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Boehner: Obama Administration’s Decision Keeps Vast Majority of America’s Offshore Energy Resources Off Limits
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today criticized the Obama Administration for refusing to listen to the American people and keeping the vast majority of America’s offshore energy resources off limits at a time when Americans want an "all of the above" strategy for promoting American energy production and creating American jobs:
Government set to unveil offshore drilling plan
The Obama administration is expected to announce by Wednesday its updated plan for oil and natural gas drilling in U.S. waters, including whether to allow exploration for the first time along the U.S. East Coast.
Border-Guarding Minutemen Disband
Ms. Mercer, a Tombstone, Ariz., restaurant owner, said that although MCDC was dissolving, the organization's chapters and various offshoot groups would continue to organize border watches. She blamed Republican lawmakers such as Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina for offering to work with Mr. Obama on immigration policy and weakening border controls.
Feds Investigate Death Threats to IRS Employees After Health Bill Approval
While these threats are being investigated, experts doubt there is much that law enforcement can do to predict if any of these commenters actually plan on taking action. The only thing certain is that the online community of anti-government extremists is growing, and it is increasingly being viewed by law enforcement as a threat. "I've never seen anything like this before," said MacNab. "The health care bill could very well be the tipping point."
McCain: Call in the National Guard
Sen. John McCain wants to call in the cavalry to defend Arizona from illegal immigrants crossing the border from Mexico, and to shore up his own right flank. McCain asked the Obama administration Monday to send National Guard troops to the border after a prominent Arizona rancher was found shot to death on his own property.
'Strippergate' Fuels RNC 'Insurgency' Against Steele
Despite an energized conservative grassroots movement and a string of gubernatorial and senate victories behind him, Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele is facing angry donors and GOP leaders who feel his mismanagement could cripple GOP efforts to retake the House and Senate this year.
White House Court Brief Backs Race-Based Admissions
The Obama administration has asked a federal appeals court to uphold a race-conscious admissions system at the University of Texas at Austin, aiming to stymie a lawsuit that conservatives hope will spur the Supreme Court to limit affirmative action at public colleges.
Bethlehem Hospital: Smokers Need Not Apply
Beginning May 1, all prospective employees will be screened for nicotine and will be ineligible for a job if they test positive. Anyone rejected can take the test again in six months and be considered for employment. Current employees will not be affected.
Iran Nuclear Scientist Defects to U.S. In CIA 'Intelligence Coup'
An award-winning Iranian nuclear scientist, who disappeared last year under mysterious circumstances, has defected to the CIA and been resettled in the United States, according to people briefed on the operation by intelligence officials.
Calif. Lawmaker Seeks Amount Paid for Palin Speech
Sen. Leland Yee requested details of the contract Monday between the nonprofit California State University Stanislaus Foundation and the former Alaska governor and 2008 vice presidential candidate. Palin will be the guest of honor at the CSU Stanislaus 50th anniversary gala on June 25.
Democratic senator: Voting for ObamaCare was "political folly"
You know it and I know it, but it’s always been an open question whether they know it too. I think Obama and Pelosi do. This was their chance to set the country on the path to welfare-state nirvana and they calculated, quite astutely, that it was worth sacrificing their majority to do so. Control of Congress will come and go, but a dependent electorate is forever. Whether the caucus and their idiot base calculated the same way or whether they really convinced themselves that the boondoggle to end all boondoggles was a political winner is more of a mystery.
CJR: Harris poll on GOP extremism not credible
The Columbia Journalism Review isn’t known for its stirring defenses of conservatives, so their analysis of the Harris poll that suggested that 45% of Republicans are Birthers and 24% believe Obama to be the Antichrist is remarkable for its conclusion. Greg Marx pegs his analysis on a deconstruction by ABC News polling director Gary Langer and wonders why the national media was so credulous in reporting a poll obviously aimed to help author John Avlon sell his book:
Left wing terrorist, Obama supporter, arrested for Eric Cantor death threat
Norman Leboon will be charged with two federal counts: threatening to kill a member of Congress and interfering with his federal duties, and posting video online containing such threats. He is scheduled to appear in federal district court in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon.
Christian militia accused of plotting to kill cops
The eight men and one woman are members of the Hutaree, identified as an "anti-government extremist organization" in the indictment, and each faces three to five charges, including sedition, attempts to use weapons of mass destruction, teaching/demonstrating use of explosive materials and two counts of carrying weapons in relation to a crime of violence.
"A Closer Look at the Capitol Steps Conspiracy"
If it were not for those damn ubiquitous video cameras, House Democrats and their media allies would have gotten away with it entirely. Instead, they must content themselves with a victory only among those who rely for the news on an increasingly myopic major media. Bottom line: the Douglas story would seem to meet the standards for libel. It is provably false, preposterously reckless, quite possibly malicious, and has caused real damage to publicly identified Tea Party leaders.
Health care law too costly, most say
Nearly two-thirds of Americans say the health care overhaul signed into law last week costs too much and expands the government's role in health care too far, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds, underscoring an uphill selling job ahead for President Obama and congressional Democrats.
Obama: Tea Party features 'core group' against him
President Barack Obama says he believes the Tea Party is built around a "core group" of people who question whether he is a U.S. citizen and believe he is a socialist.
New York Times Compares Tea Parties to Weather Underground
In the wake of Obama-care's passage, New York Times reporter Benedict Carey took the country's political temperature, and found it running a right-wing fever, in a front-page Sunday Week in Review essay. It's ominous title was cribbed from the famous scene in the movie "Network," "RAGE's DNA: Mad As Hell. And..." The online headline is even blunter: "When Does Political Anger Turn to Violence?"
Obama Steps Up Confrontation
On Thursday, the president challenged Republicans who planned to campaign on repealing his health-care bill with, "Go for it." Two days later, he made 15 senior appointments without Senate consent, including a union lawyer whose nomination had been blocked by a filibuster. [EDIT] And the divide widens. This little boy hates this country!
With no big bounce from health care, Obama tries to create momentum
President Obama got no lasting bounce in the polls from passing his health care program, but the White House is pushing ahead anyway with a policy drive aimed at capitalizing on his perceived momentum.
Senators form bipartisan climate bill
Democrats say the passage of healthcare reform has opened the door for climate change legislation, while acknowledging tradeoffs will be needed to secure 60 Senate votes. "They know that to pass a comprehensive bill they will have to ease concerns of some special interests and mid-western senators whose states have manufacturing-oriented economies," said Daniel J. Weiss, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress Action Fund, a liberal think-tank.
Dems Threaten Companies for Revealing Obamacare Costs
Late last week several US corporations leaked how the democrat’s health care bill will kill their businesses. The radicals in Congress were not pleased that these corporations would go public with this devastating information. In response, democrats threatened to call for Congressional show trials to publicly humiliate these corporations.
Seven arrested in FBI raids linked to Christian militia group
On Sunday, the FBI confirmed that federal law enforcement agents were conducting activities in Washtenaw and Lenawee counties over the weekend in connection to Hutaree, a Christian militia group. FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold told The Detroit News the federal warrants in the case are under court seal and declined further comment.
Who Wants to Fire Speaker Pelosi the Most?
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Allen West warns teapartiers
Allen West addresses the Ft Lauderdale Tea Party on 3/27/2010. Ft Lauderdale Tea Party is the longest consecutive weekly protest in the U.S
More Guns Equals Fewer Firearms Deaths!
A new report published by MSNBC.com shows that more guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens results in fewer deaths from the use of firearms. "Firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens prevent 1 million robberies, murders and rapes every year," John Pierce, a Virginia-based gun-rights activist with opencarry.org, told MSNBC.com.
Massive Turnout for Tea Party Express Kickoff
The "Showdown in Searchlight" was the kickoff event for a 44-city, three-week US tour of political demonstrations by the Tea Party Express, a consortium of anti-tax, anti-Democratic groups that culminates in Washington DC on April 15, the day US taxpayers' returns are due.
Angry Texans Not Filling Out Census
As of Friday afternoon, only 27 percent of Texas households had filled in and returned their census forms, well below the national average of 34 percent, according to computer data from the U.S. Census Bureau. In Harris County, the response rate is 23 percent. Houston's returns are running at 21 percent
Under The Radar: New Paycheck Deductions Under ObamaCare
Hidden in the fine print of the health care bill is yet another entitlement program that is being foisted on already overburdened American workers. The program purports to offer long term care, and hidden in the fine print is a new government right to automatically deduct $146.00 to $240.00 a month from the paychecks of unsuspecting workers.
Hate-o-Crat Eliminationism: Leftists Move to 'Get Rid of Republicans Entirely'
Representative Alan Grayson alleged that all Republicans have left is "fear and hatred." He then goes on to call for the total elimination the GOP, and not just in November: "We have to put end to the style of politics, and that means getting rid of Republicans entirely."
HE DID IT: Obama announces 15 recess appointments, scolds Republicans...
Fed up with waiting, Obama announced Saturday he would bypass a vacationing Senate and name 15 people to key administration jobs, wielding for the first time the blunt political tool known as the recess appointment.
We Will Never Sit down and shut-up again!!
Sarah Palin told thousands of tea party activists assembled in the dusty Nevada desert Saturday that Sen. Harry Reid will have to explain his votes when he comes back to his hometown to campaign.
"Hundreds" of terrorists in prison claimed by DoJ bogus
Small wonder Holder postponed his appearance before Judiciary, and small wonder the DoJ used the hoary technique of a Friday-night document dump to cover Holder’s backside on his ridiculous claims.
Dems Creating False Storyline to Distract From What They've Done?
The Democrats are so losing the information war on the health care bill that they're trying to do anything to distract everybody's attention from it, and it's as I said yesterday, this is all part of a plan to criminalize dissent. Let me just ask you a question. When is the last time you can recall a bunch of conservatives having a riot? When is the last time you can recall a bunch of conservatives disrupting a congressional hearing? When is the last time you can recall a bunch of conservatives coming out with books and movies on how to assassinate a president? The simple fact of the matter is that this kind of behavior that these people are running around scared to death of and accusing people of, they are the authors of this kind of behavior. These are the people that wrote the book on how to do this. Our side doesn't do this kind of stuff. This is all made up, 95% of it's made up and it's being done to divert everybody's attention.
Dissent's Noble - Until Aimed At Democrats
During the Bush years, the news media were the promoters of protest, the champions of dissent. Denouncing the president as a brain-damaged warmonger was the most patriotic thing you could do (just ask the Dixie Chicks), and it was guaranteed to please the press.
Palin: Incitement Is 'Lamestream Media Fiction'
Sarah Palin, campaigning with John McCain today in Arizona, denounced the "ginned-up controversy about us common sense conservatives inciting violence."
"We know violence isn’t the answer," Palin said. "When we take up our arms we’re talking about our vote."
She warned the crowd not to be distracted by "this b.s. coming from the lamestream media lately about us inciting violence.
Arizona Law Promises to Be 'Toughest' on Illegal Immigration
The bill's supporters say a local crackdown has become a necessity because the federal government has failed to adequately seal the borders or actively enforce its laws. They blame Arizona's spiraling crime and unemployment rates on its large population of illegal immigrants.
White men shun Democrats
Millions of white men who voted for Barack Obama are walking away from the Democratic Party, and it appears increasingly likely that they'll take the midterms elections in November with them. Their departure could well lead to a GOP landslide on a scale not seen since 1994.
Beware America...in the days ahead, you'll be driven to more anger. Amnesty is on the horizon Other attacks on your liberty are on the horizon. They will try to shut you up and shut you down. You will be painted as extremists, called names, beaten down. Those in power now, think that if they rattle the cage hard enough, something is bound to break loose. But stand down, there is a revolution coming... the bloodless revolution of November.
AP: Say, guess what we just found in ObamaCare!
Congress passed the bill without knowing what was in it. Barack Obama signed it without reading it. Now it looks as though the Associated Press reported on ObamaCare without comprehending its content. Readers will have to scroll far down to discover that the elimination of a key tax break that kept retirees on company prescription-medication plans will mean dumping millions of seniors onto Medicare, and that the AP ignored it until now:
Another Obama TSA nomination collapses
It has now been over 14 months, and the Obama administration still hasn’t successfully appointed a person to run the Transportation Security Administration, the agency that provides security at the nation’s airports. Barack Obama didn’t even get around to nominating a candidate until September 2009, and his first choice, Errol Southers, had to withdraw when earlier incidents of Southers’ abuses of sensitive information surfaced. Late yesterday his second choice, retired General Robert Harding, also withdrew, this time over allegations of potential procurement fraud:
Obama humiliated Netanyahu at the White House
For a head of state to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of,,,
Welcome to the Machine: Cultural Marxism in Education
What reduced American education to its current state? In part the answer lies in cultural Marxism, a societal disease spawned by an Italian, Antonio Gramsci, in the 1920s. Gramsci preached that in order to free "oppressed" social groups, the oppressors' beliefs must be marginalized. Because Gramsci saw one particular group as oppressive, traditional Christians, he prescribed attacking tradition in general and Christianity specifically as the solution to oppression. Gramsci denounced moral certainty and elevated moral mushiness.
Federalized Higher Education
By dangling dollars, the federal government controls the operation, enrollment, budget, facilities and curriculum of our esteemed institutions of higher education to a greater degree than most would acknowledge.
Sen. Graham: Obamacare Doomed Immigration Bill
"When I say immigration's dead in the Senate, risk-aversion abounds," Graham told the media during a Capitol Hill news conference, "Some of my colleagues will lose over healthcare. The consequences of this vote are going to be long-lasting politically."
Group wants southerners to put 'Confederate Southern American' on the Census
With roughly one week until census forms are due, a group of Confederate rights activists is urging southerners with Confederate ancestors to declare themselves "Confederate Southern Americans" on census forms in order to qualify for national origin protection under the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
RNC loses bid to raise unlimited money
A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court in Washington ruled Friday that it lacks the authority to overturn a Supreme Court ruling upholding the ban on soft money fundraising by the RNC and other national party committees.
Unemployment benefits to lapse for a week over congressional standoff
"Just to be clear, Democrats voted against a paid-for [unemployment insurance] extension last night and voted to adjourn the Senate," said a senior GOP aide. "There isn’t enough spin in D.C. to put that on Republicans. Everything they said about Jim Bunning a month ago is now true of every Senate Democrat who cast both of those votes and walked out of town."
Senator Literally Blackmailing Fortune 500 Companies
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) has begun an unofficial "diversity survey" of Fortune 500 companies and has told the companies that if they do not participate in the survey, he will make their names public.
Some Republicans Still Don’t Get It
Some Republicans continue to fumble the clearest, most concise, easiest-to-sell message in recent memory - the simple notion that the recently enacted Healthcare law, already having negative effects on our lives, is unacceptable and must be fully repealed. That’s not hard, is it?
Judge upholds DC's post-Supreme Court gun laws
A federal judge has upheld limitations on gun ownership that the District of Columbia put in place following the Supreme Court's 2008 decision overturning the city's outright ban on handguns.
Calendar Of Elections & Major Political Events
List of dates for filing for primary registration and primary election dates by date and state.
CNN, Huffington Post Urge Violence Against Republicans
Two of the most popular liberal news sites are calling for violence against Republicans for obstructing the radical agenda of President Barack Obama.
Shot Fired at House Minority Whip Cantor's Richmond Office
FOX has learned that the Richmond, VA campaign office of House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA) was shot at Monday. FOX has also obtained a threatening message left Friday on the voicemail of Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH). This is believed to be the first threat against a Republican member. The message contained racial overtones and profane language.
Eric Cantor blames Democrats for ‘fanning flames’ on threats
"[I] have deep concerns that some, DCCC Chairman Chris Van Hollen and DNC Chairman Tim Kaine in particular, are dangerously fanning the flames by suggesting that these incidents be used as a political weapon," Cantor said.
Barber: Southern Poverty Law Center Officially Declared ‘Left-Wing Hate Group’
Alas, "power corrupts," as it goes, and the SPLC, having amassed tremendous power and wealth over the years, has regrettably become corrupt to its core. By way of an ever-escalating wave of "us-versus-them" money-grubbing schemes, Today’s SPLC has morphed into a far-left political activist outfit, famous for promoting a panoply of extreme liberal causes.
The Progressives' Perfect Trojan Horse
Just as the deceived Trojans dragged the beautifully crafted Trojan Horse into Troy as a symbol of their victory, deceived Americans embraced the progressives' young, handsome, articulate, and so-called moderate black presidential candidate as a symbol of their liberation from accusations of being a racist nation. Also like the Trojan Horse, Obama was filled with the enemy hiding inside.
Half of U.S. Home Loan Modifications Default Again
The re-default rate of loans modified in the first quarter of 2009 was 51.5 percent by the end of the year, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Thrift Supervision said in a joint report today. The figure, which measures payments at least 30 days late, climbed to 57.9 percent for changes made in the prior 12 months.
Calif. voters could legalize pot in Nov. election
When California voters head to the polls in November, they will decide whether the state will make history again - this time by legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults.
Social Security to See Payout Exceed Pay-In This Year
This year, the system will pay out more in benefits than it receives in payroll taxes, an important threshold it was not expected to cross until at least 2016, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
Check out the violent right-wingers threatening Rep. Carnahan! Oh, wait.
Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., has somehow convinced a less-than-curious press corps to put him into the class of congressmen who have received threats over ObamaCare. You see, a coffin wound up on his front lawn last Sunday night. Oh, wait - the coffin was part of a well-publicized protest, symbolizing a funeral for liberty and for the future victims of ObamaCare.
MSNBC Host: Time For "Socialism" In Talk Radio
Radio Equalizer: In an unusually candid rant, MSNBC libtalker Ed Schultz tells radio listeners he believes the next "socialist" takeover by the government should be on all the radio airwaves.
Cops In N.J. Town Given Keys To Homes
The program would allow police quick access into a home to help anyone having a medical emergency, without having the break down the door.
How To Defeat Alinsky Rules
The left has a co-ordinated approach to political activism. By simply conforming to these rules, intentionally for many, subconsciously by others, liberals and socialists are working from a game plan that is effective simply because of its relentlessness. A ceaseless unresting effort that works by wearing down resistance and winning the little battles of attrition.
Steny Hoyer: Members are at risk
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is warning that some of his Democratic colleagues are being threatened with violence when they go back to their districts, and he wants Republicans to stand up and condemn the threats
Healthcare bill headed back to the House after marathon Senate push
Senate Democrats defeated 29 straight Republican amendments to the Democratic healthcare reconciliation bill before losing a key parliamentary ruling in Thursday’s early hours that will force the legislation back to the House of Representatives.
Obama excludes Private and Catholic school children from Easter egg hunt..
The Obama administration announced on Tuesday it has reserved 3,000 free tickets to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll for students in D.C.-area public and charter schools, but not for children who attend private or parochial schools.
New York Times admits Obamacare really about socialism
Nearly every major aspect of the health bill pushes in the other direction. This fact helps explain why Mr. Obama was willing to spend so much political capital on the issue, even though it did not appear to be his top priority as a presidential candidate. Beyond the health reform’s effect on the medical system, it is the centerpiece of his deliberate effort to end what historians have called the age of Reagan.
Microchiping included in Healthcare Bill ?
In "real world speak", according to this report, this new law, when fully implemented, provides the framework for making the United States the first Nation in the World to require each and every one of its citizens to have implanted in them a radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchip for the purpose of controlling who is, or isn’t, allowed medical care in their country.
Obama's Nazi Straw man: An Old Alinsky Trick
Planting major falsehoods has been a favorite Alinsky strategy from the start. His acolyte, Barack Obama, learned his Industrial Areas Foundation lessons on deceiving for power while on a side trip during his Harvard years, then taught the Alinsky power tactics at the University of Chicago.
Obama inspires black politicians to seek office as Republican candidates
Dean Nelson says as far as he knows, there have never been as many black Republicans running for Congress as there are this year.
Dems looking to allow convicted felons to vote
Democrats in Congress are pushing for a new law that would allow nearly 4 million people currently banned from voting to cast their ballot, and most of those millions, studies show, will vote Democrat.
The Democrat Race Lie
This is the kind of BS spewed by Democrats on a daily basis, and unfortunately the media and other so-called watchdogs are so apparently ignorant of American history, Democrats continue to LIE through their teeth to their constituents, and via academia, to our kids. Despite the truth being out there for years, it’s probably not going to explode until some big shot news anchor gives us an "explosive expose" bringing us all those facts first, so he/she can proudly receive a Pulitzer...
Repeal the 16th Amendment to the Constitution
If America wishes to change this trajectory, it needs new and bold thinking. Here is one candidate: Repeal the 16th Amendment to the Constitution (ratified Feb. 3, 1913) which gives Congress the power to lay and collect taxes, and replace it with an amendment that requires each state to remit to the federal government a certain percent of its tax revenue. This would change the game. Here's why:
Beware the Emboldened Left
Conservatives and Republicans who underestimate President Obama do so at their own electoral peril. Unlike Jimmy Carter, Obama is a true believer, someone who understands that transforming policy translates into votes and a citizenry that is more reliant on the federal government. And unlike Carter, Obama is a streetwise, tough politician who will not give an inch when it to comes to his vision of a "New America" -- one that is modeled after European socialism.
Is Health-Care Reform Constitutional?
The battle over federal control of health care will inevitably shift to the courts. Virginia's attorney general, Ken Cuccinelli II, has said he will file a legal challenge to the bill, arguing in a column this month that reform legislation "violate the plain text of both the Ninth and Tenth Amendments." On Friday, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster and Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum announced that they will file a federal lawsuit if health-care reform legislation passes.
White House, Experts: Health Care Suit Will Fail
The White House says it isn't worried that 13 state attorneys general are suing to overturn the massive health care overhaul, and many legal experts agree the effort is futile.
Durbin: Taxing capital just the cost of having the "America we want"
Give Joe Scarborough credit for being the one person on MS-NBC with the brains to ask Dick Durbin why we want to hike taxes on capital gains while we struggle to recover from the Great Recession
Dingell: It will take a while for ObamaCare to "control the people"
Let me remind you this has been going on for years. We are bringing it to a halt. The harsh fact of the matter is when you’re going to pass legislation that will cover 300 American people in different ways it takes a long time to do the necessary administrative steps that have to be taken to put the legislation together to control the people.
"Poison pills," errors could derail reconciliation process
If that bill changes in the Senate, then the House has to reconsider the bill yet again, creating the potential for another several weeks of focus on a bill that is deeply unpopular with the public. And thanks to errors in the House bill, that may not be avoidable:
Unions Want to Take Over Your 401(k)
One of the nation's largest labor unions, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), is promoting a plan that will centralize all retirement plans for American workers, including private 401(k) plans, under one new "retirement system" for the United States.
Russia Warns US Communist Threat Endangering Entire World
Putin had previously warned the United States against its planned adoption of Communism during his January, 2009 speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland upon Obama taking office, and had stated:In a chilling speech to Russian defence experts yesterday, Prime Minister Putin ordered the buildup of strategic weapons and warned that the growing threat of the expansion of American Communism is endangering the entire World and bringing the Motherland closer to war than at any time since the1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.
30 million kids get vaccine tainted with pig virus...
Federal health authorities recommended Monday that doctors suspend using Rotarix, one of two vaccines licensed in the United States against rotavirus, saying the vaccine is contaminated with material from a pig virus.
Airport device follows fliers' phones
Civil-liberties experts worry that such a system enables the government to track people's whereabouts. "It's serious business when the government begins to get near people's personal-communication devices,"
Three Guantanamo inmates transferred to Georgia
State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said the Georgian ministry of interior had announced "that three Guantanamo detainees were transferred to Georgia."
With Healthcare Law Finished, Democrats Turn Their Attention to Cap-and-Trade Tax
John Kerry, a proponent of congressional action on climate change, said administration officials can now "pour their energy and attention" into the issue. "In the wake of healthcare’s passage, we have a strong case to make that this can be the next breakthrough legislative fight," the Massachusetts Democrat declared.
CBO Admits their Stimulus Jobs Count Ignored the Economy’s Actual Performance
If a meteorologist was asked what the day's high temperature had been, would it be acceptable to simply repeat his/her earlier forecast? Of course not. The forecast was merely a prediction, which should now be replaced with what actually happened. Yet that is the approach the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) used when declaring that the stimulus had saved 1.5 million jobs. Rather than actually examine the performance of the post-stimulus economy, it essentially re-released its old forecast that the stimulus would likely create jobs.
Seven lessons for the tea party
The tea partyers who waited anxiously outside the Capitol until House Democrats passed the health care bill late Sunday night were back at work before lawmakers woke up the next day
We Must Repeal The Health Care Bill!
Bachmann: My friends, I am proud to introduce a bill today, that would repeal the monstrosity that passed yesterday. The bill that barely passed, can only be described as a killer bill.
Gun Ban Repeal Legislation Heads to House Floor for Consideration in New Hampshire!
As earlier reported, House Bill 1693, sponsored by State Representative Gene Chandler (R), will remove the authority to control firearms, knives, and other tools of self-defense within the State House complex from the Joint Committee on Legislative Facilities. However, this fight is not over! On Wednesday, March 24, Second Amendment supporters will attempt to overturn the committee majority report which recommended killing the measure.
GOP Senators Introduce Bill to Repeal ObamaCare
Today, U.S. Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) introduced legislation to fully repeal the Democrats’ government health care takeover that President Obama signed into law Tuesday morning. 12 Republicans have already cosponsored this bill
New education standards: Put this in the "things you missed during the health care debate" file...
If the Common Core State Standards Initiative were totally voluntary, there would be little to fear. But for too many education reformers, whatever is not forbidden is compulsory.
Obama signs healthcare into law
"Today, after almost a century of trying; today, after over a year of debate; today, after all the votes have been tallied, health insurance reform becomes law in the United States of America," Obama said minutes before signing the legislation.
13 attorneys general sue over health care overhaul
Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is taking the lead in the lawsuit. Attorneys general from South Carolina, Nebraska, Texas, Michigan, Utah, Pennsylvania, Alabama, South Dakota, Louisiana, Idaho, Washington and Colorado are joining in. Other GOP attorneys general may join the lawsuit later or sue separately.
Clinton Tries to Take Credit for Health Care Bill
Clinton:"All of our efforts to strengthen the economy will fail, let me say again, I feel so strongly about this, all of our efforts to strengthen the economy will fail unless we also take this year, not next year, not 5 years from now, but this year, bold steps to reform our health care system,,,1993
20 Ways ObamaCare Will Take Away Our Freedoms
The sections described below are taken from HR 3590 as agreed to by the Senate and from the reconciliation bill as displayed by the Rules Committee. You’re a single guy without children? Tough, your policy must cover pediatric services. You’re a woman who can’t have children? Tough, your policy must cover maternity services. You’re a teetotaler? Tough, your policy must cover substance abuse treatment. (Add your own violation of personal freedom here.) (Section 1302).
ObamaCare hits snags right at the starting gate
It almost goes without saying that the very first snag is overwhelming public disapproval. As soon as the votes were cast, both Gallup and Rasmussen reported that public approval for Congress plummeted to the lowest point ever recorded.
The Beginning of the End or of Rebirth?
There was no mistaking his intent when you examined his radical background and radical relationships; his extremist position on human life, including supporting a form of infanticide; his promise to redistribute wealth; his obvious grudge against America; and his experience as a street agitator in Chicago.
Organizing Kids for Obama
The sign-up sheet states that the "purpose" of training these students is "to build community" among the interns and teach them "to be leaders in OFA's organizing work." After all, Barack Obama knows a great deal about being a community organizer. That was his only job before he got into politics. Job prospects may be bleak for many Americans, but they will be rosy for alumni of Obama's intern program. After the students have been fully trained as Alinsky-style community organizers, they will be eligible for jobs in Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, or Learn and Serve America.
Tea Partiers Vow Revenge Over Passage of Health Care Bill
Tea party activists aren't just angry that Democrats passed a major health care overhaul. They are out for revenge. They do not see passage of the landmark reforms that usher in near-universal medical coverage as the end of the debate. Tea partiers instead vow to support attorneys general who plan a lawsuit seeking to declare the law unconstitutional. They are demanding the bill be repealed or not funded and want to kick out of office all supporters of the measure.
Lawfare, Voluntary Surrender, and Right-wing "Extremists"
Michelle Obama "voluntarily surrendered" her license to practice law, three years after passing the bar. Which is akin to a doctor going through years of education, and racking up huge student loans, and then, just as it all finally starts to pay off, saying 'I think I’ll just give up my license for no particular reason.' There’s a darn good reason...
Olbermann: GOP self-destruction imminent
Racism is at the heart of the Tea Party! -- "it is in its heart, along with blind hatred, a total disinterest in the welfare of others," [EDIT] Communist Propaganda Machine At Work!
CNN poll: Majority disapprove of Obama
For the first time, a CNN poll has found that a majority of Americans disapprove of President Obama's job performance.
Permanence is an illusion and you would be surprised at how fast mighty nations can be entirely transformed. But, more important, national decline is psychological and therefore what matters is accepting the psychology of decline. Within two generations, for example, the German people became just as obnoxiously pacifist as they once were obnoxiously militarist, and as avowedly "European" as they once were menacingly nationalist. Well, who can blame ’em? You’d hardly be receptive to pitches for national greatness after half a century of Kaiser Bill, Weimar, the Third Reich, and the Holocaust.
Morning Bell: Congress vs. The American People
But the leftist majorities in Congress just do not care what the American people think. Today, the Senate will press forward with work on the proposed "fix-it" bill through the reconciliation process. You may have thought it was impossible to make the policy and process of Obamacare even worse, but that is exactly what this reconciliation bill does:
Obama: Jobs Not 'Most Important Domestic Priority'
Health care is the ‘most important domestic priority’? Really? To whom? Andy Stern, perhaps. And the leftist netroots, probably. And, we guess, certain Democrats on the Hill. But for the public at large?
Jim DeMint: ‘It must be repealed’
After telling Americans in 2008 that they would lower spending, taxes and insurance premiums, Democrats passed a bill that breaks every promise. Using secret deals, kickbacks and carve-outs, Democratic leaders jammed through legislation to control more than one-sixth of the nation’s economy.
Schlafly: Health Care Vote Exposes Myth of the 'Pro-Life Democrat'
"It is naive for any elected official, especially one who describes himself as 'pro-life,' to expect that a promise to issue an Executive Order that reasserts the intentions of the Hyde Amendment will be fulfilled by the most pro-abortion president to ever sit in the White House. Perhaps Mr. Stupak and his fellow pro-life Democrats forget that President Obama's first Executive Order was the repeal of the Mexico City Policy to allow for international funding of abortion."
House Roll Call: Changes to Senate Health Bill
Voting yes were 220 Democrats and 0 Republicans. Voting no were 33 Democrats and 178 Republicans.
Canadian Official Threatens to Prosecute Ann Coulter
A Canadian university official is warning that best-selling conservative author Ann Coulter could be prosecuted -- for a speech she hasn’t even delivered yet.
Holder's Gaffes May Cost Him Job
US Attorney General Eric Holder took office pledging a sharp shift away from the last administration's policies, but an apparent change of heart in the White House could see the top lawyer leave his job.
Attorneys general launch lawsuit backlash against Demcare
The backlash continued over the last several weeks with state attorneys general signaling plans to sue the feds. Idaho’s governor signed an order last week. Tomorrow (today), several AGs will unveil their official efforts:
The gloater-in-chief: Pelosi jokes: "No money exchanged hands (laughter);" Slaughter: "There is nothing now that we can’t tackle"
Obama actually said this in reaction to passage of the Demcare monstrosity:
It’s "another stone laid in the foundation of the American dream."
And this: "This is what change looks like."
Never mind that the "changes" don’t start until 2014 = but the tax hikes and pain start now.
No, Election Day 2010 is what change will look like. Remember in November.
Boehner: We have failed to listen to America. And We have failed to reflect the will of our constituents
Boehner Floor Speech Opposing the Democrats Government Takeover of Health Care. Dems boo during Boehners speech. Dems mode of the day to interrupt and not allow Rep's to speak.
Senate GOP skeptical of chances to take down healthcare reform
Senior Senate Republicans are skeptical of their chances to block major elements of a Democratic reconciliation package of healthcare reforms this week, avoiding the bold predictions of victory that have marked their statements for months.
DeMint to Introduce Bill to Repeal ObamaCare
Today, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-South Carolina) announced that he will introduce legislation this week to repeal Obama's government takeover of health care. House Democrats voted this evening to pass the Senate version of the health care bill and it will likely be signed into law by Obama later this week.
It Will Not Stand
Members of the House of Representatives tonight approved President Obama’s health care agenda, the biggest expansion of government power since the Great Society. The Obama health care legislation is universal in scope and will profoundly impact the personal lives of more than 300 million Americans. It will restrict our personal freedom while undercutting the independence and authority of the several states.
Media Lying About Racist Attacks at on Black Reps By Tea Party Protesters: VIDEO PROOF
The state-run media is now pushing their anti-tea party propaganda from sources at the anti-military Jew-hating conservative-hating Huffington Post. And, they’re reporting this propaganda without a single piece of evidence.
Executive Order on Abortion
While the legislation as written maintains current law, the executive order provides additional safeguards to ensure that the status quo is upheld and enforced, and that the health care legislation's restrictions against the public funding of abortions cannot be circumvented.
Boehner: The fight is not over yet
It's pretty safe to say the Democrats will pass the health care reform bill this afternoon, but Republican opponents aren't giving up yet.
Chinese researchers publish how to attack U.S. power grid; Cascading failure of entire system...
Larry M. Wortzel, a military strategist and China specialist, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on March 10 that it should be concerned because "Chinese researchers at the Institute of Systems Engineering of Dalian University of Technology published a paper on how to attack a small U.S. power grid sub-network in a way that would cause a cascading failure of the entire U.S."
New Threat Puts Calif. Police On Heightened Alert
"We're heightening the alert," Dana told The Press-Enterprise. The caller said the attack would be in retaliation for the law enforcement sweep against the Vagos Motorcycle Club earlier this week.
Slaughter ‘Concerned’ After Brick Thrown in Her Office
After a brick was thrown through a window in her district office in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Friday morning, House Rules Chairwoman Louise Slaughter (D) said she is troubled by the protests surrounding the health care reform debate.
House leaders plan separate health vote, rejecting 'deem and pass'
The House Rules Committee continued its session on the third floor of the Capitol, where the panel is tasked with setting the terms of Sunday's floor debate. House leaders have decided to take a separate vote on the Senate version of the health care bill, rejecting an earlier, much-criticized strategy that would have permitted them to "deem" the measure passed without an explicit vote.
The 20 House Democrats who will decide the fate of the healthcare reform bill
With a historic vote one day away, a small group of undecided Democrats in the House will decide the fate of healthcare reform. Speaker Nancy Pelosi's decision not to strike a deal with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) on abortion provision is the latest indication that House Democratic leaders still need more "yes" votes to get to the magic number of 216.
Military Plans Not Protected Under Obamacare?
The final bill would leave it up to a bureaucrat at the Department of the Treasury to determine whether TRICARE meets the minimum standards under the Democrats’ individual health insurance mandate. If that bureaucrat decides against TRICARE, service members and their families would have to buy some other health coverage or pay a penalty.
Democrats Picking Off Stupak Supporters
Stupak said those standing with him now number about six, down from the rough dozen he has claimed for weeks. That is likely enough to put the majority within striking distance of the 216 votes they need for passage.
Purple Reign Ending: The Coming Resignation of Madam Pelosi
Nancy Pelosi came from humble beginnings, which are of absolutely no interest to me. She was born into politics, and grew into politics. She was on a senator's staff at age 22 (interpret that phrase however you choose). Her own political career was handed to her when 20-year vet Rep. Phillip Burton died, his wife took office and promptly died, and she anointed Nancy as heir apparent. She won a special election in 1987, and that was the last time she deigned to participate in candidate debates.
Tea Partiers March on Capitol to Stop Obamacare
Tea Party activists returned Saturday to the nation’s capital to make one final stand Saturday against the health care reform bill ahead of an expected Sunday vote. Thousands of Tea Partiers marched upon the Capitol in an effort to derail the passage of "Obamacare" by pressuring undecided lawmakers to vote "no" Sunday, according to Fox News.
Price: Obamacare Means 159 New Gov't Agencies
The new government agencies that will be created as the result of Obamacare will worsen the quality of American medical care by restricting physicians and hospitals to use their best judgment, according to Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., a physician and chairman of the Republican Study Committee.
Rules Committee meeting descends into chaos
The problem is the sequence. Can the House vote to amend something that isn't the law, as the Senate bill will not be law before the president's signature? The Rules Committee meeting turned into mass confusion when Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman said, "We're not going to 'deem' the bill passed. "We're going to pass the Senate bill...I would be against the idea of 'deeming' something -- we either pass it or we don't."
Administration Actuary Can’t Analyze Health Bill Before Final Vote
The Obama administration’s chief actuary at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) notified Republican leaders Saturday that the "very tight time frame" and "complexity" of the Democrats’ health spending bill would prevent them from fully analyzing the costs and efficacy of the bill before the House voted on the legislation. The letter was in response to a request from House and Senate Republicans.
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows that 23% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-four percent (44%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -21. That matches the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President
Key House Democrat: ‘There Ain't No Rules Here...We Make 'Em Up As We Go Along’
Yes, Democratic Rep. Alcee Hastings (Fla.) just said this in the most powerful committee of the United States House of Representatives. The people's house: "There ain't no rules here, we're trying to accomplish something. . . .All this talk about rules. . . .When the deal goes down . . . we make 'em up as we go along."
‘I Will Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States’
An elective despotism was not the government we fought for; but one in which the powers of government should be so divided and balanced among the several bodies of magistracy as that no one could transcend their legal limits without being effectually checked and restrained by the others.- James Madison
Why Should We Obey the Law - When the Law Makers Are Law Breakers?
What has happened to America and our beloved Constitutional Republic? What catalyst or disease transformed politicians into men and women who have become devoid of honor? No, not all of them, but way too many. Why have the principles of freedom and liberty become passé, out-of-date, or just plain irrelevant? How is it we have morphed into the false loyalty of my party, right or wrong, my party. That’s Nazi stuff, not American. What on earth possessed us to "spit" on the foundation of our liberties, in favor of what ...... Security? Comfort? Enslavement? Have we lost our collective minds?
Jon Voight's Call to Arms: Come to D.C. Saturday to Oppose Obamacare I am calling to all of you freedom-loving Americans to come once again to Washington D.C. to gather on the Capitol steps on Saturday, at 12 o’clock noon. We must come by the thousands. Speaker Pelosi will stop at nothing to fulfill her corrupt conquests. She will bring all of the corrupt ACORN liars to try to bully all the Democrats that may be having pangs of guilt knowing quite surely what their votes can and will do. If they’re bullied into saying "yes", it will destroy America.
Reconciliation Act of 2010
Text of the Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute
Section-by-Section of the Amendment in the Nature of a Substitute
Text of the Senate Amendments to H.R. 3590 (Senate health bill)
Text of the bill as reported (reported by the Budget Committee)
Senate Won’t Release Letter to Calm Nervous House Members on Reconciliation
Senate Democratic leaders have decided they will not publicly release a health care reform letter signed by their rank and file intended to calm nervous House Democrats before their historic vote this weekend on the comprehensive Senate-passed measure and a budget reconciliation bill of fixes.
Boehner wants members to ’stand and be counted’
"This weekend’s votes will be among the most consequential votes we will ever cast as Members of Congress," Boehner says in the letter to Speaker Pelosi. "As such, it is my belief that every Member should stand before the American people and announce his or her vote as the final decision is made."
Medicare fix would push health care into the red
The Congressional Budget Office said Friday that rolling back a programmed cut in Medicare fees to doctors would cost $208 billion over 10 years. If added back to the health care overhaul bill, it would wipe out all the deficit reduction, leaving the legislation $59 billion in the red.
Obama Restores ACORN Funding
While America is distracted by Democrats’ attempts to unconstitutionally ram government-run healthcare down the throats of the American people, the Obama administration began preparing to resume funding to President Obama’s favorite community organizing group.
Obamacare Expands IRS Power to Fine Americans
A new analysis by the Joint Economic Committee and the House Ways & Means Committee minority staff estimates up to 16,500 new IRS personnel will be needed to collect, examine and audit new tax information mandated on families and small businesses in the ‘reconciliation’ bill being taken up by the U.S. House of Representatives this weekend. ...
Biden: 'We're Going to Control the Insurance Companies'
Biden said today that vulnerable members of Congress, worried that the health care reform legislation will cost them their jobs, have expressed their frustrations to the White House and have been critical of how the issue has played out over the last year.
The Demcare bribe list, Pt. III
Here we go again. Time for another Let’s Make a Deal Watch in the Era of Hope of Change. As GOP Rep. Paul Ryan noted the other day at the House Budget Committee wreckonciliation shell hearing: "We are not governing here today, we are greasing the skids."
California Bar Now Investigating Orly Taitz
"Mandela had to spend years in prison, fighting corruption in the government," she wrote. "Responding to an inquiry from the bar is not that bad in comparison, is not such a high price to pay fighting massive fraud in the government, which allowed illegitimate Obama to get in the White House without as much as a valid social security number and without as much as an original birth certificate with the name of the doctor and hospital."
Former federal judge: Yes, the Slaughter strategy is unconstitutional
To put it differently, unless I misunderstood what Slaughter was aiming for, the Democrats liked her strategy originally precisely because they agreed with McConnell that you can’t split a merged bill once it’s passed. That was their leverage over Reid: Once they passed it, he had to match it by passing the fix. If he failed, splitting the House bill and sending Bill A only to Obama for signature wasn’t an option.
Caterpillar: ObamaCare will cost us $100 million in first year
Caterpillar said it’s particularly opposed to provisions in the bill that would expand Medicare taxes and mandate insurance coverage. These provisions would increase its insurance costs by at least 20 percent, or more than $100 million, just in the first year of the health-care overhaul program.
Federal Reserve Must Disclose Bank Bailout Records
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Manhattan ruled today that the Fed must release records of the unprecedented $2 trillion U.S. loan program launched primarily after the 2008 collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.
What is the procedure for impeaching the Speaker of the House, and can Louise Slaughter be somehow removed from Congress?
The "Slaughter Slam" is such a determined and repugnant assault on our Constitution that both Nancy Pelosi and Louise Slaughter SHOULD be removed from office immediately for doing the prep work and scheming to use it - whether they go forward with it or not.
Obama Rules U.S.Constitution is Unconstitutional
The White House declined on Thursday to rule out that President Barack Obama might sign future legislation, such as an immigration reform measure, that has not been put to a recorded yea-or-nay vote in both houses of Congress
Kenai rally a call to resist government 'tyranny' - with guns, if necessary
This wasn't "tea party" type talk. America is headed for armed, bloody uprising against an oppressive federal government, or at least chaos in the wake of inevitable economic collapse, said speakers at last week's meeting in Kenai of the Second Amendment/Constitutional Task Force. The Redoubt Reporter has an extensive account of the proceedings that featured fiery calls for the restoration of "constitutional governance" and armed resistance if it can't be achieved through political means.
Arizona Sheriff Launches Immigration Sweep
The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office in Arizona has launched a two-day, countywide crime and immigration sweep that authorities say will focus on drop houses, drug violators and human smuggling vehicles.
Chuck Grassley: Democrats Using 'Devious Ways' to Push Obamacare Through House
Sen. Chuck Grassley tells Newsmax.TV that Democrats are "riding roughshod" over the will of the American people by employing "devious" tactics to push healthcare reform through Congress. He predicts passage of Obamacare will send tea party ranks soaring across the nation.
Reconciliation bill contains several "Byrd rule violations"
This means the House will have to vote on this bill twice. The second time would be after Senate Republicans use the Byrd rule to strike these provisions from the bill, then the Senate passes the modified bill and returns it to the House. And no, I won’t tell you where all of them are. Sorry. I don’t want to help the Democrats find and fix them. Some of these are only arguable violations. I have found at least three that are clear violations.
Obama Privately Admits Health Care Is His Waterloo
President Barack Obama had exhausted most of his health care reform arguments with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus during a White House meeting last Thursday when he made a more personal pitch that resonated with many skeptics in the room.
Rep. Rips 'Arrogant, Ignorant, Incompetent' Pelosi
"I have three simple questions Ms Pelosi," said Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga. "Are you so arrogant that you think you know what’s best for the American people? Are you so ignorant that you are oblivious to the wishes of the American people? And are you so incompetent that you are going to ignore the Constitution of the United States, use tricks, deceptions, bald faced lies to try to ram down the throat of the American people something that they do not want and is going to be absolutely worse for their healthcare?..."
Stern: 'The Dems Are Communists'
When you lose Howard Stern you’ve lost ordinary, everyday people. Politically, Stern is left-center to left-leaning and casually to moderately well-informed. He is done with democrats. He now sees them as communists. Many of his listeners will follow his lead.
House Rules Committee finally releases Wreckonciliation bill; Hoyer announces weekend schedule
Democrat Rep. Perriello admits, "If you don’t tie our hands, we will keep stealing"
A congressional thief makes a true confession. Watch Democrat Rep. Tom Perriello of Virginia rat out his profession. Put it on a bumper sticker. If we don’t tie their hands, they will keep stealing - from us, from our kids, from our grandkids. And so on. And so on. And so on.
The House vote on the Slaughter Solution: Update: Constitution-butchers prevail, 222-203; Roll call vote added; Calling out Dems Altmire, Lynch
All Republican lawmakers who voted opposed the measure, which had the effect of ending the GOP’s effort to force a vote. They were joined by 28 Democrats, who broke with party members on the vote. 222 Democrats supported the measure, though, meaning enough to proceed. Three members of both parties did not vote.
Governors Rise Up Against Federal Takeover of Health Care
For months, a state rebellion against ObamaCare has been brewing: measures have been introduced in at least 36 state legislatures, similar to the proposal just signed into law by Governor Bob McDonnell of Virginia, providing that no individual may be compelled to purchase health insurance.
Breaking: CBO releases the actual report; Update: Almost all $940 billion incurred in just six years
This is why they’re delaying the start of the program, of course. If it kicked in right away, the decade-long estimate would obviously be well into the trillions. So they simply stalled it for four years, incurring just $17 billion in costs or 1.8 percent of the total 10-year estimate through 2013 so that wavering Democrats could go back to their districts and tell baldfaced lies to their constituents about the pricetag. A perfect ending to this travesty.
What Democrats Think of the American People
[NOT MUCH]-Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen late last week counseled other Democratic staffers to tell their bosses not to worry, that "things like reconciliation and what the rules committee does is INSIDE BASEBALL." Yesterday House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters, "I don't think any American...is going to make the distinction" between the Slaughter procedure and a straightforward vote on the legislation. "Process is interesting, particularly to all of us around this room. But in the final analysis, what is interesting to the American public is what does this bill do for them and their families."
Walgreens: no new Medicaid patients as of April 16
Effective April 16, Walgreens drugstores across the state (WA) won't take any new Medicaid patients, saying that filling their prescriptions is a money-losing proposition - the latest development in an ongoing dispute over Medicaid reimbursement.
Government-Subsidized Job Elimination in Massachusetts
Hundreds of the projects delivered fewer jobs than promised, and some companies actually slashed employment. Many firms won subsidies for projects they were set to build without state assistance; in some cases, incentives were approved long after the projects were underway or complete. And many got generous packages though they agreed to create only a handful of low-paying jobs
GOP Pushes for Up-or-Down House Vote on Obamacare
House GOP leaders plan to force a vote Thursday to block Democrats from using the controversial "deem and pass" maneuver to approve the President Obama’s trillion-dollar healthcare reform plan without an up-or-down vote. It’s part of an unfolding strategy that also will employ lawsuits arguing that Obamacare is unconstitutional if it is passed into law.
Senate Votes to Change Cocaine Sentencing Rules
Currently, a person convicted of crack cocaine possession gets the same mandatory jail time as someone with 100 times the same quantity of powder cocaine. That 100-1 ratio has been particularly hard on the black community, where convictions on federal crack laws are more prevalent.
Democrats Still Don't Release Text of Health Bill
Democrats delayed the planned release of formal legislation at least until Thursday as they sought to make sure it would reduce federal deficits annually over the next decade.
50 Governments Within a Government - Freedom’s Safety Valve
You "gotta" love the framers of this great nation. Using 5,000 years of civilized history and knowing how rulers of men can morph into tyrants so easily, they crafted a blueprint for freedom that so far has stood longer than most countries who colored the pages of history with liberty.
CIA Says Obama's Deficits Are National Security Threat
With the Obama administration pressing for a government takeover of one-sixth of the U.S. economy to grant health-care benefits to all Americans, the U.S. military is worried that the United States is already losing the ability to afford national defense.
Rep. King Calls for Revolution in the Streets
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is calling for a new procedural solution to stop the health care bill: Have an angry mob of citizens storm Washington and prevent Congress from acting, in imitation of the Velvet Revolution that overthrew communist rule in Czechoslovakia!
Hoekstra: Uproar Over Obamacare Law Will Be Worst in a Generation
Rep. Pete Hoekstra tells Newsmax that, if Democrats pass their costly healthcare bill using legislative sleight-of-hand, the uproar will be the worst Congress has witnessed in a generation. He also predicts that the tea party movement will take on an even greater role heading into November.
Idaho First to Sign Law Against Health Care Reform
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter on Wednesday became the first state chief executive to sign a measure requiring his attorney general to sue Congress if it passes health reforms that force residents to buy insurance. Similar legislation is pending in 37 other states nationwide
Hoekstra: Enact Law to Recall Federal Officials
For far too long, individual voices have been drowned out by the noise of Washington sound bytes. Our system of government does not merely allow for citizen participation, it depends upon it. To this end, I introduced a Voters’ Bill of Rights legislative package that provides voters the ability to recall members of Congress.
Bernanke Fights to Keep All of Fed's Power Over Banks
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke urged Congress Wednesday to let the Fed keep all of its banking oversight, arguing that information gleaned from that process helps the central bank guide the economy.
Bachmann Suggests Pelosi Impeachment Warranted
According to Bachmann, this is such an egregious maneuver by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, to force through health care reform using the Slaughter Rule, as known as deem and pass, that it warrants her impeachment from the post
Did Obama Buy Off 2 Votes With 'Water Deal'?
As a vote approaches on Obama and Pelosi’s government takeover of healthcare, Code Red is now considering two supposedly "undecided" California Democrats, Dennis Cardoza and Jim Costa, to now be "yes" votes. The U.S. Department of Interior announced yesterday that it is increasing water allocations for the Central Valley of California, a region that depends on these water allocations to support local agriculture and jobs. The region has recently been starved for water and as a result unemployment has soared. Not surprisingly, Cardoza and Costa had a hand in the announcement:
Chuck Schumer: We'd like to create rules that can't be changed by 2/3rds Majority
Hawaii Considering Law to Ignore Obama 'Birthers'
Birthers beware: Hawaii may start ignoring your repeated requests for proof that President Barack Obama was born here. As the state continues to receive e-mails seeking Obama's birth certificate, the state House Judiciary Committee heard a bill Tuesday permitting government officials to ignore people who won't give up.
Uncle Sam Wants to "Friend" You
he Feds are on Facebook. And MySpace, LinkedIn and Twitter, too. U.S. law enforcement agents are following the rest of the Internet world into popular social-networking services, going undercover with false online profiles to communicate with suspects and gather private information, according to an internal Justice Department document that offers a tantalizing glimpse of issues related to privacy and crime-fighting.
Study shows ObamaCare will destroy as many as 700,000 jobs by 2019
During the ObamaCare summit three weeks ago, Nancy Pelosi declared that the bill would create four million jobs over the next ten years, with 400,000 new jobs created almost immediately. Pelosi relied on a study written by the left-wing advocacy group Center for American Progress for those figures, although the Bureau of Labor Statistics already predicts growth in the health-care industry of 3.2 million jobs without ObamaCare. Now, Americans for Tax Reform and the Beacon Hill Institute have conducted their own study using CAP’s methodology and determined that ObamaCare will destroy jobs, not create them.
DHS scraps "virtual" border fence
"Not only do we have an obligation to secure our borders, we have a responsibility to do so in the most cost-effective way possible," Napolitano said in a statement Tuesday. "The system of sensors and cameras along the Southwest border known as SBInet has been plagued with cost overruns and missed deadlines." With that in mind, Napolitano is withholding funding for the program’s first deployment until a review she ordered in January is finished
CBO set to score House reconciliation fix as more expensive than thought
Rank-and-file Democrats did not talk about the details, but said that the CBO scores [of the House reconciliation bill] had come up short. ‘They were less than expected’ in terms of deficit reduction, said Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, who plans to vote for the bill...
Obama is telling people what they want to hear about health care, not what they need to know.
One job of presidents is to educate Americans about crucial national problems. On health care, Barack Obama has failed. Almost everything you think you know about health care is probably wrong or, at least, half wrong. Great simplicities and distortions have been peddled in the name of achieving "universal health coverage." The miseducation has worsened as the debate approaches its climax.
NBC Poll: Only 17% Of Americans Approve of Congress
Only 17 percent of American voters approve of how lawmakers on Capitol Hill are doing their job. Half of all respondents in an NBC poll also would vote to defeat their own representative and every single member of Congress. A majority of Democrats have even soured on the government despite their party controlling Congress and the presidency.
State Gun Rebellion in America
A fifth state, South Dakota, has decided that guns made, sold and used within its borders no longer are subject to the whims of the federal government through its rule-making arm in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, and two supporters of the growing groundswell say they hope Washington soon will be taking note.
Study: Going 'Green' Makes You More Mean, Unethical
Do Green Products Make Us Better People is published in the latest edition of the journal Psychological Science. Its authors, Canadian psychologists Nina Mazar and Chen-Bo Zhong, argue that people who wear what they call the "halo of green consumerism" are less likely to be kind to others, and more likely to cheat and steal. "Virtuous acts can license subsequent asocial and unethical behaviours," they write.
Not Again! Meet Obama's New Controversial Pastor
Rev. Jim Wallis, a member of President Obama's "faith council" who is described as a spiritual adviser to the president, is a socialist activist who has championed communist causes and previously labeled the U.S. "the great captor and destroyer of human life."
Bachmann: We Won't Obey 'Illegitimate' Health Care Bill
VIDEO: At a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Saturday, Bachmann declared illegitimate the potential route that House Democrats could take to pass the health care bill. She was specifically railing against a parliamentary tactic by which the House could skip voting on the Senate bill by declaring it passed as part of the reconciliation bill. Bachmann pronounced this to be taxation without representation. "They have just started a revolution -- and they did it," said Bachmann.
Tea Party Prepares 'Anti-Obama Surge' Today in D.C.
Like two heavyweight fighters slugging it out in a battle royal, President Obama and tea party activists will square off once again Tuesday, as grassroots activists host a "We the People Surge" in the nation's capital in protest of the massive planned overhaul of U.S. healthcare. Some tea party leaders expect 10,000 to 15,000 protesters. Others believe the crowd will be even larger. The rally comes at a critical time. The debate over healthcare reform has become the focus of national attention, with Democratic leaders proclaiming again and again that they're closing in on the votes they need to cram the legislation through Congress without subjecting it to a Republican filibuster in the Senate. They would do so via the controversial parliamentary maneuver known as reconciliation.
House may try to pass Senate health-care bill without voting on it
Pelosi (D-Calif.) would rely on a procedural sleight of hand: The House would vote on a more popular package of fixes to the Senate bill; under the House rule for that vote, passage would signify that lawmakers "deem" the health-care bill to be passed.
Obama's Health Care 'Victim' Exposed
Natoma Canfield couldn’t make it. She is back in the hospital. (Our prayers for a quick recovery) She is getting cared for despite the fact that she has no insurance. She’s not out on the street. She’s not a statistic like Rep Alan Grayson would have you believe. Natoma is getting the care she needs. Her sister met with Barack Obama instead.
J.D. Hayworth 'You Could Marry Your Horse'
Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the expansion of state laws allowing gay marriage could lead to people marrying horses. Hayworth, during an interview with an Orlando, Fla., radio station explained: "You see, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, when it started this move toward same-sex marriage, actually defined marriage - now get this - it defined marriage as simply, 'the establishment of intimacy.'"
US forces not flying the flag in Haiti?
France does it, the UK does it, and even humanitarian Croats do it. The only one who won’t do it is the country that has sent the overwhelming majority of supplies and resources to Haiti after their devastating earthquake. The US refuses to fly its flag at its main relief installation in Port-au-Prince, and Army Times wonders why:
WH: Don’t expect employment growth in 2010
When OMB Director Peter Orszag, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and economic adviser Christina Romer appear before Congress today to testify on the state of the American economy today, bring the Kleenex. According to prepared remarks released by the White House, they’ll continue weeping over the burden they had in correcting a historic recession as a means to excuse the lack of job creation since taking office. They now say that the US won’t see any significant job creation until at least 2011, and that returning workers will drive the unemployment figures higher later this year:
Guess who opposed the Slaughter Rule in 2005?
A lawsuit by a famous political gadfly gave some Democrats an opportunity to make deficit spending a big issue in the upcoming midterms, and guess which Democrats seized that opportunity by writing amicus briefs for the lawsuit?
The 2009 Financial Report Of The U.S. Government Is Out - America's Economic Goose Is Cooked
At their present rates of growth, the interest on the national debt and spending on entitlement programs will gobble up almost every single dollar of federal revenue by the end of the decade. Throughout the report, the word "unsustainable" is repeatedly used.
Obamacare: shortcut to socialism
For the first time in the history of the nation, the federal government will force its citizens to purchase a product.
History will see Barack Obama as the source of America's resurrection
Obama is the symbol of a creeping liberalism that has infected our society like a cancer for the last 100 years. Just as Hitler is the face of fascism, Obama will go down in history as the face of unchecked liberalism. The cancer metastasized to the point where it could no longer be ignored.
Gun control nuts are becoming suicidal
More and more editorials outside the second amendment community are taking the position of praising Starbucks for standing their ground against the gun control bully The Brady Center For the Prevention of Handgun Violence, a non-profit. This is most significant.
MEXICO UNDER SIEGE In Mexico, 13 killed in Acapulco area, 11 others elsewhere in Guerrero
The government is especially sensitive to reports of drug-war violence in tourist destinations such as Acapulco and Cancun. But no region is immune. Guerrero state is one of Mexico's most violent: Its position on the Pacific coast makes it a prime transit route for smuggling narcotics to the U.S. and coveted turf for warring cartels. Heriberto Salinas Altes, head of public security for Guerrero, said authorities were expecting an increase in violence because of newly exploded power struggles among drug gangs.
Mexico gunmen kill American consulate staff
Gunmen in the drug war-plagued Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez killed two Americans and a Mexican linked to the local U.S. consulate, an attack U.S. President Barack Obama said "outraged" him. An American woman working at the consulate in Ciudad Juarez, just over the border from El Paso, Texas, and her U.S. husband were fatally shot by suspected drug gang hitmen in broad daylight on Saturday as they left a consulate social event, U.S. and Mexican officials told Reuters.
McCain Links Hayworth to 'Extreme Groups'
Sen. John McCain's campaign is calling on his primary challenger to disavow the backing of an anti-illegal immigration group that the campaign says permits the use of derisive epithets sometimes used for immigrants on its website. Typical McCain mudslinging.
Virginia OKs First Bill Banning Obamacare
The Republican-ruled House of Delegates, with wide Democratic support, voted 80-17 without debate for the largely symbolic step aimed at the Democratic-backed reforms pushed by Obama and stalled in Congress. The vote sends the measure to Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell who intends to sign it. Thirty-four other state legislatures have either filed or proposed similar measures, statutes or constitutional amendments, rejecting health insurance mandates, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council.
Feds Seize Toys, Call Them 'Machine Guns'
A gun rights organization has launched a Freedom of Information request following a decision by federal Customs and Border Protection agents to seize a shipment of toy pellet guns and a determination by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that they could be converted into machine guns so they must be destroyed.
Who will get left behind in ObamaCare?
What are Democratic leaders saying? 'If you pass the Stupak amendment, more children will be born, and therefore it will cost us millions more. That’s one of the arguments I’ve been hearing," Stupak says. "Money is their hang-up. Is this how we now value life in America? If money is the issue, come on, we can find room in the budget. This is life we’re talking about."
Money as Debt
Eye opening information on just how fragile our monetary system is and exactly how money is created out of thin air.
Ariz. town: No church meetings at home.
"Christian church groups shouldn’t be singled out for discrimination and banned from meeting in their own homes," said ADF Litigation Counsel Daniel Blomberg. "The interpretation and enforcement of the town’s code is clearly unconstitutional. It bans 200,000 Gilbert residents from meeting in their private homes for organized religious purposes - an activity encouraged in the Bible, practiced for thousands of years, and protected by the First Amendment."
Texas board endorses conservative-backed curriculum
The State Board of Education tentatively approved new standards for social studies Friday with members divided along party lines - some blasting them as a fraud and conservative whitewash, others praising them as a tribute to the Founding Fathers that rightly portrays America as an exceptional country.
Obama-backed website on government spending is found lacking
A Government Accountability Office audit released Friday found broad compliance with the law establishing the spending tracker. But in some cases, information was missing or unreliable, the GAO said. "Not everything that should have been reported was reported, and that which was reported was not always accurate," David Powner, the GAO official who led the audit, said in an interview.
Sarah Palin Lashes Out at Liberals, D.C. and Media
In a rousing speech to the GOP faithful in Florida, former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin blasted Washington elites and the liberal media for trying to foist an ill-advised healthcare scheme on Americans that betrays the nation’s traditional ideals, principles, and values.
Native Hawaiian Government May Become Reality
With a final vote pending in the U.S. Senate and Hawaii-born Barack Obama on their side, the nation's 400,000 Native Hawaiians could earn federal recognition as soon as this month - and the land, money and power that comes with it. They measure passed the U.S. House last month.
Ohio Opponents Would Fight ACORN Attempt to Return
A lawyer for a group that filed the lawsuit says it would fight in court any attempt by ACORN to reopen its doors in Ohio for voter registration purposes because "it's inherent in the nature of their practice to submit unlawful voter registration forms."
Thousands rally at Minnesota capital to Kill the Bill
Give the Star Tribune credit; they actually report that 'thousands" attended a rally in freezing weather today to demand an end to the ObamaCare effort. Minnesota Majority staged the rally on the state capital mall to hear Reps. John Kline and Michele Bachmann speak to the gathered opponents of the overhaul of the health-care system, as well as several other speakers, including me.
Clinton State Department Working With 'Advocacy Groups' to Prepare 'Human Rights' Report on U.S. to Give to U.N.
Austin Ruse, president of a United Nations watchdog organization, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, said the State Department’s process for preparing its report to the UNHRC may not be objective. It will give pretty left-wing groups a forum for criticizing the U.S., Ruse told CNSNews.com. That internal criticism will then end up at the U.N. Human Rights Council. This is a two-step process, Ruse said. The second step is another opportunity for the U.S. to come under fire, this time by the United Nations.
Parlimentarian Deals Blow to Democrats' Health Care Strategy
Obama would have to sign the Senate health care bill into law before the Senate could modify it through reconciliation. House members would have to take a leap of faith in voting for a Senate bill that they don't like, based only on the assurances from the Senate that they would act to fix the bill once it gets signed.
Obama's DOJ Shut Down Federal ACORN Investigation
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, announced today that it has obtained documents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) detailing federal investigations into the alleged corrupt activities of Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). The documents reference serious allegations of corruption and voter registration fraud by ACORN as well as the Obama administration's decision to shut down a criminal investigation without filing criminal charges.
ACORN Out of Ohio Elections
ACORN, the liberal group notorious for allegedly trying to inflate voter rolls through fraudulent practices, has seen its last election in Ohio. The Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now will permanently surrender its Ohio business license by June1 as part of a legal settlement with the conservative Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions, both sides said yesterday.
Mexican military copter over U.S. neighborhood
BROWNSVILLE - The Zapata County sheriff Thursday was questioning why a Mexican military helicopter was hovering over homes on the Texas side of the Rio Grande. It was one of the more jarring incidents of the fourth week of border tensions sparked by drug killings, and rumors of such killings, in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
Democratic candidates distance themselves from healthcare reform
Hardly any Democrat running for Congress seems to want to talk about healthcare.
Millennials will be end of the road for Progressives
Imagine watching as the government robs your parents of their retirement security, denies them access to decent health care, and compromises the independence that is supposed to mark their Golden Years.
Every American is A Criminal, Or Soon Will Be
The first power that government has over you is YOUR perception that YOUR money is their money. The second power that government has over you is by using the money they take from you by force, against you. But, the third power that government has over you is that you will religiously obey their laws, no matter how many they pass, or how unconstitutional those laws may be.
Harry Reid’s wife and daughter were hurt in a car accident
Wife, Landra, age 69, and daughter Lana Reid-Barringer, 48, were involved in a car accident in Virginia. Landra suffered a broken neck and back but is not paralyzed. She also broke her nose. Lana received lacerations to the face. Reid traveled to the hospital Thursday afternoon and "appreciates the support he and his family are receiving from Nevadans and his colleagues in the Senate," according to the spokesman. Now the Kicker... Reid returned to the Capitol for a bicameral meeting among Democratic leaders on healthcare reform.
Divided appeals court rules Pledge of Allegiance doesn't violate Constitution
A divided federal appeals court Thursday reversed itself, ruling that the Pledge of Allegiance doesn’t violate the constitutional prohibition against state-mandated religious exercise even though it contains the phrase "one nation under God."
House Dems Try to Pass Obamacare Without a Vote
Having determined that they lack the votes in the House to pass the Senate bills as-is, House Democrats are attempting one of the most breathtakingly unconstitutional power grabs ever witnessed - a maneuver to deem the Senate bill ALREADY PASSED by the House by rule, despite the fact that it clearly has not.
Gibbs: If Senate Bill Passes House It Will Go to the President's Desk
The Senate passed the revised bill with the healthcare language in it, and now the House must revote on the changed bill because, according to the Constitution, the identical bill must pass both the House and Senate in order to be signed into law. And, once the Senate Health Care bill passes the House, President Obama will sign it right away.
Senate passes $140 billion extension of jobless benefits
Senate Democrats are calling the measure a jobs bill, though it includes tax breaks extended by Congress on a near-annual basis as well as a fix to Medicare payments for doctors that lawmakers also have previously extended.
GOP CALLS FOR PROBE OF WHITE HOUSE JOB OFFER...
The top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee says the Obama administration may have broken the law by offering Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) a job in order to persuade him not to mount a primary challenge against Sen. Arlen Specter.
Obama using 'bounty hunters' to root out fraud
President Barack Obama is sending in the bounty hunters to help root out health care fraud. Keeping up the pressure in his final push to pass health care overhaul, Obama signed an executive order Tuesday that encourages private auditors to search out improper Medicare and Medicaid payments, from billing errors to outright thievery. Equipped with special computer programs, the auditors would get a cut of whatever they recover for the government. The idea has bipartisan support. [EDIT] It would seem, they should begin with Capitol Hill.
Mass school closures approved in Kansas City, Mo.
Facing potential bankruptcy, the board that governs the once flush-with-cash Kansas City school district is taking the unusual and contentious step of shuttering almost half its schools. Administrators say the closures are necessary to keep the district from plowing through what little is left of the $2 billion it received as part of a groundbreaking desegregation case. The Kansas City school board narrowly approved the plan to close 29 out of 61 schools Wednesday night at a meeting packed with angry parents.
Obama: Half the Letters I Get Call Me an 'Idiot'
US President Barack Obama has joked that half of the 40,000 letters that pour into the White House each day brand him an "idiot." [EDIT] Welllll... an idiot by any other name is still.... America is right!
The Obama Moratorium: No Offshore Drilling While He's In Office
The Obama administration’s six-month delay in approving new offshore drilling leases in federal waters will become a new three-year ban, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar quietly told reporters last Friday. Which means that no new oil and gas leases will be approved during President Obama’s term even though two thirds of the American public supports such activity.
Why is the Dept. of Education buying sawed off shotguns?
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) intends to purchase twenty-seven (27) REMINGTON BRAND MODEL 870 POLICE 12/14P MOD GRWC XS4 KXCS SF. RAMAC #24587 GAUGE: 12 BARREL: 14" - PARKERIZED CHOKE: MODIFIED SIGHTS: GHOST RING REAR WILSON COMBAT; FRONT - XS CONTOUR BEAD SIGHT STOCK: KNOXX REDUCE RECOIL ADJUSTABLE STOCK FORE-END: SPEEDFEED SPORT-SOLID - 14" LOP are designated as the only shotguns authorized for ED based on compatibility with ED existing shotgun inventory, certified armor and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts. The required date of delivery is March 22, 2010.
The NRA outshoots Obama
The National Rifle Association has a higher mean approval rating among likely voters than Barack Obama. This and other fascinating facts emerged from the Democracy Corps/Third Way national security survey released this week. According to its liberal authors, the "sobering" results of the survey provide "a wake-up call for President Obama, his party and progressives on national security."
Reid Slams 'Those Characters' on the Supreme Court
"I think we've had enough of them," he said. "I think what we need are people on that bench who have been legislators, people who are lawyers, people who are academics. You look at our Supreme Court and all these people, all they know is working with people in black robes. We have got to change that."
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Wednesday shows that 22% 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 -21. That matches the lowest Approval Index rating yet recorded for this President (see trends).
Unemployment rises in 30 states in January
five states reported record-high joblessness in January: California, at 12.5 percent; South Carolina, 12.6 percent; Florida, 11.9 percent; North Carolina, 11.1 percent; and Georgia, 10.4 percent. Michigan's unemployment rate is still the nation's highest, at 14.3 percent, followed by Nevada, with 13 percent and Rhode Island at 12.7 percent. South Carolina and California round out the top five
John Conyers' Wife Sentenced to Prison
federal judge has denied ex-Detroit councilwoman Monica Conyers' request to withdraw her guilty plea in a corruption case and sentenced her to three years and one month in prison.
Sending a Message with the Census
we should answer Question 9 by checking the last option - "Some other race" - and writing in "American." It's a truthful answer but at the same time is a way for ordinary citizens to express their rejection of unconstitutional racial classification schemes. In fact, "American" was the plurality ancestry selection for respondents to the 2000 census in four states and several hundred counties. So remember: Question 9 - "Some other race" - "American". Pass it on.
'We Have to Pass the Bill So That You Can Find Out What Is in It'
"Health insurance reform is about jobs. This legislation alone will create 4 million jobs, about 400,000 jobs very soon. . . . We must have the courage, though, to get the job done. We have the ideas. We have the commitment. We have the dedication. We know the urgency. Now we have to have the courage to get the job done. So proud that President Obama is taking the message so forcefully to the American people! This is long overdue, a hundred years."
Senate Pushes Biometric ID Cards for All Americans
Lawmakers working to craft a new comprehensive immigration bill are proposing a new national biometric ID card that would be required of all U.S. workers.
Biden Gambit Will ‘Blow Up the Senate’
It would be a terrible process, and an arrogant strategy that abuses the rules and the trust of the American people. These people are so left wing, and want power so badly. If they go down that path, and pull this kind of stuff to get their way, it will blow up the Senate.
U.S. Sales Tax Rates Hit Record High
Obama's push to raise federal income taxes for the wealthy gets lots of attention, the continuing upward creep in the sales tax rates imposed by state and local governments has gotten less notice. he highest sales tax rate in the country now stands at 12%.
Video: Glenn Beck & Michelle Malkin disagree over Eric Massa
This starts off as an intellectual discourse on the use of apostates in political arguments, but descends to a pity party on Glenn Beck’s part when he goes after Michelle Malkin for criticizing his decision to give an hour to Eric Massa. It starts downhill at the moment that Beck says, "I don’t understand you people," which takes the Boss Emeritus aback
Are unemployment benefits no longer temporary?
Millions of Americans have been forced to rely on unemployment payments for extended periods as the nation struggles through its longest period of high joblessness in a generation, and critics are taking aim, saying that the Depression-era program created as a temporary bridge for laid-off workers is turning into an expensive entitlement.
Obozo to issue EO: NO FISHING!
Consequently, unless anglers speak up and convince their Congressional representatives to stop this bureaucratic freight train, it appears that the task force will issue a final report for "marine spatial planning" by late March, with President Barack Obama then issuing an Executive Order to implement its recommendations.
Wisconsin AG charges ACORN workers with voter fraud
"The complaint alleges that Miles and Clancy submitted multiple voter registration applications for the same individuals, and also were part of a scheme in which they and other (special registration deputies) registered each other to vote multiple times in order to meet voter registration quotas imposed by ACORN," Van Hollen states in the release.
IMF suggests how to raise climate change funds
Strauss-Kahn proposed that countries adopt a quota system similar to the one the Fund uses to raise its own money, which could bring in money faster than proposals to increase carbon taxes or other fundraising methods. He only provided a broad outline of the plan, as the organization will release a paper later this week with full details. It is unclear how the proposal will be received
Dan Rather: 'Articulate' Obama Couldn't Even 'Sell Watermelons'
"Listen he's a nice person, he's very articulate" this is what's been used against him, "but he couldn't sell watermelons if it, you gave him the state troopers to flag down the traffic."
Tax move by Brazil risks US trade war
Under the Brazilian plan, duties would rise most steeply on cotton products. Many that are currently taxed at between 6 per cent and 35 per cent would be taxed at 100 per cent. The tariffs on beauty products would double, from 18 per cent to 36 per cent. Duties on household goods such as cookers, refrigerators, TVs and video cameras would also double, from 20 per cent to 40 per cent. Duties on cars would rise from 35 per cent to 50 per cent. Is this the deal Hillary went down there to conjure up?
Hatch: Media ‘Suckered’ Into Believing Democrats' ‘Whining and Moaning’ About GOP
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said the Democrats had "no reason to gripe" over Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky) delaying a $10-billion extension bill earlier this week because they have "59 votes on their side" and can basically do what they want in the Senate. He also said some of the media were "suckered" on the issue.
Two Students Investigated for 'Felony Hate Crime' -- Throwing Cotton Balls on Lawn
Two students at the University of Missouri-Columbia were suspended Wednesday, following their arrest on suspicion of a felony hate crime -- for throwing cotton balls across the lawn of the school's black-culture center
Cyberwar declared as China hunts for the West’s intelligence secrets
The attacks have also hit government and military institutions in the United States, where analysts said that the West had no effective response and that EU systems were especially vulnerable because most cyber security efforts were left to member states.[EDIT] Barry, must be pleased. With his "new" internet powers, just how long will it be before he gets to shut down his opposition? Since his signing himself "enhanced" power into law, media seems to be covering this on a daily basis now.
Ed Officials to Step up Civil Rights Enforcement
The federal Department of Education plans to intensify its civil rights enforcement efforts in schools around the country, including a deeper look at issues ranging from programs for immigrant students learning English to equal access to a college preparatory courses.
Federal Regulators Launch Probe of Big Agriculture
The first joint workshops on agriculture by regulators at the U.S. Justice and Agriculture Departments is expected to give farmers, lobbyists, executives and academics a strong indication of where the Obama administration stands on consolidation in agriculture.
Leamer: Obama Must Keep Peace Corps Pledge
I was incredulous that soon after taking office, the new administration’s first budget for fiscal year 2010 gave only a 10 percent increase for the Peace Corps, taking it to $374 million. Given inflation, increased security costs, and the depreciating dollar, that meant there would be no large-scale increase in volunteers and no sustained move to a doubling of Americans in the field.
Al-Qaida calls on US Muslims to attack America
Al-Qaida's American-born spokesman on Sunday called on Muslims serving in the U.S. armed forces to emulate the Army major charged with killing 13 people in Fort Hood.
What I Learned from Obama's Pop
A little more than a month ago, I began my first descent into the rabbit hole of Barack Obama's origins, a place known to swallow reputations whole. What prompted my inquiry was an e-mail from a correspondent asking my opinion of "Pop," a poem published under the 19-year-old Obama's name in the spring 1981 edition of Occidental College's literary magazine, Feast. Having no prior bias going in, here is what I have concluded coming out.
Obama & Authority - Or, How to Analyze Barack’s Theory of Power
So far, Obama’s administration and public policy doesn’t seem like any other President’s in US history. But why is this? Does he seek to repudiate our supposed recent failures? Or is his aim much broader, to obliterate our entire way of life, replacing it with something more exotic or sinister?
It's 2010, do you know where you children are? OFA does
When you weren't looking ... Last month I ran now the disturbing story of Obama's Organizing for America recruitment in the classroom. I am not sure if Atlas readers saw this before the election, but it is very disturbing and consistent with Obama's manipulation and inculcation of the young.
Obama's new adversary
What is the Ryan plan , and why is the Obama administration seemingly obsessed with it? Ryan calls his proposal, published in January, the Roadmap for America's Future. It's a remarkably comprehensive, daring manifesto that tackles every part of the budget on a presidential scale, from Social Security to tax policy to health-care reform.
The September 2010 March On DC
In a statement released by one board member on Saturday, January 30th, the message was pretty clear, "We the people are taking our country back, one seat at a time. Republicans, Democrats and Independents will stand united to make one very clear statement. "Change your ways or get out of our house." If our representatives choose to continue to conduct business as usual, we the people will conduct our business. Working tirelessly to see they are voted out of office in November".
Dems Race to Pass Health Care Bill as Tea Partiers Plan Town Hall Wave
Conservative activists across the country are planning to sponsor town hall meetings, rallies, debates and visits to district offices to voice their objections to the health care reform bill, starting as early as next week. The big push will come during the two-week congressional recess that starts March 29. [EDIT] BE THERE! If they don't show up, they will in effect be telling us 'they don't care' We can show them (again) for who and what they are. Let's get LOUD, Patriots!!
Va. AG: Colleges Can't Ban Gay Discrimination
Virginia's attorney general is advising the state's public colleges to rescind policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Kenneth Cuccinelli says in a letter to college presidents and other officials that only the General Assembly can determine which classes of people are protected by state government nondiscrimination policies.
Iran's Ahmadinejad calls Sept 11 "big fabrication"
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called the September 11 attacks on the United States a "big fabrication" that was used to justify the U.S. war on terrorism.
Judge declares death penalty unconstitutional
A state district judge in Houston has granted a pretrial motion declaring the death penalty unconstitutional, a decision that the Texas attorney general called "an act of unabashed judicial activism."
Who’s Behind the Financial Crisis?
"The most influential members of Managed Funds Association, the hedge fund short sellers (George Soros), have an anti-capitalism agenda, an anti-industrialized nation agenda, and a far left liberal, Marxist radical agenda," Diamond says. "Hedge Fund short sellers are not capitalist. They are anti-capitalist and they are not investors; they are anti-investors." He says they "loot" companies and countries.
Congressional Candidate Paul Schiffer Proposes Legislation to Outlaw Obama ‘Czars’
"I believe ‘Czars’ are un-American. It started out as almost an inside-the-Beltway joke under Republican Administrations - calling a Presidential adviser a ‘Czar.’ But the idea of Presidential ‘Czars’ has become a worrying trend. If we continue on this path, Presidential over-use of White House ‘Czars’ threatens to weaken America’s democratic system."
How Has Being ‘Nice’, Worked Out For You?
That’s right! We are civilized and we have been trained to be nice, polite and civil. But how is that working out for you? Has it stopped the onslaught of a flurry of local, state and federal laws that continue to "eat" away at your freedom, your liberty and your property rights? Has Obama, Pelosi or Reid, or your liberal-controlled state houses, or your city or county councils changed course because those on the other side are being civil? Has being nice changed one liberal-progressive-socialist mind? Not likely.
Congressional estimates show grim deficit picture
A new congressional report released Friday says the United States' long-term fiscal woes are even worse than predicted by President Barack Obama's grim budget submission last month. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicts that Obama's budget plans would generate deficits over the upcoming decade that would total $9.8 trillion. That's $1.2 trillion more than predicted by the administration
Question of the day: Does the GOP have enough balls?
Now, I want you to read every word of what Andy McCarthy has to say about the GOP leadership’s abandonment of Jim Bunning = and what it says about the lack of Republican fortitude in the war against the permanent, ever-growing Nanny State.
Obama looking to give new life to immigration reform
Reporting from Washington - Despite steep odds, the White House has discussed prospects for reviving a major overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, a commitment that President Obama has postponed once already.
Obama Nominee: Constitution Must Adopt to Changes in the World
About Goodwin Liu- "He believes the Constitution is something judges can manipulate to have it say what they think culture or evolving standards of decency requires of it in a given day," said the Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
Video - Harry Reid: "ONLY" 36,000 Lost Their Jobs Today
Great, just great! What does Harry "The War Is Lost" Reid consider bad news?
Southern Poverty Law Center- U.S. Sees 'Explosion' of Extremist Groups
"This is a movement that sees the government as the primary enemy and is completely eaten up with all kinds of conspiracy theories," Potok said in a video accompanying the report published Tuesday.
Craig Crawford, formerly of MSNBC, calls it quits
For those who might be interested - and you have every reason not to be - I am no longer with MSNBC. Three months short of my current contract I sent the following to the boss, Phil Griffin: "Phil, Just wanted to give you the heads up that my situation with MSNBC has become so unrewarding for me that I've decided to move on. -- Craig" [EDIT] The Communist Propaganda Machine Loses - Craig just can't be a part of the far left non-news network any longer. Exit question, whos next?
China Rhetoric Ups Threat Against U.S.
Recent statements by Chinese military officials are raising concerns among U.S. analysts that the communist government in Beijing is shifting its oft-stated "peaceful rise" policy toward an aggressive, anti-U.S. posture.
Climate Scientists Plot to Fight Back at Skeptics
In private e-mails obtained by The Washington Times, climate scientists at the National Academy of Sciences say they are tired of "being treated like political pawns" and need to fight back in kind. Their strategy includes forming a nonprofit group to organize researchers and use their donations to challenge critics by running a back-page ad in the New York Times.
DeMint demands a block to Obama land-grab attempt
Jim DeMint took to the Senate floor and the pages of the Washington Times earlier this week to expose a plan by the White House to seize over 10 million acres of land in nine Western states. Using an obscure clause in the Antiquities Act of 1906, the Department of the Interior under Ken Salazar would designate the land as "monuments" in order to block the use of the resources in those states. DeMint correctly asserts that this is not only a perversion of the intent of the Antiquities Act, but also a huge power grab by the federal government at the expense of the states:
Obama Nominee: Constitution Must Adopt to Changes in the World
"He believes the Constitution is something judges can manipulate to have it say what they think culture or evolving standards of decency requires of it in a given day," said the Senate Judiciary Committee's top Republican Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. "Liu believes that judges have the authority to impose their views ... using clever verbal camouflage to disguise what they're doing."
Dems suddenly get cold feet about pursuing tax cheats
Government Executive covers a minor drama on Capitol Hill. Democrats promise to crack down on contractors who are delinquent on taxes. Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah says, okay, but only if we also crack down on the 450,000 federal employees (including hundreds who work for the Congress) who don't pay their federal taxes. The Democrats suddenly pulled their bill. "I think the subtext is the Democrat’s support for unions," Chaffetz told Politico.
Govt Bans Worship Service for Elderly
A group of elderly residents at a Dallas public housing project have been ordered by the government to shut down their church. The Dallas Housing Authority said the services violate the U.S. Constitution and the agency’s contract with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "It’s all federal money, so we’re subject to constitutional prohibitions," DHA president MaryAnn Russ told The Dallas Morning News. "It’s like prayer in public schools. It’s the same deal."
'The Cartel': The True Nature of Teacher Unions
The problem of continual academic mediocrity that plagues America’s public school system can be laid at the door of union monopolies. That’s the message of The Cartel, a new documentary that will show this Sunday at 12 pm at the Washington, D.C. Independent Film Festival. The film documents the abuses of power exercised by teacher unions, specifically in the state of New Jersey, and the adverse effects such control can have on student achievement and parents’ fight for school choice.
Pentagon Shooter: Anti-Bush Nut Case and 9/11 Truther
Internet research shows that the guy was a 9/11 Truther and an anti-Bush nut case. Via Charles Johnson comes this link to some crazy ranting from the guy. It was recorded in November 2006, when Bush was president, to belabor the obvious. I transcribed this part, in which he is speaking of criminal organizations working within the U.S. Government:
Shots Fired at Pentagon; Two Police and Gunman Injured
Two police officers were injured by a gunman firing shots outside the Pentagon tonight and a suspect was in custody, a police spokesman said.
Details of "Einstein" Cyber Shield Disclosed by White House
The current version of the program is widely seen as providing meager protection against attack, but a new version being built will be more robust largely because it’s rooted in NSA technology. The program is designed to look for indicators of cyber attacks by digging into all Internet communications, including the contents of emails, according to the declassified summary.
Gov't offers new assurance census data is private
With the 2010 population count looming, the government provided new assurances Thursday that information Americans fill out on their census forms will be kept confidential and not be used for law enforcement. And we are suppose to believe that, why?
J.D. Hayworth's ad irks John McCain
When asked for a response to Kyl's complaint, Hayworth spokesman Jason Rose told AZ/DC: "We respectfully decline the request and would encourage Senator McCain to get a sense of humor. After all, if Sunday's show did have an award for best election year flip-flopping and transparent conservative conversion, the incumbent would surely win the Oscar."
House Republicans propose federal spending amendment
This amendment would limit spending to one-fifth of the economy (our historical spending average since World War II). The limit could only be waived by a declaration of war or by a two-thirds congressional vote.
Obama Now Selling Judgeships for Health Care Votes?
Tonight, Barack Obama will host ten House Democrats who voted against the health care bill in November at the White House; he's obviously trying to persuade them to switch their votes to yes. One of the ten is Jim Matheson of Utah. The White House just sent out a press release announcing that today President Obama nominated Matheson's brother Scott M. Matheson, Jr. to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Big Government Features of Obamacare
List of 159 new programs, administrative boards, and bureaucracies that the Democrat Party’s healthcare bill creates.
Stupak: 12 Dems ready to oppose health care bill
A congressman who has played a key role in the long-running health care debate says he and 11 other Democrats will vote against the overhaul unless a provision subsidizing abortion is removed.
Brazil rebuffs US, says it will go own way on Iran
Brazil vowed Wednesday not to "bow down" to gathering international pressure to impose new economic penalties on Iran over its nuclear program if further negotiations might be fruitful.
Wyoming Gov. Signs Law Adopting 'Cowboy Ethics'
The state code admonishes residents and lawmakers to live courageously, take pride in their work, finish what they start, do what's necessary, be tough but fair, keep promises, ride for the brand, talk less and say more, remember that some things aren't for sale, and know where to draw the line.
Senate Rejects $250 Checks for Elderly
A measure to give some 57 million elderly people, veterans and persons with disabilities a $250 check was rejected by the Senate on Wednesday, a setback for the powerful seniors' lobby.
Palin Working On Book About Virtues and Strengths
Her new work will "include selections from classic and contemporary readings that have inspired her, as well as portraits of some of the extraordinary men and women she admires and who embody her love of country, faith, and family," the publisher's statement reads.
Is a Voting Machine Merger Too Big to Stand?
The largest voting machine company in the country bought its biggest competitor six months ago without advance fanfare. Now the Justice Department is investigating whether to unwind the merger that put a privately held Nebraska company in control of the voting machines in nearly 70 percent of the nation's precincts.
Starbucks Sticks to Gun Rights Policy at Stores
Coffee chain Starbucks Corp. is sticking to its policy of letting customers carry guns where it's legal and said it does not want to be put in the middle of a larger gun-control debate.
Election Weakens Texas Ed Board Conservatives
The Texas state education board's influential Christian conservative bloc was weakened Wednesday after one of its most prominent members lost his seat to a moderate Republican. Another reliably conservative seat was headed to a runoff.
Dutch Anti-Islamist Big Winner in Polls
The popularity of Wilders, who compares Islam to fascism and the Koran to Adolf Hitler's book "Mein Kampf," has dented the image of the Netherlands as a country that has often portrayed itself in the past as a bastion of tolerance.
Meet the DOJ Lawyers Who Defended Terrorist Detainees
As the controversy heats up over the DOJ lawyers who once represented, or advocated on behalf of, al Qaeda and Taliban members, it is worth taking a quick look at their body of work.
DEMINT: White House land grab
A secret administration memo has surfaced revealing plans for the federal government to seize more than 10 million acres from Montana to New Mexico, halting job- creating activities like ranching, forestry, mining and energy development. Worse, this land grab would dry up tax revenue that's essential for funding schools, firehouses and community centers.
Dubai police chief says to seek Netanyahu arrest
Dubai's police chief plans to seek the arrest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the head of Israel's spy agency over the killing of a Hamas leader in the emirate.
Rep. Broun: House Dems Fear Pelosi Punishment
Rep. Paul Broun, R-Ga., tells Newsmax.TV’s Ashley Martella that some House Democrats agree with Republicans on certain healthcare reform issues but can’t publicly support them for fear of retribution by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Senators Seek to Block Stimulus Money for Overseas
A group of Democratic senators is urging the Obama administration to suspend an economic stimulus program aimed at financing renewable energy, complaining that money is going to projects that are creating jobs in foreign countries.
How not to run for Congress, 2010 version
Just giving full disclosure here - that the Republicans were right to call her Pelosi’s sock puppet. If that’s what Democrats believe "independence" to be, it explains why they think "bipartisanship" means "agreeing with Democrats 100% of the time." That fundraiser with Pelosi will remind truly independent Granite State voters that a vote for Shea-Porter means a vote for the radical Pelosi-Obama agenda
Thune: GOP preparing to slow or block health bill in Senate debate
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the fourth-ranking Senate Republican who serves as chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, said the GOP is prepared for a number of scenarios in which they would seek to slow down or halt passage of healthcare legislation once it comes back before the Senate.
Perry Beats Hutchison in Texas GOP Primary
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison conceded the Republican nomination for Texas governor to Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday following a heated primary battle that highlighted the growing anti-Washington mood among voters in midterm elections.
Senate OKs Jobless Aid after Sen. Bunning Relents
The Senate on Tuesday passed a $10 billion measure to maintain unemployment benefits for the long-term jobless and provide stopgap funding for highway programs after a holdout Republican dropped stalling tactics that had generated a Washington firestorm.
Ariz. May Criminalize Presence of Illegal Immigrants
The proposal would make Arizona the only state to criminalize the presence of illegal immigrants through an expansion of its trespassing law. It also would require police to try to determine people's immigration status when there's reasonable suspicion they are in the country illegally.
U.S. Climate Measured By 'Volunteers'! System Built in 1800s!
Critics are questioning the accuracy of a 120-year-old weather station network that measures surface temperature in the U.S. by tallying paper reports from volunteers whose data is rife with human error. Crucial data on the American climate, part of the basis for proposed trillion-dollar global warming legislation, is churned out by a 120-year-old weather system that has remained mostly unchanged since Benjamin Harrison was in the White House.
ACORN and the Ku Klux Klan
ACORN does indeed operate like the Mafia, but it more closely resembles another organization that began as an affiliate of the Democratic Party, the Ku Klux Klan. Aside from intimidating some bank executives, ACORN does not engage in violence, but like the KKK it has vote fraud as a top priority.
Why Americans Hate Washington
In January, the Senate joined the House in passing "pay-as-you-go" rules to require Congress to pay for new discretionary spending. On Feb. 12, President Obama signed the bill. "Now Congress will have to pay for what it spends, just like everybody else," Obama crowed. Less than a month later, Obama and fellow Democrats are busily demonizing a lone senator for pushing Washington to spend responsibly. It seems this administration is all for fiscal restraint -- as long as you don't mean it.
Voters finally get a say in rough Texas primary
Voters will finally get their chance Tuesday to weigh in on Texas' long, rough gubernatorial primary. Both Republican Gov. Rick Perry and rival Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison planned a last round of public appearances in Dallas, with Hutchison stopping at a polling place and Perry, in his official role as governor, participating in a military-related Texas Independence Day celebration.
High Court Looks at Reach of Second Amendment
The Supreme Court appears willing to say that the Constitution's right to possess guns limits state and local regulation of firearms. But the justices also suggested that some gun control measures might not be affected
Once a Leader in School Diversity, N.C. Retrenches
When North Carolina's Wake County decided to do away with race-based busing to desegregate schools, local officials came up with a novel solution to maintain balance. The new method of assigning students by their socio-economic background rather than race helped to keep campuses integrated. Adopted in 2000, it quickly became a blueprint for other school systems.
Obama’s approval rating now negative in every red state that flipped in 2008
There are nine states in all but I’m giving you numbers for four where there’s a Democrat in trouble in the local Senate race and The One will be expected to - giggle - campaign for him. It’s working for Reid, isn’t it? In fact, just this afternoon, the White House declared its support for Blanche Lincoln (whose own red state did not flip) against newly minted lefty primary challenger Bill Halter. Why they’d do that instead of staying out of the race entirely is beyond me - the Obama imprimatur will be pure liability if she makes it to the general - but that’s the canniness we’ve come to expect after their successes in Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
Economists Warn Another Financial Crisis on the Way
The report warns that the country is now immersed in a "doomsday cycle" wherein banks use borrowed money to take massive risks in an attempt to pay big dividends to shareholders and big bonuses to management and when the risks go wrong, the banks receive taxpayer bailouts from the government. "Risk-taking at banks," the report cautions, "will soon be larger than ever."
Argentina celebrates diplomatic coup as Hillary Clinton calls for talks over Falklands
The timing, days after Argentina secured unanimous backing from South American leaders for its demand for talks on the Falklands, meant that Mrs Clinton’s words were bound to be studied for any sign of a shift from America’s traditional stance on the islands which has been to stay out of the argument over sovereignty but offer Britain vital logistical support.
Secretary Geithner's Got Some Explaining to Do
Just about everyone has had something to say about this bailout -- mostly that it was an ugly but necessary step to stave off a domino effect that would have brought the world's financial system to its knees. But what we have not yet heard is just how Treasury Secretary Geithner, as then-head of the NY FED, got away with taking ownership of 77.9% of AIG's equity and voting rights in clear violation of the law.
Joe the Plumber Calls for 'Tax Revolt'
We’re being treated as if our only value as citizens is how much more money we can be made to give up from our paychecks. When it comes to more and more spending and more and more taxes, it is a one-way conversation. I’m ready to talk back and I don’t think I’m alone. That’s why I’m calling on every patriot to join me in a tax revolt march on Washington , D.C.
Tea Partiers on 'Alert' as Democrats Lay Groundwork for Health Care Passage
Democrats appear to be gambling that a perceived lull in Tea Party activism, combined with an eight-month window to the November midterm election, is going to buy them enough time to muster the simple majorities they need in the Senate and House to give President Obama at least partial victory in his push to remake the nation's health care system.
Arizona Tea Party Leaders Decline to Endorse in AZ Senate Race
"The Tea Party is a non-partisan, grassroots movement that stands for limited government, free markets, and fiscal responsibility. Both McCain and Hayworth’s records during their many years in Washington leave much to be desired on these issues," said Robert Mayer, co-founder of the Tucson Tea Party. "It is their job to hold themselves up to these values and fight for our votes."
China PLA officer urges challenging U.S. dominance
China should build the world's strongest military and move swiftly to topple the United States as the global "champion," a senior Chinese PLA officer says in a new book reflecting swelling nationalist ambitions.
White House Is Rethinking Nuclear Policy
As described by those officials, the new strategy commits the United States to developing no new nuclear weapons, including the nuclear bunker-busters advocated by the Bush administration. But Mr. Obama has already announced that he will spend billions of dollars more on updating America’s weapons laboratories to assure the reliability of what he intends to be a much smaller arsenal. Increased confidence in the reliability of American weapons, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said in a speech in February, would make elimination of "redundant" nuclear weapons possible. "It will be clear in the document that there will be very dramatic reductions in the thousands as relates to the stockpile", according to one senior administration official whom the White House authorized to discuss the issue this weekend. Much of that would come from the retirement of large numbers of weapons now kept in storage.
Putin: Russia to build new strategic bomber
development of a prospective stealth fighter, which made its maiden flight in January and was hailed by the government as a big step in military modernization efforts.
Hoyer: Raising taxes a realistic option for cutting $12 trillion debt
Tax increases may be necessary to rein in $12 trillion in federal debt, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said Monday. Hoyer emphasized the need to reform Social Security and Medicare, but also made it clear that raising taxes will have to be on the table.
Two more House Dems demand Rangel step down as panel head
There are now seven Democrats who have publicly called and/or voted to have Rangel give up his chairmanship: Reps. Bobby Bright (Ala.), Travis Childers (Miss.), Paul Hodes (N.H.), Harry Mitchell (Ariz.), Mike Quigley (Ill.), Betty Sutton (Ohio) and Gene Taylor (Miss.). Meanwhile, Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) is giving money Rangel donated to his campaign to charity while Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) is returning funds to the 79-year-old chairman.
Head of 'Climategate' research unit admits sending 'pretty awful emails' to hide data
Scientists at the heart of the Climategate row were yesterday accused by a leading academic body of undermining science's credibility. The Institute of Physics said 'worrying implications' had been raised after it was revealed the University of East Anglia had manipulated data on global warming.
B'klyn ACORN cleared over giving illegal advice on how to hide money from prostitution
Brooklyn prosecutors on Monday cleared ACORN of criminal wrongdoing after a four-month probe that began when undercover conservative activists filmed workers giving what appeared to be illegal advice on how to hide money.
Bill to rename the Dept. of Navy will hit House floor in April
The legislation, which would rename the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps, will be debated on the House floor in April, according to bill sponsor Rep. Walter Jones (R-N.C.). The measure, which has 368 co-sponsors, is expected to easily pass the lower chamber.
Green Fuels Cause More Harm Than Fossil Fuels
Under the standard, each litre of biofuel should reduce emissions by at least 35 per cent compared with burning a litre of fossil fuel. Yet the study shows that palm oil increases emissions by 31 per cent because of the carbon released when forest and grassland is turned into plantations. Rape seed and soy also fail to meet the standard.
Protests, Grand Jury Challenge Sheriff Joe Arpaio
With a sheriff's helicopter beating overhead, the man known as "Sheriff Joe" stood behind a line of officers as 10,000 people marched past, but this was not the usual show of affection and support for Joe Arpaio.
'Pelosi Says She Has Much In Common With The Tea Party'
"House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has much in common with the Tea Party." More absurd was how Vargas during this interview actually allowed Pelosi to get away with such a ridiculous comment.
Man who broke the Bank of England, George Soros, 'at centre of hedge funds plot to cash in on fall of the euro'
A secretive group of Wall Street hedge fund bosses are said to be behind a plot to cash in on the decline of the euro.
Pelosi: 'A bill can be bipartisan without bipartisan votes'...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Sunday that Republicans have left their mark on the healthcare bill and should accept that the bill will go forward.
US Rep: No Plot to Poison Food at SC Army Base
U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-S.C., said Sunday information he received as a member of the House Armed Services Committee showed there was no plot. The five Muslim soldiers who were connected to a translator training program had been detained in December while the Army investigated.
GOP Challengers Join Texas Ed Board Battleground
As culture-war divisions escalate, the board has become a battleground for social conservatives and liberal watchdogs, each accusing the other of imposing ideological agendas into what about 4.8 million K-12 students learn in Texas classrooms.
Scientists Admit Overstating Tsunami Threat
The warning was ominous, its predictions dire: Oceanographers issued a bulletin telling Hawaii and other Pacific islands that a killer wave was heading their way with terrifying force and that "urgent action should be taken to protect lives and property."
Farrakhan: 'White Right' Out to Hurt Obama
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan claims the "white right" is trying to make Barack Obama a one-term president. During the hourslong speech, Farrakhan boasted of being bigger than a prophet.