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GOP: Billion Dollar Black Farmer Settlement a Massive Fraud
House Republicans on Wednesday charged that a multibillion-dollar settlement with black farmers supported by the Obama administration was rife with fraud. At a press conference in the Capitol Visitor Center, Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Steve King (R-Iowa) alleged that a $1.25 billion Agriculture Department (USDA) settlement to resolve discrimination claims included individuals who were never farmers.
IBD: SEIU Terror Link?
Labor Raid: The FBI raids the Chicago home of a local union leader looking for terrorist connections as the union's former chief is investigated for corruption. Why are we not surprised? Thuggery and corruption are not quite synonyms for unionism, but it gets very close when you consider the Service Employees International Union, formerly led by Andy Stern.
Caterpillar Embarrasses Obama Again
Caterpillar, the world's largest manufacturer of construction equipment, will build a factory in China to produce mini hydraulic excavators, the company said in a statement.
Soros Sitting Out Midterms
Caterpillar, the world's largest manufacturer of construction equipment, will build a factory in China to produce mini hydraulic excavators, the company said in a statement.
Tsunami of GOP Cash Threatens to Swamp Democrats
For the first time in several election cycles, Democrats are being forced to compete with Republicans on a level playing field for fund-raising, as their donations from organized labor are being offset by independent corporate donations flowing to the GOP.
Thousands of jobless in N.C. told they owe money to the state
Thousands of long-term unemployed North Carolinians could soon owe the state money because the Employment Security Commission improperly made about $28 million in payments over the last two years. Last week, the ESC began sending out letters to about 38,000 people who it has determined were either overpaid or underpaid through no fault of their own."
FBI investigates prominent labor leader Andy Stern
The FBI and the U.S. Labor Department are investigating prominent labor leader Andy Stern in their probe of corruption at the Service Employees International Union, according to two people who have been interviewed by federal agents.
First Lady in Food Fight With House
Despite heavy lobbying by the first lady, more than 100 House Democrats have balked at approving the Senateís $4.5 billion version of the nutrition bill because it is funded in part with $2.2 billion in cuts to SNAP, the federal food stamp program. They want assurances from the Obama administration that the funding cuts the Senate approved will be restored in the near future.
Woah! Radical AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka is calling for the left to take control of private industry.
Can we call them "socialists" yet?
"We need to fundamentally restructure our economy and re-establish popular control over the private corporations."
Dems Seek Pelosi Ouster
Republicans are eager to regain control of Congress so they can push Nancy Pelosi out of her position as House Speaker. While Democrats donít want to lose their grip on Congress, some of them arenít so hot on Pelosi either.
Jury Acquits Christians Charged With Disrupting Arab Festival
Nabeel Qureshi of Virginia, Negeen Mayel of California, and Paul Rezkalla and David Wood, both of New York, were all acquitted of breaching the peace Friday. Mayel, however, was found guilty of failing to obey a police officerís order. But her one-day jail sentence was waived for time served. The four evangelists - associated with Acts 17 Apologetics Ministries - had been arrested back in June as they were attending the 15th Annual Dearborn Arab International Festival along with over 300,000 from across the country.
'CSI' Smears Tea Parties
"This is predictable behavior from Hollywood," Breitbart told The Daily Caller in a phone interview. "Over the past year and a half, the Democratic Party, left-wing media and, now, Hollywood, have done anything they can to portray the Tea Party movement as a violent Timothy McVeigh-esque or as a racist movement."
EPW report shows new EPA rules will cost more than 800,000 jobs
Actually, itís not just the Senate Environment and Public Works Committeeís minority contingent that fears the loss of nearly a million jobs from new EPA rules on greenhouse gases and other emissions issues. Itís also groups like the United Steel Workers, Unions for Jobs and the Environment, and experts like Kingís College Professor Ragnar Lofstedt. Hot Air got an exclusive look at a report that the EPW minority staff will release later this morning detailing the economic damage that an activist EPA will do to the American economy, and which will come at perhaps the worst possible time, both economically and politically.
Black GOP Poised to Score Historic Election Victory
Fourteen black Republicans have received the GOPís nomination in their respective congressional districts. If just three of them win, it would mark the first time since Reconstruction that more than two African-Americans from the Republican Party have served in Congress, according to The Frederick Douglass Foundation.
Dems Prepare Blitz of Bills for Lame-Duck Session
The Democrats may not be long in power, and theyíll apparently do their best to advance the liberal agenda while they can. They may force 20 bills into the lame-duck session that will be held after the Nov. 2 elections and before the new Congress convenes, The Hill reports.
ĎOne Nationí Rally Exposes Coalition of Far-Left Organizations
Obamaís own Organizing for America has praised the effort, calling it the "biggest progressive demonstration in decades." The list of organizations offering their official endorsements for Saturdayís "One Nation" rally reads like a whoís who of the far-left in America, including some usual suspects:
New Mobile Van Security X-Ray Technology Raises Privacy Questions
Modern technology may be working to keep us safe, but many wonder where the line between safety and privacy lands these days. New technology allows airport security screeners to peak under your clothes and the same x-ray technology is being used by new roving vehicles looking through the exteriors of vehicles and buildings. American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Mass., has reportedly sold U.S. and foreign government agencies hundreds of these backscatter x-ray scanners mounted in mobile vans
Arizona's Brewer: 'We Want Our Borders Secure'
Though it may be controversial to some media pundits, Arizonaís tough anti-immigration law has proved popular across the nation, says Gov. Jan Brewer in an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview. The law is being challenged by the Obama administration, but donations have to help defend it now total $3.7 million. "We want our borders secure, and we want to stop the flow of illegal immigrants," Brewer tells Newsmax. "I canít say enough about the citizens throughout America who have come and supported us."
Credit Unions Bailed Out
Regulators announced Friday a rescue and revamping of the nation's wholesale credit union system, underpinned by a federal guarantee valued at $30 billion or more. Wholesale credit unions don't deal with the general public but provide essential back-office services to thousands of other credit unions across the U.S. The majority of retail credit unions are sound, but they will have to shoulder the losses through special assessments over the next decade.
Congress prepares to punt, spend the fall campaigning
Congress is deadlocked over virtually every major issue still pending this year, including key economic matters such as a detailed federal spending plan and extending Bush-era tax cuts, yet lawmakers still hope to leave Washington by Friday and not return until mid-November.
U.S. wants to be able to wiretap online communications.
Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations of the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is "going dark" as people increasingly communicate online instead of by telephone.
Obama to hold 'biggest political rally since 2008'
A senior Democratic Party strategist said the event would be the biggest political rally since the end of the campaign and is meant to recapture "some of the old excitement and energy from the 2008 campaign that was so essential to Obamaís and Democratsí success."
Census data shows Texas, Florida big winners
A new analysis of Census Bureau data shows that Texas and Florida may have won the reapportionment sweepstakes, mainly at the expense of New York and Ohio. In the next Congressional elections, Texas will have four more Congressional seats and Florida will add two more, strengthening their representation in the House. New York and Ohio will both lose two, in changes that will have repercussions in the 2012 presidential election:
UN to appoint envoy to extraterrestrials
A fun microcosm of the UN in action: Not only are they willfully embarrassing themselves, but should the day ever come when an envoy is needed, their plan will go straight out the window as nations jockey furiously for position in the E.T. receiving line.
Surprise Poll: Blacks Backing Tea Party
* The number of people who identify as "members" of the tea party has more than tripled over the last month alone, up to 21 percent of likely voters.
* Fifty-five percent of those surveyed said they support the tea parties based on the movement's positions on the issues.
* Among the likely voters who are black, 32 percent said they would vote for a candidate backed by the tea parties.
Dems Go Dirty
Democratic candidates across the country are opening a fierce offensive of negative advertisements against Republicans, using lawsuits, tax filings, reports from the Better Business Bureau and even divorce proceedings to try to discredit their opponents and save their Congressional majority.
Obama Team Uses Flimflammery to Inflate Job Numbers
Grassley has learned that, in lieu of a settling on a straightforward definition of a green job, the administration has adopted an extraordinarily broad description of such jobs that could include not only financial advisers, wholesale buyers, and reporters, but also public relations specialists, marketing managers, and many more occupations that have nothing to do with protecting the environment. If federal money has created any of those jobs, then the administration can claim to have created a green job.
2nd Whistleblower: Reverse Racism at Justice Department
The prosecutor, Christopher Coates, also said the downgrading of the case against the New Black Panther Party was evidence of a Justice Department culture which discouraged "race neutral" enforcement of civil rights laws, frowned on prosecuting minority perpetrators and folded under pressure from black and Latino rights groups. After President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder took office, the culture intensified, Coates told the panel, ultimately leading to his departure as chief of the voting rights section early this year.
Teen Banned from Library Over Jesus Talk
"The second time, he was warned; they said you can talk about anything at the library but not religion," says the older Hanson. "The third time, we were both called into the small conference room and the librarian said to Caleb, 'I got a complaint today from someone. I've warned you not to talk about Jesus or ask people about their faith in the library, so if you do it again then I'm going to ban you from the library.'"
America is polarizing into a new two-party state - socialists and non-socialists - that will be devoid of the stabilizing checks-and-balances in the former Republican-Democrat two-party system.
THE CLOWARD-PIVEN STRATEGY: SOCIAL CHANGE THROUGH ORCHESTRATED CRISIS
Strategy for forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and his wife Frances Fox Piven (both longtime members of the Democratic Socialists of America, where Piven today is an honorary chair), the "Cloward-Piven Strategy" seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
Liberal racists bear a heavy burden for having helped destroy the black family and create a black underclass by their romanticization of ghetto behavior, and their insistence that blacks are victims who cannot be held responsible for what they do. They reject the idea that culture rather than race may help explain the disadvantages those in the black underclass face.
Top 20 Pro-Socialism Sound Bites of Obama,
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DoJ lawyer to testify tomorrow on voter-intimidation case dismissal
Ten months ago, Coates, the award-winning former chief of the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, was subpoenaed by the Commission to testify about the case. He was subsequently instructed by DOJ officials to ignore the subpoena. Within the past hour, commissioners were informed that Chairman Gerald Reynolds had spoken with Coates and that the chairman would reconvene the Commissionís ongoing hearing on Friday at 9:30 a.m. to hear Coatesís testimony.
Judiciary Committee taking up confirmations of controversial bench nominees
Jeff Sessions is ringing the alarm bells on Judiciary Committee hearings set to take place today for five Barack Obama nominees to the federal bench. The Senate, which has few days left on its pre-midterms legislative calendar, wants to quietly move these five picks to floor votes while Republicans will still have difficulty blocking their confirmations. In at least two of the cases, and perhaps all five, people may want a better look at these appointments.
The Pledge: the first steps forward
After reading through this a couple of times, Iíd call it the Two Year Plan, or perhaps the Guiding Principles for a Two Year Plan. People tend to forget that the Contract With America was a rather short-term document, too - and became even more so once the effort to get term limits got dropped.
Rahm Emanuel Leaving White House Before Midterms
Emanuel, 50, would be the fourth top-level Obama adviser to leave the White House since July. The administration announced yesterday that National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers will leave by the end of the year to return to Harvard University. Peter Orszag, who served as budget director, and Christina Romer, head of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, have already left the administration.
Palin: Iíll Run for Prez if No One Else Steps Up
"A reason to run is if nobody else were to step up with the solutions that are needed to get the economy back on the right track and to be so committed to our national security that they are going to do all that they can, including fighting those on the extreme left who seem to want to dismantle some of our national security tools that we have in place," Palin told Fox News,
Financial Bailout Chief Announces Resignation
Herb Allison, the head of the government's $700 billion financial bailout program, is resigning. Allison says in a letter to his colleagues in the Treasury Department's Office of Financial Stability that they had accomplished a great deal.
Republicans block bill to lift military gay ban and DREAM Act defense bill
The partisan vote was a defeat for gay rights groups who saw the provision in a defense authorization bill as their last chance any time soon to overturn the law known as "don't ask, don't tell." Democrats fell short of the 60 votes needed to advance the legislation, which authorized $726 billion in defense spending. The vote was 56-43
Clinton to unveil US funds for clean cookstove push
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce on Tuesday a U.S. contribution of more than $50 million toward providing clean cooking stoves in developing countries to reduce deaths from smoke inhalation and fight climate change.
President Ahmedinejad Threatens U.S. With War 'Without Boundaries'
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad warned the Obama administration today that if Iran's nuclear facilities are attacked, the U.S. will face a war that "would know no boundaries." He said that Iran is on the brink of becoming a nuclear power, and warned Israel and the U.S. against attacking its nuclear facilities.
Dems include West social security number in flier, call it 'oversight'
The Florida Democratic Party today said it made an "oversight" when it included Republican congressional challenger Allen West's Social Security number in an attack mailer. West, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, in a nationally watched race, called the mailer "an unprecedented new low in American politics."
Obama Aides Weigh Bid to Tie the G.O.P. to the Tea Party
Obamaís political advisers, looking for ways to help Democrats and alter the course of the midterm elections in the final weeks, are considering a range of ideas, including national advertisements, to cast the Republican Party as all but taken over by Tea Party extremists, people involved in the discussion said.
Global Ďinternet treatyí proposed
"The fundamental functions and the core principles of the internet must be preserved in all layers of the internet architecture with a view to guaranteeing the interoperability of networks in terms of infrastructures, services and contents," reads the proposal.
UK Proposes All Paychecks Go to the State First
The UK's tax collection agency is putting forth a proposal that all employers send employee paychecks to the government, after which the government would deduct what it deems as the appropriate tax and pay the employees by bank transfer.
Recession Ended in June 2009
The National Bureau of Economic Research, the arbiter of the start and end dates of a recession, determined that the recession that began in December 2007 ended in June 2009. The decision by the NBER means that any future downturn in the economy would be considered a new recession and not a continuation of the recession that began in 2007.
America: Love it or (if you're rich enough) leave it?
Apparently our president thinks that living in America is so wonderful that we will never leave, despite being directly attacked and held responsible for the political class's inability to constrain its desire to buy votes with our money. He should think again.
Government could seek foreign investors for GM
GM and the Treasury Department would not comment Sunday on reports that the automaker is in talks with its current partner in China, SAIC, about buying a stake in the Detroit company. SAIC is owned by the Chinese government.
DeMint Calls for States Rights
"I would support a devolution of power out of Washington for education, health care, transportation, and Iíve introduced a lot of legislation for that, too," DeMint added, saying the power should go to the states.
Christian Flag Removed From Memorial
The King, N.C. City Council reluctantly voted to remove a Christian flag at the local Veteranís Memorial after anti-Christian groups threatened to sue. The city attorney told WGHP-TV they had received a letter from the ACLU and the North Carolina chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State vowing to sue if the flag was not taken down. City leaders estimated it would cost as much as $300,000 to fight a possible lawsuit.
GOP Prepares Release of New 'Contract With America' to Roll Back Obama Agenda
House GOP leaders are set to unveil a new "Contract with America" this week that will define the goals of the Republican Party and lay out in detail the agenda they will pursue if they win control of the House and possibly, the Senate. Based on leaks that emerged on Monday, the new document will seek nothing less than a rollback of the entire Obama agenda on healthcare, finance, and taxes.
Top-Ten Richest US Lawmakers
Here are the top 10 and their minimum net worth levels for 2009, according to Roll Call:
1. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., $188 million
2. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., $160 million
3. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., $153 million
4. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., $82 million
5. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, $74 million
6. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., $70 million.
7. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., $56 million
8. Rep. Vern Buchanan, R-Fla., $55 million
9. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., $50 million
10. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., $46 million
Public school children forced to pray to Allah
The video was taken inside the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center - Boston's controversial Saudi-funded mega-mosque - during a Wellesley Middle School social studies trip to the mosque, ostensibly taken to learn about the history of Islam first-hand. Yet the video reveals that the students are being blatantly mis-educated about Islam.
Arizona Sheriff: Obama ĎUnderminingí Law on the Border
Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu contends that President Obama is "undermining the rule of law" by blocking the border enforcement needed to stop Mexican narco-terrorists who are freely operating inside the United States. The sheriff of Pinal County, which borders Mexico, Babeu says his men are outmanned and outgunned across a large area the federal government has conceded cannot be defended.
Arpaio Calling Out Posse to Help with
Citing the arrests of 35 illegal aliens this week for allegedly being involved in human smuggling, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said Wednesday he will soon implement his plan for a volunteer armed posse to help with enforcement of illegal immigration and human smuggling laws. The sheriff said the posse members will be outfitted with appropriate hardware and gear. Arpaio's announcement came as he reported his deputies arrested 23 illegal aliens who were being smuggled through Maricopa County on Tuesday night, bringing the week's total to 35.
Cornyn Calls for Constitutional Convention
Americans are asserting their right of self-government with enthusiasm we have not seen in years. Many have participated in public rallies like those during the fight for independence more than two centuries ago. Others have made their voices heard through social networks, blogs, and other technologies of the modern era. Millions have already participated in competitive primaries across the nation. They have made clear that if Washington does not change its ways, then they will change Washington this November.
Maxine Waters's aides are expelled from event of Speaker Pelosi's
Three staffers working for embattled Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) were asked by security officers to leave an event in downtown Washington on Thursday after they tried to display large campaign signs just as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was about to speak.
Audit: $2 million per stimulus job...
The city received $111 million in stimulus under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) approved by the Congress more than year ago. "I'm disappointed that we've only created or retained 55 jobs after receiving $111 million," says Wendy Greuel, the city's controller, while releasing an audit report.
Pope visit: Five suspected Islamist terrorists arrested over assassination plot
The men were arrested during raids at 5.45am at a rubbish depot in central London based on an intelligence tip off received overnight. The suspects, aged 26, 27, 36, 40 and 50 were arrested by officers from Scotland Yardís Counter Terrorism Command on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.
Texas Sues to Block Bizarre "Global Warming" EPA Rules
"The state explained that the IPCC, and therefore the EPA, relied on flawed science to conclude that greenhouse emissions endanger public health and welfare," Abbott said. "Because the Administration predicated its Endangerment Finding on the IPCC's questionable facts, the state is seeking to prevent the EPA's new rules, and the economic harm that will result from these regulations, from being imposed on Texas employers, workers, and enforcement agencies."
DC TV station fires veteran anchor who mentioned BP's contributions to Obama...
In his piece, McKelway said the sparsely attended event attracted protesters "largely representing far-left environmental groups." He went on to say the protest "may be a risky strategy because the one man who has more campaign contributions from BP than anybody else in history is now sitting in the Oval Office, President Barack Obama, who accepted $77,051 in campaign contributions from BP."
Rasmussen: Feingold now trailing by 7 in Wisconsin
After winning his primary to gain the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Russ Feingold, businessman and newcomer Ron Johnson also got a bump in the polls. The latest Rasmussen survey puts him ahead of the incumbent by seven, 51/44. But as with all surveys conducted in the immediate aftermath of a primary, some caution should be taken:
Ohio Dem meltdown accelerates: Fisher down 20, Strickland 17
And the hits from the heartland just keep coming. In 2006, Democrats swept statewide races in Ohio and declared that they had turned the once solidly Republican state into a Democratic stronghold, led by the duo at the top of the ticket, Governor Ted Strickland and Lt. Governor Lee Fisher. Four years later, the two have gone into free-fall, according to two Quinnipiac polls.
Magliochetti singing to feds?
This breaking news yesterday afternoon didnít get much attention when it first came out, but it may get a lot more attention soon. Paul Magliochetti has agreed to change his plea to guilty on 11 felony counts connected to corruption in Congress. Magliochetti, who turned his connections to the late John Murtha into a powerful lobbying presence, has decided to cooperate with prosecutors, and that may be very bad news for Democrats on Capitol Hill:
NYT editorial: Itís imperative that these growling, snarling tea-party wingnuts be crushed
The New York Timesís idea of bipartisanship: Democrats and Republicans joining hands to crush conservatives. Itís a comfort to know that snotty, tone-deaf, self-parodic pieces like this will not only persist but flourish as we get closer to election day, thereby ensuring fresh supplies of motivation for Republicans to turn out and utterly destroy the left at the polls.
AP: Massive Tax Hikes to Smash Families in Face
A typical family of four with a household income of $50,000 a year would have to pay $2,900 more in taxes in 2011, according to a new analysis by Deloitte Tax LLP, a tax consulting firm. The same family making $100,000 a year would see its taxes rise by $4,500.
O'Donnell, Coons face off in first debate
After riding a wave of Tea Party support to victory, Christine O'Donnell and New Castle County Executive Chris Coons face off for the first time in a debate at Jewish Community Center, where it was standing room only.
Science Czar: We Need to 'De-develop' the U.S.
In a video interview this week, White House Office of Science and Technology Director John P. Holdren told CNSNews.com that he would use the "free market economy" to implement the "massive campaign" he advocated along with Population Bomb author Paul Ehrlich to "de-develop the United States." In his role as President Barack Obamaís top science and technology adviser, Holdren deals with issues ranging from global warming to health care.
MoveOn.org in Full-Blown Panic Mode
Itís pure panic time in Democratic circles as the 40-year reign James Carville predicted seems to ending a few decades early. MoveOn.org, a long-time Progressive powerhouse in DC and around the country, is running around with its hair on fire and preparing for a bad November. And the group is currently trying to figure out what friends to save and which ones to toss overboard.
DOJ Under Investigation for Racial Discrimination
The Justice Department's internal watchdog is investigating allegations that its civil rights division enforced voting laws in a racially discriminatory manner, officials said Monday. The review by Inspector General Glenn A. Fine is an outgrowth of the political controversy over a 2008 voter intimidation case against members of the New Black Panther Party. Some conservative lawyers, politicians and commentators have said that the civil rights division improperly narrowed that case, part of their broader allegations that the Obama Justice Department has failed to protect the civil rights of white voters.
WH: Itís Not Called Global Warming
The White House wants the public to start using the term "global climate disruption" in place of "global warming" -- fearing the latter term oversimplifies the problem and makes it sound less dangerous than it really is. White House science adviser John Holdren urged people to start using the phrase during a speech last week in Oslo, echoing a plea he made three years earlier. Holdren said global warming is a "dangerous misnomer" for a problem far more complicated than a rise in temperature.
Al-Qaeda on Capitol Hill: Congressional Muslim Staffers Association Embraces Islamic Radicals and Terrorists
When a report challenging our national security policy of ignoring Islamic supremacism through Islamic law, "Shariah: The Threat to America," was released during a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday, among the chief critics were representatives from the Congressional Muslim Staffers Association (CMSA). This group, which has been briefing both Democrat and Republican congressional leadership in recent months that there is nothing inherently violent in Islamic law, has a very poor history of embracing Islamic radicals and even Al-Qaeda terrorists.
6th District candidate Carter asks Pelosi to step aside
Democratic District 6 Congressional candidate Brett Carter is asking House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi to step aside for the good of Democratic candidates. Carter, in an announcement made in Nashville on Thursday morning, said he sent a letter to Pelosi requesting her to step aside.
Soros insider trading case to be reviewed
George Soros, the international investor and one of the worldís richest men, is to have his 2002 criminal conviction for insider trading reviewed by the European Court of Human Rights.
Foreclosures Rise; Repossessions Set Record
Bank repossessions, often the final step in the foreclosure process after a home fails to sell at auction, increased about 3 percent from the month before to 95,364, a record high. At the same time the number of properties that received default notices, the first step in the foreclosure process, decreased 1 percent from a month ago and fell 30 percent from a year ago, a sign that lenders are focusing on their backlog of foreclosure inventory before tackling new distressed loans, according to foreclosure listing website RealtyTrac, which released the report.
The Sore Loser Party
The Republican Party establishment and the center-right commentariat have no problem lecturing conservatives when it comes to unifying behind establishment candidates that win primaries - and conservatives have had no problem uniting for the sake of a Republican nominee in a general election. However, when given a chance at reciprocity this year, and not just in Delaware, the establishment figures have a poor record of getting behind the candidate chosen by the Republican voters in the states. The GOP is in danger of becoming the Sore Loser Party and destroying its credibility with grass-roots activists in the process:
Stunner: Congresswoman wheedles lobbyist for money
Is there anyone who would be "frankly surprised" to hear that elected officials pitch for contributions from lobbyists - and emphasize their ability to influence government action in their "sector"? Big Government got its hands on this voicemail message from Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton, the non-voting representative for the District of Columbia in the House, who leaves a very indiscreet message for the lobbyist in question:
A new stimulating road-sign project from the GOP
Signs, signs, everywhere thereís signs, and they all want to send a message that the $787 billion Porkulus package has succeeded in putting America back to work. It certainly put signmakers back to work for a short period of time, but Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) has accused the administration of using the signs as a propaganda device. In order to understand the scope of the problem, the Republicans on the House Oversight Committee would like to ask for your help. Do you see a Porkulus road sign in your area? Grab your camera or cell phone and take a picture, and then send it to the project e-mail address. Theyíll start mapping the signs and show just how prevalent the ad campaign has become:
Tea Party Wins Fight to Mark Constitution Day in Public Square
A federal judge on Wednesday overruled a small Ohio town that had blocked a local Tea Party group from holding a Constitution Day rally in the town's public square because it was deemed too political. Judge Donald C. Nugent issued a temporary injunction against Andover Township until the merits of the case can be decided. That clears the way for the Andover Tea Party to commemorate Constitution Day in the town square on Friday.
Biden warns Dems: "Tea Party is real"
On the heels of Christine OíDonnellís primary win in Delaware Tuesday, Vice President Biden tonight had a straightforward message to progressives: "Get in gear, man." With the midterm elections quickly approaching, Biden said the Democratic Partyís base needs to take seriously the challenge from tea party candidates and their supporters.
Texas school board takes on Islam
A resolution before the Texas State Board of Education says some world history textbooks push a pro-Muslim, anti-Christian view. The board plans to vote on the issue next week, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Coal Miners: EPA Is Killing Our Jobs
Michael Fox can literally see where his job ends. The 14-year veteran of the West Virginia coal mining industry is about a year and a half out from finishing his current project, and he can see the boundaries of the site. He doesn't know whether there will be any work left for him after that, since a wave of environmental regulation has put his firm's other permits on hold.
Reid Citizenship Plan Called an Election Ploy
Republicans were quick to dismiss Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan to grant citizenship to some illegal immigrants who came to the United States when they were children as a political ploy aimed at wooing voters and pro-illegal-immigrant groups before the November election. Others, meanwhile, are arguing over whether it is appropriate to try to tuck the plan into the defense authorization bill
Senate to Pass Small Business Lending Bill (Another Tax Payer Funded Bail-out)
Long-delayed legislation designed to open up credit to small businesses and award them with other incentives to expand and hire new workers is on track to pass the Senate on Thursday.
Surprise: Harry Reid to add DREAM Act amendment to defense appropriations bill
I donít get it. Why would a guy locked in a brutal election battle, who famously promised the Latino voters he desperately needs to win that heíd pass comprehensive immigration reform, suddenly add an immigration provision to a defense - ohhhhhh.
Sept. 14, 2010 is Obama Indoctrination Day Obama will be giving another one of his indoctrination speeches to schoolchildren all across this country today at 1:00 pm EST. Shameless manipulation of the most fragile minds - our children. This is how communists pervert entire generations. My granddaughter is not attending school today. Please protect your children and remove them from class before the speech begins.
Update: Obama tells kids to lower their expectations. How outrageous can this S.O.B. be? Why aren't parents and educators outraged? Why does Obama want a world of under-acheiving Bart Simpsons?
Waxman: Youíre darned right we Democrats will pursue cap-and-trade next year
The campaign to pass climate legislation will continue on Capitol Hill in 2011 - if Democrats are still in charge, that is. Thatís the word Tuesday from a top House Democrat who led the charge over the last two years to pass a major cap-and-trade bill.
Obama administrationís quiet reversal on marijuana raids
Despite campaign promises to the contrary, the Department of Justice under President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder hasnít stopped raiding marijuana dispensaries operating in states where sale of the drug is legal for medical purposes. But the DOJ has demonstrated one marked change now that itís under Democratic control: The department has stopped publicizing medical marijuana raids, both by requesting that more cases be sealed under court order and by refusing to distribute press releases.
Could Europeís Left-Wing Terrorism and Anarchism be Headed to America?
The stories of Greek unrest that came to a head this past summer shocked the world. There, people had become so dependent upon government programs that when parliament tried to dismantle the welfare state, left-wing terrorist and anarchist groups lashed out.
Feds Spent $800,000 of Economic Stimulus on African Genital-Washing Program
The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), spent $823,200 of economic stimulus funds in 2009 on a study by a UCLA research team to teach uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals after having sex.
Boehner Fires Back at White House Over Tax Hikes
"It's disappointing and counterproductive that the President and his advisors have decided to spin my comments yesterday as a sign that I am willing to accept tax hikes on any American. Here's a news flash for the White House: I am not," Boehner told Human Events. "As a former small businessman committed to freedom and smaller government, I strongly oppose the President's plan to raise taxes on small business in a struggling economy."
County Sues Farmer, Cites Too Many Crops
Fig trees, broccoli and cabbages are among the many greens that line the soil on Steve Millerís more than two acres in Clarkston, who said he has spent fifteen years growing crops to give away and sell at local farmers markets.
Senate G.O.P. Digs In to Keep Tax Cuts
The Senate Republican leader proposed legislation on Monday to continue all of the Bush-era tax cuts indefinitely, testing the willingness of Democrats to allow a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans in a weak economy and making clear that a partisan fight will extend deep into the campaign season if not beyond.
IMF fears 'social explosion' from world jobs crisis
A joint IMF-ILO report said 30m jobs had been lost since the crisis, three quarters in richer economies. Global unemployment has reached 210m. "The Great Recession has left gaping wounds. High and long-lasting unemployment represents a risk to the stability of existing democracies," it sai
Muslims Protest Moment of Silence
Hartfordís City Council revoked its offer for an imam to say a prayer at Mondayís meeting, but outside City Hall on Monday night, Imam Kashif Abdul-Karim prayed for the city, in Arabic and English.
Big Sis To Get Expanded Role In Policing Internet
Liebermanís version of the original bill includes language that would hand President Obama the power to shut down parts of the world wide web for at least four months with no congressional oversight. The combined version appears to shift that responsibility to DHS, who under the pretext of a national emergency could block all Internet traffic to the U.S. from certain countries, and close down specific hubs and networks, creating an ominous precedent for government regulation and control over the Internet.
"U.S. pastor must be killed"
Iranís supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, delivered a fiery address on Monday accusing the United States government of orchestrating desecrations of the Koran by right-wing American Christian groups last weekend, Iranian state news agencies reported.
No answers as crime rates fall
Violent crime is down in the United States for the third straight year. Property crime for the seventh. But why? Experts are hard-pressed to come up with an explanation. Geez! Ya think it might have something to do with an increase in gun sales?
How President Obama Thinks
Barack Obama is the most antibusiness president in a generation, perhaps in American history. Thanks to him the era of big government is back. Obama runs up taxpayer debt not in the billions but in the trillions. He has expanded the federal government's control over home mortgages, investment banking, health care, autos and energy. The Weekly Standard summarizes Obama's approach as omnipotence at home, impotence abroad.
Our Debt Is More Than All the Money in the World
For perspective: At the time that 2008 article was written, the entire supply of money in the world ("broad money," i.e., global M3, meaning cash, consumer-account deposits, checkable accounts, CDs, long-term deposits, travelersí checks, money-market funds, the whole enchilada) was estimated to be just under $60 trillion. Which is to say: The optimistic view is that our outstanding obligations amount to more than all of the money in the world.
Obama Going Soft on Crime Policy
For years, it was one of the GOPís most potent political epithets - labeling a Democrat "soft on crime." But the Obama White House has taken the first steps in decades to move away from a strict lock-Ďem-up mentality on crime - easing sentences for crack cocaine possession, launching a top-to-bottom review of sentencing policies and even sounding open to reviewing guidelines that call for lengthy prison terms for people convicted of child pornography offenses.
AFL-CIO Skank Trumka off meds: Says others committing Ďeconomic treasoní
Whew, if there was ever a case of the pot calling the kettle "black" this is it. Let this fool speak for himself: "Some of our politicians, and some of Americaís biggest corporations have given up on America. Companies are sitting on $837 billion without creating jobs," Trumka will say."Banks are clutching a trillion dollars in profits without lending to small businesses and consumers. Too many companies arenít investing in the future, or in the country that made them great. All they want to do is scrape every ounce of flesh from our hides - for their profit." "Well I say that is economic treason!" Trumka says.
Mexican Gunmen Fire at Border Patrol Agents
The driver swam to Mexico leaving behind his vehicle loaded with drugs. As agents were removing over a thousand pounds of marijuana armed men in Mexico began shooting at agents patrolling on boats.
At Least 17 Republicans in 2012 Presidential Election Field
When Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour told us this week that the 2012 GOP presidential field will be "wide open," we had no idea just how many Republicans might be marching to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada for the opening caucuses and primaries. Including Barbour, who will decide after the fall midterm elections but who is expected to run in 2012, Washington political insiders tell us that nine Republicans are almost a lock to run and another eight are considering a presidential bid.
Christians rip pages from Muslim holy book in front of White House...
A small group of conservative Christians tore some pages from a Koran in a protest outside the White House Saturday to denounce what they called the "charade of Islam" on the anniversary of 9/11.
Man ignites Koran near Ground Zero
"If they can burn American flags, I can burn the Koran," shouted the unidentified man. "America should never be afraid to give their opinion."
US poverty on track to post record gain in 2009
The number of people in the U.S. who are in poverty is on track for a record increase on Obama's watch, with the ranks of working-age poor approaching 1960s levels that led to the national war on poverty.
New GM CEO's pay package worth $9 million
Akerson, a former telecommunications industry and private equity executive, will receive $1.7 million in annual salary, $5.3 million in short-term stock payable over the next three years, and another $2 million in stock that's part of the company's long-term executive compensation plan. The automaker, which is 60.8 percent owned by the U.S. government, disclosed the pay package in a filing on Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission
Co-Worker Calls Alleged Shooter: "Very Spiritual"
"We talked about her Muslim faith and I wished her happy Ramadan," Dorsey said. "I might be wrong, but my guess is she had some people that she had issues with and a personal agenda, a score she had to settle."
WH Threatens Companies for Raising insurance Prices
The Obama administration on Thursday told health insurers that it will track those who enact "unjustified" rate increases linked to the health overhaul and may block those companies from a new marketplace for insurance coverage
Obama Stops Pushing 'Green' Jobs After String of Embarassments
The long delays typical with environmentally friendly projects - combined with reports of green stimulus funds being used to create jobs in China and other countries, rather than in the U.S. - appear to have killed the administration's appetite for pushing green projects as an economic cure.
AP Nails Obama for Health Care Falsehood
So far, the law he signed earlier this year hasn't had the desired effect. An analysis from Medicare's Office of the Actuary this week said that the nation's health care tab will go up - not down - through 2019 as a result of Obama's sweeping law.
Planned Parenthood Accused of Massive Fraud
Gonzalez alleges that after he reported the problems internally he was fired. While Gonzalez was still working for PPLA the state of California launched audits of various Planned Parenthood affiliates, and uncovered more than $5.2 million in overbilling at a single affiliate based in San Diego. Gonzalez claims that Planned Parenthood lobbyists intervened to stop other audits that were still pending statewide.
US Faces Good News, Bad News in War on Terror
The good news on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attack is we are winning the war on terror. The bad news is that is not enough to stop another horrific and potentially far more catastrophic attack.
Oakland Dems face jury probe on possible Tea Party-related fraud
The request followed reports that Oakland County Democratic party officials were involved in helping put candidates for the so-called Tea Party on the November ballot. Several of those candidates said they did not sign affidavits to run for office that were notarized by recently resigned Democratic Party official Jason Bauer.
Website pulled on US church that wants to burn Korans
Dan Goodgame, a spokesman for the San Antonio, Texas-based web hosting firm Rackspace, told AFP the evangelical Dove World Outreach Center church had, "violated the Offensive Content section of its Acceptable Use policy."
FBI agents visit Florida church over Quran burn
FBI agents visited Thursday with a minister of a small Florida church that plans to burn the Quran on Sept. 11, as public safety became a paramount concern and President Barack Obama added his voice to the chorus of opposition.
Terry Jones: Burning Korans 'Meant to Be a Warning'
As far as Terry Jones is concerned, he's just supplying the kindling -- several hundred copies of the Koran, Islam's holiest book. He said the spark was ignited nine years ago when a band of Muslim terrorists boarded planes and turned U.S. citizens into weapons against their own people.
Treasuries Extend Losses After Auction of $13 Billion in 30-Year Bonds
Treasuries fell as the government sold $13 billion of 30-year bonds after economic reports showed initial jobless claims dropped last week more than economists forecast and the trade deficit narrowed.
The First Major Newspaper, The Washington Times, calls for Obama to be impeached! KUHNER: President's socialist takeover must be stopped. Obama has engaged in numerous high crimes and misdemeanors. The Democratic majority in Congress is in peril as Americans reject his agenda. Yet more must be done: Mr. Obama should be impeached.
Islamization' of Paris a Warning to the West
A hidden camera shows streets blocked by huge crowds of Muslim worshippers and enforced by a private security force. This is all illegal in France: the public worship, the blocked streets, and the private security. But the police have been ordered not to intervene. It shows that even though some in the French government want to get tough with Muslims and ban the burqa, other parts of the French government continue to give Islam a privileged status.
Sheriffs want lists of patients using painkillers
The state sheriff's association pushed the idea Tuesday, saying the move would help them make drug arrests and curb a growing problem of prescription drug abuse. But patient advocates say opening up people's medicine cabinets to law enforcement would deal a devastating blow to privacy rights.
THRILL IS GONE: Students recruited to fill seats for Obama's appearance...
With less than an hour before President Obama's scheduled speech, 75 seats remained empty in the recreation center at Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus. So organizers went around campus and recruited more students to fill the seats.
Obama Added More to National Debt in First 19 Months Than All Presidents from Washington Through Reagan Combined, Says Govít Data
In the first 19 months of the Obama administration, the federal debt held by the public increased by $2.5260 trillion, which is more than the cumulative total of the national debt held by the public that was amassed by all U.S. presidents from George Washington through Ronald Reagan.
Pastor Plans Quran Burning Despite Criticisms
Despite provoking worldwide outrage with his plans to lead a burning of the Quran, Islamís holiest book, on 9/11, the pastor of a small church in central Florida said he wonít back down.
Castro: Communism Doesn't Work in Cuba
Fidel Castro told a visiting American journalist that Cuba's communist economic model doesn't work, a rare comment on domestic affairs from a man who has conspicuously steered clear of local issues since stepping down four years ago. Imagine that!
Ariz. Green Party Sues to Block 'Sham Candidates'
The lawsuit follows an Aug. 30 complaint by the Arizona Democratic Party alleging the candidates were newly registered voters or changed their registration to Green for the sole purpose of getting support from liberals who would probably vote for Democrats if there wasn't a Green Party option. Dems running scared?
Murkowski Likely to Lose Leadership Spot if Campaign Continues
Murkowski, who conceded the GOP primary last month to Fairbanks lawyer Joe Miller, could announce as soon as Thursday whether she will continue her campaign for re-election as a write-in candidate. She has also held talks with the stateís Libertarian Party leaders about running under their flag.
Study confirms: ObamaCare wonít reduce health-care costs after all
The report by federal number-crunchers casts fresh doubt on Democrats' argument that the health-care law would curb the sharp increase in costs over the long term, the second setback this week for one of the party's biggest legislative achievements.
Barbara Boxer Aide Caught Bringing Pot Into the Senate
Marcus Stanley, who served as a senior economic adviser and at one time worked on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, chaired by Boxer, was stopped by a police officer Tuesday morning when he allegedly tried to "remove and conceal" a leafy green substance from his pocket during a security screening at the Constitution Avenue door of the Hart building around noon, according to a Capitol Police report.
Imam Threatens U.S., Says If Mosque Moves, Terror Will 'Explode'
A Muslim imam behind a proposed cultural center two blocks from New York's Ground Zero said he must build there despite angry protests in order to defend America and its citizens against a "danger from the radicals in the Muslim world to our national security."
The Left Forces Shutdown of Last U.S. Lightbulb Factory
The last major GE factory making ordinary incandescent light bulbs in the United States is closing this month, marking a small, sad exit for a product and company that can trace their roots to Thomas Alva Edison's innovations in the 1870s. The remaining 200 workers at the plant here will lose their jobs.
GOP Senses Panic as Obama Targets Boehner Directly
Obama and administration aides have repeatedly targeted the longtime Ohio lawmaker possibly poised to become Speaker, but Wednesdayís address by the president will be the most direct assault yet.
Dems Tell Their Base: Fear Tea Party
The passage of landmark bills such as healthcare and financial regulatory reform has not triggered as much grassroots enthusiasm as initially envisioned, Democratic strategists say. And while the right is engaged this cycle, the left is deflated. "This is a big problem," said Democratic targeting and turnout guru Hal Malchow. So Democrats have turned to a strategy that may be their next best bet: demonization of the "insurgent" Tea Party
City Council Meetings to Begin With Muslim Prayers
In the wake of the battle over a mosque at Ground Zero, a move by the Hartford City Councilis sure to have its critics. The Council announced Tuesday that it has invited local imams to perform Islamic invocations at the beginning of the Council meetings in September.
Union Boss on Obamacare: 'We Drove It Down the Republicans' Throats'
From an April speech by Richard Trumka to the Labor Caucus at the California Democratic Convention in Los Angeles: Trumka: "Without Nancy Pelosi health care wouldn't have happened...We stuck together and we got a historic victory and drove it down the Republican's throat and out their backsides"
Reid: Don't Blame Me for Nevada's High Unemployment
"It would take a real stretch to think I caused the problems with the economy," Reid said Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Tuesday expressed confidence in his prospects for reelection and said that voters should not blame him for economic woes in his state and around the country.
Democrats Schedule Meeting to Regulate Gun Sales
The Senate Committee on the Judiciary has scheduled a hearing entitled "Firearms in Commerce: Assessing the Need for Reform in the Federal Regulatory Process" for Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. By order of the Chairman.
Obama Digs in, Pushes Tax Hikes on 'Rich'
Obama on Wednesday will make clear that he opposes any compromise that would extend the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy beyond this year, officials said, adding a populist twist to an election-season economic package that is otherwise designed to entice support from big businesses and their Republican allies.
GOP Strategist Gillespie: 'Big Wave' of Voter Anger Crashing Down on Obama
Veteran Republican strategist Ed Gillespie tells Newsmax in an exclusive interview that a "very big wave" of voter dissatisfaction is going to crash down on the Obama White House when Americans vote in GOP candidates in Novemberís midterm elections. No Democrat running for office anywhere in the country is a safe bet to win, he adds, given the level of opposition to the agenda of the Obama administration and the Democratic-controlled Congress.
Obama assails GOP, promotes new "jobs" program
A combative Barack Obama rolled out a long-term jobs program Monday that would exceed $50 billion to rebuild roads, railways and runways, and coupled it with a blunt campaign-season assault on Republicans for causing Americans' hard economic times.
Democrats plan political triage to retain House
In the next two weeks, Democratic leaders will review new polls and other data that show whether vulnerable incumbents have a path to victory. If not, the party is poised to redirect money to concentrate on trying to protect up to two dozen lawmakers who appear to be in the strongest position to fend off their challengers.
Generic Congressional Ballot: Republicans Lead by 12:
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely Voters would vote for their district's Republican congressional candidate, while 36% would opt for his or her Democratic opponent.
School Tells Student: Remove American Flag From Truck
A high school student in Northglenn is upset that campus security told him to remove the large American flags flying from his pickup truck because it might make others uncomfortable.
Fannie Mae Up to Its Old Tricks
Who is offering such an unusual package of come-ons like this in an era of stringent underwriting requirements? It's Fannie Mae, the mortgage investment giant that got into deep trouble when the housing bubble burst and is now bleeding red ink in prodigious quantities under federal conservatorship
EPA to Issue New Climate Rules Without Congress
While Democratsí climate agenda remains on hold heading into this fallís midterm elections, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency vows it will take action to roll out itís own new regulations on greenhouse gases
Audit finds Sharpton's nonprofit on brink
"The organization has suffered recurring decreases in net assets -- and has been dependent upon advances from related parties and the nonpayment of payroll tax obligations -- to maintain continuity," the firm KBL concluded in an April 2 audit of NAN's 2008 financial records, the most recent available.
ICE considering changing catch-and-release to just release
Letting illegal immigrants go free? Hard to believe but that could be the new federal mandate if a proposed ICE policy change is approved. Hereís the idea: If authorities pull someone over for a traffic stop and discover they are in the country illegally, authorities would be forced to let the illegal immigrant go without calling federal agents unless the individual is a convicted felon.
Shocker: Democratic donors from 2008 going GOP in 2010
No, itís no shocker that Democrats have big problems in fundraising after their record from the past two years. Itís not even a shocker that Wall Street donors have shifted their money to the GOP; that started a year ago, and has only accelerated since. The news that Tony Podestaís lobbyists have begun betting on a Senate takeover by Republicans is a little surprising.
Bailout in the Works for Afghan Bank Hit by Panic
In a bid to fend off the threat of a nationwide financial crisis, the Afghan and United States governments hammered together a deal to bail out Afghanistanís largest bank on Saturday after lines of frantic depositors mobbed the bank for a third day.
Texas probing Google over search results
The attorney general of the US state of Texas has opened an inquiry into whether Internet giant Google manipulates search results. Google disclosed the antitrust probe in a blog post late Friday following a report by technology website SearchEngineLand.com on the investigation by the Texas authorities.
Muslims Protest Plans to Burn Quran
The Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Fla., said it will burn the Islamic holy book on the ninth anniversary of the terror attacks. Local officials have denied a permit for the bonfire on the church's grounds. But the center, which made headlines last year by distributing T-shirts that said "Islam is of the Devil,'' insists it will go ahead with the plan.
Analysts: 9.6% Jobless Puts GOP on Verge of Senate Takeover
A perfect storm of economic reversals, including news that August unemployment rose to 9.6 percent, has pushed Democrats to the brink of losing both the Senate and the House in the midterm elections, leading political analysts say. For once, the nation's top political analysts are agreeing that a complete GOP takeover of Congress is plausible.
Judge Overturns Nebraska Ban On Flag Mutilation
A federal judge has overturned Nebraska's ban on flag mutilation. Thursday's ruling is a victory for activists from a Kansas church who trample on the U.S. flag when they protest at military funerals
Former Car Czar Rats on Obama
Former Obama administration car czar Steven Rattner is coming out with a new book that depicts him swashbuckling through the financial crisis and also shows Obama as "out to get" the car companies and the administration making political decisions about how to deal with bankrupt automakers GM and Chrysler.
Fewer Young Voters See Themselves as Dems
The college vote is up for grabs this year to an extent that would have seemed unlikely two years ago, when a generation of young people seemed to swoon over Barack Obama. Though many students are liberals on social issues, the economic reality of a weak job market has taken a toll on their loyalties: far fewer 18- to 29-year-olds now identify themselves as Democrats compared with 2008.
Arpaio: DOJ 'Sandbagged' Me
"It surprises me because our lawyers have been meeting with the Justice Department officials the last week and we were cooperating," Arpaio told Fox News' Neil Cavuto. "Now all at once, I'm being sandbagged and they're suing me."
Buz Mills becomes chairman of Border Sheriffs
This week, former Arizona gubernatorial candidate Buz Mills assumed the chairmanship of Border Sheriffs, an organization founded by Arizona sheriffs Paul Babeu and Larry Deverís to support Arizonaís recently passed immigration law, SB 1070. The non-profit group is focused on raising private funds for the legal defense of the 15 named sheriffs in lawsuits leveled by the ACLU and the Justice Department.
Economy tops 1st Boxer, Fiorina Senate debate
After a summer of firing campaign shots from afar, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer and Republican challenger Carly Fiorina met on the same stage for the first time Wednesday over who best represents California's economic interests for the next six years.
Dems Unlikely to Repeal Bush Tax Cuts
However, a small but growing number of moderate Democrats are balking at boosting taxes on the rich. Many face electorates that recoil at the mention of any tax increase. Some represent areas that are loaded with wealthier taxpayers. Further, some incumbent senators who don't face voters this fall are reluctant to increase taxes on anyone while the economy remains sluggish.
New Mexico National Guard Deployed to Border
New Mexico has deployed 82 National Guard troops to help secure the border with Mexico after they completed training. The governor's office says they will provide criminal investigative analysis and entry identification teams.
Deval Patrick on Beck rally: "Itís a free country. I wish it werenít."
And you thought that a libtalker declaring a public space too sacred for God would be the dumbest quote from the Left on the Restoring Honor rally hosted by Glenn Beck. Michael Graham from Bostonís WTKK posts a clip of Governor Deval Patrick responding to a question about the rally by noting first that itís a free country - and then that heís not terribly happy about that, either:
Liberal Groups Holding Rally to Counter Beck
"The AFL-CIO is determined that the Tea Party and its corporate backers are not going to get the final word," said AFL-CIO executivevice president Arlene Holt Baker. "We will expect tens of thousands of union families to come."
Obama Forbids Sale of Antique Rifles
The South Korean government, in an effort to raise money for its military, wants to sell nearly a million antique M1 rifles that were used by U.S. soldiers in the Korean War to gun collectors in America. The Obama administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March - a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates.
Wow! ACLU Sides With Tea Partier
The American Civil Liberties Union says it's backing an Arizona man against a homeowner association rule against flying the Gadsden Flag in front of his house. Andy McDonel says he put up the coiled snake banner bearing the slogan "Don't Tread on Me" this year as a tribute to the military and Founding Fathers, The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday.
Arizona Now Has ĎWhopping 30í National Guard Troops and 15 Billboard Signs Warning Citizens About Drug Cartels Operating on Public Lands
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said requests by Arizona law enforcement personnel and Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) for 3,000 National Guard troops along the stateís border with Mexico have been answered so far with 1 percent of that number deployed there this week.
Sen. Murkowski's defeat marks major tea party win
In arguably the biggest political upset of the year, Joe Miller claimed the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate when incumbent GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski conceded Tuesday evening. Murkowski gave up after failing to gain much ground in an count of outstanding absentee ballots.
WH economist calls for more spending, less taxes
Romer called on officials Wednesday to move forward on policies that will increase government spending and cut taxes. She also called for investments in infrastructure and new trade agreements.
Department of Justice ditches red, white and blue stars and stripes
And at the top of the page, is a rather interesting quote: "The common law is the will of mankind, issuing from the life of the people." Catchy, huh? Just one tiny little (too small to be relevant obviously) point -- the quote is from C. Wilfred Jenks, who in the 1930's was a leading proponent of the "international law" movement, which had as its goal to impose a global common law and which backed Ďglobal workers' rights.'
Democrats face midterm meltdown
Obamaís Democratic party faces a series of dramatic defeats at every level of government in Washington and beyond in the November midterm elections, according to leading analysts and opinion polls.
Federal court refuses to dismiss challenge to drilling ban - again
The White House suffered another defeat in federal court on an issue their own advisers have declared not worth fighting. Judge Martin Feldman refused again to dismiss a challenge to the Obama administrationís drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico this afternoon, saying that their newly drafted ban didnít differ enough from their first to render the lawsuit invalid:
Radical Environmentalist Holds Discovery Channel Hostage
A man who once protested the Discovery Channel stormed the network's Maryland headquarters Wednesday, firing at least one shot with a bomb strapped to his chest, witnesses said.
STOP! Federal Spending Rises Record 16% in 2009
Federal domestic spending increased a record 16 percent to $3.2 trillion in 2009, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday, largely because of a boost in aid to the unemployed and the huge economic stimulus package enacted to rescue the sinking economy.