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Senate Inaction Jeopardizes Unemployment Benefits
The Senate failed late Thursday to extend programs for laid-off workers, jeopardizing unemployment benefits scheduled to expire over the weekend. The benefits are part of a larger package of government programs, from highway funding to loans for small businesses, set to expire Sunday because senators couldn't agree on how to pay for an extension.

3 Homeland Security computers lost daily
Federal documents obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request reveal that two divisions of the Department of Homeland Security - charged with assuring the integrity of U.S. borders and the safety of residents - lost nearly three computers every day for a year. Federal agencies also "lost" several computer switches valued at some $90,000 apiece and a multitude of vehicles, including a truck worth about $116,000.

Intel bill pulled over controversial added interrogation provision
House Republicans charged Democrats with trying to sneak a provision into the intelligence authorization bill that would establish criminal punishment for CIA agents and other intelligence officials who engage in "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" during interrogations.

Bernanke Tells Dems: No More Monopoly Money
On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Congress that the Federal Reserve does not plan to "print money" to help Congress finance the exploding U.S. national debt. In fact, Bernanke told Congress that the U.S. could soon face a debt crisis as bad as the one in Greece if the U.S. government does not get things in order financially. This represents a fundamental change in policy for the Federal Reserve, because they have been enabling the massive borrowing by the U.S. government over the past couple of years by "buying" the majority of new U.S. government debt that has been issued.

Head of IMF Proposes New Reserve Currency
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the head of the International Monetary Fund, suggested Friday the organization might one day be called on to provide countries with a global reserve currency that would serve as an alternative to the U.S. dollar.

Will Crist attack on Rubio backfire? Update: Why did the Herald rewrite the story?
Someone very close to Gov. Charlie Crist clearly was trying to damage Marco Rubio’s Senate campaign by leaking Republican Party American Express records that showed some personal expenses among Rubio’s legitimate party charges. But the plan may backfire.

Patriot Act renewal passes House
During George Bush’s term in office, every renewal the Patriot Act became grand theater, with newspapers inveighing against the overreach of Bush and the danger to American liberty in the bill, which wasn’t an entirely vacuous argument. Protesters would fill streets, and reporters would demand positions from various members of Congress. So what happened this year?

Tea Party Seeks Recall of Dem. Senators
It's a long-shot approach, the legal hurdles are tremendous - no member of Congress has ever been recalled - and it's limited only to states with recall laws that are broad enough to include federal officeholders. But the first test comes Tuesday, when a judge will hear oral arguments from the Sussex County Tea Party, which is trying to recall Sen. Robert Menendez, New Jersey Democrat.

Obama Makes Picks for Debt Commission
Obama on Friday named David Cote, chief executive officer at Honeywell International, and former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Alice Rivlin to the panel. He also appointed Andy Stern, president of the Service Employees International Union, and Ann Fudge, the former chief executive officer of Young & Rubicam Brands.

Gadhafi Calls for Jihad Against Switzerland
World powers reacted with outrage on Friday at a call by Colonel Gaddafi of Libya for holy war on the "obscene, infidel" state of Switzerland. "Those who destroy God's mosques deserve to be attacked through jihad, and if Switzerland was on our borders, we would fight it," he said. "Jihad against Switzerland, against Zionism, against foreign aggression is not terrorism."

Clever Legislators in Arizona Hit on New Way to Find Obama’s Birth Truth
In the area of Why didn’t I think of that?, the AP authored an article that appeared in the February 23, 2010 edition of the New York Times titled, Ariz. Lawmakers: Verify Citizenship of Candidates in which it reported that 40 of the state’s 90 legislators sponsored a measure that would require presidential candidates who want to appear on the ballot in Arizona to submit documents proving they meet the requirements to be president. The article further stated that a state House committee on Tuesday approved the measure that was proposed by Skull Valley Republican Rep. Judy Burges. Though it was not reported, the new requirement presumably will now appear on the state ballot in the Fall 2010 election to be held in Arizona. [EDIT] A fight is brewing.

Obama Numbers Continue To Drop
23% 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 -20. For President Obama, the Approval Index has been lower only once - Fifty percent (50%) see China as a long-term threat to the United States. - Just 10% give Congress good or excellent marks, while 71% rate Congressional performance as poor. Republicans continue to lead by nine on the Generic Congressional Ballot.

Charlie Rangel ruling puts Nancy Pelosi in a jam
The ethics committee's decision on Rangel's trips resolves just a small part of the ethical controversy in which he's caught up. The ethics committee is still investigating a variety of issues related to Rangel's personal finances, including his use of rent-stabilized apartment, his fundraising on behalf of a research institute bearing his name, and his failure to declare hundreds of thousands of dollars on income and assets on annual financial-disclosure reports.

CNN Poll: Majority says government a threat to citizens' rights
Fifty-six percent of people questioned in a CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Friday say they think the federal government's become so large and powerful that it poses an immediate threat to the rights and freedoms of ordinary citizens. Forty-four percent of those polled disagree.

US senator warns of ‘financial meltdown’

The US is heading for a debt-driven "financial meltdown" within five to seven years, according to Judd Gregg, the outgoing Republican senator for New Hampshire.

Pelosi losing grip on the House?
Democrats in the House appear to have started falling apart following a year of frustration and lost opportunities. Jonathan Allen reports on three events that would have taxed leadership had they happened individually. Coming as they did all on one day, the Politico reporter wonders whether Nancy Pelosi has lost her grip on her divided caucus, and whether the House will get any work done this year:

George Soros, the Democrats, and the Little Guy
In the case of George Soros, the rich really do get richer while the poor get poorer. Let me count the ways hedge fund billionaire has enriched himself through his trading "strategies." Years ago, he broke the Bank of England by wagering against the British pound -- pressuring it in such a way that the England had to devalue the pound. His first billion-dollar payday. Various ploys over the years enriched him further. Then he made billions by wagering that the housing and mortgage markets would collapse in America. A multi-billion dollar payoff again. Caching. Now he is up to his old tricks again: working with other hedge funds to force the euro to crack. [EDIT] And how is it that we allow this piece of trash to continue to undermine America?

With world watching health summit, Dems sneak in bill to punish CIA
I just got an urgent call from a Republican source on the House Intelligence Committee. The House is about to debate the 2010 Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 2701), and, with all eyes are on the health care summit, Democrats have slipped into the bill a new provision that would establish criminal punishments for CIA agents and other intelligence officials who engage in "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment" during interrogations.

Obama Launches Talk Radio Strategy
The Democratic National Committee's Organizing for America has quietly launched an initiative aimed at making Obama supporters' voices heard on the largely conservative airwaves. "The fate of health reform has been a focus of debate in living rooms and offices, on TV and online -- and on talk radio. And since millions of folks turn to talk radio as a trusted source of news and opinions, we need to make sure OFA supporters are calling in with a pro-reform message," says the introduction to the online tool. Useful idiots.

Crist set to leave GOP, run as an independent
The Hill was hinting about it last night and now, right on cue, the rumors are flying. Honestly, I don’t get it. I get leaving the party to avoid an unwinnable primary against Rubio, but why run as an indie when you could run as a Democrat?

Follow the rules, comrades ... or else
Seventh-graders take turns jumping to peek over a paper version of the Berlin Wall dividing the campus at Pine View School in Osprey on Tuesday. The school spent the day simulating life in a pre-unification Germany.

GOP to Obama at Summit: 'We Have a Better Idea'
The GOP came out swinging Thursday in an extraordinary live-on-TV healthcare summit, arguing that they have ideas that have been ignored by Democrats seeking to nationalize the nation’s healthcare system. "We believe we have a better idea," said GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander, citing plans like medical malpractice reform, allowing Americans to purchase insurance across state lines and expanding health savings accounts.

Official: Climate Change Treaty Unlikely This Year
Industrialized and developing countries are not likely to reach a treaty this year on cutting greenhouse gas emissions, which have sparked fears of weather-related disasters, the U.N. climate chief said Thursday.

Papers: Marco Rubio Made Personal Credit Card Charges
The latest: allegations that Marco Rubio charged personal items on a GOP credit card. Rubio insisted on Wednesday that he paid for all personal expenses billed to the credit card, and the rest of the charges were legitimate party expenses. "I was as diligent as possible to ensure the party did not pay for items that were unrelated to party business," Rubio said in a statement

Sarah Palin: More of the Same, Only More Expensive
(Obama) has wrestled control of the health care debate away from Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid by finally introducing his own plan. Unfortunately, the White House’s proposal includes everything we found untenable about the old Senate bill - only this one is even more expensive! This is what you might call putting "perfume on a pig."

Obama administration gifts Dem donor & lobbyist with $150M no-bid contract
When Barack Obama ran for President, he argued that his lack of experience put him in position to change the way Washington works. Obama explicitly referred to the cozy relationships between donors and contracting, especially when it comes to lobbyists. So how is that hope and change working out for us? It’s working out pretty well for lobbyist, Democratic donor, and government contractor Joel W. McCleary at PharmAthene:

Obama At Health Care Summit: "I Don't Count My Time Because I'm The President"
VIDEO: I won, so shut up.

Obama To McCain: "We're Not Campaigning Anymore"
VIDEO: President Obama tells Sen. John McCain "we're not campaigning anymore" and that the "election is over."

Caught on Tape: Selling America's Secrets FBI videotape showing a Defense Department employee selling secrets to a Chinese spy for cash. The video, which has never been made public before, offers a rare glimpse into the secretive world of espionage and illustrates how China’s spying may now pose the biggest espionage threat to the U.S.

Physician: Two-thirds of ObamaCare passed in stimulus package
A nationally-recognized physician has written a stunning article in which she says that two-thirds of the government takeover of healthcare is already law under the provisions of the stimulus package approved by Congress last year.

States Expanding Gun Rights Despite

Contrary to fears that a Barack Obama presidency would lead to stricter gun-control measures, gun rights are actually expanding across the United States, reports The New York Times. Lawmakers in Virginia, Arizona, Wyoming, Montana, Tennessee and other states have approved new pro-gun measures or are considering them.

Lone GOP Healthcare Backer's Campaign Cash Dips
The lone Republican lawmaker to support Democratic health care legislation has seen his fundraising drop by nearly 40 percent since his vote, and he is quickly burning through a dwindling bank account after resorting to a costly national fundraising operation. Rep. Anh "Joseph" Cao, the unlikely congressman from New Orleans, is facing the perils of bipartisanship unlike any other lawmaker in Washington Ah. Now they are getting the picture. The people have spoken.

Federal Reserve: Stimulus Increased Unemployment
With a "jobs bill" speeding through Congress this week that may end up totaling $154 billion, and a new Congressional Budget Office analysis claiming that last year’s $862 billion stimulus bill saved the country from 11 percent unemployment, the most powerful economic agency in the government is inconspicuously taking a very different view.

Tea Party Groups Declare Independence
The declaration, posted on, is another sign the tea party organizations will continue to distance themselves from the Republican Party. More than 60 tea party leaders in more than 20 states reportedly have signed on to the new document.

Al Gore's Nine Lies
Climate Fraud: The godfather of climate hysteria is in hiding as another of his wild claims unravels - this one about global warming causing seas to swallow us up.

Gore May Face Climate Lawsuits
Maybe Al Gore's been advised by legal counsel to lie low. He may be the leader of the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) movement, but he's not defending it in public, not even when it's falling apart and his new fortune is based upon it.

Inhofe Calls for Criminal Investigation Into Global Warming
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) today asked the Obama administration to investigate what he called "the greatest scientific scandal of our generation" - the actions of climate scientists revealed by the Climategate Files, and the subsequent admissions by the editors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).

Teacher Punished for Making Student Stand During Pledge
A Maryland public school teacher was punished after she ordered a student to stand during the Pledge of Allegiance. The incident occurred at Robert Clemente Middle School in Montgomery County, MD. As students rose to recite the Pledge the teacher noticed one child still seated. She asked her to stand and the student refused. Still defiant, the teacher sent her to the office. The following morning, the girl once again refused to stand. This time, the teacher called two school police officers to escort the girl to the office.

Texas GOP Primary: Perry 48%, Hutchison 27%, Medina 16%
Just days before Texas Republicans pick their nominee for governor, incumbent Rick Perry has his biggest lead yet. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely Republican Primary voters finds Perry leading Senate Kay Bailey Hutchison 48% to 27%, with Tea Party activist Debra Medina earning 16% of the vote. Nine percent (9%) of Texas GOP voters remain undecided.

John Brennan Involved in Obama Passport Breach
It bears noting that John O. Brennan, Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Adviser for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, who made those recent incredible pro-terror remarks, some in Arabic no less, about the beauty of jihad, was connected with the tampering with Obama's passport.

A Third of All U.S. Casualties in Eight-Year Afghan War Have Occurred Since Obama Ordered Escalation...
More than 300 U.S. soldiers have died in the war in Afghanistan since May 15, 2009, the day when the first major wave of new troops ordered by President Barack Obama arrived in the country

Obama & Dems in 2005: 51 Vote ‘Nuclear Option’ Is ‘Arrogant’ Power Grab Against the Founder’s Intent
>>>VIDEO<<<< Biden: "I pray God when the Democrats take back control we don't make the kind of naked power grab you are doing."

'GOVERNMENT MOTORS' Pays Exec $3,000 an Hour!
After resigning as president and CEO of General Motors in December, Fritz Henderson might have gone into hiding or decided to sit out the harsh Michigan winter on a Florida beach. Instead, here he is popping up again, this time as a consultant to GM on international operations at the very fancy fee of $59,090 a month for 20 hours of work a month.

US diplomats add a moat to their expenses at $1bn London embassy
The United States has unveiled plans for its new $1 billion high-security embassy in London the most expensive it has ever built. The proposals were met with relief from both the present embassy’s Mayfair neighbours and the residents and developers of the Battersea wasteland where the vast crystalline cube, surrounded by a moat, will be built.

Fearing Obama Agenda, States Push to Loosen Gun Laws
Arizona and Wyoming lawmakers are considering nearly a half dozen pro-gun measures, including one that would allow residents to carry concealed weapons without a permit. And lawmakers in Montana and Tennessee passed measures last year - the first of their kind - to exempt their states from federal regulation of firearms and ammunition that are made, sold and used in state. Similar bills have been proposed in at least three other states.

New Missile Defense Agency Logo
Does this concern you? What does it say about our current administration?

Congressional Performance - TANKS!
Voter unhappiness with Congress has reached the highest level ever recorded by Rasmussen Reports as 71% now say the legislature is doing a poor job. [EDIT] It's all America's fault. /sarc

Jobs bill passes Senate - with 13 Republican votes
There are plenty of opportunities for bipartisan cooperation, [Lamar Alexander] said. Where we have trouble are these great big, comprehensive, 2,000-page, full-of-surprises, turn-the-country-upside-down pieces of legislation that cost so much. If the administration would stop biting off more than it could chew, I think we would have more progress. [EDIT] Thanks for more stimulus, - er, the jobs bill, RHINOS!

DoD Missile Defense logo
Why Does The Dept. of Defense, Missile Defense System have a logo on its website that is a combination of the B. Hussein Obama logo and the Islamic Crescent? Who is running this country, the Muslim Brotherhood?

(Muslim) Dad accused in 'honor killing' will not face death penalty
The decision not to seek the death penalty comes after Almaleki's attorney, Billy Little, a public defender, asked a judge to take special precautions to ensure the County Attorney's Office wouldn't wrongly seek the death penalty because Almaleki is a Muslim. Another example of America appeasing Muslims.

US diplomats add a moat to their expenses at $1bn London embassy
The United States has unveiled plans for its new $1 billion high-security embassy in London the most expensive it has ever built. The proposals were met with relief from both the present embassy’s Mayfair neighbours and the residents and developers of the Battersea wasteland where the vast crystalline cube, surrounded by a moat, will be built.

House to Vote on
Hawaiian Race-based Government bill TODAY!

Congress has returned from its Presidents' Day recess, and the U.S. House of Representatives has wasted no time in resuming their assault on the U.S. Constitution. Apparently, congressional liberal leaders still haven't gotten the 140 year-old memo that discrimination based on race is prohibited by the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. For those of us who thought that modern American society viewed racial division and ethnic separation as offensive and a thing of the past, well, think again! The House has scheduled a vote TODAY on a bill that will create a Hawaiian race-based government by establishing a Native Hawaiian "tribe."

Tea-Party Drive Steeped in Political Novices
The "tea-party" movement brewing in the 2010 elections is being driven in part by a potent force: first-time activists.

Biggest sign that White House deficit panel is a joke: O wants to appoint Andy Stern
..."Stern and company gathered in the Mile High City to celebrate Obaman’s coronation,, the Los Angeles Times published an explosive investigative series about the SEIU, Although the series got surprisingly little attention from national news organizations, L.A. Times reporters exposed how one of Stern’s top protégés "shared in the wealth" by siphoning off hundreds of thousands of dollars in dues money for his personal enrichment and pleasure. Moreover, the paper alleged, Stern helped cover up the scandal. No wonder they keep urging us to "turn the page."

Consumer Confidence in U.S. Falls More Than Forecast
The Conference Board’s confidence index declined to 46, below the lowest forecast in a Bloomberg News survey of economists, from a revised 56.5 in January, a report from the New York-based private research group showed today. Concerns about the economy and the labor market pushed an index of current conditions to its lowest in 27 years.

Michael Steele's spending spree angers donors
Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers - expenses that are infuriating the party's major donors who say Republicans need every penny they can get for the fight to win back Congress.

Climategate Meets the Law: Senator Inhofe To Ask for DOJ Investigation
Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) today asked the Obama administration to investigate what he called "the greatest scientific scandal of our generation" the actions of climate scientists revealed by the Climategate Files, and the subsequent admissions by the editors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). Senator Inhofe also called for former Vice President Al Gore to be called back to the Senate to testify.

New U.S. senator helps Democrats advance jobs bill
Republican Scott Brown joined four other Republicans, 55 Democrats and two independents to overcome a procedural hurdle that sets up a final vote later this week. [EDIT] Thanks conservatives for getting me elected, now screw you!

FTC warns firms, organizations of widespread data breach
The FTC declined to identify the companies or organizations involved, but said they were both "private and public entities, including schools and local governments.

New Climate Agency Head Tried to Suppress Data, Critics Charge
His appointment was hailed by both the Sierra Club and Duke Energy Company of North Carolina. Sierra Club President Carl Pope said, "As polluters and their allies continue to try to muddy the waters around climate science, the Climate Service will provide easy, direct access to the valuable scientific research undertaken by government scientists and others." And Duke Energy CEO Jin Rogers said the new office, under Karl, will "spark the consensus we need to move forward." But Roger Pielke Sr., a climatologist affiliated with the University of Colorado who has crossed horns with Karl in the past, says his appointment was a mistake. He accused Karl of suppressing data he submitted for the IPCC's most recent report on climate change and having a very narrow view of its causes.

Obama puts forward $1 trillion health care plan
"The fundamental point I want to make is the arrogance of all of this. You know, they are saying: 'Ignore the wishes of the American people. We know more about this than you do. And we're going to jam it down your throats no matter what.' That is why the public is so angry at this Congress and this administration over this issue," said McConnell, R-Ky, speaking on "Fox News Sunday."

Obama assisting in imposing Islamic Sharia law, prohibiting criticism of Islam
Barack Hussein Obama, catering to both Muslim and globalist agendas, is exposing his preference to Islamic and globalist agendas and placing yet another nail in America’s coffin by appointing Rashad HUSSAIN as special envoy to the Organization of the Islamic Conference. To understand the extreme significance of this appointment, it is vital for Americans to understand the composition and objectives of the OIC, its global influence and potential impact on the U.S., and also be fully aware of the background of Rashad HUSSAIN.

Don’t be fooled. ACORN is not going away.
The ACORN network’s interlocking directorates are deliberately organized to help ACORN escape legal and public scrutiny. ACORN hides behind a paper wall of nonprofit corporate protections to conceal a criminal conspiracy on the part of its directors, to launder federal money in order to pursue a partisan political agenda and to manipulate the American electorate,according to a report from the Republican investigators of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Citigroup Warns Customers It May Refuse To Allow Withdrawals
Effective April 1, 2010, we reserve the right to require (7) days advance notice before permitting a withdrawal from all checking accounts. While we do not currently exercise this right and have not exercised it in the past, we are required by law to notify you of this change, Citigroup said on statements received by customers all over the country.

White House: If GOP Filibusters, We’ll Pass Health Reform Via Reconciliation
In the course of unveiling Obama’s new health reform proposal on a conference call with reporters this morning, White House advisers made it clearer than ever before: If the GOP filibusters health reform, Dems will move forward on their own and pass it via reconciliation.

Climate scientists withdraw journal claims of rising sea levels
Scientists have been forced to withdraw a study on projected sea level rise due to global warming after finding mistakes that undermined the findings.

Homeland chief: Domestic extremism is top concern
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists who are U.S. citizens or live in the country legally and plot against the U.S. are just as big of a concern as international terrorists.

Texas Suicide Pilot's Daughter Calls Dad a Hero, IRS Plane Attack 'Inappropriate'
The daughter of the man who carried out a suicide plane attack against the IRS in Texas said she considered her father a hero for standing up to "the system" but said the attack that killed a government worker and injured 12 was "inappropriate" and "wrong."

Bad economies in states to worsen: governors
"What we're finding out from a fiscal standpoint is that the worst is yet to come," Douglas said. In a survey conducted last week of 45 of the 50 states, the group found that states have $18.8 billion of budget gaps yet to be closed in fiscal 2010. This comes after they have already imposed measures to eliminate budget imbalances totaling $87 billion in the fiscal year, which for most started last summer.

GOP Needs 'Come to Jesus' Moment on Conservative Values
Using his intoxicating blend of personal experience and political philosophy, Glenn Beck wowed conservatives gathered in Washington with a critique of what the GOP must do to regain the trust of grassroots America. It’s a prescription with a heavy dose of personal responsibility, less government and more freedom.

Sen. McConnell: GOP May Support Jobs Bill
The top Republican in the Senate said Sunday that GOP lawmakers "may well" vote for a jobs bill this week. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., prefers a costlier version drafted with GOP input and he didn't commit his support to advance the legislation on Monday to a final vote this coming week.

Lawmakers in 44 States Warn Congress
Lawmakers in 44 states have introduced measures warning Congress not to trample states' rights and dozens of other resolutions opposing the government on issues including gun control and health care.

Senate Weighs Final Push of Climate Bill
A last-ditch attempt at passing a climate change bill begins in the Senate this week with senators mindful that time is running short and that approaches to the legislation still vary widely, according to sources.

Holder Admits 9 DOJ Lawyers Worked for Terror Detainees
Attorney General Eric Holder says nine Obama appointees in the Justice Department have represented or advocated for terrorist detainees before joining the Justice Department. But he does not reveal any names beyond the two officials whose work has already been publicly reported. And all the lawyers, according to Holder, are eligible to work on general detainee matters, even if there are specific parts of some cases they cannot be involved in.

Rasmussen: Obama Hits Basement
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Sunday shows that 22% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. That is the lowest level of strong approval yet recorded for this President.

General Haig: A Great Warrior for Freedom Passes
General Alexander M. Haig Jr., who served as secretary of state, died at the age of 85 Saturday after a brief illness. Newsmax reveals the broad sweep of Haig’s public and private career that spanned more than six decades covering one quarter of the nation’s history. The former White House chief of staff and NATO Supreme Allied Commander was an actor and player in some of the most momentous events of our time.

Getting Back Lost Jobs Could Take 5-Plus Years
So many jobs have been lost that the U.S. must run hard just to keep from losing more ground. Despite the election-year emphasis on job creation by both parties, the short-term outlook is bleak. While many economists believe the recession is technically over, nearly 15 million Americans remain unemployed. Six million of them have been out of work for more than half a year.

Rep. Michele Bachmann: President Obama is 'intending to fail'
In a long and meandering speech to the Conservative Political Action Conference evoking numerous historical references to the American Revolution and the Second World War, Bachmann said that time and again Americans have chosen greatness over decline.

Obama flip flops on his own record
The fact is, when you hear the president and Democrats in Congress complain about not being able to get anything done, or about Washington being broken, they're talking about one thing: their inability to pass a national health care reform bill. Congress can do, and is doing, lots of things -- just not sprawling, omnibus "comprehensive" bills that are unpopular with the American people. (The same can be said for cap-and-trade legislation, now dead in the Senate.) If you put aside enormous bills that would re-order the American economy in ways the public does not want, Congress can do things just fine.

America 'teetering toward tyranny' - DeMint
The Democrats' arrogance and audacious power-grabs have made Americans stand up and say, ‘Enough is enough. We now see all too clearly that the hope and change the Democrats had in mind was nothing more than a retread of the failed and discredited socialist policies that have been the enemy of freedom for centuries all over the world. At a time when I fear America is teetering towards tyranny, I was thrilled to hear that CPAC adopted the theme of saving freedom for this year's meeting.

Census PSA promotes more government as a reason to participate
The Census PSA explained that in a town of a couple hundred people there were two traffic lights and that if the people didn't complete the census and the population grew by a few hundred more people there would still only be two traffic lights and then there would be gridlock due to the lack of traffic lights. Gee it isn't like I was too keen on participating in the census to start with, but now I'm even less motivated. In the rural area where I live it seems as if we already have way too many traffic lights...hey I was stuck at a red light when I first heard this ad. What are they trying to say? If we all complete the census will we be rewarded with even more government regulation? Is this some sort of subliminal message? Comply! Submit! Embrace more governmental intervention in your life!

New Law Allows Loaded Guns in National Parks
Loaded guns will be allowed in Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon and other national parks under a new law that takes effect Monday. The law lets licensed gun owners bring firearms into national parks and wildlife refuges as long as they are allowed by state law

Rejuvenated Conservatives See Good Times Ahead
Conservative activists, united in opposition to President Barack Obama's agenda, celebrated their rising political prospects on Friday and confidently predicted big Republican gains in November's congressional elections.

Rubio, Crist to debate on Sunday morning shows
Crist and Rubio have both agreed to appear on Fox News Sunday on March 28th. The Crist campaign has agreed to a Meet the Press appearance as well, originally schedule for March 7th, but Rubio will only agree to a Meet appearance if it's televised AFTER Fox.

Tea Parties Warn of 'Coordinated Assault'
"Anybody who expects tea party members to vote based on party lines fundamentally misunderstands the movement," says Mark Meckler, a co-founder of Tea Party Patriots and one of its national coordinators. "The tea party movement is made up of people who value principle above party."

Obama Renames Iraq War
ABC News has learned that the Obama administration has decided to give the war in Iraq, currently known as Operation Iraqi Freedom, a new name. The new name: "Operation New Dawn." In a February 17, 2010, memo to the Commander of Central Command, Gen. David Petraeus, Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the "requested operation name change is approved to take effect 1 September 2010, coinciding with the change of mission for U.S. forces in Iraq."

Reid Will Back Public Option If GOP Barrier Fails
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will support allowing the government to sell insurance in competition with private industry if the White House and Democratic leaders push a healthcare bill with no Republican backing.

Obama: Social Security Fix Would Be Simple
The system is funded with a tax on earnings, up to $109,000 a year. Obama says lifting that cap to tax a larger share of income would be one way to extend the system of monthly payments for retirees. It also would be unpopular with some.

Obama's Own Healthcare Proposal Readied for Launch
The White House signaled that an aggressive, all-Democratic strategy for overhauling the nation's healthcare system remains a serious option, even as Obama invites Republicans to next week's televised summit.

Left-Wing Coalition Forms New Group
On the heels of the lightly attended over-hyped "Tea Party Convention" in Nashville, progressives are preparing to respond with a movement of their own. The "Brownbaggers" will be showing up in front of Congressional offices to demand "healthcare not warfare."

FBI Probing Pa. School Webcam Spy Case
The FBI will explore whether Lower Merion School District officials broke any federal wiretap or computer-intrusion laws, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to discuss the investigation.

$3.8B in Stimulus Funds for Welfare Jobs Untouched
Leaders in most states have hesitated to pony up the matching funds the program requires to create jobs that might not last after the federal subsidy's Sept. 30 sunset date

Conservatives Woo Hispanics
The American Principles Project announced this week its Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, a new initiative that will promote conservative values in the Hispanic community and attempt to persuade conservatives on immigration reform, opening doors to a possible untapped mass of support in the nation's growing Hispanic community.

Obama Approves $1.25B Settlement for Black Farmers
The Obama administration announced a $1.25 billion settlement Thursday to resolve charges by thousands of black farmers who say that for decades the Agriculture Department discriminated against them in loan programs.

An inconvenient question about the
Mount Vernon Statement

Do you agree with Keene and Norquist’s views on national security and immigration enforcement? Because in the name of "constitutional conservatism," Keene and Norquist support the Obama/Democrat majority approach of civilian trials for terrorists. And in the name of "constitutional conservatism," Norquist supports de facto open borders and dangerous pandering to Muslim grievance-mongers.

Democrats Push HR 4530, a Radical Safe Schools Czar’s Dream Come True
If you oppose radical sexual material detailing sex between first graders or promoting S&M but the Safe Schools Czar or some other official believes it is appropriate- tough. If you disagree with books romanticizing child rape or books with pictures of men having sex- tough. If you oppose weekend student-teacher seminars with fisting lectures and gay bar guides- tough. If government officials want to promote this in your child’s classroom then you’ll just have to get used to it.

Fed bumps up rate banks pay for emergency loans
The Federal Reserve decided Thursday to boost the rate banks pay for emergency loans. The action is part of a broader move to pull back the extraordinary aid it provided to fight the financial crisis.

WHO: Add swine flu to regular flu vaccine
The World Health Organization is recommending that swine flu be added to the regular flu vaccine next season. WHO said in a statement Thursday that it held a meeting this week to decide which flu strains should be recommended to drug makers for their vaccines during the northern hemisphere's next flu season, which begins in the fall.

Media Uses Austin IRS Terror Attack to Slam Tea Party Movement
Smoke from an inferno touched off by an anti-tax fanatic pilot who flew a single-engine Cherokee aircraft into an Austin, Texas office building containing IRS offices hadn’t even stopped Thursday when mainstream media outlets began suggesting the grassroots-conservative tea party movement was to blame for the incident.

Obama Eyes Western Land for National Monuments, Angering Some
More than a dozen pristine landscapes, wildlife habitats and scenic rivers in 11 Western states, some larger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined, are under consideration by the Obama administration to become America's newest National Monuments -- a decision the administration can make unilaterally without local input or congressional approval.

Obama Concedes Stimulus Not Working 'Much' as Jobless Claims Surge
"It doesn't yet feel like much of a recovery," Obama conceded this week, even as he sought to promote his year-old, $862 billion economic stimulus bill. With polls showing support for the stimulus plunging, and economists questioning the huge deficits run up under the Obama administration, Democrats are contending with an electorate growing increasingly conservative as midterm elections approach.

Tea Party Patriots Launch 'Contract From America'
The Tea Party Patriots launched their Contract from America in a nationwide effort to make Washington more accountable to conservative principles. At a Conservative Political Action Conference press briefing, FreedomWorks Chairman Dick Armey; Sen. Jim DeMint, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform; and members of the Tea Party Patriots, the National Taxpayers Union, Liberty Central, and Regular Folks United joined grass-roots activists to announce plans for a final document to be unveiled on April 15.

Army Investigates Alleged Attempt by Soldiers to Poison Food at Fort Jackson
The U.S. Army is investigating allegations that soldiers were attempting to poison the food supply at Fort Jackson in South Carolina.

Suit: Pa. school used webcams to spy on student at home
A suburban Philadelphia school district used the webcams in school-issued laptops to spy on students at home, potentially catching them and their families in compromising situations, a family claims in a federal lawsuit.

Salem Communications buys Hot Air
The conservative blog Hot Air has been purchased by radio broadcaster Salem Communications, which adds the popular website to a stable that also includes and several right-leaning radio hosts. In a statement obtained by POLITICO set to be released Thursday, Salem Vice President Jonathan Garthwaite explains that the purchase was made in hopes of creating one of the largest Web presences for conservative commentary.

Obama to sign EO on National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.
President Barack Obama will sign an executive order on Thursday to establish a bipartisan commission charged with tackling the U.S. deficit, a senior administration official said on Tuesday. Obama will name Erskine Bowles, former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, and former Republican Senator Alan Simpson to serve as co-chairs of the commission, the official said. On Thursday, President Obama will sign an executive order establishing the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, the official said. Bowles was White House chief of staff from 1996-1998.... Simpson was a senator from Wyoming from 1979-1997. During his career in the Senate, Simpson was often a strong voice for fiscal balance -- for example, voting in favor (of) the bipartisan 1990 deficit-reduction agreement.

South Carolina Lawmaker Seeks to Ban Federal Currency
South Carolina Rep. Mike Pitts has introduced legislation that would mandate that gold and silver coins replace federal currency as legal tender in his state. As the Palmetto Scoop first reported, Pitts, a Republican, introduced legislation this month banning "the unconstitutional substitution of Federal Reserve Notes for silver and gold coin" in South Carolina.

Top UN climate official resigning
Top U.N. climate change official Yvo de Boer told The Associated Press on Thursday that he was resigning after nearly four years, a period when governments struggled without success to agree on a new global warming deal.

Jobless Claims, Inflation Jump as Economy Wobbles
The number of U.S. workers filing new applications for unemployment insurance unexpectedly surged last week, while producer prices increased sharply in January, raising potential hurdles for the economic recovery.

U.S. jobless, price data fan concerns on economy
The number of U.S. workers filing new applications for unemployment insurance unexpectedly surged last week, while producer prices increased sharply in January, raising potential hurdles for the economy's recovery.

The Re-Establishment of America
America is on the verge of something unprecedented in history: the peaceful, constitutional replacement of our country's entire political establishment. This is what lies behind the decisions of so many elected officials, at every level, to step aside rather than fight for reelection. And it explains how the Tea Party movement can exert so much political leverage without nominating its own candidates or even without formally choosing its own leaders.

President Incompetent
Whether or not you support President Obama's policies, one thing is becoming increasingly obvious: He simply lacks competence. The best indicator of this is his ineffectiveness in accomplishing any of his own objectives. His first year in office resembles the career of a quarterback who never completes a pass. His list of failures is all too familiar -- health care reform, closing Guantánamo, cap-and-trade, and so on. He has failed to accomplish any of his self-identified top priorities. Other than getting himself elected, he appears to have a very limited range of abilities.

Planning to Fail
If Obama is not incompetent, then surely somebody is trying to ruin the economy while Obama is unaware, as former Virginia Governor Wilder laments. However, somebody needs to explain plausible deniability to Obama. It means having underlings doing things while you were unaware. Sometimes it is true, sometimes a lie. But no, Obama does the lying by himself. And then there is his signature on all the bills.

CNN poll: 52% say Obama doesn't deserve reelection in 2012
52 percent of Americans said President Barack Obama doesn't deserve reelection in 2012, according to a new poll.

The Green Death
Who is the worst killer in the long, ugly history of war and extermination? Hitler? Stalin? Pol Pot? Not even close. A single book called Silent Spring killed far more people than all those fiends put together

Texas to challenge US greenhouse gas rules
Texas and several national industry groups on Tuesday filed separate petitions in federal court challenging the government's authority to regulate U.S. greenhouse gas emissions.

Lone voice warns of debt threat to Fed
The US must fix its growing debt problems or risk a new financial crisis, Thomas Hoenig, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, warned on Tuesday, adding a mounting deficit could spur inflation.

Congress poll is Capitol hell
Just when you thought Congress couldn't reach a new low, it did. Only a third of US voters think their Congress members have earned the right to get sent back next year -- a record-low number, a poll released yesterday shows. Thirty-four percent of voters queried think members of the House and the Senate ought to be re-elected -- while an astonishing 63 percent were in favor of throwing the bums out, the new CNN poll showed.

Biden on capital: 'Washington right now is broken'
Vice President Joe Biden says "Washington right now is broken" and the country is in "deep trouble" unless it attacks ballooning federal deficits. Asked about the political climate across the country, Biden said in a nationally broadcast interview that "we understand why they're angry. ... We get it." Speaking of intense partisanship in the capital, Biden said on CBS's "The Early Show" that "I've never seen it this dysfunctional." He said the message coming from the stunning Republican upset in the recent Massachusetts election was, 'Hey guys, get your act together. Get something going.'"

Suburban homeless: Rising tide of women, families
Homelessness in rural and suburban America is straining shelters this winter as the economy founders and joblessness hovers near double digits, a "perfect storm of foreclosures, unemployment and a shortage of affordable housing," in one official's eyes.

Defections Shake Up Climate Coalition
Oil giants BP PLC and ConocoPhillips and heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar Inc. said Tuesday they won't renew their membership in the three-year-old U.S. Climate Action Partnership, a broad business-environmental coalition that had been instrumental in building support in Washington for capping emissions of greenhouse gases.

Tea Party Patriots Say GOP's Steele 'Hijacking' Movement
In a sharp break with the Republican Party, tea party activists tell Newsmax they have launched a Web site accusing Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele of trying to "hijack" the grassroots-conservative movement for his own political purposes. The Web site is named

Moderates Bailing Out of Congress
"There is this sort of purging in both parties," Cohen said in an interview. "They insist on moving to the left or moving to the right, and I think you're seeing over the years the moderates have disappeared and continue to disappear."

'Model' Laws Let States Fill in the Blanks
For state legislators across the country, sponsoring bills can be as easy as filling in the blanks. Groups from both ends of the political spectrum offer lawmakers "model" legislation requiring a minimal amount of tailoring from state to state. The nonpartisan Council of State Governments even issues an annual volume of "Suggested State Legislation" that this year includes templates for 54 bills.

‘Oddball’ portrait of Amy Bishop emerges
A family source said Bishop, a mother of four children - the youngest a third-grade boy - was a far-left political extremist who was "obsessed" with President Obama to the point of being off-putting. [EDIT] And communist Washington says the right is violent. Odd that it keeps coming from the left isn't it?

'Warming' meltdown Climate 'consensus' cracks up
Climate alarmists conjured a world where nothing was certain but death, taxes and catastrophic global warming. They used this presumed scientific certainty as a bludgeon against the skeptics they deemed "deniers" -- a word meant to have the noxious whiff of Holocaust denial.

CNN, Huffington Post Urge Violence Against Republicans
CNN and Huffington Post have each published op-eds this past week by regular contributors with headlines that explicitly call for Obama to use violent gangland tactics against his political opponents.

Romney threatened on flight out of Vancouver
Republican politician Mitt Romney was physically threatened by a violent passenger on an Air Canada flight leaving Vancouver this morning.

Possibility of a Republican Senate Grows
Evan Bayh's surprise announcement that he would not seek a third term has sent shockwaves through the pundit class on an otherwise quiet President’s Day. It also upset a year’s worth of comfortable predictions that Republicans would never take back the Senate in 2010. This, combined with other recent political developments, places a 50-50 Senate within reach for the Republican caucus.

Anger Replacing Hope
All that angst that Obama wants to harness as a force for change as he did in his campaign will turn against him. That means eroding public support for his agenda and potentially big losses for his party this year in congressional midterm elections

Killing Republicans Is OK for the Left?
Wonder why they don't arrange to have someone shoot Sheriff Joe [Arpaio] and have a plane standing by. Hustle the guy on the plane and take him down to Mexico City and he could disappear-they'd never find him ... Yeah, Joe would get what he has coming." Delivered not in a what-if attitude of speculation but an if-only tone of regret. The speaker was serious, dead serious.

Blasting McCain, Hayworth launches campaign for U.S. Senate
Hayworth hurled broadsides at the senator, saying McCain is on the wrong side of all the issues important to GOP conservatives. That includes the incumbent's call to close the prison for enemy combatants at Guantanamo, his support for some sort of cap-and-trade system of cutting pollution, his vote for the Troubled Asset Relief Program to help bail out financial institutions and his efforts to limit campaign spending.

Poll: Boxer on the Ropes
For the second straight month the three-term senator is unable to break the 50% mark against any potential Republican opponents, the historical measuring mark of vulnerability for an incumbent nine months before an election.

Van Jones Pops Up and Instantly Hurts Democrat
New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's plan to attend a panel discussion next month with former Obama administration official Van Jones proves she's out of touch with New York voters, one of her election challengers says. Bruce Blakeman, Gillibrand's only announced Republican challenger for the upcoming November election, said the event shows the Democratic senator is now "pandering to the left-wing fringe of her party."

WH Announces New Communications Strategy
According to the Post, the new effort will have four planks. First, "return to the disciplined messaging that was a hallmark of the 2008 campaign, in which unhelpful themes were filtered out in favor of topics that advanced the candidate's goals." Second, "quicker, more aggressive response to GOP attacks on the president and his policies." Third is advance work: "The image of Obama standing in the Diplomatic Room surrounded by men in dark suits will be replaced, as often as possible, by scenes of a more relaxed president in crowds." Fourth, the White House will seeks to once again seize the theme of "change.

GOP Targets 'Anchor Babies'
Republican lawmakers in Congress are sponsoring a bill that seeks to abolish birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to illegal immigrant parents. Supporters of the bill say that many people come to this country for the express purpose of having children who are American citizens, making the family eligible for welfare and other government benefits.

Teacher Calls Bible a 'Hate Crime'
A Wake County middle school teacher has been suspended following complaints about disparaging comments she made about her class, Christianity and Southern culture on her Facebook page. Melissa Hussain, an eighth-grade teacher at West Lake Middle School in Apex, wrote on her Facebook page that it was a "hate crime" that students left a Bible on her desk and how she "was able to shame her kids" over the incident. Her Facebook page included comments from friends saying that the parents of Hussain’s students were "bigoted, stupid and uncaring."

Tea Party Leaders Meeting With Michael Steele
Karin Hoffman, founder of DC Works For Us, a tea party group in South Florida, said she initiated the meeting by approaching Steele last month and asking him to sit down with a range of tea party organizers. She said her goal is to open a civil dialogue with the GOP leadership, but she dismissed any suggestion that tea party groups might merge with the Republican Party.

Audit finds US census preparations wasted millions
The Census Bureau wasted millions of dollars in preparation for its 2010 population count, including thousands of temporary employees who picked up $300 checks without performing work and others who overbilled for travel costs.

Indiana Dem: White House is conspiring to put Baron Hill in Bayh’s spot
The question today is whether the Bayh announcement was an elaborate Kabuki dance meant to eliminate any primary competition for the White House’s handpicked successor to Bayh. d’Ippolito accused Rahm Emanuel of having colluded with Rep. Baron Hill weeks ago to quietly gather signatures in order to make the filing deadline today, and wants a lawyer to help expose the conspiracy:

Finally! Somebody Remembers Obama at Occidental
"He was arguing a straightforward Marxist-Leninist class-struggle point of view, which anticipated that there would be a revolution of the working class, led by revolutionaries, who would overthrow the capitalist system and institute a new socialist government that would redistribute the wealth, says Drew, who says he himself was then a Marxist."

Senator Mikulski of Maryland to Retire
One of her complaints is that the health insurance that is provided for Congress is "poor" with high deductibles and "limitations" on coverage. My contact tells me that she told an aide that she should have inserted in the ObamaCare bill an amendment to improve Congressional health insurance! Mrs. Mikulski was first elected to the Senate in 1986, and thus is a very senior member of the Democratic caucus. Despite this seniority, she has never been offered any important chairmanships or leadership positions. Born on July 20, 1936, she is 74 years old, come is perhaps fitting that she has choose this year to retire.

How a New Jobless Era Will Transform America
If it persists much longer, this era of high joblessness will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults and quite possibly those of the children behind them as well. It will leave an indelible imprint on many blue-collar white men and on white culture. It could change the nature of modern marriage, and also cripple marriage as an institution in many communities. It may already be plunging many inner cities into a kind of despair and dysfunction not seen for decades. Ultimately, it is likely to warp our politics, our culture, and the character of our society for years.

GOP responds to Obama's Health Care Summit invite: No Thanks?
Boehner's statement: A productive bipartisan discussion should begin with a clean sheet of paper. We now know that instead of starting the 'bipartisan' health care 'summit' on Feb. 25 with a clean sheet of paper, the president and his party intend to arrive with a new bill written behind closed doors exclusively by Democrats -- a backroom deal that will transform one-sixth of our nation's economy and affect every family and small business in America. They will then engage a largely handpicked audience in a televised 'dialogue' according to a script they have largely pre-determined. They will do this as a precursor to embarking on a legislative course that Democratic congressional aides acknowledge has also been pre-determined -- a partisan course that relies on parliamentary tricks to circumvent the will of the American people and engineer a pre-determined outcome. It doesn't sound much like bipartisanship to me.

Democrats Are Dropping Like Flies
The Scott Brown victory is still rippling through the House and the Senate, causing retirements among committed, dedicated, long-term liberal Democrats. Seeing voter anger, they are heading for the hills.

Too good to check: No-name lefty candidate may sneak in as Dems’ Indiana Senate nominee
It would be something close to a nightmare scenario for Democrats: were [Tamyra] D’Ippolito to qualify for the ballot, she would be the likely nominee and the party would be left to face the GOP with a political neophyte who said she is running in part to take on a party establishment she said practices "sexism with a big S."

What is a Transition Town (or village / city / forest / island)?
It all starts off when a small collection of motivated individuals within a community come together with a shared concern: how can our community respond to the challenges, and opportunities, of Peak Oil and Climate Change?

China or the U.S.: Which Will Be the Last Nation Standing?
Silly me. Here I had thought that world leaders would want to keep their nations from collapsing. They must be working hard to prevent currency collapse, financial system collapse, food system collapse, social collapse, environmental collapse, and the onset of general, overwhelming misery - right?

Trial lawyers to Obama: Don’t deal on tort reform in healthcare neogtiations
Barack Obama wants a bipartisan deal on health reform, but trial lawyers don’t want him to deal on a top Republican priority: tort reform.

Indiana's Bayh Won't Seek Re-Election in New Blow to Democrats
In yet another blow to Democrats reeling from the loss to GOP Sen. Scott Brown in Massachusetts, Sen. Evan Bayh, who has been mentioned prominently as a future presidential hopeful, is announcing that he will not seek re-election.

Hayworth to Launch Primary Challenge to McCain
Former congressman J.D. Hayworth is kicking off a campaign challenging John McCain for his Senate seat, setting up a showdown between well-known Republicans that promises to be McCain's toughest re-election battle.

Biden Motorcade in 3 Accidents in 3 Months
Biden's motorcade has been involved in three accidents in three months, but the Secret Service tells Fox News it views the close string of collisions as "separate" and notes that Secret Service personnel were driving in only one of them. One of the accidents left one person dead

Obama's Challenge: Anger Is Replacing Hope
All that angst that Obama wants to harness as a force for change, as he did in his campaign, will turn against him. That means eroding public support for his agenda and potentially big losses for his party this year in congressional midterm elections.

Scientists: World May Not Be Warming
A new report by Joseph D’Aleo, a meteorologist who co-founded the Weather Channel, and veteran meteorologist Anthony Watts makes much the same points. "Instrumental temperature data for the pre-satellite era (1850-1980) have been so widely, systemically and uni-directionally tampered with that it cannot be credibly asserted there has been any significant global warming in the 20th century."

Right-Wing Manifesto Is Bid to Reunify
This constitutional platform is meant to remind "economic conservatives that morality is essential to limited government, social conservatives that unlimited government is a threat to moral self-government, and national security conservatives that energetic but responsible government is the key to Americas safety and leadership role in the world."

Brennan: 20% Terrorist Recidivism Rate 'Isn't Bad'
Brennan, the president's top counterterrorism adviser, on Saturday compared the U.S. criminal recidivism rate of 50 percent to the one in five terrorists who are released to other nations and return to the battlefield. "Twenty percent isn't that bad," Brennan said.

Dems to Obama: Please don’t stand so close to me
In 2008, Barack Obama provided a great deal of electoral lift to Democrats running for Congress, both through the force of his endorsements and by inspiring high turnout rates. Democrats expanded their majorities in both chambers thanks to their association with Obama. In 2010, though, Democrats have rapidly retreated from links to Obama and may want the White House to keep an arms-length distance in their re-election efforts in the midterms:

Obama opting to kill terrorists rather than capture them
Instead of attempting to get intel and unravel future attacks and present networks, the White House has simply chosen to kill terrorists as they present themselves. And the reason that the "just shoot the bastard" impulse has grown greater in the Obama administration is the same reason it started in the Bush administration - controversy over detention and adjudication:

'Impeach Obama' Billboard Bothers Democrats
A controversial billboard along Highway 41 is catching people's attention. It calls for Obama to be removed from office

Obama Names 'U.S. Envoy' to Muslim World
Obama on Saturday named a new special envoy to a top Islamic body to deepen Washington's cooperation with the Muslim world. Obama told a U.S.-Islamic World Forum in the Qatari capital Doha in a recorded video message that he was naming White House official Rashad Hussain as special envoy to the 56-member Organization of the Islamic Conference.

Secession in the Air
No, it is not 1860 again. But with all the talk of the 10th Amendment, nullification and interposition, states rights and secession -- following Gov. Rick Perry's misstatement that Texas, on entering the Union in 1845, reserved in its constitution a right to secede -- one might think so.

The Rattled State of Democrats
Worried that they were going to be skewered for pushing a jobs bill that was stuffed with business tax breaks and pork, Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader, pulled the plug Thursday on a rare bipartisan proposal, gambling both with the party’s best chance of posting a needed legislative win as well as with Obama’s new push for cross-party cooperation.

How Congressional Black Caucus got around McCain-Feingold
Most political groups in Washington would have been barred by law from accepting that kind of direct aid from corporations. But by taking advantage of political finance laws, the caucus has built a fund-raising juggernaut unlike anything else in town.

Former CRU chief admits warming may not be unprecedented
In a rather stunning series of admissions, the suspended chief of the East Anglia CRU now admits that the warming seen in the late 20th century may not be unprecedented after all, that the planet has stopped warming for the last 15 years despite the predictions of AGW advocates, and that his own record-keeping has been poor

Democrats offering a product America doesn’t want: collectivism
Maybe it takes a free-market economist like Larry Kudlow to diagnose why Democrats appear to be in such poor position that they lost a Senate seat in one of the bluest states in the nation. When businesses offer products and services that consumers dislike or won’t support, those businesses fail, and sometimes rather abruptly. Kudlow calls this the "disconnect", but really describes the free-market reaction to bad business:

Some House Dems wonder whether Obama wants them to lose
House Democrats say privately that veterans of Bill Clinton’s administration working in Obama’s White House may think having a Republican majority in Congress will help Obama win re-election, as it did Clinton in 1996. House Democrats know that Obama will do whatever it takes to win re-election, whether or not it helps members keep their seats this year.

Obama Is Making Plans to Use Executive Power to Advance Agendas
With much of his legislative agenda stalled in Congress, Obama and his team are preparing an array of actions using his executive power to advance energy, environmental, fiscal and other domestic policy priorities.

Obama Signs Bill Allowing More U.S. Debt
President Barack Obama has signed legislation lifting the cap on government borrowing to $14.3 trillion. The new law also puts in place new budget rules to curb growing annual deficits. Known as "paygo". for "pay as you go". the rules require future spending increases or tax cuts to be paid for with tax increases or other spending cuts

Is Obama about to throw Holder under the bus?
Obama is planning to insert himself into the debate about where to try the accused mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, three administration officials said Thursday, signaling a recognition that the administration had mishandled the process and triggered a political backlash.

Obama and 'First Americans'
Obama's mandate to implement tribal consultation across all federal departments by February 3, 2010 jeopardizes our national sovereignty and constitutional federalism. It will fundamentally change the unique political and legal relationship between the USA and Indian tribes.

Senate Dems ax bipartisan jobs bill
Senate Democrats scrapped a bipartisan jobs bill in favor of one they say is leaner and focused solely on putting Americans back to work, and they're all but daring Republicans to vote against it.

AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION: Reid criticizes lawyers group
Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., criticized the American Bar Association on Thursday, saying it should "get a new life" in how it rates prospective federal judges, after one of his choices got a mixed review. In remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Reid said the bar association's ratings board puts too much weight on whether judicial nominees have prior bench experience and overlooks "real world" qualifications.

How Christian Were the Founders?
Over two days, more than a hundred people, Christians, Jews, housewives, naval officers, professors; people outfitted in everything from business suits to military fatigues to turbans to baseball caps, streamed through the halls of the William B. Travis Building in Austin, Tex., waiting for a chance to stand before the semicircle of 15 high-backed chairs whose occupants made up the Texas State Board of Education. Each petitioner had three minutes to say his or her piece.

Read His Lips: Middle-Class Taxes
In an interview this week with Bloomberg BusinessWeek, the president said he no longer ruled out tax hikes on those making less than $250,000 a year. "What I can't do is set the thing up where a whole bunch of things are off the table," he said. "Some would say we can't look at entitlements. There are going to be some that say we can't look at taxes, and pretty soon you can't solve the problem."

Patrick Kennedy not seeking re-election
Patrick Kennedy decides not to wait and see whether there’s another Scott Brown in the wings. The decision by the eight-term congressman comes less than a month after a stunning Republican upset in the race for the Massachusetts Senate seat his late father, Edward Kennedy, held for almost half a century.

Government blows $50 million on a park in St. Croix
How can this really be justified when the National Park Service hasn’t even surveyed the area and has a $9 billion backlog for parks right here in the United States? Most Americans will never see this park. The parks here that they could afford to see are the ones that apparently need maintenance.

Jobs bill contains "doctor fix", Patriot Act extensions
The bill includes an infusion of funds into the Highway Trust Fund, the so-called doc fix for Medicare reimbursements, and an extension of unemployment insurance and other benefits for out of work people. It also includes several provisions outside the panel’s jurisdiction, like a reauthorization of the USA Patriot Act, Patriot Act, the national flood insurance program, and $1.5 billion in agriculture disaster assistance.

Iran announces success at 20% enrichment
Iran promised a telling blow on its 31st anniversary of the overthrow of the Shah and the establishment of the Shi’ite theocracy, and it delivered two. In a blow to efforts by the Obama administration to curtail Iran’s nuclear activities, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced success at enriching uranium to the 20% level, not high enough for nuclear weapons, but high enough to show that they are close to that capacity: WhooHoo! That's what they call a "Big Punch?"

Obama's Stimulus Creating Green Jobs Overseas
Although Barack Obama and other Democrats touted the $787 billion stimulus package as a way to create green jobs that would put Americans back to work, new reports show the spending package has mostly created green jobs for foreign workers. U.S. Department of Energy statistics show 79 percent of the $2.1 billion in stimulus money allocated for wind energy has been paid to foreign manufacturers.

Feds push for tracking cell phones
The Obama administration has argued that warrantless tracking is permitted because Americans enjoy no "reasonable expectation of privacy" in their--or at least their cell phones'--whereabouts. U.S. Department of Justice lawyers say that "a customer's Fourth Amendment rights are not violated when the phone company reveals to the government its own records" that show where a mobile device placed and received calls.

Wisconsin pro-life groups illegally investigated by the government and by police
The conclusion said the department inappropriately directed against activities protected by the First Amendment, in which law enforcement inappropriately engaged in "the collection, retention and dissemination of U.S. person information regarding protest groups which posed no threat to homeland security and... violated [DHS] Guidelines."

Founders would cheer Virginia’s anti-Obamacare bill
Virginia is moving towards passing legislation that would make it unlawful to implement federal legislation to compel Virginia residents to buy health insurance, a/k/a, Obamacare. On Monday, February 1st, the Democratic-controlled state senate of Virginia passed a bill that would block the implementation of the individual mandate of Obamacare.

You’d better start taking Palin seriously
The snows that obliterated Washington last week interfered with many scheduled meetings, but they did not prevent the delivery of one important political message: Take Sarah Palin seriously. Her lengthy Saturday night keynote address to the National Tea Party Convention in Nashville and her debut on the Sunday morning talk show circuit with Fox News' Chris Wallace showed off a public figure at the top of her game -- a politician who knows who she is and how to sell herself.

Torture claims missing a certain something...torture
It’s true that measures like sleep deprivation, even if carefully monitored, are by design unpleasant. But to conclude, as the High Court did, that this treatment qualifies as "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by the United States authorities" is to expand the definition of torture beyond all reasonable boundaries. And while it’s possible that Mohammed did suffer from "mental stress" due to his confinement, it’s equally clear that nothing he experienced at the hands of U.S. authorities can be construed as torture.

Big Labor angry at Democrats over Becker flop
Labor groups are furious with the Democrats they helped put in office and are threatening to stay home this fall when Democratic incumbents will need their help fending off Republican challengers.

Anti-Tea Party Web Site Part of Scheme to Funnel Funds
A seemingly grassroots organization that's mounted an online campaign to counter the tea party movement is actually the front end of an elaborate scheme that funnels funds -- including sizable labor union contributions -- through the offices of a prominent Democratic party lawyer

Pro-Life Teen Barred from Receiving Honor by Ohio House Speaker
In what critics are calling an unprecedented act of bias, pro-abortion Ohio House Speaker Armond Budish (D-Beechwood) has denied Shelby County teen Elisabeth Trisler a routine legislative honor, evidently because he objects to Trisler's pro-life values. Budish is refusing to allow Trisler on the House floor to accept a legislative resolution, authored by Rep. John Adams (R-Sidney), which honors Trisler's accomplishment as the National Right to Life Oratory Contest winner.

Sen. Jim DeMint twitters: D.C. snow will continue 'until Al Gore cries uncle'
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) on Tuesday used the D.C. snowstorm to make a political jab, saying that it provides evidence for global warming skeptics. The conservative senator took to Twitter on Tuesday amid reports that the area is due to receive another 10 to 20 inches of snow this week: It's going to keep snowing in DC until Al Gore cries "uncle"

Congressional Democrats point finger of blame at Rahm Emanuel on healthcare
Democrats in Congress are holding White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel accountable for his part in the collapse of healthcare reform. The emerging consensus among critics in both chambers is that Emanuel’s lack of Senate experience slowed President Barack Obama’s top domestic priority.

Dick Morris: GOP Can Retake House and Senate; Palin Frontrunner for 2012
Veteran political analyst Dick Morris tells Newsmax that the Republicans’ chances of retaking the Senate and the House are getting better with each passing day. And Sarah Palin is clearly now the "most popular" Republican and possibly the presidential candidate to beat for 2012.

Michael Steele Suggests Critics are Racists
Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is suggesting that critics of his controversial tenure could be closet racists, according to an interview published Tuesday. This numbnuts needs to go. He is useless.

Dems Seek To Skirt Campaign Finance Ruling
"I support a constitutional amendment, but that will not be part of the legislation that Sen. Schumer and I introduce. We are very focused on trying to pass something that will blunt the impact of the court's decision; but again, our goal is to get something that can be implemented sooner rather than later," Mr. Van Hollen said.

DHS: 7 Percent Fewer Illegals Living in U.S.
The number of illegal immigrants in the United States fell by seven percent last year to 10.8 million, coinciding with the country's financial crisis, a Department of Homeland Security report said Tuesday.

Labor Nominee Blocked in Senate
Mr. Brown gave Senate Republicans the 41st vote needed to sustain filibusters, but two moderate Democrats - Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas and Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska - also deserted Mr. Obama on the politically sensitive vote. The final tally was 52-33 in favor of a vote on the nomination, eight short of the 60 votes need to proceed. Mr. Becker, who was first nominated in July, is an attorney for the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union.

Pakistani Officials: Taliban Chief Is Dead
Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud has died, the country's top civilian security official told The Associated Press on Wednesday. It was the government's first categorical confirmation of the death of the feared militant, whose passing is likely to weaken, but not vanquish, the al-Qaida-linked insurgent network he led

Senator Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund is launching a money bomb for Marco Rubio.
DeMint is under massive and sustained attacks from establishment Republicans for daring to challenge the hand picked candidates of the Washington GOP crowd. These people think you and DeMint are a joke. These people think that you cannot beat them at what they view as their game.

Qaeda leader calls for attacks on US interests
"American and Crusader interests are everywhere and their agents are moving everywhere," Shahri said. "Attack them and eliminate as many enemies as you can."

Murtha’s Seat a Toss-up
The fight to fill that seat, Murtha himself won it in a special election in 1974, represents a huge challenge for the Democratic Party, which, according to Cook, is looking at an estimated 50 seats in the "toss-up" category in the November elections.

South Carolina Republicans Unite With Tea Party
The points of contact between the state party establishment and the grass-roots will be the Greenville County Republican Party, one of the most conservative wings of the state party, and the Upstate Coalition of Conservative Organizations, an umbrella structure of state tea party groups.

Without Murtha, Dems now one vote short of passing ObamaCare in House
A nice catch by Philip Klein that completely eluded me earlier. With 218 votes needed to pass Reid’s bill, the number of Democrats who voted for the House’s ObamaCare bill last year now stands at 217.

The Federal Choke-hold on Education
Let me be as blunt as I can. There is no need, nor ever was, for a federal Department of Education except as an instrument of the central government to control the curriculum of schools. This one-size-fits-all approach is totally contrary to what any teacher will tell you; children learn at different rates and each needs to have their particular skills and abilities encouraged.

New Federal Office for Global Warming
Amid the growing fight over the accuracy of climate data, President Obama is seeking to have the federal government put its imprimatur on the science by calling for the creation of a new federal office to study and report on global warming

NC Town Declare State of Emergency - Bans Guns
Other restrictions include a ban on the sale or purchase of any type of firearm, ammunition, explosive or any possession of such items off a person's own premises.

Rep. John Murtha dies at 77
U.S. Rep. John Murtha, an influential critic of the Iraq War whose congressional career was shadowed by questions about his ethics, died Monday. He was 77

Iran anniversary 'punch' will stun West: Khamenei
"The Iranian nation, with its unity and God's grace, will punch the arrogance (Western powers) on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned," Khamenei, who is also Iran's commander-in-chief, told a gathering of air force personnel.

Another Obama Nominee Links Christians With Violence
President Obama has picked to advise him on military actions inside the U.S. the Missouri governor whose state "Information Analysis Center" last year linked conservative organizations to domestic terrorism and said law enforcement officers should watch for suspicious individuals who may have bumper stickers from Ron Paul or Chuck Baldwin.

Under Investigation, Bertha Lewis Quits Working Families Party
Die-hard supporters of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, better known as the infamous ACORN, are not going to like these developments. From City Hall, Edward-Isaac Dovere reports that the embattled Lewis has quietly stepped aside as head of the Working Families Party in New York State, which is currently under investigation by the feds: With national scrutiny on ACORN and local scrutiny on the Working Families Party, ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis quietly departed as state co-chair of the Working Families Party

Blacks Face Senate Shutout in 2011
Blacks constitute 12.2 percent of the nation's population, but not in the 100-member Senate. Come next year, the total number could be zero.

Jobs bill could contain Card Check
If Harry Reid introduces Card Check as a rider on another bill, it has to be somewhat germane to the core legislation. That makes the upcoming second stimulus bill, what Democrats insist on calling a "jobs bill" to avoid admitting that Porkulus flopped, the most likely target for such a strategy.

U.N. gun ban faces pre-emptive attack
A gun rights organization has launched a petition effort to build opposition to plans being discussed by U.S. officials and the United Nations that could result in the confiscation and destruction of privately owned firearms inside the U.S

'Government wants to be your one and only god'
"We're in trouble in America," he told a packed room at the first national tea party convention in Nashville. "We're losing our moral bearings. We're losing our respect for the rule of law. You look around America today, and things are bad, and they're getting worse. We're broke. We're dispirited. We're scared."

New 'bill of particulars' cites Obama failings
Citing American patriots such as Thomas Paine, James Madison, Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry, Judge Roy Moore lit a fire in the hearts of tea partiers tonight - inspiring four impassioned standing ovations with his reading of a "bill of particulars" against President Obama.

Terror alert posted for 2 women
A new terror security alert has been posted by MI5 at Britain's major airports based on information from alleged Detroit bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, who revealed to his FBI interrogators that at the Yemen training camp where he learned suicide bomber tactics were two "non-Arab" women receiving similar training.

Thatcher Warned Carter About Soviet Threat, Document Reveals
"After what has happened in Angola, Ethiopia and elsewhere, there is an imperative need to demonstrate to the Russians that the West will not tolerate further action of this kind by them and their allies," Thatcher said in the strongly worded communiqué sent on Oct. 2, 1979.

Hoekstra: Obama Didn't Consult with GOP on Terror Intel
"Can anyone take seriously the White House's assertion that it consulted with Republicans when President Obama didn't even consult his own Director of National Intelligence, FBI Director or Homeland Security Secretary concerning Abdulmutallab? Anyone who knows my record and the leadership of Republicans on national security issues knows that we have not been shy about expressing our thoughts and strategies with the administration.

Sarah Palin: Obama's Agenda Will Be Short-Lived
Sarah Palin is predicting a good year for conservative candidates for public office, saying the policies of President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders in Congress will be short-lived. Palin said. "America is ready for another revolution." She added that the current Democratic administration can no longer blame the previous one for the nation’s ills.

Bond: Obama Should Apologize for Intel Leak
"I'm sorry, but when the White House discloses sensitive information that will compromise intelligence, they are the ones that owe the people of America and the intelligence community an apology," the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence committee said Sunday.

Palin: 'Absurd' Not to Ponder Presidential Bid
The former Alaska governor and the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2008 says she will run for president if she believes it's right for the country and right for her family. She says her focus has widened since she was governor of Alaska. Palin says she gets daily briefings by e-mail on domestic and foreign policy issues from advisers in Washington.

Dem. Lieutenant Governor Candidate Exits Ill. Race
Since Cohen won the Democratic nomination on Tuesday, it has become widely known that he was accused of abusing his ex-wife and holding a knife to the throat of an ex-girlfriend, a woman who was herself charged with prostitution. He also admits using steroids in the past. And another one bites the dust.

La. Lt. Gov. Replaces Nagin As New Orleans Mayor
Frustrated by term-limited Mayor Ray Nagin's leadership of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina, voters elected Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu to succeed him Saturday, turning to a political scion to speed up the city's recovery.

Iran steps up uranium enrichment
Just days after dropping "impossible" conditions onto their earlier offer to swap uranium with the West, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has ordered Iranian nuclear teams to proceed with higher-level enrichment. This not only comes as a slap in the face to the West, but also demonstrates that Iran has designs on its nuclear program other than clean energy:

Lech Walesa's Warning for America
The United States is only one superpower. Today they lead the world. Nobody has doubts about it. Militarily. They also lead economically but they're getting weak. But they don't lead morally and politically anymore. The world has no leadership. The United States was always the last resort and hope for all other nations. There was the hope, whenever something was going wrong, one could count on the United States. Today, we lost that hope.

India forms new climate change body
India has established its own body to monitor the effects of global warming because it "cannot rely" on the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the group headed by its own Nobel Prize-winning scientist Dr R K Pachauri.

Social Security tipping over into the red
Last month, we noted that Social Security had delivered its worst performance in decades. Now, Allen Sloan warns investors at Yahoo Finance that the entire program has gone into the red, and will stay there. Get ready, Sloan says, for the mother of all bailouts:

Hit and Run by an employee in the State Department’s security apparatus
Jim Treacher of the Daily Caller, "I’m told by multiple people that the SUV that hit me was Secret Service. If this is true, I want to know why that happened. I was crossing legally, and they just left me there. At the very least, I want an apology. What happened to me was wrong."

Obama hints to Dems: If you don’t pass ObamaCare, you deserve to lose the midterms
"If Congress decides we’re not going to do it, even after all the facts are laid out, all the options are clear, then the American people can make a judgment as to whether this Congress has done the right thing for them or not. And that’s how democracy works, with the elections coming up. And they will be able to make a determination, and register their concerns one way or the other during election time."

The obligatory "NBC offers racist lunch menu or something" post
Go look at the photo of the full menu at Mediaite. I’ve only eaten soul food a few times but (a) I’m pretty sure that those are all soul food staples, (b) last I checked, soul food was part of black culture, and (c) it is, after all, Black History Month. So the chef decided to serve a soul food meal, but instead of picking something like ribs as the main course, she picked the one entree that’s associated with racist stereotypes. Result: Menu quickly removed and chef (who is black), I guess, now deemed a racist. Wonderful.

Obama's 10 Steps To Destroying American Society
1. Rewrite the Constitution and break down its firewalls through Judicial and Bureaucratic fiat.
2. Concentrate all meaningful power in the Federal Government.
3. Suppress and Repress the Individual by attacking his Unalienable Rights through laws and constant torment.
4. Eliminate Private Property through Confiscatory Taxation and Regulation and wage constant war against Business Enterprises and Entrepreneurs.
5. Control Institutions of Education at all levels and turn them into Indoctrination Centers for the State.

'Permission' needed to kill U.S. terrorists
The U.S. intelligence community policy on killing American citizens who have joined al Qaeda requires first obtaining high-level government approval, a senior official disclosed to Congress on Wednesday.

Tea leaves: Republican establishment still rules
GOP leaders easily swatted down a proposed "purity test" for candidates at last week’s Republican National Committee meeting, an indication that party officials are no more willing to turn over the keys to right-wing activists now than they were during the Bush years

Scott Brown will be sworn in as Massachusetts senator Thursday
A senior GOP aide said he expected Brown to be sworn in around 5 p.m. on Thursday although a precise time has not yet been set.

Justice Defends Ruling on Finance
"If 10 of you got together and decided to speak, just as a group, you’d say you have First Amendment rights to speak and the First Amendment right of association," he said. "If you all then formed a partnership to speak, you’d say we still have that First Amendment right to speak and of association."

Whos Afraid of the Big Bad Soros
"In his new book The Age of Fallibility, Soros writes, ‘The main obstacle to a stable and just world order is the United States." He announced in 2003 that it is necessary to ‘puncture the bubble of American supremacy.’ Soros is working systematically to achieve that goal.

White House Prepares for Possibility of 2 Supreme Court Vacancies
Court watchers believe two of the more liberal members of the court, justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, could decide to step aside for reasons of age and health. That would give the president his second and third chance to shape his legacy on the Supreme Court

Google to enlist NSA to help it ward off cyberattacks
Google and the NSA declined to comment on the partnership. But sources with knowledge of the arrangement, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the alliance is being designed to allow the two organizations to share critical information without violating Google's policies or laws that protect the privacy of Americans' online communications. The sources said the deal does not mean the NSA will be viewing users' searches or e-mail accounts or that Google will be sharing proprietary data Yeah right! And we should believe that why?

Police want backdoor to Web users' private data
Cybercrime investigators are frustrated by the speed of traditional methods of faxing, mailing, or e-mailing companies these documents. They're pushing for the creation of a national Web interface linking police computers with those of Internet and e-mail providers so requests can be sent and received electronically.

Senators Warned of Terrorist Attack on U.S. by July
America’s top intelligence official told lawmakers on Tuesday that Al Qaeda and its affiliates had made it a high priority to attempt a large-scale attack on American soil within the next six months.

Obama Admits That "By Design" You Remain Unemployed
On page 9 of Obama’s budget proposal, we find that, in fact, the White House is now admitting this fact. You are still unemployed by government design. Washington was "unwilling to solve" the problems because 2009 was not an election year and 2010 is. The President of the United States refused to help get unemployment down in 2009 by design so he could get credit in the 2010 election year instead.

Texas GOP Primary: Perry 44%, Hutchison 29%, Medina 16%
Incumbent Rick Perry's lead over Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has grown a little bigger in the race for this year's Republican gubernatorial nomination in Texas. Tea Party activist Debra Medina also has gained ground, and her gains appear to come at the expense of Hutchison.

Collins: 'This administration cannot see a foreign terrorist right in front of them'
"The Obama administration appears to have a blind spot when it comes to the War on Terrorism," she added. "And, because of that blindness, this administration cannot see a foreign terrorist even when he stands right in front of them, fresh from an attempt to blow a plane out of the sky on Christmas Day."

IRS Buying Shotguns
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to purchase sixty Remington Model 870 Police RAMAC #24587 12 gauge pump-action shotguns for the Criminal Investigation Division. The Remington parkerized shotguns, with fourteen inch barrel, modified choke, Wilson Combat Ghost Ring rear sight and XS4 Contour Bead front sight, Knoxx Reduced Recoil Adjustable Stock, and Speedfeed ribbed black forend, are designated as the only shotguns authorized for IRS duty based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory, certified armorer and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts.

Ms. "Gotcha!" is getting hers. "You betcha!"
"She makes enough to pay 200 news reporters $75,000 a year!" demands a veteran producer. "It's complete insanity." The angry source continues: "We report with great enthusiasm how much bankers are making, how it is out of step with reality during a recession. We'll look at Katie!" Say bye-bye Queen Hack

Treasury Expects to Reach Debt Limit in February
The Treasury Department says it expects to hit the government's debt ceiling by the end of February, putting pressure on Congress to raise the limit from its current level of $12.4 trillion. Treasury said it is working closely with Congress to raise the ceiling. The Senate has approved legislation to increase it by $1.9 trillion to $14.3 trillion, but the House has yet to pass the measure.

Obama Rips GOP As 'Opportunists,' Touts Loan Plan
Obama branded Republicans on Tuesday as electoral opportunists more concerned about their own interests than the people's, taking a political risk by escalating criticism of the very lawmakers he's urging to work with him. ROFLMAO! Um...isn't that what Obozo and the Dems have been doing for years?

Feds claim authority to regulate in-state commerce
The federal government is claiming in court documents demanding the dismissal of a gun-law challenge in Montana the authority to regulate in-state commerce under the Constitution's Commerce clause.

Sioux reservation struggling after winter storms
Sonny Brave Eagle and his family spent six days in the dark without a phone or working radio before law officers found them in their home after a fierce winter storm cut power across South Dakota's impoverished Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.

Why I'm speaking at Tea Party convention
This movement is truly a grassroots, organic effort. It's not a top-down organization; it's a ground-up call to action that already has both political parties rethinking the way they do business.

The Visuals Are Bad All Around
Bart Stupak is learning a valuable lesson in dealing with Barack Obama. The visuals all around on this look bad - especially with the Winter Olympics coming up. Congress funds a $1 million scholarship fund at Northern Michigan University for aspiring Olympic athletes. Robert Costa notes the scholarship was renamed in 1998 for Bart Stupak's son who had committed suicide. Stupak, you will remember, insisted that Obamacare not fund abortion, even against the wishes of Barack Obama. On Monday morning, when Obama unveiled his budget he had killed the B. J. Stupak scholarship for aspiring Olympians. The Olympics begin in ten days. Classy.

Armey tells House GOP: Win back the tea-partiers to win
Dick Armey left his former House GOP colleagues on Saturday with a sobering thought: They lost the tea-party activists in 2006, now go win 'em back. The former House GOP leader told the lawmakers gathered on the third day of the issues retreat that if they worked hard, it would be possible to win back the "small-government, grass-roots conservatives.'

Harkin: Health deal was reached days before Brown's Senate victory
The latest revelation shows how agonizingly close Democrats came to passing a final healthcare bill in time for President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

Backdoor taxes to hit middle class
The Obama administration's plan to cut more than $1 trillion from the deficit over the next decade relies heavily on so-called backdoor tax increases that will result in a bigger tax bill for middle-class families.

Election 2010: Florida Republican Primary for Senate
Former state House Speaker Marco Rubio has now jumped to a 12-point lead over Governor Charlie Crist in Florida’s Republican Primary race for the U.S. Senate.

Dem Senators retreat to South Beach with 108 lobbyists
Without annual legislation to renew the patch this year, the AMT could affect an estimated 25 million taxpayers with incomes as low as $33,750 (or $45,000 for joint filers). Even if the patch is extended to last year's levels, the tax will hit American families that can hardly be considered wealthy -- the AMT exemption for 2009 was $46,700 for singles and $70,950 for married couples filing jointly.

Obama seeks money for nuclear weapons work
Obama is seeking increased funding for nuclear weapons research and security programs next year, even as his administration promotes nonproliferation and has pledged to reduce the world's stockpile of nuclear arms.

Early draft of the Constitution found in Phila.
On the back of a treasured draft of the U.S. Constitution was a truncated version of the same document, starting with the familiar words: "We The People. . . ."

Fate of Obama’s aunt to be fought behind closed doors
The illegal alien aunt of President Obama could learn this week whether she can put down roots in Boston - or start packing her bags for a one-way trip back to Kenya.

Obama Wants Spending Cut ... On Funds Used to Jail Illegal Aliens
For the second year in a row, President Barack Obama wants to end a subsidy that helps states jail illegal immigrants. The State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) provides a partial subsidy to help states and local communities incarcerate illegal aliens who have committed crimes. The administration proposed on Monday ending the program to save $400 million in 2010.

More impact is what's next for the Tea Party movement
But whether the political class likes it or not, this sort of thing is probably here to stay. While 2009 was the year of denigrating and ignoring the tea parties, I suspect that in 2010, they'll be listened to quite closely. Those who fail to do so, are likely to find themselves out of a job.

Is Obama Using Public Schools to Recruit Interns?
A rather disturbing document surfaced on the Internet Saturday with grave implications concerning how the Obama administration is recruiting interns from public schools to assist in advancing the President's agenda along with his desire to get Democrats including himself elected. Even scarier, the internship application recommends participants read Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals."

Protesters Publish Location, Map of Arpaio's House
A new Facebook group created to remove Sheriff Joe Arpaio from power has been the cause of controversy after one of the page's members posted the location of the Sheriff's home. "I think they have some motive," Arpaio said. "I don't think they're selling tours to my house."

U.N. Climate Panel Shamed By Bogus Rainforest Claim
A startling report by the United Nations climate watchdog that global warming might wipe out 40% of the Amazon rainforest was based on an unsubstantiated claim by green campaigners who had little scientific expertise. The (IPCC) said in its 2007 benchmark report that even a slight change in rainfall could see swathes of the rainforest rapidly replaced by savanna grassland.

Federal Payroll to Hit Record 2.15 Million
The Obama administration says the government will grow to 2.15 million employees this year, topping 2 million for the first time since President Clinton declared that "the era of big government is over" and joined forces with a Republican-led Congress in the 1990s to pare back the federal work force.

Palin Endorses Rand Paul in Ky. Senate Race
Palin said in a written statement that she's "proud to support grassroots candidates like Dr. Paul." She said is lending her support because Paul, the son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul of Texas, wants to "shake up the status quo in Washington."

Saudi Arabia Wants Taliban to Expel Bin Laden
Saudi officials say the kingdom has no intention of getting involved in peacemaking in Afghanistan unless the Taliban severs ties with extremists and expels Saudi terror leader Osama bin Laden.

Virginia Dems Snub Nose at National Dems
Virginia's Democratic-controlled state Senate has enacted measures this week that would make it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance -- a direct challenge to the party's efforts in Washington to reform health care.

States Seeking to Ban Mandatory Health Insurance
Although President Barack Obama's push for a health care overhaul has stalled, conservative lawmakers in about half the states are forging ahead with constitutional amendments to ban government health insurance mandates

Obama Surrendering Internet to Foreign Powers
Without the ingenuity of America’s brightest minds and the investment of U.S. taxpayer dollars, there would be no Internet. Now, the Obama administration is ceding control of the web from the United States to foreign powers like China and Russia. The danger is that one day our own creation may be used against us.

Union leader: 'Card check' will pass in 2010
Trumka said that lawmakers would pass the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) as well as healthcare reform this year, despite Republicans having picked up enough votes in the Senate to sustain a filibuster.

65% Now Hold Populist, or Mainstream, Views
The American people don’t want to be governed from the left, the right or the center. The American people want to govern themselves," says Scott Rasmussen, president of Rasmussen Reports. The American attachment to self-governance runs deep. It is one of our nation’s cherished core values and an important part of our cultural DNA.

Adam Andrzejewski Surges to Within 2 Points in Latest Polling
While campaigning in O’Fallon the Andrzejewski team announced that Adam had just received the endorsement of the largest Chicago Polish paper today. It was announced that Adam had surged to within two points in an internal poll conducted by a conservative organization in Washington DC. Andrzejewski was 8 points down earlier in the week in the Illinois race.

Union leader: 'Card check' will pass in 2010
AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said that lawmakers would pass the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) as well as healthcare reform this year, despite Republicans having picked up enough votes in the Senate to sustain a filibuster.

Ahmadinejad: Iran will deliver a telling blow on February 11
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the nation will deliver a harsh blow to the "global arrogance" on this year’s anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

IPCC based claims on a student dissertation and a magazine article
One of the sources quoted was a feature article published in a popular magazine for climbers which was based on anecdotal evidence from mountaineers about the changes they were witnessing on the mountainsides around them. The other was a dissertation written by a geography student, studying for the equivalent of a master’s degree, at the University of Berne in Switzerland that quoted interviews with mountain guides in the Alps. So why do we need scientists? Just ask some rock climbing nuts and a snot nosed college kid what you want to know.

White House to paint grim fiscal picture
In its budget proposal to be released on Monday, the White House predicts a record $1.6 trillion budget deficit for the fiscal year that ends September 30, the Capitol Hill source said. According to the estimate, deficits will narrow to $700 billion by fiscal 2013 before gradually rising back to $1.0 trillion by the end of the decade, the source said.

State Dept. Official: Obama Violated Pledge
The recent awarding of a lucrative federal contract to a company owned by a financial contributor to the Obama presidential campaign -- without competitive bidding -- "violated" President Obama's many campaign pledges to crack down on the practice, a top State Department official told Fox News

States to Government: Hands off Education
As the U.S. government discusses reauthorizing a sweeping education law and prepares to distribute billions of stimulus dollars for school reform, state legislatures are sending it a strong message: hands off.

Gaps Emerging in Census Outreach to Immigrants
The government is fumbling some efforts to assure immigrants that U.S. census data won't be used against them, including gaps in outreach and foreign language guides that refer to the decennial count as an investigation

Not-So-Friendly Fire Marks Primary Season
Tis the season when Democrats and Republicans eat their own. Eight months of primaries for party nominations get under way next week in House, Senate, gubernatorial and legislative races. The outcomes will set the stage for the first midterm elections of Barack Obama's presidency.

Soros' Call for Global Financial Sheriff Gains Support
Hedge fund icon George Soros says we need a worldwide financial regulator to keep banks in line across the globe. "We need a global sheriff," Soros said. He actually made that remark to The New York Times two years ago.


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