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Poll: Obama Approval Drops Below 40%
Obama is spending the next week crisscrossing the country in support of Democratic candidates before this year's midterm elections. While the president may do a great job of energizing the base, he may not be able to convert any Independents who have yet to decide for whom they will vote. Currently, two-thirds of Americans (67%) have a negative opinion of the job President Obama is doing while just over one-third (37%) have a positive opinion. This continues the president's downward trend and he is now at the lowest job approval rating of his presidency.

Where the Election Stands One Week Out
It’s easy to look at what appears to be a gigantic Republican 2010 midterm election wave in the House and feel a little slack-jawed, but not so much surprised. There were plenty signs well over a year ago that Democrats were facing grave danger, but even when expecting an onslaught, one can still be shocked at its size and unrelenting force. It would be a surprise if this wave doesn’t match the 52-seat gain on Election Night in 1994, and it could be substantially more.

Maine Weighs Letting Non-Citizens Vote
Portland residents will vote Nov. 2 on a proposal to give legal residents who are not U.S. citizens the right to vote in local elections, joining places like San Francisco and Chicago that have already loosened the rules or are considering it.

2010: Democrats Set Records for Dirtiest Election Ever
"Everything you are seeing on TV is a shameful lie." That statement didn't come from an ad-weary voter, but it certainly could have. It's actually a quote from GOP state Sen. Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina. The reason for Mulvaney's disgust? Democrats recently aired an ad showing police booking an elderly woman into jail, as a narrator warns seniors that Mulvaney may take away their Social Security.

'60 Minutes' Blows Lid Off Unemployment Situation
The economic jam we're in has topped even the Great Depression in one respect: never have we had a recession this deep with a recovery this flat. Unemployment has been at nine and a half percent or above for 14 months. Congress did something that it has never done before - it extended unemployment benefits to 99 weeks. That cost more than $100 billion, a huge expense for a government in debt. But now, for many Americans 99 weeks have passed and there's still no job in sight. Some have taken to calling themselves the "99ers."

WikiLeaks Revelation: WMDs in Iraq?
The WikiLeaks documents show that some of these toxic weapons have indeed been found: In August 2004, for instance, American forces surreptitiously purchased what they believed to be containers of liquid sulfur mustard, a toxic "blister agent" used as a chemical weapon since World War I. The troops tested the liquid, and "reported two positive results for blister." The chemical was then "triple-sealed and transported to a secure site" outside their base.

Obama Using Endangered Species Act To Prevent Border Patrol From Catching Illegals
Nearly half of the thousands of miles of the U.S.’s border with Mexico - which saw about 556,000 people cross over it illegally last year - is federally maintained by the Interior Department and the Forest Service, which are charged with upholding the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Wilderness Act, and the Endangered Species Act.

Donors Send Millions to Defend AZ Immigration Law
The law which sparked debate over states’ rights and propelled the topic of illegal immigration to the forefront of national politics is heading to court. Since Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1070 into law, the state has been targeted with lawsuits from individuals and civil-rights groups. Fortunately for Arizonans, they aren’t alone in covering the legal costs defending the law. According to the Wall Street Journal, donors from across the country have contributed more than $3.5 million to help defend the law cracking down on illegal immigration.

No 'party' on election night for GOP
"This event is not a fundraiser and it is not a ‘party’ - even if voters remove Democrats from power, you don't celebrate at a time when one in 10 Americans are out of work and our children's future is threatened by mountains of debt," NRCC Communications Director Ken Spain told CNN.

Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid's name was already checked. Ferrara said she wasn't alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.

Nancy Pelosi must defy odds to retain her post as Speaker
Now political observers note that to save her Speakership, Pelosi will not only need a majority but would have to retain at least 225 seats in the Democratic column; that is, limit the Republicans to a pickup of 32 seats.

Obama said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, he said, "we can't have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."

Gas prices have risen $1.01 per gallon since Obama took office
The cost of a gallon of gas has eclipsed the $3 mark in several parts of the country and clocks in nationally at $2.82, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). That's up from $2.68 on Sept. 6, and overall about $1 higher than the week of Jan. 26, 2009, when President Obama took office and the per-gallon price was $1.81.

Global food crisis forecast as prices reach record highs
Global wheat and maize prices recently jumped nearly 30% in a few weeks while meat prices are at 20-year highs, according to the key Reuters-Jefferies commodity price indicator. Last week, the US predicted that global wheat harvests would be 30m tonnes lower than last year, a 5.5% fall. Meanwhile, the price of tomatoes in Egypt, garlic in China and bread in Pakistan are at near-record levels.

Iran begins inserting fuel into nuclear plant core
Iran began loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, its atomic energy chief said, taking the last major step to realizing its stated goal of becoming a user of nuclear energy.

Bernanke Asset Purchases Risk Unleashing 1970s Inflation Genie
Bernanke next week is likely to preside over a decision to launch another round of large-scale asset purchases after deploying $1.7 trillion to pull the economy out of the financial crisis, comments from policy makers over the past week indicate. This time, with interest rates already near zero, the Fed will be aiming to increase the rate of inflation and reduce the cost of borrowing in real terms.

American al-Qaida spokesman urges attacks in US
A U.S.-born spokesman for al-Qaida on Saturday urged Muslims living in the United States and Europe to carry out attacks there, calling it a duty and an obligation. In a 48-minute video posted on militant websites, Adam Gadahn directed his appeal to Muslim immigrants in what he called the "miserable suburbs" of Paris, London and Detroit, as well as those traveling to the West to study or work.

Iran training Taliban fighters to use surface-to-air missiles
Iranian military advisers have been training Taliban fighters in Afghanistan on the use of surface-to-air missiles, a potential game changer in the war if insurgents can use such weapons effectively, several current and retired military officials told The Washington Examiner.

Chavez Nationalizes Venezuela Arm of US Bottle Co
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez ordered the takeover of the local unit of U.S. glass bottle firm Owens-Illinois Monday, part of a drive to nationalize large swathes of the food processing and distribution business.

Large Trucks Must Reduce Emissions as Much as 20%, U.S. Says
Large trucks in the U.S. must cut emissions as much as 20 percent by 2018 under the first standards proposed for work vehicles, the Obama administration said today. Tractor-trailer trucks will have to meet the 20 percent target, while heavy-duty pickup trucks and vans must reduce emissions 10 percent for gas vehicles and 15 percent for those that are diesel-powered, the Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in an e- mailed statement. Buses, motor homes and garbage trucks must cut emissions 10 percent.

WACO: A New Revelation
After six years of painstaking investigation, the complete story of the tragedy in Texas is finally coming to light. This compelling feature-length documentary presents new revelations about the events that led up to the deaths of 79 men, women and children at Mount Carmel on April 19, 1993.

With two weeks remaining until Election Day, the political map has expanded to put Democrats on the run across the country with 99 Democratic-held House seats now in play and Republicans well in reach of retaking the House.

Gallup Finds U.S. Unemployment at 10.0% in Mid-October
Unemployment, as measured by Gallup without seasonal adjustment, is at 10.0% in mid-October -- essentially the same as the 10.1% at the end of September but up sharply from 9.4% in mid-September and 9.3% at the end of August. This mid-month measurement confirms the late September surge in joblessness that should be reflected in the government's Nov. 5 unemployment report.

Palin teases Reno crowd about presidential run
Sarah Palin launched a two-week run of tea party rallies Monday leading up to the election and teased supporters about a possible presidential run for herself, saying "we can see 2012 from our house."

National Debt Up $3 Trillion on Obama's Watch
New numbers posted today on the Treasury Department website show the National Debt has increased by more than $3 trillion since President Obama took office.

Troops chafe at restrictive rules of engagement, talks with Taliban
"I don't think the military leaders, president or anybody really cares about what we're going through," said Spc. Matthew "Silver" Fuhrken, 25, from Watertown, N.Y. "I'm sick of people trying to cover up what's really going on over here. They won't let us do our job. I don't care if they try to kick me out for what I'm saying -- war is war and this is no war. I don't know what this is."

Are foreign and illegal workers funding Democrats' attack ads?
Labor unions are spending millions to tar Republican candidates -- and they take in far more foreign cash than the Chamber. If the GOP takes control of Congress, investigations into how organized labor funds its political efforts could be forthcoming.

VFW fires PAC board over Democratic endorsements
This doesn’t appear to be anything meaningless or mealy-mouthed either. On Friday, the VFW Commander-in-Chief removed all 11 members of the VFW-PAC board after they refused to rescind their endorsements. He also issued a memo stating that he will move to dissolve the PAC at the annual VFW convention in August.

Palin Warns GOP Leaders: Stay on Message or You're 'Through'
"I think the machine within the GOP will realize the 'we the people' message is rising and is resonating throughout with independents, with moderates, with hard-core conservatives because it's so full of common sense and time-tested truths that could put the economy back on track, that heaven forbid the GOP machine strays from this message," she said in an interview with CNN in Reno, Nev. "If so, the GOP is through."

NBC News: 100 Democratic Seats In Play
The result is that President Barack Obama is looking at losing nearly twice the average number of seats lost by a sitting president since World War II - a staggering assessment by voters on the most activist Congress since the 1960s.

Border Patrol Arrests Fall 17 Percent in 2010
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says a 17 percent drop in Border Patrol arrests along the U.S. border with Mexico shows heightened enforcement is working. That broad is as stupid as she looks and is putting all Americans in danger.

Bobby Jindal: 'I'm Not Running in 2012'
Some political insiders believe Jindal may be on a short list of possible vice-presidential running mates in 2012, while others think he may even run against Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., in 2014. For his part, Jindal said he is focused only on supporting fiscally conservative candidates in the midterm elections and his re-election campaign in 2011.

Obama Pushes for Easier Wiretaps
The task force officials want more legal incentives and penalties to push AT&T, Comcast, Verizon and other carriers to make sure any changes to their networks will not disrupt efforts to conduct wiretaps. According to the Times, President Barack Obama's administration intends to submit a package of draft legislation to Congress next year.

Black Neighbors Protest White Woman’s Confederate Flag
Annie Chambers Caddell, whose ancestors fought in the Civil War, insists the Confederate flag flying over her home is an important reminder of her heritage. But for her neighbors in this tree-shrouded, historically black neighborhood, it’s an unpleasant reminder of a by-gone era they’d rather not see every time they pass by her house.

First lady Michelle Obama appears to have violated Illinois law -- when she engaged in political discussion at a polling place! Illinois state law -- Sec. 17-29 (a) -- states: "No judge of election, pollwatcher, or other person shall, at any primary or election, do any electioneering or soliciting of votes or engage in any political discussion within any polling place [or] within 100 feet of any polling place."

Russia to build nuclear power station in Venezuela
Russia agreed on Friday to build Venezuela's first nuclear power station after talks between Presidents Dmitry Medvedev and Hugo Chavez in the Kremlin. Russian nuclear agency chief Sergei Kiriyenko and Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro signed a deal on "the construction and use of an atomic power station on the territory of Venezuela," after the talks.

Teacher in Oval Office when Obama signed Education Stimulus -- laid off...
TPS hasn't spent a dollar of the $7.6 million in teacher rehire money it received from the Aug. 10 bill, opting instead to save it for next school year to rehire or retain a myriad school employees - probably not teachers.

Democratic Funding Fades
A late effort by Democrats to match record fund raising by conservative organizations has come up short, leaving the party more reliant than usual on the campaign efforts of labor unions.

Gov't: No increase for Social Security next year
The Social Security Administration said Friday inflation has been too low since the last increase in 2009 to warrant an increase for 2011. The announcement marks only the second year without an increase since automatic adjustments for inflation were adopted in 1975. The first year was this year.

Bacon attack on an American mosque
When he first spotted the strange graffiti, Mushtaq Hussain thought it was a juvenile prank: Somebody had used bacon strips on a sidewalk in front of a Florence, S.C., mosque to spell out the words "PIG" and "CHUMP."

Judge lets states' healthcare suit go forward
U.S. states can proceed with a lawsuit seeking to overturn Obama's landmark healthcare reform law, a Florida judge ruled Thursday. Opponents of Obama's overhaul of the $2.5 trillion U.S. healthcare system have said it violates the Constitution by imposing what they consider unlawful taxes and requiring citizens to obtain healthcare coverage, among other issues.

Baby snatched for dad's politics back with parents
A tiny baby girl snatched from her parents' custody a week ago when her father was accused of being an "Oath Keeper" was returned to her parents. The accusations against the father, Johnathon Irish, whose fiancée, Stephanie Taylor, is the mother of Cheyenne, have been dropped.

Angle won the debate; Update: TNR wonders what Reid was thinking
Angle won because she looked relatively credible, appearing not to be the Wicked Witch of the West (Christine O’Donnell is the good witch of the Tea Party) and scoring many more rhetorical points. And she won because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid looked as if he could barely stay on a linear argument, abruptly switching gears and failing to effectively parry or thrust.

Debt Market Strips U.S. of Triple-A Rating
The United States has lost its gold-plated triple-A rating -- in the eyes of credit traders, at least. U.S. sovereign debt was the third-worst performer in a closely watched derivatives market during the third quarter, CMA said Tuesday in its quarterly review of global sovereign credit risk.

Charge: GM 'Lied' About Chevy Volt
The Chevy Volt has been hailed as General Motors' electric savior. Now, as GM officially rolls out the Volt this week for public consumption, we're told the much-touted fuel economy was misstated and GM "lied" about the car being all-electric.

Dems Caught 'Buying' Native American Votes
Democrats in South Dakota are holding three early-vote rallies on reservations this week that will feature "feeds" to attract potential voters. That activity continues a long tradition of pairing food with voter rallies in areas of the state where Democrats garner as much as 95 percent of the vote.

U.N. Tells U.S. to Pay Up
The United States owes $1.2 billion to the United Nations, more than a quarter of the payments owed the world body by all member states, a senior U.N. official said on Thursday. U.N. Undersecretary-General for Management Angela Kane told reporters that only 13 of the United Nations' 192 member states had paid in full as of Wednesday. The total arrears amounted to some $4.1 billion, up from $2.2 billion at the end of 2009, Kane said.

Pelosi's Family Goes Along for Ride on Taxpayer Dime
"Pelosi’s abusive use of military aircraft demonstrates a shocking lack of regard for the American taxpayer and the men and women who serve in the U.S. Air Force. Speaker Pelosi may have a frequent flyer record for taxpayer-financed luxury jet travel," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.

Food Hypocrisy? Michelle Obama Caught Ordering Cheeseburger and Fries
Michelle Obama is supposed to be the figurehead for healthy eating. She has recently lead the White House’s charge to get kids to make better food choices, encouraging them to trade in fried foods for fresh ones. But in Milwaukee, WI yesterday campaigning for Democratic Senator Russ Feingold*, Mrs. Obama took part in some "eat as I say, not as I do."

Congressman Fails to Clarify ‘I Think the Constitution is Wrong’
During a recent debate with his challenger Marty Lamb, McGovern began explaining that the Supreme Courts Citizens United decision is inappropriate. During that explanation, he made the statement, "I think the Constitution is wrong".

Obama: ‘No Such Thing’ as a Shovel-Ready Job
After 14 months of unemployment rates topping 9.5 percent, the president claims he’s learned his lesson and that perhaps he should have "let the Republicans insist on the tax cuts" in the drafting of the stimulus bill.

Al-Qaeda Magazine Includes ‘Proud Traitor’ and ‘Tips’ for Killing Americans
The first edition of an al-Qaeda terrorist magazine written in English boasted the headline "Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom" in July. Now its second edition includes some more equally chilling articles: "Tips for Our Brothers in the United Snakes of America,"* and "I am Proud to be a Traitor to America."

Georgia accused of stripping 2nd Amendment rights
The newest lawsuit, filed on behalf of a Georgia resident who is an honorably discharged veteran from the Vietnam War, names as defendants Attorney General Eric Holder and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Obama choice helped Fannie block oversight
Years before Fannie Mae foundered amid a massive accounting scandal, President Obama's choice for national security adviser oversaw an office inside the mortgage giant that orchestrated a negative publicity blitz to fight attempts by Congress to increase government oversight, records show.

Hysterical Communist Assaults Reporter at One Nation Rally
A communist protester assaulted a Human Events reporter at the "One Nation" Communist Rally in Washington, D.C. The protester tried to shake hands with Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) but couldn't help lashing out at a camera first.

"Our troops sacrifice their lives to protect our freedoms. They should never, ever be denied the right to vote," Schumer said.

Why Obama Is Losing the Political War
Obama is being politically crushed in a vise. From above, by elite opinion about his competence. From below, by mass anger and anxiety over unemployment. And it is too late for him to do anything about this predicament until after November's elections.

Democrats, Union Workers, and Communists Rallied Together in Washington on October 2, 2010
For years, I have written on the subject of how the terms democrat, socialist, communist, Marxist, liberal, and progressive are all synonymous in American now. In the good ole days, they were in the closet, but today, they are on daily display from the White House to the Halls of Congress, to the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.

George Soros: I’m not getting in the way of this Republican avalanche
Soros, a champion of liberal causes, has been directing his money to groups that work on health care and the environment, rather than electoral politics. Asked if the prospect of Republican control of one or both houses of Congress concerned him, he said: "It does, because I think they are pushing the wrong policies, but I’m not in a position to stop it. I don’t believe in standing in the way of an avalanche."

Sarah Palin Takes A Big Step Toward 2012 Run for President
Former Alaska governor and 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is raising new speculation in conservative circles that she is already preparing for a 2012 presidential bid. In the latest and clearest example of her plans, Palin met with some 50 national conservative leaders Wednesday in Palm Beach, Florida where she discussed economic and diplomatic policy and led some to declare that she's in the race.

What Was Jerry Brown’s Response to Idea of Calling Meg Whitman a Whore?
Jerry Brown calls a police union official. He leaves a message and attempts to hang up the phone. The attempt fails. Brown continues talking in the background unaware that the remarks are being captured by voice mail. If you got that call, you know you would be listening closely. And if the conversation involved the word "whore" being used to describe Brown’s opponent Meg Whitman - you would say "bingo." Well this is all on the audio turned over to the Los Angeles Times:

Angle Releases Reid Viagra Ad Amid Sharia Controversy
In the last few weeks, Sharron Angle has come under fire for comments about Muslims and Sharia law in America. She‘s also seen one of Nevada’s top GOP members endorse her opponent, incumbent Democrat Harry Reid, in the Nevada Senate race. But she’s not letting that derail her campaign, and instead of playing defense, she’s going on the offensive with a new ad - one accusing Reid of providing Viagra to sexual predators

Pence: Supreme Court Will Overturn Obamacare
Good news for opponents of the new healthcare law: The Supreme Court is likely to overturn key elements of it, says Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind., the third-ranking House Republican, The Hill reports. "It's going to the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court's going to decide whether or not the Constitution of the United States permits the government to order the American people to purchase goods or services, whether they want them or need them or not," says Pence, who opposes Obamacare, just like nearly all Republicans.

Obama: GOP victory would mean "hand-to-hand combat" in Congress next year
A Republican majority in Congress would mean "hand-to-hand combat" on Capitol Hill for the next two years, threatening policies Democrats have enacted to stabilize the economy, President Obama warned Wednesday.

Jan Brewer: Why are foreign governments submitting briefs in the DOJ’s lawsuit against Arizona?
The move comes in response to a 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling issued Monday, allowing nearly a dozen Latin American countries - Mexico, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru and Chile - to submit friend-of-the-court briefs in Justice’s challenge to SB 1070, which Brewer signed into law in April and is considered one of the nation’s toughest immigration-enforcement measures.

Biden: "You’re the dullest audience I’ve ever spoken to"
Well, Wisconsin voters certainly know how many jobs have been lost - all while Obama and Biden claimed to be "saving or creating them." Biden speaks as if he and his boss have not been in power for most of two years, and Democrats in charge of Congress for almost four. On top of that, Democrats have run Wisconsin for the last several years, if not longer, including Mayor Tom Barrett for whom Biden campaigned today. So who lost the jobs, and who is responsible for them not coming back?

Another Exit: Obama Announces National Security Adviser's Departure, Replacement
Gen. James Jones is calling it quits as President Obama's national security adviser, Fox News has confirmed. His resignation will be effective in two weeks. Tom Donilon, the deputy national security adviser, will succeed Jones, Obama will announce the change on Friday afternoon in Rose Garden ceremony with Jones and Donilon.

Obama Targets Chamber of Commerce
Obama this afternoon joined the gang of Democrats and liberal groups alleging that the US Chamber of Commerce is using foreign funds to influence American elections. Chamber officials say that money coming from foreign donors cannot be used for political activity under the 1907 Tillman Act, and that the charge is false. Tita Freeman, vice president of communications at the Chamber, said "this coordinated effort is a desperate attempt to silence those who support free enterprise and a diversion from their lack of progress on job creation."

Treasury Watchdog Launches Probe on Team Obama
A Treasury Department watchdog has launched an investigation into whether the Obama administration improperly snooped around the tax records of the mega-conglomerate that has poured millions into Republican campaigns.

Jobs crisis extends to unemployed, lawmakers
The most rampant layoffs of teachers and other local government workers in nearly three decades more than offset weak hiring in the private sector in September, resulting in a net loss of 95,000 jobs. Unemployment remained stuck at 9.6 percent.

Soaring prices threaten new food crisis
Fears of a global food crisis swept the world’s commodity markets as prices for staples such as corn, rice and wheat spiralled after the US government warned of "dramatically" lower supplies.

Overestimate fueled state's landmark diesel law
California grossly miscalculated pollution levels in a scientific analysis used to toughen the state's clean-air standards, and scientists have spent the past several months revising data and planning a significant weakening of the landmark regulation, The Chronicle has found.

Is the Department of Homeland Security Targeting "Oath Keepers"
Disturbing news, and questions arise from the news of a newborn baby being seized and taken from the baby's parents, and the affadavit states the affiliation of the father, John Irish to the group "Oath Keepers". We don't want to jump to conclusions without knowing the legal reasons for taking a new born from the parents. It appears Jonathan Irish had a court order to finish a "violence" therapy program and possesses firearms and may have other issues. So why take the newborn?

Democrat Introduces Legislation to End Right-to-Work States
Back in June, we reported that California Congressman Brad Sherman (D) was circulating a letter to his fellow Democrats to introduce legislation to repeal "Right-to-Work" laws in 22 states. Now, with less than a month before the mid-term elections and five weeks before a lame-duck session in Congress, Sherman has introduced legislation to eliminate state Right to Work laws all across America.

From Global Warming to Ice Age
Forecasters say this winter could be the coldest Europe has seen in the last 1,000 years. The change is reportedly connected with the speed of the Gulf Stream, which has shrunk in half in just the last couple of years. Polish scientists say that it means the stream will not be able to compensate for the cold from the Arctic winds. According to them, when the stream is completely stopped, a new Ice Age will begin in Europe.

Why Big Labor couldn't match Glenn Beck's rally
Because the labor movement is shrinking, aging and divided. Because the best program its leaders (and co-sponsors at the NAACP) could put together was one featuring Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Richard Trumka, Van Jones and Harry Belafonte. And because George W. Bush is no longer in the White House. Put those factors together, and Big Labor's big march fell flat.

Firefighters let home burn to the ground because owner didn’t pay annual $75 fee
It was only when a neighbor’s field caught fire, a neighbor who had paid the county fire service fee, that the department responded. Gene Cranick asked the fire chief to make an exception and save his home, the chief wouldn’t.

British columnist: Sure, I’d put a pillow over my child’s face if it was "deeply suffering"
Miss Ironside said: ‘If a baby’s going to be born severely disabled or totally unwanted, surely an abortion is the act of a loving mother.’ The writer said she recognised that disabled people could lead active and fulfilling lives. But she said there were millions of disabled and unwanted children around the world who were left suffering in institutions. ‘To go ahead and have a baby, knowing that you can’t give it some kind of stable upbringing, seems to me to be cruel,’ she said.

Pelosi Set to Punish Dems Who Criticize Her
Pelosi has blown off the public slights from the likes of Texas Rep. Chet Edwards, who recently said he would not commit to backing Pelosi for another term as speaker, and Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright, who recently predicted Pelosi could "get sick and die" before the next Congress. Rep. Heath Shuler of North Carolina even suggested that he might run for the position of speaker himself.

First Shot Fired in War on Christmas
ichmond's annual holiday parade down Broad Street will return for a 27th year with the Dominion Foundation as its title sponsor and, organizers hope, a tribute to Sgt. Santa, the late Dalton R. "Ricky" Duling. "The tradition will continue," said Charlie Donato, vice chairman for media promotions for the nonprofit Richmond Parade Inc. With the change in sponsor, the parade officially drops "Christmas" in its name in favor of "holiday."

'Silent Night' Silenced By SCOTUS
"Silent Night" and other religious songs will remain off the program at holiday concerts in South Orange-Maplewood schools after the U.S. Supreme Court declined today to take up an appeal of the district’s ban on celebratory religious music.

'One Day, the Flag of Islam Will Fly Over the White House'
Choudary contends eventually you'll see global Islamic rule, including here in the United States. "We do believe as Muslims the East and the West will be governed by the Sharia," Choudray. "Indeed we believe that one day the flag of Islam will fly over the White House. Indeed, there's even an oration of the Prophet where he said, ‘The day of judgment will not come until a group of my...’"

Communist Backing for 'One Nation' March Raises Eyebrows
The Communist Party USA’s open endorsement of Saturday’s One Nation march on the Mall in Washington shows just how radicalized the mainstream of the American left has become, says noted author Paul Kengor. Organizers such as NAACP President Ben Jealous have labeled the march as the "antidote" to the tea party movement

Ariz. Border Sheriff: Obama’s ‘Got His Hands Wrapped Around Our Throat'
Dever also said he has "zero confidence" Obama will secure the border before his presidential term is up in two years and that the president is putting the people who live and work in Cochise County at risk by willfully failing to secure that border so that he can maintain political leverage for his goal of winning an amnesty for illegal aliens.

TIME Exposed for Militia Tea Party Propaganda
That being said, we need to point out their completely disingenuous cover story this week. Once again, the establishment media is trying to frighten people with the creepy, right-wing militia bogeyman. How long can they continue this tactic with no evidence that militias offer any threat at all?

Author D'Souza Rebuts Critics of His Obama 'Roots' Book
D'Souza's ideas reveal that Obama "is a person who is fundamentally out of touch with how the world works, who happened to have played a wonderful con, as a result of which he is now president," Gingrich added.

Free Speech Cases at Top of Supreme Court's Agenda
First Amendment cases top the Supreme Court's docket as it begins a new term with a new justice and three women on the bench for the first time.

Bloomberg Tells the Truth About Obama
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday gave a mixed but decidedly negative review of President Obama’s economic policies, saying that the reason for joblessness is uncertainty in the private sector caused by government and that the president is uninterested in business.

Boehner Outlines Changes if G.O.P. Takes House
He called for rewriting the budget act, ceasing the practice of cobbling together enormous spending bills that cover multiple agencies, ending leadership-driven legislation that freezes out the vast majority of members and instituting a cut-as-you-go requirement in which any member offering a new program must "terminate or reduce spending on an existing government program of equal or greater size - in the very same bill."

Study: ObamaCare will make doctor shortage 50% worse by 2015
More good news on what we found out about ObamaCare after its passage comes from two different sources today. First, a new study by the Association of American Medical Colleges and reported by Reuters shows that the bill will have a big impact on an expected shortage of physicians over the next few years - by amplifying it:

Judge Saves 'In God We Trust' at Capitol
An atheist group’s attempt to have the "In God We Trust" and Pledge of Allegiance engravings removed from the Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C., has failed. A federal judge in Wisconsin threw out the lawsuit brought by the Freedom From Religion Foundation.

Taxpayer money funneled to Taliban
A year-long probe into USAID funding in Afghanistan found that Afghan subcontractors have been funneling millions of dollars in taxpayer money to the Taliban, according to a report obtained by GlobalPost.

Vindicated: The Truth about Conservative Economic Policies
Over the years, conservative economic policies have been the subject of heated attack by liberals seeking to justify punitive taxes and a bloated regulatory state. But far from failing, conservative economic values have delivered on every point.

GE’s Really Big, Bad Ideas
Why would General Electric abandon the incandescent light bulb? In 1890 Thomas Edison established General Electric after having achieved fame with it and other inventions. Not only will this iconic invention no longer be manufactured in the United States by next year, but the government has ruled that it cannot even be purchased here.

Why Do Progressives Defend Communists and Terrorists?
When John Sweeney, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, became president of the AFL-CIO, the communists and their fellow travelers were officially welcomed in. He hired veterans of the Venceremos Brigades such as Karen Nussbaum and Karen Ackerman. These were the groups of radical young people who had gone to Communist Cuba for indoctrination sessions back in the 1970s. Some went for training in guerrilla warfare. The trips were arranged by Bernardine Dohrn of the terrorist Weather Underground.

Obama Recess Appointments Barred Over Break
Senate Republicans reached an agreement last night with the Democrat Senate majority to hold pro-forma sessions of the Senate every Monday and Friday during the election break. This action bars President Obama from appointing his controversial nominees while the Senate goes home to campaign for the elections. For a recess appointment to occur, the Senate must be out of session for more than three consecutive days.

If You Are Not a Leftist, Why Are You Voting Democrat?
All Americans, including conservatives, understand why any leftist would vote Democrat this year. The Democratic Party is now America's version of a European Social Democratic or even Green Party. In domestic policy, there is no significant difference between the American and European parties.

Cannibals Converge on Washington
By the tens of thousands, so-called Progressives, Socialists, Communists, and their unions will be gathering in Washington for a call to arms-one final putsch-before November 2nd. They will come by car, by train, by rented bus, to make demands, not for freedom or honor-as marchers have in the past-but for greater redistribution of wealth, more burdensome regulations, more unions, and they want jobs too. [Provided by whom?]

‘It Was the Democrats’: Jobs Advocate Shocks Ed Schultz With Unemployment Theory
Ed Schultz isn’t usually at a loss for words. But he was flummoxed when a guest on his show last night blamed Democrats for not extending jobless benefits, instead of pinning the issue on Republicans as Schultz tried to encourage her to do.

Sheriff: Man Feared Dead After Pirates Open Fire in TX Boundry Waters
An American tourist was shot in the back of the head in Mexican waters on Thursday after being ambushed by armed boaters, a Texas sheriff said. It happened near the U.S. boundary of a lake where run-ins with pirates already had fishermen and Texas officials on alert.

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 Senate’s $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 don’t want to lose their grip on Congress, some of them aren’t 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 officer’s 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, it’s not just the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s minority contingent that fears the loss of nearly a million jobs from new EPA rules on greenhouse gases and other emissions issues. It’s also groups like the United Steel Workers, Unions for Jobs and the Environment, and experts like King’s 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 GOP’s 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 they’ll 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.

‘One Nation’ Rally Exposes Coalition of Far-Left Organizations
Obama’s 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 Saturday’s "One Nation" rally reads like a who’s 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, Arizona’s 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 can’t 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.

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