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Judge strikes down healthcare reform law
"Because the individual mandate is unconstitutional and not severable, the entire act must be declared void," he wrote, "This has been a difficult decision to reach and I am aware that it will have indeterminable implications."

US issues terrorist warning for citizens worldwide
The State Department warned that militant groups could target areas where US citizens may gather in large numbers, such as sporting events, hotels, or places of worship. Attacks could involve a variety of tactics "including suicide operations, assassinations, kidnappings, hijackings, and bombings," said the statement.

Oil over $100 as Egypt protests intensify
Oil prices broke through the $100 a barrel level for the first time in more than two years, amid market fears that Egypt’s turmoil will hit oil flows. Although both the Suez Canal and a pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean continue to operate, the popular uprising to unseat Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s president, has brought much of the rest of the economy to a halt

200GB to 25GB: Canada gets first, bitter dose of metered Internet
Metered Internet usage (also called "Usage-Based Billing") is coming to Canada, and it's going to cost Internet users. While an advance guard of Canadians are expressing creative outrage at the prospect of having to pay inflated prices for Internet use charged by the gigabyte, the consequences probably haven't set in for most consumers. Now, however, independent Canadian ISPs are publishing their revised data plans, and they aren't pretty.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood eyes unity gov't without Mubarak
Although the Muslim Brotherhood is officially banned from running for elections for parliament, some movement members have presented candidacy for parliament as independents.

Recent decisions amount to a dressing down for 9th Circuit
In five straight cases, the court has rejected the work of the San Francisco-based court without a single affirmative vote from a justice. The nation's largest court, stretching from Montana to Hawaii, the 9th has jurisdiction over nearly 20 percent of the nation's citizens. Not surprisingly, it routinely supplies the largest portion of the cases the court reviews each term.

Conflict of interests for ranking Democrat on House Ethics Committee
Rep. Linda Sanchez has only been the top Democrat on the House Ethics Committee for three days, but there are already questions about whether Sanchez has a conflict of interest involving her chief of staff, a top ethics lawyer and the high-profile Maxine Waters ethics trial that looms before the committee.


Why Were U.S. Socialists Rallying in Support of Egypt This Weekend?
Sometimes the story comes to you. That’s what happened this weekend, when some Associated Press pictures we used in a Saturday story revealed an interesting fact: U.S. leftist and socialist groups staged rallies across the country in support of Egyptian protesters. It’s a curious phenomenon, so we decided to dig deeper. Here’s what we found. Some of it will surprise you, and unfortunately some of it will not.

US gets internet 'kill switch' bill ready
The proposed legislation, introduced into the US Senate by independent senator Joe Lieberman, who is chairman of the US Homeland Security committee, seeks to grant the President broad emergency powers over the internet in times of national emergency.

Seeing red, PAC is down on Scott Brown
Saying the Republican senator is no different from a Democrat, the head of the group is calling for Mr. Brown to donate to charity or disgorge campaign money equal to how much the trust spent supporting him during the 2010 campaign.

Dem Campaign Committee to Blitz 19 GOP Lawmakers
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has opened up the 2012 campaign with an advertising blitz against 19 Republicans. Most of the 19 hold seats in congressional districts that Barack Obama won in 2008,

Senate GOP divided over tactics for balanced-budget amendment
Members of the Senate Tea Party Caucus have said they will filibuster the debt-limit increase unless two-thirds of the upper chamber votes for a balanced-budget amendment. Two-thirds of the House and three-quarters of the states must also ratify the amendment for it to become law.

Errant Text Message Accidentally Detonates Suicide Bomber, Saving Hundreds
a Russian Islamic terrorist plan was foiled on New Year’s Eve when a “Happy New Year” text detonated the terrorist’s suicide bomb prematurely: Security sources believe a spam message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her but nobody else.
Makes you want to go out and get an unlimited text plan, doesn’t it?

Civility--children's play calls for beheading of Sarah Palin
The play, which was presented at the Missoula Children's Theater in Missoula, Montana on January 23, was a production of Gilbert and Sullivan's 'The Mikado.' But the play's director decided at the last minute to add a bit of 'humor' to the production by including a scene which called for the beheading of Sarah Palin.

Obama Administration Lifts US Ban on Muslim Brotherhood Leader
The Barack Obama administration has decided to lift a ban preventing Muslim Scholar Professor Tariq Ramadan from entering the United States. Ramadan, an Egyptian currently living in Switzerland, is a leading member of Europe’s Muslim Brotherhood branch and the grandson of the movement’s founder Hassan al-Banna. The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organization for Hamas and some of the groups that recently merged into al-Qaeda, including Ayman al Zawahiri’s Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

Jordan's Muslim opposition warns that Arabs ready to topple US-allied leaders across Mideast
The leader of Jordan's powerful Muslim Brotherhood has warned that unrest in Egypt will spread across the Mideast and Arabs will topple their "tyrant" leaders allied with the U.S.

Egypt protests: America's secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising
The American Embassy in Cairo helped a young dissident attend a US-sponsored summit for activists in New York, while working to keep his identity secret from Egyptian state police.

Egyptian Civil Strife Sends Oil Close To $100 On Suez Canal Fears
Beyond the obvious and inexcusable human cost, the protests against Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year reign have hit the sovereign debt and equity markets, and are working their way through the oil and gold markets.

Democrats Charged in 'Massive' Voter Fraud Case
A 59-page, 116-count indictment charges Troy Democratic City Councilman Michael LoPorto and Edward McDonough, Democratic Commissioner of the Rensselaer County Board of Elections, with forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument. The two men arrive in court in handcuffs on Friday and pleaded not guilty.

AP Catches Obama Stretching the Truth Again
The new estimate by the Health and Human Services Department is more than twice as high as a figure that supporters of the law were using last year. It just might need an asterisk. Most of those millions of people are covered by health insurance at work and don't face any immediate risk of being denied care for their pre-existing medical problems. And as a rule, those who take a new job and sign up in their employer's health plan are already protected by a 1990s law.

Prominent members of SEIU local 73 are being investigated for their potential ties to the Hamas and FARC terrorist groups.
Late last year, their homes were raided by the FBI, and they were subpoenaed to appear in front of a grand jury for questioning. Two days ago, they refused again to appear in front of the grand jury. The interesting thing about these SEIU folks is that they also belong to a violently radical group called the Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

Paging Gore… Himalayan Glaciers Actually Growing
Researchers have discovered that contrary to popular belief half of the ice flows in the Karakoram range of the mountains are actually growing rather than shrinking. The discovery adds a new twist to the row over whether global warming is causing the world's highest mountain range to lose its ice cover.

Top Dem: We will ‘hang’ Republicans
Amidst a national dialogue about softening political rhetoric, members of an Obama-affiliated organization are threatening to hang Granite State Republicans in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.
Ah, the civility of it all

Obama Justice Department Colluded with ACLU to Attack Arizona’s SB 1070
Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today announced that it has received documents from the Department of Justice (DOJ) that show DOJ worked hand-in-hand with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in mounting their respective legal challenges to SB 1070, Arizona’s get-tough illegal immigration law. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed on June 17, 2010, include email exchanges between DOJ officials and ACLU staff.

Sarah Palin Schools the Washington Post on History
The Washington Post, which never passes up an opportunity to attack Sarah Palin, has gone after her for criticizing President Barack Obama’s “Sputnik” reference in the State of the Union Address. Palin noted accurately that what Obama was calling for was “big government” as the solution to our problems. She further pointed out big government socialistic solutions are what in part did the Soviet empire in. Those comments sent Steve Stromberg at the Washington Post into a hyperbolic fit, declaring that her analysis is “weird.” But his response indicates that he knows as little about the Soviet Union and Sputnik as President Obama’s speechwriters.

What is the Muslim Brotherhood?
In the 1940s, an armed wing of the Brotherhood was blamed for a string of violent acts, including the assassination of Egyptian Prime Minister Mahmud Fahmi al-Nuqrashi in 1948 -- shortly after he had ordered the dissolution of the MB.

Explosions, Gunfire Heard in Cairo as Protesters Defy Curfew
Flames rose up across a number of cities from burning tires and police cars. Even the ruling party headquarters in Cairo was ablaze in the outpouring of rage, bitterness and utter frustration with a regime seen as corrupt, heavy-handed and neglectful of grinding poverty that afflicts nearly half of the 80 million Egyptians.
Mainstream media, including Fox, ignoring this violence is backed by the Muslim Brotherhood

As Egypt Explodes, Oil Set To Skyrocket
Violent anti-government riots in Egypt and a grassfire of unrest torching across the sands of the Middle East fueled fears of $200 a barrel oil and an instability some say could spread to oil-rich Saudi Arabia, and beyond.

Muslims Murdering Christians
This focused effort by Islamists against religious minorities, specifically Christians, is real. The evidence is overwhelming. International Christian Concern, a human rights organization, recently released its “Hall of Shame” on global persecution of religious minorities and identified Islamic fundamentalists as the No. 1 persecutor of Christians, besting other notorious oppressors such as China, North Korea, and Cuba.

'SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING' HYSTERIA: Swat detain man talking on cellphone after citizen tip...
No weapon was found and the individual was taken into custody without incident less than 20 minutes after police arrived on scene. The individual was talking on a cell phone at the time of the incident. It's likely that is the object the passerby identified as a gun. Hughes said no crime was committed and no additional information, including the person's name, would be released.

NY mob task force spends 6 MONTHS probing 50-cent sausage heist
An investigation of the penny-ante heist was ordered by the Waterfront Commission, the agency charged with policing the docks for mob corruption, drug smuggling and other major crimes, the sources said. New York sure knows how to waste money.

Filibuster reform achieved on bipartisan basis
It looks like the effort to steamroll the GOP on massive “reforms” has been stopped. As Byron York explained, too many members of the 53-seat majority have begun to suspect that they will shortly have to use the filibuster themselves:

‘Civility’ just a ruse to neuter Republicans
The Democrats lost power in the House after Americans got too big a taste of their left-wing socialist agenda over the last two years. Now that they’ve lost power they need to stem what could amount to even bigger losses in 2012. Since they can’t really legislate to cover their tracks, they need to prevent Republicans from continuing to remind Americans about their socialist agenda.

Democrats Seek Political Advantage in Rejecting Entitlement Reform
For decades, money collected through Social Security payroll taxes has gone via “securities” into the Treasury’s general fund. From there, the money was spent on all sorts of things including payouts to current retirees. Fortunately, Social Security has always brought in more money than it has paid out. At least that was the case until this week...

White House insider warns of dire consequences from eligibility issue
Evidence is growing that the White House is so sensitive about stories in the media concerning the issue of Presidential eligibility that reporters have been warned of dire consequences if they merely ask questions about the subject.

Hawaii lawmakers want release of Obama birth info
Five Hawaii Democratic representatives want to pass a law making Barack Obama's birth records public and charge $100 to see them. The bill, introduced this week, would change a privacy law barring the release of birth records to anyone unless they have a tangible interest.

DeMint Aide Hints at Presidential Run
An aide to Sen. Jim DeMint (R., S.C.) tells CNN’s Peter Hamby he’s open to a presidential run if none of the other contenders proves sufficiently popular — or conservative — enough.

Border authorities arrest controversial Muslim cleric east of San Diego
U.S. border authorities have arrested a controversial Muslim cleric who was deported from Canada to Tunisia three years ago and was caught earlier this month trying to sneak into California inside the trunk of a BMW, according to court documents.

Obama's State of the Union Was Tantamount to Plagiarism
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, what can be said of plagiarism? President Obama’s second State of the Union address contained enough recycled ideas and lines lifted from speeches of others to make historians wince. I suppose this is what one does when one not only has nothing new to say, but is required by custom and Constitution to come forth with a report of some kind by a certain time and day.

Palin: Obama's State of Union Full of 'WTF' Moments
PALIN: Well, speaking of last night, that was a tough speech to have to sit through and kind of try to stomach because the president is so off base in his ideas on how it is that he believes the government is going to create jobs. Obviously, government growth won't create any jobs. It's the private sector that can create the jobs.

Former TIME Mag Moscow Chief to Replace Robert Gibbs
Jay Carney, a former Time magazine reporter, will replace Robert Gibbs as the chief spokesman and one of the most public faces of the administration. Sources say Carney, 45, dazzled President Obama, new chief of staff Bill Daley and senior advisor David Plouffe during the interview process.

Medicare Actuary Doubts Health Care Law Will Hold Down Costs
The landmark legislation probably won't hold costs down, and it won't let everybody keep their current health insurance if they like it, Chief Actuary Richard Foster told the House Budget Committee. His office is responsible for independent long-range cost estimates.

Rep. Pence won't run for president in 2012
"In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana," Pence wrote, according to the Indianapolis Star. "We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012."

White House rebuffs Reid on earmarks, says Obama won't bend
"The president was clear on this," Gibbs said. "We're going to make some very, very tough decisions, as the president talked about, in his budget. We're going to make some decisions that cut programs that Democrats and Republicans alike will both say are important.

GOP to look at federal gun laws
The closed-door gathering will focus on whether a federal system of background checks is working to block gun sales to the mentally ill and others barred from owning firearms, the aide said Tuesday. Staffers from both parties will attend, as well as officials from the FBI and possibly from the Justice Department, the aide added.

House votes to end publicly financed presidential campaigns
A day after President Obama asked both parties to work together during his State of the Union address, the bill, H.R. 359, was approved by party-line 239-160 vote following some very contentious debate.

GOP aims to scrap Medicare board, calling it Soviet- style 'central planning'
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), would repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB), which starting in 2015 will advise Congress on Medicare payments. Republicans and a handful of Democrats have opposed the board because they say it invests too much power in a panel of 15 unelected bureaucrats.

Healthcare repeal bill makes Senate debut
DeMint, joined by 35 Republican co-sponsors, introduced a bill mirroring House legislation passed last week to do away with the reform law. The DeMint legislation allows GOP senators to put themselves on the record about their support for repeal, via their sponsorship of the DeMint bill in the Senate.

GOP, Obama Draw Battle Lines over Budget
Obama’s State of the Union message proposed over a dozen new spending programs despite spiraling federal indebtedness, revealing a vast gulf between Democrats and Republicans over the urgency of U.S. solvency. The sharp divergence also suggests the two sides will fight a running battle over the austerity issue all the way through the 2012 presidential election.

Rand Paul Unveils $500B in Cuts
Not to be outdone, Republican freshman Sen. Rand Paul introduced legislation Tuesday that seeks to cut $500 billion from government spending in one year alone, wiping out three cabinet departments and the entire foreign aid budget while sparing neither the Pentagon nor 2011 war-related funding for overseas military operations.

Game-changer! Arizona to pass 2012 eligibility law
Obama will have to produce birth certificate to run again. The Arizona bill also requires attachments, "which shall be sworn to under penalty of perjury," including "an original long form birth certificate that includes the date and place of birth, the names of the hospital and the attending physician and signatures of the witnesses in attendance." It also requires testimony that the candidate "has not held dual or multiple citizenship and that the candidate's allegiance is solely to the United States of America."

Ryan, Bachmann Responses to the State of the Union
We are at a moment, where if government's growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America's best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.

Republicans urge Obama to join in cutting spending
"The budget battle ahead will determine whether we continue our decline into a cradle-to-grave welfare state or move in a new direction consistent with America's founding ideals," Ryan added in an e-mail sent to conservative activists.

AP SOTU FACT CHECK: Obama and His Imbalanced Ledger
The ledger did not appear to be adding up Tuesday night when President Barack Obama urged more spending on one hand and a spending freeze on the other. Obama spoke ambitiously of putting money into roads, research, education, efficient cars, high-speed rail and other initiatives in his State of the Union speech.

Obama Orders Study on Socialism
Under the radar this past week was Barack Obama's executive order for a review of government regulations in hope of showing that bigger government isn't bad news for economic growth and business.

Tucson Tea Party Speaks Out After Weeks of False Accusations & Death Threats
Trent Humphries, the leader of the Tucson Tea Party, released a statement today after enduring several weeks of false accusations and death threats by political opponents. The Tucson Tea Party is planning a public protest on Satuday April 16, 2011.

Obama’s climate change czar leaving White House
This’ll be spun as part of the standard midterm turnover inside the administration, but the big difference between her and people like Axelrod and Gibbs is that they’ll be replaced. She might not be, for the simple reason that her portfolio is all but dead in the new Congress. Which is to say, it’s not so much that she’s quitting. It’s that you fired her.

GOP would amend Constitution to prohibit feds from owning stock
The effort is a direct reaction to the Obama administration's 2009 bailout of auto and financial companies, which saw Treasury take significant stakes in General Motors and Chrysler as part of an $81 billion emergency program to help them stave off bankruptcy.

Rep. Bachmann's response won't be aired by most television networks
Only one television network — CNN — plans to air Bachmann's response to President Obama in its entirety, which she'll deliver separately from the official Republican response. She will make her remarks to the Tea Party Express, which will live-stream her speech on its website.

House oversight panel bickers over the power to subpoena in first meeting
Rep. Connie Mack (R-Fla) angrily accused Democrats of hypocrisy for asking for a rules change now even though they didn’t seek one when they were in the majority. “We’re arguing about the amendment from the minority side…they want to amend the rules—a rule that was their rule last Congress,” he said. “This is the same exact rule and now that they are in the minority they want to change it?

Google Seeks to Weaken Search Engine Ranking of “Content Farming” Websites
At it’s core, this new Google algorithm seems to punish information sharing in favor of protectionist conglomerates with large writing staffs. We in the alternative media would do well to recognize that these actions being taken by the elite of the media world are just another sign of their weakened state. Now is the time for the alternative media to seek more writers and more cooperation.

Is Obama Resurrecting Nazi Fascist Economics?
Don’t look now, but Obama again sails into uncharted waters by naming Jefferey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, head of his jobs committee. Imagine, if this was announced by George W, liberals would have screamed like fat kids at diet camp. But the national response is light applause and yawns, proving once again—it’s not what is done, but who does it—that matters to leftists.

U.N. funding an early target for House Republicans
"I'd like to make sure that we once and for all kill all U.S. funding for that beast," she said last month. "Because I don't think that it advances U.S. interests, I don't think that that's a pro-democracy group, it's a rogue's gallery, pariah states, they belong there because they don't want to be sanctioned."

Three SEIU Locals--Including Chicago Chapter--Waived From Obamacare Requirement
Three local chapters of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), whose political action committee spent $27 million supporting Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election, have received temporary waivers from a provision in the Obamacare law.

Mortgage Giants Leave Legal Bills to the Taxpayers
Since the government took over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, taxpayers have spent more than $160 million defending the mortgage finance companies and their former top executives in civil lawsuits accusing them of fraud. The cost was a closely guarded secret until last week, when the companies and their regulator produced an accounting at the request of Congress.

ACORN Is Reborn
Backed by hundreds of thousands of dollars in union donations, New York Communities for Change -- a rebranded version of the controversial organization that closed up shop amid several scandals -- is acting again as labor's attack dog on controversial issues.

‘Green Jobs’ Flee Massachusetts
Folks in Massachusetts are in a lather about the recent conduct of Evergreen Solar Inc., which disclosed this week it will put 800 employees on the dole and shutter its factory in Devens. The Bay State, where politicians are guided by the same fantasies Rep. DeLauro articulated in her June 2010 remarks, has funneled an estimated $58 million into Evergreen for the express purpose of creating jobs, as well as establishing Massachusetts as a green-energy hub.

Rubio Passes on Tea Party Meeting
The tea party movement played a large role in the election of Marco Rubio to Florida’s open senate seat last November. But when the Senate’s tea party caucus meets for the first time Thursday, Rubio doesn't plan to be there.

MLK Daughter's Exit Leaves SCLC's Future in Doubt
Former United Nations Ambassador Andrew Young says the group might have run its course and that Bernice King made a wise decision. He says "we should've closed it down years ago."

"MSNBC And Keith Olberman Have Ended Their Contract";
This was all Keith's choice. He has several times over the years said that he wants out of his contract. He never meant it until this year.

Quantcast Political Insider Newt Gingrich tells Georgia Republicans he’ll be a candidate in ‘12
In the last 24 hours, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich has touched base with several prominent Republicans in his former home state, telling them that he intends to make a run for president in 2012 using Georgia as his base – and that he already has his eye on office space in Buckhead for a campaign headquarters.

Obama to Push New Spending
Obama will call for new government spending on infrastructure, education and research in his State of the Union address Tuesday, sharpening his response to Republicans in Congress who are demanding deep budget cuts, people familiar with the speech said.

Outspoken Tucson sheriff faces recall bid
Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik has never lost an election, but that was before his remarks assigning blame for the deadly Tucson, Ariz., shooting to political "vitriol" and calling Arizona "a mecca for prejudice and bigotry."

NEA Gave More Than $13 Million to Advocacy Groups
An Education Intelligence Agency analysis of NEA’s financial disclosure report for the 2009-10 fiscal year reveals the national union contributed more than $13 million to a wide variety of advocacy groups and charities. The total was about half the amount disbursed in the previous year, though more than in 2007-08.

Giuliani: I’m more likely to run in 2012 if Palin runs
He doesn’t have a prayer in Iowa or South Carolina, needless to say, and Romney’s financial and geographic advantage would make New Hampshire an exceedingly high hurdle. In fact, the only reason this soundbite is interesting is because it’s as close as we’re likely to get to a potential candidate acknowledging the “Palin vs. anti-Palin” primary dynamic.

Globalization Destruction: Piven Gleefully ‘Hopes’ and Explains How Countries Like China Can Shut Down USA and Bring Revolutionary Transformation
Basic Globalization Revolution Theory: Our computers, information technology, energy, even some food is all imported from authoritarian nations whose workers make less than dollars a day . Like the Romans who, at the end of their reign, had three slaves for every citizen, the United States, because of globalization, is completely dependant on slave labor. It would only take organized strikes (shut downs) from a small coalition of nations led for example by China to bring us to our knees.

Read the Updated Beck TV Background Guide to George Soros
Glenn Beck’s TV team has provided The Blaze with an updated background and research guide for its George Soros expose. According to the team, it contains added sources and links. The original guide is still available in this story:

MEDS: Gov't to start own pharmaceutical agency
The Obama administration has become so concerned about the slowing pace of new drugs coming out of the pharmaceutical industry that officials have decided to start a billion-dollar government drug development center to help create medicines.

Obama echoed his support for abortion rights today
And on this anniversary, I hope that we will recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights, the same freedoms, and the same opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.

Chinese Pianist Plays Propaganda Tune at White House
Lang Lang the pianist says he chose it. Chairman Hu Jintao recognized it as soon as he heard it. Patriotic Chinese Internet users were delighted as soon as they saw the videos online.

A Path Is Sought for States to Escape Their Debt Burdens
Policy makers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let states declare bankruptcy and get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired public workers.

Idaho GOP gets ready to nullify health care reform
After leading the nation last year in passing a law to sue the federal government over the health care overhaul, Idaho's Republican-dominated Legislature now plans to use an obscure 18th century doctrine to declare Barack Obama's signature bill null and void.

The Phantom 15 Million
America’s jobs crisis began a decade ago. Long before the housing bubble burst and Wall Street melted down, something in our national job-creation machine went horribly wrong.

'Young Gun' Ryan to deliver GOP's State of the Union response
In a statement Friday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called Ryan "uniquely qualified to address the state of our economy and the fiscal challenges that face our country." Ryan will deliver the speech on Jan. 25 from the House Budget Committee hearing room immediately following the State of the Union.

DeMint: Republicans must do 'everything they can' to block debt limit increase
"Americans should reject the sky-is-falling-hysteria coming from President Obama and demand that Congress stop the debt and balance the budget," DeMint said. "When the Senate considers the debt limit next month, Republicans must do everything they can to block an increase in the debt limit."

Obama to name GE CEO as head of new economic board
Immelt replaces Paul Volcker, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, who will step down from his post as head of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, an outside panel recommending solutions on how best to boost the economy. Immelt had previously served as a member of the board, which includes prominent business and labor leaders.

President serving 'third term' of Clinton White House, claims Gingrich
Gingrich, the former Republican Speaker who sparred with President Clinton between 1995 and 1999, noted the string of Clinton administration alumni who have re-entered the White House as Obama begins a pivot toward the center.

Court ruling likely to intensify political tussle over EPA air pollution rule
A Thursday court ruling that granted the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) only a short extension to complete years-overdue air pollution standards for industrial boilers will likely intensify a GOP push to block the rules on Capitol Hill.

House repeals healthcare law
The House voted on Wednesday to repeal the sweeping healthcare law enacted last year, as Republicans made good on a central campaign pledge and laid down the first major policy marker of their new majority. The party-line vote was 245-189, as three Democrats joined all 242 Republicans in supporting repeal.

GOP Rep. Paul Ryan Tears Down the ObamaCare
Fiscal House of Cards

Michele Bachmann: Obamacare Is Crown Jewel of Socialism; We Won't Stop Til We Repeal this President

U.S. Supreme Court Issues Landmark Decision: Constitution is Void
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision that serves to allow judges to void the Constitution in their courtrooms. The decision was issued on January 18, 2011, and the Court did not even explain the decision (Docket No. 10-632, 10-633, and 10-690). One word decisions: DENIED.

A day after cutting $19B deal with China, Boeing slashes 1,100 US jobs...
About 900 of the planned 1,100 job cuts were expected to be made at the Long Beach plant. The remainder of the reductions will occur in Arizona, Georgia and Missouri.

Trump slams: 'You don't give dinners to the enemy'
As Washington returns to normalcy after the pomp and circumstance of Wednesday's state dinner, businessman — and perennial "maybe" presidential candidate — Donald Trump isn't happy about the night's festivities.

The limits of Second Amendment rights
As predictable as clockwork, the recent shooting in Arizona has once again brought forth an eclectic coalition of opportunists who want us to know – in the most reverent and mournful tones possible – that perhaps the aftermath of this atrocity is the ideal time for a calm, reasonable, national discussion on gun control. Except we’re not supposed to say gun “control” this time. That sounds a bit too gun-grabby and pushy to the modern conservative mind. No, these days we’re supposed to say, “gun restrictions.”

House begins probe into 222 waivers for ObamaCare
One day after the House voted to repeal Obamacare, some lawmakers are turning their attention toward the bureaucracy created by the bill. Reps. Fred Upton, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Cliff Stearns, chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, are investigating the new Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO).

DNC announces new executive director associated with ACORN
n a letter Thursday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine announced that he had selected Patrick Gaspard to serve as the political party’s new executive director.

Liberal Group: Investigate Scalia and Thomas Over Citizens United Conflicts of Interest
Liberal nonprofit Common Cause is asking the Department of Justice to investigate Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia in relation to the Citzens United Supreme Court case, arguing that their decision in the case raised "serious questions about the impartiality of" both justices.

GOP Has Tools to Force Senate Vote on Repeal
Republican aides noted they can force a vote by offering the repeal as an amendment, or by using the Senate’s Rule 14 process to bring the bill to the floor, then filing cloture on it. The easiest course for the GOP might be to try to force a vote on the repeal as an amendment to a bill that's likely to pass, such as an appropriations measure. Reid can block amendments to bills, but Republicans could then force a vote on a motion to suspend the rules to take up the amendment. They would need 67 votes to win such a vote. Any other course would require 60 votes.

House GOP Lists $2.5 Trillion in Spending Cuts
Moving aggressively to make good on election promises to slash the federal budget, the House GOP today unveiled an eye-popping plan to eliminate $2.5 trillion in spending over the next 10 years. Gone would be Amtrak subsidies, fat checks to the Legal Services Corporation and National Endowment for the Arts, and some $900 million to run President Obama's healthcare reform program.

Over a million immigrants land U.S. jobs in 2008-10
Over the past two years, as U.S. unemployment remained near double-digit levels and the economy shed jobs in the wake of the financial crisis, over a million foreign-born arrivals to America found work, many illegally.

Say What? Democrat Compares Republicans to Nazis
The newfound civility didn’t last long. Political rhetoric in Congress doesn’t get much nastier than the words of one House Democrat during the debate on repealing the health care law.

House Energy panel to take aim at Obama climate change regulations
“We believe it critical that the Obama administration ‘stop’ imposing its new global warming regulatory regime, which will undermine economic growth and U.S. competitiveness for no significant benefit,” says the document, which lays out a suite of “key issues” that will come before the committee.

Trumka: White House review of government regulations a ‘distraction’
“To the extent that analysis draws them away from enforcing the regulations and protecting the health and safety of workers, we think it’s a distraction,” Trumka said. “We think we would have rather not seen it.”

George Soros-Backed Group Demands Glenn Beck’s Firing
A look at the funding for JFJ provides insight into the possible motivation for the attack on Beck. The group gets its money from Soros’ Open Society Institute, which gave the group $150,000 in 2009 and $200,000 in 2010. Its website is filled with the language of the left, including phrases such as “economic justice” and “social change.”

Dictatorship by Executive Order Could Be Headed Our Way; We Must Stop It
“Mr. Obama is determined to circumvent the United States Congress on issues that he cannot pursue through legislation—-and, since all of his social progressive mandates are pretty much unconstitutional, he fully intends to operate as a Dictator, while he pretends to be a moderate, Constitutional, Democrat.”

26 States to Be Part of Obama Health Care Lawsuit
The six additional states will join Florida and 19 others, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said. "It sends a strong message that more than half of the states consider the health care law unconstitutional and are willing to fight it in court," she said in a statement. The states claim the health care law is unconstitutional and violates people's rights by forcing them to buy health insurance by 2014 or face penalties.

Obama Orders Review of Business-Stifling Regulations, But Admits the Review May Produce New Regulations
Obama said his executive order directs federal agencies to make sure that "regulations protect our safety, health and environment while promoting economic growth." The order also requires a "government-wide review of the rules already on the books to remove outdated regulations that stifle job creation and make our economy less competitive."

Auto Union Wants to Organize Non-Big-Three Plants
King said after years of declining membership, the union needed to represent a larger share of workers in the auto industry to strengthen its position at the bargaining table. He said the UAW had picketed about 50 of the largest foreign auto dealerships in the U.S. and planned to increase the number to 300 or 400 dealerships around the country.

U.S., China in New Nuke Security Deal
The agreement to be signed by U.S. and Chinese energy officials during the visit of Chinese President Hu Jintao would establish a jointly financed nuclear security center in China. The senior administration officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record before Obama's announcement, said the agreement is an opening to expand security cooperation with China.

Robert E. Lee: Remembering An American Legend
Wednesday, January 19, 2011, is the 204th birthday of General Robert E. Lee. Young people will get a school holiday in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King whose birthday is January 15th. But, will anyone tell them that January 19th is also the birthday of Robert E. Lee?

Hawaii governor can't find Obama birth certificate
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie suggested in an interview published today that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within the vital records maintained by the Hawaii Department of Health. Abercrombie told the Honolulu Star Advertiser he was searching within the Hawaii Department of Health to find definitive vital records that would prove Obama was born in Hawaii, because the continuing eligibility controversy could hurt the president's chances of re-election in 2012.

Va. Democratic lawmakers look to stop climate change probe
Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been taking the University of Virginia to court to get information on a climate change researcher who once worked at the school. Now several members of the State Assembly say they've had enough and have introduced legislation to rein in Cuccinelli's investigation.

Why Leftists Are Far Likelier to Use Political Violence Than Conservatives
According to P.H. Vigor’s A Guide To Marxism, since religion cannot deliver any sense of morality, it is up to humanism to create standards. But, as Virgor notes; Moreover, in any discussion involving ethics or morality, the fundamental point for a Marxist is that there is no such thing as an absolute Right and Wrong. Right and Wrong are relative for a Marxist: a thing which is wrong at one time, and in one set of circumstances, will be right in another…It is therefore simply not possible to settle an argument with them by reference to ethical principles—by saying, for instance, that the consequence of a particular policy would be murder, and you cannot commit murder. From a Marxist standpoint, you can—in certain circumstances

Why Liberals Hate the Constitution
Since there are many more conservatives than liberals, and conservatives have so many guns, people often wonder why conservatives don’t just round up all the liberals and ship them to Antarctica to be forced to mine for jewels and gold. Well, there is a very good reason for that: by a strict constructionist interpretation of the American Constitution, there is no support for being able to deport liberals to a mining camp.

South Carolina NAACP Shields Audience From…George Washington?
he South Carolina NAACP honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday while simultaneously dishonoring the nation’s first president. An organized rally — dubbed “King Day at the Dome” — protested the Confederate battle flag on display at the State House in Columbia and featured speakers and guests who called on government leaders to address “racial disparities” in education, health care, community development, criminal justice, employment and economic development in the state. But as a number of local and national speakers stepped forward to speak from the capitol steps, a large bronze statue of George Washington was conspicuously hidden

Federal Workers Used Gov't Charge Cards to Buy Girls Gone Wild Videos, $13,000 Steak Dinner, and New Orleans Saints Season Tickets
n an anti-fraud and investigative training program last August, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) listed multiple abuses in the federal purchase card program used by federal employees. These abuses included a $13,000 taxpayer-funded steak house dinner, use of Internet dating services, purchase of erotica products, Girls Gone Wild Videos, and five season tickets to the New Orleans Saints.

Saudi King Showers Obama Family with Pricey Jewels
Saudi Arabia's king was the most generous gift-giver, according to documents released by the State Department on Tuesday. Saudi King Abdullah gave Obama, his wife and daughters nearly $190,000 in luxury baubles in 2009, including the single most valuable gift reported to have been given to U.S. officials that year: a ruby and diamond jewelry set, including earrings, a ring, a bracelet and necklace, for the first lady worth $132,000.

Obama’s Department of Labor forces unionization
Labor unions give more money to the Democratic Party than any other source, and critics have long accused President Barack Obama’s administration of doing their bidding. Now there is evidence that the White House has indeed put its thumb on the scale on behalf of unions. After saying that “union jobs are, by and large, good jobs,” the Department of Labor’s “strategic plan” for the next five years says: “many of the Department’s outcome goals are furthered by high rates of union membership.”

Hu's Becoming First?
As Chinese President Hu Jintao shows up to be feted in Washington this week, the question is not whether Who's on first, but whether Hu's becoming first - the leader of a nation on a trajectory not merely to rival the United States as a "peer competitor," but to supplant it as the world's only superpower? Unfortunately, the answer may be no laughing matter.

Cheney: Obama will be a one-term president
Cheney cited Obama's "overall approach to expanding the size of government, expanding the deficit, and giving more and more authority and power to the government over the private sector."

GOP needs to act immediately on entitlement reform
This opportunity for spending cuts exists because Republicans made the case last year that the free-spending decades had put the United States in serious jeopardy of an economic collapse. Voters clearly responded to that argument — and now expect Congress to do something about it. A failure to attempt serious budget reductions will not just reduce credibility for the House majority, but will also dismantle the consensus that now exists for serious action.

Obama Oil Spill Commission’s Dry Hole
A commission appointed to investigate BP's well disaster in the Gulf of Mexico and recommend ways to drill safely has labored mightily and produced the functional equivalent of a tar ball.

Could Giffords’ Seat be Declared Vacant?
A statute buried in state law says that if a public officeholder ceases to "discharge the duties of office for the period of three consecutive months," the office shall be deemed vacant and that at such time, a special election could be called to fill the opening.

Scott Brown: Don’t focus on that itty bitty “R” after my name
U.S. Sen. Scott Brown said this morning he’ll take part in the bipartisan seating at President Obama’s State of the Union address, urging that people need to move past the “itty-bitty letter” signifying he’s a Republican at the end of his name.

Cantor: Healthcare repeal wouldn't cost seniors their drug rebates
Seniors who received $250 checks to cover prescription drug costs under the healthcare reform law would not have to repay the money to the government if the measure is repealed, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Tuesday.

With Conrad's retirement, GOP eyes possibility of 2012 Senate pick-up
"There are serious challenges facing our state and nation, like a $14 trillion debt and America's dependence on foreign oil," he wrote in an e-mail to supporters. "It is more important I spend my time and energy trying to solve these problems than to be distracted by a campaign for reelection."

Democrats losing too many white voters, says civil rights leader
Since November, there have been a string of defections by Southern Democratic state lawmakers, which has prompted renewed speculation about the party’s future in the region. Former Alabama Rep. Artur Davis (D) said Democrats should even consider running as Independents if they want to succeed.

Steve King: Obamacare 'A Theft of Liberty'
The Iowa Republican also declares that Obamacare was the “core issue” that ended Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats’ control of the House, predicts that the Senate will go along with the House and vote for repeal, and says if President Obama does not sign a repeal bill then Republicans will defund healthcare reform until Americans elect a president in 2012 who will support repeal.

'Revolving Door' Continues Under Obama
When President Barack Obama was on the campaign trail, he said his administration would be different. It would not be “about serving your former employer, your future employer or your bank account,” Politico reports. But that hasn’t turned out to be the case

House panel wants Homeland Security documents
The Associated Press reported in July that for at least a year, Homeland Security had sidetracked hundreds of requests for federal records to top political advisers to the department's secretary, Janet Napolitano. The political appointees wanted information about those requesting the materials, and in some cases the release of documents considered politically sensitive was delayed, according to numerous e-mails that were obtained by the AP.

Hu Highlights Need for U.S.-China Cooperation, Questions Dollar
Chinese President Hu Jintao emphasized the need for cooperation with the U.S. in areas from new energy to space ahead of his visit to Washington this week, but he called the present U.S. dollar-dominated currency system a "product of the past" and highlighted moves to turn the yuan into a global currency.

JFK's own dirty trick
Indeed, the dirty tricks that helped defeat Nixon were more devious than merely the ballot-stuffing of political lore. In one of the least-known chapters of 20th-century political history, Kennedy operatives secretly paid off an informant and set in motion a Watergate-like burglary that sabotaged Nixon's campaign on the eve of the election.

Royal snub for the Obamas
Despite official denials, the non-invitation is obviously a slight to the Obamas personally — principally motivated, one imagines, by the airs that the bumptious Mrs Obama customarily gives herself. What a contrast Mrs. Obama is to the ladylike and discreet Laura Bush! The observation below that Mrs. Obama has “no class” is obviously subjective but in this case richly deserved, I think.

Looking Behind the Mug- Shot Grin
He became intrigued by antigovernment conspiracy theories, including that the Sept. 11 attacks were perpetrated by the government and that the country’s central banking system was enslaving its citizens. His anger would well up at the sight of President George W. Bush, or in discussing what he considered to be the nefarious designs of government.

Giffords’ husband: “Extraordinary progress”
On Sunday Giffords’ condition was upgraded from critical to serious, a day after doctors replaced Giffords’ breathing tube with a tracheotomy tube to allow her to breathe better and free her from the ventilator. Kelly told Sawyer that Giffords’ is now moving around enough to give him a back rub.

Greens organizing to pressure Congress to pass oil spill bill
Less than a week after the national oil spill commission released its final report on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, environmental groups are organizing to pressure Congress and the Obama administration to adopt the panel’s sweeping recommendations.

Conservatives form movement to draft Rep. Mike Pence for president
“Mike Pence describes himself as ‘first a Christian, then a conservative, then a Republican,’ ” Benko added. “He unifies fiscal, social, and national security conservatives, and will energize the conservative coalition essential to winning back the White House in 2012.”

Pawlenty warns GOP not to cave on debt ceiling vote; 'Let's call their bluff'
Pawlenty said Republicans need to use the coming debt ceiling vote as leverage to enact some real spending concessions from Democrats, suggesting that GOP leaders were wrong to acknowledge that raising the debt limit is unavoidable.

New RNC Chairman Priebus Fires 2012 Convention Committee
New RNC Chairman Reince Priebus didn’t wast time fulfilling one of his campaign promises this weekend: he fired the 2012 Republican convention planning committee after charges of mismanagement and nepotism surfaced.

Elected Officials Flunk Constitution Quiz
Elected officials at many levels of government, not just the federal government, swear an oath to "uphold and protect" the U.S. Constitution. But those elected officials who took the test scored an average 5 percentage points lower than the national average (49 percent vs. 54 percent), with ordinary citizens outscoring these elected officials on each constitutional question.

Feds threaten to sue states over union laws
Business and anti-union groups sought the amendments, arguing that such secrecy is necessary to protect workers against union intimidation. They are concerned that Congress might enact legislation requiring employers to allow the "card check" process for forming unions instead of secret ballot elections.

What Obama Has Said about His Own Birth
On the occasion of his father's death in 1982, lawyers contacted anyone who might have claim to the estate. "Unlike my mum," Obama tells his half-sister Auma in Dreams, "Ruth has all the documents needed to prove who Mark's father was."

O'Reilly: The Tide has Turned Against the Left
Before last Saturday's horrendous crimes, things were already heading in that direction. The election last November and President Obama's move toward the center both signaled the decline in the progressive agenda. But now there is emotion involved.

Panel Says Women Should Be Allowed In Combat Units
The newest move is being recommended by the Military Leadership Diversity Commission, established by Congress two years ago.

A shameful week for America's liberal elites. The top 10 most ridiculous left-wing attacks on US conservatives following the Arizona shootings
This has been a hugely shameful week for sections of the American Left, who have exploited a horrific tragedy that claimed six lives, in order to advance political attacks upon some leading conservative politicians and media commentators, as well as an entire political movement in the form of the Tea Party.

Those Calling for Stricter Gun Laws Should Look to Vermont
The fact is, outrages like Tucson are the exception -- not the rule. Arizona's gun laws may be among the most "lenient" in America, but they're not as "lax" as Vermont's -- and nobody's rushing to demonize Howard Dean or Bernie Sanders. Indeed, Arizona's laws are far closer to the American mainstream than are the restrictive policies of New York, Massachusetts and California.

Frances Fox Piven: The Tea Party Is All About Sex

Maine Gov. Paul LePage on NAACP: "Tell 'em to kiss my butt."
"They are a special interest. End of story...and I'm not going to be held hostage by special interests. And if they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they'd like about it," said LePage.

Local blogger claiming FBI intimidation
Local blogger Clay Bowler said newly-elected 7th District Rep. Billy Long has tried to silence him before. And, after the FBI paid him a visit at his Ozark home Jan. 12, he thinks he’s trying to do it again.

GOP ready to cut off NPR?
“We’re running annual deficits of over a trillion dollars,” says Rep. Doug Lamborn, the Colorado Republican who has written a new bill to defund NPR. “With 500 cable TV channels, Internet on people’s cell phones, satellite radio, we have so many sources of media that we don’t need a government-subsidized source of media.”

FBI finds another alleged home-grown jihadi in Pennsylvania
A 21-year-old loner from Armstrong County had an arsenal in his bedroom, a radical Islamist online persona and videos suggesting paramilitary training before his arrest last week for biting two FBI agents, federal prosecutors charged in court Thursday.

Theme of “Together We Thrive” T-shirt came from Obama’s Organizing for America
In the controversy of the pep rally/rock concert style Memorial for those who lost their lives in Saturday’s Arizona tragedy, the mainstream media reported that the “Together We Thrive: Tucson & America” T-shirt given to mourners as they entered McKate Center was the idea of University of Arizona brass, not the Obama administration.

Zealots Against US Constitution & Free Speech Must Be Shamed From Public Life
An amazing phenomenon is transpiring in American, circa 2011: Politicians insist Free Speech must be censured, while pundits claim the US Constitution is outdated! Advocates of “The Constitution Has Expired” club are invariably modern liberals, aka socialists. Therefore, no better illustration exists for their utter lack of intellectual vitality, and blatant ignorance of US history. These progressives pose extraordinary danger to America and ought to be forced from public life. Because the only hedge America has between civilization and anarchy is our precious Constitution.

Union Boss With History of Violence Decries Vitriolic Rhetoric of Right
Well, it’s the old “glass houses” story, isn’t it? AFL-CIO boss Richard Trumka weighed in on the criminal shooting in Arizona and naturally he blamed the whole incident on “too much vitriolic, hate-filled rhetoric that we hear on radio and television.” This from a guy who has many times used worse rhetoric to incite violence in his unionizing past. Glass houses indeed.

Really, Mr. President? $1 Billion to Get Re-elected
Bracing for a half-billion-dollar onslaught of outside GOP cash in 2012, President Barack Obama's advisers are quietly working to bring back together the major donor base that produced a record-breaking fundraising haul in his first run for president.

The 20 Most Annoying Liberals of 2010
Honorable Mentions: Al Franken, Al Gore, Al Sharpton, Anthony Weiner, Arianna Huffington, Bill Clinton, Bob Beckel, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Dylan Ratigan, Eric Holder, Ezra Klein, Geraldo, Hillary Clinton,...

Mark Levin's $100,000 Challenge to Chris Matthews
The direct challenge to Matthews took place shortly after Levin had played clips of Matthews suggesting Levin's passionate radio shows were "angry" and apparently implying that Levin's shows and those of talker Michael Savage had some responsibility for the Tucson murders.

Obama Pulls Coal Mine Permit
For the first time, the Environmental Protection Agency is revoking a permit already issued, taking back its approval for Arch Coal's Spruce No.1 mine in southern West Virginia. EPA said the mine would cause unacceptable damage to local waterways and public health.

Palin aide: She’s getting death threats at unprecedented levels
An aide close to Sarah Palin says death threats and security threats have increased to an unprecedented level since the shooting in Arizona, and the former Alaska governor’s team has been talking to security professionals.

GOP to act quickly on ObamaCare 1099 repeal
The bill has already attracted 245 co-sponsors, including 12 Democrats, among whom is Barney Frank, now the ranking member of the Financial Services Committee. Furthermore, in the Senate, Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) plan to offer their own version of the repeal in two weeks, when the Senate starts accepting new bills. Momentum is growing to get rid of these requirements and their job-killing accounting burdens on small business — as well as the red tape nightmare they will create at the IRS.

No, Boehner didn’t “snub” memorial rally
This obnoxious meme began last night when word got out that House Speaker John Boehner didn’t travel with Barack Obama to Arizona for last night’s memorial in Tucson. Boehner snubbed Obama! He snubbed Giffords! As Brian Beutler points out at TPM, a look at the schedule makes it clear that Boehner had little choice but to stay in DC

Poll: 71% of Americans oppose raising the debt ceiling
The poll underscores the tough task ahead for U.S. lawmakers as the debt nears its current ceiling of $14.3 trillion. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner last week warned that a failure to raise the borrowing limit in the coming months could lead to “catastrophic economic consequences”.

New poll shows Americans still not buying media spin on Tucson shootings
A 53% majority of those surveyed call that analysis mostly an attempt to use the tragedy to make conservatives look bad. About a third, 35%, say it is a legitimate point about how dangerous language can be.

House set to vote on healthcare repeal
"As the White House noted, it is important for Congress to get back to work, and to that end we will resume thoughtful consideration of the health care bill next week," said Brad Dayspring, a spokesman for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Oil off on U.S. data but OPEC eyed as $100 in sight
Oil slipped on Thursday as markets weighed disappointing U.S. jobless claims data and the prospect OPEC would raise output should prices break above $100 a barrel for an extended period.

Freedom in decline worldwide: US report
"A total of 25 countries showed significant declines in 2010, more than double the 11 countries exhibiting noteworthy gains," the group said. "Authoritarian regimes like those in China, Egypt, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela continued to step up repressive measures with little significant resistance from the democratic world," it said.

Family charged 'death tax' for baby who lived one hour
Olivia Clark lived for only one hour. Doctors didn't even expect her to survive birth. Now her family has a hard time understanding why the King County Medical Examiner has to review her death and charge $50.

Defiant members continue district meet-and-greets after shooting
"It's important to make a very bold statement that we will affirm our dedication to having a robust, open-access and free democracy by not letting forces of fear and hatred, desperation and madness deter us from this very important and noble enterprise."

ACLU: Lawmakers can’t outlaw incendiary political speech
Banning crosshairs and other imagery in political literature would violate free-speech rights, an ACLU official said Thursday. The comments from a senior official with the American Civil Liberties Union came in response to a proposal from a Democratic lawmaker to make it illegal to publish literature like the ‘crosshairs’ map Sarah Palin’s PAC published for the 2010 election.

Texas Sen. Hutchison won't seek reelection, putting seat in play
The three-term senator revealed her decision in an e-mail to supporters, noting that she had enjoyed her time in Washington but was looking forward to "living full-time in Texas with my family." The timing of her announcement "should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my successor will be," Hutchison wrote.

Global Org. Warns of Possible ‘Social Instability’ as Food Prices Rise
Corn and soybean prices skyrocketed after the government lowered this year’s production forecasts. As demand for already tight supplies for both crops grows, coupled with greater global demand, one international organization has warned of possible “social an political instability.”

Boehner Endorses Cino to Lead RNC
“I have worked closely with Maria for almost twenty years, during which time she turned around the NRCC [National Republican Congressional Committee] to usher in the first Republican majority in the House in 40 years,” Boehner writes.

Religious Right Backs Bachmann for President
Some tout her as the next Ronald Reagan — with a twist. Religious leaders supporting her include Matt Barber of the late Jerry Fallwell’s Liberty Council, who said, “To date, no man has succeeded in filling the conservative standard-bearer’s legendary boots. Well, maybe it’s time to swap boots for pumps.”

Palin: America's Enduring Strength
President Reagan said, “We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them, not collectively with all the citizens of a state, not with those who listen to talk radio, not with maps of swing districts used by both sides of the aisle, not with law-abiding citizens who respectfully exercise their First Amendment rights at campaign rallies, not with those who proudly voted in the last election.

House members want added security after Giffords shooting
House members will return to the Capitol on Wednesday for the first time since the Tucson, Ariz., shooting rampage that nearly killed colleague Gabrielle Giffords, and they are demanding improved protection ranging from office security cameras to the installation of a plexiglass barrier over the House floor.

Illinois Lawmakers Approve 66% Tax Hike
Gov. Pat Quinn still must sign the bill into law, but he has supported a tax hike all along, although this plan is double what he originally said he’d support. But Quinn agreed to the deal in closed-door meetings with top Democratic lawmakers this week and he was on the Senate floor when the vote was taken.

FLIGHT FIGHT: Arianna Huffington 'risked lives'
The airline passenger who got into an angry war of words with media newshound Arianna Huffington for using her BlackBerry when their plane was taking off was unrepentant yesterday, claiming she needlessly imperiled the safety of other travelers by selfishly ignoring the rules.

Jared Loughner’s friend says suspect ‘Did not watch TV … disliked the news’
He did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right.

Speaker Boehner says no to new restrictions on firearms
Even Capitol Hill’s most ardent gun reformers don’t anticipate any changes to the nation’s gun laws will be forthcoming in the 112th Congress. They say the combination of a GOP-led House and the powerful gun lobby is simply too formidable to take on over an issue that’s become a proverbial third rail of Washington politics.

Glock Pistol Sales Surge in Aftermath of Arizona Shootings
After a Glock-wielding gunman killed six people at a Tucson shopping center on Jan. 8, Greg Wolff, the owner of two Arizona gun shops, told his manager to get ready for a stampede of new customers

Sanders Fundraises Off Arizona Murders
There has been no shortage of individuals and institutions that have sought to capitalize on the shootings in Tucson. Add Vermont senator Bernie Sanders to that list. This afternoon Sanders sent out a fundraising appeal, seeking to raise money to fight Republicans and other “right-wing reactionaries” responsible for the climate that led to the shooting

Pima County sheriff should remember duty
Dupnik needs to recall that he is elected to be a lawman. With each additional comment, the Democratic sheriff of Pima County is revealing his agenda as partisan, and, as such, every bit as recklessly antagonistic as the talk-show hosts and politicians he chooses to decry.

Dem Congressman who called for GOP Gov. to be put against a wall and shot now pleads for civility
Ex-Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D- Pa., pens an op-ed in the New York Times today about the proper political response to this weekend's tragedy. I wholeheartedly support the former Congressman (Kanjorski lost his seat in November) when he argues that, following this weekend's shooting, Congressman need to remain open and accessible to the public. However, Kanjorski is rather hypocritical when he climbs up on his soapbox:

France is our biggest ally, declares Obama: President's blow to Special Relationship with Britain
The remarks, during a White House appearance with Mr Sarkozy, will reinforce the widely-held view in British diplomatic circles that Mr Obama has less interest in the Special Relationship than any other recent American leader.

The progressive “climate of hate:” An illustrated primer, 2000-2010
The Tucson massacre ghouls who are now trying to criminalize conservatism have forced our hand. They need to be reminded. You need to be reminded. Confront them. Don’t be cowed into silence. And don’t let the media whitewash the sins of the hypocritical Left in their naked attempt to suppress the law-abiding, constitutionally-protected, peaceful, vigorous political speech of the Right. They want to play tu quo que in the middle of a national tragedy? They asked for it. They got it. The progressive climate of hate: A comprehensive illustrated primer in 8 parts:

Judge orders Loughner held without bail in Giffords shooting
Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of shooting Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D), was orderd to be held without bail by a federal judge on Monday. Judge Lawrence Anderson also set Loughner's preliminary hearing for Jan. 24 at 1:30 p.m. Arizona time. Loughner made his first appearance at a heavily guarded courthouse in Phoenix. State and federal law enforcement agents surrounded the courthouse and about a dozen U.S. Marshals guarded to courtroom. According to the Associated Press, Loughner was clad in a tan inmate jumpsuit and had a shaved head.

Family of suspect in Giffords shooting blocked access to house
FBI agents working on the Gabrielle Giffords shooting encountered trouble gaining entry to the suspect's family home Monday morning. Family members of Jared Loughner apparently had put on 4-by-4 double-thick plywood that blocked access to the front porch of their north Tucson home.

Frightening, twisted shrine in Arizona killer Jared Lee Loughner's yard
Hidden within a camouflage tent behind Jared Lee Loughner's home sits an alarming altar with a skull sitting atop a pot filled with shriveled oranges.

Jared Loughner, Alleged Shooter in Gabrielle Giffords Attack, Described by Classmate as "Left-Wing Pothead"
Caitie Parker did not immediately respond to our request for an interview, but her "tweets" in the hours after the shooting paint a picture of Jared Loughner as a substance-abusing loner who had met Giffords before the shooting. She says, Loughner described the congresswoman as "stupid and unintelligent."

Dem planning bill that would outlaw threats to lawmakers
Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) reportedly plans to introduce legislation that would make it a federal crime to use language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening or inciting violence against a federal official or member of Congress

Clyburn: Reinstate the Fairness Doctrine
The shooting is cause for the country to rethink parameters on free speech, Clyburn said from his office, just blocks from the South Carolina Statehouse. He wants standards put in place to guarantee balanced media coverage with a reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine, in addition to calling on elected officials and media pundits to use 'better judgment.

Judge sentences Tom DeLay to 3 years in prison
The sentence comes after a jury in November convicted DeLay on charges of money laundering and conspiracy to commit money laundering. DeLay was once one of the most powerful men in U.S. politics, ascending to the No. 2 job in the House of Representatives

The charlatans' response to the Tucson tragedy
This McCarthyism of the left - devoid of intellectual content, unsupported by data - is a mental tic, not an idea but a tactic for avoiding engagement with ideas. It expresses limitless contempt for the American people, who have reciprocated by reducing liberalism to its current characteristics of electoral weakness and bad sociology.

Democrat: Citing Constitution will cost taxpayers $570K
Democrats have complained about the new House GOP rule, which requires all legislation to include a citation to language in the Constitution that authorizes any bill they introduce. Democrats see the new requirement as an unveiled accusation that the last Congress exceeded its constitutional authority.

Carolyn McCarthy readies gun control bill
One of the fiercest gun-control advocates in Congress, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), pounced on the shooting massacre in Tucson Sunday, promising to introduce legislation as soon as Monday.

Conservatives push back against liberal attacks
On Sunday, conservatives pushed back – arguing that attempts to politicize the event were unfair, crass and therefore likely to backfire. “It should not be, but the media, under the guise of ‘a full exposition’ of the evil in Arizona, is back to subtly and not so subtly pinning the blame for the attempted assassination of the congresswoman and the related shootings on the tea party movement, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, me, you, and everyone right of center.”

Kyl to sheriff: Keep your speculation to yourself
"It's probably giving him too much credit to ascribe a coherent political philosophy to him," he said. "We just have to acknowledge that there are mentally unstable people in this country. Who knows what motivates them to do what they do? Then they commit terrible crimes like this."

The shame — and hypocrisy — of CNN
Yesterday’s horrific and senseless shooting of more than a dozen people in Tucson, including Representative Gabrielle Giffords, provided a look into the biases of much of the American media — and it was not just an ugly sight, but a shamefully hypocritical peek as well, as Byron York points out. In the last public mass-murder shooting fourteen months ago at Fort Hood, the media spent the first few hours scolding anyone who suggested that it might be an act of terror.

Dems, Media Blame Tea Party, Palin for Shooting; Shooter Linked to Leftwing Politics
As U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords fights for her life after a mad gunman shot her on Saturday, some Democrats and major media have moved to pin the blame for her attack on the tea party movement and conservatives like Sarah Palin, despite the fact that the shooter was both deranged and fascinated by leftwing politics.

Doctors Optimistic Giffords Will Survive Shooting
Doctors are optimistic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona will survive being shot in the head by a man who opened fire at her community meeting in Tucson, killing six people including a federal judge.

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords Shot In Arizona
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona was shot in the head outside a grocery store in Tucson while holding a public event, Arizona Public Media reported Saturday. The Democrat, who was re-elected to her third term in November, was hosting a "Congress on Your Corner" event at the Safeway in northwest Tucson when a gunman ran up and started shooting, according to Peter Michaels, news director of Arizona Public Media. At least nine other people, including members of her staff, were hurt. Giffords was transported to University Medical Center in Tucson. Her condition was not immediately known. Giffords was talking to a couple when the suspect ran up firing indiscriminately and then ran off, Michaels said. The suspect was tackled by a bystander and taken into custody. He was not injured. Witnesses described him as in his late teens or early 20s.

Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans
President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today. It's "the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government" to centralize efforts toward creating an "identity ecosystem" for the Internet, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt said.

Score one promise kept by GOP House
By an overwhelming 410-13 vote, House members approved a binding resolution that would cut the operating budget of member and committee offices by 5 percent, or about $35 million annually.

Palin: Obama ‘Hell Bent on Weakening America’
"[He] has told us back in March of 2006 that it weakens America domestically and internationally to raise the debt ceiling. And he said it is a sign of failed leadership to support raising the debt ceiling. And now he is doing exactly that. So, what Obama is doing--purposefully weakening America, because he understood that debt weakens America domestically and internationally--and yet now he supports increasing debt."

Republican appropriator takes quick aim at ‘scary’ EPA and 'its bloated budget'
The newly announced chairman of the House panel that crafts Environmental Protection Agency spending bills signaled Friday that he will seek to scale back the agency’s regulatory powers

Junior Senate Dems want chairmen to face secret ballot election
A group of junior Democratic senators are pushing for committee chairmen to stand for election at the beginning of each Congress, a requirement that has not been in effect for years, according to lawmakers familiar with the discussions.

Issa bill would provide green cards for up to 55,000 workers
Tech companies and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce have bemoaned the shortage of U.S. students earning advanced math degrees. House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) introduced a bill Wednesday that would pave the way for up to 55,000 foreign graduate students at American universities to obtain a green card.

Illinois Lawmakers Propose 75 Percent Income Tax Hike
Gov. Pat Quinn and the leaders of both houses of the Illinois General Assembly have agreed on raising the state income tax. If the bill passes, the plan would raise the personal income tax rate from the current 3 percent to 5.25 percent. That’s a 75 percent increase. In real dollars, that would mean if you currently owe $1,000 in taxes, next year you would owe $1,750.

CBO Says Repealing ObamaCare Would Reduce Net Spending by $540 Billion
The Congressional Budget Office, in an email to Capitol Hill staffers obtained by the Spectator, has said that repealing the national health care law would reduce net spending by $540 billion in the ten year period from 2012 through 2021. That number represents the cost of the new provisions, minus Medicare cuts. Repealing the bill would also eliminate $770 billion in taxes. It's the tax hikes in the health care law (along with the Medicare cuts) which accounts for the $230 billion in deficit reduction.

Large-scale exodus from Democratic Party of whites.
By any standard, white voters’ rejection of Democrats in November’s elections was daunting and even historic. Fully 60 percent of whites nationwide backed Republican candidates for the House of Representatives; only 37 percent supported Democrats, according to the National Election Poll exit poll conducted by Edison Research. Not even in Republicans’ 1994 congressional landslide did they win that high a percentage of the white vote.

Union Boss Trumka Admits Main Goal is Using Unions To Fundamentally Change America into His Progressive Vision…
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New House Oversight chairman casts wide net in targeting Obama regulations
Issa, the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, sent a letter to 150 companies, trade associations, think tanks and scholars in mid-December asking them to come up with a list of the most onerous existing and proposed regulations that are hurting job creation and economic growth.

Day One: GOP Congressman Introduces Bill to End ‘Birthright Citizenship’
On the first day of the 112th Congress, King introduced a bill to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act, a measure that would end automatic citizenship for anyone born on American soil — so-called “anchor babies.” Instead, King’s proposal would end “birthright citizenship” by mandating than only children of citizens and legal immigrants permanently living in the country or immigrants enlisted in the military be granted U.S. citizenship.

Unearthed Letters Link ACLU Founders to Communist Party
Newly discovered declassified letters found in the Soviet Comintern archives seem to link early leaders of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) with the Communist Party. Noted author Paul Kengor reportedly unearthed letters, including one written on ACLU stationary, dated on May 23, 1931 and signed by ACLU founder Roger Baldwin that requests help from then-American Communist Party Chairman William Z. Foster in coordinating travel arrangements for ACLU Chairman Harry Ward’s travels to the Soviet Union. The letter suggests Ward’s trip would revolve around a search for “evidence from Soviet Russia” that would undermine America’s capitalist system:

Obama Looks to Bypass Restrictions on Gitmo Transfers With Executive Powers
Last month, the Democratically controlled Congress voted to place new restrictions on the transfer of detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. But now, Barack Obama‘s legal advisors are debating whether the president should move forward with plans to prosecute the prisoners in civil courts by issuing a signing statement asserting that his executive powers allow him to bypass Congress’ restrictions

DOE: US Offshore Production to Drop 13% in 2011 Due to Obama Ban
More than two months after the Obama administration lifted its ban on drilling in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, oil companies are still waiting for approval to drill the first new oil well there. Experts now expect the wait to continue until the second half of 2011, and perhaps into 2012.

New Laws Govern Guns, Web, Banks
State legislators passed about 31,000 news laws in 2010, down slightly from the previous year. Many of those laws took effect at the start of this year, and many reflect the potential misuse of computers.

Obama's 2010: By the Numbers
Numbers from 2010 add shading and perspective to other aspects of the second year of the Obama presidency: Domestic trips: 65 spanning 104 days, Golf: 29 rounds in 2010, Basketball: 20 basketball outings

Issa says Obama administration is 'one of most corrupt'
Issa, who as chairman will have subpoena power, said he will seek to ferret out waste across the federal bureaucracy. While he used fiery rhetoric in describing the Obama administration in a series of television interviews Sunday, he said he will focus on wasteful spending, not the prosecution of White House officials.

House GOP plans two-pronged assault on health law
Upton, whose committee will play a key role in the GOP's effort to roll back the law, said that he believes the House may be near the two-thirds majority required to override a presidential veto.

50 million taxpayers must delay filing - IRS
Itemize your tax deductions? Itching for a refund? You're going to have to wait.The IRS said that it needs until mid- to late-February to reprogram its processing systems because Congress acted so late this year cleaning up the tax code.

Committee Chairs in Republican-led U.S. House
Having won control of the U.S. House of Representatives from President Barack Obama's Democrats in the November elections, Republicans will head the chamber's committees when the new Congress convenes on Wednesday. Chairmen, working with party leaders, draft legislation in their respective jurisdictions and have the power to subpoena witnesses and call investigative hearings. Here are key committee chairs and some of their positions:

Frances Fox Piven Rings in The New Year By Calling for Violent Revolution
She’s considered by many as the grandmother of using the American welfare state to implement revolution. Make people dependent on the government, overload the government rolls, and once government services become unsustainable, the people will rise up, overthrow the oppressive capitalist system

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