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Obama: Time for Rangel to end career "with dignity"
Obama has kept mum on the fate of Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) for days -- but he tells CBS News that it's time for the embattled 80-year-old former Ways and Means Chairman to end his career "with dignity."

Romney nudging Graham to strike immigration deal before election?
Their hope now is that Republican presidential candidates and former operatives under Bush, a reform proponent, can convince GOP congressional leaders that the issue needs to be dealt with before 2012, or that they could risk alienating the burgeoning Hispanic vote in the crucial swing states of New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and Florida.

Dems try out ObamaCare repeal - in part
For the first time, House Democrats are proposing repealing a piece of the health care overhaul, one that small businesses have been warning is going to be overly burdensome.

Democrats' Election Hopes Fade as Scandals Mount
A second House Democrat, Rep. Maxine Waters of California, could face an ethics trial this fall, further complicating the election outlook for the party as it battles to retain its majority.

Court to Hear Ariz. Immigration Appeal in November
Arizona in its appeal said an expedited process was of "significant importance" because it was needed to address the state's "right to implement a law its legislature enacted to address the irreparable harm Arizona is suffering as a result of unchecked unlawful immigration."

There's no stopping Obamarail
BO Railroads the democratic process with new "High Speed Rail" line, Wisconsin taxpayers are steamed over his loco motives.

Deceit and Denial upon Our Ramparts
Americans are literally dumbstruck by the level of deceit and the magnitude of denial emanating from our White House and Congress. How many laws can one man break! How far must America fall before Republicans escape their denial and find their honor?

Soros Plots Plunder of 2012 Election
As the rest of us count the days until the November election, Obamaís boss, unrepentant Nazi collaborator, George Soros, is brewing a scheme to pirate the 2012 presidential election. Still smarting from the trauma of losing to George W. Bush in 2004, Soros is concocting ever more perfidious schemes for ensuring the outcome of our next presidential election.

Obama planning amnesty for illegal aliens without consent of Congress
On July 29, 2010, The National Review obtained a memo to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director, Alejandro N. Mayorkas that clearly indicates the White House is indeed planning on using executive orders and bureaucratic authority to ease the pain of illegal immigration on their future constituents.

Who is George Soros?
Multi-billionaire funder of leftwing causes and groups. Founder of the Open Society Institute. Stated that defeating President Bush in the 2004 election "is the central focus of my life"

Ariz. files appeal as sheriff launches new sweep
The showdown over Arizona's immigration law played out in court and on Phoenix's sun-splashed streets on Thursday, as the state sought to reinstate key parts of the measure and angry protesters chanted that they refused to "live in fear." Dozens were arrested.

GOP lawmaker offers bill to kill 'lame duck' House session
"Americans are sick and tired of their elected leaders making backroom deals to ram through unpopular, 2000-page bills that no one has read," said Chairman Price. "They are sick of out-of-touch politicians, and they are tired of being ignored." A number of Democrats, including members of their leadership, have recently expressed a desire to ignore the public will and use a lame duck session to pass liberal legislation Americans do not want. Today I gave my Democrat colleagues an opportunity to show they are finally ready to listen to the American people.

Did the government cause the Gulf spill?
A new report by the Center for Public Integrity, based on testimony from people on scene and Coast Guard logs, contains evidence that the platform sunk because of a botched response from the Coast Guard, which failed to coordinate firefighting efforts and to get the proper resources to fight the fire:

Feds want to let FBI access peopleís Internet data without probable cause
The new rule wouldnít reach the content of e-mail messages, but it would let them find out whom youíre e-mailing, when youíre e-mailing, and, er, "possibly" which websites youíre looking at and which Google searches youíre running.

Pelosi Blocks Oil Spill Investigation
The latest version of the CLEAR Act is slated for a floor vote in the House this week as Democrats look for ways to use the Gulf oil spill as a means to pass elements of their unpopular energy agenda. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) stripped out authorization for an independent investigation into the Gulf disaster.

The BP Spill: Has the Damage Been Exaggerated?
...while it's important to acknowledge that the long-term potential danger is simply unknowable for an underwater event that took place just three months ago, it does not seem to be inflicting severe environmental damage. "The impacts have been much, much less than everyone feared," says geochemist Jacqueline Michel, a federal contractor who is coordinating shoreline assessments in Louisiana.

Mighty oil-eating microbes help clean up the Gulf
Where is all the oil? Nearly two weeks after BP finally capped the biggest oil spill in U.S. history, the oil slicks that once spread across thousands of miles of the Gulf of Mexico have largely disappeared. Nor has much oil washed up on the sandy beaches and marshes along the Louisiana coast.

AP survey: A bleaker outlook for economy into 2011
The latest quarterly AP Economy Survey shows economists have turned gloomier in the past three months. They foresee weaker growth and higher unemployment than they did before. As a result, the economists think the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates near zero until at least next spring.

Unemployed woman at Rose Garden event convicted on drug charge
Macko was found guilty of prescription drug fraud in March 2009, one month before Macko lost her job at ACAC. She served a one year probationary sentence. Macko joined two other unemployed people and Obama at the podium for a speech designed to encourage lawmakers to extend jobless benefits.

CBO Warns Obama: Exploding US Debt a Huge Risk
The mushrooming U.S. government debt burden is at a severe risk of triggering a new financial crisis by spurring a sharp rise in interest rates, warns Doug Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office. The CBO projects that U.S. federal government debt will reach 62 percent of GDP by Sept. 30, up from 36 percent just three years earlier.

Graham: End Birthright Citizenship for Illegals' Children
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., may introduce a constitutional amendment so that illegal immigrantsí children who are born in the United States no longer automatically become citizens.

Judge blocks parts of Arizona immigration law
The overall law will still take effect Thursday, but without the provisions that angered opponents, including sections that required officers to check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.

Mexican Officials to Patrol Staten Island Following Latest Bias Attack
"We will act decisively in order to protect our citizens and will actively promote that those guilty of these vicious attacks are brought to justice expeditiously. We are working hand-in-hand with local authorities on all levels," said Consul General of Mexico in New York, Ruben Beltran in an email to the Staten Island Advance.

SEC Says New FinReg Law Exempts It From Public Disclosure
The law, signed last week by Obama, exempts the SEC from disclosing records or information derived from "surveillance, risk assessments, or other regulatory and oversight activities." Given that the SEC is a regulatory body, the provision covers almost every action by the agency, lawyers say. Congress and federal agencies can request information, but the public cannot.

AZ GOV: Ruling 'bump in the road'...
"This fight is far from over. In fact, it is just the beginning, and at the end of what is certain to be a long legal struggle, Arizona will prevail in its right to protect our citizens." - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

Doomsday shelters making a comeback
The Vivos network, which offers partial ownerships similar to a timeshare in underground shelter communities, is one of several ventures touting escape from a surface-level calamity. The company sells fiberglass shelters that can accommodate 10 to 2,000 adults to live underground for one to five years with power, food, water and filtered air, McCarthy says.

Lobbyists, unions paying Rangel's legal bills
Two of the three firms providing legal counsel to Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., in his pending ethics cases are lobbying firms. In fact, one firm, Oldaker, Belair & Wittie, conducts much of Rangel's political fundraising, while operating four different lobby shops.

Education secretary calls for 12-hour school days, longer school year
"In all seriousness, I think schools should be open 12, 13, 14 hours a day, seven days a week, 11-12 months of the year," Duncan said.

University makes diploma contingent on supporting gay rights?
Jennifer Keeton, who has sued Augusta State University to keep from getting expelled for not repudiating her statements about homosexuality. Keeton expressed her biblical perspective on the subject in and out of class while working toward a degree in counseling, and the school mandated a "remediation plan" that appears to have required her to renounce her Christian doctrine in order to gain a diploma from the school.

Mass. Legislature approves plan to bypass Electoral College
Supporters are campaigning, state by state, to get such bills enacted. Once states accounting for a majority of the electoral votes (or 270 of 538) have enacted the laws, the candidate winning the most votes nationally would be assured a majority of Electoral College votes. That would hold true no matter how the other states vote and how their electoral votes are distributed.

Dems Launch Anti-Tea Party Strategy
Democrats have said they are running against George W. Bush this fall, or at least his policies. But on Wednesday, theyíll announce that theyíre really running against the Tea Party. Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine will argue at a morning news conference that "the positions espoused by the Tea Party [are] the governing platform of the Republican party," according to a DNC official who relayed details of the rollout ahead of time to The Daily Caller.

Dem Strategists: Obamaís Racial Politics Splitting the Country
Rather than being a unifier, Mr. Obama has divided America on the basis of race, class and partisanship. Moreover, his cynical approach to governance has encouraged his allies to pursue a similar strategy of racially divisive politics on his behalf.

Court: Student Can Be Expelled Over Christian Beliefs
A federal judge ruled in favor of a public university who removed a Christian student over her belief that homosexuality is morally wrong. The decision, according to Julea Wardís attorneys, could result in Christian students across the country being expelled from public university for similar views.

Boxer Compares Being in Congress to Military Service
"Barbara Boxerís disrespectful comments underscore just how out of touch she has become after her 28 years in Washington," Veterans for Carly Coalition Co-Chairman Lt. Commander Paul Chabot said in a press release, in response to Boxerís comments. "Equating the experiences of members of Congress with those of brave soldiers who have fought to defend our country is just the latest example in a failed career marked by disrespect for our men and women in uniform."

Wait! There's even more dirt on Rangel
The alleged misdeeds include Rangel using House stationery to solicit contributions for a self-named center at City College, failing to disclose hundreds of thousands of dollars in assets, and not paying taxes on rental income from his Dominican villa -- all first reported by The Post. He also kept four rent-regulated apartments in Harlem.

Obamas take 4 vacations in 1 month
While many Americans are cutting back on their vacation plans or eliminating them altogether, Barack Obama is setting an aspirational example for all of us. Sure, times are tough, but perhaps we can enjoy a life of leisure vicariously through our betters.

GOP Senate Candidate Calls Birthers 'Dumbasses'
On an audio tape obtained by The Denver Post, Buck was caught muttering "will you tell those dumba---s at the Tea Party to stop asking questions about birth certificates while I'm on the camera?" outside a June 11 event in Crowley.

DOJ Blowing Cash on Pool Parties, Japanese Swords
With a $13 trillion debt, why is the Department of Justice spending money on parties and rollercoaster rides rather than investigating crime, drug cartels, prosecuting terrorists?

Why wonít the Justice Department let Christopher Coates testify on New Black Panther Party case?
...the DOJís rationale for preventing Coates from testifying is that since the Commissionís area of inquiry could be about why the NBPP case was dismissed, any testimony from Coates would involve the DOJís internal case deliberations, which are privileged.

BP Oil Spill to Cost US Taxpayer Almost $10B
Oil giant BP said it plans to offset the entire cost of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill against its tax bill, reducing future contributions to U.S. tax coffers by almost $10 billion. BP took a pretax provision of $32.2 billion in its accounts for the period, for the cost of capping the well, cleaning up the spill, compensating victims and paying government fines.

Target Corp. Spending Company Money On GOP Candidates
Under new laws allowing corporations to spend company money on election campaigns, the Minneapolis-based chain gave $150,000 to a Republican-friendly political fund staffed by insiders from departing GOP Gov. Tim Pawlenty's administration. The group, MN Forward, is running TV ads supporting state legislator Tom Emmer, the presumptive GOP nominee.

Defense can't account for $8.7 billion
The Defense Department is unable to account for $8.7 billion of the $9.1 billion in Development Fund for Iraq monies in received for reconstruction in Iraq. This according to a study published today by the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction.

N Dakota, Alaska lead US job creation, study says
North Dakota and Alaska have added the most jobs, while Nevada, California and Florida have lost the most, in the last five years, according to research released on Monday.

Reid to Netroots: "We're Going To Have a Public Option"
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, seeking to console liberal activists who were disappointed by the final version of the national health care law, assured them that there would eventually be a public option. "We're going to have a public option," Reid said. "It's just a question of when."

White House: Expect nine percent unemployment until 2012
The White House said Friday it expects that unemployment will stay at or above 9% until 2012, but at the same time forecast that the economy will grow by at least 4% in 2011 and 2012.

Goldman Sachs reveals where bailout cash went
Goldman Sachs sent $4.3 billion in federal tax money to 32 entities, including many overseas banks, hedge funds and pensions, according to information made public Friday night.

Chavez threatens U.S. oil cut in Colombia dispute
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez threatened on Sunday to cut oil supplies to the United States in case of a military attack from Colombia as a dispute escalated over charges his country harbors Colombian rebels.

Pelosi Opposed to Raising Retirement Age
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said unequivocally today that she is opposed to raising the retirement age, and that scaling back Social Security should not be a means of reducing the deficit.

Freedom of photography: Police, security often clamp down despite public right
A few weeks ago, on his way to work, Matt Urick stopped to snap a few pictures of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's headquarters. He thought the building was ugly but might make for an interesting photo. The uniformed officer who ran up to him didn't agree. He told Urick he was not allowed to photograph federal buildings.

Migrants sell up, flee Arizona ahead of crackdown
"Everyone is selling up the little they have and leaving," said Villasenor, 31, who is headed for Pennsylvania. "We have no alternative. They have us cornered."

White House backed release of Lockerbie bomber
THE US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be "far preferable" to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.

Deportation of illegal immigrants increases under Obama administration
In a bid to remake the enforcement of federal immigration laws, the Obama administration is deporting record numbers of illegal immigrants and auditing hundreds of businesses that blithely hire undocumented workers.

More States "Competitive" in Terms of Party Identification
More states are politically competitive this year than was the case in 2009, as fewer Americans nationwide identify with the Democratic Party. Vermont -- along with the District of Columbia -- is the most Democratic state in the U.S. in 2010 so far, while Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho are the most Republican.

Obama WH gives its economic policies a good, solid F+
The message: Tax revenues are smaller, spending is greater, and the deficits are thus larger than the White House has been saying. No wonder it dumped the news on the eve of a sweltering mid-July weekend.

'Biggest Intel Leak in U.S. History'
A mountain of information, the documents reveal that hundreds of civilian casualties have gone unreported. They also suggest that Pakistan has been aiding the insurgency, allowing its spies to meet and strategize with Taliban leaders, even plotting together to assassinate Afghan leaders.

Rep. Bachmann: Investigate After Winning House
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says that, if Republicans win control of the House in November, they should issue subpoenas and investigate the Obama administration. Attending the GOP Youth Convention in Washington on Thursday, Bachmann was asked: "How do you feel about the chances for a little oversight and a little accountability now that the Republicans will have the subpoena power?"

Revealed: The Obama Donor List
As a confidential source for the New York Times, I turned this document over to reporter Stephanie Strom months before the 2008 presidential elections and though the list includes information more complete than what the Obama campaign turned over to the Federal Election Commission, the NYT decided to bury the story.

TARP audit on dealer shutdowns: Ethnic, gender issues trumped economics
GM officials attributed these inconsistencies primarily to a desire to maintain coverage in certain rural areas where they have a competitive advantage over import auto companies that are not typically located in rural areas, although ultimately close to half of all of the GM dealerships identified for termination were in rural areas. Other dealerships were retained because they were recently appointed, were key wholesale parts dealers, or were minority- or woman-owned dealerships

Ex-congressman: President a 'threat,' must be impeached
A former congressman and GOP presidential candidate says for current members of the House and Senate to uphold their oath of office that includes the defense of the United States against enemies "foreign and domestic," they need to be filing impeachment charges against Barack Obama

DoJ scandal reveals how thousands of military ballots may go uncounted
...despite congressional mandates passed in 2009 to ensure military personnel overseas can participate in elections, the DOJ's Voting Section is ignoring the new laws and may allow thousands of ballots to slip through the cracks uncounted in November.

American-Bred Terrorists Causing Alarm For Law Enforcement
Zachary Chesser, shown in this file image, accused of attempting to travel to Somalia to join the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab appeared in federal court requesting that an attorney be appointed for him.

Rep. Charles Rangel broke ethics rules, House panel finds
A House ethics subcommittee announced Thursday that it found that Rep. Charles B. Rangel violated congressional ethics rules and that it will prepare for a trial, probably beginning in September. The panel is expected to make the details of his alleged violations public next Thursday.

Obama Changes Tune on Paying for Unemployment Benefits Extension
In signing the bill restoring unemployment benefits to 2 ? million Americans jobless for more than 26 weeks, Obama is also adding $34 billion to the deficit and the National Debt.

Ariz. Judge Raises the Realities of Porous Border
The judge who will decide whether Arizona's new immigration law is constitutional hasn't indicated whether she'll put the statute on hold before it takes effect next week and had some pointed questions Thursday for challengers at two court hearings.

Senate Rejects $3 Billion Indian Trust Settlement
The U.S. Senate has rejected a $3.4 billion government settlement with American Indians that had been added to a much larger war-funding bill. The Senate passed the almost $60 billion bill funding President Obama's troop surge in Afghanistan late Wednesday, but not before stripping out the settlement and $20 billion in other domestic spending approved by the House

Obama May Have Misused Science on Moratorium
Scientists who consulted with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for a report on drilling safety this spring said the department falsely implied they had agreed to a "blanket moratorium." The scientists said the drilling moratorium went too far and warned that it may have a lasting impact on the nation's economy.

Diversity and the Myth of White Privilege
Nondiscrimination laws should be applied equally among all citizens, including those who happen to be white. The need for inclusiveness in our society is undeniable and irreversible, both in our markets and in our communities. Our government should be in the business of enabling opportunity for all, not in picking winners. It can do so by ensuring that artificial distinctions such as race do not determine outcomes.

Report: Norm Coleman set to challenge Steele next year for RNC chair?
Nothingís certain yet, but heís "intrigued" by the possibility. Note well: According to a "senior party operative," the feelers being put out here arenít from Coleman to prominent Republicans but rather from prominent Republicans to Coleman. I wonder why party apparatchiks would be so eager to line up a new RNC chairman months in advance.

Wash. Times Op-ed: The Case for Impeachment
Eleven years ago, like every citizen elected to serve in Congress or any person appointed to any federal position, I swore an oath to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic." I've always thought it significant that the Founders included domestic enemies in that oath of office. They thought liberty was as much at risk from threats within our borders as from outside, and French political thinker and historian Alexis de Tocqueville agreed with that warning.

The Democrats' War on the West
"Why do they hate us?" It's a burning question on the minds of border-dwelling taxpayers, small-business owners, farmers, and Rocky Mountain oil and gas industry workers suffering under punitive Democrat policies. Eighteen months into the Barack Obama administration, the war on the American West is in full swing.

Senate Democrats abandon comprehensive climate bill
The decision to abandon the proposal was another concession to the difficult political environment Democratic leaders face, as many rank and file congressional Democrats are wary of casting any vote that could be used in political attacks by Republicans.

Dems may keep Bush tax cuts
Democrats are considering a plan to delay tax hikes on the wealthy for two years because the economic recovery is slow and they fear getting crushed in Novemberís election. It could mean a big reprieve for families earning $250,000 and above annually.

AP: Homeland Security probed FOIA requesters, delayed data based on politics
A lengthy investigation shows that the Department of Homeland Security investigated people making Freedom of Information Act requests for their politics, and delaying legally mandated disclosures based on political considerations. The demands for information included the party affiliation of those making the requests, a policy that came from the top:

White House Backs Bill to Collect Employee Pay Information from Businesses
The Obama administration is backing legislation that includes regulations requiring U.S. businesses to provide to the government data about employee pay as it relates to the sex, race and national origin of employees.

Gulf boats having trouble finding any oil: US official
Some 750 boats drafted in to scoop up oil from the Gulf of Mexico are having "trouble" finding any crude in the sea, a top US official said Wednesday, almost a week after a busted well was capped. "We are starting to have trouble finding oil," US pointman Admiral Thad Allen, who is in charge of handling the government's response, told reporters.

Gold Coin Sellers Angered by New Tax Law
Those already outraged by the president's health care legislation now have a new bone of contention -- a scarcely noticed tack-on provision to the law that puts gold coin buyers and sellers under closer government scrutiny.

The Tax Tsunami On The Horizon
Fiscal Policy: Many voters are looking forward to 2011, hoping a new Congress will put the country back on the right track. But unless something's done soon, the new year will also come with a raft of tax hikes - including a return of the death tax - that will be real killers.

Drones in U.S. skies - to keep eye on us?
..."one North Carolina county is using (an unmanned aerial vehicle) equipped with low-light and infrared cameras to keep watch on its citizens. The aircraft has been dispatched to monitor gatherings of motorcycle riders at the Gaston County fairgrounds from just a few hundred feet in the air, close enough to identify faces."

DC Bombshell: Journalists Coordinated Attack on Palin
The conversation began with a debate over how best to attack Sarah Palin. "Honestly, this pick reeks of desperation," wrote Michael Cohen of the New America Foundation in the minutes after the news became public. "How can anyone logically argue that Sarah Pallin [sic], a one-term governor of Alaska, is qualified to be President of the United States? Train wreck, thy name is Sarah Pallin."

DC: Journalists Debated Whether Gov't Could Shut Down Fox News
According to the report, UCLA law professor Jonathan Zasloff urged the federal government to stop the network. "I hate to open this can of worms, but is there any reason why the FCC couldn't simply pull their broadcasting permit once it expires?" he wrote.

Obama Official Resigns After Discrimination Caught on Tape
Days after the NAACP clashed with Tea Party members over allegations of racism, a video has surfaced showing an Agriculture Department official regaling an NAACP audience with a story about how she withheld help to a white farmer facing bankruptcy -- video that now has forced the official to resign.

Obama Aides Privately Admit Truth Behind Ariz. Lawsuit
West Wing strategists argue that the president's call for legislation that acknowledges the role of immigrants and goes beyond punishing undocumented workers will help cement a permanent political relationship between Democrats and Hispanics -- much as civil rights and voting rights legislation did for the party and African Americans in the 1960s.

Obama's Chief Economist Admits Jobs Claims Pulled Out of Thin Air
Here's another "told you so" moment. Ever since the Obama administration came up with their "jobs created/saved" metric to promote their disgraceful "stimulus" package, we, like many others, have been saying that their metric is bogus and totally arbitrary.

WH Predicts Its Own Policies Won't Stem Unemployment
When asked if the White House anticipated on asking for another extension on unemployment benefits in three months, Gibbs said the following: "If the unemployment rate stays where I think we all expect it to, it is, it may be, we may need to extend those benefits."

Surprise: Obama sends Berwick nomination to Senate
Wasnít the whole point of the recess appointment to avoid questions in a high-profile forum about Berwickís fondness for NHSís rationing authority and his views of health care as redistribution? Now, suddenly, Obamaís going to force Reid and company to deal with the Berwick headache three and a half months from the midterms? What possible logic could there be?

African Americanís A Manipulated People
How did the African American people loose their link to historical truths? Why has the Republican Party, who has kept their moral imperatives intact through a Judeo Christian principal taken the brunt of African American anger? The truth is there, but it takes research and the willingness to accept it. This small article is only a part of the story and is only the tip of how todayís truth is formed.

The Ugly Racial History of Gun Control
Justice Clarence Thomas discussed the history of gun-control laws, whose purpose was to stifle the rights of minorities and to prevent African-Americans from defending themselves against the likes of the Ku Klux Klan.

Soros-funded group wants feds to probe talk radio
The organization, calling itself Free Press, claims media companies are engaging in "hate speech" because a disproportionate number of radio and cable-news networks are owned by non-minorities.

Obama's Auto Dealer Shutdowns Destroyed Small Businesses
A report to be released tomorrow by the Treasury Department's Special Inspector General for the Toxic Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) will contend that President Obama's push for General Motors and Chrysler to close thousands of dealerships across the country as part of their government bailouts "may have substantially contributed to the shuttering of thousands of small businesses and thereby potentially adding tens of thousands of workers to the already lengthy unemployment rolls, all based on a theory and without sufficient consideration of the decisions' broader economic impacts."

Biden Fined $220k
The Federal Election Commission has penalized Vice President Joe Bidenís 2008 presidential campaign $219,000 for accepting over-the-limit contributions and a discounted flight on a jet owned by a New York hedge fund. His campaign also was charged with sloppy record-keeping.

Dems Start to Panic As Midterm Reality Sets In
Under pressure, the Democrats are cracking. On both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, there is a realization that Nancy Pelosi's hold on the speakership is in true jeopardy; that losing control of the Senate is not out of the question; and that time, once the Democrats' best friend, is now their mortal enemy.

Palin Slams Plans for Ground Zero Mosque: 'Provocation'
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin thrust herself into a raging debate Monday over a proposed mosque that is being planned to sit just two blocks from Ground Zero in lower Manhattan. In several messages on her Twitter account, Palin joined the majority of New Yorkers who see the mosque as a provocation alongside a memorial where thousands died at the hands of radical Islamists.

McConnell: Cap and Trade DOA for GOP
Republicans "are happy" to consider legislation tied to the BP Plc oil spill but will not support a U.S. energy bill that includes climate regulations, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said on Sunday.

U.S. Authorities Shut Down WordPress Host With 73,000 Blogs
After the U.S. Government took action against several sites connected to movie streaming recently, nerves are jangling over the possibility that this is just the beginning of a wider crackdown. Now it appears that a free blogging platform has been taken down by its hosting provider on orders from the U.S. authorities on grounds of "a history of abuse". More than 73,000 blogs are out of action as a result.

BP: No Sign of Leaks from Capped Oil Well in Gulf
BP's experimental cap was holding Saturday as the final hours ticked away in a two-day trial run to make sure it keeps oil from pouring into the Gulf of Mexico without blowing a new leak in the busted well.

GOP senators float amendment to stop Arizona lawsuit
Two Republican senators announced Wednesday they will attempt to amend legislation to prevent the Obama administration from suing Arizona over its controversial immigration law. Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.) and David Vitter (La.) said they would try to attach the language to small-business legislation set to be debated on the Senate floor next week.

U.S. pockets $20.6 bln in sin taxes in FY'09
In October 2009, firearms and ammunition excise tax collection climbed 45 percent from the previous fiscal year, the greatest annual increase in the firearms tax revenue in the agency's history, the report said. By comparison, the average annual increase for fiscal years 1993 to 2008 was 6 percent.

House Democrats hit boiling point over perceived lack of White House support
House Democrats are lashing out at the White House, venting long-suppressed anger over what they see as President Obama's lukewarm efforts to help them win reelection -- and accusing administration officials of undermining the party's chances of retaining the majority in November's midterm elections.

Brief for 9 states backs Arizona immigration law
States have the authority to enforce immigration laws and protect their borders, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Wednesday in a legal brief on behalf of nine states supporting Arizona's immigration law. Michigan is the lead state backing Arizona in federal court and is joined by Alabama, Florida, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Virginia, as well as the Northern Mariana Islands.

Norquist: Bush Tax Cut Expiration Will Cost Taxpayers $1 Trillion
Low-tax crusader and Republican strategist Grover Norquist tells Newsmax that letting the Bush tax cuts expire in January 2011 would amount to a $1 trillion tax increase, the largest boost in American history. If thatís not frightening enough, the Democrats' plan for a value-added tax would siphon 20 percent of every Americanís paycheck, he says.

Immigration Law to Get First Major Court Hearing
A federal judge is scheduled to hear arguments Thursday over whether Arizona's new immigration should take effect later this month, marking the first major hearing in one of seven challenges to the strict law. U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton also will consider arguments over Gov. Jan Brewer's request to dismiss the challenge filed by Phoenix police Officer David Salgado and the statewide nonprofit group Chicanos Por La Causa.

Empty Store Shelves Coming to America

Obama Admin OKs First Tax-Funded Abortions Under HealthCare Law...
Health and Human Services Department is giving Pennsylvania $160 million to ramp up a high-risk insurance pool that will cover any legal abortion in the state, according to a report.

Obama-White House: al qaeda is racist
In an interview earlier today with the South African Broadcasting Corporation to air in a few hours, President Obama disparaged al Qaeda and affiliated groups' willingness to kill Africans in a manner that White House aides say was an argument that the terrorist groups are racist.
But they are just misunderstood when they attack Americans.

Obama plans to cut up to 40 percent of nukes
The Energy Department document provides details of the reductions that President Barack Obama has called for on a path to eliminating nuclear weapons. The reductions continue a trajectory of cuts that already has reduced U.S. stockpiles by about 75 percent since 1989.

Harry Reid: No Illegal Immigrants Do Construction Work In Nevada
Immigration reform critics are seizing on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's comments this week that seemed to downplay the number of illegal immigrants working construction jobs in Nevada, even though a recent study found that his home state had the largest percentage of undocumented workers in the country.

BEYOND THE GRAVE: Woman's obituary slams Harry Reid...
Her obituary, printed in Tuesdayís Review-Journal, reads in part, "We believe that Mom would say she was mortified to have taken a large role in the election of Harry Reid to U.S. Congress. Let the record show Charlotte was displeased with his work. Please, in lieu of flowers, vote for another more worthy candidate."

Pelosi Slams Gibbs
Pelosi reportedly said Gibbsí comments were particularly damaging because they give ammunition to Republicans trying to make the case that Democrats are going to lose in November. "Someone from the White House says it, and [House Minority Whip Eric] Cantor says it, so now you have both sides saying something," the source said. "So she was very upset."

Obama Science Czar: Surrender to 'Planetary Regime'
White House science czar John Holdren has called for the U.S. to surrender sovereignty to a "planetary regime" armed with military power to enforce population limits upon nations and prevent perceived dangers from global eco-disasters.

Obama Makes Effective Reporting From the Gulf a Felony
That's right, the most transparent administration in history has made it a felony, effective July 1, to get within 65 feet of what the Coast Guard determines are essential recovery efforts. According to Anderson Cooper, officials tried to up that number to 300 feet.

Senate Republicans Press for Deep Cuts in Obama Budget
Senate Republicans are backing a plan that would shave $26 billion from President Obama's submitted budget, setting the stage for a fight between GOP deficit hawks and Democrat big spenders before midterm elections. The cuts represent an attempt by Republicans to respond to rising voter anger about spending and deficits.

Obama Nominates Jacob Lew As Budget Director
Before joining the Obama administration, Lew served as a hedge fund manager for Citigroup, overseeing one of the bank's investment arms. His ties to a financial giant that received a large federal bailout is likely to come up at his Senate confirmation hearings.

Fears Grow as Millions Lose U.S. Jobless Benefits
Unemployment has remained stubbornly high at around 9.5 percent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in June 6.8 million people or 45.5 percent of the total are long-term unemployed, or jobless for 27 weeks or more.

Salazar Defends Pulling Oil-Lease Parcels in Utah
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Tuesday defended his decision to scrap much of the Bush administration's final oil-lease sale in Utah even though his inspector general found no evidence of department pressure to rush the auction.

Rival to Arizona Governor Suspends His Campaign
The last main rival to Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer suspended his campaign Tuesday, likely clearing the way for a GOP primary win for the incumbent whose popularity has risen sharply following her signing of the state's tough new immigration law.

Key US Senate panel puts off Supreme Court vote
The US Senate Judiciary Committee will now take up the nomination on July 20, when the panel is set to send it to the full Senate for all-but-certain confirmation as just the fourth woman to reach the highest US court

Mort Zuckerman: Obama Is Barely Treading Water
There is a widespread feeling that the government doesn't work, that it is incapable of solving America's problems. Americans are fed up with Washington, fed up with Wall Street, fed up with the necessary but ill-conceived stimulus program, fed up with the misdirected healthcare program, and with pretty much everything else.

Issa wants answers on White Houseís Google ties
"The American people have a right to expect that White House employees are working to advance the public interest and not the interests of the lobby shops who formerly employed them," Issa said in a letter at the time. "The use of a Gmail account to communicate with lobbyists and evade transparency laws is at odds with President Obamaís promises to limit the influence of lobbyists."

Confidence in Obama reaches new low, Washington Post-ABC News poll finds
Overall, more than a third of voters polled -- 36 percent -- say they have no confidence or only some confidence in the president, congressional Democrats and congressional Republicans. Among independents, this disillusionment is higher still. About two-thirds of all voters say they are dissatisfied with or angry about the way the federal government is working.

Doctors Threaten to Pull Out of Texas Medicaid
Cuts to the reimbursements given to doctors who treat patients covered by the state's low-income health care program are raising fears that already declining physician participation will fall even further, according to a published report.

Gingrich 'More Serious Than Ever' About 2012 Presidential Bid
"But I think he's going to have a long road to travel to convince conservatives that, if he were to become president, unlike when he was speaker of the House, that he would now govern as a principled small-government constitutional conservative, which he did not do as speaker," Viguerie tells Newsmax.

GOP Poised to Grab Control at State Levels
Democratic leaders already braced for losses in November in congressional and gubernatorial races may be looking at grief on yet another front: A record number of state legislatures could change party control this year, with Democrats at risk of losing their majorities in more than 20 state chambers, according to a comprehensive analysis.

Republican Senator Says He Backs Birther Lawsuits
Such claims about Obama's birth certificate have been discredited. But with the crowd applauding the question, Vitter responded that although he doesn't personally have legal standing to bring litigation, he supports "conservative legal organizations and others who would bring that to court," according to a video of the event.

Ted Nugent: Why Guns Are Good for Freedom
From the Nazi gun-banner's dream of herding 6 million defenseless Jews onto the death trains to the no-guns-or-gunpowder-allowed IRA bombings and shoot-'em-ups in Bono's Ireland to Idi Amin's unstoppable slaughter of unarmed victims in Uganda, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley still fails to grasp the self-evident truth that gun bans and preposterous buyback programs are just the stuff of gangbangers' dreams. Who doesn't get this stuff? Liberal, dopey denial cultists, that's who.

St. Louis Tea Party passes resolution condemning NAACP racism
Last year the Pelosi-Obama regime passed the most irresponsible and damaging piece of legislation in American history, the Trillion Dollar Stimulus Bill. They dumped a trillion dollars into a government sink hole with the promise that they would create jobs. We knew better. We were afraid for our families and our country. We were outraged and took to the streets. We spoke out. We came out. We protested the elites.

NAACP to Condemn 'Hardcore White Supremacist' Tea Party
The NAACP is expected to approve a resolution at its annual convention condemning the "tea party" movement for harboring "racist elements that are a threat to our democracy," a spokeswoman for the civil rights organization said Monday.

Obama touts $400M loan to solar company run by corrupt congressmanís nephew
Obama announced in his July 3 weekly address that the federal government will back nearly $2 billion in loans to two solar power companies as part of its "green jobs" and stimulus programs. The $2 billion is supposed to produce 5,100 jobs, but most of them are only temporary construction jobs. A company called Abound Solar claims its $400 million loan will produce 1,500 permanent jobs in Colorado and Indiana, and, this is a fact Obama conveniently left out of his remarks, the $1.45 billion loan to the Spanish company Abengoa Solar will only produce 85 permanent jobs. Thatís right: 85. Iím not cutting off any zeros.

From the grounds of the Coffee Party rises
Would that be One Nation Under God? Er, not exactly. After the Coffee Party ran out of caffeine, despite the attempts by mainstream media outlets to breathe life into it, progressives have decided to try again. This time, the Washington Post reports on the latest effort by unions and other hardball political players to create a top-down "grassroots" organization to compete with the Tea Party, this time called One Nation:

Deepwater-Drilling Ban Renewed by U.S.'s Salazar in Wake of BP Oil Spill
U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar directed the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement to issue new suspensions of deepwater drilling on the outer continental shelf, according to an e- mailed statement.

Obama Spending $10K for Each Stimulus Propaganda Sign
There's no better definition of government waste than the estimated $192 million President Obama is forcing cash-strapped state officials to spend on road signs touting his failed stimulus program. Even so, with a critical congressional election coming in November, Americans will see a proliferation of these politically self-serving signs in coming months as Obama tries to convince voters who think his "Recovery Summer" is just an economic Potemkin village

Obama Admin Wants to Regulate Your Shower Pressure
Of the many microscopic issues in which the Department of Energy (DOE) involves itself, one of the most ridiculous could be showerhead flow-capacity limits. In the name of conservation, a federal law limits the amount of water that can pass through a nozzle to 2.5 gallons per minute. The law was designed to limit both water and energy use related to pumping the water.

In a private meeting with White House officials this weekend, Democratic governors voiced deep anxiety about the Obama administrationís suit against Arizonaís new immigration law, worrying that it could cost a vulnerable Democratic Party in the fall elections.

Obama spokesman says Democrats could lose House
Press secretary Robert Gibbs says there's no doubt that enough seats are in play for Republicans to take control. Gibbs says the outcome of the fall vote will depend on whether Democrats wage strong campaigns.
Not "could" but WILL.

Budget Panel: $14 Trillion Debt Destroying US Like 'Cancer From Within'
The leaders of Obama's debt and deficit commission offered a dire assessment of the nation's fiscal future to a convention of state governors Sunday, calling current budgetary trends a cancer "that will destroy the country from within" unless checked by tough spending cuts in Washington.

GOP Prepares for Dem Push on Finance, Cap and Trade
US lawmakers return from a week-long break Monday to fight unfinished battles over a historic finance industry overhaul, a US Supreme Court nomination, and funding for the unpopular Afghan war.

IRS: We donít have the resources to handle ObamaCare
A warning that federal tax officials will need more congressional funding to administer the Democratsí health reform law has rekindled the partisan debate over its cost effectiveness.

Obama's 'Silent' Workplace Raids Are a Joke
Instead of immigration sweeps at factories and farms which used to lead to illegal workers being shipped out of the country, the administrationís new policy, government conducted audits labeled "silent raids" by employers, usually only result in the workers losing their jobs.

Palin: Obama Agenda Is "Backasswards"
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin on Sunday said President Obama is imposing a "backasswards" plan on "the country we love," and defended Nevada Republican Sharron Angle after the Senate candidate aiming to unseat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was criticized and mocked for her position on Social Security by Obama this week.

Black GOP candidate slams Obama for exploiting race
"For an Administration that promised a new era in race relations, Obama and the Democrats in Congress have demonstrated that race will continually be exploited for political gain,' West, who is one of two African-American Republicans running for Congress who survived their primaries, said in a statement.

The Reparations Administration
Observers have characterized President Obama's many efforts to nationalize industries a systematic form of "wealth redistribution." But the activities instigated by the White House go beyond redistribution and devolve straight into reparations. Consider:

Sex Education for Kindergartners?
The Helena Public School system is considering a comprehensive plan for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It includes teaching first graders that people can be attracted to the same gender. In second grade students are instructed to avoid gay slurs and by the time students turn 10 years old they are taught about various types of intercourse.

Figures. Obama Praises Electric Vehicle Manufacturer That Makes Trucks That Cost Twice as Much as Normal Truck
The Smith Electric Vehicle manufacturer makes trucks that cost twice as much as normal delivery trucks. The company only survived this year because of a federal grant. It did not hire any new employees. This, of course, counts as a success story for President Obama.

Elderly Man Charged for Shooting at Illegal Alien Thieves
82-year-old Robert Wallace said he fired two shots at two men when they tried to run him over while stealing his flatbed trailer. Wallace now faces twelve felony counts, including four counts of attempted first degree murder, for what he described as an act of defending his property and his life. If convicted, he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

It begins: Gulf rig relocating to Egypt due to moratorium uncertainty
Diamond Offshore announced Friday that its Ocean Endeavor drilling rig will leave the Gulf of Mexico and move to Egyptian waters immediately, making it the first to abandon the United States in the wake of the BP oil spill and a ban on deep-water drilling.

Border police bait & switch
Obama is suing Arizona for hav ing its cops identify and round up illegal aliens -- even though he's also deputizing them to do the same thing. That's right: Under a little-known federal program called ICE 287(g), the administration has continued to enlist at least eight Arizona state law-enforcement agencies to carry out the procedures at issue in the new Arizona law.

NOAA: Gulf Seafood Tested so Far Is Safe to Eat
Shrimp, grouper, tuna and other seafood snatched from the fringes of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico are safe to eat, according to a federal agency inspecting the catch. To date, roughly 400 samples of commonly consumed species caught mostly in open waters, and some from closed areas, have been chemically tested by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Officials say none so far has shown concerning levels of contaminants. Each sample represents multiple fish of the same species.

PROMISES BROKEN: Hundreds of fishermen don't get their BP checks
Jeffrey Briet represents more than 500 fishermen, and he said the payment system he set up with BP required his clients to be paid every 30 days. Now that process has suddenly changed without warning, Briet said.

Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah may follow Arizona's lead on immigration law
Lawmakers in Oklahoma, South Carolina and Utah, which have already taken steps against illegal immigration, say that Arizona-style measures have a realistic chance of passing when their legislatures reconvene in 2011.

Whistleblower: DOJ OK's Voter Fraud to Help Dems Win Elections
Adams also heard Fernandes say that she had no interest in the Voting Section enforcing Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (which requires purging rolls of ineligible voters to prevent voter fraud), because Section 8 does not increase voter turnout. Fernandes now needs to be questioned under oath, as does the head of the Civil Rights Division, Thomas Perez, who previously testified this was not the Justice Department's policy and that he was unaware of such views.

The Obama Administration Protected Black Panther Who Advocates Killing White People and White Babies

Obama to Bypass Senate to Name Health Official
The recess appointment was somewhat unusual because the Senate is in recess for less than two weeks and senators were still waiting for Dr. Berwick to submit responses to some of their requests for information. No confirmation hearing has been held or scheduled.

TSA drops policy blocking 'controversial' sites
"After further review, TSA determined the 'controversial opinion' category may contain some sites that do not violate TSA's policy and therefore has concluded that the category is no longer being considered for implementation," she said in an e-mail to The Washington Times.

Democrats digging harder than ever for dirt on Republicans
The Democratic Party is moving faster and more aggressively than in previous election years to dig up unflattering details about Republican challengers. In House races from New Jersey to Ohio to California, Democratic operatives are seizing on evidence of GOP candidates' unpaid income taxes, property tax breaks and ties to financial firms that received taxpayer bailout money.

Experts: 'Ridiculous' Lawsuit Won't Nix Arizona Law on Illegals
Top Republicans blasted the Obama administration's lawsuit against Arizona's controversial illegal immigration law Tuesday as "nothing short of ridiculous." Immigration law experts tell Newsmax that the administration has little chance of prevailing against the Arizona statute, which empowers police to arrest illegal aliens once another violation has occurred.

EPA: Clean-Air Rule Would Overturn Bush-Era Plan
The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday the new rule represented its most consequential effort yet to tackle deadly pollution that contributes to smog and soot that hangs over more than half the country. The rule would cost nearly $3 billion a year and those costs are likely to be passed along to consumers, although the rule's effect on specific companies and on consumers was not clear.

Obama Tax Increases Will Hit the Rich in 10 Big Ways
In the near term, Hoyer raised the possibility that Congress will only temporarily extend middle-class tax cuts set to expire at the end of the year. He pointedly suggested that making them permanent would be too costly, the Associated Press reported.

District Attorney in Wisconsin will not prosecute certain state gun laws after Supreme Court decision
This Supreme Court ruling is binding on all states and local governments, and immediately renders some of Wisconsinís current laws unconstitutional. Therefore, in keeping with my oath to uphold and defend the Constitution, I hereby declare that this office will no longer accept law enforcement referrals for violations of the following statutes:

GOP set to take record number of governorships?
So far, the midterms look to be a good year for Republicans in Congressional elections, which have caught most of the media attention. However, as Eric Ostermeier argues at Smart Politics, it looks as though the Republican Governors Association may have a banner year for new membership as well. The University of Minnesota scholar believes that the GOP may win more elections on this level than any time in the past 90 years:

House Dems: Nancy Pelosi Tricked Us
Nancy Pelosi threw the rule up for a vote and sneaked it by without telling even her own members what she was asking them to vote for. She demanded they vote with leadership on a procedural motion or risk retribution, twisted arms and threatened people to get the votes she needed, and didnít tell them she had slipped in language to cover her own ass with the Catfood Commission.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is blocking certain websites from the federal agency's computers, including halting access by staffers to any Internet pages that contain a "controversial opinion."

Feds suing to stop Ariz. immigrant law
The lawsuit will argue that Arizona's new measure requiring state and local police to question and possibly arrest illegal immigrants during the enforcement of other laws, like traffic stops, usurps federal authority.

Conservative Justice Kennedy: I'll wait til Obama's gone to retire...
Justice Kennedy, who turns 74 this month, has told relatives and friends he plans to stay on the high court for at least three more years - through the end of Obama's first term, sources said.

Democratic campaign committees losing big Wall Street donors
A revolt among big donors on Wall Street is hurting fundraising for the Democrats' two congressional campaign committees, with contributions from the world's financial capital down 65 percent from two years ago.

Report: Hezbollah on US-Mexico Border
Myrick requested U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano create a special team to further investigate the potential problem and threat. The Republican representative referenced several incidents that show evidence of Hezbollah's efforts to infiltrate the U.S. region with the aid of Mexican drug cartel gangs.

White House Denies Flood Assistance
Oklahomans affected by last month's record floods will not receive help from the federal government. Gov. Brad Henry announced in a news release that the White House has denied his request for disaster assistance. This means grant programs from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will not be available to residents.

McCain Invites Obama to Visit Border
"[Sen.] Jon Kyl and I invite the President to come to the Arizona Sonora border. The violence is incredibly high," McCain said."The human smuggling and drug cartels are at a level of violence where 23,000 Mexican citizens have been murdered in the last few years... There is a level of violence which has increased to a significant degree which makes the situation far different than it was in 2007," he said.

California Patriots Restore American Flag Mural Deemed "Graffiti" by the State Department of Transportation
Giordano and another man, Jim Gallagher, decided to restore the flag mural Caltrans painted over, proving that good, old-fashioned American ingenuity and the can-do spirit are not dead.

Meet Rosalio Munoz - Mexican American Communist
As a leader of the Communist Party USA's Mexican American Equality Commission, Los Angeles based activist Rosalio Munoz, enjoys a level of political influence that would be envied by most U.S. Congressmen or Senators - if they had the slightest inkling of its extent.

With the US trapped in depression, this really is starting to feel like 1932
"Home sales are down. Retail sales are down. Factory orders in May suffered their biggest tumble since March of last year. So what are we doing about it? Less than nothing," he said.

Barack Obama: The great jobs killer
Obama is as hopeless, helpless, clueless and bankrupt of good ideas as the manager of the Chicago Cubs in late September. This "community organizer" knows as much about private-sector jobs as Pamela Anderson knows about nuclear physics.

Census worker taken to court for trespassing
The Census worker, Russell Haas, found trouble on Hawaii's Big Island on March 20 when a resident refused to accept Census forms and told Haas to leave his fenced property. Then the resident, a county police officer, called his co-workers at the Hawaii County Police Department. Haas was then arrested.

Will Obama stand up to Chavez?
Should an attack on any group of Americans be considered an act of good will? Should a hostile takeover of natural resources be considered a threat? Should a foreign power have the right to unilaterally seize American assets with impunity? Well I suppose if you're Barack Obama, and the foreign power is Hugo Chavez, and the group of Americans are associated with natural resources--specifically oil and natural gas, the answer is obviously no!

Democrats Facing Rising Anti-Obama Tide in Midterms
GOP strategists believe they have a winning strategy in framing the November elections as a national referendum on President Barack Obama and the ruling Democrats. Polls consistently show significant discontent with policies linked to Obama and congressional Democrats, including healthcare reform, rising deficits and bank bailouts.

Mexico's Drug War Heats up Near Arizona Border
Very few residents dare to drive on one of the roads out of this watering-hole for migrants, fearing they will be stopped at gunpoint. They worry they will be told to turn around after their gas tanks are drained or, worse, be kidnapped or killed.

DEA: Seized Submarine Quantum Leap for Narcos
A 100-foot (33-meter), twin-screw diesel submarine seized at a jungle shipyard in Ecuador marks a quantum, if anticipated, leap in drug-smuggling evasion technology, the top U.S. counter-drug official for the region said Sunday.

Democrats push for new Internet sales taxes
Delahunt, a Massachusetts Democrat, introduced a bill on Thursday that would rewrite the ground rules for Internet and mail order sales by eliminating the option for many Americans to shop over the Internet without paying state sales taxes.

GOP Newcomer Hot on the Heels of Feingold
"Almost nobody knows anything about Johnson but yet he's still only two to four points behind Feingold, and I think what that shows is just how energized Republicans are," said Charles Franklin, a University of Wisconsin at Madison political science professor and co-founder of

Madam Moron Speaker Speaks
"Unemployemnt benefits are the biggest job creating initiative."

Dems reject GOP compromise on unemployment benefits, go on vacation...
Democrats have been painting Republicans as unsympathetic to the long-term unemployed who will be unable to collect benefits, but Democratic leaders have rejected several offers by the GOP to vote for the bill if at least some of it is paid for.

Thomas Jefferson's reset button - Americans have a duty to resist tyrannical government
These days, most commentary on the Declaration of Independence focuses on the implications of the passage that "all men are created equal [and] that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights." Dwelling on that passage might surprise Thomas Jefferson, who thought it was self-evident. The argument that flowed from his premises is more important, namely that governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, and when the relationship shifts to the point where government becomes a threat to the lives, liberties and pursuit of happiness of the people, it is government - not the people - that must change.

Judge Lets Mexico Have Voice in Court Case Against U.S. Immigration Law
Mexico gets its a say in one of the lawsuits challenging Arizona's immigration enforcement law. A federal judge on Thursday granted Mexico's request to be allowed to file a legal brief supporting the challenge. That means the judge will consider the brief Mexico submitted previously.

Chicago defies Supreme Court, approves new handgun restrictions
The measure prohibits gun shops in Chicago and bars gun owners from so much as stepping outside their homes with a handgun, even if itís only onto their porches or garages.

Freeway flag deemed graffiti, painted over just days before Fourth
Interstate 680, in and out of the Silicon Valley, is one of the bay area's busiest freeways. And everyday for the last eight and half years there was a hillside mural motorists passed on the Sunol grade. "It just made me feel really patriotic, just seeing it everyday," said motorcyclist Dave Freely. Until Wednesday, motorists saw a 35 foot mural of the American flag painted on a concrete retaining wall. On Thursday, it was just gray concrete painted over by Caltrans.

Health law risks turning away sick
The Obama administration has not ruled out turning sick people away from an insurance program created by the new healthcare law to provide coverage for the uninsured.

Six Months to Go Until The Largest Tax Hikes in History
They will hit families and small businesses in three great waves on January 1, 2011: Personal income tax rates will rise. The top income tax rate will rise from 35 to 39.6 percent (this is also the rate at which two-thirds of small business profits are taxed). The lowest rate will rise from 10 to 15 percent. All the rates in between will also rise. Itemized deductions and personal exemptions will again phase out, which has the same mathematical effect as higher marginal tax rates. The full list of marginal rate hikes is below:

Verdict's In: Obama's $1 Trillion Stimulus Is a Bust
Dreary economic news is contributing to complaints that the stimulus has failed. "I think we can say the stimulus was a bust," Stephen Moore, a Wall Street Journal editorial board member and senior economics writer, tells Newsmax. "The real problem is that the president has no plan B. We've had plan A, that was spend a trillion in stimulus. That didn't work. We've lost 2.2 million jobs since we started that spending, and all the president wants to do is add more stimulus."

Boehner: Obama Is 'Whining'
"For someone who asked to be held to a higher standard, President Obama spends an awful lot of time making excuses and whining about others," said Mr. Boehner in his weekly briefing with reporters. "The American people want leadership from this White House and not childish partisanship."

American Indians Ask for Voice On Federal Court
While other ethnic groups and women have made strides in reaching the federal bench, there has never been an American Indian appointed to the Supreme Court or the federal appellate bench, and out of the nation's more than 860 federal judgeships, not one is currently occupied by an American Indian.

Huge tent city takes root
The strip of land is bounded by Waipahu High School on one side and the calming waters of Pearl Harbor's Middle Loch on the other, where the Navy's mothball fleet sits idle. It's the most visible portion of an enormous homeless encampment that stretches five miles over approximately 50 acres of city.

New jobless claims rise in sign of weak job market
The Labor Department said Thursday that new claims for jobless benefits jumped by 13,000 to a seasonally adjusted 472,000. The four-week average, which smooths fluctuations, rose by 3,250 to 466,500, its highest level since March.

Google to Pay More for Gay Employees
Starting Thursday, Google will begin paying its gay and lesbian employees who opt for domestic partner benefits more to cover for a tax those employees have to pay, the New York Times reports.

GOP Fires Back at Obama Distortions on Economy
Launching a pre-emptive strike before what many expect will be yet another dismal jobs report this week, President Obama blasted Minority Leader Rep. John Boehner Wednesday for reportedly being "out of touch." But Republicans pointed out that polls consistently show Americans believe Obama and the ruling Democrats are far more disconnected on issues like the Gulf oil spill, healthcare and taxes.

'Not Enough Money' for BP Oil Spill Claims
The Obama appointee managing BP's oil spill disaster fund said there's "not enough money in the world" to pay all claims and suggested home owners with plunging property values could lose out.

1.3 Million Unemployed Won't Get Benefits Restored
Some Republicans offered to support the unemployment bill if it was paid for with unspent money from last year's massive economic recovery package. Democrats rejected the offer, saying the money was needed for jobs programs. "The only reason the unemployment extension hasn't passed is because Democrats simply refuse to pass a bill that doesn't add to the debt," said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

Al-Qaida Starts English Propaganda Newspaper
Al-Qaida is preparing to launch its first online propaganda newspaper in English, a move that could broaden the terror group's reach inside the U.S. Counterterrorism officials and terror analysts say the newspaper, called Inspire, will be run by al-Qaida's branch in Yemen. That's the same group that's linked to the failed Christmas Day bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner.

Paulson, Others Buy Land in Areas of Real Estate Bust
Hedge fund legend John Paulson and other big-time investors reportedly are snapping up land in areas hit hard by the housing crunch, such as Las Vegas, Phoenix and Florida. Their idea is to then sell the acquired land at hefty profits to homebuilders who are in need of land after dumping too much of it in the wake of the housing market collapse.

Peace Through Strength and American Pride vs. "Enemy-Centric" Policy
It has led one prominent Czech official to call Obamaís foreign policy "enemy-centric." And this "enemy-centric" approach has real consequences. It not only baffles our allies, it worries them. When coupled with less defense spending, it signals to the world that maybe we can no longer be counted on, and that we have other priorities than being the world leader that keeps the peace and provides security in Europe, in Asia and throughout the world.

Famously right-wing news org: Obama administration blocking media access to Gulf response
Clearly, Democrats donít want the media or our elected officials to see whatís happening in the Gulf, and itís about time people started demanding an answer from them for it. When PBS canít get into the response effort, something is being covered up. Iím going to use Glenn Reynoldsí line here: "They told me if I voted for John McCain that the press would get silenced and the executive branch would block accountability. And they were right!"

Former Oil Worker: The Cleanup Is All for Show
Warren says she knew that when crews worked during the day, the tide and surf buried oil overnight. But they were forbidden to dig it up. She quit in disgust three weeks ago despite the $18 per hour pay. She said she was told to only clean the surface of the sand, that this is all cosmetic. She was on a crew at Gulf State Park where tourists go. She says it has priority so as to make it look like the beaches are clean.

Thanks, Obama: U.S. Oil Jobs Start Moving Overseas
"Numerous operators told Secretary Salazar that they were in the final stages of moving rigs, deepwater rigs out of the Gulf of Mexico and to West Africa and the Middle East," according to a person familiar with the matter. "We were frankly disappointed at the lack of serious attention that was paid by the Department of the Interior on the horrible economic impact that the Department of Interiorís policies are having on the industry and on communities along the Gulf Coast."

Union Thugs Attack Non-Union Workers with Baseball Bats
...a black sedan pulled up and several men exited with baseball bats, ran up to the two trucks and repeatedly slammed the bats into the windows. As the workers exited the trucks, at least two were then physically assaulted with the baseball bats, and one victim had to be hospitalized. Another victim was able to use his cell phone to photograph the assailants and their vehicle.

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