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Texas group launches scholarship for white men ONLY... because they 'need an equal shot'
A non-profit group has launched a college scholarship for a demographic it claims are under-represented in society - white men. The Former Majority Association for Equality will give grants of $500 to any man from Texas who is at least ‘25 per cent Caucasian’, has good grades and can demonstrate they are in need.

Anarchists attack Seattle police during riot
A roving gang of rioters smashed property and attacked Seattle police with fireworks, flares and fire extinguishers Saturday night near the site where an officer shot a woodcarver to death last August.

58% support gov’t shutdown rather than current spending levels
The partisan differences are striking. Fifty-eight percent (58%) of Democrats prefer avoiding a shutdown by going with current spending levels. But 80% of Republicans — and 59% of voters not affiliated with either major party — think a shutdown is a better option until the two sides can agree on spending cuts.

Obama to face Shariah court?
Choudary, founder and former chief of two Islamic groups disbanded by the British authorities under anti-terror legislation, is planning a Washington protest later this week in which he says he will call on American Muslims to revolt against the country and implement Shariah law.

Union Supporters Verbally Assault Tea Partier
You need to watch this entire video. The union supporters hurl filthy language and insults at the Tea Party member. At one point, police were called in to protect this young man as he stood his ground and continued to speak.

Tenn. bill equates Islamic law with treason
Republican state lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make following the Islamic code known as Shariah law a felony punishable by 15 years in jail.

The Medicaid Wrecking Ball
Temporary higher levels of federal funding included for the program included in the stimulus package were originally set to run out last summer, but are now schedule to go away this year. Normally states would respond to the reduced federal funding levels by cutting eligibility levels, but a provision in last year’s health care overhaul requires states to keep eligibility levels the same or higher—or risk losing billions in federal funding to implement the overhaul in 2014.

Does Obama Want $8 Gasoline?
Before he was appointed energy secretary, Chu expressed a fondness for high European gas prices as a means of reducing consumption of fossil fuels. In September 2008, he told the Wall Street Journal: "Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe." Gas prices in Europe then averaged about $8 a gallon.

The Money That Wisconsin Teachers Union Is Quiet About
No one in the main stream media is talking about another threat to WEAC, the union’s insurance trust, called WEA Trust. The WEA Trust is, in essence, a union-run “multi-employer” health insurance trust (the employers, in this case, are school districts). Through collective bargaining, WEAC has convinced school districts to pay into the WEA Trust and, in turn, the WEA Trust is responsible for administering teachers’ benefits. According to, Walker’s proposal would give school boards the ability to shop freely for more competitive insurance rates and save the state millions.

Wisconsin's Walker to absent Democrats: 24 hours to return
"Now they have one day to return to work before the state loses out on the chance to refinance debt, saving taxpayers $165 million this fiscal year," Walker's spokesman Cullen Werwie said in a statement.

Farrakhan: Mideast uprisings will come to US
“What you are looking at in Tunisia, in Egypt … Libya, in Bahrain … what you see happening there … you’d better prepare because it will be coming to your door,” Farrakhan said in a booming voice, thousands of followers cheering in his wake.

Obama Nixes Safe Drilling
Obama is either extraordinarily stupid, or he is willing to trade America's national security for the support of environmentalist donors who are key to his re-election. Whichever it is, we're in trouble.

Obama to governors: Stop vilifying public employees!
Barack Obama addressed the nation’s governors today with sympathy over budgetary crises, but a warning not to solve their shortfalls by infringing on the rights of public employees. He also scolded governors for vilifying and denigrating PEUs, which raises the question of whether Obama has bothered to look at the protests in Wisconsin and elsewhere. Besides, the governors in question are mainly fighting to limit collective bargaining rights to a standard that the federal government prohibits for its own employees.

Do You Support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker? Vote Here Now.
The outcome of this battle has implications for many other states, the federal government, President Obama and even the 2012 elections. Don't miss this opportunity to let your voice be heard! Many media outlets and national leaders are interested in your opinion. Hundreds of media outlets have reported on Newsmax's online polls.

...he swore an oath on the Bible to become president that he would uphold the Constitution and enforce the laws of the United States. He is not a one-person Supreme Court. The idea that we now have the rule of Obama instead of the rule of law should frighten everybody.

Libyan turmoil, $100 per barrel oil fuel Republican drilling push on Capitol Hill
Republicans will press Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on offshore drilling restrictions when he appears before two committees to defend the Interior Department’s fiscal year 2012 budget plan.

NEA to Double Member Dues Contribution to Political War Chest
Faced with unfriendly legislatures and governors seeking to roll back the union’s influence, the NEA Executive Committee decided to double down – literally. It proposed raising each active member’s assessment to $20, effective in September 2011. The union’s board of directors ratified the decision, and it will go before the NEA Representative Assembly for a vote this July in Chicago. If passed, NEA’s national dues for teachers will total $178.

How did your Congressman vote on HR1?
The GOP-controlled House passed HR1 last week after plenty of debate and votes on amendments, in what is now a rare open-rules process. The overall bill passed mainly on a party-line vote, but the amendments got less attention. Heritage’s Action for America blog drilled down through all of the votes and built a handy tool for constituents to determine exactly how their Representative did on supporting spending cuts:

Female Lawmakers in Kansas Sexually Degraded by Union Thugs
Kansas Republicans accused organized labor activists Thursday of forcing female legislators to endure sexually explicit and degrading comments while passing into the House chamber before a vote to end automatic deductions from paychecks for union political causes.

Huckabee: Israelis Feel US Cast Them to Wolves
The idea that America can coexist with radical Islam, he adds, is “utter naïve nonsense, because their goal is the annihilation of all the infidels, including all the Muslims who don’t adhere to their radical view of shariah law and to the establishment of a caliphate.”

Pawlenty Slams 'Union-Coddling' Obama
"It says in the Constitution: 'In order to form a more perfect union.' Mr. President, that does not mean coddling out of control public employee unions," the former Minnesota governor told activists packed into a convention center for a Tea Party summit. "And Mr. President, Wisconsin does not need a lecture from somebody who's never balanced a budget in his life," he said.

Volunteers Quell Confusion at Wis. Protest Efforts
"I came back on Tuesday night and there was absolutely no organization," Rowan said. "People needed people to go up upstairs and testify all night to keep the building open ... people were going around just waking people up ... it was chaotic."

International Socialists Orchestrate Unions‘ Rally to ’Save the American Dream’
Last fall, leftist ideological groups of socialists and communists teamed up with American labor unions to march together for “One Nation.” Now, as labor leaders struggle to maintain a stranglehold on collective bargaining privileges in Wisconsin, the same groups are once again marching together under a banner claiming unions are the heart of the American dream.

Senate conservatives split over deficit reduction strategy
Some are concerned that a deficit reduction package being negotiated by Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), two of the chamber’s leading conservatives, could include hundreds of billions of dollars worth of tax hikes.

Tennessee joins states looking to yank fed reins
There, it would direct "the general assembly to appoint a committee to review all federal laws and regulations for constitutionality" and require the committee to submit for a vote of the general assembly all federal laws and regulations "it deems to be invalid under the Tennessee or federal constitutions."

Meeting Young Obama
I felt I'd persuaded a young man anticipating a Marxist-Leninist revolution to appreciate the more practical alternative of conventional politics as a channel for his socialist views.

Pelosi edits honorary resolution...on Pelosi
The Democratic National Committee wanted to honor Nancy Pelosi Thursday -- but its praise wasn't good enough for the House minority leader. When the DNC's Resolutions Committee brought up a resolution commemorating Pelosi's years as speaker of the House, Pelosi's daughter sought to alter the proposal at her mother's behest, adding some of the accomplishments that the elder Pelosi felt the committee had overlooked.

Democrats feeling the pressure on budget cuts? Update: Boehner’s strategy
Once the House passes this short-term CR near the beginning of next week, House Republicans will be able to say they’ve passed a seven-month CR, and a two-week CR, either of which would keep government open. The pressure should be on Senate Democrats and the administration to accept the short-term CR or come up with a reasonable alternative to avert a government shutdown. Even liberal media are going to have a hard time blaming Republicans if Senate Democrats and/or the Obama administration drop the ball.

Ryan: Fleebaggers have disrespected the rule of law
After 61 hours, some Democrats in the Assembly still complained that Republicans illegitimately “cut off” debate … after 84 amendments had been held for votes, most of them defeated. It isn’t about debate, it’s about the inability to accept the fact that elections have consequences, chief among them that the minority doesn’t control the agenda.

Wisconsin Union Vote Sets up Budget Showdown
The Wisconsin state Assembly early Friday passed a Republican plan to curb public sector union power, setting up a showdown with Senate Democrats who have fled the state to prevent a vote in that chamber.

WH Bars Republicans from Jobs Meeting
Bipartisanship apparently goes only so far in the White House. While Obama is more than happy to court Republicans when he needs their support for legislation he seeks to pass, his overtures to the GOP don’t necessarily go any further than that. Read more on WH Bars Republicans from Jobs Meeting Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!

Romney 'proud' of Mass. health reform
The healthcare reform law could be a tough issue for Romney if he runs for president in 2012. While governor, he signed into state law a healthcare plan that includes an individual mandate — as the federal law does.

New Soros Investment Fund to Profit From Obama ‘Green Agenda’
Billionaire financier George Soros stands to make handsome profits with his newly launched investment fund, established to capitalize on new “green energy” — a policy agenda largely dependent on government subsidies supported by the Obama White House.

Caught on Video: U.S. Ambassador Huntsman Accused of Instigating Anti-Gov’t Protesters in China
U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman has stirred controversy after popping up in an anti-government protest in China and promptly leaving the scene after someone in the crowd recognized him and accused him of wanting to see “chaos” in the country.

Democrat urges unions to 'get a little bloody when necessary'
Sometimes it's necessary to get out on the streets and "get a little bloody," a Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday in reference to labor battles in Wisconsin. Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) fired up a group of union members in Boston with a speech urging them to work down in the trenches to fend off limits to workers' rights like those proposed in Wisconsin.

Arizona immigration bills aim for bigger crackdown
The bills before the Senate Appropriations Committee would alter citizenship for children born in the United States to non-citizens, prevent undocumented children from attending school, prohibit illegal immigrants from driving or purchasing a vehicle and force hospitals to ask about citizenship before providing medical care.

Indiana lawmakers pass immigration curbs like Arizona
The measure, passed on Tuesday night by a vote of 31-18, would allow state and local police to ask a person stopped for infractions like traffic violations for proof of legal residency if the officer has a "reasonable suspicion" they may be in the country illegally. Another provision would call for, with some exceptions, the use of English only in public meetings, on Web sites and in documents.

Obama to abandon DOMA defense
Why abandon DOMA now, after two years of defending it? Perhaps the President has finally realized that his allies are thinning, and he figures that he needs to start pandering to those still on his side. It could certainly help distract from the budget fight, if Republicans take the bait.

Public Unions Must Go
Government workers were making good salaries in 1962 when President Kennedy lifted, by executive order (so much for democracy), the federal ban on government unions. Civil-service regulations and similar laws had guaranteed good working conditions for generations.

Gallup: That electoral map for Obama in 2012 starting to look grim
The graphic is striking. Obama only gets majority approval for his performance on the West Coast and the Northeast — and not even all of those areas. He holds his home state of Illinois and his birth state of Hawaii, both unsurprisingly, but between the coasts there exists a vast land of either indifference or outright disapproval. Traditional Democratic states like Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania are wavering. The entire interior West has become outright hostile. More than half of the states have shown a double-digit decline in approval for Obama.

Wisconsin licensing board reviewing doctors’ notes from protestors
Staff at the state Department of Regulation and Licensing have begun to review roughly 300 e-mail complaints about doctors issuing excuse notes for protesters at the state Capitol over the weekend, officials said Tuesday.

Unions preparing general strike in Wisconsin?
Remember that public-sector strikes are illegal in Wisconsin; it’s why a few doctors have been holding open-air clinics in Madison to give out notes excusing protestors from work. Unions in Madison now propose to drop the pretense and declare wildcat strikes if the legislature passes the budget-repair bill that will limit collective bargaining and transform the public sector workplace into open shops:

Chicago elects Rahm Emanuel mayor for life
Per the Daley dynasty, Chitown seems to love ruthless, larger-than-life, politically hyperconnected Democrats as mayor. Based on that job description, maybe the only guy in America who could have beaten Rahm is Bill Clinton.

Teachers Union Big Wig Says It's Not About Kids, It's About Power!
National Education Association’s retiring top lawyer, Bob Chanin, speaking at the NEA’s annual meeting in July, 2009: “Despite what some among us would like to believe it is not because of our creative ideas. It is not because of the merit of our positions. It is not because we care about children and it is not because we have a vision of a great public school for every child. NEA and its affiliates are effective advocates because we have power.”

Obama's Intervention in Wisconsin Violates Constitutional Obligations, Abuses Office
Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution, states "The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government..." By supporting and facilitating outside agitators in Wisconsin to extend the shutdown of the legislature, the President is failing in his constitutional obligation to ensure that voters can effect laws through the ballot box.

Gadhafi Orders Libyan Security Forces to Target Oil Pipelines
A report from Time is predicting the terrible situation unfolding in Libya is only poised to get “much worse.” According t a “source close to the Gaddafi regime,“ the Libyan president has ordered security services ”to start sabotaging oil facilities.”

With so much uncertainty surrounding a large chunk of the world's daily oil production, market prices surged. Benchmark crude for March delivery was up $4.80 a barrel, or 5.6 percent, at $92.55 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier, it had it had been even higher above $94 a barrel.

Political Fight Over Unions Escalates
The protests have ignited a wider national debate over the role of labor unions and who should shoulder sacrifices as states scramble to tackle yawning budget deficits. Governors in both political parties are looking for union concessions as they struggle to balance budgets. Some are pushing aggressively to curtail the power of unions to organize or collect dues.

Union Bonds in Wisconsin Begin to Fray
There are deeply divided opinions and shifting allegiances over whether unions are helping or hurting people who have been caught in the recent economic squeeze. And workers themselves, being pitted against one another, are finding it hard to feel sympathy or offer solidarity, with their own jobs lost and their benefits and pensions cut back or cut off.

Two-Thirds of Wisconsin Public-School 8th Graders Can’t Read Proficiently—Despite Highest Per Pupil Spending in Midwest
...only 32 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned a “proficient” rating while another 2 percent earned an “advanced” rating. The other 66 percent of Wisconsin public-school eighth graders earned ratings below “proficient,” including 44 percent who earned a rating of “basic” and 22 percent who earned a rating of “below basic.”

Confirmed: Obama administration sunk $535 million in Porkulus funds in green-energy turkey
According to a Feb. 17 letter signed by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, Michigan Republican, and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Cliff Stearns, Florida Republican, to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the Fremont, Calif.-based solar panel manufacturer squandered $535 million of stimulus money.

GOP's Gosar Sticks to Tea Party Creed
U.S. Representative Paul Gosar came to Washington promising to slash federal spending. It took less than a month for local officials in his Arizona district to learn that he was talking about them.

MSNBC Hosts Admit Liberal Bias Toward Tea Party
“Morning Joe” hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski admitted that the mainstream media have not discussed the numerous examples of violent and negative rhetoric protesters have aimed at Gov. Scott Walker. If the same signs were carried by a tea partier, they noted, the video would be looped and played repeatedly:

Medicaid fight shapes up as states seek solutions to budget woes
High on state leaders' list of priorities is changing the healthcare reform law's Medicaid expansion, which 26 states challenged in federal court. The issue received renewed attention last week when Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told Arizona it could drop thousands of Medicaid beneficiaries without running afoul of federal law — something 33 Republican governors have asked to be able to do.

Top Dems want Social Security off the table in spending battle
Last year, the White House deficit commission proposed a series of Social Security reforms, including a gradual increase of the retirement age and smaller annual increases for current beneficiaries. Both changes have been assailed by liberals on and off Capitol Hill.

Libyan tribe threatens to cut oil exports soon
The leader of the Al-Zuwayya tribe in eastern Libya threatened on Sunday to cut oil exports to Western countries within 24 hours unless authorities stop what he called the "oppression of protesters".

US must be removed from Islamic world: Khamenei
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Sunday called on Muslims to "remove" the US from the Islamic world. "The main problem in the Muslim world is the presence of the United States. It is the biggest problem. We need to address that," he told a gathering of Shiite and Sunni scholars in Tehran for an international conference on Islam. "It is necessary to remove the US from the Islamic world," the all-powerful cleric and Islamic republic's commander-in-chief said, adding that the country's arch-foe was currently weak.

Number of Solidly Democratic States Cut in Half From '08 to '10
Gallup's analysis of party affiliation in the U.S. states shows a marked decline in the number of solidly Democratic states from 2008 (30) to 2010 (14). The number of politically competitive states increased over the same period, from 10 to 18, with more limited growth in the number of leaning or solidly Republican states.

Despite oversupply, U.S. gas prices leap
Gasoline prices have jumped another nickel, to 55 cents a gallon more than a year ago, according to a study published Sunday.

Wisconsin Republicans Step Up Pressure on Dems Who Fled State
Under the governor's proposal, unions still could represent workers, but they could not force employees to pay dues and would have to hold annual votes to stay organized. Only wages below the Consumer Price Index would be subject to collective bargaining, anything higher would have to be approved by referendum.

Bachmann on Obama
“Our Peace Prize-winning president is very busy bowing these days to kings. He is bending down to dictators, and he is brown-nosing the elites that are in Europe, and he's babying the jihadists who are following Sharia-compliant terrorism. He is callow and confused and inconsistent in his response to the Egyptian crisis, and to the uprisings in Iran, and to the terrorist threats,” Bachmann said. “And he's accomplishing something nobody thought even possible: He's making Jimmy Carter look like a Rambo tough-guy.”

Tenn. Mom Suspended for Taking Marine Son's Call
A Tennessee woman was suspended from her job for three days when she answered her cell phone on the job — to take a call from her son, a Marine stationed in Afghanistan. The business, Crane Interiors, has since apologized and says Teresa Danford will be paid for the work she missed.

SEIU’s Plan For The Coming Week – Protests EVERYWHERE
If you were thinking that the protests in Madison, Wisconsin just developed organically, think again. There is a well coordinated machine operating in the background, handling details like sign printing, busing folks to and from the protest, as well as scheduling groups of various members to appear on a rotating basis. They have also developed a game plan for the week ahead, not just in Wisconsin but at state capitals across the country.

Alarm Bells - Radical Union Leader Appointed to Important Trade Post
On February 16, 2011, Obama announced the appointment of United Auto Workers president Bob King to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. As U.S. trade positions and data are always key targets of foreign intelligence services, one would think that appointments to such a body would be subject to thorough scrutiny.

Wis Doctors Hand Out Fake Excuses to Protesters
Unethical and illegal. Will the A.M.A. investigate and act upon this activity?

Unions offer concessions as Capitol stalemate, protests continue
Top leaders of two of Wisconsin's largest public employee unions announced they are willing to accept the financial concessions called for in Walker's plan, but will not accept the loss of collective bargaining rights

House Republicans win spending cuts after marathon funding debate
At 4:40 a.m., lawmakers voted 235-189 to send the so-called continuing resolution to the Senate. Not one Democrat voted for the bill that would cut at least $61 billion, from 2010 levels, in spending for federal programs and agencies.

Highlights of Proposals in House GOP Spending Bill
The House Republicans' $1.2 trillion bill for financing federal programs through Sept. 30, when the current budget year ends, includes many spending cuts and prohibitions that make a showdown with President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats inevitable.

Feds ask Florida judge to clarify meaning of health care ruling
The ruling left considerable confusion because Judge Vinson did not issue an injunction halting the law, while suggesting that his ruling effectively functioned as one. Some states concluded that they need not obey the law any longer. The Obama administration has continued to carry it out.

U.S. ambassador vetoes UN resolution on Israeli settlements — then scolds Israel
While we agree with our fellow Council members—and indeed, with the wider world—about the folly and illegitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity, we think it unwise for this Council to attempt to resolve the core issues that divide Israelis and Palestinians. We therefore regrettably have opposed this draft resolution.

Disgusted Allen West to Dems: Grow Up!
Rookie U.S. Rep. Allen West delivered a stinging indictment of his colleagues in a letter to constituents in which he rails about House members’ “ignorance, belligerence, and dishonest rhetoric.” Without naming names, but clearly implying that he was including President Barack Obama, the Florida Republican also decried Washington’s interference with Wisconsin’s budget turmoil. The text of the letter to residents of Florida's 22nd District:

Communist Protester in Wis.: ‘People Are Open’ to a ‘Revolutionary Movement’
Once again, the MacIver Institute was down at the Capitol capturing video of those flocking to the protests in Wisconsin. This time, videographer Bill Osmuski caught up with some admitted revolutionaries from Chicago who came up to try and spread their message, and told Osmuski they definitely think “people are open to the possibilities of building a revolutionary movement.”

House budget bill blocks ATF request for emergency anti-gun trafficking authority
In December, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) asked for new powers to require gun dealers in Mexican border states to report sales of two or more assault weapons to the same buyer within five work days.

Tennessee: Comprehensive Pro-Gun Reform Bill Introduced in the Legislature
Tennessee Legislature introduced House Bill 1668 and companion bill Senate Bill 1768, the Tennessee Gun Owners Improvement Act. Sponsored by state Representative Judd Matheny (R-47) and state Senator Bill Ketron (R-13), HB 1668/SB 1768 would improve upon the current Tennessee Permit Law by cleaning up redundancies that are found in Federal Law and remove unnecessary restrictions placed on law-abiding citizens.

Boehner wades into Wisconsin labor battle, backing GOP governor
Boehner said in a statement. "I’m disappointed that instead of providing similar leadership from the White House, the president has chosen to attack leaders such as Gov. Walker, who are listening to the people and confronting problems that have been neglected for years at the expense of jobs and economic growth."

House votes to overthrow 'czars'
The jobs on the chopping block: White House-appointed advisers on health care, energy and climate, green jobs, urban affairs, the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, oversight of TARP executive compensation, diversity at the Federal Communications Commission and the auto industry manufacturing policy.

House Passes Amendment to Block Funds for Net Neutrality Order
The House passed an amendment Thursday that would bar the Federal Communications Commission from using any funding to implement the network-neutrality order it approved in December.

Stunner! Supremes to give eligibility case another look
The court has confirmed that it has distributed a petition for rehearing in the case brought by attorney John Hemenway on behalf of retired Col. Gregory Hollister and it will be the subject of a conference on March 4.

Alaska Governor Refuses to Enact Health-Care Law
Mr. Parnell, who sought the advice of his attorney general amid concerns implementing the law would violate his oath of office, told the Juneau Chamber of Commerce the state would pursue lawful, market-based solutions to making insurance affordable and accessible to Alaskans.

Geithner Rocked at Senate Hearing, Forced to Admit the Truth About Obamanomics
Geithner: “You’re absolutely right that with the president’s plan, even if Congress were to enact it, and even if Congress were to hold to it and reduce those deficits to three percent of GDP over the next five years, we would still be left with a very large interest burden and unsustainable obligations over time”

Judge Gives US 30 Days to Act on Gulf Drill Permits
Feldman ordered offshore energy regulators to act within 30 days on five permit applications filed by companies that have drilling contracts with Ensco Offshore Co., the Louisiana drilling company leading the legal challenge to the government’s offshore drilling bans.

Fingerprinting Program Not Applied to All States
Internal Homeland Security documents reveal that some jurisdictions were allowed to opt out of a controversial fingerprinting program designed to snare undocumented migrants. The opt out was allowed even as DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano was saying publicly that the Secure Communities program was not “an opt-in, opt-out program.”

Union Hate Rally in Wisconsin: Protests Rife With Hitler, Gun Targets, Death Threats

Protesters clogged the hallways of the Wisconsin state Capitol on Thursday as the Senate prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers, including school teachers, of nearly all collective bargaining rights.

The U.S. informed Arab governments Tuesday that it will support a U.N. Security Council statement reaffirming that the 15-nation body "does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity," a move aimed at avoiding the prospect of having to veto a stronger Palestinian resolution calling the settlements illegal.

Hillary Clinton donors indicted
A federal grand jury indicted two Virginia men on Wednesday for allegedly trying to illegally reimburse donors who gave to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s Senate and presidential campaigns.

Inflation Continues to Creep Higher; Jobless Claims Up...
The cost of living in the U.S. climbed more than forecast in January, led by higher prices for food and fuel that may be starting to filter through to other goods and services.

Sacred Cows: Why Lawmakers Are Stuck on Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security Fixes
The three programs have ballooned to 57 percent of the government budget this year and are widely cited as the most significant contributors to the federal deficit, something nearly all Americans want to see aggressively brought under control.

Darrell Issa’s first subpoena targets Countrywide VIP Program
“Countrywide orchestrated a deliberate and calculated effort to use relationships with people in high places in order to manipulate public policy and further their bottom line to the detriment of the American taxpayers, even at the expense of its own lending standards,” Issa said.

House slashes $8.4M from EPA program
The House voted Wednesday night to sharply cut funding for an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) program that collects data on industrial greenhouse gas emissions.

‘All of You are White. Go to Hell!’: Dallas Politician Flips Out at Public Mtg
Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is not apologizing after telling citizens they are “white” and can “Go to hell” (and calling one person “fat boy”) during a public meeting Tuesday. According to him, the exchange was appropriate because he thought he was being called a racial slur. And it‘s not the first time he’s had an outburst at such a meeting:

Two U.S. Customs Agents Shot in Mexico, One Killed
There were conflicting reports on exactly where in Mexico the agents were shot. But the sources said they were apparently caught in the kind of “narco-blockade” that traffickers and their henchmen routinely set up in cities they are fighting to control, either to block law enforcement or to impede their enemies’ movements.

Tea Party Out to Defeat 3 Longtime GOP Senators
It's clear the tea party — not even 2 years old — isn't going away anytime soon after huge success in last fall's congressional elections. Dozens of its favorite candidates — Republicans who champion limited government and sharply reduced spending — won House and Senate races. Now, the tea party is empowered and turning its attention to vulnerable Republicans up for re-election in 2012.

Islamist-supporters infiltrate Obama Admin to subvert US security," reveals ex-CIA operative, Clare Lopez
Islamist-allied operatives appointed by Obama are undermining U.S. security policy – explains counter-Intelligence expert, Prof. Clare Lopez. Aimed at co-opting Americas foreign policy in the Middle East, a network including well-known American diplomats, congressional representatives, figures from academia and the think tank world – with ties to the clerical regime in Tehran – is directing the Obama Administration’s policy towards the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Middle East.

Uncovered: The 15 Tax Hikes Hidden in Obama’s New Budget
Over the last two years, the president has regularly touted his fight to lower taxes for Americans. In fact, his latest budget proposal offered up today is being billed as a package of tough cuts. But buried within the budget’s rhetoric and numerous pages are actually a healthy amount of increases — tax increases, that is. 15 of them.

‘Sheriff Joe’ Arpaio Leads in Arizona Poll for Senate Race
Rep. Jeff Flake, who announced his candidacy for the seat of retiring Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) on Monday, finished second with 16.8 percent in the Summit Consulting Group survey. Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth took third, with 16.6 percent. He was unsuccessful in his primary challenge to Sen. John McCain last year.

Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood plans political party
Egypt's long banned Muslim Brotherhood said Tuesday it intends to form a political party once democracy is established, as the country's new military rulers launched a panel of experts to amend the country's constitution enough to allow democratic elections later this year.

Obama's Media Machine: State Run Media 2.0?
As the 2012 presidential campaign kicks into gear, President Obama's White House media operation is demonstrating an unprecedented ability to broadcast its message through social media and the Internet, at times doing an end-run around the traditional press.

Liberals launch anti-Darrell Issa crusade
Democrats are understandably obsessed with Darrell Issa — he’s built himself up as a one-man investigative machine aimed straight at the Obama presidency. But a handful of liberal political operatives in California — including a former Hillary Clinton hand — are taking their anti-Issa passion to a whole new level, launching a nonprofit group, a website and even paid media advertisements aimed at undermining and investigating the rabble-rousing chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. D

Scandal at DOJ: smuggling to pad statistics on U.S. guns in Mexico
ATF agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives--a DOJ agency--allegedly smuggled U.S. guns into Mexico in order to bolster the Department's disputed contention that Mexican drug cartels are armed primarily with U.S. guns. Whistleblowers within the ATF contend that one of the these guns was used to kill Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry in December of 2010.

Rush: If D.C. Does Not Repeal Obamacare "We Go Egypt On Obama"
RUSH LIMBAUGH: "After the election in November -- repeal Obamacare, defund it, doesn't happen. Number of other things the voters who sent all these freshman to Washington to stop, arrest, cease and desist. If it doesn't happen, we go Egypt on Obama."

Palin: The Truth Behind the White House's Budget Spin
The fine print reveals a White House proposal to increase taxes by at least $1.5 trillion over the next decade. If you want to know how minuscule their proposed $775 million-a-year budget “cuts” really are, please look at this chart. The proposed cuts are so insignificant – less than 1/10 of 1% of this year’s $1.65 trillion budget deficit – that they are essentially invisible on the pie chart. That speaks volumes about today’s budget

Obama & The Human Stain: Or How Political Correctness Gave America a Con-Man President
Could Barack have been elected president without the doctrine known as Political Correctness? Or is simply to ask the question an unforgivable act of racism? In fact, the vast majority of Americans realize no person as inexperienced, untested, wildly liberal, or of such questionable past could ever have hoped to be elected without some kind of uncanny boost. But what is the result of this presidency based on nonsensical ideological doctrine? And what can be done to fight off the rise of the unscrupulous, unethical, incompetent and unqualified spore of the PC movement?

Monsanto blocks research on gene modified (GMO) seeds safety
Dr. Carrasco, who works in Argentina’s Ministry of Science, said his studies of amphibians suggest that the herbicide could cause defects in the brain, intestines, and hearts of fetuses… According to an article in Grain, the biotech industry “mounted an unprecedented attack on Carrasco, ridiculing his research and even issuing personal threats.”

Money Laundering For Democrats: Enter George Soros’s ‘The Tides Foundation’
The Tides Foundation is quickly becoming the 800-pound gorilla of radical activist funding, and this couldn’t happen without a nine-figure balance sheet. Just about every big name in the world of public grantmaking lists Tides as a major recipient. Anyone who has heard the closing moments of a National Public Radio news broadcast is familiar with these names. In 1999 alone, Tides took in an astounding $42.9 million. It gave out $31.1 million in grants that year, and applied the rest to a balance sheet whose bottom line is over $120 million

Obama's drilling moratorium causes major company to go bankrupt
Employees will be let go; shareholders are suffering big losses as the stock plunges. Gulf communities have already been stricken by big job losses and declines in state tax revenues. We have become even more dangerously dependent on overseas sources of crude and prices have skyrocketed as Obama turned the handle to the off position when it comes to Gulf oil drilling. There has been a lot of damage caused by Barack Obama's policies and there will be a lot more to come as long as he is in office.

Deal gives GE a crown jewel of the oil industry
GE's $2.8bn (£1.74bn) acquisition of Aberdeen-based John Wood Group’s well support division has secured one of the British company’s crown jewels: its electric submersible pumps, which are in ever greater demand for squeezing more oil out of ageing fields.

John Bolton discusses possible Presidential run, Obama's ineptitude, and Islamic caliphates

Gaddafi tells Palestinians: revolt against Israel
Palestinian refugees should capitalise on the wave of popular revolts in the Middle East by massing peacefully on the borders of Israel until it gives in to their demands. "We need to create a problem for the world. This is not a declaration of war. This is a call for peace," he said in a speech given to mark the birthday of the Prophet Mohamed, a holy day in the Islamic calendar.

King Tut statue among missing Egypt treasures, minister says
At least 17 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum of Cairo are missing following a break-in, the country's minister of antiquities said Sunday.

Flake to announce Senate bid Monday
Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., will announce Monday that he will run for the U.S. Senate being vacated by Sen. Jon Kyl, a source has told The Arizona Republic. Flake's decision to run for the Senate is sure to rev up Republican competition for his GOP-heavy congressional district. He's also expected to have plenty of competition in the Senate primary.

Debt now equals total U.S. economy
Obama‘s budget said 2011 will see the biggest one-year jump in debt in history, or nearly $2 trillion in a single year. And the administration says it will reach $15.476 trillion by Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year, to reach 102.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) — the first time since World War II that dubious figure has been reached.

Change: “Green the Capitol” withers in GOP House
Under Nancy Pelosi’s leadership, the House attempted to “Green the Capitol” by changing its operations — and perhaps especially the food service — to reflect enviro-friendly behavior. The result? More cost, more waste, and ironically a higher use of power and emissions of greenhouse gases. Republicans put an end to the pretentious program almost immediately, to bipartisan relief:

GOP budget leaders rip Obama plan
“Failing to heed the warnings of economists and the demands of the American people, the President’s budget accelerates our country down the path to bankruptcy. Far from ‘living within its means,’ the President’s budget puts the government on track to nearly double in size since the day he took office — a direct result of his party’s reckless spending spree,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said.

Progressive scheme would allow Democrats to EASILY steal presidential elections
Imagine if the Democrats came up with a way that would allow them to steal the presidential election any time the race close to any degree. Which is most of them. Imagine if the Democrats quietly tried to push such a scheme through the legislative process? Imagine if you didn't know about this strategy until it was too late, and you woke up one morning after a presidential election in which you expected a Republican win only to find out the Democrats found a way to steal the election. Quit imagining because this isn't fantasy; this is reality. And it could be put in place in time to re-elect Barack Obama in 2012.

Mubarak slammed U.S. in phone call with Israeli MK before resignation
"He contended the snowball (of civil unrest) won't stop in Egypt and it wouldn't skip any Arab country in the Middle East and in the Gulf. "He said 'I won't be surprised if in the future you see more extremism and radical Islam and more disturbances -- dramatic changes and upheavals," Ben-Eliezer added.

Fannie, Freddie bailout: $153 billion ... and counting
Even as the Obama administration unveiled its plan for reforming the firms, experts agree taxpayer losses are going to continue to climb, no matter what Congress eventually decides to do with them.

'China ready to go to war to safeguard national interests'
"We must send a clear signal to our neighbouring countries that we don't fear war, and we are prepared at any time to go to war to safeguard our national interests," the article said, suggesting an aggressive strategy to counter emerging US alliances in the region.

B.H. Obama: Shameless Imperialist
Obama and the radical Left are forging another Communist-Fascist alliance, exactly like the Hitler-Stalin Pact of 1938, which split up Poland and started World War Two. The new Red-Black alliance links the Radical Left with the Muslim radicals who attacked us on 9/11.

The Goal: Control of land use
In order to control people, the government must control the use of land. Control of the use of land includes control of the use of natural resources. Energy is the fuel that produces prosperity, and the government bureaucracy has decided that it will control access to energy by controlling the use of land and marine resources.

McConnell says Obama agenda is `over'
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell declared Saturday that Obama's legislative agenda is "over," but said GOP lawmakers are willing to work with the White House to do what they "think is right for America."

Rep. Ryan rips Obama budget before its release: 'Small on spending discipline'
The Chairman of the House Budget Committee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), said Sunday that while he doesn't want to pre-judge President Obama's budget, all signs point to a plan that will continue to raise the nation's debt.

Egyptian Army suspends constitution, parliament
Since seizing power from Mr. Mubarak on Friday, the military has sought to strike the right note, responding in words and action to the platform articulated by hundreds of thousands in Tahrir Square. But beyond more protests, there is almost no check on the sweep of military rule, and while opposition leaders welcomed the moves some have quietly raised worries about the role of the army in Egypt’s future.

Socialists Hijack Mubarak Resignation for Their Cause: ‘A Revolution From Below’
One such group, ANSWER, issued a statement Friday in response to the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Not surprisingly, the organization’s statement gave Van Jones-style praise to the “revolution from below.”

Man charged with 3 counts of murder in Va. attacks
Jose Oswaldo Reyes Alfaro, an illegal immigrant who was ordered deported to El Salvador a decade ago but never left, was charged in the pair of attacks just blocks apart Thursday night that left three people dead and three others injured, Manassas Police Chief Doug Keen said.

WORLD TRADES: Merger Could Take NYSE Out of American Control...
A German company is in high-level talks to acquire the New York Stock Exchange, Wall Street's most recognizable institution. According to reports published in both the German and American financial press, Deutsche Borse, a Frankfurt-based stock exchange is seeking to take a 60 percent ownership interest in the NYSE. The merger would create the world's largest financial exchange.

Military leaders threatened to quit if Mubarak didn’t
A new update at the BBC blog linked above notes that the Egyptian constitution doesn’t allow for power to devolve to the military but rather to the speaker of parliament if the president steps down. This is, in other words, a military coup; the question I posed above is simply whether it’s a soft one, with Mubarak agreeing that he has no cards left to play, or a hard one, with the military tossing him under the bus. It sure sounded like a coup this morning, too:

The State of Denial Address
Obama’s State of the Union address and the GOP response both avoided the issue of entitlement reform, that denial is just the tip of the iceberg. Those evasions were no more than symbolic of the political establishment’s denial of our seemingly inevitable debt crisis. Yet the denial of the coming debt crisis is itself merely a symptom of a larger denial.

House GOP back on same page on spending cuts
The newly elected lawmakers wanted what GOP leadership assured: $100 billion in cuts, now. Not prorated over the remainder of the fiscal year. House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said Thursday night in the basement of the Capitol that the cuts Republicans are proposing would equal $170 billion over 12 months, instead of the seven months covered by the CR.

Hillary: We can’t legalize drugs because …
Recently, during an interview with Mexico’s Televisa, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared that the United States can’t legalize drugs “because there is just too much money in it.” Apparently, Clinton doesn’t understand that there’s so much money to be made selling illegal drugs precisely because drugs are illegal.

Girl Scouts Told to Sell Cookies and Leftist Agenda
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America has launched a campaign called Forever Green that included an online pledge girls could sign, promising they would encourage public officials to pass emissions-reducing legislation.

Big Union Recruiting Minority Army for Obama
The Service Employees International Union is planning a major campaign to recruit members and counter political pressure on public-sector unions, according to an internal union memo and an SEIU board member. The campaign—called Fight for a Fair Economy—will focus on mobilizing mostly low-wage minority workers in 10 to 15 cities, including Cleveland, Milwaukee, Miami and Detroit

GOP veteran: Tea Party freshmen may rue $100B in cuts
The $100 billion in budget cuts being forced by Tea Party freshmen may come back to haunt them, a veteran lawmaker and close ally of Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Friday.

House Dems charge GOP with skipping one of its new rules
A spokesman for the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.), said the required statement of constitutional authority was filed when the measure was introduced. “Everything’s been done according to the rules,” the spokesman, Andrew Wimer, said.

Mental Illness & The MSM: Get the Facts, Know The Answers
Mental illness afflicts many TV personalities, especially those on cable news networks like MSNBC. From Chris Matthews to Keith Olbermann, anger and irrationality seem to affect your typical liberal pundit.

n a testy personal telephone call on Jan. 29, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah reportedly told President Obama not to humiliate Mubarak and warned that he would step in to bankroll Egypt if the U.S. withdrew its aid program, worth $1.5 billion annually.

CBO Director Says Obamacare Would Reduce Employment by 800,000 Workers
Testifying today before the House Budget Committee, Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Director Doug Elmendorf confirmed that Obamacare is expected to reduce the number of jobs in the labor market by an estimated 800,000. Here are excerpts from the exchange:

Republicans promise $100 billion in spending cuts
Confronted with a rebellion of tea party-backed conservatives insistent on deeper spending cuts, House Republicans are promising to cut more than $60 billion from the budget as they draft legislation funding the government through Sept. 30.

Book: Lincoln sought to deport freed slaves
The Great Emancipator was almost the Great Colonizer: Newly released documents show that to a greater degree than historians had previously known, President Lincoln laid the groundwork to ship freed slaves overseas to help prevent racial strife in the U.S.

Justice Department Only Selectively Complies with Freedom of Information Act
Eric Holder’s Justice Department has even politicized compliance with the Freedom of Information Act. According to documents I have obtained, FOIA requests from liberals or politically connected civil rights groups are often given same day turn-around by the DOJ. But requests from conservatives or Republicans face long delays, if they are fulfilled at all

2012 Senate playing field tilts toward GOP
The open seats in Virginia and North Dakota — when coupled with the fact that there are 23 Democratic seats up this cycle as compared to just 10 for Republicans — paint a stark portrait of the challenge before Democrats to hold their majority next November.

Brewer to Countersue Federal Government Over Immigration Enforcement
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Thursday that her state will file a countersuit against the federal government, claiming Washington has failed to enforce immigration law along the southern border. The governor said the federal government hasn't secured the state's border with Mexico and has stuck Arizona with the costs tied to illegal immigration.

NY construction worker leads movement against Ground Zero mosqueNY construction worker leads movement against Ground Zero mosque
Construction worker and lifelong New Yorker Andy Sullivan has taken opposition to the Park51 mosque — slated to be built next to Ground Zero — into his own hands. Sullivan has led the call to get his fellow construction workers to lay down their tools and boycott construction of the mosque.

GOP Sen. Jim DeMint on Senate Dems: 'They're dropping like flies'
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) told supporters of his Senate Conservatives Fund on Thursday that he wants to "force even more Democrats into early retirement" ahead of 2012, launching a drive to raise half a million dollars by the end of this month.

Obama's Social Security number goes to court
"I'm not asking for Obama's Social Security number," Attorney Orly Taitz told WND, acknowledging that the Social Security Administration will not release the number of a living person. "I want related information, including information about deceased individuals that will help us prove whether or not Obama has committed Social Security fraud."

House fails to extend Patriot Act surveillance as Republicans defect
The House on Tuesday night failed to approve legislation to extend surveillance authorities in the Patriot Act. In a 277-148 vote, the house fell 23 votes short of the two-thirds majority necessary to move the bill under suspension of the rules. Passage required 290 votes.

GOP critic calls Joe Biden's $53 billion high-speed rail plan 'insanity'
House Transportation Committee Chair Rep. John Mica (R) of Florida said previous administration grants to high-speed rail projects were a failure, producing "snail speed trains to nowhere." He called Amtrak a "Soviet-style train system" and said it "hijacked" nearly all the administration's rail projects.

Campaign launches to repeal incandescent light-bulb ban
One of the ban’s chief sponsors, Republican Rep. Fred Upton of Michigan, is now the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee. He’s promised a hearing on the ban, but so far no such hearing has been scheduled.

House Democrats say Justice Thomas should recuse himself in health-care case
The move is the latest indication that the court battle over the health-care law's constitutionality -- which is expected to be ultimately decided by the Supreme Court -- has already become a political tit-for-tat.

House GOP Leaders Support Additional Spending Cuts
Under a process not seen in years, members will be able to offer amendments to the CR under an “open rule.” Conservatives, lead by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), will offer one that achieves a full $100 billion cut in non-security discretionary spending. Last week GOP leaders put forth a plan that cuts $58 billion from the current fiscal year.

Union Boss Says Those Who Want to Cut Spending Are 'Mentally Retarded'
John Gage, President of the American Federation of Government Employees, said people who want to cut government spending are “mentally retarded.” Gage made these statements during a Feb. 8 march on Washington.

EPA Chief Lambasted at Hearing: 'Do You Believe in the Law of Supply and Demand?!'
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about her agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois) tore into Jackson, at one point demanding, "Do you believe in the law of supply and demand?!"

The Four Questions Every Liberal Must Be Asked
If you've ever found yourself engaged in debate with a liberal in an attempt to convince him that government spending is out of control, you know it's often an exercise in frustration. This is especially true when your liberal invokes his holier-than-thou conviction that the supposed good he is intent on imposing upon the world -- both domestically and internationally -- must trump any financial considerations you may introduce into the debate.

Dem accuses witness invited by Ron Paul of 'hate group' ties
The first meeting of the House Financial Services Committee's Domestic Monetary Policy and Trade subcommittee had a tense moment when Rep. William Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) questioned the background of Dr. Thomas DiLorenzo.
As if the SPLC and the entire left isn't a "hate group"

Dems face dilemma on jobs plan
The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate on Tuesday conceded that his party faces a dilemma as it tries to come up with a legislative agenda to create jobs amid a new political environment dominated by talk of cutting spending and reducing the deficit.
No surprise. Dems have no clue how jobs are created.

Muslim Brotherhood’s Goals Uncovered: Global Islamic Conquest & Caliphate
“Jihad is the Way” is the last of a five-volume work, “The Laws of Da’wa,” written by Mustafa Mashhur, the reported leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt from 1996 until 2002. The Jerusalem Post reports that excerpts from the book detail the Brotherhood’s objectives, including the “global conquest of Islam” and “reestablishing the Islamic Caliphate, the “public and private duties of jihad” and the “struggles Muslims must wage against Israel.”

Rumsfeld Tells Rush: Radical Islamists Intend to ‘Create a Caliphate’
"We are up against a vicious enemy, the radical Islamists are there, they intend to try to create a Caliphate in this world and fundamentally alter the nature of nation states, and we’re reluctant to engage in the competition of ideas and point out what they really are and how vicious they are. This current administration is even afraid to say the word Islamist. And we need to fight. We need to be willing to say what it is and be willing to tackle it.”

10 Iconic American Factories That Have Closed In The Past Two Years
America is on its way to becoming the world's first truly post-industrial nation. Factory jobs have been shed by the thousands and cities that once relied on industry have been shattered.

New US Homeland Security Advisor Head Of Organization With Ties To Global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas
The Department of Homeland Security has sworn in three new members of the Homeland Security Council, one of whom is the President and CEO of an organization with ties to the US Muslim Brotherhood and the US Hamas infrastructure. On October 18 the Secretary swore in Freedom and Justice Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Elibiary as one of the new members of the Homeland Security Council

Mandatory Arabic Classes Coming To Some Texas Schools; 'Language Of The Future'...
The DOE has identified Arabic as a ‘language of the future.’ But parent Joseph Balson was frustrated by the past. “Why are we just now finding out about it?” asked Balson. “It’s them (Mansfield ISD) applying for the grant, getting it approved and them now saying they’ll go back and change it only when they were caught trying to implement this plan without parents knowing about it.”

Obama Budget Proposes Broader Unemployment Taxes
Obama's budget proposal is expected to give states a way to collect more payroll taxes from businesses, in an effort to replenish the unemployment-insurance program. The plan could cause controversy at a time when the administration is seeking to mend fences with corporate America.

Obama’s Claim That He Did Not Raise Taxes Is Rejected As ‘Blatantly False’ by Taxpayer Watchdog
According to Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), President Obama has signed into law at least two dozen tax increases. The first one – a federal tobacco tax hike – came just 16 days into his presidency.

White House: Judge Won't Stop us From Enacting Obamacare
White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs told today that the administration will "rightly" continue to implement the Obamacare law even though the federal judge who sided with 26 states in declaring it unconstitutional said that his ruling was "the functional equivalent of an injunction" against the law.

Florida's Scott Sends Shockwaves With $5B in Budget Cuts
The Republican, a former healthcare executive, proposed saving nearly $4 billion over two years by reforming Medicaid, the health insurance program for poor people. He also saw savings of $2.8 billion over two years through an overhaul of Florida's relatively healthy state pension system. Scott also proposed cutting taxes by more than $4 billion over two years. This would include a roll-back of corporate income taxes from 5 percent to 3.5 percent and reductions in property taxes.

FCC: Presidential emergency alerts to be tested
Everybody has heard the national Emergency Alert System (EAS). Those familiar "duck calls" that reassure listeners "THIS is a test...this is ONLY a test..." The FCC is planning an upgrade to the tests by including presidential announcements in the system.

Obama: Corporate Profits "Have To Be Shared By American Workers"
"If we're fighting to reform the tax code and increase exports, the benefits cannot just translate into greater profits and bonuses for those at the top. They have to be shared by American workers, who need to know that opening markets will lift their standard of living as well as your bottom line," President Obama told the Chamber of Commerce on Monday morning.

Huffington Post agrees to $315 million buyout from AOL
Huffington Post, the liberal-leaning online news site that has been one of the Internet's start-up success stories, said it agreed to a $315 million buyout late Sunday night from AOL Inc., the elder statesman of online access and digital content.

Here we go: Graham, Schumer to restart push for immigration deal
Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) have rekindled their alliance on immigration reform, taking some early steps to test the political will for addressing the contentious issue this year.

Hill poll shows 62% opposed to raising the debt ceiling
Seventy-seven percent of likely GOP voters and 64 percent of independent voters said they don’t want the debt ceiling to be raised. Even among Democrats, more oppose raising the ceiling (46 percent) than support it (42 percent).

Egyptian military cracking down
The Egyptian military has rounded up scores of human rights activists, protest organizers and journalists in recent days without formal charges, according to watchdog groups and accounts by the detainees.

Arpaio issues warning to deputies about McDonald’s
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is urging his uniformed deputies to use caution when eating at McDonald’s restaurants following an alleged incident in Mesa. The Sheriff’s Office says a uniformed deputy was verbally harassed in Spanish by McDonald’s food handlers Thursday.

Blue Dogs have 'no communication' with Pelosi, Dem leadership, says Shuler
Rep. Heath Shuler (N.C.), who challenged Pelosi for the job of Democratic leader in the 112th Congress, suggested that Blue Dog Democrats feel shut out from the leadership in the House.

Now comes hard part for Boehner as run of Republican unity nears end
Perhaps no issue will test Boehner as much as authorizing more debt, which pits the harsh reality of governance against the core promise that 87 House Republican freshmen made to their constituents: We will stop borrowing money we don’t have.

Obama: I'm not moving to center
Obama on Sunday dismissed the notion that his administration in recent weeks has pivoted toward the political center to raise his approval ratings as the 2012 campaign nears.

Soros fingerprints on Mideast chaos
Soros has funded opposition organizations in Egypt and throughout the Middle East, where anti-regime chaos has already toppled the pro-Western leader of Tunisia and is threatening the rule of President Hosni Mubarak, a key U.S. ally.

Democrat jerk ousted by N.C. voters gets new government gig
Gov. Beverly Perdue said Tuesday she has appointed the Democrat to oversee North Carolina’s share of the federal stimulus program. Etheridge replaces Dempsey Benton, who departed his position at the Office of Economic Recovery and Investment in November.

AP ‘Spin Meter’ Report: Where Did All the Stimulus Money Go?
Congressional Republicans say they want to cut federal spending by raiding $45 billion from President Barack Obama’s politically unpopular economic stimulus program. But they won’t be able to get their hands on most of that money.

UNC Greensboro promoting socialism
The organization behind the poster is the Greensboro chapter of the International Socialist Organization (ISO). The reader who sent it to The Blaze did so because he happened to see it on the campus of his college, the University of North Carolina-Greensboro campus. And sure enough, a quick view of the ISO website shows the group does meet on the UNC-Greensboro grounds

Incredible ‘Skin Gun’ Heals Severe Burns in Days
It’s being called the “skin gun,” and if it takes off it could revolutionize how burn victims are treated. The invention, which looks and acts more like an airbrush than a gun, uses a patient’s own stem cells (taken from healthy skin), combines them in a solution in the gun, and then sprays them on the burned area. In the small number of patients that have been treated, the results have been nothing short of miraculous: skin that might normally take weeks or months to heal rejuvenates in days. And to the naked eye, signs of the burn are barely visible

The Incredible Lightness of Obama
The week marked the continuation of a popular and judicial revolt against the overweening and extralegal domestic power-grab by the Obama administration and ended with the president once again backing the wrong horse and trumpeting to the world how much more he favors our enemies than our allies. Like Manuel Zelaya in Honduras before him, Hosni Mubarak outsmarted and outplayed the community organizer.

Fix Education Now!
When it comes to education, this administration, along with education elites, is ignoring the elephant in the room: the absence of classroom discipline. Teachers lack adequate authority to establish and maintain an orderly atmosphere where learning can happen. The result is that too often, students are not being provided "access to a complete and comprehensive education."

Atheism 101: Trickle-Down Poison
Atheism is an intellectually shallow, morally stunted, and socially regressive blight on humanity. Its deleterious effects upon society can be seen all around us—from the self-serving arrogance of political elites, to the rampant greed and corruption in banking/business, to America’s blatant moral decay.

Obama linked to Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood
While the news media continue its Egyptian-uprising coverage, most of the denizens of U.S. newsrooms are turning a blind eye to President Barack Obama’s connection to a key player in the Egyptian rebellion: the radical Islamic group known as the Muslim Brotherhood which co-sponsored last year’s disasterous “Gaza Aid Flotilla.”

Tennessee County School Board Fires Teachers Union
Tennessee State Representative Debra Young Maggart has introduced a bill that would make it illegal for any school board to have to negotiate with a teachers union at all HB 0130 would eliminate collective bargaining for teachers in the state.

As 2012 approaches, Tea Party members will keep reminding the GOP they need to “dance with the one that brung ya’.”
It takes two to tango. Though one partner faces forward and one faces backward, both usually traverse the floor in the same direction, with the same ultimate goal—conquest. In the GOP’s tense but close embrace of the Tea Party, the battle is on. Who will take the lead?

Palin event canceled due to 'an onslaught of personal attacks'
The press release goes on to say that no direct threats were made against Palin, nor were any made against members of the organization's staff, but in light of the shooting rampage in Arizona last month, the negative rhetoric "raises concern for her safety and the safety of others despite the call for civility in America."

White House distances itself from its own envoy to Egypt
The latest challenge came Saturday afternoon when the man sent last weekend by President Obama to persuade the 82-year-old leader to step out of the way, Frank G. Wisner, told a group of diplomats and security experts that “President Mubarak’s continued leadership is critical — it’s his opportunity to write his own legacy.”

Sugar Shortage Looms After Aussie Cyclone
World sugar supplies will probably fall short of demand, said Rabobank Groep NV, after a cyclone with winds stronger than Hurricane Katrina destroyed homes and smashed crops in Australia, driving prices to 30-year highs.

It is time for Obama to step down
In light of his performance over the past two years and recent events the call for Obama to step down needs to be repeated and repeated often.

Treason: Obama Shuts Down Power Plants Coast to Coast

Thousands in NM without natural gas service
With tens of thousands of people across New Mexico without natural gas service, Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday declared a state of emergency, ordered government offices be shut down Friday and urged schools to "strongly consider" remaining closed for the day.

Rolling blackouts for hundreds of thousands in TX
Three days after Arctic weather blasted the region, hundreds of thousands of electricity customers continue to face periodic blackouts, and nearly 900 gas customers still have no heat. The bigger problem: The utilities can't say when the problems will be fixed.

Mexico cancels offer to send electricity to Texas
Mexico said Thursday it was temporarily suspending an offer to provide electricity to Texas to help the U.S. state weather an ice storm that forced rolling blackouts, because of severe cold in Mexico's own territory.

SHELL oil postpones drilling in Arctic; Dem Sen blames Obama
The recent remand of air permits issued by the Environmental Protection Agency was the final driver behind the decision, Slaiby said at a news conference.

Brrr! Natural Gas Outage in Tucson
Southwest Gas is working to restore service to about 14,000 Southwest Gas customers out of luck Thursday due to the unseasonably cold weather

Calif. utility told to cut gas pipeline pressures
California regulators have ordered Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to lower the pressure on some natural gas pipelines in heavily populated areas to 20 percent below their maximum thresholds.

Stop Smart Meters! Exclusive: Interview with the Wellington Energy Whistleblower
I’m disgusted by what I’ve seen. PG&E and Wellington need to make the public aware that there are risks with these things. They need to come clean about the emissions of harmful radio waves, potential arcing etc. No one is taking the steps necessary to protect the public. People need to be aware the risks that are being taken with their homes and with their lives.

US agrees to tell Russia Britain's nuclear secrets
Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week

Unions Can Bargain on Behalf of Airport Security
Seeking to end a debate that has brewed for nearly a decade, the director of the Transportation Security Administration announced on Friday that a union would be allowed to bargain over working conditions on behalf of the nation’s 45,000 airport security officers, although certain issues like pay will not be subject to negotiation.

Egypt VP Target of Assassination Attempt
Such an attempt on the life of Omar Suleiman would mark an alarming turn in the uprising against the government of President Hosni Mubarak, who only recently named Suleiman as vice president in an effort to quell the unrest and possibly line up a successor.

UK's Cameron: Europe must wake up on extremism
Europe must stamp out intolerance of Western values within its own Muslim communities and far-right groups if it is to defeat the roots of terrorism, British Prime Minister David Cameron said Saturday.

The Best Quotes From Ann Coulter’s 2010 Columns
In 2005, Vice President Cheney gave 77 percent of his income to charity. He also shot a lawyer in the face, which I think should count for something.

Gov. Christie Vetoes Planned Parenthood Funding
Following the release of a video that has received nationwide attention showing Planned Parenthood staff at a New Jersey abortion center helping alleged sexual traffickers cover up their crimes with abortions and STD testing, Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill funding Planned Parenthood.

Unemployment rate goes to 9.0%, only 36K jobs added; Update: 504K disappears from labor force
The only thing that seems to reconcile the numbers is to (improperly) fail to back out the 472,000, which doesn’t have a “neligible” impact. It lowers the rate from 9.3% to 9.0%. With the seasonal and population adjustments, I’m having a hard time making complete sense of it. If that’s what they did, it was a huge mistake. Seems quite unlikely, but I don’t see how they get 9.0% otherwise.
Actual unemployment rate between 16% -17%.

SEIU fights healthcare repeal after obtaining waivers from law
SEIU’s outspoken defense of the law has prompted charges of hypocrisy from Republicans, given that some of the union’s chapters have sought waivers exempting them from a key provision of the law requiring the phaseout of health plans with low caps on annual benefits.

Obama’s Blocking Of New Power Plants Triggers Nationwide Blackouts
The rolling blackouts now being implemented in Texas and across the country as record cold weather grips the United States are a direct consequence of the Obama administration’s agenda to lay siege to the coal industry, launch a takeover of infrastructure under the contrived global warming scam, and help usher in the post-industrial collapse of America.

An Egyptian Warns the United States to Back Off
Shafik Gabr was one of Obama’s greatest fans eighteen months ago. Today, as Mr. Obama presses for the immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak, not so much. “The United States is siding with chaos if they force Mubarak out now,” says Gabr.

U.S. Pressure on Mubarak Opens a Rift With Arab Allies
Obama's attempt to abruptly push aside Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in favor of a transition government has sparked a rift with key Arab allies Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, which fear the U.S. is opening the door for Islamist groups to gain influence and destabilize the region.

Union Leader Encourages Progressives to ‘Take to the Streets’
United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard could have been talking about going door-to-door with informational pamphlets when he told the Pennsylvania Progressive Summit that theirs is an “agenda worth fighting for” and that they should “take to the streets and do what needs to be done.” But since he simultaneously dismissed peaceful protests like “letter writing” campaigns, I‘m wondering why the lamestream media isn’t complaining about his “violent rhetoric.”

Judge rules Obama admin in contempt over drilling ban
“Obama claims to have lifted the Gulf moratorium, yet not a single deepwater permit has been issued in nine months,” Jim Adams, the association’s president, said in a release after the ruling. “As a result, thousands of workers are out of jobs, Americans are paying more for gasoline and heating oil, and our nation is becoming even more dependent on unstable nations for our energy needs.”

Obama issues global warming rules in January, gives GE an exemption in February
Maybe GE CEO Jeff Immelt's closeness to President Obama, and his broad support for Obama's agenda, had nothing to do with this exemption. But we have no way of knowing that, and given the administration's record of regularly misleading Americans regarding lobbyists, frankly, I wouldn't trust the White House if they told me there was no connection.

Virginia to seek expedited Supreme Court review of suit over health-care law
Cuccinelli (R) said that conflicting court decisions about the law's constitutionality have created sufficient uncertainty about implementation of the sweeping law to justify speeding Supreme Court review.

Koch protests include calls to lynch Clarence Thomas
Yes, these comments come from the attendees, not the speakers at the protest organized by Common Cause at the Koch political conference, but according to the media rules on covering the Tea Party, that makes all liberals racists, and also responsible for the murders committed by Kermit Gosnell in his abortion clinic in Philadelphia. Right?

Obama’s Ironic Trip to Pennsylvania
“While he’s there, he will be standing on top of the second-largest natural gas formation in the world, the Marcellus Shale, which potentially could supply significant amounts of gas, produce new revenue for states and communities, and provide a major number of new jobs,” she said. “We call on the president to lend the full weight of his office to development of this resource in New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.”

House Republicans Move to Slash Domestic Programs
Republicans controlling the House promised Thursday to slash domestic agencies' spending by almost 20 percent in their drive to bring it back to levels in place before President Barack Obama took office. The cuts would bring huge changes to agencies used to budget boosts during Obama's first two years in office. The White House has vowed to fight Republicans, saying their plans could lead to widespread furloughs of federal employees.

Babeu: Cartel Showdown in Arizona Desert Imminent
He's not talking in figurative terms, he means an actual physical showdown in the desert, a gun battle if the drug runners don't surrender.

Mubarak: Obama doesn't understand Egypt, culture
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday rejected calls for his immediate resignation and said President Obama doesn't understand the "chaos" that would result if he stepped aside now.

Reid blasts House GOP proposal as 'draconian' and 'unworkable'
“The chairman of the Budget Committee today, today sent us something even more draconian than we originally anticipated,” said Reid. “So this isn’t some game that people have been playing. The House of Representatives [is] actually sending us some of these unworkable plans.”

Senate Dems defeat health care repeal measure
As expected, no Democrats voted against a procedural motion that effectively defeated a GOP amendment -- sponsored by Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and tacked on to an unrelated aviation bill -- to repeal the health legislation. All Republicans voted together in favor of the McConnell-sponsored amendment. The vote was 47-51.

Senate repeals part of health care law
The Senate voted Wednesday for the first time to repeal a piece of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rolling back a new tax reporting requirement that’s been universally panned by business owners.The amendment to repeal the 1099 reporting requirement passed 81-17 with broad bipartisan support.

Dems object to GOP gov't transparency probe
Reps. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Peter Welch of Vermont complained in a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., that his investigation will burden federal agencies responsible for producing government records under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act requested by citizens, journalists, companies and others. Cummings is the senior Democrat on the House oversight committee.

Obama: I’ll veto anything that limits EPA greenhouse-gas authority
The Obama administration Wednesday repeated its threat to veto legislation that would curb its ability to regulate greenhouse gases. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson said that the White House continues to oppose any efforts from Capitol Hill to hamstring her agency on climate change.

Obama 'Hears the Voices' of Egyptian Protesters but Ignores American Tea Parties?
Hundreds of thousands of protesters in Egypt take to the streets demanding change from what they perceive to be an unresponsive government. United States President, Barack Hussein Obama is so moved that he calls the President of Egypt urging Mr. Mubarak to step down from his office, perhaps immediately...and assured protesters "we hear your voices"...Think back now to the summer of 2009 when hundreds of thousands of protesters took to the streets of Washington DC

Immigration Activist Threatens to Kill Family of Florida House Republican
A self-described Massachusetts "political activist" was arrested Monday night and charged with sending a threatening e-mail to Florida Rep. William Snyder, R-Stuart, an hour after the Arizona shooting that killed six and critically injured U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The unsigned e-mail, sent to Snyder's state House of Representatives address on Jan. 8, told the legislator to "stop that ridiculous law if you value your and your familie's lives."

NC Lawmakers Back GOP Health Overhaul Challenge
The state House voted 66-50 Wednesday to pass a measure that seeks to block a provision requiring people to buy insurance beginning in 2014 or pay a penalty. The Republican-backed bill also aims to force Attorney General Roy Cooper to join a lawsuit to challenge the law.

Judge Raises Questions about Voting Rights Act
At a hearing Wednesday in Washington, U.S. District Judge John Bates asked repeatedly about a section of the law that singles out mostly Southern states for additional election monitoring because they have histories of racial discrimination 40 or 50 years ago.

Egypt Tells EU, US To Stay Out of Affairs
Following comments from several EU countries and the US in regards to the future of the Mubarak regime, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry responded by rebuffing foreign intervention into their internal affairs. The Egyptian Foreign Ministry rejected international calls for an immediate transition of power.

'Al-Qaida on brink of using nuclear bomb'
A leading atomic regulator has privately warned that the world stands on the brink of a "nuclear 9/11". Security briefings suggest that jihadi groups are also close to producing "workable and efficient" biological and chemical weapons that could kill thousands if unleashed in attacks on the west.

Wall Street Execs On New Terror Threat Info
In recent weeks, the FBI' Joint Terrorism Task Force and NYPD officials have been briefing bank executives and their security departments on the nature of the threat information. Much of it gleaned from al Qaeda writings like 'Inspire' magazine that recently warned of attacks targeting financial institutions.

Huntsman 2009: I think maybe the stimulus should have been bigger
You can imagine how he’ll spin this in the debates — “since when are Republicans against tax cuts?” — but clearly he wasn’t thinking of a tax-cuts-only package at the time. Which prompts the question: Between his stimulus stance, his work with Obama, and his support for civil unions, why does Huntsman persist in believing the base will line up behind him if he wins the nomination?

The Ellen DeGeneres Interview That Will Haunt President Obama
Long before his administration went into federal court to fight 27 states that are now challenging the constitutionality of the federal government forcing people to buy health insurance, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama told Ellen DeGeneres that—unlike his opponent Hillary Clinton—he opposed forcing the uninsured to buy health insurance, saying that it would be like forcing the homeless to buy homes.

President Obama snubs Issa on first major document deadline
The Obama snub is the first sign of how the administration will respond to demands for documents and testimony by key officials from Republicans in control of the House now that the GOP holds the power of congressional subpoena.

Muslim Brotherhood: ‘Prepare Egyptians for war with Israel'
Muhammad Ghannem reportedly told Al- Alam that the Suez Canal should be closed immediately, and that the flow of gas from Egypt to Israel should cease “in order to bring about the downfall of the Mubarak regime.” He added that “the people should be prepared for war against Israel,” saying the world should understand that “the Egyptian people are prepared for anything to get rid of this regime.”

Bill would require all S.D. citizens to buy a gun
Five South Dakota lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require any adult 21 or older to buy a firearm “sufficient to provide for their ordinary self-defense.”

Democratic convention goes to Charlotte
Charlotte, N.C., will be the host city of the 2012 Democratic convention, the Democratic National Committee announced Tuesday, sending a signal that President Obama plans to compete aggressively for the Southern state next year.

Obama green-lighting Muslim Brotherhood participation in Egyptian government
The Obama administration said for the first time that it supports a role for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned Islamist organization, in a reformed Egyptian government.

White House “furious”: Huntsman resigns as Obama’s ambassador to China
“Betrayal”? One of the reasons they made him ambassador was to take him out of the field for 2012. They tried to use him, and instead he used them to burnish his foreign policy cred. Turnabout, fair play, etc.

Ga. Lawmaker Proposes Doing Away With Driver's Licenses
In his bill, Franklin states, "Free people have a common law and constitutional right to travel on the roads and highways that are provided by their government for that purpose. Licensing of drivers cannot be required of free people, because taking on the restrictions of a license requires the surrender of an inalienable right."

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