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DEMS BLOCK REPUBLICAN REQUESTS TO VISIT SPILL DAMAGE
Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) wanted to fly 10 lawmakers down to the Gulf of Mexico to see the damage caused by BP’s gigantic oil spill first hand. House Democrats said no.
CBO: National Debt at Highest Level Since World War II
Congress must pare spending on Social Security and healthcare in order to avoid huge tax hikes or devastating cuts in other federal programs, a congressional budget analysis said on Wednesday. The federal debt will represent 62 percent of the nation's economy by the end of this year, the highest percentage since just after World War II.
Feds Arrest 10 Agents of 'Deep Cover' Russian Spy Ring
The FBI has arrested 10 people for allegedly serving for years as secret agents of Russia's intelligence organ, the SVR, with the goal of penetrating U.S. government policymaking circles. The scope and scale of the blockbuster spy case could rival the capture of Cold War era nuclear spies during the 1950s, FBI officials said.
Democrats, Again, Look for 60 Votes for Bank Bill
Brown said Monday that he could not support a provision added last week by House-Senate negotiators that would impose a $19 billion fee on large banks and hedge funds that could get passed on to consumers. The fee was inserted by House-Senate negotiators who finished assembling a final bill on Friday.
Inouye, Third in Line to Presidency, Backs Hawaii Separatism
Inouye backs the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act, which has passed the House and awaits consideration in the Senate. The bill would create two Hawaiis, one governed by the state of Hawaii and the other governed by those who identify themselves as natives, direct lineal descendants of Hawaiians before Hawaii was annexed to the United States in 1898. How to divide a nation.
GOP Makes Good on Cutting Pork
The first spending bill to begin moving through Congress since House Republicans pledged to forgo earmarks shows the vow is working: The bill contains nearly 50 percent less in pork-barrel spending than last year's version.
Central Banks Grabbing Gobs of Gold
Central banks are buying so much gold that investors are beginning to wonder if the world is returning to the gold standard, and some financial advisers see that as a partial possibility.
Obama aide fails to disclose $40K payday from SEIU
This must be part of the New Transparency of the Obama administration. When the political director for a White House gets $40,000 from the SEIU, which does significant lobbying on policy to both the White House and Congress, that should get declared in order for people to know just how much reach that special interest has within the halls of power. Instead, Patrick Gaspard never disclosed it until Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) flagged it in a letter to the White House:
Donors sue Crist to block use of funds
When Charlie Crist first announced that he would bail out of the GOP primary to run as an independent, he promised that anyone wanting a refund of their campaign contributions would get one. Later, he reneged with a wink and a smile, telling a small crowd, "I’m going to keep it!" Now Crist will have to wink and smile at a judge as some of his donors have filed a lawsuit to block use of those funds and get their refunds.
Surprise: West Virginia says no election to fill Byrd’s seat until 2012
C’mon. You didn’t honestly think a Democratic governor and Democratic secretary of state would risk a Scott Brown reprise, did you? The likely appointee? West Virginia’s governor, Joe Manchin.
OPEC to Obama: Why are you halting offshore drilling?
One organization that should be jumping with joy at the American moratorium on offshore drilling is OPEC. After all, with a major source of American oil shut down, demand will increase for crude from the trade cartel’s member nations, meaning higher prices and profits. However, OPEC today declared that Barack Obama had "jump[ed] to conclusions" and should rescind the moratorium.
Obama Stiffs AZ on Troops and Gives More $ to Mexico
The Texas and Arizona governors criticized the Obama administration's border security plans Monday, saying not enough National Guard troops are being deployed to their states. "What we heard wasn't anything what we hoped to hear," Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer told reporters after a 90-min. briefing by federal officials sent by President Barack Obama. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican like Brewer, said the deployment to his state was "insufficient to meet the needs of securing the Texas-Mexico border."
Obama Enlists Radical Groups, SEIU, Labor Unions to Push for Amnesty
Prospects for passage of comprehensive immigration legislation look bleak this election year, and even many Democrats are wary of wading into the hot-button issue. But Obama, who pledged as a candidate to make immigration reform a top priority during his first year in office, faces pressure from the Hispanic community to act, or at least to try.
DNC Invites Voters To Capture The 'Macaca Moment' Of 2010
The Democratic National Committee today is launching a new effort to allow citizens on their side "keep track" of Republican candidates on every ballot nationwide, in hopes of a voter capturing a so-called "macaca moment." The DNC's latest effort to influence the midterm elections, called the Accountability Project, will act as a database of campaign events and, Democrats hope, every gaffe, goof and outlandish policy position.
Pledge of Allegiance Sparked Heated Discussion at Last Night's School Committee Meeting
Arlington High School Junior Sean Harrington has made reciting the Pledge of Allegiance the cause of his high school career. Last night, though he brought a dozen supporters to the School Committee Meeting, his request for daily recitation failed to gain School Committee approval with a 3-3 tie.
Bill Clinton: Stop the Blame Game and 'Fix the Leak'
...the 1st priority of the U.S. Government in the Gulf Crisis is to "fix the leak." Looking for someone to blame should be put off until the leak is fixed, most of the oil is prevented from reaching shore, and until the oil that reaches shore is cleaned up. Only then, he said, should the focus be on holding people accountable. Clinton also said it may become necessary for the U.S. Navy to "blow up the well" to stop the leak on the floor of the Gulf. He said that can be done without using a Nuclear Weapon.
Huge Discovery For Group Searching For MIA Soldiers
Bryan Moon lives in Randolph, Minn. and started the group MIA (Missing In Action) Hunters. The group recently made a huge discovery in Papua New Guinea, where it's believed that hundreds of World War II MIA soldiers will soon be recovered.
Gun Rights Must Be Honored by States, Cities, High Court Rules in 5-4 Vote
The U.S. Supreme Court extended the reach of the constitutional right to bear arms by saying it binds state and local governments as well as the federal government. The justices, voting 5-4 in a case involving Chicago’s handgun ban, said that individual gun rights were among the fundamental guarantees protected against state interference through a constitutional amendment after the Civil War.
Senate stalwart Robert Byrd dies at 92
Sen. Robert Byrd, who rose from West Virginia's impoverished hollows to aid, counsel and sometimes chastise presidents from the Senate seat he occupied for more than a half-century, died early Monday morning. He was 92 and had served in Congress longer than anyone in the nation's history.
Obama Triples Deficit, Then Calls Critics 'Bluff'?
Obama said on Sunday he would follow through on a pledge to rein in soaring U.S. budget deficits and said that would involve presenting Americans with "some very difficult choices" next year.
RBS tells clients to prepare for 'monster' money-printing by the Federal Reserve
Clearly we are nearing the end of the "Phoney War", that phase of the global crisis when it seemed as if governments could conjure away the Great Debt. The trauma has merely been displaced from banks, auto makers, and homeowners onto the taxpayer, lifting public debt in the OECD bloc from 70pc of GDP to 100pc by next year. As the Bank for International Settlements warns, sovereign debt crises are nearing "boiling point" in half the world economy.
Republicans Won't Rule Out Filibuster of Kagan Over Liberalism, Inexperience
Pointing out that Elena Kagan has the least amount of judicial experience of any Supreme Court nominee in the last 50 years, Sen. Jeff Sessions and other leading Republicans are not ruling out a Senate filibuster to block the nomination. "I think the first thing we need to decide is, is she committed to the rule of law even if she may not like the law?" Sessions said.
Ex-DOJ Attorney: New Black Panther Cover-up
Most disturbing, the dismissal is part of a creeping lawlessness infusing our government institutions. Citizens would be shocked to learn about the open and pervasive hostility within the Justice Department to bringing civil rights cases against nonwhite defendants on behalf of white victims. Equal enforcement of justice is not a priority of this administration. Open contempt is voiced for these types of cases.
Rick Scott's Role in Largest Medicare Ripoff in History: Miami Herald Probe
Just what was Rick Scott’s role in the largest ripoff of taxpayers in the history of Medicare and Medicaid? According to an investigative report published in Sunday’s Miami Herald, Scott will have a difficult time distancing himself from the company he once ran and its "notorious legacy of fraud."
Obama’s promise to bankrupt coal industry to cost 1,000 jobs in upper Midwest
During the campaign, Barack Obama promised to bankrupt any new coal-burning plants in the US through his global-warming policies. Congress has followed suit with a cap-and-trade bill that Harry Reid keeps promising to revive. One firm in Wisconsin shows exactly what happens when politicians intervene to attempt to conduct social engineering in the energy sector. Bucyrus just lost a $600 million project for a new coal-burning electricity plant in India, thanks to a decision by the Congressionally-funded US Export-Import Bank to deny the Wisconsin firm credit, based in part on Barack Obama’s policies:
Palin to Obama: 'You Asked for the Job, Buck Up or Stay in the Truck'
Palin said Obama and the federal government have been too slow in helping victims of the oil spill. She also said there have been too many regulations in allowing residents to begin cleaning up oil along the shoreline and from the water. "After two months of incompetence from the federal government, they are taking it in their own hands," Palin said.
Dems Exempt Unions From Campaign Finance Bill
The bill is intended to blunt the impact of January’s Supreme Court ruling overturning laws that had barred corporations and unions from airing certain types of election ads. Democrats feared the ruling would pave the way for vast corporate-funded ad campaigns attacking them in the critical 2010 midterm elections, and Republicans have blasted the DISCLOSE Act as a Democratic effort to silence opponents.
Mark Levin explains how the Disclose Act threatens the First Amendment
Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers
Obama will be handed the power to shut down the Internet for at least four months without Congressional oversight if the Senate votes for the infamous Internet ‘kill switch’ bill, which was approved by a key Senate committee yesterday and now moves to the floor. The Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, which is being pushed hard by Senator Joe Lieberman, would hand absolute power to the federal government to close down networks, and block incoming Internet traffic from certain countries under a declared national emergency.
Hillary: Let the babies starve until we fund abortions
Does Hillary Clinton think it is more important to promote liberal Western ideologies than to address the critical needs of the women and children of Africa and Asia? Does she prefer to promote the tired, old eugenic orthodoxies of the largely discredited population-control movement? Is Hillary Clinton, and the Obama administration, willing to hold up funding for maternal and infant health because of a dogmatic commitment to a universal right to abortion on demand?
Key Dem Rep says immigration reform doesn’t have the votes this year
With Democrats looking down the barrel of electoral disaster in the approaching midterms thanks to their obsession with a deeply unpopular health care bill instead of the economy, it should not surprise anyone that they have little stomach for pushing yet another unpopular measure in the short time still left for their majority. Rep. Luis Gutierrez let the cat out of the bag Thursday by acknowledging that the Democrats’ 77-seat majority in the House wouldn’t be enough to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year. The next Congress will look even worse:
White House Preparing National Online ID Plan
"This strategy cannot exist in isolation," he said. "It's going to take all of us working together." Furthermore, "we should not have to dramatically change the way we do business -- this should be a natural path forward," he said.
Obama Admin. Argues in Court That Individual Mandate Is a Tax
In order to protect the new national health care law from legal challenges, the Obama administration has been forced to argue that the individual mandate represents a tax -- even though Obama himself argued the exact opposite while campaigning to pass the legislation.
Following Up On Soros, CREW, Palin, and Obama
After publishing the story on George Soros’ ties to CREW, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, it came to my attention that there was more to this.
FBI/DHS Attempt to Seize Colorado Indymedia Server and Silence Our Users
On Jun 17, Colorado Indymedia was contacted by Special Agent Adam Kowalski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)/Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As part of an "ongoing investigation" by Federal Protective Services, they attempted to seize the Colorado Indymedia server, believing that we kept logs (such as IP address access logs) that could identity users on our site. Our servers are graciously hosted at Denver Open Media who was approached by Kowalski. Kowalski claimed he had a court order but refused to leave a copy at Denver Open Media.
Court to rule on corporate reform law and gun rights
The Supreme Court could strike down a key part of a 2002 corporate reform law and extend gun rights in the United States on Monday when the justices issue their final rulings of the term.
Primer on senators judging would-be Justice Kagan
A cast of graybeards, rising stars and a lame duck once in charge convenes Monday as the Senate Judiciary Committee to consider giving President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee, Elena Kagan, a lifetime appointment as a justice.
Palin Allies Start New Legal Fund
After an ethics probe yesterday found Sarah Palin's legal defense fund to be illegal, Palin's allies are launching a second defense fund.
Two Census Bureau managers fired for creating at least 10,000 bogus questionnaires to meet deadlines
Instead of pounding the pavement and knocking on doors, the corner-cutting people-counters mined the phone book and Internet to make up answers to questionnaires, regional director Tony Farthing said.
Ariz. gov: Most illegal immigrants smuggling drugs
"I believe today, under the circumstances that we're facing, that the majority of the illegal trespassers that are coming into the state of Arizona are under the direction and control of organized drug cartels and they are bringing drugs in," Brewer said. "There's strong information to us that they come as illegal people wanting to come to work. Then they are accosted and they become subjects of the drug cartel," she said.
Police taser 86 year old bedridden granny
Understandably alarmed - and probably more than a little disgusted - by the presence of uninvited armed strangers in her home, Lona ordered them to leave. This directive, issued by a fragile female octogenarian confined to a hospital-style bed and tethered to an oxygen tank, was interpreted as "aggressive" behavior by Officer Thomas Duran, who ordered one of his associates : "Taser her!"
U.S. Chamber Official: Disclose Act 'Shreds' Constitution
The Disclose Act that House Democrats passed Thursday would "shred" the U.S. Constitution and represents a "blatant partisan maneuver to protect their incumbency," according to U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President R. Bruce Josten.
Many Legislators Aim to Copy Ariz. Immigration Law
Arizona's new immigration law doesn't even take effect until July, but lawmakers in nearly 20 other states are already clamoring to follow in its footsteps. Gubernatorial candidates in Florida and Minnesota are singing the law's praises. So are some lawmakers in Idaho and Nebraska.
Dem Doesn't Know AZ Borders Mexico, Wants Boycott Anyway
U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl sent off a letter this morning to Milwaukee County Supervisor Peggy West, suggesting a geography lesson. In a speech arguing for her city to boycott Arizona over SB 1070, West said she might consider 1070 if this was Texas "which is a state that is directly on the border with Mexico." But, she continued, in a statement forever immortalized on YouTube, "This is a state that is a ways removed from the border."
Palin Strikes Back in Calif. Campus Controversy
Sarah Palin leveled criticism at California's attorney general and others raising questions about her visit to a cash-strapped university, telling supporters that students had better things to do than dive through dumpsters to find out how much she earns speaking.
ADAMS: Inside the Black Panther case Anger, ignorance and lies
The New Black Panther case was the simplest and most obvious violation of federal law I saw in my Justice Department career. Because of the corrupt nature of the dismissal, statements falsely characterizing the case and, most of all, indefensible orders for the career attorneys not to comply with lawful subpoenas investigating the dismissal, this month I resigned my position as a Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney
New GOP group plans to spend millions this fall
They started with a bang in April, cashing a $1 million check from a Texas oil magnate. After a quiet May, friends and foes are watching to see if the new organization's core group, American Crossroads, can reach its goal of raising $52 million by November.
Dems Pass Bank Bill, Admit They Don’t Know How It Works
Key House and Senate lawmakers agreed on far-reaching new financial rules early Friday after weeks of division, delay and frantic last-minute deal making. The dawn compromise set up a potential vote in both houses of Congress next week that could send the landmark legislation to President Obama by July 4.
Congress Fails to Pass an Extension of Jobless Aid
The Senate Republican leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, has insisted that the bill not add to the deficit. Democrats argued that they had found ways to cover the entire cost of the $112 billion measure, with the exception of the $35.5 billion extension of unemployment benefits, which some Republicans said they could accept.
School Teaches Kids Religion Is a 'Disease'
"Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they will think," reads one by Schopenhauer.
New home sales plummet to record low
New home sales declined 32.7% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 300,000 last month, down from an downwardly revised 446,000 in April, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. Sales year-over-year fell 18.3%.
Education Standards: The Next Federal Takeover
Rushed, and Without Public Debate: This unprecedented federal overreach is taking place without Congress’s, and citizens’, voices being heard. The Administration is moving as quickly as possible to get states to adopt national standards by August 2, before the next school year even begins.
Obama won’t close Gitmo in first term
last year that it would miss Mr. Obama’s initial January 2010 deadline for shutting the prison, it also declared that the detainees would eventually be moved to one in Illinois. But impediments to that plan have mounted in Congress, and the administration is doing little to overcome them.
The U.S. Department of Illegal Alien Labor
Obama’s Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is supposed to represent American workers. What you need to know is that this longtime open-borders sympathizer has always had a rather radical definition of "American." At a Latino voter registration project conference in Los Angeles many years ago, Solis asserted to thunderous applause, "We are all Americans, whether you are legalized or not."
Petraeus chosen to succeed McChrystal
A source tells The Associated Press that President Barack Obama will name Gen. David Petraeus to succeed Gen. Stanley McChrystal as top war commander in Afghanistan.
Gulf oil spill: Boat captain, despondent over spill, commits suicide
The oil spill had weighed heavily on his mind, as it has on many local fishermen no longer able to support themselves with deep-sea sport fishing trips for marlin and the like, Vinson said. "All the waters are closed. There's no charter business anymore."
Cops arrest Christians for handing out gospel at Dearborn Arab festival?
They were arrested for "disorderly conduct," which apparently now extends to the offense of offering religious literature to someone who might not want it. If this is what it looks like, replete with cops confiscating video cameras to keep what happened off the record, it’s one of the most ridiculous First Amendment violations you’ll ever see.
Boy Scouts Win Gay Rights Case
A jury says the city of Philadelphia cannot evict a local Boy Scouts chapter from a city-owned building for refusing to admit gays. The scouts said they can legally limit their membership under a 2000 Supreme Court decision. And they say they provide valuable services to thousands of needy city boys.
Ted Nugent: The Declaration of Defiance
From our forefathers tossing tea into the Boston Harbor over abusive taxes; to the brave defenders of the Alamo, who were outnumbered 25-to-1; to Brig. Gen. Anthony C. McAuliffe, who answered the Nazi punks with "Nuts!" when he was asked to surrender at Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, the DNA of America is rife with proud defiance.
MARINE STUNS A TEA PARTY WITH THE FOURTH VERSE OF THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
A Marine stuns the crowd at a Tea Party with the fourth verse of the Star Spangled Banner. So Much for a "Secular Nation". Thank you for the reminder that our rights come from God and not any man or group of men. God Bless America and Semper Fi Marine!
It’s official: Deem and Pass Internet regulation is the "Third Way"
The FCC has gone ahead and put out a Notice of Inquiry to go ahead with Deem and Pass reclassification of ISPs away from being "information services" under the law, which was the plainly obvious intent of the Telecommunications Act of 1996. You see, in Comcast v. FCC, the courts have strictly limited how much regulation the FCC can do of information services. So, the FCC is going to declare that ISPs are now phone companies, and regulate accordingly.
Remains of 72 people found at World Trade Center site
The sifting of more than 800 cubic yards (612 cubic meters) of debris recovered from ground zero and underneath roads around the lower Manhattan site began in April and ended Friday.
50 Statistics About The U.S. Economy That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe
Most Americans know that the U.S. economy is in bad shape, but what most Americans don't know is how truly desperate the financial situation of the United States really is. The truth is that what we are experiencing is not simply a "downturn" or a "recession". What we are witnessing is the beginning of the end for the greatest economic machine that the world has ever seen.
In 2004 Obama Advocated "Trading" Border Security for Amnesty
Federal Gov't Halts Sand Berm Dredging
"Once again, our government resource agencies, which are intended to protect us, are now leaving us vulnerable to the destruction of our coastline and marshes by the impending oil," Nungesser wrote to Obama. "Furthermore, with the threat of hurricanes or tropical storms, we are being put at an increased risk for devastation to our area from the intrusion of oil.
Why Is the State-Run Media Hiding This Photo From You?
They won’t publish this photo because it doesn’t fit their narrative. Remember last year when the democratic-media complex reported that the tea party protesters were waving Obama-Hitler signs? What the media purposely omitted from their stories was the fact that the protesters waving these astroturfed Obama-Hitler signs were radical left-wing extremists. They were radical activists from the LaRouche organization. But, this didn’t fit the state-run media’s narrative that tea party activists were radicals and racists so they omitted this from their reports.
Judge said the Interior Department misstated the opinion of the experts it consulted.
"Much to the government's discomfort and this Court's uneasiness, the summary also states that 'the recommendations contained in this report have been peer-reviewed by seven experts identified by the National Academy of Engineering.' As the plaintiffs, and the experts themselves, pointedly observe, this statement was misleading," Judge Feldman said in his 22-page ruling.
Mexican Gangs Maintain Permanent Lookout Bases in Hills of Arizona
"To say that this area is out of control is an understatement," said an agent who patrols the area and asked not to be named. "We (federal border agents), as well as the Pima County Sheriff Office and the Bureau of Land Management, can attest to that."
Federal Judge Blocks Gulf Drilling Moratorium
A federal judge in New Orleans has blocked a six-month moratorium on new deepwater drilling projects that was imposed in response to the massive Gulf oil spill.
Rolling Stones: The Runaway General
Stanley McChrystal, Obama's top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House
Obama wanted Blago to appoint Jarrett
Two days before the 2008 presidential election, U.S Rep. Rahm Emanuel called Harris and told him that Obama wanted a "close friend" to be appointed to the seat, Harris testified. Although Emanuel didn't mention the friend by name, Harris said he made it clear he was talking about Valerie Jarrett, a friend and fundraiser for Obama.
Obama plans to EO Amnesty for Illegals
Several Senators have learned of a possible plan by the Obama Administration that would provide a mass Amnesty for the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens. Led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), eight Senators addressed a letter to the President asking for answers to questions about a plan that would allow DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to provide an amnesty if they can't secure enough votes for a bill in the Senate.
Bureaucrats Sold Our Freedom for $2,000
Nine members of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council sold our freedom last week for $2,000. I gave my public comments on Tuesday. I called on the members that felt compelled by hard deadlines and congress to pass Amendment 17A, to resign in protest.
Obama says no border security till he gets amnesty bill
Obama's refusal to secure our borders to further his agenda is TREASON!
White House Budget Chief Orszag to Quit
White House Budget Director Peter Orszag will resign this year, a senior administration official told Fox News Monday night, positioning him to be the first high-profile member of President Barack Obama's team to depart the administration.
Senators Challenge Pres. Obama on Rumors of Executive Order Amnesty
Several Senators have learned of a possible plan by the Obama Administration that would provide a mass Amnesty for the nation's 11-18 million illegal aliens. Led by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), eight Senators addressed a letter to the President asking for answers to questions about a plan that would allow DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to provide an amnesty if they can't secure enough votes for a bill in the Senate.
Neb. city votes to restrict illegal immigration
This small Nebraska meatpacking town has joined Arizona at the center of a national debate about illegal immigration after voters approved a ban on hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants, but an expected court challenge could keep the measure from ever taking effect.
La. companies ask judge to end drilling moratorium
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman heard two hours of arguments Monday and said he will decide by Wednesday whether to overturn the ban imposed by President Barack Obama's administration after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.
Cancelled: There Will Be No Congressional Budget This Year
In light of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer’s (D-MD) announcement this morning that House Democrats will not pass a budget this year - failing to fulfill what he has called "the most basic responsibility" of governing - the following important fiscal health warning has been issued
U.S. Testing Pain Ray in Afghanistan
The U.S. mission in Afghanistan centers around swaying locals to its side. And there’s no better persuasion tool than an invisible pain ray that makes people feel like they’re on fire. OK, OK. Maybe that isn’t precisely the logic being employed by those segments of the American military who would like to deploy the Active Denial System to Afghanistan. I’m sure they’re telling themselves that the generally non-lethal microwave weapon is a better, safer crowd control alternative than an M-16.
Why sue Arizona and not Missouri?
In a visit with Ecuadorian officials Secretary of State Hillary Clinton let slip that the Obama Administration intends to sue the state of Arizona over recently passed immigration laws. While Hillary's speaking out of turn may have forced the Administration's hand, a Justice Department spokesman confirmed that the DOJ was building a case against Arizona and would likely bring suit in the near future. There is one puzzling aspect to this, though; if they thought this violated the Constitution, why didn't the Administration protest when Missouri did what Arizona is now doing?
Texas Congressional nominee wants to impeach Obama, opposes UN
Rogers, 33, told TIME she is a "full time political activist" in the Lyndon LaRouche Youth Movement, a recruiting arm of the LaRouche political organization that is active on many college campuses. The LYM espouses LaRouche opposition to free trade and "globalism". ... and calls Obama a "London and Wall Street backed puppet" whose policies will destroy the Democratic Party.
BP disaster started in February?
This revelation shows that the disaster was far from unforeseen. In fact, it appears that it had already come close to a catastrophic blowout just six weeks before eleven people died in the subsequent explosion. BP didn’t exactly keep it a secret, either. They informed MMS of the problem, which apparently did nothing to intervene in a situation serious enough that a similar situation caused Exxon to shut down its well in 2006.
Rahm Emanuel expected to quit White House
Washington insiders say he will quit within six to eight months in frustration at their unwillingness to "bang heads together" to get policy pushed through. Mr Emanuel, 50, enjoys a good working relationship with Mr Obama but they are understood to have reached an understanding that differences over style mean he will serve only half the full four-year term.
Sticker Shock Jeopardizes President Obama's Agenda
Now, even popular initiatives with widespread support -- notably an extension in unemployment benefits for those who have been out of work for more than a year, plus $50 billion the White House is asking for to help avert state layoffs of teachers and law enforcement officials, are stalled inside Congress.
Obama oil spill commission picked for their politics, not engineering skill
An expert not on the commission, Granger Morgan, head of the engineering and public policy department at Carnegie Mellon University and an Obama campaign contributor, said the panel should have included more technical expertise and "folks who aren't sort of already staked out" on oil issues. Jerry Taylor of the libertarian Cato Institute described the investigation as "an exercise in political theater where the findings are preordained by the people put on the commission."
Neb. town to vote on illegal immigration measure
Angered by a recent influx of Hispanic workers attracted by jobs at local meatpacking plants, voters in the eastern Nebraska city of Fremont will decide Monday whether to ban hiring or renting property to illegal immigrants.
US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran
Egypt allowed at least one Israeli and 11 American warships to pass through the Suez Canal as an Iranian flotilla approaches Gaza. Egypt closed the canal to protect the ships with thousands of soldiers, the Egyptian government denied an Israeli request not to allow the Iranian flotilla to use the Suez Canal to reach Gaza, in violation of the Israeli sea embargo on the Hamas-controlled area.
In Budget Crisis, States Take Aim at Pension Costs
Nearly all of the cuts so far apply only to workers not yet hired. Though heralded as breakthrough reforms by state officials, the cuts phase in so slowly they are unlikely to save the weakest funds and keep them from running out of money. Some new rules may even hasten the demise of the funds they were meant to protect.
Obama Gives Part of Arizona to Mexicans
The federal government is now telling American citizens to stay out of three southern Arizona counties. It is too dangerous because of armed smugglers from Mexico.
Pelosi Pulls Disclose Act
Congress’ attempt to repair their attack on the First Amendment, overturned in the Citizens United decision earlier this year, has run off the rails thanks to the machination of its Democratic backers. Nancy Pelosi pulled the DISCLOSE Act from the House floor last night after the news of sleazy deals to exempt powerful organizations from the law started leaking to the media. Ironically, it was a rare partnership between the NRA and the Democrats that sealed the bill’s fate:
CRUDE-SUCKING BARGES STOPPED BY COAST GUARD
Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP's oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.
REPUBLICANS PLAN TO HIRE DOZENS OF INVESTIGATORS TO TARGET OBAMA...
Rep. Darrell Issa, the conservative firebrand whose specialty is lobbing corruption allegations at the Obama White House, is making plans to hire dozens of subpoena-wielding investigators if Republicans win the House this fall.
Obama has a solution to the Gulf oil spill: $7-a-gallon gas. That's a Harvard University study's estimate of the per-gallon price of the president's global-warming agenda. And Obama made clear this week that this agenda is a part of his plan for addressing the Gulf mess. So what does global-warming legislation have to do with the oil spill? Good question, because such measures wouldn't do a thing to clean up the oil or fix the problems that led to the leak.
Alert Issued for 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base...
A nationwide alert has been issued for 17 members of the Afghan military who have gone AWOL from an Air Force base in Texas where foreign military officers who are training to become pilots are taught English.
SAfrica protesters demand increased AIDS funding from Obama Admin...
The protesters, clad in green T-shirts emblazoned with the words "HIV-Positive," marched before the consulate in a wealthy northern suburb of Johannesburg to demand that the U.S. government increase its contribution to the Global Fund on AIDS, TB and Malaria to $2.8 billion by 2013.
Arizona Boycotts Backfiring
Like the outrageous and intentional misinterpretations of the law, SB 1070, the boycott is all hype and no substance. The boycott has impacted some businesses here negatively, but supporters of the law are flocking to Arizona to counter the financial impact.
HILLARY SAYS: Administration To Sue AZ Over Immigration Law...
"To learn of this lawsuit through an Ecuadorean interview with the secretary of state is just outrageous," Brewer said. "If our own government intends to sue our state to prevent illegal immigration enforcement, the least it can do is inform us before it informs the citizens of another nation."
DODD PARTING GIFT: Casino Owners Received $54 Million In Stimulus Money!
With the support of Sen. Chris Dodd, D.-Conn., the federal government has awarded $54 million to Connecticut's politically well-connected Mohegan Indian tribe, which operates one of the highest grossing casinos in the U.S.
Obama Refocuses ICE from Illegals
The Obama administration is reorganizing the federal agency of Immigration and Customs Enforcement to focus less on illegal alien deportations and more on criminal investigations and other duties. "Officials hope to highlight the agency’s counterterrorism, money laundering and other complex criminal investigations and in the process ‘re-brand’ ICE, turning the public and political spotlight away from its immigration work," the Washington Post reported on Thursday.
New claims for jobless benefits rise sharply
The number of people filing new claims for jobless benefits jumped unexpectedly last week after three straight declines, another sign that hiring remains weak. Initial claims for jobless benefits rose by 12,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. It was the highest level in a month.
Government Expanded 'Like a Cancer'
Governments have intervened too much in free markets since the crisis started, to the point that they are affecting the health of the world economy, Marc Faber, the author of "The Gloom, Boom & Doom Report" told CNBC Thursday. Later on Thursday, leaders of the 27 European Union member states will discuss ways of strengthening fiscal discipline in the bloc and tightening financial regulation to prevent another economic crisis.
More Than 90 Banks Miss TARP Payments
More than 90 U.S. banks and thrifts missed making a May 17 payment to the U.S. government under its main bank bailout program, signaling a rising number of lenders are struggling to meet their obligations. The statistics, compiled by SNL Financial from U.S. Treasury data, showed 91 banks and thrifts skipped the May dividend payment under the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP. It was the first missed payment for 23 of the banks; for the others, it was at least their second miss
FCC set to reconsider broadband regulations
The Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to vote Thursday to begin taking public comments on three different paths for regulating broadband. That includes a proposal by FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a Democrat, to define broadband access as a telecommunications service subject to "common carrier" obligations to treat all traffic equally.
Obama's Radical Pick for Medicare
Controversy is mounting over Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama's nominee to run Medicare and Medicaid -- and for good reason. Berwick's writings reveal that he would make radical changes -- seniors beware. Instead of doctors making decisions autonomously in the interest of their own patients, he wants a nationwide plan allocating resources "to anticipate and shape patterns of care for important subgroups." These subgroups -- which can be defined by age, disease affliction or socio-economic status -- should be the "unit of concern," not the individual patient.
New Bill Gives Obama ‘Kill Switch’ To Shut Down The Internet
Lieberman has been pushing for government regulation of the Internet for years under the guise of cybersecurity, but this new bill goes even further in handing emergency powers over to the feds which could be used to silence free speech under the pretext of a national emergency.
Woman pleads guilty to accessing Obama's student loan records
Mercedes Costoyas, 53, of Iowa City, is one of nine people charged with exceeding authorized computer access. The indictments were filed last month in U.S. District Court, Davenport. Each person faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine, if convicted.
A 1948 Cartoon of isms
(socialism, communism or other ism promises) that is even more relevant today than 1948. Remember as you watch this cartoon that it dates back to 1948
Angela Merkel's government threatened with collapse
German chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition government looked to be close to collapse today, weakened by a string of disagreements and intense infighting over austerity cuts, policy reform and the departure of senior conservatives.
China’s Military Threatens America: ‘We Will Hurt You’
In February, Colonel Meng Xianging promised a "hand-to-hand fight with the U.S." sometime within the next 10 years "when we’re strong enough." "We must make them hurt," said Major-General Yang Yi this year, referring to the United States.
The Birth of Defiance
There is a reason the enemies of civilization are quick to burn the American flag. Their twisted ideals cannot long survive in her shadow.
Congressman Assaults Student on Washington Sidewalk
Student attempts to interview Re. Bob Etheridge (D-NC) as part of a class project and get physically manhandled by the congressman.
U.S. Identifies Vast Riches of Minerals in Afghanistan
The previously unknown deposits - including huge veins of iron, copper, cobalt, gold and critical industrial metals like lithium - are so big and include so many minerals that are essential to modern industry that Afghanistan could eventually be transformed into one of the most important mining centers in the world, the United States officials believe. The vast scale of Afghanistan’s mineral wealth was discovered by a small team of Pentagon officials and American geologists. I thought we were there to fight a war. Why are we searching for gold?
Government Takes On Journalism’s Next Chapter
Through a series of public forums, the last of which will take place in Washington on Tuesday, the commission has been gathering and analyzing an array of suggestions to help make the business of gathering and reporting news profitable again. A broad range of ideas - loosening antitrust statutes to allow news organizations to start charging for online content all at once; imposing a tax on iPads and other electronic devices to subsidize the cost of reporting; creating a public fund akin to AmeriCorps to pay young journalists - have been suggested.
Chevron's Oil Spill Hasn't Reached Great Salt Lake
The leak began Friday night when an underground Chevron [ CVX 75.19 +1.13 (+1.53%) ] pipeline in the mountains near the University of Utah broke. The breach sent oil into a creek that flows through neighborhoods, into a popular Salt Lake City park, and ultimately into the Jordan River, which flows into the Great Salt Lake.
Saudi Arabia gives Israel clear skies to attack Iranian nuclear sites
In the week that the UN Security Council imposed a new round of sanctions on Tehran, defence sources in the Gulf say that Riyadh has agreed to allow Israel to use a narrow corridor of its airspace in the north of the country to shorten the distance for a bombing run on Iran.
Authorities raid Sizzler restaurants in Phoenix
Deputies were looking for 23 suspects wanted for identity theft, Lee said. Authorities believe one of the suspects was deported three times and has been hired back by Sizzler each time he returned. The sheriff's office received a tip from a former Sizzler manager who claimed he had been fired for his refusal to hire employees without the proper documents, Lee said.
Obama pleads for $50 billion in state, local aid
In a letter to congressional leaders, Obama defended last year's huge economic stimulus package, saying it helped break the economy's free fall, but argued that more spending is urgent and unavoidable. "We must take these emergency measures," he wrote in an appeal aimed primarily at members of his own party.
Pentagon hunts WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in bid to gag website
American officials are searching for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks in an attempt to pressure him not to publish thousands of confidential and potentially hugely embarrassing diplomatic cables that offer unfiltered assessments of Middle East governments and leaders.
Pence Slams Pelosi: ‘Least Democratic Speaker in U.S. History’
Pence excoriated her as the "least democratic speaker in the history of the House of Representatives," arguing that she’s blocked a "free and open debate" in Congress.
Obama Breaks Promise on Healthcare Reform Coverage
Over and over in the healthcare debate, President Barack Obama said people who like their current coverage would be able to keep it. But an early draft of an administration regulation estimates that many employers will be forced to make changes to their health plans under the new law.
Arizona Seeks Dismissal of Lawsuit Over New Law
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and Attorney General Terry Goddard asked a judge on Friday to dismiss a lawsuit that seeks to overturn the state's new immigration law. Lawyers for both officials say the lawsuit by Washington-based researcher Roberto Frisancho should be thrown out because his claim is based on his speculation that, as a U.S.-born Hispanic, he will be asked for immigration papers as a result of the law.
Hawaii elections clerk: Obama not born here
A college instructor who worked as a senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu in 2008 is making the stunning claim Barack Obama was definitely not born in Hawaii as the White House maintains, and that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Obama does not even exist in the Aloha State. "There is no birth certificate," said Tim Adams, a graduate assistant who teaches English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. "It's like an open secret. There isn't one. Everyone in the government there knows this."
BP chairman summoned to Obama meeting over oil spill
BP's chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg has been summoned to a meeting with President Barack Obama next Wednesday to answer questions about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, an official letter said. "As part of our ongoing communication, I request that you and any appropriate officials from BP, meet with senior administration officials on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 to discuss these timely issues," the letter said. Timely?! Timely would have been April 20th.
Murkowski’s amendment to stop EPA from regulating greenhouse gases fails, 47/53
And so a drama that began last December, when the EPA declared carbon dioxide to be an environmental hazard, ends predictably. Here’s the roll. All 41 Republicans voted yes, even Scotty B, despite an ad campaign in Massachusetts aimed at pressuring him to oppose the measure. Evan Bayh, Mary Landrieu, Blanche Lincoln, Ben Nelson, Mark Pryor, and even Jay Rockefeller, who hails from the coal capital of West Virginia, crossed the aisle to vote with the GOP. Result: The EPA will indeed retain its power to, in Ed’s words, "inject itself into just about every industry in the U.S." in the name of reducing greenhouse gases.
California passes proposition eliminating party primaries
Despite opposition from party leaders, voters approved Proposition 14 by a 54%-46% margin. The measure would allow voters to pick candidates from any political party during a primary; only the top 2 candidates would advance to a general election, regardless of party.
Warning Label Put on Constitution!
Wilder Publications warns readers of its reprints of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, Common Sense, the Articles of Confederation, and the Federalist Papers, among others, that "This book is a product of its time and does not reflect the same values as it would if it were written today." Oh Really?!
Graham Flips on Climate Change
Reporters asked Graham several times about why he was supporting Lugar's bill, when just a few months ago he had argued that the Senate shouldn't pass a "half-assed" bill that lacked hard restrictions on carbon emissions. Graham replied that he now doesn't think pricing carbon is that important. "The science about global warming has changed," he noted, offhandedly. "I think they've oversold this stuff, quite frankly. I think they've been alarmist and the science is in question," Graham told reporters. "The whole movement has taken a giant step backward."
Obamacare Claims Its First Victim
The firm, nHealth, appears to be the first to claim that the new law has driven it out of business. "We don’t know what the rules are going to be, and, as a start-up, our investors need certainty," nHealth CEO and President Paul Kitchen told POLITICO. "The law created so much uncertainty that is beyond our control." Last week, in a letter to the company’s 50 or so employees, Executive Vice President James Slabaugh said nHealth has stopped accepting new group customers and will terminate all business by Dec. 31.
FBI's ACORN Docs: We Are 'Working for the Democratic Party'
New documents have been obtained and released by Judicial Watch, a watchdog organization that keeps an eye on government corruption, that shines more light on the dismembered ACORN organization. The documents show of election fraud as an employee told the FBI that ACORN was "working for the Democratic Party." Election fraud paid for with our tax dollars.
Full June 8 Primary Results
Arkansas, California, Georgia, Iowa, Maine, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia Summary Vote Results
Ladies Night: GOP Women Win Big in Primary Races Across Nation
In a promising night for GOP hopes in November, a new generation of Republican women handily won primary races across the country. In California, former CEOs Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina won the nomination for governor and senator. Meanwhile, tea party-backed candidates Nikki Haley in South Carolina and Sharron Angle in Nevada also won big.
White House official: 'Organized labor just flushed $10 million down the toilet'
"Organized labor just flushed $10 million of their members' money down the toilet on a pointless exercise," the official said. "If even half that total had been well-targeted and applied in key House races across this country, that could have made a real difference in November."
Palin Tells Obama: 'Give Me a Call'
50 days in, and we’ve just learned another shocking revelation concerning the Obama administration’s response to the Gulf oil spill. In an interview aired this morning, President Obama admitted that he hasn’t met with or spoken directly to BP’s CEO Tony Hayward. His reasoning: "Because my experience is, when you talk to a guy like a BP CEO, he’s gonna say all the right things to me. I’m not interested in words. I’m interested in actions."
Family-Owned Farm Since 1920 Seized By Feds
El Paso County turns over land to the federal government to build the Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry, despite a last stand by a farming family whose land was taken from them through eminent domain. The new port of entry will be on 137 acres that used to be owned by the Lettunich family, land they owned since the 1920s.
Evercore's Anthony Fry: Invest In The Real Hard Assets, Barbed Wire And Guns
Fry is telling investors to play it safe and buy physical assets like land. "I don’t want to scare anyone but I am considering investing in barbed wire and guns, things are not looking good and rates are heading higher," he said.
Two Tech Chiefs Triumph in California
Republican voters in California sent two former Silicon Valley chief executives, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina, into the races for governor and U.S. Senate against establishment Democrats.
Another Gulf oil spill
The Deepwater Horizon is not the only well leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for the last month. A nearby drilling rig, the Ocean Saratoga, has been leaking since at least April 30, according to a federal document.
GOP Poised for Surge in California
With a new generation of dynamic candidates like Carly Fiorina and Meg Whitman, GOP leaders in California believe they can ride the momentum from Tuesday's primary all the way to victory and resurgence in November. Another reason for their optimism: Recent voter registration trends that show a sharp uptick for the GOP after a prolonged decline.
Hispanic voters starting to move away from Obama?
Obama’s job approval rating among Hispanics has dropped by 20 percent since January, according to a new Gallup poll analysis, suggesting many are angered by his handling of the immigration issue. Hispanics' approval of Obama's job performance slipped to 57 percent in May, after falling from 69 percent in January to 64 percent in February. By contrast, whites' and blacks' approval of the president has been steady throughout 2010.
Nine Races to Watch on Super (Primary) Tuesday
Voters in 11 states will go to the polls on Tuesday to pick which Republicans and Democrats they'd like to see slug it out in November. We'll find out if Blanche Lincoln will become the third Senate incumbent to lose his or her primary; which Republican will get to challenge Senate majority leader Harry Reid; and if Jim Gibbons of Nevada might be the first sitting governor to lose a primary.
Liberal Leaders Gather to Protest Obama
Progressive activists who helped elect Barack Obama president complained on Monday that the administration and congressional Democrats have been too timid and too willing to compromise.
Medicaid Cut Places States in Budget Bind
The Medicaid provision, which would extend assistance first granted in last year’s stimulus package, was considered such a sure bet by many governors and legislative leaders that they prematurely included the money in their budgeting. But under pressure from conservative Democrats to rein in deficit spending, House leaders in late May eliminated $24 billion in aid to states from a tax and jobs bill that was approved and forwarded to the Senate.
Obama told how bad Gulf oil spill would be days after BP's rig exploded
As criticism of the Obama administration's response to the massive oil spill in the Gulf, a new report claims the president was told by a government official in April just how much damage BP's exploded offshore rig would cause.
Election spooks lawmakers, curbs Congress spending
Democrats appear to have little appetite for more legislative showdowns given voter rebellion against government spending amid trillion dollar-plus annual deficits. The solution in some cases is to simply not vote. Immigration reform is too politically toxic. Key bills with massive price tags are getting shelved. Congress' core duty, exercising its power of the purse by passing a budget? Negative. A vote for it could be seen as a vote for deficit spending. There's no sign of the 12 annual spending bills that typically come up in June.
Friday redux: Stocks fall in final hour of trading
Stocks fell to their lowest level in seven months Monday after traders couldn't shake fears that Europe's economic problems will derail a global recovery. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 115 points, or 1.2 percent, to its lowest close since November. The Dow lost 323 Friday after the government's May jobs report fell short of expectations. Broader indexes logged steeper percentage drops Monday. The technology-focused Nasdaq composite index fell 2 percent.
Veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas quits at 89 after Israel outburst
It is always dangerous for a reporter to become the story. For Helen Thomas, two months before her 90th birthday, it has meant the end of her career.
Obama Ignores D-Day Anniversary, Parties With Celebs Again
On June 6, 1944, the D-Day invasion of Europe took place during World War II as Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. America lost 2,499 of its finest men that day. It’s too bad Barack Obama missed the anniversary today. The White House website has nothing posted today on the 66th Anniversary of the D-Day landing. The president had other things on his mind. He was attending his second party this week, tonight at the Ford Theatre.
U.S.'s $13 Trillion Debt Poised to Overtake GDP: Chart of Day
President Barack Obama is poised to increase the U.S. debt to a level that exceeds the value of the nation’s annual economic output, a step toward what Bill Gross called a "debt super cycle."
Obama's agenda: Overwhelm the system
Obama is no fool. He is not incompetent. To the contrary, he is brilliant. He knows exactly what he's doing. He is purposely overwhelming the U.S. economy to create systemic failure, economic crisis and social chaos -- thereby destroying capitalism and our country from within.
Democrats Skip Town Halls to Avoid Voter Rage
If the time-honored tradition of the political meeting is not quite dead, it seems to be teetering closer to extinction. Of the 255 Democrats who make up the majority in the House, only a handful held town-hall-style forums as legislators spent last week at home in their districts. It was no scheduling accident.
Gov't awards $234 million in AmeriCorps expansion
WASHINGTON (AP) - The government took the first step Monday in expanding the AmeriCorps program, awarding grants to nonprofits and other organizations to put 57,000 AmeriCorps members to work in communities around the country.
Tax Hikes and the 2011 Economic Collapse
The result will be a crash in tax receipts once the surge is past. If you thought deficits and unemployment have been bad lately, you ain't seen nothing yet.
Obama Wastes Millions of Taxpayer Dollars on Personal Entertainment
The same hypocrite who says our energy costs must "necessarily skyrocket" to fund his political ambition, is giving Marie Antoinette a run for her money when it comes to spending national treasure on personal luxuries. While the President and First Lady insist the rest of us endure economic hardship for the greater good, they are living like a king and queen on our dime.
Hey FTC, FCC: As Long As We’re On the Subject of ‘Hate Speech’
Everybody who wants independent journalism had better wake up to these three facts about what is going on:
Reports accuse WHO of exaggerating H1N1 threat, possible ties to drug makers
The WHO's response caused widespread, unnecessary fear and prompted countries around the world to waste millions of dollars, according to one report. At the same time, the Geneva-based arm of the United Nations relied on advice from experts with ties to drug makers in developing the guidelines it used to encourage countries to stockpile millions of doses of antiviral medications, according to the second report.
Obama not above political manipulation after all
Barack Obama, being from Chicago, knows there are two basic ways to play foul in politics. One is to break the law. The other is to keep it legal, if shadily close to the line. It may not stink to high heaven, but it smells a little. In the 2008 campaign and after, Obama said he'd tolerate neither as president, and he set the bar high. How's he doing now? Well, it's not all smelling like roses on the political front.
Sabato: GOP Could Pick Up 8 Governorships
Republicans could pick up eight governorships in November if current trends continue, according to a new report released by Larry Sabato’s University of Virginia Center for Politics. There are currently 24 GOP governors, and of the 23 open gubernatorial races 12 are now held by Democrats and 11 by Republicans.
Looks like Zucker is history, and you know what that means...
The New York Post is reporting what we were already told by our usually reliable sources inside NBC: General Electric has finalized details of Jeff Zucker’s exit deal from NBC Universal, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Nerves at Newsweek over prospect of purchase by conservative media company Newsmax
Newsmax Media spokesman Scott Rosenblum confirmed the bid to The Daily Caller, saying in a statement that if the bid is successful, "Newsweek would continue in its mission to objectively report the news and provide analysis from a wide spectrum of perspectives."
Vitter, Jindal Plead with Obama: Don't Cripple Us
Louisiana leaders led by Governor Bobby Jindal and Sen. David Vitter pleaded with the Obama administration Thursday not to make a dire economic situation worse by imposing an offshore drilling moratorium that could cost the region thousands of high-paying jobs just as the fishing and tourism industry collapse. Experts say it may be good politics, but it’s terrible economics.
Arizona Governor Gets Few Results From Meeting With Obama
Obama will dispatch an official to sit down with Jan Brewer in the next month but the Arizona governor said Thursday she got few other results from her meeting with the commander-in-chief, including any details about where 1,200 National Guard troops will be deployed along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Pakistani citizen caught crossing border into Arizona
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials confirm with News4, a Pakistani citizen crossed the border illegally from Mexico into Arizona on May 20th.
Drug cartel reportedly plotted to blow up Texas dam
Law enforcement officials were reportedly tipped off to a plot when they found one of the handbills that the drug cartel Los Zetas was distributing on the Mexican side of the river, warning residents to clear out ahead of the explosion. Authorities found "small amounts of dynamite near the dam."
Logs Show Coast Guard Saw Potential Threat Early
Coast Guard officials grasped the potential threat of a catastrophic spill in the first days after the explosion on board the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, estimating that 64,000 to 110,000 barrels a day of crude oil could possibly gush out of the well in the event of a complete blowout, according to Coast Guard logs.
Cameras are the new guns
In response to a flood of Facebook and YouTube videos that depict police abuse, a new trend in law enforcement is gaining popularity. In at least three states, it is now illegal to record any on-duty police officer.
Facial recognition phone application described as stalkers dream
A prototype camera phone application that enables the user to find names and numbers of complete strangers has been labelled a 'stalker's dream'. The application, called Recognizr, has been developed to find personal information through facial recognition software. The user simply has to take a picture of a person and hit the 'Recognize' button.
U.S. must hold Turkey to account: Congressman Anthony Weiner says they deserve blame for disaster
When Israel began its blockade of the coast of Gaza, it did so for reasons that were obvious. The Hamas terrorists that have run Gaza since 2007 have been using rockets carried by boats to attack Israeli civilians in towns like Sderot. The United States agreed with the blockade policy, as did Egypt.
Undercover Census Fraud Investigation - New Jersey
On April 27, 2010, I got a job with the United States Census Bureau in New Jersey. With a hidden camera, I caught four Census supervisors encouraging enumerators to falsify information on their time sheets. Over the course of two days of training, I was paid for four hours of work I never did. I was told to take a 70 minute lunch break, was given an hour of travel time to drive 10 minutes, and was told to leave work at 3:30pm. I resigned prior to doing any data collection but confronted Census supervisors who assured me, "no one is going to be auditing that that level," and "nobody is going to be questioning it except for you." Another Census supervisor only said he’d adjust my pay after I gave him a letter recanting my hours.
Arizona's Brewer: We'll Fight Obama Efforts to Overturn Immigration Law
A defiant Brewer told CNN Tuesday night that her state will fight any federal attempts to overturn the law. She also cited several major polls that have showed national support for the immigration law running as high as two-thirds of registered voters surveyed. A majority in several polls said they want a similar law in their own states. "We'll meet you in court," she said Tuesday, addressing the Obama administration. "I have a pretty good record of winning in court."
LA County Boycotts Arizona Over Immigration Law
After a heated debate, the county's board of supervisors voted 3-2 to ban new contracts with Arizona-based companies and review those that could be canceled. The county has more than $26 million in contracts with Arizona companies this year. Lights out L.A.?
Is It Any Wonder Why We Call Them "Lame"?
I’d like to believe that it’s not too late to demand integrity from our media. Thank goodness for social networking sites like this and new media sites which have allowed us to get around the "lamestream" media and present the facts. But let this story be another example of why you must seek out facts and truth about anything and everything you see reported today.
CBO Director Elmendorf Destroys A Core Presidential Health Care Argument
Rising health costs will put tremendous pressure on the federal budget during the next few decades and beyond. In CBO’s judgment, the health legislation enacted earlier this year does not substantially diminish that pressure.
White House misses early deadlines in ObamaCare implementation
Critics say missed deadlines and other signs show the Obama administration is stumbling out of the gate on its early steps to implement the president’s health-care law. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has already missed as many as four deadlines under the law.
The Coming Resignation of Barack Obama
Months ago, I predicted in this column that President Obama would so discredit himself in office that he wouldn't even be on the ballot in 2012, let alone have a prayer of being reelected. Like President Johnson in 1968, who had won a much bigger victory four years previously than Obama did in 2008, President Obama will be so politically defunct by 2012 that he won't even try to run for reelection.
Obama Asks Supreme Court To Ax Ariz. Employer Sanction Law
The Obama Administration has asked the Supreme Court to prohibit Arizona from enforcing a two-year-old measure, signed into law by former Governor Janet Napolitano, punishing businesses that hire illegal immigrants. Ironically, Obama’s Homeland Security Secretary ardently supported the law when she signed it in 2007 though she refuses to comment on her boss’s campaign to eliminate it. Considered the nation’s toughest measure against businesses that hire illegal aliens, the Legal Arizona Workers Act requires employers to verify that employees are authorized to work in the U.S. Those caught hiring illegal workers are severely punished and can have their license revoked.
Blame Game: Obama and GOP in Verbal Brawl over BP Crisis
Reeling from mounting criticism of his administration’s tepid response to the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama tried to change the subject by blasting Republicans on economic issues in a speech Wednesday. But "good speeches can’t improve failing policies," House Republican Whip Eric Cantor pointed out.
U.S. to Join South Korean Military Exercise Off North Korea Coast
The U.S. aircraft carrier USS George Washington will participate in a joint naval exercise with South Korea next week in the Yellow Sea, the same waters west of the Korean peninsula where North Korea is accused of sinking a South Korean warship last March
China delays Gates trip in apparent snub for Taiwan
Beijing has delayed several high-level military exchanges since January, when the Obama administration notified Congress of a plan to sell Taiwan up to $6.4 billion in arms. But the proposed visit by Gates, who leaves for Asia on Wednesday, was the highest-level postponement to date and a sign of continued friction in relations at a time when the Obama administration needs Beijing's help to rein in tensions on the Korean peninsula and to curb Iran's nuclear program.
Boehner: Obama speech 'diminishes' the presidency
"The president diminishes the Office of the President when he resorts to straw man arguments that willfully mischaracterize the views of others," Boehner shot back this afternoon. "All of the president’s talk of post-partisanship, reaching out and finding common ground reminds us that the country deserves better than his hyper-partisan speech today."
About 2,300 running for Congress, most in decades
Frustration, particularly on the right, with President Barack Obama and his Democratic agenda appears to have contributed to the surge. The field is heavily Republican, with almost twice as many GOP candidates as Democrats, and several hundred independent and third-party challengers.
For Republican Women, 2010 Is Already A Huge Year
An unprecedented number of Republican women are running for their party's nomination in U.S. House and Senate primaries or are already on their way to battle Democrats in the fall midterm elections. So many are campaigning that many conservative women are anticipating strong gains in their congressional numbers come November.
Black lawmakers want to limit new ethics office
Stung by a series of inquiries, nearly half the members of the Congressional Black Caucus want to scale back the aggressive ethics procedures that Democrats trumpeted after gaining control of Congress. Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, and 19 fellow black lawmakers in the all-Democratic caucus quietly introduced a resolution last week that would restrict the powers of the new independent Office of Congressional Ethics. The office, formed by Congress in 2008, is run by a panel of private citizens.
Crist says he’s ‘lonely’ on campaign trail
Since he quit his party, Crist says he has discovered that people he thought were friends turned out to be only Republican friends, who dropped Crist after he left the GOP. Crist has lost so many campaign staffers that his sister is now running his third-party effort.
IDF: Global Jihad links on flotilla
Dozens of passengers who were aboard the Mavi Marmara Turkish passenger ship are suspected of having connections with global jihad-affiliated terrorist organizations, defense officials said on Tuesday, amid growing concerns that Turkish warships would accompany a future flotilla to the Gaza Strip.
After Facing Criticism, Obama to Meet Arizona Gov. Brewer on Thursday
Brewer had requested a face-to-face meeting with Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, the former Arizona governor, as tensions rise between his administration and the Grand Canyon State over its controversial law clamping down on illegal immigrants
Groups want FCC to police hate speech
A coalition of more than 30 organizations argue in a letter to the FCC that the Internet has made it harder for the public to separate the facts from bigotry masquerading as news. The groups also charge that syndicated radio and cable television programs "masquerading as news" use hate as a profit model. I thought Air America was off the air. So they must be targeting ABC, NBC, CBS, and the rest of lamestream media, huh?
Republicans Jump Out To Historic Lead In Gallup Generic Ballot
Democratic enthusiasm for voting this fall fell a point, while enthusiasm among Republicans stayed about fifteen points higher. This indicates an even wider lead for Republicans once Gallup imposes a likely voter screen this fall.
Soaring costs force Canada to reassess health model
Healthcare in Canada is delivered through a publicly funded system, which covers all "medically necessary" hospital and physician care and curbs the role of private medicine. It ate up about 40 percent of provincial budgets, or some C$183 billion ($174 billion) last year.
Obama doesn’t have a clue
America is watching the president alternate between wringing his hands in helplessness and pointing his finger in blame when he should be solving the most pressing environmental problem America has faced in the past 50 years. We are watching generations of environmental protection swept away as marshes, fisheries, vacation spots, recreational beaches, wetlands, hatcheries and sanctuaries fall prey to the oil spill invasion. And, all the while, the president acts like a spectator, interrupting his basketball games only to excoriate BP for its failure to contain the spill.
Venezuela's Chavez backing leftist guerrillas in Mexico
"Members of the U.S. administration don't understand what's been brewing in Mexico for a while, and this very powerful leftist movement has grown in Mexico," Valseca said. "There is huge international interest to change Mexico into a socialist, communist state. When you listen to the narco-terrorists or the EPR, you hear them say how they hate capitalists and pretend to be like Robin Hoods. I lived through their horror. I know their hate." Hmmm...so just where are the guns in Mexico coming from? Chavez supplied with Russian arms.
Climate alarmists on the run
Eminent scientists presented a wealth of evidence suggesting nature is, in fact, a much more powerful factor affecting the climate than man. That realism suggests the need for moderation when it comes to political action based on climate data.
SHADOW CONGRESS: More Than 170 Former Lawmakers Ply The Corridors Of Power As Lobbyists
It's not exactly breaking news that Washington is stuffed to the gills with lobbyists. One good government group recently tallied 8 lobbyists for every member of Congress during the health-care reform debate. But what doesn't get as much attention is that, over the last few decades, a vast army of what might be called uber-lobbyists has taken shape in the capital, made up of retiring lawmakers eager to cash in on K Street after a lifetime of making do with public sector salaries.
Head of Marxist-led institute joins Obama team
The policy director at a George Soros-funded, Marxist-founded organization calling itself Free Press has just taken a key State Department position. Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott has been named a policy adviser for innovation at the State Department. Free Press is a well-known advocate of government intervention in the Internet.
Enemies within the Patriot Movement
Barack Obama, the leftists in DC and around the globe, and even the leftist media are NO threat to the rising pro-American patriot movement. In fact, the more these global socialist thugs attack average American patriots, the more they fuel the fire of the patriot movement.
Obama, Democrats Push Controversial 'Disclose' Campaign Finance Bill
Obama and leading Democrats are pushing the House to vote on a controversial campaign-finance bill designed as an end run around the recent Supreme Court ruling that struck down efforts restricting the rights of business to run political ads. The idea, conservatives say, is to silence critics heading into the midterm elections.
Kagan: No Need for Court Review of Rogue Juror
A federal judge warned jurors in a death penalty trial 41 times not to discuss the case with anyone, not even each other, until they were sent off to deliberate on a verdict. That didn't stop Cynthia Wilson, the jury foreman, from calling five news organizations and placing 71 other telephone calls to two fellow jurors.
New video: Flotilla passengers attack Israeli troops
"They beat us with metal sticks and knives," he said. "There was live fire at some point against us." One of the commandos said some of the soldiers were stripped of their helmets and equipment and a several were tossed from the top deck to a lower deck, forcing them to jump into the sea to escape. "They jumped me, hit me with clubs and bottles and stole my rifle," one of the commandos said. "I pulled out my pistol and had no choice but to shoot."
UN Report Says Iran Has Fuel for 2 Nuclear Weapons
Iran has now produced a stockpile of nuclear fuel that could be enriched to produce two nuclear weapons, international nuclear inspectors concluded in a report delivered Monday to the United Nations Security Council.
Gulf of Mexico fishing ban extended
US officials Monday expanded a fishing ban in the Gulf of Mexico by more than 1,000 square miles (2,600 square kilometers) amid a spreading oil slick.
Jindal: Obama Lacked Urgency in Spill Response
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said Sunday that he told Obama that he needed to show a greater sense of urgency in tackling the oil spill disaster and that "for us, it’s trust but verify."