclear waste repository. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Nevada lawmakers strongly oppose storing nuclear waste at the site, about 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas Harry flops like a fish out of water.

Jeb Bush Back in Spotlight
But recently, the Herald reports, Bush has re-entered the political spotlight, helping three different Republicans in their election campaigns and even appearing on NBC's "Today" show. The Herald asks if this marks "the beginning of a Jeb juggernaut that would culminate in a 2012 presidential bid?"

First President Bush Visits Obama at White House
Former President George H.W. Bush and his son Jeb paid a social call on President Barack Obama at the White House Saturday. White House aides said the visit was simply a social call because the former president was in Washington for a dinner. Birds of a feather...

Obama, GOP Slug It Out in Heated Political Debate
In a remarkably sharp face-to-face confrontation, President Barack Obama chastised Republican lawmakers Friday for opposing him on taxes, healthcare and the economic stimulus, while they accused him in turn of brushing off their ideas and driving up the national debt.

Feds find dubious home tax credit claims from Texas
The Texas filings represented nearly one-third of the 3,200 suspicious homebuyer credit claims submitted by noncitizens around the country. The value of the credits from all the noncitizen claims was $20.8 million, a U.S. Treasury Department inspector general said.

Taxpayers pay $101,000 for Pelosi's in-flight 'food, booze' Speaker's trips 'are more about partying than anything else'
Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by Judicial Watch, which investigates and prosecutes government corruption, show Pelosi incurred expenses of some $2.1 million for her use of Air Force jets for travel over that time. "Speaker Pelosi has a history of wasting taxpayer funds with her boorish demands for military travel," Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said today. "And these documents suggest the Speaker's congressional delegations are more about partying than anything else."

GOP lawmakers to try to block federal funds for 9/11 prosecutions
Amid fears that the White House may move the terrorist trials connected with September 11, 2001, to the Washington, D.C., region, GOP lawmakers are planning to introduce legislation that would bar the use federal funds for their prosecution in any U.S. civilian court.

Late in the Day, a Growing Movement in Illinois Rallies to the Politically Numinous
Everyone these days calls their candidate a Rubio. Guess what? Andrzejewski is a Rubio, well spoken, attractive, conservative to his core, and with a zealous band of conservative supporters. Oh, and he strikes fear and dread into the heart of the old guard Republicans who led Illinois off the cliff into the hands of an even more corrupt Democrat Party.

GOP Adopts Platform Test for Candidates
The Republican National Committee, pressed to find a way to more clearly distinguish itself from Democrats, on Friday adopted a rule that will prod GOP leaders to provide financial support to only those candidates who support the party's platform.

Gov't Told to Cut Own Greenhouse Gases 28 Percent
President Barack Obama says the federal government will reduce its own greenhouse gas emissions by 28 percent in the next decade, an ambitious goal that exceeds targets for the country as a whole.

Foreign contributions to Obama campaign should be investigated
The charge is ironic because Obama's campaign disabled a track back feature on its website which did permit such contributions to be made through pre-paid credit cards purchased around the globe. The campaign never was fined or otherwise disciplined for this because his party had blocked replacements to the overseeing Federal Election Commission and lacking a quorum, it could not act at the time.

Brown Warns GOP: Don't Bully Me
U.S. Sen.-elect Scott Brown vowed today not to toe the Republican Party line - saying he’d publicly shame the GOP if they try to bully him.

Impeach Eric Holder?
...that the decision for a civilian trial disarms our country and objectively arms our enemies. Ignoring this outcome, he argues, is malfeasance of duty, "a betrayal of the public trust and a violation of the constitutional oath of office." He then makes this historical analogy:

White House asks Justice Department to look for other places to hold 9/11 terror trial
"There are places that would be less expensive for the taxpayers and less disruptive for New York City." If they want a civilian trial what's wrong with having it in DC?

Obama's Clash With Alito Triggers Firestorm
"There is a specific provision of the law which was not at issue in the case which prohibits foreign nations, and is specifically designed to include foreign corporations, from contributing or donating any money not just in connection with federal elections, but also with state and local elections," he tells Newsmax. "...And they can't make any independent expenditures for an electioneering communication. So that is just a flat out lie what he said about foreign corporations."

Steele Told He Must Win Tea Partiers' Trust
Mr. Armey says he told Mr. Steele that he has not gained the trust of the movement, though he said one way to change that would be for Mr. Steele to drop his objections to two resolutions being proposed by the tea-party-friendly, 24-member National Republican Conservative Caucus during the four-day meeting of the Republican National Committee at a Waikiki Beach resort hotel. Steele's resignation would be a great first step.

Wal-Mart Stores Reorganizes U.S. Operations
Earlier on Thursday, Wal-Mart, based in Bentonville, Ark., said it will consolidate some of its sourcing with Chinese exporter Li & Fung. Li & Fung will form a new company to manage the Wal-Mart Stores account and will buy goods valued at about $2 billion within its first year.

Bernanke Wins Second Term as Fed Chairman
Embattled Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke won confirmation for a second term Thursday, but only by the closest vote ever (70-30) for the crucial post and after withering criticism from lawmakers for bailing out Wall Street while other Americans suffered in recession

Pelosi Says She’ll 'Poll Vault' Obamacare Through Congress
"We’ll go through the gate. If the gate’s closed, we’ll go over a fence. If the fence is too high, we’ll pole vault in. If that doesn’t work, we’ll parachute in but we’re going to get health care reform passed for the American people."

Bachmann and Blackburn Pull Out of Tea Party Convention
As first reported by POLITICO, the convention is being run by a for-profit Tennessee corporation called Tea Party Nation, registered to a little-known Tennessee lawyer whose efforts to position himself as a national tea party leader have put him at odds with some state tea party activists. The lawyer, Judson Phillips, intended to turn a profit from the convention, with the stated goal of seeding a so-called 527 group that would air ads praising conservative candidates or criticizing their opponents, though he now concedes he’s hoping just to break even and has tabled the 527 idea.

Hillary Clinton Says She Won't Serve Eight Years
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said she would not serve a full eight years if President Barack Obama wins another term, hoping eventually to retire to writing and teaching. Just what we want in education - a communist and eugenist.

White House to Dole out $8 Billion in Rail Grants
High-speed rail projects in California, Florida and Illinois are among the big winners of $8 billion in grants to be announced Thursday by the White House - the start of what some Democrats tout as a national rail-building program that could rival the interstate highways begun in the Eisenhower era.

RNC Promises Light Touch in Fall Races
The Republican National Committee and its campaign management experts will be available to give advice but will let candidates for statewide office calls the shots in their races this November, RNC Political Director Gentry Collins said Wednesday.

Bernanke confirmation advances in crucial vote
Ben Bernanke has cleared a crucial hurdle in the Senate that assures his confirmation to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. The Senate voted Thursday to overcome a filibuster that would have doomed his nomination. The Senate will now move to a final confirmation vote.

What Was Missing from the SOTU Address
So, you may be wondering, what was missing? Gravitas, for one thing. Sure, there was the upward tilt of the head that is part and parcel of every Obama speech. I guess he thinks we enjoy being able to count his nostril hairs. But the entire speech had the tone of a parent lecturing an errant child. All that was missing was a wagging finger and the threat of no dessert for a week if little Billy didn’t stop dragging his feet and clean his room.

Obama: You liked my speech? Please send money.
Obama discussed his economic proposals and also vowed not to walk away from the goal of passing a national health care bill. And then the pitch. "I need your voice. I need your passion," he concluded. "Can you help fuel our fight for the middle class with a monthly donation of $15 or more?"

FCC's war against over-the-air TV
The American Spectator reports that the FCC has opened a new front in their attack on broadcast television, which President Obama's FCC views as a medium the government does not yet control, along with talk radio and the internet. Last month FCC chairman Julius Genachowski appointed a Duke University law professor, Stuart Benjamin, as a key advisor on "spectrum policy and the First Amendment." Much of Mr. Benjamin's academic research has been devoted to spectrum issues, but it appears that his spectrum knowledge is being used to further the FCC agenda to eliminate free broadcast television:

Obama, Biden to unveil billion-dollar rail network
The eight-billion-dollar investment is part of a five-year 13-billion-dollar plan for high-speed rail also funded through the annual budget process. Obama hailed his high-speed rail proposal at an event in April when he said it would "change the way we travel in America," and dubbed Biden, a former rail commuter as "America's number one rail fan." The president's strategy envisions high speed rail corridors, including in California, northwestern Pacific states, the southern United States, the Gulf (of Mexico) Coast and Florida. [EDIT] And "the one" said, thou shalt not drive cars. We must be more like Europe.

Counterterrorism Chief: Some on Terror Watchlist Allowed Into U.S. Because ‘We Want Them Here in the Country for Some Reason or Another’
Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, told the Senate Homeland Security Committee in a hearing last week that the United States sometimes chooses to allow people into the country who are on the federal government’s Terrorist Watchlist. "We don't know exactly how many came into the country who were on the watch list? asked Levin". "No," said Leiter. "I will tell you that when people come to the country, if they are on the watch list, it is because we have generally made the choice that we want them here in the country for some reason or another."

Justice Alito mouths 'not true'
Obama:"Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests including foreign corporations to spend without limit in our elections," Obama said. "Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong."

Obama’s kind of a liar
Obama, who once considered government spending freezes a hatchet job, told Americans on Wednesday it's now part of his solution to the exploding deficit. He didn't explain what had changed. "Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years." Why not now?

Democratic anger goes public in prime time
The Democrat-vs.-Democrat anger roiling the ranks of Congress is being wrapped in smiles and standing ovations Wednesday as President Barack Obama outlines the nation's top priorities in his first State of the Union speech

Ryan reintroducing GOP health-care reform bill
With the Medicare entitlement disaster looming, Republicans can’t afford to ignore the opportunity again. Rep. Paul Ryan apparently agrees. He will reintroduce the GOP version of health-care reform ignored by Democrats last year in favor of their stampede towards government control

Things are so bad there is a betting pool on which DEMOCRAT screams ‘You Lie!’ tonight
Tonight, President Obama will unveil his State of the Union. Said one well connected Democrat last night, "Things are so bad there is a betting pool on which DEMOCRAT screams ‘You Lie!’ tomorrow night." Well, tomorrow night is now arrived.

A Somewhat Bizarre Presidential Proposal On Student Loans
With student loans, Obama reportedly now wants to put time and income-based limits on how much you have to pay back. Your student loan payments will be capped at no more than 10% of the amount by which your income exceeds a "basic cost of living" amount. And all your debts will be forgiven after 20 years if you work in the private sector, or 10 years if you have a government job.

Help wanted: $24,000 to stop Glenn Beck, 'tea-baggers'
Help-wanted ads are appearing on Craigslist that offer to pay citizens $24,000 a year, plus health insurance, to "counter the hysteria and lies of Glenn Beck and other talking heads" and "stop the tea-baggers!" The ads are being posted by Grassroots Campaigns, a canvassing group that has performed services for the Democratic National Committee and MoveOn.org. Its postings can be found among Craiglist listings in Chicago, Ill.; San Francisco, Calif.; Boston, Mass.; Philadelphia, Penn. and Austin, Texas.

States' rights rebellion over National Guard
Responding to an executive order by President Obama, a new push is under way for states to adopt laws limiting the use of their National Guard units unless there is an invasion, insurrection or other limited circumstance.

Soros says Obama bank levy premature
Billionaire financier George Soros said on Wednesday U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to impose a tax on large banks was premature and his wider proposals to rein in banks' activities may not go far enough.

132: The Number of Times Obama Refers to Himself in One Speech
"I've got a very short commute;" "I can't always visit people directly;" "I break out;" "I saw;" "I knew it would be unpopular;" "I ran for this office;" "I had no illusions;" "I had a whole bunch of political advisors"...

McCain Challenger Wants to See Obama's Birth Certificate
Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ), who is challenging Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the Republican primary this year, appeared on Hardball this evening, and stood by his previous statements in favor of the birther movement.

Congressman: I Was Told to Call It 'Jobs Bill,' Not 'Another Stimulus'
VIDEO:

Obama said "big difference" between '10 and '94 is "me"
Rep. Marion Berry's parting shot, published in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette [no link, subscription only] offers a warning to moderate Democrats and border state moderates, warning of a midterm bloodbath comparable to the 54-seat D-to-R swing in 1994.

GOP upside in House 58 seats?
Stuart Rothenberg, a political analyst who follows Congressional races, said a report he will release Monday will count 58 Democratic House seats in play, up from 47 in December. The number of Republican seats in play has held at 14 in that period, he said. And Democrats expect more of their incumbents to retire, which could put additional seats at risk.

N.C. Democrats Must Again Overcome Corruption Rap
"This could be a scenario where you have the megastorm, where you have just a terrible economy, you have unrest and anger with the electorate and then you have (corruption) on top of it," said Brad Crone, a longtime Democratic consultant in Raleigh. "It's been a constant drumbeat ... there will be a price to pay for it."

CNN poll: 70% glad that Dems no longer have 60 votes
Maybe when he said there wouldn’t be another 1994 thanks to him, he meant this year would be worse.

Quotes of the day
We’ve now seen three landslide Republican victories in three states that President Obama carried in 2008. From the tea parties to the town halls to the Massachusetts Miracle, Americans have tried to make their opposition to Washington’s big government agenda loud and clear. But the President has decided that this current discontent isn’t his fault, it’s ours. He seems to think we just don’t understand what’s going on because he hasn’t had the chance – in his 411 speeches and 158 interviews last year – to adequately explain his policies to us.

Indonesia mulls tearing down Obama statue
Indonesian authorities said Monday they are considering a petition to tear down a statue of US President Barack Obama as a boy, only a month after the bronze was unveiled in Jakarta.

Obama Campaigned Against Spending Freeze
No less than four times during the presidential debates did President Obama actively campaign against an across the board spending freeze. In his budget for Fiscal Year 2011, to be presented on Monday, February 1, President Obama will propose a three-year hard freeze on non-security discretionary spending, to last from 2011 through 2013.

Capitalism's woes cheered at World Social Forum
Leftists are pouring into town to rail against freewheeling capitalism during the World Social Forum, gleefully cheering the humbling of bankers and business titans by the global economic meltdown.

McCain to Vote Against Bernanke: 'He Must Be Held Accountable'
In a serious blow to the hopes of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke for confirmation to a second four-year term, Sen. John McCain said he’ll vote against Bernanke. What seemed like an easy confirmation just weeks ago has now turned into a major test for the Obama administration

Panel: U.S. Not Ready for Bioterrorist Attack
The Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation gives the Obama administration a failing grade for its efforts to prepare for and respond to a biological attack, such as the release of deadly viruses or bacteria.

Thousands of Vets Could Get Benefits Upgrade
A military review could bring millions of dollars in benefits to thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans discharged with post-traumatic stress disorder. The military has agreed to review the records of recent veterans discharged with PTSD to decide whether they were improperly denied benefits.

Networking Site Boosts Conservative Student Ranks
A new social media outlet on the Internet akin to Facebook could connect conservative collegiate activists as never before and give them an unprecedented tool in their struggle to counteract the left’s stranglehold on campus.

Remember When Other Presidents Had Respect For The Oval Office?
Some of these are new, **All are from WH photographer Pete Souza** This speaks volumes about the President of the United States

Pelosi and Reid Plot Secret Plan for Obamacare
Behind closed doors, Reid and Pelosi have agreed in principle that changes to the Senate bill will be made to satisfy liberal House members, but only after the Senate bill is passed and signed into law by Obama.

Cornyn: Brown Victory Bringing GOP Recruits
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, says Brown’s victory has "energized" all types of voters, an atmosphere that has given hope to candidates looking to unseat incumbents, especially in the Democratic majority.

Democrats want State of the Union focused on economic cheerleading
"I think he ought to use his exceptional eloquence and thinking to stabilize the populace," said Kanjorski. "He’s got to be the cheerleader in chief, while providing recognition that this is a serious problem."

Obama calls on Congress to create its own fiscal commission before he does
Obama's statement appears a last chance bid to urge Congress to pass their own commission. The effort is aimed at confronting the country's burgeoning debt, which is now at $12.3 trillion.

Move Afoot in the Senate to Can EPA CO2 Regs
en. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, introduced a resolution of disapproval, under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), to overturn EPA’s endangerment finding (the agency’s official determination that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare) .

CEOs to Capitol Hill: Quit Calling Us for Cash
Roughly 40 executives from companies including Playboy Enterprises, ice cream maker Ben & Jerry's, the Seagram's liquor company, toymaker Hasbro, Delta Airlines and Men's Wearhouse sent a letter to congressional leaders Friday urging them to approve public financing for House and Senate campaigns. They say they are tired of getting fundraising calls from lawmakers and fear it will only get worse after Thursday's Supreme Court ruling.

If Republicans run as strongly as Brown, only 103 House Dems are safe
Republican Scott Brown won 52%-47% in Massachusetts, which voted 62%-36% for Barack Obama in 2008. How did he do in each of Massachusetts’s 10 congressional districts, all of which are represented by Democrats who have been reelected without much opposition this decade?

Alert: Female Suicide Bombers May Be Heading Here From Yemen
"There are others who are still out there who have been trained and who are clean skins -- that means people who we do not have a record of, people who may not look like al Qaeda terrorists, who may not be Arabs, and may not be men," said Clarke.

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 24% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -19

Obama has suspicious number of letter-writing fans named 'Ellie Light'
In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical "Letters to the Editor" in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers.Every letter claimed a different residence for Light that happened to be in the newspaper’s circulation area.

White House nightmare persists
Mr Obama’s nightmare January could easily slip into a nightmare February. "Unless and until the president changes the way his White House, works, things are going to continue to go badly for him," says the head of a Democratic think-tank. "Heads still have to roll."

Bachmann plans SOTU day event UPDATE
Next Wednesday, we're going to announce our next step for patriots in this country. We're gonna have a press conference at the Capitol, because that's the State of the Union that evening, and we're going to have a press conference about where we go from here

The Far Left, Down for the Count
Obama, of course, is a big loser along with Ms. Coakley. His trip to Massachusetts last Sunday was gutsy, but foolish in hindsight. Voters in a very liberal state simply rejected his request to elect another liberal. The president lost face and power and has to know it.

U.S. Marines End Role in Iraq after Seven Years
The U.S. Marine Corps wrapped up nearly seven years in Iraq on Saturday, handing over duties to the Army and signaling the beginning of an accelerated withdrawal of American troops as the U.S. turns its focus away from the waning Iraqi war to a growing one in Afghanistan.

Rep. Frank: Abolish Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
"I believe this committee will be recommending abolishing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in their current form and coming up with a whole new system of housing finance," Frank said at a hearing on executive compensation issues. "That's the approach, rather than the piecemeal one."

Ill. Senate Candidate Hughes: Tort Reform Essential
Patrick Hughes, a Republican candidate for Senate in Illinois, says tort reform and other measures ignored by the Democrats are necessary to improve healthcare. As for healthcare, "The reason why our system is expensive is because we aren’t doing things that can incentivize private practitioners to get costs down."

Another Vacancy on Supreme Court?
Justice John Paul Stevens has left some clues he’s planning to retire this year, shortly after he turns 90 years old. He’s only hired one law clerk for next term, for example, and not the four that sitting justices typically hire every year.

The days of the bloodsuckers are numbered
All three entitlement groups: greedy poor, greedy politicians, and greedy finance manipulators, are poised atop the backs of the middle class, wielding a whip, telling the little people to work harder for them. All these greedy groups siphon off money which could be used for productive purposes. But that middle class, which politicians and elitist bankers think are stupid plodders, is perfectly capable of thinking for themselves. The middle class works and tries to better itself, its family and friends and it pays the freight for all these maggots who feed off them.

Schumer calls for hearings on SCOTUS decision
"As chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, which is the committee with jurisdiction over these issues, I'm announcing that we will hold hearings on the impact of this decision within the next of couple of weeks," Schumer said.

Filibuster reform headed for Senate floor; measure faces uphill battle
Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) intends in the next few weeks to introduce legislation that would take away the minority’s power to filibuster legislation.

‘Whites only' basketball league announced
..."only players that are natural-born United State citizens with both parents of Caucasian race are eligible to play in the league."

Nader group says let’s change the First Amendment
At least they are finally admitting that they view the First Amendment which says Congress shall make no law respecting freedom of speech as flawed. And that they judge themselves as smarter than James Madison, the author of the Bill of Rights that begins with the First Amendment (actually it was the third, but that’s another story), and the Father of the Constitution.

Paul Ryan tells NRO: The Dems are going to try reconciliation
Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.), the ranking member of the House Budget Committee, tells National Review Online that House Democrats are planning to use of the budget-reconciliation process in order to pass Obamacare. "They’re meeting with each other this weekend to pursue it," says Ryan. "I’ve spoken with many Democrats and the message is this: They’re not ready to give up."

Pelosi: House lacks votes to OK Senate health bill
Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that she lacks the votes to quickly move the Senate's sweeping health overhaul bill through the House, a potentially devastating blow to President Barack Obama's signature issue.

TSA nominee withdraws amid 'political agenda'
Erroll Southers said he was pulling out because his nomination had become a lightning rod for those with a political agenda. Obama had tapped Southers, a former FBI agent, to lead the TSA in September but his confirmation has been blocked by Republican Sen. Jim DeMint, who says he was worried that Southers would allow TSA employees to have collective bargaining rights.

House Liberals To Pelosi: "We Cannot Support The Senate Bill. Period."
In a private meeting in the Capitol just now, a dozen or more House liberals bluntly told Nancy Pelosi that there was no chance that they would vote to pass the Senate bill in its current form, making it all but certain that House Dems won’t opt for this approach.

DeMint: 'Waterloo' Call to Arms Worked
Invoking the Napoleonic metaphor once again, DeMint warned the president and Democratic leaders to scale back their ambitious agenda in the wake of the Massachusetts election.

Dems fret: 'Every state is in play'
The Republican victory in Massachusetts has sent a wave of fear through the halls of the Senate, with moderate and liberal Democrats second-guessing their party’s agenda and worrying that they’ll be the next victims of voters’ anger.

Supreme Court rolls back campaign spending limits
The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations may spend freely to support or oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old limits on their participation in federal campaigns.

Initial jobless claims unexpectedly rise
The number of newly-laid off workers seeking jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week, as the economy recovers at a slow and uneven pace. Layoffs have slowed and the economy began to grow in last year's third quarter, but companies are reluctant to hire new workers. The unemployment rate is 10 percent and many economists expect it to increase in the coming months.

200,000 Haitian migrants could file for Temporary Protected Status
The Obama administration is preparing to handle applications from as many as 200,000 undocumented Haitian immigrants who want to live and work legally in the United States under a new immigration program unveiled last week in the aftermath of Haiti's destructive earthquake.

The World Bids Farewell to Obama
US President Barack Obama suffered a painful defeat in Massachusetts on Tuesday. With mid-term elections looming, it means that Obama will have to fundamentally re-think his political course. German commentators say it is the end of hope.

Scott Brown pulls off historic upset
"When I spoke to the president, the first thing I said was, would you like me to drive the truck down to Washington so you can see it?", Brown said.

Obama Suffers Devastating Loss in Mass. Senate Upset
In one of the most shocking turnabouts in modern political history, GOP underdog Scott Brown has single-handedly captured the so-called "Kennedy seat" in Massachusetts, wiped out the Democratic supermajority in Congress, and pushed the president's Obamacare agenda to the very brink of a stunning defeat.

The fallout: Democrats rethinking health care bill
The White House’s preferred option is for the House to approve the already-passed Senate version of health reform, to avoid the need for another vote in the Senate. But several House members said last night they’re not prepared to pass the Senate bill alone, even if it means health care reform would die.

Barney Frank Deals Potential Death Blow to Obamacare
I am hopeful that some Republican Senators will be willing to discuss a revised version of health care reform because I do not think that the country would be well-served by the health care status quo. But our respect for democratic procedures must rule out any effort to pass a health care bill as if the Massachusetts election had not happened.

Mika Brzezinski: It’s time for journalists to admit that they’re Democrats
Denizens of the MSM try to be objective, she says, but have "got a liberal point of view. The balance is not there." Otherwise, viewers can be "duped."

Tamper Trouble: Sample Ballot at MA Polling Station is Marked for Coakley
Another Spanish language voter form brings into question voter fraud.

Voter Fraud Caught on Tape
If one were trying to manufacturing fraudulent votes, absentee ballots would be a great place to start. In many cases stacks of these have been turned in at one time, making it impossible to verify that an individual voter submitted each ballot.

Four hours before polls close, Coakley advisor blames White House; Update: DNC official goes nuclear on Coakley camp
The [Coakley] adviser, who cited internal polling numbers to make the case, emails that, There’s more to the story than [Coakley's poor campaign]. If Martha is guilty of taking the race for granted, so is the White House, and the DNC.

Here we go: Scott Brown’s cheating, declares Coakley camp;
Update: Mass. secretary of state dismisses fraud complaints

Reports that the Coakley campaign is making reckless accusations regarding the integrity of today’s election is a reminder that they are a desperate campaign. In fact, news reports point out that today’s accusation was a pre-dated, in the bag political attack. CLICK HERE to view a screen shot of the pre-dated attack.

Who was Chairman Mao, Lionized by Obama’s White house?
[EDIT] Anita Dunn. Obama himself saw nothing wrong with a Christmas ornament on a WH tree this past Christmas, featuring the man of mass murder. What are the pillars of Chairman Mao’s Marxist political philosophy? Essential Maoist beliefs include these:

Top Senate Democrat Outlines 'Nuclear Option' Strategy for Health Care
A top Senate Democrat for the first time Tuesday acknowledged that the party is prepared to deal with health care reform by using a controversial legislative tactic known as the "nuclear option" if Republican Scott Brown wins the Massachusetts Senate election.

Don't Subsidize Haitian Corruption
... the Obama administration and other spendthrifts are asserting a non-existent responsibility for American taxpayers to help rebuild Haiti. Their call to ride to the rescue reflects a foreign policy that wastes taxpayer dollars while actually fueling corruption and misery. Furthermore, there is no compelling reason for the United States to involve itself in Haiti’s reconstruction. It is an impossible task for another country and there are no U.S. interests at stake that warrant involvement beyond short-term rescue activities.

Black Conservatives Take Lead Role in Tea Party Movement
Marcus, a black conservative who is now involved in the growing tea party movement, attributes the problems of his childhood neighborhood, his extended family and the black community in general to a "cradle-to-grave government dependency" that in the case of his cousins enabled an idle life of crime and drug abuse.

Top Senate Democrat Outlines 'Nuclear Option' Strategy for Health Care
A top Senate Democrat for the first time Tuesday acknowledged that the party is prepared to deal with health care reform by using a controversial legislative tactic known as the "nuclear option" if Republican Scott Brown wins the Massachusetts Senate election.

Don't Subsidize Haitian Corruption
... the Obama administration and other spendthrifts are asserting a non-existent responsibility for American taxpayers to help rebuild Haiti. Their call to ride to the rescue reflects a foreign policy that wastes taxpayer dollars while actually fueling corruption and misery. Furthermore, there is no compelling reason for the United States to involve itself in Haiti’s reconstruction. It is an impossible task for another country and there are no U.S. interests at stake that warrant involvement beyond short-term rescue activities.

Black Conservatives Take Lead Role in Tea Party Movement
Marcus, a black conservative who is now involved in the growing tea party movement, attributes the problems of his childhood neighborhood, his extended family and the black community in general to a "cradle-to-grave government dependency" that in the case of his cousins enabled an idle life of crime and drug abuse.

Voter Fraud in Massachusetts?
They’ve just posted video of a woman in Lawrence, MA, carrying around blank absentee ballots in Spanish today. She explains how she’s telling people to mark Martha Coakley’s name. The woman handing out the ballots identifies herself as "Isabel Melendez" and says she has a talk show in which she promoted Coakley’s candidacy. The deadline to apply for absentee ballots for the January 19, 2010 special election for US Senate was Friday, January 15

Coakley Office Lashes Out at Reporters
VIDEO: Reporters threatened and called Nazi's by Coakley staff (SEIU). Comment: Isn't it interesting that the Liberal left is filled with anger, hatred and vugalarity, when they can not stamp their little feet, like brats, and get their way? Their mothers have ruined them. They have no TRUTH, no WISDOM, no COMPASSION, and NO LOVE for America! Hmmmmm-just like ACORN LOONS!

Tight Massachusetts race alarms California Dems
...a GOP win in Massachusetts would be a particularly dark sign representing "not just the canary in the coal mine," said Wade Randlett, a leading Silicon Valley fundraiser for Obama. "It's the flock of dead ravens landing on the lawn."

Obama HATES Fox News
The Obama administration is at war with Fox. The White House tried to silence key hosts like Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck, but their plan backfired. From secret meetings to open name calling, Newsmax's special report brings you behind-the-scenes in this epic battle between one President and one network.

Florida Tea Party to Sue Rival Group
Newsmax has learned that the Florida Tea Party, a grass-roots conservative affiliated with the national Tea Party Patriots, plans to file a lawsuit Tuesday morning against a group with a similar name that it says is trying to "hijack" the tea party movement.

U.S. Senate not seen passing climate bill in 2010
U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan said on Tuesday he did not think the Senate would pass climate change legislation this year, but instead would focus on a separate energy bill that would have more bipartisan support.

Obama Plans to Take 'Combative' Approach If Coakley Loses
President Barack Obama plans a combative response if, as White House aides fear, Democrats lose Tuesday’s special Senate election in Massachusetts, close advisers say.

South Carolina Flag Fight Round II
The NAACP will make a stronger push to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina Statehouse, the president of the civil rights organization said Monday.

Tea Party Activists Feel Slighted by GOP
Just when the Republican Party appears poised for big pickups in the 2010 midterm elections, a ragtag band of grass-roots conservatives millions strong and fiercely motivated, but with no national leader, threatens to split the Grand Old Party in two.

More than 600,000 on Massachusetts Voter Rolls Had Died or Moved, Nonpartisan Analysis Discovered
Massachusetts had 116,483 dead people on its voter registration rolls and another 538,567 people who were no longer living at the addresses on their registrations, according to a study released Oct. 28, by Aristotle International Inc., a nonpartisan political technology and data firm.

Is George Voinovich going to screw the GOP on health care?
Sorry, I couldn’t word it any more politely than that. But the very prospect of GOP Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio bailing on his party to cast a swan song 60th vote for the government health care takeover bill makes me want to spit nails. Voinovich is meeting with President Obama at 11:30am Eastern today in the Oval Office.

Still time for a few dirty tricks in MA
You didn’t think the Democratic monopoly would go quietly in Massachusetts just because the voters don’t want them any more, did you? According to Life News, supporters of Martha Coakley launched an effort to suppress the pro-life vote in Massachusetts today by broadcasting disinformation about Scott Brown and his support from Citizens for Life:

White House Keeps Up War on Fox News
The White House communications director is lobbing new firebombs at Fox News, saying it is not "a traditional news organization" and won't be treated as equal to other news networks.

Republican Fears of Stolen Election Grow in Massachusetts
The specter of Minnesota's bitterly contested election contest between Al Franken and Norm Coleman now hangs over Tuesday's special election in Massachusetts, with Republicans and conservative pundits warning that anything less than a clear-cut victory for GOP challenger Scott Brown over Democrat Martha Coakley risks a "stolen election."

Kirk Can't Vote After Tuesday
But based on Massachusetts law, Senate precedent, and the U.S. Constitution, Republican attorneys said Kirk will no longer be a senator after election day, period. Brown meets the age, citizenship, and residency requirements in the Constitution to qualify for the Senate. "Qualification" does not require state "certification", the lawyers said.

Obama Admits to Doubt, Pain Beneath Calm
"I have a confession to make. There are times when I'm not so calm. My wife knows. There are times when progress seems too slow. There are times when the words that are spoken about me hurt. There are times when the barbs sting. There are times when it feels like all these efforts are for naught," he added.

After Obama Rally, Dems Pin Blame On Bush
As audience members streamed out of Pres. Obama's rally on behalf of AG Martha Coakley (D) here tonight, the consensus was that the fault for Coakley's now-floundering MA SEN bid lies with one person -- George W. Bush.

CNN: White House predicts Coakley loss in MA
If this is true, one has to wonder why Obama bothered to show up at all today. Could it have been a decision that a failure to do anything would have been seen as an admission of weakness - and an attempt to avoid the perception that Obama won’t help protect Congressional Democrats in trouble down the road? It’s hard to believe that Obama was champing at the bit to tie himself to yet another failed Democratic candidate:

Hecklers interrupt Obama’s speech for Coakley
The big news here isn’t so much that a heckler appeared at a Coakley rally, with passions this high, it would have been news if one hadn’t, but that a series of hecklers threw Obama so far off his stride. It didn’t matter to the people who attended this rally, of course, but it’s a bit strange to see an experienced politician allow a couple of loud voices to interrupt for as long as this goes and then to ask "Where were we?"

Oops: IPCC to withdraw claim that AGW will wipe out Himalayan glaciers by 2035
The UN agency for "climate change" will withdraw a years-old claim that man-made climate change will destroy the Himalayan glaciers within 25 years, after its highly unscientific method of reaching this conclusion got exposed this week. Instead of conducting actual science themselves, with open and transparent methods, the IPCC apparently just read the claim in an interview and decided to adopt it.

Brown Claims Defamation in Democratic Document
Republican Scott Brown charged Saturday that a Democratic mailing against his U.S. Senate campaign violates a Massachusetts law prohibiting false statements against a political candidate.

Fineman: Ailes Chief of GOP
That's the contention of Newsweek columnist Howard Fineman, who says the Fox News president is "the closest thing there is to a kingmaker in Anti-Obama America. And that, in turn, makes him the de facto leader of the GOP." Boy, the left just can't make up their mind.

The Cases Coakley Didn't Prosecute
The Journal's Dorothy Rabinowitz describes how Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley "fought so relentlessly" to maintain a case against the Amirault family. Yet the Democratic Senate candidate was far from relentless when investigating fellow politicians.

LEFT LEANING Cape Cod Times Endorses Scott Brown
There are many people who would like to make this race a referendum on the current health care debate, but the election is more than one issue, no matter how important that issue might be. This election is about representing the people of Massachusetts on all issues. While we have common ground with Coakley on some points, we have our concerns about her ability to be effective in Washington based on her underwhelming campaign. With the luxury of being the front-runner since the first day of this race, Coakley has done little to demonstrate her passion for the office and commitment to the people. She squandered an opportunity to show vision but instead has run a campaign that seemed intended to run out the clock.

Why Haiti Matters
By Barack Obama | NEWSWEEK "And, lastly, in the days, months, and years ahead, we'll need to work closely with the government and people of Haiti to reclaim the momentum that they achieved before the earthquake. It is particularly devastating that this crisis has come at a time when at long last, after decades of conflict and instability Haiti was showing hopeful signs of political and economic progress. In the months and years to come, as the tremors fade and Haiti no longer tops the headlines or leads the evening news, our mission will be to help the people of Haiti to continue on their path to a brighter future. The United States will be there with the Haitian government and the United Nations every step of the way.

Easily Hacked Voting Systems to be Used in MA Special Election for the U.S. Senate
The electronic voting systems used in Massachusetts are notoriously plagued with problems and vulnerabilities, and are in violation of federal voting system standards. Moreover, they are sold, programmed, and maintained by a company with a disturbing criminal background.

Dodd Slams Tea Party Activists in Coakley Letter
"So when I saw that Martha was being attacked by tea partyers and right-wing radicals - they raised over $1 million in one day - I knew I needed to do everything I could to help." Most polls show the Brown-Coakley race as a dead heat. Thus the strong words from Dodd, who is retiring this year to avoid an election battle of his own.

Drug Companies Threaten to Oppose Health Bill
The drug industry is threatening to end its support for President Barack Obama's health overhaul effort because of a rift with the administration over protecting brand-name biotech drugs from low-cost generic competitors.

Obama Plans to Bring 45,000 Haitian Evacuees to FL
The Red Cross is preparing for two things: the repatriation of Americans living in Haiti and the possibility of a mass migration of Haitian nationals.

California ACORN breaks off into new nonprofit group
The new group will have the same mission, will be staffed by many of the same employees who worked for ACORN, and will be funded by most of the same donors, said Amy Schur, the former head organizer for California ACORN. Schur sits on the interim board of directors for the new group, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, which was incorporated in California on Monday. ACCE is seeking federal nonprofit status.

Obama going to Massachusetts
His health care bill at stake, President Barack Obama plans a weekend trip to Massachusetts to campaign for endangered Senate candidate Martha Coakley after a poll showed an edge for Republicans in the race for a seat Democrats have held for over a half-century.

Senate Can Pass Health With 51 Votes, Van Hollen Says
Even before Massachusetts and that race was on the radar screen, we prepared for the process of using reconciliation, Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said.

U.S. Chamber pledges to stop Obama agenda, play big role in Nov. elections
The chamber will carry out "the largest, most aggressive" campaign in its 100-year history as it works to influence the outcome of mid-term congressional elections and stop legislation it views as harmful to the economy, he said. "As Americans choose a new House and senators this fall," Donohue added, "the chamber will highlight lawmakers and candidates who support a pro-jobs agenda and hold accountable those who don't."

Black Panthers: 'Redneck Republicans' Out to Get Us
These right-wing white, red-faced, red-neck Republicans are attacking the hell out of the New Black Panther Party, and we’re organizing now to fight back, Shabazz told the podcast host, a man who calls himself Brother Gary and hosts a show called Conscious Chats on Blogtalk Radio.

Perry: Texas Won't Seek Federal Education Funding
Perry said Texas' education system is doing well under state and local control - standardized test scores are up, the dropout rate is down and Texas has been recognized as one of only four states that is closing the achievement gap in math. The grant program doesn't remove schools from state and local control but it gives Obama considerable leverage as he pushes education reform.

Judge tosses challenge to 'under God'
"The court reached the only decision that it could - the lawsuit was dismissed and the court concluded that the New Hampshire statute giving students an opportunity to voluntarily recite the Pledge in school is constitutional and consistent with the First Amendment. We're pleased the court’s decision underscores the arguments made in our amicus brief: the Pledge is a time-honored exercise that embraces patriotism, not religion."

House support for Fed audit passes 300
The prime sponsor of a plan to audit the Federal Reserve, which oversees U.S. monetary policy, U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, says his plan has reached 300 co-sponsors in the U.S. House.

Top Obama czar: Infiltrate all 'conspiracy theorists'
Sunstein: "We suggest a distinctive tactic for breaking up the hard core of extremists who supply conspiracy theories: cognitive infiltration of extremist groups, whereby government agents or their allies (acting either virtually or in real space, and either openly or anonymously) will undermine the crippled epistemology of believers by planting doubts about the theories and stylized facts that circulate within such groups, thereby introducing beneficial cognitive diversity."

Obama to meddle with your retirement account?
The Obama administration appears to have come up with a novel way of financing trillion-dollar budget deficits - demanding IRA and 401(k) holders buy trillions of dollars in Treasury bonds.

Homeschoolers capture major victory
In a statement that reflects widespread trust by lawmakers in homeschoolers, the New Hampshire House of Representatives today resoundingly rejected a proposal that would have imposed draconian new regulations on the students and their parents.

Assailant Was a Coakley Staffer on Loan from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee?
A tipster tells me that the man who was pushing me outside of a Capitol Hill fundraiser Tuesday night for Massachusetts Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley is Michael Meehan.

Eureka, I Am a Conservative!
For the longest time, average Americans were in a political stupor. But not anymore. In the past year, across this great nation of ours, an awakening has started. Individual Americans, by the droves, are experiencing their own political eureka moments and transforming into conservatives.

Obama’s TSA Nominee Characterized Groups That Were Domestic Security Threats as ‘Anti-Abortion’ and Having ‘Christian Identity’
Most of the domestic groups that we have to pay attention to here are white supremacist groups. They're anti-government and in most cases anti-abortion, he said. They are usually survivalist-type in nature, identity orientated. If you recall, Buford Furrow came to Los Angeles in, I believe, it was 1999. When he went to three different Jewish institutions, museums, and then wound up shooting people at a children's community center, then shooting a Filipino postal worker later on. Matthew Hale, who's the Pontifex Maximus of the World Church of the Creator out of Illinois, and Ben Smith, who went on a shooting spree in three different cities where he killed a number of African Americans and Jews and Asians that day. Those groups are groups that claim to be extremely anti-government and Christian-identity oriented.

Democrats vote to protect voter intimidation
Along party lines, the House Judiciary Committee voted 15-14 Wednesday against compelling Attorney General Eric Holder to tell Congress why he refused to prosecute Black Panthers who brandished weapons at a Philadelphia polling place during Election 2008.

Unions will dodge O's health tax
The sweetheart deal, hammered out behind closed doors, will save union employees at least $60 billion over the years involved, while others won't be as lucky -- they'll have to cough up almost $90 billion.

FCC looks at ways to assert authority over Web access
"While I am still hopeful that we'll win the case, I am absolutely certain that consumers expect protection against gatekeeper control," said Commissioner Michael Copps, a Democrat. "That's why we need to move forward with whatever tools we have at our disposal to ensure an open Internet."

Martha Coakley's Convictions The role played by the U.S. Senate candidate in a notorious sex case raises questions about her judgment.
Gerald, it was alleged, had plunged a wide-blade butcher knife into the rectum of a 4-year-old boy, which he then had trouble removing. When a teacher in the school saw him in action with the knife, she asked him what he was doing, and then told him not to do it again, a child said. On this testimony, Gerald was convicted of a rape which had, miraculously, left no mark or other injury. Violet had tied a boy to a tree in front of the school one bright afternoon, in full view of everyone, and had assaulted him anally with a stick, and then with "a magic wand." She would be convicted of these charges. Cheryl had cut the leg off a squirrel.

Massachusetts: 'Bottom has fallen out' of Coakley's polls; Dems prepare to explain defeat, protect Obama
Here in Massachusetts, as well as in Washington, a growing sense of gloom is setting in among Democrats about the fortunes of Democratic Senate candidate Martha Coakley. "I have heard that in the last two days the bottom has fallen out of her poll numbers," says one well-connected Democratic strategist. In her own polling, Coakley is said to be around five points behind Republican Scott Brown. "If she's not six or eight ahead going into the election, all the intensity is on the other side in terms of turnout," the Democrat says. "So right now, she is destined to lose."

Massachusetts shocker: Brown Up 15% in Pajamas Media/CrossTarget Poll
A new poll taken Thursday evening for Pajamas Media by CrossTarget an Alexandria VA survey research firm shows Scott Brown, a Republican, leading Martha Coakley, a Democrat, by 15.4% in Tuesday’s special election for the open Massachusetts US Senate seat. The poll of 946 likely voters was conducted by telephone using interactive voice technology (IVR) and has a margin of error of +/- 3.19%.

Muslim Child Brides in Britain
First, when I say that the marriage of nine-year-old girls in today’s Britain (and the rest of the EU, for that matter) is unsurprising, my statement is based on my own 17 years of experience in the field of immigration: forms of assault based on tradition and religion including child marriage, forced marriage, genital mutilation, so-called honor-related offenses such as rape and murder have become established here as a result of immigration, mostly from Muslim countries.

Meehan ADMITS He Shoved McCormack
Well well. After the media carrying Martha Coakley's water for an entire day, claiming that report John McCormack tripped instead of, as McCormack claimed, being shoved to the grown by Coakley aide Michael Meehan, Meehan has now issued an apology for shoving McCormack.

Man honored by Obama: God 'sinful, homophobic bigot'
A man honored by President Obama as a "civil rights pioneer" has told a Christian ministry leader the God of the Bible is a "sinful, homophobic bigot" who needs to repent and "seek forgiveness for the pain and suffering which his sinful homophobia has needlessly inflicted upon gay people for the past 4,000 years."

White House budget director blames old computers for ineffective government
A big reason why the government is inefficient and ineffective is because Washington has outdated technology, with federal workers having better computers at home than in the office. LOL. Well at least they aren't blaming Bush.

After embarassing losses, Obama steers clear of Mass. race...
Coming off stinging election losses in Virginia and New Jersey -- not to mention Copenhagen, where he failed to win the 2018 Olympics for his hometown of Chicago -- President Obama is staying away from what could become another painful loss.

N.J. Boy, 8, On Terrorism Watch List
n New Jersey, there's a frequent air traveler who is always scrutinized by airlines and airport security. Unfortunately for him, his name is apparently on a watch list. And as CBS 2 HD found out he's only 8 years old.

Have officials 'willfully conspired' to cover up ATF record errors?
...an indication of system-wide incompetence, negligence, deception and cover-up that reaches throughout and beyond the agency, extending to those charged with providing audit oversight.

Retail sales sink, jobless claims rise
But the so-called continuing claims do not include millions of people who have used up the regular 26 weeks of benefits customarily provided by states, and are receiving extended benefits for up to 73 additional weeks, paid for by the federal government.

House Panel Rejects Black Panther Resolution
The Democrat-controlled House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday rejected by a 15-14 vote a resolution of inquiry that would have forced the Justice Department to tell Congress why it dismissed a civil complaint against members of the New Black Panther Party who disrupted a Philadelphia polling place in the November 2008 election.

Tenn. Lawmaker Applauded by Pro-Pot Activists
Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen acknowledged feeling a little lonely as he addressed a crowd of self-described pot smokers just off Capitol Hill. After all, sharing a stage with Cheech and Chong and calling for loosening drug laws isn't usually in the campaign playbook of a sitting congressman.

SEC hides AIG bailout documents until 2018
It could take until November 2018 to get the full story behind the U.S. bailout of insurance giant American International Group (AIG.N) because of an action taken last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Michael Steele Has Lost the Support of His Party
Chief Washington correspondent Ronald Kessler details the growing disillusionment among conservatives with Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele. His bizarre statements, poor leadership skills and insulting comments about fellow Republicans prove that Steele is the wrong man to lead his party in crucial midterm elections, Kessler writes.

Obama's Veto of Spending Bill Raises Questions
Mixing the pocket veto, which cannot be overridden under the Constitution, with the regular veto "is a presidential power grab" designed to give the president "absolute veto power that could be used anytime Congress is not in session," Mr. Spitzer said in a telephone interview.

Obama Wants $33 Billion More for War
The Obama administration plans to ask Congress for an additional $33 billion to fight unpopular wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, on top of a record request for $708 billion for the Defense Department next year, The Associated Press has learned. Something fishy this way comes.

W.Va. GOP Unveils Agenda, Warns of Voter Unrest
Republicans in the West Virginia Legislature haven't had much luck persuading the Democratic majority to adopt parts of the GOP agenda, so the minority party is turning to what they say is a fed-up public for help.

Obama Skews Stimulus Jobs Count
The Obama administration reportedly is changing the way it counts jobs created or saved by stimulus spending in a way that will make the programs look far more successful. Now, the administration plans to count all jobs for projects funded by stimulus money - even if that job already existed and the person was never in danger of losing the job.

TN-08: Republican Bolts To Run As ‘Tea Party’ Independent
Donn Janes, a candidate for Congress in the 8th District, confirms that he will not file to run in the Republican primary but as an independent in the general election as a ‘Tea Party’ movement aligned candidate.

Charlie Crist Will Drop Out of the Senate Race
But Crist valiantly made a blow stand this evening in Pinellas County. It is his home county. After seeing Marco Rubio win every single straw poll of every single county in Florida that has had them so far, Crist knew that tonight he would win the Pinellas County GOP straw poll. It is, after all, his own freaking county. Crist lost. The vote was 106-54 in Marco Rubio’s favor. In Charlie Crist’s home county.

President Obama Signs Executive Order Establishing Council of Governors
The President today signed an Executive Order (attached) establishing a Council of Governors to strengthen further the partnership between the Federal Government and State Governments to protect our Nation against all types of hazards. When appointed, the Council will be reviewing such matters as involving the National Guard of the various States; homeland defense; civil support; synchronization and integration of State and Federal military activities in the United States; and other matters of mutual interest pertaining to National Guard, homeland defense, and civil support activities.

Executive Order -- Medical Countermeasures Following a Biological Attack
Section 1. Policy. It is the policy of the United States to plan and prepare for the timely provision of medical countermeasures to the American people in the event of a biological attack in the United States through a rapid Federal response in coordination with State, local, territorial, and tribal governments.

FEC Fails to Investigate Teachers’ Complaint of NEA Union Money Laundering Scheme
Citing in part lack of sufficient funding to enforce the law, the FEC junked a complaint filed by the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation and two Alabama teachers who discovered a union scheme to divert convention reimbursements into the National Education Association (NEA) union’s PAC.

IRS commissioner doesn't file his own taxes
IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman does not file his own taxes in part because he believes the tax code is complex. Shulman said he uses a tax preparer for his own returns. "I've used one for years. I find it convenient. I find the tax code complex so I use a preparer," Shulman said.

WHO to review its handling of H1N1 flu pandemic
The World Health Organization is to examine its handling of the H1N1 pandemic, the group said on Tuesday, after accusations by some politicians that it exaggerated the dangers of the virus under pressure from drug companies.

Bankruptcy could be good for America
The US has formidable strengths that will allow its government to be profligate for far longer than other nations could get away with. But if the US keeps running huge deficits, sooner or later the country will start flirting with bankruptcy. Oddly, it might be best if the crisis came sooner rather than later. For a surprising number of countries, running out of money has been the prelude to national renewal.

Top Black Dem: The Word 'Negro' Is OK to Use
Somebody owes Rush Limbaugh a big apology. Remember all the flak he took over his 'Barack The Magic Negro' parody, which was riffing off an LA Times op-ed by a black author who used the same term? Turns out, using "Negro" isn't objectionable. Don't take my word for it. Ask Rep. James Clyburn, former Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and current House Majority Whip. Then why are they raising such a stink over "Negro" being on the census form?

Jobless rate really at 22%?
The AP gave us a media watershed moment last Friday when it, er, unexpectedly gave a full report on the fact that the joblessness rate hides a lot more misery these days than before. Why? So many people have been out of work for so long that that the Bureau of Labor Statistics no longer counts many of them.

Sarah Palin to Contribute to Fox News
Former Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska has signed on as a contributor to the Fox News Channel. Ms. Palin will not have her own regular program, one person familiar with the deal said, though she will host an occasional series that will run on the network from time to time. This person would not elaborate, but the network does have a precedent for such a series. Oliver L. North is the host of an occasionally running documentary series on the military called "War Stories."

National Tea Party Group Endorses Scott Brown for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts
The national group Tea Party Express announced their endorsement of Republican Scott Brown for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts. This will be a critical race, a Special Election that takes place on January 19th, and one that will stop the Democrats from passing through their government-run healthcare monstrosity - if we can win!

Dems positioning to rig November elections?
"What does universal voter registration mean? It means all state laws will be overridden by a federal mandate. At that point you will have destroyed the integrity of the registration process. This is their stealth bill . . . it is even more sneaky than the healthcare bill."

Harry Reid’s History of Racial Posturing
I’m not sure why Harry Reid, of all people, should benefit from that principle. He sure as hell hasn’t given others the benefit of the doubt when it comes to racial matters.

Forgetting Communism’s Evils
The non-appearance by the president of the United States to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall marks but one of many worldwide incidents of deliberate forgetting about the ravages of communism, an ideology that has killed over a hundred million people. We could have predicted during the campaign that President Obama would not think such an event important.

We Don’t Work For You
This "hope and change" government has more than shown its intent to the American people. They want a communist style régime in place so they can control all aspects of our lives. The sands of time are running like quick silver. Let’s get up and do something now!

ObamaCare Has Revealed The Moral Bankruptcy Of The Senate
Here's where we're at on socialized health care. The House and Senate have passed ObamaCare bills, but the two versions are very different. So, the bill can't go to the President until they iron out the differences.

Americans Oppose Initiatives Limiting 401(k) Choices, ICI Says
U.S. investors oppose federal initiatives that would force them to give up control over their 401(k) accounts, the Investment Company Institute said.

Liberty Lost Forever
There is a "good chance' that Obama Administration special counsel John Durham will recommend prosecuting Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Bush Administration officials for torture and other war crimes, as he concludes an inquiry Attorney General Eric Holder appointed him to undertake.

Oliver Stone to protect Hitler from hateful conservatives
We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them. We want to move beyond opinions. Go into the funding of the Nazi party. How many American corporations were involved. Hitler is a product of a series of events, just a man who could have been assassinated.

Glenn Beck’s Tax Problems and The Curious Workings of The Liberal Mind
As Beck evolved from a medium-market local radio personality to a one-man media empire with top-rated radio and television shows, best-selling books, a monthly magazine and a traveling one-man comedy tour, his production company, Mercury Radio Arts, has at times struggled to keep up with the heightened tax and filing demands accompanying his success.

Meteorologist predicts global cooling
Accuweather meteorologist Joe Bastardi has produced a video suggesting the current frigid conditions in North America, Europe and Asia are very similar to the weather patterns in the 1970s that produced fears a new ice age was imminent.

Obama eligibility attorney charges case rife with fraud
"There is such a high probability of criminal acts of identity theft and Social Security fraud committed by the respondent that the undersigned requests this honorable court to use its inherent powers to order Sua Sponte an evidentiary hearing on this particular issue for possible criminal prosecution," she wrote in her latest arguments that also request the case be moved to Washington, D.C.

Republican Chairman Calls for Reid to Step Down
Steele said Reid, of Nevada, should suffer the same sanction as former Republican Senator Trent Lott, who was forced out of his leadership role in 2002 for comments about a 1948 segregationist campaign.

Oil rises above $83 amid strong China demand
Crude prices have spiked 20 percent in the last month as a rash of cold winter weather in parts of the U.S., Europe and Asia boost demand for oil products such as heating oil. Supplies were threatened in Nigeria, where unidentified gunmen attacked a Chevron Corp. crude oil pipeline, cutting production by 20,000 barrels a day, a company spokesman said Saturday

Chavez Wants TV 'Socialist Soap Operas'
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Sunday he has asked film producers to make "socialist soap operas," with government help if needed, because there's too much capitalism on television. We have plenty of Hollywoodians to send him.

Ailes Threatened to Quit Fox
Roger Ailes, the pioneering head of Fox News, threatened to quit the network in 2008 after hearing that his boss, News Corporation founder Rupert Murdoch, was thinking about endorsing Barack Obama for president in The New York Post, according to a story in The New York Times. If Ailes were to leave FNC would become just another propagandized alphabet channel.

Reid apologizes for 'no Negro dialect' comment
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada described then-Sen. Barack Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect." Obama is the nation's first African-American president.

Government Health Insurance Option Appears Doomed
Senior House Democrats have largely abandoned hopes of including a government-run insurance option in the final compromise healthcare bill taking shape, according to several officials, and are pushing for other measures to rein in private insurers.

Chavez orders currency devaluation in Venezuela..
Venezuelans rushed to the shops on Saturday, fearful of price rises after a currency devaluation that will let President Hugo Chavez boost government spending ahead of an election but feeds opposition charges of economic mismanagement.

Courts Roll Back Limits on Election Spending
Even before a landmark Supreme Court ruling on campaign finance law expected within days, a series of other court decisions is reshaping the political battlefield by freeing corporations, unions and other interest groups from many of the restrictions on their advertising about issues and candidates.

Palin Rebuffs CPAC, Headlines Tea Party Convention Instead
Palin is declining an invitation to address the Conservative Political Action Conference next month because, a source said, she does not want to be affiliated with the longtime organizer of the traditional movement confab.

It begins: Federal judge tosses Gitmo detainee’s confession as coerced
In a ruling this week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan also said the government failed to establish that 23 statements the detainee made to interrogators at Guantanamo Bay were untainted by the earlier coerced statements made while he was held under harsh conditions in Afghanistan.

State tax revenues continue to tank
Combining current data with comparable historical figures from the U.S. Census Bureau, the Institute reported that the first three quarters of 2009 marked the largest decline in state tax collections at least since 1963.

Unexpectedly, AP hammers Obama administration on jobless report
For a while, the Associated Press seemed determined to make "unexpected" and its variants the most overused term in economic reporting. Today, they give their readers an unexpected shock by dropping the forced sense of optimism normally used in giving bad economic news in their analysis of today’s jobless report. Instead, Christopher Rugaber reports the obvious - that the loss of 85,000 more jobs is nothing but bad news, and that the 10.0% figure hides the rot underneath:

Pelosi, Obama call for job-creation bill in wake of unemployment report
Top Democrats are seizing on weaker-than-expected December employment data to strengthen their push for more spending on job-creation programs. More Porkulus!

Why Is Hillary's State Dept. Getting Undie-Bomber Pass?
Even absent the intelligence we had on this al-Qaida-trained operative before his fateful trip, Hillary Clinton’s State Department was required to know better than to issue a coveted entrance pass to a globe-trotting, Nigerian-born nomad. Under federal law (section 214(b) of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act to be precise), State Department consular officials must determine that foreigners applying for temporary visas (students, tourists and business people) will in fact return to their home countries as required and will not abuse their visa privileges.

Study Finds Increase in U.S. Muslim Extremism
The report by researchers from Duke University and the University of North Carolina identifies 139 American Muslims accused of planning or carrying out violent attacks motivated by extremism since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. All but one of the suspects were male and most were under age 30. The largest number of cases by far occurred in 2009, with a total of 41 suspects.

Turner bid for Yellowstone bison draws protest
Ted Turner's bid to get 74 wild bison from Yellowstone National Park is drawing stiff opposition from those who say the animals are being given up for private profit instead of conservation.

Geithner called to explain AIG bailout secrecy
A House committee is planning to grill Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner about his role in the massive bailout of failed insurer American International Group Inc

The Risk of Catastrophic Victory
Passage of the health-care bill will be, for the administration, a catastrophic victory. If it is voted through in time for the State of the Union Address, as President Obama hopes, half the chamber will rise to their feet and cheer. They will be cheering their own demise.

Alleged US airline bomber pleads not guilty
Lawyers for a young Nigerian accused of trying to blow up a US plane on Christmas Day pleaded not guilty Friday, as he faced life imprisonment on six charges

Google Applies to Become Power Marketer
The Internet search company, which consumes vast amounts of electricity to run the computers in its data centers, created a subsidiary last month called Google Energy. It then applied for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to be allowed to buy and sell power much like utilities do.

Ariz. Sheriff Investigated by Federal Grand Jury
Two officials said Thursday night they have been subpoenaed to answer questions next week before a federal grand jury about a high-profile Arizona sheriff who gained attention for aggressively cracking down on illegal immigration.

Shocking Ft. Hood Report Released
Shortly after alleged gunman Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood and killed 13 people, the Pentagon's top intelligence officer reportedly sent a classified report to the White House detailing a prior failure to connect the dots.

Petition to recall LA Senator Mary Landrieu
The blog And So It Goes in Shreveport notes that a petition to recall Senator Mary Landrieu has been accepted for filing by the Louisiana Secretary of State. Citizens have 180 days to file enough signatures to get this on a ballot:

Pearl Harbor Day erased! Happy Islamic New Year
Explosive outrage is being unleashed on a popular supermarket chain after it published a 2010 calendar marking the date of Dec. 7 with the Islamic New Year, while eliminating any mention of Pearl Harbor Day, commemorating the 1941 attack on the U.S. by Japan.

Barack Obama and the Strategy of Manufactured Crisis
Despite the mass media news blackout, a series of books, talk radio and the blogosphere have managed to expose Barack Obama's connections to his radical mentors -- Weather Underground bombers William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, Communist Party member Frank Marshall Davis and others. David Horowitz and his Discover the Networks.org have also contributed a wealth of information and have noted Obama's radical connections since the beginning.

How to Recognize and Fight a Terrorist on a Plane
The attempted bombing of Delta/Northwest 253 on Christmas Day was not the first from the Islamic terrorists nor will it be the last. Since I am a pilot, I have had people ask what can a passenger do onboard an airplane to help thwart a terrorist attack. Having personal experience with a few events myself, as well as reading articles and hearing stories from other crewmembers, I can give you some information which might assist you in dealing with a suspicious passenger or situation.

Nelson: We should have waited on health care
Sen. Ben Nelson said Tuesday it was a mistake for the Obama Administration to take on massive health care reforms in 2009, and suggested efforts would have been better spent addressing the economy.

NCTC director Michael Leiter remained on ski slopes after Christmas Day airline bombing attempt
The top official in charge of analyzing terror threats did not cut short his ski vacation after the underwear bomber nearly blew up an airliner on Christmas Day.

Steele's Side Pursuits Drive Away Donors
Some wealthy contributors are shunning the Republican National Committee and donating instead to the other GOP campaign committees or directly to candidates - in many cases because of discontent with the leadership of Michael S. Steele, the party's national chairman.

The First Senator From the Tea Party?
Charlie Crist’s perma-tanned face bears none of the strain you would expect from the archetype of the embattled Republican. Politicians are supposed to keep up appearances, but Crist is especially convincing, one of the more earnest politicians you will see, whether or not he means it.

Obama Lawyers Fined by Federal Court
Sanctimonious Eric Holder and his equally sanctimonious minions strode into the Justice Department filled with contempt for their predecessors, who they said had "politicized" the administration of justice. (They then proceeded to override the judgment of professional lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel on the constitutionality of D.C. voting rights, appoint a slew of left-wing lawyers who are now making policy on terrorism, and override career prosecutors who chose not to pursue charges against CIA operatives who employed enhanced interrogation techniques.)

Obama OKs taxing health plans
Obama signaled to House Democratic leaders Wednesday that they'll have to drop their opposition to taxing high-end health insurance plans to pay for health coverage for millions of uninsured Americans.

Obama Reneges on Health Care Transparency
(CBS) "The House and Senate plan to put together the final health care reform bill behind closed doors according to an agreement by top Democrats," House Speaker Nanci Pelosi said today at the White House.

'Negro' Race Choice On Census Form Sparks Outrage
A fiery blast from the past is conjuring controversy in the new millennium. The word "negro" is now featured on an official U.S. document and now many are questioning if the Census Bureau is being insensitive.

Is there a new democratic movement in America?
VIDEO: Democrat Pollster Pat Caddell and writer David Horowitz talk about the Democrat Party and the condition of our nation. The two spend some time going into "the shadow party Democrats." And Horowitz even thinks there is some good news in that we may be at the beginning of a kind of "Great Awakening."

White House to State AGs: No 'Legitimate Constitutional Concerns' in Senate Health Care Bill
While stating that he had not read a letter from the attorneys general about the issue, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs nonetheless told CNSNews.com, "I do not believe that anybody has legitimate constitutional concerns about the legislation."

Obama Prods Congress to Pass Health Bill Quickly, Bypassing Normal House-Senate Negotiations
President Barack Obama is prodding House and Senate Democrats to get him a final health care bill as soon as possible, encouraging them to bypass the usual negotiations between the two chambers to speed things up.

Finally, The Constitution
The term "crisis" is thrown around rather liberally today, but there should be no question that our nation is in a desperate situation today. Our problem is not merely fiscal, but political and cultural. Our deficits and growing debt are driven by a government that is no longer constrained by the rule of law.

Bibles Banned in Bible Belt
Giving away Bibles to school children is unconstitutional. That’s the law of the land in Wilson County, Tennessee a suburb of Nashville. The school board was facing a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union over a long-time tradition

Recruits for 2010 Put Glee in GOP
"We've got people calling from all over the country, saying, 'I want to run.' People are concerned about the direction of the country," he said. "We've got doctors, farmers, business people - people from all walks of life."

Phantom zip codes also found in Virginia
As much as $9.5 million in federal stimulus dollars went to 14 zip codes in Virginia that don’t exist or are in other states, Old Dominion Watchdog (http://virginia.watchdog.org) reports. The fake zip codes were listed on Recovery.gov, the federal Web site that is supposed to track how the stimulus money is being used.

Dodd to Leave U.S. Senate
U.S. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Christopher Dodd will announce on Wednesday he will not seek re-election in November, the Washington Post and New York Times reported.

S.C. County GOP Censures Lindsey Graham
The party censured Graham because of his work with Democrats on immigration and climate change. Graham says he's proud of solving problems by working across the aisle.

Fed Judges: Felons Should Get Vote
Incarcerated felons should be allowed to vote in Washington to ensure that racial minorities are protected under the Voting Rights Act, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

Ritter Won't Seek 2nd Term
CO Gov. Bill Ritter (D) will not seek a second term, a campaign source tells Hotline OnCall, becoming the first Dem governor to announce he will step down. Easily elected in '06 over ex-Rep. Bob Beauprez (R), Ritter faced economic uncertainty during his 3 years in office, and most public polls show his approval rating near parity. Like rats jumping off a sinking ship.

Spying on Icebergs Instead of Terrorists?
As terrorists continue to infiltrate America, the Obama Administration is tasking some of our nation's most elite intelligence-gathering agencies to divert their resources to environmental scientists researching global warming.

Dorgan says he will not seek re-election in 2010
North Dakota Democrat Byron Dorgan says he will not seek re-election to the Senate in 2010, a surprise announcement that could give Republicans an opportunity to pick up a seat from the Republican-leaning state.

Eric Schmidt (Google) Seems Concerned Obama Is Screwing Up The Country
...instead of seeking a new post-Reagan consensus, the Obama Democrats are returning to their party’s long-running pursuit of European-style social democracy - by micromanaging industry, pouring money into entitlement and welfare programs, and binding the economy in a web of new taxes and regulations.

Joan Rivers Deemed Threat to National Security
Rivers, 76, was deemed a danger to national security and booted from a Newark-bound flight in Costa Rica on Sunday by a jittery Continental Airlines gate agent who found the two names on her passport fishy. Her passport reads: Joan Rosenberg AKA Joan Rivers. Rosenberg was her late husband's last name.

Creepy: Obamacare Expands Authority of IRS
Not only does the Democratic health care bill include tax hikes, as reported by Americans for Tax Reform, it also would expand the role of the Internal Revenue Service. From Kaiser Health News: Under the proposed health care legislation, they would get another assignment: checking to see whether Americans have health insurance. The House and Senate bills require most Americans to have health insurance and to prove it on their annual federal tax return. Those who don’t would pay a penalty to the IRS.

Condi Banks on Cap & Trade
Condoleezza Rice is on the board of directors for a new energy company hoping to take advantage of cap-and-trade legislation. The former secretary of state, who has been teaching political science at Stanford University since the end of the Bush administration, is taking a leading role in a start-up straight out of the university known for its technological prowess. The stealth start-up, called C3, is hoping to make carbon cap-and-trade systems for businesses, according to TechCrunch

White House promises left: Illegals will be eligible for ObamaCare after we give them amnesty
Lawmakers who want to extend health coverage to illegal immigrants will not block the passage of the final health care reform bill so long as the White House offers a substantive promise to start pushing comprehensive immigration legislation this year.

Idaho Gov. Hopeful Says 'God's Help' Needed To Save Constitution...
"We are in America's second Revolutionary War to save our freedom, which we paid for with blood. We need God's help and I'm not ashamed to ask for it."

Ariz. border agent fatally shoots suspected illegal immigrant
Border Patrol spokesman Omar Candelaria says the shooting happened Monday morning after the agent and his dog encountered the man in the area of "D" Hill just outside of Douglas. The man assaulted the agent with rocks and the agent shot back.

Obama Readying Immigration Overhaul Despite Political Risks
Already, senior White House aides have privately assured Latino activists that the president will back legislation in 2010 to provide a road to citizenship for the estimated 12 million undocumented workers now living in the United States.

Swing states may be on the move
The voter sentiments that put Democrats on top in 2008 could turn against the party in November's midterm. Obama's proposals for healthcare, the economy and immigration could deepen divisions.

Michael Yon arrested at Seattle airport
Thank goodness our Homeland Security people are on the job after the EunuchBomber botched attack on Christmas Day. We certainly don’t want to have independent war correspondents passing through our airports without revealing their annual income.

Climatologists Claim They Know Future, But Can't Predict This Winter
Cold of a variety not seen in over 25 years in a large scale is about to engulf the major energy-consuming areas of the northern hemisphere. The first 15 days of the opening of the New Year will be the coldest, population weighted, north of 30 [degrees] north worldwide in over 25 years.'

It’s Official Obama Loses More Jobs In One Year Than Any President In Modern History
As we look back over 2009 we can now report that Barack Obama lost more jobs in his first year in office than any president in modern history. Barack Obama lost over 4 million jobs alone since his failed stimulus was passed in February. [EDIT] Unprecidented! Worst. President. Ever. Obama is the Unemployment President.

Hiding health bills behind closed doors
Democrats keep government care secrets away from the public [EDIT] Transparency! By now it's almost trite to complain that President Obama repeatedly has broken his campaign pledge to "broadcast [health care] negotiations on C-SPAN so that the American people can see what the choices are." That doesn't make the complaint invalid. For legislation that could so profoundly and personally affect the daily lives of every American, Congress and the White House should be more transparent and more accessible than ever before. Instead, the process has been secretive and sordid throughout.

Key 2010 global political risks to markets
The risk of sovereign debt default, looming elections, social unrest, populism, and thorny relations between the United States and China could all hit global markets in 2010.

WONDERFUL! State Department Using 'Diversity Visas' to Encourage Immigration to U.S. from Terror-Ridden Yemen
The State Department roster of all countries whose nationals have received "diversity visas" to immigrate to the United States in 2010, for example, shows that 2 of these immigrants will be from Luxembourg, 3 from the Solomon Islands, 4 from French Guiana, 5 from Reunion, 6 from Cape Verde, 7 from Malta, 8 from Guinea-Bissau, 9 from Comoros, 10 from Suriname--and 72 from Yemen.

Census Bureau Tries to Win Over Skeptics
If past census counts are any indicator, the final word on the 2010 census won't come when the counting is over. Whether over the arcane issue of statistical sampling or the perennial problem of race and redistricting, census results have historically led to the U.S. Supreme Court and, despite the Census Bureau's best efforts, may wind up there again.

RNC chairman doubts GOP will win back the House this November
RNC Chairman Michael Steele said Monday night that he doesn't think Republicans will win control of the House in 2010 . [Edit] YOU"RE FIRED STEELE!!!

U.S. growth prospects deemed bleak in new decade
A dismal job market, a crippled real estate sector and hobbled banks will keep a lid on U.S. economic growth over the coming decade, some of the nation's leading economists said on Sunday. Kenneth Rogoff, also of Harvard, argued that if the U.S. government ever "credibly" pulled away from its backing of the financial system, then a renewed collapse would likely ensue. He cited government programs giving large financial institutions access to zero-cost borrowing as artificially padding their bottom lines. "There's something of an illusion of profitability," he said.

A GOP upset in Taxachusetts?
At first glance, the chances of an anti-Democratic tide here appear remote. The Bay State gave Barack Obama 62% of its vote last year, the state hasn't elected a Republican to the Senate since 1972, and Democrats hold seven out of every eight seats in the state legislature. But one of the few Republicans in that legislature, State Senator Scott Brown, is making a serious play to upset the conventional wisdom, which holds that Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley is a shoo-in for the Kennedy seat. In the process, Mr. Brown is irritating Democrats to distraction.

CIA Turning on Pres. Obama?
"One day the President is pointing the finger and blaming the intelligence services, saying there is a systemic failure,’ said one agency official. ‘Now we are heroes. The fact is that we are doing everything humanly possible to stay on top of the security situation. The deaths of our operatives shows just how involved we are on the ground."

Did NPR Use Taxpayer Money to Promote 'Teabagger' Bashing Video?
This is outrageous. It’s not only CNN and MSNBC who are attacking ordinary Americans who oppose the democrat’s record spending and massive expansion of government. National Public Radio is using your taxpayer dollars to bash teabaggers with their latest online video "Learn to Speak Teabag."

Obama Administration Pursuing Plea Deal With Crotch-Bomber
The U.S. Government is offering the suspect charged with attempting to bomb an aircraft on Christmas Day, Omar Abdulmutallab, some kind of incentives to share what he knows about Al Qaeda, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Sunday.

Al-Qaida Targeted Obama Inauguration
A suspected al-Qaida plot to detonate a bomb during President Obama's inauguration was taken so seriously that Defense Secretary Robert Gates -- a Bush administration holdover and the only member of Obama's cabinet already confirmed by the U.S. Senate -- was cloistered in an undisclosed, secure facility to preserve the line of succession in case an attack succeeded.

2 federal agents shot in Las Vegas building
Two federal agents were shot Monday when a gunman opened fire in the lobby of a federal building in downtown Las Vegas, and the gunman was shot and killed, the FBI said. The multi-story building houses federal courts and offices for federal officials including U.S. Sens. Harry Reid and John Ensign.

Terror Suspect Targeted Hillary Clinton
A man charged with attempting to kill a Danish cartoonist over his Muslim prophet Mohammed caricatures was also involved in an alleged plot against US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Danish newspaper reported Sunday.

Man Skirts Security at N.J. Airport, Shuts Down Flights
Authorities were searching for a man who walked through a screening checkpoint exit into the secure side of a terminal Sunday night at Newark Liberty International Airport, and flights were grounded and passengers being re-screened, an air safety official said.

Iraqi PM Vows Justice in Blackwater Shooting Case
The Iraqi prime minister vowed Monday to seek punishment for the Blackwater guards accused of killing 17 people at a busy Baghdad intersection after U.S. courts dropped the case in a decision that outraged many Iraqis.

Threats Against Federal Judges, Prosecutors Are up
Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine concludes there are still gaps in reporting and responding to such threats. The inspector general found the number of threats and inappropriate communications more than doubled from 2003 to 2008.

Alabama Democrat Toes the G.O.P. Line
Among the men who gather every morning at 6 o’clock at the Church’s Chicken here on Three Notch Street, there is general agreement that the Obama administration is doing a very bad job of running the country. And the stakes are as high, as one coffee drinker put it, as the survival of the country’s culture, economy and way of life.

SC's Brown To Retire
Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC) will announce his retirement this afternoon, according to Palmetto Scoop, a conservative SC political Web site. Apparently, Brown's age, along with the possibility of serving another term in the minority, factored into his decision.

Dems 'Almost Certain' to Bypass Conference
Now that both the House and Senate have passed health care reform bills, all Democrats have to do is work out a compromise between the two versions. And it appears they’re not about to let the Republicans gum up the works again.

Dems declare war on Rasmussen?
Democrats finding themselves hammered in the polls have decided to blame not their radical agenda or the failure of their economic polices, but the pollster for reporting the findings:

No rise in atmospheric carbon fraction over the last 150 years: University of Bristol
Science Daily reported on a new study from the University of Bristol released over the holidays that deserves to get wider attention. In contrast to claims from anthropogenic global-warming activists, this new analysis refutes one of the key principles of carbon-driven warming:

Iran denies entry to Sen. Kerry
Iranian legislators on Sunday decided to not allow a visit from Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.), according to Iranian media.

Canada’s National Post calls for Janet Napolitano to go
Certainly there is no love between the National Post, Canada’s more right leaning national newspaper and the American Secretary of Homeland Security. Shortly after entering Barack Obama’s cabinet, Napolitano repeated the urban legend that some or all of the 9/11 hijackers entered the United States from Canada. This was a rumor that was making the rounds in the hours of the collapse of the twin tours and was helped along by some notable New York State politicians like Sen. Chuck Schumer and then- Sen. Hillary Clinton. Further investigation revealed that none of those who were in the United States and involved in the 9/11 attacks entered from Canada. They went to the United States from Asia, the Middle East and Europe, many under their own names and with valid U.S. visas.

Obama's effigy in Pres. Carter's hometown
Witnesses say it was an image of President Barack Obama with a rope around his neck and the display was found hanging in one of the city's most recognizable sites dedicated to former President Jimmy Carter.

Obama to offer deal to Flight 253 jihadist
The U.S. Government is offering the suspect charged with attempting to bomb an aircraft on Christmas Day, Omar Abdulmutallab, some kind of incentives to share what he knows about Al Qaeda, White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan said Sunday.

Where is the Secretary of State? Hillary Clinton has gone AWOL on the Iranian front
I don’t buy the view that because this is the Christmas/New Year holiday, senior figures in the Obama administration can’t be expected to react rapidly to major international developments. There are millions of police officers, nurses and other vital personnel on duty at this time why not top government officials when the need arises? It’s also significant that several of Hillary Clinton’s counterparts in Europe have already been vocal in condemning the actions of the Iranian government, and that includes even the usually meek David Miliband, hardly known for picking a fight with the Mullahs.

"VIP" Treatment Under Nationalized Health Care
You see? National health care works great, so long as you’re rich enough to afford the premium level of government insurance and to buy multiple additional private policies; so long as you have influential relatives; and so long as you’re willing and able to brazenly bribe the doctors and bureaucrats who run the system.

Arizona May Abandon Speed Cameras on Highways
Profits are far below expectations, a citizen effort to ban the cameras is gaining steam, the governor has said she does not like the program, and more and more drivers are ignoring the tickets they get in the mail after hearing from fellow speeders that there are often no consequences to doing so.

2010 Shaping Up to Be a Rough Year for Democrats
An already difficult situation for Democrats in Congress is worsening as the 2010 political season opens. To minimize expected losses in midterm elections, President Barack Obama's party is testing a line of attack that resurrects George W. Bush as a boogeyman and castigates Republicans as cozy with Wall Street.

Foreign Governments Among Clinton Donors
The foundation provided The Associated Press with a donor list Friday morning under the heading "William J. Clinton Foundation Publishes Names of 2009 Contributors on Foundation Website" but later said the disclosure, which included many more foreign governments, covered donors dating back to the charity's inception, and that it wouldn't identify who gave in 2009. The foundation changed course Friday afternoon and updated the list to specify 2009 donors.

Public Deserves to Know About Obama/Big Labor Collusion
President Barack Obama's empty promises of unprecedented transparency have "won" him a federal lawsuit. His Department of Labor has for many months ignored a series of Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) requests that would let the American people know more about the close connections forged this year between the Department of Labor officials and Big Labor operatives.

Ten New Reasons Why Obamacare Can Still Be Stopped
New reasons emerge almost daily as to why Obamacare can and must be defeated. The American people oppose Obamacare by almost 2 to 1 in the latest CNN poll. Other polls show lopsided opposition to passing either the Senate or House health-care bill.

What Congress did in 2009
It seems like ages since Congress dealt with anything besides health care, but before that issue consumed the agenda on Capitol Hill there were other public policy matters to be handled.

TSA nominee misled Congress about accessing confidential records
Southers, a former FBI agent, has described inconsistencies in his accounts to Congress as "inadvertent" and the result of poor memory of an incident that dates back 20 years. He said in a Nov. 20 letter to key senators obtained by The Post that he had accepted full responsibility long ago for a "grave error in judgment" in accessing confidential criminal records about his then-estranged wife's new boyfriend.

Mayo Clinic in Arizona to Stop Treating Some Medicare Patients
More than 3,000 patients eligible for Medicare, the government’s largest health-insurance program, will be forced to pay cash if they want to continue seeing their doctors at a Mayo family clinic in Glendale, northwest of Phoenix, said Michael Yardley, a Mayo spokesman. The decision, which Yardley called a two-year pilot project, won’t affect other Mayo facilities in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota.

Rasmussen: Obamacare Disapproval at New High
Rasmussen's health-care polling results since Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid orchestrated the Christmas Eve vote are full of undeniably bad news for Democrats. In roughly ascending order of bad news (if one is a Democrat)...

Liberal Glee on Display Over Limbaugh Hospitalization
I wonder how much press this reaction will get. The press sure liked to talk about those peaceful and orderly Tea Parties though. The one I went to with 7,500 people in California was filled with children and was about the most family-friendly public event I have ever attended.



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